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 pmcadamis
2.92/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - This one is a clear light-peach hue with a small cap of white foam. A decent amount o lace is left on the glass. Nothing special about this one's looks. Rather bland actually.

S - Crisp crusty baguette notes with a tinge of salt and butter.

T - This is really hoppy for the style, and not in the right way. This tastes more like an APA than a German pils. The hops are more citrusy and sweet than crisp and spicy like they should be.

M - Light bodied, slightly acrid on the finish, and highly carbonated.

D - This is probably my least favorite brew from a brewer that I normally hold in very high regard. Oh well not everyone is at the top of their game all of the time! It's not terrible, it's just not as good as I expected from a brewery that specializes in all things German.

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into pint glass:
A - Golden in color with nice, white, 2 finger head. Nice lacing on glass.
S - Grassy and malty.
T - Nice carmel malt flavor with slight hop aftertaste.
M - Not as crisp and carbonated as Czech and German Pils.
O - I'm a bit disappointed in this. While it tastes very good, it's not as true to the style as I had hoped.

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

Pours a chill-hazed & effervescent straw color with 1 finger of beige head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Bready/grainy

T: Grainy, bready, plus grassy hops up front. Some fruity notes, plus lemony hops as this warms. Finishes dry with citric hops

MF: Medium bodied with medium carbonation 7 pretty good balance

Easy, drinker not a bad Pils, more malt depth & or hops would've helped the cause

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

I tried my first Schlafly pilsner last night, poured a 12oz bottle into my trusty Schlafly Pale Ale pint glass. Good head on the pour, nice and fluffy. A golden color, looks like a regular old American beer at first glance. decent acing as well on the glass as well. It had a good body, a nice level of carbonation not too much but enough to give it a fairly crisp feeling. The flavor was malty with mild hop finish, very refreshing. This is the Schlafly's beer I will start giving to my friends who only drink Budwesier. Excellent drinkability, I could pound back quite a few of these with no problems.

Its not my favorite by my local brewery, but its a good alternative if I'm not in the mood for a lot of hops in my beer. Give it a try.

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

Sample at the Bottleworks location while in St. Louis. Pours a slightly hazy, pale yellow color. Short, white head that dissipates slowly and leaves thin lace rings. Bready malt aroma mixed with some light hops. Taste of grassy hops and grain, well balanced. Light yet clean mouthfeel. Good, as expected, but there are better.

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Photo of jujubeast6000
1.98/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a clear yellow color body, with a small white head. Very clear. Has a malty pilsenery aroma, nutty. Some maltiness and fruitiness. Watery wheaty taste. Malty nutty. Soft mouthfeel. Fruity taste too. Has a light grainy aftertaste. Okay. A light tasting grainy beer.

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Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the brewpub. Pours a hazy pale yellow color with a medium thin ivory white head that dissipates slowly. Thin rings of lacing. Mild hops and bready malt in the nose. Light-bodied and clean with grassy hops and grainy malt flavors with a touch of fruit in the background. The finish is lightly bitter hops with a short hops aftertaste. Fairly uninteresting overall.

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

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-yellow gold body, bright, clear, nice white foam

S-faint grain smell, sweet

T-nice sweet malt front, hop bite at the end that finished clean

M-light and dry

D-very good representation of the style. No off flavors

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Photo of gpogo
3.72/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Clear pale straw yellow with white bubbly head. Head dissipates to a thin 3mm covering on top of the beer

A- Sweetish malt with a flowery spiced hop smell, nothing over the top, but well within style.

T- Crisp clean taste with a light ever so sweet malt taste. Noble hops live throughout the taste. Finishes mostly dry with a slight bitterness that lingers in the aftertaste.

M- Medium body. Low carbonation, perhaps my bottle was a bit old.

D- Seems like a great drink on a warm day, a very refreshing clean taste. Would go well with brats. Also would be a good beer for a BMC lover.

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Photo of Kyle987
3.71/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Perfectly clear, golden body with a light head but good retention. Very strong, fresh, grainy aroma. Flavor isn't as strong as the aroma, but still solid. Mostly grainy, with some minimal hops in the background and mild malts. Drier mouthfeel, fairly light and drinkable. Solid beer, even though pilsners aren't my favorite.

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

Pours a nice clear, golden color with a one inch bright white head on top. Decent retention and a bit of whispy lace.

The aroma is nice. Some pale pils malt giving a bit of sweet bread and a light hop profile.

The taste is decent. A good pale maltiness showing off some bread character with a slight hop bitterness to round it out.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and highly carbonated giving a nice tingle.

Drinkability is fairly high. It's a decent pils and certainly easy to consume.

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