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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly KölschSchlafly Kölsch

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420 Ratings
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Ratings: 420
Reviews: 178
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%


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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Cresant

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Received a 20 oz. por at Rich O's. Rich golden, clear body that left a modest sheet of lace down the glass.

Smell was subdued and malty. Fresh, grainy.

Taste was rich yet easy to drink. Vegetal. Light, in a good way. Solid.

Mouthfeel was smooth with some finishing bite. Dry and palate cleansing. Very enjoyable. Highly drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

05-26-2007 01:04:07 | More by Cresant
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a foamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with undertones of lemony citrus; slight vegetal aspect

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that grows into a lemony citrus direction that only builds further after the swallow; a bit of banana appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Not a bad example of the style but I would like a bit of rounder citrus fruit flavor

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2007 22:17:32 | More by brentk56
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hckyfn9999

Missouri

3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Schlafly Summer Kolsch is a golden colored, medium-bodied crisp and refreshing ale. This style, which originated in Cologne, is well balanced, mild mannered, and a perfect companion for the lazy days of summer. Bottled with love on April 26, 2007. ABV is 4.8%, OG is 11.75, IBU 25, and 160 calories, per the Schlafly website.

Poured out of a bottle a clear golden color, with a big foamy white head that leaves nice lacing and has good retention. Aroma is of lemony citrus, fresh grain, a bit of spice, and floral hops.

Taste is initially of fresh grain quickly giving way to some lemon flavor along with a bit of fruitiness and then some sweet malt. The hops are spicy. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit dry in the finish. An easy drinker for the warm months. Picked this up in a Schlalfy sampler 12 pack on sale for just under ten bucks along with the Hefe and Pale Ale, a good value and some more summer drinking beers. Overall a solid Kolsch that I like to pick up a couple times in the summer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2007 01:58:41 | More by hckyfn9999
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zeff80

Missouri

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden color with a white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains and clove.

T - It tasted very sweetand of grains and corn. It did have a slight bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay kolsch. It just doesn't have a lot of flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2007 23:43:29 | More by zeff80
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bort11

Missouri

3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle made with love on June 20 2006, poured into a tall hefe glass. Tall fluffy head with good retention Quality lacing clings to the glass. Color is a golden straw. Active carbonation, but not overly fizzy.
Smell is a sweet grass with citrusy notes. Flavor is mild malt up front and finishes with a mild bitter hops. Very dry and vinous mouthfeel.
This is a very relaxing beer, one that you can drink and enjoy without having to give much thought to it. This sample is about six months old and it hasn't lost anything. Still tastes fresh

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2006 20:11:28 | More by bort11
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Citadel82

New Jersey

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap at the brewery, served in a straight sided UK style bar pint glass.

Poured a clear golden with a nice white head, good retention, slowly settled into a thin sudsy sticky lace.

Aroma of bready malts and a light citrus and pronounced floral hop notes.

Abundant carbonation made for a crisp, light bodied mouthfeel.

Great tasting, and refreshing, malty with a lemon citrus, a subtle spiciness and a dryish finish, very drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

10-28-2006 20:26:26 | More by Citadel82
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beerphilosopher

Illinois

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, crisp light golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. Good lacing in the pint glass. Nose is predominantly malty with some detectable hop presence. Notes of sweet malt, straw, and some flowery elements are here. Palate is of bready malts, wild flowery hop presence. Unchallenging, simple, and clean. The body is light, clean, and silky smooth. Finish leavs some residual hop notes. Good carbonation. A very drinkable, refreshing Kolsch from Schlafly ... this is a good beer to have on hand when you just want something straightforward and unencumbered. Also a good ale to introduce those macro lager drinkers to a wider world of beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 21:21:11 | More by beerphilosopher
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hopsaplenty

Virginia

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

12 oz. brown bottle. Bottled with love on June 20, 2006

Sparkling brassy flaxen. Pours with a tall, tight bright white head that stands for a while before receding to a thin cap and leaving a few patches of light lace. The smell is spicy and grassy hops along with some nuttiness and just a touch sweet. Crisp and clean up front with a moderate amount of spicy hops. The medium malt body lends some girth and a slight nuttiness and does well to support the hops. The finish is medium in length and filled with more grassy and crisp hop notes. It sits on the back of the tongue for while. Medium body with ample carbonation, there is a light tingling. This was a crisp and refreshing easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 00:29:55 | More by hopsaplenty
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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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Vancer

Illinois

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

Overall, just a nice, easy quaffing summer drink by Schlafly. Received a nice pint pour at Fox & Hound in Chesterfield - a golden yellow with a 1 inch white head. Aroma of grassy malts, followed by a clean, crisp taste of malts with undertones of doughy bread.

Lite bodied - very drinkable, this one makes for a perfect summer session brew as Schlafly also bottles this one for the person on the go.

Serving type: on-tap

05-24-2006 12:23:14 | More by Vancer
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whynot44

Missouri

4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-14-2006 04:21:16 | More by whynot44
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2005 07:13:56 | More by UncleJimbo
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Gruntlumber

Missouri

3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise. After pouring and observing the thin, clear straw appearance I was expecting it to taste similar to the Olympia I just had prior (have a problem with Olympia, do you?). The foam was thicker and lingered for a minute, so that was my first clue it wasn't Olympia. This is a very refreshing brew. Not abundant on flavor, but very crisp with a hint of fruitiness. I should've let it warm up a bit to bring out more flavor, but it's too damn drinkable to let it sit. The most distiguishing thing about Schlafly Kolsch is its dry finish. The reviewer who called this "the Sauvignon Blanc of beers" couldn't have nailed it better; my thoughts exactly.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 22:03:16 | More by Gruntlumber
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karst

Missouri

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last pour of the Hop in the city 2005 Beer Festival at The Schlafly Tap Room.

The pour from the bottom of a nearly empty cask yielded a light lemon colored glass with a smallish but persistant cap. The aroma of pale malt, some hops, citrus, and floral spices followed me to the frount of the brewery as I awaited by ride. Flavors were similar but the hoppy grapefruit middle was not as prominate as in the bottled version. A sweet fruit and light caramel in the aftertaste The body was medium light with a little more substantial mouthfeel than I expected.

A nice end to a wonderful day.

Serving type: cask

09-20-2005 20:18:44 | More by karst
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Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.2/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellowish-orange pour with a fizzy white head. Lively carbonation and great head retention all the way thru the duration of beer. Aroma was nothing great, hints of lemon and other citrus fruits but nothing more to speak of. Taste was along the same lines. Nothing stands out, but it wasn't bad. Light to medium bodied and easy on the palate. This beer could use some more "oomph" in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2005 12:38:02 | More by Jacobob10
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carln26

Missouri

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the Tap Room today and poured a clear gold with a thick cream head. The head left a white delicate lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The nose is all fruit. This is the Sauvignon Blanc of beers. Green apples, mild caramel. Taste is the apple with a little caramel and a bit of grapefruit from the hops. Light crisp mouth feel. Very drinkable. Great summer beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2005 19:19:31 | More by carln26
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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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DrunkMcDermott

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Soulard Ale House, St. Louis. Arrives in my hand with thin head atop some golden malt. A slightly sticky maltiness gives it more of an Oktoberfest feel. But there’s a flavorful hop profile that gives it a nice peppery note atop a trace of citrus. Very refreshing.

Serving type: on-tap

07-15-2005 14:45:41 | More by DrunkMcDermott
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6 pack of mixed bottles from Schafly's. Nice to have "Brewed with Love on .. Aug. 4, 04" date to know freshness of beer. Pours a light golden color, very clear, not much head to speak of. Citrus and some floral smell. Crisp and refreshing, medium body with a touch of lemon. Dry, clean finish. Good summer offering.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2005 17:45:00 | More by BigBry
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yankeeheel

Maine

3.43/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a large snow white head. Teeny tinu bubbles hang around to make a nice sheet of lace. Smells quite grassy with a little pine in there for good measure. Taste wise it's a lively little kolsch. Nice citrus foreground with a moderate resin tang to it. Mouthfeel is moderately watery, but that's the style. Very drinkable while sitting out back enjoying the early autumn sun,

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2004 21:19:57 | More by yankeeheel
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sulldaddy

Connecticut

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from MJR. Thanx for the hookup!

I am drinking a chilled sample from a pint glass. Brew pours bright gold in color with an energized bleached white head foaming up about 1 inch easily.
Aroma is clean and malty with some graininess, I also detect a faint grassy hop scent.

First sip, light bodied brew with almost no carbonation, little watery texture but very crisp, and refreshing on this humid summer eve.
Flavor is great! Much more fun than I was expecting, due to the style more than the brewery. Very light and fruity flavors bounce around my mouth. slightly citrusy mixed with a bit of a candy sweet presence. Finishes a little bitter with the same grassy hop flavor I found on the nose.
This is a nice brew, and surprisingly tasty as this style normally is not exciting for me. If in St. Louis in summer definitely check this out!

Serving type: bottle

08-13-2004 01:05:24 | More by sulldaddy
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hotstuff

Indiana

2.73/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer poured virtually no head with fine sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear and uncarbonated with a yellow hue.The nose was malty and hoppy with a medium bitter flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly and for the most part it was smooth.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2003 00:49:30 | More by hotstuff
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AtLagerHeads

Ohio

3.65/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice gentle summer beer. This is quite clear and light gold with a small white head and minimal lace effect.

The nose is mostly of malt, perhaps a bit of fruit notes. The aroma is light overall and probably in line with the style. The taste is light and refreshing, clean and bright, a nice refreshing summer brew. A clean crips feel finishes nicely and makes this a very nice choice.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2003 03:09:48 | More by AtLagerHeads
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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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maxpower

Missouri

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with a small white frothy head that doesn't last long. Bready and flowery aroma, has a light bready, grainy flavor, it is light bodied with somewhat of a thin yet crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and crisp, very nice summer brew.

Serving type: on-tap

05-21-2003 09:02:12 | More by maxpower
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