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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:
219
Ratings:
723
Avg:
3.74
pDev:
21.39%
 
 
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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 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 acelin
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden yellow, nice and fizzy from the bottle. Small white head that is gone within seconds. Some lacing down my stange.

The nose heralds light hops, pale 2-row barley malt, no sweetness - very dry.

Malt wise, this beer is very pale, slightly sweet although mostly dry. Light, sizzling noble hops swipe the palate. Some fruity esters, pear, apple. Overall a good kolsch.

The finish wasn't quite dry enough to beat out the German Kolsches. Overall for the price, a great American kolsch. Far more accesible than German Kolsches, and certainly fresher in the US.

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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 TH28
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: golden, hazy, with a light white head that dissipate quickly. Aroma: bready malt with kolsch yeast esters of pear and light pepper. Taste: light malt sweetness that leads into a sharp, floral hop bitterness. Bitterness sharper than typical kolsch examples. Mouthfeel: Light to moderate body with crisp carbonation. Finish: Dry, with bitterness lingering on the tongue. Faint bready malt. Overall: A bit heavier malt character and bitterness than a traditional kolsch. Yeast character spot on. Very drinkable.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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 BrownAleBollocks
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep gold with a two finger fluffy white head that persists throughout the consumption of the beer. Aroma is bready/cracker malt, floral tones, light fruit notes, with grass and slight earth on the finish. Taste follows with bready, cracker malt upfront, followed by floral and fruit, with a grassy, slight earth finish. Mouthfeel is clean and crisp, with enough heft to tell you are drinking a well made beer. Overall, this is quite a nice kolsch, from a brewery that puts out consistently well executed brews.

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Photo of dukeandduke
3.19/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

3/15/15 (Bottle) - Slightly Dark Golden light pour, mild carbonation, minimal white head. Nice fruity yeast and lemon aroma and taste. Beer felt light both in texture and is a light ABV, and it felt smooth and refreshing going down. Nice light beer.

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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 MAFC_Trainer
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a short lived head. Body is pale and golden. Not too much carbonation. Smoot beer that goes down easy. One of schlafly's best beers in my opinion

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.01/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Spidey13
3.46/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly's Kolsch pours a clear, light yellow/gold with a fluffy white head which dies down quickly and leaves just a hint of lacing. Notes of lemon, corn, and sourness show up on the nose. The taste is very light, with hints of caramel followed by a hint of bittness and noble hop characters. The mouthfeel is nice and medium with medium/high carbonation.

Like most of the Schlafly beers I've had, this one is nice and solid though it won't knock your socks off.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in a pint glass.

Appearance: Pale, hazy golden color. Lingering white head.

Aroma: Slightly crisp, nothing strong.

Taste: Bitter, slightly metallic, zesty.

Mouthfeel: Medium light, and refreshing.

Overall: I'm not sure how it compares to a canonical kolsch but it is drinkable.

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

A: Pours a golden orange color with a constant stream of bubbles that helps maintain the nice white head. Looks good in my Kolsch glass.

S: A lemony straw aroma, with yeasty hints as well.

T: A grainy yeast flavor, very crisp, clean, and dry, with a finish that vanishes from the palate quite quickly.

M: Nice carbonation. Just plain good.

D: Goes down super easy. A pleasing brew overall.

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

A nice clear straw yellow with about 1 finger of white head on top. Smell is of muscat grapes and some citrus. A nice crisp flavor to it with more of that muscat taste. Some bread malt and lemon zest. A nice light mouthfeel that is quite refreshing. Not as dry in the finish as I would have liked, however. Drinkability is good. Goes down smooth and is real easy to drink.

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Photo of Groomsy
3.44/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a Samuel Adams glass. Bottled on 05/08/2013.

Pouring a slightly hazy yellow, this Kolsch is topped by a bone-white head of foam about a finger high. Nice, sudsy lacing left behind on the walls of the glass. A pretty nice-looking kolsch,.

Most noticeable on the nose is the whiff of citrus and lemon. Hop aromas come in the form of grassy/floral scents, and the malt presence, barely detectable shows up with a dry grainy aroma of barley. It smells nice, but for a kolsch, I expected a little more balance between the malt and the hops. I like that this is more driven by the hops, but it's a little drier than I would expect for the style.

The front of the palate is greeted with a taste of grainy malt with a bit of caramel as it goes into the middle of the tongue. There's a hint of bread as well as the beer transitions into a dry, bitter finish with flavors of lemon and grass. The yeast contributes a slight apple/banana quality. Quite pleasing and refreshing on the tongue, and very drinkable.

Pleasantly carbonated and light body with a dry finish make this a definite thirst-quencher and easy to put down a few. Finish isn't as clean as I would like it, but it's still very pleasant.

I was let down by Schlafly's hefeweizen, so I didn't have great expectations for this, but I was pleasantly surprised by the refreshment and good flavor of this. Great summer beer.

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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 Guppy314
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Kramerbooks & Afterwords Café (in DC), pours a dark hazy gold with a thick fluffy white head that dissipated slowly. Aroma is a sweet fruitiness. Taste is more malty, but there are a cacophony of competing flavors: yeast, grain, and lemon. Decent carbonation and mouth-feel is decent.

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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 GrumpyGas
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle "bottled with love on 06/30/2015.
Body is a hazy yellow color with 1/2in white head.
There is some slight fruit aroma, but led mostly by classic hallertau hop.
Taste is grassy, carbonated, and sweet.
Light feel with an almost tart finish.
All flavors and aromas are subdued, nothing exciting, but easily drinkable. A good nod to the style.

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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 Zadok
3.2/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another part of the bottle bucket for 2 bucks at Waldo's.

Poured a light yellow with a thin head and no lacing.

Mild citrus aroma, very mild.

Has a very distinct citrus lime flavor, really quite refreshing. Has a club soda type quality.

Spritzy mouthfeel, medium carbonation.

Overall a pretty tasty refeshing beer. Can't say that I would ever buy for home but worth 2 bucks from a diner.

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Photo of longbongsilver
3.67/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Felt like trying a new style, never had a kolsch before.

Mug fills a really clear canary yellow, lots of fizz on the sides & head of about an inch an' a half. Has a kind of apple scent, plus something peppery somehow. Not particularly sticking out on either count, but whatever, the taste is what matters. Let's see how it does on that...

A lemon type of background joins in, and...wheat? At least, something bread-like that has me thinking of wheat, even though this isn't a wheat beer. Even stranger, after it warms a bit some diacetyl pops up. Suppose it makes sense if I'm thinking bread that butter would come next, and I actually welcome it. Slightly oily, much richer mouth than I'd ever have expected for something so unassuming in the glass, carbonation calms down quickly but is still present to the last sip.

If I'd judged this by its cover I'd have been suspicious I'd picked up a dud. Good thing I didn't, because this is actually a damn nice casual brew.

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Schlafly Kölsch from The Schlafly Tap Room
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