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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

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Ratings: 163 |  Reviews: 131
Photo of AKBelgianBeast
4.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Thanks to xmarcnolanx for this extra.

Pours a murky brown/amber. Decent fluffy head dissipates fast. Nose is of dark wheats and spice. At first taste the wheats come out but through the middle is banana with citrus spice. clove is present here. lingering aftertaste of slight banana taffy. Good crisp clean mouthfeel but nothing to write home about. Drinkability is very good. A great wheat offering from schlafly.

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Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.75/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass, the liquid is a nice light copper with ok carbonation. The head is small white and leaves a bit of lace.

The smell is light and fruity, apricot & peach Notes.

The taste is good. mostly fruity apricot, peach & a touch of a banana with a hint of citrus, on light wheat bread. I did not get much spice at all, maybe a shake of pepper and a flake of cloves.

The mouthfeel is good, lighter body and great carbonation, It works well.

The drinkability is very good, I like this as a summer yard brew. Dang it's gone already!
Thanks Vancer, Prosit MK

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Photo of Floydster
3.45/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle acquired as an extra in a trade with jtrockchalk a week ago, thanks for including this brew

Best before date of January 7, 2008

Poured into my Firestone pint glass with a murky deep orange color that is a little on the darker side but more golden when held up to the light, 1/4 inch white creamy head that settled within ten or fifteen minutes, little retention and no lacing

Smell was lots of bread and wheat, some faint sweet malt, a few hoppy aromas, bananas, green apples and a few different types of citrus

Taste was close to a generic hefeweizen except for the sweet taste and the faint hoppiness, more fruit than the standard lemon and oranges, also a little darker in color, there were some berry flavors to go along with strong wheat and grapefruit, somewhat chewy caused by the biscuit-like malt, well balanced overall with a lot of different things going for a wheat beer

Pretty decent body with a good amount of carbonation but taste does not last long at all and leaves a somewhat bitter finish

Could probably drink a six pack of these because they are so smooth and light on the stomach, go down very easily, fairly low ABV and taste keeps you coming back for another sip, espeically when it is the eighth beer you have drank in a day

First beer from Schlafly and it was not bad, recommended if you live near the brewery or it is easily accessible, nothing worth seeking out otherwise though

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Photo of assmasterson
3.58/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep, cider-like orange and leaves a moderate, thick head that dissipates slowly. The smell has a strong sense of clove, and both the smell and taste bring up bananas. At times, there is almost a hint of cinnamon smell as well. Mouthfeel is somewhat thin, yet also has a certain heaviness to it. Slick and smooth, it goes down easy.

Yet another fine brew from the Saint Louis Brewery.

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Photo of rsyberg01
3.65/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

S - 12 oz. bottle, freshness date marked as 8-12-07

A - Pours a hazy copper that thins to an amber at the edges, head puffs up then dissipates to a thin patchy surface tight at the edges.

S - Biscuity, fruity, belgian in some certain aspects, slight hop floral aroma, slightly toasted malts in there, some certain caramel on the back burner, not bad...not bad at all.

T - Definite biscuit, malty yet tangy, good balance, hop well spoken for, slight gingerbread note...interesting, fruity...not sure exactly what but it is nice, character is significant to this offering from schlafly, ex. if you poured this in a blind taste test I could point it out, which I think is good in this certain case.

M - Slick and smooth, good carbonation to weight balance, not too much....just enough.

D - I could drink these things all damn day long, no question.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.77/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wondered why this tasted so different after just having a pumpkin ale-no wonder. Hazy-somewhat orange color. Had a lot of ppfth when opened but pours rather flat looking. Sharp, slightly spiced aroma. Faint phenolic aroma with a caramel/banana tinge. Clean, malty flavor with a great wheat crispness. Nice sweetness though fairly dry. Decent enough mouthfeel. Quite drinkable and enjoyable. Has all the qualities of being a wheat wine's little brother-good beer all around.

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Photo of OWSLEY069
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy copper/ reddish color with a tan head. Aromas of banana and clove, big nose. In the taste, a maltiness and dry banana flavors. A nice smooth malty mouthfeel and a dry fruitiness in the aftertaste. Big banana flavor, nice malty body and yet light on the palate.

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Photo of Applesauce1
3.54/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked this up over the weekend at the Party Source in Bellevue, KY. I'll give it whirl. I had Schlafly's pumpkin ale last night and thought it was pretty good.

Appearance: copper-brown color, opaque, about a 1/2" head on the pour...very nice looking
Smell: huh, kinda weird....some cider? maybe; i made a homebrew once that kinda smelled like this (it was a witbier) not detecting any hops in the aroma
Taste: really interesting....i think they may have used a hefeweizen yeast here cause some of that clove flavor is coming through, maybe some wheat flavor also
Mouthfeel: nice medium body
Drinkability: could do two in a night, but not back to back

A decent beer...interesting definitely...the closest thing i've had to this was the witbier i made

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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.

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Photo of merlin48
4/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy orange amber body is topped by a small beige head. Patchy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma is spicy clove and pepper with fruity banana notes. Medium body with a zesty carbonation. Taste is very spicy, suggestive of a pumpkin ale. Notes of ginger, cinnamon, clove, pepper, and allspice float on the palate. Ripe banana fruitiness and wheat cracker make a nice base. Very tasty stuff here. Another winner from Schlafly.

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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

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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.

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Photo of eb003
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good brew...

The appearance is an amber/dark orange color. The smell is like wheat bread...

The taste is somewhat "wheaty", but good. The mouthfeel is pretty smooth. The drinkability is good, too. It's not too heavy.

Pretty much, it's a wheat beer...pretty good flavor... it does end somewhat bitter, but it's good.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - iced tea color, a small cream-colored head with average staying power. Some stray lacing, eh.

Aroma - yeasty, a bit sweet, some crackery notes. Kind of a standard wheaty nose, but nice.

Taste - plenty of yeast flavor in there. A light balancing hoppiness on the swallow. The aftertaste has some grassiness to it, even some mint leaf, also nice. Finishes with some growing bitterness and dryness.

Mouthfeel - pleasant smoothness helps offset some frisky carbonation. Moderate weight, well-done.

Drinkability - not my favorite style but it's tasty. More of a cooler weather beer for me.

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Photo of bluegrassbrew
3.23/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

This beer looks very nice at first. Sort of an amberish mud color with a pillowy off white head. The head recedes rather quickly to nothing at all.

Smell was very odd. At first I noticed a vinegar like something. After a while it fades and I found notes of bannana and spice.

Tastes is slightly bannana with a bit of a tea like finish. This is my first beer in this style, but it is very dunkel weizen like indeed.

Mouthfeel is a bit too thin for me. Overall not bad, but not something I would seek out.

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Photo of leftmindedrighty
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(From Notes)
12oz bottle received in a trade with rsyberg01

Smell, A very malty sweet nose, with a nice and sharp hop bite. Smells really good, so I'll proceed.

Taste, follows where the smell left off. The malt taste is very complex, hints of apple, pear, and pomegranate. The hops play a lesser role here, but make their presence known. They not only bring a great balancing flavor, but really add some great character.

Overall, I wish I had more of these, one just wasn't enough. This is just a great beer, nothing fancy schmancy. Just a good session brew.

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Photo of whynot44
3.97/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy Amber colored brew with a decent ivory colored head that retains fairly well and manages a bit of decent lace.

The aroma is bready, yeasty, spicy with cloves, bananas and hints of brown sugar.

The taste starts with wheaties, then bananas, plenty of cloves, coriander and a hint of citrus. The finish is slightly dry and peppery.

Medium bodied, smooth and very easy to drink. A definite change of pace and worth a try.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Received in the Secret Bunny 07 from Vancer.

Pours a murky dark golden color with a nice white head, about one finger in size. Small amounts of lacing down the glass.

Aroma is full of cloves. Yeasty smells as well. Smells spicy and peppery and definitely wheat like. Nice aroma. Not much in the way of banana, mostly cloves.

Flavor profile is spicy and peppery as well. The cloves dont seem as prevalent in the flavor as it is in the aroma. More yeast flavors.

A bit thin on the mouthfeel, light bodied. Abv is well hidden, whatever it is. Not a bad beer. Probably good on a hot day. Worth at least one try in my opinion.

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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.

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Photo of kdoc8
3.28/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had this on tap at the Schlafley brewery/tap room. Served in a pilsner glass, it poured a deep reddish-golden-brown color with a thick bubbly white head. The aroma was surprising and very strong of bananas. The taste was even more so of bananas and a hint of other flavors, mainly cloves, but also of alcohol, lowering it's drinkability. It was quite strong, though I am unsure of the % ABV.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
4.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Sampled from a 12 oz bottle, poured into a chalice at 40 degrees. Thanks to Vancer for sending this one my way!

A - Pours a beautiful hazy orange with a fluffy off-white head that leaves nice lacing the whole way down; medium carbonation that lasted equally as long. Appears to be on the thicker side.

S - Bananas & cloves meet the wheat aroma head-on...other spices lingered in the background for an extremely inviting first impression.

T - Wheat flavors come rushing out, and are quickly met by the banana & clove tones. Spicy malt also makes its presence known as everything works so well together. I'm having a difficult time putting my thoughts into words right now...probably because this is the first wheat beer I've sampled in a season otherwise dominated by darker, heavier brews. All the typical flavors you'd want in a great wheat beer (from the lemon zest & bananas to the cloves & coriander) resting atop a malty-wheat backbone makes this an excellent session beer.

M - Thicker body with strong carbonation and a lingering spicy aftertaste.

D - The taste review says it all...amazing brew.

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Photo of CJStout
4.64/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance - Tannish brown with a thick, forthy head. Cloudy.

Smell - A beautiful hefe/wit bouquet of aromas. Complex, balanced nose, no harsh or competing aromas .... very nice.

Taste - Is it a bavarian hefe or belgium wit - who cares! Best of both worlds. Complimenting notes of banana, coriander.

Mouthfeel - Silky smooth with nice body.

Drinkability - Awesome beer! No kidding. A beer for a change of pace, special occasion or for an extended session - a must.

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Photo of udubdawg
3.68/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Tap Room March 2nd...have a few notes and a bottle in front of me now for a reminder.

Pours a hazed light brown with an orange tint. Lasting creamy pale beige-colored head on this beer, and adequate lacing here and there along the glass.

I know the BA style description says banana and clove won't be present in an American Dark Wheat Ale...but that's by far what I noticed first in the aroma. Banana most of all at first, but the clove spiciness comes out more as it warms, not quite dominating and failing to cover a bready yeast backdrop.

Taste definately involves a banana bread, clove, plus another spice that I'm pretty sure is nutmeg. Seems a bit earthy and some lemon comes through in the finish. Quite tasty, but disappointing in the mouth.

A couple would be very drinkable...but more than that just doesn't seem appealing.

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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.

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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.

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Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.87 out of 5 with 163 ratings