Schnickelfritz | Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten

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Urban Chestnut Brewing Company - Midtown Brewery & Biergarten
Missouri, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.80%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
The unmistakable characteristics of this Bavarian Weissbier are achieved with a yeast that is decidedly fruity and phenolic. You may note clove, nutmeg or even vanilla and/or banana-like aromas and flavors.

12 IBU

Added by KI9A on 02-02-2011

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Reviews: 48 | Ratings: 252
Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a clear and very light yellow, with a small and rapidly dimishing head, and no lacing.

Smells like your typical hefe, but kinda muted- you get the light citrus, the banana, the wheat, etc- nothing you haven't seen before in the style.

This is pretty solid, but it lacks the crispness and effervescence of the best versions of the style, unfortunately. It does hit all of the classic notes you want, as described above, though- so it does taste good. It's just rough around the edges.

This is light bodied, a little crisp, but not crisp enough.

This isn't Urban Chestnut's best, but it's certainly good.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

A mostly hazy, deep blonde color with light effervescence spiraling up. Head starts at 1 finger but recedes rather fast to a thin ring.

Aromas of some artificial banana liqueur, clove, and yeast.

Flavor has some interesting honey notes, soggy graham cracker. Following with chewed juicy fruit gum, phenolics, and lactic sourness. Just kind of odd and not to style exactly. Not much in the way of real character as far as yeast and hop go, and overall it just kind of tastes sickly. Gets real old, real quick.

Feel is clean and creamy, with a nice grainy finish.

Overall, this could have been a much better beer. I think it's unique, but not necessarily in a good way.

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Photo of Lingenbrau
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Rediculously large white bubbly head, and a little too clear and straw in color vs. the traditional cloudy yellow orange. Smells like a decent and almost authentic German like weissbier with a good blend of banana, spice, and bubblegum that carries to the flavor. Way too much carbonation on this one that leads too a spritzy feel. Overall decent, but would love during a heat wave if it were a tad smoother. Prost!

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Photo of cbutova
2.89/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- A cloudy pour from the 500ml into a small becher with a tiny white cap. The frothy head falls fast and lacing is very rare.

S- Fairly mild and straightforward. Hints of banana, apple, pear, pepper, pils grain, bread and vanilla sweets.

T- Follows the nose again with a spicy approach and mild grains. Pears, apple, slight tart lemon zest, corianer, pink peppercorn, raw pils grains, wheat bread, vanilla sweetness, clove and phenolics. Spicy hops.

MF- Smooth and silky body. It lands with a medium thickness and high end carbonation. Zesty lighy bitter ending.

Profile is mostly about the pale fruit esters and a spice from the yeast and hops. Mild and the fruits are a bit much for the style.

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Photo of Qbdoo
3.77/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pale gold with a solid white head that disappears quickly. Nose is pretty faint but there's the standard banana, clove, and breadiness. The taste has those exact same qualities but in a far more prominent way, especially the clove and bread, though it's not over the top. Feel is pretty light and crisp, even for a hefeweizen. Nice to see an American brewery doing a good job on the German styles.

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Photo of Parmesan
3.84/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

L: Straw gold color that starts hazy but gets less hazy as it warms up. Creamy white head that dissipates quickly.

S: Banana and clove are up front with a light breadlines in the background. Nothing complex but smells like a Hefeweizen.

T: Banana and clove up front, with the light breadlines in the background.

F: Body is a little light and watery for the style.

O: Overall other than the mouthfeel, this is a solid Hefeweizen.

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Photo of Bartleby91
4.01/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Has a really pretty hazy orange appearance with lively carbonation bubbling up the glass.
Traditional hefe aromas of banana, clove, and a pleasant fruitiness as well.
Tastes are similar with banana being most prominent.
Nice medium-light mouthfeel that lingers pretty well.
Overall a solid hefe that's really drinkable.

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Photo of tempest
3.9/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had a bottle at Astoria Bier & Cheese. Overall, a smoother and more subtle hefe but it hits all the right notes. Reminds me of Sierra Nevada Kellerweis, but it's lighter on the clove.

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Photo of jw4free
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a oz bottle into a Weizen glass. L: nice foamy head, straw yellow. S: good yeasty esters. Banana. T: mellow bready notes. Slight tang. F: a bit thin on the palate. O: not too bad. Aroma and yeast flavors add character.

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Photo of jlindros
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a nice frothy foamy1/2 finger head fades at a med pace decent lacing, hazy cloudy pale slight orange color.

Nose brings tons of creamy sweet wheat, almost like ice cream, some citrus orange zest, light floral spices, hint of tartness, flowery hefe esters, faint banana.

Taste brings plenty more fruity esters, banana, faint clove and floral spices, nice citrus orange, with more creamy wheat, lots of mild sweet creamy wheat. Finish dry crisp and a little sweet, lingering mild citrus and wheat.

Mouth is med to lighter bod creamy decent carb.

Overall nice summer beer, well done Bavarian weissbier.

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Photo of WunderLlama
3.89/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a chalice

Thick white foamy two finger foam cap over a translucent golden yellow with good lacings

Aroma of clove and banana

Light Weiss bier taste , hint of clove, hint of banana

Smooth session able quaffable

Good beer

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Photo of Harrison8
3.73/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours an opaque fiery yellow with a medium-sized off-white head. Head retention is fair to poor, with no lacing left behind. Aroma is a whirlpool of cloves, banana, Belgian yeast spice, and a little grass hop. The flavor profile is very much cloves, banana, and a twinge of Belgian yeast spice. Very simplistic. Mouth feel is smooth, although thin. It thins out as it warms as well. Overall, a very fine beer. I'm drinking it on the screened-in patio. It's 82*F out, and this beer feels like a nice fit.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of metter98
3.81/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high white head.
S: Moderate aromas of banana and clove from the yeast are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has additional notes of wheat.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer has nice aromas and flavors imparted by the yeast and is a classic representing of the style.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.96/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a .5l mug.

Look: Cloudy straw yellow, foamy white head that eventually recedes to a light film, then only a collar. Light spots of lacing initially.

Aroma: Pepper spiciness with clove, nutmeg, and banana aromas.

Taste: Spicy to start then an immediate tanginess. Yeasty flavors with clove and subtle banana.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, creamy.

Overall: Very solid, good representation of the style.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4.42/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

L: bright golden and cloudy. Small head that fades fast
S: German yeast/ wheat...banana sweetness
T: full flavored low abv beer. Big sweet wheat again, and finishes with banana sweetness.
F: smooth, easy drinking. Coats my mouth with flavors.
O: great warmer weather beer. Full of flavor, low abv.

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Photo of Suds
3.85/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've had this beer several times, both in bottle and draft. Tonight, I had it on draft while out with my wife in St. Charles. I think it's much better on tap...the appearance: a cloudy, straw yellow, almost light-orange color with a thick white head. The aroma is lightly of fruit and clove, with a bit of yeast. The taste is moderately sweet, with a soft mouthfeel. Medium in body and very easy to drink.

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Photo of jmd1978
2.31/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nose of banana which is strong. Cloudy yellow color. Taste like banana and spice. Clean finish. This is a big miss for me. I'm a big fan of urban chestnut but this is not my taste. Too fruity with all the banana flavor.

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Photo of champ103
3.58/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I cannot distinguish the bottled on date, bummer...

A: Pours a slightly hazed golden/yellow color. At first a bubbly and creamy looking white cap forms, but recedes in a moment. Not much lace.
S: Yeast, esters of banana and clove. Pale and cracker like malts. Enjoyable, but a bit muted.
T: Like the nose, it seems fairly muted. Cracker and bread like malts. Peppery, almost phenolic like yeast. Banana esters as well. Everything is there, it just does not have the umpth for me.
M/O: A light to medium body. Crisp and effervescent carbonation that is smooth at the same time. Really easy to drink, goes down smooth and can see me coming back from time to time.

I can see were the bottled on date would be, but cannot make it out. The muted character here has me to believe it is an old bottle. Hopefully I can find a fresher four pack one of these days and update, cause I feel this could be incredible fresh. As is enjoyable enough to drink anyway.

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Photo of frothy_80
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Unfortunately had a fairly old bottle. Bottled on 4/30/2015. The look was hazy pale yellow like straw. The head was light and airy but did not last. Very minimal lacing. Clove dominated the aroma with banana and some bready wheat character. Taste was similar with slight lemon and pear fruitiness. An earthy spice came through as it warmed a bit. Mouthfeel is light and crisp but yet has a mouth coating slickness to it. A very good hefeweizen. Will have to get a bottle that is fresher.

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Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.86/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

On tap at Bru. Pale yellow, with a white, lacing head. The nose is a restrained. The taste opens up nicely, with wheat coupled with strong elements of fruit, and a subtle nutty spice. Restrained, but quite tasty.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
3.94/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

500ml bottle poured into a Weizen glass.

A: Dull and hazy golden color. Creamy white head caps at an inch. Thick collar of lacing.

S: Green bananas, slight tangy apricot. Clove and nutmeg. Brown sugar. Walnut. Wheat and bread. Yeast.

T: Underripe bananas and tangy tangerine/apricot. Yeasty spice kick of clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Black pepper too. Dusty yeast. Wheat bread and walnut. Perhaps a tick of spicy herbal hops. Spicy yeast finish.

M: Light bodied. Creamy and frothy with acute and expressive carbonation.

O: Sort of a rough roller coaster ride of a Hefeweizen. The yeast is really throwing off some bold esters and phenols. It keeps things interesting.

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Photo of bwood06
4.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

500ml bottle into a pint glass

A - Creamy and somewhat frothy white head that dissipates slowly. Cloudy golden beer with slow rising carbonation. Moderately carbonated. 4.25/5

S - Banana and clove really stand out in the aroma. Also present are a light lemony citrus note and a bit of sourdough bread. 4.25/5

T - Lemony citrus right off the bat transitioning to clove and then to very strong banana ester. A bit of sourdough bread with herbal hops on the back end. 4/5

M - Medium bodied but also somewhat crisp. Flavor leaves the palate somewhat quickly but light and smooth mouthfeel remains. Light to moderate carbonation. 3.75/5

O - Excellent hefeweizen offering from Urban Chestnut here. Very strong on banana and clove with a bit lighter than normal body. Very true to tradition. Low on ABV but high on flavor. 4/5

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Photo of Kurmaraja
3.99/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really nice american hefeweizen. Hazy lemon color, banana and lemon, minimal clove, a light wheat thin background note. Medium body with a soft, round finish.

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Photo of Flounder57
4/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a snifter at the Union Brewhouse in Weymouth.

Appearance: A one finger head was poured that reduced to a thin layer. It is hazy golden straw yellow with some clarity and vision of bubbles coming up through the glass.

Smell: Banana, clove, spice, Bavarian yeast, wheaty, doughy, vanilla, and pale malts.

Taste: Same as above. Tasty, chewy, and delicious.

Mouthfeel: Light, refreshing, chewy, medium carbonation, and tasty.

Overall: Pretty tasty Bavarian take on the hefeweizen. I'll grab another glass.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.5/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

500mL bottle
A - very thin white head dissipates quickly atop a hazy pale golden colored ale
S - typical hefe nose with clove, banana, cracked wheat, yeast, faint lemon pith
T - wheat, yeast, banana, clove, bubblegum, earthy hops
M - thinner body, moderate carbonation, finishes slightly tart and fairly crisp
O - good American version of a great German style, but I prefer some of the traditional German brewed ones more.

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