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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 4132
Reviews: 1469
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of Vixie


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a nice looking copper color with a white head that dissipates fairly quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Quite a bit of malt in the smell, also yeast and a bit of bread.

Starts out malty and bread like, maybe more of a biscuit flavor than bread. Has a hint of pine and floral from the hops at the finish.

Decent feel, nothing really stands out as bad or good.

I was given a few bottles of this, but research says this in an inexpensive beer. Assuming that to be true, for the price, this is a decent beer. Nothing that is going to outdo the really nice craft beers, but an easy drinking, and fairly flavorful beer. It just tries to be a decent easy to drink beer at a good price, and it succeeds in meeting that goal.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2014 01:31:01 | More by Vixie
Photo of tigg924


3.79/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, clear, caramel in color

Smell: fresh toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt and bread

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: Very clean and tasty. Had this on tap and it was a lot better than I remembered. I will try it from a bottle or can and if it still holds up, I may have this as a regular affordable beer.

Serving type: on-tap

04-23-2014 14:59:08 | More by tigg924
Photo of NickPiezzo

New Jersey

4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A-golden amber, brings a tear to my eye

S-a little grassy you can really smell the yeast

T-extremely smooth a little creamy kind of bitter but very good

M-very carbonated

O-a personal favorite a definite go to affordable beer doesnt get much better for the price

Serving type: bottle

04-23-2014 01:51:26 | More by NickPiezzo
Photo of BeerLovinWoman87


3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling is my favorite Marco brewed larger so far. I've had in both in the bottle and poured into glasses. It only produces a small head when poured. The appearance is light in color, and it has a good mouthfeel and taste. This is the beer you will see me drink most often. A winner in my book.

Serving type: bottle

04-21-2014 00:40:54 | More by BeerLovinWoman87
Photo of Ohiolager


3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling Traditional Lager 6pk bottles $5.99(OH)

12 oz dark green bottle poured into a stemless white wine glass. No freshness date look up the bottling or can codes on freshbeeronly.

Pours a nice amber color. Put a little air between the bottle and the glass, and she leaves three fingers of creamy white head that stays around for awhile. Tons of silky small bubbles are pushed into the glass by the head. Gives way to decent lacing.

The aroma is malty upfront, then a light floral aroma. Followed by an adjunct smell of corn.

The taste is a strong malted backbone, light floral hoppy notes towards the middle. Finishes smooth and clean with hardly any adjunct taste. I taste no corny or ricey flavors. It is adjunct but it hides well in the taste.

Mouth feel is smooth, crisp and clean. Light bodied and easy drinking. A nice coppery feel that is pleasing to the palate.

Overall this brew is great, for what it is. It's the best tasting adjunct brew to date. When Yuengling first started distributing in OH I was all over it. A great cheap brew that makes A-B and M-C taste like rice and corn. I buy it all the time, my favorite mass produced domestic brew so to speak. Are there better beers? YES. but not for this price. A-B and M-C six packs go for $6.29 in my area. Easy decision.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2014 07:21:40 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of imscotty


3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Now that these have made it to Massachusetts I finally got my hands on one.

A: Pours a slight white head that quickly dies down. Some lacing. I am surprised by the rich golden color, much different than most American lagers in appearance.

S: Not detecting much of anything, a little corn, a little skunk.

T: Very light watery tasting, some malt, some apple juice flavor, some skunk. No hops detected, very slight aftertaste.

M: The carbonation was rather lively, rather clean finish appropriate for the style.

O: I should say that American adjunct lagers are not my style of beer. Having said that I think that this beer was less offensive than most. I could see how this could be thirst quenching on a hot summers day, but there is not much flavor or complexity here.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2014 23:13:41 | More by imscotty
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pint on draft at a local pizza parlor.
Pours with a well-sized, creamy and durable head over a clear deep amber body. Very good looking but it is downhill from here. The feel is OK, with a smooth creamy but overly thin body. The aroma has earthy hops which also bring a modicum of spiciness, plus a hint of baked bread from the malts. A suggestion of a metallic character that, fortunately, is missing in the taste.

Flavor: mild but earthy hops with a rather minimal malt base.

O: a bit more hoppy than the standard AB/Miller/Coors lager but, despite the darker color, lacking in malts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 01:02:57 | More by chinchill
Photo of Beric


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Serving: Can
Served: 7 April 2014

Apperance: Had this one from the can, so can't really comment. Good looking can though, very traditional.

Smell: Smells sweet and somewhat corny, much like a PBR.

Taste: Not bad for a cheap beer. Definitely sweet but it's a malt sweetness, not an adjunct sweetness. The malt notes are rather soft, but are sweet and caramelly. No hop presence in the taste or in terms of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Lively and carbonated.

Overall: An American classic, and a beer I've really been looking forward to trying. If this was distro'd in my area, I would definitely use it as my go-to cheap beer or party beer. This has much more flavor than BMC macros, but is competitively priced with those sorts of beers. A beer everyone should have at least once, if just for the history of it.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 15:26:36 | More by Beric
Photo of itsscience


3.41/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours an amber color with vigorous carbonation, like a champagne. There's a two-finger soapy white head that settles quickly. It smells of banana, caramel malt, and bread. No off flavors are apparent from the nose alone. Tasting it, I again get sweet caramel malts, but it's followed by corn and wet cardboard, and this is where the beer falls apart. It's so watery that the high carbonation barely helps.

This is the best American macro lager I've had, but it falls short of greatness.

Serving type: can

04-08-2014 05:03:18 | More by itsscience
Photo of DrunkenSwine88

New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

The appearance has a golden amber color with lively champagne bubbles. It is crystal clear and hosts an impressive three fingers of head

Smells of strong yeast and hints of stone fruit. Strong white wine aroma

No real depth of flavor. There are peachy notes and a playfully citrus sourness. A green grassy hop aftertaste.

Strong carbonation gives a crisp refreshing mouthfeel. Lively bubbles give way to watery feeling.

Overall the beer is a super refreshing lager. Light hop presence in taste and smell.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2014 00:17:04 | More by DrunkenSwine88
Photo of tmbgnicu


2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

In my area yuengling, or it's normally called "lager", is what people drink when they don't drink the majors. It's an ok beer, nothing special. But like I mention, it's an institution. I have tried to turn Yuengling drinkers on to other brews, but it never works..

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2014 00:06:48 | More by tmbgnicu
Photo of PvtSnowball


3.36/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 ounce bottle from the local quick mart.

A: Very clean light amber with a 1 finger head that dissipates quickly.

S: A little boozy with some malt characteristics.

T: Balanced with some complexity. Not a lot but some. Not bad at all.

M: Smooth and not overly carbonated. Maybe a little watery.

O: This has been my go to beer for a while now. It's a solid, readily available beer that is within most anyone's budget.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 20:03:20 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of cbutova


2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

After all of the billboards and invasion of beer stores I figured I was obligated to try the Yuengling line of products for some strange reason. I have heard so much about it and a cheap beer to review is always nice.

A- Poured from the green, 12oz bottle to my glass with a clear amber red body lacking any yeast haze or sediment. A white head grows on the beer to just a blanket with a fizzy, foamy texture. Head retention is poor as the foam dies to a small ring almost immediately. Fizzy ring deposits no lace at all.

S- Hard to really pick up much of an aroma but there is definitely the pale lager yeast characteristics I find in some of the macros with a bit more emphasis on malts. Corn, caramel sweets, light fruits and sulfur comes to mind.

T- Easier to pick things out than the relatively tame aroma. Light fruits like apple and white grape along with yeast bread really hit the taste buds up front with light hops lingering in the finish. Hops are spicy and have a Noble feel. Corn, caramel, toffee, cereal grains, Pilsner malts, toast and some kind of yeast off flavor comes to mind, almost bitter and phenolic.

MF- Super light bodied with a foamy, somewhat creamy texture. Carbonation at a very high level and really fizzes up on the palate. Finishes with a light bitterness.

Decent Amber Lager that straddles the line between the adjunct macros and higher quality craft lager offerings. Slight off characters from the yeast but the higher emphasis on malts and hops brings this above poorly crafted lagers. I would still take any of the lighter Jacks Abby lagers over this any day of the week.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2014 02:05:31 | More by cbutova
Photo of Shroud0fdoom


3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

*12 Oz. Bottle*
I was craving a Yuengling lager last night. So I went down the street to a local swill shop, and picked up a sixer. The price was 6 dollars and some change. Can't beat that if you want a nice refreshing beer that isn't offensively bitter nor has many off favors. I really just don't dig the aroma that well. The flavor to me is the winner, next to the nice price tag. There is hints of caramel and some citrus with a sweet tart and nice toasted bread finish. Very, very minimum bitterness. Very refreshing. The aroma I am doing last. It smells like fruits with some sulfur. Egh. Whatever. The body is light and carbonation is on point.

Overall: This is one of my personal favorite Lagers. This beats the Summer Time blues FO SHO! This is a sessional brew that I goto at the Pool Hall, because I am a hipster. My motto is, every beer has it's place. This beer does have a place. In my fridge! Next to my Belgian Strong Darks. This brew is worthy!

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2014 20:47:03 | More by Shroud0fdoom
Photo of Bone53


3.91/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pilsner glass at around 45°F

Appearance: Amber with a soapy one finger off white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: Toasted malts and a bit of earthiness

Taste: Toasted malts, caramel, toffee, grassy earthiness

Mouthfeel: Smooth, crisp, and refreshing

Overall: This tastes like a watered down Elliot Ness to me, but that's not at all a bad thing. I could have this as my every day go to "cheap" beer and be okay with it. This beats the hell out of anything around its price range (BMC) and is great for what it is. For $16 a case, this is by far my favorite "cheap" beer.

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 02:30:01 | More by Bone53
Photo of AntyGravity


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Along with Samuel Adams and New Belgium's Fat Tire, I think this Lager is the benchmark for macro lagers. Very drinkable and refreshing. Also quite fascinating as it pre-dates the civil war. In my humble "Craft Newbie" opinion, It's as close to a craft as a mass-produced lager can get.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 16:26:06 | More by AntyGravity
Photo of Michael_Squires


4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Nothing looks like a beer more than a Lager

Smell- Good down-to-earth smell, a little grainy smell

Taste/Mouthfeel- Goes down smooth, cleansing the palate. It has a pure taste, just a little of what you'd expect, no surprises, no bitterness, sourness, etc.

Overall- One of my favorite beers.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2014 04:27:33 | More by Michael_Squires
Photo of jokelahoma


4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Complete Re-review of the brew, because it's been years. I'm rating it to style, not against a double IPA or oak-aged imperial stout.

Poured into a pint shaker at my humble abode.

Pours a pretty, old-penny copper. Clear as clear can be, with just a tiny skiff of head.

Nose is a good deal of grain and a tiny bit of caramel. There's a dusty, musty, earthy aroma here which is appealing. Not terribly hoppy, and that fits the style just fine. A great aroma compared to the sourness one can get with many adjunct American lagers.

The flavor is quite nice, really. Nothing overpowering by any means, but what's there is good. It's got a good, grainy maltiness and sweetness, with again just a touch of caramel. There almost seems to be a smidgen of roasted malt flavor here. I get no DMS to speak of, and if there's diacetyl here, I can't find it. Again, compared to the sourness and metallic flavors one can get with many American adjunct lagers, this is really good. It goes down very easy and doesn't really make you think about it, but you also never get that "are you sure this is how this is supposed to taste?" question like you can with so many of its competitors.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, as is to be expected. Somewhat fizzy, but not biting or sharp. In fact, it's just about exactly what it needs to be for the style.

Once again, this isn't a world beater. It isn't going to hold its own against a huge Russian Imperial Stout or some other monster of a brew, but that's not what it's designed to do anyway. This is an adjunct American lager, and if one compares it to others of that style, this comes off looking quite good. I would say it's my absolute favorite of the style, being everything it should be -- easy to drink, tasty, palate-cleansing, refreshing, inoffensive -- and nothing it shouldn't -- sour, so carbonated it bites back, gassy, etc. There are times when a big, heavy brew just isn't what you want, when you feel more like an easy to drink lager that will satisfy you without having to deal with a taste that turns your stomach. In my opinion, this really can't be beat for those times. It's a style that gets no respect among craft drinkers and beer geeks, especially new ones who feel that now that they've discovered "real" beers they have to denigrate "that nasty cheap stuff", and for the most part, the style deserves a bit of that. This brew stands out from that crowd in a great way. Not world class, but best of its class.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2014 01:13:42 | More by jokelahoma
Photo of Dools9


3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber, red color, good clarity, plenty of active carbonation. The head was a off white color that faded rather quickly, left little to no lacing.

S: Smells of sweet grains, a bit of caramel maltiness, green apple skins and a bit of a grassy, maybe earthy hop. As the beer warms I get a bit of a copper penny smell.

T: Sweet grainy maltiness, a very slight toasty bready quality, some grassy hop bitterness, getting a tart apple juice type flavor as well. As it warms I get a bit of a metallic taste as well, however its not offputting.

M: Light feel, very sessionable, carbonation is medium. Would bring this type of beer on a fishing trip or camping etc.

O: Well, its not bad. I still prefer my 'Gansett Lager or Schlitz as a go to cheap session type brew. But I understand why people living in PA have a regional fondness of this beer. In the end however its really just an average beer but definitely a step above a macro lager. Like any beer though it has its place and time. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2014 22:34:25 | More by Dools9
Photo of magictacosinus


3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Served at the January tasting at the Taproom. Shared by jdhowe - thanks again! I've always wanted to try this, given its reputation among craft and macro drinkers alike. Poured out of a 12oz can into a tulip glass.

Golden in color, with a few amber streaks when held towards the light. I'm not quite sure where this is exactly an "amber" lager in nature, but I suppose it's good enough for those scratching the surface of non-yellow urine streaked beer. Contains a good amount of carbonation, although that dies down pretty quickly, as does the initial frothy white head. Looks a lot like a lower quality Munich helles beer, although it is slightly paler in color. Not bad, with all things considered. It's in the same realm of presentation as Narragansett Lager.

Smells extremely, extremely light, but at least to its credit it retains some of the sweet, crisp aspects I enjoy these beers for. Notes of white grapes, raisins, and sweet corn, with a light cracker-like element that makes it toasty and refreshing. A light toffee and cane sugar flavor continues the breezy, simple process. Lightly tingling on the nose, and otherwise nothing too complex. It knows what it wants to be, plain and simple, and it does a great job getting there.

Flavor is more of the same, although the texture is far sharper and cleaner than anticipated. Sweet notes of raisins, toffee, and light corn reach the palate, followed by a crisp light bread/cracker crisp sensation that is lightly playful and slightly tingling on the palate. Lightly grassy at the end from the hops. Finishes quite clean, with a sugar cane sweetness and gently carbonated sensation that you get with sparkling water. Although, to the beer's credit, it doesn't taste watery at all, or very grainy for that matter. It's surprisingly medium-bodied with a generous amount of bubbles, especially given the style, and that in itself heightens the enjoyability of the beer at hand. This isn't bad at all!

Granted, it's not mind blowing or life changing, but if I'm going to have a non-macro offering that's closer in flavor profile to beers belonging to macro companies rather than one belonging to the recent wave of delicious lagers that have flooded the craft market as of late, this will be the one I will in indulge in. Simple, yet well built in sweetness, graininess, and even bitterness, I do wish we got this beer out west whenever I had the craving for a beer of its type.

Serving type: can

02-20-2014 19:44:22 | More by magictacosinus
Photo of jhawth


2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Poured into shaker pint from can. Pours a ruddy orange with a finger head that dissipates relatively quickly to a foamy cap.

Aroma: Grainy, cereal-y malt character is apparent, slight grassiness (from hops?).

Taste: Follows nose, nice malt sweetness, malt character is definitely grainy as opposed to bready.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thin, high carbonation.

Overall: Having moved to PA I feel like I now must appreciate Yuengling by default, though I enjoyed plenty of Yuengling before moving to the state. A cut above BMC in my book.

Serving type: can

02-09-2014 23:20:36 | More by jhawth
Photo of Mongrel


3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Sweet malts on the nose, with maybe a faint hint of clean hops. Taste follows suit and is dominated by sweet caramel malts, but finishes clean with a surprisingly thin, crisp mouthfeel.

Overall, it's OK for an amber lager, but certainly better than comparably priced BMC swill. It has some character, albeit mild character. It can grow a little sweet after one or two bottles, but I think the same can be said about most lagers, particularly ambers.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 18:44:00 | More by Mongrel
Photo of HerculesRM

South Carolina

3.24/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appears a very light amber color, clear with a thin head. Smells bready with hints of alcohol. Taste is light malt forward with a slight metallic aftertaste, light mouthfeel. Very simple and very little hop character. This used to be a novelty beer for me, when you couldn't get it around here and my Pennsylvanian friends would import it. Now that it's in every drug store, it's just a decent cheap beer to put in the fridge when my brother in law is coming over.

Serving type: bottle

02-09-2014 13:10:12 | More by HerculesRM
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.64/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a beautiful amber with good clarity and a head of loose but creamy foam that falls fast. Nose is enticing with a light sweet grain , a touch herbal and grass, plus a bit of light citrus faintly in the background. The taste is darn good. This beer has a mouthfeel that is light and thin but a flavor that is very full. The citrus stays int he background and the bitterness from the grass is light. The sweet grain comes close to caramel but stops appropriately and stays a crisp and very clean lager. Sweet, grassy and light with plenty of flavor. You could drink this all day.

Serving type: can

02-07-2014 17:43:28 | More by utopiajane
Photo of Ozzylizard


3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Bottle at 50 degrees into imperial pint glass
Aroma cloying sweetness of an adjunct lager
Head average (3 cm), white, fizzy, rapidly diminishing to a surface covering one bubble thick
Lacing spotty: small islands and archipelagos of white foam randomly sticking to the glass
Body amber orange, clear
Flavor begins with a slight malty sweetness with perhaps a weak hint of dimethylsulfide (not sure). No hops, no alcohol, no diacetyl.
Ends slightly sweet with no after taste.
Palate is light to medium, watery texture, soft carbonation.

I did not try this frozen, as most American lagers should be served, because I wanted to taste it. I found it to be surprisingly not bad at a warmer temperature. This is usually on tap at all restaurants in PA, but most servers don’t realize that Yuengling, like Sam Adams, produces a variety of beers;
“We have Yuengling on tap!”
“Which one?”
“You know – Yuengling”

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2014 15:08:29 | More by Ozzylizard
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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 4,132 ratings.