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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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BA SCORE
3.7/5
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231 Ratings
Schlafly Yakima Wheat AleSchlafly Yakima Wheat Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Pale Wheat Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by DCon on 03-19-2012

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#28,865
Reviews:
54
Ratings:
231
pDev:
10.54%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
10
Gots:
30
Trade:
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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

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 BEERchitect
4.03/5  rDev +8.9%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +8.6%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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2.75/5  rDev -25.7%

Photo of atrocity
4.25/5  rDev +14.9%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

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

Photo of nathanmiller
4/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +3.2%
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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4/5  rDev +8.1%

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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3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 BeerForMuscle
3.69/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chippo33
3/5  rDev -18.9%

Photo of 22Blue
3.75/5  rDev +1.4%

Photo of VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Photo of smartassboiler
3/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Tone
3.9/5  rDev +5.4%
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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Beer rating: 3.7 out of 5 with 231 ratings
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