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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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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THECPJ

Delaware

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Missouri

3.98/5  rDev +8.4%

Pretty standard for a kolsch - clearly golden, with faint white head.

Crisp and bready - smells like spent grains.

To me, that's much like what a kolsch should be. Malty, nutty, crisp to close. Nothing over the top. A good German style from a city with its roots in Germany.

The carbonation is like little pin pricks on the tongue.

Enjoyable, easy to drink - great for the summer.

07-15-2012 03:01:05 | More by mdcrouser
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MathNut

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-14-2012 05:29:33 | More by MathNut
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denimdemon

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

07-13-2012 22:35:21 | More by denimdemon
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JJOVa

Virginia

3/5  rDev -18.3%

07-13-2012 01:04:05 | More by JJOVa
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dwhitney


1/5  rDev -72.8%

07-11-2012 18:34:29 | More by dwhitney
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jkrich

Indiana

3.9/5  rDev +6.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a "Bottled with live on..." date. This was very attractive in the glass with a bright and clear golden with a creamy, sustained white-head.
The aroma was fresh and sweet with some spicy overtones of European hops.
For a hot day this was an excellent thirst quencher with a consistent soft and creamy mouthfeel with a a crisp and refreshing hop profile complemented by sweet cracker-like malt flavor. The hints of lemon only add to the thirst quenching quality. The carbonation was rather subtle for the style. There was very little lingering aftertaste, but this is not intended as a complex ale.
This is a fine, light-bodied quaffable ale in the kolsch tradition. I have yet to be disappointed with Schlafly.

07-07-2012 22:57:07 | More by jkrich
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HumanParaquat

Indiana

4/5  rDev +9%

07-06-2012 02:23:37 | More by HumanParaquat
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gunclubchris

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-30-2012 17:08:28 | More by gunclubchris
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danmouer

Virginia

4.53/5  rDev +23.4%

The temperature is 105 F today in Virginia. Kölsch time.

The Shafly poured brilliant light golden, with nicely active foamy head that falls moderately fast. The pilsner malt aroma is gently emphatic and telegraphs the flavor profile. Starts of with a soft malty entrance, quickly braced and balanced by a gently firm hop backbone. The finish is long, smoothly bitter, very refreshing and satisfying. In the mouth the impression is crisp, clean, and refreshing.

I notice lots of folks have graded this brew as somewhat mediocre. I could not agree less. Schafley's Kölsch is right on the target, stylistically, and a fresh, refreshing, superior example of the style. I enjoyed this beer today, and I intend to do so again and again.

06-29-2012 22:03:53 | More by danmouer
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KenC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +9%

06-27-2012 21:30:57 | More by KenC
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Xibalba

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

06-17-2012 22:35:55 | More by Xibalba
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BWHD

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

06-05-2012 21:35:14 | More by BWHD
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59rockabilly

Kansas

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

06-05-2012 00:10:54 | More by 59rockabilly
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brandoneverett


3/5  rDev -18.3%

05-29-2012 01:22:29 | More by brandoneverett
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Spider889

Ohio

3.85/5  rDev +4.9%

Sixer purchased in Bowling Green, KY (Schlafly please distribute to OH). Bottle date is: 12/29/2011.

I wasn't impressed with the age, but this has been in a cooler the entire time as far as I can tell (vs the room temp sixer I saw at another store), so I figured I would give this a shot. Plus, I was pouring homebrewed Kolsch all weekend and wanted to see how mine stood up to a commercial example.

Poured into a Kirta Halbe stange. The beer is a pale straw color with brilliant clarity and a short cap of white head that sticks around long enough to be appreciated.

The aroma is rich and grainy with a restrained noble hop floral quality. Delicate and inviting, though not overly complex.

The flavor is equally satisfying yet restrained. Again, grains make up the dominant portion of the beer's character. Cracked wheat and moderate bitterness play off each other well.

Carbonation is a tad sharp, though appropriate to style. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a honey-like texture (not sweetness or flavor).

Overall a very satisfying brew, especially given the near 100 degree weather we're having this Memorial Day weekend. I would happily buy this again, especially if I could find it really fresh.

05-28-2012 21:12:19 | More by Spider889
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YalovaIA

Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-28-2012 19:46:52 | More by YalovaIA
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tlake38

Iowa

4/5  rDev +9%

05-28-2012 00:06:35 | More by tlake38
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Iowacraft

Iowa

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-27-2012 16:24:04 | More by Iowacraft
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leinie13

Ohio

3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

05-18-2012 02:50:34 | More by leinie13
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4/5  rDev +9%

05-14-2012 17:21:47 | More by PhillyStyle
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Packman4IL

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

05-02-2012 05:11:09 | More by Packman4IL
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rudy0908

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

05-02-2012 00:44:17 | More by rudy0908
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FreshZ

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

04-19-2012 17:14:39 | More by FreshZ
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kronusjohn

Missouri

4/5  rDev +9%

04-19-2012 07:46:25 | More by kronusjohn
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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