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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat AleSchlafly Yakima Wheat Ale

Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by DCon on 03-19-2012

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Reviews: 51 | Ratings: 227
Photo of Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Can courtesy of Trent, yet again.

It pours a hazy straw yellow with a 1 finger head of foam.

A big nose of wheat greets my nosebuds and I can smell an underlining aroma of hop bitterness.

First sip, second sip, third sip...now that is one tasty American Pale Wheat. No bells or whistles, just a down home lovely taste of wheat with what I'd call an earthy bitterness.

Smooth as silk going down cuz the mouthfeel is so good.

I say, yummy!

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Photo of bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

drinking on 5/4 and brewed on 3/29 so its a about 5 weeks old. Picked up as a single from Total Wine in Reston, VA.

Appearance is yellow and somewhat less cloudy than many wheats. Minimal fizzy head. Some hoppiness on the nose but not much else.

Taste - This is a very nice easy and smooth beer with some floral and citrus hop flavor with little aftertaste and very smooth finish.

One of the better session ales I've had. As its refreshing yet full of flavor. Would definitely look to buy again.

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Photo of demuzik
4.16/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Very pleasantly surprised by this one - usually not a fan of Schlafly (most everything tastes too meek and bland), so I came at this one pessimistically, but was quite shocked.

The hop flavor is heavenly; very unusual to have a wheat ale contain this much hop presence - especially from a Midwestern brewery - but I certainly enjoy it. The hop flavor is citrusy, piney, spicy-sweet; not overly bitter or unwelcome.

The aroma is somewhat standard wheat-fare; some slightly funky sulferish tones, but hey, that's wheat yeast.

The overall taste is impressive - tons of wheat creaminess, light to medium in body - perfect for a warm weather refresher - can taste some slight esters of banana and such, yet the clean hop flavor hits it home.

Worth trying; curious as to why there aren't more hop-forward wheats available like this... really enjoyed.

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Photo of rlee1390
4.11/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Cloudy yellow, some carbonation, one finger head.

S-Great citrus notes, along with nice wheat. But the citrus hops are very good.

T-Starts with light citrus notes, mild wheat, some grass and slight bitterness.

M-Lighter tad watery and not much carbonation.

O-Much better than I expected. The hops provide a nice citrus note but the beer is still light and sessionable.

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Photo of BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So, why aren't there more higher hopped wheat beers on the market? Schlafly brings reason to my argument with this 40 ibu and moderately alcoholic wheat beer.

As most wheat beers, both of America and Germany, Yakima Wheat pours a cloudy light gold color that's nearly opaque while only allowing for a diffused glow to emit. Capped by a fluffy and creamy white head, the beer shows persistent retention and sticky lace to the glass. It's the prototypical wheat beer appearance when well done.

The common aromas of soft and bready wheat is layered with estery notes of banana, apple, and lemon with a balance of spicy pepper, clove, and herbal hops. But what makes this version so unique in the introduction of abnormally high hop aroma of grass and grapefruit that's normally reserved for pale ales to penetrate the scent in a decidedly zesty demeanor.

Delicious to taste as the German hefe-centric flavors rise to the forefront with the fruity banana, lemon, and apple that weave into the sweeter and breadier wheat flavors. But the mid palate of growing hops bring about a spicy and zesty flavor of grapefruit and freshly mulled grasses that continue to develop into a sharp and spicy bitterness to finish. Again, the beer starts like a wheat ale but finishes like a pale ale.

Medium bodied overall, but the heightened carbonation provides a very full and creamy start. But as the carbonation fades, the crisp and clean bitterness of hops deliver a dryish feel and minty warmth in closure. A fruity aftertaste, partly of esters and partly of hops extend delightfully into the next sip.

Yakima is ideally suited for the warmer seasons as it provides a complex taste and superb refreshment. Although it is softer than Schneider Hopfenweiss, the sheer experimentation proves worthwhile here. On a related note, I have had several single-source hopped beers with exclusively Yakima hops- this beer exhibits the sharp peppery bite that I saw in those. I'm surprised that the predominant use of Challenger hops here do the same.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Schlafly Yakima Wheat
12 oz. can, canned on "FEB 24 15"
$1.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ on 08/22/15... 6 months after it was packaged!

Despite the fact that it's a bit old, my sample shows no signs of oxidation, and the nose is still bright. (I may have to rethink shopping at Total Wine & More as 5 of the 12 beers I bought were out of date already).

Yakima Wheat Ale is exactly what you'd expect it to be, a citrusy American hopped wheat ale. The head retention and lacing are both excellent, and it's a cloudy golden beneath a bright white head.

The aroma is citrusy with tangerine (and a bit of mango), a little spicy, and to a lesser extent, piney and grassy. It's bright and fresh and welcoming.

The flavor follows suit with the wheat showing clearly, along with a very light touch of soft golden caramel. There's a nice balance between the fruitiness, the spiciness, and the wheaty malt. A moderate bitterness of around 20 IBUs balances it, and it finishes dry with a swirl of spice and some citrus pith or yeasty mineral character.

In the mouth it's medium-light in body with a delicate carbonation that caresses the tongue.

Easy to drink and yet brightly hopped, it's refreshing and satisfying at the same time. Take care, however, as it still packs a solid 5% abv, although it doesn't seem it. Session IPAs seem to be quite popular right now, but for my money I'll take a few of these. Really nicely done!

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Photo of Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle a hazy light gold color with two fingers of off-white head.

Aroma of wheat and grassy hops along with a whiff of fresh earth.

The taste was much like the aroma with grainy wheat, grassy hops and a hint of spices. Finishes clean.

Lighter bodied and slightly dry with a moderate carbonation.

Very tasty and quite the easy drinker. Will definitely have again.

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Photo of zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottled 9 days ago.

A - Poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a two-finger, bubbly, off-white head of foam. it left sticky rings of lace on the glass.

S - It smelled fairly grassy with some nice wheat notes. A touch of pine, too.

T - Great blend of flavors, wheat, grasses, pine and a touch of lemon pith. Great balance.

M - It was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale.

O - This is good. Nice to see a good wheat hit the market.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This limited brewing pours a hazy gold, with a thick and sudsy head. Superb and thick spiderweb lace, too.

Nose is an appealing mix of citrus hops and sharp wheat. I get some lemon. Superb.

Taste is crisp and sharp, with a bread-like wheatiness and much of that citrus lemon character. Very nice, and worth a wider release one day, I say.

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Photo of DCon
3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed on-tap @ the Schlafly Tap Room in St. Louis, MO for $4.50. Tapped from the non-labeled Stainless steel handle into a 16oz Hefe Glass.

Aroma- Very wheat dominant with a fantastic hop presence in the background. Has a light citrus note as well.

Appearance- Received with a .5 finger head that dies quickly. Has a golden- white ale body that glows. Good lacing is left behind.

Flavor- Strong sweetness, wheat flavored, and citrus comes around again. Light bitterness and finishes semi-dry.

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Medium Carbonation, Smooth, and has a wheaty finish.

Overall Impression- This is one of the best Pale Wheat beers I've had in a long while! Fantastic amount of character while still being an easy, drinkable ale. Recommend!

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Photo of Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I had this on-tap at the brewpub. It was so friggin hot outside that I had to.

A: Poured a slightly chill-hazed apricot-yellow color with a slight head that stuck around for a while.

S: This was very wheaty, fruity, and spicy (peppery). The potency was moderate overall.

T: This was fruit-infused, with lots of wheat, and more than a tinge of orange zest. Yummy!

M: The peppery quality gave on a nice sensation on the base of the tongue and the carbonation and lacing were both fine.

O: This was a nice summer entry. I'm glad it's available in bottles in my area.

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Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, straw color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Good retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, citrus hops, citrus, hint of bacterial funk, hint of alcohol, slight earthy malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight sweet malt, slight citrus hops, hint of alcohol, and citrus. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and blend.

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Photo of Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light brown to light copper in color. A fingernail of off white covers most of the top. The citrus hops dominates the nose. I taste citrus hops at the front of the palate. It then softens and you get some wheat in the finish. The mouth is smooth and crisp.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured out a hazy, pale gold color with a two-finger, bubbly, off-white head of foam. it left sticky rings of lace on the glass. The smell was fairly grassy with some nice wheat notes. A touch of pine, too. The taste was a good blend of flavors, wheat, grasses, pine and a touch of lemon pith. Great balance. The mouthfeel was crisp, sharp and smooth. A dry-finishing, medium bodied ale. Overall this is good.

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Photo of soju6
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a hazy pale golden color with a good frothy head that fades to nice lacing.

S: Pleasant aroma of citrus and fresh grain. A bit of sweetness and fruit mixed in with a touch of lemon zest.

T: Taste of lemon zest and fresh grain give it a nice initial pop. Nice mixture of fruit and spice. Pleasant bitterness and a dry finish.

F: Fairly medium body, Crisp, smooth and refreshing. very good balance.

O: Easy drinker, great on a hot afternoon. Hope this becomes a regular seasonal offering.

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Photo of Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On-tap at my Wedding Rehearsal Dinner @ Schlafly Tap Room.

A - Pours a golden yellow color, white head, spotty lace.

S - A really nice balance between hops & malts here...really well-done. Citrus, grass, straw, bready malts, clove.

T - The hops are little more forward on the palate, but that's what I was hoping for. Citrus, grass, light pine, biscuit, clove, and hay. The finish is a mix of hops & malts...slightly more bitter.

M - Light body, good carbonation, oily finish.

O - I had several pours of this beer, which I really enjoyed. Super-easy to drink and a really nice mix between a Wheat Beer and APA. One of the better hoppy(ish) beers coming from Schlafly. Good stuff.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev +4.6%

On tap:
Pours more translucent than cloudy, with a fair head than reduces to a film fairly quickly. Agitation brings carbonation back fleetingly. Nose is grass and pine hops a lot more so than any wheat beer expectations. The scents fade quickly, though and I had trouble finding more (and I think there was a little more, maybe a bit of peach). As the beer warms I get the slightest hint of wheat beer-little banana and lemon.

The taste starts crisp and a bit earthy, with a surprising carbonation burst given the look. Light cracker malt tastes have a nice grassy bitterness layered in top. The end brings a bit of bell pepper tastes. I also get something I'll describe as an unripe peach taste, but I am struggling to pick it out, and it is very subtle.

I think this is a straightforward beer. It was almost so simply enjoyable, I struggled to place flavors and the review sounds more complex than the beer was. That said, I surprisingly enjoyed it. It's one of those "je ne sais quoi" beers for me.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle.

Pours a nice hazy and murky pale golden color with a nice white head that is of medium density. There is some slight lacing as teh head slowly recedes.

Fresh notes of earthy sweet wheat with a nice grassy herbal hop note. Quite grassy with some nice flowery notes in the nose. Slightly citrusy and refreshing. Very clean wheat and malt notes that work well with the grassy notes.

Flavor starts off with some sharp slight citrus hop notes and some grassy and herbal hops notes. Refreshing bready and grainy wheat notes with some slight sweet bready notes as well. As the beer warms there are some nice fruity notes in there with some slight pear and a nice dry bitter finish. Light and refreshing.

Very good wheat ale. Refreshing summer brew with nice citrus and hop notes. A nice piney bitter and dry finish caps off a very nice brew.

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Photo of cousineddy
3.84/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Apperance: Pours a hazy golden color with way to much head. The bottled on date reads 3/19/12. So this particular beer is somewhat out of season, i think this may be the cause of all the excess foam. This beer would have scored a 4 or 4.5 if not for being past its freshness date.

Smell: Lemons and yeast. Good citrus aroma mixed with the smell of fresh bread

Taste: Once again, citrus and breadiness. Good hop notes to finish. Really nice and refreshing. Wish i could have gotten a hold of this in the middle of the summer.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean, very refreshing and smooth

Overall: A very good wheat ale. very refreshing with nice citrus notes and a mild hoppiness that isn't to much for the casual drinker. The only thing this beer lost points on was the fact that it came out mostly foam.

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Photo of mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You can't help but pour a big head with this one - frothy white, like whipped cream on a deep hazy yellow lemon meringue. Sticky lace down the sides.

Fresh, hoppy and wheaty - somewhat subtle, but good for the nose.

Dry and a great balance of wheat and clean hops - lemon, greenery, juniper, with some sugary sweetness to it. Summertime refreshing.

Easy drinking, a good accompaniment to the season.

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

Bottled 04-02-12

Pours a super-hazed gold with 2 fingers of pearl colored head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Light citrus & grassy notes

T: Follows the nose, some grapefruit & breadyness as well up front. Slight white grape green apple peel flavors as this warms, along with lemons & sweet breadyness. Finishes crisp, citrussy, even a little soapy, along with just a bit of orange peel

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, good balance

Easy drinker, but was hoping the hops might be a little more assertive. This is not the cheaper, semi-local alternative to a Lil Sumpin, Sumpin I was hoping for, but will quench your thirst very nicely

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Photo of Hefekopf
3.81/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

It's a rainy, stormy day, so I decided to have something hoppy and piney.

Poured into a Schlafly tulip glass, since it's the only significant Schlafly glass I own. Some of the beer ran down the can for some reason, but I managed a nice big fluffy head. It stuck around for a little while but not as long as I hoped, maybe because mine has been in the fridge for quite some time (noticing a trend with the last two reviews).

I didn't even have to put my nose to it to smell it, it smells great, great refreshing citrusy hop aroma. I've never been a hop person but even I understand that, this is a good beer for a rainy day, yessuh. Putting my nose to it I get more of the pine.

Taste follows the nose, but the orange zest and citrus flavor come out great. Last time I had one of these it was difficult for me to stomach, but now the hop balance seems just right to me. It's only 25 IBU after all, 35 is my usual limit. Wheat malt with the citrus blends well with the hop flavor and aroma. Very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is... smooth, not too grainy, a little watery, but good.

Overall, this is probably one of the best American pale wheat ales I've ever had, technically speaking. I usually not at all a fan of the style, I'm much more of a weissbier and witbier guy, but because this one actually has some flavor to it besides wheat carpet and tiny bits of citrus, it's a winner. Plus, it's local, I love Schlafly and I hope to work for them. Cheers.

Also, very good beer to have when sick with a cold.

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Photo of Extol
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - yellow orange in color. Decent lacing.

Smell - wheat and a slight grassy sort of IPA smell.

Taste - reminds me of a weak gumballhead with a slightly less fruity profile. Good.

Overall - if you can't get gumballhead this is a good alternative. I wanna try this on tap.

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Photo of Gladius270
3.79/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a hazy yellow, which I absolutely love. A finger of white head recedes to a halo of white around the glass that persists throughout. This leaves some nice lacing on the glass.

S- Yeast dominates the smell on this one. It is backed up by some citrus hops, and maybe a bit of "barnyard" smell (hay, barn, grains). This may be off-putting to some.

T- Nice and lemony, very refreshing. The yeast makes an appearance early and really lingers throughout the drink. There is some spice in there from the hops and/or the wheat. It imparts a peppery effect. I get a lingering after-taste from the grain that is not unpleasant. Reminds me of toffee or a light salted caramel.

M- This one is highly carbonated and crisp, which I like in a beer that is obviously made with late spring/summer in mind.

O- Solid offering from Schlafly, and my first foray into a wheat beer that features the hops. I'm a big fan of this one, particularly on a hot, humid, sticky summer day in St. Louis.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, bottled on March 19, 2012. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy light gold color with a few inch frothy off-white head. The head sticks around for a very long time, and there's also a lot of lacing. I had to let the head settle a bit before I could even pour the whole bottle into the glass. The brew smells like citrusy hops (lemon and orange peel), wheat/bready malt, and a little bit of banana. It tastes like grassy and citrusy (lemon peel) hops, and wheat/bready malt. Nice citrusy/bitter/grainy flavor overall. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's refreshing but at the same time has a bit too much carbonation for me. I'd try this again in the future. Single picked up at either Liquor Barn or Party Source, I forget exactly where I bought this one at.

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