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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,572 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,572
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 139
Gots: 1,013 | FT: 0
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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Ratings: 5,572 | Reviews: 1,617
Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Balling on a budget? Thinkin about chilling by the pool and buying cheap steaks? Make sure you get your yuengling on too.

Photo of EMV
2.13/5  rDev -37.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Had on tap and in bottle far too many times.

How does the joke go.... 'You know you're from Pennsylvania when you think that Yuengling is premium beer'. So... what more can I really say about it? For a mass produced lager (craft in name only) it's probably at the top of the heap (I'm looking at you Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc.) but it's certainly nothing to write home about. It has the virtue of being cheap and readily available in the northeast, and it's a step above the swill. That being said... I'd probably rather drink water.

Photo of coachbnew
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great American Classic. These go down great.

Photo of bigzack420
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 5

Pours a nice copper color off white head very bready smell light malty taste with a little bit of bitterness not over powering though overall I pretty good beer for the price

Photo of Piploop
4.39/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best cheap beer around ever.

Photo of Crthurston33
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best beer for the price

Photo of McGooTheWise
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Let's face it, you're not getting Yuengling because you're feeling fancy and are trying to impress your friends. This is on the same level of Bud-light, but heads the pack wielding the flaming torch of what a mass-produced beer should be. It's not going to knock your socks off, and it won't pretend it will. It just wants you to have a good time and have an easy time downing it.

This is the beer that made me want to start drinking beer. If you have never had this beer on tap and are having it out of the bottles you are missing out. It has a beautiful bronze glow with a finger of angel-food-cake color head that will dab your nose on the first gulp. Best looking beer in my opinion.

The smell is nothing too notable. You might smell citrus, orange or lemon depending on your preference. This is what makes it American. We love our citrus. You will notice that it's very light. You won't really be blown away by anything here.

As I said above, this beer isn't out to impress your arts-major friends. If, however, you have a draft selection of Bud Light, Budweiser, blue moon, and Yuengling, you're going to pick this one. It blends the American lager tastes together to create something that is, quite simply, easy to pallet. Again, there are notes of citrus, and a something else I can never quite put my finger on in the after taste that brings me thoughts of late spring. Almost metallic, but much nicer than that makes it sound. Schlafly, budweiser, and Blue Moon can't touch this one.

As most American beers are, this one is focused on you drinking a LOT. It is really easy to do so, as it has the consistency of a Sprite, but that suits the ends that it is trying to achieve. Again, not going to knock your socks off.

Overall, Yuengling is a class-act American style beer. I have graded this beer on what its purpose is, as I think is only fair. It's a damn-sight better than budweiser, and it should be recognized as such. If I ever get some foreign friends together I'm taking them to Quaker-Steak & Lube and we're getting a Lube-Tube of Yuengling. THAT is what this beer is to me. Of course it's for easy drinking. It has an easy-open cap for crying out loud. No bottle-opener required, and that's for a good reason.

Photo of Paul432_1
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a Open bar beer.

Photo of JakeR3
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

This beer along with Moosehead Lager are my two top session beers.

Photo of PunchBroadbent
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An Above average beer good for sessioning, best out of can

Photo of CNIKLES
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Average everyday beer, good for drinking casually at a bar when others are not available.

Photo of Tucquan
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-03-24 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Clear amber with a short white head and light lace

S - Very bready with mild but sweet, earthy spice.

T - Bread, caramel, grass, light herbal finish with just a bit of bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Dries nicely.

O - Very familiar but hadn't had one in years. It was refreshing. Not bad for a sessionable, cheap beer.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you are drinking bud you may want to reevaluate your beer buying and give Yuengling a go.

Photo of Durhamia
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark copper/brown color with a cream-colored sudsy head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing detected. Good looking pour. Nothing too strong on the nose with some caramel and roasted corn, a little bit of barley husk. Taste is surprisingly complex given the weak nose. Immediately picked up the sweetness of the beer with caramel and nuttiness. This gave way to floral notes of apple and pear followed by some pleasant bitterness that gave it a clean, crisp finish. Flavors are well crafted. Great bang for the buck.

Photo of Mongo_only_pawn
3.22/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.25

Tried it in Alabama, feels weird in mouth, but decent flavor, not high hops

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 12/11/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, apple, pear, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean for a lager, there is some fruitiness present, but not too much. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice Vienna lager style. All around good robustness and balance of dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

Photo of opieo
4.66/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my basic go-to beer. Nice body, solid taste. A great lager.

Photo of RyanGaffney
4.53/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to Beer. Outstanding

Photo of Capt_Pete
3.47/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Look is a rich amber color. Smells of a sweet roasted caramel malt. Well balanced taste of a old-style larger. Feel is medium-bodied and quite drinkable. Overall, this is my go-to beer at most eateries if they don't have any better medium-bodied import (it seems to be available everywhere except pool-halls for some reason) and one of the few mainstream American Largers I'll drink (along with Sam Adams).

Photo of Uniobrew31
2.45/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

If you are into adjuncts this one os no better or worse than most

Photo of Doonzman
3.95/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'm not sure if this tasted amazing because I had just finished 4 months of basic training in the Army or what, but I have a soft spot for this beer.

Photo of Bubbawilly88
2.52/5  rDev -25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Don't know why people think this is good. It tastes bad, even for a lager.

Photo of TopherBreski
4.34/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

An East Coast classic/northern Midwest classic

Photo of Phoodcritic
2.39/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Don't bother trying this beer.

Photo of Winston3737
2.49/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It's better than Bud or Miller.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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