Schlafly Bavarian-Style Weissbier | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Bavarian-Style WeissbierSchlafly Bavarian-Style Weissbier

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.90%

Availability: Spring

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2002

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Ratings: 58 |  Reviews: 44
Reviews by BedetheVenerable:
Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.7/5  rDev -4.9%
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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More User Reviews:
Photo of Mora2000
3.95/5  rDev +1.5%
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 glid02
3.43/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had on-tap at the Tap Room.

Pours a hazy banana-yellow color with a one-finger white head. The head dissipates into a patchy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of earthy malts with hints of lemon peel and clove - not any banana aromas.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Not quite clean malt flavors kick things off and are joined shortly by citrus flavors - mostly lemon but with a bit more orange than in the aroma. A very light spiciness comes in right before the ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a good thickness with grainy carbonation.

Drinkability is alright. I finished the glass without a problem but I'm not sure if I'd have another.

Overall this wasn't a bad beer but it just wasn't a good hefe. I agree with others in that this is more of a wit/hefe combination.

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Photo of pmcadamis
3.18/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this at the taproom in STL.

A - Cloudy lemon pie filling color with a big cake icing white head.

S - Lemon chiffon and fruit loops. Smells tart and acidic.

T - As I suspected from the nose, this is all about the lemon and fruity flavors. This almost seems more like a wit than a hefe to me.

M - Light bodied, acidic, tart, lightly carbonated at first but it gets progressively more tingly on the tongue.

D - A decently drinkable summer brew. Sort of off-style IMO. No banana or doughy yeast hefe flavors. Average. When at the taproom, this is good beer to suggest to your non-BA friends who would shit their pants if they tried your barleywine.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +2.3%
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 mdvatab
3.77/5  rDev -3.1%
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 Infamous7100
4.02/5  rDev +3.3%
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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Photo of bbkd3b
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
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 bluejacket74
4.03/5  rDev +3.6%
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 jsh420
4.28/5  rDev +10%
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 MJR
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Note: This is a different brew than their standard (year-round) hefeweizen.

Appearance: Pours a dull, hazy yellow with a thick white head. The head retains well for about 5 minutes, then fades to a small cap.

Smell: Has a well balanced aroma of lemon, banana, and clove. Faint spicy note. Seems like a mix between a traditional hefeweizen and an American wheat beer.

Taste: Pretty good with a smooth, but subdued, mix of the standard banana and clove, with a big dose of lemon. Like the smell suggested, this brew seems like a mix of a German-style wheat brew and a boring American-style. There's also a slight phenolic taste, with a nice tartness.

Mouthfeel: Very crisp with a slighty spritzy mouthfeel. Has a good medium thickness from the suspended sediment.

Drinkability: Fairly good. This is an o.k. take on the traditional wheat style, but nothing great.

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Photo of tenaciousp65
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So glad I tried this. I enjoyed the Hefeweizen i grabbed from Schlafly earlier this year so when my rommate and I headed over to the tap room we made sure to take a growler of this home. All in all it was a step above. It poured very light with a modest head. There was minimal lacing down the glass. The flavor was very full for the style. I really liked how the wheat was prevelant but not overpowering the other flavors. I would definately recommend this to any hefe fan. One of the better beers I've had from schlafly

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
4/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mikesgroove
3.58/5  rDev -8%
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 Brent
3.26/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Looks like I'm the first to review this in the bottle, and it also looks like it suffers from the transformation. Cloudy, light peach color with less than average head for a hefeweisen. Nice wheaty, bready malt flavors, getting a little grainy toward the end. Some lemony tartness, but no yeasty flavors to speak of - no cloves or banana, certainly. A pleasant enough wheat, but without the character of a hefe.

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Photo of carln26
4.26/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This came from the tap a hazy yellow gold with a thin white head. Nice clove banana smell, slight malt sweetness. Flavor has banana, clove, and a malt candy sweetness. Nice citrus finish from the hops. Slick refreshing mouth feel. This is a nice Bavarian style hefe. I wish this were their regular Hefe weizen, rather than just a seasonal

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Photo of rrski198
4.23/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: wonderful eye popping yellow. Totally cloudy and hazy with a huge merainge like head that sticks around awhile great lacing.

S: Very nice wheat funk. Perfect clove, floral, and fruity scent. This is as good as it gets for an american made "bavarian weissbier."

T: Big time sweet fruit and just the right amount of spice. THe typical clove, yeasty funk, and banana flavors are there, however, this is all so balanced and delicious.

M: Full in the mouth with a real nice spice after the sweetness up front. This beer makes me want to have sip after sip and with the ABV and hot summer months coming up, this could be a dangerously good session beer.

O: One of the better american made hefe i've ever had. This style is not alwayswhat i reach for first, but this beer is absolutely phenomenal. Go get it!

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Photo of seth72104
5/5  rDev +28.5%

Photo of TheSarge
3.67/5  rDev -5.7%
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 ch473
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Photo of AleWatcher
3.4/5  rDev -12.6%
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 +13.6%
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 karst
3.88/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The "Hefe" prefix means "with yeast", Schlafly's Weissbier pours unfiltered and cloudy light yellow with white head.

German yeast works overtime for a phenolic aroma of bananas - enough for a whole popcycle - dominating lesser clove. Flavors similar with fruityness that was delicious. Medium mouthfeel finishes clean with a little hop bitterness as an aftertaste. Very nice.

Preferable to the bottled Hefeweizen (featuring more wheat malt flavor) - I fault the too much bananna aroma of this but that may be an result of cast conditioning.
The drinkability and favors are worth the trade off.

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Photo of wnh
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%
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 climax
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%
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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