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Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15

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very good

145 Ratings

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Ratings: 145
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 9.77%

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Dark Wheat Ale |  6.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

15 IBU

(Beer added by: maxpower on 11-02-2006)
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3.5/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2011 01:26:52 | More by CMW
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- 4 An aggressive pour led to a 1/2" bubbly head that dissipated quickly; would've liked to see more retention. Fairly light lacing. The best aspect of the beer's appearance is definitely its color for me. It's a beautiful amber that can barely be seen through.

S- 3.5 The smell is mildly wheaty and of spices. Maybe a little banana. It smells decent, but I can't smell enough of it...

T- 4 I found the flavor of this beer quite tasty. Mild spices such as clove and nutmeg, and a sweetness (banana and a hint of bubble gum) that round it out well.

M- 4 Medium-light body that goes down clean and smooth. Not heavy at all considering its (cohesively) rich flavor. Carbonation is good despite the poor head retention.

D- 4 I could enjoy this dark wheat beer for hours. It's very well-balanced. It's tasty and smooth and light enough to drink easily. This is a solid brew I'd recommend trying if you're looking for a twist on wheat or just a flavorful, easy-to-drink option in general.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2011 16:05:04 | More by KYBrewgrass
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3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle with "bottled on" date of 10/28/2010.

Appearance: I think I had some glassware issues as the head was slight and dissipated quickly, though that is counter to most other reviews. Dark honey color and very cloudy. The unfiltered bits appear to be in suspension, it looks like a very thick beer.

Smell: Banana, lemon, and a bit of bubblegum. Strong smell.

Taste: Wheaty with banana and bubblegum notes. The citrus is present, but takes a back seat compared to other wheats, with a bit more of a hops finish instead.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body with moderate carbonation. Very clean finish. Just a tad watery at times.

Drinkability: Very, very pleasing and drinkable. While the American Dark Wheat Ale style description on BA states there should be no banana esters, you could definitely smell and taste them with this brew. A very pleasing wheat ale that has just enough going on to intrigue.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2011 03:18:16 | More by tito42
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear, deep amber with a slight redness and really no head to speak of. It almost looks as if its gone flat when sitting in the glass. The scent yields lots of spice with just a touch of banana and bubblegum. The tastes are much of the same with the addition of a fruity apple component. The spiciness really dominates and ends in a lingering pepper. You have to try to taste the banana and bubblegum. Despite the appearance of being flat, it has a good deal of carbonation. I didn't really know what to expect from this offering, but it was better than I anticipated. I'd have it again.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2010 12:26:31 | More by alkemy
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3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2010 23:10:54 | More by buschbeer
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2010 04:14:27 | More by mdcrouser
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:51:31 | More by BeerAdvocate
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3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I love the color. Decent retention.

S: Fruit and Spice and everything nice. Very aromatic.

T: Lives up the the smell. Banana, phenols, cloves, bubblegum, clove, and then lingering peppery spice and caramel. No bitterness.

M: Medium. Bit creamier/syrupy than I expected. Not much carbonation.

D: Goes down well enough, although the lingering caramel decreases this a bit.

Overall, good beer. A bit more bite and carbonation would have improved it, in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2010 23:15:53 | More by jtm3
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3.73/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Corey for sharing a bottle of this from his private reserve!

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark cestnut color with a one fingered, creamy off white colored head and moderate carbonation. Looks absolutely beautiful in my 12 ounce Schneiderweisse glass!

S - Not because of my glass selection, but the color and aroma reminds me a little bit of Schneiderweisse Original beer. Generous amounts of banana, cloves, and German malt.

T - Not as robust as a German dark wheat beer, but still, pretty darn tastey. The flavor stays even throughout with nice amounts of banana, cloves, some caramel German style malt, and a little bready and chewy. Overall taste is very mildly acrid, and there's a delicate hopping at the very end to bring the up front sweetness back into check.

M - Little to no carbonation as it rolls over the tongue, lighter side of medium bodied, finishes semi-dry, and leaves an aftertaste that's peppery with some banana bread spicing.

D - Is good but since it reminds me so much of a German beer I'd rather have a Schneiderweisse or another German wheat for the fact they have much more body and in most cases, a much more accentuated aroma and flavor. However, this is a pretty good interpretation of a dark German wheat.

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2010 19:47:01 | More by jzeilinger
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4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours light brown/hints of red color, slightly cloudy, with a few rising bubbles and a decent head with plenty of lacing. Not bad to look at.

Smells of wheat and yeast, fruit (detectable banana), mildly spiced with some earthy notes and just a touch of hops. Very nice smelling indeed.

Tastes of fruit (with notable banana), peppery spices, wheat, malts, yeast, with very little hops. A surprisingly tasty and complex beer, much better than I expected. Almost tasted like a Belgian dubbel or tripel.

Feels medium smooth without too much carbonation. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste, which lingers still of spices.

Definitely a repeat for the future without fail. Very highly drinkable and pretty affordable too.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 23:59:01 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.63/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle tried 29 Jul 2007.

Medium light brown head. Moderate carbonation. Cloudy amber copper color. Aroma is floral, grapey, caramel, touch of banana. Starts spicy sweet, corainder, crisp. More banana and bubblegum through the middle and finish. Somewhat tart finish. Medium chewy body.

Could easily finish a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2010 14:40:08 | More by htomsirveaux
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2010 22:00:19 | More by bnes09
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3.48/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2010 23:22:58 | More by scruffwhor
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I received this as an extra in a trade from hooliganlife and this is one of the examples where you sometimes get an extra that you actually already have access to, but never picked up; and then you give it a shot and you're all like, "dang, I really need to pick this one up on my own as it's really quite good" (or something like that). Review is from notes taken 5/26/2010 and poured from the bottle to a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a peachy coppery color and starts with a one finger white head that fades quickly to a faint skim in the middle and a fair ring around the surface; the body is quite cloudy; no lacing is left behind at all.

Smell: Smells very fruity and sweet with hints of bubblegum, even light hints of pepper and spices like a pale Belgian ale.

Taste: Remarkably just like the smell, fruity and bubblegum sweetness; lightly spicy and peppery notes; a mild hop bitterness is present in the back and a nice wheaty and grainy maltiness add a bit of an earthy balance. I'm a little disappointed in myself for not trying this one sooner.

Mouthfeel: Carbonation is fair and quite prickly; body is fairly light as well and leaves a chewy and sticky coating on the roof of the mouth.

Drinkability: I could easily get through a couple of these in a sitting; I love the flavor profiles and the balnace provided; the ABV doesn't feel like much of a factor at all and at 6%, as long as I'm not driving I"m enjoying a couple of these in the future; quite a pleasant beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 20:33:25 | More by bamadog
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4.08/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown and hazy thin head no lacing. carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine.

Pretty nice aroma. Fruit and sweet with nice esters. Very full aroma. Nice.

Medium body and a clean finish. Some sweetness in the palate, nice fruity character. Pretty good for a dunkel / American dunkel. Don't have much to say, just a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-24-2010 01:29:12 | More by drabmuh
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3.2/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2010 02:21:19 | More by jwinship83
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Slightly hazed, brownish copper with a thin off-white head. Head reduces to a wisp and leaves zero lace.

S-Spicy, with notes of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon, a touch of fruitiness and a decent dark bread maltiness.

T-Mildly sweet malt with a good deal of spiciness and a bit of fruit. Pumpernickel and caramel sweetness becomes present with warming. More interesting and tasty than the aroma belies. A surprising sour twang jumps in at the end.

M-Medium-light and almost disappoints but the dark malt rescues the body. Light spiciness and the sour twang lightly linger in the aftertaste.

D-Fairly complex and interesting overall. A bit light on the palate but the flavour profile rescues this one from boredom!

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2010 16:52:26 | More by Deuane
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3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 23:35:48 | More by JoePat
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a beautiful cinnamon amber with no head, minimal lacing. Quite pretty actually and unique.

Taste is pretty damn good - very impressed. A great amber beer with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and crystal malt. Very sweet with a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is right on, and drinkability is superb.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2010 01:59:33 | More by acelin
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4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - pours a murky brownish, reddish, orangish, auburnish color with a thin white head. Rather opaque but yet also quite appealing.

Aroma - sort of spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg and some sour malt. Has some doppelbock aromas, that of dark fruit and dark bread.

Taste - sweet, spicy and quite tasty actually. This beer really impresses me with its subtlety and yet its complexity at the same time. Lots of flavors going on here. You've got some spiciness (nutmeg, thyme, cinnamon, cloves) as well as some dark malt flavors and something akin to Belgian-style dubbel. Quite unique and delicious. Wow.

Overall - sort of amazed by how much is going on with a beer that weighs in at 6%. Tons of spice, sweetness and complexity for such a rather simple beer. I really dig it.

Would I buy more of it? - I think I would and this would definitely be a beer that I'd make other people try just to get their reaction to it.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2010 04:32:54 | More by indiapaleale
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4.3/5  rDev +10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2010 19:39:21 | More by secondtooth
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3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: a 1 finger head of small bubbles atop a murky, orange brew. head thins out pretty quicky but leaves a thin layer of bubbles. no lacing

S: nose is fruity(banana and apricot) and spicy, with a doughy background

T: fruitiness upfront with a wheat background followed up by spice. fades with wheat dough and spicey orange peel and apricot flavors.

M: medium body with a light carbonation, could use a little more fizz as it seems flat as you near the end of the glass.

Overall, a good sessionable wheat ale although it is somewhat too sweet at times and could use a tad more carbonation. One of my favorite beers when first getting into the craft beer scene.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2010 00:17:35 | More by OlRasputin989
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3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky toffee color with a minimal white head. Very little head retention and little to no lacing

S: The smell is of bananas and spice, maybe a bit of toffee as well. Reminds me of banana bread.

T: The taste is similar to the smell. It starts off with spiced wheat flavors and ends with a hint of banana.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. Creamy medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable beer with a clean finish. Seems like it would be a very nice beer for a summer evening.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2010 21:14:00 | More by Jeebs
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New York

4.13/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice American interpretation of a style that I don't visit nearly enough but do find myself enjoying. Banana flavors are upfront and smooth. What I find particularly enjoyable about this beer is the lightness on the palate. Where the darker, maltier flavors could possibly end up being overly sweet and sticky, the carbonation makes things lively. Some nice flavors of molasses linger on the palate.
Easy drinking, flavorful, and reminding me that I have a bottle of Aventinus just sitting around...

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2009 05:08:35 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.6/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a murky brownsih gold with a light white head. There is not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is light with hops and honey, but nothing overpowering.

The taste is also light, small notes of wheat with nothing special. Mouthfeel is light and good drinkablility.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 03:36:10 | More by jrallen34
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