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Schlafly Summer Lager - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 98
Hads: 342
Avg: 3.56
pDev: 24.44%
Wants: 5
Gots: 48 | 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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Reviews: 98 | Hads: 342
Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
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.


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Photo of Florida9
2.96/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 3/22/11

Hazy light yellow gold in color. Forms a large sudsy head. Good retention. Smell is odd an unappealing: a combination of bready malt and cider vinegar. Taste is slightly more appealing with bready malts, some light noble hops, and a little beast of yeasty banana.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, with a nice, white head. Interesting "picket fence" lace.

Fresh aroma of grains and toast.

Light bodied, but flavor is a well-balanced mix of slightly citrus Noble hops and a grainy malt quality.

A rich and tasty light brew, tailor-made for warm weather.

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Photo of JayQue
3.33/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ok lager, nothing special even though it comes from one of my favorite breweries.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a medium sized head that fades quickly, leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is some grassy hops. The taste is fairly well balanced between biscuity malts and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and a bit thin.

Overall this is a better alternative than Budweiser on a hot day.

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Photo of skyline31687
3.43/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into pint glass

A - pours a very light golden straw color with a quickly dissipating head that leaves no real lacing

S - smells quite sweet with a few citrusy notes mixed in

T - this is a very very light tasting beer, quite refreshing and smooth with a little citrus flair at the end

M - great! proper carbonation and goes down very smooth.

D - very high. i could drink my weight in these.

O - this is not my favorite offering from schlafly, nor is it my favorite summer-style beer, but it is most definitely worth a try

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Photo of Illtryit
3.83/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into frozen mug.

Pours yellow - gold, clear and clean, with a 2 inch head. The head dwindles, but sticks around til the end with very nice lacing.

smells a little like citrus.

Taste is pretty damn good. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it tastes how the mega breweries wish their beers tasted...a flavorful, clean, crisp lager. A little watery but thats good on a hot summer day.

This beers has supplanted Bud Light as my bbq beer! Go ahead and get yourself a 6 pack of this, invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and enjoy!

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Photo of gofreaksgo
4.38/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: What a great label. Very soothing summer tones of light blue with a crisp yellow. What does the beer look like? I don't know because all good lagers should be drunk from the bottle/can like I would at the beach/bbq/baseball game.

S: Stuck my good nostril (the right one) right on the edge of the bottle. Inhale deeply and I get sweet malts with just a touch of classic hops and a good skunk.

T: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hint of lemon, sweet malt that sticks with you, just enough hop bitterness to remind you that it be a beer ye drinks.

M: This beer is clean and it coats the mouth. Saliva producer. My mouth literally is watering with anticipation of each swallow.

O: This is a great light beer. I anticipate transitioning out of my winter stouts with this beer every year. When I need something lighter with flavor I never hesitate to grab this beer. It is in my beer cooler and fridge for the whole summer.

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Photo of cubbyswans
4.28/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale color pours with a finger head. No haze to this beer. Looks exactly how I think a good lager should.

S: This has a nice light aroma. A touch of hop characteristic.

T: Tastes absolutely great for a summer lager. It has a nice hop flavor to it, and a touch of citrus as well.

M: The beer isn't watery. You know you're drinking a beer, yet it's not heavy. This is perfect for drinking on a hot summer day.

D: All around a great beer to me. They go down so smooth and the beer is very refreshing.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow and clear with a one finger head that quickly dissipated into a thin film and left some lacing.

smelled grainy and lemony with a little bit of biscuit and hops.

Tasted summery... light citrus and grains with a touch of hops and grassy malts.

Feels quite typical of the style, light and watery with ample carbonation and a slightly slick feeling going down.

Canned this is an excellent fishin' beer. I could easily drink them all day long, and fast. Tasty when really cold too.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle with label colors evocative of summer: pale blue sky and golden sun. "Bottled With Love" on: 07/30/2010.

Pours a very pale straw color with a one-finger, bleached white froth and active carbonation. Quite lovely. Hoppy nose with suggestions of yeast, bread and biscuit.

Crisp and bracing mouthfeel with expressive carbonation. Plenty of noble hops on the opening with hints of toasted malt in the background. Light citrus notes surface. Clean and bright with a bite of grass at the finish.

Highly drinkable yet never boring, this well-balanced lager has enough character to make it more sessionable than the garden variety Euro-pounders.

Although Summer Lager was brewed for the warm and lazy days of August, it also makes a pretty fair lawn-raking companion.

Thanks to Jeff M. for bringing a few samples back from St. Louis.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift to me after GTMW '10 from the dear Steven Hale. Some have remarked that I am like a gossip columnist, routinely name-dropping in the hopes of impressing people. F**k that! I am intimate with many/most in the beer industry. I talk the talk, but I also walk the walk. I first met Mr.Hale back in '03 when I badged my way in at the downtown Taproom. I never envisioned a return, but I have been in StL twice since and I would not hesitate to go back.

That Schlafy is beginning to CAN should not be a surprise. Theirs is a quality organization, beginning at the ownership level and trickling down to their regulars. Sure, it would be easy to crack wise about the 500-pound gorilla in town, but they got over that hurdle a while back. Tom Schlafly is a brilliant writer with segues that I would die to pull off in my writing and I am proud to have spoken to him on a couple of occasions.

CAN we get a review in here, somewhere? Hey, read Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" - the details are in the transgressions!

For the aesthetes who must have beauty in packaging, this had a striking sky blue and sunshine yellow motif offset by ebony black.

I do not know about you, but that got me nowhere. CANtents, that's what's important! Some Crack & Glug action must be in order. My aggressive pour still only netted me a finger of bone-white head with lousy retention. The color was to die for, however. It was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality. Sunshine in a glass. Nose had a slightly-sour Noble hops odor. I do not play favorites and this was kinda harsh. Mouthfeel was medium and it was moderately sweet with just enough hops spiciness to make it dance on the palate.

Whang dang, sweet p**n tang! This was the twang on the tongue that you only get at the dentist's office when they clamp your tongue with pliers and get at that bad boy (your tongue) with a wire brush. There was me and an MS1 back when where he had to have the {ahem!} hairs plucked from between his teeth and I had to have my tongue scrubbed after every liberty port in the Navy. I speak from personal experience.

Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Sweet memories, but the beer was just soooo good. Finish reminded me why I CANverted to lagers initially. A well-made lager CAN and will sustain you even when there are no hops forthcoming. More, please, sir.

Are you looking to fill your cooler? This is it!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.67/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a little haze to the otherewise lager-yellow brew. A thin partial cover

Aroma - straight, fresh grain. A slight floral scent.

Taste - a citrusy, lemony edge to the grain. Great hop balance and great balance overall. Swallows ushers in some of the bitterness. The palate dries out on the swallow, ready fot the next sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth lagery feel, carbonation is peppy and refreshing.

Drinkability - great summer/fall beer. These go fast.

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Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

The summer lager pours a nice golden color with a pillowy white head and some lacing on the pint glass. Smells of yeast, soap, and some hops. Not a huge smelling beer but pleasant. Taste is crisp and refreshing with somewhat of a hop finish. In between there are floral notes as well as breads. Mouthfeel is crispy and light bodied. Drinkability is good for a summer afternoon. Definitely very sessionable with the mediocre ABV. I could handle a sixer of this pretty easily.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.52/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.05/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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.

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Photo of bort11
4.09/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!!!

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Photo of MTNboy
3.32/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of iceball585
4.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

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Photo of Jayli
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
81 out of 100 based on 98 ratings.