Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 398
Reviews: 157
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 48 | FT: 0
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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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Reviews by bcpriess:
Photo of bcpriess
4.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't be in the 'Lou without picking up some Schlafly Hefeweizen. First things first - Schlafly is singlehandedly redeeming the brewing arts for the St. Louis region, and I think they are one of the best microbreweries I have been exposed to. I would be surprised if their distribution doesn't dramatically expand over the next decade.

Schlafly Hefeweizen is, I think, very comparable to Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat in a lot of ways. Both are cloudy, of the unfiltered wheat variety. Both have a semi chalky mouthfeel. the basic flavor seems similar, though I haven't done a sxs comparison. The key differences to me are that the Schlafly is a bit less carbonated, and more yeasty/malty in its flavor. Schlafy consequently, to my tastes, is a better winter brew and Boulevard a better summer brew. Let me clarify - I've had this beer cool and the lower carbonation results in a still pleasant experience. Boulevard however must be ice cold. Both are great beers, but I think the Schlafly might have a slight edge.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.54/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of Dusty278
3.22/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of MOShepp
3.23/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

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

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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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 RickS95
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw color with 3+ fingers of fluffed up eggshell white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Straw & grassy notes & just a whisper of fruittyness

T: Tartness & lemons up front, along with some white pepper. Hints of juicy fruit, grape fruit & lemon hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & lemony/slightly peppery

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty easy, but lack of complexity would make me want something else after a few, unless it was blazing hot. A good APWA, a below avg Hefe IMO. Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this taste of Mizzou!

Photo of Backer2004
3.15/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at the St. Louis Brewery and Tap Room as part of a flight. Almost the same as the Hefe. Grassy tasting, quite cloudy with yeast. This one needed a lemon which I shouldn't have passed on. Apparently they have a great raspberry Hefe on draft. I should have went with that one instead.

Photo of nortmand
3.27/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy and pale yelkow with a fluffy white head.

Mostly grassy aroma. A bit citrusy. No spice character.

There is a bit of spicy yeast character up front, but it's barely noticable. A bit of clove, I guess. Otherwise some light citrus character and a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Relatively thin bodied, not at all a hefeweizen, but as ok beer.

Photo of jaycount
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first unfiltered Wheat Ale.

A - Hazy with some of the unfilteredness floating around. Foamy bright white head. I'm getting sucked into this one.

S - Similar to many wheat beers I've had. A strong hoppy aroma.

T - Good all-around taste. Just strong enough. Does NOT have that watered down taste associated with many wheat beers I've tried.

M - Sudsy. Mmmmm. Duff. Refreshing, would be a great lakeside or poolside drink.

D - Low ABV, great news for me! This will be an awesome Summer beer, can't wait.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy body with a bright, yellow color that almost glows in the glass. Bits of wheat cause the cloudiness. Near non-existent white head doesn't retain for but a few moments, lacing not to be seen at any point in the drinking process. Smell is mostly a thick wheat, with some hints of a malty sweetness and bread to come along for the ride. Still, it feels fairly one-dimensional.

Taste has a surprising amount of tartness to it. The citrus is there, as I'd hope, as is the obvious presence of the wheat in the beer. Body tends to be fairly light with an extremely refreshing, clean finish. A summer drinker, this won't warm the body up very much at all. Pleasant and refreshing.

Overall/notes - Simple, but well-made beer by the crafters at Schlafly. This would be a good beer to sip on after mowing the lawn, I think. Worth trying for sure!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy golden hue with a gentle, bubbly head. A sweet malty aroma, some yeast also detected. Slightly bitter, some citrus and acidity noticed, the wheat malts are noticed throughout. Some bitternes and spices noted. More of a wheat than a hefe, regardless, smooth, refreshing, great quality.

Photo of hotstuff
2.42/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a large sized white head when it was poured with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was cloudy with a yellow hue.The nose was malty, fruity and sweet and the flavor was lightly bitter.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, thin, watery, and light bodied.The one thing this beer had going for it was that it had excellent lacing.All-in-all this beer lacked flavor and character.

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 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 DevAJ
4/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought it from Schlafly Bottleworks on 5/9/2015 (bottled on 4/29/2015 and finished 5 minutes ago). Poured into a classic weizen glass this was surprisingly light and not bitter at all. It had been a while since I last had a Hefeweizen and I was expecting a bit more bitterness, but I have tried quite a few different styles of beer since then, so my tastes may have changed a bit.

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.

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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