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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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86
very good

113 Ratings
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Ratings: 113
Reviews: 67
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 5
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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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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TheLongBeachBum

California

3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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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marc77

California

3.68/5  rDev -3.9%
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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bditty187

Nebraska

3.95/5  rDev +3.1%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 20:09:13 | More by bditty187
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +4.4%
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!

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2003 03:10:31 | More by NeroFiddled
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +3.9%
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).

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 03:20:41 | More by Bighuge
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UncleJimbo

Massachusetts

4.05/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2003 02:36:33 | More by UncleJimbo
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budgood1

Minnesota

3.85/5  rDev +0.5%
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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cretemixer

Indiana

3.93/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2003 19:37:04 | More by cretemixer
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Bierman9

New Hampshire

4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

06-20-2003 16:10:21 | More by Bierman9
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feloniousmonk

Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev -6%
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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ZAP

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +15.7%
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...

Serving type: bottle

05-30-2003 21:12:53 | More by ZAP
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ADR

Pennsylvania

3.7/5  rDev -3.4%
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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jackndan

Illinois

2.58/5  rDev -32.6%
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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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 113 ratings.