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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
Ranking:
#32,203
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
758
pDev:
11.72%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Ratings: 758 |  Reviews: 226
Photo of steveh
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

New to our area, another small brewery from the shadow of A-B -- and another that's garnered a good rep.

Bottled on 12/30/14 -- not the freshest, but not over-the-hill.

A -- Clear, bright gold with a dense, off-white head that settles slowly.

S -- Delicate breadiness, fruit esters, and DMS in good balance.

T -- Grainy malts and lightly spicy and bitter hops in a good balance up front. The spiciness lingers with some light, crisp citrus in the middle, blending into a spicy hop finish and aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light body.

O -- A good beer to have around with Goose Island's Summertime relegated only to the mixed 12 pack these days. Another good beer for the patio this summer.

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Photo of cwd
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of dedbeer
4.19/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of Ngntjp
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Photo of EvanWilliams
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of chilidog
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked thisone up on vacation, and sure glad I did. It poured a clear straw gold with a nice frothy, small bubbled white head that maintained itself well. Lace was short lived and spotty. Carbination as well as the body are medium. Taste is crisp sweet malt with a slight hop back-up. The mouth is left alittle tart but smooth hop oil feel coats with just a hint of bitter. The bottle quotes, " a well balanced mild mannered ale". I say, "yes indeed". When im in Missouri, "Show me the Schlafly"!!

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Photo of bpkrippner
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of Theniz
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of bigeyedfish89
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Beezee
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%

Photo of MooseBoose
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of 30helens
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Photo of sneth019
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of karst
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My last pour of the Hop in the city 2005 Beer Festival at The Schlafly Tap Room.

The pour from the bottom of a nearly empty cask yielded a light lemon colored glass with a smallish but persistant cap. The aroma of pale malt, some hops, citrus, and floral spices followed me to the frount of the brewery as I awaited by ride. Flavors were similar but the hoppy grapefruit middle was not as prominate as in the bottled version. A sweet fruit and light caramel in the aftertaste The body was medium light with a little more substantial mouthfeel than I expected.

A nice end to a wonderful day.

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Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was on tap at the Tap Room today and poured a clear gold with a thick cream head. The head left a white delicate lace on the side of the glass as it receded. The nose is all fruit. This is the Sauvignon Blanc of beers. Green apples, mild caramel. Taste is the apple with a little caramel and a bit of grapefruit from the hops. Light crisp mouth feel. Very drinkable. Great summer beer.

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Photo of dedrinker
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light golden color with white head.

Aroma faintly lager-like but with a slightly fruity note.

Flavor is quite the same with a little bit more sweetness in the malt than I think is appropriate for the style. Maybe let it ferment out, or perhaps a dash more bittering hops.

Light body, goes down smooth, but would give it higher drinkability if it didn't have the sweet-ish finish.

Good effort overall though.

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Photo of davemathews68
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of droomyster
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear gold with one finger's worth of white foam with good retention. Aromas are pleasantly grainy and grassy but not much else. Flavors are simple but perfectly balanced. Grain flavors are most apparent on the front and mid-palates before lemony hops finish it out. Everything about this beer is straightforward. There are no harsh edges to be negotiated and the overall effect is quite refreshing. All of this is consistent with the world's better kolsches.

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Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

When poured into my glass, this beer poured virtually no head with fine sized bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was clear and uncarbonated with a yellow hue.The nose was malty and hoppy with a medium bitter flavor.The mouthfeel was tingly and for the most part it was smooth.

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Photo of denimdemon
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This review is based on a draft enjoyed (in a pilsner glass) at Rustico Ballston, which is outside of Washington, DC (See Review).

Sitting so pretty in its sleek pilsner glass, this beer can be enjoyed through sight alone - but, I would not suggest this. The body is a cheerful amber color that sits contently beneath a thick marhmellow head; look inside to view a school of carbonation bubbles racing one another to the top.

The nose has tones of butternut; the taste gives one sweet hits of grass and lemon; this noted, there is little to no finish. However, there is a clean crispiness at work here, a wonderfully light bodied beer with substance that can warm you when the weather is cool or refresh when the day is hot and stale.

As we all know, this style originates from the ancient German city of Cologne (or Koln); it is a complex hybrid that can only be brewed by a talented brewer - many try, many fail. Schlafly succeeds. This is one exemplary renditions of the style - at least as far as any American brewery is concerned. Auf Weidersehen!

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Photo of Seabass1964
3.05/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.67 out of 5 with 758 ratings
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