Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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Reviews: 75
Hads: 146
rAvg: 3.92
pDev: 9.69%
Wants: 8
Gots: 5 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 06-23-2002

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.
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Photo of pdoran10
3.49/5  rDev -11%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -23.5%
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… (709 characters)

Photo of wagenvolks
3.79/5  rDev -3.3%
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. (939 characters)

Photo of blackdog1101
4.45/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass.

A - This looks like a traditional hefeweizen, yellow, cloudy, with a pillowy white head. The head doesn't last long, though.

S - Citrus, banana, and cloves. A little biscuit too.

T - Just beautiful. Very smooth banana-like flavors offset by the clove spiciness. The hops are not forefront, but are very clean. A bit of background citrus notes. A little biscuit.

M - Smooth, crisp, refreshing. The level of carbonation is perfect.

D - To me this is a perfect summer beer; refreshing, crisp, clean, and sessionable. If you are able to purchase this in your area, by all means do so. I've had this on tap several times as well, and it is equally good. (700 characters)

Photo of brewdoc75
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Cloudy yellow with some orange hues. Initially there is a phenomenal, creamy white head, but it dies down faster than I'dlike. Carbonation is there, but not as strong as I'd like in a hefeweizen.

S: Smells nice with lots of wheat character. Breadiness and faint sweetness form the malts. The yeast comes out nicely with clove and some banana with a touch of vanilla. Definitely more clove than banana, which is what I like.

T: Very solid hefeweizen flavors here. Lots of clove and some banana. The vanilla flavors really come out in the aftertaste and are subtle but noticeable. Heavier on the wheat taste than some hefeweizens, with plenty of bready flavors. Overall, the flavors blend well. Hops are present just enough to balance things out.

M: Light bodied. Not as carbonated as I would like. Creamy at first, but finishes clean.

D: A really nice hefeweizen from my favorite US, German-inspired brewery. I'd like to see this around more. I'd really like to try some on tap. If you are craving a fresh hefeweizen and live in this region, you must try this one. (1,071 characters)

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -4.3%
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. (448 characters)

Photo of ballz50401
4.28/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle (best before 8/27/10) into a Weizen glass with a yeast swirl. Pours a cloudy yellow straw color with a big puffy white head, looks very inviting on this hot summer day. A nice clean hefeweizen yeast aroma; ripe banana, clove, and some lemon notes. A very nice balance of wheat malt and yeast flavor that is not overpowering. This has a very creamy mouthfeel while also being light bodied. I could easily polish off a sixer of these. (459 characters)

Photo of gatornation
4.27/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours a hazy yellow/golden color with a quick dissipating head with a fresh white ring minimal lacing..smell is bananas and clove some spice and apples with a baked bread/malt smell..taste is super its a banana and clove hit followed by wheat and baked bread and delicious malts..all nicely balanced..mouth feel is medium full of flavor it has a great drinkability its crisp and refreshing you want another sip this is highly drinkable and delicious in fact it gone as i write this review (488 characters)

Photo of mnbrewery
4.58/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: (11/12)
Awwwe! The nose on this Hefe is a thing of beauty and brings me back to the biergarten in Munich! A wonderful banana and clove aroma. Not sure of the yeast strain used, but must be a German Hefeweizen strain. Fantastic!

Appearance: (3/3)
Pouring the first 10 ounces into the glass, the beer is mainly clear and golden hued, but after adding in the last two ounces by swirling the beer to pick-up the yeast at the bottom of the glass, the beer turns a straw color that is nice and cloudy - the hallmark for a Hefeweizen.

Flavor: (18/20)
Even after the first sip, I can already tell this is one of the better American-made hefe's I ever had. The wheat flavor, together with the German hefe yeast, creates the beautiful banana flavors - while being oh so smooth.

Mouthfeel: (5/5)
Medium-bodied, this hefe isn't light by any means. The color says light, but the wheat will fill the stomach up rather quickly. Highly carbonated and creates a velvety smooth mouthfeel!

Overall Impression: (9/10)
Schell's is the second oldest family-owned/run brewery in America, and the German town of New Ulm, MN is where it all happens. They knock this German hefeweizen out of the park. When summer comes, there's not a style of beer that I reach for more, than a hefeweizen. Thank Mr. Schneider for revitilizing this style of beer in Munich. A great patio beer, with a touch of banana to please.

TOTAL: 46/50 (1,415 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
4.03/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

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. (674 characters)

Photo of jera1350
4.37/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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. (607 characters)

Photo of TurdFurgison
4.32/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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. (688 characters)

Photo of beertooth
3.72/5  rDev -5.1%
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. (509 characters)

Photo of jjayjaye
3.85/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy ultra golden pale color with a shallow foamy white head that fades fairly quickly to spotty patterns of Belgian lacing. The smell is timid but has the earthy yeast and harvest notes of my favorite of this style. The mouth feel is medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Nicely flavored, the taste of Belgian yeast and fruity pear and wheat are appreciated. A very nice drinker. Recommended. Many thanks going out to mothman for this opportunity!!! Dancing Man is a hard act to follow. (497 characters)

Photo of Ragingbull
3.45/5  rDev -12%
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. (529 characters)

Photo of CHSLBrew
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass.

A-Attractive golden straw-colored beer, glowing with a suspended-yeasty haze. Big, crisp, white head rises off the pour, clean and beatiful; retention is moderate.

S-Assertive clovey character, moderate banana aromas, with a hint of yeasty wheat.

T-Upfront flavor of cloves is quickly paired with a smooth banana, which lingers into the finish. Wheaty flavor is present with a slight wheaty twang. Hop bitterness is nearly imperceptible.

M-Medium to Medium-high carbonation, feels creamy, smooth. Medium-light body is pleasant a leaves my palate refreshed.

D-Refreshing, easy to drink, representative of the style, leaves me wanting more. (685 characters)

Photo of ChopperSmith
3.8/5  rDev -3.1%
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. (632 characters)

Photo of Mistofminn
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Purchased a sixer at Surdyks, but I couldn't find it anywhere else. Strange. Either I'm to early or a lot of people are sold out.

Pours a hazy yellow color, with a little bit of orange tint. The head is pretty good, much more prevalent than I was expecting. Leaves some nice lacing too.

The nose is much like a German Hefeweizen. I was expecting something less from my home state brewery, but boy did they prove me wrong. I've had some local Hefe's before, and they were too americanized, when all I wanted was a German Hefeweizen. This is the best one I've had yet, and I'm glad I tried it.

Taste is slightly fruity with clove and spices. Pretty authentic German Hefeweizen taste on this one, I'm impressed.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy, very refreshing. I'm going to have to get this again, and remind me never to doubt Schell's. (836 characters)

Photo of bsp77
4.2/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into water glass at work.

Appearance: Pale cloudy yellow. Looks orange when held away from the light. A relatively aggressive pour plus the high carbonation produces a fast forming foamy head but subsides faster than I would like without much lacing.

Smell: Bananas, bananas, bananas. Also some cloves and light hops.

Taste: Despite the smell, the cloves are stronger than the banana taste. Mild wheat maltiness, with maybe a hint of hops at the end (unless that is just more clove).

Feel: Pretty high carbonation, fairly light but slightly creamy.

Drinkability: Easy to quaff Hefe. Very, very refreshing, and one of the best American made Hefeweizens, as it is truly German in style. (725 characters)

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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. (877 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -10.7%
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. (523 characters)

Photo of schellsbeer
3.53/5  rDev -9.9%
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 (877 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.07/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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. (356 characters)

Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy Gold, poured a 2 finger head which dissipated, but still left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Lemon with some hints of sweetness.

Taste - Quite good. Lemons with slight banana sweetness.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and clean

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be easy to have several bottles of this in one sitting. (345 characters)

Photo of Greggy
3.87/5  rDev -1.3%
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. (756 characters)

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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
87 out of 100 based on 75 ratings.