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Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15

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BA SCORE
87
very good

150 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 150
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 14
Gots: 0 | 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:
15 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-02-2006)
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Photo of MrBoh
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

MrBoh, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of markgugs
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

poured from a 12oz. bottle into a snifter glass

A: Pours a nice looking copper/orange color with a stark white head. Goes away quickly but leaves some nice lacing.

S: Wow, this beer pretty much smells overwhelmingly like ripened bananas, so if you like that thing, this'll smell go to you.

T: A rather subtle beer, though there is a sour tartness to it that has me wondering if I've gotten an "off" bottle or not. A nice sweet breadiness beneath that saves the day though, and leaves a tasty short finish.

M: Like many in the weiss world, this beer has a crisp, light, well-carbonated feel to it.

D: Probably not a beer I'd return to, though I would be interested to find out if it's supposed to taste this way.

markgugs, Feb 20, 2007
Photo of joe1510
2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Bottled 9-29-08

I received this one as an extra from Goliath, thanks again Brad! The pour filled my glass with a rusty brown liquid with moderate haziness. The head grew to one finger on the pour and quickly settled to a dusting of foam that leaves behind a patch of lacing here and there.

This beer throws off a lot of yeasty esters and I'm not fond of very many of them. Banana leads the way and it seems to be over ripened with an almost sour aroma rising from this brew. There's a lot of clove in the nose too, I've never been a big fan of clove bombs. Each swirl to bring the head back alive brings slight alcohol and borders on band-aid that hints at the first signs of infection.

Luckily the flavor is a step above the aroma. A caramel and bready maltiness adds a semi-sweet base for all the esters. Banana bread and clove are still the two most dominant but there are also signs of alcohol and some cinnamon-like spiciness. The flavor of this beer isn't all bad but the clove and banana are much too bold for my liking while the alcohol stands out a bit too much.

The mouthfeel seems a bit thin but overall works pretty well for the style. Soft carbonation keeps it moving slowly. The body just doesn't have any texture, it's odd.

This dark wheat isn't all that enjoyable of a brew so in turn it's not very drinkable. This is a beer that just doesn't work very well for me.

I enjoy all of Schlafly's brews I have had up to this point but this beer simply misses the mark. Wheat beers are hit or miss with me in the first place but this beer has a lot of everything I'm not that of in my wheat beers. Thanks for the sample Brad!

joe1510, Feb 25, 2009
Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -22.7%

barnzy78, Nov 29, 2011
Photo of jneiswender
3.05/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-brown, cloudy, no lasting head

S-cloves, bubblegum, faint newspaper

T-cloves, bubblegum, cereal grain finish, a little bit of a sour aftertaste

M-medium-light finish

D-more complex than alot of other reps of this style but does have a few off flavors. Certainly worth a try.

jneiswender, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of jwinship83
3.2/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle that was filled on 03/29/2010 drank from stone pint glass.

A- the pour is a cloudy copper colored body with a small and quickly fizzing away beige colored head. little to no lacing left behind.

S- wheaty yeast is the first thing that i notice. after that comes faint chocolate, banana, and clove. some pepper in the nose also.

T- once again, the yeast comes to the forefront here. the cloves i could smell are much stronger in the taste than the smell. the banana seems alot less than i could smell. lots more peppery spice than i was expecting.

M- medium to full bodied and sufficiently carbonated.

D- a pretty unusual style. not my favorite, but its good for a change. i wont be seeking this out again anytime soon.

jwinship83, May 15, 2010
Photo of kdoc8
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
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.

kdoc8, Mar 12, 2007
Photo of Ursch79
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Ursch79, Jun 20, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Anything, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

This beer looks very nice at first. Sort of an amberish mud color with a pillowy off white head. The head recedes rather quickly to nothing at all.

Smell was very odd. At first I noticed a vinegar like something. After a while it fades and I found notes of bannana and spice.

Tastes is slightly bannana with a bit of a tea like finish. This is my first beer in this style, but it is very dunkel weizen like indeed.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for me. Overall not bad, but not something I would seek out.

bluegrassbrew, May 11, 2007
Photo of BigJim5021
3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

BigJim5021, May 15, 2009
Photo of gkatsoris
3.38/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Huge, huge creamy white head; which lasted almost 5 minutes. The brew was hazy and golden brown.

S: Bananas. Sweet. Cherries. Wheat AND rye bread.

T: Very bland upfront, turning to the wheat/rye bread. Bananas and cherries on the after taste, which was very pleasant. Also, tea and gingerbread.

M: Very very thin. Crisp and thin.

D: Not my cup of tea, but nice.

gkatsoris, May 19, 2008
Photo of bnes09
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Translucent copper ale with no head or lacing. Lots of visible bubbles.

Bold wheat aroma with lots of fresh yeast. Bread-like and a hint of banana.

Citrus flavors of lemon rind and a touch of orange. Minimal hop bitterness. Caramel and honey sweetness. Strong yeast flavor with a grainy finish.

Medium-bodied ale and moderately carbonated. Leaves a dry, grainy texture on the tongue.

Overall, an average wheat ale. Nothing too special but refreshing nonetheless.

bnes09, Jun 09, 2010
Photo of JoePat
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer pours a malty amber coloer with an off white almost kaki head that fades pretty quickly.
I has slight banana with a big bubble gum aroma with a faint hint of spicy hops.
The bubble gum is not quite as pronounced in the flavor. I get more light malt with a little fruity esters from the yeast.
The mouthfeel is thin and watery leaving little to no aftertaste.
This beer is drinkable but suffers a little in the flavor department.

JoePat, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of Floydster
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with jtrockchalk a week ago, thanks for including this brew

Best before date of January 7, 2008

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a murky deep orange color that is a little on the darker side but more golden when held up to the light, 1/4 inch white creamy head that settled within ten or fifteen minutes, little retention and no lacing

Smell was lots of bread and wheat, some faint sweet malt, a few hoppy aromas, bananas, green apples and a few different types of citrus

Taste was close to a generic hefeweizen except for the sweet taste and the faint hoppiness, more fruit than the standard lemon and oranges, also a little darker in color, there were some berry flavors to go along with strong wheat and grapefruit, somewhat chewy caused by the biscuit-like malt, well balanced overall with a lot of different things going for a wheat beer

Pretty decent body with a good amount of carbonation but taste does not last long at all and leaves a somewhat bitter finish

Could probably drink a six pack of these because they are so smooth and light on the stomach, go down very easily, fairly low ABV and taste keeps you coming back for another sip, espeically when it is the eighth beer you have drank in a day

First beer from Schlafly and it was not bad, recommended if you live near the brewery or it is easily accessible, nothing worth seeking out otherwise though

Floydster, Dec 25, 2007
Photo of mdcrouser
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Selling from the shelves one last time, I picked up a six before they're all gone.

Hazy brown red, with a pretty sturdy white head that died down to remain for the length of the beer. Looks solid, but not overpowering.

Lovely deep wheat aromas, with what could be a Belgian yeast. I'm getting bananas, cloves, a hint of alcohol.

Dark wheat spice, and a bit of what could be apple cider on the tongue, with some smokiness. The same Belgian notes come through here as well.

Like most in the Schlafly stable, the carbonation is pretty good.

While I think this is a good beer, especially for a style that doesn't get much attention, it's not one that I'd necessarily drink over and over.

mdcrouser, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazey burnt sienna with rather quick foam for a wheat ale of this haziness.

The aroma is a spicey banana and clove and maybe just a touch of mace in that fresh cut grass from the hops. Very intriguing aroma.

Taste is bananas about one day from going bad. The only thing keeping this beer vibrant in flavor. A punch of earthy hops gives this yeasty brew a little pepper and punch.

This is an ok palated beer that has a chalky palate,but still has some sweet wheat flavors, but a generous hop dosage for balance.

scruffwhor, May 31, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Dark wheat malt aroma with a touch of caramel and notes of sliced bananas, dried apricots, and spices.

Taste: Malted wheat, slightly tangy, and with a brief, though satisfying sugary sweetness. Light fruitiness. Tiny pinch of spice. Very restrained bitterness present. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No doubt a fine drinkable beer, but woefully understated for such an auspicious occasion.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 01, 2008
Photo of bjohnson
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Vancer for sending this to me as part of my BA Anniv. pacakge.

A: Pours a dark murky bourbon color. Reddish, oranges, and peach all blended together. Cream colored head, with streaks, dissipates rather quickly.
S: Nice belgian phenols with that spicy wheatyness. Slight bubblegum aroma backed by grassy notes.
T/M: Wheat notes take over the palate followed by a grainy dryer finish. Spices--mostly cloves, banana, and bubblegum are detected. Smooth and creamy with a soft touch on the tongue. Pretty nice with a sweet finish laced with cloves.
D: Possibly a nice fall evening brew as the slight heaviness of the wheat makes the body work a bit harder. Nice and refreshing--glad I had the chance.

bjohnson, Feb 14, 2007
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is the first time I've had this. Thanks to Whitefolks305 for putting this on his wants list. It made me purchase 1 for myself also. This is an interesting beer. Aroma is yeasty with almost Christmas spices. Taste is weaker than the aroma. There are definitely spices but I can’t nail them down. The wheat beer flavors kind of are diminished. Not a lot of banana or citrus fruits. Both are present but not in big quantities. Mouthfeel is a little lighter than I expected. I think I would drink this in a bar but not go out and pick up a sixer.

hwwty4, Jan 23, 2008
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3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

JimSwinson, Feb 28, 2012
Photo of CMW
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark copper color with a thin head that fades quickly. Not quite translucent as there is a subtle haze.

S - Sweeter than I remember. Banana notes are very strong. Slight bready backbone.

T - Also very sweet. Banana flavors are mixed with some candied sugar. Not the contrast of flavors I would expect.

M - Light and crisp.

O - A good, but not great beer. Would be good in early spring as the weather begins to turn warm.

CMW, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of Sean9689
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a medium amount of head. Smell is of sweet fruits, malts, floral notes. Taste is pleasing, fruits - strawberry, raspberry, peach. Mouth is okay but a little too light for me. I would def drink another but there are others to choose from so this one will be enjoyed at another time.

Sean9689, Apr 10, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. poured a slightly hazy amber copper with a decent one finger+ white head. Ample lacing on the glass.

S. Hay, malt, yeast, citrus, dough

T. Good malt up front, citrus and pine in the middle, hoppy finish.

M. Medium to light body, medium carbonation,fizzy

D. Decent ale I could enjoy a few of these right after work, by the way thats exactly what I did!

smibroncos, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of brdc
3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks rclnmeyer for this one; second to last style to be reviewed.

Small capped bottle poured into a weizen glass. Copper colored, one finger, short lasting off white head, no lacing.
Aroma is mostly cloves and bananas, bubblegum, a faint yeastiness, a note of caramel.
Light bodied, a bit lighter than I expected, medium carbonation, with a flavor that follows suit the aroma. Clove, banana, some bread, a faint caramel maltiness.
No experience on this particular style, but on a gross comparison to dunkel weizens, is a bit thinner and the maltiness is not everything I expected. Decent.

brdc, Jun 25, 2009
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