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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
Brewed by:
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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 Groomsy
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. bottle poured into a weizen glass. Bottled on 05/16/13.

This hefeweizen pours a hazy bright yellow and is topped by a fluffy bright white head that dwindles and leaves behind broken lacing. It's not as opaque as I would expect for the style, but it is realtively accurate.

Schafly's wheat beer on the nose is a little milder than I expected, but not altogether surprising. It has the nice scent of wheat but is rather subdued in the other notes for which the style is known – the hints of spice, banana, and clove are barely present. There's just a smidgen of lemon and some other citrus scents.

On the palate, it's refreshing and definitely drinkable, but calling this a hefeweizen is a bit of a misnomer. I'm glad to say that the notes from the nose are stronger on the palate – rather than banana and clove, however, I'm tasting lemon, wheat, and malt with a bit of a spicy/floral finish. While it's enjoyable and refreshing, I'm not so satisfied with calling this a true hefeweizen.

Mouthfeel is light and creamy with a lemony finish.

Not a bad summer beer, but not what I would call a good hefeweizen. Refreshing if nothing else.

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Photo of KYGunner
3.63/5  rDev +10%
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.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured into a shaker pint glass. The beer is a hazy unfiltered wheat yellow. White head recedes to a film with light lacing. Aroma is of wheat, bread, malts. Slightly sweet. Tastes sweet and bready with grains and faint banana peel. Mouthfeel is medium light and clean. Overall, an easy drinker, worthy of a sixer.

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Photo of BryanCarey
3.13/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This hefeweizen pours to a yellowish color with a decent head of foam and a cloudy body. The nose on this beer is weak but it does contain the scent of wheat malt, as expected. There is a small amount of lacing, but it is slight and very spotty.

The taste of this beer is nothing terribly surprising. It offers flavors of wheat malt, bread, yeast, and a very small amount of lemon and clove. But the main flavors present are wheat/wheat flour and yeast. There is little or no hop presence and the body is light.
This beer offers a taste that is rather mild and tame, even for a hefeweizen and for that reason many may find it somewhat lacking. One thing I did notice is that you have to follow the instructions and swirl the last third or so of the bottle before pouring, in order to get the yeast. If you don’t do this, you will end up with a beer that is clear and devoid of most taste. I did this with my first bottle and couldn’t understand why the flavor was so bland. I then read the instructions on the bottle, poured it correctly, and noticed a definite improvement in flavor.

Still, even with the swirling, this is a very average hefeweizen that is fine for a craft beer newbie, but will likely prove dissatisfying to most everyone else. The wheat flavor is what you notice more than anything and the direct/non- complex taste is a little on the boring side. Try it, but don’t be surprised if you come away unimpressed.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.86/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle into a Samuel Smith pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a two finger white shade. I like the creamy texture, and the lacing as well. Don't know why, but I find it a bit more attractive than the typical hefeweizen, even if the head lacks staying power.

S: It's more of a regular APWA than anything. The most notable element is some earthy, zesty hops. No real sense of banana, clove, or bubblegum esters here.

T: This is not much of a hefeweizen. The wheat flavors and finishing, lemony hop qualities are pleasant...but the lack of notable esters really hurt this one. In general, it's not really flavorful. Good hop profile, though.

M: Too heavy for the lack of flavor presented on the palate. This should go down much easier than it does...though to be fair, most of it *is* due to the boring flavor. Carbonation is strong like expected.

O: Meh. Not a bad generic wheat ale, but it's not a hefeweizen. I'd be a lot more forgiving of it had it not been called that - yet alas, since it's advertised as such, I have to compare it to the ones from SN, Troegs, or Weihenstephaner. And it just fails in that regard.

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Photo of rlee1390
3.2/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Clear (isn't this "unfiltered?") yellow, not much carbonation one finger head that doesn't last long.

S-Wheat, bread but mainly a slightly artificial lemon flavor.

T- Some wheat, bread, malt, still an off lemon flavor and yeast.

M-Light and refreshing but not much carbonation at all.

O-Just a poor beer by Schlafly. The only dud of theirs I've tried but very off putting.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of TheQuietMan22
2.93/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce bottle. The “Bottled With Love on” date is “05112012.”

Appearance: Poured into a 300 ml weizen glass. The color is light lemonade. Two fingers of white head dissipated quickly to leave a spotted lacing and ring around the edge.

Smell: Very, very faint aroma. I can detect a little of the pale American wheat aroma, but that is about it. Musty grains and a little lemon.

Taste: The mouthfeel is reminiscent of a pale wheat beer and so are the flavors (unfortunately). There is nothing over the top but there is also no complexity, really. Light wheat and lemon zest

Drinkability: Now I know why the beer is called Hefeweizen but not classified as one. It is very light and easy drinking. However, it lacks the complexity I want.

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Photo of TwinButte
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Special delivery from a co-worker for St. Louis.

Pours to a hazy translucent yellow color with a nice head and good lacing. It smells amazing with hints of lemon and pine.

The taste is very smooth and has a nice malty flavor with some hints of the hefe but it leans more towards a wheat.

Overall this a decent offering.

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Photo of TubaManJack
3.51/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- A Goldernrod yellow and slightly hazy. Had a foamed white head.

S- Citrusly yeasts dominates the nose and a bit of wheat.

T- Light malty and yeasty mixed taste. There is a bit of sweetness and citrus.

M- A smooth even taste with a light carbonation.

D- A great summer beer for the fridge that doesn't take itself to seriously. This is alot better than many a wheat beer I have had in summer.

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Photo of BuckeyeSlim
2.54/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of beagle75
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass. Small deposits of beige yeast sediment can be seen at the bottom of the glass.

S: Lemony and metallic, slightly oxidized, with a trace of baker's yeast.

T: Begins dry, with pasty wheat flour, brief clove that is weak, and very mild and refined herbaceous hop aromatics. Acidity is normal for the style, somewhat citric and complimentary to other aromatic qualities. Sweetness increases in the middle, while most other flavors become diminished nearly to the point of insignificance. More dusty wheat marks the transition to the finish, where mild orange citrus fruit but no bitterness worth mentioning is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, briefly astringent on the palate at first then turning wet, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Inoffensive and unremarkable, this wheat beer struggles unsuccessfully to live up to the hefeweizen categorization seen on the label. The highest praise available to it is the ability to scrub the palate fairly clean. Set it aside for the non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

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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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Photo of dfried
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Cloudy pale straw color after a good rousing of the yeast in the bottle. A couple inches of rocky white head. Aroma of sweet malted wheat and bready yeast, a bit of a tangy zing to it reminicent of lemon but also a bit of fruity esters going on.

Flavor is bready wheat up front. Mouthfeel is not robust. Hops show up much more in the flavor, a slight citrusy fruitiness that I probably mistook for esters in the aroma. Finishes toward the dry end of the spectrum though there is a lingering sweetness mixed with the wheat and hops that stick to your tounge.

Overall a good session beer, though not a lot to set it apart from other examples of the style. No major flaws, just not a lot to keep you interested.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.52/5  rDev +6.7%
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

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Photo of soju6
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a hazy golden color with a fairly big head that fades slowly to nice lacing.

S: Aroma of fresh grain and hint of citrus.

T: Flavor of fresh grain, bit of citrus, with a mild bitterness in the background and a clean finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing.

O: Easy drinker, seems to go best with BBQ and spicy foods.

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Photo of jsh420
2.17/5  rDev -34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

bottled 08 16 2011

pours bright cloudy golden yellow with a big frothy foamy white head that had ok retention and left lacing all down the glass

smell is very faint wheat malt and lemon

taste is better then the nose but not by much - same lemon citrus and wheat - where is the banana the clove

mouthfeel - light medium body with ok carbonation but still has that fizzy thin feel

overall - extremely disappointed after just having schlafly bavarian weissbier just a few days ago (that was one hell of a beer) this is a play it safe no imagination american wheat

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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 paxchristi
2.91/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
3.68/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of beer2day
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

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Photo of DCon
3.2/5  rDev -3%
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.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
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!

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
76 out of 100 based on 160 ratings.