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Reviews: 1,584
Hads: 5,742
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 155
Gots: 1,196 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly quaffable, for a macro lager, especially at the end of a hot day, with few beer choices at an official function. Assertive carbonation, medium mouthfeel. A tad of hops, more malt, and sweet and dry finish. Bit of yeast flavour translated as lemon. (260 characters)

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some skunky aromas that fade out as the beer warms up, bringing out a sweet caramel aroma. Taste is of malt, grain, and a slight caramel flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer for the style but it's drinkable for what it is. (512 characters)

Photo of kylehay2004
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber with a white head, about a single finger head

S: Bready and grainy smell

T: Sweet and caramel notes. Smooth.

M: This is where I have to knock the beer. I am not sure where "aftertaste" falls but this beers aftertaste is particularly offensive to my personal palate. That being said, I drink it faster because each sip temporarily relieves the problem. Medium body.

O: This beer is a party pleaser as it is inexpensive to purchase and many people like it. I find I order it often when meeting places that serve Miller/Bud products and Yuengling, which seems to be a lot of places. (599 characters)

Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle.

It's a very copper looking beer. A light amber, that has this look that automatically makes you wonder "could there be flavor there?" The head appears, but its thin, and disappears before I even finished this sentence.

You definitely can pull out caramel and very light hops, but overall, what you would expect from this style, nothing mind blowing smell wise.

This beer is refreshing. It reminds me of playing pool at Froggy Bottom Pub. The caramel definitely comes with a malty backbone.

The beer is very light, with a higher level of carbonation that lingers in your mouth. Dry finish, crisp, best on a warm-summer/spring day.

Overall, the traditional lager from Yuengling is a solid beer. It delivers on exactly what it promises, a simple refreshing lager. (788 characters)

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are medium aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but I wouldn't consider it as being sessionable because the taste isn't interesting enough for me to want more than one of these in a sitting. (624 characters)

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

G: 16-ounce pint glass with Yuengling logo.

A: Pours a pale amber with a bone-white head, which dissipates rather quickly without much lacing. Initial rush of carbonation bubbles, although this is not long-lasting.

S: Initial smell of amber that quickly takes a back seat to smells of grain. Little to no alcohol presence.

T: Much like the aroma--amber fading into grains. An American lager with a little more flavor than that of the big boys.

M: Light with a mild carbonation that hits the tip of the tongue.

D: Much, much better than the American lagers put out by BMC, and a nice beer to sit back with if you're going to have more than a few, or simply want to sit back lazily with something comfortable. (715 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a honey color with a modest head that dissipates quickly and leaves an occasional splash of lace

Smell: A tinge of grainy aroma

Taste: Starts out a bit bready but there is no flavor development after the swallow; finishes clean and a touch sweet

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately carbonated and slightly crisp

Drinkability: A decent quaffer; not much flavor but refreshing the same way water is refreshing (437 characters)

Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i dont get the hype at all here. even though its not hype from beer drinkers, its hype from scrantonian natural light drinkers, i still dont enjoy this much. pours a funny muddy light red amber color with a soda head. smells like stinky malts and a musty basement. the flavor is more robust than all the standard adjunct stuff, but its not totally apealing. it has a wet noodle sort of taste that is just off the mark for me without really being able to be much more specific. the mouthfeel is my biggest issue though. it is way way over carbonated which makes it a tough session beer even though it would otherwise meet that criteria. its just too fizzy to really enjoy, especially from the bottle. overall a beer to skip, despite how popular this has become over the past five or so years. the other yuengling beers are pretty good on the other hand. (852 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As one of the more requested beers at local stores and bars, I commonly belly up for a pint, searching feverishly to understand why this beer is so coveted. I still can't figure it out- nice beer, but marginally qualifying as craft.

The pour of light amber is caught somewhere begween golden and copper which reminds me of German-style Altbiers. The early and formitable head lasts well into the session with only slight hints of lacing. There's just something about the appearance of this beer that makes me think, 'weak'.

Soft pilsner aromas are laced with mild caramel undertones and light apple-like fruitiness. A modest yeastiness of sulfery match sticks come through in the nose as the beer warms. Light on hops, only a mild floral-herbal tea-like, maybe chamomile and light butter note emits past the grain.

The flavors remind me of both American Pilsners and richer American Lagers- maybe a Vienna-style lager made designed from early American brewers using indigiounous American ingredients in the brewing process. Caramelization of the pilsner malts gives a richer malt and grain favor with a touch of toasty- sun kissed malt, if I may; and roundness to the bready pilsner malts. Again, light floral hop flavors give another soft layer of complexity and balance to the beer.

Fairly light bodied but with a lightly oily texture that keeps the beer from thinness early. The lightness in mouthfeel is the only facet of the beer that reveals more grain character than malt. Never harshly bitter or astringent, the hops and grain bite remain low. The caramel and carbonation give the impression of medium fullness that might not really be there.

The saving grace of the beer is that it's a tasty little session beer that won't drain your pocket. Although you shouldn't expect greatness, this beer is much more flavorful than the standard industrial beers and may cost less. (1,883 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whenever I'm out and the bar doesn't have what I want this beer usually comes into play. This is always a beer that I can fall back on most of the time. This lager pours out as a reddish brown color, not typical of most lagers out there. The head fades very fast on this beer unfortunately. The smell of this beer kind of stands on it own. The mix of malts, some possible wood aromas come through and just a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit watery on this beer but it's still drinkable. (490 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a deep amber color lager with a medium foray head with OK retention. Aroma of nice creamy caramel malt with light sweet notes. Taste is refreshing and easily drinkable with creamy texture and some well balanced caramel malt. Body is fuller then average with great carbonation and a nice creamy texture. Nothing earth shattering but very well done nonetheless. (373 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale orange with a hint of amber. The head is small and isn't overly dense. It doesn't look like it'll last long at all (it doesn't) and I'll be surprised if I see much lace (I wasn't surprised).

The aroma has that sharp, pungent smell that reminds me of some macro lagers. It must be either the hops or a wee bit of skunk. In any case, the nose isn't pleasant to my nose at all. The flavor is a small cut above the lagers from BMC. Slightly sour grain with a little maltiness. This is incredibly one-dimensional beer, with that one dimension collapsing as quickly as the mouthfeel.

I didn't have high hopes for Yuengling Traditional Lager, but I was sort of curious to see what 'America's Oldest Brewery' has to offer. If anyone offers this beer to me in the future, I'll politely decline. (797 characters)

Photo of mikesgroove
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok my last one for now. These macro reviews are killing my tastebuds, well not really giving them a workout would be more accurate ;) Well I guess Yuengling isn't really a macro, but still a light lager so I went ahead and added them into my tasting. Poured a decent amber with a small white head. Lots of visible carbonation and very clear consistency. At least the tone has a decent reddish tint. Smell was full of grains and not really much else, slight hint at a caramel or sugar sweetness but very slight and only as it warmed. The taste was a little musty. Grain, corn, and grass flavors were the big players here, slight amount of caramel trying to come through but never really made it. The feel was very smooth, decent body, not as light as some others. Overall it had a bit more of a flavor profile then some of the others did, but still needs a little work. I could see myself having one at a ball game if it were between this and BMC. (946 characters)

Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with hints of gold. It had a solid, one-finger head of white foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. A tad bit of a skunk aroma, not as bad as most imports in green bottles but some stank was present.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and roasted malts. A mild grassiness is present, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I tried it back to back with Stegmaier Amber Lager and would have to give the edge to Stegmaier. (542 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the price for a six-pack of this $4.99 a six pack!Your drinking a well-made beer and it is cheaper then AB products!Very good on tap is a staple of mine when I go out and dont have alot of money.Good to see the little breweries get recognized so Ab and the rest dont have control over everything in the supermarkets. (323 characters)

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. single for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-colored body topped with an inch of white foam. Slight, but steady effervescence.

Smell: Light, malty aroma with notes of grain and bread.

Taste: Slight pale maltiness with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Touch of breadiness. Mild spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, balanced, sessionable lager that fares better than most macro lagers available, like a basic lager deluxe. (589 characters)

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of foamy white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with some fruitiness in the background.

T - Malty with some toasted notes. Little hop character, just enough bitterness to balance the malt in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and often the best option in the many craft-desert bars in FL. The malt character is light, but much more robust than its competition and makes for a very sessionable beer. (553 characters)

Photo of TMoney2591
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a chilled mug.

Pours a light, mostly clear amber straw with about a finger of goldenrod-white head that produces some average lacing. The nose contains some grapefruit, some orange peel, and a little bit of subtle pine. The taste is primarily a bland maltiness with a steady kick of bitterness and a sort of light wheaty quality behind it all. The body is on the high end of the light spectrum, has a kind of watery quality, punctuated by a healthy dose of carbonation, producing a pretty drinkable, if not altogether favorable brew. (544 characters)

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

A fairly deep amber colored body is capped by a loose off-white head that drops readily to a thin surface covering and leaves only minor transient lace about the glass. In the nose, a sweetish malt dominates with a light hint of fruitiness from the Christian Schmidt yeast. It's light to medium bodied, and gently crisp in the mouth with a fine carbonation that allows it to become slightly creamy as it warms. The flavor delivers a gently sweet malt that's well-infused with a mildly floral hop flavor and low-level bitterness along with the Yuengling house-flavor. It finishes quickly, but leaves a mild residue of sweet malt that continues to build on the palate. An easy drinking beer that's balanced towards sweetness, but still remains enjoyable for a few. (762 characters)

Photo of Kegatron
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with about 2 fingers of eggshell-white head. Retains with a thin, smooth, look that leaves some minimal lacing behind. I thought that there would be a bit more here based on how this retained. This is grainy and grassy in the aroma and that pretty much sums it up. Maybe a touch of sweetness, which gives this a very light sticky feel in the nose.

The taste has some lightly toasted graininess to it, as well as some moderate bitterness that leaves a light dryness in it's wake. There is enough there to at least make you wish that this would give up some more flavor but it never does. At least it doesn't tate like lightly flavored water. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a fairly clean and crisp air about it. This goes down easy enough.

Not the best but not the worst either by a long shot. If I was in the mood for something smooth, cold, and refreshing I'd take this over a large majority of the other BMC selections out there any day. (1,004 characters)

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.72/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of malt, grain, corn and a little bit of hops.

T: It has a light but bready grain flavor. Neither the malt nor the hops are very strong.

M: Smooth & crisp, but very watery, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Goes down very easily and not very filling, but not much flavor at all. I was on vacation and this was the only beer in Wal-Mart that wasn’t made by AB, Miller, Coors, Heiniken or Corona. Since I knew I couldn’t get this one at home, I tried, but wasn’t very impressed. (706 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure why this beer doesn't make it to MA, but it doesn't. Thanks to Noslenwerd for throwing this in as an extra.

A: A large 2 finger bubbly head rises up, then falls somewhat slightly. Tons of small bubbles rise up from the bottom through then through the crystal clear amber orange-red color.

N: Slight sweet lager aroma with a little malt, and that slightly skunked cheap lager aroma that I always got with really cheap mass produced lagers, which is very light but there. A touch of hop aroma.

T: Semi light but not as light as I was expecting. Some toasted malt flavors, sweet malts and definite lager flavor. None of that bad cheap macro lager flavor thank God. A slight chewy flavor, a little syrupy sweetness too.

M: Pretty decent body for still being light, tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes crisp and slightly dry. The tons of bubbles seem to leave their mark on the mouth with a little tingly feeling. Some lingering sweet syrupy tastes and feel that turns a little unpleasant. Slight bitterness. A little juicy flavor comes through the center of the finish just after the swallow. (1,100 characters)

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't usually available in my area but my uncle brought some u for a party. Nothing too special about it but I would rather have this over any of the other big beer companies offerings. Good taste all the way though with a nice body and mouthfeel. Would like to try this again, although a tad low in ABV though. (316 characters)

Photo of Slatetank
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation - a green longneck 12oz with a very traditional looking symbol of the U.S.A: The Bald Eagle.

A - Amber/golden with off white head that leaves minimal lace and trails of many bubbles streaming upward.

S - Slight sweet aroma with a touch of corn pop-like cereal qualities.

M - High carbonation with sweet + oily texture. The finish is light and somewhat watery.

T - A light flavored lager with coloring and adjunct tastes. Slightly latent wheaty flavor. Still has the taste of a pale lager with corn enhancement.

D - I used to drink this particular beer by the pitcher when checking out local bands at basement clubs. Since it was available everywhere it was a good social, shareable brew. Back then It was convenient and I hadn't yet adopted the motto " drink better, drink less" I realised Yuengling Lager gave me headaches even if I had only two or three. I found them to be drinkable when choices are limited, but this was the first taste I have had of a Yuengling product in years. (1,012 characters)

Photo of Jason
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bit on the sweet side with no astringent flavours. Hops are light on the palate and barely round out the brew. A no frills amber lager. It actually does not taste bad as it warms up either. A good beer to grab on a lazy summer afternoon and let your mind go blank. (264 characters)

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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