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RATINGS: 142   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.09/5   SEASONAL: Summer   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
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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.


3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
puboflyons (2873) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - JUL 5, 2014
From the 12 fl. oz. bottle. Thanks to jcwattsrugger for the trade. Pale yellow pour with a huge head and a slight haze. Lively carbonation. Aroma of light wheat, pale malts, and crisp clean hops. The body is light and refreshing. The taste does bring out that wheat character along with toasted pale malts and a clean finish. An easy to drink Hefeweizen.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
CharmCityCrab (229) - Maryland, USA - JUL 5, 2014
The overwelming taste here is of bananas and cloves, which is basically correct for a hefeweizen. There’s definitely wheat in this thing. The backing beer is kind of a thin gruel, but I’m surprised. I don’t really like the way Dick Yuengling runs things at his plant or the things he mouths off about to the newspapers, so I was prepared to not buy this and then run it down if I somehow got a free beer to try at a gathering of some sort. Two things happened, though. First, the beer went on sale at like a buck less a 6-pack than Budweiser- give me a psuedo-craft seasonal beer at that price and I’ll buy it every time, issues with the owner of the brewery and his union-busting tactics and whining about taxes he should be paying more of and not less of be damned. And then, you know, it tastes better than I expected, and I want to be fair if I’m going to review the thing. The Bock (late winter/early spring seasonal) is good, too. So far their Oktoberfest is their only seasonal "washout". I make an exception from my semi-boycott of Yuengling to buy a 6er or two of the Bock each year, and I might make one for this, too, if it goes on sale again. The funny thing is, no one is really making a decent priced summer Hefeweizen anymore that’s widely available. Seriously. So many people have switched over to those shandies and generic wheat beers with fruit and such as their summer seasonals that this is the first time I’ve had a truly decent hefe with the right flavor to it in years. Dick Yuengling should be careful, lower the regular price a buck or two to the sale price and he’ll force all of us Democrats to start drinking his beer. ;) A stronger tasting Oktoberfest and a good winter seasonal to follow, added to the Bock and Summer Wheat, and he’ll have a pretty good lineup of seasonals, too. Could he at least stamp a *year* on the bottle labels for the seasonals if he’s not going to do a real bottled on or freshest by date for his line of beers, though? It’s pretty much the industry standard now. He’s behind the macros he’s competing with in terms of dating his products, as well as the craft brewing seasonal lines like Sam Adams and Sierra Nevada that these are probably supposed to be competing with.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2205) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 5, 2014
I wasn’t expecting a whole lot out of this Yuengling seasonal offering. Let’s face it, they don’t have the reputation for brewing outstanding beers. With that said, perhaps that’s why I am so surprised that this weizen is a pretty decent interpretation of the style. The beer pours a hazy light orange color with an ample white head. The head leaves some nice lacing around the glass, as well. The nose isn’t all that full, but does have some hints of banana, clove, esters, yeast, wheat and light hops. I found all those qualities in the body of flavors, too. The beer is smooth for the most part. I found the body a little overly carbonated. The beer finishes bright and crisp, with lots of notes of fruit, banana, clove, yeast and wheat. This is a fairly nice weizen.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Jasond612 (282) - Phila, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 4, 2014
5/24/14. Bought a 6 pk from CBO for $7.99. Was surprisingly good. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has the typical wheat characteristic although the flavors are not as strong. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jdjuice (493) - Kumamoto, JAPAN - JUL 4, 2014
Nope dominated by bananas. Slight bitterness at start, turning quickly to bananas and light grain. I don’t like bananas and wheat beers, but this is probably one of the tastier ones I’ve had.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
douglas88 (7956) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pretty solid brew. I’d pound a case. Pours a cloudy orange color with a medium white head. A big yeasty banana ester nose. The flavor is light citrus, a bit of yeast, banana, a bit of bubble gum. Pretty good.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Leafs93 (2028) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 3, 2014
Pours hazy gold with a small white head. Aroma is wheat, spicy clove, banana and florals. Taste is very muted sweetness, almost dull all around. Very faint trace of bitters. Medium bodied with some stickiness.

3.1
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
anders37 (21632) - Malmö, SWEDEN - JUL 1, 2014
Bottle. Pours a hazy yellow color with a white head. Has a fruity wheat malty spicy aroma. Fruity wheat malty spicy flavor with weak hints of banana. Has a fruity wheat malty spicy yeasty weak banana finish.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
kramer (5689) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 30, 2014
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy dark gold body under a one inch fizzy white head that faded quickly to a thin ring. The nose is pretty nice, lots and lots of fruity esters in here, bubble gum, a bit of spicy clove, and a little yeastiness. The flavor is better than expected as well. A touch thin maybe and lacking in a certain roundness due to the lack of yeastiness, but it’s very solid for Yuengling. Lighter bodied with soft gentle carbonation. Nice effort, this one’s for real.

3.1
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
LinusStick (3135) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 29, 2014
An OK beer. More tart than a traditional hefe, but that’s not really a bad thing. Aroma was yeast, clove and wheat. Pour was a hazy medium gold with a thin white ring for a head. Taste was OK. Tart and wheaty with a slightly acidic flavor. Mild clove flavor. Not much of the banana flavor associated with the style. Medium carbonation. In my opinion, American brewers have not been able to nail this style yet.


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