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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Reviews: 160
Hads: 422
Avg: 3.3
pDev: 24.85%
Wants: 7
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of wmthorne
4.83/5  rDev +46.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is the closest thing I have ever found in the States to a German weißbier. Sooo goood

pours a very cloudy golden yellow. With a thin head and light lacing

light cardonation, tastes exactly like a wheat beer should.

I can't get over how great this beer tastes. I could not recommend it any more highly. Perfect for a summer night in St. Louis.

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Photo of Throckmorton
4.79/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First - the bottle and the tap are very different for this beer. Bottle is a pale ghost of the tap character. I lived in St. Louis for a decade and am well acquainted with both. this review covers the beer from the tap.

A- nice thick appearance, slow bubbles, decent head that recedes slowly and is gone by the time you are 2/3 of the way though a pint except for an edge ring. Deep golden color.

S - one of the thing i love about this brew are the profound banana esters, not much clove (which I like too, but is't part of this brew)

T - thick, bready, yeasty, banana, a meal, mmmm.

M - thick, soft carbonation

D - a four season beer for me, and never do I tire of it.

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Photo of 1fastz28
4.32/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

pours a cloudy lemonade color with a beautiful white head, and lots of carbonation. smell is very yeasty after i decant, hops and citrus are also very prevalent. Has a tart first bite to it but is very refreshing and tasty, yeast and hops are the easiest flavors to discern. mouthfeel is good nothing wrrong with it, drinkability is pretty good, easy drinking beer

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Photo of Drew03cmc
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

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.

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Photo of bcpriess
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
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.

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4.13/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

small lacing, almost no head. very light honey colored body with some cloudiness. Nice malt on the nose, with a hint of sweet caramel and citrus. A slight instant bite from the Tettnang hops followed with subtle bittersweet malt, and a light crisp roasted wheat at the end, feels semi-clean in the mouth.

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Photo of nightcrawler
4.11/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I have had this in a bottle and was severely disappointed in it. But while at the Old Spaghetti Factory in downtown St. Louis, I thought I'd try it again.

And it was great. The flavor had the wheatiness that the bottle lacked and a slight fruit taste on the finish. I then had it again at the Schlafly Bottleworks and it was just as good. The smell was still lacking, but this may have been due to the temperature it was served at. However, I didn't give it time to warm up because it was too tasty. The yellow/golden haze was what I expected and the mouthfeel was thick then clean.

I probably still would not buy this beer in a 6-pack, but on tap, it was something totally different. It was delicious.

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Photo of larsee01
4.1/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

12 oz bottle poured into cold mug

A--Classic golden pour w/ nice off-white head. Light & clear for a Hefe. Mild lacing. Yeast stays in bottle.

S--Very mild wheat and a tad floral and yeasty. Mild malty sweetness.

T--Delicious and balanced maltiness. Really just a kiss of wheat. Almost like a rich American lager.

M--Light bodied and refreshing, but not wimpy.

D--Most drinkable Hefe ever?

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Photo of gpogo
4.07/5  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.

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Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up cloudy yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

S - Smell of wheat malt with no hops detected

A - Nice clean beer with wheat huskiness, hint of hops to balance. No aftertaste to speak of. Nicely crafted American Wheat. Why, then, do they label it hefeweizen?

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - Extrememly drinkable beer.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +21.2%
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.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the beer hundreds of times but for what ever reason have never reviewed it.

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw yellow color with a thin white head.

Aroma of orange peel, citrus, cracker, and wheat.

The taste has just a twinge of sourness to go along with the flavors of orange, wheat, and crackers.

Lighter mouthfeel, somewhat dry and sticky, and lightly carbonated.

Schlafly Hefeweizen has always been one of my favorite summer brews. Incredibly easy to drink and enjoy.

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Photo of jaycount
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
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.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice, fuzzy yellow color. Not a lot of head. Crisp wheat aroma. Mellow citrus and lemon like notes. Crisp and fairly clean flavor. Not a lot of hefe characteristics but this is a US version. Fairly neutral tasting overall. Decent body. Good beer overall. Would be a nice change from a macro on a hot summer day. Again a fairly neutral beer across the board.

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Photo of champ103
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color. A large, pillowing, white head with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Light citrus and funky yeast aromas. Though an odd mineral and sulfur aroma that detracts for me.
T: Crisp citrus, banana, and lemon flavors. Sweet malt with some biscuit, dough, and yeast flavors.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Not watered down at all. Really easy to drink. Very low on the ABV, and it is a great session beer.

This is a very solid wheat ale. Simple and enjoyable. Something that is worth a try.

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Photo of bubseymour
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

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Photo of beernut7
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice hazy yellow color with a foamy thin head and a sharp lemon aroma. The smooth malty flavor with a perfect hop spice balance possesses almost no noticeable bitterness and a very light lemon brush in flavor. Unique and tasty.

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Photo of dickroop
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a whitish, active, pillowy head, that retained modestly but left no lacing. This brew was yellowish, almost clear, with lotsa bubbles. The nose was a little yeasty and pilsner-ish (saaz-hops?)

The taste had a little sourness to it, adding to the bite of the carbonation. There was a touch of banana flavor that you'd expect from a hefeweizen, but not enough. All in all, it tasted good and was refreshing, but it was awfully like the typical macro flavor. The mouthfeel packed a little punch. It's very tempting to swig this brew, whereupon you get a nice tangy smash to the palate with the bite of over-ample carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, and some traditional (ordinary?) malt stickiness.

All in all, this makes a pretty good lawn-mower beer, it's refreshing, it's got more to it than a simple macro, but it won't scare away anybody by having enough hops to be interesting. A solid entry for a summer brew, but not extraordinary.

Label indicates "Bottled with Love on Dec 19, 2006"

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Photo of bluesfan1181
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottled with love on Jul 24 07. Poured using a technique found on Schlafly's website. Poured an inch and a half of it in to a clear pint glass. Swirled the bottle around for about ten seconds to gather all the wheat from the bottom. Poured the rest medium speed in to the pint glass. Has a beautiful cloudy golden color common in wheat beers. Head was a nice two finger width and dissipated quickly. Smell was not over powering but I could tell it was there. Taste was that of wheat with very little hop taste. Not too sweet but, bitter enough to balance it out. Mouthfeel was good but not the best of other wheat beers. This was a very drinkable beer. I will buy this beer again and would recommend it to any beer lover. Can't wait to try it on-tap at Hop In The City.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

nice, lightly clouded and nice looking golden color. A big head of white coming up and over the top had some decent staying power I have to say. I was quite impressed with nice side glass lacing and the smooth, light look to it. Aroma was a bit off, nice touches of wheat, light grass, and a hint of banana or maybe clove, but it needed a bit more for me to really push it over the top, still through a decent overall presentation. The first sip was very clean. Nice herbal and grainy flavor to it with a bit heavier feel then I normally would have expected. Nice carbonation though gave it a very good overall presence. Lots of bready taste, lots hops coming though, a touch of lemon perhaps in there as well. Light fruit notes mid palate, bananas maybe, light apricot touches.

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Photo of MDekker
3.77/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale yellow color with some white foam at the top.

S: Strong wheat character with notes of the yeast as well. Kudos to the label for instructing me to give the bottle a swirl halfway through the pour to get the yeast into the glass.

T: Dry, crisp, and fresh, tastes mostly like bread from the dominant wheat flavor. Very slight hints of lemon.

M: The carbonation was quite biting and put me off. It improved as the beer warmed a bit, but it never totally went away.

D: It's a pleasant experience, except for the carbonation.

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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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!

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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