Schaefer
F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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From:
F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
 
Wisconsin, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #223
ABV:
4.6%
Score:
63
Ranked #28,509
Avg:
2.64 | pDev: 28.41%
Reviews:
145
Ratings:
298
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jan 24, 2024
Added:
Aug 21, 2001
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  53
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Reviewed by bullwinkle88 from Isle of Man

4.08/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Tastes like the 70s. Corny, a bit dry. Very scarce in the northeast. Not particularly worth going out of the way for and it only comes in 30s. Fun change of pace for a party. Better than Budweiser
Jan 24, 2024
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Reviewed by joeagain from New Jersey

2.26/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
This was, once upon a time, a fairly decent typical American beer. You know, it's the kind of beer you'd have at a picnic, maybe mowing the lawn, sitting on the front steps yapping with some buddies while having a "cold one"... drinkable but in no way special.
Well, it seems a tad lesser quality than even back then.
Very light yellow, small short lasting head, very light corn and barley taste. Don't blink, you'll miss the hops!
In a nutshell, not a very good beer, even at it's inexpensive price of about 17 bucks a 30 pack!
Better off with Hamm's or Keystone light (yep... it's that bad) if you want some cheap brewskis.
Sep 11, 2023
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Rated by rojoes from New York

2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Not bad, but nothing to write home about. Your value priced lawn mowing beer.
Nov 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.51 by Hazey92 from New York

May 21, 2022
 
Rated: 2.53 by Campodog from Spain

May 19, 2022
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Reviewed by bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

3.08/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
This isn’t bad for an adjunct lager. It looks like p*ss and smells similar. Has a corniness on the nose and a bright yellow color. It tastes good, though. Very smooth and not cloying. Can’t beat it for $17.49 a 30 pack!
Feb 12, 2022
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Reviewed by jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.48/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
310 ml can (10.5 oz). Label says "Puerto Rico" on it, not sure why as the label also indicates it was brewed in Milwaukee.

drank on the beach in St John USVI so all that mattered was that it was wet and cold. not much more to say, very mild pale malt flavor, thin and fizzy mouthfeel.
Jan 18, 2022
 
Rated: 2.31 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 27, 2021
 
Rated: 2.79 by Wilkolaczek94 from Connecticut

May 06, 2021
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

2.18/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
Light refreshing, for tinted water, and very mild. This thing drinks quick, inoffensive, and utterly forgettable. There is nothing off here just simple light lager. If you’re hot and thirsty go for it.
Sep 26, 2020
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

2.53/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
A 12 oz. can poured into a clear pint glass shows a very pale straw colored, almost clear liquid. There's very little head, glass lacing, nor aroma. There is some taste, but it's mostly yeasty. Considering the category, at least there is some taste. This brand probably tasted better decades ago. The Puerto Rican version definitely was.
Sep 08, 2020
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Reviewed by rvisual from Texas

3.22/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
**Mandatory discussion based on trying a few 6-packs years in the past.

Schaefer was one of the brews available from regional brewers when I lived in Madison WI from 1973-78. IMO even that many years ago, Schaefer was not that popular b/c there were too many other options available and the taste and smell were for diehard fans only.

Around 1977 or so, Miller Lite came on the local scene and took a huge market away from the regional brews like Schaefers.
Aug 27, 2020
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Rated by DCH from New York

4.47/5  rDev +69.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
The best AAL on the market.
Apr 02, 2020
 
Rated: 3.01 by nater919 from New York

Mar 23, 2020
 
Rated: 3.18 by Blogjackets from Ohio

Mar 20, 2020
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Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

1.45/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75
Tastes like the metal bleachers of the stadium that used to bear its name. Literally any other beer would be better than this. The one beer to have when you’re having more than one. No thanks. I’ll have none.
Feb 17, 2020
 
Rated: 3.45 by SargeC from California

Jan 20, 2020
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Reviewed by Tantonys from Maine

2.75/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Drank a lot in college, stole a lot from my Dad. 4.6% great session brew! None of the floral I remember. Rather corny taste, decent bitter. Ok for cheap beer.
Nov 06, 2019
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Rated by Kthorsland from New Jersey

4.94/5  rDev +87.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I grew up in the ‘70s with all my family enjoying Schaefer and it is still the favorite beer of my extended family. Great beer!
Jun 13, 2019
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Reviewed by jrc1093 from Connecticut

2.86/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Best by 7/22/19

Pours a golden straw topped with an ample thick white foam; slowly receding retention leaves layers of splotchy lacing and a fading cap and collar.

Aromas show muddled grainy notes and some fresh straw with a minor corn sweetness almost overshadowed entirely by an oncoming presence of grassy hops; bouquet has a quiet pop to it.

Taste lots of grain and a light honeyed sweetness throughout the profile, while grassy hops come in late to give a rounded quality; finishes quickly with hints of a somewhat unpleasant metallic tone lingering.

Mouthfeel holds a light body that holds nicely until the back end, where it becomes a bit watery; smooth carbonation with a progressive prickle on the palate and a decent crispness overall; finish thins and fades quickly.

Solid, essentially inoffensive AAL with a developing grain character and reinforcing hoppy prickle; somewhat inconsistent overall to be a go-to, but I'd have no problem returning to this one if the situation called for it.
May 29, 2019
Schaefer from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 298 ratings