Schell's Hefeweizen | August Schell Brewing Company

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Schell's HefeweizenSchell's Hefeweizen

Brewed by:
August Schell Brewing Company
Minnesota, United States

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.

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Photo of mothman
4.17/5  rDev +8%
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 BigBry
3.5/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle (label as pictured), sampled at the brewery tour and from a mixed case after.
Slightly hazy, yellow gold color, almost shiny hilights. Lots of big bubbles, thin sticky lace, fine streams of carbonation.
Decent hefe-type aroma, slightly wheaty, a touch of banana and clove. A bit of lemon citrus too. Sweet wheat malt and some yeasty flavors, banana taste is quite light. The body and mouthfeel is light, but still enough bite to give it a crisp and clean finish. I thought it was a good interpretation of the style.

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Photo of schellsbeer
3.53/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Thanks Greggy for the beer. Not that big of a fan of the wheat beers but here it goes. If it from Schells, it can't be that bad. Heck, it was made in Minnesota.

Pours a cloudy orange tan with very little head. Small white CO2 bubbles rise through the fog.

Smells like a wheat beer wheat. Crisp with a hint of apple and lemon

Taste - very good considering I am not a huge fan of style of beer. "Hello sir....may I have another?" Apples, lemons, oranges, a small town bakery on an early winter morning. Overall, very good. I am impressed. Better than Zon, that is for sure.

The bite on the tongue is a nice touch. Has a bit of an acid crispness to it. Very light. Again, crisp apples come to mind.

Being impressed, I would indeed drink this beer again. Something that I wouldn't purchase except in the summer but overall, very enjoyable.

Thanks again Greg

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this beer in a trade with Greggy, Thanks Greg!

12oz bottle served in a weisse glass.

L - cloudy pale yellow color with a soft white head that fell to a ring.

S - banana, yeast and clove.

T - light fruit flavor, banana, pears and a lemon tartness on the finish.

F - medium bodied with mild carbonation.

D - tasty, easy to drink, not too filling.

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Photo of hardy008
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Cloudy Gold, poured a 2 finger head which dissipated, but still left a nice lacing on the glass.

Smell - Lemon with some hints of sweetness.

Taste - Quite good. Lemons with slight banana sweetness.

Mouthfeel - light bodied and clean

Drinkability - Very drinkable. It would be easy to have several bottles of this in one sitting.

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Photo of Greggy
3.87/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Pours a soapy, rather unimpressive, 1 finger head. The body is straw colored with some nice haziness. The head recedes rather quickly and leaves very minor lacing.

S- Nice banana, clove, mandarin orange, pear, as well as bubblegum. A nice classic hefeweizen nose, but errs on the side of a wit. Nice nonetheless.

T- Notes of big clove, banana, and a finish that retains the sweetness.

M- Carbonation is high and cloying and the mouthfeel is just a bit to sharp and thin. If I could see less carbonation, I believe it would result in a big body and therefor, a better beer, overall.

D- Despite the mouthfeel, this is a pretty tasty beer. Thanks to KeefD for letting me know of these on closeout for $3.99.
I grabbed 2 6 packs and will enjoy both.

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Photo of Mdog
4.3/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Hazy gold, ok head.

Smell: Nice bubblegum and clove aroma.

Taste: Very nice! Sweet banana and bubblegum alongside some wheat and citrus tang.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: A great beer for a hot summer day and nicely priced.

I had seen this beer talked up on the forums as an underrated hefe so I picked up a bottle to sample. It is an excellent beer! I will definitely put this in the summer beer rotation.

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Photo of morimech
3.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a cloudy, pale yellow with a small head that quickly recedes. Just a little lacing is left on the glass. I get a whiff of cloves with a little yeast in the background. The flavor is likewise one dimensional. Mostly cloves with just a little sweetness sneaking in on the finish. Light body with perfect carbonation as well as low ABV makes for a highly sessionable beer. No problem putting many of these down in a sitting but I can find more flavorful Hefeweizens around.

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Photo of hylton44
3.74/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very pale yellow appearance, almost like a witbier. Deeply pungent and promising aroma, carrying barreloads of banana and yeasty odors down the nose. Taste - while good and rather unique, doesn't quite measure up to that initial, olfactorial impression. A lot of clove and spice, with a pumkin-sort of hint that reminds me of one of those Halloween specialty beers. The sharpness of all that spice kind of kills the richness of the yeasty malt and makes it a lot more one-dimensional than, say, a Paulaner Hefe (the Gold Standard, in my opinion). Still, a solid enough summer beer; worth a try, and extra points for an original take on the style.

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Photo of KarlHungus
4.6/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This beer pours a hazy straw color. The head is large and billowy, and recedes quickly into nice lacing. The aroma is of cloves, banana bread, bubblegum, and wheat. The taste is more clove than anything else, but there is some nice wheaty notes in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lively carbonation, and a velvety texture. Overall, this is one of the most authentically German hefes I have had from an American brewery.

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Photo of jcdiflorio
3.12/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a large bowled wheat glass from a 12oz. brown long neck bottle with crimped cap. Best by 8-22-07.

Cloudy lemmon yellowy color slight golden hue. 1" creamy white head dissapated quickly to a slight coating. Good carbination with a decent amount of bubbles stringing from the sides of the glass.

Clean aroma with a light to moderate bannana and clove nose,both aroma about the same intenesity.Some light citrus with a slight hint of pineapple. Good,pleasing aroma.

Lots of clove taste up front on the moderate side,good spicy tanginess a hint of nutmeg and some faint bannana tastes.Light citrusy finish.

Light mouthfeel.astringent with some grainyness. Not a great wheat beer,but a decent offering was just a bit on the light side. Would be a good starter wheat beer,easy on the palate.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
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 alexgash
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale lemon yellow body with medium haze and a moderate, fluffy white head. Light citrus (lemon) over yeast and caramel bananas. Nice. Soft, banana wheat bread, clove spice, yeasty good. Light bitterness in the finish. Moderate body with a proteiny feel. A nice American hefe.

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Photo of hero27
3.57/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle.
Best by 8/26/06.

Hazy, pale straw color..fragile white head lasts for a bit but fades to nothing at all. Light spice (cloves) & lemon aroma.
Tangy lemon flavor with a bit of clove..banana comes through pretty thick also. Very light, refreshing mouthfeel..and the low abv makes this exceedingly drinkable.

A pretty good brew from Schell.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.03/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schell- Hefeweizen

On tap at the Wine Cafe- Mankato, MN.

Appearance- hazy/ cloudy yellow with a thick billowy head. Laced down the glass.
Smell- light banana clove with the hay/ wheat odor.
Taste- nice middle of the road Hefe flavor not to bold and strong but a flavorful pounder.
Mouthfeel- just a notch above watery. A chugger with flavor.

Overall- A nice lighty flavorful Hefe that is too easy to pound. Not bad!!

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Photo of garymuchow
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Really pleasant sweet and spicy clove aroma. Light, refreshing and consistent.
This is the biggest knock. NO HEAD on a hefewiezen. Short fizzy within 1 minute of pouring. Cloudy pale straw.
Flavor is close to aroma with more wheat qualities of grains and banana's. Consistent flavor profile that is similar to the aroma.
How does this brewery make everything so rich? A very thick quality with a slick almost syrupy feel. Heavy carbonation and still refreshing somehow.
Overall good smelling and tasting. Hefe with unique Schell qualities. This is alright and worth a venture or two every summer.
Updated 2015 - no problems with appearance now. Big full head, may settle out a little quicker than others, but classic look overall.

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Photo of TastyTaste
4.12/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a medium orange/gold color, very hazy with an initially large head, which fades to almost nothing. Lots of banana in the nose, very fruity with also some clove in the background, quite nice. Taste is also very good for the style, slightlly grassy with banana and clove, very smooth and clean. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and fits nicely. This is a beer I have been trying to find for the last year and a hal, but missed the last brewing season, but it was worth the wait.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.9/5  rDev +1%
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 TheLongBeachBum
3.47/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 fluid ounce brown glass bottle. A dark orange sunset colored neck and obverse label lend a professional look to this beer. Described as a ‘Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat Beer’, the reverse label explains that this is a Bavarian style wheat beer. No freshness or strength is listed.

Appearance: Pale yellow murky wheat laden body. Lots of streamers. A fizzy death dance quickly reveals minimal head, all except for a halo of fizzy white bubbles. Minimal conditioning.

Nose: Lots of cloves, regurgitated bananas and more cloves with a spritzy sprig of lemon zest at the finish. A tad acidic once you get past the thick banana laden monkey sick middle. Quite nice but banana overload and a tad cloying on the nose.

Taste: Funky Hefe, the cloves and bananas give it a regular feel, whilst hints of water laden tropical island fruits give it a nice irregular fruity character. Coupled with lemon splashes and some acidic pineapple flicks all make for a very interesting Hefe. Far from boring!

Mouthfeel: Nice levels of carbon dioxide help to make up for the low conditioning. The dissolved gases lend a fine feel to a light body. Easy in the mouth, airy at times, which helps to balance the early cloying Banana and Clove profile.

Drinkability: Damn tasty and very drinkable, but the thick cloying clove cum banana could be a tad to much in the long term I think.

Overall: A tasty Hefe, above average and very interesting.

A Clove encrusted Bananamonkeysick Thanks to [Notso]Big[asXlperro]Huge!! Cheers Mate ;-)

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Photo of marc77
3.67/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Cloudy deep golden. Head settles into a thin, frothy, cream white layer. Loose lace forms, then fizzles. Nose is predominantly banana, bread and butter, with an herbal twang. Grainy tartness augments as the beer warms. Tame, but well rounded aromawise. Upfront in flavor is an impression of underbaked banana bread, with a hint of bitter crust. Tartens slightly mid palate. Not really citrus in tart fruit character, but more akin to that of underripe honeydew melon and guava. Quite unique in that regard, but banana esters dominate. Trace clove phenol exists only as an undertone. Moderate in body, with a silky, yet soft mouthfeel. Could use a bit more spritz and carbonic bite to bolster tartness. Finishes with a dart of hop bitterness yielding to a fleeting twang of bubblegum. A respectable hefeweizen that needs more carbonation to accentuate fruity esters. Still, it's well crafted and certainly very thirst quenching. Thanks Bighuge!

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Photo of bditty187
3.94/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy, pale yellow-peachy hue. Smallish white head that doesn’t hold long, produces soapy residue. No lace. Pleasant bouquet… cloves, mild wheaty-yeast, and vanilla construct the moderately potent nose. The palate is clovey with some hints of lemon but more tropical fruit influences… tasty banana hints too... a kiss of pepper… slightly tart, towards the finish a slight spiciness emerges but mellows greatly in the aftertaste, which is mainly yeasty/wheaty/clove. Medium-light body. Solid carbonation. Very drinkable! Aside from appearance this is a damn nice Hefeweizen, I’d gladly sip this one again. Try one.

Thanks ZAP!

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.99/5  rDev +3.4%
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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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +2.8%
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 UncleJimbo
4.07/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz, brown bottle, capped. Best before date on the glass.

This hefeweizen poured a fizzy, hazy straw color (cloudy if the yeast sediment was poured) with white foam that settled. The smell was a nice, light, toasted banana and clove smell with some citrus and malt. The taste was lightly sweet and tangy and fruity: citrus, banana, cloves, and wheat, malt, yeast, and floral hops in the finish. The mouthfeel was tangy and crisp with light body and moderately strong carbonation. The feel was light and airy with a nice, citrusy aftertaste. This was a drinkable and refreshing hefeweizen.

Thanks to feloniousmonk.

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Photo of budgood1
3.82/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a re-review.
pours out a hazy lemon yellow color; the addition of the sediment turns it very cloudy, with a thick fine and short lasting head. there is very little lace which is offputting . it has a predominant lemony aroma with strong hints of clove and banana. flavours of wheat malt, fruits and yeast (a lemony/banana combo), and hints of spice tickle the tongue. above medium mouthfeel...balanced between creamy and crisp. finishes nice, with lots of wheat and yeast flavours in the aftertaste. this is a very nice hefe; lots of boldness and flavour to keep the senses intrigued. along with the new name and packaging, i believe this is the same recipe as before. a fresh batch and a new fresh review and my scores have been raised accordingly. worth seeking out.

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Schell's Hefeweizen from August Schell Brewing Company
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