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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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BA SCORE
78
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4,132 Ratings
THE BROS
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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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-12-2005 23:49:07 | More by Sammy
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UCLABrewN84

California

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2012 05:30:10 | More by UCLABrewN84
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.38/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2004 01:25:23 | More by BuckeyeNation
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 23:15:10 | More by mikesgroove
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brentk56

North Carolina

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

Serving type: bottle

07-04-2006 21:05:48 | More by brentk56
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Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-22-2009 03:46:33 | More by Phyl21ca
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 16:33:59 | More by BEERchitect
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Thorpe429

Illinois

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2009 22:24:08 | More by Thorpe429
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metter98

New York

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2011 01:38:12 | More by metter98
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2008 02:44:21 | More by ChainGangGuy
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oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-02-2003 10:42:40 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

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.

Serving type: on-tap

02-25-2010 05:48:43 | More by TMoney2591
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-08-2003 15:09:03 | More by NeroFiddled
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MasterSki

Illinois

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

Thanks to Vav for tossing me one of these. I've had this many times on-tap, but never from a bottle. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - Transparent copper-gold body, with a small white foam that settles to a thin cap, leaving behind minimal lace. Lots of tiny bubbles are visible.

S - Slightly skunky hops, grassy, some bready and lightly fruity malts, touch of grain and yeast.

T - Taste has a little toffee and sweet malt character, along with a hefty dose of toasted grains and bread. A touch of hop bitterness in the finish.

M - Texture is largely smooth, with a hint of grain to it, and body is surprisingly hefty for the listed 4.4%. Chewy, with pleasant medium-low carbonation. Lightly sticky finish.

D - It's a solid Amber Lager, and a definite step up from BMC offerings. A good choice in beer wastelands and for parties with craft beer virgins. Easy to drink multiple glasses.

Serving type: bottle

06-06-2012 01:16:44 | More by MasterSki
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2006 01:11:01 | More by TheManiacalOne
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russpowell

Oklahoma

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

Another can from WoodyChandler, review from notes...

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cornyness, faint caramel & apples

T: Slight apricot fruittyness, with leafy hops & apples as well up front. Dryness, more fruit flavors, plus leafy & grassy hops once warm. Finishes dry with faint hoppy notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation with good balance

Drinks easy for what it is, could do a few in a pinch

Serving type: can

09-09-2010 14:31:58 | More by russpowell
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WesWes

New York

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is decent. It is full of pale lager, and light crystal malts. The taste is good. It is a malty lager with a dry finish. It has a simple goodness to it. Yuengling likes to keep it basic, but it seems to work for them. Their whole line of beers are good, but most are very simple recipes. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well; a fine lager from America's Oldest Brewery.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2004 01:27:09 | More by WesWes
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drabmuh

Maryland

2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured froma bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is clear, amber in color, tight white head two fingers thick forms on top, falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Caronbation is mild, no haze at all. Looks like an amber, good job.

What aroma? I don't smell anything. Oops. No off aromas so I guess that's OK.

Thin in the mouth, not a lot of flavor, some back of the mouth flavor, nothing offensive just nothing there. Some cereal, maybe corn like flavor at the back, beer is wet and cold. Nothing special here.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2009 00:48:03 | More by drabmuh
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Mora2000

Texas

3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is corn, wheat and earthy hops. The flavor is a lot of corn and bready malts with some very light hopping. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible but not something would like to try again.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2010 02:09:05 | More by Mora2000
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zeff80

Missouri

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2009 23:38:32 | More by zeff80
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jlindros

Massachusetts

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-24-2010 23:05:41 | More by jlindros
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

04-10-2011 04:47:57 | More by Knapp85
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jwc215

Wisconsin

3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured amber with fairly high carbonation and a thin white head that soon became a fairly well-retained lace.
The smell was on the thin side, but clean - some sweet malt and a hint of fresh hops.
The taste was of a fairly good balance of malt and hops. Nothing special in the taste, but nothing bad in it. medium to light bodied - a touch of wateriness, but not too much.
While nothing in particular stood out to wow me, it was clean and refreshing and had some body to it. It was a good thirst-quencher if nothing else. At five bucks for a six-pack, it's a good value for a "session" choice. It's better cold - when it warms it has a bit of an odd aftertaste.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 14:34:30 | More by jwc215
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WVbeergeek

Ohio

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

The oldest American continously running brewery, just that alone I think I have to pay my respects. This was the beer that in the Northern Panhandle of WV, still in high school we would cross the border into PA to get our hands on the good stuff. Yuengling Traditional Amber Lager was a beer we all yearned for, considering most days we drank mostly Coors Light and Busch. She pours with an amber brown hue, with heavily carbonated white colored head. The aroma consists pimarily of sweet malt possibly caramel, and there is a weak but present hop like aroma. I would like to the thank the Yuengling family for keeping up a better product than the macros out there and keeping their beers moderately priced. The lighter bodied beer has a rather thin texture, and it does annoy me that most of the time this beer gets way to much credit as being the good stuff. When in reality it is a mediocre beer that is great for getting people away from the fizzy yelllow brews this country mainly has to offer. A relatively sweet, but mostly bitter crisp finish forms a classic taste that I cherish. Yes, I cannot lie I can drink my fair share of it, but it really isn't a beer that I should spend much time on.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2003 17:09:08 | More by WVbeergeek
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager was light amber in color with a thin white head. Not much aroma was present, as some slight sweetness was barely noticeable. The flavor leans towards the malts, as the hop level is on the lighter side. The sweetness rides the tongue, but then does develop into a slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable as it is relatively light bodied and flavors are not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 15:24:46 | More by Gavage
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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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