Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by RoyalT:
3.68/5 rDev +11.2%
Appearance – This unfiltered wheat came out a beautiful, hazy yellow in color with a modest white head.
Smell – The aroma is heavy on the wheat as it should be. It’s a nice, raw smell that shows a bit of adjunct, maybe corn, but is otherwise very smooth and not offensive.
Taste – The wheat isn’t a German weizen but it’s not the usual crap that you get with the Americanized versions. And again it is the rawness of character that I find appealing.
Mouthfeel – This is where the beer stands out. This style is supposed to be refreshing, a warm summer drinking beer, but seldom is. Here though they hit the nail on the head. It is crisp and light-bodied with quality carbonation and a satisfying finish.
Drinkability – This went down especially well and is one of the few efforts at the style that I’ve enjoyed.
08-26-2011 22:31:37 | More by RoyalT
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3.5/5 rDev +5.7%
Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.
Uh-oh, here we go. This will be the never-ending debate within the beer industry: Can you call an American Wheat a Hefeweizen? Purists will say no and cringe to see a lemon wedge on the glass. Others don't care too much and just ponder if the beer is good or not. We're with them.
After pouring out about two-thirds of the bottle and then swirling the yeast in, we could see huge flakes
of the yeast dissolve back into the beer, making for a cloudy yellow brew. Head retention was fine, with massive sticky chunks of lace from the initial pouring. Textbook aroma of dough malt, a faint fermented wheat twang and neutral yeast. Crispness is fine, with a medium level of carbonation and fluffy mouthfeel. Wheat malt flavor is simple yet sturdy, with a bit of a wheat twang and a minimal hop bitterness--showing a good balance. Finishes dry with an earthy yeast and grainy wheat taste.
Let's not even think the word "Hefeweizen"--for an unfiltered and unpasteurized American Wheat, this is pretty damn good. Simply put: Schlafly Hefeweizen = American Wheat Session Ale. Pairs well with a chicken kabob Greek salad with extra feta and hot peppers.
09-27-2010 18:50:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
2.53/5 rDev -23.6%
12 oz. bottle poured into an Ayinger tall Kirta-Halbe glass.
A - Pours a very pale, light yellow. Four+ finger head of white, loose foam sets up instantly during the pour - glad I used this glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is almost a neon yellow with a touch of light green tinting. Hazy and moderately opaque, beer shows suspended stratifications of particulates throughout the glass. Head falls in on itself at a deliberate pace, leaving splotches of foam on the sides of the glass and a fluffy pillow on the surface.
S - Lemongrass, wheat, subtle flinty mineralness, just a touch of banana poking thru the background.
T - Light wheat flour and very subtle hints of mellowed lemon. A touch of yeastiness, with a bit of banana sugar, like the end of a banana popsicle, in the little finish there is. Not much taste at all to this beer. Quite neutral across the entire quaff.
M - Neither fizzy or creamy. Rather thin, almost watery. No real finish to speak of. Little body. Light structure, but integrated.
O - Perhaps in the dog days of summer, when the thermometer and humidity are both pushing 100, this, ice cold, would be refreshing. I'm not sure if the blandness of this bottle is due to it not being just bottled - I got this last fall - and/or still being in spring and mostly drinking malty beers, but there just isn't much going on with this beer. This is a summer session beer, and one most females would appreciate being given, as well as your Bud Light friends who think all craft beers are bitter hop bombs - this one will seriously mess with their expectations. I like unfiltered hefeweizens, but this one is too soft and undefined for my tastes. It's not a bad beer - it's just not much of a beer overall.
04-15-2012 18:47:01 | More by BuckeyeSlim
3.13/5 rDev -5.4%
12oz. amber bottle with a 4/20/04 born-on date, courtesy of TwelveVoltMan.
Poured a hazy yellow in color with a thin layer of white head. There is some lacing, but not much. Aromas are thin and tough to pick up. Some bannana? Maybe some lemon? Same for the flavor. A hefe that's been lightened up. A flash of spicy flavor crosses the palate near the end. Finishes with a dry wheat-like aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. Nothing to big about this beer. Still, it's a summer beer that'll take on your post grass-cutting thirst.
07-31-2004 01:42:16 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
3.2/5 rDev -3.3%
A: Pale and hazy, unfiltered.
S: Sweet notes of wheat and citrus.
T: Crisp and refreshing. Dominant wheat flavor, citrus hints that were also present in the aroma.
M: Average wheat mouthfill, nothing special.
D: A solid wheat beer. I would have another if the mood struck me.
08-20-2008 05:32:25 | More by Dusty278
3.28/5 rDev -0.9%
Cloudy lemon yellow color. White frothy small head with some lacing.
Faint smell of the wheat and it sounds weird, but also pond mudd.
Tastes better than it smells. Slight hops that are overpowered by the wheat malts. Maybe some lemons. Nothing distinct in the taste.
Some carbination and its pretty smooth. Mix the yeast up in it and it does have a pleasent mouthfeel.
Light and easy to drink. Just an average American wheat ale.
02-27-2008 23:42:34 | More by MOShepp
2.93/5 rDev -11.5%
A - This one pours a cloudy orange (after roling the bottle around to get the yeast in the glass), and throws up a two finger white head. This is the trubid orange/gold hue of carrots crammed into a Jack LaLane juice-o-matic.
S - Underassertive and un-hefe like. This smells wheaty and tart, but there are no banana or deep yeast notes that I like to experience in a hefe. Smells lemony and crisp.
T - Again, this is wheaty and twangy with lemon and tart orange juice flavors, but the doughy yeast and banana flavors are missing. This is ok, but I expected more from Schlafly.
M - Light bodied, crispy carbonated, and really fresh. The finish is initially neutral before building up a progressive dryness.
D - Not bad. A very average and forgetable wheat beer that isn't all that hefe-like IMO.
04-05-2008 20:04:01 | More by pmcadamis
3.33/5 rDev +0.6%
Hazy hay colored body that pours with a small, white head. Retention is poor, fading to nothing in minutes. Light streams of carbonation.
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.
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.
Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.
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.
07-11-2014 21:59:41 | More by alphagnome
3.6/5 rDev +8.8%
Cloudy yellow gold, with nice white head of fine foam. Nice lace, too.
Aroma is fresh sweet and honey-like, with a yeasty bread tone, with a slight hint of citrus. Nice.
Taste is tangy, chewy, and flavorful...bready with a light citrus hint in the finish.
Not an overly complex hefeweizen (none of the traditional banana/clove tones), but certainly a pleasing and enjoyable experience and a drinkable wheat beer. Solid.
03-30-2011 20:59:36 | More by secondtooth
3.19/5 rDev -3.6%
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.
09-22-2013 11:56:11 | More by Pyramid_Head
3.1/5 rDev -6.3%
Pours with no head, just a few bubbles. Looks like a shandy. Straw-colored, hazy.
Almost no smell. There is a crispness in the mouth.
Doesn't taste like a lot of other wheat beers I've had, lacks the sweetness the wheat usually provides. The sweet was there, but very hidden in the background.
Some complexity in the finish. As mentioned, just a slight hint of sweetness, before giving way to a light bitterness and eventually a touch of sour.
Not a bad beer, just very average; which is a first from my experience with Schlafly as all previous varieties have been exceptional.
02-22-2009 15:54:11 | More by RickS95
2.93/5 rDev -11.5%
Had a bottle from a mixed 12-pack I picked up in Columbia, MO. This beer reminds me of the Summit Hefe for it's yeasty clove kick, but it's not quite as good. The malt falls flat and is a touch astringent. The yeast character is a bit plain, but in line with the style, I suppose. There's just a little spicy clove at the end of flavor without any banana. The malt for the part tastes like a disappointing light beer. This isn't a bad pale wheat ale, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you loved the style.
11-02-2009 17:31:55 | More by tempest
Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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