Dismiss Notice
Subscribe to BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99! (Limited time offer, US delivery only)

Schaefer | F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
267 Ratings

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

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by stirgy on 08-21-2001

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 267 |  Reviews: 130
Photo of lemonlime311
2.58/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Ok nothing extordinary a slightly watery beer golden straw in color. Pours and leaves a large head at first which quickly dissapates. There is also a slightly reddish tone to the beer. In all honest I can't say it look below average.

Smell: Has a slightly flat smell to it. Not as bad as bud. But not horrible nothing to brag about

Taste: Little watery but has more flavor then most domestic beer like Bud, Miller, and Coors. Can't say that I am a fan but it's not the worst beer in the world either.

Mouthfeel: Crappy aftertaste it is the beer you would be having if your having more then one after you have a few good beers then switch over to this selzer like flat beer. Because really after a couple the taste is not a big factor. So drink scheafer if your having more then one.

Overall: OK $4.99 a 6pk about average for that price not as good as PBR or Miller High Life, Simarly to Lone Star beer not as good as Black Label it hard to say. Ill say the beer is average for the price.

 1,006 characters

Photo of rsant
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of beep71
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of slugfresh
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of vicsju1991
2.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into duvel snifter
A - clear pale ambery yellow blehhh, head dies down fast
S- cant really pic out anything but cheap beer
T - same cheep beer taste, nothing special here
M - easy to drink I guess
O - buy pabst.... seriously, if you are going to buy a cheap beer and try to get hammered just buy pabst

 318 characters

Photo of klipper
2.5/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of jjkatter
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%

Photo of durwood64
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of OzmanBey
1.06/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of buckyp
1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of RheinSchaefer85
2.66/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Though this Beer maybe Bad its not that bad. It's very Cheap to buy in the store and it gose down Nicely . Its perfect for that Summer Day. And Schaefer still has the Best Beer Jingle of all time in My opinion. It is a Personal Favorite though better than Bud or Miller .

 271 characters

Photo of jmarklan
2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours an extremely light straw color. The hard pour gave it a nice head but it quickly dissipated and left virtually no lacing.

S: Corn, straw and grass.

T: Corn, straw and grass, very slight hop touch. Very light in flavor.

M: Thin and highly carbonated, but that is to be expected.

Overall: Cheap swill. Better than a lot of american adjunct lagers but that's not saying too much. Not bad tasting or offensive, just not what beer should be.

 450 characters

Photo of Ralphs66
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There is a restaurant in Purdys NY called the Blazer Pub...some of the best burgers in the NY Tri-state area, and a regular stop for me. Well, recently they decided to go retro and are now offering, in cans, Schaefer, Ballantine, Rheingold and Schlitz....with PBR on tap. Whether you like these beers or not, the concept tickled my fancy and I decided to make my way through the list; revisiting some of the beers of my youth. None of them are great; in fact most of them are poor in comparison to the Captain Lawrence offerings that the Blazer also has on tap. But you know what? They were like an old friend, a blankie that I could hold at the bar and not feel self conscious about. Yes, I drank them all proudly and chances are, I will again.

 745 characters

Photo of Rochefort10nh
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of chapcat
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of mdillon86
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of joefigg
1/5  rDev -61.5%

Photo of GennyCreamAle
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -23.1%

Photo of Sachsenfreude
3/5  rDev +15.4%

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.7/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle this beer was a clear, straw color with one finger of white head. The retention of the head was average and it left spots of lacing. The aroma was of pale malt, corn, a bit of grassy hops and a hint of sweet malt. The flavors were mostly of cereal grains, pale malt and corn with some sweet malt too. Very little hops. The body was light, the carbonation appropriate and the mouthfeel fine.

 406 characters

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.3/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear yellow with a short-lived white head.

S - grains, corn chips.

T - a bit grainy but the sweetness is not horrible, it's plain and simple beer but it's better than most plain and simple beers.

F - light and crisp.

O - just another beer but it's a classic in my book.

 315 characters

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1 inch head, straw yellow in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: grass, straw, and adjuncts

Taste: corn, straw, and adjuncts

Mouthfeel: high carbonation, light bodied, sweet

Overall: This is arguably my favorite beer in the style. This was the first beer I had regularly, so that probably has much to do with it. On a hot day, I could easily session this. Nothing midblowing, but smooth adjunct without any weird aftertastes.

 444 characters

Photo of WalkingStickMan
2.38/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Golden yellow, say 4 SRM. Crystal clear, well-filtered.

Smell: Sweet, slightly corny, slightly malty.

Taste: Thin, watery, nothing lingers. Sweet malty flavor is less than nose leads on. Sugary cereal flavor, though.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation, very thin.

Cool though because, after drinking the six pack, you don't consider as much the flavor, aroma, etc., feel great, and are out much less cash than if you were to opt for the slightly better option at 4 times the price. BUZZ

 497 characters

Photo of Wegomlegging
1.85/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Ah Schaefer, the beer your grandaddy grew up on. This is the beer I got for $2 a pitcher in college, from a guy who always let his cigarette ashes fall in the food and beer that he was serving. Appetizing, yes. It appeared watery yellow, with no significant head. The smell was like a watered down Budweiser, but less skunky and more fresh (a good thing, no?). The flavor...well, let's just say it was refreshing and not too "flavory." I'm in a kind mood. The mouthfeel was flatter than fizzy, and overall it's a good cheap beer to not turn your nose up at because, well, let's face it, there's no such thing as a bad beer...at least not one that's this cheap.

 660 characters

Schaefer from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 2.6 out of 5 with 267 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.