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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 375
Reviews: 151
rAvg: 3.31
pDev: 15.41%
Wants: 8
Gots: 37 | 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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Photo of janders1
2.51/5  rDev -24.2%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
2.74/5  rDev -17.2%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  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.

Photo of AleWatcher
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.

Photo of feedsasquatch
3.66/5  rDev +10.6%
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.

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

Thanks to my buddy Nate for the big haul he made for mw in St.Louis.

Pours the standard hazey banana peel yellow an ok head and foam for a hefe.

Almost toasted grain smell mixes with just a touch of dried banana peel.

The taste has some of the same confusion between yeast and malt. Wheaty sweet, but yeast nd hop mustiness flavors are a little off putting.

This palat is talc and musty. Not the session wheat ale I was looking forward to.

Photo of jaycount
3.88/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first unfiltered Wheat Ale.

A - Hazy with some of the unfilteredness floating around. Foamy bright white head. I'm getting sucked into this one.

S - Similar to many wheat beers I've had. A strong hoppy aroma.

T - Good all-around taste. Just strong enough. Does NOT have that watered down taste associated with many wheat beers I've tried.

M - Sudsy. Mmmmm. Duff. Refreshing, would be a great lakeside or poolside drink.

D - Low ABV, great news for me! This will be an awesome Summer beer, can't wait.

Photo of champ103
3.86/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color. A large, pillowing, white head with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Light citrus and funky yeast aromas. Though an odd mineral and sulfur aroma that detracts for me.
T: Crisp citrus, banana, and lemon flavors. Sweet malt with some biscuit, dough, and yeast flavors.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Not watered down at all. Really easy to drink. Very low on the ABV, and it is a great session beer.

This is a very solid wheat ale. Simple and enjoyable. Something that is worth a try.

Photo of ommegangpbr
2.38/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label on the neck of the bottle is different from the picture posted on Beer Advocate but it's the same one as listed on the brewery's site- says Unfiltered Wheat along with Hefeweizen ale.
For something unfiltered this pours awfully clear. Not quite fizzy yellow lager clear but not really hazy at all. No suspicious floaties. Nothing at all mysterious. ... ah, after emptying the bottle, a splash of yeast gets in there hazing it some; still pretty weak for the style.
On the nose it is very much fizzy yellow lager with some indications of bottled lemon juice.
On the palate, there isn't much more depth than lemon seltzer going on. A lemony, light lager is what I'm tasting. While the flavors aren't bad, they are very, very weak.
Frankly, there's probably a macrobrew that's on sale wherever you are that you will probably enjoy just about as much as you would enjoy this beer. Don't bother with it.

Photo of jsprain1
2.96/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice golden with good head retention, and some haziness. normal looking pale wheat.
S- almost no smell. just basic wheat, with maybe a little citrus or yeast.
T-Taste is of wheat throughout with little complexity. a bit of yeastiness near the end. other than that, it's just wheat.
m- pretty thin, but not unfortunately so.
D- this is made as an easy drinking wheat. this is a very average beer. i don't particularly dislike it, but nothing about is is exciting.

Photo of scooter231
3.23/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a fair amount of tannish head that's pretty resilient. Very chalky. The color seems a bit one-dimensional, tho.

Smell is very, very wheaty, with a hint of citrus flavors, but not much else. Whiff o' wheat. Taste is nearly identical. Where are my banana flavors, my spicy notes? Where's my bitter hops sneaking in there? As many have said before me, this is NOT a hefe. But it's not untasty! It's just misrepresented.

Mouthfeel is decent, chewy, chalky. Bubbly. Overall it's a refreshing, crisp, very wheaty beer. It's just not what I expect a hefe to be!

Photo of smibroncos
3.17/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A. Poures a light clear straw, with a one finger white head, decent lacing clings to the glass. I thought it should be a little more hazy.

S. Grass, wheat malt, citrus.

T. Not too typical for the style, more of a wheat flavor than a Hefeweizen. Wheat malt and some citrus flavor.

M. Light to medium bodied, nice carbonation.

D. This was a decent brew, not my favorite by any means but I would drink this one again. Nothing special.

Photo of tempest
2.98/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of maximum12
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of beer1018
2.45/5  rDev -26%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of benteach
3.58/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of wmthorne
4.83/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 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.

Photo of beerhobo22
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of gmfessen
3.04/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of thirdeye11
3.29/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of barnzy78
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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).

Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
76 out of 100 based on 375 ratings.