Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 324
Reviews: 101
rAvg: 3.49
pDev: 13.47%
Wants: 4
Gots: 39 | 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: 324 | Reviews: 101
Photo of ChrisCage
3.47/5  rDev -0.6%
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 fallopia
3.34/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I poured a 12 ounce bottle into a lager glass. Born on date was March 2012, tasted in November.

A: Clear, straw yellow color with a thin, white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Crisp aroma with hints of grass and melon

T: Mild with a refreshing grassy taste that a short aftertaste. Moderate hops for a lager-style beer. There is a slight mustiness that may be related to age.

M: Light-bodied with very little finish.

Overall, this was a more refreshing, crisp, hoppy beer than I expected. The quick finish left something to be desired, but an easy-drinking summer cold beer as the name suggests.

Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.78/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, simple Schlafly label. "Bottled with love" on 6/18/12. Into a tulip pint.

Appearance: Bright medium gold beer with a stark white cap with decent retention. Medium to medium-high, steady carbonation. Nice looking beer.

Smell: Cold, this smells like it might include adjuncts (corn), but the website says it's all malt (American 2-row, European Pils, and Carapils). As it warms, you get some pleasant (if light) grainy malt and a bit of floral Noble hop aroma. Light and delicate, but pleasant.

Taste: Light grainy malt and floral, fruity hops. Delicate, if firm, crisp hop bitterness on the finish. Somewhere between a bit richer German helles lager and a 'premium' American macro-lager. Light flavor, but pleasant, delicate flavors, unlike the macros, and certainly with a bit more hop presence.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp, almost snappy.

Overall: Nice, light, easy-going thirst-quencher for your summer. Also, this may be the ideal 'pizza' beer for discerning beer drinkers. I'll definitely pick up a sixer or two of this next summer as well.

84 B

Photo of rlee1390
3.67/5  rDev +5.2%
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 sommersb
3.86/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Tasted On: 05-17-2012
Freshness: Bottled on 04-25-2012
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle
Glassware: Willi Becher
Purchased: 6-pack from Midtown, Nashville

A: Clear, bright golden color; lots of bubbles seen in the glass. Big rocky white head of 4+ fingers, showing good lacing and a very good amount of retention.

S: Clean, with a pilsner malt character, followed by spicy and grassy hops.

T: Nicely balanced between slight sweetness and a light amount of bitterness. Flavors also include some lemon citrus.

M: Crisp with medium carbonation and a light body. Finish is dry with lingering citrus notes.

O: Good and refreshing lager for the warm weather.

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -14%
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 gpogo
3.55/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.8/5  rDev +8.9%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a mug from a 12oz can.

Pours a pale clear golden color with a nice 0.5 inch head that is nice and white and pretty active. It recedes at a quick pace.

Aroma of earthy grains and freshly baked bread. Pretty light and straight forward. Almost no hops at all. This is gonna be refreshing.

Taste is pretty straight forward. Grainy and bready. Earthy notes and not much else. Still a good craft brew from a local brewery for a hot day.

Light mouthfeel and crispness.

Photo of ahq514
3.93/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a light golden color that is transparent enough to read through. Has a fluffy, white head (about a fingers worth). Appears to have a good amount of carbonation. Skids of lacing.

Aroma is mainly of lightly buttered, biscuity malt with only a hint of earthy, floral hops in the background.

Very similar to aroma. Has good lightly toasted, biscuity malt. Very light floral hops in the background. Some elements of straw in there too.

Light body, high drinkability, and moderate carbonation.

There's not a whole lot to say about the beer, but it is a good, lighter beer that you could easily put a few back and still feel alright. Will probably enjoy this beer a few times throughout the summer.

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev 0%
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
4.2/5  rDev +20.3%
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
3.85/5  rDev +10.3%
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
3.07/5  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
3.33/5  rDev -4.6%
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
3.43/5  rDev -1.7%
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
3.19/5  rDev -8.6%
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
3.97/5  rDev +13.8%
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
3.7/5  rDev +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 +0.3%
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
3.56/5  rDev +2%
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
3.47/5  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 -13.2%
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
3.35/5  rDev -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
3.77/5  rDev +8%
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.

Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
80 out of 100 based on 324 ratings.