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German Hefeweizen
Ranked #726
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3.33 | pDev: 15.92%
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
Notes: Our Hefeweizen is a light, unfiltered wheat beer, often served with a wedge of lemon. Made with thirty percent American winter wheat, Hefeweizen is balanced with sweet golden malted barley and Tettnang hops from Oregon that evoke a hint of spice. The American ale yeast is subtle, but the grains take center stage and, when left in the unfiltered beer, gives it that classic cloudiness and additional body.

The German Hefeweizen (say “hay-fuh-vite-sin”) traces its history to 16th century Bavaria and eventually came to America with the wave of German immigrants in the 19th century. Although the rise of light lager beer diminished the sales of wheat beers on both sides of the Atlantic, the sale of wheat beers began to rise after WWII, especially in Southern Germany where a unique ale yeast strain fermented the beer with banana and clove esters. In the late 20th Century, the new American craft brewers sought out a lighter style to complement their beer selection and brewed Hefeweizens with the same yeast strains they used to brew their Pale Ales and Stouts.

16 IBU
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Photo of DesMoinesMike
3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A letdown as the airport. The beer looks and smells very nice, but it seemed rather thin and was lacking in flavor. Some banana and bread but that’s it. Had on tap at Schlafly Taproom at Concourse E at STL.

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Photo of Broncoblue90
1/5  rDev -70%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is the worst Hefeweizen I’ve ever tasted. Not only is it a weak beer (most Hefeweizen’s are 5%+) but this “beer” isn’t cloudy with yeast like a real Hefeweizen. On top of that it’s super fruity and makes a guy wonder how this can be called a Hefeweizen? Put an orange peel and a banana in your Busch Light and you have this beer. It’s certainly drinkable but I’m no way resembles a Hefeweizen.

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Broncoblue90 from Illinois, Jan 24, 2019
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3.29/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Cloudy straw. Lightly aromas of wheat, bit of esters. Flavors are mild too, but pretty wheat-grainy. Bit of yeastiness. Thicker mouthfeel. Moderate-light carbonation.

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Photo of nausicaa-taos
3.45/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a fun, full-bodied hefe which isn't content to just be the token pseudo-pilsner. It expands and even suggests slightly sour undertones. This is foreshadowed with reddening glass hues.

It's not as drinkable as it could be, however. It doesn't seem like a May - August brew, but a January back of the fridge thing for when the stouts have gone dry.

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Photo of TPZEM
3.08/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Definitely not a bad hefeweizen, just not the best I have ever tasted. Light gold color with a small, foamy head. No retention. Very bready to taste with some minor hops added for flavor. Although it bills itself with light banana and other flavors, these are all absent to the tongue. Perhaps I just missed it on a first tasting. VERY light citrus-y taste to it. Again, not the best Hefeweizen on the market, but a decent one if you are on the go or can't find your go-to.

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TPZEM from Illinois, Jul 12, 2017
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Cloudy, light yellow body, lots of lacing. Nose is grain. Wheat. No sign of banana or even bubble gum yeast signatures. Nice flavor and easy drinkability, but missing all the hallmarks of a Hefeweizen. Not bad as a wheat, clean, pleasant and straightforward, but I miss the main flavor notes.

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Tsar_Riga from Indiana, Apr 05, 2017
Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.47/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Nice sturdy little hefeweizen. Overall hits the style but not as complex or forward as others but very drinkable. Faint banana and clove with a light citrus like snap. Not the best but good enough for me.

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Photo of yesterdayfaraway
2.59/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

L: light and mostly clear, lots of little bubble coming from the bottom
S: wheat, and some stale/skunked beer aroma
T: mostly skunked or stale beer bitterness. Almost no wheat flavors, terrible.
F: thin and watery
O: terrible Hefeweizen

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.11/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Gold in color with a moderate haziness. A fingernail of brilliant white covers the majority of the top. Aroma is of faint lemon and little else. I taste light sweet wheat and a faint lemon note. The mouth is fairly light and quaffable.

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Franziskaner from Missouri, Nov 26, 2015
Photo of JTK111
2.28/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. bottle -- unfortunately was unable to pour this one into a glass, and I give it a 3 for look only because I can't submit a review without a rating. Smell was tough to judge, but I got a sweet, bread smell, not unlike a pilsner. Carbonation was low. Taste was so close to a Budweiser or other mass market pilsner, especially as it warmed, that I was a bit freaked out that it was labeled as a hef. There were slight hints of banana, but they were so subtle that I would not remotely call it fruity. Texture was flat, even for a hef. Overall, I did not love this one, but I look forward to trying some of the other Schafly beers. The flavor was so curious, I'd like to give this one a try on draft.

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JTK111 from Virginia, Nov 08, 2015
Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.17/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is an ok Hefeweizen. Nothing to call home about. Pours into a short lived head which is disappointing with a hefe. Body is a hazy gold and slight carbonation. Goes down smooth and can taste wheat, although there is no fruitiness or crisp in this hefe that you look for in a good Hefeweizen. It's ok.

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Photo of Suds
3.49/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

This is a hazy, slightly-dark straw colored brew. The head is white and initially tall, but it fades too quickly. The smell has qualities of wheat, bread, and some underlying esters. More subtle and malty than twangy. Balanced and moderate in body. This one is okay, but not an outstanding hefe.

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Suds from Missouri, Aug 01, 2015
Photo of alexanderplatz
2.58/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Disclaimer: I don't think I've ever had a hefeweizen before and don't have any idea therefore what they are "supposed' to taste like. That said, I found this a really dull and uninteresting beer. If you had included it in a blind taste test along side Bud Lite and Miller Lite, it might've edged out the competition but I don't think anybody would say it really stood out as a craft beer. Just not a lot going on flavor wise. Completely forgettable.

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Photo of FrostyStephen15
2.31/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Man, I don't know what went wrong here. I like wheat ales a lot, and this one just really missed the mark for me. It looks okay and smells of wheat and some subtle hops, but the taste is just... gross. It's boring, like a wheat beer with all interesting fruity esters and spiciness gone. It's bland, and even metallic tasting. Just not the one for me.

Right now, this beer is sitting in my fridge for guests.

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4.13/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

small lacing, almost no head. very light honey colored body with some cloudiness. Nice malt on the nose, with a hint of sweet caramel and citrus. A slight instant bite from the Tettnang hops followed with subtle bittersweet malt, and a light crisp roasted wheat at the end, feels semi-clean in the mouth.

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Photo of DevAJ
4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I bought it from Schlafly Bottleworks on 5/9/2015 (bottled on 4/29/2015 and finished 5 minutes ago). Poured into a classic weizen glass this was surprisingly light and not bitter at all. It had been a while since I last had a Hefeweizen and I was expecting a bit more bitterness, but I have tried quite a few different styles of beer since then, so my tastes may have changed a bit.

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DevAJ from Missouri, May 12, 2015
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3.83/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Bottled on 10/31/14 drinking on 1/24/15 (3 month old).

Look is very weak. Minimal head and a sort of off colored body. Smell is very grainy. No banana notes or sweetness or yeastiness like many quality hefs. Taste is decent and flavorful. Lot of grain, but also some sweetness and pleasant notes. Nice creamy feel as well.

Overall, its not the best Hefeweizen but its solid. Would drink again, but won't seek it out. Personally, with the flavor profile and ingredents used, this is an American Wheat Ale and not a Hef.

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bubseymour from Maryland, Jan 24, 2015
Photo of Drew03cmc
4.25/5  rDev +27.6%

Delicious, not bitter. The taste is clean and rather sharp, unlike some other unfiltered wheat beers I've tried. Of the wheats I've had, this is my favorite.

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Drew03cmc from Kansas, Nov 07, 2014
Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.02/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz can, poured into a bell glass at approximately 40 degrees F.

A: Poured very, very pale, like water with a hint of an echo of the shadow of a yellowish tinge. In the glass, it takes on a little more color, turning a polished gold hue. It looks more like a dark cider than a hefeweizen, forming a minimal head that dies away quickly and appearing more hazy than cloudy. It does leave some scattered patches of persistent lacing on the glass.

S: The aroma is primarily wheat and grain fields, with a few hints of clove and something slightly bubble-gum-esque. Not much in the way of fruit odors.

T: With all respects to Douglas Adams, the taste is not almost, but not quite, exactly unlike a hefeweizen. This drinks more like a yellow lager, with the same sort of hop profile - wheaten and grassy, with a slight citrus tang. None of the clove or bubblegum from the nose appears, and none of the fruity esters one would expect from a hefeweizen seem to be present.

M: Watery, but with rather active carbonation.

O: There are many better examples of the hefeweizen style out there. This seems almost mislabeled, more like a pale wheat ale.

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UrbanCaveman from Illinois, Nov 04, 2014
Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%

Aroma (3): Aroma ios okay. I mean, Hef's don't have a lot anyway.
Appearance (4): Good color. Good Cloudiness.
Taste (4): Good taste. Not too hoppy, good maltiness
Palate (4): About what you'd expect for a hef.

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Photo of KFBR392
3.46/5  rDev +3.9%

Appearance: Pours a medium hazy body that is bright straw yellow. Head of about a finger which dissipated quickly which was slightly odd for a hefe. On par with the head, the active carbonation is below average but still pretty good.

Smell: Cereal and biscuit notes greet the drinker. Fresh cut straw with some very light vegetal greens on the body. Crisp buttery yeast and more dough and toasted malts on the back end.

Taste: Creamy malts and biscuit all over the front and linger into the body. A touch of banana with some semi-sweet toasted malts follow the front. Some light vegetal notes pop up on the body then as quickly as they came they disappear. The finish is creamy malts with lingering buttery yeast.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation is very light on the mouthfeel which really lets the creamy malt and butter shine through. Lighter in body but very drinkable.

Overall: Not the most traditional feel for a Hefe but in the end what it brings is tasty and highly drinkable. The butter and biscuit notes are the highlights. An awesome grilling, or finisher beer for sure.

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KFBR392 from Illinois, Aug 21, 2014
Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is on the weaker side for a Hefeweizen. It is more akin of a simple wheat beer than a true hefeweizen, a great starter for someone just getting into craft beer options. It is more like dipping a toe in the craft pool, than a full on dive in.

My wife has tried many of the beers I have drank and hated every single one of them until she tried this. She actually tried it about a year ago and did not like it, then she tried it at the Bottleworks location and loved it. Now this is her go to, which is great since this now brings her list of favorite beers up to a total of 3! Like I said, more of a starter craft option than a full fledged representation of the style.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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JLaw55 from Missouri, Jul 15, 2014
Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

In true Bavarian form, St. Louis' premiere craft brewery doesn't miss a beat. Its highly complex rendition of the unfiltered wheat ale delivers all the complexity and and ease in drinking that the Hefeweizens of Germany promise.

Its rich canary haze delivers dense aromas of fresh baking bread, dough and sugar cookie. With citrus and tropical wafts swirling about, its taste is spicy, backed with the grain sweetness and malted taste that's uniquely German.

The delicate ale simply blooms across the middle, opening up the unique banana, apple and lemon esters along side of its distinctive clove, white pepper and vanilla spices that work in tandem, negating the need for hop flavor or bitterness beyond a timid herbal accompaniment.

Its creamy and medium body is pillowy and softly of marshmallow, especially as vanilla and mint cool the palate and balance its raw grain flavor and feel in finish. With aftertaste of light bread and citrus, another series of gulps are sure to follow!

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BEERchitect from Kentucky, Jul 14, 2014
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3.3/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hazy hay colored body that pours with a small, white head. Retention is poor, fading to nothing in minutes. Light streams of carbonation.

Light, damp hay notes mixed with sweet malts and subtle citrus. Sweet corn, pear, and apple notes along with an incredibly mild spice give it a nice aroma... but it's not like any hefeweizen I've had before, but it's pleasant.

Again, this isn't your typical hefe. Reminds me more of a light American lager than it does a hefe. Bummer. Sweet wheat and light corn notes and a bit of lemon peel.

Light bodied beer with medium carbonation. Crisp and easy to drink.

A solid beer that is very refreshing and light. Decent flavor, BUT, missing a lot of the signature traits a hefeweizen should have. And that, is it's downfall. Remove the style from the picture, this is a heck of a beer, but if you want banana and clove or bubblegum - go elsewhere.

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Photo of scratch69
3.69/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I poured a bottle into a weizen glass.

Appearance- Hazy golden yellow with two fingers worth of head that sticks around for a little while. Fair amount of runny lacing.

Smell- Light aromas of wheat grain and straw.

Taste- Wheat grain flavor with some lemon and some tartness on the back end. I'm not detecting any banana or clove esters that is usually associated with this style.

Mouthfeel- Light bodied and slightly dry with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- A refreshing beer that is worth having again. It reminds me more of an American wheat beer instead of a hefeweizen though.

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scratch69 from Missouri, Jun 01, 2014
Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
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