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 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 GreenWBush
3.83/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Perfect polished brass. No head, nor lace to speak of.

Nose is full of bran flakes, rice, corn, cracked grains, and flowery noble hops.

Taste features layers of gooey pils goodness. Gets more tiered and complex as you drink it.

The mouthfeel of this beer takes away from your potential enjoyment of it just because there seems to be a jaggedness on the tongue.

Doesn't go down by the tanker-truck full like some better pilsners do, but props to this brewery putting out a damned fine example of a style that doesn't get enough respect.

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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 beersgood
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hate to be so redundant on my numerical ratings, but that is pretty much how I feel about the beer. I have had this beer on numerous occasions in bottle form and twice on tap and have never been disappointed. The appearance was the appropriate pale golden color for the style. I found the body to be light but not watery and it finished with a nice hoppy note. It also had a good amount of carbonation, but not excessive. My only criticisms of the beer would be what I have seen in some of the other reviews for this beer: that it could use a little more hops in the finish and just a tad more body. But, I tend to drink more ales than lagers. Great summer beer and it doesn't get that excessivly skunky taste you get with the imports that come in those damn green bottles. I live in St Louis and it surprises me that Schlafly doesn't market this beer more agressively in local supermarkets during the summer. I am always surprised at how many in the local area have their rasberry hefe and their american pale but not the pilsner.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.85/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Other than the Victory Prima Pils, this is the best of its style that i've tried in six months. Very crisp and clean, easy to drink all day, and nice appearance. Golden colored with a nice balance of malt and hops. After a few disappointing ones form Schlafly, this one hits the spot.

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Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is often sited as being the best of the regular taps at Schlafly. The newer APA has become a favorite of mine, but this is still a strong offering. It poured from the growler a nice straw colored gold topped by a creamy white head. The head receded slowly and left a nice light lace on the side of the glass. Light aroma of hoe flower and citrus, possibly a little mown hay. The flavor has a mild bitterness early in the flavor with some rich apple/pear character mid-drink. The finish has a lingering bitterness. Mildly slick mouth feel. Nice drinkability.

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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 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 bditty187
3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
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 Bdc
4.05/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a faintly cloudy golden-staw in color with a thin white head and intricate lacing. Aroma is citric and grassy. Flavor is pleasantly bitter with a rich malt backbone (perhaps a little bready) and some spicy hops. Medium bodied (but wonderfly full for the style) with moderate carbonation. A very nice pilsner that I intend to drink regularly.

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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 sulldaddy
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 GeoffRizzo
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
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 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 AtLagerHeads
3.88/5  rDev +4.6%
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 maxpower
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 MJR
4/5  rDev +7.8%
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 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 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 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 beernut7
3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
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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