Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale - The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat AleSchlafly Yakima Wheat Ale

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Ratings: 185
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 11.17%
Wants: 9
Gots: 18 | 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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Ratings: 185 | Reviews: 42
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.

Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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 homebrewhawk
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Bottled on 3/14/12. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger of white head. Bottle conditioned. Really yeasty aroma along with some citrus. Yeasty in a bad way, not like clove or spice. Flavor is better than the aroma. Nice wheaty bite to begin. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Light bodied. Dry finish. I had high hopes for this beer, but the aroma really turned me off.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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 abrand
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves great retention on the glass. Nice opaqueness. Smells of some hops, grains, doughs and fruits. Pretty refreshing smell. Taste is light but enjoyable. Plenty of lemons, hops and malts. Very sessionable. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with decent carbonation. Overall pretty enjoyable. Good, but not great.

Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled 3/19/2012. Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a huge fluffy white head that holds good retention & leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat and strong yeast. Taste profile is wheaty, biscuity, citric lemon, with strong yeast presence. Finishes rather dry yet refreshing with a little more hops that the usual American Pale Wheat Ale, which is what the brewer was going for here. Mouth is full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall, nice offering with good flavors, however, unfortunately the yeast flavors dominate a little too much, taking away from the hop profile.

Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and murky pale golden color with a nice white head that is of medium density. There is some slight lacing as teh head slowly recedes.

Fresh notes of earthy sweet wheat with a nice grassy herbal hop note. Quite grassy with some nice flowery notes in the nose. Slightly citrusy and refreshing. Very clean wheat and malt notes that work well with the grassy notes.

Flavor starts off with some sharp slight citrus hop notes and some grassy and herbal hops notes. Refreshing bready and grainy wheat notes with some slight sweet bready notes as well. As the beer warms there are some nice fruity notes in there with some slight pear and a nice dry bitter finish. Light and refreshing.

Very good wheat ale. Refreshing summer brew with nice citrus and hop notes. A nice piney bitter and dry finish caps off a very nice brew.

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
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 barczar
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy lemon curd color with a solid one finger head that lingers, leaving heavy lacing.

Aroma is subtle, wheat, with a hint of lemon. Not much there.

Flavor is fairly lemony, crackerlike malt, wheat, and a bit of clove. Wish I hadn't just had a franziskaner. Pales in comparison. The finish is decidedly bitter.

Body is moderate to heavy, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, great lawnmower beer, but fairly simple. Lemon seemed to run the show. More bitter than most wheat ales, so it fits the american style.

Photo of Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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 TheSarge
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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 BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 +

Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +9%
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 demuzik
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +9%
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 DCon
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
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!

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale from The Schlafly Tap Room
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