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

Added by maxpower on 11-02-2006

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Photo of BigJim5021
3.31/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Goes from dark orange to mahogany thanks to the yeast. The nice off-white head leaves a good amount of lacing.

The aroma is... um, spicy? I can't rightly say what kind of spices we're looking at, but rest assured that it's spicy.

The flavor is -- again -- indescript spices with a dose of fruity sweetness.

Mouthfeel is a little too thin for me, but at least has a dry finish.

Drinkability is decent, but the sweetness would be too much after a couple pints.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.52/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours light brown with a medium amount of head. Smell is of sweet fruits, malts, floral notes. Taste is pleasing, fruits - strawberry, raspberry, peach. Mouth is okay but a little too light for me. I would def drink another but there are others to choose from so this one will be enjoyed at another time.

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Photo of sluhdrum07
4.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this is one of my favorite schlafly beers
all of my glasses are dirty so agitating the bottle.
smells: so fruity, lots of bananas in there, and others i cant pick out, maybe like peach? like a fruit platter, honestly.
tastes like: sooo fruity, and spicy on the finish. thick with malt about half way down
mouthfeel: the after taste is so good and sits for a while. this goes down smooth and easy with so much flavour.
drinkability: i would drink this every day of the year if i was somehow related to the schlafly's. she's a taste-boy

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.24/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very hazy light brown color with a extra large-bubbled light beige head that fades pretty quick to a bunch of big floating bubbles. Very little lacing.

Has a yeasty clove aroma reminiscent of a hefeweissbier dunkel, I'm pleasantly surprised by that. Hints of bubblegum, wheat tang and bananas.

Wow, this tastes great! I was thinking I was opening a pale American wheat beer, but this is a very nice German style dark hefe. A bit heavier on the clove and wheat flavors, but it has a very clean taste and finishes crisp and refreshing. Now I am pissed I only bought a single of this fine brew.

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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

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Photo of srandycarter
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Murky light copper, not much head, leaves ring. Thin sudsy lacing.

S - Wheat dominant. Fruity esters.

T - Wheat and Juicy Fruit gum. There. I said it.

M - Medium body, good balance.

D - Not really my thing, but could toss a few down.

YMMV - I am not a big Wheat person.

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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.

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Photo of joe1510
2.93/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz Bottle

Bottled 9-29-08

I received this one as an extra from Goliath, thanks again Brad! The pour filled my glass with a rusty brown liquid with moderate haziness. The head grew to one finger on the pour and quickly settled to a dusting of foam that leaves behind a patch of lacing here and there.

This beer throws off a lot of yeasty esters and I'm not fond of very many of them. Banana leads the way and it seems to be over ripened with an almost sour aroma rising from this brew. There's a lot of clove in the nose too, I've never been a big fan of clove bombs. Each swirl to bring the head back alive brings slight alcohol and borders on band-aid that hints at the first signs of infection.

Luckily the flavor is a step above the aroma. A caramel and bready maltiness adds a semi-sweet base for all the esters. Banana bread and clove are still the two most dominant but there are also signs of alcohol and some cinnamon-like spiciness. The flavor of this beer isn't all bad but the clove and banana are much too bold for my liking while the alcohol stands out a bit too much.

The mouthfeel seems a bit thin but overall works pretty well for the style. Soft carbonation keeps it moving slowly. The body just doesn't have any texture, it's odd.

This dark wheat isn't all that enjoyable of a brew so in turn it's not very drinkable. This is a beer that just doesn't work very well for me.

I enjoy all of Schlafly's brews I have had up to this point but this beer simply misses the mark. Wheat beers are hit or miss with me in the first place but this beer has a lot of everything I'm not that of in my wheat beers. Thanks for the sample Brad!

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Photo of burchetts
3.93/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a cloudy copper with a modest head. the head recedes into a prototypical thin lace.

S- not a whole lot going on here. little bit of cinnamon/spice.

T- a mild cinnamon/spice flavor.

M- mild, just like the flavor. I could certainly throw a few of these back...wait, I am!

D- mild carbonation allows for significant drinkability.

overrall- I would certainly pick this up again. I would recommend it to less than avid beer drinkers as well. its modest and mild, which is a welcome respite from the cacophony of beers available.

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

This one sat in my fridge for a while. What's a No. 15 type of Ale anyway? When I finally got around to drinking it, I was thinking "Amber Ale" (which I'm still developing a taste for). When I finished drinking it, I was thinking - "buy more of this bad boy." I later learned that this was a supposed to be an American version of Dunkel Weizen, but it didn't remind me at all of Boulevard's Lunar Ale, or the few other Dunel Weizen's I've tried. I was surprised to smell a little bit of cinnamon in this one, and even more surprised to taste it as well. We're not talking about the strong taste of cinnamon as in Schlafly's (very enjoyable) Christmas Ale, but there was a definite hint of it.
Drinkability - this one vanished very quickly. While the Cinnamon taste in the Christmas Ale can be a bit on the strong side, and possibly keep me from wanting to drink more than 1 or 2 in a night, I could put several of these No. 15s away pretty easily. As far as Missouri breweries go, Boulevard is #1 hands down. But Schlafly is making a strong case for the #2 position, and they offer some very enjoyable brews to back up this claim. I would consider this one of the jewels on their crown.

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

Poured a clear orange/brown color with a large light brown head that was mostly lasting and produced excellent lacing.

Good banana and spice aroma.

Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation.

Good hefe sweet flavor with an average sweet finish of moderate duration.

Soft drinkable brew that is one of my top rated active bottled beers for the American Dark style.

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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.

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Photo of mikereaser
3.55/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a hazy dark orangish brown with no foam to speak of but a few bubbles lining the edge of the glass

S - aromas of wheat and bits of banana and apple

T - the apple starts you off along with some banana flavors ending with a bit of a carbonation bite

M/D - Fairly easy drinking beer, lots of flavors make this an interesting one to try. I'm definitely hoping for some more

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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.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
3.87/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a blood orange color body, very opaque, very cloudy. Has a flowery aroma, some spices like coriander. Soft mouthfeel, somewhat watery. Has a floral spicy taste. Very tasty. Fruity, like pear or apple. Sweet spicy finish

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Photo of Dogbrick
3.83/5  rDev -1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sample at the brewpub. This beer pours a mostly clear dark orange color with a wispy off-white head that diminishes quickly. Spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma if yeast and orange peels, along with some malt. Light, clean body with a zesty character. Flavors of citrus, spices and yeast are present along with some doughy malt. The finish is spice and yeast with a mild citrus aftertaste. Decent overall.

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Photo of jneiswender
3.04/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-brown, cloudy, no lasting head

S-cloves, bubblegum, faint newspaper

T-cloves, bubblegum, cereal grain finish, a little bit of a sour aftertaste

M-medium-light finish

D-more complex than alot of other reps of this style but does have a few off flavors. Certainly worth a try.

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Photo of RickS95
4.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed the Schlafly Oktoberfest, so I was eager to try this, as it was suggested by the manager of the liquor store.

Medium tan head. Cloudy, toffee in color.

Wheat, spices and fruit in the nose. Very neutral mouthfeel. Not much going on for all the things you smell, and it's over quickly.

For such little going on in the mouth, the finish is complex, with the bitter hops balanced nicely by the wheat and spices (cloves or all spice?).

Very drinkable. I'm sure I'll purchase a case of this when I visit the liquor store next.

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

Bottled May 29, 2008

Poured into a Piraat tulip glass. The color is a bronze/copper color with a bubbly, one finger head. Decent amount of lacing from the hazy liquid and active carbonation.

The aroma is clearly dominated by the bready wheat with splashes of pepper, banana, sugary yeast and malt; a tad nutty as well.

Slick mouthfeel leads to a mild carbonation bite. The taste is a heavy dose of midwestern wheat, yeast, lemon pepper, and faint brown sugar. Mild bitterness from the hops with notes of pear and orange though the waving wheat dominates. The mouth is left a bit dry but nothing over the top accompanied by a pleasing wheat aftertaste.

A decent amber wheat from the people in St. Lou but nothing that really slaps me in the face and demands I pick up more; especially since I would have to drive to Kentucky to get it (not distributed in Ohio). This would be a decent hot weather brew IMO.

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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.

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Photo of botham
3.78/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

on tap poured into a pub glass at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a hazy orangish amber color with a touch of chestnut brown mixed in. a half finger of off-white head tops it off, with moderate retention and no lacings.

aroma is mainly of citrusy hops and a light bready malt character. the aroma is curiously concentrated in the nose, which works well with the profile.

taste is of citrusy hops up front, with a lightly yeasty base and a touch of caramel malt. the brew tastes much more like a hefe than Schafly's standard hefe.

mouthfeel is medium-bodied with a light tartness and a citrusy finish. aftertaste is mildly slick.

drinkability is good. this is basically a hefe with a touch of caramel malt. the color is deceptive when it comes to its flavor, but works well overall.

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Photo of ckeegan04
3.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Amber in color with a one finger off-white head. Head quickly fades leaving solid lacing and a thin foamy cover.

S - Dark fruits, bananas, and a little spice in the nose. Clove and corriander. Something a little off but still smells decent.

T - Spicy fruitiness up front. Clove, plum, and fig. Hints of banana come through later as well as a spicy hop bitterness. Finishes with a light fruity sweetness.

M/D - Medium bodied and very chewy feel. Well carbonated as well.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
4.1/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Tried on tap in St. Louis, MO in July of '08. Came to me in a glass a cloudy, muddled amber/brown color with a tan head about one and half fingers thick. Aromas were inviting, ripe fruits, Eastern spices, caramel. The tastes were also complex. Malted sweetness, cooked bananas, notes of wheat provide a tang along with some citrus hops. Rich, smooth and creamy, medium body and light carbonation. Well balanced, sessionable and still challenging. A good celebration ale, happy anniversary!

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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.

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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.

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Schlafly No. 15 from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.87 out of 5 based on 163 ratings.
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