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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
86
very good

124 Ratings
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Ratings: 124
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.82
pDev: 12.3%
Wants: 5
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.75% 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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Reviews by kkipple:
Photo of kkipple
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.

kkipple, Jan 17, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -14.9%

kgeijer, May 07, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

DaftPatrick, Jul 02, 2014
Photo of bsp77
4.21/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow. Looks orange when held away from the light. A relatively aggressive pour plus the high carbonation produces a fast forming foamy head but subsides faster than I would like without much lacing.

Smell: Bananas, bananas, bananas. Also some cloves and light hops.

Taste: Despite the smell, the cloves are stronger than the banana taste. Mild wheat maltiness, with maybe a hint of hops at the end (unless that is just more clove).

Feel: Pretty high carbonation, fairly light but slightly creamy.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff Hefe. Very, very refreshing, and one of the best American made Hefeweizens, as it is truly German in style.

bsp77, Jun 19, 2009
Photo of jcdiflorio
3.1/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large bowled wheat glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with crimped cap. Best by 8-22-07.

Cloudy lemmon yellowy color slight golden hue. 1" creamy white head dissapated quickly to a slight coating. Good carbination with a decent amount of bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass.

Clean aroma with a light to moderate bannana and clove nose,both aroma about the same intenesity.Some light citrus with a slight hint of pineapple. Good,pleasing aroma.

Lots of clove taste up front on the moderate side,good spicy tanginess a hint of nutmeg and some faint bannana tastes.Light citrusy finish.

Light mouthfeel.astringent with some grainyness. Not a great wheat beer,but a decent offering was just a bit on the light side. Would be a good starter wheat beer,easy on the palate.

jcdiflorio, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of deebo
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.

deebo, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of MNMike
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

MNMike, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of warmbier804
4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

warmbier804, Oct 29, 2014
Photo of MattyG85
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.

MattyG85, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of Timmuh
3/5  rDev -21.5%

Timmuh, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of ADR
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Properly hazy pineapple color, head starts nice but is pretty quick to settle to a yellowish froth skim. Wide partial laces. Estery aroma, but leaning toward fleshy fruit rather than overt banana. There's a sense of tropical fruit (kiwi and mango) in the flavor, an early assertion with just a speck of mid mouth cloviness. Medium body. A slight lemon wheat tang at the end. I like it, the estery qualities are under control and its smooth and subdued.

After reading other reviews here...well, I must have diferent tastes in wheat brews...definitely a fresh bottle, here...

ADR, May 29, 2003
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2.5/5  rDev -34.6%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
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4/5  rDev +4.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +11.3%

sgttibbs, Aug 10, 2013
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in a Hefe-weizen glass)

A- This beer is a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Slow carbonation floats to the top.

S- light yeast and banana notes but pretty clean nose. Some notes of soft wheat as it warms.

T- Nice soft wheat taste with hints of banana and clove both. Very nice and flavors are not overpowering at all.

M- medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz.

D-Very nice and good match to style. I would like to see a bit more bready characteristics or maybe some pils malt to balance it out. Very nice though.

rhoadsrage, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of kamalbro
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.

kamalbro, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell- Hefeweizen

On tap at the Wine Cafe- Mankato, MN.

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy yellow with a thick billowy head. Laced down the glass.
Smell- light banana clove with the hay/ wheat odor.
Taste- nice middle of the road Hefe flavor not to bold and strong but a flavorful pounder.
Mouthfeel- just a notch above watery. A chugger with flavor.

Overall- A nice lighty flavorful Hefe that is too easy to pound. Not bad!!

NJpadreFan, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of ChopperSmith
3.83/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Weizen glass.

Appearance - Cloudy Yellow with a nice fluffy head. Left nice lacing behind.

Smell - Banana, citrus, floral hops, yeast. Nice, but subtle.

Taste - Slight banana flavor, sweet yeast and nice citrus tang (even before adding the lemon slice). Not quite the bubblegum sweet yeast flavor of the real German Hefe's, but a nice American interpretation.

Mouthfeel - Light and slippery. Just the right amount of carbonation. Refreshing feel on the tongue.

Drinkability - Very drinkable. Could easily do a session with these on a warm summer day/night. One of my favorite Schell's beers.

ChopperSmith, Jul 03, 2009
Photo of jjunit
4/5  rDev +4.7%

jjunit, Jul 23, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, yellow-gold body is topped by a mid-sized head of bright white foam that quickly dwindles down to just a collar, and completely disappears at mid-glass. The nose is interesting, however. Cloves are obvious, and there's a mild banana as well, but it offers an additional fruitiness that's intriguing. At times it appears lemony; but there's also some kind of a melon or papaya note involved as well. The body is light/medium and its fine carbonation just caresses the tongue, leaving it smooth in the mouth. All of the interesting fruitiness of the nose returns in the flavor, wrapped in a thin blanket of lightly sweet wheat malt. There's a mild touch of bitterness to it; and it finishes with a flash of tartness before drying. Nicely done!

NeroFiddled, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of beertooth
3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A pale hazy straw yellow liquid. It has a big billowy two fingers of head that fades quickly into a thin layer.

The nose is very estery. Tons of clove, banana, some bubble gum, and lemon. Very spicy and delicious smelling.

The first gulp follows the nose. Tons of spicy yeasty esters. Banana, bubble gum, citrus notes. It's really refreshing.

Mouthfeel is medium with a medium to level of carbonation.

A tasty and very easy drinking hefe. I wouldn't mind putting a bunch of these down if I had some more.

beertooth, Oct 30, 2009
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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.

tempest, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of dbossman
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

dbossman, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of Justdoit1234
3.75/5  rDev -1.8%

Justdoit1234, Nov 10, 2014
Photo of jackndan
2.58/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Schell’s HefeWeizen: Pours a bright golden color with a very poor head. The beer is very cloudy, with obvious yeast left over from the bottle conditioning.

The aroma is sweet, very citrus, with bare hints of banana.

The taste is fairly pleasant, although I detect a long lasting aftertaste of sour popcorn with lemon butter. Hmm. There is a banana bread taste at the inception, followed by rather assertive sweetness, ending off with above noted popcorn taste. Light in body, but notable carbonation.

Fairly decent.

jackndan, Jun 23, 2002
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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.