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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24
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129
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Photo of carln26
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
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 ManapuaMan
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 dedrinker
3.62/5  rDev -3.2%
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 -6.4%

Photo of droomyster
3.66/5  rDev -2.1%
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 bpkrippner
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of jharris0624
4.5/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of hotstuff
2.72/5  rDev -27.3%
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 +7%

Photo of MJ64
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Seabass1964
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of YeastEnthusiast
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of HumphreyLee
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of creepinjeeper
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Photo of ohtheguilt
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of illeagle05
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

Photo of mojohawk21
3.69/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Thrasher
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at the Schlafly Tap Room at the St. Louis Airport. Light gold, fine sticky head. Decent Kolsch flavor with a crackery malt, very similar to Sam Adams' Spring Ale. The hops lack attack and could be emphasized better, but they lend a very clean taste. There is a tangy lingering aftertaste, but the beer was initially served very cold and was at its best at this temperature. As it warmed, it became metallic. Certainly ok all in all, but not fantastic.

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Photo of InfragilisBrew
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of jjboesen
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Colin32
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Branlott42
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of Naugros
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am a big kolsch snob. I rate every kolsch against Reissdorf and have yet to find any American-brewed kolsch worthy of consideration. So far, this is the closest I've found. The color is right, just a shade above straw, and the head is good with a high, dense structure, but it's not crystal clear. And this isn't chill haze. Bummer.

Light malts and noble hops dominate the nose but not oppressively so like many beers advertised on television bragging about the buttload of noble hops they use.

The taste and body is nice and light, crisp and dry with just a small bit of aftertaste. Again, the malt is light and the hops aren't overdone but remain minimally fragrant.

I'd prefer it a little lighter and a cleaner finish, but this isn't too damn bad.

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Photo of Carl_R
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.74 out of 5 based on 742 ratings.
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