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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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Photo of DCon


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Haven't had this beer since last summer in a bottle. Enjoyed this beer on-tap at Schneithort's in St. Louis, MO. They have No. 15 on tap and have a special agreement with Schlafly Brewery to call it "Schneity Brau"- their house beer. Served into an Anheuser Busch Pint Glass and enjoyed over popcorn and a St. Louis Blues game.

Appearance- Dark orange in color and cloudy. Half a finger of head and left lace.

Smell- I smelled tons of spices and autumn.

Taste- Very great taste! Spicy, yet has a mild fruit on the way through.

Mouthfeel- Good carbonation, Light Bodied, and smooth. A pumpkin pie finished and left the best of tastes in my mouth.

Drinkability- Not all that bad but only can drink one. This reminded me of the Schlafly Pumpkin ale except with more wheat added in and less ABV%. Wondering why it says this beer isn't being brewed anymore while I enjoyed it last night (3/7/11).

Serving type: on-tap

03-09-2011 01:19:09 | More by DCon
Photo of rpardon7


3.9/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap a nice dark orangey yellow with a nice rocky white head, that disapated but left a small amount of lace for the rest of the beer. The smell is a nice mix of yeasty floral notes with some slight fruity and wheat notes. The taste is similar to the smell dominated by the yeast but is backed up by some decent bananna and clove with a small spice note. Mouthfeel is smooth and active with nice carbonation. The drinkability of this beer is wonderful could definately have a few of these. Very nice american wheat from Schlafly.

Serving type: on-tap

11-08-2010 19:37:03 | More by rpardon7
Photo of Frothboss


4.55/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance has a cloudy golden brown color so thick that i can't see thru the glass. Smells very aromatic with the yeast with a very sweet fruit smell to your nose. Tastes sweet, malty, biscuity, yeasty....then very sweet again with a little sour aftertaste. Good mouthfeel with a nice well balanced flavor not much carbonation. This is excellent, i would drink this again.

Serving type: on-tap

11-06-2010 00:24:44 | More by Frothboss
Photo of kylejohnson03


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Bottleworks. Called "No. 15" because it was made for their 15th anniversary, and then made into a year round offering because of it's popularity. Pours a cloudy brown with red hue. Small head quickly receeds, but leaves good lacing. Smells of banana, clove, and cinnamon. Good balance between spice and sweetness in the flavor. Carbonation level is about right, mouthfeel is medium bodied. A very drinkable beer, had two with lunch and it complemented the BBQ Pulled Pork sandwich very well. Not a beer that you would walk in and see it on tap and say "Wow, I have to try that one!" but it's a very solid offering from Schlafly.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 16:38:54 | More by kylejohnson03
Photo of TheMightyGUEST


4.43/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Taproom.

I'd heard good things about it, but not much of a description and the name doesn't really give away what you're walking in to, so I had no expectations about this drink.

Appearance: Kind of a thin head, maybe about a finger or two, which faded to a thin coating for the rest of the drink. It laced well, though, and had a rich color around a deep reddish tint.

Smell: A wheat background and fruity.

Taste: Very very sweet. The canvas was wheat, but there was a fruitiness I had a hard time placing. After having a roundtable consensus with my friends and family we agreed it was something like pears or cinamon apples, but the consensus among the other reviewers here seems to be apricot which I would wholly believe. Very tasty, and it didn't take much for me to polish the whole thing off. If you're more of a fan of bitters, you might not find much satisfaction here, as the hops were very downplayed in favor of the fruits working around.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, felt kind of medium, but was neither very carbonated, nor was it terribly creamy. Honestly, the flavor of the drink was king over all the other traits one typically looks at in a beer.

Drinkability: I'd rate this as high. I, and everyone trying the beer with me, held it in high regard. This is something I could see easily becoming a staple in my fridge for when I'm just relaxing, though with the strong sweetness to it, it would be easy to become over-exposed if this were the only thing you were drinking.

Serving type: on-tap

02-02-2010 17:20:08 | More by TheMightyGUEST
Photo of Jayli


4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 8/12/09 on tap at Schlafly Bottle Works in St. Louis
This beer pours a beautiful cloudy toffee amber color with minimal head to and absolutely no lacing to speak of. Nose is of yeasts, wheat, clove, and banana. Taste is of some malts, presence of wheat, there is toffee and sugary sweetness in the middle that lingers, finishes with some nice spicing. Medium body with low to medium carbonation, creamy feel in the mouth with a clean finish to it. The sweetness in this one makes it a one beer minimum for me, however - it is a nice lil brew to enjoy.

Serving type: on-tap

08-18-2009 16:36:28 | More by Jayli
Photo of glid02


4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2009 21:37:08 | More by glid02
Photo of Sean9689


3.53/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2009 20:29:44 | More by Sean9689
Photo of jujubeast6000


3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a blood orange color body, very opaque, very cloudy. Has a flowery aroma, some spices like coriander. Soft mouthfeel, somewhat watery. Has a floral spicy taste. Very tasty. Fruity, like pear or apple. Sweet spicy finish

Serving type: on-tap

11-29-2008 15:17:13 | More by jujubeast6000
Photo of Dogbrick


3.85/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours a mostly clear dark orange color with a wispy off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma if yeast and orange peels, along with some malt. Light, clean body with a zesty character. Flavors of citrus, spices and yeast are present along with some doughy malt. The finish is spice and yeast with a mild citrus aftertaste. Decent overall.

Serving type: on-tap

11-24-2008 18:21:38 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of jneiswender


3.05/5  rDev -21.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-14-2008 00:05:52 | More by jneiswender
Photo of botham


3.8/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a hazy orangish amber color with a touch of chestnut brown mixed in. a half finger of off-white head tops it off, with moderate retention and no lacings.

aroma is mainly of citrusy hops and a light bready malt character. the aroma is curiously concentrated in the nose, which works well with the profile.

taste is of citrusy hops up front, with a lightly yeasty base and a touch of caramel malt. the brew tastes much more like a hefe than Schafly's standard hefe.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light tartness and a citrusy finish. aftertaste is mildly slick.

drinkability is good. this is basically a hefe with a touch of caramel malt. the color is deceptive when it comes to its flavor, but works well overall.

Serving type: on-tap

09-22-2008 02:02:32 | More by botham
Photo of thekevlarkid


4.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap in St. Louis, MO in July of '08. Came to me in a glass a cloudy, muddled amber/brown color with a tan head about one and half fingers thick. Aromas were inviting, ripe fruits, Eastern spices, caramel. The tastes were also complex. Malted sweetness, cooked bananas, notes of wheat provide a tang along with some citrus hops. Rich, smooth and creamy, medium body and light carbonation. Well balanced, sessionable and still challenging. A good celebration ale, happy anniversary!

Serving type: on-tap

08-21-2008 14:08:33 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of mynie


4.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

On tap at the tap room. I'm a sucker for beers that have the word "Limited" written near their names, especially when I'm traveling. It's like I figure if I'm never going to be somewhere again I might as well go balls out and try the rarest stuff they got. And as I was just starting to make my way through Schlafly's massive beer selection and didn't yet wish to scorch my pallet with the reserve IPA or imperial stout, I decided to give this a try.

Big, frothy pour in a big tall weizen glass. Classy. Orange brown with hues blending into one another in the middle yet distinct on either end, like a melting bomb pop. Very nice fluffy head that doesn't go away.

Smells like a really firm, well balance weizen. There are little chocolatey hints that kind of remind me of a weizenbock but overall it's much closer to a weizen because its lack of any alcohol burn. The spices are firm: bananas, cloves, white pepper. There's even a very nice hint of cinnamon.

Goodness! Highly unique but still perfectly balanced and super drinkable. Full spice of a big, fruity hefe--banana, white pepper, pineapple juice. But the kicker is that the back end is filled up with delicious cinnamon and all spice and strong nodes of pumpkin! It's like you're drinking a pie.

What's up with people giving this beer average reviews because of its timidity? Since when does a beer have to rip a hole in your tongue for it to be considered world class? This is like Spotted Cow on crack. A brewer took a huge risk and it paid off in spades. Bravo.

Serving type: on-tap

06-29-2008 23:12:22 | More by mynie
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another draft selection I had while visiting the Tap Room.
Pint arrived looking hazy with a deep orange color, thin white head of foam that settled to a thin ring. Little retention and no lacing.
Smell was definatly wheaty, with some bread and other yeasty and fruity aromas.
Tatse was good, very hefe-like. Lots of yeast flavor with a sweet fruity taste. Slight hop grapefruit balanced out by some biscuit malt. Good body, thin but to style, lots of carbonation gave a nice tingle bite on the mouthfeel. Another good one.
Also have tried it bottled.

Note to self: Ranked #1 American Dark Wheat Ale when I tried it.

Serving type: on-tap

01-15-2008 06:04:15 | More by BigBry
Photo of pmcadamis


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

01-14-2008 03:59:51 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of kdoc8


3.25/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

03-12-2007 00:05:23 | More by kdoc8
Photo of udubdawg


3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room March 2nd...have a few notes and a bottle in front of me now for a reminder.

Pours a hazed light brown with an orange tint. Lasting creamy pale beige-colored head on this beer, and adequate lacing here and there along the glass.

I know the BA style description says banana and clove won't be present in an American Dark Wheat Ale...but that's by far what I noticed first in the aroma. Banana most of all at first, but the clove spiciness comes out more as it warms, not quite dominating and failing to cover a bready yeast backdrop.

Taste definately involves a banana bread, clove, plus another spice that I'm pretty sure is nutmeg. Seems a bit earthy and some lemon comes through in the finish. Quite tasty, but disappointing in the mouth.

A couple would be very drinkable...but more than that just doesn't seem appealing.

Serving type: on-tap

03-08-2007 23:19:33 | More by udubdawg
Photo of karst


4.33/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From the TapRoom served with a steak sandwitch and fries just before the Sunday night BJCP class. A noticable haze within the Dunkle style color and a wonderful head with size and retention you want in this style.

A welcoming aroma from the wheat and yeast with little on no spices - the clove seems naturally produced and dominates the bananna. Medium body - perhaps a little more than the guides but much to my liking. Some moderate sweetness that only seems out of place if you drink it so slow as let it lose most of its moderate carbonation. With warming offers some dark fruit flavors.

Congratulations to Tom, Steve, and all the Schlafly crew.

Serving type: on-tap

11-20-2006 05:09:46 | More by karst
Photo of carln26


3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2006 16:05:10 | More by carln26
Photo of CMW


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
Photo of KYBrewgrass


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
Photo of tito42


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
Photo of alkemy


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
Photo of buschbeer


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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87 out of 100 based on 145 ratings.