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Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15

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155 Ratings

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Ratings: 155
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.54%
Wants: 20
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
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 emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.1%
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 eb003
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew...

The appearance is an amber/dark orange color. The smell is like wheat bread...

The taste is somewhat "wheaty", but good. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. The drinkability is good, too. It's not too heavy.

Pretty much, it's a wheat beer...pretty good flavor... it does end somewhat bitter, but it's good.

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.72/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - iced tea color, a small cream-colored head with average staying power. Some stray lacing, eh.

Aroma - yeasty, a bit sweet, some crackery notes. Kind of a standard wheaty nose, but nice.

Taste - plenty of yeast flavor in there. A light balancing hoppiness on the swallow. The aftertaste has some grassiness to it, even some mint leaf, also nice. Finishes with some growing bitterness and dryness.

Mouthfeel - pleasant smoothness helps offset some frisky carbonation. Moderate weight, well-done.

Drinkability - not my favorite style but it's tasty. More of a cooler weather beer for me.

Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.8%
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.

Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)
12oz bottle received in a trade with rsyberg01

Smell, A very malty sweet nose, with a nice and sharp hop bite. Smells really good, so I'll proceed.

Taste, follows where the smell left off. The malt taste is very complex, hints of apple, pear, and pomegranate. The hops play a lesser role here, but make their presence known. They not only bring a great balancing flavor, but really add some great character.

Overall, I wish I had more of these, one just wasn't enough. This is just a great beer, nothing fancy schmancy. Just a good session brew.

Photo of whynot44
3.97/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy Amber colored brew with a decent ivory colored head that retains fairly well and manages a bit of decent lace.

The aroma is bready, yeasty, spicy with cloves, bananas and hints of brown sugar.

The taste starts with wheaties, then bananas, plenty of cloves, coriander and a hint of citrus. The finish is slightly dry and peppery.

Medium bodied, smooth and very easy to drink. A definite change of pace and worth a try.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in the Secret Bunny 07 from Vancer.

Pours a murky dark golden color with a nice white head, about one finger in size. Small amounts of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is full of cloves. Yeasty smells as well. Smells spicy and peppery and definitely wheat like. Nice aroma. Not much in the way of banana, mostly cloves.

Flavor profile is spicy and peppery as well. The cloves dont seem as prevalent in the flavor as it is in the aroma. More yeast flavors.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, light bodied. Abv is well hidden, whatever it is. Not a bad beer. Probably good on a hot day. Worth at least one try in my opinion.

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of kdoc8
3.28/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for sending this one my way!

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing the whole way down; medium carbonation that lasted equally as long. Appears to be on the thicker side.

S - Bananas & cloves meet the wheat aroma head-on...other spices lingered in the background for an extremely inviting first impression.

T - Wheat flavors come rushing out, and are quickly met by the banana & clove tones. Spicy malt also makes its presence known as everything works so well together. I'm having a difficult time putting my thoughts into words right now...probably because this is the first wheat beer I've sampled in a season otherwise dominated by darker, heavier brews. All the typical flavors you'd want in a great wheat beer (from the lemon zest & bananas to the cloves & coriander) resting atop a malty-wheat backbone makes this an excellent session beer.

M - Thicker body with strong carbonation and a lingering spicy aftertaste.

D - The taste review says it all...amazing brew.

Photo of CJStout
4.64/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Tannish brown with a thick, forthy head. Cloudy.

Smell - A beautiful hefe/wit bouquet of aromas. Complex, balanced nose, no harsh or competing aromas .... very nice.

Taste - Is it a bavarian hefe or belgium wit - who cares! Best of both worlds. Complimenting notes of banana, coriander.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with nice body.

Drinkability - Awesome beer! No kidding. A beer for a change of pace, special occasion or for an extended session - a must.

Photo of udubdawg
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of markgugs
3/5  rDev -22.7%
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.

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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.74/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a slightly cloudy reddish-gold, like a strong tea. While drinking left light-to-almost-no lacing with a thin white head.

Fragrant with the aroma of banana bread and cloves.

Enjoyed the sweetness of the banana bread and cloves in this beer though any more sweetness would have been to much for me.

Slight carbonation and a smooth mouthfeel.

Schlafly No. 15 is a very easy drinking beer. Nice for a cold winter session beer. Happy anniversary, Schlafly.

Photo of Lynux
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass - 15th anniversary ale

A - Amber brown and hazy, light head with little retention. Decent lace work sticks to glass.

S - Bananas and clove, some other spice

T - Banana, wheat, coriander? doughy/bready with a bitter finish. Quite tasty, almost Belgianish.

M - Little sharp, could be a little less carbonated.

D - Good, would have no problem sipping a few of these in a night. Could be a winter or summer beer, spicy but not too heavy.

Another good effort from Schlafly

Photo of zeff80
4.22/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of homebrewhawk
4.07/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle. Bottle on Nov. 13, 2006. Bottle conditioned.

Poured a cloudy, reddish gold. Thick white head of fine bubbles.
Spicy clove aroma with a little banana. Light body with a wheaty bite.
Some sweet malt to start. Nice, spicy finish with plenty of clove. Leave a little in the bottle and swirl the yeast back in for a little more spice.

I liked this a lot. One of the better American versions of a hefe that I have had recently. This would have been great in the summer. Get some now, because it will be gone soon.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.59/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a medium amber color with a thick light tan head. No surprises so far. The nose is really quite nice ... stewed fruit, banana, spice (cloves, nutmeg), wheat malt and yeast. The palate is of malted wheat, yeast and a little bit of spice notes. Starts warmer and sweeter, but is quickly balanced out by a drier hop profile that comes to the fore quickly. The biggest issue, to me, with this beer is the mouthfeel. It's just too thin for the style in my estimation. It just falls a little flat and doesn't have that substantial mouthfeel I like in a dunkelweizen style beer. Okay, it's not technically a dunkelweizen, I know, but this one has a lot of potential and promise. It's like a promising athelete who gets injured early in his career ... we'll just never know what it could have been. That said, I still like this one ... Schlafly's 15th Anniversary ale ... get it while you can.

Photo of Vancer
4.33/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I’ve had this fresh on tap, thought it was superb, now I’m reviewing at home with a fresh bottle (November 30)

Poured an amber oak, topped by a thick layer of tan heading. Bottom of the bottle had a nice ring of yeast, which were swirled and added, turning the pour hazy brown.

Sharp spices,fruits, and bubblegum in the aroma, and then the quaff: man, what a meaty-wheat backbone of malt. I luv this stuff, and for a two-fer, the wife and daughter thought it top notch also. A real session drinker for all. Don’t you dare put any fruit in this stand-alone excellent brew.

Wow, this should come around yearly, it will be dearly missed after it’s gone. BUMMER!

Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 155 ratings.