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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,594 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,594
Reviews: 1,496
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 87
Gots: 361 | 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 KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is light brown or amber with a thin, off white head. Smell is slightly musty, can't pick up much else. Taste is a light sweet malt, can't detect much else. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with prickly carbonation. Very easy to drink. Although not too impressive when compared to most beers, this is one of my favorites to drink at a bar, party, or barbeque. It is a very popular beer in the Philly/S. Jersey area and usually order by requesting "a lager".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:49:51 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
Photo of Fishdawg71


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber apearence, thin light head a little lacing on the glass. Slight bready, slight hop aroma, A little malt in the flavor, a little hops in the taste. Over all an easy drinking beer that I would not mind on a hot summer day. From the U.S. oldest brewery I like this beer. A perfect session beer to drink on warm days with your mates...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 08:09:06 | More by Fishdawg71
Photo of DrJay


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

Very clear, light amber with a thin, off-white cap. Bubbles were fairly coarse and soapy, fair retention with a bit of lace. Floral hop aroma with a bit of caramelized malt, brown sugar. Same in the flavour with light bitterness and lemony hops at the end. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad for an inexpensive lager. Flavours stayed palatable as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:13:08 | More by DrJay
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A crisp refreshing beer. Great to quench a summer heat. Subtle head, clear golden orange appearance, clensing finish, very little aftertaste. Nice hint of malt.
Citrus start with a good toasted bread finish. Soft mouthfeel. A relaxed easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 15:43:47 | More by jaz58
Photo of BKIII


4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a native Jersey boy, Yuengling is like going home again.(yes, I know it's a PA beer; not the point.) It was the first beer that I started my steps of beer enjoyment, and it's my faithfull stand-by. Yes, it lacks the more complex tastes and smells that more hard to find craft and micro brews have, but I dare you to find a more satisfying, "lets have a few more" simple, tasty American Lager.
I'm proud to say that Yuengling is in my top 5 favorite beers. It's crisp, clean and refreshing. With a slightly carbonated mouthfeel, is always manages to perk me up. And as it warms, the flavors do develop from crisp and sweet, to a more mellow flavor. I just wish it didn't take a pilgramidge home to get another case

Amen for Yuengling


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:03:10 | More by BKIII
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New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer in the poconos in Pennsylvania on tap. It is a red colored beer and has a pretty good head. Leaves some when finished on the glass. This beer is a premeire beer for Pennsylvanians. It is a good beer for any type of day or not and whatever type of season. It goes down very smooth and finishes very well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 04:44:22 | More by mmatt1
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New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap to pint glass. Oyster Pub, Daytona Beach, FL.

Pours a deep, hazy ruby/amber. Great looking head, tan and thick, lots of lace. Aroma is earthy and malty, some grain, not much evidence of hops. Earthy and malty. Lots of grain, with a hint of sweet malt. A little bit of hop dryness at the end. Mouthfeel is slick and full. This a pretty refreshing lager, though not my first choice. More grainy (reminds me of a Pilsner flavor) than I would like out of a darker lager. I usually lean towards Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, but being from the Philly area, you have to take pride in America’s oldest brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2008 03:39:16 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of therica


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've already reviewed this, beer, on-tap. This review is for the bottled variety.

While sitting and waiting at Red Lobster one night with my older son, they had only 2 "good" options on-tap-- Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Yuengling Traditional Lager. He chose the Boston, I chose the Yuengling, for some unknown reason. We both continued our choices throughout the meal.

So, now I have both beers in bottles, and am doing a comparison, with actual input from my beer-picky wife (Hefe is her preferred beer).

Both of us selected the Yuengling Traditional Lager over the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Both of us noted a rather alum-flat tinny taste in the Sam's, afterwards. The Sam's color is slightly lighter, as well as slightly pink-hued in comparison. My perception in the taste which explains for the pink-hue is either the hops, or possibly the addition of rose-hips or something similar.

Right now, my mouth feels a little flat, after the Sam's and I need to finish this, so I can go get another Yuengling's to straighten out my mouth.

A= nice medium-amber-brown color, reasonable foaming head which doesn't stay forever.

S= pretty much predictive of the taste

T= a nice richness, yet not an amber-sweet; nice malts with some nutty hints; hops florals and moderate bitters without being a hops-fanatic bitter.

M= no unpleasant taste; nice lager-beer aftertaste and feel, "as it should be."

D= very drinkable in single or in-session.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 23:29:08 | More by therica
Photo of DrinkinBoy


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling Traditional Lager pours a pale slightly red clear color, with a slightly off white head with average retention.

It has a slight smell, but the smell is unique to this beer.

The taste is pretty unique and very hoppy for what is viewed as a regular domestic beer. As a Georgia resident, I hate not having this beer available to me on a regular basis. It would be an excellent change of pace to buy an affordable but great tasting beer.

Its mouthfeel is pretty average, and is pretty much what you would expect from a light beer; thin with a lot of carbonation feel.

Overall I find Yuengling Traditional Lager to be very drinkable, although it has a slightly odd aftertaste. Its a truly a present whenever I get a chance to drink it. Based on its price, it would probably be a standard in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 02:45:10 | More by DrinkinBoy
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3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a decent amout of carbonation. Head does not last for very long.

Smell: Not bad for a macro lager- grainy with some floral and spicy elements.

Taste: Sweet malts don't jump out very strongly, I think the hops are a bit more pronounced- mildly spicy and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel with a little carbonating bite. Not quite as full-bodied as top-flight lagers.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable.

Overall: This beer is an institution in PA and can be found on-tap at virtually every corner bar. Beats the pants off of the BMC brands and has a character all its own. A reliable and tasty lager. Don't change, Yuengling!

Serving type: can

01-10-2008 22:31:50 | More by coalcracker
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District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A: A light golden amber color, perfectly clear with a quickly disappearing off white head that leaves more lacing than expected.
S: Pretty strong, but nothing special, grainy, slightly metallic, nothing bad, nothing great, I've had this enough that I'd describe it as smelling like Yuengling (not so descriptive I suppose).
T: A pleasant earthy, malty, grainy taste. While not necessarily strongly tasting like it, reminds me of bread. No real hop flavor present, finishes with a non-bitter grainy aftertaste. Just a pleasant lager, again, nothing offensive going on here and nothing too strong.
M: Moderate carbonation and a slightly watery tasting medium body. It's refreshing, doesn't leave me with feeling of drinking a beer (not that that's bad, but not great)
D: While this isn't an exceptional beer, is very easy to drink and has a very distinct flavor (at least to me) and is very enjoyable. Given low abv and pleasing aftertaste this is very easy to drink and enjoy. I add an extra .5 in this category for it's price and availability where I'm from as I would happily drink this over any BMC product. Also, it's America's oldest operating brewery or whatever, that counts for something, right??

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:37:53 | More by yourefragile
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North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber orange in color with a medium off white head that quickly exits.

Aroma is sweet grain and malt, caramel, aND TOAST.

fLAVOR IS LIGHT CEREAL AND TOASTED BREAD MALT and very light hop bitterness.

Body is between light and medium, with average mouthfeel and drinakbility. Better than your standard macro crap, but realy doesn't taste like much to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 20:43:30 | More by AlexJ
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3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A dark brownish color with a one finger head.

S - It smells a little spicy with hints of honey.

T - The yeast seems to be of a fairly high caliber and gives this lager a pleasant taste.

M - Swishing this around my mouth, I am pleased by the complexity of this product from the oldest in-production brewer in the United States.

D - This was introduced to me years ago by a friend of mine. He had bought a 12 pack of it out of state. It is seldom that I buy a U.S. Macro, but when I do, it is usually Yuengling.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 19:06:00 | More by mltobin
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2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured green bottle into a pint glass.

A--clear, reddish brown, very thin head.

S--metallic, alcohol, some sulfur

T--some veggie flavors, corn grits taste, "kiss of hops"


D--I would have this beer in the face of macro brew but wouldn't look to buy this in bulk.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:04:36 | More by jneiswender
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2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a brown bomber that i've never seen before. i've only had this classic out of green bottle and this was way different...

A- orange copper bronze in color with 2in short lived fizzy cream colored head becomes a puffy batter for a few seconds to a thin disk with no lace.

S- bready malt, sourdough, pizza dough, yeasty butterscotch, cooked veggies, alcohol

T- water, a little too malty sweet for me, some creamy soft fruit notes like maybe plantain or honeydew melon quickly changes from fruity to bready and soon as it hits the palate as if the fruitiness was only a part of the transition of the aroma. if that makes sense. hops are barely noticeable, but they impart a floral dryness to the finish.

MF- cloying and soft, medium carbonation.

D- ive had this many times ice cold from a green bottle- no pint glass- and it was excellent. in fact, 4th of july wouldn't be the same without it. neither would memorial day. out of this brown 22oz with a new contemporary non-paper logo, it leans heavy toward the malt side and feels funny overall. maybe i should review again when i get some more of the stuff i'm used to...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 00:28:13 | More by hustlesworth
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I always considered this one sort of a "macro" beer, but it has a somewhat better reputation, so when stuck in a place with "macros", I gave it a try.

Amber in color, it has a decent white head that holds its own, but not a lot of lacing when it goes down.
Nose is actually noticeable, something I did not expect; malty, not complex but pleasant.
Light bodied and refreshing, it has a bit more maltiness and sweetness than I expected, but in a pleasant way. Not complex, but i will go back to this one when my options are few. Around Leinenkugel's quality, a bit above most "macros".

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2007 00:38:28 | More by brdc
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2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a large mug straight from the bottle. A thick puffy head of foam appeared and transformed into a thin lace in about 15 minutes. It was a orange/copper color with a medium body.The after taste was pretty grainy but not overpowering. This in general is a medium beer. It is medium in body, carbonation, and taste. It is a great beer to have if you are tired of hoppy or heavy beers. Yuengling is a beer that would work with the typical macro drinker, or the beer enthusiast.

Serving type: bottle

12-16-2007 22:18:23 | More by madjr80
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Rhode Island

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours amber color with decent head. Smells lightly of malts but much. Tastes kind of bready, sweet malts, some hop spice...pretty good for a macro lager. It is what it is and I would say it's definitely Top3 as far as the best American Macro Lager genre is concerned. Light and carbonated mouthfeel. Extremely drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

12-15-2007 21:53:41 | More by Doomcifer
Photo of cookin420


3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

bottle poured into pilsener glass.
Real nice color for a lager. Some reds and amber.
Smells malty but not bready. A fruity, sweet smelling hop.
I'm not a huge lager fan but this stuff tastes good. Well hopped throughout, a pleasant bitter. quite refreshing too.
Mouthfeel suits the brew. Goes down very easy.

This stuff is not sold where I am so this is the first time I've had it and I believe it rivals heine as an everyday-boring lager. I'll buy more when I can.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2007 20:56:11 | More by cookin420
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1.68/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Clear copper color with light lacing.

Smell – Light earthy hop smell.

Taste –Watered down light malty taste.

Mouthfeel – heavy carbonation that is rough on the palate.

Overall: Very Anti-Climatic. Other than the appearance there is almost nothing else going on.

Serving type: on-tap

12-09-2007 03:15:11 | More by praufs01
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

We call em dingers around here. The best macro on the market. Easy on the pallet, nothing offensive not great. Good beer for an all nighter or a week long binge in myrtle beach or pinehurst. I like this beer alot when i am broke and cant afford my usuals.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2007 23:32:48 | More by erikeifert
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3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Abundant frothy head that settles slowly over the light amber beer with foam grabbing th eside the entire way down.

S: Grainy alcohol and malts, almost no hop aroma.

T: Grains, slight malt, and some sweetness. Better than almost all the macros but that is about it.

M: Thin and slightly oily.

D: It gets some extra points for being Yuengling because I grew up on it and know that I have drunk it all night before.

Serving type: can

12-07-2007 21:57:31 | More by Biscuit033
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4.22/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Best poured from can into a pint glass if you can't get it on tap.

Nice golden amber color with minimal head. Smells a bit grainy, with mild hops and carbonation, and finishes with a hint of diacetyl. Very drinkable, it has a quality/price ratio that is vastly superior to typical American macro lagers. Makes a great comfort beer.

Serving type: can

11-29-2007 18:12:58 | More by dcosmas
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South Carolina

2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Thin head that disappears quickly. No lacing present. Magnificent amber body. Good light crisp fragrance. Very sweet and a little creamy. Good carbination. Dry finish... not much there in the end. This is a good beer to take out golfing or on a fishing trip but nothing I would bring out for company.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2007 02:41:36 | More by clemsonbrewer
Photo of mogul37

New York

3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank it from a pint glass. Very clear without hurting its amber appearance, but the head is quite thin and disappears quick. Nice sweet, hoppy taste for a macro brew, but feels watery on the palate. Carbonation might be a little strong going down. But once again, quite good for a macro.

Serving type: on-tap

11-27-2007 04:23:56 | More by mogul37
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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