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Schell's Hefeweizen - August Schell Brewing Company

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86
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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 68
rAvg: 3.83
pDev: 12.27%
Wants: 5
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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Photo of paytonpowell
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of pisomojado8
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%

pisomojado8, May 21, 2012
Photo of kgeijer
3.25/5  rDev -15.1%

kgeijer, May 07, 2012
Photo of Timmuh
3/5  rDev -21.7%

Timmuh, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of RoryOMoore
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

RoryOMoore, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of pweis909
4.35/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ester production by hefe yeast may range from clove-like to banana-like. I like the whole range. This is one of the nice examples at the banana end of the range.

It's yellow-gold in appearance, with suspended yeast leading to the typical hefeweizen appearance. The white frothy head degrades perhaps a little too rapidly in my glass.

This is a banana-dominated hefe that has just a hint of the clove esters.

There is a malt sweetness that really complements the banana aromas. Yet, the finish is dry, even slightly tart.

Slight coating of the mouth due to wheat protein (?) - a soft kiss.

I hope to try this beer again, perhaps in a tasting with some of the New Glarus wheat beers, which I always like. Schell's makes some really nice beers and I don't see them often enough on the shelves of my northern WI beer stores.

pweis909, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of kkipple
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a big stemless wine glass. Thanks to "One for the Road" in Wexford for the bottle!

A perfectly serviceable Hefeweizen, surprisingly good, actually... hits all the right notes, a hazy dull yellow, short white head with only a bit of lace. Pleasing banana-pepper nose, clove in all the right places, wheaty. Excellent aroma, no off notes. Flavor continues on into a very to-style Hefe that honestly is one of the better ones I've had lately. Nothing wrong here at all, perhaps not as perfect as Weihenstephaner but surely better than most. No off anythings, this leans towards the lighter side of the style but still has enough body to be legit. Better than a lot of the stale old German imports that have been on shelves for who knows how long.

Wonderful carbonation, light ABV and a simple, mildly estery-sour finish round it off. If this were a local, I'd drink it to distraction in the summer months. Well done, Schell's.

Reading the reviews, it seems this beer may have gotten better lately. In any case, I look forward to trying it again when I go North.

kkipple, Jan 17, 2012
Photo of FreshHawk
4/5  rDev +4.4%

FreshHawk, Dec 21, 2011
Photo of tbeq00
4/5  rDev +4.4%

tbeq00, Dec 12, 2011
Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

DrDemento456, Dec 12, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

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, Dec 03, 2011
Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

mikesgroove, Dec 03, 2011
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4/5  rDev +4.4%

Rochefort10nh, Dec 01, 2011
Photo of mdwalsh
4.13/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a 22 oz Hefe vase.

A: Head could be bigger, it's barely 2 fingers, but it's a nice cloudy yellow. It was neat to actually watch the yeast fall down through the beer. Nice active carbonation. This head is fading fast.

T: Cloves and Bananas! More cloves than I remember from past tastings. Pungent, but not unpleasant. Quite good actually. It finishes a little sharp, but very similar to pretty much all the best Bavarian Hefe's

T: The banana is a little more there in the taste, which is not overall as strong as the aroma. a little less full bodied than I remember, "banana milk shake' was once a term I used, but still great.

M: Again, lighter than I remember, but still wonderfully refreshing.

mdwalsh, Sep 14, 2011
Photo of dbossman
4.1/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Hazy and straw-yellow with a white foamy head that keeps its form quite well; lacing is nice too

S: Loads of yeasty goodness; this beer smells like a hell of a hefe with banana, cloves, apples, and black pepper all dancing on top of an earthy, musty, grassy, and grainy underbelly

T: All of the good hefe qualities are here with nice balance between the fruity and spicy yeast and the grainy malts

F: A touch thin but fairly decent mouth feel overall with enough body to keep you satisfied

O: This is one damn refreshing hefeweizen; you could drink so much of this stuff; it is probably one of the best American versions of the style out there

dbossman, Aug 02, 2011
Photo of biglobo8971
4.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

very bright vibrant yellow with a nice thick head on it. Lacing lasts the whole glass. The aroma is of clove and banana with hints of citrus. The banana is very present with the spice. Very much one of my favorite offerings by this brewery. Easy to drink, looks great, smeels good, and is a joy to partake. Only bad thing I can say is that its a seasonal. But a damn good one.

biglobo8971, Jul 24, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Cloudy yellowish gold with a big three finger white head with very good retention. Lots of lacing.

Smell: Solid aroma of bananas, clove, and bubblegum with wheat. Hints of yeast, biscuity malts, and citrus lemon.

Taste: A tasty and balanced combination of wheat and yeast giving flavors of banana, clove spices, and bubblegum with hints of lemon.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Very smooth and crisp.

Overall: A very good American version of a Hefeweizen. Tasty and refreshing.

MattyG85, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of ncmussell
4/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Nice light white foamy head. Color is very pale yellow. This has a nose of banana and clove with a little hint of lemon. Mouthfeel is full without being overly rich. Compared to say Dancing Man wheat this is a little lighter but it is not so light that it tastes watery like some hefe can. Overall a very well done local hefeweizen that I will be buying plenty more of this summer. Held up very well next to a fresh Paulaner brought back over from Germany last week.

ncmussell, Jul 12, 2011
Photo of pdoran10
3.48/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

pdoran10, Jul 09, 2011
Photo of birchstick
3/5  rDev -21.7%
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…

birchstick, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of wagenvolks
3.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

wagenvolks, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of blackdog1101
4.45/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

blackdog1101, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
4.33/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

brewdoc75, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of tempest
3.73/5  rDev -2.6%
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.

tempest, Jul 28, 2010
Photo of ballz50401
4.28/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

ballz50401, Jul 27, 2010
Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 118 ratings.