Schlafly Hefeweizen - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Ratings: 396
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 3.33
pDev: 15.32%
Wants: 8
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
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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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Ratings: 396 | Reviews: 156
Photo of dickroop
3.8/5  rDev +14.1%
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"

Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.83/5  rDev -15%
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.

Photo of hckyfn9999
3.73/5  rDev +12%
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.

Photo of Cresant
2.74/5  rDev -17.7%
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.

Photo of beerphilosopher
2.98/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of nortmand
3.27/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.03/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of scoobybrew
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of hopsaplenty
3.05/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of Realale
2.39/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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!

Photo of bort11
2.94/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of czechsaaz
3.07/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 many Belgians would call their Wit a Hefeweizen?

Photo of aforbes10
2.78/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

Photo of whynot44
3.64/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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>

Photo of beerceller99
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a fizzy white head. Standard tart wheat, citrusy smell. Light medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Mild taste is yeasty, grainy followed by that oh so refreshing sweet tart wheat flavor.Nice clean finish.
This brew hits the spot on a hot summers afternoon.

Photo of OatherS
3.6/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normal Schlafly bottle label but this is blue. I am always skeptical of American breweries and their hefes, but I am going to keep an open mind. I also notice that the top label says that it is an "American Wheat", contradicting itself.

A: Nice cloudy yellow color, not much head to speak of, looks like an American wheat so far.

S: Lemony odor, wheat odor, smells like an american wheat.

T: Not a bad American wheat. Pretty refreshing. Actually somewhat hefe in nature, although banana flavor.

M: Smooth.

D: Not a bad wheat beer, I would pay for another.

Photo of Backer2004
3.15/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at the St. Louis Brewery and Tap Room as part of a flight. Almost the same as the Hefe. Grassy tasting, quite cloudy with yeast. This one needed a lemon which I shouldn't have passed on. Apparently they have a great raspberry Hefe on draft. I should have went with that one instead.

Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours unfiltered light yellow. Medium head. Very little nose, compared with a Bell's Oberon. A light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, weak grassy flavor that was somewhat citric. I found it drinkable but prefered the more interestering Bell's.

I like Schlafly's beer and have come to expect more than I am finding in this wheat. I was available (unrefrigerated) at Sams in St. Louis.

Photo of BigBry
3.31/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Received a 6 pack of mixed bottles from Schafly's. Nice to have "Brewed with Love on .. Sep. 7, 04" date to know freshness of beer. Pours a cloudy, light yellow color, not much head to speak of. Thin layer of sediment in bottom of bottle that gives the haziness you expect from this unfiltered style. Not much smell, some soapy, yeasty aroma. Tangy taste with a small amount of bitterness, also more yeast flavor.

Photo of sutcliff
2.45/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This hefeweizen has potential to be much better than it is. Sure, it represents the style and fits the requirements well. Nevertheless, it is not unique and nor the best hefeweizen I have tried. During the summer months, I look forward to hefeweizens and this was not a treat.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
3.13/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. amber bottle with a 4/20/04 born-on date, courtesy of TwelveVoltMan.

Poured a hazy yellow in color with a thin layer of white head. There is some lacing, but not much. Aromas are thin and tough to pick up. Some bannana? Maybe some lemon? Same for the flavor. A hefe that's been lightened up. A flash of spicy flavor crosses the palate near the end. Finishes with a dry wheat-like aftertaste. Thin mouthfeel. Nothing to big about this beer. Still, it's a summer beer that'll take on your post grass-cutting thirst.

Photo of Soybomb
3.63/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

appearance: I swirled the bottle part way through the pour to get the yeast. Pours a nice cloudy blonde color with a tall creamy head that leaves a nice lacing in the glass.

smell: Mostly cirtus and yeast.

taste and mouthfeel: A light bodied beer and a bit light on the flavors. Kinda lemoney with a nice bite from the carbonation at the finish.

notes: I'd say this was an American hefeweizen since it didn't have the strong banana and clove flavors of a German. Very easy to drink, but not a lot of depth or complexity. Its a good price and a decent beer though, I'd buy it again.

Photo of hotstuff
2.42/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer had a large sized white head when it was poured with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly dissipated.The body was cloudy with a yellow hue.The nose was malty, fruity and sweet and the flavor was lightly bitter.The mouthfeel of this beer was smooth, thin, watery, and light bodied.The one thing this beer had going for it was that it had excellent lacing.All-in-all this beer lacked flavor and character.

Photo of AtLagerHeads
3.38/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice lighter hefe that is not too pungent on aroma or flavor. The hazy gold body was topped by thin white head which did not linger long and left only small lace deposits for a part of the glass.

The nose is quite light and gives a bit of citrus sense and perhaps just a bit of a pulpy fruit hint. The taste is of light cloves wiht just a bit of banana or pulp fruit, and carries a failry light flavor overall.

A nice light beer, this would be fairly drinkable, but would be better with a slightly stronger flavor and body. Just a bit light and watery.

Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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