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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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76
okay

341 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-20-2002)
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Reviews by gpogo:
Photo of gpogo
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Hazy straw yellow with moderate sized white head. A very lively looking beer. Head eventually dissipated, but it lasted a majority of the time it took to drink.

A- Grainy wheat aroma, citrusy lemon notes.

T- Very similar to the aroma, the graininess smooths out as it warms. There is also a definite lemony citrus taste to this.

M- Medium body with high carbonation.

D- Great session beer. If you like lemons in beer, this would be a great beer for that.

gpogo, Nov 03, 2008
More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

RoyalT, Aug 26, 2011
Photo of J2L
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

J2L, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

BeerAdvocate, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
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.

BuckeyeSlim, Apr 15, 2012
Photo of woodencardboard
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

woodencardboard, Nov 04, 2012
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
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.

OldFrothingSlosh, Jul 31, 2004
Photo of Dusty278
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Dusty278, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of Dinkel
3.25/5  rDev -1.8%

Dinkel, Aug 06, 2013
Photo of MOShepp
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

MOShepp, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

WVbeergeek, Aug 04, 2014
Photo of navband
4/5  rDev +20.8%

navband, Apr 02, 2014
Photo of sgttibbs
2.5/5  rDev -24.5%

sgttibbs, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of Schlafly33
2.75/5  rDev -16.9%

Schlafly33, Apr 09, 2013
Photo of LXIXME
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

LXIXME, Feb 18, 2014
Photo of mtparty37
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

mtparty37, Jan 25, 2012
Photo of zachpaschal
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

zachpaschal, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of GMUPatriot_inKansas
3.75/5  rDev +13.3%

GMUPatriot_inKansas, May 27, 2013
Photo of pmcadamis
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
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.

pmcadamis, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of alphagnome
3.33/5  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.

alphagnome, Jul 11, 2014
Photo of Beezee
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

Beezee, Mar 01, 2012
Photo of secondtooth
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

secondtooth, Mar 30, 2011
Photo of Pyramid_Head
3.19/5  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.

Pyramid_Head, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of pastramionrye7
3/5  rDev -9.4%

pastramionrye7, Sep 02, 2013
Photo of RickS95
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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.

RickS95, Feb 22, 2009
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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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