Schlafly Yakima Wheat Ale | The Schlafly Tap Room

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Schlafly Yakima Wheat AleSchlafly Yakima Wheat Ale

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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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Reviews: 54 | Ratings: 230
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 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 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 cousineddy
3.84/5  rDev +3.8%
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 Chaney
3.97/5  rDev +7.3%
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 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 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 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 Sean9689
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 mdcrouser
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
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 soju6
3.88/5  rDev +4.9%
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 Gladius270
3.79/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +1.9%
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 secondtooth
3.98/5  rDev +7.6%
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 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 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 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 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 JoEBoBpr
3.85/5  rDev +4.1%
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 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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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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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 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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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 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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