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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

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Photo of malibujohnny
2.03/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

WOW...I was not predicting this.I poured fast from the bottle and got a head that was that heavy yet dispersing. The very first taste reminded me of miller lite....let me finish.I poured a 2nd,down the pint properly. I then recieved a very thin head that did not continue,very light lacing down the glass. Still the taste i gathered was not even close to a wheat style beer. As i drank this i could not help but notice a pilsner miller lite style with just the smallest amount of wheat malt added. The hops is hardly noted and even a orange slice for the wit beer boys would not help this one.

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Photo of FightingEntropy
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A very straw yellow color to the beer, and the white head lingers for a long time and leave a good lace on the glass. The smell is ok, but doesn't have the yeasty smell of a hefe, and very light on an fruity or spice elements. The taste starts pretty strong, but ends flat, and the most noticeable feature is how thin the beer is in the mouth. An adequate interpretation, but not something that matches up to the style.

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Photo of sweethome
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very light golden color - I swirled the yeast and poured in - didn't add as much haze as I would have thought. I appeared there was a good amount on the bottom of the bottle - maybe just too light to begin with.

The nose is rather simple (but not taking too much off here - still recovering from a cold).

First taste is honey...sweet clover honey...lacks banana flavors of german hefe, a hint of coriander - just a hint. Mouthfeel is also just middle of the road - not filling out the palate - not too light. An easy drinker.

The hops are very limted, but balnced with the light nature here.

As the label says - an american wheat beer (but why do you call it hefeweizen??). I does not remind me at all of the tradition. That said, a nice pounder...simple, refreshing and quaffable.

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Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours straw color with 3+ fingers of fluffed up eggshell white head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Straw & grassy notes & just a whisper of fruittyness

T: Tartness & lemons up front, along with some white pepper. Hints of juicy fruit, grape fruit & lemon hops as this warms. Finishes crisp & lemony/slightly peppery

MF: Light/medium bodied with medium carbonation & great balance

Drinks pretty easy, but lack of complexity would make me want something else after a few, unless it was blazing hot. A good APWA, a below avg Hefe IMO. Cheers to BARLEYWINEO for this taste of Mizzou!

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
3.71/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - fairly average straw/yellow. The requisite swirl & pour added nothing - the sediment is stuck to the bottom of the bottle. A good whack and remix of an ounce or so did the trick and provided the signature cloudiness. Sticky white foam with lots of clumpy lace but only a thin patchy cover.

Aroma - a light whiff of yeast and soapy, lemony grain. Reasonably fragrant.

Taste - lightly fruity and sweet, the wheat malt softening the flavors nicely. A mild orange snap at the aftertaste along with a touch of hoppy dryness. A clean finish ideally sets up the next sip.

Mouthfeel - very smooth, moderate carbonation; well done.

Drinkability - not the most wow beer but a great session pick for summer.

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Photo of cameraman
2.69/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A golden color, transparent, though it says it is unfiltered. A puffy white head forms, there is also alot of carbonation visible in the glass. A citrusy fragrance, followed by yeast and bread aromas, that round it out in the end. A light citrus flavor, mostly of lemon, then the yeast esters become more prevalent with some banana fuitiness there as well. It finishes with a mellow wheat wheat flavor at the end. The feel, is light, even more light than some american macro brewed beers, very thin and watery. An average drinking beer, a possible good choice for a session beer, with 4.5% ABV. I still do not understand the clarity of the beer, with an unfiltered label.

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Photo of dickroop
3.8/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured with a whitish, active, pillowy head, that retained modestly but left no lacing. This brew was yellowish, almost clear, with lotsa bubbles. The nose was a little yeasty and pilsner-ish (saaz-hops?)

The taste had a little sourness to it, adding to the bite of the carbonation. There was a touch of banana flavor that you'd expect from a hefeweizen, but not enough. All in all, it tasted good and was refreshing, but it was awfully like the typical macro flavor. The mouthfeel packed a little punch. It's very tempting to swig this brew, whereupon you get a nice tangy smash to the palate with the bite of over-ample carbonation, some warmth from the alcohol, and some traditional (ordinary?) malt stickiness.

All in all, this makes a pretty good lawn-mower beer, it's refreshing, it's got more to it than a simple macro, but it won't scare away anybody by having enough hops to be interesting. A solid entry for a summer brew, but not extraordinary.

Label indicates "Bottled with Love on Dec 19, 2006"

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Photo of barleywinebrewer
2.83/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I paired this with a spicy tex mex dinner. I found it complimentary but on it's own merits a touch under average.
A - hazy pale yellow, minimal white head
S - Some wheat / citrus with a slightly soapy aroma.
T - light wheat, citrus and yeast
M - light bodied, lightly carbonated.
D - It worked with the dinner I had. I woud hesitate to reach for one on it's own or with a less spicy dinner.

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Photo of hckyfn9999
3.73/5  rDev +13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottled with love on Feb. 8, 2007; about two months ago. Pours beautiful a hazy golden yellow color with a perfect, two finger, thick and creamy white head with excellent retention. Aroma is of some lemony citrus, some fresh grain, and sweet bread, with some banana and spice in the background. Smell is not too strong

Taste has more of the lemony citrus present in the aroma, a bit of banana, and cloves are also present, with some fresh wheat on the finish. The body is light and carbonation is pleasant. This is definitely an easy drinker and according to the Schlafly website is only 3.9% making it a good session brew. Pretty decent American wheat in my opinion and would make for a refreshing session with the nice citrus pressence in the summer.

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Photo of Cresant
2.74/5  rDev -17%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this 12 oz. brown bottle into a weizen glass. The body was clear, light yellow/gold with three fingers of sudsy head. The yeast was firmly stuck to the bottom of the bottle.

Smell was soapy? Later I detected fresh bread. Not extremely aromatic.

Taste was lemony crisp and clean. White bread. Rather mundane, but I'm not a big wheat beer fan.

Mouthfeel was smooth and medium/light bodied.

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Photo of beerphilosopher
2.98/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a slightly cloudy medium yellow color with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Nose is of wheat malts and a little citrus from the hops. No typical hefe scents here ... banana, cloves, etc ... Palate follows suit and is quit light and thin. Wheat, lemon, and oddly enough ...corn chips going on here. American wheat ale, definitely ... hefeweizen, I don't think so. Mouthfeel is pretty thin and non-substantial. Finish is dry and slightly bitter. Overall, this one is a big disappointment if you're geared up for a hefeweizen ... the necessary components just aren't there. A decent American wheat beer, I guess, but call a spade a spade. An okay beer for the uninitiated, but suffers from some false advertising, stylistically.

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Photo of nortmand
3.27/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours slightly cloudy and pale yelkow with a fluffy white head.

Mostly grassy aroma. A bit citrusy. No spice character.

There is a bit of spicy yeast character up front, but it's barely noticable. A bit of clove, I guess. Otherwise some light citrus character and a lightly bitter aftertaste.

Relatively thin bodied, not at all a hefeweizen, but as ok beer.

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Photo of JoeyHotrod
3.03/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad beer by any means, though it's not a great one either

Average to slightly above pretty much across the board. Cloudy like one would expect, though not to the degree a German Hefeweizen would be.

As an American Wheat Ale, something that would be more accurate as opposed to the hefeweizen mentioned on the bottle it's ok, though that's also a style I tend to think little off.

As a Hefeweizen you can do much better. This lacks the complexity of a hefe and has none of the trademark banana or clove.

I would drink it again if someone were to offer one, though don't see myself ever buying it again.

Schlafly has much better.

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Photo of scoobybrew
3.5/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This was served in a pint glass at the Schlafly Tap Room in the airport. It has a slightly cloudy, light gold color typical of a hefeweizen with a decent head that is well retained. The aroma is primarily malty, with a trace of hops and only a trace of cloves and banana from the yeast. The taste is mostly smooth malt with a subtle hop character. The yeast is noticeable, mostly clovey with a very slight banana character. It has a medium-light body with moderate to high carbonation.

This is a tasty wheat, just above average for an American Wheat in my opinion. I think it's a little hoppy for the style though.

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Photo of hopsaplenty
3.05/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. brown bottle, bottled with love on June 29, 2006.

Cloudy honeyed gold. Short bright white head of small bubbles that quickly vaporizes, leaving a dusting in its wake. No lacing and no carbonation streams. The aroma is only minimally of a whiff of lemon and some light grain. A bit of wheat initially which then leads to a soft lemony note. There is a minimal amount of fruitiness present that carries into the finish, but the lemon rind is what lingers longest. A bit grainy and relatively boring. Medium-light body with bright effervescent carbonation, it has a certain lightness that is perhaps the highlight for this beer. Lemon and wheat and that was about it. Not particularly interesting and there are certainly better pale wheat ales available. A miss by Schlafly.

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Photo of Realale
2.39/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

From a freshly picked-up keg at a friend's birthday party last night.

Hazy gold, with a fine, bright white slightly sticky head that settles slowly to a solid 1/4" cap. Looks quite nice really.

Nose is a slightly sour, dank graininess. No real wheat character, no real yeast character. Yawn.

Light side of medium in the mouth. Watery indistinct slightly sour grain flavors. Really watery in the mid-palate, and a blessedly short finish. Not much of anything really. Carbonation level is a bit high, which leaves an unpleasant prickly sensation on tongue throughout.

Kudos for supporting the local brewery at the party, but geez, this is pretty grim stuff. Schlafly can do much better. Suffice it to say that this was the only beer on offer at the party, and I could only manage to choke down two over the course of almost three hours. Glad I didn't have to pay for it!

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Photo of bort11
2.94/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pored into a pint tumbler. Pale yellow color with a slight hazyness. Weak head, only about a 1/4 to an 1/8 on an inch. Quickly receded, with barely any lace. this is pretty disappointing. Taste is primarily wheat and yeast, with a little citrus hops. Mouthfeel is slightly oily, but mostly light in body. This seems like a mostly average wheat. I think I'm going to pass on this in the future.

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Photo of czechsaaz
3.07/5  rDev -7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

At the brewery...

Spicy aroma but not at all phenolic. Some citruss like an American Hefe but it's not strong like Northwest citrus hops. Kind of strange and not what I'd expect.

Cloudy and pale yellow with a great head. Look is right on.

Hmm...flavor is where I run into problemes, review on what I taste or on the style (it is on their board as a hefeweizen, so I'll go based on the style...) No phenols at all that I'd expect from a german or Bavarian Hefe. I do get a nice bitter orange peel flavor and some what seems like coriander (you see where I'm going don't you...) There's the tartness of wheat that's pretty good but it's on the sweet maybe candi sugar side.

Nice light body with medium carbonation.

Very easy drinking and tasty beer. As a wit, this is a triumph but as an an American, Bavarian or German Hefeweizen it doesn't measure up. And it can't really be a misnomer...how many Belgians would call their Wit a Hefeweizen?

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Photo of aforbes10
2.78/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

cloudy and orange. about right look for a hefe. odor more like a pilsner, not a hefeweizen. taste was a bit off, kind of metallic, pretty bland, not really all that wheaty, just sour malt taste. and i was planning on buying a sixer for the wife. oh well.

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Photo of whynot44
3.64/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Hazy pale yellow color with a decent but shortlived white head that dies down to just a thin ring almost immediately with no real lace produced.

The aroma is citrusy wheat grain.

The taste is light citrus with a trace of banana over a mild, tart wheat flavor. Actually very nice and refreshing, should be an excellent summer cooler.

Very drinkable.

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Photo of Vancer
3.65/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very lite summer drinker! Wife-zilla even said she likes it better than bud lite !! Whoo hoo – another conversion!

Yep, lite lemon yellow, nice thin white head. Hints of citrus, banana & clove in both the aroma and quaff. Somewhat thin in the mouth, just a tad on the weak side – but again, a good cross-over brew. Would go down well in the summer heat here in STL>

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Photo of beerceller99
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy yellow color with a fizzy white head. Standard tart wheat, citrusy smell. Light medium bodied and lightly carbonated. Mild taste is yeasty, grainy followed by that oh so refreshing sweet tart wheat flavor.Nice clean finish.
This brew hits the spot on a hot summers afternoon.

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Photo of OatherS
3.6/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Normal Schlafly bottle label but this is blue. I am always skeptical of American breweries and their hefes, but I am going to keep an open mind. I also notice that the top label says that it is an "American Wheat", contradicting itself.

A: Nice cloudy yellow color, not much head to speak of, looks like an American wheat so far.

S: Lemony odor, wheat odor, smells like an american wheat.

T: Not a bad American wheat. Pretty refreshing. Actually somewhat hefe in nature, although banana flavor.

M: Smooth.

D: Not a bad wheat beer, I would pay for another.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.15/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tried this one at the St. Louis Brewery and Tap Room as part of a flight. Almost the same as the Hefe. Grassy tasting, quite cloudy with yeast. This one needed a lemon which I shouldn't have passed on. Apparently they have a great raspberry Hefe on draft. I should have went with that one instead.

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Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours unfiltered light yellow. Medium head. Very little nose, compared with a Bell's Oberon. A light mouthfeel, medium carbonation, weak grassy flavor that was somewhat citric. I found it drinkable but prefered the more interestering Bell's.

I like Schlafly's beer and have come to expect more than I am finding in this wheat. I was available (unrefrigerated) at Sams in St. Louis.

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.3 out of 5 based on 438 ratings.
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