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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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510 Ratings
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Ratings: 510
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 12.81%
Wants: 13
Gots: 41 | 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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micromaniac129

Pennsylvania

3.74/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

10-05-2013 13:56:50 | More by micromaniac129
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Act25

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

10-04-2013 03:19:30 | More by Act25
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

10-03-2013 18:25:07 | More by MarkyMOD
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doowhat

Arkansas

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-18-2013 20:16:32 | More by doowhat
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

09-15-2013 21:03:25 | More by KTCamm
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mmva321

Missouri

3.28/5  rDev -10.6%

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.

09-11-2013 22:24:06 | More by mmva321
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moarmare

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-09-2013 14:28:36 | More by moarmare
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lcdawg

Mississippi

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-04-2013 02:15:25 | More by lcdawg
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pastramionrye7

Germany

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

09-02-2013 00:04:43 | More by pastramionrye7
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mirandawiddows

Illinois

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Missouri

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Iowa

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Illinois

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

New York

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Missouri

3.53/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

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

Florida

4/5  rDev +9%

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

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Texas

3/5  rDev -18.3%

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

New Jersey

3.7/5  rDev +0.8%

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!

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

Mississippi

4/5  rDev +9%

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

Kentucky

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Missouri

3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

07-16-2013 17:49:13 | More by Kahlstrom
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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