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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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557 Ratings
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Ratings: 557
Reviews: 180
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 16
Gots: 51 | 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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Photo of Naugros
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big kolsch snob. I rate every kolsch against Reissdorf and have yet to find any American-brewed kolsch worthy of consideration. So far, this is the closest I've found. The color is right, just a shade above straw, and the head is good with a high, dense structure, but it's not crystal clear. And this isn't chill haze. Bummer.

Light malts and noble hops dominate the nose but not oppressively so like many beers advertised on television bragging about the buttload of noble hops they use.

The taste and body is nice and light, crisp and dry with just a small bit of aftertaste. Again, the malt is light and the hops aren't overdone but remain minimally fragrant.

I'd prefer it a little lighter and a cleaner finish, but this isn't too damn bad.

Naugros, Oct 08, 2011
Photo of chchchchia
4.43/5  rDev +21%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of my all time favorites from Schlafly.

A-Pours a crystal clear pale yellow, almost amber. A 1 finger head occurs from the pour that fades to a slim line. Beautiful lacing and bubbles, the latter owing to the clarity.

S - Fruity esters, similar to a pilsner. Wheat play a prominent role here.

T- Wheat hits you up front, followed by a fruity taste. Almost a biscuit like taste follows (think english pale/2 row). The beer finishes clean and slightly bitter.

M - Medium to light in body, and moderate in carbonation. No diacetyl to speak of.

D - Oh so very high. This is a very clean and light beer that craft and non craft drinkers alike could enjoy. It's a great beer to take to your hammock and relax on a summer or early autumn afternoon. If only Schlafly was carried down south.

chchchchia, Sep 30, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

light amber, bordering on a golden color. A nice sized head of white foam then rose up over the top to take a hold on the glass, reaching a height of around two inches and then settled back down to leave a bare top with minimal lacing. No real side glass presence was noticed, though there was some nice carbonation.

The aroma was rather light, touches of caramel malts, light bready tones and a hint of banana were all that were readily noticeable, not bad really, would have liked a bit more of a pop in it though if I am being honest. The flavor was very nice though. Rich notes of biscuit and bready malts, layered on top of a light fruity spike of flavor. Some nice touches of grain coming through mid palate before dropping back into a smooth, and subtle feel. Crisp and clean finish

mikesgroove, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of FanofHefe
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Schlafly Taproom in a pint glass. Crystal clear, light yellow body with a two-finger white head. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves a little lacing.

Light aroma overall, with only a little grainy biscuit and a little lemon.

Very nice flavor. Light, sweet malt, lemongrass, a minor note of hops, and a very crisp clean finish. Excellent flavor mix.

Very drinkable; will be my new go-to Kolsch from now on.

FanofHefe, Sep 16, 2011
Photo of lanamj
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got as an extra on a trade. Poured into a Terrapin barrel mug glass.

A- Nice clear gold with a fast foamy head that barely stuck around. Thin lacing that clings to the edge of the glass

S- Sweet malts and crisp aromas such as hay, yeast and honey.

T- Nice cereal flavor with honey and crisp bread. It finishes so smooth with a slight hoppy bitterness.

M- Nice and refreshing. It goes down smooth and crisp. Although not my favorite style this beer is not bad at all. The carbonation is balanced and the feel is smooth and very approachable.

O- A good beer for the style. I could see this being perfect for outdoor events on a sunny day. It's easy drinking also nice and refreshing

lanamj, Sep 15, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a straw yellow body with a lot of carbonation...a one finger, creamy, white head formed...it showed great staying power as it held its one finger height...nice lacing

S - A lot of sweetness going on with loads of caramel and fruit...a light biscuit aroma as well

T - The flavors start off sweet again with caramel and toffee leading the way...some lighter fruity notes are underlying and adding to the sweetness...the middle presents a buttery biscuit and grain flavor...grassy hops start to emerge once the beer has the chance to warm

M - Medium bodied...sometimes showing that it's light...creamy with soft carbonation

O - This was my first offering from Schlafly and it was a nice relief to have this hot summer...a creamy, light, refreshing Kolsch

thain709, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of droomyster
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

droomyster, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of longbongsilver
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

longbongsilver, Sep 02, 2011
Photo of cadizkyguy
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

cadizkyguy, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of bugaboo416
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

bugaboo416, Aug 23, 2011
Photo of climax
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

climax, Aug 22, 2011
Photo of GossageBrewery
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

GossageBrewery, Aug 18, 2011
Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

AmericanGothic, Aug 03, 2011
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +12%
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.

Brent, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of beer2day
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

beer2day, Jul 22, 2011
Photo of iadler
3.55/5  rDev -3%
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.

iadler, Jul 05, 2011
Photo of argock
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

argock, Jul 02, 2011
Photo of tapman
4.18/5  rDev +14.2%
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.

tapman, Jun 10, 2011
Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
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.

tronester, May 28, 2011
Photo of beerdown77
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

beerdown77, May 26, 2011
Photo of IronLover
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

IronLover, May 16, 2011
Photo of rrski198
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

rrski198, May 05, 2011
Photo of gford217
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

gford217, Apr 24, 2011
Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

smakawhat, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of tfarmstrong
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
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.

tfarmstrong, Apr 04, 2011
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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