Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
3.68/5 rDev -0.3%
Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice simple label, bottled with love on 3-14-12. Great to see more new, experimental brews from Schlafly, esp. available in six packs!
Appearance: Into my Duvel tulip, as my wheat glasses were all dirty. Pours a rich, golden straw hue. A couple swirls of the yeast in the bottle ensure that this is perfectly opaque. A large, creamy ivory cap with nice retention and some lacing.
Smell: This is a single-hopped (and dry-hopped) beer, I believe, using US Challenger hops (a typically UK variety) grown in the Yakima Valley. It's an interesting hop profile, and something I'm not really used to. The hops are earthy, resiny, and a bit dank. Certainly not unpleasant, but a bit unusual. No real citrus or pine, but perhaps a bit spicy. A neutral American ale yeast is used here, so not much in the way of esters. Perhaps just a bit sweetish smelling malt as well.
Taste: Wow. Not really what I was expecting. Firm, off-dry pale malt presence with a medium-bodied silky mouthfeel (assuming it's from the wheat) and a really interesting hop profile. Starts a bit dark and herbal, but ends with a bit of a sweet orange note. As it warms, I get a bit of underripe peach as well. Firm, relatively strong bitterness, but not at all overpowering.
Mouthfeel: Rich and silky
Overall: Summer sipper with lots of (interesting) hop character, nice pale malt background, and great body and mouthfeel. For $8.00 a sixer, this is a really nice summer beer, and a really interesting take on an American Pale Wheat Ale.
High B to possible B +
03-30-2012 01:54:22 | More by BedetheVenerable
More User Reviews:
3.98/5 rDev +7.9%
This limited brewing pours a hazy gold, with a thick and sudsy head. Superb and thick spiderweb lace, too.
Nose is an appealing mix of citrus hops and sharp wheat. I get some lemon. Superb.
Taste is crisp and sharp, with a bread-like wheatiness and much of that citrus lemon character. Very nice, and worth a wider release one day, I say.
05-12-2012 22:40:13 | More by secondtooth
3.9/5 rDev +5.7%
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.
08-11-2012 19:10:43 | More by WoodBrew
3.85/5 rDev +4.3%
Pours a super-hazed gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing
S: Light citrus & grassy notes
T: Follows the nose, some grapefruit & breadyness as well up front. Slight white grape green apple peel flavors as this warms, along with lemons & sweet breadyness. Finishes crisp, citrussy, even a little soapy, along with just a bit of orange peel
MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance
Easy drinker, but was hoping the hops might be a little more assertive. This is not the cheaper, semi-local alternative to a Lil Sumpin, Sumpin I was hoping for, but will quench your thirst very nicely
04-16-2012 02:26:20 | More by russpowell
3.66/5 rDev -0.8%
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.
04-04-2014 23:27:31 | More by EagleTalon
3.78/5 rDev +2.4%
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.
05-18-2012 22:54:07 | More by bluejacket74
4.11/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
07-19-2014 18:43:04 | More by rlee1390
Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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