Yuengling Summer Wheat | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Summer WheatYuengling Summer Wheat

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Hefeweizen

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Summer

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Reviews: 117 | Ratings: 649
Photo of plumberman63
1.33/5  rDev -64.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

hazy yellow, smell of banana and beer. Taste artificial banana and so off wheat flavor not good. After taste actually better than beer itself which isn't saying much. Didn't drink it all and wouldn't get again. This shouldn't be called beer. I don't know how everybody thinks this is so good.

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Photo of Marraybay
1.84/5  rDev -50.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Not really a hefe fan, but do like Yuengling, so gave it a go: Seemed to have the prerequisite features: banana, bubblegum(on 1st sip), clove, etc., but just not my cup of tea overall. Perhaps if appropriately paired with the right food, it might be worth a revisit or perhaps doing the lemon twist thing that some have suggested with Hefes. Not something I would ever purchase again.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.08/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours something between straw and very light copper with a generous head. Laces along the glass, smells of banana less sour than most hefeweizens. Tastes like banana with a touch of wheat. The malt really takes a backseat to the banana and the nothingness. Too light bodied, and rather plain.

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Photo of Mr1derfulComic
2.33/5  rDev -37%
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.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.65/5  rDev -28.4%
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 q33jeff
3.01/5  rDev -18.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Bottle to glass.
Aroma: citrus, wheat, light yeast.
Appearance: cloudy yellowish brown. Little to no head. Wisps of white.
Taste: paste, light citrus. A touch stale.
Feel: medium carbonation. Passable. ....ok, passable plus Enjoying more as I go along."

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Photo of mikeg67
3.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Pours hazy golden with long lasting, foamy, white head and nice lacing. Aroma is of wheat malt, spices and bananas. Body is light and smooth. Taste is similar to aroma. Finish is long and fruity. Not bad for Yuengling.

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Photo of rangerred
3.11/5  rDev -15.9%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.22/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of microbrewlover
3.23/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This brew pours a hazy, opaque orange color with lots of sediment in the glass. There is a fluffy two finger white head which dissipates fairly quickly but some of it does stick around until the end. There is light lacing and lots of carbonation.

The smell is full of bubble gum, bananas, cloves and coriander. There is also the usual sweet wheat and musty smell.

The taste follows the nose with mostly the bubble gum taste dominating. The bananas and spices are a bit muted. This beer is very sweet, the sweetness downs out most every other taste. This does not change as the beer warms up. The feel is creamy but there is a slightly gritty taste at the end along with a hint of hops. Overall, this is another decent beer from Yuengling.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.25/5  rDev -12.2%
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.

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Photo of jakej0305
3.28/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours light and hazy with a small head. Smells very strongly of banana and wheat and tastes as smells. After taste is not very good, with the banana flavor being overpowering. If that's what you like then this is the beer for you. Went down smooth, but I just can not get over the banana taste in the end. It ruined this beer for me.

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Photo of vainosuomi
3.33/5  rDev -10%
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 IPhantom
3.33/5  rDev -10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Picked up a sixer at Rodman's in DC. Looks exactly like Yuengling transformed into a wheat beer--about 2 shades lighter than the Lager, with a big white head that laces in tiers. Nose is to the biscuit malt and spice ends of things, but definitely some banana, pineapple and clove in there too. Taste follows suit, big and malty with some clove, banana and a nice hit of spice. Crisp and pleasantly skunky (probably signature Yuengling yeast) on the end.

In short, it's basically exactly what you would think a Yuengling wheat beer would be, and in no way is that a bad thing. I already wish they would make it all year.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.38/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.4/5  rDev -8.1%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of kenji789
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

It is a decent summer beer. With more and more "summer" beers being made, you can easily find one with more depth of flavor. You could also choose one that is noticeably lower quality. Yuengling = good quality beer, and that is what you get with this one.

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Photo of 57md
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
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.

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Photo of Pennd002
3.41/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My first Hefeweizen. I'm more of a stout fan, but this isn't bad. Matter of fact, it's a pretty smooth, easy to drink beer. Not big on flavors, but goes well with most foods. The wheat, like in some whiskies helps smooth out the taste for sure. Fans of Maker's or Bernheim should try this beer.

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Photo of Seanem44
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I am a firm fan of Yuengling, having grown up in Maryland, not far from the source. I had never tried Summer Wheat until just now. I think it is highly enjoyable. The wheat is very strong and there are light fruit notes. Is it a great Weizen? No. Is it enjoyable? Yes. Is it cheap? Yes. So though it doesn't get a really high rating, don't let that dissuade you from grabbing a six on a warm spring or summer day and tipping back. It's a good go to beer if you aren't expecting too much, and makes a great BBQ beer when you have to buy for friends and family.

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Photo of DIM
3.43/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

a: Murky dark straw color; poured with a decent sized fluffy head.

s: Banana, clove, and light citrus are all here in good proportions. There is a little something more that is out of place. Something sweet maybe?

t: Tastes as the smell suggests it would. That little something extra is a bit more prominent, at the finish in particular. Its a faintly metallic kind of sweetness. Edit: into my second bottle now and noticing it more. Lowering scores a bit.

m: Chewy and satisfying.

o: Good enough to buy again at this price. I'll most likely spend the extra 3 bucks for Dreamweaver more often though.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.45/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Tried one of these at my local and thought to write the review while I was consuming. I wouldn't have known about it, but there was POP advertising right next to me at the end of the bar.

A: Cloudy, murky yellow with a touch of amber color. Little head and lace.

S: Just like it should is the only thing I could think of. Juicy fruit, slightly sweet.

M: Creamy on the pull, taste hole in the center, and a candy aftertaste.

T: More Juicy Fruit. Very candy like. Wheat husk at the bottom and seemed like a powdered drink mix was added.

O: Even with the corn adjunct it didn't put me off. It did feel like a cheaper beer, maybe on par with Blue Moon. I've had worse wheat beers, but compared to Yuengling's other recent season attempts, this rises to the the top.

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Photo of Boggdogg
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a cloudy yellow-orange color with a nice white head which leaves average lacing around the glass.

S - smell of citrus like lemon or orange with a hint of grain

T - taste is very citrus heavy. Fairly sweet with almost no bitterness. Quite tangy.

M - full bodied beer that leaves a sweetened lingering in my mouth.

0 - not bad just not my favorite style. I prefer dark beer but the most complex tasting beer I've had from yuengling so far. I would not turn down another.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.5/5  rDev -5.4%

Two 12oz bottles poured into a hefe glass
A: Impressive; burnt orange with a 1+ finger head that slowly settles, lots of tiny bubbles
S: Wheat, a hint of citrus and grass
T: Light but pleasant wheat with a bit of lemon
M: Light-bodied with a light carbonation
O: Not the most complex wheat beer out there but certainly solid; goes down very easily on a hot late summer day

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Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery
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