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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.53%
Wants: 6
Gots: 0 | 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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4.25/5  rDev +11%

sgttibbs, Aug 10, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +17.5%

tom79mp, Aug 09, 2013
Photo of Eric908
4/5  rDev +4.4%

Eric908, Aug 08, 2013
Photo of zeledonia
4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

Tasted 18 July 2013.

Pours cloudy pale golden-straw yellow. One finger of white head, good retention and pretty lacing.

Smell is banana bread with cloves on top. Big fruity esters, spice, and potent yeast that reminds me of a genetics lab. Very good.

Main downside is, for me, just too much bitterness in the back part. I like the light fruit and spice, but I want it to drift more into that spicy realm, rather than the bitter twang.

Feel is fabulous. Light, with a fluffy, foamy carbonation that's boosted without being over the top. Excellent.

A really good hefeweizen. Big banana and clove, backed by bready yeast. Excellent, and will definitely be one of my go-to hefes.

zeledonia, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of Satan70
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

Satan70, Aug 05, 2013
Photo of MN_Beerticker
4/5  rDev +4.4%

MN_Beerticker, Jul 30, 2013
Photo of Ragnarok88
4.25/5  rDev +11%

Ragnarok88, Jul 13, 2013
Photo of WallE89
4.25/5  rDev +11%

WallE89, Jul 11, 2013
Photo of NickSMpls
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

NickSMpls, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of jhawth
3.18/5  rDev -17%

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.

jhawth, Jul 04, 2013
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

Ish1, Apr 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

bigbeers84, Mar 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

bismarksays, Feb 25, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

ebenicr, Dec 15, 2012
2.5/5  rDev -34.7%

HANGOVER, Nov 24, 2012
Photo of herman77
3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

A: Golden yellow with an average white head. Very cloudy and a few chunkies, as it should be. Not much lacing

S: Tons of ripe bananas and just a bit of clove spice. Picking up a bit of vanilla sweetness and even some juicy bubblegum.

T: Nice bananas and just a bit of the spicy yeast (cloves). Good amount of wheat.

M: Light body, higher carbonation.

O: A good hefe. Not one of my favorite styles so drinkability isn't too high, but this one is great, solid example in my book.

herman77, Sep 08, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +11%

HoistinBrews, Aug 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev -21.7%

MacDonaldT84, Aug 21, 2012
Photo of kamalbro
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.

kamalbro, Aug 16, 2012
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3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

12oz bottle into duvel glass

Look is a cloudy pale yellow gold with almost no head. Smell is light, but heavy on the banana. There is some lemon and clove also. Taste is also heavy with banana sweetness and leaves the exact same aftertaste as banana Laffy Taffy. Lemon, clove, black pepper in the background. Feel is superb other than the slightly cloying finish.

Not sure what to think about this one, I usually love hefe's but only feel so-so about this. Still, it's well done, flavorful, and relatively cheap. That being said, I probably won't buy again.

jimmah120, Aug 15, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Doyle, Aug 05, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Cramerican, Aug 02, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

millelacsmark, Aug 01, 2012
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

A: Pale straw yellow beautifully hazed over with persistent bubbling. A thick milky white head adorns this beautiful German style Hefe truly lending to its authenticity.

S: Rich bananas and cloves, hints of vanilla in the background with a slight lactic sense floating around as well. Hops and malts fall to the wayside as the yeast truly is the star of this show.

T: The front of the palate is a wonderfully balanced smattering of malty sweetness and light noble hopped bitterness. As the brew crosses the tongue the clove notes of the nose ease to a supporting role as the banana notes calmly take the lead. Spice at the finish is what is this brews secret reward, just a small just ever so noticeable amount of black pepper almost giving a smokey feel puts this beer in the realm of traditional wheat hefes, it reminds me of my first (albeit Belgian) Hoegaarden.

M: Vibrantly effervescent, crisp, clean and a lightly acidic feel that cleanses the palate makes this a great food beer. It is a shame that it is a seasonal as it could work really well in the fall with turkey.

O: I am a man who highly respects traditional in-style brews and Schells Hefeweizen truly fulfills my tastes, so as to this and as a Minnesotan I am biased. However I find that their interpretation is on par with many great imports I have had (freshness helps) and that the versatility of its pairing is exceptional. Schells avoids the trends of the mainstream craft scene and sticks to their German American roots which I greatly respect; this beer (along with their Oktoberfest Marzen) is a representation of that. Is this the best Hefe, most innovative? No! But it is a great American beer worthy of respect and deserves praise.

paytonpowell, Jul 07, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

pisomojado8, May 21, 2012
Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.