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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 379
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 38 | FT: 1
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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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2/5  rDev -39.8%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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5/5  rDev +50.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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3/5  rDev -9.6%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

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4/5  rDev +20.5%

Photo of dfried
3.52/5  rDev +6%
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.

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 soju6
3.38/5  rDev +1.8%
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.

Photo of jsh420
2.17/5  rDev -34.6%
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

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 paxchristi
2.91/5  rDev -12.3%
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.

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 beer2day
2.95/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Photo of DCon
3.2/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Photo of sulldaddy
3.74/5  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!

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 iadler
3.08/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Photo of tapman
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of bbkd3b
3.4/5  rDev +2.4%
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!

Photo of JEdmund
3.06/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

Photo of bnes09
3.61/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +9%
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.

Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
76 out of 100 based on 379 ratings.