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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 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.

zeff80, Apr 22, 2009
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.

birchstick, Apr 20, 2009
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.

Cresant, Apr 19, 2009
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.

Vancer, Apr 14, 2009
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.

Wheelinb, Apr 11, 2009
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.

KI9A, Apr 07, 2009
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.

carln26, Jun 26, 2005
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.

hotstuff, Nov 04, 2003
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.

AtLagerHeads, Sep 17, 2003
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.

maxpower, Aug 03, 2003
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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
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