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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
76
okay

341 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 341
Reviews: 147
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 7
Gots: 20 | 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 CMW
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

CMW, Jan 26, 2009
Photo of larsee01
4.13/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

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?

larsee01, Jan 18, 2009
Photo of beerad666
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

beerad666, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of jujubeast6000
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

jujubeast6000, Nov 29, 2008
Photo of jneiswender
2.42/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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

jneiswender, Nov 13, 2008
Photo of gpogo
4.08/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

gpogo, Nov 03, 2008
Photo of botham
2.53/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

on tap at the brewery in St. Louis. pours a hazy lemon yellow color with a half finger of white head and no lacings. head retains for a minute or so.

aroma is a faint mix of citrus and a touch of pale malt. no wheat malt present, in what little aroma there is.

taste is watery, with a touch of citrus. there is little else. not impressive.

mouthfeel is light bodied with a slight tartness and a clean finish.

drinkability is not good. this hefe comes off as a subtle brew in aroma but ends up as little more than a watery citrus flavors liquid with some malt thrown in. not recommended.

botham, Sep 22, 2008
Photo of thekevlarkid
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured off the tap a hazy lemon yellow color. Decent-sized, pure white head became a wispy ring and left some lacing. Aromas were slightly tart, lemon, yeast, wheat tanginess. The flavors were fresh, dry wheat balanced with a biscuity malt, weak citrus and saltine-like crackers. Straight forward and good for the style. Dry finish. Light carbonation and very smooth even if one dimensional. Mouthfeel is a little light and though the flavors are on-point the rest of the beer is unremarkable.

thekevlarkid, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Dusty278
3.2/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pale and hazy, unfiltered.

S: Sweet notes of wheat and citrus.

T: Crisp and refreshing. Dominant wheat flavor, citrus hints that were also present in the aroma.

M: Average wheat mouthfill, nothing special.

D: A solid wheat beer. I would have another if the mood struck me.

Dusty278, Aug 20, 2008
Photo of thaichile
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a clearer, pale yellow with a suprising head. Nose is lightly sprinkled with banana and spice. The little hefeweizen that couldn't most aptly describes this brew. It's on it's way, far from unpleasent, but just falls short. Good and refreshing for a hot summer day though. Thanks to rsyberg01 for the bottle.

thaichile, Aug 16, 2008
Photo of ColoradoBobs
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

In a summer mixed twelver.

Poured a cloudy pale gold under a decent white head. Pretty beer, which turns out to be the best aspect of this beer, unfortunately.

Smell is mildly sour over a mild wheaten-cracker malt base. Slight hints of citrus and banana.

Taste is spot on to the aroma, but just not much going on here.

Okay mouthfeel and decent drinkability, but the question is "Why?" There are far too many better wheat beers in the same price range to concentrate on this one.

ColoradoBobs, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of MDekker
3.78/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: A pale yellow color with some white foam at the top.

S: Strong wheat character with notes of the yeast as well. Kudos to the label for instructing me to give the bottle a swirl halfway through the pour to get the yeast into the glass.

T: Dry, crisp, and fresh, tastes mostly like bread from the dominant wheat flavor. Very slight hints of lemon.

M: The carbonation was quite biting and put me off. It improved as the beer warmed a bit, but it never totally went away.

D: It's a pleasant experience, except for the carbonation.

MDekker, Aug 10, 2008
Photo of Monkeyknife
3.93/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had the beer hundreds of times but for what ever reason have never reviewed it.

Poured from the bottle a cloudy straw yellow color with a thin white head.

Aroma of orange peel, citrus, cracker, and wheat.

The taste has just a twinge of sourness to go along with the flavors of orange, wheat, and crackers.

Lighter mouthfeel, somewhat dry and sticky, and lightly carbonated.

Schlafly Hefeweizen has always been one of my favorite summer brews. Incredibly easy to drink and enjoy.

Monkeyknife, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.03/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours up cloudy yellow with a thin white head that dissipates quickly

S - Smell of wheat malt with no hops detected

A - Nice clean beer with wheat huskiness, hint of hops to balance. No aftertaste to speak of. Nicely crafted American Wheat. Why, then, do they label it hefeweizen?

M - Good mouthfeel.

D - Extrememly drinkable beer.

hiikeeba, Jun 25, 2008
Photo of Foxman
3.13/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a very clear pale straw yellow that's at least a bit flashy. Two fingers of bright white head settle slowly. Thin trails of lacking tread along the inside of the glass.

In the aroma, it's notably wheat, with a sweet tang, but the fruit is lemon, with the expected banana unexperienced. There's no ester presence of any substance.

Upon tasting, the wheat is succinctly sweet but restless and driven to a tart character that drops away quickly as well. A measure of orange citrus is present, but too narrowly to assert in any real way. The yeast flashes with a lash of doughiness before the finish goes crisp and quite dry. It's refreshing, but minus enough flavor depth to recommend it.

Light bodied, it flows loosely across the palate, never really giving much of an impression.

Like others, it seems, I was expecting a genuine hefe presence from this, but what I got was a thin, nondescript wheat beer without much dimension. It's far from vile, but with some very good examples of the style available, this one gets lost in the crowd too easily. It does go down easily, but let's face it, so does water. I feel no remorse for having tried it, but I won't be coming back for more.

Foxman, May 29, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
2.93/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - This one pours a cloudy orange (after roling the bottle around to get the yeast in the glass), and throws up a two finger white head. This is the trubid orange/gold hue of carrots crammed into a Jack LaLane juice-o-matic.

S - Underassertive and un-hefe like. This smells wheaty and tart, but there are no banana or deep yeast notes that I like to experience in a hefe. Smells lemony and crisp.

T - Again, this is wheaty and twangy with lemon and tart orange juice flavors, but the doughy yeast and banana flavors are missing. This is ok, but I expected more from Schlafly.

M - Light bodied, crispy carbonated, and really fresh. The finish is initially neutral before building up a progressive dryness.

D - Not bad. A very average and forgetable wheat beer that isn't all that hefe-like IMO.

pmcadamis, Apr 05, 2008
Photo of MOShepp
3.28/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy lemon yellow color. White frothy small head with some lacing.

Faint smell of the wheat and it sounds weird, but also pond mudd.

Tastes better than it smells. Slight hops that are overpowered by the wheat malts. Maybe some lemons. Nothing distinct in the taste.

Some carbination and its pretty smooth. Mix the yeast up in it and it does have a pleasent mouthfeel.

Light and easy to drink. Just an average American wheat ale.

MOShepp, Feb 27, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
2.25/5  rDev -32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is clearly not a hefeweizen as suggested by Schlafly but rather simply a wheat ale..

Very cloudy yellowish pour with a small white fluffy head...

Smells rather grainy and non-descript.. I was hoping for at least a bit of banana on this one....

Not very impressed with the taste here either, especially if you're expecting the sweet spiciness of a hefe... rather blah..

I finished this one but just didn't like it very much..

Tilley4, Feb 26, 2008
Photo of brentk56
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
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

brentk56, Feb 24, 2008
Photo of KI9A
3/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

First off, I really like "most" beers from this brewery, but, this one is really lacking. Poured from a bottle, normal head & appearance from a hefe. Really no flavor at all. Maybe less than a Budweiser. No bannana/clove/bread, or anything. I'll pass on this from now on.

KI9A, Jan 13, 2008
Photo of tronester
3.53/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy yellow with a medium white head. Smells faintly of grain. Taste is light and wheaty, with a hint of citrus. It also has a bit of a sour twang, but nothing offensive. Bitterness from the hops is good. Mouthfeel is about average, and carbonation levels are slightly high. Very drinkable though, it would be easy to drink several of these.

tronester, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of birchstick
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
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

birchstick, Jan 08, 2008
Photo of Gehrig
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schlafly Hefeweizen pours a light, lemon yellow body with one finger of head capping it, quite nice. The smell, not so much. There is a hint of fruit, a good deal of malt, and little else. I taste some lemon and a little roasted malt, and it's quite sweet and smooth. Yet its benevolent texture cannot make up for smooth blandness. Lastly, it's rather flat. This isn't difficult to consume, it's really just a question of whether or not to.

This compares much less favorably to other Hefeweizens, such as Samuel Adams. It lacks good, flavorful body. Decent overall, but not something I'll go out of my way to grab anytime soon.

Gehrig, Dec 20, 2007
Photo of Dogbrick
3/5  rDev -9.4%
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.

Dogbrick, Dec 18, 2007
Photo of stagman
2.13/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

First of all, the name is misleading. This is NOT a German Hefeweizen. It is simply an American Wheat. The complexity in a Hefe is lacking with Schlafly Wheat.

Anyway, this beer pours a light gold color with a bit of haze. The head fizzes away faster than expected. Smells more like a Wit than a Hefe (citrusy rather than banana and bubblegum). Its taste also leans more toward lemons and peppers than anything else.

It's ok, but not at all what a Hefeweizen should be.

stagman, Dec 18, 2007
Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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