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Schaefer - F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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119 Reviews
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Reviews: 119
Hads: 241
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.81%
Wants: 8
Gots: 24 | 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

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Beer added by: pezoids on 08-21-2001

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Reviews: 119 | Hads: 241
Photo of SFLpunk
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16oz aluminum can. BB date 06-08-9 on bottom.

Appearance: Poured into a .5L willy becker. .5 inch quickly receding white head atop a clear tan-yellow body with tiny and lively bubbles.

Nose: Ah, sweet corn. Smells like oxidize wheat beer, if that makes any sense. I presume this is a lager?

Palate: Sharp entry with light carbonation and medium- to light-body. There's some sweetness to it, but it's kept in check by that crisp sharpness. Light biscuit and corn-on-the-cob, with a hint of hop bitterness on the finish (which is short and unpleasant).

Notes: Not a great beer, I gotta say, but not far off from BMC. I'd actually rather drink this than any of the Big Three because there's less offensive flavors here than in any of the others. (746 characters)

Photo of Gyle41386
2.48/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear yellow/gold color. Unfortunately, the initial 3+ fingers of foam fade away the second you turn your back. Doesn't look like we'll be seeing any lacing here.

Nose is sweet and grainy. Hints of cooked corn. The initial whiff is quite astringent.

Flavor is entirely lightly sweet malt with a corn finish. There's a metallic bitterness that I guess you could call hops. Standard adjunct lager flavor.

Light body. Soda-like fizz. Dry finish. Smooth, easy drinker, like every other adjunct lager. This is a beer you drink when you don't feel like thinking about what you're drinking. I guess it's refreshing, though. I'll give the drinkability a 2, because that's how many sips it took before I got tired of this one. (774 characters)

Photo of CrellMoset
2.67/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Can courtesy of dkachur, poured into (inappropriately enough) a brandy snifter.

Appearance: Pours a light, pale yellow - almost lighter than the last old world canned lager I gave a shot to (Stroh's) - with a fast-fading, one-finger of fizzy, snow white head. Carbonation is faint, fine, and well-dispersed. Below average.

Aroma: More hop presence than the Stroh's - there's a definite spicy, slightly leafy thing goin' on, which almost lends the pale sweetness (note: the sweetness is a little phonier in this one, sort of sickly sweet) a graham cracker-like undertone. Decent.

Taste: More of the same. A sweet, honey-like, pale malt backbone, rife w/ cornyness, supporting only the barest of hop note artistry, lightly grassy. It's not "bad," but it's definitely simplistic and fake.

Mouthfeel: Perhaps a little more even than the Stroh's. A body of medium thickness - never a good thing in beers that taste like this - with some mild, still slightly uneven carbonation, making for a slightly fluffy but, yes, still too thick beer.

Drinkability: Eh. Not a fan. Fake, sweet, simplistic, whatever adjectives you'd like to use. It was tough for me to even devote this much energy, attention, and time to the review, but I know it's for a greater good, yes? Lager beers can be so much more than this. (1,303 characters)

Photo of Proteus93
2.25/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Can courtesy dkachur. Thanks?

A: Not horribly pale, but it's still quite a light yellow. Head forms quickly, and shows promise, but then pretty much vanishes as quickly as it came. As it is consumed, some spots of lace appear on the sides, but they disappear moments later, as well.

S + T: Grainy and just the slightest bit vegetal. There's an unusual sweetness to it that I can't quite place.

M + D: Carbonation seems just a little too light and it is missing a bit of crispness. It goes down incredibly easily, but without the other elements to make it worthwhile, that doesn't really matter much. (604 characters)

Photo of Tone
2.73/5  rDev 0%
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. (430 characters)

Photo of magictrokini
1/5  rDev -63.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The formalities first: pours clear yellow, fizzy white head. Disgustingly sweet corn syrup and metal aroma. Cotton candy and grass flavor, along with something sour and sweaty. Yay.

I brought this to a party one night as a joke. There just happened to be a cute blonde from Indiana that liked Schaefer. Needless to say, that was a really good night. (350 characters)

Photo of zeff80
2.75/5  rDev +0.7%
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. (461 characters)

Photo of Applesauce1
3.38/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I've had this beer many times throughout college. I had a few more this past weekend. It's a macro lager...but better than budweiser or mgd. doesn't seem as skunky. you're not gonna get much hop flavor out of it. mostly cereal grains are the taste here. mouthfeel is light body. drinkability is about as good as you can get. it's a beer if you're planning to have a party with some of your good buds. (400 characters)

Photo of RedChrome
3.13/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear yellow colored liquid. Half inch airy white colored head faded over a minute. Loads of carbonation in tiny bubbles rising slowly. A few lacing spots.

A very earthy grain aroma dominated in the nose, but finished with a light buttery sweetness. Faint light floral hops aroma is a bit to weak to balance out the grain.

An ultra crisp grain taste had a note of light green apple rind on the end. A nice light hops bitterness surprised with the way it balanced out.

A true carbonation bomb. This beer continues to tingle as it runs like water down the throat.

An O.K. beer in the style. Works great to pair with grilled burgers and hot dogs. A good choice in a style known for sub-par brew. Great for quenching thirst on a hot day. (746 characters)

Photo of kinger
1.45/5  rDev -46.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

The can assured me I wasn't drinking water. I wasn't expecting anything great when I picked up a twelve pack, I knew it was swill but I needed something for when I was painting. Never poured it out of the can so I am assuming that it is very pale yellow in color with a slight head and good carbonation. The aroma was non-existent. Mouthfeel was very thin, I have never had a beer that was this thin. The flavor is very subtle which makes this an easy drinking beer. At first I thought it was really bad, but after a couple it started to grow on me. Overall a drinkable beer that lacks any distinguishing qualities, the odds of me buying this again are slim to none. (666 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.36/5  rDev -13.6%
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. (490 characters)

Photo of jdoolin
3.9/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Presentation - 12oz can, poured into a pilsener glass

Appearance - Pale gold with a white, foamy head that dissipated within a couple minutes

Aroma - light grain and malt with just a little hop

Taste and Mouthfeel - very crisp and refreshingly carbonated. A light malt sweetness and flavor followed by just a hint of hops and then... wow... you know That Macro Flavor(TM) that accompanies just about all of them? It's not there in Shaefer. Just a nice, clean finish with a memory of the malt. This tastes like a very light munich helles.

Notes - This was a TOTAL surprise to me, and a pleasant one at that. It actually tastes good and doesn't have that typical macro off flavor. It's nice and refreshing. This ranks right up there with Schlitz to me. And at $2.79 per six pack, it's my new cheap beer of choice. (815 characters)

Photo of giblet
2.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

have not had this beer in years. i was not even certain it was still made. i found a twelver in Columbus so's i picked it up. the first poured ok into the glass the carbonation was decent but the head settled quickly. pale color. the smell was faint sweet grain. the taste was similar. the second i drank right from the can. this is another of the many good bbq, lawnmowing, thirst quenching beers. i sucked up the one from the can in about four or five chugs...decent.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet (503 characters)

Photo of riversider76
3.56/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden with a thin white head.Just a bit of retention,and decent lacing. Aroma is yeasty,with a hint of grassy hops. Body is on the light side,and carbonated. Taste has a that of a decent macro (few though there are)with a somewhat creamy edge. Bit of a bite to the finish. (287 characters)

Photo of Overlord
1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I am slowly but surely knocking out all the mainstays of my college days.

The thing I remember about this beer was how sour it was. It poured the typical yellow with big white foam head of most macrolagers, but it actually had some flavor to it. That flavor being skunk with some sour bite.

Other than that: watery and forgettable. (333 characters)

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Bought a 12 pack for $4.15 at Krogers, got it ice cold and easily drank the whole thing. Awoke the next morning with no hangover. A good beer to have on a hot summer day and when you just want to get hammered. A beer without pretense for those without pretense. Bukowski probably drank some of these. I'm sure he did. (317 characters)

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.19/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer pours a crystal clear brownish gold. I admire the presence of the gold here. It actually stands out a bit. The head, after a hard pour, wasn't much to speak of. Just a thin dull white collar.

Smells of dry stale corn and old concrete. That's about it. There's also a slight ambiguous dryness that I can't locate the source of.

The corn is there in the flavor, but it just comes and goes, kicking in a bit of corn bread and sour orange and lime rind. The grainy elements fade quickly and leave my mouth devoid of anything but a numb sourness. Hmmm.

Feels light, but slightly syrupy. That being said, it's also pleasantly clean. This lets me know that I'm actually drinking something and am not in a rush to slam it.

At $13 a 30-pack, this beer is about exactly what you're paying for. It's non-offensive and has just enough character to get your attention. (869 characters)

Photo of matty
3.28/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of the beers that have been around way before I have.Classic pale golden color with a thick head that quickly fades.Taste and aroma is your typical corn or rice macro lager.Smooth and drinkable,a beer that I have enjoyed in the past,now and in the future.You have to do something right to be around this long!! (314 characters)

Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
3.02/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can> 16 oz. SA glass.

It's not really the color that i first noticed it's the lack of color, I mean this thing is really thin looking but it's kinda golden with yellow hues, my girl friend chimmed in with "it looks like pee". I couldn't disagree. The head is light and active but is gone pretty quick.

A semi-sweet, wheatie scented malt,a bit sweeter than I had expected and the malt is a bit more aromatic which is good. Herbal and mossy scented hops add a bit of balance to the nose.

This is really a honey0soaked, bready malt flavor , cream of corn, wheat 'n grains, a mild sour and grainy yeast. The flavor is a bit thin and watery, but it's true to style and displays no evidence of "naties" like a skunked or metallic flavor, which is nice. The complexity of low but in it's simplicity is effective.

Eventhough the body is light and thin, it's pretty crisp and it's lively feel doesn't become dull and flat right off like some of it's kind.

This is really not terible, I've had many macro Lager's that have simply been un-drinkable, I wouldn't put this in that catagory, but I'm not having another either. (1,133 characters)

Photo of rrob311
2.68/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I bought a 12 pack of this it is readily available. My dad warned me not to drink it.

A- looks normal too me, clear and light yellow colored, just what I was expecting.

S- Smells ok kind of funky.

T- This beer is exceptionally smooth throughout but the first thing I noticed was it was kind of sour tasting, this is the first beer I have noticed this sensation.

M- mouthfeel is normal.

D- If someone had some of these cold enough I would have another. Probably wont buy it again unless the prices are slashed. (514 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.5/5  rDev -8.4%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of kguyty
3.2/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fizzy white head that is gone in the blink of an eye. The beer is a clear pale yellow.

This smells a little sweet, mostly of corn and a little hops.

It starts of tasting sweet... almost malt liquor sweet, but by the third or fourth sip, it evens out and you get a nice even taste complete with hoppiness. It is one of the better cheap beers I have tasted, and I think I would take this over a Schlitz, or OM but it is definitely no Pabst.

Mouthfeel is okay, kind of watery, but all in all, not too bad.

This beer is incredibly drinkable, and is not that bad considering the price and the other beers within the category. (648 characters)

Photo of KevinB
3.88/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Schaefer the one beer to have when you having more than one!! I've had more than one of these back in the day out of the ol' weekender case. Just picked up a twelver for an Abe this past weekend for a fishing trip, out of the lawnmowers, good ol' Schaef is a fav.
Appearance is a cool, old school beer label, which states "America's oldest Lager" since 1842 they must be doing something right. Served in a pilsner glass,pour revealed a foamy albugineous head and a caliginous aurulent body. Surprisingly a good amount of lacing throughout the glass.
Smell is of corn, with light malts and hop notes.
The taste and mouthfeel of this brew is light, crisp,somewhat bready,with sweet malts, faint hops and a slight dry finish. Lighter carbonation than most macros, not as fizzy as some would expect for a beer in the category.
Overall this is a very drinkable beer, it's a pretty easy drinking macro with some flavor , very similar to Ballantine ale. (953 characters)

Photo of Drew966
2.38/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Schaefer pours a pale yellow color with a thick white head from a twelve ounce can. There is a strong adjunct aroma, and a not very pleasant one at that. Very light bodied and tastes primarily of corn. Better than I remembered it, but still not very impressive. (261 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.12/5  rDev -22.3%
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. (765 characters)

Schaefer from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
66 out of 100 based on 119 ratings.