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Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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352 Ratings

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Ratings: 352
Reviews: 148
rAvg: 3.32
pDev: 15.36%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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 Foxman
3.13/5  rDev -5.7%
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 -11.7%
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 -1.2%
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 -32.2%
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 -6.6%
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 -9.6%
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 +6.3%
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 +9.9%
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 -11.1%
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 -9.6%
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 -35.8%
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
Photo of 1fastz28
4.3/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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 +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -38.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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 +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -19.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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 -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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 +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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 -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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
Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
76 out of 100 based on 352 ratings.