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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 315
Reviews: 96
rAvg: 3.48
pDev: 13.22%
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: 315 | Reviews: 96
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Clear straw yellow body with a small white head that quickly dissipates to a foam cap.

A- Light sweet malt aroma. Light earthy hops.

T- Light sweet malt, with a slight breadiness to it. Hops were very light a very faint bitterness towards the end. Sortof lemony.

M- Medium-light body and moderate-light carbonation. I think the carbonation could have been kicked up a notch.

D- A very enjoyable light beer for the horrid summers in Missouri.

More User Reviews:
Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -1.7%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -13.8%
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.

Photo of RickS95
3.33/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

Photo of mlockman
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
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 hooliganlife
3.62/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours very light in color, almost looks like a bud light. light frothy head with light retention and really, no lacing

very light hop scents, barely detectable but a huge malt profile.

taste is dominant malts. light biscuits flavors and very light hop bitterness. very light and very refreshing

very smooth, very light, very easy. medium carbonation.

this is a perfect summer beer. nice and light in flavor but still has that dominant beer profile.

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/10/09

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, some lemony hops

T: Soapy & floral hops, light breadyness & lemons up front. Crackery notes, a bit of pear sweetness & dry lemony notes as this warms. Finishes fairly crisp, a bit grainy with lemons & a touch of soapyness


MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, wouldn't say this takes me back to Germany, but an alright American take on the style

Photo of cubbyswans
4.28/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale color pours with a finger head. No haze to this beer. Looks exactly how I think a good lager should.

S: This has a nice light aroma. A touch of hop characteristic.

T: Tastes absolutely great for a summer lager. It has a nice hop flavor to it, and a touch of citrus as well.

M: The beer isn't watery. You know you're drinking a beer, yet it's not heavy. This is perfect for drinking on a hot summer day.

D: All around a great beer to me. They go down so smooth and the beer is very refreshing.

Photo of vividox
3.5/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its got a very light taste but there is still a bit of hops on the tongue. I was pretty surprised with this beer, usually summer styles have a strong, almost overpowering citric taste to them but there was just a hint of lemon and honey here. The overall effect was very very good. It's not a complex taste at all, but very drinkable and a very solid choice for a summer lager.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.77/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of hotstuff
2.4/5  rDev -31%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, the head was small sized and white with fine-large bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was carbonated and clear with a golden hue.The nose was malty and somewhat skunky.It had a bitter flavor that left an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, thin textured, watery and medium bodied.There was virtually no lacing with this beer.

Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +7.5%
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 tone77
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again woodychandler unearths a canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of citrus. Taste is crisp, refreshing, a tad sweet and malty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev -0.3%
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 bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on 3/16/2012. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with a half inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. The brew smells like bready malt, grassy hops and light citrusy (lemon peel) hops. It tastes mostly like grainy/bready malt and some light grassy hops. It's light, crisp and refreshing with good carbonation. This would be really good on a hot summer day (as opposed to a rainy, mid 40 degree day like today is here). At $8.99 a six pack, I'd buy this again. I liked it.

Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

bottled 03-08-10

pours bright gold with a 2 finger head that left notches all down the glass

smells of lemon and grassy hops and sweet grains

tastes of sweet bready grains with lots of lemon and grassy hops on the finish

mouthfeel is nice and light with ample carbonation that is both smooth and crisp

drinkability is good - this style is perfect for summer

overall not as good as Weihenstephaner but i have yet to find one

side note schlafly tweeted that they are canning these this summer!!!

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ligh tgolden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and a well rounded and nicely done hop profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily maintained profile

Photo of Ottertude
4.01/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer poured a golden yellow with a thin head that quickly disappeared.

Not much smell at all, to be honest. Maybe a faint whiff of hops.

I do enjoy the taste though. A nice balance of slightly toasted malt and hops with a good clean finish.

The mouthfeel was fairly thin, just a touch thicker than water.

Schlafly needs to make this very drinkable brew all year round. I could pound these all night. Good job Schlafly!!!

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +4.9%
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 rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +5.5%
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 carln26
3.68/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap yesterday at the main bar in the Tap Room. It poured a clear straw colored gold with a thick fluffy white head. It presented a malt aroma with some fruity essence. The malt came across with mild figs and dates and a hint of caramel on the finish. The fruit came as just a hint of pear on the finish. The flavor reminded me of a delicate Maibock. More subtle, not as sweet. Something for a hot weather day (which it is in St. Louis). It had the sweet malt with light caramel and dates, and more fruit than I see in bock beers in th form of pear and apple flavors. Nice smooth mouth feel, very drinkable. Good hot weather beer.

Photo of Illtryit
3.83/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into frozen mug.

Pours yellow - gold, clear and clean, with a 2 inch head. The head dwindles, but sticks around til the end with very nice lacing.

smells a little like citrus.


Taste is pretty damn good. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it tastes how the mega breweries wish their beers tasted...a flavorful, clean, crisp lager. A little watery but thats good on a hot summer day.

This beers has supplanted Bud Light as my bbq beer! Go ahead and get yourself a 6 pack of this, invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and enjoy!

Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev +2.3%
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.

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