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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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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 1fastz28
4.38/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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

Photo of RickS95
3.38/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of Ottertude
4.08/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

Photo of homebrewhawk
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of mcsquint
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +15.1%
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.

Photo of jkrich
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of hooliganlife
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of OlRasputin989
3.08/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

Photo of Tone
3.33/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.63/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

Photo of Cresant
2.9/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Vancer
3.75/5  rDev +7.1%
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.

Photo of Wheelinb
2.78/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of KI9A
3.98/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours typical pissy yellow American macro, but, with a decent head, some lace, some retention.

S: Biscuits & honey. Some malt.

T: Some maltyness, a slight hit of honey, some pear/sour apple. Some noble hops on the back.

M: Clean, some residual bitterness, it almost makes you put the glass back up for another quaff pretty quick.

D: See the last line of above. It's wierd, but it really reminds me of their Kolsch. To prove it, I did a side-by-side. It's close..Are they using the Kolsch yeast for this beer?? Damned fine session beer, even better than their Pils. Will pick up a case jsut to have around...looks to be a new staple in the fridge for me. Damned fine lager, guys.

Photo of carln26
3.68/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap yesterday at the main bar in the Tap Room. It poured a clear straw colored gold with a thick fluffy white head. It presented a malt aroma with some fruity essence. The malt came across with mild figs and dates and a hint of caramel on the finish. The fruit came as just a hint of pear on the finish. The flavor reminded me of a delicate Maibock. More subtle, not as sweet. Something for a hot weather day (which it is in St. Louis). It had the sweet malt with light caramel and dates, and more fruit than I see in bock beers in th form of pear and apple flavors. Nice smooth mouth feel, very drinkable. Good hot weather beer.

Photo of hotstuff
2.42/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong lager from this increasingly fine brewer. This is a very good Helles that come through with the promise of this style to deliver flavor. Strongly flavored is a forte here as the bread and yeasty sense is finely stated by this brew. The look is a very nice gold with an average white head and light lacing. The feel is just a tad thin, not objectionable, but definitely lighter than desired.

I would rate this beer as very drinkable and clearly a session brew. It is most reminiscent of the Hofbrauhaus strain of Helles and I believe it could sub there very easily. Clean, crisp, and clear are all attributes of this offering.

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

Clear light golden in color with a small white head that doesn't last very long.Light bready and flowery aroma, starts sweet and bready with a hint of grains and flowery hop flavors, light bodied, somewhat of a thin and watery mouthfeel, finishes smooth and crisp, I would say this is an average American Helles lager.

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