Schlafly Summer Lager | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly Summer LagerSchlafly Summer Lager
BA SCORE
3.52/5
383 Ratings
Schlafly Summer LagerSchlafly Summer Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

Style: Munich Helles Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Helles-Style Summer Lager is a bright, golden beer, perfect for summertime. The malts we use impart a wonderful, fresh grain character, reminiscent of European lagers. The German Noble hop, Mittelfrüh, lends a mild lemony, spicy flavor.

The German word “Helles” translates as “light” and “Lager” means “to store”. This beer style emerged in Germany through the Spaten Brewery’s marriage of British, Bohemian and German brewing techniques. This style is an integral part of brewing history and a predecessor of the straw-colored, light-bodied beers which are the most widely consumed beers in the world today. The lager yeast ferments the beer more slowly and at lower temperatures; it is then stored for maturation. This results in a beer which is more smooth and drinkable. Today, many American craft brewers offer this style as a maltier and hoppier alternative to American light lagers.

17 IBU

Added by Vancer on 04-14-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#39,725
Reviews:
107
Ratings:
383
pDev:
13.07%
Bros Score:
3.61
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
67
Trade:
0
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Photo of Another6Pack
5/5  rDev +42%

Photo of kycparker
5/5  rDev +42%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Great seasonal brew with tons of flavor.

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Photo of Leadkryptonite
4.76/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

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4.75/5  rDev +34.9%

Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Got a keg of this one on at home and it is not lasting long. The beer pours a light straw color. There is absolutely no haze in this one. A finger of white head falls to a brief cover over the brew, leaving a decent amount of sticky lace as it falls. This one fits right with what I expect for the style. The nose has some sweat fermenting dough qualities to it, with a light and crisp noble hop playing behind it. Things are pretty mellow in the aroma. The flavor brings more prevalence to the herbal noble hop sitting over the slightly sweet bready quality of the malt. It finishes with a crisp bitterness that hangs on beyond the final swallow of the beer. The mouthfeel is on the lighter end of moderate but with a moderate carbonation of very fine bubbles that really makes it feel light. The drinkability of this beer is second to none. At 4.5%, it is a true session beer. All aspects of the brew are mellow, but not boring at all. This is a style that needs to be made by more breweries. I might be putting in an order for another 50L of this one sooner than later.

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

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4.5/5  rDev +27.8%

Photo of gofreaksgo
4.38/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: What a great label. Very soothing summer tones of light blue with a crisp yellow. What does the beer look like? I don't know because all good lagers should be drunk from the bottle/can like I would at the beach/bbq/baseball game.

S: Stuck my good nostril (the right one) right on the edge of the bottle. Inhale deeply and I get sweet malts with just a touch of classic hops and a good skunk.

T: Crisp, clean, refreshing. Hint of lemon, sweet malt that sticks with you, just enough hop bitterness to remind you that it be a beer ye drinks.

M: This beer is clean and it coats the mouth. Saliva producer. My mouth literally is watering with anticipation of each swallow.

O: This is a great light beer. I anticipate transitioning out of my winter stouts with this beer every year. When I need something lighter with flavor I never hesitate to grab this beer. It is in my beer cooler and fridge for the whole summer.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.33/5  rDev +23%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I'm really starting to fall in love with these Munich helles lagers, they are just so good. This one is being reviewed from the tap room on st.Louis on of my favorite places in the world. Has a light golden color with zero head on it, smell is kinda weak has. Tiny skunkiness to it like it should. Taste is awesome ,has the perfect mixture of malt and hops. This beer has a great mouthfeel and even better drinkability

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Photo of cubbyswans
4.28/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pale color pours with a finger head. No haze to this beer. Looks exactly how I think a good lager should.

S: This has a nice light aroma. A touch of hop characteristic.

T: Tastes absolutely great for a summer lager. It has a nice hop flavor to it, and a touch of citrus as well.

M: The beer isn't watery. You know you're drinking a beer, yet it's not heavy. This is perfect for drinking on a hot summer day.

D: All around a great beer to me. They go down so smooth and the beer is very refreshing.

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Photo of craigmorris74
4.26/5  rDev +21%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

A great example of American "summer lagers". This is an incredibly refreshing lager-a great beer for introducing macro drinkers to more flavorful brews. This is what the other brewery in St. Louis' flagship product should taste like.

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Photo of mojohawk21
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of KenC
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Sampled this evening on 9/22/14. From The Saint Louis Brewing Company, LLC in St. Louis, Missouri. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a "CHEER'S-BOSTON" handled glass stein.

Pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head that settles to just along the edges of the glass. Some spotty lacing was seen with each sip. The aroma is of malts with a hint of lemon zest. Pretty much the same for the taste with a slight sweetness in the mix as well. No bitter or harsh aftertaste and goes down easy. One of the BETTER 'summer lagers'. Medium bodied with higher carbonation. Overall a good refreshing seasonal brew.

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +20.7%

Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ligh tgolden color comes through right away. Really tight head of white that sits on top for what seems like forever but then suddenly dropped off leaving it all bare.

Nice touches of light bready malts, caramel, light grasses and a well rounded and nicely done hop profile. Warming brings out cereal grains, touches of light grass and a well carbonated and easily maintained profile

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Photo of Badger311
4.2/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of beinerso
4.18/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 383 ratings
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