I poured a 12oz bottle into a weizen glass. It was difficult to decipher the freshness code. It cost $2.25 ($0.19 per ounce).
Appearance: Hazy body over an orange/gold hue with spastic effervescence
immediately visible. Pours to a two-finger, white foamy head which
mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Traditional Bavarian-style hefeweizen aroma of banana and clove, but not as pungent as most.
Taste: Now that Yuengling is a real “craft brewery” according to the
Brewers Association, it’s time to hold them to the same standards as
everyone else. You’d think the oldest brewery in American with German
ancestry would make a lot more German-style beers than just adjunct
lagers, so it’s nice to see them taking their hand at a hefeweizen. And
while this is definitely a beer that conforms to the style, it’s not
exactly the best example of the style as it seems deliberately mild.
That’s okay, because the average Yuengling drinker probably expects and
Yuengling Summer Wheat has all the makings of an Old World style wheat
beer: banana, clove, and wheat all dominate the palette. It’s actually a
little juicy-tasting on the first half, though there’s a slight
tanginess or astringency on the second half. That’s common in many wheat
beers, but usually when they’re old. Otherwise, this beer is rather
unremarkable – for better or worse. I enjoyed the taste, but it didn’t
amaze me. I think a few tweaks and it would be even better.
Drinkability: There’s one thing you want in a summer beer: easy
drinkability, and you get that here. Yuengling Summer Wheat has a
slightly thin mouthfeel with a slightly watery texture. It’s crisp at
first, but calms down quickly to the point of being flat by the end.
Still, it’s always smooth and refreshing while in the mouth. I’m not
sure of the ABV because Yuengling, for some strange reason, never puts
that information on the bottles nor on their website. I’d estimate it
around 5% ABV, possibly even lower as it certainly seem sessionable.