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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 677
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 98 | FT: 0
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The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Kölsch |  4.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Thrasher on 07-09-2002

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.

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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 677
Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

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Photo of glid02
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Typical kolsch yeast aroma, with a fairly sweet, doughy malt character at the base.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing initially, with a fruity touch,a lightly sweet, bready backbone, and a slightly bitter finish. It's a bit more malty than most, and diacetyl becomes evident as it warms.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear straw golden color. It’s actually quite light and looks a bit like white wine with the clear yellow, slight tinge of green color.

The aroma, you get tons of honey, tons and tons of sweet sweet grains, corn, a gentle amount of lemon grass, there’s a spiciness in there too, like juniper, along with lemon and citrus.

The flavor has a pop of fresh grassy hops. There’s a bit of sweet honey and then a good bready malt that introduces itself shortly after that.

It finishes pretty clean with a bit of grass and earthiness. It’s slightly bitter and lingers for a bit, but it’s nice. It’s a bit stronger than that kolsch grass you may get from the traditional brews.

This really hits the traditional kolsch extremely well though. I haven’t really hard many American attempts at the beer, but this is up there with the brews that I’ve had in Cologne. A bit stronger on the bitterness and less sweet than the others, but very very nice.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
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!

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. At Fiddlers Hearth South Bend.
Crystal clear light gold pour. Little bit of whispy white head.

Bready, yeasty aroma. Clean.

Taste follows suit. Light bready malt. Some herbal tones, citrus and faintest hops.

Certainly lighter bodied and easy to drink.

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Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored hurriedly into a tall glass yet still there is no real sign of a head. Hmm... Dark yellow and perfectly clear. Like looking through the translucent plastic handle of a screwdriver.

Smells more like what I'm used to finding in a Kolsch. Big nodes of sunshine, grass, weeds, and hay. Just a little bit of european hops balance things out really well.

Tastes quite crisp and refreshing. The yeast that Schlafly uses is remarkably smooth. Big nodes of weedy malt, like walking through a field at dusk in the summer. Nice, sweet aftertaste with light hints of lemongrass.

Just about everything I look for in a Kolsch.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from bitchstick.

Pours a really light golden yellow with a small creamy white head that recedes to s thin collar and stream of bubbles feeding a pack of bubbles in the middle.

Light sweet grains and bready malts in the background. But the real dominant force is the grassy hops, really crisp.

The taste is the German hops up front, crisp and grassy, maybe a hint of lemon zest. The toasted grains are the backbone here as well as a bit of toasty malts.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and lively with carbonation.

Overall, this is really nice for a kolsch, certainly drinkable. Well done.

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet smelling of fruit, with a very floral hop scent. The flavor has soft undertones of malt, a tilt to sweetness, and a little spicy hops in the finish. Rounded and soft, the beer feels bigger than it is. Excellent.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear pale yellow, not much carbonation and a one finger head. So clear I could watch my TV through it.

S-Straw, wheat, bread,, not much else.

T-Similar to the nose, straw and bread notes dominated, very faint grass was there as well. No bitterness. Nice and sweet though.

M-Light, not much carbonation however it was very crisp and refreshing.

O-A decent beer, very light, could use some more flavor, but a good lawnmowing brew.

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Photo of birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on March 27, 2008.

This poured a very pale yellow, with a nice head, looking very refreshing. Smells yeasty, with a touch of malts and hops. Schalfly's Kolsch tastes a little bland, with malt and yeast being the predominant flavors and a small hint of bitterness at the end.

This is very easy to drink and goes down like water...could drink a lot of these on a hot day playing horse shoes. I'll have to wait until it warms up a bit more to drink the rest of these...

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy straw color. The head is a three finger white shade. Fluffy in texture, it lasts a decent duration and leaves behind streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: About what I expected: grassy hops are at the forefront. I could use some more fruity esters on the nose. However, this one's all about showcasing the noble hops, and that's not exactly a bad thing.

T: The fruity qualities I was looking for on the aroma are thankfully more prevalent here. Some light notes of cherry, apple, and lemon lead to a nicely crisp, grassy finish. Nothing here rewrites the book, it's just enjoyable and very easy to drink.

M: Appropriately light and crisp. It's not entirely bone dry, however; but the light fizziness to the carbonation makes it one that could conceivably be chugged.

O: I like this one as simple refreshment on a hot day. It even has a modicum of substance to it - allowing it to escape the pratfall of mindlessness many brews of its ilk fall prey to.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stange. Bottled on 030211 on front of label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Very clear straw gold withshort 1/2-finger cap of ivory head with good retention and several half-rings of lace.

S: Fruity with crackery slightly grainy pale maltiness with grassy, herbal hopping

T: Clean and refreshing with slightly grainy pale maltiness which shows more light pear and white grape fruit flavor. The hops are a little grassy and herbal with light stinging bitterness.

M: I think this brew captures the creaminess of a kolsch very well and still maintains a good crisp edge. The body is light but it still carries the smooth coating ale quality nicely.

O: Schlafly Kolsch is one of the best kolsch-style brews I've had in a while. They manage to balance crispness and creaminess expertly and provide a really satisfying, low-ABV brew that is great for summer.

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Kolsch style is one of my favorites for hot summer weather. Schlafly does a nice job keeping this beer quite straightforward and true to style. Lively carbonation. Bright, clean malt flavor, moderate hopping with a touch of citric acidity. Great session beer here.

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Photo of jsh420
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 3/27/09

pours clear golden with a with a 2 finger white head taht leaves slight lacing down the glass

smells of lemon grassy hops and cereal grains

taste is light sweet grains and lemons

mouthfeel is light creamy and good carbonation

drinkability is perfefect for the summer - i think the germans own the summer brews light and poundable

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with STLStoutAddict, Thanks Steve!

12oz bottle, 'BWL on Mar 26 2008', served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.

S - sweet and earthy aroma.

T - nicely balanced with a bitter finish.

F - light and crisp.

D - at 4.5% abv this is an excellent drinking and refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in downtown St. Louis and sampled in July 2005. Bottling date on bottle was also July 2005.

This kölsch poured a clear, golden color with creamy white foam. The smell was mildly hoppy and lightly malty. The taste was light bready malt with some floral hops and a mild hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and almost creamy with a nice hoppiness throughout and with medium body and good carbonation. The light hoppiness lingered in the aftertaste. This beer was very nice: smooth and very easy to drink. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours clear gold, lighter at the bottom of the glass. Some residual white foam. Straw malt nose, some pils smell. Clean crisp taste. Light lemon in the end. Good firm carbonation contributes to the flavor. Some fruitiness. Nice blend, good style.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, a new arrival at Winetree Liquors on Washington Street in Evansville, Indiana, which recently hosted a Schlafly beer tasting. This one pours a clear, medium yellow body with a two finger head that is just slightly offwhite. Sketchy patch lacing is present. Aroma is subtle, with grassy and spicy hops and a backdrop of honey and caramel maltiness. A faint note of grainy corn is noted. Mouthfeel is light medium with crisp carbonation. Taste is subtle and well balanced, the way a good Kolsch should be. Slightly fruity, but not sweet. A bit lemony, with a mild grassy hops presence that is ideal. Very tasty and highly sessionable. One of the best of style I've sampled on this side of the Pond.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, just a nice, easy quaffing summer drink by Schlafly. Received a nice pint pour at Fox & Hound in Chesterfield - a golden yellow with a 1 inch white head. Aroma of grassy malts, followed by a clean, crisp taste of malts with undertones of doughy bread.

Lite bodied - very drinkable, this one makes for a perfect summer session brew as Schlafly also bottles this one for the person on the go.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like is Kolsch offered by my local microbrewer, Schlafly. Pours light gold in color with a medium white head. Smell of malt, yeast, and cream. Taste is good, malts, yeast, and slight hops. Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer but nothing my "ideal" mouthfeel (ie. no 5.0), smooth, fresh, and light-medium in body. This is a great beer to enjoy during the summer months. I will def have some of this beer in the fridge to enjoy over the upcoming months.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle (thanks to jpm30) to a pint glass. Label imprinted" Bottled With love on: Mar 28 2007". From Schlafly website:

"This light-colored, refreshing ale is THE beer of Cologne. Well-balanced and mild-mannered, this beer is great for summer. Also available in bottles. Also available at Bottleworks.

OG: 11.75
IBU: 25
CAL (12 oz.): 160"

A: Golden and lightly hazed, with little head; what there is stays low and creamy, barely a 1/4" high. Visible carbonation rises steadily.

S: Malty and bready with just the slightest of lemony/citrusy aromas. Smells perfectly of 'summer', clean grainy pale malt and lightly sweet/tart hops.

T: A squeeze of lemony hops on top of more bready malts. Dry and cracker-y until the juicier hops hit. Finishes dry in the back but with traces of sugar on the front.

M: Pretty ho-hum until a dose of carbonation and spicy lemon kicks in and lasts quite a while. Despite almost 6 months of age, still fresh, clean and smooth. Medium carbonation.

D: Tasty, clean and satisfying. A perfectly 'summery' lager that is a pleasure to drink. Nothing outstanding, but one I'd certainly have again.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a rich, foamy bright white head. Healthy lacing all around.

Aroma of earthy malts, lemon, and cloves.

The taste is bright lemon upfront followed by sweet grains, and a musty earthiness. Finishes clean with a hint of bitterness.

Lighter bodied, crisp and clean, and lightly carbonated.

An easy-drinking beer to enjoy in the summer months.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from MJR. Thanx for the hookup!

I am drinking a chilled sample from a pint glass. Brew pours bright gold in color with an energized bleached white head foaming up about 1 inch easily.
Aroma is clean and malty with some graininess, I also detect a faint grassy hop scent.

First sip, light bodied brew with almost no carbonation, little watery texture but very crisp, and refreshing on this humid summer eve.
Flavor is great! Much more fun than I was expecting, due to the style more than the brewery. Very light and fruity flavors bounce around my mouth. slightly citrusy mixed with a bit of a candy sweet presence. Finishes a little bitter with the same grassy hop flavor I found on the nose.
This is a nice brew, and surprisingly tasty as this style normally is not exciting for me. If in St. Louis in summer definitely check this out!

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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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