Schlafly Pilsner | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly PilsnerSchlafly Pilsner

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Czech 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

Added by beernut7 on 10-20-2002

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Photo of EgadBananas
4.48/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Big thanks to AlCaponeJunior for this!!

Pours a beautiful sunny gold color, with a good 2+ finger of pillow-light head, very rich and fluffy. Dissipates to some splotchy mounds atop the brew, leaving sticky webbing all the way down.

Aroma is lightly malty, with a nice hint of grassy hops and spice.

Taste has a nice malt base, pleasant spicy hops, some grassyness, and a nice little bitter bite at the end.

Feel is light, crisp, bubbly, with a slightly slick texture. It's very smooth, and refreshing.

I could drink this all day long; naturally easy to put back, but an incredibly refreshing and wonderfully tasty. With the temperature uncommonly high at the moment, this hit the spot!

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Photo of GossageBrewery
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured this German Pilsner from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. The pilsener poured a clear golden color, produced a average white head and it had good retention. Lacing was nice. The aroma of the pilsner had a nice malt base, notes of bread, and a surprisingly strong hop presence for a pilsner. One of the finest smelling pilsner's that this nose has come across. The taste of this beer is light in body, very crisp, excellent mouthfeel. There is a very strong malt base that lays the foundation to herbal notes, grain and hops. Possibly the best American brewed Pilsener that I have tried to this point- very well balanced, great session beer- Nice to see a craft brewer produce a decent Pilsner. Budweiser may be king in St.Louis...but "The King" doesn't have anything on this beer!

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.47/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. brown bottle with Bottled With Love Date.

The beer pours a clear golden color with a large, white, fluffy head. The froth leaves rings and lace down the side of the glass.

The aroma is a sweet bready malt note paired with herbal and grass notes from the noble hops.

Medium light in body with a surpising creaminess and a crisp finish. Biscuit like malts come out at the top with an almost buttery sweetness. The juicy malt center quickly fades into what at first is lemon-y, then grassy hop snap that lingers well into the finish, where the malts come back into play and balance perfectly, then it goes dry. I could drink hell out of this. I had it with a seafood pasta salad and it was a perfect compliment.

What a great fucking beer!

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm rather hit or miss with the Pils style. Some are good, and provide an enjoyable respite, others are not so good collections of diacetyl and out of balance flavors. I'm happy to report this one falls firmly into the former category.

It oured a very bright yellowish gold. Very little head to speak of, but I would be willing to bet that was my glass causing that, not the beer.

The smell is clean. Not "absent of any aroma", mind you, just clean. Very well balanced. There's a little bit of spicy hoppiness, and a not insignificant amount of malt sweetness working together in almost perfect balance. My nose really liked the beer, let me put it that way.

The first sip was almost all malt, with the wonderful sweetness coating my tongue. Before it could get comfortable and set up shop, however, the hops moved in and redecorated the place. They worked well together, like a choir in perfect harmony. The taste, like the nose, is very clean. No esters that I can detect, and certainly no diacetyl. It's simply good, clean, crisp, and enjoyable. The sip ends with a trace of hop bitterness, inviting you to return to the glass soon.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which is appropriate for the style. it's not watery... there's a velvety smoothness that lets you know you're drinking something. It just isn't hard work to get this one down at all.

Easily one of the best pils I've had. The balance is outstanding, in a very good way. A beer can be called balanced when nothing really shines through. This one is balanced because you taste everything in equal proportions. I'm glad to have them distributed here, so I can pick up more of this wonderful brew.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is not really the actual pilsner but a side beer called "Lil Yella Pils" or something like that. its the pilsner, only hoppy. now... lets review! seeing that there is already a lil yellow pils from oskar blues.... i will just toss it here.

pour is quite clear light yellow with a slight copper hue. fluffy white head, nice retention.

very floral on the nose, me thinks its amarillo hops

up front are the hops, light and fruity with a touch saaz. a little bit of tangerine and apricot. malts kick in and finish this off with a very bread like tone.

very light and clean but enough body to make this very easy to drink

this is one of the easiest drinking pilsners i have ever had. the hops are perfect and there but not overpowering. this is light and most likely has a lower ABV. i plan on killing this growler fairly quickly and i will enjoy the hell out of it.

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Photo of skrib09
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this pils poured a perfect looking specimen. golden, mainly clear, with a white head up top. good lacing on the glass too.

smells floral, spicey, and with a hint of pine and citrus. all followed by a malt base.

taste is refreshingly malty, doughy, and bready. good hop and pine aroma and flavor. hints of corn from the malt.

great fresh mouthfeel and great drinkability.

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Photo of nogoodreason
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden and very, very clear, a pure white head forms and laces nicely down the glass. Aroma is of sweet malts with a slightly spicy, grassy hopiness, it's not overpowering, but lovely. In your mouth it's almost creamy smooth with a pleasing, sharp carbonation. Again it's a clean, lightly malty, I swear it tastes somewhat creamy, with some toasted qualities and a blend of grassy and spicy hop presence. Drinkability is exceptionally high. Finish is lingering maltyness with traces of the spicy bitterness.

Simply a lovely, underrated pilsener.

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Photo of mynie
4.28/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Very pretty pour into a pilsner glass. Dark gold champagne bubbles and a wonderfully large and retentive head.

Smells of deep pilsner grain. Herbal hops along with fresh cut grass and a cornfield. Summertime.

Fantastic malt flavor! Dry grass and sweet, sour fruit, ending on a perfectly dulled note of hop.

Perfectly dry with an excellent balance between sweet grain and bitter hops, this is a grand example of its style. Easily one of the most drinkable beers I've ever had, too.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Garrett for getting me this when he traveled to St. Louis! Wow, what a nice pilsner…

Appearance: It appeared clear & golden-honey.

Smell: To me, it almost smelled like a wheat beer. I detected citrus, malts and the slightest bit of cinnamon or all-spice, but couldn’t pin it down.

Taste: The taste was light to medium bodied and very refreshing - very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich in flavor for a pilsner, but NOT overwhelming. Tastes reflected the nose of this beer. There was an ample amount of carbonation.

This is fine example of a pilsner. I consider this a great session beer - I just wish Schlafly’s brewery was closer to me!

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Photo of scottakelly
4.24/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Very pale yellow. Small white head recedes quickly but clings to the glass. Wonderfull hop aroma is grassy and citrusy. Initial taste is all hop bitterness, but a sweet malt flavor comes out as the beer warms. Lots of citrusy hop flavor as well. A nice take on the German style pilsner with more hop flavor and less malt flavor then most.

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Photo of Enola
4.23/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dertbert for the bottle.

This is a fine beer. The appearance is like a typical pilsner but with a slightly golden hue. There was a thick head and some lacing. The smell is a little like a wheat and had me concerned but it is good for the style. The taste is among the best pilsners I have had. There is no harsh corny taste. This beer is a must try for the lighter beer drinker. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I could session this beer for sure. Too bad it is nat marketed here. I may have to obtain more of this.

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Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 01*05*2010

pours bright clear yellow gold with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell floral citrus hops with some sweet malt

taste - wow love this and to me it tates better then prima pils - good amount of sweet/bitter lemon grassy hops balanced well with malts

mouthfeel light crisp decent carbonation

drinkability - love the taste - i am glad i picked this up

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best pilsner I have ever had. This is truely a super beer. In my experience pilsners are usually not very exciting with slight but insignificant variations of flavor. The desired end result of pilsners most often leans to drinkability, but this one is different. It fires on all fronts, starting with the pour which is golden and bright, but hazy with a lingering head. Great bread aroma. Man this is good; it's teeming with enormous grainy flavors, and the thick malty bread continues along with faint organic seasonings and spice all the way through the bottom of my glass. Finishes with a slight hop and citrus twinge. An awesome medium-bodied, refreshing brew which will have permanent spot in my fridge from now on.

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Photo of UncleJimbo
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 ZAP
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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 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 alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive pilsner. Not really knowing what to expect from this brewery, I was surprised with the quality of the brew. Very firm pilsner malt base that shows much more maltiness than graininess. The malts remain consistent and substantiated from beginning to end. Sweetness tempered with earthy, pungent German hops (Saaz) for a lightly spicy, rounded brew. Firm and smooth body without grain astringency or thinning. Finishes very clean with a minty alcoholic note in the aftertaste. Thanks Beer Dave.

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Photo of brownbeer
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled 1-5-10, pretty fresh

Bright and golden with a white head.

Aroma has some nice peppery hops, a certain lemony/grassy quality that reminds me of white wine (maybe reisling).

Some lemon and honey in the taste, a fairly generous saaz hop flavor. I'm again reminded of white wine minus the acidity, and i'm ok with that.

After drinking Noble Pils serveral times and going back to this one, the Schlafly actually held up pretty well. Good Pils.

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Photo of wnh
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale straw with a lingering foamy white head. Nose of toasted grains and bright, clean citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit zest flavors on top of a strong grainy bread backbone. Light bodied and crisp, with a short, clean finish. Ever-so-slightly round on the palate, but pleasantly crisp on the whole. I'm quite impressed.

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Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
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 Realale
4.12/5  rDev +11.1%
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 MOShepp
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a frothy white head.

Smells of biscuits and a floral scent.

Tastes of bread and mild floral hops that blend smoothly.

Refreshing and crisp, very light feel.

My friend got one of their three gallon kegs (you can get one in any of their styles) and I had about for or five pints, easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of amicar
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Brought home and polished off that night with the wife.

Pours a nice light golden (barely hazy) color with medium fine- bubbled head. Nice crisp hop smell- a little herbal and spicy smell. Taste is very nice- crisp, dry, a little lemon- tartness (without the fruit) and grassy hops. The grains also come through nicely. Nice and crisp in the mouth and goes down oh so refreshing. As for drinkability? Not sure the wife got her full "half" of the growler....

Overall, very nice pilsener. Won't get much imported that's this tasty (well, at least that makes the long boat ride). Love it.

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Photo of jneiswender
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-yellow gold body, bright, clear, nice white foam

S-faint grain smell, sweet

T-nice sweet malt front, hop bite at the end that finished clean

M-light and dry

D-very good representation of the style. No off flavors

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Photo of htomsirveaux
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
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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