Schlafly No. 15 - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
12 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Thick and frothy inch of white head. As the head recedes, thin spots of lace sticks to the glass. Color is a dense and cloudy honey amber.
Smell has some tropical fruit sweetness. Mangoes and bananas. Taste is also sweet, with mild wheat tanginess. Nicely balanced. There is some baking spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.
Mouthfeel is very soft and has a dense texture. I swear this is the base recipe for the Pumpkin Ale. Thick, though not as filling as a hefeweizen.
10-15-2009 14:03:35 | More by bort11
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
poured a rich brown, really hazy, with a light brown head up top. mediocre retention but great lacing.
smells of spices and cloves with banana notes. plenty of roasty wheat and malt character. a nice touch of fruit and spice combination. close to banana bread.
taste plays off the smell nicely. banana notes and plenty of spice flavors. imagine pumpkin spice paired with banana bread. good roasty flavors as well. a rich, dark caramel flavor comes out in the after taste.
smooth and drinkable. very quaffable brew.
09-04-2009 23:55:34 | More by skrib09
4.05/5 rDev +4.4%
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.
08-18-2009 16:36:28 | More by Jayli
3.98/5 rDev +2.6%
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.
08-10-2009 02:50:59 | More by ThaBobfather
3.68/5 rDev -5.2%
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.
08-06-2009 21:03:06 | More by roadhouse
3.78/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-29-2009 01:03:48 | More by alexgash
3.65/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
07-26-2009 21:33:01 | More by jjayjaye
4.28/5 rDev +10.3%
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.
07-20-2009 21:24:27 | More by nightcrawler
4.43/5 rDev +14.2%
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
Conclusion: Consider. Me. Surprised. Great beer from Schlafly; I wish I woulda tried this sooner.
07-14-2009 05:28:41 | More by BedetheVenerable
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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!
07-08-2009 05:17:36 | More by smibroncos
4.3/5 rDev +10.8%
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.
07-07-2009 21:29:50 | More by webbcreative
3.55/5 rDev -8.5%
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.
06-24-2009 23:19:27 | More by brdc
4.08/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
06-08-2009 18:29:49 | More by wspscott
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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
06-04-2009 02:55:48 | More by jsh420
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
3.7/5 rDev -4.6%
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.
05-30-2009 01:04:02 | More by Reagan1984
3.6/5 rDev -7.2%
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.
05-29-2009 05:23:55 | More by ClockworkOrange
4.35/5 rDev +12.1%
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.
05-28-2009 19:00:12 | More by Vixie
3.33/5 rDev -14.2%
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.
05-15-2009 05:28:29 | More by BigJim5021
3.53/5 rDev -9%
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.
04-10-2009 20:29:44 | More by Sean9689
4.47/5 rDev +15.2%
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
03-29-2009 23:33:02 | More by sluhdrum07
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
4/5 rDev +3.1%
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
03-09-2009 21:25:59 | More by DefenCorps
3.88/5 rDev 0%
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.
03-08-2009 07:03:31 | More by srandycarter
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
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