Schlafly Kölsch | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
Ratings:
748
Reviews:
223
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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24
Gots:
131
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5/5  rDev +33.7%

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4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very drinkable, medium bodied, medium bitterness, golden straw colored, seem to loose the head early but probably do to my bad pouring, good middle of the road beer to keep on hand for those friends who do not care much for craft beers, highly recommend this beer

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4.75/5  rDev +27%

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 baos
4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12 ounce bottle into bicentennial Mason jar.

A: Hazy honey-straw color with a 2 finger white head. Decent head retention and lacing.

S: I love the lemony grain aroma. Grassy herbal hops and clover-honey.

T: I believe these types of brews are quickly becoming my favorite. I would have to say this beer reminds me of my favorite brew Landbier brewed by Brauerei Kapsreiter; however, the Landbeir is considered a German Pilsner, I think it tastes very Kolsch-like. In the Schlafly Kolsch I love how the malts and hops work together. This beer is more refreshing than lemonade. Grassy hops with some lemongrass notes ends with a nice tart dryness.

M: Light to medium with a nice bubblyness.

D: I almost didn't buy this because I wasn't expecting it to be so good. I'm glad I did. This beer is super refreshing and when summer breaks I will schedule a camping trip just so i can pack a case of these.

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4.55/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Can I have another please? This was my first kölsch. I wish I could try an import but this company seems to have a pretty good reputation, so, without hesitation, I bought a sixer. I recently made a kölsch but had intended to try one before making it. In any case, I couldn't find it locally and my wife was in St. Louis where it's made and had one for me by proxy. She raved, I bought the ingredients and when she got home we cooked up a 5-gallon batch. It's still fermenting on it's second week and I can only dream of making such a nice brew.(It's happened before so I'm still dreaming!) We found the beer at the local liquor store and they remembered us from when we asked for it 6-weeks ago and were proud to deal it up from the icebox for us. It would be difficult to compete with this subtle light luxury lawnmower brew. I was going to bring the rest to my father-inlaws this weekend but I may just go buy them their own sixer. No sense in bringing them just three beers. I'll bring them the other, Goose Island Summertime Kölsch and will rate it in a few days. Go try this beer if you can find it.

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Photo of danmouer
4.53/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The temperature is 105 F today in Virginia. Kölsch time.

The Shafly poured brilliant light golden, with nicely active foamy head that falls moderately fast. The pilsner malt aroma is gently emphatic and telegraphs the flavor profile. Starts of with a soft malty entrance, quickly braced and balanced by a gently firm hop backbone. The finish is long, smoothly bitter, very refreshing and satisfying. In the mouth the impression is crisp, clean, and refreshing.

I notice lots of folks have graded this brew as somewhat mediocre. I could not agree less. Schafley's Kölsch is right on the target, stylistically, and a fresh, refreshing, superior example of the style. I enjoyed this beer today, and I intend to do so again and again.

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Photo of MJR
4.52/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Reviewed from a growler...

Appearance: Pours a pale blond with perfect clarity. A tiny white cap sticks around for most of the 64 ounce ride. Fair amount of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Relaxed, with a faint, but well done, balance of fruitiness and citrus notes. There's a hefty dose of freshly mown hay in there too. Very clean...

Taste: Fairly dry and smooth, with the balance slighty more to the hoppy end of the spectrum. Hints of hop fruitiness and citrus are present, but small. A touch of breadiness is detectable too. Fresh hay and clean malt notes are the strongest flavor on the palate. Subtle winey finish. Delicate and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Pretty close to style...it's on the thinner side of medium, with a smooth, crisp mouthfeel. The carbonation is a bit much, but it's quite forgivable.

Drinkability: Very good. This is a fantastic summer beer to kick back and relax with when a pilsner is simply not enough. Schlafly's version is sooo much better on draft than in the bottle. Good stuff here!

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well from the bottle with a pale golden color and a lasting head. Very nice.

S - Pale Malt smell prehaps the only noticable disappointment is no real hops smell like some of the German varieties

T - Crisp and simple, an excellent combination of light malt and hops with a refreshing finish

M - Good carbonation which adds to the crispness of the beer

O - While not as good as the German varieties I have had but this could simply be the difference between the bottle and the tap. I do remember Fruh (in my mind the pinnacle of the style) being much much better from the tap, but I don't think I will get to experience this beer that way. If I do I will be sure to review again. Aside from that small shortfall, a very nice rendition of this quite rare style (at least on this side of the pond). Will happily find and drink this one again.

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4.46/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Very clear golden brew. Fluffy, characteristic head grew nicely, pristine white in color. Head showed strong retention.

S-Slightly bready-sweet, slightly spicy.

T-The first sip brings on a nicely-balanced kolsch flavor, consisting of a spicy, herbal, slightly bitter hoppiness, countering a bready, at times fruity, foundation. Finishes quite clean, exhibiting the lager-like charcteristics apparent in this style.

M-Moderately lighter body, proving to be quite refreshing. Carbonation is spot-on, lively but controlled.

D-This brew is refreshing, yet appetizingly complex, while also allowing itself to be well-representative of the style. A delight!

Picked up while St. Louis for a wedding as part of a mixed 12 pack.

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