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Schaefer - F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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121 Reviews

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Reviews: 121
Hads: 246
Avg: 2.65
pDev: 38.11%
Wants: 9
Gots: 30 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 08-21-2001

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Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, bubbly, straw-yellow color with a small, white, fizzy, one-finger head. No lace.

S - It smelled of grains and corn. Not much else there.

T - It tasted of grain, light caramel malt and some corn. Some bitterness, maybe from some hops. Not offensive tasting but not great, either.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light bodied beer that is pretty easy drinking.

D - Not too bad for the style. Cheap and easy drinking. It works in a pinch.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A retro classic! It pours a clear yellowish-gold with a creamy white head that holds OK and keeps a nice collar and whispy surface foamy throughout the glass. The nose displays a lightly sweet and grainy malt with a light note of corn and a touch of sulphur. There are no noticeable hops. It's light bodied, smooth, and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor offers a lightly sweet malt with a touch of corn-like flavor. Some non-distinct hops float along the surface. It finishes short and drying with a touch of residual sweetness. An enjoyable and refreshing basic American-style lager.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.12/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a light yellow color with a medium white head that fades quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malt, corn and other adjuncts with a slight touch of hops.

T: The taste is of grain, corn and the typical light macro sweetness and adjunct bite. There’s very little hops presence. After-taste is sweet. Not much to it, but there isn’t much to expect from the style.

M: A little smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, the finish is a bit slick.

D: Not very tasty, goes down ok, not filling at all, even within the style it’s not a very good beer. There are several other inexpensive beers that I would pick first.

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Photo of Jason
2.25/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16 oz can shinning a gold and red label with a white back ground, boast that it is America's oldest lager beer. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a quick forming and quick disappearing head that leaves nothing in its trail not even a thin lace, looks like apple juice or something else.

Smell: Watered down astringent grain with a weird aspartame artificial sweet aroma, otherwise a clean nose.

Taste: Light bodied with a lost crispness from an overly effervescent carbonation during the pouring perhaps due to that this beer should be consumed out of the can. Thin malt mouth feel and very little to the flavour other than some residual sweetness and vague graininess. A relatively dry brew, some odd cloying sweetness that seems mutated or engineered comes through. Hops are shallow and very light in the bitterness though just enough to balance the meek malt character. Slight cheap lager twang associated with canned beers is in the after taste but all in all it is a pretty clean one.

Notes: A chug-a-lug style beer, produced in mass quantities to be consumed in mass quantities. Not my mug of beer but its similarities to all of the other mass produced beers keep it popular in some areas around the country still.

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Photo of jwc215
2.36/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours straw yellow with a fluffy white head that starts out well enough but soon collapses in a typical macro lager fashion.

The smell is some sweetness and husk. Clean overall, though.

The taste is of some sweetness and a touch of husk. Not much of anything, really. Clean and pretty inoffensive. Finishes with a watery crispness.

Typical light body for the style. Pretty fizzy, but not overly so for the style.

A cheap lawnmower beer, and will do as such, I suppose. It is what it is.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.68/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A second episode of bad beer Thursdays with America's Oldest Lager beer -- in a can. Picked this up at the corner for 89 cents...89 cents? Yeah I want to try it.

Beer is yellow and clear with a big head and a lot of lacing, carbonation low to moderate.

Aroma is weak and mildly sweet.

Beer is light in body and light in flavor. There is about 20 IBUs in this beer and that's good otherwise is grainy water. This is not very good at all, but I guess it doesn't taste BAD, but that's not something to aspire to be. It is cheaper than water though...

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Photo of woodychandler
2.94/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

CAN you believe that this was a beer that I drank in my youth? I CAN!

My current jacket has a Schaefer patch on the back at the 9 o'clock position to Three Floyds Alpha King, so it is quite visible. I was sitting at IHLNC on Saturday night when this woman tentatively comes up to me, taps me on the shoulder and meekly asks if she could look at my jacket since she and her companions were cowed by the "biker at the bar". Hey, I'll be the first to admit that the tats, the beard, and the jacket might be off-putting, but I never thought of myself as scary. When I looked over, one of her mates was a colleague of mine. Ha! Once she got over her fear, she spontaneously broke out in song, singing their famous jingle about "having more than one". It took me back to my early years as a teenage drinker and Schaefer was one that we routinely consumed.

The pour created a finger of bone-white head with low retention. It was like it got tired of standing around and decided to simply sit down. It sat atop a golden-yellow beer with NE-quality clarity. The nose had a cereal/grain-y quality which I have slowly come to recognize in these beers. I do not get upset about it, but it CAN taint my pleasant memories. Mouthfeel was very fizzy with a slight cereal taste on the tongue. I actually liked the action of the CO2 as a palate cleanser. Finish was mild, slightly sweet, mostly unobtrusive. It is a lawnmower beer, to be sure. Other than that, I would probably relegate it to the Pleasant Memories file.

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Photo of Billolick
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

in a can, after I mowed the lawn this morning. Pours yellow and big bubble nasty, corn in the nose. Very light body, medium carbonation. Faint notes of malt and some sort of bitterness, but very little. This stuff is a bad waste of water, but when youre hot and thirsty, it does hit the spot and go down easy. Barely beer.

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Photo of tempest
3.03/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a can for $3 at Dinosaur BBQ in Harlem. It poured a clear gold with a tall white head. There wasn't much to say about this beer. It's generally clean and inoffensive, with just a light caramel malt taste. It had a little of that dry, adjunct lager bite, but it was fine for washing down a pork sandwich.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1.95/5  rDev -26.4%
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.

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Photo of Wasatch
2.48/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice pale yellow color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is sweet, with some malt notes, slight hop note. The taste is sweet, with some malt/hop notes. Light body. Drinkable, but not by much.

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Photo of plaid75
2.35/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw colored hue, with a 2 finger soapy foamy head. There was little in the way of retention and lacing.

The smell was mostly corn, with a slight sweetness.

The taste was a non-distinct macro adjunct coarseness. Some background sweetness, but for the most part dry.

The mouthfeel was okay as long as the beer was cold.

Overall an average American premium. Nothing special. Drinkable.

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Photo of Tone
2.73/5  rDev +3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear yellow color. 1/2 inch head with good retention and slight lacing. Smells of adjunct in lager. Fits the style. Tastes of adjunct in a weak lager. Of the weaker lagers I've had this one is the smoothest and best combination of taste and easy of drinking (still no saying much). A crisp body with average carbonation. Overall, still not a real good beer, but if you're going to drink the style this one is worth a try.

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Photo of tone77
2.71/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from ma 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is surprisingly sweet, some hints of corn. Taste is missing for the most part. Very watery with a small amount of beer flavor. Feels watery in the mouth. Drinkability is decent, good for beer games. Overall there is not much to like about this one.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.53/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From the 40 fl. oz. pounder. Sampled on September 6, 2010. I have never had Schaefer in a bottle believe it or not. For the last 30 years or so that I have been drinking beer I have only ever had it from the can. The bottle surpasses the can.

What more can I say about Schaefer? It is an icon from the Golden Age of beer with its pale yellow look, corny, grassy, and slightly hopped scent and light body. The taste is a typical adjunct lager with lots of corn and grass and a spritzer of hops. It is a good hot weather beer.

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Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a fluffy head. Aroma is mainly one of malt and corn, vaguely sweet on the nose. Taste is sweet and tastes like corn with some malt at the back of the tongue. Somewhat bland and watery. Goes down pretty smooth though. Inoffensive and simple. Good beer for a hot day but nothing I'd buy.This is a beer you simply grill with or mow the lawn with.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, straw, and adjuncts

Taste: corn, straw, and adjuncts

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet

Overall: This is arguably my favorite beer in the style. This was the first beer I had regularly, so that probably has much to do with it. On a hot day, I could easily session this. Nothing midblowing, but smooth adjunct without any weird aftertastes.

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Photo of Gmann
2.75/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale straw color, clear as can be. The brew has a short lasting soapy white head that settles into almost nothingness. The aroma is grainy and a bit veggie like; light sulfur. The taste is sweet with some light grain. Fairly clean flavors while still cold. Not much cooked veggie or sulfur flavors, which is great. The feel is light, a bit watery, with fizzy carbonation, drinks crisp. Drinks quite well, though not giving it any time to warm up. Doesn't have many off-putting flavors that the style is known for. Actually doesn't have much flavor at all.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1.11/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Honestly, this is the second worst beer on earth. First place is the light version. We use to grab this in college for about 30 cents per can (and I was in college in the 2000's, not the 60's). Light gold color with some fluffy head I guess. Aroma is filthy corn and wheat, dirty must, and vomit. The flavor follows almost perfectly and this is really tough to get down during a game of beer pong. Avoid at all costs.

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Photo of Brent
2/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you want a good beer, don't bother with this. If you want a slam-it-down cheap beer, then this is as good a choice as any. It has a fairly clean finish, which is about all you'll taste anyway if you're chugging.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow with a short-lived white head.

S - grains, corn chips.

T - a bit grainy but the sweetness is not horrible, it's plain and simple beer but it's better than most plain and simple beers.

F - light and crisp.

O - just another beer but it's a classic in my book.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I will always remember the jingle: Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one. Poured a pale yellow color with white puffy head. Smell is sweet, but really not much of anything. Taste is ??? (what taste). Mouthfeel is ?? (what mouthfeel). Refreshing at best. Lawnmower beer.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.85/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schaefer (no longer sold in Louisiana, only Schaefer Light sold in the state now) has a thick, white head and a very clear appearance. It is highly carbonated. The aroma is mild, but barley and hop spice can be clearly detected with a sniff into the glass. A grain adjunct (corn?) is also present underneath. The taste is mild and very typical for American beer- it's beery. Mouth-feel is light and watery (it's always been marketed as a volume-drinking brew). Schaefer finishes crisp, snappy, and refreshing. This is about as ordinary of a beer as one can get, but it's a good, solid, and credible brand. Overall, I give this lager a pretty high rating and recommend you give it a try.


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Photo of Todd
2.5/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If they're out of Brubaker, then Schaefer is my next pick. Not a beer you want to drink to quell any craving for real beer, but rather one to suck down as you're first. Even more so, at $1.99 at the bar for a 16oz'er.

http://www.earthstation1.com/TVWavFiles/Schaefer.wav ... although this ad from the 60's urges you to have more than one.

"Bop, Bop, Feeling pretty ... all together in Schaefer City!"

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh Schaefer!! The 1 beer to have when you're having more than one.
I remember drinking this when I was a kid at baseball games. Taking quick sips from the big paper cups. Yum!!!

Schaefer pours a absolute piss yellow with a thick foamy bubbly head.
The smell is like corn/grits, hay, straw, crabgrass, you name it!
The taste is sharp and carbonated with a hint of grains.
Oh it's so bad it's good!!!

I have used this beer for Beirut(beerpong) and people will refuse to play. This beer WILL give you a headache!!

Not for the fainthearted!!!

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Schaefer from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 121 ratings.