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Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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83
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516 Ratings
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Ratings: 516
Reviews: 179
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 12.57%
Wants: 14
Gots: 42 | 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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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.88/5  rDev +6%

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.

JuicesFlowing, Mar 21, 2013
Photo of stumac
4/5  rDev +9.3%

stumac, Aug 17, 2014
Photo of leinie13
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

leinie13, May 18, 2012
Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +9.3%

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

jtierney89, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of bort11
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%

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

bort11, Dec 17, 2006
Photo of rrski198
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%

A: Beautiful huge billowy head with great lacing. Head disapates quickly, but it was beautiful.

S: sweet light malt. Honey yeasty scent. mild mild hop back bone.

T: slight maltyness with a brief spice. Very lite. The flavor comes and goes quickly. Similar to a lager but with a little more body and spice.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Mild spice.

O: Really refreshing. Not a qhole lot of complex flavors going on, but i guess for the style, it is really nice.

rrski198, May 05, 2011
Photo of stortore
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

stortore, Mar 15, 2014
Photo of freewill35
4/5  rDev +9.3%

freewill35, Feb 16, 2013
Photo of HumanParaquat
4/5  rDev +9.3%

HumanParaquat, Jul 06, 2012
Photo of cosmonick
3/5  rDev -18%

cosmonick, May 24, 2013
Photo of NooseJustice
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

NooseJustice, Dec 01, 2013
Photo of tykechandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

tykechandler, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of bmjivi221
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

bmjivi221, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of Goliath
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%

Pours a clear golden color with one finger of frothy white head. Decent retention and a bit of lacing all down the glass.

The aroma holds a gentle fruity note with some pale toasted malt and a hint of hop spice.

The taste has a large pale malt profile that is reminiscent of a German pils.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied with plenty of carbonation.

Drinkability is fairly high as the alcohol is low, flavor is decent.

Goliath, Jun 02, 2008
Photo of Kyrojack
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

Kyrojack, Mar 17, 2013
Photo of tronester
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a clear golden with a big white head. Smells of light pilsner malt. Taste is sweet grassyness up front, with a sweet bready middle and a lemony clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full low carbonation. I like this beer it is light and refreshing, and the low alcohol is a plus.

tronester, May 28, 2011
Photo of JMS1512
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

JMS1512, Yesterday at 12:27 PM
Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%

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.

EagleTalon, May 24, 2013
Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%

Bottled 12/15/2010

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw hue with a finger of fizzy white head.

Smell -- Lemon, dry grasses, white pepper, sliced plum, and husky grain.

Taste -- Hopping is assertive with grassy, spicy, noble hop character as well as some lemon zest. Malting is adequate with dry cereal, husky grain, and plum sweetness. Lingering flavors of lemon pith and dry pale malt.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation. Finish is chalky and dry.

Drinkability -- Not bad, but not among my favorite of the style.

yeahnatenelson, Dec 30, 2010
Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev -18%

Ralphs66, Jun 27, 2013
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, nice label, bottled on date clearyl marked...this is about 4 months old

Appearance: Nice bright dark gold ber with a fluffy stark white head with good retention and nice steady carbonation

Smell: Nice, clean, German lager-like aroma...quite fruity, light grain, with light grassy hops

Taste: Mild tart fruitiness up front, very mild grain (almost like fresh popped plain popcorn), light hay, clean taste, just a bit sweet for me

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice medium body

Drinkability: Medium-medium high; this would be a good hot weather beer

Conclusion: All in all a pretty nice summer beer...it's clean, lightly fruity, and a bit grassy/hay-like...it's a bit sweet in my book but not bad.

BedetheVenerable, Jul 10, 2009
Photo of PhillyStyle
4/5  rDev +9.3%

PhillyStyle, May 14, 2012
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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Troville1990, Jan 27, 2013
Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%

Never had a kolsch before but I thought I'd give this one a whirl. It's almost like a cross between a pale ale and a pilsner. It's transparent and lemon yellow in color and pours a thin layer of white head which recedes quickly yet leaves a nice creamy lacing. Also lots of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Smell is fruity and a bit musty from the yeast. Flavor is sweet upfront with just a touch of citrusy hops. Well balanced and nothing really dominates. Yeasts are detectable in the back and well into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Lots of bubbles and a semi-dry finish. It wouldn't be too hard to slam a few of these down in a short period. Not sure how it compares to others within the style but its not too bad! I got this one in a sampler pack and I probably won't be buying it by itself but its alright for something a little different.

bnes09, May 10, 2010
Photo of ToddHolder
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

ToddHolder, May 11, 2013
Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 516 ratings.