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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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jackndan

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2002 19:07:21 | More by jackndan
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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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NJpadreFan

New Jersey

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!!

Serving type: on-tap

07-22-2006 13:37:06 | More by NJpadreFan
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jcdiflorio

West Virginia

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2007 03:29:29 | More by jcdiflorio
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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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Ragingbull

California

3.45/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy and straw colored. Fizzes like a carbonated soda when you pour it. No head and faint prickle that is well hidden in the cloudy beer. The nose is full of banana and has some cloves on the front end. The initial attack is clean and smooth, but the flavor becomes immediately spicy. Heavy on the cloves, but still a reasonably good beer. Mostly clean from start to finish. The fizz of carbonation stays with the drink throughout the experience and I guess depending on your preferences may enhance or detract from the flavor.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2009 22:05:15 | More by Ragingbull
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TheLongBeachBum

California

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

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A dark orange sunset colored neck and obverse label lend a professional look to this beer. Described as a ‘Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Beer’, the reverse label explains that this is a Bavarian style wheat beer. No freshness or strength is listed.

Appearance: Pale yellow murky wheat laden body. Lots of streamers. A fizzy death dance quickly reveals minimal head, all except for a halo of fizzy white bubbles. Minimal conditioning.

Nose: Lots of cloves, regurgitated bananas and more cloves with a spritzy sprig of lemon zest at the finish. A tad acidic once you get past the thick banana laden monkey sick middle. Quite nice but banana overload and a tad cloying on the nose.

Taste: Funky Hefe, the cloves and bananas give it a regular feel, whilst hints of water laden tropical island fruits give it a nice irregular fruity character. Coupled with lemon splashes and some acidic pineapple flicks all make for a very interesting Hefe. Far from boring!

Mouthfeel: Nice levels of carbon dioxide help to make up for the low conditioning. The dissolved gases lend a fine feel to a light body. Easy in the mouth, airy at times, which helps to balance the early cloying Banana and Clove profile.

Drinkability: Damn tasty and very drinkable, but the thick cloying clove cum banana could be a tad to much in the long term I think.

Overall: A tasty Hefe, above average and very interesting.

A Clove encrusted Bananamonkeysick Thanks to [Notso]Big[asXlperro]Huge!! Cheers Mate ;-)

Serving type: bottle

08-19-2004 05:16:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

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

Lightly hazy lemony gold with a smattering of big bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and a wealth of fine ones rushing upwards in the interior. Their goal is an eggshell colored cap that is semi-stiff, but is too unsticky to look good as it falls or to deposit much of any lace.

The nose is pleasantly soft and contains all of the requisite hefe weizen scents. Untoasted wheat coddles fresh banana and a sprinkling of clove. There's also a mild lemony citrusiness that must be coming from the Cascade hops; a distinctly American touch.

While Schell Hefe Weizen is a boldly flavored version, it isn't nearly as soft and as well realized as it is in the nose. Too much of the graininess of the wheat and barley make their way to the palate and not enough of the fruity and spicy yeastiness. It isn't enough to earn a lower score, but it is a minor disappointment.

As in the nose, banana is much more evident than is clove, earning a more than respectable hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 3.0/5.0. Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal proportions, with the tangy quality of the wheat undercut by its graininess. A good use of both Cascade and Mt. Hood hops helps the cause.

The body/mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with a mild degree of mouthcoating on the finish. I'd still classify it as relatively crisp and clean however. As the appearance suggested it would be, the mouthfeel is on the active side, but is none the worse for it.

Schell Hefe Weizen is a decent take on the style that benefits by its use of American hops. While it keeps the beer from being a true Bavarian hefe weizen, as the brewery would have us believe, it adds flavor interest and increases drinkability in a beer that I was pretty sure wasn't going to compete with the German originals anyway.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2006 12:56:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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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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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

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

Bottle (label as pictured), sampled at the brewery tour and from a mixed case after.
Slightly hazy, yellow gold color, almost shiny hilights. Lots of big bubbles, thin sticky lace, fine streams of carbonation.
Decent hefe-type aroma, slightly wheaty, a touch of banana and clove. A bit of lemon citrus too. Sweet wheat malt and some yeasty flavors, banana taste is quite light. The body and mouthfeel is light, but still enough bite to give it a crisp and clean finish. I thought it was a good interpretation of the style.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2008 20:18:13 | More by BigBry
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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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hero27

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Best by 8/26/06.

Hazy, pale straw color..fragile white head lasts for a bit but fades to nothing at all. Light spice (cloves) & lemon aroma.
Tangy lemon flavor with a bit of clove..banana comes through pretty thick also. Very light, refreshing mouthfeel..and the low abv makes this exceedingly drinkable.

A pretty good brew from Schell.

Serving type: bottle

08-23-2006 02:02:15 | More by hero27
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schellsbeer

Minnesota

3.58/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Greggy for the beer. Not that big of a fan of the wheat beers but here it goes. If it from Schells, it can't be that bad. Heck, it was made in Minnesota.

Pours a cloudy orange tan with very little head. Small white CO2 bubbles rise through the fog.

Smells like a wheat beer should....like wheat. Crisp with a hint of apple and lemon

Taste - very good considering I am not a huge fan of style of beer. "Hello sir....may I have another?" Apples, lemons, oranges, a small town bakery on an early winter morning. Overall, very good. I am impressed. Better than Zon, that is for sure.

The bite on the tongue is a nice touch. Has a bit of an acid crispness to it. Very light. Again, crisp apples come to mind.

Being impressed, I would indeed drink this beer again. Something that I wouldn't purchase except in the summer but overall, very enjoyable.

Thanks again Greg

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2008 04:04:45 | More by schellsbeer
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

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

This is the first year this brew has gone out as "Hefe Weizen", in years before, it was merely "Weizen". Has the recipe or approach changed at all? Perhaps.
Appearance: hazy, bright straw yellow color, with a large, pure white head that's swift to settle.
Aroma: Great lemony, citric notes right off the bat, fresh, alert & alive, spicy, with a bunch of banana, too. Key note started as lemon, but banana dominates.
Nice, tasty, tangy texture, though the finish is brief. Body is light, leaning to medium. Taste is smooth and fruity, easy and refreshing. Not a mind-blowing weizen by any stretch, but it's a decent enough stand-in. I may return to it again throughout the summer.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2003 01:01:14 | More by feloniousmonk
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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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marc77

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy deep golden. Head settles into a thin, frothy, cream white layer. Loose lace forms, then fizzles. Nose is predominantly banana, bread and butter, with an herbal twang. Grainy tartness augments as the beer warms. Tame, but well rounded aromawise. Upfront in flavor is an impression of underbaked banana bread, with a hint of bitter crust. Tartens slightly mid palate. Not really citrus in tart fruit character, but more akin to that of underripe honeydew melon and guava. Quite unique in that regard, but banana esters dominate. Trace clove phenol exists only as an undertone. Moderate in body, with a silky, yet soft mouthfeel. Could use a bit more spritz and carbonic bite to bolster tartness. Finishes with a dart of hop bitterness yielding to a fleeting twang of bubblegum. A respectable hefeweizen that needs more carbonation to accentuate fruity esters. Still, it's well crafted and certainly very thirst quenching. Thanks Bighuge!

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2004 23:57:49 | More by marc77
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ADR

Pennsylvania

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...

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2003 08:39:19 | More by ADR
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hylton44

Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow appearance, almost like a witbier. Deeply pungent and promising aroma, carrying barreloads of banana and yeasty odors down the nose. Taste - while good and rather unique, doesn't quite measure up to that initial, olfactorial impression. A lot of clove and spice, with a pumkin-sort of hint that reminds me of one of those Halloween specialty beers. The sharpness of all that spice kind of kills the richness of the yeasty malt and makes it a lot more one-dimensional than, say, a Paulaner Hefe (the Gold Standard, in my opinion). Still, a solid enough summer beer; worth a try, and extra points for an original take on the style.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2008 02:06:02 | More by hylton44
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beertooth

Illinois

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 04:33:34 | More by beertooth
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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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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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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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ChopperSmith

Minnesota

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.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2009 03:50:48 | More by ChopperSmith
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review.
pours out a hazy lemon yellow color; the addition of the sediment turns it very cloudy, with a thick fine and short lasting head. there is very little lace which is offputting . it has a predominant lemony aroma with strong hints of clove and banana. flavours of wheat malt, fruits and yeast (a lemony/banana combo), and hints of spice tickle the tongue. above medium mouthfeel...balanced between creamy and crisp. finishes nice, with lots of wheat and yeast flavours in the aftertaste. this is a very nice hefe; lots of boldness and flavour to keep the senses intrigued. along with the new name and packaging, i believe this is the same recipe as before. a fresh batch and a new fresh review and my scores have been raised accordingly. worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 09:46:31 | More by budgood1
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Greggy

Minnesota

3.88/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soapy, rather unimpressive, 1 finger head. The body is straw colored with some nice haziness. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves very minor lacing.

S- Nice banana, clove, mandarin orange, pear, as well as bubblegum. A nice classic hefeweizen nose, but errs on the side of a wit. Nice nonetheless.

T- Notes of big clove, banana, and a finish that retains the sweetness.

M- Carbonation is high and cloying and the mouthfeel is just a bit to sharp and thin. If I could see less carbonation, I believe it would result in a big body and therefor, a better beer, overall.

D- Despite the mouthfeel, this is a pretty tasty beer. Thanks to KeefD for letting me know of these on closeout for $3.99.
I grabbed 2 6 packs and will enjoy both.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2008 02:30:29 | More by Greggy
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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 102 ratings.