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

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Added by DCon on 03-19-2012

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Photo of smmeier819
1.89/5  rDev -48.9%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.75

Poured from can into pint glass. Lots of suspended flocculated yeast, seriously two cans poured and both were snow globes. Bottom of can says it was canned march maybe four months later this puppy is past its prime. Not a strong hop character flavor or aroma wise, just stale cracker flavor and nose. Kind of disappointed with this offering.

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Photo of JEdmund
2.62/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks every part the wheat with it’s absolutely gorgeous bright yellow body—which is hazy and even has particles floating about—and massive, white, fluffy head.

Smell throws me a bit as this is where I expected it to smell like an IPA. It actually smells more of maybe Noble hops, or even like pilsner yeast, or perhaps its Sorachi Ace hops because it really strikes me as a lemony quality. It’s pretty yeasty, and there are hops there, they’re just not the kind I was expecting given the bottle description.

Whoa, this beer is crazy attenuated…very carbonated, thin body, and bone dry. That works pretty well for a summer quencher, but even most wheats have way more body and texture than this. I count it as a fault. As a result, the flavor is lacking as well. Not much going on till the finish, and there it's light crackery malt and a sharp lemon finish.

Not impressed by this beer and, unfortunately, not impressed once again by Schlafly. I think they missed the mark on this “hoppy wheat.” I think the yeast went too crazy. There was a noticeably bigger pop when opening the bottle—a sound I somewhat cringe at from having gusher homebrews—so I’m fairly confident that’s what’s going on here. To be fair, I should try another bottle.

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.17/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

Look: A cloudy rusty cantaloupe rind colored body holds up a nice foamy cream colored head. Very little recession in the head. Light foamy lacing.

Aroma: Malty and spicy with woody cedar notes.

Taste: Just like the aroma, very thick with malts, spiced cedar, and maybe a faint touch of citrus in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Fairly thick for a wheat beer.

Overall: Not sure if I understand this beer. Thick and spicy.

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Photo of GossageBrewery
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured this American Pale Wheat Ale from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. This wheat ale poured a thick white head- Over carbonated - retention was average and it it left ample lacing. The aroma consisted of malted wheat and plenty of lemon citrus hop notes. Medium bodied, the ale had a wheat base, lemon rind and bitter floral hops- Dry finish. Normally a boring style in my view, Schlafly did an excellent job of hopping up this ale and creating a unique twist to a classic American beer style. Prost!

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Photo of Prefabu
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%

This is not a bad beer, but it's kind of generic tasting, so I'm not sure I'll be tempted to buy it again. To me it was like a summer seasonal wheat with a bit of hop flavor. Like many easy drinking summery beers, it's easy drinking but not too memorable. The last couple of sips I had were when the beer had nearly reached room temperature. At that point the taste and feel was kind of watery, but there was a slightly grassy aftertaste, but grassy in a good way. I wish they could better integrate that flavor. Maybe less citrus would help a bit.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -10.5%

Thanks to the incredible woodychandler for this beer. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of lemons, wheat. Taste is light and mild, a bit of wheat tang, a touch of lemons, very refreshing but a bit bland. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a decent beer.

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Photo of homebrewhawk
3.36/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

12oz bottle. Bottled on 3/14/12. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a finger of white head. Bottle conditioned. Really yeasty aroma along with some citrus. Yeasty in a bad way, not like clove or spice. Flavor is better than the aroma. Nice wheaty bite to begin. Fair amount of hop bitterness. Light bodied. Dry finish. I had high hopes for this beer, but the aroma really turned me off.

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Photo of homebrew311
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured into SA sensory pint glass. This one is over carbonated right off the bat... the first pour is 90% head. This slowly settles to leave a cloudy yellow brew with thick head and plenty of retention. The nose features lemony hops and bready yeast. Grassy earthy notes predominate the nose with citrus around the edges. Taste very bready with waves of lemon and grass. This beer is remarkably dry with little body. As stated before, tons of carbonation, almost breathtaking when in mouth. Overall, some interesting things going on here, but sadly the execution is not there.

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Photo of TheSarge
3.49/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured this into a Weizen glass and the brew makes about a three fingers thick of great sustaining foam presence, and has a hazy golden colored body. Looks like a good hefeweizen to me.

The aroma has a hint of sour tartness, clove, and bubble gum.

Taste wise there is a mix of zesty lemony hops, and a tinge of wheat malt character trying to pop thorugh. Perhaps banana flavor is trying to peak through.

Feels medium in body, and mildly carbonated. A little oily slick too.

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Photo of BigGold
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First had poured from 12-oz. can into tumbler. I have probably done this beer a disservice, as it had been in the fridge a while. But it was still enjoyable, if muted in aroma and flavor. Will try fresher, and re-rate as appropriate.

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Photo of abrand
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a hazy orange color with a nice 2 finger head that leaves great retention on the glass. Nice opaqueness. Smells of some hops, grains, doughs and fruits. Pretty refreshing smell. Taste is light but enjoyable. Plenty of lemons, hops and malts. Very sessionable. Mouthfeel is fairly thin with decent carbonation. Overall pretty enjoyable. Good, but not great.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours an opaque yellow with a white foamy head. Head retention is moderate, with good lacing left behind. Aroma is musty wheat. Taste is the same. A bit of spicy yeast in the flavor profile as well. Feel is medium-thin, and a bit dry. Overall, it's an okay beer. Not something I'd care to pick up again.

Served in a 12oz snifter.

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Photo of Megahertz
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Hoegaarden glass. Bottled 6-11-12.

A - Cloudy blonde with brisk carbonation. Massive head that lasts forever. Lots of lacing. Excellent.

S - Resiny, piney, grassy hop aroma. Fairly aggressive for an american wheat.

T - Firm initial bitterness with crisp wheaty malt flavor. Transitions into a grassy, black peppery hop taste and mildly dry finish.

M - Light body with brisk carbonation. Slight impression of oiliness.

O - A refreshing, grassy, hop-forward summer wheat beer.

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Photo of barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz, bottled 3/19/2012. Pours a very hazy straw yellow color with a huge fluffy white head that holds good retention & leaves nice lacing on the glass. Aromas are wheat and strong yeast. Taste profile is wheaty, biscuity, citric lemon, with strong yeast presence. Finishes rather dry yet refreshing with a little more hops that the usual American Pale Wheat Ale, which is what the brewer was going for here. Mouth is full bodied, creamy, and smooth. Overall, nice offering with good flavors, however, unfortunately the yeast flavors dominate a little too much, taking away from the hop profile.

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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very hazy lemon curd color with a solid one finger head that lingers, leaving heavy lacing.

Aroma is subtle, wheat, with a hint of lemon. Not much there.

Flavor is fairly lemony, crackerlike malt, wheat, and a bit of clove. Wish I hadn't just had a franziskaner. Pales in comparison. The finish is decidedly bitter.

Body is moderate to heavy, with moderate carbonation.

Overall, great lawnmower beer, but fairly simple. Lemon seemed to run the show. More bitter than most wheat ales, so it fits the american style.

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Photo of gabrielsyme
3.54/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz can in a plastic cup.

Pale straw color. Generous foam.

Light, crisp aroma.

Taste is light malt and wheat, some sort of grassy hops. Not bitter yet not sweet. Interesting at first but quickly fades.

Watery mouthfeel. Tastes even lighter than 5%.

Overall somewhat satisfying as a summer light sipper but it could be better.

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Photo of Suds
3.56/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From a twelve ounce can, this is a hazy gold color with a brilliant white head. The aroma is fruity and yeasty (apricot and peach, with citrus and spice). Fresh and piney hop flavor. Firm bitterness and a soft mouthfeel. Good, but shy of great.

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Photo of dank203
3.58/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

had this beer 3 months after can date but really enjoyed what was left. the hops have died down but still getting big floral nose. citrus, lemon, dry spicy finish

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice looking wheat beer. Hazy yellow with a tinge of orange and a nice fluffy, lasting head.

Smell is yeasty, with some orange citrus, doughy grains, and a little fruitiness. Almost heffish.

Taste is boldly yeasty, really nicely done in that category. There's a nice balance of hops and wheaty malts, along with a touch of fruit and citrus, plus just a little spice. Very nice.

Body is very light and pretty drinkable. Yeasty aftertaste. Kind of dry for a wheat. A bit on the bitter side for a wheat also.

It's quite the lawnmower beer. Tasty and drinkable, a nice summer selection.

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Photo of BrewAskew
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours out to a patchy white head that lasts, a few narrow lace garters down the glass and cloudy, yeasty light golden color. Aroma is spicy, minty, floral hops and a bit of sharp wheat bite. Flavor really captures the signature characteristics of two styles (hoppy pale ales and American wheat beers) with a rush of hop flavor followed with a bready, grainy, slightly citrus finish. Mouthfeel is excellent. Overall a good call. If you want a "normal" wheat beer, grab a Boulevard Wheat, but for what it is, it is very good.

Basically they took a smooth and luscious wheat beer and dry-hopped the hell out of it to get the dominant aroma and taste of hops without extracting the bitterness. This is an ideal beer for those who love the smell and taste of hops but can do without the intense bitterness of an IPA or even an APA.

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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: The beer is nearly clear yellow in color and has a light to moderated amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a half finger high bright white head that died down, consistently leaving a thin layer of bubbles on the surface, a collar around the edge, and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Light to moderate aromas of wheat are present in the nose along with notes of citrus hops—lemons seem to stand out in particular.
T: As in the smell, the taste has flavors of wheat along with notes of bready and grainy malts and lemons. Faint bits of bitterness are also perceptible.
M: It feels a bit more than being light-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and can be considered sessionable. It's not a bad choice for a beer during the summer months.

Serving type: can

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Photo of BedetheVenerable
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz brown pop top, nice simple label, bottled with love on 3-14-12. Great to see more new, experimental brews from Schlafly, esp. available in six packs!

Appearance: Into my Duvel tulip, as my wheat glasses were all dirty. Pours a rich, golden straw hue. A couple swirls of the yeast in the bottle ensure that this is perfectly opaque. A large, creamy ivory cap with nice retention and some lacing.

Smell: This is a single-hopped (and dry-hopped) beer, I believe, using US Challenger hops (a typically UK variety) grown in the Yakima Valley. It's an interesting hop profile, and something I'm not really used to. The hops are earthy, resiny, and a bit dank. Certainly not unpleasant, but a bit unusual. No real citrus or pine, but perhaps a bit spicy. A neutral American ale yeast is used here, so not much in the way of esters. Perhaps just a bit sweetish smelling malt as well.

Taste: Wow. Not really what I was expecting. Firm, off-dry pale malt presence with a medium-bodied silky mouthfeel (assuming it's from the wheat) and a really interesting hop profile. Starts a bit dark and herbal, but ends with a bit of a sweet orange note. As it warms, I get a bit of underripe peach as well. Firm, relatively strong bitterness, but not at all overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Rich and silky

Overall: Summer sipper with lots of (interesting) hop character, nice pale malt background, and great body and mouthfeel. For $8.00 a sixer, this is a really nice summer beer, and a really interesting take on an American Pale Wheat Ale.

High B to possible B +

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Photo of dacrza1
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

DATE: October 29, 2016... OCCASION: an enjoyable Saturday night... GLASSWARE: Rare Vos narrow pint... a thick, hazy, dimly-lit, golden-hued body that defies a vision of my fingers... little to speak of, in terms of its effervescence... the head is fluffy, thick and resilient.... tracings are like pyro flames... surprisingly pungent grapefruit, dank earthy hops, and lemony zest... sips swiftly, with a light-bodied, flattened presence on the tongue... slightly active on the teeth, suggesting some hops... easily drinkable... a screen of white coats the glass as it drains... grapefruit, apple, lemon and other fruits fill out the profile... no malt presence... a serviceable Schlafly product, thirst-quenching while providing some flavor...

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Photo of JLaw55
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pretty standard wheat ale, but with a nice floral hop presence and crisp hop finish. The hop presence is firm, but not overpowering. It is more of a complementing flavor. Not necessarily a bad thing, but where some other pale wheat ales introduce other flavors to make it more complex, this one is pretty straightforward. It represents the style well but does not give much complexity or varying flavors outside of the wheat and hops.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: Yes

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Photo of woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

The CANQuest ™ CANtinues to pick up speed as I CANtinue to roll through some of my back inventory. I just recently acquired this during my trip to Norfolk, VA for a USS Normandy (CG-60) reunion.

From the CAN: "Since 1991"; "Seasonal"; "CAN Sessions"; "Bold Flavor".

Brewer Stephen Hale must have had me in mind when he filled this CAN! It was brimful as was evident following a loud Crack! I raised a toast to him in the form of an inverted Glug. Once again, the bone-white head began with a foamy, fizzy three fingers, but it was fizzing and falling really quickly, not quite at the rate of soda pop, but close. Color was a hazy Sunshine-Yellow (SRM = > 2, ~ 4). Nose had it all - grass, mint, a wheat-y tang, just perfect for Summer! Mouthfeel was medium. The taste was really grassy and the the wheat gave it a soft pepperiness. Finish was dry, but not gaspingly dry. It was a pleasant late-Summer afternoon beer, although at 5%, it is at the upper limit of being sessionable.

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