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Schlafly KölschSchlafly Kölsch

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

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Photo of jtierney89
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear bright gold with a healthy bright white head. Clingy and standing steady at 2 fingers. Not much on the nose, grainy some floral notes.

Sweet graininess, faint flash of fruit, light body moderate carbonation. Clean tasty and easy drinking. Really nice actually and embodies the style pretty well, clean crisp and grainy with faint underlying fruity notes. Super easy to suck down

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I've only had one other Kölsch aside from this (Reissdorf) and this is pretty similar. I'm not sure I would make this an everyday beer, but it is pretty good and given that it uses ingredients and a recipe straight from the source, this is probably about as close as you can get to the German style without buying a German brand.

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Photo of beerthulhu
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Perfect clarity on a light orange colored offering. Gentle spacious rise of carbonation. Thin, skim head always provides some sort of covering. Thin line lacing, weak coverage rate.

S: Fresh cantelope, melon, fresh grains and apple skin. Light fresh straw, spicy hops, with a good strength per style and some lemony orange notes.

T: Fruity flavor, cantelope melon and light straw follow the nose. Very crisp with a light straw-hop dry graininess on the follow through.

M: Crisp mouthful, lightly dry, fruity, lightly oily body.

O: Crisp fruity flavor with a nice dry gain base, perfect for the summer heat with a high rate of drinkability. While i prefer the biggest of hop bombs and BA stouts, i can certainly appreciate a clean drinking, fruity and well to do styled kolsch, which seems to have more flavor then your average example. Crisp, fruity, very clean and a bit understated/underated imho. Strong B+.

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Photo of bugaboo416
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: I love this color of clear bright yellow, which screams sunlight and summertime

S: lightly malty

T: clean, crisp on first sip , with a slight malt flavor and bitterness at the end

M: light

O: Drink it fast and drink it fun. Not much more to say other than it is a good example of a Kolsch beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a Gaffel stange glass.

An off white very large head is produced that is very soapy. It sits on a pale amber body with pin head sized carbonation from the bottom. Head falls slowly but is very pock marked. Some sticky lacing while drinking.

Smells very clean, airy grass and malt whisps of small grain and something distinct I can't pinpoint (but I like it!). Kind of smells like sunflower seeds (that gray pulp ya know). Small but delightful nose.

Taste is malty thick body for this style, and kind of empty BUT the finish is giant slow rising bread. It creeps up on the finish and after a few seconds there is a wonderful baked bread taste!

Overall this is a great solid Kolsch, kind of ambushes you a bit I like that!

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Photo of logicalparadox
4/5  rDev +7%

A: Pale straw in color, looks almost washed-out. Deceptive. Nice head to start, but quick dissipation.

S: Spicy and fruity in character, with wheat grain and lemon on the nose. Call me crazy, but: savory yellow cake. Lemon chiffon cake, to be exact. A hint of corn bread.

T: MMmm. I use that blissful onomatopoeia with discretion, but it's warranted here. This is a beer that tastes like beer should taste. Lots of grain and a very mild roast to it. Bready, with some notes of cracker. Fruitiness abound, almost reminds me of a German Hefe. But, there's some hop bitterness at the end that really rounds this brew out. The fruitiness is not banana, but more mild lemon, with possibly a hint of peach, and even a bit of pumpkin. I get spiciness, like soft cloves, a trace of cinnamon, maybe even the faintest suggestion of dried ginger. A bit of an apple pie kind of character, not bad considering that I do get a teeny bit of baked apple or pear.

M: Nice body, medium, but on the lighter side. Soft, and round on the pallet.

O As I drink, I'm staring at an "83" for the BA Score. WTF. Are y'all mad?! This is at least an 87-90. Delicious. I know, there's no glossy "500 IBU!" sticker on the bottle and no boast of 20 different kinds of hops, grown by elves in the forests of Middle Earth, using only organic growing techniques, but this is a nice brew nonetheless. For those that appreciate the style, I think this is a good choice.

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Photo of Murphious
4/5  rDev +7%

From a bottled and poured into a stemmed pilsner glass. Nice fine white foam head of 1 1/4 inch or so with pale amber/medium yellow color and slight bubbles in the carbonation. Aroma of very faint citrus hop, some yeast. Also smells like it would be sweet so that might be some maltness too, but faint. Tastes crisp and light, slight citrus tang and finish; very refreshing! Some hop bitterness but blends very well with the yeast and overall smoothness is excellent. I need to get one of my faves, Reissdorf, to compare.

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Photo of plaid75
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retrntion and lacing.

The smell featured an upfront grassy hop and clean grainy pilsner malt.

The taste consisted of vibrant grassy hops and a clean pilsner graininess.

The mouthfeel was typical of the style.

Overall a tasty and quaffable kolsch.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
4/5  rDev +7%
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 dar482
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The beer comes in a clear straw golden color. It’s actually quite light and looks a bit like white wine with the clear yellow, slight tinge of green color.

The aroma, you get tons of honey, tons and tons of sweet sweet grains, corn, a gentle amount of lemon grass, there’s a spiciness in there too, like juniper, along with lemon and citrus.

The flavor has a pop of fresh grassy hops. There’s a bit of sweet honey and then a good bready malt that introduces itself shortly after that.

It finishes pretty clean with a bit of grass and earthiness. It’s slightly bitter and lingers for a bit, but it’s nice. It’s a bit stronger than that kolsch grass you may get from the traditional brews.

This really hits the traditional kolsch extremely well though. I haven’t really hard many American attempts at the beer, but this is up there with the brews that I’ve had in Cologne. A bit stronger on the bitterness and less sweet than the others, but very very nice.

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Photo of ndekke39
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank this from a bottle that my brother gave me. Decanted into a pint glass. Pours a clear pale yellow with a thin white head. Good retention.

Smells and tastes of a nice soft grain - is there wheat in this? Hints of white wine or champagne. Little bit of hops in the finish, providing some good balance.

Medium-bodied - not too watery.

This is a very drinkable summer beer. I actually liked it more as it warmed up a tad. Would gladly try this again.

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Photo of AmericanGothic
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams pint.

A: Pours a clear golden color with one finger of billowy, near-white head. Good retention and lace.

S: Bright, sweet hay and light sweet malt underneath.

T: Light sweet malt up front, swells a bit in the middle with faint vinous whispers and a gentle hop bitterness creeping in at the end.

M: Light and soda-like.

O: A nice example of the style, quite refreshing and perfect for a warm day. Schlafly has just started distributing in Iowa this week-- looking forward to trying more of their beers!

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Photo of Chaney
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on-tap at Rustico in Arlington (Ballston).

A: Nice, clear, fizzy yellow color, with a slight mustard hue and frothy white head. Mucho visible carbonation.

S: Sweet, sour dough bread, and with a bitter, dank twang. Gotta luv da Kolsch!

T: Same as the smell only more intense. Played right down the middle, like a fiddle, and with a liddle bit o bitterness on the finish.

M: Feeling the love here: Smooth and cushiony, with a bubble content that's off the charts. Not too sweet at all.

O: I dug it and I dig Schlafly's. Class act!

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Photo of Riggo
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

golden yellow with a sturdy white head and good lacing.

smells a little musty, some honey, lemon, perhaps melon. but subtle.

taste is refreshing, bitter and tangy, lemony, then honeyish-sweet with some yeasty notes and crisp, clean subtley fruity finish.

mouthfeel is crisp without being overly carbonated. smooth and very drinkable.

don't have a lot of experience with german kolsch but this seems pretty good for an american approximation. fresh-tasting and lively, dry and refreshing though not particularly hoppy. nice.

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Photo of Vancer
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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 BeerWithMike
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Sampled last night on 12/30/15. Comes in a 12-ounce bottle bottled on "05/08/15". Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a 14-ounce "CHEERS-BOSTON" handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a hazy deep-golden in color with a 1-finger foamy/creamy white head. Lots of sticky lacing is seen when sipped. Aroma is of some yeast and floral hops. Taste is close to the aroma with a hint of light fruit also maybe that is crisp and clean. The taste is also similar to a Marzen (Oktoberfest) even. Very mild bitterness for the finish but not a big deal at all. Hint of sweetness for the finish also. Lighter-side of medium-bodied with good carbonation. Overall it is a very decent brew.

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Photo of HURTemHIZZY
3.97/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice. Subtle, but good. Pours a very clear, goldeny yellow with a finger and a lahf of pure white head that dissipates pretty quickly. No lacing. Smell is of cereal grains, a light citrus.

Taste is along the same lines, but notched up. Cereal grains, nice faint citrus, noticeablenoble hops but not overdone at all. Saaz? Great warm weather beer. Extremely drinkable, with a very crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Above average level of carbonation is suitable for this brew.

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

Pretty standard for a kolsch - clearly golden, with faint white head.

Crisp and bready - smells like spent grains.

To me, that's much like what a kolsch should be. Malty, nutty, crisp to close. Nothing over the top. A good German style from a city with its roots in Germany.

The carbonation is like little pin pricks on the tongue.

Enjoyable, easy to drink - great for the summer.

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

Medium to dark golden with a finger of white foam that splits in a snap. Little lacing to indicate its presence. The smell and taste are better. The hop content is quite good, providing a decent bitter aftertaste after nicely coating the tongue. It's modestly citrusy, with some grapefruit and orange peel most notably present.

This is quite good. Schlafly's standard offerings are usually hit and miss with me. This is a hit--not one to knock off the socks, but certainly a good, flavorful, but still somewhat light, Summer Kolsch. Recommended.

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Photo of EagleTalon
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Used the closest thing to a cylindrical Stage glass I could find for this tasting. Pours to a generous white foamy head and golden yellow color. Lacing is moderate. Aroma is grainy, biscuity and has a nice touch of noble hops and white grape. Flavor starts with a rush of sweet grains with a following balance of spicy hops and a sweet white wine finish. Mouthfeel is light but sticky, good CO2. I like this Kolsch, it has the ale nose and the lager finish and the vinous quality that is the signature of the style. If the flavor or the nose does not have that white grape note, it isn't a Kolsch.

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Photo of soju6
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works.

The beer is a light golden color with a decent head that fades. The smell is lemony and herbal. The taste is slightly lemony and crisp. It has a light body with a dry finish and is very refreshing. The beer was much better than I expected. It goes down easy and is very satisfying. This looks like a good summer brew or anytime actually.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Slightly pale golden with a thick white head and lots of thin bubbles.
S- Smells of citric and earthy hops. Slight grainyness to it.
T- Bready with some grassy and lemony hops, particularly in the finish.
M- Slightly under carbed, but otherwise balanced and well bodied.
D- Overall a good beer that I enjoyed. Drinkable and well made.

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Photo of Citadel82
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the tap at the brewery, served in a straight sided UK style bar pint glass.

Poured a clear golden with a nice white head, good retention, slowly settled into a thin sudsy sticky lace.

Aroma of bready malts and a light citrus and pronounced floral hop notes.

Abundant carbonation made for a crisp, light bodied mouthfeel.

Great tasting, and refreshing, malty with a lemon citrus, a subtle spiciness and a dryish finish, very drinkable.

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