Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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Ratings: 5,380
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 112
Gots: 753 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
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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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look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Complete Re-review of the brew, because it's been years. I'm rating it to style, not against a double IPA or oak-aged imperial stout.

Poured into a pint shaker at my humble abode.

Pours a pretty, old-penny copper. Clear as clear can be, with just a tiny skiff of head.

Nose is a good deal of grain and a tiny bit of caramel. There's a dusty, musty, earthy aroma here which is appealing. Not terribly hoppy, and that fits the style just fine. A great aroma compared to the sourness one can get with many adjunct American lagers.

The flavor is quite nice, really. Nothing overpowering by any means, but what's there is good. It's got a good, grainy maltiness and sweetness, with again just a touch of caramel. There almost seems to be a smidgen of roasted malt flavor here. I get no DMS to speak of, and if there's diacetyl here, I can't find it. Again, compared to the sourness and metallic flavors one can get with many American adjunct lagers, this is really good. It goes down very easy and doesn't really make you think about it, but you also never get that "are you sure this is how this is supposed to taste?" question like you can with so many of its competitors.

The mouthfeel is pretty light, as is to be expected. Somewhat fizzy, but not biting or sharp. In fact, it's just about exactly what it needs to be for the style.

Once again, this isn't a world beater. It isn't going to hold its own against a huge Russian Imperial Stout or some other monster of a brew, but that's not what it's designed to do anyway. This is an adjunct American lager, and if one compares it to others of that style, this comes off looking quite good. I would say it's my absolute favorite of the style, being everything it should be -- easy to drink, tasty, palate-cleansing, refreshing, inoffensive -- and nothing it shouldn't -- sour, so carbonated it bites back, gassy, etc. There are times when a big, heavy brew just isn't what you want, when you feel more like an easy to drink lager that will satisfy you without having to deal with a taste that turns your stomach. In my opinion, this really can't be beat for those times. It's a style that gets no respect among craft drinkers and beer geeks, especially new ones who feel that now that they've discovered "real" beers they have to denigrate "that nasty cheap stuff", and for the most part, the style deserves a bit of that. This brew stands out from that crowd in a great way. Not world class, but best of its class.

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Bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a nice amber, red color, good clarity, plenty of active carbonation. The head was a off white color that faded rather quickly, left little to no lacing.

S: Smells of sweet grains, a bit of caramel maltiness, green apple skins and a bit of a grassy, maybe earthy hop. As the beer warms I get a bit of a copper penny smell.

T: Sweet grainy maltiness, a very slight toasty bready quality, some grassy hop bitterness, getting a tart apple juice type flavor as well. As it warms I get a bit of a metallic taste as well, however its not offputting.

M: Light feel, very sessionable, carbonation is medium. Would bring this type of beer on a fishing trip or camping etc.

O: Well, its not bad. I still prefer my 'Gansett Lager or Schlitz as a go to cheap session type brew. But I understand why people living in PA have a regional fondness of this beer. In the end however its really just an average beer but definitely a step above a macro lager. Like any beer though it has its place and time. Cheers.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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