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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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.02/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

the masses (my mates in st. louis) have been raving about this one for ages, time to dig in. this baby pours a conventional hefe looking cloudy bright yellow/orange color with a 2 inch white head that lasts the whole time. smells like a banana cream pie, with loads of fresh bananas and vanilla, some spice in there too. flavor is equally vibrant. tons of fruit and spice intermixing. its sweet but only for a second, then citrus and clove come in, vanilla in the finish. excellent character given to the beer by the yeast, its light and airy in the mouth, well carbonated to say the least, with more body than usual for the style, which absolutely makes this for me. a delicious brew, majorly sessionable. dying for my next one already. worth the hype.

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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 brentk56
3.76/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: Pours like a hefe should, with a massive head topping the hazy goldenstraw liquid; sticks like a champ and leaves clumpy lacing

Smell: Wheat bread tang, vanilla, bubblegum and green banana

Taste: Wheat bread with a tart edge, with the vanilla influence becoming rather distinct; bubblegum develops in the middle, along with the green banana tones; grassy elements arrive after the swallow

Mouthfeel: Light to medium body with moderate carbonation

Overall: This beer has all of the elements of a classic hefe and then some but I can't say that I am really enjoying it; I don't like the mouthfeel and it lacks the clove character to complement the fruity esters

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Photo of zeff80
4.03/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at 33 in St. Louis.

A - Poured a cloudy, pale gold color with a two-finger, pillowy white head of foam. It left sudsy sheets of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled very yeasty with cracked wheat and some banana notes.

T - Good cracked wheat flavor with yeast, cloves and banana. A touch of caramel maltiness, too.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A light to medium bodied ale with a dry finish.

O - This was a really good hefewiezen. Great flavor and a great representation of the style.

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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 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 russpowell
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Pours a slightly hazed gold with 1" of eggshell colored head (vigorous pour). No head retention or lacing

S: Cloves & green banana

T: Follows the nose, some ripe banana, white grapes & pears along some juicy fruit up front. More juicy fruit & pears, plus a little tartness & dryness as this warms, green banana & cloves as well. Finishes with some dryness, juicy fruit & cloves

MF: Medium bodied with lively carbonation

Easy drinker, fairly spot on for the style, easily the best beer I've had from these guys

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Photo of Tone
4.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy, yellow/maize color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of lemon, citrus hops, slight wheat, hint of tart malt, and a hint of clove. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of sweet malt, cereal, bread, citrus hops, lemon, and hint of clove. Overall, good appearance, aroma, blend, and body.

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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 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 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 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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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 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 birchstick
4.2/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - pours a cloudy, hazy yellow without much of a head

S - smells of spices (nutmeg & clove) and banana

T - taste follows the nose well. Opens up with a nice lemon citrus flavor. This fades to a nice spiciness that contains a bit of clove and nutmeg that is intertwined with some banana flavors. It ends with a spritzy citrus flavor with some subtle grassy hops. Solid stuff.

M - creamy and full, goes down nicely.

D - very enjoyable beer here. Hits the style perfectly and deliciously. It will be tough for UC to top this hefe in their German lineup.

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Photo of Monkeyknife
3.92/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy yellow gold with one finger of fizzy white head. A bit of thin wet lacing left behind.

Aroma of lemon zest, clove, yeast, and cracker.

The taste was tart apple, banana, clove, white pepper, yeast, and cracker.

Light-to-medium bodied and sticky with a sharp carbonation.

I could drink these all day. Well done, Urban Chestnut!

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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 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 richj1970
3.75/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 500 ml bottle into nonic pint. No visible bottle date.

A: Pours light yellow with 2-3 finger soapy white head that settles quickly to a thin cap. Some light lacing.

S: Banana, clove, nutmeg, bubblegum, and cracker malts.

T: Bready malts with a hint of banana sweetness. Some grassy funk, and faint spices - clove, and nutmeg. I get a little bubblegum flavor in the finish,

M: Medium body with a good amount of carbonation. I was expecting it to be a light lighter.

O: Easy drinking nice beer. I might have preferred the spices to be a bit more pronounced, but enjoyable still.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Hazy yellow straw in color. A fingernail of white foam rests on top. Banana ester aroma is very compelling. The mouthfeel is a bit thin for me. The taste starts of with the wheat and banana flavoring. The finish is brisk, but fulfilling. I like the look and the aroma but that felt like a tease.

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Photo of Chaney
4.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I had this on-tap at a bar in a hotel right next to my own hotel on a recent trip to St. Louis.

A: Poured a very cloudy (unfiltered), orange creamsicle color, with an Alka-Seltzery head that made this look creamy and inviting.

S: Pow! Lots of coriander, fresh banana, with a very well balanced spice mixture.

T: Bubble gum, disciplined sweetness, and with a spice blend that was downright awesome and made me go back for more and more. The smoothness on the end was just icing on a well-baked cake!

M: Creamy as hell, and with ridiculous lacing that put most hefes on the market to shame.

O: This was one of the highlight brews of my entire summer!

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Photo of leroybrown10
3.61/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazy pale straw. Haze dissipates some but not completely. Very small whitish head which disappears immediately. Continuous stream of bubbles rise from the bottom of the glass.

Banana is the main smell I notice. Some clove and straw as well. Not much going on here.

Banana again for the flavor. A bit of clove, lemon, and orange. A bit of cream and vanilla at the end.

Nice moderate to medium mouth feel. Some crispness from the carbonation which is medium+. Smooth and easy drinking with no alcohol presence.

Decent German-style wheat beer. Definitely a beer you could drink multiple of. Needs more oomph in the nose.

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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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.93/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy straw gold color with a very nice white head. The head recedes quickly leaving no lacing. (4)

Aroma of cloves and bananas but with some more breads notes that provide some a nice balance to the brew. There is a slight grassy hop note in the background. Very typical but yummy. (3.5)

Flavor is straightforward Hefe. Starts of bready and grainy with some nice earthy notes. This is then followed with some nice clove notes and the yeasty notes typical of a Hefe. Pretty clean and yummy. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. (4.0)(3.5)

Good traditional Hefe with a nice fresh hop character to it.(4.5.)

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