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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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482 Ratings
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Ratings: 482
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 62 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager. It is brewed with lightly roasted malt and 100% German Noble Hops: Perle for bitterness and Hallertau Traditional for flavor and aroma.

In 1918, the term Kölsch was used to describe the ale brewed in Köln, a city on the Rhine River in western Germany. The style began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and now, many American craft brewers brew variations of the style, labeling it a golden ale. Our Kölsch is unique to the Schlafly brewery because Ulrike, a native of Köln and wife of brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly, connected Schlafly Beer with the Gaffel Brewery of Köln. Schlafly Beer won the Gold Medal for Best German-style Kölsch in the World Beer Cup in 2010.

25 IBU

(Beer added by: carln26 on 07-31-2005)
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jaydoc

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

01-05-2014 16:46:15 | More by jaydoc
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with excellent lacing on bright gold clear body

S: simple with mosty honey and grains

T: wet sock hops, musty grains, peppercorn.

M: fairly dry, light with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice basic kolsch. A little drier than I would like. A nice start to the flight.

Serving type: on-tap

11-25-2012 20:42:11 | More by kylehay2004
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zeff80

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden color with a white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains and clove.

T - It tasted very sweetand of grains and corn. It did have a slight bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay kolsch. It just doesn't have a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 23:43:29 | More by zeff80
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emerge077

Illinois

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale gold, persistent tiny champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam, creamy surface texture.

Bready cracker, dry and lightly sweet.

Faint sweetness, light white grape note when first opened, slips away quickly. Minerals, wheat and simple grains. Light bodied with a simple lager feel, slight ale yeast complexity. A good refreshing simple beer, though I prefer local favorite Krankshaft.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 22:54:25 | More by emerge077
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/gold with 1 inch of pearl colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bready with grassy hops

T: Lemony & grassy hops, breadyness/crackery dryness up front. Slight green apple skins as this warms, plus more lemony hops. Finishes dry with more lemon & some grainyness

MF: Light bodied, effervescent & good balance

Pretty drinkable, could knock back 3 or 4 before moving on to heavier brews. Not the best shot at this style, could use more fruittyness. One to consider on a hot Summer's day or while watching the game...

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 02:06:39 | More by russpowell
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drabmuh

Maryland

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was seriously one of the best kölsch beers I've ever had, no exaggeration.

Served on draft in a Schlafly Kölsch glass, kind of cool. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Forms a thick white head of medium and large bubbles that leaves some lacing on the glass. Carbonation is steady and made up of large bubbles that rise quickly through the beer but fail ultimately to prop the head up. Looks pretty good.

The aroma is a bit weak, slightly grainy, slightly sweet, nothing much to say about it.

The cleanliness of this beer is wonderful. There is no aftertaste that I usually associate with this style. Its nice and mildly sweet up front, some bitterness in the back from the grains, but overall its well connected and nice feel in the mouth from the carbonation. I could session this thing all night long.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2010 16:43:07 | More by drabmuh
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-13-2014 11:50:42 | More by SocalKicks
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-11-2014 14:04:09 | More by Slatetank
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-01-2014 13:31:03 | More by mendvicdog
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-24-2013 21:51:49 | More by imperialking
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

10-03-2013 18:25:07 | More by MarkyMOD
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

05-17-2013 23:44:01 | More by oriolesfan4
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Huhzubendah

District of Columbia

3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Big Bear Café in D.C.

The beer is golden yellow and clear with a small white head. The aroma offers lager yeast, fruity esters, grain. Light and refreshing. Malty, with some subtle earthy notes. A tad sweet initially, with some sweet notes mid to late palate. Mild hop presence. Refreshing. This is a solid beer and hit the spot.

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2013 01:10:26 | More by Huhzubendah
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plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retrntion and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront grassy hop and clean grainy pilsner malt.

The taste consisted of vibrant grassy hops and a clean pilsner graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable kolsch.

Serving type: on-tap

12-31-2013 21:02:40 | More by plaid75
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smakawhat

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass.

An off white very large head is produced that is very soapy. It sits on a pale amber body with pin head sized carbonation from the bottom. Head falls slowly but is very pock marked. Some sticky lacing while drinking.

Smells very clean, airy grass and malt whisps of small grain and something distinct I can't pinpoint (but I like it!). Kind of smells like sunflower seeds (that gray pulp ya know). Small but delightful nose.

Taste is malty thick body for this style, and kind of empty BUT the finish is giant slow rising bread. It creeps up on the finish and after a few seconds there is a wonderful baked bread taste!

Overall this is a great solid Kolsch, kind of ambushes you a bit I like that!

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2011 17:08:23 | More by smakawhat
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Latarnik

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

05-27-2014 17:57:27 | More by Latarnik
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glid02

Georgia

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a perfectly clear golden-straw color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of slighlty grassy aromas with good amounts of floral hops.

Tastes good. Grassy flavors are joined by solid malt flavors that are just sweet enough to keep the hop bitterness balanced. There's also a light spiciness that comes out right before the bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a nice thickness with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could have a few of these on a warm day.

Overall this beer is pretty solid and one I would have again - worth a shot.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 21:28:37 | More by glid02
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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2012 21:30:04 | More by THECPJ
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TurdFurgison

Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle from Sean9689 as part of a DLD trade. The beer is pale yellow color, very clear, with a thick slab of rocky foam that laces onto the glass. The aroma is subdued but spot on, unassuming malt with some grass or musky funk. The taste is classic kolsch, balanced between lightly toasted malt and grassy hops. Very well done, this is my style for "sessioning", the highest possible standard of drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2009 23:28:55 | More by TurdFurgison
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harpus

Alabama

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

04-07-2014 20:12:09 | More by harpus
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scruffwhor

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Thanks to n8dietz for this pick-up....again!

Golden hay and sunshine color. No head really, just a simple foam of flat white. Nice bubbling.

A very faint fruit aroma mixed with some less than crisp toasted malt and grass hop aromas. Very happy and easy going smell to this beer. Makes me think of Summer on the porch.

Very light fruit upfront that gets pushed out by toasted pilsner malts and some crisping hops that round the flavor out at the finish.

The palate is simple, a little dry up front, wets in the middle, and finishes crisp and resfreshing. This makes for a superbly drinkable Summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 02:21:45 | More by scruffwhor
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tobelerone

Connecticut

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

03-30-2013 00:55:31 | More by tobelerone
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A decent level of carbonation just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a nice bright yellow with a hint of orange. Semi hazy.
S - Smells nice sweet grains, some corn and lemon grass. Mild hop presence.
T - Kind of hoppy and grains a bit harsh at first but it really grows on you. Some wheat and somewhat dry. Tasty summer brew.
M - Light to medium drinks a touch heavy than other takes on the style I have had.

Overall far from perfect I still like Dundee's and Samuel Adams version better. It's still very delicious.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2013 02:48:16 | More by DrDemento456
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bluejacket74

Ohio

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about a half inch white head. Head retention is decent, lacing is good. Aroma is grain, grapes, green apples, lemon and some floral hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but with the grainy and lemon flavors being the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's crisp and clean with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's smooth and goes down easy. I think this is a decent overall brew, and not a bad choice as a session beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2010 00:45:43 | More by bluejacket74
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twiggamortis420

Texas

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle pours a mostly clear gold color with a dense off-white head. Nice retention and sticky lacing. Nice stream of bubbles trickling to the top is pretty.

Nose has a yeasty influence for the style and has notes of pickling spice, bubblegum and maybe even some cloves! Sharp grains round out the aroma with very little contributions from the cones or alcohol.

Very smooth while still offering plenty of flavor...very nice kolsch here, one of the best I've ever had. I like the yeasty presence and light grains that dry out nicely on the finish. Kiss of noble hops to give it some grassy sharpness at the end. Very drinkable, although I could enjoy this in cold weather as well as warm. Stellar beer!

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2011 23:48:28 | More by twiggamortis420
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 482 ratings.