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Yuengling Summer Wheat - Yuengling Brewery

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422 Ratings
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Ratings: 422
Reviews: 62
rAvg: 3.57
pDev: 15.97%
Wants: 10
Gots: 93 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Hefeweizen |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Summer

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: WVbeergeek on 04-03-2014)
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2.75/5  rDev -23%

djrn2, Apr 27, 2014
Photo of nmann08
3.25/5  rDev -9%

nmann08, Jul 12, 2014
Photo of ygtbsm94
2.75/5  rDev -23%

ygtbsm94, Jul 20, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

kylehay2004, May 16, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

Knapp85, May 17, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Dim, clouded orange body with a thin, whitish head.

Smell: Basic nose smelling simply of malted wheat, thin toasted edge, and hints of clove and banana.

Taste: Slightly sourish wheat malt baseboards with a lil' toasted honey for a low, overall sweetness. Faint, faint lemon, slight clove, and a smidgen of banana. All flavors drop off the palate for the neutral finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-light body. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: It's doable, but not the best wheat, well wheat-anything, by far.

ChainGangGuy, May 05, 2014
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.84/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 05, 2014
Photo of WVbeergeek
4.41/5  rDev +23.5%
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.

WVbeergeek, Apr 03, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

Kegatron, May 02, 2014
Photo of Slatetank
3.74/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured chilled from a 12oz into a weizen glass, thanks to Stakem for sharing a bottle from his fresh case -cheers!
A - the color is dark golden with thick haze with snow white rocky head with two finger depth and average bead, but excellent lace and retention. The smell has a slight dried fruit ester from the yeast with nice wheat maltiness in the nose. The feel is fruit with moderate carbonation and light yeast spice with mostly dry finish... it could be more carbonated, but is smooth.

The flavor is not overly yeasty, yet still has a faint resemblance to a weizen with mild ripe banana essence with subtle clove spice accent and malt which comes and goes toward a slightly hoppy finish which is nice but unexpected. I guess this is a shift in the Yuengling M.O. since I can't recall a texture or taste of hops in their products, but it is welcome I would not call this a very good Hefeweizen, however it is a pretty drinkable beer so why not - cheers to Yuengling for a very drinkable wheat.

Slatetank, Apr 22, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

oriolesfan4, May 25, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

InspectorBob, May 17, 2014
Photo of woodychandler
4.61/5  rDev +29.1%
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.

woodychandler, May 11, 2014
Photo of weeare138
3.88/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

weeare138, Apr 08, 2014
Photo of stakem
3.75/5  rDev +5%

stakem, Apr 07, 2014
Photo of wrightst
3.43/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this into a pint glass. Nice color, cloudy golden, decent head, a foamy white that did not linger.

The aroma blew me away. My favorite smelling hefeweizen by far. The banana notes are so strong, I thought I was actually in for a fruit wheat beer, specifically banana. The banana aroma is a highlight of my hefeweizen experience, so the stronger the better for me, personally. This really got my hopes up.

The banana ester do not carry into the flavor, typical of a hefeweizen. To be fair, Yuengling does not label this beer a hefe, but rather a "traditional weizen beer". I don't know about you, but I thought a traditional weizen was a here.

I really tried to like this more. I really did. The smell was so appealing, I wanted this relationship to work out. The flavor and mouthfeel were quite thin, and I was left wanting more. It is a light, refreshing beer. Not necessarily what I'm looking for.

Kudo's to Yuengling for trying something new, but thin is an experience I've had with this company more than once.

In my opinion, they are trying to keep their bread and butter customers, perhaps a more mainstream group, while stepping over the craft beer line. I'm not sure you can have it both ways.

wrightst, May 05, 2014
Photo of dbrauneis
3.39/5  rDev -5%
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.

dbrauneis, Jun 26, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -9%

ejimhof, May 09, 2014
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.76/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a hazed orange color with a white head. Aroma of banana and a bit of clove, not so much Yuengling. In the taste there is the typical banana and clove elements. There is a little bit of bitterness. There is something with the flavor that makes me feel like i am tasting a Yuengling, possibly the grain bill. Whatever, it's tasty, it works and a good hefeweizen. The brew has a slightly dry finish and is quite clean. Light to medium bodied, spot on for what it is. Overall, colored me impressed. This is a pretty good hefeweizen.

Stinkypuss, May 15, 2014
Photo of smakawhat
4.09/5  rDev +14.6%
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.

smakawhat, May 24, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

tdm168, Apr 18, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

billab914, Apr 26, 2014
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3/5  rDev -16%

sendbeer, Jun 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev -2%

iL0VEbeer, Aug 12, 2014
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3.75/5  rDev +5%

ShanePB, Apr 19, 2014
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Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery
81 out of 100 based on 422 ratings.