Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room
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3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
06-28-2007 20:27:38 | More by brewdlyhooked13
3.25/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
05-11-2007 02:41:22 | More by bluegrassbrew
3.83/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
04-23-2007 14:29:57 | More by leftmindedrighty
3.95/5 rDev +1.8%
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.
04-07-2007 05:26:12 | More by whynot44
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
04-05-2007 21:30:03 | More by SaCkErZ9
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
3.25/5 rDev -16.2%
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.
03-12-2007 00:05:23 | More by kdoc8
4.5/5 rDev +16%
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.
03-10-2007 15:59:09 | More by JohnnyM2002
4.63/5 rDev +19.3%
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.
03-09-2007 22:57:04 | More by CJStout
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
03-08-2007 23:19:33 | More by udubdawg
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
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
2.95/5 rDev -24%
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.
02-20-2007 01:27:34 | More by markgugs
3.5/5 rDev -9.8%
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.
02-14-2007 04:25:51 | More by bjohnson
3.75/5 rDev -3.4%
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.
02-11-2007 23:07:05 | More by Monkeyknife
3.9/5 rDev +0.5%
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
01-31-2007 00:19:30 | More by Lynux
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
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
01-07-2007 16:46:26 | More by homebrewhawk
3.58/5 rDev -7.7%
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.
01-02-2007 21:34:12 | More by beerphilosopher
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
Ive had this fresh on tap, thought it was superb, now Im 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. Dont you dare put any fruit in this stand-alone excellent brew.
Wow, this should come around yearly, it will be dearly missed after its gone. BUMMER!
12-30-2006 22:32:33 | More by Vancer
4.15/5 rDev +7%
First beer review! Hooray me!
Picked this up on a whim at the local wine & liquor store. Knew nothing about this until I got home & hit the site. Nice green labeled long-neck, with some hops & wheat stalks. "Bottle with love on Nov 13 2006." This beer, according to the Schlafly website, is commemorating their 15th anniversary.
A - Nice hazy, honey brown pour. Had a nice bit of fluffy white head. A little bit of lacing here and there.
S - Nice hefty wheat ale smell: lots of sweet banana & cloves aromas, some yeastiness, maybe a little bit of phenols, overall really nice and sweet and pleasant.
T - Big ol' shot of bananas, cloves, and wheat malt right off the bat. Yum. Lots of wheaty & yeasty flavors in the middle. Nice sweet, a little slick aftertaste. There's a bit of carbonation, but its a little thick, not effervescent. Very good for the style. The hops kind of ride along with the carbonation, but are out of the way otherwise.
D - Man, this is easy to drink, but there is enough sweetness & heft that I probably wouldn't want more than a couple at a time. Hard to imagine anyone wouldn't like this, at least in passing. This would be a nice late fall/winter release for non-hardcore beer drinkers to enjoy on a winter night. Not that the rest of us can't enjoy it right along with them... sure hope I can get more of this before it is gone forever...
12-05-2006 04:07:12 | More by cschepers
4.33/5 rDev +11.6%
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.
11-20-2006 05:09:46 | More by karst
4/5 rDev +3.1%
Bottled with love 5 days ago. Pours a hazy brown with some golden hues when held to light and a good size thick white head.
Smells of fruity yeast, some banana and a little spice. Taste is more of the same with a little more spice pressence. Mouthfeel is good and this a pretty drinkable brew. Overall a good brew.
11-19-2006 04:03:05 | More by hckyfn9999
4.2/5 rDev +8.2%
Bottled with love on Nov 13, 2006. Tasted and reviewed on Nov 18, 2006hows that for fresh? No. 15 is a murky light orange in color with a ½ inch thick head that settles into a nicely formed white pasty ring around the pint glasssticky patches noted throughout the course. On the nose are fresh banana custard pie offerings, and soft wheat tones; very aromatic. Some cloves are detectable as this beer warms. Up front, a definitive dark-hefe feel, with some banana peel and wheat-like offerings, creamy and sweet. Kisses of coriander and orange peel; although both are hidden, they are blended nicely. Medium bodied across the boardvery little carbonation. The palate is cleansed, with both bananas, cloves and wheaty-ish malts. This is something that I could get used to. Unique style for this brewery, and incredibly enjoyable for the style; mighty tastya request for a year-round-offering of No. 15?
11-19-2006 03:52:10 | More by GeoffRizzo
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
11-05-2006 16:05:10 | More by carln26
Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 150 ratings.