Schlafly Pilsner | The Schlafly Tap Room

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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 -46.3%
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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2.25/5  rDev -39%

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2.26/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

This beer looks wonderful, with a bright white head and a clear gold body. But as good as it looks, it has very little else. There’s a slightly tart aroma, which is typical of Pilsners, but there’s no malt flavor. In fact, there’s little flavor at all. Body is limp. Schlafly does many things well and they have some great beers. Seek them instead.

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2.32/5  rDev -37.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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2.5/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of CRK
2.54/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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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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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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.76/5  rDev -25.2%
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 -24.7%
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%
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 -20.9%
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 -19.5%
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 -18.7%
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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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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3/5  rDev -18.7%

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 kkipple
3.01/5  rDev -18.4%
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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