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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 314
Reviews: 95
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 4
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Vancer on 04-14-2009

Our Helles-Style Summer Lager is a bright, golden beer, perfect for summertime. The malts we use impart a wonderful, fresh grain character, reminiscent of European lagers. The German Noble hop, Mittelfrüh, lends a mild lemony, spicy flavor.

The German word “Helles” translates as “light” and “Lager” means “to store”. This beer style emerged in Germany through the Spaten Brewery’s marriage of British, Bohemian and German brewing techniques. This style is an integral part of brewing history and a predecessor of the straw-colored, light-bodied beers which are the most widely consumed beers in the world today. The lager yeast ferments the beer more slowly and at lower temperatures; it is then stored for maturation. This results in a beer which is more smooth and drinkable. Today, many American craft brewers offer this style as a maltier and hoppier alternative to American light lagers.

17 IBU
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Ratings: 314 | Reviews: 95
Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a lot going on in the flavor department, but very refreshing.

Photo of TBlok_
3.29/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Crisp and refreshing! The citrus undertone was really good.

Photo of steveh
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one to our area from Schlafly -- and a favorite style. Bottled 2-26-15.

A -- Clear, deep golden with finely-bubbled white head that settles to a persistent cap.

S -- Grainy malts up front with a hint of breadiness, light citrus from hops, and light DMS.

T -- Grainy malts up front followed by lightly spicy and citric hops blending back into the husky graininess with a spicy bitter finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a nice, flavorful drinker -- very reminiscent of Anchor's California Lager. But it's not as big and bready with melanoidin character that I remember from fresh Munich Helles and the graininess is not at all to character. Nevertheless, I won't hesitate to pick up some of this when the mood strikes.

Photo of LoganRyanMurphy
3.5/5  rDev +0.3%

Certainly not the best Helles Lager I have had, but a little better than average

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +21.8%

Sampled this evening on 9/22/14. From The Saint Louis Brewing Company, LLC in St. Louis, Missouri. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEER'S-BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head that settles to just along the edges of the glass. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of malts with a hint of lemon zest. Pretty much the same for the taste with a slight sweetness in the mix as well. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and goes down easy. One of the BETTER 'summer lagers'. Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Overall a good refreshing seasonal brew.

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hey Joe's, Cleveland MS

A: A clear golden orange with a white one finger head that lingered. Significant lacing.

S: Citrus and malts pop up, like a smooth summer rain. Oranges and lemons with barley goodness.

T: Smooth, sweet, easy drinking. The malt/citrus balance is very nice. Could put away a few of these without thinking. Great with the spicy chicken wrap I had.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A decent summer lager. Anyone would enjoy this one. Balanced. Sessionable.

Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the better Helles style lagers I've had, this presents a complex aroma and taste. The nose is bready and doughy with a cracker style malt but flashes of lemon, honey and molasses come through. The flavors are more malty, with a barley grain, caramel, molasses, tea leaf and cracker. There is still some of the obligatory bread and dough but I get lemon and honey for sweetness. Hints of iced tea finish in a very refreshing beer.

Photo of udubdawg
3.08/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

original 5/19.10
bottled about 7 weeks ago; should be pretty fresh.
pours a straw color, perhaps a touch lighter than I expected. Many lines of bubbles stream their way towards the surface, but to little to keep the head from receding to a thin ring in a couple minutes. Slight cloudiness and certainly well short of bright or vibrant.
DMS is more than the background note I'd like here. Otherwise pale malt aromas are pretty fleeting and noble hops even more so. No diacetyl.
A bit sweet - not out of style. Pale malt and a general graininess are here. Faint bittering fails to balance the malts - again not out of style. Just wish the malt flavors were a little more robust. Call it 3.75 and maybe I'll eventually bump it up to "4" on flavor.
Carbonation is pretty high, body medium. Quite crisp, pretty clean, no astringency.
Mostly per style, and the areas where it differs are not fatal flaws. reasonably enjoyable beverage, a nice alternative as a lawnmower beer, but I'd like to see a bit more malt flavor here.

7/2/14
tried a fresh bottle again today. Most of this is the same, but there's overwhelming diacetyl here too now. Obtrusive in the nose, obtrusive in the flavor, and leaves a really slick body on the mouthfeel. Bumped all scores down; disappointed in this version.

Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - pale golden with a creamy white head that holds good retention
S - lemongrass, spicy noble hop, yeast
T - spicy, nutty grain, lemon, grass, biscuit, yeast - nice and refreshing
F - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-dry with a bit of spicy hops
O - very straightforward helles lager, and that is a good thing. No complaints here.

Photo of mmva321
2.88/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a thin tulip.

A: A bubbly and cloudy body is pale yellow in color and is topped off by a thin white head that leaves no lacing. Certainly active enough if not very beautiful.

S: Strong scents of grain and hay give this beer a very funky and earthy aroma. The hearty malts are complimented by a pop of hops and some faint but bright citrus. A little too funky, but fine nonetheless.

T: Malty and earthy, sure. But this taste is too faint and still too funky. The citrus is more of an implied taste than an actual characteristic. Some pepper and spice is a nice flavor, but this is too faint to be considered anything better than a simple, drinkable beer.

M: A little too heavy, but I like the carbonation, and this is a pretty appropriate feel.

O: Not much to say. It's faint, a little too funky, but pretty drinkable and unoffensive, if not quite pleasant.

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that slowly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops and bready malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the malty flavors are a bit stronger and there is also a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but neither thin nor watery) and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This really seems to be a nice selection for a "lawnmower" beer if you're looking for something that's very easy to drink but isn't an adjunct or a light lager.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow in color with lively carbonation. Just a bit of foam on top. Pale malt in the aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and smooth. The taste is pretty refreshing and simple. Just a hint of corn and almost like a bit of grapefruit. Pretty satisfying as a refresher.

Photo of Bierwolf
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle born on 06/09/2013

Appearance: golden, hazy, frothy, white foam.
Aroma: hay, nuts, grass, leaves.
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter.
Palate: medium body, creamy, fizzy, long finish.
Overall: good summer beer that I would share with anyone.

Photo of JWearda
2.83/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

S - Poured into a pint glass from a bottle

A - Poured a golden yellow with just over one finger of bright white head.

S - Faint lemon and very little else.

T - A bitter lemony cereal taste, and that's about it.

O - Overall not to my liking, but it was fresh. Wasn't what I was expecting from a summer style brew. It made me want to snack on peanuts or have a pizza. Don't get me wrong, I would have another, however I think I would first ask, "What else ya got?"

Photo of scratch69
3.68/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Golden yellow with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Grain and malt aroma.

Taste- Biscuity malt flavor with some grassy hops and a hint of lemon-like citrus after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good summer beer. Easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day.

Photo of BierStein711
2.85/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Draft, half finger head

Appearance: straw golden yellow, high carbonation

Smells: wet grain, grassy, lemons

Taste: biscuits, graham crackers, fiber wafers

mouthfeel: watery

Overall, I'd choose Konig Pilsner or Pilsner Urquell when I want a lager. I'd probably never have this again.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.49/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Pure golden wheat color. White fizzy head leaves a wisp, light lacing.

Aroma: Grains, malt, and faint sour hops.

Taste: A nice sweetness about it, with grains, malts, and hops playing well together. Some tangy citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to light.

Overall: Good summer brew, refreshing.

Photo of rangerred
3.24/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a very pale straw yellow with a fizzy half finger white head that quickly fades away to nearly nothing. No lacing at all although there is fairly abundant carbonation.

Aroma is very biscuity with caramel undertones. Lots of grassy hops and hay dominate the nose. Quite nice.

A quick shot of biscuit and caramel in the flavor with spicy, grassy hops quickly following. It is a very nice interplay for a short period of time before everything just sort of fades away into nothing. Mouthfeel is quite watery but is refreshing.

Overall, a decent beer although the flavors are quite fleeting. I only wish they would hang around longer. Something I would consider picking up again, though.

Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a dark straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured sweet pale malts and a slight grassy hop.

The taste consisted of the same sweet malts, cut by a light herbalness. Overly sweet in my estimation.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall a decent lager. A bit too sweet for me.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Pours a partially hazed golden yellow color and appears to have a fair bit of carbonation. The head isn't overly thick and fizzles our rather quickly, settling into a thin, white, but dense layer of bubbles over the beer. The lacing of this one is modest, as some soapy foam does cling to the side of the glass, but over a time frame of about twenty seconds, it all but disappears and instead leaves behind an oily looking film.

S- This has quite a nice aroma profile, ranging from rich and malty, to slightly fruity...citrus rinds come to mind. The finish has some mild bitterness, and overall, this lends to a clean smelling beer that doesn't linger.

T- The flavors are clean and fresh....the barley malt tastes unprocessed and grainy, which in this case works for the beer. There is a modest caramel richness lingering in the background, which is offset by a crisp, lemony acidic note that helps to balance this out. The finish isn't overly bitter, but does a good job in cleaning up the palate.

M- Thin bodied and the carbonation is rather zesty....typical and expected for the style. I find this to be quite refreshing on the palate and I agree that it is a great summertime lager. I really like the mild citrus nature that keeps this from potentially becoming a cloyingly sweet beer.

O- I would say that this is a highly drinkable lager, and it stands up really well to it's American counterparts....can't say if its the best out there but it has great flavor for the style that doesn't overpower, and would be really refreshing on a hot day as a patio beer! I recommend giving this a try!

Photo of fallopia
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a lager glass. Born on date was March 2012, tasted in November.

A: Clear, straw yellow color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Crisp aroma with hints of grass and melon

T: Mild with a refreshing grassy taste that a short aftertaste. Moderate hops for a lager-style beer. There is a slight mustiness that may be related to age.

M: Light-bodied with very little finish.

Overall, this was a more refreshing, crisp, hoppy beer than I expected. The quick finish left something to be desired, but an easy-drinking summer cold beer as the name suggests.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, simple Schlafly label. "Bottled with love" on 6/18/12. Into a tulip pint.

Appearance: Bright medium gold beer with a stark white cap with decent retention. Medium to medium-high, steady carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Cold, this smells like it might include adjuncts (corn), but the website says it's all malt (American 2-row, European Pils, and Carapils). As it warms, you get some pleasant (if light) grainy malt and a bit of floral Noble hop aroma. Light and delicate, but pleasant.

Taste: Light grainy malt and floral, fruity hops. Delicate, if firm, crisp hop bitterness on the finish. Somewhere between a bit richer German helles lager and a 'premium' American macro-lager. Light flavor, but pleasant, delicate flavors, unlike the macros, and certainly with a bit more hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, almost snappy.

Overall: Nice, light, easy-going thirst-quencher for your summer. Also, this may be the ideal 'pizza' beer for discerning beer drinkers. I'll definitely pick up a sixer or two of this next summer as well.

84 B

Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear yellow, not much carbonation, one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Bread, toast, very malty, minimal grass.

T-Very sweet, bread notes dominate. Good balance not much bitterness. Grass and lemon notes come through a little more.

M-Light, nice carbonation, crisp and refreshing.

O-A decent summer beer, could use a better nose but it can hit the spot on a hot day.

Photo of sommersb
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-17-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 04-25-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Clear, bright golden color; lots of bubbles seen in the glass. Big rocky white head of 4+ fingers, showing good lacing and a very good amount of retention.

S: Clean, with a pilsner malt character, followed by spicy and grassy hops.

T: Nicely balanced between slight sweetness and a light amount of bitterness. Flavors also include some lemon citrus.

M: Crisp with medium carbonation and a light body. Finish is dry with lingering citrus notes.

O: Good and refreshing lager for the warm weather.

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a wonder full deep golden colored body. There isn't much for bubbles or head. There is however a bit of tight lacing. It has an average lager aroma there is nothing that special about it. There are some grassy tones but that is about it. It has a grainy and light hops flavor. There is a bit of a corn tone to the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink.

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
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