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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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384 Ratings
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Ratings: 384
Reviews: 152
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 41 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-20-2002

Our Hefeweizen is a light, unfiltered wheat beer, often served with a wedge of lemon. Made with thirty percent American winter wheat, Hefeweizen is balanced with sweet golden malted barley and Tettnang hops from Oregon that evoke a hint of spice. The American ale yeast is subtle, but the grains take center stage and, when left in the unfiltered beer, gives it that classic cloudiness and additional body.

The German Hefeweizen (say “hay-fuh-vite-sin”) traces its history to 16th century Bavaria and eventually came to America with the wave of German immigrants in the 19th century. Although the rise of light lager beer diminished the sales of wheat beers on both sides of the Atlantic, the sale of wheat beers began to rise after WWII, especially in Southern Germany where a unique ale yeast strain fermented the beer with banana and clove esters. In the late 20th Century, the new American craft brewers sought out a lighter style to complement their beer selection and brewed Hefeweizens with the same yeast strains they used to brew their Pale Ales and Stouts.

16 IBU
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Ratings: 384 | Reviews: 152
Photo of bubseymour
3.83/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/31/14 drinking on 1/24/15 (3 month old).

Look is very weak. Minimal head and a sort of off colored body. Smell is very grainy. No banana notes or sweetness or yeastiness like many quality hefs. Taste is decent and flavorful. Lot of grain, but also some sweetness and pleasant notes. Nice creamy feel as well.

Overall, its not the best Hefeweizen but its solid. Would drink again, but won't seek it out. Personally, with the flavor profile and ingredents used, this is an American Wheat Ale and not a Hef.

Photo of Drew03cmc
4.25/5  rDev +28%

Delicious, not bitter. The taste is clean and rather sharp, unlike some other unfiltered wheat beers I've tried. Of the wheats I've had, this is my favorite.

Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.02/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can, poured into a bell glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Poured very, very pale, like water with a hint of an echo of the shadow of a yellowish tinge. In the glass, it takes on a little more color, turning a polished gold hue. It looks more like a dark cider than a hefeweizen, forming a minimal head that dies away quickly and appearing more hazy than cloudy. It does leave some scattered patches of persistent lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is primarily wheat and grain fields, with a few hints of clove and something slightly bubble-gum-esque. Not much in the way of fruit odors.

T: With all respects to Douglas Adams, the taste is not almost, but not quite, exactly unlike a hefeweizen. This drinks more like a yellow lager, with the same sort of hop profile - wheaten and grassy, with a slight citrus tang. None of the clove or bubblegum from the nose appears, and none of the fruity esters one would expect from a hefeweizen seem to be present.

M: Watery, but with rather active carbonation.

O: There are many better examples of the hefeweizen style out there. This seems almost mislabeled, more like a pale wheat ale.

Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +13%

Aroma (3): Aroma ios okay. I mean, Hef's don't have a lot anyway.
Appearance (4): Good color. Good Cloudiness.
Taste (4): Good taste. Not too hoppy, good maltiness
Palate (4): About what you'd expect for a hef.

Photo of KFBR392
3.46/5  rDev +4.2%

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy body that is bright straw yellow. Head of about a finger which dissipated quickly which was slightly odd for a hefe. On par with the head, the active carbonation is below average but still pretty good.

Smell: Cereal and biscuit notes greet the drinker. Fresh cut straw with some very light vegetal greens on the body. Crisp buttery yeast and more dough and toasted malts on the back end.

Taste: Creamy malts and biscuit all over the front and linger into the body. A touch of banana with some semi-sweet toasted malts follow the front. Some light vegetal notes pop up on the body then as quickly as they came they disappear. The finish is creamy malts with lingering buttery yeast.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very light on the mouthfeel which really lets the creamy malt and butter shine through. Lighter in body but very drinkable.

Overall: Not the most traditional feel for a Hefe but in the end what it brings is tasty and highly drinkable. The butter and biscuit notes are the highlights. An awesome grilling, or finisher beer for sure.

Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is on the weaker side for a Hefeweizen. It is more akin of a simple wheat beer than a true hefeweizen, a great starter for someone just getting into craft beer options. It is more like dipping a toe in the craft pool, than a full on dive in.

My wife has tried many of the beers I have drank and hated every single one of them until she tried this. She actually tried it about a year ago and did not like it, then she tried it at the Bottleworks location and loved it. Now this is her go to, which is great since this now brings her list of favorite beers up to a total of 3! Like I said, more of a starter craft option than a full fledged representation of the style.

I would drink it, but I am not going to search this one out or purchase it for myself. With that said, i am sure i will be buying much more of this stuff for my wife.

Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In true Bavarian form, St. Louis' premiere craft brewery doesn't miss a beat. Its highly complex rendition of the unfiltered wheat ale delivers all the complexity and and ease in drinking that the Hefeweizens of Germany promise.

Its rich canary haze delivers dense aromas of fresh baking bread, dough and sugar cookie. With citrus and tropical wafts swirling about, its taste is spicy, backed with the grain sweetness and malted taste that's uniquely German.

The delicate ale simply blooms across the middle, opening up the unique banana, apple and lemon esters along side of its distinctive clove, white pepper and vanilla spices that work in tandem, negating the need for hop flavor or bitterness beyond a timid herbal accompaniment.

Its creamy and medium body is pillowy and softly of marshmallow, especially as vanilla and mint cool the palate and balance its raw grain flavor and feel in finish. With aftertaste of light bread and citrus, another series of gulps are sure to follow!

Photo of alphagnome
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance:
Hazy hay colored body that pours with a small, white head. Retention is poor, fading to nothing in minutes. Light streams of carbonation.

Aroma:
Light, damp hay notes mixed with sweet malts and subtle citrus. Sweet corn, pear, and apple notes along with an incredibly mild spice give it a nice aroma... but it's not like any hefeweizen I've had before, but it's pleasant.

Taste:
Again, this isn't your typical hefe. Reminds me more of a light American lager than it does a hefe. Bummer. Sweet wheat and light corn notes and a bit of lemon peel.

Mouthfeel:
Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

Overall:
A solid beer that is very refreshing and light. Decent flavor, BUT, missing a lot of the signature traits a hefeweizen should have. And that, is it's downfall. Remove the style from the picture, this is a heck of a beer, but if you want banana and clove or bubblegum - go elsewhere.

Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden yellow with two fingers worth of head that sticks around for a little while. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Light aromas of wheat grain and straw.

Taste- Wheat grain flavor with some lemon and some tartness on the back end. I'm not detecting any banana or clove esters that is usually associated with this style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and slightly dry with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A refreshing beer that is worth having again. It reminds me more of an American wheat beer instead of a hefeweizen though.

Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It is a yellow to golden color, with two fingers of foam.

Smell - Basically all wheat.

Taste - Like a the smell, wheat, some lemon flavor comes in as well.

Mouthfeel - Good body and carbonation for a wheat beer.

Overall - Pretty decent wheat beer.

Photo of u2carew
3.09/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Yellow-gold in color. Slightly hazy body but still some transparency.
S) Wheaty. Hints of lemon. Not overly aromatic.
T) Grainy. Hints of clove and banana.
M) Light body. Dry. Chalky. Alcohol warmth.
O) A hefeweizen with a weak body and taste profile, and a not as hazy as the style norm. An okay beer.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.57/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head that lasts. Hazy yellow. Aroma is sharp, bready wheat, sweet pale malt, and noble hops. Flavor is crisp and sharp with grainy wheat and a touch of Tettnang hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall a throwback to the popular "American hefes".of the late 90s. Sentimental favorite.

Photo of woodychandler
2.13/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I CAN't put enough love out there for my local, in-person trader, tone77! He calls me a master of The CANQuest (TM) and yet he comes through time and time again with new CANs for me. Cheers, bro!

From the CAN: "For best flavor, keep refrigerated". Bet, yo!

I pulled out my new Schlafly CAN Sessions CAN glass, listened to the Crack, and employed an inverted Glug. I had two fingers of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy, but not cloudy (WTF?) golden-yellow (SRM = 4). Nose was light, kind of herbal tea-like. I was reminded of Jasmine, but in a Hefe? Where are the bananas? Where are the cloves? Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was mildly spicy, but it lacked any Oomph! or anything that would make me think of or call this a Hefeweizen. Understand, it pains me greatly to dun any of their beers. I know their brewer, Stephen Hale, I have personally met Tom Schlafly and I always recommend them to visitors. Chalk this up to a rare misstep, but I am deeply unimpressed. The finish was bland, boring and lackluster.

Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, just a bit of wheat, banana. Taste is also mild, lemony, somewhat tart, drinks more like and American pale wheat Ale imo. Not much of the banana and clove usually associated with this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

Photo of mmva321
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a weizen glass.

A: A cloudy, pale yellow body is broken up by some carbonation. Fine, but it leads to a thin white head that dissipates like lightning.

S: Actually a very pleasant balance of wheat, yeast and hops. It isn't very dynamic, but I love the fruit characteristics that liven it up. Banana adds some smoothness while a slight apple characteristic (along with the hops) adds a little edge.

T: Tart apple and pear, with a malt and yeast creating the base of the taste. The tartness overwhelms anything else that might be going on. It's fine, but blunt, simplistic and off-putting.

M: An oddly heavy and full-bodied beer. The crispness is lost as well as any carbonation.

O: Hefeweizens always have so much potential to have delightful surprises buried within a pleasant experience. Schlafly have unfortunately failed on both counts, making a beer that is too blunt and simplistic to be anything more than an acceptable drink that is a mild chore to get through.

Photo of Lukewarring
3.43/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

sweet smell, with slight amount of fruity smell. pleasant smell. Tast like a ight version of a russian bear that I once had. Decent mouth feel, not to thick not to thin. small carbonation. Small yeast flavor - which I prefer. Some how the some of its parts may be better than the parts themselves, I would drink this beer again.

Photo of Pyramid_Head
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Schlafly Hefeweizen is a decent beer. It has a nice mouthfeel, when poured it has a beautiful haze, it has a nice yeasty aroma and the flavor is of sweet grain, yeast, and sometimes you pick up a faint banana like taste.

It's nothing special, but it's still drinkable, and pairs surprisingly well with spicy food.

Photo of Groomsy
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled on 05/16/13.

This hefeweizen pours a hazy bright yellow and is topped by a fluffy bright white head that dwindles and leaves behind broken lacing. It's not as opaque as I would expect for the style, but it is realtively accurate.

Schafly's wheat beer on the nose is a little milder than I expected, but not altogether surprising. It has the nice scent of wheat but is rather subdued in the other notes for which the style is known – the hints of spice, banana, and clove are barely present. There's just a smidgen of lemon and some other citrus scents.

On the palate, it's refreshing and definitely drinkable, but calling this a hefeweizen is a bit of a misnomer. I'm glad to say that the notes from the nose are stronger on the palate – rather than banana and clove, however, I'm tasting lemon, wheat, and malt with a bit of a spicy/floral finish. While it's enjoyable and refreshing, I'm not so satisfied with calling this a true hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a lemony finish.

Not a bad summer beer, but not what I would call a good hefeweizen. Refreshing if nothing else.

Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bright yellow in color the head as a thick, billowing, pillow of congealed foam.

The aroma was bready, with weak dough, cracker and some citrus.

The Hefeweizen qualities that I expected are almost lost in strong bready and doughy flavor. Pilsner taste dominates and that taste is actually quite good. Grains, malt and yeast are evident with some hints of banana, albeit very hidden.

I drank this as the sun was beating me into the pavement outside my favorite beer bar, so maybe I found this more tasty and refreshing than some, but for the time it was very nice.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.5/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer is a hazy unfiltered wheat yellow. White head recedes to a film with light lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bread, malts. Slightly sweet. Tastes sweet and bready with grains and faint banana peel. Mouthfeel is medium light and clean. Overall, an easy drinker, worthy of a sixer.

Photo of BryanCarey
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This hefeweizen pours to a yellowish color with a decent head of foam and a cloudy body. The nose on this beer is weak but it does contain the scent of wheat malt, as expected. There is a small amount of lacing, but it is slight and very spotty.

The taste of this beer is nothing terribly surprising. It offers flavors of wheat malt, bread, yeast, and a very small amount of lemon and clove. But the main flavors present are wheat/wheat flour and yeast. There is little or no hop presence and the body is light.
This beer offers a taste that is rather mild and tame, even for a hefeweizen and for that reason many may find it somewhat lacking. One thing I did notice is that you have to follow the instructions and swirl the last third or so of the bottle before pouring, in order to get the yeast. If you don’t do this, you will end up with a beer that is clear and devoid of most taste. I did this with my first bottle and couldn’t understand why the flavor was so bland. I then read the instructions on the bottle, poured it correctly, and noticed a definite improvement in flavor.

Still, even with the swirling, this is a very average hefeweizen that is fine for a craft beer newbie, but will likely prove dissatisfying to most everyone else. The wheat flavor is what you notice more than anything and the direct/non- complex taste is a little on the boring side. Try it, but don’t be surprised if you come away unimpressed.

Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger white shade. I like the creamy texture, and the lacing as well. Don't know why, but I find it a bit more attractive than the typical hefeweizen, even if the head lacks staying power.

S: It's more of a regular APWA than anything. The most notable element is some earthy, zesty hops. No real sense of banana, clove, or bubblegum esters here.

T: This is not much of a hefeweizen. The wheat flavors and finishing, lemony hop qualities are pleasant...but the lack of notable esters really hurt this one. In general, it's not really flavorful. Good hop profile, though.

M: Too heavy for the lack of flavor presented on the palate. This should go down much easier than it does...though to be fair, most of it *is* due to the boring flavor. Carbonation is strong like expected.

O: Meh. Not a bad generic wheat ale, but it's not a hefeweizen. I'd be a lot more forgiving of it had it not been called that - yet alas, since it's advertised as such, I have to compare it to the ones from SN, Troegs, or Weihenstephaner. And it just fails in that regard.

Photo of rlee1390
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear (isn't this "unfiltered?") yellow, not much carbonation one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Wheat, bread but mainly a slightly artificial lemon flavor.

T- Some wheat, bread, malt, still an off lemon flavor and yeast.

M-Light and refreshing but not much carbonation at all.

O-Just a poor beer by Schlafly. The only dud of theirs I've tried but very off putting.

Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed at the brewpub in St Louis, reviews from notes.

A: half finger head with nice lacing on a cloudy dull gold body.

S: simple with wheat and light lemon custard sweetness.

T: flavor is dull, not much sweetness and almost flavorless with wheat, wood and very light citrus.

M: light body and light to moderate carbonation.

Overall: drinkable but boring beer, boring even for the style.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.93/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled With Love on” date is “05112012.”

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is light lemonade. Two fingers of white head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very, very faint aroma. I can detect a little of the pale American wheat aroma, but that is about it. Musty grains and a little lemon.

Taste: The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a pale wheat beer and so are the flavors (unfortunately). There is nothing over the top but there is also no complexity, really. Light wheat and lemon zest

Drinkability: Now I know why the beer is called Hefeweizen but not classified as one. It is very light and easy drinking. However, it lacks the complexity I want.

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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