Schaefer Light | F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.

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

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-08-2002

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Ratings: 51 |  Reviews: 30
Reviews by NeroFiddled:
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.32/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Standard light beer appearance: yellow with a white head that vanishes before you can raise the glass to your lips. Generic light beer aroma, which is almost nonexistent, with just a touch of dry malt and no hops. Light body and thin mouthfeel. The flavor is standard fare with an odd note. Nothing that I can pinpoint - no flaws, just unusual. I won't go as far as to suggest it has anything to do with an excessive use of adjunct ;) Additionally, the balance seems a little bit off, leaning more towards the bitterness. Not necessarily a fault, but unusual for a light beer. Not the shining star of the Light Lager category, but OK at it's price point. Still, I think you can do better.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.68/5  rDev +14%
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 tdm168
3.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of brewerburgundy
2.94/5  rDev +25.1%
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 VABA
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of dvmin98
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of tone77
2.44/5  rDev +3.8%
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 goochpunch
2.38/5  rDev +1.3%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.92/5  rDev +66.8%
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 cmbeddoe7997
2.67/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of plaid75
2.42/5  rDev +3%
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 LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +112.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

oneof the bet light beers i have it!

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Photo of Pegasus
2.23/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Clear pale golden color with a small white head, which retains poorly and an abundance of light fizzy carbonation, poor lacing.

Aroma: Husky, astringent aroma of grain and metallic hops.

Taste: Begins with thin malt flavors and grain notes, there is a tired flourish of hops at the end of the taste. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Watery and thin, the carbonation contributes a pronounced sting.

Drinkability/notes: Unremarkable, not much more presence than a carbonated mineral water, although it might prove refreshing on a very hot day.

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Photo of Phatz
2.52/5  rDev +7.2%
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 roddwolff
1.56/5  rDev -33.6%
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 Shiloh
2.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very light golden offering with a very short crown of limited duration.
There is really nothing for the nose and the carbonation seems almost non existant.
The body is light and the taste is well balanced in a moderate sort of way, in that any evidence of hops or malts is quickly dispersed.
Kind of sad to think that their is actually a market for this kind of product...

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Photo of BigBry
2.75/5  rDev +17%
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 Juno_Malone
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of jjkatter
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of woodychandler
2.75/5  rDev +17%
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 cityofFestivals
3.28/5  rDev +39.6%
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 tesguino
1.8/5  rDev -23.4%
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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Photo of Beastdog75
2.29/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

One interesting thing about this otherwise very boring beer is that it lists some of the nutritional info on the side of the can (110 calories, 8.3g carbs, .0g protein, and 0.0g fat). I haven't seen that anywhere else. Still this is a pretty boring light beer that isn't offensive, but makes no strides to impress the drinker. (Edited 11/10/03: by now, I realize that all light beer has the nutritional info. It's just that I was too lazy to notice previously).

Schaefer Light pours a very pale straw color with active carbonation. The thin, fizzy white head disappears almost instantaneously leaving absolutely nothing. The smell is quite light and a little sweet; basically some grains and some husky smell. Mouthfeel is of course, light, watery and fizzy. Initial taste: where's the taste? Quite watery. Some light grains and maybe a touch of alcohol. Surprisingly, there is a tiny amount of hops, which help add a little dryness to the finish. Aftertaste is clean for the most part, but some DMS/veggies and corn taste appear. This beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

My opinion? Not very exciting. Easy to drink, and it doesn't taste putrid, but it hardly tastes at all. Not quite Coors Light on the scale of alcoholic fizzy water, but this won't turn any heads.

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Photo of Beeeeeerman
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Brew_ski
2.43/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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Schaefer Light from F & M Schaefer Brewing Co.
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