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Schaefer - F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
63
poor

208 Ratings
THE BROS
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awful

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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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buckyp

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -61.7%

12-31-2011 02:41:34 | More by buckyp
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RheinSchaefer85

New York

2.75/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Though this Beer maybe Bad its not that bad. It's very Cheap to buy in the store and it gose down Nicely . Its perfect for that Summer Day. And Schaefer still has the Best Beer Jingle of all time in My opinion. It is a Personal Favorite though better than Bud or Miller .

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 06:48:17 | More by RheinSchaefer85
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jmarklan

Pennsylvania

2.38/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an extremely light straw color. The hard pour gave it a nice head but it quickly dissipated and left virtually no lacing.

S: Corn, straw and grass.

T: Corn, straw and grass, very slight hop touch. Very light in flavor.

M: Thin and highly carbonated, but that is to be expected.

Overall: Cheap swill. Better than a lot of american adjunct lagers but that's not saying too much. Not bad tasting or offensive, just not what beer should be.

Serving type: can

12-30-2011 02:55:46 | More by jmarklan
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Ralphs66

New York

3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a restaurant in Purdys NY called the Blazer Pub...some of the best burgers in the NY Tri-state area, and a regular stop for me. Well, recently they decided to go retro and are now offering, in cans, Schaefer, Ballantine, Rheingold and Schlitz....with PBR on tap. Whether you like these beers or not, the concept tickled my fancy and I decided to make my way through the list; revisiting some of the beers of my youth. None of them are great; in fact most of them are poor in comparison to the Captain Lawrence offerings that the Blazer also has on tap. But you know what? They were like an old friend, a blankie that I could hold at the bar and not feel self conscious about. Yes, I drank them all proudly and chances are, I will again.

Serving type: can

12-20-2011 21:20:28 | More by Ralphs66
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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -23.4%

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

Texas

2/5  rDev -23.4%

11-25-2011 03:46:32 | More by chapcat
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mdillon86

Pennsylvania

2/5  rDev -23.4%

11-25-2011 01:48:31 | More by mdillon86
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joefigg

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -61.7%

11-18-2011 02:07:42 | More by joefigg
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GennyCreamAle

New York

2/5  rDev -23.4%

11-17-2011 01:43:47 | More by GennyCreamAle
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ROGUE16

Delaware

2/5  rDev -23.4%

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

Germany

3/5  rDev +14.9%

11-14-2011 07:16:04 | More by Sachsenfreude
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thekevlarkid

Maryland

2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear, straw color with one finger of white head. The retention of the head was average and it left spots of lacing. The aroma was of pale malt, corn, a bit of grassy hops and a hint of sweet malt. The flavors were mostly of cereal grains, pale malt and corn with some sweet malt too. Very little hops. The body was light, the carbonation appropriate and the mouthfeel fine.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 01:43:37 | More by thekevlarkid
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JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.33/5  rDev +27.6%
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.

Serving type: can

10-29-2011 23:35:34 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
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tigg924

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +53.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-27-2011 13:31:49 | More by tigg924
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WalkingStickMan

New York

2.35/5  rDev -10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow, say 4 SRM. Crystal clear, well-filtered.

Smell: Sweet, slightly corny, slightly malty.

Taste: Thin, watery, nothing lingers. Sweet malty flavor is less than nose leads on. Sugary cereal flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, very thin.

Cool though because, after drinking the six pack, you don't consider as much the flavor, aroma, etc., feel great, and are out much less cash than if you were to opt for the slightly better option at 4 times the price. BUZZ

Serving type: can

07-06-2011 04:04:37 | More by WalkingStickMan
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Wegomlegging

Virginia

1.85/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah Schaefer, the beer your grandaddy grew up on. This is the beer I got for $2 a pitcher in college, from a guy who always let his cigarette ashes fall in the food and beer that he was serving. Appetizing, yes. It appeared watery yellow, with no significant head. The smell was like a watered down Budweiser, but less skunky and more fresh (a good thing, no?). The flavor...well, let's just say it was refreshing and not too "flavory." I'm in a kind mood. The mouthfeel was flatter than fizzy, and overall it's a good cheap beer to not turn your nose up at because, well, let's face it, there's no such thing as a bad beer...at least not one that's this cheap.

Serving type: on-tap

05-06-2011 04:00:13 | More by Wegomlegging
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Wasatch

Utah

2.48/5  rDev -5%
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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Bouleboubier

Pennsylvania

3.65/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So after my first experience tasting beer, Miller High Life, at a tender 4 years of age, my memory claims that Schaefer was the next malty tryst. This would've been while I was 15. It was under the boardwalk one summer night, can in hand. Peak excitement. The Schaefer can, for a good 2 years afterward, made it into several of my drawings and even as a prop for a puppet I made in HS art class - unbeknown to me til recent the whole Bass Ale thing with fine art painting way back....

So revisiting it now for the first time since 15, I find it to be a quite tasty cheap malt beverage. Reminiscent of Pabst BR at first. That feeling fades in short time.

The appearance screams "fancy". Champagne yellow-gold. Big, white fizzy head, decent lacing. All typical. What I didn't count on was some microscopic particulates tainting its otherwise expected clarity. (PS - poured in my 0.5L Unibroue Euro Pint, of course)

Prototypical profile of sweet corn amidst the ultra-light malt in nose and on tongue. Another thing I didn't count on was its somewhat potent bitterness (tongue, nose), almost hop-like in character. The bitter in flavor came off grassy or dandelion stemian. Notable grain flavor as well with a weird sort of mineral/vitamin-pill smack aftertaste. Thankfully, there's not a trace of harshness or bite throughout and I thought it was actually fairly smooth. Easy drinking indeed.

My drinking buddy and I agree that Schaefer is quite surprisingly quaffable. Make some room in th' fridge!

On a personal note: I wanted to make this review #300, but I goofed and it ended up being 299. Wait! I paid $2.99 for the 6-pack! Creeepy.

Serving type: can

02-13-2011 17:53:50 | More by Bouleboubier
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +16.1%
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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drabmuh

Maryland

2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
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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cpolking

Iowa

3.4/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a light golden color with a rapidly disappearing head. The aroma has a bit of grain, lager and a touch of bitter hops. The taste follows the aroma. It has more grain, lager and touch of hops than your average macro American adjunct lager. It drinks very crisp yet smooth in its mouth feel due to its heavy, yet fine, carbonation. This is quite good for its category.

Serving type: can

11-25-2010 00:11:45 | More by cpolking
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scoobydancer

Massachusetts

4.2/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Schaefer, is the...one beer to have when you're having more than one. Hop-hop, sittin' pretty. All together in Schaefer city.

Hell, this beer is not bad at all for the price.

My dad drank this beer...and as a Patriots fan, I LOVE this beer. Heck, my dad took me to Schaefer Stadium in the 70's. Those cold benches freezed my ass off. Funny, that I can mostly find it in aluminum cans these days seeing that I watched Jim Plunkett on aluminum benches.

So, now that I'm actually old enough to drink the stuff, I find it better than bud. Sure it's full of corn and maybe rice, and has a filmy aftertaste - but, it's *way* better Budweiser. No wonder my dad loved it. And it makes me remember Plunkett to Vathaha back in the days before Tom Brady.

This is a damn good beer.

Serving type: can

11-19-2010 15:41:45 | More by scoobydancer
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hmk22

New York

3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Full disclosure -- I bought a 12-pack only because it was on deal (@$5.99) at my local grocery store -- I seem to recall Schaefer having a sweet/rice-y taste. Its not as bad as some other offerings, but nothing to write home about. Without the discount I don't think I would buy again, but I would buy this over the 3-headed BMC monster. Decent beer taste, not enough hops for me, kind of a go-to beer at the end of the night when taste/quality seem (for some reason) to become less important.

Serving type: can

10-23-2010 02:52:44 | More by hmk22
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puboflyons

New Hampshire

2.53/5  rDev -3.1%
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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huxcrunner

New York

3.08/5  rDev +18%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

pours with a good deal of white head, is a light golden yellow, very small hint of malt and hops pretty smooth light taste and for the price it really cant be beat better then most one of the the better cheap beers, good clean mouthfeel makes this have pretty good drinkablity

Serving type: can

09-05-2010 01:02:44 | More by huxcrunner
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