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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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179 Ratings
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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 40
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 11.14%
Wants: 7
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
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Missouri, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Wheat Ale |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: DCon on 03-19-2012

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Ratings: 179 | Reviews: 40
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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 04-02-12

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

Photo of EagleTalon
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%

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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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

Photo of rlee1390
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

Photo of cousineddy
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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.

Photo of TheSarge
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Weizen glass and the brew makes about a three fingers thick of great sustaining foam presence, and has a hazy golden colored body. Looks like a good hefeweizen to me.

The aroma has a hint of sour tartness, clove, and bubble gum.

Taste wise there is a mix of zesty lemony hops, and a tinge of wheat malt character trying to pop thorugh. Perhaps banana flavor is trying to peak through.

Feels medium in body, and mildly carbonated. A little oily slick too.

Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.17/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy light gold color with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of wheat and grassy hops along with a whiff of fresh earth.

The taste was much like the aroma with grainy wheat, grassy hops and a hint of spices. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

Very tasty and quite the easy drinker. Will definitely have again.

Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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.

Photo of gabrielsyme
3.54/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking wheat beer. Hazy yellow with a tinge of orange and a nice fluffy, lasting head.

Smell is yeasty, with some orange citrus, doughy grains, and a little fruitiness. Almost heffish.

Taste is boldly yeasty, really nicely done in that category. There's a nice balance of hops and wheaty malts, along with a touch of fruit and citrus, plus just a little spice. Very nice.

Body is very light and pretty drinkable. Yeasty aftertaste. Kind of dry for a wheat. A bit on the bitter side for a wheat also.

It's quite the lawnmower beer. Tasty and drinkable, a nice summer selection.

Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, citrus hops, coriander, slight earthy malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight sweet malt, slight citrus hops, coriander, and a hint of citrus. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend.

Photo of GossageBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
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!

Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the non-labeled Stainless steel handle into a 16oz Hefe Glass.

Aroma- Very wheat dominant with a fantastic hop presence in the background. Has a light citrus note as well.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a golden- white ale body that glows. Good lacing is left behind.

Flavor- Strong sweetness, wheat flavored, and citrus comes around again. Light bitterness and finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a wheaty finish.

Overall Impression- This is one of the best Pale Wheat beers I've had in a long while! Fantastic amount of character while still being an easy, drinkable ale. Recommend!

Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, why aren't there more higher hopped wheat beers on the market? Schlafly brings reason to my argument with this 40 ibu and moderately alcoholic wheat beer.

As most wheat beers, both of America and Germany, Yakima Wheat pours a cloudy light gold color that's nearly opaque while only allowing for a diffused glow to emit. Capped by a fluffy and creamy white head, the beer shows persistent retention and sticky lace to the glass. It's the prototypical wheat beer appearance when well done.

The common aromas of soft and bready wheat is layered with estery notes of banana, apple, and lemon with a balance of spicy pepper, clove, and herbal hops. But what makes this version so unique in the introduction of abnormally high hop aroma of grass and grapefruit that's normally reserved for pale ales to penetrate the scent in a decidedly zesty demeanor.

Delicious to taste as the German hefe-centric flavors rise to the forefront with the fruity banana, lemon, and apple that weave into the sweeter and breadier wheat flavors. But the mid palate of growing hops bring about a spicy and zesty flavor of grapefruit and freshly mulled grasses that continue to develop into a sharp and spicy bitterness to finish. Again, the beer starts like a wheat ale but finishes like a pale ale.

Medium bodied overall, but the heightened carbonation provides a very full and creamy start. But as the carbonation fades, the crisp and clean bitterness of hops deliver a dryish feel and minty warmth in closure. A fruity aftertaste, partly of esters and partly of hops extend delightfully into the next sip.

Yakima is ideally suited for the warmer seasons as it provides a complex taste and superb refreshment. Although it is softer than Schneider Hopfenweiss, the sheer experimentation proves worthwhile here. On a related note, I have had several single-source hopped beers with exclusively Yakima hops- this beer exhibits the sharp peppery bite that I saw in those. I'm surprised that the predominant use of Challenger hops here do the same.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9 days ago.

A - 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.

S - It smelled fairly grassy with some nice wheat notes. A touch of pine, too.

T - Great blend of flavors, wheat, grasses, pine and a touch of lemon pith. Great balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

O - This is good. Nice to see a good wheat hit the market.

Photo of homebrew311
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

Photo of JEdmund
2.62/5  rDev -28.8%
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.

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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