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Reviews: 205
Hads: 672
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.72%
Wants: 19
Gots: 91 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of leantom
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not as good as how the Germans do it, but still good nonetheless. Here goes:

A: Best thing about the beer. Crisp, well-carbonated yellow with a large head.

S: Very yeasty. Lots of lemon and white pepper mixed with some banana bread and estery fruit. However, the beer is a little too grainy.

T: Follows the nose. However, there's a little too much grainy malt in the aftertaste. Kind of hampers the beer's flavor profile somewhat.

F: Nice and crisp - well carbonated.

O: Good, but I like Fruh a lot better.

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Photo of KevChiTown
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This version of an American-Kolsch which is simple, straightforward and very mild, pretty sure that's what they were going for. It's a fine beer for what it is and I would have no problems drinking this again. Simple in a good way.

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Photo of kegnation
2.7/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Skunky, overly fruity. I understand this is an American version of the German classic but what I think Kolsch this isn't what I expect. Took this a BJCP class to havae them judge and it got thrashed.
People compared it to Sam Adams Summer Ale.

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Photo of TMoney2591
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Served in a Lagunitas mason jar.

I swear I've had this before. Weird. Anyway, this stuff pours a clear brass topped by a finger or so of dirty white foam. The nose comprises sweet bread, mild stonefruit, a hint of sweetgrass, light hard water, and an unfortunate kiss of skunk, which luckily doesn't hold too much sway here. The taste cuts out the skunk and ramps up the fruit, but beyond that maintains the smell's characteristics. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, not a bad American kolsch by any means, but it's not something I'll likely revisit any time soon.

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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 logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A: Pale straw in color, looks almost washed-out. Deceptive. Nice head to start, but quick dissipation.

S: Spicy and fruity in character, with wheat grain and lemon on the nose. Call me crazy, but: savory yellow cake. Lemon chiffon cake, to be exact. A hint of corn bread.

T: MMmm. I use that blissful onomatopoeia with discretion, but it's warranted here. This is a beer that tastes like beer should taste. Lots of grain and a very mild roast to it. Bready, with some notes of cracker. Fruitiness abound, almost reminds me of a German Hefe. But, there's some hop bitterness at the end that really rounds this brew out. The fruitiness is not banana, but more mild lemon, with possibly a hint of peach, and even a bit of pumpkin. I get spiciness, like soft cloves, a trace of cinnamon, maybe even the faintest suggestion of dried ginger. A bit of an apple pie kind of character, not bad considering that I do get a teeny bit of baked apple or pear.

M: Nice body, medium, but on the lighter side. Soft, and round on the pallet.

O As I drink, I'm staring at an "83" for the BA Score. WTF. Are y'all mad?! This is at least an 87-90. Delicious. I know, there's no glossy "500 IBU!" sticker on the bottle and no boast of 20 different kinds of hops, grown by elves in the forests of Middle Earth, using only organic growing techniques, but this is a nice brew nonetheless. For those that appreciate the style, I think this is a good choice.

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Photo of Murphious
4/5  rDev +7.2%

From a bottled and poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Nice fine white foam head of 1 1/4 inch or so with pale amber/medium yellow color and slight bubbles in the carbonation. Aroma of very faint citrus hop, some yeast. Also smells like it would be sweet so that might be some maltness too, but faint. Tastes crisp and light, slight citrus tang and finish; very refreshing! Some hop bitterness but blends very well with the yeast and overall smoothness is excellent. I need to get one of my faves, Reissdorf, to compare.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy golden color. Lingering white head.

Aroma: Slightly crisp, nothing strong.

Taste: Bitter, slightly metallic, zesty.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, and refreshing.

Overall: I'm not sure how it compares to a canonical kolsch but it is drinkable.

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Photo of myelo
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass sitting on my front porch on a cool Saturday spring afternoon.

Pale yellow gold with 2 finger creamy white head that settles to persistent 1 finger head with very prominent lacing. Slightly hazy with lots of tiny bubbles.

Light aroma of mild malt with grassy hops, hint of citrus and yeast.

Taste is soft, clean grainy malt, low bitterness, mild spicy hops.

Medium-light body with medium-high carbonation. Smooth.

A very drinkable, smooth, crisp spring/summer brew with plenty of flavor.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retrntion and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront grassy hop and clean grainy pilsner malt.

The taste consisted of vibrant grassy hops and a clean pilsner graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable kolsch.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of buttery notes with light cereal notes also discernible. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with light buttery aftertaste. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Definitely not as good as most example of the style.

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Photo of HattedClassic
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a a light foamy and white head. The beer itself is a clear and orange like amber.

Sweet malt smell and a slightly bread like yeast smell coming from the beer. The hop smell is also there but not as present.

Balance sweet pale malt backbone and a light hop taste. Nothing mind blowing or unique but good.

Biting carbonation and a smooth medium bodied feel. However, the body feels fairly light for something medium bodied.

A decent Kolsch and worth getting every once and while. The fact that it's commercially available year round is a good thing. The beer is nothing really super special but more of a casual session beer for a warm day.

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Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a hazy golden complexion with a small white head.
The aroma has a bready malty aroma and has a perception of being dry and spicy.
Taste is sweet and malty with breay or grainy notes.
Nicely carbonated gives a prickly dry feel on the palate.
Overall its refreshing dry and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 5/6-2013 bottle on 10/3/13 (so 5 months old) into a wine glass on a indian summer day. Great first pour of the day.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy (surprising!) pale golden color with a foamy white head that retains and laces well.

Smell: Grainy, bread aroma with more vegetal aspect, than sweet citrus. On the farm.

Taste: Like the smell, starts with bready flavor that progresses to citrus, grass, herbs; with a tiny banana/ pineapple in the finish. Good finish. Interesting, a little barnyard root vegetables also.

Mouthfeel: Light with good feel, not thin, I found plenty of carbonation. Excellent summer feel.

Drinkability: Some wrote more of a blonde summer ale, true, but it has that Koln yeast and smell so I am calling it American Kolsch. A great style!

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Photo of KTCamm
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a perfect pint glass.

Pours clear gold, lighter at the bottom of the glass. Some residual white foam. Straw malt nose, some pils smell. Clean crisp taste. Light lemon in the end. Good firm carbonation contributes to the flavor. Some fruitiness. Nice blend, good style.

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Photo of mmva321
3.26/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Stange.

A: The pour and lingering appearance makes this beer come across as a vibrant and interesting lager. Clear, pale yellow body is crystal clear but full of carbonation. It leads up to a foamy and thick white head, that is slow to dissipate and leaves an intricate lacing. It's egalitarian in a way.

S: Overly ripe grapes and a bit of funk really hit the nose. It's not overwhelming, but it's just this side of unpleasant. Notes of yeast are subtle. Unfortunately, the grape malts and funk overpower any hop aroma I was hoping for.

T: A very dry taste with characteristics of orange, grass and lemon highlighting it. Grapes and funk also make their presence known. Slightly hoppy but still less so than I think is needed.

M: A very dry feel lingers at your throat the entire drink. The body is thin, carbonated and vibrant. This is very necessary for these tastes as it really enhances a mediocre beer into one that is very pleasant to drink.

O: A nice, egalitarian German style beer, but one that is too characterized by its funk and grape notes and not enough by its hops. The mouthfeel makes it worth the drink, making the Schlafly Kölsch a nice beer for a summer or fall afternoon.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

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Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -1.1%
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!

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Photo of Groomsy
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of dar482
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A decent level of carbonation just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a nice bright yellow with a hint of orange. Semi hazy.
S - Smells nice sweet grains, some corn and lemon grass. Mild hop presence.
T - Kind of hoppy and grains a bit harsh at first but it really grows on you. Some wheat and somewhat dry. Tasty summer brew.
M - Light to medium drinks a touch heavy than other takes on the style I have had.

Overall far from perfect I still like Dundee's and Samuel Adams version better. It's still very delicious.

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Photo of rixcat
4.55/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can I have another please? This was my first kölsch. I wish I could try an import but this company seems to have a pretty good reputation, so, without hesitation, I bought a sixer. I recently made a kölsch but had intended to try one before making it. In any case, I couldn't find it locally and my wife was in St. Louis where it's made and had one for me by proxy. She raved, I bought the ingredients and when she got home we cooked up a 5-gallon batch. It's still fermenting on it's second week and I can only dream of making such a nice brew.(It's happened before so I'm still dreaming!) We found the beer at the local liquor store and they remembered us from when we asked for it 6-weeks ago and were proud to deal it up from the icebox for us. It would be difficult to compete with this subtle light luxury lawnmower brew. I was going to bring the rest to my father-inlaws this weekend but I may just go buy them their own sixer. No sense in bringing them just three beers. I'll bring them the other, Goose Island Summertime Kölsch and will rate it in a few days. Go try this beer if you can find it.

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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

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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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