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 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 acelin
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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Photo of jsh420
4.22/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 01*05*2010

pours bright clear yellow gold with a 1 finger head that left spotted lacing

smell floral citrus hops with some sweet malt

taste - wow love this and to me it tates better then prima pils - good amount of sweet/bitter lemon grassy hops balanced well with malts

mouthfeel light crisp decent carbonation

drinkability - love the taste - i am glad i picked this up

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Photo of mikeborglum
3.7/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured 12oz Bottle in a pint glass: Slightly hazy light straw body with a fizzy, white head 2 fingers quickly reducing. Bready malt aroma with hints of toasted grain, grass and lemon. Moderately sweet and lightly bitter flavor that finishes moderately bitter and a bit acidic - slightly dry. Good balance, very enjoyable lager.

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Photo of hooliganlife
4.4/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

this is not really the actual pilsner but a side beer called "Lil Yella Pils" or something like that. its the pilsner, only hoppy. now... lets review! seeing that there is already a lil yellow pils from oskar blues.... i will just toss it here.

pour is quite clear light yellow with a slight copper hue. fluffy white head, nice retention.

very floral on the nose, me thinks its amarillo hops

up front are the hops, light and fruity with a touch saaz. a little bit of tangerine and apricot. malts kick in and finish this off with a very bread like tone.

very light and clean but enough body to make this very easy to drink

this is one of the easiest drinking pilsners i have ever had. the hops are perfect and there but not overpowering. this is light and most likely has a lower ABV. i plan on killing this growler fairly quickly and i will enjoy the hell out of it.

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Photo of skrib09
4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

this pils poured a perfect looking specimen. golden, mainly clear, with a white head up top. good lacing on the glass too.

smells floral, spicey, and with a hint of pine and citrus. all followed by a malt base.

taste is refreshingly malty, doughy, and bready. good hop and pine aroma and flavor. hints of corn from the malt.

great fresh mouthfeel and great drinkability.

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

Poured into a Sam Adams glass.

A - Clear golden color with nice white head that is about 1.5 in. It recedes slowly. Leaves a nice thick mat.

S - Malty smell with some nice grassy hints, gives it a fresh like quality. Some minor hop notes in the nose.

T - Some nice malt taste is present at the beginning then immediately some grassy and spicy notes that open up my eyes. Wow thats nice. There is some dryness that eventually turns into a nice bread like sweetness. some mild yeast taste can be perceived as well.

M - GReat balance, crisp.

D - Absolutely drinkable.

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

Thanks to mphopkins99 for sending this bottle my way. Bottle pored into a Pilsener Glass produced a two finger big fluffy white head. The body of the brew was clear straw colored yellow with a ton of tiny bubbles coming up from the bottom of the glass.

I smell fresh cut grass and some fresh hops whit a slight sourness to it as well. The brew is light and crisp, with some great hoppiness to it but balanced with some sweet grainy malt.

Easy to drink I could session this A good Pills better than the other one that comes from that town ;-)

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Photo of wnh
4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, pale straw with a lingering foamy white head. Nose of toasted grains and bright, clean citrus hops. Orange and grapefruit zest flavors on top of a strong grainy bread backbone. Light bodied and crisp, with a short, clean finish. Ever-so-slightly round on the palate, but pleasantly crisp on the whole. I'm quite impressed.

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

This is difficult. I don't often drink lagers. But then I view reviewing as part of my beer-learning-experience. Thick white foamy head that recedes to an 1/8th inch cap, virtually no lacing. I see a golden-yellow, crystal clear body with tiny bubbles slowly making their way to the surface. The nose is not forward at all. It takes some concentration from me to sniff up some subtle breadiness, and an herbal hop aroma. Flavorwise, Schlafly Pilsner is quite enjoyable for it's crisp, slightly sharp, yet balanced flavors. I find a slight grainy sweetness in the mid palate that works nicely with the sharpness that is probably contributed by the hops. I am left with a nice, quiet bitterness. I find the mouthfeel to be light and lively, contributing to an ease in drinking.

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Photo of maximum12
2.78/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to non-BA friends who brought a mixed sixer of Schlafly back from the great middle of the U.S.A. from a recent trip. Needed something light so I don't fall asleep in the middle of a late-night Twins game, so Pilsner it is.

Frankly, this beer looks like it was created for a beer commercial, fluffy head, racing carbonation, golden color. I'm looking for hidden cameras...there are some hops in the nose, along with a sunshine-light sweetness that's been rolled in wet grass.

Raw roughage comes to mind with each sip - not in a bad way, but not in a "gimme more" way, either, it just is. The hops give it a bite that's not entirely congruent with either the style or the Breakfast-of-Champs wheatiness.

The other word that comes is "overcarbonated". Almost bubbly in the mouth. If one was given to mindless drinking, this could be a sessioner.

Strictly average. There are the barest hints of flavor that differentiate this clearly from something golden & tasteless, but there's nothing here to write home about.

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Photo of OzarkElmo
2.88/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light golden color with moderate white head. Slight hop aroma of citrus and hay. Well balanced, kind of dry with dry, crisp finish. Decent offering but in a blind taste test would not alter much from a Miller Lite, Coors Original or Budweiser. There is some body, but not much. Pretty light and grainy to me - not a classic pilsener, average.

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Photo of dismal
3.57/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale straw yellow color with a small white head. Reading through other reviews some people say it has a grassy aroma and I can see that. The only way I can describe the smell is a macro mixed with Heineken heh. Taste, the taste is pretty refreshing. Very similar to the smell and I really can't put my finger on what the exact taste is however it isn't bad at all. I'm not familiar with many pilsners so I'm not sure what they are supposed to taste like and what not but I'm going to say this is at least a decent pilsner based upon other reviews and from what I've tasted.

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Photo of Ragingbull
3.2/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I will begin by saying that I usually shy away from pilsners, but was pleasantly surprised by this offering. The color was a pale gold and very clear. After being poured into a pint glass there was a light froth head. The nose was grain heavy with a little wheat type characteristics. Just a faint bit of hops on the nose. The flavor was pretty consistent with the nose as the grain dominated the flavor, but a subtle touch of hops carried throughout. It was a pretty ordinary beer, but the little bit of bite that the grains and hops provided kept it "micro" appropriate.

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Photo of jmw141
3.26/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Serving: 12 oz bottle pour into pilsner glass.

A: Pours clear yellow with a tall white head. It was clear enough to watch 007 Thunderball through.

S: Grassy hop aroma, musty, and metallic.

T: Earty hop flavor with a tad bit of sweet malt too.

M: Very light. Slight sweetness fades into solid bitterness.

D: Easily drinkable. I won't be rushing back to this anytime soon unless I find it on tap somewhere. Good example of the style, just not great.

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Photo of littleshamrocks
3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Somewhat hazy old gold color with some carbonation bubbles. A small cap of rocky white foam sets atop. It leaves a lattice work of lacing.

S: Toasted to bread-y malt is prevalent, balanced with a moderate amount of herbal to grassy hop aroma.

T&M: Medium body with plenty of carbonation. The flavor ranges from a peppery spiciness, to grain-y malts, to very well balanced portions of herbal hop bitterness, to even a more faint amount of citrus (lemon). The carbonation leaves the tongue tingling for just a bit. Finishes pretty clean.

D: For sure this is a solid example of the style. The flavor is full and features many subtleties and is deftly balanced. Very well made indeed.

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Schlafly Pilsner from The Schlafly Tap Room
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