Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company
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3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
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.
09-20-2006 12:56:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
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
3.6/5 rDev -6%
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.
12-03-2011 19:13:24 | More by mikesgroove
4/5 rDev +4.4%
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!
09-13-2003 03:10:31 | More by NeroFiddled
3.6/5 rDev -6%
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.
06-06-2003 01:01:14 | More by feloniousmonk
3.73/5 rDev -2.6%
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.
07-28-2010 05:20:29 | More by tempest
3.9/5 rDev +1.8%
(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.
07-16-2005 19:02:41 | More by rhoadsrage
United Kingdom (Wales)
4.15/5 rDev +8.4%
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.
06-10-2009 18:21:20 | More by mothman
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Hazy golden. Not much of a head. Just a thin off-white coating corraled by a thin edging of lace. Nice spicy wheat character blended with banana esters and vanilla on the nose. Pretty strong, but very pleasant. Carbonation is high, but fitting. Body is better than medium. Closer to medium-fulll actually. The flavor is very pleasant and non intrusive. Spicy and peppery yeast tones meld together with a tangy wheat presence and subdued banana/vanilla accents to provide a rather enjoyable hefe-weizen.
Thanks Big D (with the little c).
08-28-2003 03:20:41 | More by Bighuge
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
3.5/5 rDev -8.6%
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.
12-12-2011 05:59:31 | More by DrDemento456
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
3.48/5 rDev -9.1%
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 ;-)
08-19-2004 05:16:27 | More by TheLongBeachBum
3.98/5 rDev +3.9%
Pale lemon yellow body with medium haze and a moderate, fluffy white head. Light citrus (lemon) over yeast and caramel bananas. Nice. Soft, banana wheat bread, clove spice, yeasty good. Light bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with a proteiny feel. A nice American hefe.
08-31-2006 03:02:57 | More by alexgash
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
4.08/5 rDev +6.5%
I got this beer in a trade with Greggy, Thanks Greg!
12oz bottle served in a weisse glass.
L - cloudy pale yellow color with a soft white head that fell to a ring.
S - banana, yeast and clove.
T - light fruit flavor, banana, pears and a lemon tartness on the finish.
F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.
D - tasty, easy to drink, not too filling.
10-16-2008 22:40:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
4.03/5 rDev +5.2%
A rare, warm, sunny day here in Southern NH, so I opted for some Hefeweizens on the back deck....
Schell Hefe poured a dull, cloudy yellow, even without the yeasties yet added. Head was thin, fine and white, though without much, if any, lacing. A fair amount of bubbles streamed to the top of the golden nectar. A later addition of the yeast gave the bier a very opaque look.
Nose was lovely! Very clovey and spicy. Real nice! A bit of banana also was there, and overall the aroma was quite pronounced.
The body was a smidge less than medium, and the abundant carbonation made for a slight prickliness tongue-wise.
A touch of subtle, sweet malt led things off. Banana was mild, though stronger than in the nose. More clove and yeasty flavors abound, though the nose seemed to have more clove than the flavor! A mild hint of tropical fruit seemed lying just beneath the surface as well. It has a crisp, satisfying finish too! The yeast added near the end contributed a bit of spiciness...quite flavorful, all in all! Very enjoyable, and thanks go to ZAP for the tasty Hefe! Prosit!!
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4
06-20-2003 16:10:21 | More by Bierman9
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
12 oz, brown bottle, capped. Best before date on the glass.
This hefeweizen poured a fizzy, hazy straw color (cloudy if the yeast sediment was poured) with white foam that settled. The smell was a nice, light, toasted banana and clove smell with some citrus and malt. The taste was lightly sweet and tangy and fruity: citrus, banana, cloves, and wheat, malt, yeast, and floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was tangy and crisp with light body and moderately strong carbonation. The feel was light and airy with a nice, citrusy aftertaste. This was a drinkable and refreshing hefeweizen.
Thanks to feloniousmonk.
08-09-2003 02:36:33 | More by UncleJimbo
4/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a small head that quickly recedes. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. I get a whiff of cloves with a little yeast in the background. The flavor is likewise one dimensional. Mostly cloves with just a little sweetness sneaking in on the finish. Light body with perfect carbonation as well as low ABV makes for a highly sessionable beer. No problem putting many of these down in a sitting but I can find more flavorful Hefeweizens around.
06-14-2008 20:19:13 | More by morimech
4.05/5 rDev +5.7%
Received as an extra from millah- thanks!
A: pours a cloudy yellow with a 2 1/2 finger fluffy white head, great retention and lots of lacing
S: big fruity notes of bananas and grapes along with some malt character which lends some bready notes. Some spices are also detected.
T: the front features fruity notes, mainly banana. This hefeweizen is lacking that spicy clove character, but I must say I like it better this way. The flavors are well balanced.
MF: high carbonation, light body
D: this is a great session beer for a warm summer day. Not nearly as much sweetness and spice character as I'd expect from a hefe, but this all translates to a better balanced brew.
07-08-2010 05:54:38 | More by homebrew311
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
3/5 rDev -21.7%
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…
06-28-2011 16:52:02 | More by birchstick
Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 115 ratings.