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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: 3.69
pDev: 12.2%
Wants: 13
Gots: 34 | FT: 1
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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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Brent

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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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cadizkyguy

Kentucky

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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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Steedee

Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2011 06:51:59 | More by Steedee
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OatherS

Kansas

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2005 22:49:11 | More by OatherS
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spointon

Illinois

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2010 17:52:00 | More by spointon
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Dave412

Missouri

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2009 22:28:01 | More by Dave412
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mynie

Indiana

4.08/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2008 03:04:45 | More by mynie
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merlin48

Kentucky

4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-03-2006 21:49:32 | More by merlin48
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jokelahoma

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-12-2010 19:48:47 | More by jokelahoma
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dar482

New York

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear straw golden color. It’s actually quite light and looks a bit like white wine with the clear yellow, slight tinge of green color.

The aroma, you get tons of honey, tons and tons of sweet sweet grains, corn, a gentle amount of lemon grass, there’s a spiciness in there too, like juniper, along with lemon and citrus.

The flavor has a pop of fresh grassy hops. There’s a bit of sweet honey and then a good bready malt that introduces itself shortly after that.

It finishes pretty clean with a bit of grass and earthiness. It’s slightly bitter and lingers for a bit, but it’s nice. It’s a bit stronger than that kolsch grass you may get from the traditional brews.

This really hits the traditional kolsch extremely well though. I haven’t really hard many American attempts at the beer, but this is up there with the brews that I’ve had in Cologne. A bit stronger on the bitterness and less sweet than the others, but very very nice.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2013 01:55:30 | More by dar482
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chilidog

Ohio

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked thisone up on vacation, and sure glad I did. It poured a clear straw gold with a nice frothy, small bubbled white head that maintained itself well. Lace was short lived and spotty. Carbination as well as the body are medium. Taste is crisp sweet malt with a slight hop back-up. The mouth is left alittle tart but smooth hop oil feel coats with just a hint of bitter. The bottle quotes, " a well balanced mild mannered ale". I say, "yes indeed". When im in Missouri, "Show me the Schlafly"!!

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2003 01:43:19 | More by chilidog
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scratch69

Missouri

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2012 02:12:13 | More by scratch69
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navband

Michigan

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-06-2013 00:24:33 | More by navband
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drn

Idaho

4/5  rDev +8.4%

12-04-2011 17:15:20 | More by drn
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mtparty37

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-25-2012 21:17:00 | More by mtparty37
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KenC

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-27-2012 21:30:57 | More by KenC
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mirandawiddows

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

09-01-2013 17:48:37 | More by mirandawiddows
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freewill35

Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.4%

02-16-2013 02:51:53 | More by freewill35
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mdvatab

Indiana

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-20-2011 13:59:47 | More by mdvatab
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PBelt71

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.4%

08-17-2013 04:20:47 | More by PBelt71
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HURTemHIZZY

Virginia

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Subtle, but good. Pours a very clear, goldeny yellow with a finger and a lahf of pure white head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing. Smell is of cereal grains, a light citrus.

Taste is along the same lines, but notched up. Cereal grains, nice faint citrus, noticeablenoble hops but not overdone at all. Saaz? Great warm weather beer. Extremely drinkable, with a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Above average level of carbonation is suitable for this brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2010 17:20:27 | More by HURTemHIZZY
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Ursch79

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-20-2014 22:19:12 | More by Ursch79
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jtierney89

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright gold with a healthy bright white head. Clingy and standing steady at 2 fingers. Not much on the nose, grainy some floral notes.

Sweet graininess, faint flash of fruit, light body moderate carbonation. Clean tasty and easy drinking. Really nice actually and embodies the style pretty well, clean crisp and grainy with faint underlying fruity notes. Super easy to suck down

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2013 23:49:00 | More by jtierney89
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PhillyStyle

Georgia

4/5  rDev +8.4%

05-14-2012 17:21:47 | More by PhillyStyle
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Jasoncolliver

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +8.4%

06-22-2014 05:44:36 | More by Jasoncolliver
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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