Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room
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4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
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.
Serving type: can
05-04-2014 21:36:26 | More by bubseymour
4.2/5 rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Very pleasantly surprised by this one - usually not a fan of Schlafly (most everything tastes too meek and bland), so I came at this one pessimistically, but was quite shocked.
The hop flavor is heavenly; very unusual to have a wheat ale contain this much hop presence - especially from a Midwestern brewery - but I certainly enjoy it. The hop flavor is citrusy, piney, spicy-sweet; not overly bitter or unwelcome.
The aroma is somewhat standard wheat-fare; some slightly funky sulferish tones, but hey, that's wheat yeast.
The overall taste is impressive - tons of wheat creaminess, light to medium in body - perfect for a warm weather refresher - can taste some slight esters of banana and such, yet the clean hop flavor hits it home.
Worth trying; curious as to why there aren't more hop-forward wheats available like this... really enjoyed.
Serving type: bottle
03-24-2012 16:34:18 | More by demuzik
4.11/5 rDev +11.4%
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.
Serving type: can
07-19-2014 18:43:04 | More by rlee1390
4.03/5 rDev +9.2%
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.
Serving type: on-tap
04-14-2012 18:22:17 | More by BEERchitect
Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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