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

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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of botham
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

on tap into a pub glass at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a clear gold color, with a half finger of tight, white head and light lacings. mild retention.

aroma is of light grain, with floral hops mixed in and a tinge of bready malt. very fresh in the nose.

taste is more of the same, with a nice mix of floral hop character and very subtle malt.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a light bite from co2. finishes light and crisp with a clean aftertaste of mild slickness.

drinkability is nice. this is a simple lager without anything that stands out, but nicely proportioned with a solid profile.

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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 birchstick
3.78/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours very clear with a small head. Smells of sweet malt and some grains. True to its style it was crisp and light; it tastes of the sweet malts that I smelled and had a light hop finish. This was a pretty good beer. Very light and refreshing, which makes it great for warmer days.

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Photo of tayner
3.48/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, bottled on 1-7-08

light golden color wiht white head that dissipated to just a ring and some skimming.

smell is sweet, malty with some lightly toasted grains. very subtle, slightly peppery hops.

German beer taste, however to describe it. lots of pilsner malts, very slight hopiness in finish.

mouthfeel was light but not thin. crisp and refreshing.

it was crisp and cleanly finishing. good for a hot day. Would make a good session.

I have, however decided that german beers are not my cup of tea, and this is by far one of my least favorite styles.

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Photo of zeff80
3.77/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a golden yellow color with a small, white, fizzy head. Descent head retention but no lacing.

S - It smelled somewhat floral. Also, a nice grain smell.

T - It was pretty sweet and had a nice blend of caramel malt and grains.

M - It was crisp and refreshing. A light-bodied beer.

D - This is a nice pils. It makes for a nice session brew. Great after yet another loss in softball.

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Photo of KI9A
3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Golden, foamy head, died off quick.

S: Grassy, biscuity.

T: Begins with a bit of sweet malt, finshed with floral hops. Nice balance.

M/D: Light, and refreshing. Low ABV makes this a great session beer. Had 4 or 5 of these while eating dinner at the Bottleworks.

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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 jkrich
3.86/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with bottled on date clearly marked on front of label.

Poured a clear, deep gold color more typical of the czech style than the lighter german pilsners I normally see. The white head is sustained at about an 1/8 inch with lacing down the glass.

As is typical with most pilsners, the odor is very faint of european hops unlike the more aggressive domestic hops.

This is an elegant, well made lager: the taste is more of a munich helles than a pilsner; however, it is a well rounded brew with a mild hop profile and a soft sweetness of the tongue. I have been sampling some rather hoppy american ales, and this is a good change of taste. Like most of Schlafly's products, this is a solid effort. I only wish other breweries would attempt this style. It is difficult to find decent, american pilsners on the shelves.

The lager had a medium body with just the right amount of carbonation for the style.

This is immensely quaffable and with a low ABV, this will be a staple for the summer months.

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Photo of MOShepp
4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Light golden color with a frothy white head.

Smells of biscuits and a floral scent.

Tastes of bread and mild floral hops that blend smoothly.

Refreshing and crisp, very light feel.

My friend got one of their three gallon kegs (you can get one in any of their styles) and I had about for or five pints, easy to drink and quite refreshing.

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Photo of brentk56
3.58/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear golden color with a foamy, lily-white head that leaves a bunch of lace patterns on the pilsner glass

Smell: Noble hops and cracker, but the aroma could be more floral

Taste: Opens with a cracker flavor that grows in a noble hop bitter direction by mid-palate; gets rather aggressive after the swallow, but as in the aroma, and it finishes with an herbal, almost medicinal aftertaste

Mouthfeel: Light body with buoyant carbonation

Drinkability: Certainly enjoyable and a pretty fair attempt at the style; the medicinal quality of the aftertaste is a distraction

Thanks, xmarcnolanx, for the opportunity

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Photo of JDV
3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

bonused bottle courtesy of Drmatt
Light to medium gold pour with a bubbly body to it and a nice white head in a Pilsner glass. Spicy malt smell, and mild earthiness. Taste is hearty malt, very low yeast flavor, not much in the way of hops or bite, but very nice flavor. Very drinkable and almost with notes of wheat/corn at times. I like this one.

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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 merlin48
4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at the St Louis Taproom location. Arrives a clear light golden body topped by a small white head. Some creamy lacing is left on the glass. Aroma of peppery and earthy hops with a floral component. Light medium body is well carbonated. Taste is dry and crisp, biscuity malts providing an understated sweetness to support the dominant earthy and floral hop bitterness. Very nicely done. This one is quite sessionable.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle served in a Sam Adams BL glass. Bottled on 9/26/2006, I didn't notice that until after I bought it. Luckily it was just a single bottle I picked up. It pours a hazy gold color with an inch white head. Lacing and head retention are both OK. It smells like honey, lemon and some herbal hops. It tastes pretty much the same way it smells, except there's also some bread/grain noticable in the taste too. Slight bitter/acidic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium, with there being a good bit of carbonation in the beer. Drinkability is good, it's nice and crisp. Overall I think it's a pretty decent beer, next time I'll have to try it when it's much fresher.

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Photo of alexgash
4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Lemony yellow, clear, clean, with a frothy, cobweb-lace, eggshell white head. Nose shows off pungent sea air and spicy herbal hops over a background of honey malt and faint cardboard. Nice. Herbal hop bitterness up front. Peppery, vegetal hop flavors follow. Clean, biscuity honey malt backbone throughout. Finish is crisp, dry and refreshingly bitter, with lingering honey. Moderate body with a snappy feel. Nice, humid-weather thirst quencher/session beer. I really like the snappy, hoppy edge.

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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 Riggo
3.68/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a transparent light golden with thin white head. smells lemony, herbaceous, a little yeasty--almost belgian.

taste lemony and grainy, almost reminiscent of an american wheat. some light mineral qualities, hint of pineapple. well balanced but a little too sweet for my tastes and probably for the style. a stronger hop profile would be nice.

mouthfeel is crisp, good. definitely drinkable, but a little boring. refreshing and solid but schlafly can do better.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.93/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. to a standard pint; "Bottled With Love on APR17 2007". Yes, it really does say "With Love"...aww, that's sweet! Sent in trade ("with love"?) by jpm 30 - my first beer from Schlafly.

A: Golden and perfectly clear. Nearly 1-finger of fizzy, percolating white head at first. Diminishes to a half-glass-capping smudge of film. Loads of active carbonation quickly rising throughout.

S: Bready malt with a fresh fragrance of grasses, flowers and light clover & spices. Lacking much depth in the hops, this one is more light and sweet.

T: Citrus zest and sourdough malts complement each other nicely in this one. Noble hops add a perfect, lightly spiced bitterness. A little buttery and nicely kissed with sweetness in the body then finishes more herbal and dry. A pleasing, flavorful pilsner.

M: Not quite as full or as carbonated as I'd hoped for. Light, a little spritz and some bittering that lingers on the tip of the tongue.

D: An ideal, easy drinking pilsner. The guys across town at A-B should take notes on what the style COULD taste like. A likable beer, balanced and flavorful, with a moderate ABV. Certainly one I'd have again. Thanks, James.

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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 ryanismean
3.82/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice, clear golden color from the 12 oz bottle. A crispy white head dissipates quickly to less than a quarter inch and stays there, leaving sticky lacing down the sides of my glass. The aroma is predominantly grassy noble hops and doughy lager yeast, with a touch of pale malt in the front. Nothing stands up and grabs you, the aroma is pleasantly light, leaning a bit toward the hop end.

Flavor demonstrates a stronger hop bill than the aroma lets on, with light caramel malt in the front followed by a fairly pronounced hop bitterness. Aftertaste is all alpha acids lingering around the palette.

As you'd expect with the style, the mouthfeel is fairly light. Not my first choice, but it's appropriate and it works in context. Drinkability is high, although the bitterness might be too much for the macro-lager crowd. Even so, it's easy to knock back a few.

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Photo of kmpitz2
3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a nice straw yellow color with fantastic clarity. There is a 2 finger frothy foam over top. There is a great bubble of carbonation coming up through the body of the beer. This is a nice looking brew. The aroma is a little faint. I get a honey-kissed pilsner sweetness with just a hint of grassy hop. I could use a little stronger aroma. The flavor is much the same as teh aroma. Lots of sweetness with just a mild grassyness. It hits lightly bitter on the finish as well. Mouthfeel is moderate with a lighter carbonation, as it seems all the bubble has worked out of solution. Overall, this is a refreshing beer and not a bad rendition. It is a bit astringet on the finish even. I would have it again.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
3.95/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice clean golden color with a monstrous, tight white head that persists. Carbonation bubbles are alive in the tall pilsner glass. The nose is of floral hops, offset by a nice semi-sweet maltiness. No skunky nose here in this Pilsner. The palate is floral and herbal up front, with a nice smooth malt background, creating a very good balance in this beer. The flavors are subtle, but they are there ... unlike the "pilsner-esque" beers you find so often from the macro brewers. The taste is unchallenging, but full and smooth. The mouthfeel is light, carbonation active, and the beer finishes refreshingly dry - not overly bitter. This is a very, very drinkable pilsner. I think one of the better domestic examples of the German style. This beer has become one of my "staple" beers as of late. I try to keep it around at all times since it is so user-friendly and versatile. This is the kind of beer you grab when you just want a beer ... kind of a "table beer" if you will. Coming from me, this is a hell of an endorsement, as the pilsner style is not one that gets me too excited. Well done, Mr. Schlafly!

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Photo of Bierguy5
3.64/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, bottled on Sep 26 2006. Vibrant gold in color, with active carbonation. White fluffy head, that retains itself fairly well, but isn't as large and fluffy as others.

Very pale aroma. A bit of pale malt, but really nothing in the way of hops, grassy, herbal, or otherwise. That is a bit disappointing.

Nice pale malty character, which leans toward bready. Grassy and slightly floral hop flavors, balance well, but could be a bit more present. Flavors are fairly crisp and clean, but not as snappy as I like.

Good body, and ample carbontaion. Pretty refreshing. Could use a bit more hop aroma, and flavor, but pretty drinkable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.91/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, sharp pilsner from Schlafly. You should have seen the sheet laces in the ol’ glass, sitting on top of a semi-hazy golden pour. Tasty brew, finishes with a nice hop pop. Malty and a touch of doughy bread in there.

Can’t believe this is the first pilsner from them, but I’m also going for other brews from the stouts to the seasonals. Don’t turn away from this one if you like pilsners. German, that is. Great brew.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
4.01/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on Dec. 7 2006, or about a month ago. ABV. of 4.8% according to the Schlafly website. Pours a very nice clear golden yellow with a nice white head that has pretty good retention. Aroma is of piney hops and a little fruit. Taste is very pleasant. A nice malty sweetness along with a little fruit, and lemon hoppiness. Mouthfeel is medium to full with a slightly dry finish. Drinkability is great. I could throw this back all night.

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Schlafly Pilsner from The Schlafly Tap Room
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