Schlafly Summer Lager | The Schlafly Tap Room

105 Reviews
no score
Send samples
Schlafly Summer LagerSchlafly Summer Lager

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 105 | Ratings: 376
Photo of FBarber
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On draft - a "helles style lager"

Pours a hazy opaque golden wheat color. Thin white head dissipates leaving a white film on the beer with tons of sticky lacing. Head retention isn't great.

Smell has a grainy aroma with some corn notes and is noticeably sweet on the nose. Touch of white bread on the nose

Taste follows the nose with a sweet flavor array of grain, bread, and corn as the beer warms. Sweetness throughout reminiscent of honey - in other words it doesn't taste like an artificial sugary sweetness - more of a mild honey sweetness. Touch of a mild hoppy finish dries out the sweetness and leaves a lingering malty flavor.

Feel is pretty light and crisp. Easily drinkable. Medium carbonation. Dryish finish.

Overall a solid helles style lager. I didn't think the hops were as crisp or "bright" as I'd expect for a helles, but it's still a solid offering.

 873 characters

Photo of Mscarpen
3.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

At 4.5% ABV, this summertime beer is light, refreshing, and highly seasonable. Pouring a golden yellow and with light carbonation, the nose of the beer yields mild spice notes of the German Noble hops, Mittelfrüh. On the tongue, low body with a mild sweetness and wispy lemon notes fades to a clean mellow finish.

 314 characters

Photo of Harrison8
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a frosty golden-yellow. Head is white, and medium-thin. Retention is moderate, with a little lacing left behind. Aroma is of banana, lemon, and cloves. Taste is very lemon with banana and cloves. Feel is thin, and a bit watery. Overall, it's a good beer for a summer day. Especially one that can be gulped to cool off.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

 353 characters

Photo of Dravin
3.71/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle inot a Sam Adam's Perfect Pint glass. Bottled on date of 02/04/2016.

A nice couple fingers of head atop pale straw beer. It's got the nice bready malt, herbal hops, and even a touch of lemon notes in there I expect from the style, and the nice clean restrained bitterness is spot on. It's crisp, clean, light and refreshing, everything that Helles should aspire to be.

It's a fine helles and being able to get it nice and fresh with minimal hassle, compared to German imports, is nice. It's a great clean summer beer, my only complaint is it lacks some of the depth and complexity of malt flavors I've experienced in the best of the German imports. So a solid beer, but not amazing.

 712 characters

Photo of Suds
3.61/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden-yellow in color, capped with a white head. The aroma is clean...lightly malty, bready, with German hop aromas. Slightly citric in flavor (lemon) and a bit sweet. Clean finish. This is a nice lager.

 214 characters

Photo of craigmorris74
4.26/5  rDev +19.3%
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.

 235 characters

Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle from TN.
Clear, yellow fizzy beer although there was a small amount of sediment clinging to the bottom of the bottle. The head is durable and leaves decent lacing.

Aroma: citrus and grassy hops with some floral and bready notes. Strong for style.

Flavor: lemony and grassy hops with baked bread and some floral notes. Mildly bitter overall.

Feel: light+ body with medium-high carbonation.

O: refreshing and recommended for style.

 453 characters

Photo of muddyh2oblues
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Nice fluffy white head and a steady stream of bubbles cascading up from the bottom of the glass for the whole session. Head slowly dissipates to a white film that lasts until the last drop. Nice balance between the malts and lemony hops. Easy to drink and quite sessionable @ 4.5% abv. Could easily drink more than a few of these on a nice, hot summer day.

 399 characters

Photo of Thirstygoat
3.69/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

See through clear with a pillowy head that fades quickly.

Not much aroma, dab of grain trace of hops

breadlike grain taste but mostly just liquid refreshment

This I could drink a few of, potential lawnmower beer

 214 characters

Photo of TheSSG
3.57/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a soft, soapy white head that laces lightly as the head collapses. Biscuits and floral hops in the nose. Crystal clear, golden color. It starts with a grainy, floral hoppiness that is quite dry. This lingers with a low bitterness. Then there is a nice welling of biscuit maltiness that melds with the lingering hops into the finish, which is a pleasant, graininess with a touch of floral hops on top of the malt.

This is pretty nice. A simple, pleasant helles. The hopping is quite lovely, though I'd like to see a touch more maltiness.

 546 characters

Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.64/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Drank straight from bottle. Biscuity malt, a little bit of spice, slight hint of citrus, and clean finish. I have a hard time finding things to say with light styles like this where the differences are more subtle, so "clean" is my biggest compliment. It went down quickly with no obvious flaws or off notes.

 311 characters

Photo of schematix
3.87/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Just because you don't like a particular beer style doesn't mean it sucks. This happens to be lighter style and I think its a fine execution of such. Don't give it poor ratings because you don't like the style.

A: Appears to be bottle conditioned. First pour was crystal clear, second was hazy. I like my commercial beer crystal clear. Sorry.

S: Yeast and malt.

T: The label description is spot on with this beer. Outstanding sweet grain flavor without being cloying or bland. Lemony hop flavor.

M: Moderate silky carbonaton on the tongue. Goes down easy, really easy.

O: A fine beer for a hot day or just warming up for an evening of consumption. I think its really well balanced, crisp and refreshing. I'm really digging the sweet grainy flavor. Only critique is i find the ABV to be a touch on the low side.

 818 characters

Photo of steveh
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another new one to our area from Schlafly -- and a favorite style. Bottled 2-26-15.

A -- Clear, deep golden with finely-bubbled white head that settles to a persistent cap.

S -- Grainy malts up front with a hint of breadiness, light citrus from hops, and light DMS.

T -- Grainy malts up front followed by lightly spicy and citric hops blending back into the husky graininess with a spicy bitter finish.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to dry with a light medium body.

O -- Overall, this is a nice, flavorful drinker -- very reminiscent of Anchor's California Lager. But it's not as big and bready with melanoidin character that I remember from fresh Munich Helles and the graininess is not at all to character. Nevertheless, I won't hesitate to pick up some of this when the mood strikes.

 787 characters

Photo of BeerWithMike
4.25/5  rDev +19%

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.

 650 characters

Photo of brewskifan55
3.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Hey Joe's, Cleveland MS

A: A clear golden orange with a white one finger head that lingered. Significant lacing.

S: Citrus and malts pop up, like a smooth summer rain. Oranges and lemons with barley goodness.

T: Smooth, sweet, easy drinking. The malt/citrus balance is very nice. Could put away a few of these without thinking. Great with the spicy chicken wrap I had.

M: Medium with medium carbonation.

O: A decent summer lager. Anyone would enjoy this one. Balanced. Sessionable.

 496 characters

Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A very nice smooth and crisp lager. Nothing off putting or insulting here. Has a hint of lemon in the flavor and just the slightest note of hops on the back end to create a nice crisp finish.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

 241 characters

Photo of KYGunner
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

One of the better Helles style lagers I've had, this presents a complex aroma and taste. The nose is bready and doughy with a cracker style malt but flashes of lemon, honey and molasses come through. The flavors are more malty, with a barley grain, caramel, molasses, tea leaf and cracker. There is still some of the obligatory bread and dough but I get lemon and honey for sweetness. Hints of iced tea finish in a very refreshing beer.

 436 characters

Photo of udubdawg
3.08/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

original 5/19.10
bottled about 7 weeks ago; should be pretty fresh.
pours a straw color, perhaps a touch lighter than I expected. Many lines of bubbles stream their way towards the surface, but to little to keep the head from receding to a thin ring in a couple minutes. Slight cloudiness and certainly well short of bright or vibrant.
DMS is more than the background note I'd like here. Otherwise pale malt aromas are pretty fleeting and noble hops even more so. No diacetyl.
A bit sweet - not out of style. Pale malt and a general graininess are here. Faint bittering fails to balance the malts - again not out of style. Just wish the malt flavors were a little more robust. Call it 3.75 and maybe I'll eventually bump it up to "4" on flavor.
Carbonation is pretty high, body medium. Quite crisp, pretty clean, no astringency.
Mostly per style, and the areas where it differs are not fatal flaws. reasonably enjoyable beverage, a nice alternative as a lawnmower beer, but I'd like to see a bit more malt flavor here.

tried a fresh bottle again today. Most of this is the same, but there's overwhelming diacetyl here too now. Obtrusive in the nose, obtrusive in the flavor, and leaves a really slick body on the mouthfeel. Bumped all scores down; disappointed in this version.

 1,285 characters

Photo of barnzy78
3.56/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

L - pale golden with a creamy white head that holds good retention
S - lemongrass, spicy noble hop, yeast
T - spicy, nutty grain, lemon, grass, biscuit, yeast - nice and refreshing
F - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes semi-dry with a bit of spicy hops
O - very straightforward helles lager, and that is a good thing. No complaints here.

 349 characters

Photo of mmva321
2.88/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a thin tulip.

A: A bubbly and cloudy body is pale yellow in color and is topped off by a thin white head that leaves no lacing. Certainly active enough if not very beautiful.

S: Strong scents of grain and hay give this beer a very funky and earthy aroma. The hearty malts are complimented by a pop of hops and some faint but bright citrus. A little too funky, but fine nonetheless.

T: Malty and earthy, sure. But this taste is too faint and still too funky. The citrus is more of an implied taste than an actual characteristic. Some pepper and spice is a nice flavor, but this is too faint to be considered anything better than a simple, drinkable beer.

M: A little too heavy, but I like the carbonation, and this is a pretty appropriate feel.

O: Not much to say. It's faint, a little too funky, but pretty drinkable and unoffensive, if not quite pleasant.

 873 characters

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is crystal clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that slowly faded away, leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light aromas of grassy hops are present in the nose along with hints of spicy hops and bready malts.
T: The taste mostly follows the smell, except that the malty flavors are a bit stronger and there is also a slight amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but neither thin nor watery) and clean on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This really seems to be a nice selection for a "lawnmower" beer if you're looking for something that's very easy to drink but isn't an adjunct or a light lager.

 821 characters

Photo of Franziskaner
3.42/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Straw yellow in color with lively carbonation. Just a bit of foam on top. Pale malt in the aroma. The mouthfeel is pretty crisp and smooth. The taste is pretty refreshing and simple. Just a hint of corn and almost like a bit of grapefruit. Pretty satisfying as a refresher.

 273 characters

Photo of Bierwolf
3.49/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle born on 06/09/2013

Appearance: golden, hazy, frothy, white foam.
Aroma: hay, nuts, grass, leaves.
Taste: medium sweetness, lightly bitter.
Palate: medium body, creamy, fizzy, long finish.
Overall: good summer beer that I would share with anyone.

 265 characters

Photo of JWearda
2.83/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

S - Poured into a pint glass from a bottle

A - Poured a golden yellow with just over one finger of bright white head.

S - Faint lemon and very little else.

T - A bitter lemony cereal taste, and that's about it.

O - Overall not to my liking, but it was fresh. Wasn't what I was expecting from a summer style brew. It made me want to snack on peanuts or have a pizza. Don't get me wrong, I would have another, however I think I would first ask, "What else ya got?"

 466 characters

Photo of scratch69
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a pilsener glass.

Appearance- Golden yellow with two fingers worth of white foamy head. Light amount of lacing.

Smell- Grain and malt aroma.

Taste- Biscuity malt flavor with some grassy hops and a hint of lemon-like citrus after the swallow.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A good summer beer. Easy to drink and refreshing on a hot summer day.

 411 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.57 out of 5 based on 376 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • BeerAdvocate Microbrew Invitational

    Join us June 2-3, 2017 in Boston, Mass. for beer, cider, mead, kombucha and sake from over 70 small producers.

    Learn More
  • Subscribe to BeerAdvocate Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.