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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 285
Reviews: 90
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 5
Gots: 17 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Munich Helles Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: Vancer on 04-14-2009)
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2/5  rDev -42.9%

caustin90, May 06, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

sgttibbs, Jun 14, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

schmidtmattsays, Jul 28, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

AndyEdgar, Aug 31, 2014
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2.25/5  rDev -35.7%

Bluesman2383, Sunday at 06:04 AM
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2.42/5  rDev -30.9%

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.

hotstuff, Nov 04, 2003
Photo of TheSarge
2.48/5  rDev -29.1%

Two fingers of bright white head, a hazy pale gold color.

The aroma is of faint lemon, corn husk, and metallic characteristics.

Slight cereal grain and tbat's about it.

Overall this was a dissapointing beer. Back to the drawing board for this one.

TheSarge, Jul 22, 2010
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Schlafly33, Apr 18, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

EF4, Mar 04, 2014
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

ajs4bd, Dec 22, 2011
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2.5/5  rDev -28.6%

Kyrojack, Jun 08, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Enochase04, Jun 30, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

InfragilisBrew, Apr 22, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

JLapadura, Aug 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

30helens, Aug 26, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

bsuedekum, Jun 01, 2013
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

Whiskeydeez, Jun 01, 2014
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2.75/5  rDev -21.4%

starshockey9, Jul 22, 2014
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2.78/5  rDev -20.6%

This looks like a pretty typical lager. Light amber/yellow color. Not a lot of body or head. I always expect a salty flavor from a helles but this one is particularly mild. It's a good beer for a hot summer day but there is no need to go out of your way to try Schlafly's, which is a a shame because they typically do a great job.

Wheelinb, Apr 11, 2009
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2.8/5  rDev -20%

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.

BierStein711, Jul 11, 2013
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2.81/5  rDev -19.7%

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?"

JWearda, Jul 30, 2013
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2.86/5  rDev -18.3%

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.

mmva321, Sep 20, 2013
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2.9/5  rDev -17.1%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a Sam Adams glass. Bottled on: 3/30/09. Fresh! The body was clear and golden yellow in color. Active carbonation visible. Modest head left a film and very minimal lace.

Smell was clean. Mild grain aroma and light citrus notes. Subdued aroma.

Taste was mildly lemony. Mildly bitter. Mildly sweet. Mildly peppery. A little too much like a macro, without the vegetal notes. I didn't detect the noble hops.

Mouthfeel was zesty and light to medium in body.

Cresant, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of Florida9
2.98/5  rDev -14.9%

Bottled 3/22/11

Hazy light yellow gold in color. Forms a large sudsy head. Good retention. Smell is odd an unappealing: a combination of bready malt and cider vinegar. Taste is slightly more appealing with bready malts, some light noble hops, and a little beast of yeasty banana.

Florida9, May 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev -14.3%

woodencardboard, Nov 04, 2012
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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
80 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.