Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15

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161 Ratings

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Ratings: 161
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 3.87
pDev: 10.08%
Wants: 19
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: maxpower on 11-02-2006

15 IBU
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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

This beer is a salute to their 15th anniversary, hence the name. Not many brewers go down the road of the American Dark Wheat Ale. It's one of the most underrated beer styles out there, so it's good to see another brewery going for it.

Hazed, reddish apple cider color, with a dense and healthy off-white froth that holds its own as it clings to the mug. Sweet floral and wheat aroma with a spicy backing. Hefty medium body with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Heavy hand of malt up front with layers of spicy wheat, herbal hop and a fruity twang from middle to end. Long-lingering finale of spicy wheat and a touch of herbal hop resin.

Quite impressive, to say the least: a clear example that American brewers can be creative without going overboard. Grilled lemon-pepper pork loin and Asiago polenta would be an awesome pairing to toss that this beer.

Photo of cschepers
4.17/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

First beer review! Hooray me!

Picked this up on a whim at the local wine & liquor store. Knew nothing about this until I got home & hit the site. Nice green labeled long-neck, with some hops & wheat stalks. "Bottle with love on Nov 13 2006." This beer, according to the Schlafly website, is commemorating their 15th anniversary.

A - Nice hazy, honey brown pour. Had a nice bit of fluffy white head. A little bit of lacing here and there.

S - Nice hefty wheat ale smell: lots of sweet banana & cloves aromas, some yeastiness, maybe a little bit of phenols, overall really nice and sweet and pleasant.

T - Big ol' shot of bananas, cloves, and wheat malt right off the bat. Yum. Lots of wheaty & yeasty flavors in the middle. Nice sweet, a little slick aftertaste. There's a bit of carbonation, but its a little thick, not effervescent. Very good for the style. The hops kind of ride along with the carbonation, but are out of the way otherwise.

D - Man, this is easy to drink, but there is enough sweetness & heft that I probably wouldn't want more than a couple at a time. Hard to imagine anyone wouldn't like this, at least in passing. This would be a nice late fall/winter release for non-hardcore beer drinkers to enjoy on a winter night. Not that the rest of us can't enjoy it right along with them... sure hope I can get more of this before it is gone forever...

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber body is topped by a small beige head. Patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is spicy clove and pepper with fruity banana notes. Medium body with a zesty carbonation. Taste is very spicy, suggestive of a pumpkin ale. Notes of ginger, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and allspice float on the palate. Ripe banana fruitiness and wheat cracker make a nice base. Very tasty stuff here. Another winner from Schlafly.

Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a surprisingly light brown color, almost amber, with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of bananas with very light hints of darker fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Banana flavors are joined by solid malt flavors up front that carry through until the sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could definitely have a few of these.

Overall the color was off on this beer but that was about it - definitely worth a shot.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)
bottled on Jun1708
Thanks to emerge077 for this brew
A- This beer has a dark copper brown body with a slight haze and a light tan head that fades quickly. There are a few strands of tiny carbonation trailing through the beer.

S- The tart cider note give way to a soft bubble gum and clove aroma that becomes more yeasty as the beer warms. As it warms the cider aroma becomes more of a toasted note.

T- The soft apple juice tartness with a faint dry biscuit quality give way to a faint clove and yeasty note. The finish is a soft green bitterness that has a club soda flavor and a slight fruity quality.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- The mild wheat flavors and hefe yeast notes are intersting paired with the apple flavors.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to xmarcnolanx for this extra.

Pours a murky brown/amber. Decent fluffy head dissipates fast. Nose is of dark wheats and spice. At first taste the wheats come out but through the middle is banana with citrus spice. clove is present here. lingering aftertaste of slight banana taffy. Good crisp clean mouthfeel but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is very good. A great wheat offering from schlafly.

Photo of pmcadamis
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Murky turbid orange with a dark cast ...almost like a shadow in the beer. Some purple highlights are there too. A thin khaki head reduces to a collar.

S - German lager notes along with some wheat and spicy oktoberfest like notes.

T - Malty and sweet with a nice wheat twang. Reminds me of a light oktoberfest bier. Lots of yeast and fruit flavors with a good deal of tangy hops too. Banana.

M - Creamy and medium bodied with a crisp neutral finish.

D - A really nice session brew! Went great with my burger.

Photo of secondtooth
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This nice amber wheat ale brings a frothy appearance (deep head) and no lace.

Superb and fragrant aroma - cinnamon, banana, and clove. Delectable!

The first taste impression is a well-balanced maltiness, with hints of banana and spicy clove.

Medium-bodied, this wonderful beer isn't flashy or showy, but it is a flavorful wheat beer, and one of Schlafly's finest. Eminently enjoyable and steady.

Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the Schlafly Oktoberfest, so I was eager to try this, as it was suggested by the manager of the liquor store.

Medium tan head. Cloudy, toffee in color.

Wheat, spices and fruit in the nose. Very neutral mouthfeel. Not much going on for all the things you smell, and it's over quickly.

For such little going on in the mouth, the finish is complex, with the bitter hops balanced nicely by the wheat and spices (cloves or all spice?).

Very drinkable. I'm sure I'll purchase a case of this when I visit the liquor store next.

Photo of kdoc8
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Schlafley brewery/tap room. Served in a pilsner glass, it poured a deep reddish-golden-brown color with a thick bubbly white head. The aroma was surprising and very strong of bananas. The taste was even more so of bananas and a hint of other flavors, mainly cloves, but also of alcohol, lowering it's drinkability. It was quite strong, though I am unsure of the % ABV.

Photo of BigJim5021
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goes from dark orange to mahogany thanks to the yeast. The nice off-white head leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is... um, spicy? I can't rightly say what kind of spices we're looking at, but rest assured that it's spicy.

The flavor is -- again -- indescript spices with a dose of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, but at least has a dry finish.

Drinkability is decent, but the sweetness would be too much after a couple pints.

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is courtesy of BARLEYWINO, cheers! Bottled 17 Feb 07

Pours Amber/orangey copper with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Cloves, pepper & phenolic notes

T: Slight pepperyness, grainyness & little fruittyness up front. Dryness, granyness, iron notes & crackery notes as this warms. Finishes with a hint of caramel, fruittyness (dates & apricots), hints of yeast, peppery rye& slight dryness

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, a good example of this style

Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 2/20/09

A: Pours with a big fluffy off-white head that drops pretty quickly leaving a little bit of lace. Color is dark copper/light reddish, crystal clear.
S: Smells like a belgian, lots of spice, no banana at all. No hops.
T: Wheat yeast characteristics mixed with belgian-ness, on the spicy side, matches the nose, lots of clove. No malt presence, I expected a little caramel given the color. No hops either.
M: Crisp, well attenuated, highly carbed, tongue coating, seems to leave something behind in my mouth
D: This goes down very easy, a great summer beer. Could possibly be used to convert a BMC drinker in that it is not "heavy" or "bitter". One of the best american wheats I have had, I will be buying this again. Highly recommended.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
4.22/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on Nov 13, 2006. Tasted and reviewed on Nov 18, 2006—how’s that for fresh? No. 15 is a murky light orange in color with a ½ inch thick head that settles into a nicely formed white pasty ring around the pint glass—sticky patches noted throughout the course. On the nose are fresh banana custard pie offerings, and soft wheat tones; very aromatic. Some cloves are detectable as this beer warms. Up front, a definitive dark-hefe feel, with some banana peel and wheat-like offerings, creamy and sweet. Kisses of coriander and orange peel; although both are hidden, they are blended nicely. Medium bodied across the board—very little carbonation. The palate is cleansed, with both bananas, cloves and wheaty-ish malts. This is something that I could get used to. Unique style for this brewery, and incredibly enjoyable for the style; mighty tasty—a request for a year-round-offering of No. 15?

Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice light copper with ok carbonation. The head is small white and leaves a bit of lace.

The smell is light and fruity, apricot & peach Notes.

The taste is good. mostly fruity apricot, peach & a touch of a banana with a hint of citrus, on light wheat bread. I did not get much spice at all, maybe a shake of pepper and a flake of cloves.

The mouthfeel is good, lighter body and great carbonation, It works well.

The drinkability is very good, I like this as a summer yard brew. Dang it's gone already!
Thanks Vancer, Prosit MK

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Famous Liquors in Bloomington IL.

Mass of sticky yeast sludge in the bottle. Pours a deep and cloudy amber that becomes brown and opaque with the yeast addition. A finger of foam, ringed by sticky lace. Head sticks around, looks good overall.

Sweetish bubblegum aroma, slight clove as well. Seems to lean in a Dunkleweizen direction. After it sits, it develops a flinty graininess.

Big yeast and spice in the taste, like an Imperial Oktoberfest. This kicks Schlafly Oktoberfest's ass. Fairly beefed up by the yeast component, mouthfeel is almost like a smoothie. Clove, grain, and yeast esters are the major notes in No. 15. Slight metallic aftertaste, but it's not distracting. Very nice, could be a little more well-rounded.

edit 2008: I've picked up a fresher bottle since, and it was a big improvement over the first bottle I had. More fruit and hefe character, and no metallic flavors to speak of. All around good.

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "bottled with love" on 9/19/07. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are OK. Aroma is very nice, it's spicy and fruity, it smells like cloves, apricots, pepper, bananas and yeast. There's other aromas too, but I just can't ID them off the top of my head right now. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, and there's also some grain that I can taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium with a bit above average carbonation. Drinakbility is good, it's easy to drink! No. 15 is a good beer overall, I wasn't disappointed with this one at all. If you get a chance to try it, you should.

Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/24/09

pours amber orange with 1 finger head that fades fast and left little lacing

smells of banana and wheat just as you would want

taste is much like the smell but with some decent spice and the flavors linger well into the aftertaste

mouthfeel is is light/medium with good carbonation that leave a creamy and refreshing finish

drinkability is good - lots of wheat ales are a little to sour but this has non of that

Photo of JLaw55
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Holy Banana!!! This was pretty darn good, definitely not what I was expecting. It tastes like a hefeweizen cranked up to 11. There is so much banana goodness in here, very tasty. I can see where this one would get tiring though. This is a one and done beer, not something you are going to drink a few of, due to the heavy nature.

Would purchase and drink again.

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks again to Goliath to getting me tow off of my wanted styles list. I have been trying to track this one down forever. Served cold and poured into what else, but a wheat glass. This one was consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was decent enough with a dark amber, almost brown color coming through right away. Nice haziness and somewhat opaque color to it. Nice off white head of maybe an inch faded quickly but did leave a nice touch of lacing on the sides.

Intresting aroma, lots of wheat and bready malts right away with a touch of a plum like fruit note and some hints at what I can only describe as dates? Weird. Some light peppery notes as it warmed. Smooth, coating feel was a bit heavier then I would have normally thought for the style. Clean flavor here, dark wheat notes, Duh, and touches of grain were the main contributers here, though a touch of earthy hops in the finish were enough to dry out the finish in time for another sip of this very sessionable beer.

Overall not bad, I would be curious to see a few other members of this style before I make a firm decision either way, but seems to be worthy of a repeat.

Photo of buschbeer
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A fairly aggressive pour into a nonic glass yielded a quarter inch of tan head. It is amber colored. The aroma has a lot going on. I get bubblegum, banana, clove, and other spices. The taste is some caramel malt, clove and is dominated by spices. The mouthfeel is medium. I really like this beer. I wish the spices were muted a bit to let some of the other flavors come through. I would absolutely drink this again.

Photo of nightcrawler
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to expect with this beer. I hadn't read about it and only bought a 6-pack from The Taproom on the suggestion of a complete stranger. I may need to talk to strangers more often.

It poured amber with a tan, almost greenish head that came up from the bottom of the glass in small swirls, something I had never seen before. The smell of Belgium was in the air, with bananas and cloves. Very reminiscent of stronger Trappist beers.

But the taste was light and fruity on the finish. I only wish it finished a bit more clean, but I could definitely drink quite a bit of this beer.

Photo of rsyberg01
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottle, freshness date marked as 8-12-07

A - Pours a hazy copper that thins to an amber at the edges, head puffs up then dissipates to a thin patchy surface tight at the edges.

S - Biscuity, fruity, belgian in some certain aspects, slight hop floral aroma, slightly toasted malts in there, some certain caramel on the back burner, not bad...not bad at all.

T - Definite biscuit, malty yet tangy, good balance, hop well spoken for, slight gingerbread note...interesting, fruity...not sure exactly what but it is nice, character is significant to this offering from schlafly, ex. if you poured this in a blind taste test I could point it out, which I think is good in this certain case.

M - Slick and smooth, good carbonation to weight balance, not too much....just enough.

D - I could drink these things all damn day long, no question.

Photo of carln26
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had this beer on tap at the source Saturday for lunch. It poured a dark hazy brown with a light, fluffy off-white head. The head left a sheet of lace on the side of the glass. The nose definitely tells you this is a weizen beer. Dark fruit with banana esters. I don't get clove, nor did I detect the coriander, and orange the bartender told me where used in the brewing process. The flavor has a load of weizen character. Dark fruit and banana come across strong. I do get some of the orange in the flavor. This beer is quite sweet, not cloying, but the sweetness reduces the drinkability just a touch. Smooth and full mouth feel. Nice beer overall.

Photo of twiggamortis420
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy light brown color with a extra large-bubbled light beige head that fades pretty quick to a bunch of big floating bubbles. Very little lacing.

Has a yeasty clove aroma reminiscent of a hefeweissbier dunkel, I'm pleasantly surprised by that. Hints of bubblegum, wheat tang and bananas.

Wow, this tastes great! I was thinking I was opening a pale American wheat beer, but this is a very nice German style dark hefe. A bit heavier on the clove and wheat flavors, but it has a very clean taste and finishes crisp and refreshing. Now I am pissed I only bought a single of this fine brew.

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Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 161 ratings.