Schlafly Summer Lager | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Summer LagerSchlafly Summer Lager

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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

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Photo of KI9A
3.93/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: Pours typical pissy yellow American macro, but, with a decent head, some lace, some retention.

S: Biscuits & honey. Some malt.

T: Some maltyness, a slight hit of honey, some pear/sour apple. Some noble hops on the back.

M: Clean, some residual bitterness, it almost makes you put the glass back up for another quaff pretty quick.

D: See the last line of above. It's wierd, but it really reminds me of their Kolsch. To prove it, I did a side-by-side. It's close..Are they using the Kolsch yeast for this beer?? Damned fine session beer, even better than their Pils. Will pick up a case jsut to have around...looks to be a new staple in the fridge for me. Damned fine lager, guys.

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Photo of carln26
3.68/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on tap yesterday at the main bar in the Tap Room. It poured a clear straw colored gold with a thick fluffy white head. It presented a malt aroma with some fruity essence. The malt came across with mild figs and dates and a hint of caramel on the finish. The fruit came as just a hint of pear on the finish. The flavor reminded me of a delicate Maibock. More subtle, not as sweet. Something for a hot weather day (which it is in St. Louis). It had the sweet malt with light caramel and dates, and more fruit than I see in bock beers in th form of pear and apple flavors. Nice smooth mouth feel, very drinkable. Good hot weather beer.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.4/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

When poured into my glass, the head was small sized and white with fine-large bubbles that quickly dissipated.The body was carbonated and clear with a golden hue.The nose was malty and somewhat skunky.It had a bitter flavor that left an aftertaste.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, thin textured, watery and medium bodied.There was virtually no lacing with this beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.83/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A strong lager from this increasingly fine brewer. This is a very good Helles that come through with the promise of this style to deliver flavor. Strongly flavored is a forte here as the bread and yeasty sense is finely stated by this brew. The look is a very nice gold with an average white head and light lacing. The feel is just a tad thin, not objectionable, but definitely lighter than desired.

I would rate this beer as very drinkable and clearly a session brew. It is most reminiscent of the Hofbrauhaus strain of Helles and I believe it could sub there very easily. Clean, crisp, and clear are all attributes of this offering.

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Photo of maxpower
3.5/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light golden in color with a small white head that doesn't last very long.Light bready and flowery aroma, starts sweet and bready with a hint of grains and flowery hop flavors, light bodied, somewhat of a thin and watery mouthfeel, finishes smooth and crisp, I would say this is an average American Helles lager.

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