Schlafly Hefeweizen | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly HefeweizenSchlafly Hefeweizen

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The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.10%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by beernut7 on 10-20-2002

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Reviews: 163 | Ratings: 446
Photo of Tsar_Riga
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
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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Photo of 1angrydwarf
3.47/5  rDev +5.2%
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 -21.5%
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 -5.8%
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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Photo of JTK111
2.28/5  rDev -30.9%
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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Photo of prost2hefeweizen
3.17/5  rDev -3.9%
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 +5.8%
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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Photo of alexanderplatz
2.58/5  rDev -21.8%
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%
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 +25.2%
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 +21.2%
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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Photo of bubseymour
3.83/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Photo of Drew03cmc
4.25/5  rDev +28.8%

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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Photo of UrbanCaveman
2.02/5  rDev -38.8%
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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Photo of NickTheGreat
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%

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 +4.8%

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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Photo of JLaw55
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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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Photo of BEERchitect
3.75/5  rDev +13.6%
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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Photo of alphagnome
3.3/5  rDev 0%
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 +11.8%
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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Photo of Captain_Komamura
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance - It is a yellow to golden color, with two fingers of foam.

Smell - Basically all wheat.

Taste - Like a the smell, wheat, some lemon flavor comes in as well.

Mouthfeel - Good body and carbonation for a wheat beer.

Overall - Pretty decent wheat beer.

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Photo of u2carew
3.09/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can
A) Pours with a finger thick head that settles quickly leaving a thin lacing at the edge of the glass. Yellow-gold in color. Slightly hazy body but still some transparency.
S) Wheaty. Hints of lemon. Not overly aromatic.
T) Grainy. Hints of clove and banana.
M) Light body. Dry. Chalky. Alcohol warmth.
O) A hefeweizen with a weak body and taste profile, and a not as hazy as the style norm. An okay beer.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.57/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a thin white head that lasts. Hazy yellow. Aroma is sharp, bready wheat, sweet pale malt, and noble hops. Flavor is crisp and sharp with grainy wheat and a touch of Tettnang hop flavor. Mouthfeel is light and dry. Overall a throwback to the popular "American hefes".of the late 90s. Sentimental favorite.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.13/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I CAN't put enough love out there for my local, in-person trader, tone77! He calls me a master of The CANQuest (TM) and yet he comes through time and time again with new CANs for me. Cheers, bro!

From the CAN: "For best flavor, keep refrigerated". Bet, yo!

I pulled out my new Schlafly CAN Sessions CAN glass, listened to the Crack, and employed an inverted Glug. I had two fingers of dense, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a hazy, but not cloudy (WTF?) golden-yellow (SRM = 4). Nose was light, kind of herbal tea-like. I was reminded of Jasmine, but in a Hefe? Where are the bananas? Where are the cloves? Mouthfeel was medium and the taste was mildly spicy, but it lacked any Oomph! or anything that would make me think of or call this a Hefeweizen. Understand, it pains me greatly to dun any of their beers. I know their brewer, Stephen Hale, I have personally met Tom Schlafly and I always recommend them to visitors. Chalk this up to a rare misstep, but I am deeply unimpressed. The finish was bland, boring and lackluster.

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Photo of tone77
3.26/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich golden color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very mild, just a bit of wheat, banana. Taste is also mild, lemony, somewhat tart, drinks more like and American pale wheat Ale imo. Not much of the banana and clove usually associated with this style. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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