Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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95 Reviews
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Reviews: 95
Hads: 330
rAvg: 3.59
pDev: 11.42%
Wants: 4
Gots: 44 | 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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Reviews: 95 | Hads: 330
Reviews by bbkd3b:
Photo of bbkd3b
3.77/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a Schlafly summer brew... a German-style one at that. The always-dependable brewery doing the styles that they do best... Let's see how it goes:

Shiny body with a pale gold appearance falls into the glass. A white head fizzes to life before quickly settling into a ring around the edges of the glass. Clarity is amazing, if only the carbonation looked less flat! The nose reminds me of a pilsner more than anything else. Noble hops, hints of barley and citrus tones underneath. Not too much going on, but pleasant nonetheless.

The first swig of the brew reveals an incredibly crisp, refreshing feel. A fairly light body carries the grassy flavors on to the tongue. Sharp, perfect carbonation keeps the tongue feeling satisfied while the other flavors come forward. A good amount of grains in the flavor with a bit of citrus showing up underneath. Finish is as clean and easy as you'd want from a summer brew.

Overall/notes - Well, there's two things Schlafly knows: German beer and a hot, Missouri summer. The two are combined here for yet another refreshing brew. It won't wow anyone with its depth or complexity, but when both the temperature and humidy hit the nineties, that's the last thing I'm worrying about. (1,222 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a flavorful Helles. Actually, it's bold enough with the floral hops that it actually brings out a fair amount of nectar-like fruitiness. Edges closely to a super clean Blonde Ale. The hop flavor (Saaz?) makes a remarkable impact in the nose and taste, then carries the beer deep into the clean finish. The hearty pilsner malts give a firm foundation for the hops and without interferring with the delicate and perfumy notes. Softly sweet and bready to create a nice light body and to bolster the carbonation to support a lot of creaminess upfront, and then dryness late. Definately a top choice for the lawnmower types. Only a slight graininess and vegital note both in the aroma and flavor keep this beer from very high scores. (733 characters)

Photo of woodencardboard
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of IrishGreen
4.01/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -4.7%
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. (273 characters)

Photo of navband
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of drn
4/5  rDev +11.4%

Photo of cmwilliq
3/5  rDev -16.4%

Photo of sgttibbs
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of Schlafly33
2.5/5  rDev -30.4%

Photo of kschm628
3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Arherring
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of JamesStreet
3.55/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.88/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Griffith
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, with a nice, white head. Interesting "picket fence" lace.

Fresh aroma of grains and toast.

Light bodied, but flavor is a well-balanced mix of slightly citrus Noble hops and a grainy malt quality.

A rich and tasty light brew, tailor-made for warm weather. (272 characters)

Photo of schmidtmattsays
2.25/5  rDev -37.3%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -16.4%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Looks like straw in a glass, with a thick fluffy cloud on top.

Hops were present in the nose, with what I think was touch of honey.

I was expecting the worst, but I was pleasantly surprised by the taste. There are strong flavors from the hops and a gentle sweetness to counter the bitter before giving way to a slightly bitter finish.

It's a crisp, refreshing drink on the palate, perfect for a warm day.

It would not be hard to drink a lot of these. (454 characters)

Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%
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. (65 characters)

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3.75/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of Gonzoillini
3.5/5  rDev -2.5%

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
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