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Schell's Hefeweizen | August Schell Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
3.85/5
Very Good
181 Ratings
Schell's HefeweizenSchell's Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States
schellsbrewery.com

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.75%

Availability: Summer

Notes / Commercial Description:
Also known as Schell's 2014 Weiss

First brewed in 1984, Schell’s Hefeweizen is made with a blend of wheat malt and barley malts. We use an authentic wheat beer yeast culture, which gives the beer a fruity ale character dominated by a citrus-like tartness. Refreshingly light character with a higher than normal carbonation level. Straw-colored and cloudy from the unfiltered yeast left in suspension. Notes of banana and clove with a slight bready malt flavor.

Added by purplehops on 06-23-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#12,016
Reviews:
84
Ratings:
181
pDev:
12.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
9
Gots:
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Trade:
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Ratings: 181 |  Reviews: 84
Photo of brentk56
4.29/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance: Pours a cloudy honey color with a whipped egg white head that is adequate but not quite up to the German standard; a few strand of lace cling to the side of the glass

Smell: Banana bread with a strong clove and pepper aspect

Taste: Banana bread up front - nothing surprising here; but in the middle there is an explosion of clove, vanilla and pepper spice that continues into the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied but not quite creamy enough; moderate to high carbonation

Overall: Been looking to try this one for a while now and the persistence has finally paid off; the spice kick on this beer is non-traditional but a great American angle on the style

Thanks, copslovebeer, for the opportunity

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the B & L in New Ulm. This stuff was as fresh as I could get it.

Served in a Weizen Glass

Pours a nice 1 and 1/2 finger creamy white full head. Very good lace. The lace really make it look nice in the glass. Color is an extremely hazy pale orange juice look.

Aroma: The obvious banana and cloves. Very sweet and fruity. Light bready malts. A very good representation of the syle.

Taste: Bananas, some nuts, clove, very fruity. Bready malts. Pretty good.

Mouthfeel: Way to crisp. Beer seems to be overcarbonated. Medium bodied. A tad smooth.

Overall, this is one damn good representation of a hefeweizen. I am not trying to give it good ratings, just because it is my hometown brewery, but when this stuff is fresh, it is ridiculously amazing. I think it deserves way more than a B. I could drink this all summer long. I will definitely be getting more of this.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A cloudy, yellow-gold body is topped by a mid-sized head of bright white foam that quickly dwindles down to just a collar, and completely disappears at mid-glass. The nose is interesting, however. Cloves are obvious, and there's a mild banana as well, but it offers an additional fruitiness that's intriguing. At times it appears lemony; but there's also some kind of a melon or papaya note involved as well. The body is light/medium and its fine carbonation just caresses the tongue, leaving it smooth in the mouth. All of the interesting fruitiness of the nose returns in the flavor, wrapped in a thin blanket of lightly sweet wheat malt. There's a mild touch of bitterness to it; and it finishes with a flash of tartness before drying. Nicely done!

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2.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Lightly hazy lemony gold with a smattering of big bubbles clinging to the sides of the glass and a wealth of fine ones rushing upwards in the interior. Their goal is an eggshell colored cap that is semi-stiff, but is too unsticky to look good as it falls or to deposit much of any lace.

The nose is pleasantly soft and contains all of the requisite hefe weizen scents. Untoasted wheat coddles fresh banana and a sprinkling of clove. There's also a mild lemony citrusiness that must be coming from the Cascade hops; a distinctly American touch.

While Schell Hefe Weizen is a boldly flavored version, it isn't nearly as soft and as well realized as it is in the nose. Too much of the graininess of the wheat and barley make their way to the palate and not enough of the fruity and spicy yeastiness. It isn't enough to earn a lower score, but it is a minor disappointment.

As in the nose, banana is much more evident than is clove, earning a more than respectable hefe weizen banan-o-meter score of 3.0/5.0. Sweet and bitter are present in roughly equal proportions, with the tangy quality of the wheat undercut by its graininess. A good use of both Cascade and Mt. Hood hops helps the cause.

The body/mouthfeel is on the light side of medium with a mild degree of mouthcoating on the finish. I'd still classify it as relatively crisp and clean however. As the appearance suggested it would be, the mouthfeel is on the active side, but is none the worse for it.

Schell Hefe Weizen is a decent take on the style that benefits by its use of American hops. While it keeps the beer from being a true Bavarian hefe weizen, as the brewery would have us believe, it adds flavor interest and increases drinkability in a beer that I was pretty sure wasn't going to compete with the German originals anyway.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.6/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

hazy golden amber color was evident right away. A nice solid layer of white foam, maybe to a half an inch came up over the top, but then settled down far too qucikly, leaving behind nothing more then a slight layer of film across the top,

The aroma was good, very nice for the style, with a good sense of wheat, hints of banana and clove and a slight touches of an almost peach like smell. More solid in through the taste. Rolls across the tongue with a good amount of banana and peach flavors, hints of a light grass flavor and light grains then ruling the day on this one.

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Photo of Alieniloquium
3.2/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle poured into a chalice.

Appearance - Much hazier than the 1984 version, which is kinda obvious since this one isn't filtered. Orange body. Small white head that settles to a thin collar.

Smell - A little citrusy this time, which was missing from the other version. Lots of wheat. A bit of banana and clove.

Taste - Very light citrus up front. Right into wheat and cracker malt. Doesn't have that wheat intensity in the finish. Instead, bubble gum in the finish.

Mouthfeel - Feels heavier and a little more sluggish to drink. Medium carbonation.

Overall - Quite similar to the 1984 version. Slight differences make this one a bit better.

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Photo of a77cj7
4/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%

Best by 09/27/14:

Poured into weizen glass:

Pours clouded yellow with a white head that slowly collapses, leaving trailing lace.

The smell is of banana, clove and some citrus.

The taste is of banana/clove with citrus and light floral notes. Wheat tang comes through in the refreshing finish.

Smooth and crisp, this is a very nice example of a traditional Hefeweizen!

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Photo of feloniousmonk
3.62/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the first year this brew has gone out as "Hefe Weizen", in years before, it was merely "Weizen". Has the recipe or approach changed at all? Perhaps.
Appearance: hazy, bright straw yellow color, with a large, pure white head that's swift to settle.
Aroma: Great lemony, citric notes right off the bat, fresh, alert & alive, spicy, with a bunch of banana, too. Key note started as lemon, but banana dominates.
Nice, tasty, tangy texture, though the finish is brief. Body is light, leaning to medium. Taste is smooth and fruity, easy and refreshing. Not a mind-blowing weizen by any stretch, but it's a decent enough stand-in. I may return to it again throughout the summer.

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Photo of Erik-P
3.98/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of tempest
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had a pint at Old Chicago. There was a lot of great things going on wit this beer, but it was just missing a crisp malt or hop note to round things out. There's a big banana and clove spice over the smooth wheat malts, but there seems to be almost no bitterness or edge from the malt. It's just need a little balance to the rich yeast character that dominates the beer. That said, it reminds me a bit of Franziskaner and overall, is fairly tasty.

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Photo of Whiskeydeez
3/5  rDev -22.1%

Photo of eawolff99
4.41/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Photo of Donkster46
3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of mattmarka1
3.92/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

(Served in a Hefe-weizen glass)

A- This beer is a hazy golden yellow with a thin white head. Slow carbonation floats to the top.

S- light yeast and banana notes but pretty clean nose. Some notes of soft wheat as it warms.

T- Nice soft wheat taste with hints of banana and clove both. Very nice and flavors are not overpowering at all.

M- medium mouthfeel with a bit of fizz.

D-Very nice and good match to style. I would like to see a bit more bready characteristics or maybe some pils malt to balance it out. Very nice though.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Damn this beer is past it's prime (summer release) this might be why I didn't enjoy it so much.

A - Pours a bright clear yellow with not much haziness which is weird for the style and only a slight layer of head that turns to a lace ring.

S - Smells pretty nice mostly lemon and banana and touches of wheat.

T - Not as banana as I hoped but it was pretty good overall. Mostly lemon wheat flavors and touches of yeast.

M - Light to medium pretty good drinking.

Overall I will have to try this again fresh in the summer but it came off really lackluster and not very close to the style.

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Photo of jzlyo
3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

Photo of ovaltine
4/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy golden. Not much of a head. Just a thin off-white coating corraled by a thin edging of lace. Nice spicy wheat character blended with banana esters and vanilla on the nose. Pretty strong, but very pleasant. Carbonation is high, but fitting. Body is better than medium. Closer to medium-fulll actually. The flavor is very pleasant and non intrusive. Spicy and peppery yeast tones meld together with a tangy wheat presence and subdued banana/vanilla accents to provide a rather enjoyable hefe-weizen.

Thanks Big D (with the little c).

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Photo of iRun2Beer
4.07/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 181 ratings
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