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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

Schell's HefeweizenSchell's Hefeweizen

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BA SCORE
86
very good

102 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 102
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.83%


Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
First brewed in 1984, Schell’s Hefeweizen is made with a blend of wheat malt and barley malts. We use an authentic wheat beer yeast culture, which gives the beer a fruity ale character dominated by a citrus-like tartness. Refreshingly light character with a higher than normal carbonation level. Straw-colored and cloudy from the unfiltered yeast left in suspension. Notes of banana and clove with a slight bready malt flavor.

(Beer added by: purplehops on 06-23-2002)
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brentk56

North Carolina

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a whipped egg white head that is adequate but not quite up to the German standard; a few strand of lace cling to the side of the glass

Smell: Banana bread with a strong clove and pepper aspect

Taste: Banana bread up front - nothing surprising here; but in the middle there is an explosion of clove, vanilla and pepper spice that continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but not quite creamy enough; moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Been looking to try this one for a while now and the persistence has finally paid off; the spice kick on this beer is non-traditional but a great American angle on the style

Thanks, copslovebeer, for the opportunity

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 20:20:00 | More by brentk56
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deebo

Minnesota

3.76/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a 12er of this with a BB date of 092913, enjoyed a couple bottles of this, time for a review.

A-Poured into a tall pilsener glass this beer explodes into a white fluffy heady beast with big time staying power and lacing. Light golden in color, slightly hazy with suspended yeast with lots of small bubbles.

S-Estery banana aroma is strongest with a weak phenolic clove character. Plenty of bready, grainy wheat aroma. Very nice.

T-The taste is more balanced between the banana and clove character with a fairly strong bready wheat taste. A weak bitter hoppy finish.

M-Medium bodied with a soft taste. The carbonation is restrained. Slight creaminess with a bit of a lingering finish.

O-A solid hefe. Nice characteristic appearance and flavor with a nice balance of flavors. Would like a cleaner finish but an enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2013 02:05:37 | More by deebo
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zeledonia

Minnesota

4.15/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Tasted 18 July 2013.

Pours cloudy pale golden-straw yellow. One finger of white head, good retention and pretty lacing.

Smell is banana bread with cloves on top. Big fruity esters, spice, and potent yeast that reminds me of a genetics lab. Very good.

Main downside is, for me, just too much bitterness in the back part. I like the light fruit and spice, but I want it to drift more into that spicy realm, rather than the bitter twang.

Feel is fabulous. Light, with a fluffy, foamy carbonation that's boosted without being over the top. Excellent.

A really good hefeweizen. Big banana and clove, backed by bready yeast. Excellent, and will definitely be one of my go-to hefes.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2013 09:42:04 | More by zeledonia
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jhawth

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy straw color, with a spongy, finger-sized head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Aroma: Bubblegum, yum. Subtle notes of apple and banana.

Taste: Bubblegum and banana flavors very noticeable, and not much else. A little more wheat-y malt flavor as it warms, and a bit of apple tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light but energetic carbonation. Thin.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing too exciting. I was most disappointed by the lack of head retention and how weak-bodied it was. No offensive flavors, no glaring flaws in the aroma, just nothing interesting. Soft-drink beer, as my sister would say. Nevertheless, it was pleasant, and I could easily drink a few over the course of a summer afternoon.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2013 23:30:16 | More by jhawth
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herman77

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with an average white head. Very cloudy and a few chunkies, as it should be. Not much lacing

S: Tons of ripe bananas and just a bit of clove spice. Picking up a bit of vanilla sweetness and even some juicy bubblegum.

T: Nice bananas and just a bit of the spicy yeast (cloves). Good amount of wheat.

M: Light body, higher carbonation.

O: A good hefe. Not one of my favorite styles so drinkability isn't too high, but this one is great, solid example in my book.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 19:26:13 | More by herman77
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kamalbro

Minnesota

4.75/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not going into details for the fact that no American breweries have come close to this authenticity for this style and I have tried many American Hefes. This brew could easily be mistaken as an authentic hefe (albiet a little tartier) from Germany if it wasnt for the American Brand. In a blind test, I think it goes head to head with the German Paulaner Hefe and im a big fan of Paulaner Hefeweizen. It says a lot. In conclusion, this beer is not only worth your money but deserves more of your money.

Serving type: bottle

08-16-2012 07:01:50 | More by kamalbro
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jimmah120

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into duvel glass

Look is a cloudy pale yellow gold with almost no head. Smell is light, but heavy on the banana. There is some lemon and clove also. Taste is also heavy with banana sweetness and leaves the exact same aftertaste as banana Laffy Taffy. Lemon, clove, black pepper in the background. Feel is superb other than the slightly cloying finish.

Not sure what to think about this one, I usually love hefe's but only feel so-so about this. Still, it's well done, flavorful, and relatively cheap. That being said, I probably won't buy again.

Serving type: bottle

08-15-2012 09:26:33 | More by jimmah120
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paytonpowell

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pale straw yellow beautifully hazed over with persistent bubbling. A thick milky white head adorns this beautiful German style Hefe truly lending to its authenticity.

S: Rich bananas and cloves, hints of vanilla in the background with a slight lactic sense floating around as well. Hops and malts fall to the wayside as the yeast truly is the star of this show.

T: The front of the palate is a wonderfully balanced smattering of malty sweetness and light noble hopped bitterness. As the brew crosses the tongue the clove notes of the nose ease to a supporting role as the banana notes calmly take the lead. Spice at the finish is what is this brews secret reward, just a small just ever so noticeable amount of black pepper almost giving a smokey feel puts this beer in the realm of traditional wheat hefes, it reminds me of my first (albeit Belgian) Hoegaarden.

M: Vibrantly effervescent, crisp, clean and a lightly acidic feel that cleanses the palate makes this a great food beer. It is a shame that it is a seasonal as it could work really well in the fall with turkey.

O: I am a man who highly respects traditional in-style brews and Schells Hefeweizen truly fulfills my tastes, so as to this and as a Minnesotan I am biased. However I find that their interpretation is on par with many great imports I have had (freshness helps) and that the versatility of its pairing is exceptional. Schells avoids the trends of the mainstream craft scene and sticks to their German American roots which I greatly respect; this beer (along with their Oktoberfest Marzen) is a representation of that. Is this the best Hefe, most innovative? No! But it is a great American beer worthy of respect and deserves praise.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2012 05:05:54 | More by paytonpowell
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pweis909

Wisconsin

4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ester production by hefe yeast may range from clove-like to banana-like. I like the whole range. This is one of the nice examples at the banana end of the range.

It's yellow-gold in appearance, with suspended yeast leading to the typical hefeweizen appearance. The white frothy head degrades perhaps a little too rapidly in my glass.

This is a banana-dominated hefe that has just a hint of the clove esters.

There is a malt sweetness that really complements the banana aromas. Yet, the finish is dry, even slightly tart.

Slight coating of the mouth due to wheat protein (?) - a soft kiss.

I hope to try this beer again, perhaps in a tasting with some of the New Glarus wheat beers, which I always like. Schell's makes some really nice beers and I don't see them often enough on the shelves of my northern WI beer stores.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2012 17:55:11 | More by pweis909
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kkipple

South Carolina

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a big stemless wine glass. Thanks to "One for the Road" in Wexford for the bottle!

A perfectly serviceable Hefeweizen, surprisingly good, actually... hits all the right notes, a hazy dull yellow, short white head with only a bit of lace. Pleasing banana-pepper nose, clove in all the right places, wheaty. Excellent aroma, no off notes. Flavor continues on into a very to-style Hefe that honestly is one of the better ones I've had lately. Nothing wrong here at all, perhaps not as perfect as Weihenstephaner but surely better than most. No off anythings, this leans towards the lighter side of the style but still has enough body to be legit. Better than a lot of the stale old German imports that have been on shelves for who knows how long.

Wonderful carbonation, light ABV and a simple, mildly estery-sour finish round it off. If this were a local, I'd drink it to distraction in the summer months. Well done, Schell's.

Reading the reviews, it seems this beer may have gotten better lately. In any case, I look forward to trying it again when I go North.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2012 23:57:17 | More by kkipple
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DrDemento456

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn this beer is past it's prime (summer release) this might be why I didn't enjoy it so much.

A - Pours a bright clear yellow with not much haziness which is weird for the style and only a slight layer of head that turns to a lace ring.

S - Smells pretty nice mostly lemon and banana and touches of wheat.

T - Not as banana as I hoped but it was pretty good overall. Mostly lemon wheat flavors and touches of yeast.

M - Light to medium pretty good drinking.

Overall I will have to try this again fresh in the summer but it came off really lackluster and not very close to the style.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2011 05:59:31 | More by DrDemento456
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.6/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy golden amber color was evident right away. A nice solid layer of white foam, maybe to a half an inch came up over the top, but then settled down far too qucikly, leaving behind nothing more then a slight layer of film across the top,

The aroma was good, very nice for the style, with a good sense of wheat, hints of banana and clove and a slight touches of an almost peach like smell. More solid in through the taste. Rolls across the tongue with a good amount of banana and peach flavors, hints of a light grass flavor and light grains then ruling the day on this one.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2011 19:13:24 | More by mikesgroove
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mdwalsh

Iowa

4.13/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22 oz Hefe vase.

A: Head could be bigger, it's barely 2 fingers, but it's a nice cloudy yellow. It was neat to actually watch the yeast fall down through the beer. Nice active carbonation. This head is fading fast.

T: Cloves and Bananas! More cloves than I remember from past tastings. Pungent, but not unpleasant. Quite good actually. It finishes a little sharp, but very similar to pretty much all the best Bavarian Hefe's

T: The banana is a little more there in the taste, which is not overall as strong as the aroma. a little less full bodied than I remember, "banana milk shake' was once a term I used, but still great.

M: Again, lighter than I remember, but still wonderfully refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2011 22:24:39 | More by mdwalsh
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dbossman

Nebraska

4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and straw-yellow with a white foamy head that keeps its form quite well; lacing is nice too

S: Loads of yeasty goodness; this beer smells like a hell of a hefe with banana, cloves, apples, and black pepper all dancing on top of an earthy, musty, grassy, and grainy underbelly

T: All of the good hefe qualities are here with nice balance between the fruity and spicy yeast and the grainy malts

F: A touch thin but fairly decent mouth feel overall with enough body to keep you satisfied

O: This is one damn refreshing hefeweizen; you could drink so much of this stuff; it is probably one of the best American versions of the style out there

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2011 16:31:16 | More by dbossman
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biglobo8971

Minnesota

4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very bright vibrant yellow with a nice thick head on it. Lacing lasts the whole glass. The aroma is of clove and banana with hints of citrus. The banana is very present with the spice. Very much one of my favorite offerings by this brewery. Easy to drink, looks great, smeels good, and is a joy to partake. Only bad thing I can say is that its a seasonal. But a damn good one.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2011 21:18:49 | More by biglobo8971
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MattyG85

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish gold with a big three finger white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Solid aroma of bananas, clove, and bubblegum with wheat. Hints of yeast, biscuity malts, and citrus lemon.

Taste: A tasty and balanced combination of wheat and yeast giving flavors of banana, clove spices, and bubblegum with hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very good American version of a Hefeweizen. Tasty and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2011 04:50:42 | More by MattyG85
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ncmussell

Minnesota

4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Nice light white foamy head. Color is very pale yellow. This has a nose of banana and clove with a little hint of lemon. Mouthfeel is full without being overly rich. Compared to say Dancing Man wheat this is a little lighter but it is not so light that it tastes watery like some hefe can. Overall a very well done local hefeweizen that I will be buying plenty more of this summer. Held up very well next to a fresh Paulaner brought back over from Germany last week.

Serving type: bottle

07-11-2011 23:29:58 | More by ncmussell
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pdoran10

Minnesota

3.48/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours out an only slightly hazy yellow color into a New Belgium snifter. Half a finger of white head that fades very quickly and leaves no lacing.

Smell is banana and clove, pretty pungent and inviting.

Taste is missing a bit in the standard banana clove flavors. A bit watered down. Slight pepper spice on the finish.

Mouthfeel is very thin and highly carbonated.

Overall nice flavors, but very delicate. I generally like high carbonation so this beer a reasonable local summer beer option for me.

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2011 05:41:18 | More by pdoran10
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birchstick

Colorado

3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - pours a cloudy, hazy straw yellow with a 1/2 finger head that doesn't stay around too long

S -notes bubblegum and sweet clove

T - lots of bubblegum flavors upfront and through the middle of the palate. A little bit of clove comes out on the finish. Not too much else going on. Not the boldest hefe out there, but certainly not the worst either. I think this is right in the middle of the flavor ranking from this style.

M - creamy with carbonation burn on the back end. Not bad, not great

D - this is the definition of a middle of the road hefe. Nothing about it was off or missing, it wasn't anything I definitely considered missing. This was a very average hefe, but that's not always a bad thing…

Serving type: on-tap

06-28-2011 16:52:02 | More by birchstick
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wagenvolks

Texas

3.75/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle (best by 08.27.10) into a Kloster Andechs weizen glass. Thanks to ballz50401 for the extra!!

Pours with a cloudy, dishwater yellow body. Lots of carbonation trains rising quickly to fuel a well-retained tuft of manila-creme head. Great aroma: classic Hefeweizen yeasts greet the nose with big wafts of banana, clove, vanilla, and bubblegum. A little grainy in the backdrop, but Schell's very nearly rivals Live Oak in the aroma department.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't match the aroma's brilliance. That's not to say Schell's Hefe is disappointing--far from it. Still, the big banana notes taste a big dulled on the palate and the clove is more of an afterthought. Lots of tasty wheat notes to keep the tongue happy, though. Solid mouthfeel, too, with a medium-thin body, spritzy carbonation level and drying finish. Overall, a solid attempt at a difficult style for American breweries to master. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2010 01:53:22 | More by wagenvolks
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blackdog1101

Minnesota

4.45/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A - This looks like a traditional hefeweizen, yellow, cloudy, with a pillowy white head. The head doesn't last long, though.

S - Citrus, banana, and cloves. A little biscuit too.

T - Just beautiful. Very smooth banana-like flavors offset by the clove spiciness. The hops are not forefront, but are very clean. A bit of background citrus notes. A little biscuit.

M - Smooth, crisp, refreshing. The level of carbonation is perfect.

D - To me this is a perfect summer beer; refreshing, crisp, clean, and sessionable. If you are able to purchase this in your area, by all means do so. I've had this on tap several times as well, and it is equally good.

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2010 02:46:10 | More by blackdog1101
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brewdoc75

Minnesota

4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow with some orange hues. Initially there is a phenomenal, creamy white head, but it dies down faster than I'dlike. Carbonation is there, but not as strong as I'd like in a hefeweizen.

S: Smells nice with lots of wheat character. Breadiness and faint sweetness form the malts. The yeast comes out nicely with clove and some banana with a touch of vanilla. Definitely more clove than banana, which is what I like.

T: Very solid hefeweizen flavors here. Lots of clove and some banana. The vanilla flavors really come out in the aftertaste and are subtle but noticeable. Heavier on the wheat taste than some hefeweizens, with plenty of bready flavors. Overall, the flavors blend well. Hops are present just enough to balance things out.

M: Light bodied. Not as carbonated as I would like. Creamy at first, but finishes clean.

D: A really nice hefeweizen from my favorite US, German-inspired brewery. I'd like to see this around more. I'd really like to try some on tap. If you are craving a fresh hefeweizen and live in this region, you must try this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-07-2010 19:28:37 | More by brewdoc75
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.73/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint at Old Chicago. There was a lot of great things going on wit this beer, but it was just missing a crisp malt or hop note to round things out. There's a big banana and clove spice over the smooth wheat malts, but there seems to be almost no bitterness or edge from the malt. It's just need a little balance to the rich yeast character that dominates the beer. That said, it reminds me a bit of Franziskaner and overall, is fairly tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

07-28-2010 05:20:29 | More by tempest
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ballz50401

Iowa

4.28/5  rDev +12%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 8/27/10) into a Weizen glass with a yeast swirl. Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a big puffy white head, looks very inviting on this hot summer day. A nice clean hefeweizen yeast aroma; ripe banana, clove, and some lemon notes. A very nice balance of wheat malt and yeast flavor that is not overpowering. This has a very creamy mouthfeel while also being light bodied. I could easily polish off a sixer of these.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2010 21:34:36 | More by ballz50401
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gatornation

Minnesota

4.3/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy yellow/golden color with a quick dissipating head with a fresh white ring minimal lacing..smell is bananas and clove some spice and apples with a baked bread/malt smell..taste is super its a banana and clove hit followed by wheat and baked bread and delicious malts..all nicely balanced..mouth feel is medium full of flavor it has a great drinkability its crisp and refreshing you want another sip this is highly drinkable and delicious in fact it gone as i write this review

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2010 21:41:58 | More by gatornation
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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.