Kölsch
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Style:
Kölsch
Ranked #177
ABV:
4.8%
Score:
83
Ranked #38,509
Avg:
3.69 | pDev: 11.65%
Reviews:
238
Ratings:
789
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The Schlafly Tap Room
 
Missouri, United States
Avail:
Year-round
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Gots
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SCORE
83
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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
Reviews: 238 | Ratings: 789 | Log in to view all ratings and sort
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

4.14/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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stephens101 from Oklahoma

4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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
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dele from Massachusetts

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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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jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

4.06/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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
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rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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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Brian_L-2056 from West Virginia

3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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
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PureHubris from Missouri

4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
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Gajo74 from New York

4.01/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy golden straw color. A soft bed of frothy head, that is an off white, yellowish, color, dissipates and leaves a bubbly film.
First impressions in the nose are of a silky pilsner malt aroma. This is followed by a touch of green grapes and a sweet honey and cereal aroma that is prevalent throughout.
In the mouth, first impressions are that it is clean, dry in the palate and that it is highly quaffable. There is a modest grassy hops presence that adds balance and the lightest touch of bitterness. As the drink warms, there is a light fruity, grape like malt sweetness that opens up the flavor.
Medium bodied, dry and balanced.
I thought this was highly enjoyable and think it should have a higher rating.

Dec 06, 2017
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EMH73 from New York

3.96/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color with an incredibly well retained two inch white head that left lots of lacing. Smell is pretty mild with notes of hops and grains. Tastes of slightly sweet bready malts, corn, grass, mildly bitter hop presence and some floral notes. Light bodied, well carbonated, smooth, clean, crisp and refreshing.

Oct 04, 2017
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ICTguy21 from Kansas

3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Look: amazing, golden straw color, big white head that lasts, good lacing

Smell: slight grain, earthiness, and a touch of dankness

Taste: light yeast, just a touch of hops and breadiness

Feel: smooth and sessionable

Overall: quality beer, won't blow you away but that's not the purpose of a kolsch. Very good value as well, would consider buying again at the price if I'm in the mood for a bit lighter of a beer.

Aug 22, 2017
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TPZEM from Illinois

3.54/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep hazy golden with lots of thick creamy foam. Lots of lacing present. Smells somewhat nondescript, maybe a little hoppy, but mostly just a solid corny and grainy smell. The head goes on for a very long time - came back to the beer after running an errand and after almost 30 minutes, it was still there. Tastes of a mild bitter hop - mostly just for flavoring. No lingering aftertaste, not incredibly distinguishing features here, mainly a solid Kolsch. Would recommend in the future for a nicely priced ale.

Jul 29, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

3.99/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a stange, the appearance was a soft golden yellow color with a firm finger's worth of white foamy head that died off at a decent pace. Moderate sliding lace.
The aroma had some sweet grassy to earthy hops up front, somewhat settling on some corn sweetness and a light bready to yeasty sort of arrangement.
The flavor was moderately sweet between the hops and the corn and breadiness. Slick sweet bready to corn-like aftertaste.
The mouthfeel was between light and medium bodied with a good sessionability about it. Carbonation felt good. ABV felt good as well.
Overall, pretty nice easy drinking beer worthy of having more of this time of the year and pretty good interpretation by an American brewer.

Jun 13, 2017
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thebeers from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Relatively clear gold with a white cap that leaves strong lacing.

Sweet, bready aroma. Carries to the taste. Has a fruity note with a little plum and apple. Lightly grassy, herbal hop bitterness on the back end.

Medium bodied with modest carbonation. It's okay.

Apr 23, 2017
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.41/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bottle of this off the single shelf at Binnys. It poured a hazy golden with white head that is leaving some lace. The scent is non-descript. The taste is nicely balanced and easy to drink. Maybe a touch on the white wine side. The Mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good beer.

Dec 20, 2016
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Mardukk from Ohio

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep golden/amber with long lasting white head and lacing. The smell is subdued fruity and bready. There are a lot of different flavors including grassy, bread, and a bit of lemon. Light to medium body with significant malty side. The carbonation is pretty light for the style.

Overall I'm enjoying this much more than most Kolsch I've had. A bit less fizzy and light more malty and substantial. Almost drinks more like a Helles lager, which I prefer. I would recommend this. First I've had from this brewery, if this is any indication I will need to find myself in St Louis more often.

Sep 24, 2016
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Guppy314 from District of Columbia

3.71/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café (in DC), pours a dark hazy gold with a thick fluffy white head that dissipated slowly. Aroma is a sweet fruitiness. Taste is more malty, but there are a cacophony of competing flavors: yeast, grain, and lemon. Decent carbonation and mouth-feel is decent.

Aug 23, 2016
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FBarber from Illinois

4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft.

Pours a clear crisp golden color. Appears effervescent with noticeable carbonation. Fluffy white head dissipates leaving tons of sticky lacing and a thin residual head.

Smell is a light aroma of grains and malts. Slight white bread aroma with a hint of sweetness.

Taste follows the nose with a nice grainy flavor up front. Bready malts shine through with a nice balance. Nice slight sweetness without being too sweet. Finish has a slight hoppy bitterness from the Noble hops. Flavor profile of the Noble hops is present - slightly grassy and floral.

Feel is light and crisp with a refreshingness to the beer. Medium heavy carbonation is boted giving the beer a bubbly aspect.

Overall a really nice Kolsch. The Noble hops popped in this in a very nice way. Very good offering from Schlafly.

Aug 22, 2016
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BrownAleBollocks from Kansas

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold with a two finger fluffy white head that persists throughout the consumption of the beer. Aroma is bready/cracker malt, floral tones, light fruit notes, with grass and slight earth on the finish. Taste follows with bready, cracker malt upfront, followed by floral and fruit, with a grassy, slight earth finish. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with enough heft to tell you are drinking a well made beer. Overall, this is quite a nice kolsch, from a brewery that puts out consistently well executed brews.

Aug 19, 2016
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OrestesMethuon from Montana

4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Nice flaxen color, great effervescence, just the right amount of foam. Really strong, fresh, bright-malty aromas, with delicate interplay of wet, new grass and hay. Very refreshing, buoyant flavor-profile, with good smooth bright-malt—which aren't sweet, but aren't *particularly" dry, either—and more of those nice grassy, hay notes, but with a touch of yeast-fruity elements to give is superb depth and complexity. Very nice, light, mouthfeel that never gets in the way. Excellent morning or early-afternoon ale.

Aug 13, 2016
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hopsputin from New Jersey

3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

a: clear straw yellow with an amber undertone. head pours 2 finger, round and solid - looks like you could rest a coin on it

s: grassy, grainy, lemongrass, some solid malt sweetness, and a touch of clove

t: taste follows the nose pretty well. there is the sweet grain flavor upfront, with a nice crisp earthy herbal followup that adds a touch of bitterness. lemongrass towards the back end...finishes with the malt. just a faint generic lager presence in here as well on the back sides of the tongue

m: light mouthfeel, with high carbonation. good mouthfeel for the style

o: overall this is a nice beer. its crisp, refreshing, and light. it could use a bit more pop, but i'd drink again for sure

Jul 22, 2016
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GrumpyGas from Illinois

3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle "bottled with love on 06/30/2015.
Body is a hazy yellow color with 1/2in white head.
There is some slight fruit aroma, but led mostly by classic hallertau hop.
Taste is grassy, carbonated, and sweet.
Light feel with an almost tart finish.
All flavors and aromas are subdued, nothing exciting, but easily drinkable. A good nod to the style.

Jul 09, 2016
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Riff from Virginia

3.63/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pale yellow like straw color with a finger and a half of white head that quickly dissipated. Smelled of apple and pear with a little grain to it. Taste is mild, a little grain with some fruit in it, apple primarily. Body is light with a little carbonation. Taste does not linger very long at all. Overall an easy drinking beer that won't stand up to food but would do well for sitting around and having a few with friends.

Jun 13, 2016
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ManapuaMan from Massachusetts

3.67/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On tap in DC. Crystal clear pour with a light head. Effervescent body gives way to a light, effervescent taste. Clean, crisp acidic fruit snap of lemon and orange peel precedes the soft crackery malt body. Finishes dry with a barely touch of lingering bitterness. Good beer, so drinkable.

May 16, 2016
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