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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 morimech
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

morimech, Jun 14, 2008
Photo of hylton44
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.

hylton44, Jun 09, 2008
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 jcdiflorio
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.

jcdiflorio, Jul 04, 2007
Photo of BuckeyeNation
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.

BuckeyeNation, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of alexgash
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

alexgash, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of hero27
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.

hero27, Aug 23, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
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!!

NJpadreFan, Jul 22, 2006
Photo of garymuchow
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pleasant sweet and spicy clove aroma. Light, refreshing and consistent.
This is the biggest knock. NO HEAD on a hefewiezen. Short fizzy within 1 minute of pouring. Cloudy pale straw.
Flavor is close to aroma with more wheat qualities of grains and banana's. Consistent flavor profile that is similar to the aroma.
How does this brewery make everything so rich? A very thick quality with a slick almost syrupy feel. Heavy carbonation and still refreshing somehow.
Overall good smelling and tasting. Hefe with unique Schell qualities. This is alright and worth a venture or two every summer.

garymuchow, Aug 13, 2005
Photo of TastyTaste
4.1/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

TastyTaste, Aug 04, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(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.

rhoadsrage, Jul 16, 2005
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
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 ;-)

TheLongBeachBum, Aug 19, 2004
Photo of marc77
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!

marc77, Aug 10, 2004
Photo of bditty187
3.95/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow-peachy hue. Smallish white head that doesn’t hold long, produces soapy residue. No lace. Pleasant bouquet… cloves, mild wheaty-yeast, and vanilla construct the moderately potent nose. The palate is clovey with some hints of lemon but more tropical fruit influences… tasty banana hints too... a kiss of pepper… slightly tart, towards the finish a slight spiciness emerges but mellows greatly in the aftertaste, which is mainly yeasty/wheaty/clove. Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. Very drinkable! Aside from appearance this is a damn nice Hefeweizen, I’d gladly sip this one again. Try one.

Thanks ZAP!

bditty187, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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!

NeroFiddled, Sep 13, 2003
Photo of Bighuge
3.98/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Bighuge, Aug 28, 2003
Photo of UncleJimbo
4.05/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

UncleJimbo, Aug 09, 2003
Photo of budgood1
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.

budgood1, Jun 29, 2003
Photo of cretemixer
3.93/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a pale, cloudy, straw-gold in color with minimal white head. Vigorous carbonation keeps a surface layer going strong though.
Very spicy aroma. Cloves, yeast and lemon zest.
Light and refreshing taste, not as spicy as the aroma indicates. Hints of clove, banana and lemon.
A smooth & easy drinker that is just a bit overcarbonated but otherwise quite nice. A solid summer brew.

cretemixer, Jun 26, 2003
Photo of Bierman9
4.03/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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!!

overall: 3.95
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | mouthfeel: 3.5 | drinkability: 4

565

Bierman9, Jun 20, 2003
Photo of feloniousmonk
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.

feloniousmonk, Jun 06, 2003
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 ADR
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...

ADR, May 29, 2003
Photo of jackndan
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.

jackndan, Jun 23, 2002
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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 124 ratings.