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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.

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Reviews: 206 | Hads: 676
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Used the closest thing to a cylindrical Stage glass I could find for this tasting. Pours to a generous white foamy head and golden yellow color. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is grainy, biscuity and has a nice touch of noble hops and white grape. Flavor starts with a rush of sweet grains with a following balance of spicy hops and a sweet white wine finish. Mouthfeel is light but sticky, good CO2. I like this Kolsch, it has the ale nose and the lager finish and the vinous quality that is the signature of the style. If the flavor or the nose does not have that white grape note, it isn't a Kolsch.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Big Bear Café in D.C.

The beer is golden yellow and clear with a small white head. The aroma offers lager yeast, fruity esters, grain. Light and refreshing. Malty, with some subtle earthy notes. A tad sweet initially, with some sweet notes mid to late palate. Mild hop presence. Refreshing. This is a solid beer and hit the spot.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: Pours a mildly hazy straw color. The head is a three finger white shade. Fluffy in texture, it lasts a decent duration and leaves behind streaks of lacing on the glass.

S: About what I expected: grassy hops are at the forefront. I could use some more fruity esters on the nose. However, this one's all about showcasing the noble hops, and that's not exactly a bad thing.

T: The fruity qualities I was looking for on the aroma are thankfully more prevalent here. Some light notes of cherry, apple, and lemon lead to a nicely crisp, grassy finish. Nothing here rewrites the book, it's just enjoyable and very easy to drink.

M: Appropriately light and crisp. It's not entirely bone dry, however; but the light fizziness to the carbonation makes it one that could conceivably be chugged.

O: I like this one as simple refreshment on a hot day. It even has a modicum of substance to it - allowing it to escape the pratfall of mindlessness many brews of its ilk fall prey to.

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Photo of BlueMoon10
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Had this at Schlafly's Taproom. A decent Kolsch.

A: a bright straw-yellow/gold, with medium white head
S: wheat/yeast - standard Kolsh aroma
T: Grainy, dry, crisp, slight bitterness. Decently clean finish
M: Light body, good carbonation

O: Enjoyable beer, but nothing that makes it too different.

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Photo of emerge077
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale gold, persistent tiny champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam, creamy surface texture.

Bready cracker, dry and lightly sweet.

Faint sweetness, light white grape note when first opened, slips away quickly. Minerals, wheat and simple grains. Light bodied with a simple lager feel, slight ale yeast complexity. A good refreshing simple beer, though I prefer local favorite Krankshaft.

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Rustico in Arlington (Ballston).

A: Nice, clear, fizzy yellow color, with a slight mustard hue and frothy white head. Mucho visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, sour dough bread, and with a bitter, dank twang. Gotta luv da Kolsch!

T: Same as the smell only more intense. Played right down the middle, like a fiddle, and with a liddle bit o bitterness on the finish.

M: Feeling the love here: Smooth and cushiony, with a bubble content that's off the charts. Not too sweet at all.

O: I dug it and I dig Schlafly's. Class act!

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy golden body, white head that recedes to a film. Light lacing.

Aroma: Faint sweet grains and malts with a layer of banana fruitiness on top.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium with a clean dry finish.

Overall: I like it as a refreshing spring beer. Low ABV is good too.

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Photo of ThePorterSorter
3.21/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

The beer pours a clear 24 karat gold with a thin white head that barely hangs on while drinking. The nose is relatively neutral, non-distinct flavors, drinkable fizzy lager-like beer. There is a mild honey aftertaste, but it may just be my imagination. The mouhfeel is light bodied, semi-sweet and drinkable. This is not a beer I'd try again in the future, unless only bud products were available on tap (basically the case @ the St. Louis airport, although I got a $5 shot of woodford reserve with my beer purchase!)

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Photo of Naters333
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my New Glarus pilsner glass. Has a bottle date of 11/29/12.

A. Poured a great golden color. More of a straw or deep yellow. Very clear. Great carbonation. Nice finger and a half head. Leaves a little lacing as I drink.

S-Not very pungent. Get a few bread notes.

T-Smooth, refreshing, bread, lemon, easy drinking, wheat. A little sweat at first, but finishes with heavy wheat and bread notes.

M- Nice mouthful. Medium bodied beer. Heavy on the bread aftertaste. Does not leave the dry taste in your mouth that many kolschs are known for. Does not bother me though.

O- A nice session beer. Nothing overwhelming here in any area. I could see my self buying these on a nice summer day.

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Photo of johnkale
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of badsneakerz
2.9/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of acelin
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

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Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

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Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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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 mdcrouser
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

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Photo of jkrich
3.88/5  rDev +4%
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.

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Photo of danmouer
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
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.

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Photo of Spider889
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
3.16/5  rDev -15.3%
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.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
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!

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -4%
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.

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