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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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297 Ratings
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Ratings: 297
Reviews: 92
rAvg: 3.5
pDev: 13.14%
Wants: 4
Gots: 19 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of poogas
3/5  rDev -14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of Another6Pack
5/5  rDev +42.9%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

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4/5  rDev +14.3%

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of mikesgroove
4.22/5  rDev +20.6%
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 wnh
3.88/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Bottled with love on 07.12.2011.

Pours a thinnish, watery golden straw with plenty of action. One finger of foamy white head that quickly diminishes to a light film covering the surface.

Subtle and clean on the nose, with aromas of lightly toasted grain, hay, a hint of lemon, and just a touch of cracked pepper. A bit of mild but sweet honey rounds things out.

Malty and sweet on the palate, tempered on the tail end by crisp hops. Flavors of buttered toasted multigrain bread, clover honey, grass/hay, and maybe a hint of candied lemons. Little bit of acidity on the finish.

Light bodied, rounded and supple and soft. Crisp and refreshing on the palate with a short finish. Solid and easy to drink. I'd have no qualms drinking multiples if this was my only option for a hot summer afternoon. There's nothing fancy here, but for a summertime lager I'm quite impressed.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured this Helles Lager from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This Helles poured a golden hazy straw color. It produced a average white head, it has poor retention and there was a average amount of lacing left on the glass. The aroma consists of a slight hint of grain, and hints of citrus hops. The taste of the Helles Lager is light in body, some mildly toasted malted grain, slightly sour citrus hops in the finish. Overall the beer is very smooth, drinkable. Excellent session beer/lawn mower beer. Good intro into craft beer.

Photo of omahawk
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap in St Louis. Pours light, low to moderate carbonation and very little head. No detectable hop aroma. Great pilsener taste, somewhat light on the mouthfeel - wondering if there's a little adjunct in here? More malt backbone and this would be really good. As it is, it's still an enjoyable Helles. Would definitely buy again.

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 fluid oz bottle into a pint glass. Bottled With Love on 03 16 2011.

Appearance: Pours a hazy yellow golden body with a decent head that recedes slowly.

Smell: A little too grainy/rusty-smelling for my taste. Smells...industrial?

Taste: Does a little better in the taste department, but again, I get this industrial vibe. I would describe the taste as grainy, as opposed to malty (nor hoppy).

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is fine and it is certainly refreshing. Appropriately thick body and decent carbonation.

Overall: I have been on a Helles style kick lately and this one just does not stack up to the more local (Pennsylvania) offerings.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.23/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

Photo of beer2day
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow pour with 1/2 finger white head and faint retention. Leaves surprisingly nice strands of lace for a lager, though. For a lager.

Lemons, honey, and summer bouquet of flowers define the aroma. Nice and what I would expect in a summer beer.

Lemony sweet best describes this glass. Lots of lemon up front and in the finish. Nice grassy body, fairly light and true to style.

Ok, it's 97 out right now and it's 9pm. Just finished walking the dog. This beer really hits the spot and that's what it is designed to do.

I think I'll have another.

Photo of indiapaleale
3.73/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pour - straw-color in appearance with a decent amount of white foam sitting on top of this pour. Plenty of carbonation in this very clean and clear looking lager.

Aroma - grainy, a little sweet, perhaps a bit of lemon zest and some soggy cereal. Also, I can't help but get some subtle hints of smokiness when I really stick my nose into the glass. Hmm...I wonder where that is coming from. I guess we'll find out.

Taste - very light with a very abbreviated finish. That first sip almost dries my mouth out. Nice medium sweetness and certainly a bit of tart and tangy citrus lying there as well. I don't really taste that bit of smokiness I smelled but the malt profile in this is certainly a lot bigger than the color of this beer may lead on. Very well put together summer brew and a nice change-up from the very popular American Pale Wheat Ale-style that seems to crowd the canned summer beer landscape.

Overall - easily approachable, very drinkable and certainly session-able. Stick some of these in a (disc) golf bag, a backpack or a cooler and you're all set.

Would I buy more of it? - I probably would. It's a nice change from all those IPAs I love so much.

Photo of jmvecchio1
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours out a bright straw yellow with a fluffy white head on a good draft pour. Typical of the helles style, there is almost no aroma off the beer. The initial taste is crisp, light, and unimposing. The malts give a toasted grain and slightly grassy – maybe lemony – taste throughout the drink. This is then followed by a light hop snap just before a very dry swallow. Schlafly cans this beer for a reason: it’s the quintessential summertime beer.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.55/5  rDev +1.4%
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).

Photo of tone77
3.48/5  rDev -0.6%
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 NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells somewhat citric and a tad of Noble hops. Nothing too special or out of the ordinary for this style.

Predominately citric in the body, which again is pretty run of the mall. Has a toasty malt note that's pretty light and restrained at the finish along with a small aspirin bitterness that hits and lingers a little. Again, not powerful or surprising.

Just a very average beer here. I know that not all beers of this style are that mundane and restrained, which is good.

Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy head that fades pretty quick with some lacing.

S: Has a mild fresh grain aroma with a faint hint of citrus.

T: Has a very mild sweetness with a bit of biscuit and seems to have a soft finish.

F: Light body, smooth with a mild carbonation. Not quite as crisp and refreshing as I expected, but still nicely balanced.

O: Nothing fancy just a nice Summer beer, an easy drinker and good for a few.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.8/5  rDev +8.6%
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 tapman
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head is small, white and shrinks to almost nothing. Body is a very light straw, clear and filtered.

Some floral notes and a little graininess. Very clean.

Pilsner malt, a little bit of (Saaz or similar low alpha acid) hops and that is it. Once again, very clean. A bit on the light side, which isn't bad for the style, but this one is extra light.

Light, crisp and perfect for summer.

Helles is a tricky style since you can't hide anything. While this one seems to play it safe, it is quite clean and therefore a decent example of the style.

Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last line of my bottle review from last summer:
"Very easy to drink. If this were in cans, I would certainly toss it in the cooler to bring out on the boat."

Well, they must have listened and I lucked out and found a 12 pack of this one in cans... Had 6 of them yesterday while lounging around the pool, heading out on the boat, and showing my 3.5 year old how to fish. I thought it was a PERFECT beer right out of the cans.
In fact, I'm only planning on pouring this one into a glass to review it-- I'll be drinking the rest straight from the can on the water or at the pool!

Served in standard pint glass.

Light golden color is bright and clear. Actually looks "summery" and fresh. Small white head settled to a collar after a few sips. Minimal spotty lacing.

Smells lightly sweet with a noble spicy hop. The flavor is the same-- light, gentle sweetness is well-balanced with a light bitter bite to help it finish crisp and clean.

Body is spot on-- plenty of carbonation in a light, easy drinking body.

Overall, I found this a little more enjoyable straight from the can, but this is certainly a tasty and enjoyable for a summer beer.

Photo of Azurescens
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with bottled on date 3/16/11 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 6/5/11.

A: Pours a clear straw color with thin white head that leaves little lacing around glass.

S: Bready pale malts with some yeast, hints of herbal hops and a touch of alcohol.

T: Like the aroma, bready malts, a distinct yeast character with light hop flavor and little hop bitterness.

M: Smooth moderately carbonated lighter body, finishes dry.

O: Quite drinkable and refreshing, good beer to crack on this first hot day of June.

Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Cheers,
The CPJ

Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
80 out of 100 based on 297 ratings.