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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

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Photo of tone77
3.47/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Once again woodychandler unearths a canned beer for me to try. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of malts, a touch of citrus. Taste is crisp, refreshing, a tad sweet and malty. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a decent brew.

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Photo of NODAK
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smells somewhat citric and a tad of Noble hops. Nothing too special or out of the ordinary for this style.

Predominately citric in the body, which again is pretty run of the mall. Has a toasty malt note that's pretty light and restrained at the finish along with a small aspirin bitterness that hits and lingers a little. Again, not powerful or surprising.

Just a very average beer here. I know that not all beers of this style are that mundane and restrained, which is good.

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Photo of soju6
3.35/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale straw color with a fizzy head that fades pretty quick with some lacing.

S: Has a mild fresh grain aroma with a faint hint of citrus.

T: Has a very mild sweetness with a bit of biscuit and seems to have a soft finish.

F: Light body, smooth with a mild carbonation. Not quite as crisp and refreshing as I expected, but still nicely balanced.

O: Nothing fancy just a nice Summer beer, an easy drinker and good for a few.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.77/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, a Schlafly summer brew... a German-style one at that. The always-dependable brewery doing the styles that they do best... Let's see how it goes:

Shiny body with a pale gold appearance falls into the glass. A white head fizzes to life before quickly settling into a ring around the edges of the glass. Clarity is amazing, if only the carbonation looked less flat! The nose reminds me of a pilsner more than anything else. Noble hops, hints of barley and citrus tones underneath. Not too much going on, but pleasant nonetheless.

The first swig of the brew reveals an incredibly crisp, refreshing feel. A fairly light body carries the grassy flavors on to the tongue. Sharp, perfect carbonation keeps the tongue feeling satisfied while the other flavors come forward. A good amount of grains in the flavor with a bit of citrus showing up underneath. Finish is as clean and easy as you'd want from a summer brew.

Overall/notes - Well, there's two things Schlafly knows: German beer and a hot, Missouri summer. The two are combined here for yet another refreshing brew. It won't wow anyone with its depth or complexity, but when both the temperature and humidy hit the nineties, that's the last thing I'm worrying about.

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Photo of tapman
4.02/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Head is small, white and shrinks to almost nothing. Body is a very light straw, clear and filtered.

Some floral notes and a little graininess. Very clean.

Pilsner malt, a little bit of (Saaz or similar low alpha acid) hops and that is it. Once again, very clean. A bit on the light side, which isn't bad for the style, but this one is extra light.

Light, crisp and perfect for summer.

Helles is a tricky style since you can't hide anything. While this one seems to play it safe, it is quite clean and therefore a decent example of the style.

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Photo of AleWatcher
4.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This was the last line of my bottle review from last summer:
"Very easy to drink. If this were in cans, I would certainly toss it in the cooler to bring out on the boat."

Well, they must have listened and I lucked out and found a 12 pack of this one in cans... Had 6 of them yesterday while lounging around the pool, heading out on the boat, and showing my 3.5 year old how to fish. I thought it was a PERFECT beer right out of the cans.
In fact, I'm only planning on pouring this one into a glass to review it-- I'll be drinking the rest straight from the can on the water or at the pool!

Served in standard pint glass.

Light golden color is bright and clear. Actually looks "summery" and fresh. Small white head settled to a collar after a few sips. Minimal spotty lacing.

Smells lightly sweet with a noble spicy hop. The flavor is the same-- light, gentle sweetness is well-balanced with a light bitter bite to help it finish crisp and clean.

Body is spot on-- plenty of carbonation in a light, easy drinking body.

Overall, I found this a little more enjoyable straight from the can, but this is certainly a tasty and enjoyable for a summer beer.

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Photo of Azurescens
3.3/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle with bottled on date 3/16/11 poured into Maudite stemmed glass, reviewed on 6/5/11.

A: Pours a clear straw color with thin white head that leaves little lacing around glass.

S: Bready pale malts with some yeast, hints of herbal hops and a touch of alcohol.

T: Like the aroma, bready malts, a distinct yeast character with light hop flavor and little hop bitterness.

M: Smooth moderately carbonated lighter body, finishes dry.

O: Quite drinkable and refreshing, good beer to crack on this first hot day of June.

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Photo of THECPJ
3.03/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes:

appearance: golden yellow with a 1 finger head

smell: lager yeast, citrus, spices

taste: citrus, spicy lager yeast,

mouthfeel: mild carbonation, medium body, crisp, clean

overall: a nice refreshing summer beer.


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Photo of Florida9
2.96/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottled 3/22/11

Hazy light yellow gold in color. Forms a large sudsy head. Good retention. Smell is odd an unappealing: a combination of bready malt and cider vinegar. Taste is slightly more appealing with bready malts, some light noble hops, and a little beast of yeasty banana.

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

Straw yellow, with a nice, white head. Interesting "picket fence" lace.

Fresh aroma of grains and toast.

Light bodied, but flavor is a well-balanced mix of slightly citrus Noble hops and a grainy malt quality.

A rich and tasty light brew, tailor-made for warm weather.

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Photo of JayQue
3.33/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

An ok lager, nothing special even though it comes from one of my favorite breweries.

Pours a clear pale gold color with a medium sized head that fades quickly, leaves some good lacing on the glass.

Smell is some grassy hops. The taste is fairly well balanced between biscuity malts and grassy hops.

Mouthfeel is crisp, smooth, and a bit thin.

Overall this is a better alternative than Budweiser on a hot day.

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Photo of skyline31687
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured from bottle into pint glass

A - pours a very light golden straw color with a quickly dissipating head that leaves no real lacing

S - smells quite sweet with a few citrusy notes mixed in

T - this is a very very light tasting beer, quite refreshing and smooth with a little citrus flair at the end

M - great! proper carbonation and goes down very smooth.

D - very high. i could drink my weight in these.

O - this is not my favorite offering from schlafly, nor is it my favorite summer-style beer, but it is most definitely worth a try

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

12 ounce bottle into frozen mug.

Pours yellow - gold, clear and clean, with a 2 inch head. The head dwindles, but sticks around til the end with very nice lacing.

smells a little like citrus.

Taste is pretty damn good. Not a whole lot of depth to it but it tastes how the mega breweries wish their beers tasted...a flavorful, clean, crisp lager. A little watery but thats good on a hot summer day.

This beers has supplanted Bud Light as my bbq beer! Go ahead and get yourself a 6 pack of this, invite some friends over, fire up the grill, and enjoy!

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Photo of gofreaksgo
4.38/5  rDev +22.7%
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 cubbyswans
4.28/5  rDev +19.9%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow and clear with a one finger head that quickly dissipated into a thin film and left some lacing.

smelled grainy and lemony with a little bit of biscuit and hops.

Tasted summery... light citrus and grains with a touch of hops and grassy malts.

Feels quite typical of the style, light and watery with ample carbonation and a slightly slick feeling going down.

Canned this is an excellent fishin' beer. I could easily drink them all day long, and fast. Tasty when really cold too.

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Photo of CaptainIPA
3.78/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presented in a 12 oz. brown bottle with label colors evocative of summer: pale blue sky and golden sun. "Bottled With Love" on: 07/30/2010.

Pours a very pale straw color with a one-finger, bleached white froth and active carbonation. Quite lovely. Hoppy nose with suggestions of yeast, bread and biscuit.

Crisp and bracing mouthfeel with expressive carbonation. Plenty of noble hops on the opening with hints of toasted malt in the background. Light citrus notes surface. Clean and bright with a bite of grass at the finish.

Highly drinkable yet never boring, this well-balanced lager has enough character to make it more sessionable than the garden variety Euro-pounders.

Although Summer Lager was brewed for the warm and lazy days of August, it also makes a pretty fair lawn-raking companion.

Thanks to Jeff M. for bringing a few samples back from St. Louis.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.08/5  rDev +14.3%
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 brewdlyhooked13
3.67/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - a little haze to the otherewise lager-yellow brew. A thin partial cover

Aroma - straight, fresh grain. A slight floral scent.

Taste - a citrusy, lemony edge to the grain. Great hop balance and great balance overall. Swallows ushers in some of the bitterness. The palate dries out on the swallow, ready fot the next sip.

Mouthfeel - smooth lagery feel, carbonation is peppy and refreshing.

Drinkability - great summer/fall beer. These go fast.

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Photo of abrand
3.8/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass.

The summer lager pours a nice golden color with a pillowy white head and some lacing on the pint glass. Smells of yeast, soap, and some hops. Not a huge smelling beer but pleasant. Taste is crisp and refreshing with somewhat of a hop finish. In between there are floral notes as well as breads. Mouthfeel is crispy and light bodied. Drinkability is good for a summer afternoon. Definitely very sessionable with the mediocre ABV. I could handle a sixer of this pretty easily.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.52/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Two fingers of bright white head, a hazy pale gold color.

The aroma is of faint lemon, corn husk, and metallic characteristics.

Slight cereal grain and tbat's about it.

Overall this was a dissapointing beer. Back to the drawing board for this one.

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Photo of kmpitz2
4.6/5  rDev +28.9%
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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Photo of ghostofpaulman
3.05/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a golden straw color which is completely see through with almost no carbonation to be seen. Creates a tiny head that disappears almost instantly.

S: Smells kind of grassy with a bit of grain. Also a hoppy herbiness.

T: Very run of the mill basic lager. A little bit of a bready taste with a bit of hop bitterness in the back. It's not bad just nothing special. Still very flavorful.

M: Medium bodied. Not as watery as it looks. Has a good weight on the tongue and a has a surprising bite considering the near absence of carbonation. Goes down smooth and refreshes your mouth.

D: Easy to put them back. Pretty much a perfect lawnmowing and fishing beer. But of course you can get that for a much more reasonable price tag.

Overall: Not a bad beer by any means, it's just not something that I would pay the extra dollar-fifty a sixer for when I could just drink some Dos Equis or Modelo and get the same effect.

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

Pours a clear and crisp pale yellow color with a nice inch and a half bright white head. There is decent head retention.

The aroma is fine. Some bready pale malt, slightly sweet, and a little nutty.It's got a bit of a macro thing going for it.

The taste again is fine. There's some pale malt giving a bready/biscuity vibe and there's a light sweetness that's followed by a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is thin and lightly carbonated.

Drinkability is relatively high. It's an easily sessionable beer not only due to low ABV, but also a small and simple flavor profile. Clean and refreshing, yep it's a summer lager alright.

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Photo of scruffwhor
4.07/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Great clarity with this golden hued helles. Nice bubbling and ok foam that recedes to nothing.

Crisp toast mixed with even crisper hops to balance that malt aroma out.

Nice malt sweetness of the best simplicty. This simple toasted malt sweetness mxies well with a divining grass hops that balance everything out to crisp yet sweet brillance. Very crisp palate that is refreshing and easily sessionable with lots of flavor.

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Schlafly Summer Lager from The Schlafly Tap Room
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