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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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318 Ratings

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Ratings: 318
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.71%
Wants: 6
Gots: 14 | FT: 1
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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

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Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +13.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 00:48:39 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of paxchristi


2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from tap at Schafly Bottleworks w/o lemon in pint glass.

Appearance: About par for an American Wheat. Golden with a finger of frothy white head. Looks the part at an above average level.

Smell: Thin in the nose. Hefes are already a bit simple, so I would say that this is below average. Some flat grains and perhaps a very small hint of citrus-- but nothing else.

Taste: Eh...underwhelming like the smell. If you're going to call it a Hefeweizen then you need to have some of the spice, banana, and/or clove flavors that are essential for the style.

Drinkability: Its highly drinkable, though I suspect for reasons that are typical for why BMC sells so well-- people like cold and the generic flavor of beer without having to invest much into it.

Overall: Meh. Won't get this one again. If you want a good American Wheat than I would suggest Widmer's Hefe or Bell's Oberon Ale.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2011 21:35:52 | More by paxchristi
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-26-2011 22:31:37 | More by RoyalT
Photo of beer2day

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a light gold color and very soft haze. 2-finger head to start, but dwindles to nothing 1/4 of the way into the glass. No lace, either.

Nose is very light. Faint lemons and very light biscuit malt.

Very clean taste, but not much depth to it. Light lemons again and virtually no body. Bit of citrus fizz in the finish.

Overall, not one I'd get again. Not even on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

07-22-2011 01:23:35 | More by beer2day
Photo of DCon


3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed from a 12 FLUID OZ. bottle @ the Wolf Public House in Ballwin, MO for $4. Poured from the "UNFILTERED WHEAT" Labeled bottle into a Pint Glass and has "Bottled With Love on 06 16 2011 on the front.

Aroma- A subtle lemon/citrus aroma with strong wheats. Easy going, nothing too strong, and is very fresh.

Appearance- Pours a 2.5 finger head that stays for a good amont of time and leaves good lacing. Has a golden, semi-hazing body and nice carbonation bubbles.

Flavor- Strong wheat flavor from the beginning that has a flat, grainy taste. Almost Budweiser like, this one doesn't have much hops, rye, or spiciness at all.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, and leaves bit of lemon on the palate but still flat... Nothing to rave about.

Overall Impression- This brew has never been one that I go to at the bar or would recommend. For its style, its above average, but there are plenty of American Wheat/Hefeweizens that knock this one out of the pool. Very drinkable but not my favorite.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2011 03:21:43 | More by DCon
Photo of sulldaddy


3.73/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a weizen glass. The beer pours a crystal clear champagne gold color with soft fluffy bleached white head foaming up 4 cm even with a gentle pour. There is a bit of yeasty sediment at the very end of the pour.
Aroma is lemony citrus and with just a hint of banana. I also get some faint grassy hops in the background, but very mild. A little more robust banana and some cloves would be an improvement.
First sip light crisp body with fine yet tingly carbonation.
Flavor is also light with some general sweetness a bit of lemon zest and some mild banana. The flavor could be a little bolder and not hurt the drinkability. The beer is incredibly easy to drink and the bottle is almost gone before I realize it. A nice crisp take on a perfect summer style. ENjoyable brew!

Serving type: bottle

07-13-2011 03:03:18 | More by sulldaddy
Photo of Haybeerman


3.5/5  rDev +5.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2011 03:18:20 | More by Haybeerman
Photo of iadler


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy lighter yellow with lot's of rising bubbles and a one inch head. Small lines of lacing.

S- Banana, clove, vanilla and bready malt. The smell is fairly muted though.

T- Similar to the aroma with subtle banana, clove, vanilla, bready malt and subtle citrus notes such as lemon as well as some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and light bodied. Fairly drinkable and finishes slightly sweet.

O- While there wasn't anything unpleasing abut this beer, the aroma and flavor was too subtle as well as the body being a little too watered down.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2011 03:54:37 | More by iadler
Photo of tapman


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exactly one finger head of cool whip foam atop a straw/light gold body that is opaque from the lack of filtering, and this one has yeast in abundance. Too much? Naw.

Doughy/yeasty smelling. Light hops are bigger than in others, which I appreciate.

Pretty sweet tasting, but more so from yeast byproducts than residual maltose. Has a big base malt flavor which is unappealing, and it sticks to the palate all the way through, but it isn't too aggressive and still drinks pretty easy with soft yeast and some floral hop characteristics.

A little sharp, a little dry, a little smooth.

A good American wheat. I like this one better than Schlafly's Pale Ale.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2011 02:20:36 | More by tapman
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%
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!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2011 03:31:08 | More by bbkd3b
Photo of JEdmund


3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wheat beers are typically a pretty beer, and Schlafly’s doesn’t disappoint. The hazy, bright yellow body sits beneath a somewhat modest white cap. The aroma gets knocked a bit for sulfur/grainy notes when I’d rather be smelling light notes of banana and clove or some light herbal hops. Body is OK, with an active carbonation, but the finish is on the thin side and the texture is lacking in that silkiness you get from wheat. Flavor also comes in at an underwhelming amount, but this could be an advantage if you’re drinking outside in the summer. While the flavor is a bit muted, there is a snappy, almost peppery, finish to it that I like. There’s a slight lemony bitterness detectable that plays well against the pale malt.

Like my previous takes on Schlafly’s beers, I’m left unimpressed and not inclined to seek this out again. This isn’t a bad beer, it’s just not as full in flavor as I’d prefer.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2011 23:05:31 | More by JEdmund
Photo of bnes09


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored ale, transparent with no yeast haze. Pours a shallow white head with poor retention. Not much lacing.

Crisp aroma of lemon and wheat.

Citric, lemon hop flavor. Smooth wheat backbone. Just a touch of yeast flavor.
Finish is a bit tangy.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Slightly dry finish. Easy drinking.

This stuff isn't too bad. Not too much depth but it's refreshing and great for a summer night brew.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 00:47:39 | More by bnes09
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2011 20:59:36 | More by secondtooth
Photo of GossageBrewery


3.45/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It produced a cloudy straw color that is consistent with an American Unfiltered Wheat Ale- They call this a Hefeweizen but its false advertising. This is no where close to a German Hefe. Any how- The "Wheat Ale" produced a big two finger thick white head. Head retention was average and it has very much above average amounts of lacing. The aroma consisted of a soft wheat with notes of citrus. The mouthfeel was very smooth, very well carbonated and was very easy to drink. Perfect beer for summer. Tin beer- Watery. The wheat shines through as the dominant ingredient and has a nice citrus lemony finish. Very good session beer. Very good version of an American Wheat Ale- No where close to a Hefeweizen.

Follow up: After writing this I checked out other reviews- Everyone is comparing this to a German Hefeweizen. No this is an American Wheat Ale- There really should not be a banana taste to an American Unfiltered Wheat- Schlafly- you need to change the name of this beer pronto!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2011 19:27:44 | More by GossageBrewery
Photo of salvo


3.08/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw-yellow liquid under a half-inch fluffy head arrives in a 4 oz taster at the Black Dog BBQ and beer in Urbana, IL (see my review in BeerFly).

Smell is pineapple and clove rather than banana, and the smell is subdued all around. Perhaps it's drinking this lighter summer beer after a hearty snowfall, but I'm just not feeling it.

The taste is a bit thin, although this is true to style at 3.9%, but I've had plenty of flavorful lower-alcohol beer, particularly Hefeweizen. There's just something missing here. Ends very yeasty in a rather unpleasant way.

Quaffable at 3.9%; I just don't see why anyone would bother.

Schlafley generally leaves me cold, and I tasted this blind and so do not demure from expressing my disappointment in the brewer generally.

Serving type: on-tap

02-06-2011 14:35:49 | More by salvo
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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy yellow, hint of orange, solid lacing display in the pint.

S: hint of citrus and grain.

T: mild sweet citrus, wheat up front, with hint of bitter finish

M: light body, little too watery, dry crisp finish, solid carbonation

D: This is my 2nd Schlafly's offering and not too thrilled, not the best Hefeweizen, but not awful either. Wish there was more cloves in the flavor. I have heard great things about the brewery, so I will continue to give them another chance.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2011 23:38:50 | More by BeerLover99
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2.63/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy yellow body, with a thin, puffy white head. It looks like a hefe should, but unfortunately the taste is below average. It has mild flavors at most. There is no spice, clove or banana hints that are normally expected in a good Hefe. It has some mild yeasty flavors, but not enough to add anything to the overall taste.

All in all; a disappointing beer that has none of the characteristic Hefeweizen flavors. I was expecting more, but was left with a bland, watery tasting beer that should not have come out of a brewery this good. Hopefully Schlafly will get their act together and make a better Hef before summer. Because, lets face it, there is nothing better than a cool, banana(y) hef while you're suffering through a St. Louis summer.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2011 01:30:08 | More by BeerWhale
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2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this beer since I have had a couple of other brews from this brewery and was pleased with them. This beer had good appearance and smell, but what I tasted was not a Hefeweizen, but rather something more on the lines of a bad pale ale. Overall not a bad beer, but I would not categorize it as a Hefeweizen. I quickly went and bought an Erdinger to make sure I had not forgotten what a Hefe tasted like.

Serving type: bottle

12-17-2010 22:38:39 | More by janders1
Photo of Thorpe429


3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2010 18:59:32 | More by Thorpe429
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 18:50:43 | More by BeerAdvocate
Photo of biggred1


3.35/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, bleach blonde with a fizzy white cap. Mild lemon rind and wheat malt in the aroma. The flavors don't separate this brew from most mainstream American pale wheat ales, citrus peel and mild wheat malt tang. Light bodied and slightly creamy with fizzy carbenation. An okay gateway beer I guess? Nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2010 00:11:15 | More by biggred1
Photo of TheSarge


2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this one into a Maisel's Weisse Weizen glass. The brew mad a great appearance with three fingers of thick bright white head, and a hazy golden colored body.

The aroma is yeasty, and almost cardboard in character. There is not much depth to this brew.

The taste is light and bland. There is the cardboard like flavor, with a hint of citrus peel.

This is one of the lightest hefes I've ever had, and a bit let down. I guess at an ABV of 3.9%, that should've told me something.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2010 21:21:53 | More by TheSarge
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one from the Schlafly Taproom in St Louis.

Appeared pretty hefe but had no head and not much lacing.

Smelled typically hefe, cloves and yeast.

Tasted of cloves, banana, yeast.

Felt kind of watery and not outstanding.

Surprisingly drinkable despite being about as average as an on tap hefeweizen could be.

Serving type: on-tap

09-06-2010 11:08:14 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on vacation-- reviewed from notes:

Pours a cloudy, golden, sunset kind of color... with a little white specks of yeast sediments in there. A thick voluminous bone white head of 2 fingers with surprissingly good lace.

The smell hits with some sweet malty wheat and toasted cloves-- like a clove cigarette almost.

Taste is sweet, not bitter. Easy drinking. Nothing too complex-- no banana or bubblegum... Not bad, pleasant, but not great.

It's light enough, it's sweet enough, and people like it.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2010 04:41:50 | More by AleWatcher
Photo of feedsasquatch


3.7/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first unfiltered Hefe I've ever had.

A - Golden/yellow and slightly hazy. Had a very good foamy white head.

S - Malty, yeasts, some citrus, and then the wheat shows up. My first sniff had me worried about the flavor.

T - good, light flavor. Tastes malty and yeasty. There's a little sweet fruitiness as well. It didn't taste like I expected. Perhaps the yeastiness is just the wheat coming through.

M - smooth, but thicker then it smells. Creamy would be a better descriptor than crisp I think.

D - The first one is great, and very easy to finish. I just doesn't leave me wanting more.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. The 4 sitting in my fridge right now will be gone before the week is over for sure. But, I'm going to have try several other hefe's before I can decide if I like the style or not.

Serving type: bottle

07-06-2010 19:51:53 | More by feedsasquatch
Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
76 out of 100 based on 318 ratings.