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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Photo of NotoriousPIG
4.16/5  rDev +12.4%
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 +13.5%
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 +0.3%
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 -1.4%
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 +1.1%
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 -3.8%
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 -3.5%
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 +19.2%
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 +20.8%
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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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 jancona
3.83/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Enjoying on tap at Foo Fighters concert. This is a solid Hefeweizen - banana and clove smell and taste. This is certainly cool and refreshing on a hot summer night.

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Photo of williamcrane
4.72/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

I was not originally a fan of Weizen style beers. After having 3 bottles of this (on 3 separate occasions) I have grown to like it. Very refreshing, hint of cloves.

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Photo of dawgpound433
3.6/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a bottle as part of a sixer purchased at Subs and suds in Indiana, PA.
Can't accurately judge look because it was drank from a bottle.
Smell is that of a typical hefeweizen; however I wish the smell was a bit more powerful.
Tastes of banana and some uplifting notes.
Feels smooth on the mouth with no presence of an aftertaste
Overall, it's a drink I would recommend, especially since you can purchase a sixer for $7.99. Great choice for a seasonal from Yuengling.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
4.68/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a weizen glass

L - Clear amber with a quick 'n' thick foam dome; not cloudy at all

S - banana and clove yeast aroma, really on-par with hefeweizens

T - matches the aroma up front then I get almost a saison taste afterwards (wow!)

F - crisp and clean; not a whole lot of carbonation buzz

O - Very well-made and affordable beer. Perfect for the hot summer days in Pennsylvania. Yuengling often gets a knack out here for being cheap, but they make great, affordable beers and that's what they are good at. Be a good Pennsylvanian and give it a try!

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Photo of KensWorld
4.63/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

You might laugh at my score, but I truly believe this might be one of the best, true to traditional style German Weizen's ever brewed on US soil! Yes I said it, one of the best. I have been drinking Weizen's since the 1980's and have been to Germany 3 times, so I know what Hefe Weizen's are supposed to taste, look, smell and feel like. I have also drank my share of US versions and none stand up. If you are still laughing then at least do this, buy a 6 pack (they are cheep at about $6 to $8 a 6er). Do a blind test with a few of your favorite Weizen's and then you will see what I'm talking about.

Look: poured into Weizen glass, 7 finger foamy white head that soon forms a mound, then settles with nice lacing. Clear straw yellow color.
Smell: floral, Wheat, yeasty, fruity.
Taste: out of this world! Very wheaty and light bodied with hints of banana & vanilla. Almost no aftertaste.
Feel: like a true German Weizen should.
Overall: One of the best brewed in America.

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Photo of MikeB20
3.51/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

P: 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: A murky dark gold with a two finger white head. No lacing to speak of.

S: Banana and clove and a little hay or grass. Some pepperiness sneaks in too. Bitterness is low.

T: A light and sweet malt backbone with clove, banana and bubblegum flavors.

M: Light body, moderate carbonation. Pretty refreshing to drink.

O: Yuengling was a stepping stone to craft beer for me. While I'm no longer a big fan of their Lager, this Summer Wheat seems to hit all of the right notes for a beer that's significantly cheaper that it's competition. I'd happy buy a case of this for a summer cookout.

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Photo of Cnote_crafty_1
5/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Yuengling Summer Wheat Hefeweizen
ABV: this is differs depending on which website you are on, some say 4.5, some 4.6, some 4.7. The Yuengling website says 4.6, so I will go with that one. It does not list the IBU's, I will guess 20, or something low.

I had this in a 12 ounce bottle at home, here is what I got:

Cloudy/hazy, dark yellow, can't see through. Carbonation is not alot of activity with the bubbles. There is a light white head that disapates to a thin 1 cm. head quickly. Some lacing was noticed.
Smell: Banana, biscuit, bubblegum, slightly sweet citrus fruit.
Flavor pallette: The taste matches the smell while some things stand out more than others. Wheat, biscuit, banana, citrus. Aftertaste has the taste of bananas and there is not a heavy alcohol taste.
Moulthfeel: There is a bit of substance to the moulthfeel. It does not feel watery to me.
Overall: Yuengling lager was my go to in college because it had a darker appearance than the other mass marketed beers and I liked it. I was not yet heavy into craft beers at that point and I didn't realize that there are much better beers to drink. It always had this skunky aftertaste and I just thought, well, that's beer for you. This is why it was really surprising that they really went for it with this German style wheat beer. I had low expectations because of the price and history of the beer company. At first I was like, this is not a bad hefewiezen. Then, I had it a second time and I liked it even more. It just keeps getting better everytime I drink it. It is also very consistenty good which is something to be said in this new world of craft beers. I get it now when it comes in season because it is a cheap beer that drinks like a good craft beer. If you are a fan of wheat beers I recommend it. I believe that good beers don't have to be expensive. Thank goodness some other people do as well.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.91/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

This one pours a light, clear orange, with a 1.5 inch head, and a little bit of lacing.

This one smells pretty legit- banana, clove, and some white pepper. Smells yeasty and pretty delicious.

I'm fairly impressed by how well Yuengling nailed a hefeweizen. There's some interesting peppery bitterness here, can't tell if it's from hops or the yeast, along with the requisite banana and clove flavor that just scream hefeweizen. It's really quite tasty.

This is slightly thin bodied, and just the tiniest bit watery, keeping it from being a really, really good hefeweizen. The flavors are all there, in the right ratios, though- it's just the mouthfeel that's a little lacking.

I am really impressed with this one- it's honestly one of the best US made hefeweizens I've had.

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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 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 wattoclone
3.68/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

A much appreciated, unusual offering from the Pennsylvania macro-brewer. Ripe banana and clove aroma from the requisite fruity esters that only the Bavarian-style ale yeast can deliver. Sweet malt, rich banana and clove flavor as you expect and hope for, if you are a fan of this style like I am. Unfortunately, for me there is a short burst of bitter in the finish, enough to decimate the rich pleasant flavor. I tried this head to head against two other similar PA brewed hefeweizens, Troegs Dreamweaver and Straub Straubweizen. Overall, I prefer the Straub and Troegs over this one due to the somewhat disappointing bitter notes. Still, I would likely pick up another case next year, considering the low price, if I was unable to find the Straubweizen.

Update: Having a hard time finishing a case of this so I decided to try mixing with other wheat beers to dilute the intense, somewhat offensive, clove taste. Mixing a 12 ounce bottle with 4-12 ounces of a good bavarian dunkelweizen proved the best solution. Franziskaner dunkelweizen worked well for me since I have a keg available. The rich caramel together with the banana and clove works out very well.

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Photo of Budinetz
3.66/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

First time I had this the first year it was released...crap crap crap. 2 years later I decided to revisit this since it was on special at a bar that I frequent. I wa a super impressed with the tweaking on this brew. Very reminiscent of a classic German Hefeweizen. Hints of clove, banana, and esters where prevevelent. Definitely give this brew a second look if you haven't had it before and especially if you have had it and thought it was garbage. It is now a great representation of the style!


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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.57/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling Summer Wheat - By far the best beer, all around, I have had in the longest of times. This wheat beer glows in the glass - glows - it's amazing. The hints of citrusy sweetness mixed with the wheat and hops is simply perfect. The brew has this thick, rich feel in your mouth - at just the right amount of carbonation, truly perfect in my book. I really enjoyed the this Yuengling, so much so, I had to try two just to make sure I was tasting what I was tasting. Sometimes you get some of the best surprises in life from the most unsuspecting of place - it's what makes life (and beer tasting) worth doing!

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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 Pantalones
3.71/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the second of two bottles I got in the mail from @tommyguz earlier this month. Can't find a bottling date, but I assume it's pretty fresh considering that the really hot summery weather just got here and the summer seasonal beers tend to be released just a month or so before that time of year.

You can tell at a glance that this is a very different sort of beer from every other Yuengling that I've had -- it's not just "a little cloudy" but incredibly cloudy, blocking almost all light from my phone if I shine it through the thickest part of the glass (and only lets a vague light outline through in the thinner part -- no reading your phone through the beer here.) It's a dark yellow/slightly orange-ish in color, and the head is white and foams up pretty big if you pour quickly. Which seems to be a good idea--this beer seemed almost TOO fizzy in the mouth the first time I had it, but pouring a bit quicker and letting it foam up seems to have made the immense fizz die down a bit.

The smell is, again, very different from other Yuengling beers. There's a bit of an almost banana-like thing, and some other yeasty, almost-bready funkiness. None of "hair salon smell" that I pick up (to one degree or another) in other Yuengling beers I've tried. The funkiness in the smell is a bit weird at times, but not bad, just odd.

Taste is (and here's the only bit that seems to fall into the pattern I've noticed with other Yuengling beers) better than the smell for sure. There's the banana-like flavor, except it's not *quite* banana, it sort of borders on a couple other things that I can't quite put a name to. There is a definite "banana candy" sort of thing present in the taste when I burp, though. There's also a breadiness that usually blends in with the banana-like flavor, but hangs around a bit longer. There's even a faint bit of something spicy blending with this breadiness. Overall, this is pretty good, and seems especially good in the glass in front of me now (I wonder if pouring faster and letting the head foam up more had an impact? I know it seems to have made a difference in a few other beers I've had in the past.)

The mouthfeel seems to vary drastically depending on how the beer is poured. On a much slower pour the first time, it was incredibly fizzy, and I think that made a (mostly negative) impact on the beer. This time I poured a bit quicker and let a bigger head of foam form, and the beer's mouthfeel is so different... much smoother, the fizziness doesn't stand out as "millions of prickly little bubbles in my mouth" like it did before. The fizziness is clearly still there (this makes me burp more than any other beer I've had before it) but it's "tamed" a bit in this glass, so I'm not feeling it as much. I really like it this way.

Overall, this is a really nice beer (especially on a warm night when you come home worn out and sweaty from work and then dancing...) and my favorite from Yuengling so far, snatching that title away from the Yuengling Bock that held it for just a few days. It's very different from their other beers (at least those I've had), but in a good way -- it's always nice when breweries have some variety in their lineup. Apparently it was just introduced last summer; here's hoping it sticks around for many summers to come (and that their new winter seasonal coming up is good, too!) I'll have to grab more of this in the near future if I can find a place nearby that stocks it.

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Yuengling Summer Wheat from Yuengling Brewery
3.7 out of 5 based on 649 ratings.
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