Schlafly Kölsch | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: German 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

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Ratings: 772 |  Reviews: 231
Photo of beerphilosopher
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice, crisp light golden yellow color with a fluffy white head. Good lacing in the pint glass. Nose is predominantly malty with some detectable hop presence. Notes of sweet malt, straw, and some flowery elements are here. Palate is of bready malts, wild flowery hop presence. Unchallenging, simple, and clean. The body is light, clean, and silky smooth. Finish leavs some residual hop notes. Good carbonation. A very drinkable, refreshing Kolsch from Schlafly ... this is a good beer to have on hand when you just want something straightforward and unencumbered. Also a good ale to introduce those macro lager drinkers to a wider world of beer.

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

12 oz. brown bottle. Bottled with love on June 20, 2006

Sparkling brassy flaxen. Pours with a tall, tight bright white head that stands for a while before receding to a thin cap and leaving a few patches of light lace. The smell is spicy and grassy hops along with some nuttiness and just a touch sweet. Crisp and clean up front with a moderate amount of spicy hops. The medium malt body lends some girth and a slight nuttiness and does well to support the hops. The finish is medium in length and filled with more grassy and crisp hop notes. It sits on the back of the tongue for while. Medium body with ample carbonation, there is a light tingling. This was a crisp and refreshing easy drinker.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle, a new arrival at Winetree Liquors on Washington Street in Evansville, Indiana, which recently hosted a Schlafly beer tasting. This one pours a clear, medium yellow body with a two finger head that is just slightly offwhite. Sketchy patch lacing is present. Aroma is subtle, with grassy and spicy hops and a backdrop of honey and caramel maltiness. A faint note of grainy corn is noted. Mouthfeel is light medium with crisp carbonation. Taste is subtle and well balanced, the way a good Kolsch should be. Slightly fruity, but not sweet. A bit lemony, with a mild grassy hops presence that is ideal. Very tasty and highly sessionable. One of the best of style I've sampled on this side of the Pond.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Overall, just a nice, easy quaffing summer drink by Schlafly. Received a nice pint pour at Fox & Hound in Chesterfield - a golden yellow with a 1 inch white head. Aroma of grassy malts, followed by a clean, crisp taste of malts with undertones of doughy bread.

Lite bodied - very drinkable, this one makes for a perfect summer session brew as Schlafly also bottles this one for the person on the go.

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Photo of whynot44
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale gold color with a respectable foamy white head that persists fairly well and creates some nice lacing.

The aroma is mildly bready with some citrus and spicy notes.

The Flavor is light malt with a very nice grapefruit hops note that is a little odd for a kolsch, but a definite plus.

The body is light/medium and almost creamy in the mouth. Very smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. This should be an excellent summer cooler.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle purchased at the brewpub in downtown St. Louis and sampled in July 2005. Bottling date on bottle was also July 2005.

This kölsch poured a clear, golden color with creamy white foam. The smell was mildly hoppy and lightly malty. The taste was light bready malt with some floral hops and a mild hoppy bitterness. The mouthfeel was smooth and almost creamy with a nice hoppiness throughout and with medium body and good carbonation. The light hoppiness lingered in the aftertaste. This beer was very nice: smooth and very easy to drink. An enjoyable beer.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This was a pleasant surprise. After pouring and observing the thin, clear straw appearance I was expecting it to taste similar to the Olympia I just had prior (have a problem with Olympia, do you?). The foam was thicker and lingered for a minute, so that was my first clue it wasn't Olympia. This is a very refreshing brew. Not abundant on flavor, but very crisp with a hint of fruitiness. I should've let it warm up a bit to bring out more flavor, but it's too damn drinkable to let it sit. The most distiguishing thing about Schlafly Kolsch is its dry finish. The reviewer who called this "the Sauvignon Blanc of beers" couldn't have nailed it better; my thoughts exactly.

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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 Jacobier10
3.21/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright yellowish-orange pour with a fizzy white head. Lively carbonation and great head retention all the way thru the duration of beer. Aroma was nothing great, hints of lemon and other citrus fruits but nothing more to speak of. Taste was along the same lines. Nothing stands out, but it wasn't bad. Light to medium bodied and easy on the palate. This beer could use some more "oomph" in my opinion.

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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 OatherS
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Normal Schlafly bottle but the label is green.

A: Great clear golden color. Not much head but I have noticed that is pretty characteristic of Kolsches.

S: A purple grappy aroma. Subtle

T: The purple grappy aroma is present in the flavor, interesting. Also has that hoppy bight like it should. Pretty good Kolsch.

M: Clean and crisp.

D: Great summer time beer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Soulard Ale House, St. Louis. Arrives in my hand with thin head atop some golden malt. A slightly sticky maltiness gives it more of an Oktoberfest feel. But there’s a flavorful hop profile that gives it a nice peppery note atop a trace of citrus. Very refreshing.

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Photo of BigBry
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received a 6 pack of mixed bottles from Schafly's. Nice to have "Brewed with Love on .. Aug. 4, 04" date to know freshness of beer. Pours a light golden color, very clear, not much head to speak of. Citrus and some floral smell. Crisp and refreshing, medium body with a touch of lemon. Dry, clean finish. Good summer offering.

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Photo of yankeeheel
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a crystal clear yellow with a large snow white head. Teeny tinu bubbles hang around to make a nice sheet of lace. Smells quite grassy with a little pine in there for good measure. Taste wise it's a lively little kolsch. Nice citrus foreground with a moderate resin tang to it. Mouthfeel is moderately watery, but that's the style. Very drinkable while sitting out back enjoying the early autumn sun,

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Bottle from MJR. Thanx for the hookup!

I am drinking a chilled sample from a pint glass. Brew pours bright gold in color with an energized bleached white head foaming up about 1 inch easily.
Aroma is clean and malty with some graininess, I also detect a faint grassy hop scent.

First sip, light bodied brew with almost no carbonation, little watery texture but very crisp, and refreshing on this humid summer eve.
Flavor is great! Much more fun than I was expecting, due to the style more than the brewery. Very light and fruity flavors bounce around my mouth. slightly citrusy mixed with a bit of a candy sweet presence. Finishes a little bitter with the same grassy hop flavor I found on the nose.
This is a nice brew, and surprisingly tasty as this style normally is not exciting for me. If in St. Louis in summer definitely check this out!

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

A nice gentle summer beer. This is quite clear and light gold with a small white head and minimal lace effect.

The nose is mostly of malt, perhaps a bit of fruit notes. The aroma is light overall and probably in line with the style. The taste is light and refreshing, clean and bright, a nice refreshing summer brew. A clean crips feel finishes nicely and makes this a very nice choice.

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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 maxpower
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear bright golden color with a small white frothy head that doesn't last long. Bready and flowery aroma, has a light bready, grainy flavor, it is light bodied with somewhat of a thin yet crisp mouthfeel, finishes dry and crisp, very nice summer brew.

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Photo of MJR
4.52/5  rDev +23.2%
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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Photo of Realale
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to confirm that my recollection of the draft version was correct, after having a disappointing bottle experience. This is about ten times better than the bottle! Color is touch lighter than the bottle, with a nice third-inch head that stuck it out through the whole pint. Soaring candied-citrus nose with an underlying malty crunchiness. Light and tingly on the palate with the citrus outshining the malt. Goes down really easily. Loses some points in my book for being a bit out of style, with too much citrus, and slightly higher carbonation than I'd expect in a Kolsch, but a damn tasty summer beer.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.45/5  rDev -6%
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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