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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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78
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4,512 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,512
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 83
Gots: 323 | FT: 1
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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:
No notes at this time.

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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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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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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

02-18-2013 10:30:53 | More by JAHMUR
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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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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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nickfl

Florida

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.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:15:44 | More by nickfl
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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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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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Jason

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2002 19:57:09 | More by Jason
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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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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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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

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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Kegatron

Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
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.

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2010 17:52:20 | More by Kegatron
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Slatetank

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2007 01:13:53 | More by Slatetank
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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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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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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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Rifugium

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: ?

I pretty much grew up on this beer before I expanded my horizons. It's not a GREAT beer by any measure, and elitist bars even classify it with Bud and Miller. And I don't really think that's fair, because it's much better than those. I'll still drink it if I have to, but such an occasion rarely arises anymore.

Pours a clear amber with a white head, varying in size with the pour, with not much to speak of in regards to retention or lacing. Grainy aroma, with hints of caramel malts. Bready taste, caramel malts, easy-going floral hops. Can be a bit metallic, varying depending on freshness and the source from whence you acquired it. Light bodied and fairly drinkable, but only if there's nothing else available (not including the typical macros).

Serving type: on-tap

09-21-2011 17:08:45 | More by Rifugium
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SocalKicks

California

3.75/5  rDev +10%

03-13-2012 02:08:28 | More by SocalKicks
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mdfb79

New York

3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From 07/28/11 notes. Had on tap at Whitlow's in Arlington, VA. Poured into a pint glass.

a - Pours a deep amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention or lacing on the glass.

s - Smells of wheat, grain, bready malts, and light toasted/caramel malts. Pretty average and nothing really jumps put at you, though it isn't offensive.

t - Taste follows the nose; grain, bready malts, corn, wheat, and light toasted and caramel malts. Again, more or less average.

m - Rather light to medium body and mdoerate carbonation. The slightest touch of overcarbonation, but not too bad.

o - Overall a pretty average beer; not bad, but nothing really stands out in it. I'd much rather drink one of these than most BMC beers, but it's nothing special. Have had it many times and I'm sure I will again; a good alternative to BMC beers at most bars on the East Coast.

Serving type: on-tap

07-29-2011 15:24:21 | More by mdfb79
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oline73

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

06-09-2013 14:03:01 | More by oline73
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

08-27-2012 23:35:03 | More by StonedTrippin
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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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Rochefort10nh

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-06-2011 01:56:49 | More by Rochefort10nh
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Halcyondays

California

3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, thanks to my friend Haatsari, I finally get to try this legendary PA beer,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a mild white head.

S: Red malt and corn, nice malty nose.

T: Nice malty, dark corn flavour. Carbonic acid, but it works with the malt flavours, quite enjoyable.

M: Light/medium-bodied, soapy/fizzy feel.

D: If this is selling for the same price as Bud back east then they are getting a true deal. This is good stuff, I'm glad I finally got to try a beer from the oldest brewery in the US.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2010 22:43:45 | More by Halcyondays
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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