Schlafly Kölsch | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BEER INFO

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:
745
Reviews:
222
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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24
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Photo of John_Beeryman
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked this up in Totowa, not having a Kolsch in quite a long time. It's not a style that I've had many examples of nor is it something that I've been able to find easily but a beer like this makes me wish that they were more readily available on the shelf. This was great for the Summer and a great example of the style, in addition to being a good session beer. Shame that I only bought one bottle, though!

The pour to this was what I envisioned it being - golden, a tad cloudy, and with a head that filled up the remainder of my pint glass before I poured the entire contents of the bottle out. There wasn't a lot of lacing to be seen but there were patches of it that clung along the sides of my pint glass. Not a strong aroma to this either, except for the token grape along with some grassy notes. Both of those were repeated in the mouthfeel, with a tiny bit of earthy, non-metallic hops, straw, and a mildly slick consistency to go along with it. No spice here but there was some grain and just enough carbonation to keep this light without feeling light. The aftertaste had a bit of honey too, more by the feeling of it than than the actual sticky sweetness.

Shame I only bought one of these, as this has session written all over it. While a Kolsch isn't a style that most people envision for the warmer months, this would be great to have a nice Summer day when something lighter and watered-down just won't cut it. This was a pleasant surprise and a great example of the style and the fact that this came from the middle of America only adds to the appeal and likability of this beer. Nice job by Schlafly on this one!

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Photo of Act25
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured a 5/6-2013 bottle on 10/3/13 (so 5 months old) into a wine glass on a indian summer day. Great first pour of the day.

Appearance: Pours a very hazy (surprising!) pale golden color with a foamy white head that retains and laces well.

Smell: Grainy, bread aroma with more vegetal aspect, than sweet citrus. On the farm.

Taste: Like the smell, starts with bready flavor that progresses to citrus, grass, herbs; with a tiny banana/ pineapple in the finish. Good finish. Interesting, a little barnyard root vegetables also.

Mouthfeel: Light with good feel, not thin, I found plenty of carbonation. Excellent summer feel.

Drinkability: Some wrote more of a blonde summer ale, true, but it has that Koln yeast and smell so I am calling it American Kolsch. A great style!

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Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours hazy, pale yellow with a sudsy white head. There is very little retention or lacy, but I wasn’t expecting any from this style. It’s very clean and refreshing. I hate to say it, but the smell is like a BMC, It kinda has that dirty/sweet pilsner taste, but this is still a craft beer quality beverage. I can taste malt and hops, and this is overall refreshing. I would prefer a little more bitter and a little less sweet, but I’m not going to split hairs, this is easy to drink and pretty good.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown bottle, nice label, bottled on date clearyl marked...this is about 4 months old

Appearance: Nice bright dark gold ber with a fluffy stark white head with good retention and nice steady carbonation

Smell: Nice, clean, German lager-like aroma...quite fruity, light grain, with light grassy hops

Taste: Mild tart fruitiness up front, very mild grain (almost like fresh popped plain popcorn), light hay, clean taste, just a bit sweet for me

Mouthfeel: Pretty nice medium body

Drinkability: Medium-medium high; this would be a good hot weather beer

Conclusion: All in all a pretty nice summer beer...it's clean, lightly fruity, and a bit grassy/hay-like...it's a bit sweet in my book but not bad.

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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 DrDemento456
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A - A decent level of carbonation just a 1/4 inch that settles to a mild lace ring. Color is a nice bright yellow with a hint of orange. Semi hazy.
S - Smells nice sweet grains, some corn and lemon grass. Mild hop presence.
T - Kind of hoppy and grains a bit harsh at first but it really grows on you. Some wheat and somewhat dry. Tasty summer brew.
M - Light to medium drinks a touch heavy than other takes on the style I have had.

Overall far from perfect I still like Dundee's and Samuel Adams version better. It's still very delicious.

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Photo of maz
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of stompilator
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of billab914
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of rlee1390
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A-Clear pale yellow, not much carbonation and a one finger head. So clear I could watch my TV through it.

S-Straw, wheat, bread,, not much else.

T-Similar to the nose, straw and bread notes dominated, very faint grass was there as well. No bitterness. Nice and sweet though.

M-Light, not much carbonation however it was very crisp and refreshing.

O-A decent beer, very light, could use some more flavor, but a good lawnmowing brew.

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Photo of chrishiker1409
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of micromaniac129
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a hazy golden complexion with a small white head.
The aroma has a bready malty aroma and has a perception of being dry and spicy.
Taste is sweet and malty with breay or grainy notes.
Nicely carbonated gives a prickly dry feel on the palate.
Overall its refreshing dry and quite drinkable.

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Photo of Huhzubendah
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle from Big Bear Café in D.C.

The beer is golden yellow and clear with a small white head. The aroma offers lager yeast, fruity esters, grain. Light and refreshing. Malty, with some subtle earthy notes. A tad sweet initially, with some sweet notes mid to late palate. Mild hop presence. Refreshing. This is a solid beer and hit the spot.

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Photo of Glenn_Cole_BTBC
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle tried 11 Jul 2009. Courtesy of A's folks, thanks!

Served in the 0.5 L Adambrau becker. Big white very tight head. Well carbonated. Clear light straw yellow. Aroma is light, malty, mineral, floral. Flavor is also on the light side, sweet and lemony, some mineral water. Light malty sweetness throughout. Tangy aftertaste. Light body. Light alcohol.

Refreshing.

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Photo of dertyd
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of russpowell
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours an effervescent straw/gold with 1 inch of pearl colored head. Minimal head retention & lacing

S: Bready with grassy hops

T: Lemony & grassy hops, breadyness/crackery dryness up front. Slight green apple skins as this warms, plus more lemony hops. Finishes dry with more lemon & some grainyness

MF: Light bodied, effervescent & good balance

Pretty drinkable, could knock back 3 or 4 before moving on to heavier brews. Not the best shot at this style, could use more fruittyness. One to consider on a hot Summer's day or while watching the game...

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Photo of DavidHume
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Loveyourbeer
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of JamLand
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Danielr26
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of jadenmiller
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of mrcraft
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.74 out of 5 based on 745 ratings.
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