Schlafly Bavarian-Style Weissbier | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Bavarian-Style WeissbierSchlafly Bavarian-Style Weissbier

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 44 | Ratings: 57
Photo of Chaney
3.83/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub during a recent trip to St. Louis.

A: Poured a cloudy, peach-orange color, with about an 1/8 finger head and Spider-Man-like lacing.

S: While this was fairly understated overall, I did get some fresh banana and clove.

T: Bubble gum-like, and very banana forward, without the in-your-face sweetness of an overripe banana. This was drinkable, but not as delectably drinkable as it should be.

M: This was fairly low on the carbonation side and with lots of lacing and a slight sweet lingering. Good.

O: While this was good, the one down the street at Urban Chestnut is much better.

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Photo of thecheapies
3.9/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Brian for muling this six pack back from the Midwest! Bottled With Love on 04 06 2011.

Poured into a Penn Weizen glass and properly swirling in the yeast dregs. It looks a hazy lemon yellow with a rush of rising suds. Bleachy white head stagnates with a meringue-like foam consistency. Looks purty good.

Light lemon and banana in the nose with a burgeoning bready character that is pretty nice. Some clove-y esters and muddled cream notes. Enjoyable aroma.

Sweet banana and clove and some yeasty breads. Not too much else. A little milky in taste with some faint yellow citrus notes. A little maraschino cherry and lemon peel upon the swallow. Very soft and palatable. Nothing off-the-charts, just good.

Very smooth and milky with some aggressive carbonation that mellows out in the finish. Again, very soft and mostly benign.

A very decent American hefe. Got the whole banana/clove ester working with some lactose notes that work pretty well. I would happily drink this again.

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Photo of climax
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Into a hefe glass, it ends up a slightly hazy gold. Head retention and lacing are quite good.

I let this one sit past the freshness period, and yet the skunky character, intended or not, plays well with the other aromas. Banana and vanilla esters with a bit of lemon peel escape. More clove begins to surface as it warms up a bit.

The German hops give a nice subtle grassy flavor. The intention was probably minimal bitterness, but it's balanced nicely. The core flavors of banana and clove could have been amplified, but once again this one has been on the back-burner a while. Honey and warming wheat tones begin to amplify and dominate the finish as it warms up.

It's very easy to drink as expected, tough to let this one sit long enough to develop. The carbonation is assertive, and the feel is slick. It's certainly a summer refresher with ample flavor.

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Photo of DCon
3.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Flamingo Bowl in St. Louis, MO for $3 (Industry night). Tapped from the Black Handle w/ a Creme/tan Weissbier logo in the circle on the top of the handle into a 16oz Pint Glass.

All I have to say other than my other review (in bottle) is that this is an easy poundable brew but at the same time has good flavor and tons of wheaty/grainy tastes that it should have. Will be enjoying soon again!

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Photo of yourefragile
3.6/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle served in a Devil's Backbone weiss.

Perfectly clear light golden color with a soapy white head. Consistent carbonation produces nice retention throughout. Aroma is banana, clove and estery with minimal spice. Slightly thin body with light carbonation. Flavor is not as robust as the aroma. Nice wheat and clove presence, earthy in the finish. Pleasant and refreshing.

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Photo of mdvatab
3.77/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Received in trade from DCon a few months back. Finally getting to try.
Poured from 12oz bottle dated 4/5/2011.

Aroma: Light clove and banana as expected (just a tad bit lighter than I'd prefer), combined w/ a bit of lemony tartness. An interesting sweetness comes through in my nose as I exhale.

Appearance: A 2 finger white head falls faster than anticipated (like champagne). Body has interesting clarity: clear toward the bottom, and slightly hazy toward the top. At this point, I realize I forgot to swirl the bottle and dump the yeast into the glass. Color is golden-yellow with nice effervesence.

Flavor: Sweet banana and clove. Light malty sweetness comes across a bit on the artificial side (possibly a combo of the sweetness and some underlying hop bitterness). Some lemony tartness on the back end. Finishes clean and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Crisp, high carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad weissbier, and very drinkable. Not a perfect example of the style, but still one that I'd order if it were available at a bar/restaurant I was at during the spring/summer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

amber, hazy with a nice tow inch head at the top. Head faded to reveal a thin film, with no side glass lace. Nice visible carbonation from the bottom.

Lots of wheat and yeast, light with a touch of banana. Good balance, nice aroma.Damn good, great wheat, earthy yeast like flavor, light with just a touch of fruit, banana and pear mostly. Not watered down, flavor has a nice pop. Light enough to just slide down, good carbonation kept it from feeling too thin, not slick, crisp and clean finish. Superb, I could drink this all day long, the flavor and feel combine to make a perfect summer taste, great hot weather drinker.

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Photo of jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

bottled 04 06 2011

pours cloudy yellow gold with good sized foamy head that had decent retention and left no lacing

smells of banana(bit sour) clove

tastes again sour banana almost lemon - cloves - and wheat

mouthfeel is perfect - lots of hefe are way overcarbonated and too thin this is neither

overall - very impressed with is beer and it makes sense i loved their dark wheat beer #15 - just had to deduct .5 for only be a seasonal

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12oz brown pop-top, attractive label, bottled with love on 3-25-11

Appearance: Dark straw gold brew, thoroughly hazy, with a large cream cap with good retention.

Smell: Fruity and yeasty, with a ghostly spice presence. Surprisingly, the fruit presence is more citrusy than banana-like up front, with just a hint of banana in the background.

Taste: Spice leads fruitiness in the flavor profile as well, with a hint of bubble-gum as well. Very little (if any) banana, this is more about some light citrus, tart wheat, spice/bubble-gum, and da surprising clean, crisp bitterness. Hints of grainy malt as well.

Mouthfeel: Light

Overall: A nice (and different) take on the banana-bomb Hefeweizen style, and a good value at around $8.00 a sixer.

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Photo of stercomm
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Hazy straw color, slight white head, fairly good glass lacing.

S - Getting cloves and bananas and a slight sweetness.

T - Very nice, reserved/refined cloves and bananas, with a crisp, smooth finish.

M - Medium bodied with mild carbonation

D - Very refreshing, nice beer to have with food

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.43/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It poured a cloudy golden color and it produced a thin white head with poor head retention. The aroma of the beer consisted of banana, clove and wheat. Overall it was a pretty nice, strong aroma. This beer left behind little lacing. The beer has a medium body, a crisp wheat flavor that is complimented by banana yeast character, some clove spice- It has as slightly bitter, dry finish that leaves you wanting to take another sip. Overall, this is a fairly decent Hefeweizen, the aroma and taste were above average, but they really need to work on the amount of carbonation, head- it is a little thin.

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Photo of wnh
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottled with Love on 03.25.2011. (Consumed 05.06.2011)

Pours a hazy, cloudy straw topped by a large frothy white head.

Nose is juicy and fresh, with a nice balance of banana and bubblegum characters. An expected yeasty twang lies underneath, rounded out by a somewhat subtle clove spiciness. Simple and inviting, hits the high points of the style.

Smooth and round on the palate. Maintains the nice balance of banana and bubblegum, though the banana has a slight edge. A fair bit bread-like, finishing with spicy clove. Lingering yeasty notes stick around for a short while.

Light bodied and soft. Quaffable for sure. A solid version of the style.

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Photo of Goliath
3.68/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours a clear pale yellow color with a thin bright white head. The head quickly receeds and leaves nothing behind.

The aroma is nice. Lemon zest and sweet banana as well as a little bit of yeast are dominant.

The taste is fine. Pale sweet wheat is present and is followed by some citrus and banana. A slight bit of clove is also available.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a high level of carbonation, really what I"m looking for in a beer of this type.

Overall it's a decent beer. The ABV is low making for an easily sessionable beer and the flavor profile is simple and pleasing which aids sessionabililty. It's a simple and refreshing beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Lightly tan and slightly cloudy, with a good head, fluffy and white, and some sticky lacing.

The smell and taste follow closely and deliciously. Peppy bubble-gum and yeast dominate, along with a tinge of lemon and plenty of wheat. Lots of cloves also find their way home on this one. A cheeky spiciness also follows up with a nice addition to a finely delicious hef.

The body is light but smoothly carbonated and very creamy, quite good.

This is a very nice hef, better than Schlafly's regular hef, and generally a very enjoyable beer to drink. A young friend of mine, with a wide variety of tastes in beer, thinks this is the best tasting beer he's had to date :-)

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.4/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The bottle calls this a Bavarian style weissbier.

A really hazy pale yellow. Small white head becomes a collar of bubbles pretty quickly. No lacing.
Smells like a wheat beer. Some sweat and spicy malt and wheat notes with fruity yeast notes and esters.
Banana and a hit of bubblegum come through. A spicy character balances it out. Finishes dry.

Good body. More carbonation than it looks like.

Overall, this is a surprisingly mediocre take on the style from a brewery I really like. This is more of a American Pale Wheat beer with some more elements of a hefe than an APW usually has.
Kinda boring.

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Photo of Jayhawk
4.42/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Firs off, I must confess I really like a true hefeweissen. I consider Paulaner hefeweissen to the the target all hefes should aim towards. Too many American beers labeled hefeweissen are just wheat beers/ales...I wish American brewers could get the labeling of their wheat beers right. I often buy so called American hefeweissen's to try expecting to be let down. Schlafly sells two wheat beers - a hefeweissen and this beer labeled Bavarian Style Weissbier. The hefe is not the hefe...the Bavarian Style Weissbier if the true hefeweissen, and Schlafly has made one damn fine hefeweissen!

Pours a tremendous white head which settles down to a nice one quarter finger head that so far has lasted 20 minutes. The beer is lighter in color than many true hefeweissens, and that's likely where the weissbier names comes into play.

The scent is of bananas, light cloves, and bit of malty/bready sweetness. The beer is a little lighter on the tongue than I'd prefer - lacking a bit of malty/breadiness. The taste is like it smells - bananas, light cloves, and light malt/bready goodness. This is one tasty American made hefeweissen! It's very close to Paulaner's hefe which I'd rate a 5.

Overall, Schlafly has made one heck of a good hefeweissen. I'd buy this again any day - it's a great summer beer. The only major issue I have is that it's a limited run beer, so I truly hope they bring it back next summer.

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Photo of Jayli
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed 5/25 at the Bottleworks location served in a weizen glass.

A: This beer pours a cloudy, straw yellow with a two finger of bone white, fluffy head. Nice retention and lacing.

S: nose is tons of banana and pear, good yeast presence and very little spicing in the nose.

T: Taste is very nice. Yeast flavoring up front with a nice light complimenting clove presence. A bit of biscuit comes in and hearty banana presence.

M: Medium body, medium to high carbonation, silky but light feel with a bit prickly finish on the tip of your tongue.

O: Goes down easily, tasty, not filling, mild kick, nice representation of style.

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Photo of bamadog
3.57/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review is from notes taken on 6/2/2011 and poured from the bottle to a pint glass.

Appearance: Pour is a faded, lemony yellow color and it starts with a one finger, white head; body is very cloudy and has tons of sediment suspended throughout; carbonation appears very strong as far in as one can see; head has fair retention, but eventually fades to a thin, uneven cap; two lone streaks of lacing are left behind.

Smell: Smell is great -- very inviting and it just smells like it's going to be very refreshing; lots of sweet, bready yeastiness and a definite wheatiness as well; a nice underlying citric hop presence; slight touch of banana fruitiness with a slight bit of clove.

Taste: I have to admit, I'm a little disappointed in the taste after getting some good whiffs of it... It comes across a little thin and weak and it has a definite seltzer water aspect to it; the flavors match those that come through in the nose -- the sweet and bready yeast with the slight touch of banana and clove; mild hop presence that seems faded and blended in to a slightly bitter tonic.

Mouthfeel: Body is light, and the carbonation is very strong, nearly sharp and it leaves the gums quite tingly; a thin, sticky, semi-dry coating is left coating the mouth.

Overall: Not a bad offering, but nothing overly special. I would say Schlafly definitely has some better beers in their repertoire. With the smell being as good as it is, I really expected better things in the taste. A lighter body, though, and a low ABV certainly wouldn't prevent anyone from drinking too much.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.88/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perfectly colored body of a bright, shiny yellow sits underneath a small, white head that stays for quite long time. The wheat is immediately apparent on the nose, even from a ways away. Covers up the clove a bit, and even thinner is a scent of a ripened banana. Makes for a nice, spicy/sweet assault.

The clove takes over on the palate, but isn't overwhelming like it could be in other weissbiers. Pleasant presence of the banana, wheat, and surprisingly, a bit of citrus hint underneath all of that. The extra layer of flavor really makes the beer work. Fairly light body and a mildly dry finish make this an easy-drinker, as one will never feel over or underwhelmed.

Overall/notes - Great early-summer drinker. Schlafly's German styles have never let me down, and this one isn't any different. Great for sitting on a porch, reading a good book, and kicking your feet up!

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Photo of BradLikesBrew
4/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow body with a white head.

Aromas are earthy, musty, spicy and slightly fruity.

Tart citrus, banana, vanilla, toast, bread crust, and just a hint of clove.

Medium body with typical carbonation. Very Smooth.

Schlafly's Weissbier is a solid Hefe that's an excellent addition to the Summer session beer repertoire. Smooth and easy drinking with surprising complexity. Well balanced, clove and banana are here, but are more accenting flavors than dominant forces. Good drink all day beer.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.67/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My second American made hefeweizen two days in a row. I hope this one is good too.

Makes a nice three finger thick head of bright white, and has a hazy golden colored body.

Aroma is a little peppery and citrusy sour with a hint of funk.

Taste has a slight banana flavor with a hint of white pepper.

Feels brisk and crisp along with mild slickness. Not too bad but needs a little more of a malty backbone.

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Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Exiled for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of bubblegum with some wheat notes mixed in. The flavor is full of wheat, coriander and bubblegum. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A very nice American-made hefeweizen. Glad I got to try this one.

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Photo of bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, bottled on March 24, 2011. Served in a weizen glass, the brew pours a cloudy straw gold color with a 2 inch frothy white head. Head retention is excellent, with a good amount of lacing left on the glass. Aroma is wheat, lemon peel, cloves, bananas and a bit of peppery spice. The taste is the same as the aroma, but I think the lemon peel, wheat and clove flavors are the strongest. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit creamy and it's also nice and refreshing. I think it's a good overall brew, I'll have to buy more the next time I come across this. Definitely worth a try.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow, opaque, with a nice white head. Very lovely, intricate lace. Props for presentation!

Tangy orange citrus, banana, and spice nose.

Flavor is tart and spicy, with bananas and clove taking over. Pretty typical hefeweizen, which is to say it's delicious!

Well-done for the style, and a faithful and tasty addition to the strong Schlafly lineup.

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Photo of Infamous7100
4.02/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: minimal head after a hazy, cloudy, golden pour. Looks like any good Hefe should.
S: The cloves really jump out at the start, but the pepper and spicy notes start to shine soon after. When agitated, I started to get the banana, biscuit and lemon scents.
T: Really follows the scent closely. Lots of cloves at the front but as it sits a little, the multitude of flavors really come through. A delicate balance of bread, citrus, banana and spices. Well done.
M: Very carbonated at the jump with a nice bite. However, this turns out to be quite smooth with a creamy body. A great refreshing after taste.
O: Like most offerings from Schlafly, this one is a winner. It boils down to the way the brew combines and molds several flavors to become one delectable treat.

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