Schell's Hefeweizen | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's HefeweizenSchell's Hefeweizen
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3.85/5
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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:
#14,096
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
186
pDev:
12.21%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

Photo of NickSMpls
3.99/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice Hefe. Not quite in the same league as NG Dancing Man and Weinhenstephener but a solid offering. Pours a pale yellow and clear for the style. Aroma is faint. Taste is refined and subtle.

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Photo of jhawth
3.19/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into a weizen glass. Pours a cloudy straw color, with a spongy, finger-sized head that dissipates relatively quickly.

Aroma: Bubblegum, yum. Subtle notes of apple and banana.

Taste: Bubblegum and banana flavors very noticeable, and not much else. A little more wheat-y malt flavor as it warms, and a bit of apple tartness in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light but energetic carbonation. Thin.

Overall: Not a bad beer, but nothing too exciting. I was most disappointed by the lack of head retention and how weak-bodied it was. No offensive flavors, no glaring flaws in the aroma, just nothing interesting. Soft-drink beer, as my sister would say. Nevertheless, it was pleasant, and I could easily drink a few over the course of a summer afternoon.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -9.1%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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2.5/5  rDev -35.1%

Photo of herman77
3.97/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Golden yellow with an average white head. Very cloudy and a few chunkies, as it should be. Not much lacing

S: Tons of ripe bananas and just a bit of clove spice. Picking up a bit of vanilla sweetness and even some juicy bubblegum.

T: Nice bananas and just a bit of the spicy yeast (cloves). Good amount of wheat.

M: Light body, higher carbonation.

O: A good hefe. Not one of my favorite styles so drinkability isn't too high, but this one is great, solid example in my book.

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4.25/5  rDev +10.4%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.73/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Im not going into details for the fact that no American breweries have come close to this authenticity for this style and I have tried many American Hefes. This brew could easily be mistaken as an authentic hefe (albiet a little tartier) from Germany if it wasnt for the American Brand. In a blind test, I think it goes head to head with the German Paulaner Hefe and im a big fan of Paulaner Hefeweizen. It says a lot. In conclusion, this beer is not only worth your money but deserves more of your money.

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3.85/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into duvel glass

Look is a cloudy pale yellow gold with almost no head. Smell is light, but heavy on the banana. There is some lemon and clove also. Taste is also heavy with banana sweetness and leaves the exact same aftertaste as banana Laffy Taffy. Lemon, clove, black pepper in the background. Feel is superb other than the slightly cloying finish.

Not sure what to think about this one, I usually love hefe's but only feel so-so about this. Still, it's well done, flavorful, and relatively cheap. That being said, I probably won't buy again.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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4/5  rDev +3.9%

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

A: Pale straw yellow beautifully hazed over with persistent bubbling. A thick milky white head adorns this beautiful German style Hefe truly lending to its authenticity.

S: Rich bananas and cloves, hints of vanilla in the background with a slight lactic sense floating around as well. Hops and malts fall to the wayside as the yeast truly is the star of this show.

T: The front of the palate is a wonderfully balanced smattering of malty sweetness and light noble hopped bitterness. As the brew crosses the tongue the clove notes of the nose ease to a supporting role as the banana notes calmly take the lead. Spice at the finish is what is this brews secret reward, just a small just ever so noticeable amount of black pepper almost giving a smokey feel puts this beer in the realm of traditional wheat hefes, it reminds me of my first (albeit Belgian) Hoegaarden.

M: Vibrantly effervescent, crisp, clean and a lightly acidic feel that cleanses the palate makes this a great food beer. It is a shame that it is a seasonal as it could work really well in the fall with turkey.

O: I am a man who highly respects traditional in-style brews and Schells Hefeweizen truly fulfills my tastes, so as to this and as a Minnesotan I am biased. However I find that their interpretation is on par with many great imports I have had (freshness helps) and that the versatility of its pairing is exceptional. Schells avoids the trends of the mainstream craft scene and sticks to their German American roots which I greatly respect; this beer (along with their Oktoberfest Marzen) is a representation of that. Is this the best Hefe, most innovative? No! But it is a great American beer worthy of respect and deserves praise.

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3.75/5  rDev -2.6%

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3.25/5  rDev -15.6%

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3/5  rDev -22.1%

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4.32/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ester production by hefe yeast may range from clove-like to banana-like. I like the whole range. This is one of the nice examples at the banana end of the range.

It's yellow-gold in appearance, with suspended yeast leading to the typical hefeweizen appearance. The white frothy head degrades perhaps a little too rapidly in my glass.

This is a banana-dominated hefe that has just a hint of the clove esters.

There is a malt sweetness that really complements the banana aromas. Yet, the finish is dry, even slightly tart.

Slight coating of the mouth due to wheat protein (?) - a soft kiss.

I hope to try this beer again, perhaps in a tasting with some of the New Glarus wheat beers, which I always like. Schell's makes some really nice beers and I don't see them often enough on the shelves of my northern WI beer stores.

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4.12/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle into a big stemless wine glass. Thanks to "One for the Road" in Wexford for the bottle!

A perfectly serviceable Hefeweizen, surprisingly good, actually... hits all the right notes, a hazy dull yellow, short white head with only a bit of lace. Pleasing banana-pepper nose, clove in all the right places, wheaty. Excellent aroma, no off notes. Flavor continues on into a very to-style Hefe that honestly is one of the better ones I've had lately. Nothing wrong here at all, perhaps not as perfect as Weihenstephaner but surely better than most. No off anythings, this leans towards the lighter side of the style but still has enough body to be legit. Better than a lot of the stale old German imports that have been on shelves for who knows how long.

Wonderful carbonation, light ABV and a simple, mildly estery-sour finish round it off. If this were a local, I'd drink it to distraction in the summer months. Well done, Schell's.

Reading the reviews, it seems this beer may have gotten better lately. In any case, I look forward to trying it again when I go North.

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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.85 out of 5 with 186 ratings