The First Pour: Schlafly Helles
Cicero’s understands that when it come to beer, most people’s favorite is the latest and greatest new beer. Very few beer lovers drink the same beer over and over again. Sure, you might go back to an old standard, but you always try the latest beer first. For that reason, and others, Cicero’s changes their menu every week. When kegs kick, we change them up, unless we decide to keep it tapped for a while longer because it kicked so fast. With that in mind, we strive to keep you, our customers informed on our weekly changes. The “First Pour” series of blog posts will highlight and review the newest beers we have on draft for you. Again, we have a happy couple writing these posts for us. If you see them around, make sure and thank them for their hard work.
By Alaina Kantner and Mike Vecchio
Hops: Mittelfrüh & Magnum
Malts: 2-row and Europils malted barley, Carapils malt
Summer has to be around the corner because Schlafly has released their Helles style Summertime Lager. First a quick history lesson on the Helles style for the uninitiated. The style was created in 1894 by the Spaten Brewery (in Munich, Germany) as a blond lager competitor to the widely successful Bohemian Pilsner. While not as popular as it once was in Germany, this style is still celebrated and enjoyed in the region of Bavaria.
Schlafly’s Summertime Lager is true to the traditional Germany style and technique. The beer pours out a bright straw yellow with a fluffy white head on a good draft pour. Typical of the style, there is almost no aroma off the beer. The initial taste is crisp, light, and unimposing. The malts give a toasted grain and slightly grassy – maybe lemony – taste throughout the drink. This is then followed by a light hop snap just before a very dry swallow. Schlafly cans this beer for a reason: it’s the quintessential summertime beer. So do yourself a favor and drink this beer up on tap and take some along on your next float trip.
About the Authors – Alaina and Mike moved to St Louis from Ohio in 2008 and quickly jumped into the craft beer scene. Alaina has gone from drinking light lagers almost exclusively to enjoying maltier beers – most notably porters and stouts – and hefeweizens. In her free time Alaina enjoys reading, running, and attempting to teach their dog tricks. Mike has evolved from drinking highly hopped IPAs to enjoying a wider range of pale ales and traditional hefeweizens. Mike enjoys trying to teach his dog not to bark at anything that moves, reading about crime and gangs, and home brewing with his co-workers. Both Alaina and Mike have been attending Cicero’s Beer School for a year and credit it to helping them expand their knowledge of craft brew and assisting them to take the plunge into home brewing with their friends. Hopefully, they will bring in some of their home-brew one day.