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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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476 Ratings
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Ratings: 476
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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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droomyster

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with one finger's worth of white foam with good retention. Aromas are pleasantly grainy and grassy but not much else. Flavors are simple but perfectly balanced. Grain flavors are most apparent on the front and mid-palates before lemony hops finish it out. Everything about this beer is straightforward. There are no harsh edges to be negotiated and the overall effect is quite refreshing. All of this is consistent with the world's better kolsches.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2011 06:28:08 | More by droomyster
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longbongsilver

Missouri

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Felt like trying a new style, never had a kolsch before.

Mug fills a really clear canary yellow, lots of fizz on the sides & head of about an inch an' a half. Has a kind of apple scent, plus something peppery somehow. Not particularly sticking out on either count, but whatever, the taste is what matters. Let's see how it does on that...

A lemon type of background joins in, and...wheat? At least, something bread-like that has me thinking of wheat, even though this isn't a wheat beer. Even stranger, after it warms a bit some diacetyl pops up. Suppose it makes sense if I'm thinking bread that butter would come next, and I actually welcome it. Slightly oily, much richer mouth than I'd ever have expected for something so unassuming in the glass, carbonation calms down quickly but is still present to the last sip.

If I'd judged this by its cover I'd have been suspicious I'd picked up a dud. Good thing I didn't, because this is actually a damn nice casual brew.

Serving type: bottle

09-02-2011 05:22:01 | More by longbongsilver
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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It took me some time to get around to trying this style and I'm glad I chose Schlafly's..

I know some of my thoughts here might make no sense to the seasoned beer reviewer.. but this beer encompasses some of the finer attributes of my other favorite beers -- such as the tart smell of Samuel Adams' Noble Pils (Czech Pilsener), the bitter aftertaste of Metropolitan's Flywheel Lager (German Pilsener), the mouthfeel of Bell's Oberon (American Pale Wheat Ale) and the overall enjoyment of a Three Floyds Gumballhead (American Pale Wheat Ale).

This is a well crafted Kolsch. No reason to try any other in this style. Too bad it's only a summer seasonal for Schlafly. That's the only negative.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 07:02:13 | More by cadizkyguy
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bugaboo416

New York

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

A: I love this color of clear bright yellow, which screams sunlight and summertime

S: lightly malty

T: clean, crisp on first sip , with a slight malt flavor and bitterness at the end

M: light

O: Drink it fast and drink it fun. Not much more to say other than it is a good example of a Kolsch beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2011 03:16:48 | More by bugaboo416
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climax

Missouri

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a melted butter yellow, clarity is pretty sharp.

Subtle flavors in the aroma, but they are somewhat complex. The noble hop character is evident, but soon gets surpassed by grains, nutty, and buttery flavor.

The flavor has more fruity esters than I had anticipated from the nose. Sweet notes of strawberry and honey mingle with otherwise earthy hop tones. Diacetyl and light grains make up the light backbone.

The feel is very sharply carbonated, it's never fizzy but it has a punch. The body is heavier than expected with a nice slickness.

It's definitely a solid summer beer, with enough flavor and body to satisfy. A good effort on a rather unexciting style.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 23:59:03 | More by climax
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GossageBrewery

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured this Kolsch from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. it pours a crystal clear pale gold color, it produces a nice thick white, creamy head. Head retention is excellent and lacing is average. The aroma has a nice base of grain and there is some slight citrus notes and suggestions of butternut squash. The taste of this ale brings to mind fresh baked bread, lemon and a slightly dry finish. The body is medium. Decent example of the style, excellent session beer. Outstanding gateway beer. Something a Bud Light drinker would enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2011 02:26:50 | More by GossageBrewery
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AmericanGothic

Iowa

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear golden color with one finger of billowy, near-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Bright, sweet hay and light sweet malt underneath.

T: Light sweet malt up front, swells a bit in the middle with faint vinous whispers and a gentle hop bitterness creeping in at the end.

M: Light and soda-like.

O: A nice example of the style, quite refreshing and perfect for a warm day. Schlafly has just started distributing in Iowa this week-- looking forward to trying more of their beers!

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2011 22:52:50 | More by AmericanGothic
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Brent

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 14:26:38 | More by Brent
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beer2day

North Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up yellow gold pour with practically no head. Very little visible carbonation. Mild lace.

Bread and biscuit malt with light apple nose.

Fairly bright up front with a bit of crab apple and a bit of pear. Light sour finish. Fairly substantial malt body for the style with lots of raw biscuit.

What starts out fairly disappointing in appearance and smell, finishes rather strong in taste and feel. I'd get this again.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:47:30 | More by beer2day
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iadler

Illinois

3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- clear yellow with lot's of rising bubbles that creates a two finger fluffy head. Leaves thin lines of lacing.

S- Faint citrus notes such as lemon and apple with grains, grass, and bready notes.

T- Fairly sweet with some bready malt, grains, lemon, apple and pear notes.

M- Light body and medium carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

O- An above average Kolsch and a nice beer to have on a hot humid summer day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-05-2011 00:19:16 | More by iadler
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argock

Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2011 01:51:41 | More by argock
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tapman

Illinois

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden color with a white, one finger head that subsides down to a thin, speckled lace.

A lot of base (pilsner?) malt in the nose, which is to be expected, along with some sweet and mildly spicy aromatics from the hops. Yeast may be contributing to the grainy aroma with some bread-like by-products of its own. Not as much going on as something like a Reisdorf.

Grainy character not as strong as in the nose, and the big hops (big for a kolsch, anyways) covers up that base malt taste pretty well. Bitterness is higher than in others I've had, which I like, and it finishes pretty clean.

Not too harsh, but crisp enough to be refreshing.

An above average Kolsch from St. Louis' own Schlafly's. Their brews are pretty sessionable and this one is no exception.

Serving type: bottle

06-10-2011 01:31:33 | More by tapman
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tronester

Oklahoma

3.58/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden with a big white head. Smells of light pilsner malt. Taste is sweet grassyness up front, with a sweet bready middle and a lemony clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full low carbonation. I like this beer it is light and refreshing, and the low alcohol is a plus.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2011 00:26:58 | More by tronester
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beerdown77

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours hazy, pale yellow with a sudsy white head. There is very little retention or lacy, but I wasn’t expecting any from this style. It’s very clean and refreshing. I hate to say it, but the smell is like a BMC, It kinda has that dirty/sweet pilsner taste, but this is still a craft beer quality beverage. I can taste malt and hops, and this is overall refreshing. I would prefer a little more bitter and a little less sweet, but I’m not going to split hairs, this is easy to drink and pretty good.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2011 17:40:41 | More by beerdown77
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IronLover

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on 3/2/2011. Pale, but bright yellow in color with a slight haze. Impressive, dense head of foam with excellent staying power. Light malty aroma with hints of grass and hay. On the lighter side of medium bodied with assertuve carbonation. Llight malty/bicuity flavor throughout with a brief prickly spice in the middle. Finishes very clean and refreshing. A great summer ale.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2011 02:40:37 | More by IronLover
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rrski198

Georgia

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

A: Beautiful huge billowy head with great lacing. Head disapates quickly, but it was beautiful.

S: sweet light malt. Honey yeasty scent. mild mild hop back bone.

T: slight maltyness with a brief spice. Very lite. The flavor comes and goes quickly. Similar to a lager but with a little more body and spice.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Mild spice.

O: Really refreshing. Not a qhole lot of complex flavors going on, but i guess for the style, it is really nice.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 01:16:19 | More by rrski198
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gford217

Georgia

3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2011 04:05:50 | More by gford217
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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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tfarmstrong

Arkansas

4.53/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well from the bottle with a pale golden color and a lasting head. Very nice.

S - Pale Malt smell prehaps the only noticable disappointment is no real hops smell like some of the German varieties

T - Crisp and simple, an excellent combination of light malt and hops with a refreshing finish

M - Good carbonation which adds to the crispness of the beer

O - While not as good as the German varieties I have had but this could simply be the difference between the bottle and the tap. I do remember Fruh (in my mind the pinnacle of the style) being much much better from the tap, but I don't think I will get to experience this beer that way. If I do I will be sure to review again. Aside from that small shortfall, a very nice rendition of this quite rare style (at least on this side of the pond). Will happily find and drink this one again.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 23:45:04 | More by tfarmstrong
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secondtooth

Indiana

3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold, with superb white head and nice lace. Good showing in appearance.

Nose is sweet and malty, not much going on there.

Taste is mild, but with a little hoppy zing. Overall, this is a light and enjoyable session kolsch. Not outstanding, but solid enough.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:50:23 | More by secondtooth
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OldIronLungs

Massachusetts

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fingers of fluffy whipped eggwhite foam and a pale straw color into a pint glass before settling to a quarter finger of unwavering head.

Not too much nose, sweet breadyness mostly - A taste is light and grassy and sweet with light carbonation almost reminiscent of a pilsner.

A fine beer one could have a few of - not my preferred style, but not upset.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2011 23:57:58 | More by OldIronLungs
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SolomonGrundy

California

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine ale from great trader Brian44556....Cheers, mate.

I like that they follow Euro conventions and call it a Kolsch STYLE ale, not simply a Kolsch...Like Champagne, Kolsch is a regional style...

Super clear, pale straw, lemonade-like color. Excellent carbonation. A finger or two of soapy head covers the clarity for a moment and then clears the way. Faint foam at the rim. So far it's certainly to style...

Nose is to be expected. Very malty, in particular a crystal malt like note. Some biscuity notes crawl around there and roll up into the corner, out of the way. A touch of sweetness that reminds me of salt water taffy hangs out for a space, then he also curls up. It's to style, but uneventful thus far.

Flavor is super malty, as one might expect. This has other stuff going on, though. The carbonation is nice and doesn't get in the way. I get a huge portion of lemonade-like flavors right in the early middle of this beer. Sharp and citrusy. This gives way to a very round and warm late middle that shows a bunch of bread-like notes - some hint of sourdough bread even. If I didn't know better (and like usual I don't) I'd almost swear they are using some kind of adjunct in here to solicit these flavors. They are unique. The finish shows a touch of alcohol, but mostly the waning moon of the malt flavors. Not a whole lot of hops, I BELIEVE there are some closing this beer out, but they aren't prominent. All-in-all a decent but uneventful beer. Probably very well priced and only 4.5% alcohol.

What I like most: The nice color.

What I like least: The uneventful nature of this brew.

Verdict: Probably very well priced and therefore drinkable to the nines, but not something special.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2011 02:56:16 | More by SolomonGrundy
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Samalamahamdam

Missouri

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a light refreshing flavor that makes it a great summer beer. The bottle I had was made in December, so I wonder what it is doing in winter. I only think that it is popular enough to brew year round, but it is better to wait till summer. Clarity and color are good. It is one of my favorite in the Kolsh category.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2011 00:06:09 | More by Samalamahamdam
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and crystal clear. Bubbles rising lazily from the laser etching in my goblet. Not too much head but lacing is pretty good.

Smells grainy and fruity. A touch of hops. A touch of citrus. Smelled a bit like a hef.

Taste explosion! Surprisingly tasty stuff. Fruity and citrusey. Lightly hopped. Somewhat grainy like a pilsner, but slick and coating. A little bit sweet. Delicious.

Feels typical and light-bodied with good carbonation.

Could be a good gateway beer for newer craft drinkers. Very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2011 21:47:44 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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yeahnatenelson

Illinois

3.35/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/15/2010

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw hue with a finger of fizzy white head.

Smell -- Lemon, dry grasses, white pepper, sliced plum, and husky grain.

Taste -- Hopping is assertive with grassy, spicy, noble hop character as well as some lemon zest. Malting is adequate with dry cereal, husky grain, and plum sweetness. Lingering flavors of lemon pith and dry pale malt.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation. Finish is chalky and dry.

Drinkability -- Not bad, but not among my favorite of the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2010 21:16:55 | More by yeahnatenelson
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