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

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.74/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pouring a cellar temp bottle into a weizen glass. The beer pours a crystal clear champagne gold color with soft fluffy bleached white head foaming up 4 cm even with a gentle pour. There is a bit of yeasty sediment at the very end of the pour.
Aroma is lemony citrus and with just a hint of banana. I also get some faint grassy hops in the background, but very mild. A little more robust banana and some cloves would be an improvement.
First sip light crisp body with fine yet tingly carbonation.
Flavor is also light with some general sweetness a bit of lemon zest and some mild banana. The flavor could be a little bolder and not hurt the drinkability. The beer is incredibly easy to drink and the bottle is almost gone before I realize it. A nice crisp take on a perfect summer style. ENjoyable brew!

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

A: Evenly cloudy pale, straw color. Poured a 2 finger cloud-white head that dissipated to a wispy skim. Decanted lightly. Laced the glass in a few random spots.

S: Predominantly wheat malt and lemony citrus. A very faint light-colored fruit aroma I couldn't pinpoint.

T: Very consistent with the nose; citrus up front and wheat malt in the foundation. A little fruity yeast character. Crisp and refreshing with a mild, low bitter.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Crisp, refreshing and fairly clean.

O: Nothing notable, but certainly nothing wrong the beer. The name was a bit misleading as I would not (nor did whoever added the beer) say this beer was a Hefeweizen.

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Photo of iadler
3.08/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a cloudy lighter yellow with lot's of rising bubbles and a one inch head. Small lines of lacing.

S- Banana, clove, vanilla and bready malt. The smell is fairly muted though.

T- Similar to the aroma with subtle banana, clove, vanilla, bready malt and subtle citrus notes such as lemon as well as some peppery spice.

M- Medium carbonation and light bodied. Fairly drinkable and finishes slightly sweet.

O- While there wasn't anything unpleasing abut this beer, the aroma and flavor was too subtle as well as the body being a little too watered down.

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Photo of tapman
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Exactly one finger head of cool whip foam atop a straw/light gold body that is opaque from the lack of filtering, and this one has yeast in abundance. Too much? Naw.

Doughy/yeasty smelling. Light hops are bigger than in others, which I appreciate.

Pretty sweet tasting, but more so from yeast byproducts than residual maltose. Has a big base malt flavor which is unappealing, and it sticks to the palate all the way through, but it isn't too aggressive and still drinks pretty easy with soft yeast and some floral hop characteristics.

A little sharp, a little dry, a little smooth.

A good American wheat. I like this one better than Schlafly's Pale Ale.

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Photo of bbkd3b
3.4/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Hazy body with a bright, yellow color that almost glows in the glass. Bits of wheat cause the cloudiness. Near non-existent white head doesn't retain for but a few moments, lacing not to be seen at any point in the drinking process. Smell is mostly a thick wheat, with some hints of a malty sweetness and bread to come along for the ride. Still, it feels fairly one-dimensional.

Taste has a surprising amount of tartness to it. The citrus is there, as I'd hope, as is the obvious presence of the wheat in the beer. Body tends to be fairly light with an extremely refreshing, clean finish. A summer drinker, this won't warm the body up very much at all. Pleasant and refreshing.

Overall/notes - Simple, but well-made beer by the crafters at Schlafly. This would be a good beer to sip on after mowing the lawn, I think. Worth trying for sure!

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Photo of JEdmund
3.06/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Wheat beers are typically a pretty beer, and Schlafly’s doesn’t disappoint. The hazy, bright yellow body sits beneath a somewhat modest white cap. The aroma gets knocked a bit for sulfur/grainy notes when I’d rather be smelling light notes of banana and clove or some light herbal hops. Body is OK, with an active carbonation, but the finish is on the thin side and the texture is lacking in that silkiness you get from wheat. Flavor also comes in at an underwhelming amount, but this could be an advantage if you’re drinking outside in the summer. While the flavor is a bit muted, there is a snappy, almost peppery, finish to it that I like. There’s a slight lemony bitterness detectable that plays well against the pale malt.

Like my previous takes on Schlafly’s beers, I’m left unimpressed and not inclined to seek this out again. This isn’t a bad beer, it’s just not as full in flavor as I’d prefer.

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Photo of bnes09
3.61/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Straw-colored ale, transparent with no yeast haze. Pours a shallow white head with poor retention. Not much lacing.

Crisp aroma of lemon and wheat.

Citric, lemon hop flavor. Smooth wheat backbone. Just a touch of yeast flavor.
Finish is a bit tangy.

Light to medium body. Well carbonated. Slightly dry finish. Easy drinking.

This stuff isn't too bad. Not too much depth but it's refreshing and great for a summer night brew.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.62/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Cloudy yellow gold, with nice white head of fine foam. Nice lace, too.

Aroma is fresh sweet and honey-like, with a yeasty bread tone, with a slight hint of citrus. Nice.

Taste is tangy, chewy, and flavorful...bready with a light citrus hint in the finish.

Not an overly complex hefeweizen (none of the traditional banana/clove tones), but certainly a pleasing and enjoyable experience and a drinkable wheat beer. Solid.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.45/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured this beer from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. It produced a cloudy straw color that is consistent with an American Unfiltered Wheat Ale- They call this a Hefeweizen but its false advertising. This is no where close to a German Hefe. Any how- The "Wheat Ale" produced a big two finger thick white head. Head retention was average and it has very much above average amounts of lacing. The aroma consisted of a soft wheat with notes of citrus. The mouthfeel was very smooth, very well carbonated and was very easy to drink. Perfect beer for summer. Tin beer- Watery. The wheat shines through as the dominant ingredient and has a nice citrus lemony finish. Very good session beer. Very good version of an American Wheat Ale- No where close to a Hefeweizen.

Follow up: After writing this I checked out other reviews- Everyone is comparing this to a German Hefeweizen. No this is an American Wheat Ale- There really should not be a banana taste to an American Unfiltered Wheat- Schlafly- you need to change the name of this beer pronto!

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Photo of salvo
3.1/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale straw-yellow liquid under a half-inch fluffy head arrives in a 4 oz taster at the Black Dog BBQ and beer in Urbana, IL (see my review in BeerFly).

Smell is pineapple and clove rather than banana, and the smell is subdued all around. Perhaps it's drinking this lighter summer beer after a hearty snowfall, but I'm just not feeling it.

The taste is a bit thin, although this is true to style at 3.9%, but I've had plenty of flavorful lower-alcohol beer, particularly Hefeweizen. There's just something missing here. Ends very yeasty in a rather unpleasant way.

Quaffable at 3.9%; I just don't see why anyone would bother.

Schlafley generally leaves me cold, and I tasted this blind and so do not demure from expressing my disappointment in the brewer generally.

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Photo of BeerLover99
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: cloudy yellow, hint of orange, solid lacing display in the pint.

S: hint of citrus and grain.

T: mild sweet citrus, wheat up front, with hint of bitter finish

M: light body, little too watery, dry crisp finish, solid carbonation

D: This is my 2nd Schlafly's offering and not too thrilled, not the best Hefeweizen, but not awful either. Wish there was more cloves in the flavor. I have heard great things about the brewery, so I will continue to give them another chance.

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Photo of BeerWhale
2.61/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a cloudy yellow body, with a thin, puffy white head. It looks like a hefe should, but unfortunately the taste is below average. It has mild flavors at most. There is no spice, clove or banana hints that are normally expected in a good Hefe. It has some mild yeasty flavors, but not enough to add anything to the overall taste.

All in all; a disappointing beer that has none of the characteristic Hefeweizen flavors. I was expecting more, but was left with a bland, watery tasting beer that should not have come out of a brewery this good. Hopefully Schlafly will get their act together and make a better Hef before summer. Because, lets face it, there is nothing better than a cool, banana(y) hef while you're suffering through a St. Louis summer.

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Photo of janders1
2.51/5  rDev -23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I had high hopes for this beer since I have had a couple of other brews from this brewery and was pleased with them. This beer had good appearance and smell, but what I tasted was not a Hefeweizen, but rather something more on the lines of a bad pale ale. Overall not a bad beer, but I would not categorize it as a Hefeweizen. I quickly went and bought an Erdinger to make sure I had not forgotten what a Hefe tasted like.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.28/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at the brewpub in August 2009. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a cloudy yellow color with a white head. The nose is quite plain with a bit of general yeast character and some really mild banana. The taste is the same with some really light wheat and mild banana; maybe a hint of clove. A bit creamy and light, although it drinks well in the end.

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

Review from BeerAdvocate Magazine June 2007.

Uh-oh, here we go. This will be the never-ending debate within the beer industry: Can you call an American Wheat a Hefeweizen? Purists will say no and cringe to see a lemon wedge on the glass. Others don't care too much and just ponder if the beer is good or not. We're with them.

After pouring out about two-thirds of the bottle and then swirling the yeast in, we could see huge flakes
of the yeast dissolve back into the beer, making for a cloudy yellow brew. Head retention was fine, with massive sticky chunks of lace from the initial pouring. Textbook aroma of dough malt, a faint fermented wheat twang and neutral yeast. Crispness is fine, with a medium level of carbonation and fluffy mouthfeel. Wheat malt flavor is simple yet sturdy, with a bit of a wheat twang and a minimal hop bitterness--showing a good balance. Finishes dry with an earthy yeast and grainy wheat taste.

Let's not even think the word "Hefeweizen"--for an unfiltered and unpasteurized American Wheat, this is pretty damn good. Simply put: Schlafly Hefeweizen = American Wheat Session Ale. Pairs well with a chicken kabob Greek salad with extra feta and hot peppers.

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Photo of biggred1
3.33/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hazed, bleach blonde with a fizzy white cap. Mild lemon rind and wheat malt in the aroma. The flavors don't separate this brew from most mainstream American pale wheat ales, citrus peel and mild wheat malt tang. Light bodied and slightly creamy with fizzy carbenation. An okay gateway beer I guess? Nothing special here.

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

Poured this one into a Maisel's Weisse Weizen glass. The brew mad a great appearance with three fingers of thick bright white head, and a hazy golden colored body.

The aroma is yeasty, and almost cardboard in character. There is not much depth to this brew.

The taste is light and bland. There is the cardboard like flavor, with a hint of citrus peel.

This is one of the lightest hefes I've ever had, and a bit let down. I guess at an ABV of 3.9%, that should've told me something.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.32/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another one from the Schlafly Taproom in St Louis.

Appeared pretty hefe but had no head and not much lacing.

Smelled typically hefe, cloves and yeast.

Tasted of cloves, banana, yeast.

Felt kind of watery and not outstanding.

Surprisingly drinkable despite being about as average as an on tap hefeweizen could be.

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Photo of AleWatcher
3.3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this on vacation-- reviewed from notes:

Pours a cloudy, golden, sunset kind of color... with a little white specks of yeast sediments in there. A thick voluminous bone white head of 2 fingers with surprissingly good lace.

The smell hits with some sweet malty wheat and toasted cloves-- like a clove cigarette almost.

Taste is sweet, not bitter. Easy drinking. Nothing too complex-- no banana or bubblegum... Not bad, pleasant, but not great.

It's light enough, it's sweet enough, and people like it.

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Photo of feedsasquatch
3.66/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is the first unfiltered Hefe I've ever had.

A - Golden/yellow and slightly hazy. Had a very good foamy white head.

S - Malty, yeasts, some citrus, and then the wheat shows up. My first sniff had me worried about the flavor.

T - good, light flavor. Tastes malty and yeasty. There's a little sweet fruitiness as well. It didn't taste like I expected. Perhaps the yeastiness is just the wheat coming through.

M - smooth, but thicker then it smells. Creamy would be a better descriptor than crisp I think.

D - The first one is great, and very easy to finish. I just doesn't leave me wanting more.

Overall, it's not a bad beer. The 4 sitting in my fridge right now will be gone before the week is over for sure. But, I'm going to have try several other hefe's before I can decide if I like the style or not.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.95/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Nate for the big haul he made for mw in St.Louis.

Pours the standard hazey banana peel yellow an ok head and foam for a hefe.

Almost toasted grain smell mixes with just a touch of dried banana peel.

The taste has some of the same confusion between yeast and malt. Wheaty sweet, but yeast nd hop mustiness flavors are a little off putting.

This palat is talc and musty. Not the session wheat ale I was looking forward to.

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Photo of jaycount
3.88/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first unfiltered Wheat Ale.

A - Hazy with some of the unfilteredness floating around. Foamy bright white head. I'm getting sucked into this one.

S - Similar to many wheat beers I've had. A strong hoppy aroma.

T - Good all-around taste. Just strong enough. Does NOT have that watered down taste associated with many wheat beers I've tried.

M - Sudsy. Mmmmm. Duff. Refreshing, would be a great lakeside or poolside drink.

D - Low ABV, great news for me! This will be an awesome Summer beer, can't wait.

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Photo of champ103
3.86/5  rDev +17%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a hazy golden/yellow color. A large, pillowing, white head with good retention. Some lace is left behind.
S: Light citrus and funky yeast aromas. Though an odd mineral and sulfur aroma that detracts for me.
T: Crisp citrus, banana, and lemon flavors. Sweet malt with some biscuit, dough, and yeast flavors.
M/D: A medium body and carbonation. Crisp, smooth, creamy, and refreshing. Not watered down at all. Really easy to drink. Very low on the ABV, and it is a great session beer.

This is a very solid wheat ale. Simple and enjoyable. Something that is worth a try.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.38/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The label on the neck of the bottle is different from the picture posted on Beer Advocate but it's the same one as listed on the brewery's site- says Unfiltered Wheat along with Hefeweizen ale.
For something unfiltered this pours awfully clear. Not quite fizzy yellow lager clear but not really hazy at all. No suspicious floaties. Nothing at all mysterious. ... ah, after emptying the bottle, a splash of yeast gets in there hazing it some; still pretty weak for the style.
On the nose it is very much fizzy yellow lager with some indications of bottled lemon juice.
On the palate, there isn't much more depth than lemon seltzer going on. A lemony, light lager is what I'm tasting. While the flavors aren't bad, they are very, very weak.
Frankly, there's probably a macrobrew that's on sale wherever you are that you will probably enjoy just about as much as you would enjoy this beer. Don't bother with it.

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Photo of jsprain1
2.96/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Pours a nice golden with good head retention, and some haziness. normal looking pale wheat.
S- almost no smell. just basic wheat, with maybe a little citrus or yeast.
T-Taste is of wheat throughout with little complexity. a bit of yeastiness near the end. other than that, it's just wheat.
m- pretty thin, but not unfortunately so.
D- this is made as an easy drinking wheat. this is a very average beer. i don't particularly dislike it, but nothing about is is exciting.

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Schlafly Hefeweizen from The Schlafly Tap Room
3.3 out of 5 based on 444 ratings.
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