Schlafly Summer Lager | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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
Ratings:
382
Reviews:
107
Avg:
3.56
pDev:
12.92%
 
 
Wants:
8
Gots:
67
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 382 |  Reviews: 107
Photo of jaydoc
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of spycow
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.49/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a nice twist on the standard summer beers out there, this is an extremely light lager, but it is more than that. pours a profoundly clear thin yellow color, schockingly light, but with a refreshing and excited head. nose is german malts all the way, with a hint of summer aromatics, cut grass, and dandellions. the flavor is way bigger than the appearance, and the munich malts are center stage. light body means high drinkability, but in a helles i need more body, too thin even for a summer brew. a not boring summer beer though. round it out with a bit more body next year and itd be a real winner.

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Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of t0rin0
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of metter98
3.65/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a flavorful Helles. Actually, it's bold enough with the floral hops that it actually brings out a fair amount of nectar-like fruitiness. Edges closely to a super clean Blonde Ale. The hop flavor (Saaz?) makes a remarkable impact in the nose and taste, then carries the beer deep into the clean finish. The hearty pilsner malts give a firm foundation for the hops and without interferring with the delicate and perfumy notes. Softly sweet and bready to create a nice light body and to bolster the carbonation to support a lot of creaminess upfront, and then dryness late. Definately a top choice for the lawnmower types. Only a slight graininess and vegital note both in the aroma and flavor keep this beer from very high scores.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

Photo of zeff80
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a very clear, bubbly, golden yellow color with a small, short-lived, white head. It left no lace.

S - It smelled of sweet grains, some caramel and of grassy notes.

T - It tasted of some spice, good grain flavor and light touches of caramel malt.

M - It was very crisp and sharp with a dry finish. A light-bodied lager.

D - This is a nice sessionable lager. Not a bad attempt at a German lager.

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Photo of zestar
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009.

Pours a straw yellow with a thin white head; not much in the way of lacing as it goes down. The smell is a bit of grassy malt with a tiny bit of sweetness. There is some citrus in there as well; this comes out a little bit in the taste along with some Noble hops. The mouthfeel is light-medium with moderate carbonation. This was very refreshing on a hot summer's day.

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Photo of chinchill
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of ygtbsm94
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of XmnwildX12
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of russpowell
3.68/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 7/10/09

Pours an effervescent straw color with 2 fingers of eggshell colored head. Good head retention & lacing

S: Grassy, some lemony hops

T: Soapy & floral hops, light breadyness & lemons up front. Crackery notes, a bit of pear sweetness & dry lemony notes as this warms. Finishes fairly crisp, a bit grainy with lemons & a touch of soapyness


MF: Light/medium bodied with soft carbonation & good balance

Drinks pretty easy, wouldn't say this takes me back to Germany, but an alright American take on the style

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Photo of Jason
3.61/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

The lacing puts on a show, leaving traces of head down the glass. Clean nose with bread grain and herbal hops that lend a spicy and almost lemony aroma. Just enough crispness for the style, smooth and lighter bodied. There is some cooked veg flavor, herbal hop, and some bitterness. Clean for the most part, on the dry side, and relatively drinkable. Good drinking, not a bad stab at the style.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4.2/5  rDev +18%
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 woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A gift to me after GTMW '10 from the dear Steven Hale. Some have remarked that I am like a gossip columnist, routinely name-dropping in the hopes of impressing people. F**k that! I am intimate with many/most in the beer industry. I talk the talk, but I also walk the walk. I first met Mr.Hale back in '03 when I badged my way in at the downtown Taproom. I never envisioned a return, but I have been in StL twice since and I would not hesitate to go back.

That Schlafy is beginning to CAN should not be a surprise. Theirs is a quality organization, beginning at the ownership level and trickling down to their regulars. Sure, it would be easy to crack wise about the 500-pound gorilla in town, but they got over that hurdle a while back. Tom Schlafly is a brilliant writer with segues that I would die to pull off in my writing and I am proud to have spoken to him on a couple of occasions.

CAN we get a review in here, somewhere? Hey, read Laurence Sterne's "Tristram Shandy" - the details are in the transgressions!

For the aesthetes who must have beauty in packaging, this had a striking sky blue and sunshine yellow motif offset by ebony black.

I do not know about you, but that got me nowhere. CANtents, that's what's important! Some Crack & Glug action must be in order. My aggressive pour still only netted me a finger of bone-white head with lousy retention. The color was to die for, however. It was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality. Sunshine in a glass. Nose had a slightly-sour Noble hops odor. I do not play favorites and this was kinda harsh. Mouthfeel was medium and it was moderately sweet with just enough hops spiciness to make it dance on the palate.

Whang dang, sweet p**n tang! This was the twang on the tongue that you only get at the dentist's office when they clamp your tongue with pliers and get at that bad boy (your tongue) with a wire brush. There was me and an MS1 back when where he had to have the {ahem!} hairs plucked from between his teeth and I had to have my tongue scrubbed after every liberty port in the Navy. I speak from personal experience.

Mmmm, mmm, mmm. Sweet memories, but the beer was just soooo good. Finish reminded me why I CANverted to lagers initially. A well-made lager CAN and will sustain you even when there are no hops forthcoming. More, please, sir.

Are you looking to fill your cooler? This is it!

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Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Photo of WoodBrew
3/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It has a wonder full deep golden colored body. There isn't much for bubbles or head. There is however a bit of tight lacing. It has an average lager aroma there is nothing that special about it. There are some grassy tones but that is about it. It has a grainy and light hops flavor. There is a bit of a corn tone to the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink.

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.5/5  rDev -1.7%

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.56 out of 5 based on 382 ratings.
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