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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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341 Ratings

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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 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +29.9%

pours a cloudy lemonade color with a beautiful white head, and lots of carbonation. smell is very yeasty after i decant, hops and citrus are also very prevalent. Has a tart first bite to it but is very refreshing and tasty, yeast and hops are the easiest flavors to discern. mouthfeel is good nothing wrrong with it, drinkability is pretty good, easy drinking beer

1fastz28, Nov 16, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%

A - Poured out a cloudy golden yellow color with a soapy, white, two-finger head that left some lacing.

S - It smelled of wheat and quite a good bit of clove.

T - The clove taste was very strong, almost stronger than the wheat flavors. A nice light maltiness.

M - It was crisp, sharp and fairly fizzy. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not bad, but nothing special. A fairly typical American Pale Wheat Ale.

zeff80, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of kmpitz2
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%

12 oz bottle. The beer pours a rather light yellow color with a couple fingers of ivory head that falls quickly to a patchy coat over top. Clarity is lacking from a massive yeasty deluge at the bottom of the bottle, but the bottle does say this is unfiltered, so it is not a surprise. After settling, the carbonation is no longer seen in the brew. The aroma is slightly husky wheat, light creamyness and a mild lemony citrus kick. Fairly well expected in the brew but a little less forceful than I would want. The flavor is very wheat creamy, with almost a hint of fruityness on the end. It actually find this one to be a little less complex in flavor compared to other pale wheats. Mouthfeel is moderate with a light to moderate carbonation. There is a light creamy body in there as well. Drinkability on this one is high, as there is just not much to it. The flavors are solid, even if a little light and straight-forward. This would be a very nice brew on a warm day or around the fire while camping.

kmpitz2, Sep 20, 2007
Photo of bluesfan1181
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%

Bottled with love on Jul 24 07. Poured using a technique found on Schlafly's website. Poured an inch and a half of it in to a clear pint glass. Swirled the bottle around for about ten seconds to gather all the wheat from the bottom. Poured the rest medium speed in to the pint glass. Has a beautiful cloudy golden color common in wheat beers. Head was a nice two finger width and dissipated quickly. Smell was not over powering but I could tell it was there. Taste was that of wheat with very little hop taste. Not too sweet but, bitter enough to balance it out. Mouthfeel was good but not the best of other wheat beers. This was a very drinkable beer. I will buy this beer again and would recommend it to any beer lover. Can't wait to try it on-tap at Hop In The City.

bluesfan1181, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of malibujohnny
2.05/5  rDev -38.1%

WOW...I was not predicting this.I poured fast from the bottle and got a head that was that heavy yet dispersing. The very first taste reminded me of miller lite....let me finish.I poured a 2nd,down the pint properly. I then recieved a very thin head that did not continue,very light lacing down the glass. Still the taste i gathered was not even close to a wheat style beer. As i drank this i could not help but notice a pilsner miller lite style with just the smallest amount of wheat malt added. The hops is hardly noted and even a orange slice for the wit beer boys would not help this one.

malibujohnny, Aug 29, 2007
Photo of FightingEntropy
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

A very straw yellow color to the beer, and the white head lingers for a long time and leave a good lace on the glass. The smell is ok, but doesn't have the yeasty smell of a hefe, and very light on an fruity or spice elements. The taste starts pretty strong, but ends flat, and the most noticeable feature is how thin the beer is in the mouth. An adequate interpretation, but not something that matches up to the style.

FightingEntropy, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of sweethome
3.38/5  rDev +2.1%

Pours a very light golden color - I swirled the yeast and poured in - didn't add as much haze as I would have thought. I appeared there was a good amount on the bottom of the bottle - maybe just too light to begin with.

The nose is rather simple (but not taking too much off here - still recovering from a cold).

First taste is honey...sweet clover honey...lacks banana flavors of german hefe, a hint of coriander - just a hint. Mouthfeel is also just middle of the road - not filling out the palate - not too light. An easy drinker.

The hops are very limted, but balnced with the light nature here.

As the label says - an american wheat beer (but why do you call it hefeweizen??). I does not remind me at all of the tradition. That said, a nice pounder...simple, refreshing and quaffable.

sweethome, Aug 10, 2007
Photo of russpowell
3.85/5  rDev +16.3%

Pours straw color with 3+ fingers of fluffed up eggshell white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Straw & grassy notes & just a whisper of fruittyness

T: Tartness & lemons up front, along with some white pepper. Hints of juicy fruit, grape fruit & lemon hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & lemony/slightly peppery

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty easy, but lack of complexity would make me want something else after a few, unless it was blazing hot. A good APWA, a below avg Hefe IMO. Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this taste of Mizzou!

russpowell, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%

Appearance - fairly average straw/yellow. The requisite swirl & pour added nothing - the sediment is stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A good whack and remix of an ounce or so did the trick and provided the signature cloudiness. Sticky white foam with lots of clumpy lace but only a thin patchy cover.

Aroma - a light whiff of yeast and soapy, lemony grain. Reasonably fragrant.

Taste - lightly fruity and sweet, the wheat malt softening the flavors nicely. A mild orange snap at the aftertaste along with a touch of hoppy dryness. A clean finish ideally sets up the next sip.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, moderate carbonation; well done.

Drinkability - not the most wow beer but a great session pick for summer.

brewdlyhooked13, Jul 23, 2007
Photo of cameraman
2.68/5  rDev -19%

A golden color, transparent, though it says it is unfiltered. A puffy white head forms, there is also alot of carbonation visible in the glass. A citrusy fragrance, followed by yeast and bread aromas, that round it out in the end. A light citrus flavor, mostly of lemon, then the yeast esters become more prevalent with some banana fuitiness there as well. It finishes with a mellow wheat wheat flavor at the end. The feel, is light, even more light than some american macro brewed beers, very thin and watery. An average drinking beer, a possible good choice for a session beer, with 4.5% ABV. I still do not understand the clarity of the beer, with an unfiltered label.

cameraman, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of dickroop
3.83/5  rDev +15.7%

Poured with a whitish, active, pillowy head, that retained modestly but left no lacing. This brew was yellowish, almost clear, with lotsa bubbles. The nose was a little yeasty and pilsner-ish (saaz-hops?)

The taste had a little sourness to it, adding to the bite of the carbonation. There was a touch of banana flavor that you'd expect from a hefeweizen, but not enough. All in all, it tasted good and was refreshing, but it was awfully like the typical macro flavor. The mouthfeel packed a little punch. It's very tempting to swig this brew, whereupon you get a nice tangy smash to the palate with the bite of over-ample carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, and some traditional (ordinary?) malt stickiness.

All in all, this makes a pretty good lawn-mower beer, it's refreshing, it's got more to it than a simple macro, but it won't scare away anybody by having enough hops to be interesting. A solid entry for a summer brew, but not extraordinary.

Label indicates "Bottled with Love on Dec 19, 2006"

dickroop, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.85/5  rDev -13.9%

I paired this with a spicy tex mex dinner. I found it complimentary but on it's own merits a touch under average.
A - hazy pale yellow, minimal white head
S - Some wheat / citrus with a slightly soapy aroma.
T - light wheat, citrus and yeast
M - light bodied, lightly carbonated.
D - It worked with the dinner I had. I woud hesitate to reach for one on it's own or with a less spicy dinner.

barleywinebrewer, May 25, 2007
Photo of hckyfn9999
3.73/5  rDev +12.7%

Bottled with love on Feb. 8, 2007; about two months ago. Pours beautiful a hazy golden yellow color with a perfect, two finger, thick and creamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is of some lemony citrus, some fresh grain, and sweet bread, with some banana and spice in the background. Smell is not too strong

Taste has more of the lemony citrus present in the aroma, a bit of banana, and cloves are also present, with some fresh wheat on the finish. The body is light and carbonation is pleasant. This is definitely an easy drinker and according to the Schlafly website is only 3.9% making it a good session brew. Pretty decent American wheat in my opinion and would make for a refreshing session with the nice citrus pressence in the summer.

hckyfn9999, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Cresant
2.73/5  rDev -17.5%

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a weizen glass. The body was clear, light yellow/gold with three fingers of sudsy head. The yeast was firmly stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was soapy? Later I detected fresh bread. Not extremely aromatic.

Taste was lemony crisp and clean. White bread. Rather mundane, but I'm not a big wheat beer fan.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium/light bodied.

Cresant, Mar 22, 2007
Photo of beerphilosopher
2.98/5  rDev -10%

Pours a slightly cloudy medium yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is of wheat malts and a little citrus from the hops. No typical hefe scents here ... banana, cloves, etc ... Palate follows suit and is quit light and thin. Wheat, lemon, and oddly enough ...corn chips going on here. American wheat ale, definitely ... hefeweizen, I don't think so. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and non-substantial. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Overall, this one is a big disappointment if you're geared up for a hefeweizen ... the necessary components just aren't there. A decent American wheat beer, I guess, but call a spade a spade. An okay beer for the uninitiated, but suffers from some false advertising, stylistically.

beerphilosopher, Mar 02, 2007
Photo of nortmand
3.3/5  rDev -0.3%

Pours slightly cloudy and pale yelkow with a fluffy white head.

Mostly grassy aroma. A bit citrusy. No spice character.

There is a bit of spicy yeast character up front, but it's barely noticable. A bit of clove, I guess. Otherwise some light citrus character and a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Relatively thin bodied, not at all a hefeweizen, but as ok beer.

nortmand, Dec 14, 2006
Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.03/5  rDev -8.5%

Not a bad beer by any means, though it's not a great one either

Average to slightly above pretty much across the board. Cloudy like one would expect, though not to the degree a German Hefeweizen would be.

As an American Wheat Ale, something that would be more accurate as opposed to the hefeweizen mentioned on the bottle it's ok, though that's also a style I tend to think little off.

As a Hefeweizen you can do much better. This lacks the complexity of a hefe and has none of the trademark banana or clove.

I would drink it again if someone were to offer one, though don't see myself ever buying it again.

Schlafly has much better.

JoeyHotrod, Oct 28, 2006
Photo of scoobybrew
3.5/5  rDev +5.7%

This was served in a pint glass at the Schlafly Tap Room in the airport. It has a slightly cloudy, light gold color typical of a hefeweizen with a decent head that is well retained. The aroma is primarily malty, with a trace of hops and only a trace of cloves and banana from the yeast. The taste is mostly smooth malt with a subtle hop character. The yeast is noticeable, mostly clovey with a very slight banana character. It has a medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation.

This is a tasty wheat, just above average for an American Wheat in my opinion. I think it's a little hoppy for the style though.

scoobybrew, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of hopsaplenty
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

12oz. brown bottle, bottled with love on June 29, 2006.

Cloudy honeyed gold. Short bright white head of small bubbles that quickly vaporizes, leaving a dusting in its wake. No lacing and no carbonation streams. The aroma is only minimally of a whiff of lemon and some light grain. A bit of wheat initially which then leads to a soft lemony note. There is a minimal amount of fruitiness present that carries into the finish, but the lemon rind is what lingers longest. A bit grainy and relatively boring. Medium-light body with bright effervescent carbonation, it has a certain lightness that is perhaps the highlight for this beer. Lemon and wheat and that was about it. Not particularly interesting and there are certainly better pale wheat ales available. A miss by Schlafly.

hopsaplenty, Sep 20, 2006
Photo of Realale
2.35/5  rDev -29%

From a freshly picked-up keg at a friend's birthday party last night.

Hazy gold, with a fine, bright white slightly sticky head that settles slowly to a solid 1/4" cap. Looks quite nice really.

Nose is a slightly sour, dank graininess. No real wheat character, no real yeast character. Yawn.

Light side of medium in the mouth. Watery indistinct slightly sour grain flavors. Really watery in the mid-palate, and a blessedly short finish. Not much of anything really. Carbonation level is a bit high, which leaves an unpleasant prickly sensation on tongue throughout.

Kudos for supporting the local brewery at the party, but geez, this is pretty grim stuff. Schlafly can do much better. Suffice it to say that this was the only beer on offer at the party, and I could only manage to choke down two over the course of almost three hours. Glad I didn't have to pay for it!

Realale, Jul 10, 2006
Photo of bort11
2.95/5  rDev -10.9%

Pored into a pint tumbler. Pale yellow color with a slight hazyness. Weak head, only about a 1/4 to an 1/8 on an inch. Quickly receded, with barely any lace. this is pretty disappointing. Taste is primarily wheat and yeast, with a little citrus hops. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but mostly light in body. This seems like a mostly average wheat. I think I'm going to pass on this in the future.

bort11, May 29, 2006
Photo of czechsaaz
3.05/5  rDev -7.9%

At the brewery...

Spicy aroma but not at all phenolic. Some citruss like an American Hefe but it's not strong like Northwest citrus hops. Kind of strange and not what I'd expect.

Cloudy and pale yellow with a great head. Look is right on.

Hmm...flavor is where I run into problemes, review on what I taste or on the style (it is on their board as a hefeweizen, so I'll go based on the style...) No phenols at all that I'd expect from a german or Bavarian Hefe. I do get a nice bitter orange peel flavor and some what seems like coriander (you see where I'm going don't you...) There's the tartness of wheat that's pretty good but it's on the sweet maybe candi sugar side.

Nice light body with medium carbonation.

Very easy drinking and tasty beer. As a wit, this is a triumph but as an an American, Bavarian or German Hefeweizen it doesn't measure up. And it can't really be a misnomer...how many Belgians would call their Wit a Hefeweizen?

czechsaaz, May 12, 2006
Photo of aforbes10
2.7/5  rDev -18.4%

cloudy and orange. about right look for a hefe. odor more like a pilsner, not a hefeweizen. taste was a bit off, kind of metallic, pretty bland, not really all that wheaty, just sour malt taste. and i was planning on buying a sixer for the wife. oh well.

aforbes10, Mar 20, 2006
Photo of whynot44
3.63/5  rDev +9.7%

Hazy pale yellow color with a decent but shortlived white head that dies down to just a thin ring almost immediately with no real lace produced.

The aroma is citrusy wheat grain.

The taste is light citrus with a trace of banana over a mild, tart wheat flavor. Actually very nice and refreshing, should be an excellent summer cooler.

Very drinkable.

whynot44, Feb 08, 2006
Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev +10.3%

Very lite summer drinker! Wife-zilla even said she likes it better than bud lite !! Whoo hoo – another conversion!

Yep, lite lemon yellow, nice thin white head. Hints of citrus, banana & clove in both the aroma and quaff. Somewhat thin in the mouth, just a tad on the weak side – but again, a good cross-over brew. Would go down well in the summer heat here in STL>

Vancer, Sep 09, 2005
Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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