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Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Brewed by:
The Schlafly Tap Room
Missouri, United States | website

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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50
Ratings:
216
Avg:
3.68
pDev:
22.28%
 
 
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Photo of metter98
3.68/5  rDev 0%
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 +9.5%
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 zeff80
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 NeroFiddled
4.02/5  rDev +9.2%
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 russpowell
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
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 woodychandler
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

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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Photo of WoodBrew
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 Tone
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy, gold color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and great lacing. Smells of wheat, citrus hops, coriander, slight earthy malt, and a hint of sweet malt. Fits the style of an American Pale Wheat Ale. Mouth feel is smooth and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of wheat, slight sweet malt, slight citrus hops, coriander, and a hint of citrus. Overall, great appearance, good aroma, feel, and blend.

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev -10.1%

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 Bitterbill
4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
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 bluejacket74
3.77/5  rDev +2.4%
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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Photo of barczar
3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
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 barnzy78
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Suds
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
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 rlee1390
4.11/5  rDev +11.7%
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 bubseymour
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
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 Monkeyknife
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 cjgiant
3.86/5  rDev +4.9%

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 Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
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 homebrew311
3.41/5  rDev -7.3%
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 Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
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 AlCaponeJunior
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
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 Franziskaner
3.89/5  rDev +5.7%
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 JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
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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