Schlafly Pilsner | The Schlafly Tap Room

Schlafly PilsnerSchlafly Pilsner
211 Ratings
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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Ratings: 211 |  Reviews: 122
Photo of CU570M
3.75/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a medium to average head. Head was offwhite and last for a decent amount of time. The beer poured amber. A freash smelling beer, both light and crisp. The taste is a little bitter hoppytaste. Is a very good full flavored beer. I really enjoyed this one. Also had hints of apple. Had good carbonation. and felt kind of foamy(which i liked). The drinkabillity was good and i would drink this one again.

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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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Photo of Brent
3.68/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice to see a pilsener with some hops. I love 'em, but this was almost a bit hoppy for the style. Plenty of malt, a bit heavy on the tongue - overall this was a bit pale ale-like. Nice flavor, clean finish although wanted to wander a bit in the direction of sweet.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Lightly foggy goldenrod containing a great deal of boisterous carbonation that can be seen feeding a faintly yellowed, parchment colored cap. The head is firmer than it is creamy and develops a chiseled look as it deflates, leaving a scattered smattering of melty lace in its wake. Although more glass coverage would be nice, Pilsner is definitely an attractive beer.

The nose is focused on noble hops and, in that sense, is style accurate. I wish that it was brighter and more aromatic however. Musky fruit is the centerpiece with a little sweet grass for good meaure. There's very little spiciness and just a hint of citrus peel.

This is good beer even if it tastes more like a noble hopped APA than a true German Pilsener. That 'even if' could just as well have been 'because' since a noble hopped pale ale seems like a good idea to me (and tastes like one as well). There's more pale malt than in most beer of this style, giving an underlying sweetness and a fullness of body that is appealing.

I'm glad to see (er... taste) that Schlafly didn't skimp on the German and Czech hop cones. Even with all the balancing malt, there's a fair amount of snappy, puckering bitterness on display, especially on the finish. My bottle is about five months old (thanks for the 'brewed with love on' date guys) and I can only imagine what it might have tasted like if consumed immediately after bottling.

As noted above, the relatively generous amount of malt sees to it that the body/mouthfeel is somewhat full and ale-like rather than light and lagery smooth. I happen to like both ends of that spectrum as long as the mouthfeel has a quality feel, as it does here. In spite of the abundant visible carbonation at the start, now barely evident, the beer never feels too fizzy.

Schlafly Pilsner is a good Americanized version of the pilsener style that helps itself by having a generous amount ingredients and a more than satisfactory amount of noble hoppy bitterness. While it may not satisfy those would put style adherence at the top of their list of gotta haves, it's more than satisfying to those of us who just like good beer, no matter how that goal is reached.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.17/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive pilsner. Not really knowing what to expect from this brewery, I was surprised with the quality of the brew. Very firm pilsner malt base that shows much more maltiness than graininess. The malts remain consistent and substantiated from beginning to end. Sweetness tempered with earthy, pungent German hops (Saaz) for a lightly spicy, rounded brew. Firm and smooth body without grain astringency or thinning. Finishes very clean with a minty alcoholic note in the aftertaste. Thanks Beer Dave.

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Photo of beachbum1975
4.25/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to my friend Garrett for getting me this when he traveled to St. Louis! Wow, what a nice pilsner…

Appearance: It appeared clear & golden-honey.

Smell: To me, it almost smelled like a wheat beer. I detected citrus, malts and the slightest bit of cinnamon or all-spice, but couldn’t pin it down.

Taste: The taste was light to medium bodied and very refreshing - very well balanced.

Mouthfeel: Rich in flavor for a pilsner, but NOT overwhelming. Tastes reflected the nose of this beer. There was an ample amount of carbonation.

This is fine example of a pilsner. I consider this a great session beer - I just wish Schlafly’s brewery was closer to me!

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Photo of Enola
4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Dertbert for the bottle.

This is a fine beer. The appearance is like a typical pilsner but with a slightly golden hue. There was a thick head and some lacing. The smell is a little like a wheat and had me concerned but it is good for the style. The taste is among the best pilsners I have had. There is no harsh corny taste. This beer is a must try for the lighter beer drinker. The mouthfeel is very smooth. I could session this beer for sure. Too bad it is nat marketed here. I may have to obtain more of this.

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Photo of wcudwight
3.92/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Dertbert.
Pours a pale clear golden color with a 1/2" white head that recedes to a halo. Spotty white lacing.
Smell is grassy with a bit of a citrus zest.
The flavor is grassy in nature with some lemon and biscuits. There is also a sweetness that lingers in the background.
Mouthfeel is good. Good carbonation and a zesty feel on the tongue. Very refreshing.
A mild pils that is a great summertime quaffer.

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Photo of Cresant
3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured this 12 oz. into a Pilsner glass. Bottled with love on 8/2/06. Three fingers of white head faded quickly. There was little evidence of carbonation, no beads to speak of. Golden clear yellow body, nice.

Smell was of wet hay. Earthy. Aroma was strong throughout.

Taste was crisp and malty. Sweet corn? Very mild noble hops. A little too malty and not enough assertiveness in the hops, but still a very nice Pils.

Mouthfeel was smooth. Medium body. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of bort11
3.31/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner glass. Large frothy head with nice retention. When the head finally did decide to lay down, it left only a moderate lace. Color is a bright, clear golden yellow. Smell is a little weak, hard to pick up anything really noticable. There is some malt and yeast notes. taste is a pleasant lemony flavor. Not very complex. A little bit pepper. Mouthfeel was light and watery, not a lot of carbonation on the tongue compared to the initial head. Not bad over all, but doesn't really keep my attention.

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Photo of jokelahoma
4.42/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm rather hit or miss with the Pils style. Some are good, and provide an enjoyable respite, others are not so good collections of diacetyl and out of balance flavors. I'm happy to report this one falls firmly into the former category.

It oured a very bright yellowish gold. Very little head to speak of, but I would be willing to bet that was my glass causing that, not the beer.

The smell is clean. Not "absent of any aroma", mind you, just clean. Very well balanced. There's a little bit of spicy hoppiness, and a not insignificant amount of malt sweetness working together in almost perfect balance. My nose really liked the beer, let me put it that way.

The first sip was almost all malt, with the wonderful sweetness coating my tongue. Before it could get comfortable and set up shop, however, the hops moved in and redecorated the place. They worked well together, like a choir in perfect harmony. The taste, like the nose, is very clean. No esters that I can detect, and certainly no diacetyl. It's simply good, clean, crisp, and enjoyable. The sip ends with a trace of hop bitterness, inviting you to return to the glass soon.

The mouthfeel is on the thin side, which is appropriate for the style. it's not watery... there's a velvety smoothness that lets you know you're drinking something. It just isn't hard work to get this one down at all.

Easily one of the best pils I've had. The balance is outstanding, in a very good way. A beer can be called balanced when nothing really shines through. This one is balanced because you taste everything in equal proportions. I'm glad to have them distributed here, so I can pick up more of this wonderful brew.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light hop aroma with mostly a light malt profile. I'm looking for more hops in a Pilsner but it's not bad.

Golden and perfectly clear with good rising carbontion. Leaves solid lacing in the glass.

Flavor is nice and bitter up front and then is followed by honey-like malt and a slight hop oil flavor. All the flavors are light and delicate but it's more hoppy than malt. Good flavor overall for a Pilsner.

Medium bodied with pretty high carbonation that adds a little bitter zing to it. It's a tricky style for craft brewing to make one that's good but doesn't seem like just another mass produced beer.

Good easy drinking beer as a pils should be.

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Photo of Gruntlumber
4.2/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Probably the best pilsner I have ever had. This is truely a super beer. In my experience pilsners are usually not very exciting with slight but insignificant variations of flavor. The desired end result of pilsners most often leans to drinkability, but this one is different. It fires on all fronts, starting with the pour which is golden and bright, but hazy with a lingering head. Great bread aroma. Man this is good; it's teeming with enormous grainy flavors, and the thick malty bread continues along with faint organic seasonings and spice all the way through the bottom of my glass. Finishes with a slight hop and citrus twinge. An awesome medium-bodied, refreshing brew which will have permanent spot in my fridge from now on.

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Photo of whynot44
4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy color with a moderate fluffy white head that disipates to just a light skin fairly quickly but still manages to leave some decent lace.

The aroma is fresh biscuits with a very nice herbal/floral hops note.

The taste starts out with a bit of mild hops bite smoothed out by a mild buttery biscuity malt taste with a bit of citrus. Finishes smoothly with a lingering pleasant spicy herbal hops flavor that makes you want another round.

Light/medium body, refreshing and very drinkable. Above average pilsner, well worth a try.

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Photo of Shultzerdugen
4.47/5  rDev +21.1%
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 +3.8%
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 +16%
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 +8.4%
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 +4.3%
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 +10.6%
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 +11.1%
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 +11.7%
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 -6.2%
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 +9.8%
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 +17.3%
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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Schlafly Pilsner from The Schlafly Tap Room
Beer rating: 3.69 out of 5 with 211 ratings
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