Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 641
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 19
Gots: 83 | FT: 0
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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.

25 IBU
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Ratings: 641 | Reviews: 202
Photo of johnkale
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle (dated 11/15/12) received as a thank you for cat-sitting
poured into my New Glarus Pilsener glass

A - golden straw, perfect clarity, one finger of head quickly dissipates to a thin cap of foam on top, moderate lacing

S - grainy, with some lemony fruit

T - starts with sweet cereal grains, some husk in there, lemon and a slight berry like flavor, finishes dry with a pleasing mild bitterness

M - effervescent, light bodied, just a little prickly on the tongue

O - a very refreshing beer, simple but tasty, a style I always enjoy but don't see nearly enough of

Photo of badsneakerz
2.9/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Unfortunately, this beer isn't close to being representative of the Kolsch style. It's not as nutty and dry as is representative of this style of beer, the beer I'm drinking also has significant hints of dicetyl taste and nose that are far too butterscotch tasting and smelling for Kolsch. It could just be the six pack I purchased. I would try it again on tap.

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

Pours a clear golden yellow, nice and fizzy from the bottle. Small white head that is gone within seconds. Some lacing down my stange.

The nose heralds light hops, pale 2-row barley malt, no sweetness - very dry.

Malt wise, this beer is very pale, slightly sweet although mostly dry. Light, sizzling noble hops swipe the palate. Some fruity esters, pear, apple. Overall a good kolsch.

The finish wasn't quite dry enough to beat out the German Kolsches. Overall for the price, a great American kolsch. Far more accesible than German Kolsches, and certainly fresher in the US.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with excellent lacing on bright gold clear body

S: simple with mosty honey and grains

T: wet sock hops, musty grains, peppercorn.

M: fairly dry, light with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice basic kolsch. A little drier than I would like. A nice start to the flight.

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow with a rocky 1.5 finger white head. Tons of carbonation bubble help to keep the head intact.

Aroma has lot of sweet malt and a little bit of DMS although it is faint. Little bit of floral hops.

The flavor is very bready with the sweetness carrying over from the nose. There is a little bit of biscuit in there along with some lemon and pepper. All are very faint, though, with sweet bread really dominating. Finish is extremely crisp with a very light bitterness.

Overall, not an extremely complicated beer but it is extremely drinkable and a great thirst quencher on a hot day. Something I would buy all the time throughout the summer.

Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Very clear, dark golden straw color. Like an American macro, only a bit darker. The head is very thick and sticks around a while. It looks like a cloud, and as it falls, a nice lace remains.

Again, very reminiscent of an American lager, but with more character. Has a floral, buttery, grape-like smell.

Much better than I expected. Floral and fruit notes, mostly grape, with a faint hop check in the swallow.

Both a sweetness and a yeasty feel up front. Just enough of a dry, hoppy bitterness in the finish to leave you with a clean feel.

I'm still not sold on the style, but I liked this beer. Very drinkable and with the low alcohol, almost a sessionable beer that you can throw back several of during a game.

Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear golden color with two fingers worth of head. Nice retention with a fair amount of patchy lace.

Smell- Grainy with a slight hint of hops.

Taste- Biscuit-like malt flavor with faint grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very satisfying beer. An easy drinking summer brew.

Photo of mdcrouser
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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.

Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of danmouer
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Spider889
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of beagle75
3.16/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a becker glass.

A: Clear, medium golden color with over one finger of white foam head that diminishes to a persistent pad. Moderate lacing remains on the glass and a few streams of bubbles rise lazily in the column.

S: Faint fermented grain and crisp herbaceous hops are present in restrained balance. A slightly skunky sulfurous thread is also detectable, weighing a bit more than the sum of the other components, yet not derailing the nose.

T: Begins barely off-dry, with refined malt that is slightly crackery and buzzing with carbonic acidity. Nuanced tartness extends deep into the otherwise seltzery middle, then recedes in the face of swelling sweetness, late grassy hop flavors, and huskier pale malt. Bitterness is brief and very mild during the finish; vacant tartness lingers on the palate.

M: Thin viscosity, wet yet lifeless on the palate and showing relatively little felt acidity compared to the flavor, with low carbonation.

D/O: This golden ale strives to faithfully represent the kolsch style, with scattered successes. The malt bill is metered and appropriate, yet flavors become confused early on as tasted acidity runs amok. Still, the tart qualities are not wildly out-of-place in such a light beer, actually helping it to be more refreshing than the textures alone would accomplish.

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is based on a draft enjoyed (in a pilsner glass) at Rustico Ballston, which is outside of Washington, DC (See Review).

Sitting so pretty in its sleek pilsner glass, this beer can be enjoyed through sight alone - but, I would not suggest this. The body is a cheerful amber color that sits contently beneath a thick marhmellow head; look inside to view a school of carbonation bubbles racing one another to the top.

The nose has tones of butternut; the taste gives one sweet hits of grass and lemon; this noted, there is little to no finish. However, there is a clean crispiness at work here, a wonderfully light bodied beer with substance that can warm you when the weather is cool or refresh when the day is hot and stale.

As we all know, this style originates from the ancient German city of Cologne (or Koln); it is a complex hybrid that can only be brewed by a talented brewer - many try, many fail. Schlafly succeeds. This is one exemplary renditions of the style - at least as far as any American brewery is concerned. Auf Weidersehen!

Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - slightly hazy amber/goldr colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemons, hops, grains, bread

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also some lemon and a breadiness. It ends with a grainy citrus aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Overall - A tasty refreshing beer that would be well suited for the warmer weather. It reminded me a bit of a toned down bottle of victory's prima pils.

Photo of Steedee
4.11/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Excellent light bodied lager.
This beer has a ton of flavor for how light bodied and clear it is.
Not to dry or bitter, not to fruity, but packed full of mild hop flavors that will make you crack open another on a hot summer day. High carbonation make the flavors dance in your mouth, with very little or no after taste. The colder the better! One of my favorite summer beers.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.42/5  rDev +20.8%
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!

Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazy straw with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is heavy in summer smells. Some lemon, herbal and grass qualities and slightly spicy.

Starts off with a lemon and subtle fruit flavor. A bit of a cracker and light pilsner malt, finishing spicy, herbal and dry.

Mouthfeel and carb and good for the style.

One of my favorite summer beers and usually go through a six pack at minimum every summer.

Photo of bum732
3.37/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Pils malt sweetness, quite floral, some honey notes, touch of peppery hoppiness, raw grain.

L: Slight hazy golden yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Clean pils maltiness with a fairly firm herbal hoppiness. Medium low bitterness leads to some grainy dryness along with some herbal bitterness.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation. Clean overall.

Smells good, flavor a little flat. Hops a little too dominant for the style, doesn't allow the malt to shine through.

Photo of binkman
3.08/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Brilliant gold, a very slight white head that dissipated quickly, and left a faint bit of lacing on the glass.

S: No malt arome to speak of. A slight apple-peachy scent, likely from yeast ester production during fermentation. I can also detect a hint of noble hops here. Together the two come together to suggest Froot Loops.

T: Slightly sweet up front. Not very malty. The fruity character from the aroma is present, and glides into a noble hops flavor. The finish is clean with pleasant bitterness. The fruity and hoppy froot-loops flavor is pleasant at first but persists too long and gets old by the end of the bottle.

M: Smooth and crisp with light body. It could finish a bit drier for me.

O: It's nice and drinkable, but probably better with some food. By itself the aftertaste is a little unpleasant and I was hoping for a bit more maltiness.

Photo of Naugros
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
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.

Photo of chchchchia
4.41/5  rDev +20.5%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
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

Photo of FanofHefe
4.3/5  rDev +17.5%
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.

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

Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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