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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 wchesak
3.68/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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

Photo of Wheelinb
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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

Photo of nightcrawler
4.11/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of Throckmorton
4.79/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.18/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of soupermirl
3.4/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of RickS95
3.1/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of CMW
3.09/5  rDev -6.6%
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.

Photo of larsee01
4.1/5  rDev +23.9%
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?

Photo of beerad666
3.31/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of jujubeast6000
2.76/5  rDev -16.6%
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.

Photo of jneiswender
2.45/5  rDev -26%
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

Photo of gpogo
4.07/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of botham
2.6/5  rDev -21.5%
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.

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.

Photo of Dusty278
3.22/5  rDev -2.7%
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.

Photo of thaichile
3.24/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

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.

Photo of MDekker
3.77/5  rDev +13.9%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +18.4%
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.

Photo of hiikeeba
4.01/5  rDev +21.1%
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.

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.

Photo of pmcadamis
2.91/5  rDev -12.1%
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.

Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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