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Schlafly KölschSchlafly Kölsch

Brewed by:
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 Sean9689
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like is Kolsch offered by my local microbrewer, Schlafly. Pours light gold in color with a medium white head. Smell of malt, yeast, and cream. Taste is good, malts, yeast, and slight hops. Mouthfeel is perfect for this beer but nothing my "ideal" mouthfeel (ie. no 5.0), smooth, fresh, and light-medium in body. This is a great beer to enjoy during the summer months. I will def have some of this beer in the fridge to enjoy over the upcoming months.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with excellent lacing on bright gold clear body

S: simple with mosty honey and grains

T: wet sock hops, musty grains, peppercorn.

M: fairly dry, light with light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: nice basic kolsch. A little drier than I would like. A nice start to the flight.

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Photo of climax
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This one pours a melted butter yellow, clarity is pretty sharp.

Subtle flavors in the aroma, but they are somewhat complex. The noble hop character is evident, but soon gets surpassed by grains, nutty, and buttery flavor.

The flavor has more fruity esters than I had anticipated from the nose. Sweet notes of strawberry and honey mingle with otherwise earthy hop tones. Diacetyl and light grains make up the light backbone.

The feel is very sharply carbonated, it's never fizzy but it has a punch. The body is heavier than expected with a nice slickness.

It's definitely a solid summer beer, with enough flavor and body to satisfy. A good effort on a rather unexciting style.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On Tap at the Schlafly Bottle Works on Southwest Ave.

A - Pours a strong golden straw color. With a nice 2 finger head that is quick in leaving. Leaves a thin film if anything.

S - Smell of grains and fresh bread. With some hints of citrus fruit.

T - Taste of sweet bready malt wiht some citrus aftertaste from the hops. Some leafy character to it that is mild but appealing. Not much to this beer but a good Schlafly effort.

M - Light and thin with lower carbonation.

D - Very high

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

Got as an extra on a trade. Poured into a Terrapin barrel mug glass.

A- Nice clear gold with a fast foamy head that barely stuck around. Thin lacing that clings to the edge of the glass

S- Sweet malts and crisp aromas such as hay, yeast and honey.

T- Nice cereal flavor with honey and crisp bread. It finishes so smooth with a slight hoppy bitterness.

M- Nice and refreshing. It goes down smooth and crisp. Although not my favorite style this beer is not bad at all. The carbonation is balanced and the feel is smooth and very approachable.

O- A good beer for the style. I could see this being perfect for outdoor events on a sunny day. It's easy drinking also nice and refreshing

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - This one is a slightly hazy peach color with a big rocky three finger white head. Head retention is outstanding, and lots of nice lace is left on the glass. This pretty beer looks like apricot juice topped with fluffy whipped cream.

S - Grainy with a hint of salt water and some spicy hops. Smells mellow, malty, and mild. Saltine cracker and whole grain cereal.

T - Salty crackers with some flavors oddly reminiscent of white cheddar cheez-its. Some really nice balanced hop notes follow the grain and an estery-fruitiness comes out towards the end. Nice.

M - Light bodied, refreshing, thirst quenching, and expressively carbonated. This has all the prerequisites for a summer time brew.

D - A good, but slightly boring Kolsch (not a style known for complexity anyhow). I could drink a million of these. I would buy something like this if I planned on drinking more than three or four beers... like at a wedding or a lake party. This is way better than a macro lager, but mild and bland enough to toss back with a quickness.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle - thanks to frenchy for this one

Appearance - slightly hazy amber/goldr colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some good lacing. The head lasted for 5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Lemons, hops, grains, bread

Taste & Mouth - There is a below average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel and some hops. There is also some lemon and a breadiness. It ends with a grainy citrus aftertaste with a touch of hops.

Overall - A tasty refreshing beer that would be well suited for the warmer weather. It reminded me a bit of a toned down bottle of victory's prima pils.

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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 brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear pale golden color with a foamy white head that retains well and leaves some lacing

Smell: Grainy aroma with undertones of lemony citrus; slight vegetal aspect

Taste: Starts with a bready flavor that grows into a lemony citrus direction that only builds further after the swallow; a bit of banana appears at the finish

Mouthfeel: Light and spritzy

Drinkability: Not a bad example of the style but I would like a bit of rounder citrus fruit flavor

Thanks, Vancer, for the opportunity

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Photo of MarzenMan
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This style seems to be gaining popularity. I've had others that I didn't care for.

I had this on the brewery tour at Schlafly. The appearance and small were very light and subtle. Nearly looks like a Macro beer.

The taste is also very subtle. At first it is very dry and I was worried that it was too light. It finishes very nicely though and leaves a faint pleasant hoppiness on the tongue.

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Photo of bnes09
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Never had a kolsch before but I thought I'd give this one a whirl. It's almost like a cross between a pale ale and a pilsner. It's transparent and lemon yellow in color and pours a thin layer of white head which recedes quickly yet leaves a nice creamy lacing. Also lots of bubbles can be seen rising to the top. Smell is fruity and a bit musty from the yeast. Flavor is sweet upfront with just a touch of citrusy hops. Well balanced and nothing really dominates. Yeasts are detectable in the back and well into the aftertaste. Medium bodied and crisp mouthfeel. Lots of bubbles and a semi-dry finish. It wouldn't be too hard to slam a few of these down in a short period. Not sure how it compares to others within the style but its not too bad! I got this one in a sampler pack and I probably won't be buying it by itself but its alright for something a little different.

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Photo of matjack85
3.61/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I picked this up at the Binny's store in Plainfield, IL as part of a build-your-own six pack for $9.99, making this single 12oz bottle $1.67. No freshness date.

The beer poured a hazy golden color with a nice 3-finger white head. Unfortunately, the head only lasted about 45 seconds and left very little lacing.

The beer had a wheaty smell to it along with some fruit and grassy hops.

Sweet wheat taste made even sweeter with some honey flavro as well. Fruit is noticeable as is a touch of spiciness. Bitterness is mild at just 25 IBUs.

Light bodied with low carbonation.

A good example of the style.

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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 Riff
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Pale yellow like straw color with a finger and a half of white head that quickly dissipated. Smelled of apple and pear with a little grain to it. Taste is mild, a little grain with some fruit in it, apple primarily. Body is light with a little carbonation. Taste does not linger very long at all. Overall an easy drinking beer that won't stand up to food but would do well for sitting around and having a few with friends.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a slightly hazy lemon yellow color with a rich, foamy bright white head. Healthy lacing all around.

Aroma of earthy malts, lemon, and cloves.

The taste is bright lemon upfront followed by sweet grains, and a musty earthiness. Finishes clean with a hint of bitterness.

Lighter bodied, crisp and clean, and lightly carbonated.

An easy-drinking beer to enjoy in the summer months.

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Photo of kopper65
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice clear, golden color, just slightly darker than a lager. Poured with a nice head. Not much of an aroma, although I do detect a little citrus. Very similar nose feel to a lager with malt and hop subleties pulling through. Taste is very malty, with a slight hoppy, citrus aftertaste. Mouthfeel is a bit lighter than I'm used to, and maybe a bit watery, but is perfect for warmer weather when you're looking for a good, smooth, refreshing, flavorful beer. Seems slightly under-carbonated to me (I wouldn't go so far as saying it's "flat"), but that doesn't ruin its appeal. Drinkability is very good. I could see myself easily throwing back several of these with no problem.

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Photo of barczar
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Typical kolsch yeast aroma, with a fairly sweet, doughy malt character at the base.

Flavor is crisp and refreshing initially, with a fruity touch,a lightly sweet, bready backbone, and a slightly bitter finish. It's a bit more malty than most, and diacetyl becomes evident as it warms.

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Photo of maxpower
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
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 WesMantooth
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Looks great. Billowing white fluffy head. Smells very good. Yeasty, fruity aroma. Light cracker malts. The hops are very reminiscent of a Marzen, but lend some green cut grass flavor. Very crisp. A little too sweet though, and a very dry finish

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Photo of alleykatking
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle

A- Pours a clearer golden pale yellow. Nice 1 finger fluffy white head that left nice lacing on the sides of the glass. Nothing to special about this beer but I expect that from a Kolsch.

S- Big malty smells upfront. Big bready smell along with some grassy lemony off tones to it. Some slight hop to this as well...light fruity citrus smell.

T- Big malty bready taste to this from the get go. Not a bad taste. The ending is more of a crisp hop bitterness to it. I keep getting a metalic aftertaste with this. It makes this beer not as good as it could be!

M- Light mouthfeel to this. Good clean carbonation is just enough to let the beer glide gently over the palate making for a easy drinker. Nice malty taste left on the tounge.

D- My only complaint about this Kolsch is the metalic tinge to it. Other than that this has been a very good tasting Kolsch. Not my favorite style by far but this was enjoyable.

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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 karst
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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 Gruntlumber
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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 AtLagerHeads
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
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 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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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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