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Schlafly Kölsch | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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:
214
Ratings:
716
Avg:
3.73
pDev:
21.72%
 
 
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Reviews: 214 | Ratings: 716
Photo of Gehrig
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
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 Riggo
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 +6.7%
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 jtierney89
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%

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 +7.2%

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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 +7.2%
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 jokelahoma
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap @ Sportsman's Park in Joplin, MO.

Poured a beautiful light straw color, with just the slightest hint of haze. Pretty to look at!

What aroma that exists is faint. Sweet malt, barely perceptible hops, and a distinct yet subtle wine-like nose are there, but you have to look for them.

Taste follows the smell quite closely. There's a malt sweetness up front which develops into a crisp end. The white wine flavor persists throughout, which is fine for the style. Hops really never make their presence known flavor-wise, which is also fine. Overall this tastes as a Kolsch should taste.

The mouthfeel plays hide and seek a bit. It starts light and crisp, moves to an almost creamy feel mid-drink, then fades back to a light finish. That makes this more substantial than some watery examples, and adds to the overall impression of the beer.

This is really nicely done. An easy drinking Kolsch well suited to hot Midwestern summers.

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Photo of chilidog
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
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 steveh
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
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 scratch69
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I poured a bottle into a mug.

Appearance- Clear golden color with two fingers worth of head. Nice retention with a fair amount of patchy lace.

Smell- Grainy with a slight hint of hops.

Taste- Biscuit-like malt flavor with faint grassy hop notes.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth. Nice amount of carbonation.

Overall- Very satisfying beer. An easy drinking summer brew.

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Photo of Suds
4.04/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sweet smelling of fruit, with a very floral hop scent. The flavor has soft undertones of malt, a tilt to sweetness, and a little spicy hops in the finish. Rounded and soft, the beer feels bigger than it is. Excellent.

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Photo of merlin48
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
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 mynie
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poored hurriedly into a tall glass yet still there is no real sign of a head. Hmm... Dark yellow and perfectly clear. Like looking through the translucent plastic handle of a screwdriver.

Smells more like what I'm used to finding in a Kolsch. Big nodes of sunshine, grass, weeds, and hay. Just a little bit of european hops balance things out really well.

Tastes quite crisp and refreshing. The yeast that Schlafly uses is remarkably smooth. Big nodes of weedy malt, like walking through a field at dusk in the summer. Nice, sweet aftertaste with light hints of lemongrass.

Just about everything I look for in a Kolsch.

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Photo of Dave412
4.07/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Pale golden color, finger+ length head.

N. Spicy smells, moderate/strong, interesting

T. No real individual standout tastes, little bit grainy, but overall solid.

M. Medium bodied, almost full. Very well balanced.

D. Could drink several in a row, especially in the summer.

Overall a solid, well crafted beer in my opinion.

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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
84 out of 100 based on 214 ratings.
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