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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 206
Hads: 676
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 99 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 676
Photo of KI9A
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bright, slightly hazy yellow, large, thick head. Lasts a long time, and nice lace.

Smells of lemon, apples, and spice.

Tastes of cirtus, and malt. Very nice.

Finshed very crisp, and smooth. Nice beer.

Glad I picked up a 6-er, even though it is October, and time for me to hit more dopples, and dunkels, will for sure re-visit this in the summer. Might be the perfect lawn beer for me. Tasty, smooth, and refreshing.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got this brew in a trade with STLStoutAddict, Thanks Steve!

12oz bottle, 'BWL on Mar 26 2008', served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear, golden color with a fluffy white head that left good lacing.

S - sweet and earthy aroma.

T - nicely balanced with a bitter finish.

F - light and crisp.

D - at 4.5% abv this is an excellent drinking and refreshing summer beer.

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Photo of whynot44
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a respectable foamy white head that persists fairly well and creates some nice lacing.

The aroma is mildly bready with some citrus and spicy notes.

The Flavor is light malt with a very nice grapefruit hops note that is a little odd for a kolsch, but a definite plus.

The body is light/medium and almost creamy in the mouth. Very smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. This should be an excellent summer cooler.

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Photo of onansalad
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is the best American-made Kölsch-style beers I've tried so far, and I try Kölsches whenever I can. The body just a hair heavy for the style, but the malt/hop balance is almost perfect. I dabble in - and brew - many beers and styles, but this is one of the few beers that I buy regularly.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in downtown St. Louis and sampled in July 2005. Bottling date on bottle was also July 2005.

This kölsch poured a clear, golden color with creamy white foam. The smell was mildly hoppy and lightly malty. The taste was light bready malt with some floral hops and a mild hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and almost creamy with a nice hoppiness throughout and with medium body and good carbonation. The light hoppiness lingered in the aftertaste. This beer was very nice: smooth and very easy to drink. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a stange.
The appearance was a hazy golden color with a nice billowy foamy white head that mushroom capped and dissipated in a messy sort of entertaining way. Lacing was all over the place. I didn't mind, I guess, but like I said, was somewhat entertained.
The smell had a nice light sweet fruit reminiscent of lemon, a little bit of lime and grassy sweet hops. Light wheaty/grainy tones balance nicely.
The taste was sweet through the fruity parts and allowed the grassiness to balance. Wheaty/graininess helps to balance and smooth things out a bit in the flavor. There's not aftertaste but it has a nice sweet finish.
The mouthfeel had the wheaty/grainy part balance yet add a little bit of body to it. Carbonation felt right as a kolsch. Delicate harshness allows the IBU's to be fairly low, I'll check after the review to see how much.
Overall, now this is a kolsch by an American brewer. Those looking for them in the U.S., this is one I recommend. Also, this is a definite food beer.

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Photo of tapman
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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Photo of paulweldy
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Really lovely golden color. Subtle yeast and lemon aromas. Light to medium bodied. Crisp and refreshing with a nice bit of tang at the end. Slight grapey quality comes through on the palate.

Overall: a really nice, refreshing, summer ale that seems to fit well into the Kolsch style.

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Photo of TheSarge
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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Photo of jking206
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

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4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice mellow citrus aroma, with a hint of smoked almonds. very little lacing. half a finger head even with a medium aggressive pour. good even carbonation. I get a nice bright citrus on the palate, but not overwhelming, a slight sweetness from the malts, slightly nutty on the after, good fairly clean mouth feel. Finishes similar to a lager.

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Photo of Steedee
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear, pale yellow with a rapidly fading head. It's aroma has hints of lemon, vanilla, resin, and yeast. The flavor is wwell balanced between ginger, banana, pine, and bread notes. It leaves a pleasant ginger-like aftertaste. Schlafly Kolsch has a medium mouthfeel leading to a fairly high drinkability. It is very refreshing and went well with grilled cheese sandwiches. Recommended!

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Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of cadizkyguy
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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Photo of OatherS
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normal Schlafly bottle but the label is green.

A: Great clear golden color. Not much head but I have noticed that is pretty characteristic of Kolsches.

S: A purple grappy aroma. Subtle

T: The purple grappy aroma is present in the flavor, interesting. Also has that hoppy bight like it should. Pretty good Kolsch.

M: Clean and crisp.

D: Great summer time beer.

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Photo of Mechphisto
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
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.  

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Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
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!

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Photo of Dave412
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
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.

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Photo of mynie
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored hurriedly into a tall glass yet still there is no real sign of a head. Hmm... Dark yellow and perfectly clear. Like looking through the translucent plastic handle of a screwdriver.

Smells more like what I'm used to finding in a Kolsch. Big nodes of sunshine, grass, weeds, and hay. Just a little bit of european hops balance things out really well.

Tastes quite crisp and refreshing. The yeast that Schlafly uses is remarkably smooth. Big nodes of weedy malt, like walking through a field at dusk in the summer. Nice, sweet aftertaste with light hints of lemongrass.

Just about everything I look for in a Kolsch.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, a new arrival at Winetree Liquors on Washington Street in Evansville, Indiana, which recently hosted a Schlafly beer tasting. This one pours a clear, medium yellow body with a two finger head that is just slightly offwhite. Sketchy patch lacing is present. Aroma is subtle, with grassy and spicy hops and a backdrop of honey and caramel maltiness. A faint note of grainy corn is noted. Mouthfeel is light medium with crisp carbonation. Taste is subtle and well balanced, the way a good Kolsch should be. Slightly fruity, but not sweet. A bit lemony, with a mild grassy hops presence that is ideal. Very tasty and highly sessionable. One of the best of style I've sampled on this side of the Pond.

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet smelling of fruit, with a very floral hop scent. The flavor has soft undertones of malt, a tilt to sweetness, and a little spicy hops in the finish. Rounded and soft, the beer feels bigger than it is. Excellent.

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Photo of scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +8%
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.

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Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to our area, another small brewery from the shadow of A-B -- and another that's garnered a good rep.

Bottled on 12/30/14 -- not the freshest, but not over-the-hill.

A -- Clear, bright gold with a dense, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- Delicate breadiness, fruit esters, and DMS in good balance.

T -- Grainy malts and lightly spicy and bitter hops in a good balance up front. The spiciness lingers with some light, crisp citrus in the middle, blending into a spicy hop finish and aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- A good beer to have around with Goose Island's Summertime relegated only to the mixed 12 pack these days. Another good beer for the patio this summer.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.