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 barczar
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a brilliant golden with a frothy, creamy, dense, white head that lingers.

Grainy malt and lightly floral hops form the aroma.

Flavor is slightly grainy, with soft floral notes, and a cracker malt crisp and bitter finish. There's a touch of tanginess.

Body and carbonation are moderate, finishing crisp and refreshing.

Very approachable beer. Nice example of the style, minus that slightly tangy note.

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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 mmva321
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a pale and clear yellow color with very little carbonation that doesn't keep up and about a finger of head that dissipates too quickly and leaves no indication that it was ever there. Not much going on here.

S: My first whiff, I got a good amount of that unwelcome trademark-German funk that I don't sense much of now that I'm trying to discern a little more out of it. The aroma is a little faint, and the hops are sensed only as a faint note. I get a good amount of lemon citrus and pepper. It's kind of pleasant actually.

T: A very full pilsner taste. A good amount of blunt hops and a slight hint of citrus. I get way too much pepper, but it's not a bad taste, and I'll give this pilsner some points for going big with its flavors.

M: A full-bodied taste deserves a full body to go along with it, and this mouthfeel is rich, creamy, carbonated but not heavy at all. It also leaves some dryness after the drink. It once again goes big for a pilsner, but it hits a great note with the mouthfeel.

O: Well, the mouthfeel certainly makes this pretty pedestrian beer something special and unique, at least from what I've had of pilsners. I don't know if this is something I'm really going to want to drink often, but it at least takes risks and is memorable in a style where being forgettable seems acceptable.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a fluted pilsner glass.

Look: Hazy golden straw color. Fuzzy white head with decent retention. Splotches of lacing remain on the glass.

Aroma: Grassy, herbal, and lemony with faint malt underneath.

Taste: Starts off with subtle grains, but soon goes bright and grassy with loads of lemony citrus.

Mouthfeel: Bright, medium to light body.

Overall: Really grassy, bright, citrusy.

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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 kylehay2004
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: single finger head with decent lacing on a clear bright gold body.

S: sweet corn, grain, pale malt and oak.

T: Spicey and sour pale malts, grain and minimal sweetness.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: simple but very drinkable. A few features which make this one interesting but definitely hop deficient even for the style.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.87/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pours pale straw yellow with excellent clarity and a frothy white head. Not much for lace, but that's ok. Aromas are sharp pilsner malt, grassy hop. Tastes are pilsner malt, grass, prickly hop presence, some bitterness, but nice balance. Body is thin-to-medium, crisp, finishes dry that warrants another sip. Drinks well. Overall, excellent representation of the style. One of the best offerings I've had from the Saint Louis Brewery.

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Photo of ahq514
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12 oz bottle into pilsner glass.

Pours a light golden, translucent color. Appears to have high carbonation. Light head, less than 1/2 finger. Good lacing.

Reminds me of summer. Light aroma consisting of some toasted grains and earthy hops. Not much else otherwise.

Crisp and refreshing with some flavor. Lightly toasted biscuits up front followed by a very light bitter bite with earthy hops.

Light body and higher carbonation. Very drinkable.

A great fresh pilsner. Light and refreshing while still tasting good. This would be a great beer to put a few back while doing anything outside.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear gold with a tight white head that recedes slowly.

S: Aromas of grain, hay, straw, grass, and honey are present on the nose, though it takes a couple seconds to separate them all.

T: Notes of grain, hay, grass, lemon, minerals, honey, and straw gently wash across the palate. The finish is extremely crisp and clipped with lemon, mineral, and grain notes. In terms of taste, this lager is very reminiscent of some of the drier, hoppier German pilsners.

M: Medium bodied, dry, and firm for the style. Carbonation is very crisp. This is an extremely drinkable lager, one that would be perfect on a hot day.

O: This is a quality Czech-style pilsner made by a very reliable brewery. I could see this being an excellent transition from macro lagers to both craft beers and some of the classic European styles. This is very much worth trying.

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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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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 mikesgroove
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

light pale golden color with a big white head and a nice streaming carbonation from the bottom. Smell was very yeasty, with the classic lager smell. Hints of a slight hoppiness could be detected. First impression of the taste was light, crisp, clean and refreshing. Flavors are atypical of the style and nothing exceptional.

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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 bbkd3b
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Golden body absolutely illuminates the glass with its sharp color and clarity. Nice, white head sits on top and takes a long time to go away, preferring instead to stick to the sides of the glass and leave its mark. Great balance in the scent. The dry-hopped character is obvious, with the noble hops standing out to give it a grassy character. Bread and floral scents come along for the ride, but so does a slight funk, which is the second straight Schlafly brew I've experienced this from.

Refreshing and crisp are the first two words that come to mind. The flavor is easy to get used to. Great balance in the sprucy hops and biscuits malts, with the trademark pilsner flavor attacking all around the tongue. Light body with a tingly carbonation round off what is just, frankly, a well-made brew.

Overall//notes - Pilsners have been growing on me over the last few months. This and Polestar both have made me re-evaluate my mum opinion on them, and with the weather consistently hitting the 90s, might I say that my adjustment is right on time! Very good pilsner that'd be great for a barbeque.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.73/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice pale golden with a good white head and some retention.

Aroma is fresh, malty and sweet.

Flavor is surprisingly crisp, with a definite hop bitterness. I expected an overly-malted adjunct-style lager, but this one impressed me. A refreshing and delicious lighter beer, and one of the best non-German pilsners I've had in some time. Refreshing!

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Photo of mdvatab
3.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ordered a pint on draught at the St. Louis Brewery Tap Room

Aroma: Light grain husk aroma with very light, but noticeable grassiness from hops. Very slight corn/vegetal note.

Appearance: Bartender's careful pour resulted in half-finger head, which quickly reduced to a thin circle of foam around the inside of the glass. Yellow-to-gold body with a faint chill haze.

Flavor: Grain husk, herbal hop, strangely noticeable alcohol note, followed by a dry hop bitterness that hangs around a little while. Very low on sweetness-- tends more toward dry graininess and hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, light-to-medium body. Slightly drying.

Drinkability: Pretty sessionable, with no significant flaws. I tend to like pilsners that showcase more noble hop aroma, or a touch of sweetness from the malt, though, and this one is a little bit lacking in substance. I think it leans more toward being an American pilsner with it's grainy aroma & flavor. Give it a try, though!

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Photo of ntatum
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a pleasant gold straw color.

Smells of light toasty malts with some mild hops.

Taste is quite refreshing with some toasty malts up front with some heavier graininess than "normal" pilsners, the hops comes through as a palate cleansing bitterness with just a hint of spice.

The mouthfeel is better than most pilsners. It's slightly heavier but still represents the pilsner class with a crispness.

It's definitely a drinkable beer, especially on a hot summer day.

Being that I live 20 minutes from St. Louis, and Schlafly is everywhere, this may be one of my choice "BBQ beers" this summer. It's also nice because it's good and it doesn't hit the wallet hard like a lot of beers.

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Photo of Shrews629
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance - A golden, straw yellow color with a slight haze. A very soapy, fluffy looking bright white head that had ok retention and just average lacing. Several bubbles streaming to the top.

Smell - The aroma brought forth some spices similar to a "Wit" beer. Smells like coriander with small stabs of lemon. Smells fruitier than most. Maybe some grain along the lines of wheat or wheat bread. Smells fresh and floral.

Taste - The taste provided the lemon with the spices being held back, so as not to interfere. Small amounts of bitterness. A slight malty character from the grain. Seems pretty well balanced in the taste.

Mouthfeel - Medium to medium/light mouthfeel. Smooth and crisp and very thirst quenching. Refreshing. Not much left on the palate.

Drinkability - This brew would be outstanding during the Summer months while at a cookout. Very easy drinking. Not overly complex. Just a good, solid, enjoyable beer. Worth a try just for the fun of drinking it.

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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 TheSarge
3.37/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours perfectly for a three finger thick head in a 50cl grand pilsner glass, and has a golden and clear body. Great retention on the foam crown!

The aroma is faint with a hint of lemon and husky graininess.

Good sweet grainy cereal up front, with an herbal cooked veggie flavor.

A decent thin crispness and leaves the palate moist. Makes for a decent pils, but it seems more of a Czech style to me.

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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 alleykatking
4.03/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a very pale golden straw yellow. Two finger white head shows great retention. Ring style lacing on the sides of the glass.

S- A grainy sweetness in the front goes far into the background when the grassy and noble hops come onto the scene. A nice balance to be honest between the two aromas.

T- Noble hops come in the front and last until pretty much the very end. Light sweet malts in the middle shine with a little grainy flavor as well. Ending of the beer is light sweet alcohol with more of the noble hops. The yeast they use comes out at the very end I thought and showed itself for a second before dying down.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is a little high for the style I thought. Noble hops with some light malts left on the palate. Sweet alcohol, noble hops, and grains left in the aftertaste. Flavors were crisp and clean helping to the well balance overall mouthfeel and flavor. No off flavors at all. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol.

D- This beer is good. Damn good. I was very surprised with this one as not only is it flavorful but the ABV is so low you can drink it all night long. Schlafly made a great tasting and drinking beer with this one.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review edited while drinking the last of the sixer. After drinking this sixer I'm definitely going to grab another this week. An excellent pilsner, and within the style, outstanding.

Golden yellow, clear, some lacing, not too much head but nice rising bubbles.

Grainy, with crisp lemon hops rounding out the smell.

Pretty tasty stuff, was better on tap tho. Zesty citrus hops and light grains round out a lightly sweet malt backbone.

Feels crisp, dry and tangy. Pleasant to drink.

Slammingfully drinkable ice cold, but doesn't lose its lustre as it warms up (which many beers of this style do). In cans this would easily be the go-to fishin' beer all the time.

What you get here is a very nice, easy drinking brew that's refreshing and satisfying. An excellent example of the pilsner style.

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Photo of stephens101
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Been looking forward to getting to some Schlafly, so when I was in Joplin recently I grabbed all I could. Decided to try this one for starters.

Hazy pale yellow with a quickly diminishing fluffy white head. A few minuscule spots of lace stick to the pils glass. Sweet malts, lemon, lemon peel, citrus hops and slight meringue to the nose. Malty on the tongue, with a slight grain edge and furtive hop finish. Some more lemon and distant light fruits. Light and crisp with a small creamy middle. Truly digging this one, and look forward to more Schlafly goodness.

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Photo of bnes09
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yellow colored lager with a wavy haze. White head leaves a thin, floating film and some bubbly lace.

Big, fruity, lemon aroma. Touch of earthy yeast and barley grain.

Fresh grassy and lemon hop flavor up front. Smooth malty goodness provides a solid, bready backbone. Dry and soapy, slightly metallic aftertaste. A bit on the tart side.

Slightly thicker feel than most pilsners. Creamy medium-body with a semi chewy texture. From the feel and hazy look, it seems there may be some yeast left in this.

Overall, a solid pilsner beer. Nice to see this style from a craft brewery. Crisp and refreshing. Good stuff!

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