Schaefer | F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
Wisconsin, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of nekronos
3.6/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

VEry annoying before you finnish the first can, but anyway, I had to try it. Almost green, as all those macros, yeah, I know I say that a lot, but it is true, almost no foam but at the end you got some. The cans ays much about the content if you look at it. The corny additives are not that recognizable but they are tere, I bet.

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Photo of tesguino
2.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Schaefer makes the thing better than other american breweries; this is one example, good beer, depp yellow color, like a pilsner but the bounty of a lager; taste lightly bitter, pure, low in adjuncts; smell like brolied hops, little alcaline; i try this beer in a pint glass, with mexican food is good, american and german too; 80% recommended.

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Photo of rpgman456
2.31/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Rhinegold, Schaefer, Knickerbocker...ahh the good old days of diversity in the world of macro brews. Since I knew this beer was commonplace in the iceboxes of my grandparents I felt compelled to purchase it. I was so offended to see this beer in 40oz. form that I almost walked out of the store empty-handed. But, upon venturing into the back refrigerated room of my liquor store I decided to pick up a "specialty priced" $11.99 (before tax and can return) 30 rack up for my next party. Well, that didn't go as good as I hoped it to. After countless comments like "whats schaefer?", "I hope this stuff was on sale", and "ewww this is the worst tasting beer i've ever had" it was demoted to the late night beer-pong table. This beer pours a serene gold color, with similar characteristics to the outside can. When poured into a glass, an artificially thick pearly white head forms over the beer and lasts much longer than the average beer drinker would want. The first taste of this (especially when room temperature or warmer) is of utter mystery. I remember asking myself "did I just enjoy this, or not?". The reason why I had this question repeating in my mind was because before this I had been drinking Budweiser and I found Schaefer to be comparable to Budweiser in many dimensions and yet it is alot cheaper. The design of the can is very "half-ass", no fancy words like budweiser (clean, crisp, pure). A barley stem is pictured on the side of this product along with the words "schaefer" in red and "union made" in small black letters (wow that makes me feel alot better haha). Overall this beer is not bad when deciding on a cheap beer to be used in some form of a drinking game, but in no way that reminiscent beer of the past that I was expecting.

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Photo of MuddyFeet
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bought a 40oz for shitz and gigglez. Poured some in a glass and it was a very pale yellow. Thick bubbley head but the carbonation of the beer was negligible. Nose was very light--mostly rice. Taste is oh so simple. Lots of adjuncts and hints of some actualy malted grains. Hops? Nope. Very light and crisp, but flat. Definitely easy to drink.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I will always remember the jingle: Schaefer is the one beer to have when you're having more than one. Poured a pale yellow color with white puffy head. Smell is sweet, but really not much of anything. Taste is ??? (what taste). Mouthfeel is ?? (what mouthfeel). Refreshing at best. Lawnmower beer.

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Photo of TheDeuce
2.11/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance-pale golden color, a fair amount of head that dissapears quickly

Smell-cooked cabbage, a little corn, grain, fairly clean though.

Taste-thin and watery, really not much on the palette, a little grain to go through with but other than that it goes down clean and tasteless.

Mouthfeel-thin and watery, not a good aftertaste and not that smooth going down.

Drinkability-a drink em and get drunk type beer, I'd only have another if at a party or offered but I would certainlty not seek this out.

Overall-this is a cheap mass-produced beer made to drink quick and get buzzed in the vein of Milwaukee's Best Light or Natural Light, it's comparable to these and therefore obviously not something to seek out.

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Photo of DESTRO
2.72/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

$4.99 a 12 pack? im down! crack the can it pours out crappy and yellow. like you knew it would. aroma is cheap and bland, touch of chemical and lightly metallic. flavorwise though, its not bad. very light hop bitterness, somewhat sweet malt backbone, clean and refreshing. crisp in the mouth, a tad thin but its not bad. goes down smooth. i liked this, for a cheap beer this stuff is alright.

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Photo of Billolick
2.53/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

in a can, after I mowed the lawn this morning. Pours yellow and big bubble nasty, corn in the nose. Very light body, medium carbonation. Faint notes of malt and some sort of bitterness, but very little. This stuff is a bad waste of water, but when youre hot and thirsty, it does hit the spot and go down easy. Barely beer.

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Photo of JamesBerry
2.43/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This has a disgustingly thin light amber ginger ale color (same goes for the virtually nonexistent head). Aroma of adjuncts mixed with a hint of beer. Very little flavor, almost to the point of being overpowered by the weak carbonation. The aftertaste has a slight solvent feeling to it.
This beer makes me think that smashing the can on my forehead would be a good idea. Recommended only for those too young to know what good beer tastes like, or those too old to be able to taste the difference.

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Photo of usualpulp
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I saw a 12pk of this sitting at the beer store for a fairly cheap price, so i thought what the heck, might as well try something new, cheap or not, so I bought it. The beer smells like your average cheap american beer, strong corn smell. It pours a very yellow color with a thin short lived white head. The taste isnt awful, I would rank it above many of the cheap macro's, but not as high as some of them. Tastes very watery, with slight hop and wheatish flavors, strong on corn. Overall its not a horrible beer, something good for drinking while watching a game, but I think for that, my money is better spent on high life or pbr.

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Photo of TastyTaste
1.73/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Got it in 40 oz. bottle form in New Jersey (not available in my locale). Clear straw-gold color, with a white head. At $2 a 40, I didn't deem it worthy of a glass. Tastes of grain and corn, a true macro lager gone awry. It's drinkability is alright, if you factor in value of this cheap brew.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ahhhh Schaefer!! The 1 beer to have when you're having more than one.
I remember drinking this when I was a kid at baseball games. Taking quick sips from the big paper cups. Yum!!!

Schaefer pours a absolute piss yellow with a thick foamy bubbly head.
The smell is like corn/grits, hay, straw, crabgrass, you name it!
The taste is sharp and carbonated with a hint of grains.
Oh it's so bad it's good!!!

I have used this beer for Beirut(beerpong) and people will refuse to play. This beer WILL give you a headache!!

Not for the fainthearted!!!

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Photo of Stopper
2.62/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The pour is average. It has a thin head of medium-sized bright white bubbles topping a pale yellow beer. The aroma is slightly sweet, barely hoppy, and pretty pungent, though I'm having trouble placing or describing what it is I'm smelling... perhaps that's just the corn? The mouthfeel is relatively syrupy for a pale american adjunct lager, and it feels moderately carbonated. The initial flavor is pretty sweet, but definitely not unbalanced. The finish has a notable hop spice that trails off to leave only a mild taste of cooked corn.

So I bottle my homebrew in these longnecks, and the sturdy boxes are nice too. I feel much better about downing these to make room for new batches than downing my old brews, so I buy Schaefer. Maybe next time I'll try something else I can find with longnecks, like Old Milwaukee or something, though I'm not sure it'll be much better. It's drinkable, but not worth seeking out.

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Photo of BeerResearcher
2.4/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My dad drank this when he needed a break from Ballantines or the occasional Knickerbocker,...or Narragansett. He would blame "Schaefer Beer Farts" for any particularly odiferous flatulence. That said, I bought this 40 ouncer chilled it well and poured it into a frosted 10oz glass in memory of dear old dad. It pours a pale yellow with a thin rapidly dissipating white head. Some trailing lace developed after the glass warmed a bit. The aroma is of damp towels, cereal and faint alcohol fuminess. The body is thin and a little grainy. There is a mild spicy hop flavor, but it basically blends into a seltzery, fizzy mouthfeel. It's really not all that bad for a cheap beer.

Here's a bonus Schaefer jingle for those too young to remember, or for those who'd rather forget, here it is anyway;

Schaefer is the…one beer to have when you’re having more than one.
Schaefer, flavor...doesn't fade, when your workday's done.
The most rewarding flavor in this man's world, for people who are having fun.
Schaefer, is beer to have, when you're having more than one!

Thank you and good night!

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.38/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottled as a 40 ouncer and looking pretty well from out of the fifties, this old standby provides a look at the classic regional pale lagers of the past century. Plae yellow with a dissipating white head and little lacing. Taste is the standard pale lager ho-hum with a very light aroma to match. Watery, thin mouthfeel though smooth as well. Nothing here to recommend other than a quick thirst quencher.

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Photo of ElGuapo
2.3/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This one has scared me off for a while, but it was time to make a drunken chicken, and we needed a canned beer. I see two cans of Schaefer in the fridge. Let's do it!
Yellow pour with some little white bubbles on top. I am a bit scared now. Aroma is lacking much but grains.

I take a sip, and I don't die, wow, Schaefer is not that bad! It is very crisp with a load of carbonation. It is not skunky like some other low quality beers. Grainy, a little citrus. It is not a good beer, but you can drink it, and I did not get the three gulp headache I get from other "lesser" beers.

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Photo of pezoids
2.34/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I inherited a case of returnables from somebody. I don't hate this beer. I actually consider this my "pizza" beer. It's fine when you
want a flavourless, highly carbonated light beer, which I actually crave once in awile.It's a good cheap beer to share with family members, so they don't have to make a yuck face and pour out your Storm King stout.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.15/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A retro classic! It pours a clear yellowish-gold with a creamy white head that holds OK and keeps a nice collar and whispy surface foamy throughout the glass. The nose displays a lightly sweet and grainy malt with a light note of corn and a touch of sulphur. There are no noticeable hops. It's light bodied, smooth, and lightly creamy in the mouth. The flavor offers a lightly sweet malt with a touch of corn-like flavor. Some non-distinct hops float along the surface. It finishes short and drying with a touch of residual sweetness. An enjoyable and refreshing basic American-style lager.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.45/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A very light offering in that it has a very light body and a thin straw like colouring. The taste too, is also weak and very little taste retention and seemingly a little weak as it is, it is also well balanced...this beer is worth the price but I could not make a habit of it......

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.27/5  rDev -15%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Schaefer is one beer that probably defines "old-school." Still one of the main choices amongst my older relatives. This beer was huge in the 60s. It is now reduced to a Pabst beer contract-brewed by Miller (like all the Pabst brands). I've heard numerous accounts that this beer isn't what it used to be, and it was better back in the day. As of now, this is a dirt cheap beer ($2.59 for the sixer) that beats out NattyBeastStone in the cheapest of beers category. PBR is still better (if you don't mind paying 40 cents more :-).

Schaefer pours YELLOW. Nothnig straw-colored about it. Quite bubbly. A decent 2-finger head formed, but disappeared almost instantly. The smell is sweet and grainy (corny, perhaps?) with a touch of alcohol. The mouthfeel is light, watery, and fizzy but has a smoothness to it. Initial taste is quite sweet. Some malt and grain. Some hop presence too along with some dryness. Almost certain corn is used here. The aftertaste is clean along with some dryness, but after lingering for a few moments, some DMS/veggie taste along with a definite corn taste become present. Belching will bring up the corn taste even further. This beer has almost no alcoholic warmth to speak of, save for a little.

A Mexican restaurant near me actually has this stuff on tap, probably to cater to the older guys that go in there. This was somewhat of a nostalgic trip for me, but this is a very unextraordinary brew, and it struck me almost as an alcoholic corn beverage instead of a malt beverage. Drinkable, but there is better cheap beer out there.

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Photo of Kwak
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Schaefer frezzing cold is not bad at all.
It pours nice with a helthy head .
The body was thin and clear.
The color was yellow with a almost piss tone to it.
It tasteed crisp and clean with no aftertaste.

not really a bad beer butt you have to drink it ice cold

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Photo of Jason
2.25/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 16 oz can shinning a gold and red label with a white back ground, boast that it is America's oldest lager beer. No freshness date.

Appearance: Pale yellow with a quick forming and quick disappearing head that leaves nothing in its trail not even a thin lace, looks like apple juice or something else.

Smell: Watered down astringent grain with a weird aspartame artificial sweet aroma, otherwise a clean nose.

Taste: Light bodied with a lost crispness from an overly effervescent carbonation during the pouring perhaps due to that this beer should be consumed out of the can. Thin malt mouth feel and very little to the flavour other than some residual sweetness and vague graininess. A relatively dry brew, some odd cloying sweetness that seems mutated or engineered comes through. Hops are shallow and very light in the bitterness though just enough to balance the meek malt character. Slight cheap lager twang associated with canned beers is in the after taste but all in all it is a pretty clean one.

Notes: A chug-a-lug style beer, produced in mass quantities to be consumed in mass quantities. Not my mug of beer but its similarities to all of the other mass produced beers keep it popular in some areas around the country still.

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Photo of Wildman
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this beer alot when living with some other guys in a house. One of them liked to get this beer. The usual quote was "Schaefer, when your having more then one".

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Photo of Brent
2/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

If you want a good beer, don't bother with this. If you want a slam-it-down cheap beer, then this is as good a choice as any. It has a fairly clean finish, which is about all you'll taste anyway if you're chugging.

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Photo of Todd
2.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

If they're out of Brubaker, then Schaefer is my next pick. Not a beer you want to drink to quell any craving for real beer, but rather one to suck down as you're first. Even more so, at $1.99 at the bar for a 16oz'er. ... although this ad from the 60's urges you to have more than one.

"Bop, Bop, Feeling pretty ... all together in Schaefer City!"

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