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Schaefer - F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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63
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209 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 209
Reviews: 116
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 26.72%
Wants: 7
Gots: 7 | 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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djrn2

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

09-14-2013 14:56:19 | More by djrn2
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acurtis

New Jersey

2/5  rDev -23.7%

09-14-2013 15:04:29 | More by acurtis
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zeff80

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

Serving type: can

12-08-2008 05:27:31 | More by zeff80
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.15/5  rDev +20.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2003 14:08:09 | More by NeroFiddled
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.1/5  rDev -19.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-05-2007 02:10:04 | More by TheManiacalOne
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Jason

Massachusetts

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%
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.

Serving type: can

07-13-2002 15:21:04 | More by Jason
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -0.8%
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...

Serving type: can

01-07-2011 03:00:51 | More by drabmuh
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jwc215

Wisconsin

2.35/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

Serving type: can

07-31-2008 16:47:38 | More by jwc215
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -23.7%

12-06-2011 01:50:37 | More by Rochefort10nh
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +15.6%
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.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 13:21:14 | More by tempest
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

2.95/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

Serving type: can

07-06-2009 16:23:58 | More by woodychandler
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Billolick

New York

2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: can

05-14-2004 16:01:12 | More by Billolick
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

10-22-2013 20:47:01 | More by InspectorBob
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

1.75/5  rDev -33.2%

05-12-2014 00:57:35 | More by Georgiabeer
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Wasatch

Utah

2.48/5  rDev -5.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2011 23:52:31 | More by Wasatch
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

1.96/5  rDev -25.2%
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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plaid75

New York

2.38/5  rDev -9.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-04-2006 18:27:59 | More by plaid75
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Tone

Missouri

2.78/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-14-2008 23:13:46 | More by Tone
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Brad007

Vermont

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Serving type: can

11-27-2007 00:22:10 | More by Brad007
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rolltide8425

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -14.1%

07-13-2012 19:49:17 | More by rolltide8425
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

2/5  rDev -23.7%

12-22-2012 17:25:17 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.65/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Serving type: can

10-01-2009 23:05:28 | More by tone77
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2/5  rDev -23.7%

11-15-2011 21:55:21 | More by ROGUE16
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 23:14:11 | More by puboflyons
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rfgetz

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

11-24-2013 07:41:25 | More by rfgetz
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Schaefer from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
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