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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

Not Rated.
Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 5,930
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 33.83%
Wants: 170
Gots: 1,343 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Lahoi
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For its style, this one might be at the top of my list. This ain't a bad beer at all for the price. In fact, this ain't a bad beer period.

Amber copper color. Nice head that becomes a collar and a little film. Even some lacing!

Smells like a good AAL. (I know, I know...is there such a thing? IMO, yes.)

Tastes like a superior AAL. The weakest aspect of this beer to me is the sweetness. It's got a little bit of hop.

Feels OK. Compared to other AALs it feels quite nice. Medium bodied. A little too much carbonation for my liking, but nothing too belch inducing.

My go-to AAL for hot summers days has been PBR, but I might have to change that. The problem is that Yuengling isn't readily available in my area. So I guess I'll have to stick with PBR or rent a U-Haul and fill it with Yuengling when I return from the beach.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Heard the rave about this and once it came to CT i had to try it. Its now one of my go to casual brews after work. Tastes pretty good, little tangy towards the end of the sip but otherwise smooth, smelt bread-ish and malty. Looked clear with a thin white head overall decent beer and I continue to drink it happily

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Photo of UPMD_Bill
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Looks light reddish/copper.
Smells like cereal grains - similar to AAL smell but without the skunk.
Tastes like bready malt. Some hops but not much going on.
Feel - middle of the road, well-carbonated.
Overall good for what it is - maybe great if your baseline alternative is cheap macros.

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Photo of October
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I grew up with this beer. My family drank it and continues to. I have it quite a bit at family gatherings. I think it isn't a bad beer for what it is. It is highly carbonated which turns me off, but the malt/bready taste I get from it holds up pretty well.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've spent a fair amount of time searching for my "go-to" beer for hanging out. Something that's not too expensive and not too heavy but still tasty and popular among others around the cooler. I've had some hits and many misses looking for this go-to beer, but I think this is it. I don't think I can do better than this for the qualities I'm looking at here. I'm about to throw out a fishing line and enjoy another one.

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Photo of bgillespie
3.46/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Super clear amber with a thin white head.

Smell: Not overwhelming but it smells exactly what beer should smell like.

Taste: Malty. Bread, rice. Very smooth.

Mouthfeel: A good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink.

Overall: One of the best drinking beers around. Might not have the best flavor, but you can always count on a Yuengling.

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Photo of Mooslerfitness
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on the golf course straight from the can I had forgot how good this is great taste great price I could drink several of these on a summer day

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Really one of the worst popular american lagers. Has a light brown / redd-ish hue. Smells like sweet corn malt juice. Tastes like a soured rice milk, some light kager and syrup mixed. Worst of all is the feel. So heavy and dense. Just terrible.

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

I love this stuff, but my beer tastes have never been highbrow. This is my desert island beer. Never bad, and sometimes very good. IMO this is what hipsters should be drinking instead of PBR (although I like a good PBR now and then too.)

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Photo of whynot44
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A nice clear amber color with a decent foamy white head that settles down fairly quickly but does produce some decent lacing.

The aroma is light caramel malt.

The taste is sweet caramel malt with just a hint of hops at the finish.

Light/medium body, smooth and very easy to drink.

Overall, certainly not a great beer, but well ahead of most mass market American beers. It would be a very pleasant refresher on a hot summer day, and it's relatively inexpensive.

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Photo of NiceTaps
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass for the purpose of this review.

It looks good. A clear reddish amber pour with a 1f white head. Bubbly carbonation and decent lacing.

Smell, taste, and feel are, in a word; Sweet!
Sure, there's some caramel malt, the sweetness overpowers every aspect of the drink.

I drink it on rare occasion when it's the most of the least selections, but I do not like it at all.

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Photo of IanOsea
4.05/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of its tier of beers. Very easy to drink, not too light, not too dark. Goes well with meals. It's a beer that's very cheap, but I'm still hesistant whenever I'm forced to chug it. America's oldest brewery knows what they're doing.

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Photo of IrishCubsHawks
4.06/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review as a Beer Advocate member...

Everyone has their own tastes and preferences. Mine is that of Yuengling Traditional Lager. There is not a better go-to or easy drinking beer in my opinion. Smooth and refreshing, best drank ice cold with a burger. Whether you're drinking one or six, Yuengling comes through. For $9.99 a 12 pack, it's hard to go wrong. The saying is you pay for what you get, and I'll take Yuengling over Budweiser, Sam Adams Boston Lager, you name it.

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Photo of IPreferPotButBeerIsGood
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer. If I decide that I want a nice relaxing day on the back porch, it never disappoints. Even my non-beer drinking friends enjoy it. It's certainly no craft beer, but it beats everything else at the local carryout. The price is what really gets me. At less that 11 dollars for a 12 pack, you really can't beat it.

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Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.84/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the best affordable American lagers on the market. Clean and refreshing affordable a great beer to have on hand for parties or weeknight dinners. Loses some points for being in green bottles, but if you're arvthe grocery store and want to pick up some solid beer, this is what you grab.

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Photo of Naked_Batman
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Best of the macro's in my opinion. Slight hints of caramel and just enough maltiness to keep it interesting but not cloying. Pretty heavy carbonation and medium-light body. On the nose there is a subtle whiff of butterscotch and mustiness, but the main thing here are the sweet malts.

Decent beer for a BBQ or a day at the beach.

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Photo of GlennSt
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of all the domestic cheaper session lagers, this is clearly the best. It actually looks like a microbrew product. It tastes like no other competitor, ie it tastes like beer. For the price, this is the best. Too bad they don't sell it in Michigan.

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Photo of Brondeau
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Bajorek's house for a family reunion. Better than I remembered for a basic lager. Probably better than the Narragansett I had last weekend. Better than Bud but certainly not a great beer.

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Photo of ScaryEd
4.33/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

It's cheap, widely accessible, and tastes delicious. Not much else I can say. Definitely worth picking up a 6-er for this one.

If this was available in my state I'd be dead from alcohol poisoning.

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

There are some crazy ass new labels out there but look at the perfection we have right here. 1) Smooth as it can be. 2) Price, can't beat it. 3) Nostalgia - it just takes you back to your glory days. It’s pretty funny, anytime I'm at a party and I see Yuengling it just brings a smile to this old man's face. Not sure why, reminds of me of my collegiate glory year.

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Photo of infinitebruner
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 8, 2015

12 oz bottle, pils glass

A – Light to medium amber and very clear, with just a bit of chill haze. Slightly off-white head, less than a centimeter, dissipates quickly.

S – A lot of lightly baked bread crust, with a touch of caramel and grainy sweetness. Herbal hop aroma is mild but present, and slightly spicy/peppery. Very clean.

T – Bread crust, grainy, a touch of graham cracker, caramel. Hops are herbal, slightly floral, and the peppery note is here as well. Almost a rye-like spice.

M – Medium-high carbonation, well attenuated, and very dry throughout. Medium body. Very mild hop bitterness on the finish.

O – After drinking so many “big” beers, it’s easy to forget the joy of a well-made lager. These guys are some of the best. An excellent beer.

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Photo of Bryanhoop
3.81/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

America's version of the Pilsner Urquell. The Peroni. Heineken. Tuborg, Stiegl.

A beer you can drink all-day. Or only have one.

Drinkable in all weather. Out in the blistering sun or by the fireplace during winter.

A beer that no one is unhappy to be drinking. Acceptable to beer snobs. Acceptable to non-beer drinkers.

As cheap as other domestics but better in every regard.

Won't induce a hangover, but can certainly end one.

More than the sum of its parts.

It's the Toyota Camry of beers.

Makes buying beer for large parties very easy.

I could go on but you get the idea.

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

I'm rating this beer against its competitors. This is a standard beer and much better than bud or coors or miller and all the others. When buying a 24 pack for a group of friends coming over this is the best and I have rated as such. 5 across the board. Of course when looking for something with character this is not it, but I don't think they were competing with them. You need to rate this beer according to what they were going for.

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Photo of royalenfield
2.9/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I have to drink shitty commercial macro-beer, it's a Yuengling every time.

It has a slight Cheez-its aftertaste that's a bit off-putting when it's warm. But when it's cold it's entirely decent.

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Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.4/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my benchmark beer. First, consider the value: Even in a 6-pack, a 12 oz bottle is less than a buck, much cheaper than Blue Moon or Sam Adams, which had been my prior favorites. In a 24 pack, you're looking at maybe 75 cents a bottle, pending on sales. But for that money, you are getting a *far* superior beer to most of the standard american brands. It's a great tasting lager to sip on , goes down smooth, without the sort of aftertaste you normally get from an American big brand.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.