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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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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
Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +31.4%

Got a keg of this one on at home and it is not lasting long. The beer pours a light straw color. There is absolutely no haze in this one. A finger of white head falls to a brief cover over the brew, leaving a decent amount of sticky lace as it falls. This one fits right with what I expect for the style. The nose has some sweat fermenting dough qualities to it, with a light and crisp noble hop playing behind it. Things are pretty mellow in the aroma. The flavor brings more prevalence to the herbal noble hop sitting over the slightly sweet bready quality of the malt. It finishes with a crisp bitterness that hangs on beyond the final swallow of the beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of moderate but with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles that really makes it feel light. The drinkability of this beer is second to none. At 4.5%, it is a true session beer. All aspects of the brew are mellow, but not boring at all. This is a style that needs to be made by more breweries. I might be putting in an order for another 50L of this one sooner than later.

kmpitz2, Jul 10, 2010
Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.08/5  rDev -12%

A: Pours a golden straw color which is completely see through with almost no carbonation to be seen. Creates a tiny head that disappears almost instantly.

S: Smells kind of grassy with a bit of grain. Also a hoppy herbiness.

T: Very run of the mill basic lager. A little bit of a bready taste with a bit of hop bitterness in the back. It's not bad just nothing special. Still very flavorful.

M: Medium bodied. Not as watery as it looks. Has a good weight on the tongue and a has a surprising bite considering the near absence of carbonation. Goes down smooth and refreshes your mouth.

D: Easy to put them back. Pretty much a perfect lawnmowing and fishing beer. But of course you can get that for a much more reasonable price tag.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any means, it's just not something that I would pay the extra dollar-fifty a sixer for when I could just drink some Dos Equis or Modelo and get the same effect.

ghostofpaulman, Jul 09, 2010
Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

Pours a clear and crisp pale yellow color with a nice inch and a half bright white head. There is decent head retention.

The aroma is fine. Some bready pale malt, slightly sweet, and a little nutty.It's got a bit of a macro thing going for it.

The taste again is fine. There's some pale malt giving a bready/biscuity vibe and there's a light sweetness that's followed by a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is relatively high. It's an easily sessionable beer not only due to low ABV, but also a small and simple flavor profile. Clean and refreshing, yep it's a summer lager alright.

Goliath, May 27, 2010
Photo of scruffwhor
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

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.

scruffwhor, May 25, 2010
Photo of bort11
4.15/5  rDev +18.6%

12 oz can poured into a Schlafly pint glass. Not a lot of head on this pour and no lacing either. Bit of a disappointment in this department. Color is a clear pale yellow with corkscrews of carbonation spinning around.

Smell has a light green grass aroma with pale malts giving of a hint of graininess. Taste has a slight lemon and bay leaf start, but then the hops kick in with a peppery finish. Nice surprising spiciness. Pretty aggressive finish to a mild start.

Mouthfeel is a little heavier than a Pilsener. The spicy kick adds a new dimension to a crisp finish. I had this with some spicy Pad Thai, delicious combo. I look forward to cracking open a can after mowing the lawn.

bort11, May 15, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

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!!!

jsh420, Mar 19, 2010
Photo of MTNboy
3.35/5  rDev -4.3%

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.

MTNboy, Dec 21, 2009
Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%

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.

Thorpe429, Oct 04, 2009
Photo of iceball585
4.1/5  rDev +17.1%

A- Bright pale yellow color, clear, thin fluffy white head that faded to a thin ring fairly quickly, some bubbles rising throughout

S- Pale malts, wheat, grains, light hops auroma, hint of citrus

T- Lemons, light malts, grains, wheat, straw, slight grassy, flowery hops

M- Light/medium body, medium carbonation, smooth, crisp, good balance

D- Worth buying again

This brewery had the right idea when they aimed more toward a Munich Helles than a typical American Summer Ale for their summertime beer.

iceball585, Aug 24, 2009
Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%

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

russpowell, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev +2.3%

had 8.8.09
This beer pours a clear straw color with a one finger of sudsy head to it. Head retention is quite good but leaves no lacing on the glass. Nose is of grains, malts, spices and a bit of lemon zest. Taste is light malts up front, a bit of vanilla, with a finish of lemn zest and a touch of clove. Light bodied beer, medium carbonation, goes down easy and makes for a nice summer sessionable beer.

Jayli, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of whynot44
3.9/5  rDev +11.4%

Clear pale straw yellow color with a modest and fast disappearing white head.

The aroma is light toasted malt, lemon and herbal hops.

The taste is light crisp bready malt with hints of honey and lemon, finishing slightly dry with a nice herbal hop note.

Refreshing, smooth and very drinkable. Light/medium bodied. A very nice summer cooler but good enough to be a year round drink.

whynot44, Jul 11, 2009
Photo of 1fastz28
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%

I'm really starting to fall in love with these Munich helles lagers, they are just so good. This one is being reviewed from the tap room on st.Louis on of my favorite places in the world. Has a light golden color with zero head on it, smell is kinda weak has. Tiny skunkiness to it like it should. Taste is awesome ,has the perfect mixture of malt and hops. This beer has a great mouthfeel and even better drinkability

1fastz28, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of RickS95
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

RickS95, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of Ottertude
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%

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!!!

Ottertude, Jun 29, 2009
Photo of homebrewhawk
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

12oz. bottle served in a pilsner glass. Poured a pale straw with a quickly dissipating head. Noble hops in the nose with a little sulfur, also some bready malt. Decent base of malt, fairly dry. Noble hops in the finish. Very easy drinking. This is a great summer time beer. I've been drinking a lot at the lake this summer.

homebrewhawk, Jun 28, 2009
Photo of mcsquint
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pint glass:
A - Straw yellow in color with thin white head. Little retention and no lacing.
S - Slightly grassy with a bit of lemon
T - Golden malt,a bit of noble hops and lemon.
M - Medium mouthfeel. Nice hops bite.
D - Very tasty and refreshing. Just came in from outside where the temperature is @ 95. This really hit the spot. Well worth a try.

mcsquint, Jun 26, 2009
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%

Bottled with love 6/17/09, four days ago. Pours a clear, pale yellow color into my Sierra Nevada Summerfest pokal. There is a fizzy white head that has good retention, and leaves no lace. Aroma is of toasted grain, fruit, citrusy and slightly spicy hops.

Taste features a bit of sweet, fresh toasted grain, a refreshing lemon zest like citrusy hops, along with a bit of spice. Slightly dry finish. Very refreshing and easy drinking on a hot summer day. A welcomed new edition to the Schlafly seasonal lineup.

hckyfn9999, Jun 22, 2009
Photo of vividox
3.5/5  rDev 0%

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.

vividox, Jun 18, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%

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.

BEERchitect, Jun 10, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.85/5  rDev +10%

12 oz. bottle with freshness date on label.

Poured a clear, light golden color with a very nice fluffy white head that receded slowly revealing intricate lacing.

A very refreshing aroma of european hops and sweet malt.

It begins with a soft malty flavor that is followed by a little lemony tanginess and hints of vanilla. Not very complex but extremely refreshing which is its intent.

Adequate carbonation for the style and light bodied with a pleasant sweetness that coats the tongue.

This is a fine example of a summer session lager and what a good time to try it: the memorial day weekend. This is an underrated style and I am glad to see more breweries attempting the helles lager.

jkrich, May 24, 2009
Photo of hooliganlife
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%

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.

hooliganlife, May 18, 2009
Photo of OlRasputin989
3.08/5  rDev -12%

Served in Pilsner glass...

A: transparent, golden brew with a quarter inch of bubbly head. fades away quickly.

S: smells very much like any domestic. light greeny hop smell. other than that not much

T: crisp and clean. like white bread that been in the oven for a minute or two. very plain

M: alot of carbonation. leaves mouth feeling clean. slight bitterness after everything is said and done.

Overall, not my favorite of the schlafly beers. or maybe its just me. This entire winter I have indulged in Belgians, stouts, and dopplebocks. really complex brews with alot of flavor and alcohol. As for this beer, I just don't feel it is exceptional or unique

OlRasputin989, May 14, 2009
Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%

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.

Tone, Apr 23, 2009
Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
80 out of 100 based on 285 ratings.