Review: Schlafly Summer Lager and Topical Saison
Two summertime releases from St. Louis’s Schlafly. Let’s go!
Schlafly Summer Lager – A Helles-style lager from Schlafly, brewed with German Mittelfrüh hops. Malty and bready, it has that unmistakably German kick — slightly vegetal, slightly woody — and a finish that calls out for a pretzel with mustard. A bit light on its feel due to a quite low abv, it’s less “serious” than your typical Deutschlander brau, but rather ready-made for poolside sipping in the summer heat. The pools are opening someday, right? 4.5% abv. B+ / $8 per six-pack (but reviewed from a 16 oz can)
Schlafly Tropical Saison – Brightly but lightly sour at the start, this punchy saison takes the usual citrus, spice, and berry flavors of the style and twists them into a knot, courtesy of a load of tropical fruit flavor. Pineapple and mango dominate, but they’re filtered through a winey vinegar character that really gives the experience a bracing finish. Definitely a fun spin — and a high-alcohol one — on the sleepy saison style. 7.5% abv. B+ / $11 per six-pack