Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 395
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | 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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Ratings: 395 | Reviews: 156
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 Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The nose is quite plain with a bit of general yeast character and some really mild banana. The taste is the same with some really light wheat and mild banana; maybe a hint of clove. A bit creamy and light, although it drinks well in the end.

Photo of brentk56
3.09/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a cloudy pale lemon color with a frothy head that sticks reasonably well and deposits a few thick shards of foam

Smell: A bit of sulphur mars the wheat aroma

Taste: Opens with a neutral wheat bread flavor that has a touch of spicy phenols arriving by mid-palate; after the swallow, the beer produces more of the same

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, a bit aqueous, with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Inoffensive but undistinguished; clearly an American Wheat and not a hefe

Thanks, xmarcnolanx, for the opportunity

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 StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

poured a hazy sunshine color with a 3/4 inch head that slowly disappears. nose is citrus and yeast, with some steady wheat malts. flavor is true to the nose, with some late summer hay notes, would pair well with some semi hard french cheese. the mouthfeel was excellent as well, highly carbonated and refreshing, while medium bodied enough to let each flavor be distinct. the is an all year hefe, not just a light summer drink. very sessionable and widely available in the greater st louis area. a good introduction to schlafly beers for me

Photo of mikesgroove
3.77/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of zeff80
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a cloudy golden yellow color with a soapy, white, two-finger head that left some lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and quite a good bit of clove.

T - The clove taste was very strong, almost stronger than the wheat flavors. A nice light maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly fizzy. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad, but nothing special. A fairly typical American Pale Wheat Ale.

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 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 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 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 Hopheadjeffery
3.25/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Tasted from a 12 ounce bottle on May 23, 2015.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Nate for the big haul he made for mw in St.Louis.

Pours the standard hazey banana peel yellow an ok head and foam for a hefe.

Almost toasted grain smell mixes with just a touch of dried banana peel.

The taste has some of the same confusion between yeast and malt. Wheaty sweet, but yeast nd hop mustiness flavors are a little off putting.

This palat is talc and musty. Not the session wheat ale I was looking forward to.

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

A: Evenly cloudy pale, straw color. Poured a 2 finger cloud-white head that dissipated to a wispy skim. Decanted lightly. Laced the glass in a few random spots.

S: Predominantly wheat malt and lemony citrus. A very faint light-colored fruit aroma I couldn't pinpoint.

T: Very consistent with the nose; citrus up front and wheat malt in the foundation. A little fruity yeast character. Crisp and refreshing with a mild, low bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and fairly clean.

O: Nothing notable, but certainly nothing wrong the beer. The name was a bit misleading as I would not (nor did whoever added the beer) say this beer was a Hefeweizen.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle. Served in a Weizen glass, the beer pours a cloudy pale golden color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are OK. It smells like wheat, yeast, and lemon zest. The taste is the same as the aroma, it's all wheat, lemon zest and yeast. Mouthfeel/body is light, and it has good carbonation. Drinkability is good, it's nice and refreshing. It's not a bad beer at all, and it wouldn't be a bad choice to drink on a hot day.

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. I think I am reviewing the right one here - mine had a mainly yellow label with "Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Ale". Poured a hazy, pale straw-yellow color with a frothy white head that seemed to stick around more than expected. Aromas were simple - some wheat, yeast, and maybe some pale malt. Taste was very nutty with notes of wheat and lemon, although subtle. Mouth-feel was slightly gritty, but didn't pose any major concerns. Carbonation was also fine. Finishes slightly dry. but is crisp and refreshing. Overall, not a bad take on an American Pale Wheat Ale (Hefeweizen on the label is somewhat confusing as it could indicate they were going for a German Hefeweizen, in which they would have missed the mark on this one).

Photo of champ103
3.86/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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

Boy I don't really think this is a Hefe...No bananas or cloves at all on the nose or buds...maybe more of an American Wheat..and a decent, but not great one at that....Cloudy bright yellow pour....nose is all citrus....lemons more than anything else( I guess "Predominately" would be the word to describe that)..taste is pretty much lemons and citrus but in a more subtle way than the nose would make you anticipate....body is a tich thin but OK in my book...In the summer I could kick these back, but if I want a Hefe I'd look elsewhere...average wheat beer....below average Hefe..I'll rate it as an American Wheat.....Thes guys need to learn where their beers fit..their Pilsner was more of an American Lager...their Hefe more of an American Wheat...

A big Giant Thanks to Budgood for a 6-pack sampler of beers I haven't had...we hooked up in Fargo last weekend...played a little hockey drank a little beer, and then Budgood surprised me with a mixed sixer of beer I had never had...Thanks again(BTW..Hat trick tonight)

Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sample at the Lambert St. Louis airport location. Lightly hazed yellow-gold color with a thin white head that disappears rather fast. Top ring of lace with spots underneath. Wheat and mild hops in the nose. Light body with a bland wheat and malt flavor with a hint of banana. The finish is wheaty with a slight yeast aftertaste. Unmemorable for the most part.

Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a thin, lingering white mousse.

S: Like most American pale wheat ales, there isn't much in the way of a nose here. Subtle aromas of cream, wheat, and lemon can be detected once the beer has settled in the glass.

T: A tart, grainy entry reveals notes of lemon, cream, minerals, and wheat. The finish is clipped and grainy with mineral and wheat notes.

M: Light-bodied, dry, and fairly firm. Carbonation is crisp. This would be a very refreshing ale on a hot day.

O: This is a solid American pale wheat ale and nothing more. It is rather neutral, but would be something good to have in the fridge during the summer months.

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 maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to a couple of non-BA friends who have begun bringing us beers back from their various travels around the states. They's good people!

Pour is suspiciously clear for a hefe, a clear yellow, almost no haze or muddiness at all. Smells like wheat.

This is a surpassingly simple hefe. Taste is close to 100% wheat, with only passing moments of yeast & perhaps a grass seed or two. Best quality is that this goes down easily.

Very average hefe. Most of the Schlafly stuff I've had has been oozing with character, this one is just...boring.

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 birchstick
3.66/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light yellow, great two-finger head

S: smells of wheat and citrus, nothing too special here

T: delicious citrus taste with a strong wheat aftertaste, not as watery as other wheats I have had

M: thin mouthfeel with a lot of carbonation

D: Goes down easily, and quickly taboot...overall a decent wheat beer

Photo of UncleJimbo
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I sampled this Hefeweizen at the brewpub.

The beer looked good: with a nice cloudy, golden drink with a good, foamy head.

The aroma was fruity of bananas, but was weak. The flavor was sharp, and a little bitter with not muich flavor coming through. The mouthfeel was OK but was flat and thin, and the drinkability was OK but not good.

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