Schlafly Pilsner | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly PilsnerSchlafly Pilsner
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
211
Reviews:
122
Avg:
3.71
pDev:
12.13%
 
 
Wants:
19
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20
For Trade:
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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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Photo of clarkm04
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bottled on 6/24/10

Appearance- Light straw yellow, very clear. Good carbonation which you would expect from this style. Nice medium white head retention.

Smell- A typical pilsner smell. Wisps of malty goodness with a ting of hops.

Taste- Very clean taste. Fairly malty from start to finish but in a very light, delicate pilsner fashion. Has a nice buscuit malt flavor at the end. Very refreshing and the ideal beer for a hot sunny day. The beer finishes with a light hops tang at the end but very balanced and as stated above, refreshing. Only constructive feedback is I wish there was just slightly more body and taste to this pilsner.

Mouthfeel- Decent carbonation on the front of the palate. Fairly light and slight watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability- Very high. Easily could knock back a few on a nice spring, summer, fall day.

Overall- A solid example of a pilsner. Really enjoyed the beer and wish Schlafly would ship to where I live.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

One thing's for sure: There aren't enough craft-brewed Pilsners in the US right now. Unfortunately, many brewers look upon Lagers as a burden on profits compared to quicker-fermented Ales.

Stunningly clear golden hue with numerous bubbles that form a prim and dapper white head. No retention problems here, as the head clutches to the glass. It boasts a complex hop aroma: fruity, fresh-cut flowers; a bit grassy, with a biscuit dough malt nose to boot. Crispness is first to strike with a pleasing smoothness and a light and tight body. Sturdy layer of pale maltiness meets a balancing hop character that holds a semi-sharp and spicy bitterness, as well as a lingering herbal and grape skin flavor. Ends with a dry, clean graininess and some faint bitterness.

All in all, a superb Pilsner, fresh and clean all over. The balance is there without a doubt; and a modest level of alcohol is great, considering how drinkable it is. What could go better with this than grilled brats, kraut and baked beans?

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Photo of champ103
3.65/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear macro like pale yellow color. A nice two finger white head forms, but recedes fast. Some light lace is left behind.
S: Hops up front. Floral and grassy mostly, but also a soapy character that detracts for me. Some grainy sweetness as well.
T: Follows the nose. Some floral and grassy hops. Though a dishwater like soapy flavor detracts. Grainy sweetness as well.
M/D: A medium body that well carbonated. Crisp, dry, and refreshing. Easy to drink. I can put a few away with ease.

Very enjoyable. Overall a nice Pilsener. Though I have had better. Still something that is worth a try.

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

A - super clear straw color with a thick foamy white head with great retention

S - strong hop aroma, German-like varieties; some malt but in background

T - clean hop and malt balance, noble hop flavor from start to finish, which is of modest bitterness for a pilsner; very clean yeast character, no esters, phenols or diacetyl

M - medium-light body, moderately high carbonation

D - This is a decent German-style pilsner. It's very clean and has a lot of hop flavor. However, the bitterness falls a bit short of what I would typically expect of the style - which is more in line with a Helles - but the hop flavor itself is a bit strong for a Helles. Nonetheless, I'd drink another if I had one as it is an enjoyable beer, especially on a hot day like this.

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

had at the Taproom on 7/7
Service in a pilsner glass.

A: This beer pours a light golden color, clear with a one finger of sudsy white head. Head recedes rapidly leaving nice spotty clumps of lacing.

S: Nose is a bit grainy with a tinge of citrus hop notes.

T: Taste starts with light pale malts mingled with hints of pine. Middle is filled with a grain flavoring and then comes the citrus notes - bit of lemon, and bit of orange/tangerine.

M: Light body, medium carbonation, crisp and clean.

D: Goes down very easy, not filling, not much of a kick, but a nice representation of a style. This really just hit the spot on a hot, humid St. Louis day.

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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 Groenebeor
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a think pint glass ( think thinner and taller). Poured a darker straw color with a minimal white head.

Smelled of saaz hops, some honey, and lemon.

Tasted very very hoppy, with the noble hops used int his beer at the fore front, lacking a sweet malty pilsner taste. Kind of weak.

Mouthfeel was ok, drinkability was still good.

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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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Schlafly Pilsner from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.71 out of 5 based on 211 ratings.
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