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Schlafly Pilsner | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Bohemian Pilsener

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Our Pilsner is a golden and crystal clear lager. The hops lend a pleasant bitterness and a lemony, peppery taste. They are added at the beginning of the brew for bitterness and the end for flavor. The subtle and lightly toasted flavor of the malts is the perfect backbone to showcase the special hop blend.

Pilsner can be traced to its namesake, the city of Plzeň (pronounced pilsen) in the western half of the Czech Republic, once part of Bohemia. In 1842, Joseph Groll developed the first light colored beer, an immediate success. Still a popular style, Pilsner influenced the American light lager we know today.

30 IBU

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Ratings: 222 |  Reviews: 127
Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
3.72/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale straw yellow with white bubbly head. Head dissipates to a thin 3mm covering on top of the beer

A- Sweetish malt with a flowery spiced hop smell, nothing over the top, but well within style.

T- Crisp clean taste with a light ever so sweet malt taste. Noble hops live throughout the taste. Finishes mostly dry with a slight bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body. Low carbonation, perhaps my bottle was a bit old.

D- Seems like a great drink on a warm day, a very refreshing clean taste. Would go well with brats. Also would be a good beer for a BMC lover.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One thing's for sure: There aren't enough craft-brewed Pilsners in the US right now. Unfortunately, many brewers look upon Lagers as a burden on profits compared to quicker-fermented Ales.

Stunningly clear golden hue with numerous bubbles that form a prim and dapper white head. No retention problems here, as the head clutches to the glass. It boasts a complex hop aroma: fruity, fresh-cut flowers; a bit grassy, with a biscuit dough malt nose to boot. Crispness is first to strike with a pleasing smoothness and a light and tight body. Sturdy layer of pale maltiness meets a balancing hop character that holds a semi-sharp and spicy bitterness, as well as a lingering herbal and grape skin flavor. Ends with a dry, clean graininess and some faint bitterness.

All in all, a superb Pilsner, fresh and clean all over. The balance is there without a doubt; and a modest level of alcohol is great, considering how drinkable it is. What could go better with this than grilled brats, kraut and baked beans?

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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a pilsener with some hops. I love 'em, but this was almost a bit hoppy for the style. Plenty of malt, a bit heavy on the tongue - overall this was a bit pale ale-like. Nice flavor, clean finish although wanted to wander a bit in the direction of sweet.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.67/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a two finger head that fades slowly to thin layer leaving some lace. Almost cloudy light amber color. Light-medium carbonation and medium bodied. Hoppy nose. Starts balanced, hops are right there, pine cone flavor, hoppy finish. 12 oz bottle part of mixed 6-pak for $7.99 from Friar Tuck's Peoria, Il.

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Photo of beernut7
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light golden color with a good thick foamy white head. The aroma is fruity with a sharp bitter hint. The fruit character carries through into the flavor and contrasts an aggressive bitterness that finishes the brew off.

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Photo of jkrich
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date clearly marked on front of label.

Poured a clear, deep gold color more typical of the czech style than the lighter german pilsners I normally see. The white head is sustained at about an 1/8 inch with lacing down the glass.

As is typical with most pilsners, the odor is very faint of european hops unlike the more aggressive domestic hops.

This is an elegant, well made lager: the taste is more of a munich helles than a pilsner; however, it is a well rounded brew with a mild hop profile and a soft sweetness of the tongue. I have been sampling some rather hoppy american ales, and this is a good change of taste. Like most of Schlafly's products, this is a solid effort. I only wish other breweries would attempt this style. It is difficult to find decent, american pilsners on the shelves.

The lager had a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

This is immensely quaffable and with a low ABV, this will be a staple for the summer months.

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Photo of ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pilsners are probably my least favorite style, but here is one that I could drink more than a few of. It lacks that sharp Saaz hops bite many pure Pilsner enthusiasts would enjoy but it has a real good drinkability and a nice maltiness for a Pilsner....It is relatively clear light golden in color.....Nose is grassy amd semi sweet....taste is definitely pretty sweet for a Pilsner...I like it but others may not if you are after a textbook Pilsner...Mouthfeel is about right..on the lighter side of medium...I rate the drinkability high because I think this is a solid, easy drinking beer..Bottom Line....is this 100% true to style??? Probably not..It's really more of a high quality American Lager...and at that it is very good...These are hard for me to rate because for the stye it may not be real good, but some American Pilsners blend into the Lager category rather easily...I'm putting these numbers down for an American Lager which I feel it best fits...and in that category it is really outstanding...a great every day beer...(As a Pilsner I would go 3.5/3.5/3/3.5/3)

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Photo of budgood1
3.02/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

pours out a slightly hazy straw yellow color. little head and lace. muted aroma of pale malts and a bit of hops. tastes very malty, with a good dose of noble hops in the taste, providing a hefty hop bite in the finish. a full bodied pilsener with heavy amounts of malt and bitter hops. seems a bit heavy-handed, as i prefer my pilseners more aromatic and refreshing. certainly better renditions of the style to try out there.

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Photo of maxpower
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Brewed and bottled in St. Louis at the new facility ( much better than the contract ones). Pours a golden-straw color, nice fizzy foamy white head that sticks to my glass, light grainy-grassy flowery aroma. Grainy and mild sweetness turns to a hoppy and bitter yet smooth dryness in the finish. Light bodied with a crisp carbonated mouthfeel, very clean and crisp, this is a very good pils.

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle tried 9 Jul 2009. Brewed on date: 04 15 2009. Courtesy of A's folks, thanks!

Served in the 0.4 L Hutthurmer mug. Large yellowish foamy head. Well carbonated. Clear bright golden yellow. Aroma is light, malty, some mineral, a whiff of cucumber (?). Starts with a light maltiness, touch of mineral saltiness. Finish is crisp and dry. Aftertaste is a light honeyness. Medium to light creamy body. Light ethanol.

Good choice for a summer day.

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Photo of Suds
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a beautiful brew...clear golden color with a thick white head. The aroma is of fresh, lightly beady undertone and forward floral hops. The taste is nicely balanced, with a hoppy bitterness in the mid-taste. Flavorful, crisp, with a firm body. Solid.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a medium thin ivory white head that dissipates slowly. Thin rings of lacing. Mild hops and bready malt in the nose. Light-bodied and clean with grassy hops and grainy malt flavors with a touch of fruit in the background. The finish is lightly bitter hops with a short hops aftertaste. Fairly uninteresting overall.

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Photo of bditty187
3.46/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bottle with love on Jan 04 2005

Clear, gold in hue, it is on the pale side of things, there is a steady stream of animation that lazily dances to the fluffy white head. At the apex the foam reached about two fingers in height. The head retention was excellent and the subsequent lacing was webby, clumpy and widespread. Overall, this beer looks fairly normal but there is nothing wrong with that. The nose really lacks in potency, it says something to the effect of, “I’m a Pils.” There is a rounded breadiness and soft spicy, herbal hops with a kiss of lemon & lime. Saaz? It is a shame it is not more articulate. I can’t call in inviting; lethargic is a more fitting description. The palate really isn’t much better then the nose. Sure it is tasty but it is too weak. The best micro Pils I’ve had was New Glarus Edel-Pils. There was some assertiveness to that beer, not so much with this one. Minimal bitterness, the hop flavors are herbal, rounded with kisses of spiciness. Too bad it is far to weak to be relevant. The malt offers itself in a bready, lightly toasty fashion. Again the flavors are too subtle to make a point. This is a facsimile of a good Pils. What a shame. This is a drinker, not a thinker. Give me this beer and a cold cut sandwich and I’m good to go. About medium in body, moderately low carbonation, very fitting for the flavor profile. The mouthfeel is pleasant. It is easy to drink but it’s not tasty enough for me to really care. I don’t see the need to drink the one again. This was purchased at the Tap Room as part of a mixed six-pack.

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Photo of MJR
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from a growler...

Appearance: Pours a brilliantly clear straw yellow. It's pure white head starts out huge and shrinks down to a small cap. Nice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is fantastic with lots of flowery hops and a strong grassy/fresh hay note. A touch of sweet malt hides underneath the hops. It's lacking that Saaz punch that a lot of other pilsners have, but the smell is still quite nice.

Taste: Has a big malt backbone with a great balance of flowery hops. There's the same dose of freshly mown hay from the nose. The sweet malt peeks it head out now and then. A touch of citrus (mostly lemon) is present too. Finishes with a faint bitter note. Very well balanced...

Mouthfeel: On the thinner side of medium with a round mouthfeel. I'd like to see a more crisp, dry feel in the mouth.

Drinkability: Good stuff.

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Photo of Realale
4.12/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear gold with a very fine bright white head. Initially large, but settles quickly to a thin but persistent cap.

Hops on the nose - a combination of orangy citrus with Saazy grassiness supported by solid Germanic spice. A bit of crackery malt pokes through, but the hops star.

Medium in the mouth with a soft, slightly sweet maltiness. Delicate hop flavors of orange and spice balance the malt and lead to a finish of nice length that concludes with a refreshing bitterness. This example bottled on April 10, 2005.

Good mouthfeel that tends more towards the dryness of a German pils than the softness of Czech examples. No beer has benefitted more from Schlafly's increased capacity and ability to bottle beers that it brews, rather than contracting them out. This beer has gone from very ordinary, to one of the better examples made in this country.

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Photo of Riggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a transparent light golden with thin white head. smells lemony, herbaceous, a little yeasty--almost belgian.

taste lemony and grainy, almost reminiscent of an american wheat. some light mineral qualities, hint of pineapple. well balanced but a little too sweet for my tastes and probably for the style. a stronger hop profile would be nice.

mouthfeel is crisp, good. definitely drinkable, but a little boring. refreshing and solid but schlafly can do better.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I sampled the Pilsner at the brewpub.

The Pilsner poured to give an unassuming, yet pleasant golden colored beverage with a very good, creamy head that was very long lasting, and left a lot of lace. The aroma was strong and fragrant of hops. The taste was dominated by floral bitterness of hops, and was surprisingly good. The mouthfeel was very pleasant and smooth, and I found this pilsner very drinkable! The quality of this pilsner among a sea of ales surprised me.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Slightly cloudy gold hue, thin head, but sheets of lacing throughout the glass, and noticeable the next morning holding tightly to the glass! A nice aroma of hops, as well as some fresh fruit on the nose. Crisp, noble hops noted up front, very smooth, quite clean and oh-so-refreshing! The hops dominated palate is coupled with a decent malty backbone, some fresh fruit also noticeable on the palate. Just a bit dry and at the same time some bitterness. The ideal session, any-time, any-place brew - a superior pils!

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Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.06/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. amber bottle with a born-on date of 13-Apr-04. Cheers to TwelveVoltMan for this one.

Poured a boisterous and billowing clear yellow in color. White, sticky head is all over the place and makes a nice patchwork quilt on the glass. Aromas are definitely on the sweet side. Slight scents of hoppyness. Flavor was really different. I swear I taste...asparagus. Yep. Asparagus. Not something one looks for in a beer. Malty sweet after the asparagus goes away. Finishes with a snappy briskness that dries out the palate. Nothing too spectacular with this one.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very nice Pilsener style from Schlafly. One of the most good looking Pilsener style beers I've seen, this little beauty is a very bright, clear golden color with a huge and retentive white head. The lacing here is quite good.

A light nose gives a small hop sense and portrays the nice malt base. The hops are very mild in the flavor, taking a back seat to the malt. This very drinkable Pilsener with a nice medium body a delightfully crisp finish. Another good one from Schlafly.

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Photo of hotstuff
2.74/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer had a medium sized white head when it was poured with fine-large sized bubbles that was mostly diminishing.The body was clear with a golden hue.The nose was moderately malty and hoppy with a moderate bitter flavor that left a lingering aftertaste.The mouthfeel was tingly, smooth, watery and medium bodied.This beer had good lacing.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of several schlafly bottles from MJR. Thanks for the brews!
I am sampling a chilled sample in a pint glass. The beer pours a very light clear yellow color with some nice rising bubbles in the glass. A marshmallowy, fluffy bright white head foams up and fades gradually to a nice surface layer, leaving some gap filled latticework on the way.
Aroma is crisp grassy hops and a mix of toffee and caramel. First sip is thin yet not watery with gentle rolling carbonation. Some lager malt up front then a sharp bitey hop finish dries my mouth a little making me thirsty for more. A very nice brew that is extremely drinkable for a hot summer day.

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Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy color with a moderate fluffy white head that disipates to just a light skin fairly quickly but still manages to leave some decent lace.

The aroma is fresh biscuits with a very nice herbal/floral hops note.

The taste starts out with a bit of mild hops bite smoothed out by a mild buttery biscuity malt taste with a bit of citrus. Finishes smoothly with a lingering pleasant spicy herbal hops flavor that makes you want another round.

Light/medium body, refreshing and very drinkable. Above average pilsner, well worth a try.

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.64/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Sep 26 2006. Vibrant gold in color, with active carbonation. White fluffy head, that retains itself fairly well, but isn't as large and fluffy as others.

Very pale aroma. A bit of pale malt, but really nothing in the way of hops, grassy, herbal, or otherwise. That is a bit disappointing.

Nice pale malty character, which leans toward bready. Grassy and slightly floral hop flavors, balance well, but could be a bit more present. Flavors are fairly crisp and clean, but not as snappy as I like.

Good body, and ample carbontaion. Pretty refreshing. Could use a bit more hop aroma, and flavor, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lemony yellow, clear, clean, with a frothy, cobweb-lace, eggshell white head. Nose shows off pungent sea air and spicy herbal hops over a background of honey malt and faint cardboard. Nice. Herbal hop bitterness up front. Peppery, vegetal hop flavors follow. Clean, biscuity honey malt backbone throughout. Finish is crisp, dry and refreshingly bitter, with lingering honey. Moderate body with a snappy feel. Nice, humid-weather thirst quencher/session beer. I really like the snappy, hoppy edge.

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