Review of Schlafly Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat

24 May
Hi guys.  For today’s craft beer review I’m going to be trying the Schlafly Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat produced by the St. Louis Brewing Company located in St. Louis, Missouri.

Let’s get right to the website,, and find out all we can about this brew.  

Our Hefeweizen is a light, unfiltered wheat beer, often served with a wedge of lemon. Made with thirty percent American winter wheat, Hefeweizen is balanced with sweet golden malted barley and Tettnang hops from Oregon that evoke a hint of spice. The American ale yeast is subtle, but  the grains take center stage and, when left in the unfiltered beer, gives it that classic cloudiness and additional body.

The German Hefeweizen (say “hay-fuh-vite-sin”) traces its history to 16th century Bavaria and eventually came to America with the wave of German immigrants in the 19th century. Although the rise of light lager beer diminished the sales of wheat beers on both sides of the Atlantic, the sale of wheat beers began to rise after WWII, especially in Southern Germany where a unique ale yeast strain fermented the beer with banana and clove esters. In the late 20th Century, the new American craft brewers sought out a lighter style to complement their beer selection and brewed Hefeweizens with the same yeast strains they used to brew their Pale Ales and Stouts.

Let’s drink.

This brew comes in a 12 oz. bottle and it has an ABV of 4.1%.

It poured a very cloudy golden/blond color.  The head was bright white, fluffy, soapy, soft and sized decently.  The retention time was ok and the lacing was average to slightly below.

The nose brought forth a strong hint of wheat, grain and breadiness.  Light fruits of lemon, orange and a very meek hint of banana.  Spices of clove and pepper added the final touches.  This aroma was straight forward with nothing surprising or crazy going on.

The taste was very similar to the bouquet.  Plenty of wheat and grain mixed with the spices of clove and very relaxed pepper.  The lemon citrus seemed to be the only defining fruit though.  Hardly any banana or orange was to be found.  It did seemed to be balanced well, but, again, nothing out of the ordinary or out of place.

The mouthfeel was medium to mostly thin bodied.  Very crisp, refreshing, thirst quenching and snappy.  It was quite watery, which in turn, didn’t allow for much flavor to hang around of the palate after each gulp.  The carbonation seemed about right though.

Overall, this was an ok beer.  Straight down the line as far as Hefe’s go, however the citrus fell a bit short for my liking.  The breadiness and wheat dominated the flavor profile for the most part.  One thing is for sure however, the Schlafly Hefeweizen Unfiltered Wheat would be a killer session beer during the scorching heat of the Summer.  The drinkability was outstanding.  This is a beer that I would have no problem in just turning up the bottle and downing without even thinking twice about it.  Have you guys ever tried it?  What did you think?  Be sure to leave a comment and tell me all about it.

Thanks for reading and commenting everyone.  I really appreciate it.

Until next time.  Cheers.

Score:  3.45 out of 5
Grade:  B- 

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Posted by on May 24, 2012 in Country: USA, Schlafly


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