Schlafly No. 15 | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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

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Photo of indiapaleale
4.3/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pour - pours a murky brownish, reddish, orangish, auburnish color with a thin white head. Rather opaque but yet also quite appealing.

Aroma - sort of spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg and some sour malt. Has some doppelbock aromas, that of dark fruit and dark bread.

Taste - sweet, spicy and quite tasty actually. This beer really impresses me with its subtlety and yet its complexity at the same time. Lots of flavors going on here. You've got some spiciness (nutmeg, thyme, cinnamon, cloves) as well as some dark malt flavors and something akin to Belgian-style dubbel. Quite unique and delicious. Wow.

Overall - sort of amazed by how much is going on with a beer that weighs in at 6%. Tons of spice, sweetness and complexity for such a rather simple beer. I really dig it.

Would I buy more of it? - I think I would and this would definitely be a beer that I'd make other people try just to get their reaction to it.

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

This nice amber wheat ale brings a frothy appearance (deep head) and no lace.

Superb and fragrant aroma - cinnamon, banana, and clove. Delectable!

The first taste impression is a well-balanced maltiness, with hints of banana and spicy clove.

Medium-bodied, this wonderful beer isn't flashy or showy, but it is a flavorful wheat beer, and one of Schlafly's finest. Eminently enjoyable and steady.

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Photo of TheMightyGUEST
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Taproom.

I'd heard good things about it, but not much of a description and the name doesn't really give away what you're walking in to, so I had no expectations about this drink.

Appearance: Kind of a thin head, maybe about a finger or two, which faded to a thin coating for the rest of the drink. It laced well, though, and had a rich color around a deep reddish tint.

Smell: A wheat background and fruity.

Taste: Very very sweet. The canvas was wheat, but there was a fruitiness I had a hard time placing. After having a roundtable consensus with my friends and family we agreed it was something like pears or cinamon apples, but the consensus among the other reviewers here seems to be apricot which I would wholly believe. Very tasty, and it didn't take much for me to polish the whole thing off. If you're more of a fan of bitters, you might not find much satisfaction here, as the hops were very downplayed in favor of the fruits working around.

Mouthfeel: It was smooth, felt kind of medium, but was neither very carbonated, nor was it terribly creamy. Honestly, the flavor of the drink was king over all the other traits one typically looks at in a beer.

Drinkability: I'd rate this as high. I, and everyone trying the beer with me, held it in high regard. This is something I could see easily becoming a staple in my fridge for when I'm just relaxing, though with the strong sweetness to it, it would be easy to become over-exposed if this were the only thing you were drinking.

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Photo of OlRasputin989
3.89/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint...

A: a 1 finger head of small bubbles atop a murky, orange brew. head thins out pretty quicky but leaves a thin layer of bubbles. no lacing

S: nose is fruity(banana and apricot) and spicy, with a doughy background

T: fruitiness upfront with a wheat background followed up by spice. fades with wheat dough and spicey orange peel and apricot flavors.

M: medium body with a light carbonation, could use a little more fizz as it seems flat as you near the end of the glass.

Overall, a good sessionable wheat ale although it is somewhat too sweet at times and could use a tad more carbonation. One of my favorite beers when first getting into the craft beer scene.

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Photo of Jeebs
3.82/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz Bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a murky toffee color with a minimal white head. Very little head retention and little to no lacing

S: The smell is of bananas and spice, maybe a bit of toffee as well. Reminds me of banana bread.

T: The taste is similar to the smell. It starts off with spiced wheat flavors and ends with a hint of banana.

M: The mouthfeel is very nice. Creamy medium bodied with nice carbonation.

D: This is a very drinkable beer with a clean finish. Seems like it would be a very nice beer for a summer evening.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
4.12/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice American interpretation of a style that I don't visit nearly enough but do find myself enjoying. Banana flavors are upfront and smooth. What I find particularly enjoyable about this beer is the lightness on the palate. Where the darker, maltier flavors could possibly end up being overly sweet and sticky, the carbonation makes things lively. Some nice flavors of molasses linger on the palate.
Easy drinking, flavorful, and reminding me that I have a bottle of Aventinus just sitting around...

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Photo of jrallen34
3.6/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I drank this from the bottle into a chalice.

It pours a murky brownsih gold with a light white head. There is not much retention or lacing.

The aroma is light with hops and honey, but nothing overpowering.

The taste is also light, small notes of wheat with nothing special. Mouthfeel is light and good drinkablility.

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Photo of bort11
4.25/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a standard shaker pint. Thick and frothy inch of white head. As the head recedes, thin spots of lace sticks to the glass. Color is a dense and cloudy honey amber.

Smell has some tropical fruit sweetness. Mangoes and bananas. Taste is also sweet, with mild wheat tanginess. Nicely balanced. There is some baking spices, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Mouthfeel is very soft and has a dense texture. I swear this is the base recipe for the Pumpkin Ale. Thick, though not as filling as a hefeweizen.

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Photo of skrib09
3.98/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

poured a rich brown, really hazy, with a light brown head up top. mediocre retention but great lacing.

smells of spices and cloves with banana notes. plenty of roasty wheat and malt character. a nice touch of fruit and spice combination. close to banana bread.

taste plays off the smell nicely. banana notes and plenty of spice flavors. imagine pumpkin spice paired with banana bread. good roasty flavors as well. a rich, dark caramel flavor comes out in the after taste.

smooth and drinkable. very quaffable brew.

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Photo of Jayli
4.06/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had 8/12/09 on tap at Schlafly Bottle Works in St. Louis
This beer pours a beautiful cloudy toffee amber color with minimal head to and absolutely no lacing to speak of. Nose is of yeasts, wheat, clove, and banana. Taste is of some malts, presence of wheat, there is toffee and sugary sweetness in the middle that lingers, finishes with some nice spicing. Medium body with low to medium carbonation, creamy feel in the mouth with a clean finish to it. The sweetness in this one makes it a one beer minimum for me, however - it is a nice lil brew to enjoy.

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

Pours a translucent copper/gold color with a light rimming of beigeish head.
Smell is where I really get the dark wheat quality. Some sweat sugar, syrup, and wheat coming off the scent.
Taste has good notes of wheat and spice followed nicely with a syrupy malt quality.
Finish is a bit muddy, but sweet malt and wheat is prominent in the after-taste.
Drinks great, pretty smooth all around with the mix of malt and wheat.

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

12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

Pours a hazy dark shade of orange with a one and a half inch off-white head which falls down to a cap. A bit of lacing is left behind.

Aroma is kind of funky almost like a saison, some sweetness, a bit of fruit which is kind of tropical.

Taste is mild with some wheat, tangy tropical fruit, a bit less of the funkiness of the aroma, comes across now more spicy and clovey.

Mouthfeel is medium-light, some fairly high carbonation which makes it pretty creamy but there is a phenolic bite on the front of the tongue towards the finish.

A decent brew but not something I think I liked enough to get again. Though it is much more interesting than an APWA.

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Photo of alexgash
3.8/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle.

Cloudy light copper apricot body with a small finger of light sandy head. Nose is nicely wheat-y. Sugary banana bread mixes with cloves, light plum notes, and a whiff of molasses. Maybe a hint of spicy hops.

Multi-grain wheat bread up front. Light banana and some mild tropical fruit sweetness come in. Slight adjunct-y flavor follows along with some fruit juice. Mild spices (cloves, grains of paradise) hang around into the finish. Yeasty bitterness (mild) dries it out. Medium body, with a creamy feel. A nice drinking summer beer from Schlafly.

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Photo of jjayjaye
3.67/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber color with a full finger loose foamy head that resists fading, leaving spotty patterns of Belgian lacing behind. The smell is unexpected from a dark wheat...spicy clove and coriander. Adequately carbonated, the mouth feel is light bodied. The spicy pumpkin and interestingly fruity wheat is not typical. A reasonable drinker.

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Photo of nightcrawler
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I didn't know what to expect with this beer. I hadn't read about it and only bought a 6-pack from The Taproom on the suggestion of a complete stranger. I may need to talk to strangers more often.

It poured amber with a tan, almost greenish head that came up from the bottom of the glass in small swirls, something I had never seen before. The smell of Belgium was in the air, with bananas and cloves. Very reminiscent of stronger Trappist beers.

But the taste was light and fruity on the finish. I only wish it finished a bit more clean, but I could definitely drink quite a bit of this beer.

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
4.42/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, typical Schlafly label w/nice ditty about the beer, clearly marked bottled on date

Appearance: Hazy burnt orange brew with fairly lively carbonation and a fluffy head of dark ivory; good retention here

Smell: Wow. Not at all what I was expecting. Unlike the typical American Dark Wheat, this is remarkably fruity and spicy...cotton candy, bubblegum, fruit, and just a hint of funk actually...awesome, but not at all expected.

Taste: Again, quite unexpected. This is almost Saison-like, without the funk. BIG bubblebum and cotton candy flavors, hint of banana, just a hint of sweet clove. Hops aren't really noticed, though this is nicely balanced. Ends just a bit tart and fruity. As it warms, this brew mellows out a bit and the candy/bubblegum recedes a bit, as the banana flavors emerge more clearly.

Mouthfeel: Light and refreshing

Drinkability: Huge

Conclusion: Consider. Me. Surprised. Great beer from Schlafly; I wish I woulda tried this sooner.

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Photo of smibroncos
3.51/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A. poured a slightly hazy amber copper with a decent one finger+ white head. Ample lacing on the glass.

S. Hay, malt, yeast, citrus, dough

T. Good malt up front, citrus and pine in the middle, hoppy finish.

M. Medium to light body, medium carbonation,fizzy

D. Decent ale I could enjoy a few of these right after work, by the way thats exactly what I did!

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

Pours deep golden color with white 3 finger head. Smell is very much like a Belgian like a Dubbell or something. Taste is the same, it tastes like a belgian beer with the banana flavors fr the yeast. Very good tase about it though. Mouthfeel is medium and is pretty smooth.

Overall not what I expected from reading the bottle, but I was pleasently suprised, this is a very good beer, and would definatley pick up again...if only it were available in my area.

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Photo of brdc
3.57/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks rclnmeyer for this one; second to last style to be reviewed.

Small capped bottle poured into a weizen glass. Copper colored, one finger, short lasting off white head, no lacing.
Aroma is mostly cloves and bananas, bubblegum, a faint yeastiness, a note of caramel.
Light bodied, a bit lighter than I expected, medium carbonation, with a flavor that follows suit the aroma. Clove, banana, some bread, a faint caramel maltiness.
No experience on this particular style, but on a gross comparison to dunkel weizens, is a bit thinner and the maltiness is not everything I expected. Decent.

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Photo of wspscott
4.07/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

120z bottle in Sam Adams glass
bottled on 2/20/09

A: Pours with a big fluffy off-white head that drops pretty quickly leaving a little bit of lace. Color is dark copper/light reddish, crystal clear.
S: Smells like a belgian, lots of spice, no banana at all. No hops.
T: Wheat yeast characteristics mixed with belgian-ness, on the spicy side, matches the nose, lots of clove. No malt presence, I expected a little caramel given the color. No hops either.
M: Crisp, well attenuated, highly carbed, tongue coating, seems to leave something behind in my mouth
D: This goes down very easy, a great summer beer. Could possibly be used to convert a BMC drinker in that it is not "heavy" or "bitter". One of the best american wheats I have had, I will be buying this again. Highly recommended.

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Photo of jsh420
3.85/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bottled 4/24/09

pours amber orange with 1 finger head that fades fast and left little lacing

smells of banana and wheat just as you would want

taste is much like the smell but with some decent spice and the flavors linger well into the aftertaste

mouthfeel is is light/medium with good carbonation that leave a creamy and refreshing finish

drinkability is good - lots of wheat ales are a little to sour but this has non of that

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Photo of glid02
4.02/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a surprisingly light brown color, almost amber, with a one-finger slightly off-white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of large amounts of bananas with very light hints of darker fruits.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Banana flavors are joined by solid malt flavors up front that carry through until the sweet ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It's got a very nice thickness with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I could definitely have a few of these.

Overall the color was off on this beer but that was about it - definitely worth a shot.

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Photo of Reagan1984
3.72/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Received this from Masterski as an extra in a recent trade. Excellent trader.

A fluffy and creamy white head rises above the hazy amber beer. The head shows a spurt of retention then falls on itself all at one. No lacing at all.

The aroma is very yeasty with lots of banana, spice and a touch of mineral...

Flavor is also yeasty, with banana and coriander. Starts almost sour then smoothes out quite quickly. End a little flat to be honest. Slight wheat/bread/cracker flavors just before the thin finish.

Body is very thin and light. A summer drinking beer. Not a great deal of depth, but it's fine.

Glad I got to try it, not sure I'd go out of my way to have it again.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.62/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 ounce bottle and into a nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear dark amber color with about two fingers of light ecru foam. Nose and flavor are reminiscent of banana bread, clove, toffee, caramel. About medium in both body and carbonation, this ale is worth at least a try.

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

Poured a really nice looking copper color, leaning more towards a red. Very nice looking in the glass, and maybe I didn't pour it aggressively enough, but only got a small white head.

Main thing I smelled was banana. The overall character to me was the smell of a fresh made banana cream pie.

The first sip was nice and fruity to me. Not overly done, just enough to give it flavor without overdoing it. As I sipped more, the wheat taste became more evident, as well as the hops. Fruit/wheat are the dominant tastes here, with just enough hop to balance it out and becoming too sweet. A very nice balance of flavors going on, making for a pleasant mix.

Not a thick beer by and stretch, but enough going on to make it nice. Nothing lingers too long, and the carbonation isn't overly done.

This is one of the more drinkable beers I've had. Such a nice mix of flavors that I wouldn't soon tire of it. The moderate alcohol content helps as well. Glad I took a chance on this one, I would not hesitate to try this one again.

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