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Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15

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BA SCORE
87
very good

146 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 146
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 9.79%
Wants: 13
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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ThaBobfather

Ohio

3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent copper/gold color with a light rimming of beigeish head.
Smell is where I really get the dark wheat quality. Some sweat sugar, syrup, and wheat coming off the scent.
Taste has good notes of wheat and spice followed nicely with a syrupy malt quality.
Finish is a bit muddy, but sweet malt and wheat is prominent in the after-taste.
Drinks great, pretty smooth all around with the mix of malt and wheat.

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2009 02:50:59 | More by ThaBobfather
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roadhouse

Florida

3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a hazy dark shade of orange with a one and a half inch off-white head which falls down to a cap. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is kind of funky almost like a saison, some sweetness, a bit of fruit which is kind of tropical.

Taste is mild with some wheat, tangy tropical fruit, a bit less of the funkiness of the aroma, comes across now more spicy and clovey.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, some fairly high carbonation which makes it pretty creamy but there is a phenolic bite on the front of the tongue towards the finish.

A decent brew but not something I think I liked enough to get again. Though it is much more interesting than an APWA.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2009 21:03:06 | More by roadhouse
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alexgash

Connecticut

3.78/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Cloudy light copper apricot body with a small finger of light sandy head. Nose is nicely wheat-y. Sugary banana bread mixes with cloves, light plum notes, and a whiff of molasses. Maybe a hint of spicy hops.

Multi-grain wheat bread up front. Light banana and some mild tropical fruit sweetness come in. Slight adjunct-y flavor follows along with some fruit juice. Mild spices (cloves, grains of paradise) hang around into the finish. Yeasty bitterness (mild) dries it out. Medium body, with a creamy feel. A nice drinking summer beer from Schlafly.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2009 01:03:48 | More by alexgash
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jjayjaye

New York

3.65/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a full finger loose foamy head that resists fading, leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is unexpected from a dark wheat...spicy clove and coriander. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied. The spicy pumpkin and interestingly fruity wheat is not typical. A reasonable drinker.

Serving type: bottle

07-26-2009 21:33:01 | More by jjayjaye
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nightcrawler

Illinois

4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to expect with this beer. I hadn't read about it and only bought a 6-pack from The Taproom on the suggestion of a complete stranger. I may need to talk to strangers more often.

It poured amber with a tan, almost greenish head that came up from the bottom of the glass in small swirls, something I had never seen before. The smell of Belgium was in the air, with bananas and cloves. Very reminiscent of stronger Trappist beers.

But the taste was light and fruity on the finish. I only wish it finished a bit more clean, but I could definitely drink quite a bit of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2009 21:24:27 | More by nightcrawler
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BedetheVenerable

Missouri

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, typical Schlafly label w/nice ditty about the beer, clearly marked bottled on date

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange brew with fairly lively carbonation and a fluffy head of dark ivory; good retention here

Smell: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting. Unlike the typical American Dark Wheat, this is remarkably fruity and spicy...cotton candy, bubblegum, fruit, and just a hint of funk actually...awesome, but not at all expected.

Taste: Again, quite unexpected. This is almost Saison-like, without the funk. BIG bubblebum and cotton candy flavors, hint of banana, just a hint of sweet clove. Hops aren't really noticed, though this is nicely balanced. Ends just a bit tart and fruity. As it warms, this brew mellows out a bit and the candy/bubblegum recedes a bit, as the banana flavors emerge more clearly.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing

Drinkability: Huge

Conclusion: Consider. Me. Surprised. Great beer from Schlafly; I wish I woulda tried this sooner.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2009 05:28:41 | More by BedetheVenerable
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smibroncos

New York

3.53/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. poured a slightly hazy amber copper with a decent one finger+ white head. Ample lacing on the glass.

S. Hay, malt, yeast, citrus, dough

T. Good malt up front, citrus and pine in the middle, hoppy finish.

M. Medium to light body, medium carbonation,fizzy

D. Decent ale I could enjoy a few of these right after work, by the way thats exactly what I did!

Serving type: bottle

07-08-2009 05:17:36 | More by smibroncos
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webbcreative

Oklahoma

4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours deep golden color with white 3 finger head. Smell is very much like a Belgian like a Dubbell or something. Taste is the same, it tastes like a belgian beer with the banana flavors fr the yeast. Very good tase about it though. Mouthfeel is medium and is pretty smooth.

Overall not what I expected from reading the bottle, but I was pleasently suprised, this is a very good beer, and would definatley pick up again...if only it were available in my area.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2009 21:29:50 | More by webbcreative
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brdc

Wisconsin

3.55/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks rclnmeyer for this one; second to last style to be reviewed.

Small capped bottle poured into a weizen glass. Copper colored, one finger, short lasting off white head, no lacing.
Aroma is mostly cloves and bananas, bubblegum, a faint yeastiness, a note of caramel.
Light bodied, a bit lighter than I expected, medium carbonation, with a flavor that follows suit the aroma. Clove, banana, some bread, a faint caramel maltiness.
No experience on this particular style, but on a gross comparison to dunkel weizens, is a bit thinner and the maltiness is not everything I expected. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

06-24-2009 23:19:27 | More by brdc
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wspscott

Kentucky

4.08/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 2/20/09

A: Pours with a big fluffy off-white head that drops pretty quickly leaving a little bit of lace. Color is dark copper/light reddish, crystal clear.
S: Smells like a belgian, lots of spice, no banana at all. No hops.
T: Wheat yeast characteristics mixed with belgian-ness, on the spicy side, matches the nose, lots of clove. No malt presence, I expected a little caramel given the color. No hops either.
M: Crisp, well attenuated, highly carbed, tongue coating, seems to leave something behind in my mouth
D: This goes down very easy, a great summer beer. Could possibly be used to convert a BMC drinker in that it is not "heavy" or "bitter". One of the best american wheats I have had, I will be buying this again. Highly recommended.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2009 18:29:49 | More by wspscott
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jsh420

Illinois

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/24/09

pours amber orange with 1 finger head that fades fast and left little lacing

smells of banana and wheat just as you would want

taste is much like the smell but with some decent spice and the flavors linger well into the aftertaste

mouthfeel is is light/medium with good carbonation that leave a creamy and refreshing finish

drinkability is good - lots of wheat ales are a little to sour but this has non of that

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2009 02:55:48 | More by jsh420
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glid02

Georgia

4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
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
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Reagan1984

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this from Masterski as an extra in a recent trade. Excellent trader.

A fluffy and creamy white head rises above the hazy amber beer. The head shows a spurt of retention then falls on itself all at one. No lacing at all.

The aroma is very yeasty with lots of banana, spice and a touch of mineral...

Flavor is also yeasty, with banana and coriander. Starts almost sour then smoothes out quite quickly. End a little flat to be honest. Slight wheat/bread/cracker flavors just before the thin finish.

Body is very thin and light. A summer drinking beer. Not a great deal of depth, but it's fine.

Glad I got to try it, not sure I'd go out of my way to have it again.

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2009 01:04:02 | More by Reagan1984
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ClockworkOrange

Pennsylvania

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

From a 12 ounce bottle and into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear dark amber color with about two fingers of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are reminiscent of banana bread, clove, toffee, caramel. About medium in both body and carbonation, this ale is worth at least a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2009 05:23:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
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Vixie

Illinois

4.35/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a really nice looking copper color, leaning more towards a red. Very nice looking in the glass, and maybe I didn't pour it aggressively enough, but only got a small white head.

Main thing I smelled was banana. The overall character to me was the smell of a fresh made banana cream pie.

The first sip was nice and fruity to me. Not overly done, just enough to give it flavor without overdoing it. As I sipped more, the wheat taste became more evident, as well as the hops. Fruit/wheat are the dominant tastes here, with just enough hop to balance it out and becoming too sweet. A very nice balance of flavors going on, making for a pleasant mix.

Not a thick beer by and stretch, but enough going on to make it nice. Nothing lingers too long, and the carbonation isn't overly done.

This is one of the more drinkable beers I've had. Such a nice mix of flavors that I wouldn't soon tire of it. The moderate alcohol content helps as well. Glad I took a chance on this one, I would not hesitate to try this one again.

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2009 19:00:12 | More by Vixie
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BigJim5021

Indiana

3.33/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goes from dark orange to mahogany thanks to the yeast. The nice off-white head leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is... um, spicy? I can't rightly say what kind of spices we're looking at, but rest assured that it's spicy.

The flavor is -- again -- indescript spices with a dose of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, but at least has a dry finish.

Drinkability is decent, but the sweetness would be too much after a couple pints.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2009 05:28:29 | More by BigJim5021
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Sean9689

Illinois

3.53/5  rDev -9%
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
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sluhdrum07

Missouri

4.47/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite schlafly beers
all of my glasses are dirty so agitating the bottle.
smells: so fruity, lots of bananas in there, and others i cant pick out, maybe like peach? like a fruit platter, honestly.
tastes like: sooo fruity, and spicy on the finish. thick with malt about half way down
mouthfeel: the after taste is so good and sits for a while. this goes down smooth and easy with so much flavour.
drinkability: i would drink this every day of the year if i was somehow related to the schlafly's. she's a taste-boy

Serving type: bottle

03-29-2009 23:33:02 | More by sluhdrum07
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twiggamortis420

Texas

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

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.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2009 23:52:13 | More by twiggamortis420
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DefenCorps

Oregon

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

Masterski was kind enough to give me one of these, and it was promptly consumed.

A: In my wine glass, this beer sits a hazy brown with a thin tan head with decent retention

S: Thankfully, there's some flavor on the nose, unlike the emasculated American Pale Wheats. Banana, clove are prominent, with wheat present

T: The palate follows the nose, with more banana, close and almost a hint of chocolate. This isn't a very complex beer but it's mighty tasty

M: Thick in a wheaty way, this one's interesting. Carbonation is on the lower side, and the finish, dry and rather refreshing

D: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I'd definitely drink it again

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2009 21:25:59 | More by DefenCorps
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srandycarter

California

3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky light copper, not much head, leaves ring. Thin sudsy lacing.

S - Wheat dominant. Fruity esters.

T - Wheat and Juicy Fruit gum. There. I said it.

M - Medium body, good balance.

D - Not really my thing, but could toss a few down.

YMMV - I am not a big Wheat person.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2009 07:03:31 | More by srandycarter
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MasterSki

Illinois

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 22:32:19 | More by MasterSki
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joe1510

Illinois

2.95/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Bottled 9-29-08

I received this one as an extra from Goliath, thanks again Brad! The pour filled my glass with a rusty brown liquid with moderate haziness. The head grew to one finger on the pour and quickly settled to a dusting of foam that leaves behind a patch of lacing here and there.

This beer throws off a lot of yeasty esters and I'm not fond of very many of them. Banana leads the way and it seems to be over ripened with an almost sour aroma rising from this brew. There's a lot of clove in the nose too, I've never been a big fan of clove bombs. Each swirl to bring the head back alive brings slight alcohol and borders on band-aid that hints at the first signs of infection.

Luckily the flavor is a step above the aroma. A caramel and bready maltiness adds a semi-sweet base for all the esters. Banana bread and clove are still the two most dominant but there are also signs of alcohol and some cinnamon-like spiciness. The flavor of this beer isn't all bad but the clove and banana are much too bold for my liking while the alcohol stands out a bit too much.

The mouthfeel seems a bit thin but overall works pretty well for the style. Soft carbonation keeps it moving slowly. The body just doesn't have any texture, it's odd.

This dark wheat isn't all that enjoyable of a brew so in turn it's not very drinkable. This is a beer that just doesn't work very well for me.

I enjoy all of Schlafly's brews I have had up to this point but this beer simply misses the mark. Wheat beers are hit or miss with me in the first place but this beer has a lot of everything I'm not that of in my wheat beers. Thanks for the sample Brad!

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2009 02:53:31 | More by joe1510
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burchetts

Kentucky

3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy copper with a modest head. the head recedes into a prototypical thin lace.

S- not a whole lot going on here. little bit of cinnamon/spice.

T- a mild cinnamon/spice flavor.

M- mild, just like the flavor. I could certainly throw a few of these back...wait, I am!

D- mild carbonation allows for significant drinkability.

overrall- I would certainly pick this up again. I would recommend it to less than avid beer drinkers as well. its modest and mild, which is a welcome respite from the cacophony of beers available.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2009 02:11:42 | More by burchetts
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Kahlerbock

Kansas

4.43/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This one sat in my fridge for a while. What's a No. 15 type of Ale anyway? When I finally got around to drinking it, I was thinking "Amber Ale" (which I'm still developing a taste for). When I finished drinking it, I was thinking - "buy more of this bad boy." I later learned that this was a supposed to be an American version of Dunkel Weizen, but it didn't remind me at all of Boulevard's Lunar Ale, or the few other Dunel Weizen's I've tried. I was surprised to smell a little bit of cinnamon in this one, and even more surprised to taste it as well. We're not talking about the strong taste of cinnamon as in Schlafly's (very enjoyable) Christmas Ale, but there was a definite hint of it.
Drinkability - this one vanished very quickly. While the Cinnamon taste in the Christmas Ale can be a bit on the strong side, and possibly keep me from wanting to drink more than 1 or 2 in a night, I could put several of these No. 15s away pretty easily. As far as Missouri breweries go, Boulevard is #1 hands down. But Schlafly is making a strong case for the #2 position, and they offer some very enjoyable brews to back up this claim. I would consider this one of the jewels on their crown.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2009 04:57:32 | More by Kahlerbock
Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
87 out of 100 based on 146 ratings.