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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 345
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 24.72%
Wants: 5
Gots: 49 | 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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Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice twist on the standard summer beers out there, this is an extremely light lager, but it is more than that. pours a profoundly clear thin yellow color, schockingly light, but with a refreshing and excited head. nose is german malts all the way, with a hint of summer aromatics, cut grass, and dandellions. the flavor is way bigger than the appearance, and the munich malts are center stage. light body means high drinkability, but in a helles i need more body, too thin even for a summer brew. a not boring summer beer though. round it out with a bit more body next year and itd be a real winner.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head; not much in the way of lacing as it goes down. The smell is a bit of grassy malt with a tiny bit of sweetness. There is some citrus in there as well; this comes out a little bit in the taste along with some Noble hops. The mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation. This was very refreshing on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of sweet grains, some caramel and of grassy notes.

T - It tasted of some spice, good grain flavor and light touches of caramel malt.

M - It was very crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied lager.

D - This is a nice sessionable lager. Not a bad attempt at a German lager.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift to me after GTMW '10 from the dear Steven Hale. Some have remarked that I am like a gossip columnist, routinely name-dropping in the hopes of impressing people. F**k that! I am intimate with many/most in the beer industry. I talk the talk, but I also walk the walk. I first met Mr.Hale back in '03 when I badged my way in at the downtown Taproom. I never envisioned a return, but I have been in StL twice since and I would not hesitate to go back.

That Schlafy is beginning to CAN should not be a surprise. Theirs is a quality organization, beginning at the ownership level and trickling down to their regulars. Sure, it would be easy to crack wise about the 500-pound gorilla in town, but they got over that hurdle a while back. Tom Schlafly is a brilliant writer with segues that I would die to pull off in my writing and I am proud to have spoken to him on a couple of occasions.

CAN we get a review in here, somewhere? Hey, read Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" - the details are in the transgressions!

For the aesthetes who must have beauty in packaging, this had a striking sky blue and sunshine yellow motif offset by ebony black.

I do not know about you, but that got me nowhere. CANtents, that's what's important! Some Crack & Glug action must be in order. My aggressive pour still only netted me a finger of bone-white head with lousy retention. The color was to die for, however. It was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality. Sunshine in a glass. Nose had a slightly-sour Noble hops odor. I do not play favorites and this was kinda harsh. Mouthfeel was medium and it was moderately sweet with just enough hops spiciness to make it dance on the palate.

Whang dang, sweet p**n tang! This was the twang on the tongue that you only get at the dentist's office when they clamp your tongue with pliers and get at that bad boy (your tongue) with a wire brush. There was me and an MS1 back when where he had to have the {ahem!} hairs plucked from between his teeth and I had to have my tongue scrubbed after every liberty port in the Navy. I speak from personal experience.

Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Sweet memories, but the beer was just soooo good. Finish reminded me why I CANverted to lagers initially. A well-made lager CAN and will sustain you even when there are no hops forthcoming. More, please, sir.

Are you looking to fill your cooler? This is it!

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Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -15.7%
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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Photo of plaid75
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, pale yellow color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and decent lacing. Smells of yeast cleanliness, pale malt, and slight biscuit/grass aroma. Fits the style of a Munich Helles Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and slightly thick with a higher than average carbonation level. Tastes of yeast cleanliness, noticeable pale malt flavor, really smooth finish, but slightly reminiscent of an adjunct without the harsh metallic aftertaste. Overall, a really easy drinking beer, but nothing I would drink unless it's scorching out.

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.56/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy, pale straw color. Poured a 2 finger white head that dissipated to skim around the inside edge of the glass. No lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet, crackers and wet grain. Faint green apple and grass.

T: Just like the nose up front; sweet, wet grains. Transitions quickly to a low, even bitter.

M: Light body. Moderate carbonation (a little low for the style). Smooth and refreshing.

O: Very sessionable; the lower than expected carbonation may even help here. Missed the style a bit in appearance (helles=bright).

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great clarity with this golden hued helles. Nice bubbling and ok foam that recedes to nothing.

Crisp toast mixed with even crisper hops to balance that malt aroma out.

Nice malt sweetness of the best simplicty. This simple toasted malt sweetness mxies well with a divining grass hops that balance everything out to crisp yet sweet brillance. Very crisp palate that is refreshing and easily sessionable with lots of flavor.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: lager yeast, citrus, spices

taste: citrus, spicy lager yeast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean

overall: a nice refreshing summer beer.


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Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.19/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, wan yellow with a thick and not persistent white head. However, the unimpressive appearance is this beer's weakest point. Aroma is fairly strong, malty and a little fruity, typical but still acceptable. Flavor is rather well-rounded, better than most lagers I have tried, malty with a firm undertone of apple and pear. Texture is smooth, a little thick, just a bit fizzy. All in all, fair to middlin' and worth at least a try.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
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.

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Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - clear golden yellow with a small head

S - grassy, grainy, and peppery.

T - light and clean taste to it. There is some bready malts and grassy hops on the finish. There is also a nice touch of spice as well.

M - nice and smooth

D - this is the definition of a summer beer. Light, easy to drink, and refreshing.

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
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!!!

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Photo of Florida9
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of Vancer
3.77/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The new Schlafly offering pours a crisp and clean bight golden yellow, topped by a white head from the well carbonated brew. Small rings of lace in the Sammy Adams freebie glass.

Aroma is toasted biscuit on a malt bed, quaff is very grainy husk, but still the malt backbone kicks in and balances the dry finish. The noble hops add an unique grassy aspect. Very smooth drinking lager, this will go over well in the summer heat and those looking for something but the AB pilsner choices.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a little haze to the otherewise lager-yellow brew. A thin partial cover

Aroma - straight, fresh grain. A slight floral scent.

Taste - a citrusy, lemony edge to the grain. Great hop balance and great balance overall. Swallows ushers in some of the bitterness. The palate dries out on the swallow, ready fot the next sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth lagery feel, carbonation is peppy and refreshing.

Drinkability - great summer/fall beer. These go fast.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.