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 jujubeast6000
1.98/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a clear yellow color body, with a small white head. Very clear. Has a malty pilsenery aroma, nutty. Some maltiness and fruitiness. Watery wheaty taste. Malty nutty. Soft mouthfeel. Fruity taste too. Has a light grainy aftertaste. Okay. A light tasting grainy beer.

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Photo of jdhilt
2.67/5  rDev -28%
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 hotstuff
2.74/5  rDev -26.1%
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 Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Bottle: Poured a yellow color pilsner with a medium size foamy head with OK retention and some light lacing. Aroma of grainy notes is not the most pleasant. Taste is also dominated by some grainy notes with a dry finish with light spicy finish. Body is about average with good carbonation. Not sure if I got a bad bottle here but this was not the most pleasant and I had hard time finishing a single bottle which is not what I was expecting considering the style.

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Photo of maximum12
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to non-BA friends who brought a mixed sixer of Schlafly back from the great middle of the U.S.A. from a recent trip. Needed something light so I don't fall asleep in the middle of a late-night Twins game, so Pilsner it is.

Frankly, this beer looks like it was created for a beer commercial, fluffy head, racing carbonation, golden color. I'm looking for hidden cameras...there are some hops in the nose, along with a sunshine-light sweetness that's been rolled in wet grass.

Raw roughage comes to mind with each sip - not in a bad way, but not in a "gimme more" way, either, it just is. The hops give it a bite that's not entirely congruent with either the style or the Breakfast-of-Champs wheatiness.

The other word that comes is "overcarbonated". Almost bubbly in the mouth. If one was given to mindless drinking, this could be a sessioner.

Strictly average. There are the barest hints of flavor that differentiate this clearly from something golden & tasteless, but there's nothing here to write home about.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with moderate white head. Slight hop aroma of citrus and hay. Well balanced, kind of dry with dry, crisp finish. Decent offering but in a blind taste test would not alter much from a Miller Lite, Coors Original or Budweiser. There is some body, but not much. Pretty light and grainy to me - not a classic pilsener, average.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This one is a clear light-peach hue with a small cap of white foam. A decent amount o lace is left on the glass. Nothing special about this one's looks. Rather bland actually.

S - Crisp crusty baguette notes with a tinge of salt and butter.

T - This is really hoppy for the style, and not in the right way. This tastes more like an APA than a German pils. The hops are more citrusy and sweet than crisp and spicy like they should be.

M - Light bodied, slightly acrid on the finish, and highly carbonated.

D - This is probably my least favorite brew from a brewer that I normally hold in very high regard. Oh well not everyone is at the top of their game all of the time! It's not terrible, it's just not as good as I expected from a brewery that specializes in all things German.

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Photo of Steedee
2.97/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This Pilsner seems a little more sour than most Pilsners I've had from Europe. Since this is my favorite style of beer, I tend to judge a little more stringently.
It's drinkable, but has more after taste, is a little more sour, and is not as light bodied as I'd like to have in a good German or Czech style pilsner. I prefer Schlafly's Kolsch over this any day.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale straw colored, good carbonation, no head, just fizzy yellow beer. No aroma.

Taste, almost no taste, very subtle, lots of water. Minimal noble hops maybe. Very little. Lots of bubbles, doesn't evolve or denigrate, just a beer that is light all the way around. Couldn't differentiate between this pilsner and a light beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -19.1%
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 kkipple
3.01/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Xmarcnolanx for the trade!

A. Very clear light gold, fluffy white head dies too soon, but leaves a little lace. Lively carbonation.

S. Pilsner enough, but a little strong and bracing... almost detergent like with a real strong noble hop punch to the nose. Smells too intense for me, not soothing at all. Grassy, but sort of a harsh medicinal note too.... hmm... after 5 minutes, the harshness disappears, but so does most of the smell.

T. Again, this is hitting most of the right notes, it just doesn't come together... pale malt and leafy, lemony hop notes are all here, but the beer has an unpleasing bitterness that doesn't jive with the best of 'em, and is actually a little (not much, but still too much) astringent. The bitterness sticks to the back of my tongue, reminding me of all the medicine I chewed as a kid. Ugh.

M. Very fizzy, makes ya open your eyes. Thin, expected pilsner body. Pretty good. Finishes dry. Aftertaste is a little cooked corn, some sweet floral malts, and that weird hop bitterness that really needs to be dialed down or changed up.

D. It's almost like Schafly was trying too hard, if ya know what I mean. All the elements of a good pilsner are here, but it's too in your face and the hop bitterness too much for me. Not a bad beer, and to be fair, this is a tough style to do well. But it won't be replacing Trumer Pils in my fridge.

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Photo of budgood1
3.02/5  rDev -18.6%
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 OldFrothingSlosh
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
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 WoodBrew
3.06/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard Pilsner....give it to me baby!!! Schlafly didnt get crazy with this beer....nor did it have to! Golden clear color, thin white foam head. Not much to smell. Light lemon flare gives this pilsner a nice taste. SESSION!?!?!? No Questions...give it to me all night long!!!!

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will begin by saying that I usually shy away from pilsners, but was pleasantly surprised by this offering. The color was a pale gold and very clear. After being poured into a pint glass there was a light froth head. The nose was grain heavy with a little wheat type characteristics. Just a faint bit of hops on the nose. The flavor was pretty consistent with the nose as the grain dominated the flavor, but a subtle touch of hops carried throughout. It was a pretty ordinary beer, but the little bit of bite that the grains and hops provided kept it "micro" appropriate.

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Photo of BigBry
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Bottleworks location while in St. Louis. Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. Short, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thin lace rings. Bready malt aroma mixed with some light hops. Taste of grassy hops and grain, well balanced. Light yet clean mouthfeel. Good, as expected, but there are better.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a mostly clear golden body with a creamy, thinnish white head.

Smell: Light, sweet-smelling graininess with strong notes of cooked vegetables and a bit of lemon zest.

Taste: Sweet grain flavor with an herbal bitterness until the mercifully short, sour finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Exceedingly light, almost watery texture.

Drinkability: Another ordinary pilsner, with nothing to help it really stand out among the crowd.

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Photo of jmw141
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle pour into pilsner glass.

A: Pours clear yellow with a tall white head. It was clear enough to watch 007 Thunderball through.

S: Grassy hop aroma, musty, and metallic.

T: Earty hop flavor with a tad bit of sweet malt too.

M: Very light. Slight sweetness fades into solid bitterness.

D: Easily drinkable. I won't be rushing back to this anytime soon unless I find it on tap somewhere. Good example of the style, just not great.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

n8dietz came through with this St.Louis connection.

Great hay colored yellow with perfect clarity. The head starts off mountainous, then quicky recedes to nothing.

Light grassy hops bring a crisp aroma to the light toasted and wet pilsner malts in the aroma.

The taste opens with barely cooked malty sweetness. This is balanced a little with soft, grass and earth hopping. The finish makes me think of hard water and corn.

Somewhat dry but crisp palate that is easy to drink, but pretty run-of-the-mill.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
3.28/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

The last beer I sampled at their tap room with my woman in July, '08. Poured out of the tap a crystal clear golden yellow. White head one finger thick dissipated after a minute to a thin ring. Moderate lacing. The aromas were vaguely floral and grainy. Ill defined but appealing. Flavors began with some malt, then a German yeast flavor with understated hops at the end. Light carbonation and a watery, light body. Smooth to the point of being boring. A good, non-thinking brew, sessionable but not much to write home about.

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Photo of Taipans
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale yellow with a white one finger head
S: Fruity malts, not much hoppiness
T: Hints of fruit, sweetness from malts and a touch of hop bite at the finish
M: Light and fairly smooth, good carbonation
D: Very easy to drink, nice mid-range ABV, good summertime beer

Overall this pilsner has alot of flavor, some people have described it as boring, but I have found it has good balance and is a pleasent beer.

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Photo of CBrotherton
3.3/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - golenrod yellow color, 1/8 " head with slow dissipation, heavy lacing in rings and along side of the glass.

S - Not much of a smell that I can distinguish.

T - dry, floral hoppy taste, medium body

M - dry feel on the tongue, little carbonation, medium body

O - All i tasted was hops, which can be a positive feature in a beer when partnered along other features. This is a quality beer and I was hoping for more flavor from this beer.

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Photo of bort11
3.31/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Large frothy head with nice retention. When the head finally did decide to lay down, it left only a moderate lace. Color is a bright, clear golden yellow. Smell is a little weak, hard to pick up anything really noticable. There is some malt and yeast notes. taste is a pleasant lemony flavor. Not very complex. A little bit pepper. Mouthfeel was light and watery, not a lot of carbonation on the tongue compared to the initial head. Not bad over all, but doesn't really keep my attention.

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Photo of Spidey13
3.33/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly Pilsner pours a clear, straw yellow with a fluffy white head that quckly fades to nothing. The nose mostly consists of lemony noble hops. The taste starts with a very small bit of malt sweetness, followed by a pop of bitterness. The beer has a quick, dry finish. The moutfeel is just right for the style - medium/thin with medium/high carbonation.

Though nothing that will blow you away, this is a very solid beer and would probably be a good one to introduce to your macro-drinking friends.

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Photo of soju6
3.36/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear golden color with a decent head that fades slowly and nice lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and some citrus mixed in.

T: Flavor of fresh grain, some bitterness and clean finish.

F: Light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Nice Pilsner, not bad for the style. Worth a try.

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