Schlafly Pilsner - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 206
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.71
pDev: 12.4%
Wants: 14
Gots: 8 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Czech Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Our Pilsner is a golden and crystal clear lager. The hops lend a pleasant bitterness and a lemony, peppery taste. They are added at the beginning of the brew for bitterness and the end for flavor. The subtle and lightly toasted flavor of the malts is the perfect backbone to showcase the special hop blend.

Pilsner can be traced to its namesake, the city of Plzeň (pronounced pilsen) in the western half of the Czech Republic, once part of Bohemia. In 1842, Joseph Groll developed the first light colored beer, an immediate success. Still a popular style, Pilsner influenced the American light lager we know today.

30 IBU

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-20-2002)
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Photo of KI9A
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, foamy head, died off quick.

S: Grassy, biscuity.

T: Begins with a bit of sweet malt, finshed with floral hops. Nice balance.

M/D: Light, and refreshing. Low ABV makes this a great session beer. Had 4 or 5 of these while eating dinner at the Bottleworks.

Photo of Spidey13
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly Pilsner pours a clear, straw yellow with a fluffy white head that quckly fades to nothing. The nose mostly consists of lemony noble hops. The taste starts with a very small bit of malt sweetness, followed by a pop of bitterness. The beer has a quick, dry finish. The moutfeel is just right for the style - medium/thin with medium/high carbonation.

Though nothing that will blow you away, this is a very solid beer and would probably be a good one to introduce to your macro-drinking friends.

Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date clearly marked on front of label.

Poured a clear, deep gold color more typical of the czech style than the lighter german pilsners I normally see. The white head is sustained at about an 1/8 inch with lacing down the glass.

As is typical with most pilsners, the odor is very faint of european hops unlike the more aggressive domestic hops.

This is an elegant, well made lager: the taste is more of a munich helles than a pilsner; however, it is a well rounded brew with a mild hop profile and a soft sweetness of the tongue. I have been sampling some rather hoppy american ales, and this is a good change of taste. Like most of Schlafly's products, this is a solid effort. I only wish other breweries would attempt this style. It is difficult to find decent, american pilsners on the shelves.

The lager had a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

This is immensely quaffable and with a low ABV, this will be a staple for the summer months.

Photo of MOShepp
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a frothy white head.

Smells of biscuits and a floral scent.

Tastes of bread and mild floral hops that blend smoothly.

Refreshing and crisp, very light feel.

My friend got one of their three gallon kegs (you can get one in any of their styles) and I had about for or five pints, easy to drink and quite refreshing.

Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy, lily-white head that leaves a bunch of lace patterns on the pilsner glass

Smell: Noble hops and cracker, but the aroma could be more floral

Taste: Opens with a cracker flavor that grows in a noble hop bitter direction by mid-palate; gets rather aggressive after the swallow, but as in the aroma, and it finishes with an herbal, almost medicinal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly enjoyable and a pretty fair attempt at the style; the medicinal quality of the aftertaste is a distraction

Thanks, xmarcnolanx, for the opportunity

Photo of JDV
3.43/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bonused bottle courtesy of Drmatt
Light to medium gold pour with a bubbly body to it and a nice white head in a Pilsner glass. Spicy malt smell, and mild earthiness. Taste is hearty malt, very low yeast flavor, not much in the way of hops or bite, but very nice flavor. Very drinkable and almost with notes of wheat/corn at times. I like this one.

Photo of kkipple
3.03/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Xmarcnolanx for the trade!

A. Very clear light gold, fluffy white head dies too soon, but leaves a little lace. Lively carbonation.

S. Pilsner enough, but a little strong and bracing... almost detergent like with a real strong noble hop punch to the nose. Smells too intense for me, not soothing at all. Grassy, but sort of a harsh medicinal note too.... hmm... after 5 minutes, the harshness disappears, but so does most of the smell.

T. Again, this is hitting most of the right notes, it just doesn't come together... pale malt and leafy, lemony hop notes are all here, but the beer has an unpleasing bitterness that doesn't jive with the best of 'em, and is actually a little (not much, but still too much) astringent. The bitterness sticks to the back of my tongue, reminding me of all the medicine I chewed as a kid. Ugh.

M. Very fizzy, makes ya open your eyes. Thin, expected pilsner body. Pretty good. Finishes dry. Aftertaste is a little cooked corn, some sweet floral malts, and that weird hop bitterness that really needs to be dialed down or changed up.

D. It's almost like Schafly was trying too hard, if ya know what I mean. All the elements of a good pilsner are here, but it's too in your face and the hop bitterness too much for me. Not a bad beer, and to be fair, this is a tough style to do well. But it won't be replacing Trumer Pils in my fridge.

Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the St Louis Taproom location. Arrives a clear light golden body topped by a small white head. Some creamy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of peppery and earthy hops with a floral component. Light medium body is well carbonated. Taste is dry and crisp, biscuity malts providing an understated sweetness to support the dominant earthy and floral hop bitterness. Very nicely done. This one is quite sessionable.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a Sam Adams BL glass. Bottled on 9/26/2006, I didn't notice that until after I bought it. Luckily it was just a single bottle I picked up. It pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. Lacing and head retention are both OK. It smells like honey, lemon and some herbal hops. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, except there's also some bread/grain noticable in the taste too. Slight bitter/acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, with there being a good bit of carbonation in the beer. Drinkability is good, it's nice and crisp. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, next time I'll have to try it when it's much fresher.

Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lemony yellow, clear, clean, with a frothy, cobweb-lace, eggshell white head. Nose shows off pungent sea air and spicy herbal hops over a background of honey malt and faint cardboard. Nice. Herbal hop bitterness up front. Peppery, vegetal hop flavors follow. Clean, biscuity honey malt backbone throughout. Finish is crisp, dry and refreshingly bitter, with lingering honey. Moderate body with a snappy feel. Nice, humid-weather thirst quencher/session beer. I really like the snappy, hoppy edge.

Photo of Taipans
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a white one finger head
S: Fruity malts, not much hoppiness
T: Hints of fruit, sweetness from malts and a touch of hop bite at the finish
M: Light and fairly smooth, good carbonation
D: Very easy to drink, nice mid-range ABV, good summertime beer

Overall this pilsner has alot of flavor, some people have described it as boring, but I have found it has good balance and is a pleasent beer.

Photo of Riggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a transparent light golden with thin white head. smells lemony, herbaceous, a little yeasty--almost belgian.

taste lemony and grainy, almost reminiscent of an american wheat. some light mineral qualities, hint of pineapple. well balanced but a little too sweet for my tastes and probably for the style. a stronger hop profile would be nice.

mouthfeel is crisp, good. definitely drinkable, but a little boring. refreshing and solid but schlafly can do better.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. to a standard pint; "Bottled With Love on APR17 2007". Yes, it really does say "With Love"...aww, that's sweet! Sent in trade ("with love"?) by jpm 30 - my first beer from Schlafly.

A: Golden and perfectly clear. Nearly 1-finger of fizzy, percolating white head at first. Diminishes to a half-glass-capping smudge of film. Loads of active carbonation quickly rising throughout.

S: Bready malt with a fresh fragrance of grasses, flowers and light clover & spices. Lacking much depth in the hops, this one is more light and sweet.

T: Citrus zest and sourdough malts complement each other nicely in this one. Noble hops add a perfect, lightly spiced bitterness. A little buttery and nicely kissed with sweetness in the body then finishes more herbal and dry. A pleasing, flavorful pilsner.

M: Not quite as full or as carbonated as I'd hoped for. Light, a little spritz and some bittering that lingers on the tip of the tongue.

D: An ideal, easy drinking pilsner. The guys across town at A-B should take notes on what the style COULD taste like. A likable beer, balanced and flavorful, with a moderate ABV. Certainly one I'd have again. Thanks, James.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.18/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden body with a creamy, thinnish white head.

Smell: Light, sweet-smelling graininess with strong notes of cooked vegetables and a bit of lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet grain flavor with an herbal bitterness until the mercifully short, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Exceedingly light, almost watery texture.

Drinkability: Another ordinary pilsner, with nothing to help it really stand out among the crowd.

Photo of ryanismean
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear golden color from the 12 oz bottle. A crispy white head dissipates quickly to less than a quarter inch and stays there, leaving sticky lacing down the sides of my glass. The aroma is predominantly grassy noble hops and doughy lager yeast, with a touch of pale malt in the front. Nothing stands up and grabs you, the aroma is pleasantly light, leaning a bit toward the hop end.

Flavor demonstrates a stronger hop bill than the aroma lets on, with light caramel malt in the front followed by a fairly pronounced hop bitterness. Aftertaste is all alpha acids lingering around the palette.

As you'd expect with the style, the mouthfeel is fairly light. Not my first choice, but it's appropriate and it works in context. Drinkability is high, although the bitterness might be too much for the macro-lager crowd. Even so, it's easy to knock back a few.

Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice straw yellow color with fantastic clarity. There is a 2 finger frothy foam over top. There is a great bubble of carbonation coming up through the body of the beer. This is a nice looking brew. The aroma is a little faint. I get a honey-kissed pilsner sweetness with just a hint of grassy hop. I could use a little stronger aroma. The flavor is much the same as teh aroma. Lots of sweetness with just a mild grassyness. It hits lightly bitter on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is moderate with a lighter carbonation, as it seems all the bubble has worked out of solution. Overall, this is a refreshing beer and not a bad rendition. It is a bit astringet on the finish even. I would have it again.

Photo of beerphilosopher
3.98/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clean golden color with a monstrous, tight white head that persists. Carbonation bubbles are alive in the tall pilsner glass. The nose is of floral hops, offset by a nice semi-sweet maltiness. No skunky nose here in this Pilsner. The palate is floral and herbal up front, with a nice smooth malt background, creating a very good balance in this beer. The flavors are subtle, but they are there ... unlike the "pilsner-esque" beers you find so often from the macro brewers. The taste is unchallenging, but full and smooth. The mouthfeel is light, carbonation active, and the beer finishes refreshingly dry - not overly bitter. This is a very, very drinkable pilsner. I think one of the better domestic examples of the German style. This beer has become one of my "staple" beers as of late. I try to keep it around at all times since it is so user-friendly and versatile. This is the kind of beer you grab when you just want a beer ... kind of a "table beer" if you will. Coming from me, this is a hell of an endorsement, as the pilsner style is not one that gets me too excited. Well done, Mr. Schlafly!

Photo of Bierguy5
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Sep 26 2006. Vibrant gold in color, with active carbonation. White fluffy head, that retains itself fairly well, but isn't as large and fluffy as others.

Very pale aroma. A bit of pale malt, but really nothing in the way of hops, grassy, herbal, or otherwise. That is a bit disappointing.

Nice pale malty character, which leans toward bready. Grassy and slightly floral hop flavors, balance well, but could be a bit more present. Flavors are fairly crisp and clean, but not as snappy as I like.

Good body, and ample carbontaion. Pretty refreshing. Could use a bit more hop aroma, and flavor, but pretty drinkable.

Photo of Vancer
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, sharp pilsner from Schlafly. You should have seen the sheet laces in the ol’ glass, sitting on top of a semi-hazy golden pour. Tasty brew, finishes with a nice hop pop. Malty and a touch of doughy bread in there.

Can’t believe this is the first pilsner from them, but I’m also going for other brews from the stouts to the seasonals. Don’t turn away from this one if you like pilsners. German, that is. Great brew.

Photo of hckyfn9999
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on Dec. 7 2006, or about a month ago. ABV. of 4.8% according to the Schlafly website. Pours a very nice clear golden yellow with a nice white head that has pretty good retention. Aroma is of piney hops and a little fruit. Taste is very pleasant. A nice malty sweetness along with a little fruit, and lemon hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a slightly dry finish. Drinkability is great. I could throw this back all night.

Photo of CU570M
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a medium to average head. Head was offwhite and last for a decent amount of time. The beer poured amber. A freash smelling beer, both light and crisp. The taste is a little bitter hoppytaste. Is a very good full flavored beer. I really enjoyed this one. Also had hints of apple. Had good carbonation. and felt kind of foamy(which i liked). The drinkabillity was good and i would drink this one again.

Photo of jdhilt
2.65/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Almost cloudy light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, hops are right there, pine cone flavor, hoppy finish. 12 oz bottle part of mixed 6-pak for $7.99 from Friar Tuck's Peoria, Il.

Photo of Brent
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a pilsener with some hops. I love 'em, but this was almost a bit hoppy for the style. Plenty of malt, a bit heavy on the tongue - overall this was a bit pale ale-like. Nice flavor, clean finish although wanted to wander a bit in the direction of sweet.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly foggy goldenrod containing a great deal of boisterous carbonation that can be seen feeding a faintly yellowed, parchment colored cap. The head is firmer than it is creamy and develops a chiseled look as it deflates, leaving a scattered smattering of melty lace in its wake. Although more glass coverage would be nice, Pilsner is definitely an attractive beer.

The nose is focused on noble hops and, in that sense, is style accurate. I wish that it was brighter and more aromatic however. Musky fruit is the centerpiece with a little sweet grass for good meaure. There's very little spiciness and just a hint of citrus peel.

This is good beer even if it tastes more like a noble hopped APA than a true German Pilsener. That 'even if' could just as well have been 'because' since a noble hopped pale ale seems like a good idea to me (and tastes like one as well). There's more pale malt than in most beer of this style, giving an underlying sweetness and a fullness of body that is appealing.

I'm glad to see (er... taste) that Schlafly didn't skimp on the German and Czech hop cones. Even with all the balancing malt, there's a fair amount of snappy, puckering bitterness on display, especially on the finish. My bottle is about five months old (thanks for the 'brewed with love on' date guys) and I can only imagine what it might have tasted like if consumed immediately after bottling.

As noted above, the relatively generous amount of malt sees to it that the body/mouthfeel is somewhat full and ale-like rather than light and lagery smooth. I happen to like both ends of that spectrum as long as the mouthfeel has a quality feel, as it does here. In spite of the abundant visible carbonation at the start, now barely evident, the beer never feels too fizzy.

Schlafly Pilsner is a good Americanized version of the pilsener style that helps itself by having a generous amount ingredients and a more than satisfactory amount of noble hoppy bitterness. While it may not satisfy those would put style adherence at the top of their list of gotta haves, it's more than satisfying to those of us who just like good beer, no matter how that goal is reached.

Photo of BEERchitect
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive pilsner. Not really knowing what to expect from this brewery, I was surprised with the quality of the brew. Very firm pilsner malt base that shows much more maltiness than graininess. The malts remain consistent and substantiated from beginning to end. Sweetness tempered with earthy, pungent German hops (Saaz) for a lightly spicy, rounded brew. Firm and smooth body without grain astringency or thinning. Finishes very clean with a minty alcoholic note in the aftertaste. Thanks Beer Dave.

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