In this beer blog, we are going to sample out a beer style that I am not a huge fan of it. I am talking about Kolsch Ale from Schlafly. Schlafly Brewery started to brew their beers in 1991 and was founded by Dan Kopman and Tom Schlafly. Their goal was to brew some good beers in the downtown St Louis area. They are now being distribute to nine other states asides their home state. Some of these states are part of them like Illinois. Schlafly Brewery is now brewing several different styles of beer and over 25 seasonal brews. I know the last time I was down there when my sister lived there. They were just getting into the 750ml bottle business. This is a really good brewery and St Louis should be proud to have them in their backyard. Let us get beer from this brewery.
Schlafly Kolsch is part of their everyday beer line up, which is rare to see a brewery have this style one of their everyday beers. At one time, it was rare to see this beer style in the market. Now the beer style is just about everywhere and newer ones are a ton better than the older ones. It has yellow color with a head kind of in it. It has a sweet to light citrus smell to it. It has a really sweet to slight hoppy taste to the beer with no really aftertaste. It is a pretty drinkable beer.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
Schlafly Kolsch Style Ale is a golden-colored, medium-bodied, crisp and refreshing ale. This style, which originated in Cologne, is well-balanced, mild-mannered, and a perfect companion for any occasion.
Here is a description from their website (www.schlafly.com):
Our Kölsch is a classic golden ale that uses a centuries old yeast strain sourced from a famous Kölsch brewer in Köln, Germany. Fermented at 62 degrees, then cold conditioned, it has the delicate fruity aroma of an ale with the crisp, clean finish of a lager. It is brewed with lightly roasted malt and 100% German Noble Hops: Perle for bitterness and Hallertau Traditional for flavor and aroma.
In 1918, the term Kölsch was used to describe the ale brewed in Köln, a city on the Rhine River in western Germany. The style began to rise in popularity in the 1960s and now, many American craft brewers brew variations of the style, labeling it a golden ale. Our Kölsch is unique to the Schlafly brewery because Ulrike, a native of Köln and wife of brewery co-founder Tom Schlafly, connected Schlafly Beer with the Gaffel Brewery of Köln. Schlafly Beer won the Gold Medal for Best German-style Kölsch in the World Beer Cup in 2010.
ABV: 4.8% | IBU: 25
Appearance: Straw-colored, bright
Process: 62 degree fermentation
Hops: Hallertau Tradition, Perle (DE)
Malts: 2-row malted barley, wheat malt, Munich malt, Carapils malt
Yeast: Köln brewery yeast strain
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In closing, just what I said I have never been a huge fan of this beer style. I know it is because of the light to medium body that this beer style brings forth. I get it because it is perfect for the spring and summer, which is when you normally see this beer style out by craft beer breweries. I like this beer but it is not on my regular beer line up. It is has some good flavor better than other Kolsch in the market. This beer is one of the best ones on the market. Go hunt it down. Go get some! Drink it! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser