Schlafly No. 15 | The Schlafly Tap Room

Your Rating: None
Want it   Got it 
Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15
Very Good
163 Ratings
Schlafly No. 15Schlafly No. 15

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Dark Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.00%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
15 IBU

Added by maxpower on 11-02-2006

Bros Score:
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of jaydoc
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of BEERchitect
3.92/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thought the beer was pretty nice. Timid, but nice. The beer poured a golden / copper hue with solid head retention, while wanting a bit more out of a wheat. The medium balanced aromas took the shape of cloves, bubblegum, banannas, and pineapples. Again, I wanted just a bit more intensity. The flavors were, too, of medium intensity, but a well balanced blend of barley and wheat malts, estery / fruity flavors, lightly spiced with hops and yeast, bready, and sweet. The textures could have used more help. The beer did not exhibit the creamy, full wheat flavors that it's German counterparts do - leaving the beer a bit too thin. Finshes somewhere between sweet and grainy. This was a good beer, but just a few small flaws keep it from being a stand out to me.

 761 characters

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single from Famous Liquors in Bloomington IL.

Mass of sticky yeast sludge in the bottle. Pours a deep and cloudy amber that becomes brown and opaque with the yeast addition. A finger of foam, ringed by sticky lace. Head sticks around, looks good overall.

Sweetish bubblegum aroma, slight clove as well. Seems to lean in a Dunkleweizen direction. After it sits, it develops a flinty graininess.

Big yeast and spice in the taste, like an Imperial Oktoberfest. This kicks Schlafly Oktoberfest's ass. Fairly beefed up by the yeast component, mouthfeel is almost like a smoothie. Clove, grain, and yeast esters are the major notes in No. 15. Slight metallic aftertaste, but it's not distracting. Very nice, could be a little more well-rounded.

edit 2008: I've picked up a fresher bottle since, and it was a big improvement over the first bottle I had. More fruit and hefe character, and no metallic flavors to speak of. All around good.

 937 characters

Photo of zeff80
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

A - Pours out a dark amber or burgandy color. A small white head that left no lacing.

S - Smelled of wheat, grass and clove.

T - It tasted strongly of wheat, citrus and some clove.

M - It was crisp and smooth. A medium-bodied beer.

D - Very good beer. Nice wheat flavors.

 275 characters

Photo of brentk56
4.33/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy light amber color with a very nice head that sticks and leaves copious lace behind

Smell: Spicy clove dominates the fruits which include an intriguing combination of banana and pineapple

Taste: Opens with the fruit - banana and pineapple - that builds in yeasty tartness by mid-palate, with some peppery clove joining the fray as well; after the swallow, the wheat bready flavors become more prominant

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate, but creamy, carbonation

Drinkability: After my disappointment with their Hefeweizen (which was really an American Wheat), the brewery has redeemed itself with this intruiging American take on a hefe; call it an American Dark Wheat if you will - I call it an achievement

Thanks, xmarcnolanx, for the opportunity

 790 characters

Photo of zestar
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.84/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Acquired via trade from jhammerly, so a big “Thank you” goes out to him. Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A: The beer is a bright golden-brown color with a very thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of wheat, caramelized malts, yeast and bananas, with a touch of hops.

T: The taste is full of yeast and wheat with flavors of bananas, caramel and some spice. There’s a good malt character and a mild hops presence that create a pretty decent balance. The after-taste is sweet and slightly bready.

M: Crisp and very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not very filling, decent kick, good representation of style, I could drink this beer for a while, but I typically prefer the light wheat beers over the dark wheat beers. However, overall this is a good beer.

 896 characters

Photo of russpowell
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottle is courtesy of BARLEYWINO, cheers! Bottled 17 Feb 07

Pours Amber/orangey copper with 3 fingers of sand colored head. Very good head retention & above average lacing

S: Cloves, pepper & phenolic notes

T: Slight pepperyness, grainyness & little fruittyness up front. Dryness, granyness, iron notes & crackery notes as this warms. Finishes with a hint of caramel, fruittyness (dates & apricots), hints of yeast, peppery rye& slight dryness

MF: Medium-bodied with low carbonation

Drinks easy, a good example of this style

 536 characters

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3.25/5  rDev -16%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, amber body with a thin, wispy, white head.

Smell: Dark wheat malt aroma with a touch of caramel and notes of sliced bananas, dried apricots, and spices.

Taste: Malted wheat, slightly tangy, and with a brief, though satisfying sugary sweetness. Light fruitiness. Tiny pinch of spice. Very restrained bitterness present. Sweetish finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: No doubt a fine drinkable beer, but woefully understated for such an auspicious occasion.

 516 characters

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firelight ochre with candied orange peel trim, a tremendously warm and inviting color. The pale tangerine cap is no slouch either. It's thickly creamy, like an apricot milkshake, and is melting in an appealing fashion. It doesn't hurt that it's leaving delicate Belgian lace in the process. This is the best looking ADWA that I've ever seen.

I've been enjoying the nose from afar since the pour. It's pretty special up close too. It's chock full of bruised banana and ground clove, especially the latter. I hate to repeat myself, but this is the best ADWA that I've ever smelled and would probably give the world's best dunkel weizens serious runs for their money. Could the flavor possibly measure up?

Pretty damn close. I'm well aware that it's personal preference talking, but I'd like to taste and feel a more firm wheat malt backbone. There's nothing wrong with it really, it's just that more would be better. The flavor profile consists of well-toasted wheat malt and the same brown banana and spicy clove that was present in the nose. It looks like Schlafly has chosen a bona fide hefe weizen yeast strain; and an aggressive one at that.

More than in most beer of this style (which should be dunkel weizen) the flavor sensations of sweet, bitter and sour are remarkably well-balanced. Each one edges in front at different points along the flavor arc, yet the others are never far behind. It's an interesting effect that would lead to increased drinkability for me (if I had more than this one bottle) since I wouldn't tire of too much sweetness, too much tartness, etc.

The mouthfeel would also probably benefit from more malt. Having said that, it's more than acceptable for a 6.0% wheat ale and even becomes lightly viscous as it sits. I definitely like it better now that I'm in the second half of the bottle.

I had doubts about No. 15 being good enough to be Schlafly's 15th Anniversary Ale. After enjoying the hell out it, there's no question in my mind. This stuff is delicious and deserves to be put into foil-wrapped bombers (or wax-dipped if you prefer). Never mind the fact that it's only the fifth, No. 15 is the best American dark wheat that I've ever had. Thanks jpm30.

 2,204 characters

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of mikesgroove
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big thanks again to Goliath to getting me tow off of my wanted styles list. I have been trying to track this one down forever. Served cold and poured into what else, but a wheat glass. This one was consumed on 12/11/2008.

The pour was decent enough with a dark amber, almost brown color coming through right away. Nice haziness and somewhat opaque color to it. Nice off white head of maybe an inch faded quickly but did leave a nice touch of lacing on the sides.

Intresting aroma, lots of wheat and bready malts right away with a touch of a plum like fruit note and some hints at what I can only describe as dates? Weird. Some light peppery notes as it warmed. Smooth, coating feel was a bit heavier then I would have normally thought for the style. Clean flavor here, dark wheat notes, Duh, and touches of grain were the main contributers here, though a touch of earthy hops in the finish were enough to dry out the finish in time for another sip of this very sessionable beer.

Overall not bad, I would be curious to see a few other members of this style before I make a firm decision either way, but seems to be worthy of a repeat.

 1,136 characters

Photo of Tone
4.29/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy amber color. Decent head (1/4 inch) with slight retention and some lacing. Smells of fruit with some sweet malt. Fits the style quite nicely. The fruit and spice is upfront and very pleasing. The sweet malt complements the fruit and gives a nice smooth aftertaste. The slight amount of hops taste dries the palate which is perfect for enjoying the next sip! Carbonation is a bit lower than I would have thought, but that is the least of my worries. Overall, a really good beer that is full-bodied and smooth. Very easy to drink and I would recommend.

 565 characters

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks to Hwwty4 for this one.

Pours a murky golden brown with barely a crème head. Nose is almost like pumpkin pie. Spices. Flavor is thick and meaty. Spices are here as well. There's also mature squashes and very mild pumpkins. Feel has a good carbonation to it and the liquid is good as well. Decent to drink. A bit unique and almost odd. Might as well try it.

 365 characters

Photo of Wasatch
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Vancer for this one.

Poured a nice clean/clear dark golden amber color, nice carbonation, nice small fizzy off-white head, some sticky lacing afterwards. The nose is of bannana's, clove (spices), belgium yeast, and slight caramel. The taste is mostly of the bannana's, clove, and belgium yeast. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is my first Schlafly brew and it is tasty. Glad to get a chance to try it out, thanks Vance.

 443 characters

Photo of MasterSki
3.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer in downstate Illinois. Served in a weizen glass.

A - Two fingers of quick-dissipating tan foam. Hazy dark orange color that is slightly yellower at the bottom of the glass. A few bubbles on the sides of the glass and a few more lazily rise from the bottom. Solid looking brew - kind of a cross between a wheat and a pale ale.

S - Definitely smells like a wheat beer! Lots of banana, a little bit of clove and apples, and of course bread and yeast. A slight hint of corn bread is in there too.

T - Mix of fruit, spice, and wheat. Very peppery, with some elements of apple & cinnamon as well. It's definitely got a nice bite to it.

M - Weird combination of sharp carbonation tingle initially, then a watery body. Otherwise refreshing but largely nondescript.

D - Goes down easy, manageable carbonation and ABV, solid taste. I could definitely drink a couple of these.

This is an unusual beer style - I can't say much until I try more examples (I've got a Choc beer kicking around somewhere here). Solid beer, nonetheless.

 1,043 characters

Photo of jzeilinger
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many thanks to Corey for sharing a bottle of this from his private reserve!

A - Pours a semi-opaque dark cestnut color with a one fingered, creamy off white colored head and moderate carbonation. Looks absolutely beautiful in my 12 ounce Schneiderweisse glass!

S - Not because of my glass selection, but the color and aroma reminds me a little bit of Schneiderweisse Original beer. Generous amounts of banana, cloves, and German malt.

T - Not as robust as a German dark wheat beer, but still, pretty darn tastey. The flavor stays even throughout with nice amounts of banana, cloves, some caramel German style malt, and a little bready and chewy. Overall taste is very mildly acrid, and there's a delicate hopping at the very end to bring the up front sweetness back into check.

M - Little to no carbonation as it rolls over the tongue, lighter side of medium bodied, finishes semi-dry, and leaves an aftertaste that's peppery with some banana bread spicing.

D - Is good but since it reminds me so much of a German beer I'd rather have a Schneiderweisse or another German wheat for the fact they have much more body and in most cases, a much more accentuated aroma and flavor. However, this is a pretty good interpretation of a dark German wheat.

 1,250 characters

Photo of drabmuh
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brown and hazy thin head no lacing. carbonation is moderate and steady. Looks fine.

Pretty nice aroma. Fruit and sweet with nice esters. Very full aroma. Nice.

Medium body and a clean finish. Some sweetness in the palate, nice fruity character. Pretty good for a dunkel / American dunkel. Don't have much to say, just a good beer.

 332 characters

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to rsyberg01 for this beer in a trade. I like dark wheat beers and don't believe I've tried an American one. This pours a hazy orange light amber with a good bit of yeasty sediment suspended in the beer. decent head that fades to a thin ring. Subtle fruity aromas of apple and pear with some light breadiness. Quite pleasant and yeasty. Very soft flavors of apple and pear and baked bread with a hint of bitterness on the finish. Pleasant, but doesn't knock me out. Smooth and soft in the mouth which makes it easy to drink, but it could either be a bit crisper, more robust, or spicier for my taste. Still, glad I tried it.

 631 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
4.09/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, "bottled with love" on 9/19/07. Served in a Sam Adams BL glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/copper color with about a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are OK. Aroma is very nice, it's spicy and fruity, it smells like cloves, apricots, pepper, bananas and yeast. There's other aromas too, but I just can't ID them off the top of my head right now. Taste is pretty similar to the aroma, and there's also some grain that I can taste. Mouthfeel/body is medium with a bit above average carbonation. Drinakbility is good, it's easy to drink! No. 15 is a good beer overall, I wasn't disappointed with this one at all. If you get a chance to try it, you should.

 690 characters

Photo of DefenCorps
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Masterski was kind enough to give me one of these, and it was promptly consumed.

A: In my wine glass, this beer sits a hazy brown with a thin tan head with decent retention

S: Thankfully, there's some flavor on the nose, unlike the emasculated American Pale Wheats. Banana, clove are prominent, with wheat present

T: The palate follows the nose, with more banana, close and almost a hint of chocolate. This isn't a very complex beer but it's mighty tasty

M: Thick in a wheaty way, this one's interesting. Carbonation is on the lower side, and the finish, dry and rather refreshing

D: I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this. I'd definitely drink it again

 662 characters

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.7/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a weizen glass)
bottled on Jun1708
Thanks to emerge077 for this brew
A- This beer has a dark copper brown body with a slight haze and a light tan head that fades quickly. There are a few strands of tiny carbonation trailing through the beer.

S- The tart cider note give way to a soft bubble gum and clove aroma that becomes more yeasty as the beer warms. As it warms the cider aroma becomes more of a toasted note.

T- The soft apple juice tartness with a faint dry biscuit quality give way to a faint clove and yeasty note. The finish is a soft green bitterness that has a club soda flavor and a slight fruity quality.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a tight fizz finish.

D- The mild wheat flavors and hefe yeast notes are intersting paired with the apple flavors.

 796 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3/5  rDev -22.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
4/5  rDev +3.4%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 163 ratings