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:
742
Reviews:
221
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
11.76%
 
 
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Ratings: 742 |  Reviews: 221
Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with excellent lacing on bright gold clear body

S: simple with mosty honey and grains

T: wet sock hops, musty grains, peppercorn.

M: fairly dry, light with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice basic kolsch. A little drier than I would like. A nice start to the flight.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of spycow
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

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 kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of t0rin0
4/5  rDev +7%

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin white head that died down, leaving a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface, a collar around the edge and lots of lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of fruity yeast are present in the nose—grapes stand out in particular—along with some hints of grassy hops.
T: The taste follows the smell and has fruity flavors of yeast along with a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is easy to drink and I found it to be a good representation of the style.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.16/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A nice beer with a light, sweet character, and fairly clean. However, a Kolsch-style beer is more demanding. The beer's attempt to measure up falls a bit short. The color is a medium straw color with brilliant clarity. A somewhat-fizzy carbonation settles into a trace of bleach-white head retention. Aromas of sweet pilsner malts with a rich, earthy note and a moderate grain scent remains clean, but not Kolsch-clean. Tastes sweeter than expected with light vegetal flavors (corn and cereal grains), and moderate pilsner maltiness. Hop flavor is light with a bitterness that struggles to balance the sweetness. Light fruitiness shakes the vegetal flavors late into the finish and takes on pear, apple, and a light cider flavor. The texture is quite round and full for the style, but may sacrifice cleanliness and crispness. A light dryness and a slick texture wraps up the tail-end of the experience. Nice, but may fare better as a Blonde Ale.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a foamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with undertones of lemony citrus; slight vegetal aspect

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that grows into a lemony citrus direction that only builds further after the swallow; a bit of banana appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Not a bad example of the style but I would like a bit of rounder citrus fruit flavor

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Hazy pale gold, persistent tiny champagne carbonation. Lasting white foam, creamy surface texture.

Bready cracker, dry and lightly sweet.

Faint sweetness, light white grape note when first opened, slips away quickly. Minerals, wheat and simple grains. Light bodied with a simple lager feel, slight ale yeast complexity. A good refreshing simple beer, though I prefer local favorite Krankshaft.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.58/5  rDev -31%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color ale with a large white foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of buttery notes with light cereal notes also discernible. Taste is also dominated by unrefined grainy notes with light buttery aftertaste. Body is about average with medium carbonation. Definitely not as good as most example of the style.

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Photo of zeff80
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden color with a white, two-finger head. It was highly carbonated and left no lace.

S - It smelld of grains and clove.

T - It tasted very sweetand of grains and corn. It did have a slight bitter kick.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is an okay kolsch. It just doesn't have a lot of flavor.

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

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a relatively clear straw color with a nice white head. The nose is really quite faint with a bit of citrus and fruit, but mostly dry grain. The taste is some light straw and grain along with mild stone fruits and some light citrus. Mouthfeel is thin but well carbonated, leading to a nice, easy drinkability factor.

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Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mendvicdog
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

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 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 BuckeyeNation
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Haystack yellow with fine, steady carbonation interspersed with larger, faster bubbles. The bone white crown looks to be of quality construction, looks even better as it melts, and leaves wide bands of pocked lace. This is a classic kolsch in the looks department.

The nose is dominated by musky, grassy, slightly citric German hops. Saaz is almost certainly one member of the hop bill, if not the whole thing. If you're big on beer of this style, then you'll probably like the way this one smells.

Kolsch Summer Ale, as my neck label reads, is a good, balanced version with no shortage of flavor. It doesn't feel right to be drinking a light, refreshing beer (that was obviously meant to be consumed in hot weather) during a freezing rain in early December, but it works because the hops don't appear to have faded much at all. If they have, then they were impressively abundant back in July.

The flavor profile consists of an untoasted, sugar-crusted cereal grain bottom end, along with the previously noted, grassy, lightly lemony, noble hoppy top end. This isn't 'blow you away with its magnificence' beer, but then show me a kolsch that is. Again, it has enough flavor (and enough hoppiness) to be a warm weather sessioner that you actually want to pay attention to each time it contacts your taste buds.

Other than a wee lack of carbonation, the mouthfeel is perfectly suited to the task at hand. The (slight) bubble shortage doesn't allow the liquid to deliver that sparkly, lightly creamy expansiveness that all good kolsches tend to have. It also keeps the beer from feeling as crisp as it should on the finish.

Saint Louis Brewery has done a good job with Schlafly Kolsch. Maybe I'm making too much of it, but I'm doubly impressed given the intended season of consumption and the actual season of consumption. If these guys distributed to Iowa (why the hell not?), I could go for a sixer or two every summer.

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