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Schnickelfritz | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The unmistakable characteristics of this Bavarian Weissbier are achieved with a yeast that is decidedly fruity and phenolic. You may note clove, nutmeg or even vanilla and/or banana-like aromas and flavors.

12 IBU

Added by KI9A on 02-02-2011

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Reviews: 37 | Ratings: 209
Photo of THSdrummer
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque fiery yellow with a medium-sized off-white head. Head retention is fair to poor, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is a whirlpool of cloves, banana, Belgian yeast spice, and a little grass hop. The flavor profile is very much cloves, banana, and a twinge of Belgian yeast spice. Very simplistic. Mouth feel is smooth, although thin. It thins out as it warms as well. Overall, a very fine beer. I'm drinking it on the screened-in patio. It's 82*F out, and this beer feels like a nice fit.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head.
S: Moderate aromas of banana and clove from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors imparted by the yeast and is a classic representing of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5l mug.

Look: Cloudy straw yellow, foamy white head that eventually recedes to a light film, then only a collar. Light spots of lacing initially.

Aroma: Pepper spiciness with clove, nutmeg, and banana aromas.

Taste: Spicy to start then an immediate tanginess. Yeasty flavors with clove and subtle banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: Very solid, good representation of the style.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: bright golden and cloudy. Small head that fades fast
S: German yeast/ wheat...banana sweetness
T: full flavored low abv beer. Big sweet wheat again, and finishes with banana sweetness.
F: smooth, easy drinking. Coats my mouth with flavors.
O: great warmer weather beer. Full of flavor, low abv.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer several times, both in bottle and draft. Tonight, I had it on draft while out with my wife in St. Charles. I think it's much better on tap...the appearance: a cloudy, straw yellow, almost light-orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is lightly of fruit and clove, with a bit of yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, with a soft mouthfeel. Medium in body and very easy to drink.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.31/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose of banana which is strong. Cloudy yellow color. Taste like banana and spice. Clean finish. This is a big miss for me. I'm a big fan of urban chestnut but this is not my taste. Too fruity with all the banana flavor.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I cannot distinguish the bottled on date, bummer...

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow color. At first a bubbly and creamy looking white cap forms, but recedes in a moment. Not much lace.
S: Yeast, esters of banana and clove. Pale and cracker like malts. Enjoyable, but a bit muted.
T: Like the nose, it seems fairly muted. Cracker and bread like malts. Peppery, almost phenolic like yeast. Banana esters as well. Everything is there, it just does not have the umpth for me.
M/O: A light to medium body. Crisp and effervescent carbonation that is smooth at the same time. Really easy to drink, goes down smooth and can see me coming back from time to time.

I can see were the bottled on date would be, but cannot make it out. The muted character here has me to believe it is an old bottle. Hopefully I can find a fresher four pack one of these days and update, cause I feel this could be incredible fresh. As is enjoyable enough to drink anyway.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately had a fairly old bottle. Bottled on 4/30/2015. The look was hazy pale yellow like straw. The head was light and airy but did not last. Very minimal lacing. Clove dominated the aroma with banana and some bready wheat character. Taste was similar with slight lemon and pear fruitiness. An earthy spice came through as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel is light and crisp but yet has a mouth coating slickness to it. A very good hefeweizen. Will have to get a bottle that is fresher.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bru. Pale yellow, with a white, lacing head. The nose is a restrained, almost closed off. The taste opens up nicely, with wheat coupled with strong elements of fruit and a subtle nutty spice. Restrained, but pretty tasty.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Dull and hazy golden color. Creamy white head caps at an inch. Thick collar of lacing.

S: Green bananas, slight tangy apricot. Clove and nutmeg. Brown sugar. Walnut. Wheat and bread. Yeast.

T: Underripe bananas and tangy tangerine/apricot. Yeasty spice kick of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Black pepper too. Dusty yeast. Wheat bread and walnut. Perhaps a tick of spicy herbal hops. Spicy yeast finish.

M: Light bodied. Creamy and frothy with acute and expressive carbonation.

O: Sort of a rough roller coaster ride of a Hefeweizen. The yeast is really throwing off some bold esters and phenols. It keeps things interesting.

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Photo of bwood06
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass

A - Creamy and somewhat frothy white head that dissipates slowly. Cloudy golden beer with slow rising carbonation. Moderately carbonated. 4.25/5

S - Banana and clove really stand out in the aroma. Also present are a light lemony citrus note and a bit of sourdough bread. 4.25/5

T - Lemony citrus right off the bat transitioning to clove and then to very strong banana ester. A bit of sourdough bread with herbal hops on the back end. 4/5

M - Medium bodied but also somewhat crisp. Flavor leaves the palate somewhat quickly but light and smooth mouthfeel remains. Light to moderate carbonation. 3.75/5

O - Excellent hefeweizen offering from Urban Chestnut here. Very strong on banana and clove with a bit lighter than normal body. Very true to tradition. Low on ABV but high on flavor. 4/5

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice american hefeweizen. Hazy lemon color, banana and lemon, minimal clove, a light wheat thin background note. Medium body with a soft, round finish.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is hazy golden straw yellow with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, spice, Bavarian yeast, wheaty, doughy, vanilla, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Tasty, chewy, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, chewy, medium carbonation, and tasty.

Overall: Pretty tasty Bavarian take on the hefeweizen. I'll grab another glass.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle
A - very thin white head dissipates quickly atop a hazy pale golden colored ale
S - typical hefe nose with clove, banana, cracked wheat, yeast, faint lemon pith
T - wheat, yeast, banana, clove, bubblegum, earthy hops
M - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes slightly tart and fairly crisp
O - good American version of a great German style, but I prefer some of the traditional German brewed ones more.

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Photo of richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500 ml bottle into nonic pint. No visible bottle date.

A: Pours light yellow with 2-3 finger soapy white head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Some light lacing.

S: Banana, clove, nutmeg, bubblegum, and cracker malts.

T: Bready malts with a hint of banana sweetness. Some grassy funk, and faint spices - clove, and nutmeg. I get a little bubblegum flavor in the finish,

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. I was expecting it to be a light lighter.

O: Easy drinking nice beer. I might have preferred the spices to be a bit more pronounced, but enjoyable still.

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Photo of steveh
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Second in this line of new beers to my area. Love a well-made Weizen, hope I've found a new choice.

Trademark .5 liter bottle, mysterious date code missing from the bottle neck.

L -- Hazy, golden, light peach color with a dense white head that thins quickly, but revives easily.

S -- Sweet barley malt and wheat malt, clove spiciness, light banana and light DMS.

T -- Good bready maltiness up front, light clove spiciness following with light vanilla in balance, light wheat graininess in the finish, spicy hops and a light tart citrus character linger through the aftertaste.

M -- Mouthfeel is soft to crisp with a light to medium-light body.

O -- A very nice take on the style with a clove phenolic that is very reminiscent of the Schneider beers. This will be a great patio beer for the coming summer.

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This was pretty good, but not the best of the style. It just seems like it is currently about 7/10 of what this style should be. If you want a milder version, this would be it.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours like a hefe should, with a massive head topping the hazy goldenstraw liquid; sticks like a champ and leaves clumpy lacing

Smell: Wheat bread tang, vanilla, bubblegum and green banana

Taste: Wheat bread with a tart edge, with the vanilla influence becoming rather distinct; bubblegum develops in the middle, along with the green banana tones; grassy elements arrive after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has all of the elements of a classic hefe and then some but I can't say that I am really enjoying it; I don't like the mouthfeel and it lacks the clove character to complement the fruity esters

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Photo of TheCondor
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The first in a series of beers drank during a get together the other night at a friends house. Side poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance - I do like the packaging, name is unique, should be interesting. Pours a very light, hazy yellow with a nice, two finger head that leaves a bit of lacing and hangs around for a couple of minutes.

Smell - Has your standard hefeweizen characteristics of crackers and a bit of fruitiness. There was a strong banana esters, phenols, and clove smell to it as well, making it unmistakable as to what they were going for.

Taste - Underwhelming, to say the least. The banana and cloves are certainly present, and it has a decent bready balance to it, but it just wasn't all there to me. There is a little bit of spice in there as well.

Mouthfeel - Light bodied, finishes clean and smooth. I liked this part of the beer probably the best. Went down real easy. Finished with a zip of clove and pepper.

Overall - This isn't a bad beer, but it certainly isn't anything to go pay a premium price for either. There are plenty of other good weizens out there for the same money. It was just a little underwhelming, felt like there was something missing. Condor recommended and approved, but I wouldn't make a special trip to the store for it.

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale straw. Haze dissipates some but not completely. Very small whitish head which disappears immediately. Continuous stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Banana is the main smell I notice. Some clove and straw as well. Not much going on here.

Banana again for the flavor. A bit of clove, lemon, and orange. A bit of cream and vanilla at the end.

Nice moderate to medium mouth feel. Some crispness from the carbonation which is medium+. Smooth and easy drinking with no alcohol presence.

Decent German-style wheat beer. Definitely a beer you could drink multiple of. Needs more oomph in the nose.

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Photo of Goosehunter75
3.87/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Pours an extremely pale yellow. Its almost white looking its so pale. This beer is extremely hazy. Its has a very large three finiger bubbly white head with great retention. Lacing was ok

S - A very floral smelling beer. Has a strong earthyness to it as well. Nice yeast kick mixed in.

T - Very pleasant flavor. Fruits and yeast. Good ctirus kick.

M - a light bodied beer. Very smooth. Refreshing as well. Slick feeling in the mouth

O - Great beer by Urban Chestnut. This is usually not my style but I really enjoyed this one. I will pick up again next time I am in STL.

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Photo of russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed gold with 1" of eggshell colored head (vigorous pour). No head retention or lacing

S: Cloves & green banana

T: Follows the nose, some ripe banana, white grapes & pears along some juicy fruit up front. More juicy fruit & pears, plus a little tartness & dryness as this warms, green banana & cloves as well. Finishes with some dryness, juicy fruit & cloves

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation

Easy drinker, fairly spot on for the style, easily the best beer I've had from these guys

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy yellow gold with one finger of fizzy white head. A bit of thin wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, clove, yeast, and cracker.

The taste was tart apple, banana, clove, white pepper, yeast, and cracker.

Light-to-medium bodied and sticky with a sharp carbonation.

I could drink these all day. Well done, Urban Chestnut!

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Photo of Woffy
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Had this poured out of one of Urban Chestnut' euro-bottles. Color is a really nice looking hazy straw color with about three fingers of very fluffy head. Aroma is spice and yeast with a hint of banana and citrus. Taste continues with the spice, citrus and yeast. Mouthfeel is very crisp and effervescent due to the high amount of carbonation. Overall, this is one of my favorite Bavarian style Weissbiers that I've had. Will definitely be having some more. Prost!

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow straw in color. A fingernail of white foam rests on top. Banana ester aroma is very compelling. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me. The taste starts of with the wheat and banana flavoring. The finish is brisk, but fulfilling. I like the look and the aroma but that felt like a tease.

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Schnickelfritz from Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
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