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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Kölsch

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by Thrasher on 07-09-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
729
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
21.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 729
Photo of Mardukk
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

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Photo of Guppy314
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Photo of FBarber
4.02/5  rDev +7.5%
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.

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Photo of BrownAleBollocks
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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Photo of OrestesMethuon
4.12/5  rDev +10.2%
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.

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Photo of hopsputin
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
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

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

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Photo of Riff
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of rorykanderson
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect clarity on a light orange colored offering. Gentle spacious rise of carbonation. Thin, skim head always provides some sort of covering. Thin line lacing, weak coverage rate.

S: Fresh cantelope, melon, fresh grains and apple skin. Light fresh straw, spicy hops, with a good strength per style and some lemony orange notes.

T: Fruity flavor, cantelope melon and light straw follow the nose. Very crisp with a light straw-hop dry graininess on the follow through.

M: Crisp mouthful, lightly dry, fruity, lightly oily body.

O: Crisp fruity flavor with a nice dry gain base, perfect for the summer heat with a high rate of drinkability. While i prefer the biggest of hop bombs and BA stouts, i can certainly appreciate a clean drinking, fruity and well to do styled kolsch, which seems to have more flavor then your average example. Crisp, fruity, very clean and a bit understated/underated imho. Strong B+.

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Photo of CraftWielder
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice golden color. My first beer of the night that came from a clean glass (to protect those that I visited earlier I will not mention establishments) and had a good foam head. Very fragrant. A lot of sweetness on the nose. Smooth taste and mouth feel. Overall a brew worth drinking again.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Buttery in feel without indicating diacetyl off-flavours. Clean, smooth, and wet in its texture. Taste is balanced with a reticent Noble hop profile...or at least I suspect Noble given its grassiness. True to style, it's very highly drinkable. Though this holds no candle to traditional German expressions of the style, it's enjoyable and I'd happily buy the occasional sixer.

High C+ (3.20) / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 12/30/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle bottled on "05/08/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14-ounce "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy deep-golden in color with a 1-finger foamy/creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of some yeast and floral hops. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of light fruit also maybe that is crisp and clean. The taste is also similar to a Marzen (Oktoberfest) even. Very mild bitterness for the finish but not a big deal at all. Hint of sweetness for the finish also. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall it is a very decent brew.

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Photo of schwansmantr
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First time ever for a Kolsch style ale! Lots of smoke popping the top with a nice 2 inch head and a golden yellow transparent slightly filtered appearance. A fruity but frothy creamy taste on the tongue light in body but well rehearsed in flavor. This is a good quality beer with a slight bitterness at the end just making you all the more thirsty. I'm giving it a B.

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Photo of stlfatguy
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got this in a mixed schlafly 12 pack. Wouldn't have picked this otherwise, but it's starting to grow on me. Clean, clear look is bright yellow leaning towards Orange. White thin head but carbonation kept up. not much to the smell, but light with a whiff of yeast. Crisp taste starts with light carbonation then smooth with some sweetness and yeast. Almost like a light lager with some sweetness and fresh bread thrown in. This isn't a style I'd seek out, but this one is a nice beer.

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Photo of WesMantooth
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Billowing white fluffy head. Smells very good. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Light cracker malts. The hops are very reminiscent of a Marzen, but lend some green cut grass flavor. Very crisp. A little too sweet though, and a very dry finish

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Photo of MAFC_Trainer
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a short lived head. Body is pale and golden. Not too much carbonation. Smoot beer that goes down easy. One of schlafly's best beers in my opinion

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Photo of mfnmbvp
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled with love on 04/07/2015 printed on the front label. A new one to me from Schlafly, this one their Kölsch style ale.

Poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

A - It pours a crisp golden body with one finger of short lived white foam head. Some okay wispy strands of lacing left behind. Appears adequately carbonated. Looks nice per the style.

S - Bready, malty, & yeasty. Lager yeast is apparent, mildly wheaty / husky, with some subtle fruity elements (subtle grape & berry flavors).

T - Taste follows the nose: crisp & clean. Yeasty, lightly grainy, with subtle fruity elements of grape & berry. Simple, but it hits it's mark.

M - The feel is crisp, clean, fluid, & easy-drinking. Light-bodied with excellent carbonation.

Overall, a nice example of the style from Schlafly. Goes down easy, excellent summer drinking beer.

Schlafly Kölsch -----4/5.

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Photo of DelMontiac
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received as a gift. Bottled 06/09/2015. I like the fact that the bottling date is clearly legible and on the front of the paper label so it won't rub off. Thank you, Schlafly! Poured a medium golden color into my Anchor shaker with a single finger of short lived snappy foam. Hardly any lace to speak of. Aromas of lemon/lime and grape, light bread, and grassy floral hops are all in there. Flavor backs that up with the addition of some mild snappy bittering hops. The light body and sparkling carbonation are just what I want in a beer of this style. Overall, this is winner. Perfect Summer beer for me. Probably the best of the style I've come across to date. There is a reason why they won a gold medal for the style in the World Beer Cup. Drink good beer.

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Photo of SitkaSteve
4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

This was poured into a stange.
The appearance was a hazy golden color with a nice billowy foamy white head that mushroom capped and dissipated in a messy sort of entertaining way. Lacing was all over the place. I didn't mind, I guess, but like I said, was somewhat entertained.
The smell had a nice light sweet fruit reminiscent of lemon, a little bit of lime and grassy sweet hops. Light wheaty/grainy tones balance nicely.
The taste was sweet through the fruity parts and allowed the grassiness to balance. Wheaty/graininess helps to balance and smooth things out a bit in the flavor. There's not aftertaste but it has a nice sweet finish.
The mouthfeel had the wheaty/grainy part balance yet add a little bit of body to it. Carbonation felt right as a kolsch. Delicate harshness allows the IBU's to be fairly low, I'll check after the review to see how much.
Overall, now this is a kolsch by an American brewer. Those looking for them in the U.S., this is one I recommend. Also, this is a definite food beer.

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Photo of matjack85
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy golden color with a nice 3-finger white head. Unfortunately, the head only lasted about 45 seconds and left very little lacing.

The beer had a wheaty smell to it along with some fruit and grassy hops.

Sweet wheat taste made even sweeter with some honey flavro as well. Fruit is noticeable as is a touch of spiciness. Bitterness is mild at just 25 IBUs.

Light bodied with low carbonation.

A good example of the style.

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Photo of TH28
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, hazy, with a light white head that dissipate quickly. Aroma: bready malt with kolsch yeast esters of pear and light pepper. Taste: light malt sweetness that leads into a sharp, floral hop bitterness. Bitterness sharper than typical kolsch examples. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with crisp carbonation. Finish: Dry, with bitterness lingering on the tongue. Faint bready malt. Overall: A bit heavier malt character and bitterness than a traditional kolsch. Yeast character spot on. Very drinkable.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

i think this beer is substantially under appreciated here, its one of the best american made examples of this style i have had, and im surprised it doesnt get more love. great as a summer beer, light and flavorful and really refreshing, but also with four season versatility and some unique features. as good as any of the basic beers these guys do in my opinion. crystal clear blonde in color with an inch of white head on top and a great aroma of grassy hops, clean ale yeast, and a malt base not quite as simple as others. i like the hint of honey sweetness in the middle of this, even a flash of vanilla in there out of nowhere, before a fresh cereal malt complexion takes over with subtle summery hop nuances. reminds me of vacation, and i like that a lot. super easy drinking with an abv this low, but its got some structure. more flavorful than so many other american takes on the style, and just a beer i could drink forever. very well done on the whole, im surprised this doesnt have higher ratings on here.

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Photo of MOFALLINGLEAF
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Has a nice mellow citrus aroma, with a hint of smoked almonds. very little lacing. half a finger head even with a medium aggressive pour. good even carbonation. I get a nice bright citrus on the palate, but not overwhelming, a slight sweetness from the malts, slightly nutty on the after, good fairly clean mouth feel. Finishes similar to a lager.

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Photo of Lahoi
3.81/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very solid Kolsch. I would drink this all sumer long. Probably not in the dead of winter, though. But that's not a knock on this beer; it's more a matter of personal seasonal preference.

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