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Yuengling Summer Wheat | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 108 | Ratings: 618
Photo of Wer34truh
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden color with a small head.

Smells of bananas,belgian yeast and wheat.

Taste is very similar to smell. There's a lot of sweet wheat, bananas, and cloves. With some Belgian yeast flavor in the background. This is an excellent, although perhaps a little bit overly sweet, take on the style.

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Photo of keithmurray
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Appearance - very cloudy yellow/color with eggshell white head

Smell - banana, clove, wheat

Taste - bananas, clove, wheat

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, lower level of carbonation, banana lingers on the back end nicely, a tad watery on the finish

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised by this offering. My only knock is that its a tad more watery than its German counterparts, but solid nonetheless. Definitely worthy of a re-visit. Recommended

price Point - $1.79/12 oz single

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Photo of stonesean
3.99/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

An excellent representation of the style.

I am stunned that this came from Pottsville, PA.

This tastes like a German Weizen through and through. Bubblegum, bananas and cloves throughout.

It's not going to be mistaken for Weihenstephaner or anything, but there is no better wheat beer bang for your buck.

Less than $9 for a six pack. Hefeweizen fans should buy it.

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Photo of HamdenHector
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A; crystal clear; medium gold in color; 2 finger mousy white head that receded to a very thin cap; OK lacing;

S: very aromatic - could smell it several feet away; clove, banana, wheat, a hint of lemon and bubblegum;

T: a little unbalanced toward clove; banana isn't noticeable until the finish and even then it's in the background; a hint of wheat and lemon in the background from start to finish; virtually no bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate to high carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing; a good, but not great representation of the style; I also prefer an unfiltered hefeweizen; doesn't affect the taste, but I like the cloudy visual effect;

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Photo of Josephkeene
3.64/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12 Fl oz bottle condition - $7.50 for six

Pours a semi-transparent orange with a large head and 2mm retaining lacing. Once the yeast is finally spun and added to the beer, its hue changes to more of a hazy unfiltered look. Smells similar to many other hefeweizens: banana and cloves and a hint of pink bubble gum. The taste brings out the clove and bubblegum flavours mixing with a refreshing wheat tastein the rear - truly smooth and refreshing to sit back and enjoy on a warm summer's day / night.

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Photo of Squire123
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Light Summer gold, white cap with decent lacing.

Aroma: Clove, banana, floral fruity sensations, little malt or hops, something sharp and a bit tart I can't identify.

Taste: Flavor follows aroma with a dryish downplay of flavors promised by the aroma. Malt in the body but not in the taste, it's in there, somewhere, just keeps eluding my grasp. The chalky soil of Champagne comes to mind but I suppose that's the yeast. Finish is clean, fruity, no bitterness, aftertaste seems sweet but really isn't, not bad, not bad at all.

Texture: Medium

Overall: Has the same character one expects from a Summer Wheat Ale, flavor is there and it's good, just diminished somehow, not so bright as one might wish, tart note in the aroma is subdued in the flavor. It's as if they tried just hard enough to make something just good enough. Good price though.

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Photo of Tone
3.84/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a cloudy, golden color. One inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of wheat, yeast, citrus hops, clove, and slight pale malt. Fits the style of a Hefeweizen. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of clove, citrus, slight hops, hint of coriander, wheat, pale malt, and slight sweet malt. Overall, strong body and aroma, but weak finish, and a little cloying.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3.72/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

About $7 a six pack in my area, your results may vary (and be even cheaper). With its price in mind, it's an awesome beer...even if it cost more, it would still be worth it to me! Looks a cloudy honey color, really thick bubbly head that dissipates down to a thin layer of foam. Good lacing. Smell is banana and clove all the way. Taste is predominantly bubble gum for me, with banana and clove in abundance as well. Slight hint of a lemony citrus flavor. A little bit of that trademark Yuengling grain flavor (like corn) in the background. Feel is thin and watery, and missing out on the creaminess of a really good hefe. However, it is very smooth going down and finishes surprisingly crisp (there's even a hint of hop bitterness). If you're looking for an affordable and easily available hefeweizen, I recommend picking up one of these while it's in season.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky golden colored, with a moderate head. The nose is strong with wheat. The taste has got a nice wheat flavor. It almost also has a citrus flavor to it. This beer also holds up well to aging, since I got this beer last summer. Highly recommended summer beer if you can get it.

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Photo of Azon
5/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This beer is absolutely delicious. The smell and flavor of bananas and cloves are outstanding. The best wheat beer I've ever had. Not only that, but the mouth feel is crisp and refreshing. It also forms a nice head which is not typical of yuengling beers. It's freaking perfect.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

-Gold, hazy
-Yeast, grains, tiny amount of clove, banana
-That yuengling grain taste, little clove, banana ester bomb
-Tingly, sharp, medium feel

-ok beer. Not my favorite hefe.

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Photo of jonnymopar
4.21/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Got to sample a 16-oz draft of this little gem at a bar in Parx Casino.

I'll say two things: First, I'm a big fan of hefeweizens. They're pretty much the only beer I'll go out of my way for year-round. Secondly, I'm typically not much of a fan of Yuengling's offerings. With those things said, I was floored when I tried this beer. Maybe it's because I had my expectations set low since it was Yuengling, and it was almost as cheap as a Dud Light where I was. Nice bit of cloudiness, great typical Hefe nose with cloves and that little fruitiness. Medium body with bananas and cloves coming through. Clean finish that had me ordering another one real fast.

This beer can run with the big guys as far as I'm concerned. For me, it's not quite a Weihenstephaner or a Julius Echter, but for an American Hefeweizen that you can score for less than a buck a bottle, it is an outstanding value, and in my opinion, the shining star of Yuengling's lineup. Damn shame it's a seasonal because they really got this one right.

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Photo of Secondfiddle7
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A good summer beer. Best served ice cold with a slice of orange. It is wheaty and has a bubble gum and banana flavor. Sometimes it's a little fruity tasting. Best when served ice cold in a frosted goblet with orange slices at the ready. A good budget craft beer, and a fine lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle. Light amber orange color with a decent sized white head. Big banana, citrus, and clove aroma. Very fruity flavor. Lacking a little in body. Very thin and light bodied, even for a hefeweizen. Refreshing and a great value for the price, but doesn't hold a candle to the great German versions or even Sierra Nevada Kellerweis or Neshaminy Creek Highwater for that matter.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Cloudy, hazy golden, with a substantial head of white suds, but virtually no lace.

Aroma: Nice crisp citrus and spicy yeast. Surprisingly strong and inviting!

Taste: More crisp citrus and a pronounced banana and clove spice profile. Not as complex as a real German hefeweizen, but still pretty enjoyable and one I could easily drink on a warm Summer day, no prob.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Somewhat opaque pale golden color. Smell is of banana and yeast. Tastes of banana and clove, bready and yeasty. Crisp carbonation, medium body. Goes down smooth. Pretty good hefe; bough it on sale $3 for a six pack. Can't beat that value!

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Photo of NotoriousPIG
4.16/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Golden amber delicious brew was served in a pint glass. Unfiltered with noticeable particulates in a bubbly cloudy haze.

Head after pour is two fingers thick, hangs around a few minutes then settles into a thin foam topping, with light lacing.

Smell was very faint, with light fermented banana and yeast noted.

Taste was better than expected, really came across as a tart spiced banana bread. Low carbonation and light feel.

This one is definitely a treat. I hate pouring money down the drain so I'm leery about seasonal brews. Lucked out finding this on sale for $5 a sixer. I'll be going back tomorrow to see if they have a few more.

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Photo of lastmango
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured a slightly cloudy light amber with a three finger head. The hefe is a bit fizzier than my favorite Paulaner and the head is not as creamy. Very modest lacing. Nose is of banana and cloves as expected. Taste . . . whoa . . . is this Yuengling? While not quite as good as Paulaner, this is very tasty! Cloves, banana and a bit of citrus. The yeast flavor comes through too. IMO, this is as good as Franziskaner and Sierra Nevada's Kellerweis.

Way to go Yuengling! Perhaps now you can step up your Oktoberfest.

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Photo of Brutaltruth
3.71/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoyed form the 12 oz bottle in a snifter. This decent little macro pours a muddled dark amber with a decent head of white foam with a thick ring and decent lacing. Nose of banana, clove, nice soft wheat, and a touch of lemon. Flavors follow the nose with soft wheat and banana on all sides, followed by a light clove and lightly spicy herbal note to the back with a light lemon aftertaste. Lively and effervescent mouth feel is on the higher end of the carbonation spectrum with a dry and slightly mineral tinged finish For the style it is out of bounds by the look, but it is a nice, easy drinking, refreshing, summer brew from a very old brewery.

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Photo of Beric
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving: On tap into a pint glass
Served: 4 August 2015

Appearance: This one looks pretty disappointing- it's a weird amber color compared to many of the German greats. Weißbiere also commonly have massive heads, while this one was half-hearted and didn't stick around long. Doesn't look great.

Smell: Much better than the sight, thankfully. Decent traditional weizen notes evident- you get your banana and clove for sure. I'd say this one emphasizes the clove more than the banana. Smells decent.

Taste: For an American weizen, this is certainly not bad. The beer is not gimmicky and allows the traditional flavors to come through, even if they're not quite as rounded out as the German ones. Overall, I was pleased that this beer actually tasted like a Continental hefeweizen in many respects. There is a bit of thin flavor and earthiness on the backend that undercuts the beer, but overall, I was surprised here.

Mouthfeel: Thinner on the palate than you'd hope for a weizen. Medium-low carbonation.

Overall: Not a half bad US weizen. A notch below SN Kellerweis and several notches below easily attainable German examples. Nonetheless, this could be a good party beer or something.

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Photo of Jason
3.74/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12oz brown bottle, sample from the brewery.

A bit darker that I anticipated but the hazed amber hue and the dense froth look great. Banana bread and mild clove in the nose ... more banana with some mild esters. Very smooth, slightly chewing malt body. Grassy, banana taffy, bready, hint of yeast, mildly estery. Hits all of the right points for a beer to be a German Wheat, drinkable but not a refreshing as its counterparts.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.56/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle. Pours a hazy, dull orange color. Mild head. Smells of Hefeweizen yeast, caramel and fruit. Some banana. Starts off mostly sweet. Banana and light clove. Hefeweizen yeast isn't too aggressive. Creamy wheat flavor. Has body. Again, feels creamy. Really not as bad as I was anticipating.

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Photo of jimdalton
3.57/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Hazy straw gold-amber color, smaller head.

Smell: Floral, yeast, wheat, with a hint of clove.

Taste: Sweetness throughout fading into a clove and fruit flavor bite. The wheat is prominent, but not overwhelming.

Mouthfeel: Lightly carbonated throughout with a sharp finish.

Overall: Yuengling’s Summer Wheat really took me by surprise. I was not expecting the complexity and full-on flavor profile this beer brought to the table. A wonderful mass-market execution of a Weizen, Yuengling’s Summer Wheat is a refreshing, flavorful beer that does not disappoint.

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Photo of clh323
4.41/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very pleasantly surprised by this beer. Haven't had the opportunity to taste on draft but out of the bottle and in a glass it was very good. I enjoy Weizen, especially in the summer and this is a great value and well worth giving it a try. Kudos to Yuengling for taking this route.

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Photo of tzbel013
4.47/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer is very close to a true German hefe and impressive for a summer seasonal. The banana clove aroma and taste are evident immediately from the first pour. A little thin but tasty and very refreshing. Add some lemon wedges and you can drink like the Germans do in the summer. Prost!

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Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery
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