Yuengling Summer Wheat - Yuengling Brewery

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85
very good

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Reviews: 83
Hads: 538
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 12.89%
Wants: 24
Gots: 155 | 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 ryan1788a5
3.82/5  rDev +0.5%

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Hazy golden-orange color. Creamy white head retains well at an inch in height.

S: Overripe bananas, wheaty tang, bread, vanilla, hints of clove. Actually a lot more hef character than I was expecting. Not bad.

T: chalky yeast up front. Wheaty tartness. Traces of white pepper and clove. Green banana. Doughy. Very yeasty finish.

M: Light and frothy/fluffy in the mouth. Airy, whipped sort of texture. Sharp, scrubbing effervescence.

O: Surprisingly on point. We actually have a bit of a sleeper on our hands here. It's a solid, well-made hefeweizen, especially considering its price point and availability. I would not hesitate to pick this up if I had a hankering for the style. Truthfully you're probably better off with this than gambling on one of the more renowned imports that probably suffered on the journey. (866 characters)

Photo of Robert_G
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

I really like wheat beers. I used to be an overly-hopped beer junky until my tastebuds rebelled. Now I really like wheat beers. Who's to say what happened? I suppose a medical consultation is in order. Anyway, I tried Yuengling's Summer Wheat and was pleasantly surprised. It tasted as good as many a German Heffeweizens I've tried. It's reasonably priced and quite satisfying. It has a very clean finish and makes me want to order another one. I've tried the bottled version only since I've not seen it on tap anywhere around here. (532 characters)

Photo of Egil_Skallagrimsson
4/5  rDev +5.3%

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. (365 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.9/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

While not the greatest hefeweizen you'll ever come across, it is quite solid. And for the price, it is amazing. We should congratulate a big brewery for delivering a good quality beer, a traditional style at that, at a great price. Well done.

The combination of price and quality makes this my new go-to summer beer. (317 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.41/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance is a hazy light copper with over a finger of head that lingers a bit. The wheat notes are well defined in the nose. The wheat is also strong in the flavor – more so than any other wheat beer I’ve ever sampled. Unfortunately, a funny and unpleasant sweetness accompanies the hearty wheat notes. (308 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.62/5  rDev -4.7%
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 (564 characters)

Photo of robertlovesbeer
3.57/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is great in the summer (as advertised). It has a fruity taste and is easy to drink. It is not an outstanding beer, but I would recommend having a couple over a barbecue. This is a good beer for people who typically do not enjoy heavy or strong flavored beers. Good for a soft pallet. (293 characters)

Photo of MikeWard
3.64/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a 12oz bottle at a friends house, poured into a glass.

Looks pretty decent, only very slight haziness, considering I dumped the entire bottle, yellow body with some orange tones, small white head which maintained quite well, good carbonation and lacing.

Aroma was actually quite strong and pleasant, wheat, bubblegum, strong yeast aroma

Taste was okay just that it petered out very quickly, no lasting or lingering on the tongue. From the aroma, I was hoping for something more flavorful.

Mouth was pretty thin.

Overall, not a bad or unpleasant beer at all. Would likely do the trick very nicely after a day working in the garden. It's just that it becomes bland rather quickly. (683 characters)

Photo of Mr1derfulComic
2.33/5  rDev -38.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Very nasty heartburn as a result of imbibing. Will never buy it again. Short and sweet, I do not like it. OK Maybe I don't like Summer wheat. Just adding words due.to minimal requirement of words in review. Much prefer their Lager I have one left in my frig anyone wants it. (274 characters)

Photo of simond101
4.59/5  rDev +20.8%
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 (313 characters)

Photo of turnerboy
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

This is a true hefeweizen, I have a had spaten franziskaner hefeweizen in the past before they changed there recipe, and edelweiss from Austria, this stuff is reminiscent of those type of brews, awesome, after drinking plenty of yuengling products, they have surprised the sh*t out of me. (288 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%
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. (542 characters)

Photo of otterbearfla
3.92/5  rDev +3.2%
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. (304 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -11.1%
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. (1,057 characters)

Photo of DrDemento456
3.7/5  rDev -2.6%
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. (707 characters)

Photo of ArchimedesSox
4.1/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice cloudy amber, golden color in a weizen glass with a nice 2 finger head leaving its mark with lacing down the glass.

Smell is great, especially when the bubbles are still present. As the head dissipates the smell seams to subside but I get some clove spice, maybe some banana, yeast and wheat malts.

Taste is really good. I really like a good hefeweizen and this one has all the taste of a good one. I taste the clove, then it turns to a bready yeast that finishes with maybe a little citrus, lemon snap.

Mouthfeel is pretty decent. Has a decent carbonation that tickles the tongue a little.

Overall, a pleasant surprise. I did not expect such a good beer from such a large brewery. I drink their traditional amber lager a good bit and I was real excited to get a six pack of this. I have thoroughly enjoyed it and hope that I can find it in my area soon. I had to drive an hour and a half to find this sixer. (929 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.11/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a negligible head. Really no lacing at all and no head retention. A bit of a shame considering what I was expecting for the style.

Aroma is loaded with banana and bubblegum as I would expect but there is a little bit of a "wet dog" off-note. Yeastyness and a bit of grass make up the remainder.

The flavor doesn't really have anything wrong with it but it is a bit mild all-around. Good banana and yeast notes with a touch of light caramel and some hay/grass. Bitterness is very light, just enough to balance out the malt, and the finish is quite dry. Soft mouthfeel that is appropriate for the style.

Overall, not a bad hefeweizen for the price but it is far from outstanding. A good thirst-quencher but not mind-blowing. (789 characters)

Photo of JednoPivoProsim
3.54/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 FL. OZ. bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a cloudy, full bodied yellow-brown wheat beer body with a decent to thin white head.

Smell: Strong banana and clove aroma. Smells tart.

Taste: Nice, light banana wheat beer flavor. Not overpowering in the least.

Mouthfeel: Nice and light, not too tart.

Overall: A nice light wheat beer for the masses and by no means do I mean this in a derogatory way. (425 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.85/5  rDev +1.3%
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. (1,408 characters)

Photo of MichaelProcton
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is one of my favorite beer styles, and the Yuengling is SHOCKINGLY good at its $6 a sixer price. Delicous, and reasonably complex in its flavor to boot. (158 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
4.11/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (839 characters)

Photo of Scrapss
3.71/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

poured from the bottle into a turbinator.

A: A tight creamy white head. A bit darker and much more clear than other hefe's I have had. This brew has no legs, and the lacing was sparse and soapy. Head settles to a one slender finger to the end.

S: Sweet banana, estery and some light malt. That wheat is present.

T: Sweet tea like notes and wheat, light grassy notes and strong banana and esters present. The malt is contributing to the overall sip with some sweetness too.

M: medium bodied and not overly filling. Creamy, as tight bubbles in head would indicate. Lightly metallic and very,very slightly chalky at ultimate finish.

O: worth a try if you want a summery version of a hefe with less body heaviness. (715 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
3.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

12 oz.

Pours a cloudy lemon honey gold. White head retains as a film.

Smells of cloves, banana, coriander, citrus, and honey.

Tastes is of banana and cloves mixed with a light citrus and honey sweetness and a dry malt.

Medium body with tingly carbonation on the roof of the mouth.

This is a very pleasant surprise and a really solid hefe. Yuengling has been branching out into a few new styles recently and this one shows that they should keep doing it. Not a stellar hefe, but very satisfying and thirst-quenching. (521 characters)

Photo of Treyliff
3.74/5  rDev -1.6%
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 (731 characters)

Photo of Ranbot
4.07/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I wasn't expecting much when I got this beer, but Yuengling really knocked this one out of the park. This is actually really close to traditional German weizens. Lots of banana and clove in the nose and taste. Light and refreshing. Unlike most of Yuengling's seasonal brews this does not have that "Yuengling Lager" house flavor. If you like weizens I highly recommend giving it a try. (385 characters)

Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery
85 out of 100 based on 83 ratings.