Kölsch
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From:
The Schlafly Tap Room
 
Missouri, United States
Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #144
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #24,914
Avg:
3.67 | pDev: 11.72%
Ratings:
798
Status:
Active
Rated:
Mar 12, 2022
Added:
Jul 09, 2002
Wants:
  30
Gots:
  141
SCORE
83
Good
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Notes: Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 62 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager. It is brewed with lightly roasted malt and 100% German Noble Hops: Perle for bitterness and Hallertau Traditional for flavor and aroma.

In 1918, the term Kölsch was used to describe the ale brewed in Köln, a city on the Rhine River in western Germany. The style began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and now, many American craft brewers brew variations of the style, labeling it a golden ale. Our Kölsch is unique to the Schlafly brewery because Ulrike, a native of Köln and wife of brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly, connected Schlafly Beer with the Gaffel Brewery of Köln. Schlafly Beer won the Gold Medal for Best German-style Kölsch in the World Beer Cup in 2010.

25 IBU
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3.85 by BuddyZ from Pennsylvania on Mar 12, 2022
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3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by barnzy78 from Illinois

12oz bottle
I had this once, way back when I first started trying different beers
L: crystal clear golden body; tall foamy off-white head
S: grassy & herbal hops, biscuity malt
T: biscuity grain, spicy/earthy/herbal/grassy noble hops, faint nuttiness, white grape
F: medium body, moderate carbonation, dry & semi-bitter finish
O: much better than I recall, but my beer knowledge is much better now compared to 13 years ago

Sep 29, 2021
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3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Elemental19xx from Illinois

Had this beer at their taproom in St Louis. Out of all of their beers, this is the one ive found to have fallen short. That being said, its not bad at all really, just in comparison to the other amazing beers they can brew.

Sep 23, 2021
 
3.84 by Guinnsslvr from Illinois on Jun 06, 2021
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4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by mvanaskie13 from Pennsylvania

Poured into a narrow half pint glass: color is darker straw, bright white head that presents light and frothy and 2 fingers thick and lingers really well with a whipped, frothy nature.

Smell is pilsner malt, crackers, biscuit, light toast, hint of mineral character, light sweetness.

Taste is pilsner malt with crackers, biscuit, toast, light fruitiness, some yeast/bready notes, noble hop character comes through with some grass with some warmth.

Mouthfeel is moderate carbonation, moderate sweetness, moderate bitterness.

Overall a very nice kolsch, nice malty character, a little sweet on the taste, but provides some counter to the bitterness.

May 25, 2021
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3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by Navanation from Pennsylvania

Nice straw yellow color with a head that travels down the glass. Clean tasting with no odd aftertaste. Smooth and crisp. I detect a slight apple to the aroma.

Feb 07, 2021
 
1.93 by AmatuerSurgeon from Missouri on Jan 23, 2021
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Taybeh from Minnesota

From a single bottle into a willibecher, looks good in the glass, clear honey-gold and nice asprin-white head with good retention and great lacing. Overall, this is a really good beer, and I get some nice delicate yeast notes that are very enjoyable, but it is a little more doughy where I expect a different kind of sweetness that I'd describe as grainy, the fruit is a little different (apricots, maybe) and softer and rounder than what I expect, it didn't have any kind of mineral qualities that Iove and sometimes find in the style, and it was softer rather than crisp on the finish. Maybe my expectations aren't true to the style. Anyway: on the nose, lots of doughy biscuity malt, a little grassy and soft fruitiness...good! Taste brings more soft fruity hops but no bitterness...perfectly balanced. Carbonation is medium, feel is pretty soft and not too lively, though it does come to a nice clean finish. Wouldn't mind being able to drink this more often, especially in the summer.

Jan 06, 2021
 
4.23 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Nov 14, 2020
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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

An appraisal after consuming a couple of 12 oz. bottles via a clear pint glass. The beer looks quite similar to a standard lager, some lagers are even closer to copper or brass in color than this. There's a bit of a head and relatively, a little more glass lacing. The aroma is faint and there only if one deliberately seeks it. Unlike several other beer varieties, the parameters of a Kolsch are rather limited. In comparison to the good ones, this comes up a little short on the extra flavor an ale hybrid with a lager could bring. A pleasant but uninspired brew. Something went missing in the Gaffel - Schlafly connection.

Oct 22, 2020
 
3.09 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois on Aug 04, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by woodychandler from Pennsylvania

Thanks to a concerted effort on my part, there has been a significant reduction in the Bottle (Gasp!) Backlog here at Chez Woody. The effort continues with this beer.

From the Bottle (!): "Schlafly Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries-old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. It has the delicate, fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager."; "25 IBU".

I Pop!ped the cap & started a slow, gentle C-Line pour despite it being a fairly fresh bottle recently procured at/from the Friendly Greek Bottle Shop (FGBS). It foamed nicely to form just under two fingers of fizzy, foamy, rocky, bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a solid Amber (SRM = > 7, < 9) with NE-quality clarity, which is what I was going/hoping for. Nose was more bready than fruity, although I could dig where they were coming from on that. If anything, it had a light berry-like fruitiness, but mainly, it was more like proofing dough. Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was very much of Noble hops with their grassy, hay-like flavor which worked really nicely with the doughy breadiness of the malts. I still did not feel like I was getting as much fruitiness as they alluded to in the Notes. Finish was semi-dry, very refreshing & if I was to have it again, it would be with a pretzel & some mustard! Mmm. YMMV.

May 04, 2020
 
4.46 by Milkman_d83 from Kentucky on Apr 24, 2020
 
3.5 by Elicoleman from Colorado on Jan 22, 2020
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4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by stephens101 from Oklahoma

Light amber with a nice little froth. A little apricot and plum on the nose, which is quite interesting. More medium fruits and some biscuit and grain before herbal hops through the finish. Light and clean just as it should be.

So nice to see Schlafly on the shelves here.

Dec 18, 2019
 
4 by bump8628 from Oklahoma on Nov 25, 2019
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3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by dele from Massachusetts

12 oz bottle purchased as a six pack in St. Louis, with the aim of enjoying a few while watching the world series in my hotel room. Bottled 9/18/2019, drunk 10/25/2019. The beer pours a very clear pale straw color, just a kolsch should. It looks like a macro beer in the glass, but the nose is bready and yeasty with a bit of herbal character as well. There's some fruitiness on the nose too, pear and apple mostly. It tastes grassy, herbal, with more of the pear and apple flavors from the nose, and finishes clean with a little more hop bite than is typical of a kolsch. This is a great low alcohol but high flavor beer that's perfect for enjoying with a ballgame at the end of a day.

Oct 26, 2019
 
4.25 by Nichols33 from Massachusetts on Aug 26, 2019
 
3.79 by O-Meg from New York on Jul 19, 2019
 
3.52 by Zaktcc from Maryland on Jul 11, 2019
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3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
by drtth from Pennsylvania

The clear golden yellow beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1” white head that recedes slowly to a cap and then a thin irregular island of foam on the surface with a ring around the glass while leaving some rings of foam and some patches and lacing on the sides of the glass. Sipping creates some arches, legs and patches of foam.

The aromas have a nice light biscuity malt character that backs up some herbal hops that also seem to have some lightly fruity and slightly grassy character from the hops.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the light biscuity malt and it’s touch of sweetness supporting the mostly herbal hops. In addition there’s a bit of spicy and fruity character along with the solid herbal bitterness.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied, clean and fairly smooth with the moderate finely bubbled carbonation. The finish begins semi dry and herbal with some solid bitterness that persists as the ending turns dry and before it and the herbal character end in the back of the palate.

Overall this is a reasonably nice Kolsch that is both easy to drink and fairly enjoyable. I could see having a few of these over the course of an evening, but I would prefer having the herbal bitterness dialed down just a bit.

Jun 09, 2019
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4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

A - Clear and bright medium to dark gold color with a dense, white head on top and sprightly carbonation.

S - Earthy citrus, hay, light spiciness.

T - Honey malt, citrus, light peppery spice, some earthiness, and finishes balanced with some lingering earthy spice on the palate.

M - Thick texture with prickly carbonation.

O - A nice representation of the style, easy drinking, recommended.

May 29, 2019
 
4.03 by venkatnvaddula from Missouri on May 25, 2019
 
3.6 by PaulSlazinger from Pennsylvania on May 19, 2019
 
3.5 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota on Apr 26, 2019
 
4 by AlexGriffin from Oklahoma on Mar 22, 2019
 
3.64 by BalancingBrooms from Illinois on Dec 19, 2018
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3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

Pale gold, a little hazy, with medium head. Somewhat sweet and fruity malty smell with a bit of spicy hops. A little bready. The hops are a bit more prominent in the taste. Kind of crisp.

Dec 03, 2018
 
3.54 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Nov 17, 2018
 
3.97 by Machete824 from Ohio on Aug 01, 2018
 
3.5 by DigitGrowler from Kentucky on May 06, 2018
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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Beerucee from Texas

Good starter

Apr 27, 2018
 
3.6 by LarrysDeerGut from Illinois on Apr 12, 2018
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4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Great representation of the style....nice dry finish with a good bitter hop bite. Some bready flavor from the malt is present along with some grape skin as well.

Mar 11, 2018
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3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HughApple from District of Columbia

Cloudy golden color, nice two finger head. Did not leave a strong, sweet aftertaste on the lips. A bit hoppier than a standard German Kölsch.

Jan 16, 2018
 
3.58 by dustin22martin from Missouri on Jan 15, 2018
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3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

Pours a slightly hazy, bright yellow color with very little head at all. Carbonation is adequate but not abundant. Smell slight fruit and hops. Initial taste is sweet and slightly hoppy then a mild hop finish. The feel is crisp like a lager but heavier. Overall, this would make a great summer time brew. Good job

Jan 01, 2018
 
3.73 by biteme398 from Virginia on Dec 28, 2017
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4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by PureHubris from Missouri

Great all around beer. A tad more hoppy than a German Kolsch. Excellent with burgers or a Rocky Patel Vintage 1990. Excellent before you head to the gentlemens' clubs.

Dec 24, 2017
 
3.04 by Sara24 from Colorado on Dec 07, 2017
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