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Schaefer - F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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208 Ratings

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Ratings: 208
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
F & M Schaefer Brewing Co. visit their website
Wisconsin, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 08-21-2001)
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Reviews by semihobo:
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3.58/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours with an okay white head that is gone before you know it, leaving only a ring around the tub. Lots of bubbling, dead clear, with a straw yellow color. I have no trouble reading a credit card statement through the pint glass.

Smells grainy, with some corn and a little bit of skunky rice or something. Definite off notes, with a hint of hops gone bad. Although it's "average" for the style, it's not good, so I can't bring myself to give it a 3.

Surprisingly tasty and inoffensive! Very mild grain taste but it's my favorite type, that really pure corn taste that reminds me of Fritos. Present also in some Miller macro lagers. None of the skunked finish I was expecting ala a Euro Pale Lager, just more graininess. Faint hoppiness. Mmm graintastic.

Mouthfeel is very watery but hey, that's to the style. Carbonation is a little heavy, generating some burpage, but this is a "crisp" macro lager to use their preferred term.

I feel that the key to the macro lager style is inoffensiveness -- make an alcohol delivery vessel with a little something there but nothing to scare anyone off. That said, this really nails it. Drinking the Schaefer was not at all unpleasant compared to my normal macros (Miller Lite, Milwaukee's Best, Keystone, Labatt Blue). I don't know what the price was (I stole the can from a drunk friend) so I can't rate the drinkability higher, as cost is a huge factor in macro drinkability. Availability is also low in Ithaca -- I'd never seen Schaefer before.

Recommended enthusiastically within the category; Schaefer would make a great Power Hour or Beirut / Beer Pong beer, as it doesn't have any gross-factor that might induce vomiting.

Serving type: can

02-23-2006 20:36:21 | More by semihobo
More User Reviews:
Photo of rev_jimmy

New York

2.48/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Schaefer Beer is an old, old lager. If you are on a budget, then this might be the beer for you. Schaefer's is cheap, which if you are living in the NYC area, finding a bargain is a treat.

Appearance - Schaefer's look like your standard American lager. Nothing fancy. Nothing out of the ordinary.

The Smell is not overpowering.

Taste - Slight bitterness. No overpowering corn taste or smell. Not sweet.

Overall - For a cheap, old school American Lager, Schaefer's is an unspectacular, but unoffensive beer. It is a reasonable choice if your have a day of lawn work. You can spend more and do better, but for what it is, Schaerfer's is ok.

Serving type: can

07-20-2014 16:53:33 | More by rev_jimmy
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New York

5/5  rDev +91.6%

07-15-2014 23:16:50 | More by diesel59
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3.5/5  rDev +34.1%

07-14-2014 09:24:25 | More by Greenmosheen
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2/5  rDev -23.4%

07-12-2014 06:07:22 | More by cole
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

06-18-2014 19:42:58 | More by 302BeerGuy
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

06-18-2014 19:19:55 | More by Boca-X
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2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

06-17-2014 10:55:59 | More by Chinaskifan1
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1.96/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

LOOK: As the can tipped, the beer poured a mostly clear yellow with a large fizzy, quickly dissipating foam. Some lace is left behind. The clarity is poor, as there is some sediment that just doesn't belong in a AAL.

SMELL: Corn, hops, must, bread. It smells grainy which is a perfect precursor to all the flavor.

TASTE: In the taste, grain and processed stewed hops, a bit of corn, but not terribly offensive to those not easily offended. Has a fair amount of bitterness for the style, so hey, at least there's that.

FEEL: Light bodied with a stinging carbonation and dry cardboard in the finish.

OVERALL: This is fishing beer if you like drinking cheap beer whilst you fish. Possibly even a beer pong candidate. Anything else is not recommended.

Serving type: can

06-11-2014 21:53:34 | More by Stinkypuss
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New York

2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

06-02-2014 19:28:09 | More by dtomes
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1.89/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A great beer for a kegger, but not much else. The appearance is clear with a very fizzy head that disappears quickly. The smell is mostly rice. The taste is very light with a rice soda kind of flavor. Mouthfeel was very light. I knew what I was getting into when I had mine, and it worked well for the outdoor party being thrown. When the situation calls for it, not a bad choice, but by no means a great one either.

Serving type: can

05-15-2014 16:09:19 | More by WhiteHillsStore
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1.75/5  rDev -33%

05-12-2014 00:57:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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1/5  rDev -61.7%

05-03-2014 04:28:26 | More by Durandal_777
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2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

04-13-2014 23:56:12 | More by chicagoish
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New Hampshire

2.5/5  rDev -4.2%

04-12-2014 18:18:41 | More by ScotNH
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New York

2.75/5  rDev +5.4%

04-03-2014 21:14:33 | More by Loco_Joe
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New York

1/5  rDev -61.7%

03-30-2014 18:24:44 | More by ZOSO2192
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2.25/5  rDev -13.8%

03-25-2014 07:06:57 | More by curmudgeon236
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New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

03-22-2014 16:59:54 | More by WhiteLight68
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1.5/5  rDev -42.5%

03-18-2014 02:00:14 | More by VTBrewHound
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1.25/5  rDev -52.1%

03-02-2014 19:08:03 | More by joseph_french
Photo of DeaconDan

New York

5/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking Schaefer for 48 years, from age 18 to my present 66. My children and their friends get a kick out of my still drinking the old-fashioned Schaefer. But for me their old advertising campaign slogan is true: "Schaefer, the one beer to have when you're having more than one."

It is a typical American beer. I don't think that's a derogatory comment -- American lagers suit my taste. They remain my favorite after 40 years or so of tasting ll different beers and ales from many countries. Schaefer closely resembles Budweiser, but Schaefer has a nicer finish for me that leads one to just reaching for another and continuing the enjoyment.

The appearance is a beautiful amber -- it makes me always want to drink from a glass just to enjoy the color. The smell is mild, pleasant -- here comes an honest beer. The taste: just a fine beer that goes with any beer food, be it steamed clams, hot dogs, hamburgers, steaks, etc. The mouthfeel -- again, it's a good-tasting beer that swirls nicely before it goes down.

Overall, it's a very enjoyable beer, especially when you're having more than one. It is an American, honest, consistent, well-done beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 18:38:26 | More by DeaconDan
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New York

3/5  rDev +14.9%

02-27-2014 17:18:13 | More by Sheesh101
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3/5  rDev +14.9%

02-23-2014 16:17:35 | More by skydogpenn
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New York

3.25/5  rDev +24.5%

02-22-2014 17:15:37 | More by longisland1983
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Schaefer from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
63 out of 100 based on 208 ratings.