Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company
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4.75/5 rDev +24%
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.
08-16-2012 07:01:50 | More by kamalbro
4.6/5 rDev +20.1%
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.
09-12-2007 22:37:58 | More by KarlHungus
4.58/5 rDev +19.6%
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!
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.
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.
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.
07-12-2010 13:33:08 | More by mnbrewery
4.45/5 rDev +16.2%
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.
08-12-2010 02:46:10 | More by blackdog1101
4.43/5 rDev +15.7%
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...
05-30-2003 21:12:53 | More by ZAP
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
02-26-2012 17:55:11 | More by pweis909
4.35/5 rDev +13.6%
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.
06-25-2010 22:57:12 | More by jera1350
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
07-12-2011 04:50:42 | More by MattyG85
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
07-19-2008 22:49:35 | More by Mdog
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
06-05-2010 17:44:18 | More by TurdFurgison
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
08-07-2010 19:28:37 | More by brewdoc75
4.33/5 rDev +13.1%
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.
10-11-2008 19:49:16 | More by hardy008
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
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
07-19-2010 21:41:58 | More by gatornation
4.3/5 rDev +12.3%
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
09-29-2013 20:20:00 | More by brentk56
4.28/5 rDev +11.7%
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.
07-27-2010 21:34:36 | More by ballz50401
4.21/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
06-19-2009 21:20:26 | More by bsp77
Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
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