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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
Reviews:
219
Ratings:
723
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
21.39%
 
 
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Reviews: 219 | Ratings: 723
Photo of Brent
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The Kolsch style is one of my favorites for hot summer weather. Schlafly does a nice job keeping this beer quite straightforward and true to style. Lively carbonation. Bright, clean malt flavor, moderate hopping with a touch of citric acidity. Great session beer here.

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Photo of beer2day
3.82/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straight up yellow gold pour with practically no head. Very little visible carbonation. Mild lace.

Bread and biscuit malt with light apple nose.

Fairly bright up front with a bit of crab apple and a bit of pear. Light sour finish. Fairly substantial malt body for the style with lots of raw biscuit.

What starts out fairly disappointing in appearance and smell, finishes rather strong in taste and feel. I'd get this again.

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Photo of iadler
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

A- clear yellow with lot's of rising bubbles that creates a two finger fluffy head. Leaves thin lines of lacing.

S- Faint citrus notes such as lemon and apple with grains, grass, and bready notes.

T- Fairly sweet with some bready malt, grains, lemon, apple and pear notes.

M- Light body and medium carbonation with a nice crisp finish.

O- An above average Kolsch and a nice beer to have on a hot humid summer day.

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Photo of argock
3.93/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz brown bottle into a clear glass stange. Bottled on 030211 on front of label. Single purchased at Wine Warehouse (Charlottesville, VA) for $1.70.

A: Very clear straw gold withshort 1/2-finger cap of ivory head with good retention and several half-rings of lace.

S: Fruity with crackery slightly grainy pale maltiness with grassy, herbal hopping

T: Clean and refreshing with slightly grainy pale maltiness which shows more light pear and white grape fruit flavor. The hops are a little grassy and herbal with light stinging bitterness.

M: I think this brew captures the creaminess of a kolsch very well and still maintains a good crisp edge. The body is light but it still carries the smooth coating ale quality nicely.

O: Schlafly Kolsch is one of the best kolsch-style brews I've had in a while. They manage to balance crispness and creaminess expertly and provide a really satisfying, low-ABV brew that is great for summer.

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Photo of tapman
4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Clear, golden color with a white, one finger head that subsides down to a thin, speckled lace.

A lot of base (pilsner?) malt in the nose, which is to be expected, along with some sweet and mildly spicy aromatics from the hops. Yeast may be contributing to the grainy aroma with some bread-like by-products of its own. Not as much going on as something like a Reisdorf.

Grainy character not as strong as in the nose, and the big hops (big for a kolsch, anyways) covers up that base malt taste pretty well. Bitterness is higher than in others I've had, which I like, and it finishes pretty clean.

Not too harsh, but crisp enough to be refreshing.

An above average Kolsch from St. Louis' own Schlafly's. Their brews are pretty sessionable and this one is no exception.

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

Pours a clear golden with a big white head. Smells of light pilsner malt. Taste is sweet grassyness up front, with a sweet bready middle and a lemony clean bitter finish. Mouthfeel is full low carbonation. I like this beer it is light and refreshing, and the low alcohol is a plus.

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Photo of beerdown77
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This pours hazy, pale yellow with a sudsy white head. There is very little retention or lacy, but I wasn’t expecting any from this style. It’s very clean and refreshing. I hate to say it, but the smell is like a BMC, It kinda has that dirty/sweet pilsner taste, but this is still a craft beer quality beverage. I can taste malt and hops, and this is overall refreshing. I would prefer a little more bitter and a little less sweet, but I’m not going to split hairs, this is easy to drink and pretty good.

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Photo of IronLover
3.91/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on 3/2/2011. Pale, but bright yellow in color with a slight haze. Impressive, dense head of foam with excellent staying power. Light malty aroma with hints of grass and hay. On the lighter side of medium bodied with assertuve carbonation. Llight malty/bicuity flavor throughout with a brief prickly spice in the middle. Finishes very clean and refreshing. A great summer ale.

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Photo of rrski198
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Beautiful huge billowy head with great lacing. Head disapates quickly, but it was beautiful.

S: sweet light malt. Honey yeasty scent. mild mild hop back bone.

T: slight maltyness with a brief spice. Very lite. The flavor comes and goes quickly. Similar to a lager but with a little more body and spice.

M: Medium bodied with perfect carbonation. Mild spice.

O: Really refreshing. Not a qhole lot of complex flavors going on, but i guess for the style, it is really nice.

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Photo of gford217
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from bitchstick.

Pours a really light golden yellow with a small creamy white head that recedes to s thin collar and stream of bubbles feeding a pack of bubbles in the middle.

Light sweet grains and bready malts in the background. But the real dominant force is the grassy hops, really crisp.

The taste is the German hops up front, crisp and grassy, maybe a hint of lemon zest. The toasted grains are the backbone here as well as a bit of toasty malts.

The mouthfeel is light bodied, crisp and lively with carbonation.

Overall, this is really nice for a kolsch, certainly drinkable. Well done.

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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 tfarmstrong
4.48/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured well from the bottle with a pale golden color and a lasting head. Very nice.

S - Pale Malt smell prehaps the only noticable disappointment is no real hops smell like some of the German varieties

T - Crisp and simple, an excellent combination of light malt and hops with a refreshing finish

M - Good carbonation which adds to the crispness of the beer

O - While not as good as the German varieties I have had but this could simply be the difference between the bottle and the tap. I do remember Fruh (in my mind the pinnacle of the style) being much much better from the tap, but I don't think I will get to experience this beer that way. If I do I will be sure to review again. Aside from that small shortfall, a very nice rendition of this quite rare style (at least on this side of the pond). Will happily find and drink this one again.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.34/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw gold, with superb white head and nice lace. Good showing in appearance.

Nose is sweet and malty, not much going on there.

Taste is mild, but with a little hoppy zing. Overall, this is a light and enjoyable session kolsch. Not outstanding, but solid enough.

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Photo of OldIronLungs
3.36/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours fingers of fluffy whipped eggwhite foam and a pale straw color into a pint glass before settling to a quarter finger of unwavering head.

Not too much nose, sweet breadyness mostly - A taste is light and grassy and sweet with light carbonation almost reminiscent of a pilsner.

A fine beer one could have a few of - not my preferred style, but not upset.

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Photo of SolomonGrundy
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another fine ale from great trader Brian44556....Cheers, mate.

I like that they follow Euro conventions and call it a Kolsch STYLE ale, not simply a Kolsch...Like Champagne, Kolsch is a regional style...

Super clear, pale straw, lemonade-like color. Excellent carbonation. A finger or two of soapy head covers the clarity for a moment and then clears the way. Faint foam at the rim. So far it's certainly to style...

Nose is to be expected. Very malty, in particular a crystal malt like note. Some biscuity notes crawl around there and roll up into the corner, out of the way. A touch of sweetness that reminds me of salt water taffy hangs out for a space, then he also curls up. It's to style, but uneventful thus far.

Flavor is super malty, as one might expect. This has other stuff going on, though. The carbonation is nice and doesn't get in the way. I get a huge portion of lemonade-like flavors right in the early middle of this beer. Sharp and citrusy. This gives way to a very round and warm late middle that shows a bunch of bread-like notes - some hint of sourdough bread even. If I didn't know better (and like usual I don't) I'd almost swear they are using some kind of adjunct in here to solicit these flavors. They are unique. The finish shows a touch of alcohol, but mostly the waning moon of the malt flavors. Not a whole lot of hops, I BELIEVE there are some closing this beer out, but they aren't prominent. All-in-all a decent but uneventful beer. Probably very well priced and only 4.5% alcohol.

What I like most: The nice color.

What I like least: The uneventful nature of this brew.

Verdict: Probably very well priced and therefore drinkable to the nines, but not something special.

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Photo of Samalamahamdam
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This has a light refreshing flavor that makes it a great summer beer. The bottle I had was made in December, so I wonder what it is doing in winter. I only think that it is popular enough to brew year round, but it is better to wait till summer. Clarity and color are good. It is one of my favorite in the Kolsh category.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Golden and crystal clear. Bubbles rising lazily from the laser etching in my goblet. Not too much head but lacing is pretty good.

Smells grainy and fruity. A touch of hops. A touch of citrus. Smelled a bit like a hef.

Taste explosion! Surprisingly tasty stuff. Fruity and citrusey. Lightly hopped. Somewhat grainy like a pilsner, but slick and coating. A little bit sweet. Delicious.

Feels typical and light-bodied with good carbonation.

Could be a good gateway beer for newer craft drinkers. Very easy to drink and quite sessionable.

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Photo of yeahnatenelson
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottled 12/15/2010

Appearance -- Pours a golden straw hue with a finger of fizzy white head.

Smell -- Lemon, dry grasses, white pepper, sliced plum, and husky grain.

Taste -- Hopping is assertive with grassy, spicy, noble hop character as well as some lemon zest. Malting is adequate with dry cereal, husky grain, and plum sweetness. Lingering flavors of lemon pith and dry pale malt.

Mouthfeel -- Light in body with fizzy carbonation. Finish is chalky and dry.

Drinkability -- Not bad, but not among my favorite of the style.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought at the Tap Room during their anniversary celebration! Presented to me in a pint glass.

A - Poured a clear, golden/copper with a nice, 1/2 finger head. Retention was decent, and there's a couple of rows of lacing down the side of the glass.

S - Bready and grassy, with some hints of fruity hops. Interesting, earthy scent.

T - Earthy tones, biscuits, fruits... All of these kind of rotate. It's an interesting, ever-changing flavor. Sometimes I thought it was hoppier, sometimes the breads were stronger and sometimes the lemony taste was the base of the brew. Very interesting.

M - Light body with a crisp, living carbonation. Refreshing, with a clean, easy finish.

D - Pretty much designed to be a beer for anyone at anytime. My friends drank quite a few, I drank a couple... We all enjoyed this.

Overall/notes - One of the multiple beers I had that night. I started here and worked my way through the list. Good way to start the evening. Fun night overall, and with good beer to boot! Worth trying if you find yourself at the Tap Room.

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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 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 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 Wordenhog
4.8/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

very drinkable, medium bodied, medium bitterness, golden straw colored, seem to loose the head early but probably do to my bad pouring, good middle of the road beer to keep on hand for those friends who do not care much for craft beers, highly recommend this beer

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Photo of B967ierhunter177
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This beer pours a clear, pale yellow with a rapidly fading head. It's aroma has hints of lemon, vanilla, resin, and yeast. The flavor is wwell balanced between ginger, banana, pine, and bread notes. It leaves a pleasant ginger-like aftertaste. Schlafly Kolsch has a medium mouthfeel leading to a fairly high drinkability. It is very refreshing and went well with grilled cheese sandwiches. Recommended!

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Photo of Bung
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes. At Fiddlers Hearth South Bend.
Crystal clear light gold pour. Little bit of whispy white head.

Bready, yeasty aroma. Clean.

Taste follows suit. Light bready malt. Some herbal tones, citrus and faintest hops.

Certainly lighter bodied and easy to drink.

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