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Yuengling Traditional Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of phishgator
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is one of those beers to gateway individuals into craft brews. the amber tone and big head give this a nice appearance for starters. As you taste it you realize that its pretty good lager. Smooth mouthfeel; the flavor is not much to right home about but, I fine that's the case with most lagers compared with ales. It works well as a session beer.

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Photo of chilidog
4.3/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I picked this Pennsylvania classic up in Florida after trying one at Disney's Sci-fi at MGM. After walking in 90+ degree heat, thisone was such a treat, I had to find some and bring some home. Found at a Winn-Dixie.
The beer pours a nice amber/gold with a fair white head. No fizz to thisone as a nice web of lace coats the glass. The aroma was grainlike with a mild sweet malt background. Another reviewer mentioned Vienna, could be.
The taste, not strong but a sweet malted grian with a hint of citric hop to crisp things up. This classic combo makes for a very drinkable brew anytime with a meal. A real treat indeed when temps raise for summer stuff.

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Photo of battlekow
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I asked my dad to bring me back a Pennsylvania beer when he went to Philly, and this is what he gave me. Initially, I was disappointed because, though I knew this was America's oldest brewery, I guess I associated it with Iron City--a shitty micro-macro. This notion was dispelled when I poured it, as I was greeted by a gorgeous reddish-golden beer with dynamic bubble action. It smells slightly of chemically-coated plastic, but no matter. It tastes great, ridiculously smooth, very refreshing. Nothing especially interesting in the taste, nothing groundbreaking, just a very solid beer, very drinkable beer. I can see why this brewery stuck around.

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Photo of brewQ
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic beer in Steeler's Bar- Mars area, PA.

The Lager came with a frosty glass and at 95 degrees that day I went with it. My review is on the second bottle- which I retained the now ready glass for.

Whipped head and a bronze color that approached a Sam Adams.

Little aroma but a lightly sweet body and finish.

Interesting enough to convert the Coors Light regulars?

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm just immune to this at this point b/c I used to actually like this beer out of the bottle about 8 years ago.
Appears a light amber color with a small white head that soon leaves the glass. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of faint caramel and vienna malts with a mild hop aroma.
Taste is pretty average. Slightly malty lager without a whole lot of character has a mild biscuit taste and a mild zing that makes it somewhat enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is ok at best. Nothing really complicated here, as it leans towards the malt end and lingers on the front of the tongue.
Drinkability is a little better than average. Nothing to really get excited about though.

It's ok, dog.

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Photo of klk
2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

I had this at a bar in Germantown, MD.

The pour had a fairly decent appearance -- light copper color and a thin foamy head. Minimal lacing as the beer was consumed.
The smell was clean; nice and malty with detectable hops.

And then the first taste certainly did not impress me. The pour seemed highly carbonated and tasted a bit metallic. The taste was on the sweet side and had some decent bitter. Beyond that there was nothing that stood out taste-wise -- it was rather bland.

The carbonation was very noticable in the mouth. I was no fond of this feeling.

This is one of the few beers I have every actually not finished (I drank 75% of the glass). I'm certainly not going to order this one again unless I get a taste of one that is better for some reason.

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Photo of manofmanners
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Seeing the only place you can buy this beer is in PA( it can be bought in NJ & NY also as far as i know), a buddy brought up a 6-pack. This is by far the poor mans Sam Adams and a rich mans Bud.. It has a pale golden hue to it. The head is a sea-foam white. It goes down quick and smooth, with no hint of a after taste. You can drink a 6-pack and not even know it. It will give you a good, quick buzz so be careful. But this is a good beer to have in the summer time when you are firing up the grill. Smooth and refreshing!

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Photo of cubedbee
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had this from a bottle at a restaurant which was lacking in selection. Golden amber with a thin head that disappeared quickly, no lacing, and lots of carbonation bubbles. Nose is almost non-existant, with just the fatest trace of malts coming through. Taste is more of the same, a washed out maltiness, maybe a little caramel, nasty astringent aftertaste. Body is thin and the beer is overcarbonated. It's been a long time since I've had one of these, and now I can see why.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.68/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pretty average. Nothing special or exciting about it. Very non threatening. If I had to pay two dollars a bottle more at a bar than I would have to pay for Bud Miller or Coors, I'd probably get a Bud Miller or Coors (well, not Bud).
Maybe I'd pay $1 more for a bottle if I had to.
Generally overrated, I feel, but not a bad beer.

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Photo of Barraclou
3.47/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer in Altoona,PA and it was one of the biggest seller in the PA beer market. Now I understand why. I had it on tap, then in bottle. On tap, it pours a beautiful golden honey brown colour with a white foamy head changing very quickly to laces. It lacks smell, but its taste buys back for the lack of smell. It got lot of savour. It tastes like sort of honey beer. The mouthfeel is a little watery, but it is fun enough to be enjoyed. Overall, it was a pretty good beer on tap. In bottle, it was more average as product. I don't know why, but at least, it was much better than BMC macros.

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
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.

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Photo of kbnooshay
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a nice amber color with a good amount bubbles and head. IT has a little of that Euro-Sewer smell but not too bad. Not too much to talk about inteh flavor department but it is a little sweet. The mouthfeel is watery and bubbly yet smooth. Considering it is a macro it isn't that bad though. It does what a beer in this price range should do; go down easy and refresh.

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Photo of SaCkErZ9
2.93/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a dark straw color with lots of head and lots of effervescent bubbling going on. Due to the green glass bottle instead of a brown bottle, I think maybe so light reactions occur with this beer, giving it a slight skunk odor/ taste. These smells and odors are not bad though. There are definitely worse offenders out there. With that being said, this is still a good, light, refreshing beer with some nice hop aroma and malt balance. I think it is a good beer for the price, and in my experiences, a much better beer in the bottle than on draft.

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Photo of scaudill
3.42/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yuengling Lager is right up there with one of my all time favorite, albeit mass produced, beers.

Beer poured from tap has a rich amber color with moderate carbonation and a head that is very thin. Had a small 'ring' that remained until about half the glass was left.

I could barely detect any smell at all and the taste is smooth, sweet, and consistent even when the beer warms.

Not the most complex of beers, but definitely head and shoulders above a lot of the mass produced American Lagers that Yuengling sits next to in your groceries beer aisle.

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Photo of orbitalr0x
2.38/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a clear amber with hints of orange and a small head that quickly falls. Sweet cereal grains along with a grassy/herbal hop nose. Unremarkable, yet unoffensive.

First sip opens with a crisp, grainy malt body with hints of caramel and corn. Fairly sweet flavor profile. This went well along with some leftover chinese food. Grassy, herbal hops show up on the swallow.

Fairly light body that relies on carbonation to make it feel fuller. Not a beer I'd ever seek out. Still this is a step above the major macros. Why the hell do they have to use a green bottle?? Thanks to kmpitz2 for hooking me up with this one.

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Photo of BrewMaven
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had one of these on a night that I had several different brands.

I wasn't impressed by this brew. Taste was nothing to speak of and had a watery mouthfeel. Had a slight bite to the finish I found to be unpleasant. If you were to fill a bottle with half Budweiser and half Heineken, this is what you might end up with. Very unimpressive and forgettable..

And I can think of nothing more to say.

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Photo of asabreed
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A classic beer that's pervasive in Pennsylvania, and even here in Virginia, which I didn't realize. I thought it was only popular in the North, but alas, that's not the case.

Overall it's more of your session, "cold beer in Summer" beer that overall isn't too bed and is better than light beers. It's got a decent amber color, the carbonation's pretty balanced, and it definitely has a distinct taste that I think is different from many other lagers. It's also not too heavy, and not too light in relation to something like Miller Lite.

I drink this a lot, I have to admit. Being in Richmond, there are porch days when craft beers don't fit the bill, and this is one of the classics I always go to. I know Yuengling can get a lot of flack, but for a beer on the cheaper side that isn't necessarily yellow swill, this is what I look to.

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Photo of schoolcb
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear medium gold color. Hardly any head, but a ring of white bubbles persists. Carbonation level is good. No malt aroma. Slight hop aroma. Sweet corn aroma. Favor is crisp, "bready", and finishes a bit sweet. Beer is well balanced, but tips the scales slightly on the bitter side. I'd say this beer fits better in the Premium American Lager category competing against the likes of Michelob. This is a decent beer, and would be refreshing on a hot day after mowing the lawn.

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Photo of TheLastEngineer
4.31/5  rDev +27.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Back in the day, the first beer I ever drank was a Yuengling Lager. I enjoyed it then, and still enjoy it now. I renewed acquaintances with this local stalwart at the Tally-Ho in Bethlehem, PA. We're fortunate to have lots of specials on this stuff in the area. Actually, if you walk into a bar in eastern PA and ask for a lager, the odds are that you will get a draught Yuengling. This is not a bad thing.

Beautiful amber/red color with a decent white head... instantly recognizable in these parts. Malty aroma with some sweetness and earthiness. Sweet, yeasty taste with ample carbonation and almost no hops. Good body and mouthfeel... syrupy, but not heavy. Amazingly drinkable with almost no aftertaste, especially when tapped. Overall, a superior product and one of the biggest benefits of living in eastern PA.

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Photo of kosmoraios
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not my favorite style, so I am trying to not be too down on it and review it for the style.

For the style and the price, this is an excellent beer. In the locales where it is available, it is almost as inexpensive as a macro. This pours a clear reddish amber color with a minimal head that quickly is gone. The smell is of toasty malts and hints of light caramel.

Taste is crisp and smooth, with no bitterness. The malts are high-quality, and the taste reflects that. A bit more body then a macro, and that lager flavor is perfectly balanced in the beer. Not a whole lot of depth, though, but I guess that cannot be expected in an American lager. A good beer to drink during a summer barbeque with friends. Mouthfeel is crisp and clean and smooth. Very easy to drink. Especially to one like myself who is used to Arrogant Bastard and Raison D'etre.

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Photo of animal
5/5  rDev +48.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a truly classic American beer. An obvious interpretation of the classic European pre-pilsner lager style beers(Yuengling has been in business since 1829, 13 years before the pilsner style first appeared), it has a feel that the big megabrewers simply have been unable to capture. My only disappointment with Yuengling is that it's not available in Illinois.

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Photo of maek228
3.97/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is my standard lager when I go out. It is ALWAYS as cheap the Bud, Miller, Coors bunch...which is fantastic because Yuengling is so much better than the mass produced macros.

I got a Yuengling pint tonight with an 8 oz. Angus burger...great combo.

Appearance: Copper orange. Not much head or visible carbonation. I guess you could say it looked good...i guess.

Smell: This is what a lager should smell like. Sweet and pleasant...but the aroma is not very strong.

Taste: Rather light bodied with a sweet cereal malt taste. Hops are light.

Mouthfeel: Makes you smack your lips

Drinkability: I can put these down. I will say this though, after a couple of them they start to taste boring, but that's never stopped me

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Photo of charlatan
3.04/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have to sympathise with the BuckSpin's plight, having lived a couple of cities away from his stomping ground a few years ago. The locals seem to have a passion for Yuengling round there, but I was never that keen on the stuff. I found Pennsylvania Brewing Company's output to be much more interesting. Regardless, last week I found myself in a part of Florida which would make Western Pennsylvania seem like beer heaven. Thus I was happy to stumble upon a 12 ounce bottle of Yuengling Traditional Lager and take notes.

The colour was light brown to tan. The nose was decent: lots of honey and a slight acidic twang. The balance between malt and hops is good, but the overwhelming impression is that there isn't enough of anything here to bring the taste beyond barely passable. It comes over like Bud with some malt thrown in.

The upside is that the bottle is easy to drain and the strong carbonation makes for a refreshing feel. If the flavour were more interesting I would have been happy to drink many more...

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Photo of BuckSpin
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Perhaps the only benefit of living in Pennsylvania when it comes to beer. Yuengling is the oldest continously run operational brewery in the US, and its nice to be able to get a case of this Lager for approximately $17...a real bargain.

What can you say. Its a good straightforward drink with a sandwich or buddy beer. Nice slightly orange-gold color, crisp & light from start to finish with a hint of hops and some sweetness. Perhaps a little lacking/flat in the body department, but it is what it is and doesn't try to be anything else. This has got to be one of the higher end larger volume lagers available, and if you get a chance to try it, while it won't blow you away, you won't be disappointed...especially under $20/case for longnecks.

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Photo of clvand0
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Can't believe it's taken me this long to try my first Yuengling brew. Pours a light amber color with a small head that falls fast and doesn't leave much lacing on the glass. The aroma seems to be a mix of corn and caramel malt. The flavor is very clean. Sweet caramel that finishes smoothly. Much more flavor than most lagers in the family. Nice beer here.

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