Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
Firelight ochre with candied orange peel trim, a tremendously warm and inviting color. The pale tangerine cap is no slouch either. It's thickly creamy, like an apricot milkshake, and is melting in an appealing fashion. It doesn't hurt that it's leaving delicate Belgian lace in the process. This is the best looking ADWA that I've ever seen.
I've been enjoying the nose from afar since the pour. It's pretty special up close too. It's chock full of bruised banana and ground clove, especially the latter. I hate to repeat myself, but this is the best ADWA that I've ever smelled and would probably give the world's best dunkel weizens serious runs for their money. Could the flavor possibly measure up?
Pretty damn close. I'm well aware that it's personal preference talking, but I'd like to taste and feel a more firm wheat malt backbone. There's nothing wrong with it really, it's just that more would be better. The flavor profile consists of well-toasted wheat malt and the same brown banana and spicy clove that was present in the nose. It looks like Schlafly has chosen a bona fide hefe weizen yeast strain; and an aggressive one at that.
More than in most beer of this style (which should be dunkel weizen) the flavor sensations of sweet, bitter and sour are remarkably well-balanced. Each one edges in front at different points along the flavor arc, yet the others are never far behind. It's an interesting effect that would lead to increased drinkability for me (if I had more than this one bottle) since I wouldn't tire of too much sweetness, too much tartness, etc.
The mouthfeel would also probably benefit from more malt. Having said that, it's more than acceptable for a 6.0% wheat ale and even becomes lightly viscous as it sits. I definitely like it better now that I'm in the second half of the bottle.
I had doubts about No. 15 being good enough to be Schlafly's 15th Anniversary Ale. After enjoying the hell out it, there's no question in my mind. This stuff is delicious and deserves to be put into foil-wrapped bombers (or wax-dipped if you prefer). Never mind the fact that it's only the fifth, No. 15 is the best American dark wheat that I've ever had. Thanks jpm30.
02-25-2007 15:57:47 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a very nice head that sticks and leaves copious lace behind
Smell: Spicy clove dominates the fruits which include an intriguing combination of banana and pineapple
Taste: Opens with the fruit - banana and pineapple - that builds in yeasty tartness by mid-palate, with some peppery clove joining the fray as well; after the swallow, the wheat bready flavors become more prominant
Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but creamy, carbonation
Drinkability: After my disappointment with their Hefeweizen (which was really an American Wheat), the brewery has redeemed itself with this intruiging American take on a hefe; call it an American Dark Wheat if you will - I call it an achievement
Thanks, xmarcnolanx, for the opportunity
03-15-2008 23:26:59 | More by brentk56
3.93/5 rDev +1.3%
Thought the beer was pretty nice. Timid, but nice. The beer poured a golden / copper hue with solid head retention, while wanting a bit more out of a wheat. The medium balanced aromas took the shape of cloves, bubblegum, banannas, and pineapples. Again, I wanted just a bit more intensity. The flavors were, too, of medium intensity, but a well balanced blend of barley and wheat malts, estery / fruity flavors, lightly spiced with hops and yeast, bready, and sweet. The textures could have used more help. The beer did not exhibit the creamy, full wheat flavors that it's German counterparts do - leaving the beer a bit too thin. Finshes somewhere between sweet and grainy. This was a good beer, but just a few small flaws keep it from being a stand out to me.
03-01-2007 16:24:04 | More by BEERchitect
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
12-13-2008 19:28:57 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
08-01-2008 14:55:12 | More by ChainGangGuy
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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.
09-09-2007 04:15:23 | More by emerge077
4.25/5 rDev +9.5%
A - Pours out a dark amber or burgandy color. A small white head that left no lacing.
S - Smelled of wheat, grass and clove.
T - It tasted strongly of wheat, citrus and some clove.
M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.
D - Very good beer. Nice wheat flavors.
01-08-2007 02:06:01 | More by zeff80
3.88/5 rDev 0%
Thanks to Hwwty4 for this one.
Pours a murky golden brown with barely a crème head. Nose is almost like pumpkin pie. Spices. Flavor is thick and meaty. Spices are here as well. There's also mature squashes and very mild pumpkins. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good as well. Decent to drink. A bit unique and almost odd. Might as well try it.
08-12-2008 19:33:08 | More by RblWthACoz
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.
A: The beer is a bright golden-brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.
S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, yeast and bananas, with a touch of hops.
T: The taste is full of yeast and wheat with flavors of bananas, caramel and some spice. There’s a good malt character and a mild hops presence that create a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.
M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.
D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink this beer for a while, but I typically prefer the light wheat beers over the dark wheat beers. However, overall this is a good beer.
10-24-2007 23:52:45 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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
09-28-2007 04:15:24 | More by russpowell
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
Picked up a sixer in downstate Illinois. Served in a weizen glass.
A - Two fingers of quick-dissipating tan foam. Hazy dark orange color that is slightly yellower at the bottom of the glass. A few bubbles on the sides of the glass and a few more lazily rise from the bottom. Solid looking brew - kind of a cross between a wheat and a pale ale.
S - Definitely smells like a wheat beer! Lots of banana, a little bit of clove and apples, and of course bread and yeast. A slight hint of corn bread is in there too.
T - Mix of fruit, spice, and wheat. Very peppery, with some elements of apple & cinnamon as well. It's definitely got a nice bite to it.
M - Weird combination of sharp carbonation tingle initially, then a watery body. Otherwise refreshing but largely nondescript.
D - Goes down easy, manageable carbonation and ABV, solid taste. I could definitely drink a couple of these.
This is an unusual beer style - I can't say much until I try more examples (I've got a Choc beer kicking around somewhere here). Solid beer, nonetheless.
02-28-2009 22:32:19 | More by MasterSki
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
05-24-2010 01:29:12 | More by drabmuh
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
Thanks to rsyberg01 for this beer in a trade. I like dark wheat beers and don't believe I've tried an American one. This pours a hazy orange light amber with a good bit of yeasty sediment suspended in the beer. decent head that fades to a thin ring. Subtle fruity aromas of apple and pear with some light breadiness. Quite pleasant and yeasty. Very soft flavors of apple and pear and baked bread with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Pleasant, but doesn't knock me out. Smooth and soft in the mouth which makes it easy to drink, but it could either be a bit crisper, more robust, or spicier for my taste. Still, glad I tried it.
03-26-2008 01:28:44 | More by Georgiabeer
3.73/5 rDev -3.9%
(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.
10-07-2008 02:40:08 | More by rhoadsrage
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Thanks goes out to Vancer for this one.
Poured a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of bannana's, clove (spices), belgium yeast, and slight caramel. The taste is mostly of the bannana's, clove, and belgium yeast. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Schlafly brew and it is tasty. Glad to get a chance to try it out, thanks Vance.
04-01-2007 01:59:08 | More by Wasatch
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
Pours a cloudy amber color. Decent head (1/4 inch) with slight retention and some lacing. Smells of fruit with some sweet malt. Fits the style quite nicely. The fruit and spice is upfront and very pleasing. The sweet malt complements the fruit and gives a nice smooth aftertaste. The slight amount of hops taste dries the palate which is perfect for enjoying the next sip! Carbonation is a bit lower than I would have thought, but that is the least of my worries. Overall, a really good beer that is full-bodied and smooth. Very easy to drink and I would recommend.
12-19-2008 01:33:45 | More by Tone
4.03/5 rDev +3.9%
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.
06-01-2009 21:37:08 | More by glid02
3.48/5 rDev -10.3%
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.
05-30-2010 23:22:58 | More by scruffwhor
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
11-02-2009 03:36:10 | More by jrallen34
3.85/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
11-24-2008 18:21:38 | More by Dogbrick
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
02-17-2008 01:42:53 | More by bluejacket74
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
Pours a cloudy copper/ reddish color with a tan head. Aromas of banana and clove, big nose. In the taste, a maltiness and dry banana flavors. A nice smooth malty mouthfeel and a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Big banana flavor, nice malty body and yet light on the palate.
11-04-2007 17:11:28 | More by OWSLEY069
4.22/5 rDev +8.8%
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.
03-22-2009 23:52:13 | More by twiggamortis420
Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.