Schlafly Kölsch - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 199
Hads: 650
rAvg: 3.77
pDev: 9.81%
Wants: 19
Gots: 86 | 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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Reviews: 199 | Hads: 650
Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
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. (326 characters)

Photo of BlueMoon10
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
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. (298 characters)

Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly pale golden with a thick white head and lots of thin bubbles.
S- Smells of citric and earthy hops. Slight grainyness to it.
T- Bready with some grassy and lemony hops, particularly in the finish.
M- Slightly under carbed, but otherwise balanced and well bodied.
D- Overall a good beer that I enjoyed. Drinkable and well made. (337 characters)

Photo of Jayli
4.3/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had 8/12/09 on tap at Schlafly Bottle Works in St. Louis
This beer pours a clear light yellow with a thin white bubbly head. Head receded rapidly on this beer leaving spotty lacing behind. Nose is grainy, some malts and a hint of lemon. Taste is grains and grassiness up front, moving in to a light but definitive malt bodied, in the finish there is a touch of lemon and pepper. Light to medium body, moderate carbonation, there is a clean crisp taste to this beer. If only Schalfy distributed to MA, this would FOR SURE be my summertime beer! (543 characters)

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and crystal clear. Bubbles rising lazily from the laser etching in my goblet. Not too much head but lacing is pretty good.

Smells grainy and fruity. A touch of hops. A touch of citrus. Smelled a bit like a hef.

Taste explosion! Surprisingly tasty stuff. Fruity and citrusey. Lightly hopped. Somewhat grainy like a pilsner, but slick and coating. A little bit sweet. Delicious.

Feels typical and light-bodied with good carbonation.

Could be a good gateway beer for newer craft drinkers. Very easy to drink and quite sessionable. (541 characters)

Photo of JDV
3.49/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Light medium gold pour with lasting bright white head. Smell is a light grassy, grainy, corn, and honey smell. Taste is like a hearty corn, honey, grain sweetness with a good crisp carbonation. A tad watery in the middle, but finishes nicely with a good short staying pale malty and honey like sweetness. Very tasty, refreshing, and easy drinking like most kolsches, but also quite simple. Scored it high, because it definitely left me wanting another one. (456 characters)

Photo of hooliganlife
3.9/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is the perfect summer beer. It is very light and refeshing but has a great malt flavor that is hits your mouth as you swallow. typically i prefer lagers and pilsners when out in the sun however they feel more bland. easily one of my favorite summers brews. (261 characters)

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.55/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works on Southwest Ave.

A - Pours a strong golden straw color. With a nice 2 finger head that is quick in leaving. Leaves a thin film if anything.

S - Smell of grains and fresh bread. With some hints of citrus fruit.

T - Taste of sweet bready malt wiht some citrus aftertaste from the hops. Some leafy character to it that is mild but appealing. Not much to this beer but a good Schlafly effort.

M - Light and thin with lower carbonation.

D - Very high (487 characters)

Photo of orbitalr0x
3.84/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle pours into my glass a sunny yellow hue with a small tight bubbly head atop the brew. Aromas begin with cooked cereal grains and a herbal, grassy backbone. Light citrus tones come and go with mellow yeast spiciness. Crisp and nice.

First sip brings a smooth cereal grain malt upfront. It's met by a touch of lemon zest along with a mild grassy, herbal hop profile that carries itself on the way down. A touch of bitterness plays clean up on the finish along with a light bready yeast afterthought. An easy drinking, pretty tasty brew.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a slight creaminess. Good steady carbonation. This is an easy drinking summer beer that I could enjoy in larger quantities. Overall, I found this an enjoyable brew and I'd have it again if the chance arises. (791 characters)

Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A- Pours a clearer golden pale yellow. Nice 1 finger fluffy white head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Nothing to special about this beer but I expect that from a Kolsch.

S- Big malty smells upfront. Big bready smell along with some grassy lemony off tones to it. Some slight hop to this as well...light fruity citrus smell.

T- Big malty bready taste to this from the get go. Not a bad taste. The ending is more of a crisp hop bitterness to it. I keep getting a metalic aftertaste with this. It makes this beer not as good as it could be!

M- Light mouthfeel to this. Good clean carbonation is just enough to let the beer glide gently over the palate making for a easy drinker. Nice malty taste left on the tounge.

D- My only complaint about this Kolsch is the metalic tinge to it. Other than that this has been a very good tasting Kolsch. Not my favorite style by far but this was enjoyable. (939 characters)

Photo of bum732
3.37/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

S: Pils malt sweetness, quite floral, some honey notes, touch of peppery hoppiness, raw grain.

L: Slight hazy golden yellow, white head that dissipates.

T: Clean pils maltiness with a fairly firm herbal hoppiness. Medium low bitterness leads to some grainy dryness along with some herbal bitterness.

M: Medium light bodied, medium carbonation. Clean overall.

Smells good, flavor a little flat. Hops a little too dominant for the style, doesn't allow the malt to shine through. (480 characters)

Photo of spointon
4.08/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I had this from a 12oz brown bottle poured into a shaker pint glass.

A= Poured a nearly clear yellow gold with lots of active, streaming carbonation and a 1/2" white head. The head retained pretty well for the style.

S= Very muted in the aroma department. Slight fruitiness and good dry malt character was about it. The yeast aroma seemed lacking.

T= Very smooth and light. Subtle sweetness from the grain melded well with the light fruitiness and a kiss of hops. Finished pleasantly dry.

MF= Light bodied with a crisp carbonation and clean mouthfeel.

D= Crazy drinkable. I could session this all night, both from a flavor and ABV standpoint. Well done Schlafly! (669 characters)

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

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

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

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

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

Overall:
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. (703 characters)

Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold, with superb white head and nice lace. Good showing in appearance.

Nose is sweet and malty, not much going on there.

Taste is mild, but with a little hoppy zing. Overall, this is a light and enjoyable session kolsch. Not outstanding, but solid enough. (277 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works.

The beer is a light golden color with a decent head that fades. The smell is lemony and herbal. The taste is slightly lemony and crisp. It has a light body with a dry finish and is very refreshing. The beer was much better than I expected. It goes down easy and is very satisfying. This looks like a good summer brew or anytime actually. (379 characters)

Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is a slightly hazy peach color with a big rocky three finger white head. Head retention is outstanding, and lots of nice lace is left on the glass. This pretty beer looks like apricot juice topped with fluffy whipped cream.

S - Grainy with a hint of salt water and some spicy hops. Smells mellow, malty, and mild. Saltine cracker and whole grain cereal.

T - Salty crackers with some flavors oddly reminiscent of white cheddar cheez-its. Some really nice balanced hop notes follow the grain and an estery-fruitiness comes out towards the end. Nice.

M - Light bodied, refreshing, thirst quenching, and expressively carbonated. This has all the prerequisites for a summer time brew.

D - A good, but slightly boring Kolsch (not a style known for complexity anyhow). I could drink a million of these. I would buy something like this if I planned on drinking more than three or four beers... like at a wedding or a lake party. This is way better than a macro lager, but mild and bland enough to toss back with a quickness. (1,033 characters)

Photo of Spider889
3.83/5  rDev +1.6%
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. (1,207 characters)

Photo of Cresant
3.91/5  rDev +3.7%
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. (342 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.68/5  rDev -2.4%
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. (706 characters)

Photo of jmarsh123
4.32/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slight hazy straw with a small white head that dissipates quickly.

Aroma is heavy in summer smells. Some lemon, herbal and grass qualities and slightly spicy.

Starts off with a lemon and subtle fruit flavor. A bit of a cracker and light pilsner malt, finishing spicy, herbal and dry.

Mouthfeel and carb and good for the style.

One of my favorite summer beers and usually go through a six pack at minimum every summer. (421 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.87/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (311 characters)

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -2.1%
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! (1,632 characters)

Photo of Urbancaver
3.42/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Nice light pour with a tiny bit of head. The colour is not the most appealing.

Aroma- Smells sweet and almost a bit orangy.

Taste- Light and well balanced. The hops compliment the citrus nicely. A bit watered down but fairly well balanced

Mouthfeel- Thinner then I would like but leaves a sweet taste on my tongue

Drinkability- Very enjoyable. Light and mildly carbonated making it an easy drink (412 characters)

Photo of MTNboy
4.27/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has a gold body with lots carbonation. It has an off white creamy head that has a lot of staying power. Not much lace. The body is transparent around the sides but hazy towards the middle. It has crisp hoppy aroma with a hint of malt. It has a very clean well balanced taste more bitter than sweet but in a good way. The feel is light with some carbonation bite. All in all I thought this was a great beer. (416 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.92/5  rDev +4%
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. (717 characters)

Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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