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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,573 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,573
Reviews: 1,494
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 87
Gots: 347 | 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:
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Photo of ubermick


3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

There's really not a lot to say about Yuengling. It's a huge standby on the east coast, and most every party I've been to in DC/MD/VA had this as the "mass" beer. It's not the greatest beer in the world, not by a long shot, but it certainly has it's place, especially on a warm summer night when it's ice cold. It's reasonably light, crisp, and rather refreshing - almost soda like - but still with enough flavour to make it stand out from the megabrews like Budweiser and Miller.

If you're beering on a budget, and it's available, then it's worth a look, and always useful to have in the fridge when "less worthy" friends come over for a brew.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 17:09:22 | More by ubermick
Photo of burnstar


3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is pretty much my standby beer of choice- I can't believe it's taken me so long to review it. Pours clear copper with a medium sized head that dissipates very quickly and leaves some lacing on the surface. Smell is almost all malt with just a touch of herbal hops. Taste has a very light sweetness. Nice malty flavor with a toasted note. A touch of hops in the finish. Smooth. Light to medium bodied and moderately carbonated. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

04-01-2008 01:11:12 | More by burnstar
Photo of BeerSox


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle into pint glass.

Light honey amber hue with an off white one finger frothy head that slowly settles to a thin cap leaving behind a solid wall of lacing.

The aroma is light grain with a bit of a corn aroma.

Bready malts, like the aroma that corn presence is there. Not much hops to speak of. Watery feel, with a little bit of carbonation. The lingering flavor is the malts.

Typical Amber Lager flavor, with a bit of corn mixed in. This is an okay session ale, but it's nothing that I would rush to buy.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2008 04:04:08 | More by BeerSox
Photo of Strix


3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a decent cult following, finally trying one.

Smell is not particularly impressive, nor offensive. Standard and somewhat grainy and sweet.

Flavor is grainy, but does have a crisp feel and a pleasant sweet finish. As it warms, the sweetness actually improves.

Mouthfeel fine, but doesn't stand out.

I wouldn't say I crave this like I've heard easterners gush about it, but if it's this or mainstream lagers, this isn't a bad option at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2008 05:07:21 | More by Strix
Photo of tsbuttry

District of Columbia

3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Mid-Atlantic staple, Yuengling is a good beer for a neophyte. Definitely a step up from the American Macro, but something that won't everwhelm someone who's not used to real beer.

Appearance: Somewhat amber, rather clear, the head retention isn't great, but it leaves a decent lacing down the side.

Smell: Malty. This beer isn't going to bowl you over with complexity, but the malt flavor is evident and there's a slightly woody hop aroma as well.

Taste: Just above generic. Not much of a hop profile, but there's some good malt play on your tongue. It's almost a bit toasty.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, but excellent carbonation, and it finishes very clean. A very smooth beer.

Drinkability: You can put a few of these down quite easily. It won't really contribute much to a meal, but it won't really detract from many foods, either.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2008 21:40:05 | More by tsbuttry
Photo of 1fastz28


1.98/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

my cousin brought this over for me, i've never had it before, just heard about them. supposed to be great... but this is far from it. i dont know if this one is skunked, but it is not impressive. it looks really good out of the bottle, has a nice copper color to it, head is big but dies down quickly. the smell is nearly unbearable , extremely skunky, more than even your czech pils. it is really really bad. pungent skunkiness.. taste is somewhat bitter, but very watery. little to no malt flavor, just tastes bland. mouthfeel is watery and with a little carbonation. drinkability is low. i think this one is skunked, but who knows, maybe this is how the beer is, i'm not impressed at all.

Serving type: bottle

03-23-2008 21:01:12 | More by 1fastz28
Photo of johnnyirishman


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer when other choices fail..

Poured from a 12oz bottle, Ive also had this from a tap, and a can.

Apperance- A warm amber color with a thin white head that dissapates quickly.

Smell- Not too much going on, some hops poking through.

Taste,Mouthfeel- Well balanced with the hops and malt, not bitter not sweet. Medium Carbonation and body to this beer.

Drinkability- Good overall American Lager, good tasting, looking, and decently priced.

Serving type: bottle

03-20-2008 22:16:31 | More by johnnyirishman
Photo of JDV


2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bottle thanks to Ty5592
Dark gold to light amber pour. Smell is of tart malt, and lager yeast. Taste was mild malt sweetness, an almost cooked rice component and a touch of some kind of chemical taste for a while there, but not really offensive. Overall, for a pale lager, this is pretty nice and a decent, easy drinking simple beer. Thanks Ty!

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2008 19:23:37 | More by JDV
Photo of avalon07

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank some of this (along with an Amstel Light) while at my parent's place. Take a guess which was better.

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden appearance, with a somewhat thin consistency. Poured a nice head and had a bit of lacing.

The smell was a little faint, but you could make out some hops.

This had a nice amount of hops in the flavor, along with some malt. Not overly complex, but decent enough.

The carbonation level is just okay on this one. The finish is fairly smooth. A middling mouthfeel.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. That is not to say it's the most complex or most likely to knock your socks off, but it is drinkable. However, Yuengling needs to ditch the green bottles in the worst way.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 22:54:34 | More by avalon07
Photo of sawbones420


2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Born, raised, and currently residing in Massachusetts, this beer only first came onto my radar in college when everybody I met from PA, NY, and NJ lamented, ad nauseam, about the lack of Yuengling in the Boston market. I remember trying one sometime around 4 or so years ago, but not finding anything remarkable about it. A friend of mine from upstate NY was visiting home for the weekend so I asked her to pick some up for me so I could contribute substantively to the MANY conversations that people continue to have about this beer.

Green 12 ounce bottle. Has a macro-brew beer smell - that crisp straw dry lager scent that's unmistakable. Flavor is dry, crisp, and light on the palate with relatively heavy carbonation. Leaves that macro-lager corn "blech" taste in the back of your tongue/throat after swallowing and breathing in.

Apparently my fuzzy recollection was more accurate than I first assumed, because this is a rather unremarkable beer. Not even matching up to the likes of Sam Adams Boston Lager (a beer I'm not even a huge fan of), I'd put Yuengling right on the level of Narragansett, Schlitz, and probably would most closely associate it with Brubaker (another PA brew).

That being said, I can't really understand why people get all horny over this beer. It's certainly not a bad choice for Getting Drunk, but for the price, I believe it's no better or worse than the immediate competition. If it were available in Boston bars in 16 oz. bottles for the same price as Brubaker ($2-2.50), I'd probably have already thrown more than a few back by now (how much does a pint go for out in PA/NJ, anyway?). As a 12-pack selection however, this one just doesn't wet my whistle. I'd rather pay slightly less and go for the PBR, or pay slightly more and actually enjoy the flavor of my beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2008 04:03:12 | More by sawbones420
Photo of cbleary

North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is better than I remember, maybe it's best on-tap. The beer arrived with a small white head that dissipated quickly and a pleasing deep amber color. It tasted well balanced with a decent amount of hop flavor and a pleasing light malt character. A good beer to buy a pitcher of with your buddies.

Serving type: on-tap

03-11-2008 17:37:08 | More by cbleary
Photo of arguemaniac


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah Yuengling, a bit overlooked by the beer snob but over-rated by your average frat boy. Yes, it is brew of special occasion for the latter and something of a standby for the former. I, for one, have nothing bad to say about it...

Well-crafted with easygoing, smooth flavors that keep things interesting without being anything less than superbly drinkable. A nice caramel malt palate with a very subtle sweetness, all backed up by a firm but mellow hop character.

It's far from the best beer out there, even for the style, but I frequently find a twelve-pack of it sitting in my fridge for one reason or another. Beers like this one, along with Sam Adams Boston Lager, Sierra Nevada Pale Ale, and others, have become so widely available that no matter where a beer drinker finds himself, he'll always have a craft choice at a hand. We shouldn't take that for granted. Best of the standbys, if you ask me...

Recommended (but then again, you've probably already tried it at least once, especially if you're on the East coast)...

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2008 04:51:52 | More by arguemaniac
Photo of SaltyLime


3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance - very clean amber, tiny bubbly white head, shrunk to thin ring

Smell - Sharp hop aroma, my bottle had a slight skunkiness, not sure if that is normal, but it wasn't too strong

Taste - a good lager here, light on the palate, dry finish, piney hops

Mouthfeel - tiny bubble carbonation, light-medium body

Drinkability - easy drinking, I grew kind of fond of this one bottle I had, I'd buy it again if it became available in my area

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 16:19:23 | More by SaltyLime
Photo of Hojaminbag


3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd be lying if I said I am not slightly biased to this beer that I grew up drinking, but here goes the review anyway.

A nice deep amber color with a good amount of fluffy head that goes away quickly leaving only small remnants or lacing.

Smells like corn with maybe a touch of malt.

Taste is a little bit of that corn up front, followed by some watered down malt. Finishes with just the slightest hop.

Light, smooth mouthfeel.

For the price, not to mention the memories for all of you PA dwellers out there, the drinkability here is rather good.

Serving type: bottle

03-04-2008 15:37:54 | More by Hojaminbag
Photo of Shaw


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

Pours -- surprise! -- a nice amber/copper in color with a big foamy head that quickly reduces to just a hint of foam in my glass.

It has a light, sweet aroma of malt.

The flavor is decent. There's a good amount of biscuit and malt sweetness that's balanced somewhat by a straight bitterness in the swallow.

I'm more impressed with the body, it's glassy and smooth with a nice, slick heft to it.

Overall this is a bit above average, and definitely a good choice in its prices range. A nice, cheap beer that's good for session drinking, or even getting people a bit more interested in beer with more flavor.

Serving type: can

03-04-2008 06:31:43 | More by Shaw
Photo of jwolfie70


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color. Smell is grainy, sweet malt, and taste is more of the same. I also pick up a distinct metallic twang in the taste, with no hop flavor coming through. I would prefer this to the standard typical BMC offerings, but would not seek this one out. Having said that, it would be a good tailgating/BBQ beer.

Serving type: on-tap

02-29-2008 00:53:01 | More by jwolfie70
Photo of skizziks


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

12oz. can left by a friend from Tennessee. Very clear deep gold with some amber. Off-white head starts out maybe one inch and quickly falls to a thin layer of fine bubbles. Some, not much, clings to the sides.

Steely malt with a light herbal hop presence. Some minor solvent.

Sharp, almost sour malt. Light toffee but I don't sense any diacetyl. Hop bitterness props up the malt well. Pretty good balance. Lingering dry finish.

Medium body with high carbonation. A little sticky in the mouth, but overall pretty clean.

An easy to drink beer that straddles the line between light lager and Vienna with a few of its own quirks. Not bad, not great.

Serving type: can

02-26-2008 20:28:20 | More by skizziks
Photo of BeerCon5


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, dark red color with not a lot of head.

S: A little sweet, citrusy and a bit of spice.

T: A little too much of a metallic taste, but otherwise it's well built. A slight taste of citrus and spice.

M: Thin feel, well carbonated but not too much.

D: This is a great tasting, easy drinking beer as well as cheap. One of my favorite everyday drinkers.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2008 20:02:58 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of ExpertAndrew


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

While this is not the best beer in the world it is a nice beer. It is better than most commonly availble american beers from large companies. It is not a beer that I would go out of my way to buy, or a beer that I would buy if there were nice imports or craft beers at the bar. On a nice summer evening sitting on the deck this would be a good beer to have beside you. It is not available in many places but if you come across it for the first time pick up a six pack and enjoy.

Serving type: bottle

02-22-2008 02:06:00 | More by ExpertAndrew
Photo of scottbrew4u


2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had plenty of these in my day but thought I give it a review.

Bubbly white head starts off nice and quickly fades to a scattering of bubbles. Good clarity to this one with a light amber color with some golden hues. Vegetal smell with some toasted malt in there and faint herbal hops as well. Not very appealing.
Medium body and crisp carbonation with some slickness on the tongue. Flavors are balanced from sweet vienna malt to some spicy hops that add bitterness. Malt profile is not deep and some corn flavor comes through unwantingly. Finishes a bit dry.

This beer goes down easy and can be had in quantity. Better than the macro beers out there. Try it with a burger and fries.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:39:31 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of PhageLab


3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear brownish yellow color, thin head with poor retention, some spotted lacing. Average for the style.

S - Corn, veggie oil, and a faint nose of malt.

T - Simplistic and slightly watery malt base, a bit of baked breadiness in the aftertaste, crisp finish. Nothing too complicated but pretty tasty.

M - High carbonation level, light body, watery consistency.

D - Extremely drinkable, great social/party beer. Nothing spectacular, but for what it is it's a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 15:22:01 | More by PhageLab
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great everyday beer. Cheeper than most craft beers but ten times better than your average macro lager. Appearance light amber in color head was a bit of a disapointment. Smell sweet malt and caramel. Taste again sweet malt and caramel and just a hin of hops to balance it. Mouthfeel lite body mediem carbonation nothing profound. Drinkability very good keep a six pack in the back of the fridge for emergencies.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:15:34 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of jeremy13586


4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my go-to beer. Pours a nice amber with a nice, big head that dissapates quickly. Very sweet and malty in the nose. Tastes sweet with a tad of bitterness and a tiny bit metallic (only experienced metallic on tap). The perfect sit-on-your-ass-and-watch-tv beer. When buying cases of bottles you will occassionally get a "bad batch" that just tastes aweful. Best on tap. On thing to keep in mind: When consumed in large quantities, this beer will give you what is commonly known as "The Yueng Farts", which may turn in to "The Yueng Shits". If you're out at the bar and plan on drinking a lot of Yuenging, make sure that the next day is free of any formal events (weddings, job interview, church, etc.).

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 16:29:24 | More by jeremy13586
Photo of Deadstar


3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured out of a Pint sized can into a glass.

Appearance: Amber in color, a pour left me with a finger thick head that faded away quite quickly.

Smell: A bit of malt and a touch of fruit.

Taste: Quite malty, but very crisp, can taste a touch of alcohol on the rear end.

Mouthfeel: Quite heavily carbonated, helps to make this beer feel light and crisp.

Drinkability: This one wasn't very filling and not heavy. I can down a few pints of this in one sitting.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer, somewhat of an "old reliable".

Serving type: can

02-15-2008 23:57:16 | More by Deadstar
Photo of Horsley54


4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, for just lounging around and drinking. It's a much better beer then miller or Budweiser, and not that much more expensive. This is a good American Lager, that is good for any occasion. It's not a heavy beer, but just a good all around beer. Coming from the oldest Brewery in America, they must be continuing to do something right.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:43:26 | More by Horsley54
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