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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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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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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 KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +20.4%
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.

KarlHungus, Sep 12, 2007
Photo of mnbrewery
4.58/5  rDev +19.9%
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

mnbrewery, Jul 12, 2010
Photo of tom79mp
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

tom79mp, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Yehoshuatirado
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Yehoshuatirado, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of Beerlover
4.5/5  rDev +17.8%

Beerlover, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of blackdog1101
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.

blackdog1101, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of ZAP
4.43/5  rDev +16%
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...

ZAP, May 30, 2003
Photo of pweis909
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.

pweis909, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of jera1350
4.35/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

jera1350, Jun 25, 2010
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 Mdog
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Mdog, Jul 19, 2008
Photo of TurdFurgison
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

TurdFurgison, Jun 05, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
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.

brewdoc75, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of hardy008
4.33/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

hardy008, Oct 11, 2008
Photo of gatornation
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

gatornation, Jul 19, 2010
Photo of brentk56
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

brentk56, Sep 29, 2013
Photo of ballz50401
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.

ballz50401, Jul 27, 2010
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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.