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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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Photo of homebrew311


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

07-08-2010 05:54:38 | More by homebrew311
Photo of jera1350


4.35/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

06-25-2010 22:57:12 | More by jera1350
Photo of TurdFurgison


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

06-05-2010 17:44:18 | More by TurdFurgison
Photo of beertooth


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

10-30-2009 04:33:34 | More by beertooth
Photo of jjayjaye

New York

3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

08-01-2009 23:05:56 | More by jjayjaye
Photo of Ragingbull


3.45/5  rDev -9.9%

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.

07-21-2009 22:05:15 | More by Ragingbull
Photo of CHSLBrew


4.05/5  rDev +5.7%

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.

07-06-2009 17:27:27 | More by CHSLBrew
Photo of ChopperSmith


3.83/5  rDev 0%

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.

07-03-2009 03:50:48 | More by ChopperSmith
Photo of Mistofminn


4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

06-27-2009 05:37:46 | More by Mistofminn
Photo of bsp77


4.21/5  rDev +9.9%

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.

06-19-2009 21:20:26 | More by bsp77
Photo of mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

4.15/5  rDev +8.4%

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.

06-10-2009 18:21:20 | More by mothman
Photo of BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3.5/5  rDev -8.6%

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.

11-23-2008 20:18:13 | More by BigBry
Photo of schellsbeer


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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

10-29-2008 04:04:45 | More by schellsbeer
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

4.08/5  rDev +6.5%

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.

10-16-2008 22:40:41 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of hardy008


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

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.

10-11-2008 19:49:16 | More by hardy008
Photo of Greggy


3.88/5  rDev +1.3%

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.

09-12-2008 02:30:29 | More by Greggy
Photo of Mdog


4.33/5  rDev +13.1%

Appearance: Hazy gold, ok head.

Smell: Nice bubblegum and clove aroma.

Taste: Very nice! Sweet banana and bubblegum alongside some wheat and citrus tang.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: A great beer for a hot summer day and nicely priced.

I had seen this beer talked up on the forums as an underrated hefe so I picked up a bottle to sample. It is an excellent beer! I will definitely put this in the summer beer rotation.

07-19-2008 22:49:35 | More by Mdog
Photo of morimech


4/5  rDev +4.4%

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.

06-14-2008 20:19:13 | More by morimech
Photo of hylton44


3.7/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

06-09-2008 02:06:02 | More by hylton44
Photo of KarlHungus


4.6/5  rDev +20.1%

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.

09-12-2007 22:37:58 | More by KarlHungus
Photo of jcdiflorio

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -19.1%

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.

07-04-2007 03:29:29 | More by jcdiflorio
Photo of BuckeyeNation


3.48/5  rDev -9.1%

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.

09-20-2006 12:56:27 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of alexgash


3.98/5  rDev +3.9%

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.

08-31-2006 03:02:57 | More by alexgash
Photo of hero27


3.58/5  rDev -6.5%

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.

08-23-2006 02:02:15 | More by hero27
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -20.9%

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!!

07-22-2006 13:37:06 | More by NJpadreFan
Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
86 out of 100 based on 116 ratings.