Schlafly Hefeweizen | The Schlafly Tap Room

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76
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452 Ratings
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Schlafly HefeweizenSchlafly Hefeweizen
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States
schlafly.com

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
452
Reviews:
164
Avg:
3.3
pDev:
15.45%
 
 
Wants:
7
Gots:
71
For Trade:
0
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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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2.54/5  rDev -23%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. bottle poured into an Ayinger tall Kirta-Halbe glass.

A - Pours a very pale, light yellow. Four+ finger head of white, loose foam sets up instantly during the pour - glad I used this glass. Held to a full-spectrum light, beer is almost a neon yellow with a touch of light green tinting. Hazy and moderately opaque, beer shows suspended stratifications of particulates throughout the glass. Head falls in on itself at a deliberate pace, leaving splotches of foam on the sides of the glass and a fluffy pillow on the surface.

S - Lemongrass, wheat, subtle flinty mineralness, just a touch of banana poking thru the background.

T - Light wheat flour and very subtle hints of mellowed lemon. A touch of yeastiness, with a bit of banana sugar, like the end of a banana popsicle, in the little finish there is. Not much taste at all to this beer. Quite neutral across the entire quaff.

M - Neither fizzy or creamy. Rather thin, almost watery. No real finish to speak of. Little body. Light structure, but integrated.

O - Perhaps in the dog days of summer, when the thermometer and humidity are both pushing 100, this, ice cold, would be refreshing. I'm not sure if the blandness of this bottle is due to it not being just bottled - I got this last fall - and/or still being in spring and mostly drinking malty beers, but there just isn't much going on with this beer. This is a summer session beer, and one most females would appreciate being given, as well as your Bud Light friends who think all craft beers are bitter hop bombs - this one will seriously mess with their expectations. I like unfiltered hefeweizens, but this one is too soft and undefined for my tastes. It's not a bad beer - it's just not much of a beer overall.

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Photo of BJasny
4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -24.2%

Photo of beagle75
2.84/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass.

A: Hazy, pale golden color with one finger of white foam head. Light lacing remains on the glass. Small deposits of beige yeast sediment can be seen at the bottom of the glass.

S: Lemony and metallic, slightly oxidized, with a trace of baker's yeast.

T: Begins dry, with pasty wheat flour, brief clove that is weak, and very mild and refined herbaceous hop aromatics. Acidity is normal for the style, somewhat citric and complimentary to other aromatic qualities. Sweetness increases in the middle, while most other flavors become diminished nearly to the point of insignificance. More dusty wheat marks the transition to the finish, where mild orange citrus fruit but no bitterness worth mentioning is detected.

M: Thin to medium viscosity, briefly astringent on the palate at first then turning wet, with brisk carbonation.

D/O: Inoffensive and unremarkable, this wheat beer struggles unsuccessfully to live up to the hefeweizen categorization seen on the label. The highest praise available to it is the ability to scrub the palate fairly clean. Set it aside for the non-beer drinkers.

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Photo of HarmonMW
4/5  rDev +21.2%

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5/5  rDev +51.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +36.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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1.5/5  rDev -54.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.38/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a cloudy gold with a thin, lingering white mousse.

S: Like most American pale wheat ales, there isn't much in the way of a nose here. Subtle aromas of cream, wheat, and lemon can be detected once the beer has settled in the glass.

T: A tart, grainy entry reveals notes of lemon, cream, minerals, and wheat. The finish is clipped and grainy with mineral and wheat notes.

M: Light-bodied, dry, and fairly firm. Carbonation is crisp. This would be a very refreshing ale on a hot day.

O: This is a solid American pale wheat ale and nothing more. It is rather neutral, but would be something good to have in the fridge during the summer months.

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Photo of Punkyg0608
4/5  rDev +21.2%

Photo of bcpriess
4.2/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't be in the 'Lou without picking up some Schlafly Hefeweizen. First things first - Schlafly is singlehandedly redeeming the brewing arts for the St. Louis region, and I think they are one of the best microbreweries I have been exposed to. I would be surprised if their distribution doesn't dramatically expand over the next decade.

Schlafly Hefeweizen is, I think, very comparable to Boulevard Unfiltered Wheat in a lot of ways. Both are cloudy, of the unfiltered wheat variety. Both have a semi chalky mouthfeel. the basic flavor seems similar, though I haven't done a sxs comparison. The key differences to me are that the Schlafly is a bit less carbonated, and more yeasty/malty in its flavor. Schlafy consequently, to my tastes, is a better winter brew and Boulevard a better summer brew. Let me clarify - I've had this beer cool and the lower carbonation results in a still pleasant experience. Boulevard however must be ice cold. Both are great beers, but I think the Schlafly might have a slight edge.

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3.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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3/5  rDev -9.1%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

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2/5  rDev -39.4%

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4/5  rDev +21.2%

Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.3 out of 5 based on 452 ratings.
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