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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: 3.68
pDev: 12.23%
Wants: 13
Gots: 35 | 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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thefluker

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-31-2013 13:28:06 | More by thefluker
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ChipMurray

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-29-2013 20:55:02 | More by ChipMurray
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Red_Thunder

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-25-2013 19:29:22 | More by Red_Thunder
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imperialking

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-24-2013 21:51:49 | More by imperialking
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pknyc

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-24-2013 01:15:22 | More by pknyc
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MarkNNJ

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-23-2013 20:14:39 | More by MarkNNJ
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Franziskaner

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Rich golden in color and it is pretty hazy in appearance. A minimal layer of foam rests on top. I smell that distinct kolsch yeast in the nose which almost has a honey like smell. The mouthfeel is pretty light and smooth. Ther's just a bit of bitterness and perhaps citrus in the flavor. A smooth refreshing summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2013 23:37:18 | More by Franziskaner
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PBelt71

Florida

4/5  rDev +8.7%

08-17-2013 04:20:47 | More by PBelt71
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bmjivi221

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-08-2013 04:09:59 | More by bmjivi221
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metter98

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—grapes stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has fruity flavors of yeast along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and I found it to be a good representation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2013 23:46:52 | More by metter98
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Dinkel

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.5%

08-06-2013 15:05:57 | More by Dinkel
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JerzDevl2000

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa, not having a Kolsch in quite a long time. It's not a style that I've had many examples of nor is it something that I've been able to find easily but a beer like this makes me wish that they were more readily available on the shelf. This was great for the Summer and a great example of the style, in addition to being a good session beer. Shame that I only bought one bottle, though!

The pour to this was what I envisioned it being - golden, a tad cloudy, and with a head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass before I poured the entire contents of the bottle out. There wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen but there were patches of it that clung along the sides of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this either, except for the token grape along with some grassy notes. Both of those were repeated in the mouthfeel, with a tiny bit of earthy, non-metallic hops, straw, and a mildly slick consistency to go along with it. No spice here but there was some grain and just enough carbonation to keep this light without feeling light. The aftertaste had a bit of honey too, more by the feeling of it than than the actual sticky sweetness.

Shame I only bought one of these, as this has session written all over it. While a Kolsch isn't a style that most people envision for the warmer months, this would be great to have a nice Summer day when something lighter and watered-down just won't cut it. This was a pleasant surprise and a great example of the style and the fact that this came from the middle of America only adds to the appeal and likability of this beer. Nice job by Schlafly on this one!

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2013 05:46:53 | More by JerzDevl2000
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ahommell

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-28-2013 15:55:57 | More by ahommell
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beerme626

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-21-2013 14:11:03 | More by beerme626
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dgherm

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-21-2013 14:10:20 | More by dgherm
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Kahlstrom

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-16-2013 17:49:13 | More by Kahlstrom
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mpayne5

Indiana

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-15-2013 05:29:52 | More by mpayne5
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Groomsy

Kentucky

3.45/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled on 05/08/2013.

Pouring a slightly hazy yellow, this Kolsch is topped by a bone-white head of foam about a finger high. Nice, sudsy lacing left behind on the walls of the glass. A pretty nice-looking kolsch,.

Most noticeable on the nose is the whiff of citrus and lemon. Hop aromas come in the form of grassy/floral scents, and the malt presence, barely detectable shows up with a dry grainy aroma of barley. It smells nice, but for a kolsch, I expected a little more balance between the malt and the hops. I like that this is more driven by the hops, but it's a little drier than I would expect for the style.

The front of the palate is greeted with a taste of grainy malt with a bit of caramel as it goes into the middle of the tongue. There's a hint of bread as well as the beer transitions into a dry, bitter finish with flavors of lemon and grass. The yeast contributes a slight apple/banana quality. Quite pleasing and refreshing on the tongue, and very drinkable.

Pleasantly carbonated and light body with a dry finish make this a definite thirst-quencher and easy to put down a few. Finish isn't as clean as I would like it, but it's still very pleasant.

I was let down by Schlafly's hefeweizen, so I didn't have great expectations for this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshment and good flavor of this. Great summer beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2013 23:48:03 | More by Groomsy
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BlackBeerDown

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-12-2013 06:40:05 | More by BlackBeerDown
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BetterBeerPlz

Arkansas

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-10-2013 02:29:31 | More by BetterBeerPlz
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Arsenal0328

Missouri

4/5  rDev +8.7%

07-09-2013 00:10:44 | More by Arsenal0328
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RMelyon

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

07-06-2013 02:16:06 | More by RMelyon
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dar482

New York

4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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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John1985

Tennessee

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

07-03-2013 01:42:28 | More by John1985
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mtalley999

Maryland

4/5  rDev +8.7%

06-30-2013 22:29:19 | More by mtalley999
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 476 ratings.