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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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335 Ratings

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Ratings: 335
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 17 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room visit their website
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

(Beer added by: beernut7 on 10-20-2002)
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Photo of tempest


2.93/5  rDev -11.5%

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.

11-02-2009 17:31:55 | More by tempest
Photo of maximum12


3.1/5  rDev -6.3%

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.

10-16-2009 18:04:57 | More by maximum12
Photo of JoEBoBpr


3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

I just moved to St. Louis and this was suggested by the server at a restaurant. The beer says Hefeweizen, I'm not exactly sure it fits with the style it claims. But on with the review.

A - It pours a pale golden color with lots of haze. There was very thin head about a quarter of an inch but it had good retention.

S - Faint wheat with some citric notes, some sweetness in the nose but not as noticeable.

T - Wheat is very noticeable with some citric bite. There is a nice refreshing quality with good carbonation. Bread and wheat are very dominant in the taste. Refreshing but a bit bland.

M - Good CO2 and very refreshing. Crisp.

D - Very drinkable.

08-22-2009 02:14:42 | More by JoEBoBpr
Photo of beer1018


2.45/5  rDev -26%

I was hoping this would impress me more then the last wheat ale i had....

12 OZ bottlled on 6/30/2009

Appears cloudy yellow color with a half inch head into pint glass. Smells of citris and wheat, more wheat then citrus. Taste is not really impressing me, i would say it has more flavor then the 312 and the mouthfeel is creamier which is nice. Also to note it has a nice aftertaste to it. I dont have the dry stale beer smell you would have say after drinking a BMC. It is to carbonated for me. Because of the carbonation i think i wouldnt want more then 1-2. I am starting to think i just dont like the style, the best i have had so far is Oberon and that didnt really knock my socks off either. Either way i think APWA are great beers to give to BMC drinkers to start them dont the path of craft. Not recommended

07-28-2009 02:50:52 | More by beer1018
Photo of benteach


3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Light yellow color, very good amount of long-lasting head. Good lacing throughout the drink.
Aromas of very strong wheat, maybe a bit stale. Mild citrus scents and taste. Very strong wheat flavor. Rich flavor that denotes a good American Wheat Beer. The German Hefeweizens I have had are much different that this one.
It is a good beer, but maybe not the best if you are picking a beer based on the label on the bottle.

07-13-2009 00:44:18 | More by benteach
Photo of wmthorne


4.85/5  rDev +46.5%

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.

07-11-2009 03:26:50 | More by wmthorne
Photo of beerhobo22


3.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Wheat and floral aromas. Hazy, pale yellow, almost white in color. Wheat malt and bready flavors with a hint of cracker bread. Light bodied with mild hop bitterness. Finishes clean with some mild bitterness rounding out the finish. Overall, very light and tasty good for a Summer session beer.

07-03-2009 20:03:26 | More by beerhobo22
Photo of gmfessen


3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass, beer is a hazy, straw-yellow color with a thick, viscous white head; there are floaty chunks in the beer that are not apetizing. The smell is pretty straight forward with graininess, wheat and yeast; almost bready. Not much else to say there. Same can be said for the taste, lots of wheat flavor, some yeastiness but ABSOLUTELY no hefeweizen characteristics. This is undeniably an American wheat beer, not a hefe as the label states. The mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with a viscous, chewy carbonation. Overall, this beer is drinkable, not a bad beer but decieving by the label which is dissapointing. Decent summer beer but nothing spectacular.

06-19-2009 23:04:40 | More by gmfessen
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3.28/5  rDev -0.9%

Thanks to jfeger for this one in our trade!

Presentation: Poured from 12oz bottle into Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a cloudy, and very pale color with a nice 1 finger head that actually stays around a LONG time. The head and lacing on the glass are both superb. Top of class in my opinion, but this beer starts falling quickly after its appearance as the rest doesn't quite live up.

S: Pretty simple really. Extremely wheaty, some pale malt, some bittering hops are present but light, unidentifiable citrus of some sort. No cloves, banana, or spiciness to speak of which is disappointing because the label says it is a Hefeweizen. It doesn't say it is an American interpretation on the style. Loses points because of the lack of German influenced flavors that should be there.

T: Taste follows the nose. A light citrus is present on the front, lots and lots of wheat (maybe more than any other beer I've drank!), the bitter hops are a nice touch, and it is a crisp summer refresher. Not bad at all, just not sweet enough to warrant a higher score.

M: Very well done, carbonation, weight are spot on here.

D: A little low because of the lack of sweetness to complement some of the other flavors present here. I like it, and make no mistake it's a great thirst quencher when it's hot out (and it was when I drank this) I just think the lack of balance would make me not want to have more than a couple of these at a time.

A nice American Wheat beer, which is what it is. I think I would have scored it higher if it hadn't mentioned German Hefeweizen on the label, but it does so this is its score. Not a bad beer really, but nothing to get too excited over either. Recommended to try at least once though, but I probably won't seek it out again.

06-08-2009 20:01:36 | More by thirdeye11
Photo of barnzy78


3.65/5  rDev +10.3%

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).

06-03-2009 01:03:12 | More by barnzy78
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South Carolina

3.73/5  rDev +12.7%

Poured into a pint glass.

A - hazy pale yellow, one and a half fingers of white head, leaves a bit of lace

S - yeast, bubble gum, acidic lemon, wanted more out of it tho

T - nice and wheaty, then comes the acidic/lemony part to leave some sour notes on the back and sides of the mouth

M - light bodied, which i prefer in this style, good carbonation as well

D - had this on a nice warm day, nothing greatly special about it, but it certainly does its job in thirst quenching

05-09-2009 21:34:01 | More by wchesak
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%

Recently I have been killing my taste buds with seriously high IBU brews. I thought it was time for a change. We stopped in the Bottleworks to pick up tickets for the Repeal of Prohibition party so I thought I order up a beer. This one has a lightly acidic taste to it. Very light and great for summer. It has less body than I like but left nice lacing on the glass. You can definitely taste the wheat notes. Good beer but not my favorite style

04-11-2009 14:01:55 | More by Wheelinb
Photo of nightcrawler


4.18/5  rDev +26.3%

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.

04-09-2009 16:39:06 | More by nightcrawler
Photo of Throckmorton


4.8/5  rDev +45%

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.

04-08-2009 15:30:02 | More by Throckmorton
Photo of htomsirveaux


3.18/5  rDev -3.9%

12 oz. bottle tried 2 Jul 2007.

Large yellow white head. Well carbonated. Very cloudy golden yellow color. Smells earthy, metallic, slightly of wheat. Tart, somewhat citrusy, grainy. Faint lemon in the finish. Light body. Alcohol light.

Overall pretty average wheat beer.

03-23-2009 03:27:52 | More by htomsirveaux
Photo of lackenhauser


3.9/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

03-12-2009 22:37:37 | More by lackenhauser
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3.43/5  rDev +3.6%

Nice color, just what you'd expect. Kind of like watered down orange juice. The smell wasn't impressive, but good. Not quite what you'd expect from a Hefe. Taste was hoppy wheat with a left over maltiness. The mouthfeel left just a tad to be desired compared to some other hefes. But this beer is way easy to drink. Cool Logo... This is a solid beer that I would drink again given the opportunity.

02-27-2009 21:07:31 | More by soupermirl
Photo of RickS95


3.1/5  rDev -6.3%

Pours with no head, just a few bubbles. Looks like a shandy. Straw-colored, hazy.

Almost no smell. There is a crispness in the mouth.

Doesn't taste like a lot of other wheat beers I've had, lacks the sweetness the wheat usually provides. The sweet was there, but very hidden in the background.

Some complexity in the finish. As mentioned, just a slight hint of sweetness, before giving way to a light bitterness and eventually a touch of sour.

Not a bad beer, just very average; which is a first from my experience with Schlafly as all previous varieties have been exceptional.

02-22-2009 15:54:11 | More by RickS95
Photo of bluejacket74


3.6/5  rDev +8.8%

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.

02-13-2009 23:38:53 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of CMW


3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

When the beer arrived at our table, the head was down to roughly one finger length and it had disappeared before I blinked. I wasn't sure if the beer was poured with little head or it had been sitting around before our waitress grabbed it. On a positive note, there was some decent lacing on the glass for what was left. The beer was a hazy gold/yellow with a moderate amount of carbonation.

This definitely is a fragrant brew. The wheat and yeast are strong, as well as citrus. It has the smell of fresh bread mixed with lemon zest. Some of the usual suspects in a good hefeweizen aroma are banana and clove; I am disappointed to say I get neither of these in Schlafly's version.

The taste of Schlafly Hefeweizen is almost boring for the style. Up front I can taste the lemons, but they are almost too tart. There are also some mild wheat flavors, but not as much as I would have liked. There is some spiciness further back, but it is not strong enough. Dry hops in the end round out the brew and it finished clean. Overall, the flavors that are present seem to be too weak for my taste.

01-26-2009 18:46:13 | More by CMW
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4.13/5  rDev +24.8%

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?

01-18-2009 22:19:45 | More by larsee01
Photo of beerad666


3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours a cloudy pale gold color with a small white head but as time passes it begins to clear in the glass. The aroma is sour and tart with a hint of lemon. The taste isn't as similar to the aroma much less sour, just light and watery. It leaves your mouth a tad tart but feels clean. Overall very easy to drink, light and refreshing. This beer is good but nothing super special.

01-16-2009 00:08:40 | More by beerad666
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2.73/5  rDev -17.5%

Reviewed 11/15/2008 (Tap Sampler @ Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis, MO):

Pours a pale yellow cloudy body, with a white head. Effervescent. Apple aroma. Watery wheaty taste. Sweet balancing out the flavor. Sweet aftertaste. Fruity, like a pear. Not much banana or clove like a traditional hefe. Soft mouthfeel, and very carbonated tasting.

11-29-2008 15:22:29 | More by jujubeast6000
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2.42/5  rDev -26.9%

Had on tap at the Schlafly Tap Room and served in a 5oz sample glass.

A-pale yellow, cloudy, wispy white head

S-strong lemon zest smell

T-lemony, nice hit of wheat

M-light, very little carbonation

D-weak flavor, just nothing very assertive, really a below average hefe

11-13-2008 23:56:16 | More by jneiswender
Photo of gpogo


4.08/5  rDev +23.3%

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.

11-03-2008 02:31:50 | More by gpogo
Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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