Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat AleSchlafly Yakima Wheat Ale

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Reviews: 41
Hads: 188
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: DCon on 03-19-2012

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Photo of TH28
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pale yellow and cloudy, with minimal white head. Aroma: Intense floral, lemon, grassy, perfume like hop aromas. Taste: Light, cracker malt flavor that gives way to a strong hop bitterness and hints of grapefruit, grass, and herbal hop flavors. Mouthfeel: Light body considering wheat base, with a high carbonation. Finish: Crisp and dry with a light citrus acidity and tartness. Overall: Love the hop aroma of this beer. Taste is less complex and flavorful than I was expecting with the aroma, but typical of an American Wheat. Must be lots of dry hopping. Solid AW. (578 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is nearly clear yellow in color and has a light to moderated amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of citrus hops—lemons seem to stand out in particular.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of bready and grainy malts and lemons. Faint bits of bitterness are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's not a bad choice for a beer during the summer months.

Serving type: can (846 characters)

Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%

On tap:
Pours more translucent than cloudy, with a fair head than reduces to a film fairly quickly. Agitation brings carbonation back fleetingly. Nose is grass and pine hops a lot more so than any wheat beer expectations. The scents fade quickly, though and I had trouble finding more (and I think there was a little more, maybe a bit of peach). As the beer warms I get the slightest hint of wheat beer-little banana and lemon.

The taste starts crisp and a bit earthy, with a surprising carbonation burst given the look. Light cracker malt tastes have a nice grassy bitterness layered in top. The end brings a bit of bell pepper tastes. I also get something I'll describe as an unripe peach taste, but I am struggling to pick it out, and it is very subtle.

I think this is a straightforward beer. It was almost so simply enjoyable, I struggled to place flavors and the review sounds more complex than the beer was. That said, I surprisingly enjoyed it. It's one of those "je ne sais quoi" beers for me. (1,014 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%

Thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, wheat. Taste is light and mild, a bit of wheat tang, a touch of lemons, very refreshing but a bit bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer. (306 characters)

Photo of Prefabu
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

This is not a bad beer, but it's kind of generic tasting, so I'm not sure I'll be tempted to buy it again. To me it was like a summer seasonal wheat with a bit of hop flavor. Like many easy drinking summery beers, it's easy drinking but not too memorable. The last couple of sips I had were when the beer had nearly reached room temperature. At that point the taste and feel was kind of watery, but there was a slightly grassy aftertaste, but grassy in a good way. I wish they could better integrate that flavor. Maybe less citrus would help a bit. (548 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

The CANQuest ™ CANtinues to pick up speed as I CANtinue to roll through some of my back inventory. I just recently acquired this during my trip to Norfolk, VA for a USS Normandy (CG-60) reunion.

From the CAN: "Since 1991"; "Seasonal"; "CAN Sessions"; "Bold Flavor".

Brewer Stephen Hale must have had me in mind when he filled this CAN! It was brimful as was evident following a loud Crack! I raised a toast to him in the form of an inverted Glug. Once again, the bone-white head began with a foamy, fizzy three fingers, but it was fizzing and falling really quickly, not quite at the rate of soda pop, but close. Color was a hazy Sunshine-Yellow (SRM = > 2, ~ 4). Nose had it all - grass, mint, a wheat-y tang, just perfect for Summer! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really grassy and the the wheat gave it a soft pepperiness. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly dry. It was a pleasant late-Summer afternoon beer, although at 5%, it is at the upper limit of being sessionable. (986 characters)

Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of Trent, yet again.

It pours a hazy straw yellow with a 1 finger head of foam.

A big nose of wheat greets my nosebuds and I can smell an underlining aroma of hop bitterness.

First sip, second sip, third sip...now that is one tasty American Pale Wheat. No bells or whistles, just a down home lovely taste of wheat with what I'd call an earthy bitterness.

Smooth as silk going down cuz the mouthfeel is so good.

I say, yummy! (444 characters)

Photo of rlee1390
4.11/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Great citrus notes, along with nice wheat. But the citrus hops are very good.

T-Starts with light citrus notes, mild wheat, some grass and slight bitterness.

M-Lighter tad watery and not much carbonation.

O-Much better than I expected. The hops provide a nice citrus note but the beer is still light and sessionable. (374 characters)

Photo of smmeier819
1.89/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into pint glass. Lots of suspended flocculated yeast, seriously two cans poured and both were snow globes. Bottom of can says it was canned march 12...so maybe four months later this puppy is past its prime. Not a strong hop character flavor or aroma wise, just stale cracker flavor and nose. Kind of disappointed with this offering. (350 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A cloudy rusty cantaloupe rind colored body holds up a nice foamy cream colored head. Very little recession in the head. Light foamy lacing.

Aroma: Malty and spicy with woody cedar notes.

Taste: Just like the aroma, very thick with malts, spiced cedar, and maybe a faint touch of citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for a wheat beer.

Overall: Not sure if I understand this beer. Thick and spicy. (449 characters)

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.54/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can in a plastic cup.

Pale straw color. Generous foam.

Light, crisp aroma.

Taste is light malt and wheat, some sort of grassy hops. Not bitter yet not sweet. Interesting at first but quickly fades.

Watery mouthfeel. Tastes even lighter than 5%.

Overall somewhat satisfying as a summer light sipper but it could be better. (338 characters)

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drinking on 5/4 and brewed on 3/29 so its a about 5 weeks old. Picked up as a single from Total Wine in Reston, VA.

Appearance is yellow and somewhat less cloudy than many wheats. Minimal fizzy head. Some hoppiness on the nose but not much else.

Taste - This is a very nice easy and smooth beer with some floral and citrus hop flavor with little aftertaste and very smooth finish.

One of the better session ales I've had. As its refreshing yet full of flavor. Would definitely look to buy again. (499 characters)

Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a patchy white head that lasts, a few narrow lace garters down the glass and cloudy, yeasty light golden color. Aroma is spicy, minty, floral hops and a bit of sharp wheat bite. Flavor really captures the signature characteristics of two styles (hoppy pale ales and American wheat beers) with a rush of hop flavor followed with a bready, grainy, slightly citrus finish. Mouthfeel is excellent. Overall a good call. If you want a "normal" wheat beer, grab a Boulevard Wheat, but for what it is, it is very good.

Basically they took a smooth and luscious wheat beer and dry-hopped the hell out of it to get the dominant aroma and taste of hops without extracting the bitterness. This is an ideal beer for those who love the smell and taste of hops but can do without the intense bitterness of an IPA or even an APA. (827 characters)

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Pale Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This wheat ale poured a thick white head- Over carbonated - retention was average and it it left ample lacing. The aroma consisted of malted wheat and plenty of lemon citrus hop notes. Medium bodied, the ale had a wheat base, lemon rind and bitter floral hops- Dry finish. Normally a boring style in my view, Schlafly did an excellent job of hopping up this ale and creating a unique twist to a classic American beer style. Prost! (505 characters)

Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass. Bottled 6-11-12.

A - Cloudy blonde with brisk carbonation. Massive head that lasts forever. Lots of lacing. Excellent.

S - Resiny, piney, grassy hop aroma. Fairly aggressive for an american wheat.

T - Firm initial bitterness with crisp wheaty malt flavor. Transitions into a grassy, black peppery hop taste and mildly dry finish.

M - Light body with brisk carbonation. Slight impression of oiliness.

O - A refreshing, grassy, hop-forward summer wheat beer. (499 characters)

Photo of cousineddy
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a hazy golden color with way to much head. The bottled on date reads 3/19/12. So this particular beer is somewhat out of season, i think this may be the cause of all the excess foam. This beer would have scored a 4 or 4.5 if not for being past its freshness date.

Smell: Lemons and yeast. Good citrus aroma mixed with the smell of fresh bread

Taste: Once again, citrus and breadiness. Good hop notes to finish. Really nice and refreshing. Wish i could have gotten a hold of this in the middle of the summer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, very refreshing and smooth

Overall: A very good wheat ale. very refreshing with nice citrus notes and a mild hoppiness that isn't to much for the casual drinker. The only thing this beer lost points on was the fact that it came out mostly foam. (801 characters)

Photo of Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. It was so friggin hot outside that I had to.

A: Poured a slightly chill-hazed apricot-yellow color with a slight head that stuck around for a while.

S: This was very wheaty, fruity, and spicy (peppery). The potency was moderate overall.

T: This was fruit-infused, with lots of wheat, and more than a tinge of orange zest. Yummy!

M: The peppery quality gave on a nice sensation on the base of the tongue and the carbonation and lacing were both fine.

O: This was a nice summer entry. I'm glad it's available in bottles in my area. (568 characters)

Photo of homebrew311
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA sensory pint glass. This one is over carbonated right off the bat... the first pour is 90% head. This slowly settles to leave a cloudy yellow brew with thick head and plenty of retention. The nose features lemony hops and bready yeast. Grassy earthy notes predominate the nose with citrus around the edges. Taste very bready with waves of lemon and grass. This beer is remarkably dry with little body. As stated before, tons of carbonation, almost breathtaking when in mouth. Overall, some interesting things going on here, but sadly the execution is not there. (576 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a two-finger, bubbly, off-white head of foam. it left sticky rings of lace on the glass. The smell was fairly grassy with some nice wheat notes. A touch of pine, too. The taste was a good blend of flavors, wheat, grasses, pine and a touch of lemon pith. Great balance. The mouthfeel was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale. Overall this is good. (418 characters)

Photo of JEdmund
2.62/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks every part the wheat with it’s absolutely gorgeous bright yellow body—which is hazy and even has particles floating about—and massive, white, fluffy head.

Smell throws me a bit as this is where I expected it to smell like an IPA. It actually smells more of maybe Noble hops, or even like pilsner yeast, or perhaps its Sorachi Ace hops because it really strikes me as a lemony quality. It’s pretty yeasty, and there are hops there, they’re just not the kind I was expecting given the bottle description.

Whoa, this beer is crazy attenuated…very carbonated, thin body, and bone dry. That works pretty well for a summer quencher, but even most wheats have way more body and texture than this. I count it as a fault. As a result, the flavor is lacking as well. Not much going on till the finish, and there it's light crackery malt and a sharp lemon finish.

Not impressed by this beer and, unfortunately, not impressed once again by Schlafly. I think they missed the mark on this “hoppy wheat.” I think the yeast went too crazy. There was a noticeably bigger pop when opening the bottle—a sound I somewhat cringe at from having gusher homebrews—so I’m fairly confident that’s what’s going on here. To be fair, I should try another bottle. (1,269 characters)

Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner @ Schlafly Tap Room.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - A really nice balance between hops & malts here...really well-done. Citrus, grass, straw, bready malts, clove.

T - The hops are little more forward on the palate, but that's what I was hoping for. Citrus, grass, light pine, biscuit, clove, and hay. The finish is a mix of hops & malts...slightly more bitter.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - I had several pours of this beer, which I really enjoyed. Super-easy to drink and a really nice mix between a Wheat Beer and APA. One of the better hoppy(ish) beers coming from Schlafly. Good stuff. (684 characters)

Photo of mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't help but pour a big head with this one - frothy white, like whipped cream on a deep hazy yellow lemon meringue. Sticky lace down the sides.

Fresh, hoppy and wheaty - somewhat subtle, but good for the nose.

Dry and a great balance of wheat and clean hops - lemon, greenery, juniper, with some sugary sweetness to it. Summertime refreshing.

Easy drinking, a good accompaniment to the season. (405 characters)

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a good frothy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of citrus and fresh grain. A bit of sweetness and fruit mixed in with a touch of lemon zest.

T: Taste of lemon zest and fresh grain give it a nice initial pop. Nice mixture of fruit and spice. Pleasant bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, Crisp, smooth and refreshing. very good balance.

O: Easy drinker, great on a hot afternoon. Hope this becomes a regular seasonal offering. (499 characters)

Photo of Gladius270
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy yellow, which I absolutely love. A finger of white head recedes to a halo of white around the glass that persists throughout. This leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Yeast dominates the smell on this one. It is backed up by some citrus hops, and maybe a bit of "barnyard" smell (hay, barn, grains). This may be off-putting to some.

T- Nice and lemony, very refreshing. The yeast makes an appearance early and really lingers throughout the drink. There is some spice in there from the hops and/or the wheat. It imparts a peppery effect. I get a lingering after-taste from the grain that is not unpleasant. Reminds me of toffee or a light salted caramel.

M- This one is highly carbonated and crisp, which I like in a beer that is obviously made with late spring/summer in mind.

O- Solid offering from Schlafly, and my first foray into a wheat beer that features the hops. I'm a big fan of this one, particularly on a hot, humid, sticky summer day in St. Louis. (984 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on March 19, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with a few inch frothy off-white head. The head sticks around for a very long time, and there's also a lot of lacing. I had to let the head settle a bit before I could even pour the whole bottle into the glass. The brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon and orange peel), wheat/bready malt, and a little bit of banana. It tastes like grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, and wheat/bready malt. Nice citrusy/bitter/grainy flavor overall. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing but at the same time has a bit too much carbonation for me. I'd try this again in the future. Single picked up at either Liquor Barn or Party Source, I forget exactly where I bought this one at. (785 characters)

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
83 out of 100 based on 41 ratings.