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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 150
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.95%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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August Schell Brewing Company visit their website
Minnesota, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.75% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-23-2002

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.
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Photo of kamalbro
4.73/5  rDev +20.7%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy straw color. The head is large and billowy, and recedes quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is of cloves, banana bread, bubblegum, and wheat. The taste is more clove than anything else, but there is some nice wheaty notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the most authentically German hefes I have had from an American brewery. (439 characters)

Photo of mnbrewery
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: (11/12)
Awwwe! The nose on this Hefe is a thing of beauty and brings me back to the biergarten in Munich! A wonderful banana and clove aroma. Not sure of the yeast strain used, but must be a German Hefeweizen strain. Fantastic!

Appearance: (3/3)
Pouring the first 10 ounces into the glass, the beer is mainly clear and golden hued, but after adding in the last two ounces by swirling the beer to pick-up the yeast at the bottom of the glass, the beer turns a straw color that is nice and cloudy - the hallmark for a Hefeweizen.

Flavor: (18/20)
Even after the first sip, I can already tell this is one of the better American-made hefe's I ever had. The wheat flavor, together with the German hefe yeast, creates the beautiful banana flavors - while being oh so smooth.

Mouthfeel: (5/5)
Medium-bodied, this hefe isn't light by any means. The color says light, but the wheat will fill the stomach up rather quickly. Highly carbonated and creates a velvety smooth mouthfeel!

Overall Impression: (9/10)
Schell's is the second oldest family-owned/run brewery in America, and the German town of New Ulm, MN is where it all happens. They knock this German hefeweizen out of the park. When summer comes, there's not a style of beer that I reach for more, than a hefeweizen. Thank Mr. Schneider for revitilizing this style of beer in Munich. A great patio beer, with a touch of banana to please.

TOTAL: 46/50 (1,415 characters)

Photo of blackdog1101
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
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. (700 characters)

Photo of ZAP
4.42/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A enjoyable hefe....bright, hazy yellow color....nose begins with the banana's and then about midway in a real nice clove aroma eminates...The nose is really impressive...Taste is more on the banana's but also a spicy clove finish....body is lighter and not much carbonation...I didn't expect much from this for some reason and it is better than I anticipated....I remember drinking this when it was Weizen a few years back and I didn't think much of it...either my tastes have changed or this beer has....a solid example of a German Hefe....very tasty and thirst quenching....needless to say this won't be the last six-pack of this I will buy this summer....nice summer beer... (678 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Finally trying this after quite a bit of local hype.

Cloudy pale yellow with a rich and creamy off white colored head.

Beautiful nose of wheat, ripe banana and clove. Pretty basic hefe, but smells great.

Like the nose. The flavors are pretty subtle. The blend is near perfect though. Nice light clove spiciness at the end.

Mouthfeel is damn near perfect. Creamy smooth and almost medium bodied.

Especially at this abv, the drinkability is exceptional. Drinks so easy that this is the perfect summer session beer without a doubt. Glad I finally picked some up because I can see why it doesn't last long. (607 characters)

Photo of pweis909
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
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. (825 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got this as an extra from HawkeyeDaz a long time ago, and just today rediscovered it in the back of my fridge. This being June, it seems appropriate to break out a hefeweizen.

The beer is pale golden colored, clear with maybe a little chill haze, and a nice thick and creamy poof of bright white foam. It smells like it's from Bavaria, banana phenols and a touch of bubblegum. It tastes just as good, when hefeweizens are made correctly (as this one is) I tend to have trouble distinguishing them from each other based on flavor. This could be Weihenstephaner or Live Oak, I wouldn't know.

The body is creamy and filling, the after-taste is just a little bitter, excellent all around. (688 characters)

Photo of MattyG85
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (602 characters)

Photo of Mdog
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold, ok head.

Smell: Nice bubblegum and clove aroma.

Taste: Very nice! Sweet banana and bubblegum alongside some wheat and citrus tang.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: A great beer for a hot summer day and nicely priced.

I had seen this beer talked up on the forums as an underrated hefe so I picked up a bottle to sample. It is an excellent beer! I will definitely put this in the summer beer rotation. (437 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
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. (1,071 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy Gold, poured a 2 finger head which dissipated, but still left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Lemon with some hints of sweetness.

Taste - Quite good. Lemons with slight banana sweetness.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and clean

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be easy to have several bottles of this in one sitting. (345 characters)

Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +9.4%
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 (711 characters)

Photo of ballz50401
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
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. (459 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
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 (488 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
4.24/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pours a hazy gold with a two-finger head that quickly dissipates (about its only fault).
Aroma is lovely, bubble gum and banana with a bit of clove.
Taste is soft and mellow with notes of banana, clove and bubble gum up front, a hint of lemon and that nearly perfect and snappy finish.
Mouthfeel is medium and appropriately bubbly for a hefe.
Overall, just a great, crisp, refreshing beer! (389 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
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. (725 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B & L in New Ulm. This stuff was as fresh as I could get it.

Served in a Weizen Glass

Pours a nice 1 and 1/2 finger creamy white full head. Very good lace. The lace really make it look nice in the glass. Color is an extremely hazy pale orange juice look.

Aroma: The obvious banana and cloves. Very sweet and fruity. Light bready malts. A very good representation of the syle.

Taste: Bananas, some nuts, clove, very fruity. Bready malts. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Way to crisp. Beer seems to be overcarbonated. Medium bodied. A tad smooth.

Overall, this is one damn good representation of a hefeweizen. I am not trying to give it good ratings, just because it is my hometown brewery, but when this stuff is fresh, it is ridiculously amazing. I think it deserves way more than a B. I could drink this all summer long. I will definitely be getting more of this. (877 characters)

Photo of zeledonia
4.16/5  rDev +6.1%
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. (680 characters)

Photo of mdwalsh
4.14/5  rDev +5.6%
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. (711 characters)

Photo of dbossman
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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 (650 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange/gold color, very hazy with an initially large head, which fades to almost nothing. Lots of banana in the nose, very fruity with also some clove in the background, quite nice. Taste is also very good for the style, slightlly grassy with banana and clove, very smooth and clean. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and fits nicely. This is a beer I have been trying to find for the last year and a hal, but missed the last brewing season, but it was worth the wait. (478 characters)

Photo of kkipple
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
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. (1,078 characters)

Photo of maedhros09
4.12/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Look: Cloudy light gold-peach with very little head
Smell: sweet yet sharp clove and banana
Taste: sweet, mellow banana and spices
Feel: light and effervescent

Overall: A pleasing, mellow and refreshing hefe with a tendency towards a tasteful sweetness and a clean finish (276 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a sixer at Surdyks, but I couldn't find it anywhere else. Strange. Either I'm to early or a lot of people are sold out.

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a little bit of orange tint. The head is pretty good, much more prevalent than I was expecting. Leaves some nice lacing too.

The nose is much like a German Hefeweizen. I was expecting something less from my home state brewery, but boy did they prove me wrong. I've had some local Hefe's before, and they were too americanized, when all I wanted was a German Hefeweizen. This is the best one I've had yet, and I'm glad I tried it.

Taste is slightly fruity with clove and spices. Pretty authentic German Hefeweizen taste on this one, I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, very refreshing. I'm going to have to get this again, and remind me never to doubt Schell's. (836 characters)

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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
88 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.