Schaefer Light | F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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Schaefer LightSchaefer Light

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

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 49
Photo of Juliocruz26
4.42/5  rDev +93%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It goes down like water a crisp no aftertaste beer... it's not the best but it was the first beer I ever drank age 11 lol... nostalgia! It's the beer my dad drank until it was rolled out and no longer available at your everyday corner store... Man do I miss this beer...

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Photo of cityofFestivals
3.28/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

It's silly to attempt a philosophical description or review about this beer or any other in it's class. If you are buying it, there is a reason and that reason is you are looking for a good value beer. Schaefer Light is an excellent value beer.

Do you really care what it looks like when it's poured? Why would you even be pouring this beer?? Drink it straight from the can on a hot summer day.

Like most every other macro or American adjunct, the aroma is grain, sweet, some corn.

The taste is where Schaefer Light shines above it's brethren. It leaves absolutely no aftertaste at all, finishing clean and crisp. Extremely clean, absolutely refreshing. Medium carbonation, great mouthfeel, and completely enjoyable.

I know it's cliche or chic to say how much of this you consumed in college when your tastes were unrefined or that it's the worst beer in existence, but Schaefer Light is actually a great tasting, refreshing, value beer perfect for a 90 degree day, or when you want to put many back and don't feel like crushing a huge IPA with an ABV over 8. Very enjoyable.

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Photo of BMMillsy
1/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Across the board gross. Worst beer in existence. Pours with barely any color and a bit of foamy head on top. Aroma is weak watery corn adjunct, hay, water, blegh. Flavor follows this with a dirty gag-inducing finish. Light on the palate and the only flavor is the lingering vomit flavor that makes this not drinkable even for beer pong. Handed it out to plenty of people who came to our place for a party though.

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Photo of cpolking
2.75/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours an extremely pale and washed out yellow golden in color. There is a short and short-lived head of white foam.

The aroma is slightly sweet grain, metallic, slightly funky.

The taste is old cooked grain and some grass.

It is very refreshingly carbonated. The regular Schaefer is much better. This isn't terrible for a macro American adjunct light lager, but that only goes as far as it goes (which isn't far). Like most beers of this genre, it is better straight from the can.

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Photo of BigBry
2.75/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The CANquest lives...
A silver can proclaiming: "Proudly brewed in the United States of America using the finest quality ingredients."
Uninspiring, clear yellowy liquid, topped by a large, bright white head. Foam slowly shrunk to a thin floating cap. Some whiff of cereal grain, mild sweetness. Typical lager flavor (however mild it may be), a bit grainy, some adjunct-like sweetness. Mouthfeel and body was thin and watery, slight sticky sweet aftertaste.
Average at best, nothing bad, as expected for a light lager. Thanks Woody

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Photo of jeranbrews
1.78/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

*consumed from a room temperature glass mug

A - The color is a clear lemon jolly rancher. Or maybe one of those pale yellow diamonds. But don't be misled. This beer is no diamond. Pours a standard hotel towel color white fluffy head. Very bright very bleached.

S - Well bad news first. Summer officially started here this week. The kids are out playing. The weather is nice. Imagine that old slip-n-slide getting pulled out of the attic and dusted off. That slightly worn creaky rubber plastic smell. Now imagine a mother skunk sliding down that damp Tarmac. That's tge image this beer gives me. Normally these adjunt lagers have vague smells of corn sugar and processed rice. This bad boy doesn't even have that. It's the beer that just never was.

T - As you can now imagine. There's not a lot going on here. You know that sceene in Back to the Future when Marty starts to fade away. That's this beer. The time stream has been changed and you never actually drank this beer.

M - Tough to comment on. Left over slipnslide water from the above image perhaps.

D - It's affordable. That's worth something.

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Photo of mynie
2.7/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Purchased in Alexandria, MO, which is right on the Iowa border. Geographically and culturally, it's one of the most depressing areas I've ever been to. The brokenness is hard to describe, since it doesn't fit into any of your typical templates of poverty or decay. It's a forgotten, dying area. The population dwindles every generation. No one remembers when the place had any sense of having a future. It--it's been decades since failure became a reality, in those parts, and the people there have become strangely comfortable with it.

And, well, don't that vibe come close to mimicking the aesthetic of retro beer? Of course the reality of the matter is, as always, scarier than the Disneyfied fashionistic version of the things (side note: isn't it sad how Disney, MTV, and the New York fashion scene all share the same basic aesthetic now? At least shittiness used to come in different flavors.)

(Side side note: isn't it sad how all these retro beers are brewed by Pabst, meaning by Miller? At least blandness used to come in different flavors).

(Final side note, passing as my review: this is absolutely indistinguishable from PBR light. Trust me, I know.)

It's all an illusion, man. Even the poverty. Even the scariest, most depressing things have become co-opted, absorbed into the horde. This is what it is, and what it is is passable, because that's the scariest part of everything, man, the fact that nothing ever seems that bad.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Schaefer Light has a thick, white head and a clear, straw appearance, with a pretty good amount of bubbles streaming up. Some sheet lacing is left behind. The aroma is slight and sweet, and the taste is likewise mild and sweet, but this particular light beer had a surprisingly high amount of flavor, even though no particular ingredient shines through. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Schaefer Light finishes crisp, refreshing, and easy drinking. Overall, I was happy to see that this brand had no foul or ugly mineral water aspects. I was shocked by how much I enjoyed it.


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Photo of brewerburgundy
2.94/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, pilsener glass, 'FEB1411' printed on the bottom.

Quite the looker for a Light Lager; medium yellow, sterily clear, with good head retention in super bright white.

Light corny aroma, a little grain, and something vegetal.

Unsurprisingly, there isn't much flavor. Pretty much the same as the aromas but sweeter than they suggest. A little dryness.

Just what you'd expect, fizzy yellow beer.

It works pretty well for games such as beer pong, flip cup, and, of course, the fusion flip cup beer pong. Yes, I am in college. Just don't do those things too often, it ain't good for ya.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev +17%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Huge thanks to Mar for sharing this American classic.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is grain and nothing else. The flavor is heavy on the grain and heavy on the corn. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible, but a beer with no good qualities. Avoid this one.

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Photo of tone77
2.44/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is primarially of corn. Taste is very weak, some corn and malts, not much going on here at all. Feels light in the mouth and does have decent drinkability. Overall there is nothing to recomnend about this beer.

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Photo of mwa423
2.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - Clear yellow that is closer to water than what I normally recognize as beer. The three fingers of head quickly disappear to no head. No lacing, no nothing.

S - Corn, grain, corn, and maybe some malt if I'm being generous.

T - Grainy, slightly malty. This is about average in the light lager category, not impressive in the "beer" category.

M/D - Goes down like water, drinks like water, what else is there to say?

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Photo of roddwolff
1.56/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Look: Yellow pale color, bare amount of foam; Smell: Vinegar with lot of carbonation; Taste: Mineral water, at least don't taste bad; Mouthfeel: Watery and extremely fizzy, very light body; Drinkability: A light beer made with mineral water and nothing else.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

CAN you dig it? This was on my "Wants" list for a while and all it took was a weekend trip to Baltimore to fulfill my desire.

The pour created a massive two fingers' worth of bone-white head that actually crowned above the rim of the glass before slowly reducing to to a dense cottony mass. The beer's color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light cereal/grainy quality underlain by a mild lager sweetness. Nothing new here, folks. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a mild sweetness on the tongue. Again, nothing eye-opening, but not dreck, either. Finish had a light honey/lager sweetness which was less-than-satisfying, but not horrible, either.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.13/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Typical straw yellow colour with a god head of foam.

The smell is also typical for the style. Grain, a wee bit of malt and some slight hoppiness.

The taste is lightly flavoured with some grain, light malt, and some slight bitterness in the finish.
Mouthfeel is as thin as it can be and gets very watery.

Another "winning" light beer.

Btw, I used enjoy a few regular Schaefers when it was around.

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Photo of 7beerphil
2.36/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 30 pk for $10.99, due to needing a "just in case" reserve for a party. Poured from a can into a pilsener glass. About a minute lived 2 inch head, hardly any lacing. Smells of corn, tastes of corn. Easy to drink, no bad after taste. Nothing impressive about this beer other than the price. Just an average macro, although I would rather drink this than Milwaukee's Best or Natural Light any day.

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Photo of 1099
1.88/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I recently tried this during a quasi family reunion. It was hot, there was nothing else to drink readily available, so I dove in with both feet. I kinda wish someone would have been there to catch me as I fell in....The smell, of dirty feet and adjuncts, should have made me stay away. The taste wasnt much better-very watery and kind of artificial tasting. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both low in my opinion.

This is not something I would want to drink again, but its my dads beer, so there is always plenty available at his house.

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Photo of Overlord
1.5/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Just an awful, awful, awful beer. This, schlitz, and natty light were the three "low calorie" brews we'd offer at parties. For the ladies.

Pours the familiar weak yellow with white foam head. Incredibly watery. Taste is basically some skunky malt and water. Have I mentioned water enough?

Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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Photo of WhiteDog2006
3/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Average. That is all I can say about appearance, smell, taste, mouthfeel, and drinkability.

In the 80's this stuff was cheap, and we could get LOTS of it.

"Schaefer Light is brewed to the highest quality standard, with pure water, choicest hops, finest barley malt, corn and cultured yeast" least that is what it said on the cans.

I'm not sure I agree with the can.

Now that I am older, and wiser, and have more money...even if this stuff was still around; you wouldn't even catch me shopping at a store that sold it.


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Photo of biggmike
1.5/5  rDev -34.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This stuff is what I think of when I think of cheap beer. It is rated much higher than I would have expected on this site. This is one beer that I probably like less than any of the BMC beers. I didnt think anything was worse than this. The taste is pure adjunct and the smell is terrible.

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Photo of goochpunch
2.38/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pretty typical straw pour with a thin white head that fades out. Leaves a little lacing, though. Smells of cooked vegetables, grain, and not much else. Taste is not as grainy as I thought it would be. Fair bit of sweetness. Almost a kind of nutra sweet like flavor in the finish. Pretty impressive malty aftertaste though. Has a little more body than the average light lager. Not a very interesting drink, but its refreshing, I guess. I could put a few away without getting too sloppy.

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Photo of Phatz
2.52/5  rDev +10%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a light light, clear water with a drop of pale gold, color and a bleach white head. This beer may even be lighter than BMC lights.

Smell: Smells like every other light beer. When I first open the can I got a surge of grain but 10 minutes after the beer is poured the aroma seems to have walked away. Remnants of bitter gassy may be decectable in the nose while the beer is in your mouth but there is very little there.

Taste: It is watery with a hint of sweet malt grain then corn and a very grain dry bitter aftertaste (seems metallic like hard water) that lingers and then drops off almost instantly.

Mouthfeel: Light in the mouth with adequate carbonation but little body.

Drinkability: The simple flavor and short aftertaste means it is not offensive and it is certainly light, ... so ... is it drinkable? Well sure, and so is water.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of fido
2.03/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Schaefer Light pours a poor yellow color without head and no lace; Smell is malty but weak; Taste is watery and maybe some corn; Mouthfeel is watery and thin, a lots of carbonation; Easy to drink; refreshing on a very hot day.

Not to much to say about this one.


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Photo of plaid75
2.42/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger white foamy head. There was little retention and decent lacing.

The smell was mostly that of adjuncts. A mild grassy hop aroma.

The taste was what one would expect - light corn. A bit jagged.

The mouthfeel was a bit chewy, not a good thing for a light macro. Good carbonation otherwise.

Drinkable for what it is - light macro. Not the worst I have ever had. Served ice cold, not a bad campfire beer.

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Photo of tesguino
1.8/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Not so good than its sister, but is ok for buddies, smell aromatic like crushed hops, templated; taste hard, like a yeast and corn starch and rice, little dry too; try with mexican food or bbq; serve in a pilsner glass; or in a glass mug; 785 recommended.

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