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Yuengling Summer Wheat - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 467
Reviews: 75
rAvg: 3.56
pDev: 16.29%
Wants: 18
Gots: 118 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

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Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 04-03-2014

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Photo of GameOfBeers
4.3/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Hands down best hefe for price point

Photo of Michael0520
3/5  rDev -15.7%

Had it from the bottle

Photo of WVbeergeek
4.43/5  rDev +24.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

New summer brew from Yuengling done in a traditional German style...hefeweizen.

Here's their description: Yuengling® Summer Wheat is carefully brewed with a combination of wheat and barley malts. Hallertau hops and Bavarian-style top fermenting yeast deliver a thick, creamy head with overtones of banana and clove esters. This authentic German Weizen style beer, with a slight hazy appearance, concludes with a crisp finish.

I did some digging it also weighs in at 3.59% ABW or about 4.5% ABV, and about 11 IBUs. The type of beer meant for the summer time consumption. Pours a hazy amber orange hue much deep in color than some of the other popular summer time wheats available it looks more like Schneider Original Wiesse . Big creamy textured white head, fine speckled lacing left behind.

The aromatics explode with banana and clove, mild spicy notes hints of citrus peel but it's all yeast, barley, and hops to create an authentic wheat beer. What's next for Yuengling if they are able to execute a hefeweizen this well, I can't wait to see more traditional styles. Liquid bread, more fruit explosion mild spice very aromatic.

Flavor wise, fresh baked bread, spicy yeast notes more banana and clove a hint of vanilla in the backend...with bright citric wheat additions. I love everything about this brew so far. Technically they couldn't have done any better their other seasonal releases like the Oktoberfest and the Bock beer leave a lot to be desired, they're always adding the caramel coloring to their beer. This stuff tastes like all grain brewing!!!

Mouthfeel has that German feel with the effervescent carbonation pairs great with grilled chicken or brats or really anything off the girl. It makes me want to go out and grab some more and pair it with some grilled mahi mahi or tuna steaks tonight!!! Light to medium bodied all of the grain gives it great texture perfect level of acidity makes you want to gulp this one down. It goes with out saying this is bottle conditioned and unfiltered in all it's glory be sure to enjoy and swirl your bottle to get every last drop of authentic hefeweizen yeast into your glass!

Overall, I think I said it throughout this review I love this beer, some people think hefeweizen is for chicks, screw that this is man beer and it's damn drinkable and flavorful. Best part, are you ready? It retails for about 7 bucks or under, forget about the stale German imports this summer and crush as much of this stuff at the lake, at a concert, or in a boat as you can while the getting is good.

Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle with some sediment on the bottom.
Lightly hazed amber body with a decent head.
Aroma: banana, spices and yeasty dough -- about what expected for style although high on fruitiness.
Flavor: also true to style albeit on the less robust side.
High carbonation is lightly prickly and enlivens the light body. Semi-dry finish.

O: a respectable Hefeweizen from this macro-brewery.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.58/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, semi-cloudy, golden, amber/straw color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that completely dissolved away into no head what-so-ever.

Aroma: Very wheaty and grassy up front, imparting notes of cereal, clover, honey-suckle, followed by some slight aromas of lemony citrus and lemon peel.

Taste: Very much like the aroma. Grassy and wheaty up front, imparting notes of cereal, clover, honey-suckle, followed by some honey-like sweetness, and finished with some lemony citrus flavors. Quite good.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty smooth as there is not a lot of carbonation. With an ABV of 4.8%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Wow! A weizenbier that I like! Lots of bready, cereal-like flavors, blended beautifully by some honey-like sweetness and some pleasant lemony citrus. There are none of the traditional weizenbier flavors of bubblegum and Band-Aids® which suits me just fine!

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yuengling Summer Wheat
12 oz. brown bottle

Well I have to give Yuengling credit for actually making a Bavarian style weizen instead of some lemony or basic-American wheat. I'm really impressed. Just to bring in another yeast strain is something, especially when they didn't really have to - they pretty much could have done anything they'd wanted and they'd still have seen sales increase.

As to the beer, it's a pretty decent version - without looking at the label I immediately knew what it was intended to be. I could go back and forth comparing it to other offerings (from Germany and elsewhere) but I don't think that's necessary. There are 'lighter' versions of the style available in/from Germany, and I'm referring to a range: body, color, malt content, and depth of yeast character. I would put this somewhere in there, but that's not to say it's "not to style", because it is. It's good! In fact, if it has a fault I'd say that it could have better head retention and lacing; everything else is just preference.

Overall it's a decent weizen. If it was placed side-by-side in a blind tasting against some of the better known and more popular German versions you'd clearly note a difference, but against some or the lesser known and smaller breweries you might not... and that says something! I was pleasantly surprised, and if you're a fan of the style you owe it to yourself to at least try it.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling Summer Wheat brewed by the Yuengling Brewery. This wheat brew pours out a cloudy amber color. I'm not too big on the color of this brew. This brew is non filtered, also a small white head. The smell is nice and clean and fresh and rich. The taste is smooth and crisp. You can pick up some banana and spice. I like the taste of this brew. There is nothing bad out the taste or the mouthfeel of this brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3.75 out of 5. I will be picking this brew up again.

Photo of StevenMilligan
3.75/5  rDev +5.3%

Banana!

Photo of EagleTalon
3.59/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours to a generous permanent white head and hazy orange-gold color. Aroma is bubblegum, banana and cloves. Flavor is overwhelmingly bubble gum with some clove and pale malt and wheat coming through. Mouthfeel is light and easy. Overall, a bit challenging ester-wise but good nonetheless.

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

On tap at Macado's

A- pours a hazy and murky golden-orange color with a small creamy white head that has short retention and no lacing

S- crisp wheat aroma up front with notes of banana, clove and lemon peel

T- grainy wheat with a hint of lemon and clove up front, candy-like banana sweetness with that classic bubblegum Hefe flavor, dry finish with more sweet banana on the linger

M- light-medium body with medium spritzy carbonation, foamy mouthfeel with a crisp finish

O- really liked the classic banana and bubblegum flavors, very similar and true to the style. The banana flavor actually reminds me of banana 'Runts' candy. Pleasantly surprised by this one, I could definitely see this becoming part of my summer rotation

Photo of Ohiolager
3.85/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling Summer Wheat $6.99(OH)

12 oz brown bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date anywhere. (look it up on freshbeeronly)

pours a hazy gold, almost light orange color. a three finger creamy bright white head that lasts a while. giving way to decent lacing.

i smell strong banana's, wheat and a nice hit of lemons and spices.

the taste follows the nose with a rich full flavor. Strong banana's and wheat, a hint of lemon. followed by a slap of spice. the spice tasting like cloves.

the mouth feel is medium bodied. great carbonation, a strong spicy cloved banana will cling to your palate. pretty good!

overall Yuengling has hit a homer with this one. I was impressed, and for the price its cheap! This is a great brew. I'm not too big on hefe's, but this is great. Doesnt hold a candle to Weihenstephaner hefe, but who does.

Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy rich golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of spices, banana. Taste is crisp, bananas, spices, a bit of wheat, very refreshing. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good sessionable beer that would be great on a hot summer day.

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Sampled on July 5, 2014.

So, Yuengling brews beers that are beyond their standard brews.

Pale yellow pour with a big white fizzy head. Slight haze with excitable carbonation.

The aroma reminds me of a wheat clearly with its wheat malt character. Also, I pick up a vague citrus thing and toasted pale malts. Clean, crisp hops.

Light and refreshing body.

A decent enough wheat character in the taste and a clean, crisp hop finish, A slight smokiness too Basically a decent Hefeweizen and one I mighty remember.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.96/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle, one of my friends gave me a bottle to try. Served in a Leinenkugel's Sunset Wheat glass, the beer pours a cloudy golden/orange color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. Aroma is nice, the brew smells like cloves, bananas, and some wheat/grainy malt. It tastes like cloves, bananas, lemon peel, wheat/grainy malt, and a lingering bubblegum finish. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth, refreshing and easy to drink. This was a pleasant surprise, and since the Yuengling seasonals are usually priced well in my area (usually around $6.99 a 6-pack) I'll have to buy some of this for the summer. I liked it.

Photo of otterbearfla
3.92/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light and smooth for hot summer days in southwest Florida. Has served well with Moroccan lamb and couscous, grilled new York strip steak, fried potato disks and mango or just on its own. Color is a golden wheat with a moderate head. Semi-clear and lightly hopped. Moderate wheat taste and a crisp finish.

Photo of Egil_Skallagrimsson
4/5  rDev +12.4%

I find the reviews on this beer to be a little low (probably because it is brewed by Yuengling). This beer is very similar to Franziskaner hefeweizen and quite a bit cheaper. It's missing some of the nuance of Franziskaner, but it is essentially a cheap clone. My only major complaint is the ABV is a little low. On a budget and want a good wheat beer? This is it.

Photo of Caveworm
3.4/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery is the first brew I've drank by this company besides their orginal lager. Poured from the bottle into a glass, this brew has the standard wheat beer head that consists of very fine bubbles that dissipate quickly. This appearance of the brew is again, stand wheat beer. Murky brown translucency, a sign of a quality made authentic wheat beer.

Smells like bubblegum and bananas, a more traditional approach to this style. Now I know I'm in for a new experience with this brew.

Initial taste of the aforementioned bubblegum and bananas with an inviting lip-lick of clove. These are all of the attributes I've read about and completely agree with, now that I've had the pleasure of drinking this brew. Nothing lingering on the tongue, although a quick pepperiness comes and goes towards the very end. I like this and feel that it adds to the "summer liveliness" of this seasonal beer.

Overall a pretty good 3.75 . This is the first German-style wheat beer I've consumed. Every other one has been Belgian-style. I'm glad I got this chance to travel the globe yet again in the form of a lovely brew. I will certainly buy this brew again for , you guessed it, hot summer days.

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from the bottle into a wheat ale glass.

Fluffy and soapy classic head, with a bleach white appearance. Settles from three to one finger with no lacing. Body is a deep orange and rust burnt brown, with a good amount of rising carbonation. Opaque. Looks like a subdued hefe.

Classic hefe nose and large. Huge ester notes of banana, bubblegum, big phenolic spice as well. Large and dominate, but not out of control. Smells like one of the classics very impressive.

Palate matches solidly. Light bodied malt with a little bit of bready density. Some good notice of it more so on the finish. Classic spiced notes of clove and lots of banana mush in the mid palate. Fruit finish, with an almost seltzery carbonation but not quite, but certainly playful.

Quite a big surprise from Yuengling coming up with this, it's a very solid beer.

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.62/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Summer Wheat has a thick, off-white head, an initially clear, very bubbly, orange-gold appearance, some residual lacing, and a descending, gray-brown cloud, when the bottom contents are swished and poured in. The aroma is strong, with sweet, spicy, yeasty holiday bread, banana, and cloves. There is even a bubblegum pickup. Taste is not as full, but one can detect sweet, spicy wheat bread, higher-than-average bitterness, tap water, and a shade of banana. Mouthfeel is light to medium, and Yuengling Summer Wheat finishes crisp and easy drinking.

RJT

Photo of weeare138
3.89/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

America's largest brewery having to compete with Sam Adams(it's largest rival) for the warmer month market share.
Appears a hazy light gold with a fluffy white head that slowly fades into a gentle cap and collar. Lots of scattered lacing is left around the sides of the glass.
Smell is of lemony citrus, tart wheat, cloves, vanilla, and perhaps just a touch of banana cream.
Taste is of the aromas with refreshing, citrusy, spiced flavor that is evenly balanced in the swallow. A touch of grassy hops are there but very subdued.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spritzy, and refreshing with a palate cleansing dryness that is spot on.
Well done beer, guys! I look forward to this one being a regular seasonal release.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Really wanted to try this before securing a case (It's pretty much the only way to buy this beer) Found a lone bottle at the house of 1,000 beers for a buck.

A - A twist off but very nice carbonation a 1/4 inch that sits for a bit. Color is a rather hazy copper orange color.
S - Smell is mild but impressive. Banana, clove, touch of lemon zest, and some wheat body.
T - Well it's a step above their lager. Taste of mild clove, mostly wheat with a mild banana bread body and a citrus rind peel taste.
M - Light to medium. Not very yeasty. Not bad.

Overall a lot of these reviews give this beer too much credit. Sure it has no hard water flavors and it's smooth but it's not a very well crafted Hefeweizen.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains bananas, wheat, light caramelized malts and touches of hops and citrus.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of wheat and a hearty but not too heavy malt character. Then some sweet flavors of bananas, caramel and citrus come in. The hops presence is very mild but brings some balance. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and smooth, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

O: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, good representation of style, this is a decent lawnmower beer to pound down for a long time.

Photo of simond101
4.59/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

I have never been more pleased with an American wheat beer as I have been with this one. I am NOT taking any chances I bought 15 cases.This is an absolutely refreshing wheat beer that has a taste that just pops in your mouth with an incredible finish.if there was one word to describe this beer it would be smooth

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a medium to dark golden apricot in color with significant amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and some faint golden yellow + orange highlights. The beer has a finger tall foamy off-white head that reduces fairly quickly to a large patch of mottled thick film covering the majority of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Light amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of banana + clove over the top of a slightly stronger aroma of wheat.

T: Upfront there is a moderate flavor of banana that is followed by light to moderate flavors of wheat. There is a light amount of clove throughout. Minimal amounts of bitterness in the finish.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with just a touch more than moderate amounts of carbonation. Hints of dryness in the finish.

O: Not a great example of a hefeweizen but still a drinkable beer - I feel like it is a slightly mellowed version of the style to appear to a broader, not necessarily just craft audience.

Photo of woodychandler
4.6/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Man, just when you think that an old dog cannot be taught new tricks, America's Oldest Brewery reaches into their bag and pulls out a hefeweizen!

I did an agitation of the beer while still in the bottle before beginning my aggro pour and I still had some lees in the bottom when finished. I got about a finger of tawny head with moderate retention from the pour. Color was a cloudy orangish-amber (SRM = > 7, < 9). Nose had the traditional bubble gum and banana esters, but the clove was really pronounced. Yay! This is usually achieved by fermenting under lager conditions, but I was assure that such was not the case. Call it serendipity, then, but I am all for it. The mouthfeel was a little thin, but it was the taste that I was really after. Sure, it evinced banana and bubble gum, but clove was the dominant flavor. I remember, as a kid, Clove Life Savers and this was quite reminiscent of them. Finish was semi-dry, refreshing and a perfect choice for a summer's day. I just wish that they would put it in CANs, but that is not forthcoming.

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Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 467 ratings.