Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,712 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,712
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,156 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Thedusanmandic
1/5  rDev -70.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Just saw that this pisswater was rated 78 on here on a Facebook chart. Needs taken down a notch.

Photo of RonJensen
1.19/5  rDev -65%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

The color of this beer is so deceiving, since it's an amber color, you would think that this beer will not be watery, but it is watery, so I assume, and there are rumors that this brewery is using lots of caramel color or FD&C red #40 artificial food coloring to deceive their customers into thinking that they're drinking a richer or fuller tasting beer, which doesn't taste better than other beers that are even lower priced than Yuengling TL. The taste of this beer, well, how should I put it, if you drink Samuel Adams Boston lager and then pee it out, then your piss will probably taste like Yuengling Traditional Lager, but, oh well, to each his own.

Photo of RikkiTorment
1.24/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

Being a native to Pennsylvania this beer is available on tap or in bottles/cans just about anywhere that sells beer. This is honestly some of the most over-rated piss-poor beers to be produced on a cellular level.

This beer only looks appetizing to drink... It has a gorgeous amber color to it but you can literally see right through it. Head is gone after 30 seconds or less.

To me I get the scent of corn and for some reason burnt hair, I get this regardless of any serving type. It could be on tap, bottle, can, you name it... It stinks to me.

The scent is similar to it's taste, like corn... And it kind of tastes like how a restroom at McDonalds smells in the summer time. It also leaves an off-taste of metal and fish when burped after consuming.

There is way too much carbonation going on in this beer. Depending on the glass this beer can often look like a watered down Cola of some sort.

This beer sucks something awful. When people bring cases of it to my house for parties, I make sure they take the leftovers with them!

Photo of effzed
1.3/5  rDev -61.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I wouldn't lie too you - not my cup of tea.

Photo of crossovert
1.49/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can.

It pours an amber/gold with a fizzy white head that immediately dissipates and leaves no lacing.

The smell is reminiscent of an adjunct lager. Grain, cooked veggies, mineral water.

The taste is even more adjuncty, in fact i dk how this isn't an Adjunct lager, it is corny, with a certain saltiness to it. There is a thick mineral water flavor and then some malt flavor at the end.

The mouthfeel is watery.

At any rate, this is a crappy adjunct lager, nothing more.

Photo of Hoagie1973
1.51/5  rDev -55.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Decided to give this beer one last try.
Just as I remember, but this time its out of an amber double deuce bottle, not a 12oz green glass abomination.
Nice deep gold appearance with a decent initial head. Not much lacing to speak of.
Smells like every other cheap, adjunct-filled, run of the mill macro lager.
Tastes mostly of corn up front, with a little sweet malt. Strange metallic/chemical flavor. Finishes with a slightly dry hop character. Terrible flavor overall. Funky weird corn adjunct is dominant.
Feel and body are average for the style.
By the time I approached the bottom of the 22 ouncer, I wanted to dump it. Finished it by sheer force of will.
This beer sucks; wouldn't ever buy it. Appearance is nice, but other than that it's absolutely undrinkable. I'm totally bewildered by it's cult-like following.

Photo of danlib21
1.6/5  rDev -52.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

Always smell and taste skunked.

Photo of Vendetta
1.64/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

Original Rating Date:
July 28, 2008

Yuck, awful skunky smell thanks to the green bottle. Taste matches, super skunk that just drowns out any semblance of actual beer taste. This beer has the same problem as Heineken, it's been fouled by light thanks to the green bottle.

Yet another beer that I have to rate off the tap to get by the stinky green bottle. Nasty...

Photo of Buannaich
1.66/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

I wish this was a beer I could enjoy. Not a fan.

Photo of DeaconsBrew
1.67/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Only if dehydration is beginning to be life threatening.

Photo of GeoJ
1.71/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

Decent color, minimal head, little carbonation.

Smells like a typical macro adjunct lager. Nothing to speak of, or savor. Ditto on the mouthfeel and taste. Slightly bready, malt flavors, no real hop kick at all, and an annoying metallic aftertaste. Tried a 2nd bottle poured into a Pislner glass, and got half-way through it before I started to get that weird twinge of a headache I get from all macro-brewed adjuncts.

An incredibly boring and unsatisfying brew. Around these parts it's the beer that the local hipsters buy to show they are hipper than the hipsters who adore PBR.

The real question: Why did I spend $5.99 of a six-pack of this bilge water, when for 2 bucks more I could have had a World-Class brew like Weihenstephaner Original?

Never again ...

Photo of praufs01
1.71/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Clear copper color with light lacing.

Smell – Light earthy hop smell.

Taste –Watered down light malty taste.

Mouthfeel – heavy carbonation that is rough on the palate.

Overall: Very Anti-Climatic. Other than the appearance there is almost nothing else going on.

Photo of greebsnarf
1.74/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unremarkable yellowish-brown with huge bubbles in the off-white head and moderate carbonation. Too-strong caramel, malts, and a bit of sulphur define the smell and taste, with a bit of hoppiness adding to the latter. Lacks depth and doesn't make up for it with pleasant flavors. I wonder if this bottle's gone bad because I don't remember Yuengling beiing this unpleasant back in college.

Photo of RyanGoodman
1.83/5  rDev -46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

On-tap at Brews Brothers, Pittston, PA

A - crystal clear golden color

S - typical for style

T - Clean in beginning, slight hop presence, but off tasting adjunct beer flavor at end that lingers too long.

M - thin, cardboardy

O - could do in a pinch if it's the only thing available. the rest of the draft list at this location was filled with light this, and light that. so this was the best option

Photo of MLaVioletteJr
1.84/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This smelled and tasted like a skunks ass. Not sure if that is normal or not, either way I don't care because I would never have another. I can't think of any reason why anyone would choose this beer with so many better options out there.

Photo of jayhawk73
1.85/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Yuengling Lager is a slight step up from BMC products. The beer actually pours slightly darker than expected, w/ little head or lacing. The smell is that of malt, and some slight hops.. There's a skunky smell in there as well. The taste profile is the same as the nose- not very good. Not complex at all. Not very tasty. Mouthfeel is very one dimensional, and has no redeeming qualities. Overall, I would not voluntarily drink this brew. Not recommended.

Photo of saradad
1.88/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It was was either Yuengling or Coors Light at the restaurant last night so I opted for the Yuengling, I've had it before in bottles and liked it. This was WAY different...the color seemed right, the carbonation seeemed a little overdone but something happened to the taste. The first sip had nothing to it, very bland so I took a whiff and "Whoa?!? My beer has no smell!!" Very little hops smell, no malt or anything else. I don't know if the restaurant (Speers Street Grill in Speers PA)had a problem with their draft equipment but this was ridiculous, my water and lemon had more flavor.

Photo of AllanPatchin1016
1.91/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I know this beer has a long, storied history, but it just is not great.

Photo of mikeg67
1.92/5  rDev -43.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Bought 12 oz. bottle at Longwood gardens. The other choices there were Heineken and Amstel Light. Pours amber with a white foamy head. Looks good actually. Aroma of piney hops, grass and some grain. Watery on the palate, but somewhat tangy. In terms of flavor, well, I did not notice any. Definitely some earthy hops kick in the finish.

Photo of panajoe
1.95/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Why do brewer's still use green bottles? I don't know how much of the off taste was due to the bottle's transparency to UV light. To me the taste of this beer is reminiscent of the skunkiness that I associate with all green bottled beer. Bad. Please use brown bottles! Brown bottles may hurt this beer in that then there would not be an excuse for skunky taste. The mouthfeel, whatever that is, felt like beer. At least this beer did not give me a headache like other cheap beers tend to do.

Photo of 1fastz28
1.97/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

my cousin brought this over for me, i've never had it before, just heard about them. supposed to be great... but this is far from it. i dont know if this one is skunked, but it is not impressive. it looks really good out of the bottle, has a nice copper color to it, head is big but dies down quickly. the smell is nearly unbearable , extremely skunky, more than even your czech pils. it is really really bad. pungent skunkiness.. taste is somewhat bitter, but very watery. little to no malt flavor, just tastes bland. mouthfeel is watery and with a little carbonation. drinkability is low. i think this one is skunked, but who knows, maybe this is how the beer is, i'm not impressed at all.

Photo of nc41
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I grew up on this stuff 30 years ago before it was cool to like it. On par with Gibbons, Reading etc, a local brew that went mainstream in NC with great publicity. A little wierd funky flavor, a little too oaky which I don't like with a lighter lager style. Better than the big 3, but not as drinkable as PBR or Schlitz. Not even a really great outdoors style beer in the heat where brew in this catagory shine. Call it what they will but it's still an AAL.

Photo of Atricapilla
2/5  rDev -41.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden brown color with no head...I really didn't notice much to the smell. The taste seemed a bit watered down...if you could really call it a taste. I was definitely unimpressed with this beer and am confused as to why so many people rate it better.

Photo of Qdaly11
2/5  rDev -41.2%

Good cheap beer

Photo of EverettHervey
2.02/5  rDev -40.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Taste is practically non-existent. Background lager flavor at best.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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