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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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515 Ratings
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Ratings: 515
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of spointon
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this from a 12oz brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A= Poured a nearly clear yellow gold with lots of active, streaming carbonation and a 1/2" white head. The head retained pretty well for the style.

S= Very muted in the aroma department. Slight fruitiness and good dry malt character was about it. The yeast aroma seemed lacking.

T= Very smooth and light. Subtle sweetness from the grain melded well with the light fruitiness and a kiss of hops. Finished pleasantly dry.

MF= Light bodied with a crisp carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

D= Crazy drinkable. I could session this all night, both from a flavor and ABV standpoint. Well done Schlafly!

spointon, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of davidaubrey
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I had this in a 22oz glass on tap at a bar while watching the Bears game. The mouthfeel was light and slightly sweet. The color was pale and the taste hoppy. Having lived in France and traveled in Germany, I can say that this attempt at a Kölsch beer is spot on.

davidaubrey, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of TheSarge
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Schlafly's version of this beer is about on par, except for the slight haziness in the beer. Head retention is good, and is about two fingers thick and laces pretty nicely. The color is a nice gold.

Aroma wise this is on par with a slight fruity, but hay like fragrance.

The taste gives out some honey flavors, along with a huskiness to include a light white grape taste.

Mouth feel wise this is a thirst quencher. It is crisp, clean, prickly with carbonation and leaves the palate wet. This is a great interpretation of the German style.

TheSarge, Jul 15, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Received this as an extra in a trade a couple of months ago, and just got around to drinking it. Review is from notes taken on 7/8/2010 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery/lemony yellow color; starts with a scant 1/4 finger white head that fades to a ring and thin island in the center; body is just a touch hazy and shows moderately strong carbonation; only a couple of spots of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Very dry and cracked graininess with a very faint lemony citric aspect; nose is nice and strong as it wafts out of the glass; smell is very simple and straightforward.

Taste: Actually, while I'm not much of a fan of this style, this one is actually alright; nice toasty graininess with a slightly citric lemony and bitter hoppy flavor; there is a corn-like sweet maltiness as well; aftertaste is mostly grain and a little bit of hop, much like the nose, simple and straightforward.

Mouthfeel: Body is pretty light, and the carbonation is quite strong and prickly/crisp; finish is fairly dry; certainly would not weigh you down at all.

Drinkability: While it received pretty good scores and I stated that it was really quite alright, I'm still not a huge fan of the style and that does hurt the drinkability a little bit -- I would definitely take it over a macro any day and this is a fine summer beer.

bamadog, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of feedsasquatch
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is the first of only two Kolsch's I've ever tried.

A - Clear golden yellow color. Has some head, but not very much retention (could've been the glass though).

S - A slight crisp sweetness. Not a whole lot going on in the aroma department, but this style does have its own unique smell.

T - It tastes just like it smells, crisp and slightly sweet.

M - It's crisp, and light. Makes for a good summer drink.

D - Highly drinkable. There's not a ton of flavor though, so it doesn't go with too many foods.

I enjoy drinking Kolsch's as I'm cooking dinner or grilling outside. It's very refreshing and doesn't overwhelm the palate. Which means that you're ready for a meal or a different beer right away.

feedsasquatch, Jul 06, 2010
Photo of jokelahoma
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Sportsman's Park in Joplin, MO.

Poured a beautiful light straw color, with just the slightest hint of haze. Pretty to look at!

What aroma that exists is faint. Sweet malt, barely perceptible hops, and a distinct yet subtle wine-like nose are there, but you have to look for them.

Taste follows the smell quite closely. There's a malt sweetness up front which develops into a crisp end. The white wine flavor persists throughout, which is fine for the style. Hops really never make their presence known flavor-wise, which is also fine. Overall this tastes as a Kolsch should taste.

The mouthfeel plays hide and seek a bit. It starts light and crisp, moves to an almost creamy feel mid-drink, then fades back to a light finish. That makes this more substantial than some watery examples, and adds to the overall impression of the beer.

This is really nicely done. An easy drinking Kolsch well suited to hot Midwestern summers.

jokelahoma, Jun 12, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

scruffwhor, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of jking206
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I've never had a Kolsch before, but it was the guest beer at my local brewpub, so I thought I'd give it a chance. The color is a very transparent yellow with a thin head that disappears quickly. Very effervescent with a slightly sweet aroma. The taste is light and clean with a ssweet yeasty aftertaste. This beer is very refreshing on a hot day, and I can see myself drinking this beer on a regular basis.

jking206, May 31, 2010
Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never had a kolsch before but I thought I'd give this one a whirl. It's almost like a cross between a pale ale and a pilsner. It's transparent and lemon yellow in color and pours a thin layer of white head which recedes quickly yet leaves a nice creamy lacing. Also lots of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Smell is fruity and a bit musty from the yeast. Flavor is sweet upfront with just a touch of citrusy hops. Well balanced and nothing really dominates. Yeasts are detectable in the back and well into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Lots of bubbles and a semi-dry finish. It wouldn't be too hard to slam a few of these down in a short period. Not sure how it compares to others within the style but its not too bad! I got this one in a sampler pack and I probably won't be buying it by itself but its alright for something a little different.

bnes09, May 10, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

drabmuh, May 06, 2010
Photo of soju6
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works.

The beer is a light golden color with a decent head that fades. The smell is lemony and herbal. The taste is slightly lemony and crisp. It has a light body with a dry finish and is very refreshing. The beer was much better than I expected. It goes down easy and is very satisfying. This looks like a good summer brew or anytime actually.

soju6, May 01, 2010
Photo of Tinfoilrcr
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Star gold, and hazy. Very little head and no lcaing.

N- Lemongrass and crisp bitterness.

T- Lemongrass, hint of sweet malts, and lots of citrus and earthy hops.

M- Light and refreshing, with lots of carbonation.

D- very easy. Definitely a session beer.

Tinfoilrcr, Mar 14, 2010
Photo of baos
4.55/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Hazy honey-straw color with a 2 finger white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S: I love the lemony grain aroma. Grassy herbal hops and clover-honey.

T: I believe these types of brews are quickly becoming my favorite. I would have to say this beer reminds me of my favorite brew Landbier brewed by Brauerei Kapsreiter; however, the Landbeir is considered a German Pilsner, I think it tastes very Kolsch-like. In the Schlafly Kolsch I love how the malts and hops work together. This beer is more refreshing than lemonade. Grassy hops with some lemongrass notes ends with a nice tart dryness.

M: Light to medium with a nice bubblyness.

D: I almost didn't buy this because I wasn't expecting it to be so good. I'm glad I did. This beer is super refreshing and when summer breaks I will schedule a camping trip just so i can pack a case of these.

baos, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

bluejacket74, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of kopper65
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear, golden color, just slightly darker than a lager. Poured with a nice head. Not much of an aroma, although I do detect a little citrus. Very similar nose feel to a lager with malt and hop subleties pulling through. Taste is very malty, with a slight hoppy, citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I'm used to, and maybe a bit watery, but is perfect for warmer weather when you're looking for a good, smooth, refreshing, flavorful beer. Seems slightly under-carbonated to me (I wouldn't go so far as saying it's "flat"), but that doesn't ruin its appeal. Drinkability is very good. I could see myself easily throwing back several of these with no problem.

kopper65, Jan 06, 2010
Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.55/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works on Southwest Ave.

A - Pours a strong golden straw color. With a nice 2 finger head that is quick in leaving. Leaves a thin film if anything.

S - Smell of grains and fresh bread. With some hints of citrus fruit.

T - Taste of sweet bready malt wiht some citrus aftertaste from the hops. Some leafy character to it that is mild but appealing. Not much to this beer but a good Schlafly effort.

M - Light and thin with lower carbonation.

D - Very high

JoEBoBpr, Dec 18, 2009
Photo of Urbancaver
3.43/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice light pour with a tiny bit of head. The colour is not the most appealing.

Aroma- Smells sweet and almost a bit orangy.

Taste- Light and well balanced. The hops compliment the citrus nicely. A bit watered down but fairly well balanced

Mouthfeel- Thinner then I would like but leaves a sweet taste on my tongue

Drinkability- Very enjoyable. Light and mildly carbonated making it an easy drink

Urbancaver, Dec 05, 2009
Photo of SpecialK088
2.75/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured into a perfect pint glass from Sam Adams

A-Very Very pale yellow with no head or lacing looks liek apple juice to be honest.

S-Nose is pretty delacate but sweet and grassy. Grains and a very small citrus note are noticeable.

T-Tastes like stale water...Has some light grain undertones with a hint of barely. There is a bitterness in the very back of the beer but I cant tell if it really has anything to do with the hops. refreshing beer but the small bitterness that lingers seems to defeat that pourpose as it feel like I need something else to drink.

M-Like stated above is like water very thin near no body at all

D-Dont see any reason why I would ever buy this beer again there are way to many refreshing beers that have far more to offer

SpecialK088, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of fropones
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A nice clear straw yellow with about 1 finger of white head on top. Smell is of muscat grapes and some citrus. A nice crisp flavor to it with more of that muscat taste. Some bread malt and lemon zest. A nice light mouthfeel that is quite refreshing. Not as dry in the finish as I would have liked, however. Drinkability is good. Goes down smooth and is real easy to drink.

fropones, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of Dave412
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pale golden color, finger+ length head.

N. Spicy smells, moderate/strong, interesting

T. No real individual standout tastes, little bit grainy, but overall solid.

M. Medium bodied, almost full. Very well balanced.

D. Could drink several in a row, especially in the summer.

Overall a solid, well crafted beer in my opinion.

Dave412, Oct 06, 2009
Photo of Mechphisto
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Inch thick white head that lasts very briefly leaving a light, nearly non-existant lacing. 
A pure, golden color. Bright and clear appearance. 
Crisp, light smell. Light floral.  
Light, very crisp and carbonated mouthfeel. Easy to drink.
Malty. A little lemony and light peppery. Almost too crisp too taste an initial taste. Little sour on the back end.
In general, a good, easy drinking beer.  

Mechphisto, Aug 28, 2009
Photo of Jayli
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 8/12/09 on tap at Schlafly Bottle Works in St. Louis
This beer pours a clear light yellow with a thin white bubbly head. Head receded rapidly on this beer leaving spotty lacing behind. Nose is grainy, some malts and a hint of lemon. Taste is grains and grassiness up front, moving in to a light but definitive malt bodied, in the finish there is a touch of lemon and pepper. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, there is a clean crisp taste to this beer. If only Schalfy distributed to MA, this would FOR SURE be my summertime beer!

Jayli, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Monkeyknife, Aug 17, 2009
Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A- Pours a clearer golden pale yellow. Nice 1 finger fluffy white head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Nothing to special about this beer but I expect that from a Kolsch.

S- Big malty smells upfront. Big bready smell along with some grassy lemony off tones to it. Some slight hop to this as well...light fruity citrus smell.

T- Big malty bready taste to this from the get go. Not a bad taste. The ending is more of a crisp hop bitterness to it. I keep getting a metalic aftertaste with this. It makes this beer not as good as it could be!

M- Light mouthfeel to this. Good clean carbonation is just enough to let the beer glide gently over the palate making for a easy drinker. Nice malty taste left on the tounge.

D- My only complaint about this Kolsch is the metalic tinge to it. Other than that this has been a very good tasting Kolsch. Not my favorite style by far but this was enjoyable.

alleykatking, Aug 06, 2009
Photo of benteach
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden yellow color with a thinish line of foam, left quickly. Carbonation throughout the drink.
Smell of grain, just a hint of hops. Tastes great. Malt is a distinct flavor.
Tastes like a good German beer should.
A great addition to a hot summer day.

benteach, Jul 11, 2009
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