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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,361 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,361
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 111
Gots: 733 | 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:
No notes at this time.

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Photo of BennyL1
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz can purchased from a random gas station in Buffalo for $1.50. Can't go wrong here. No freshness date found, poured into a pint glass.

Small but sticky white head from an average pour. This lager has an amber body. Some slight lacing.

Not a ton of aroma, some light bready malt with a bit of hops.

Some sweet malt with no noticeable bitterness in the finish. As others have said, more flavor than BMC lagers.

Lighter bodied with good carbonation.

A solid, no frills beer that can be enjoyed without thinking about it. Not bad at all.

Photo of houma1965
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I used to drink this beer in Western Pa.,where I grew up.I moved away nine years ago and now live in south Louisiana.This beer is not available here ,and only get it when I travel to see family in Florida, or go to the beach in Alabama.Far too many people on here miss the point of this beer.Yuengling is not meant to be compared to micro brew ,or specialty beers.When compared to mass brewed beers by Coors, Budwieser,Miller,or any other large produced beer it more than holds its own.I have not met anyone down here that doesn't love this beer.I would use Coors light or bud,bud light to wash the floors at the Yuengling Brewery. This is an every day workingman's beer.Kind of like that dependable truck you drive to work every day.The high priced beers that I also love,are like that nice convertible you only take out on sunny weekends.Love this beer.Bring it to Louisiana !

Photo of match1112
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

poured from the can into a plastic cup. it looks like a reddish orange color from the top. what little head there was didnt last long. smells of caramel malts and bread. taste is similiar to the nose with a surprise thrown in there, hops, theres a little bite to it. mouthfeel is smooth and easy with good carbonation and a mediun light body to it. overall this is a easy drinking beer anytime of year, but especially this time of year with a bowl of chili.

Photo of jsprain1
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a clear amber with a small white head. Minimal lacing.
S- The smell is of light caramel and bread crust.
T- It has a sweet bready flavor throughout with light caramel and nutty characters poking through from time to time.
M- Medium-light body, medium high carbonation.
O- Yuengling is just an easy drinking reasnonably good tasting lager. Not a bad choice.

Photo of Crundy
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: clear, amber copper color, thin white head

Smell: alcohol, wheat, bread, slight citrus

Taste: Wheat, bread, some hop, also a slight citrus taste

Mouth feel: Light body, thin feel, nothing spectacular

Overall: to be fair i did have an Old Rasputin a few minutes before so that may have an effect on my judging of this beer but that said, this beer was just ok, kinda bland didn't really wow me at all. Not sure why Yuengling beers get all this hype, I mean their ok and the price is low but... meh.

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

12oz green bottle. Pours a amber-red body with little head. Slightly roasty caramel malt comprises the aroma. Bready sweet caramel comprises the flavor. Just the slightest hop presence to speak of. Medium to light in body with moderate carbonation. Very drinkable. Fairly simple and light. Serves its purpose - pleasant and drinkable without challenging the palate too much. Glad I had a chance to try it, seeing as though it's not distributed in New England.

Photo of amphion1065
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz. pour into a pint glass. I can remember the price ($2), but I'll be damned if I can recall the name of the sports bar in which I drank it. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a clear, almost water-translucent copper shade. Tiny white head that leaves little to no lacing around the glass.

The smell is very malty, far sweeter than I expected. There is a slight hint of grassy hops, but that amber ale malt is at the forefront. I wouldn't necessarily call it an aromatic beer, as the smell itself is fairly weak, but its definitely inoffensive.

The taste follows up closely on the smell. A straightforward malt backbone provides a pretty clear sweetness. There's also a touch of corn here not unlike an AAL. It seems a little watery, a little lifeless.

The mouthfeel is just OK, thin and, predictably, watery. An easy drinker for sure, though not a particularly pleasurable one.

Average in just about every way for me. I can't quite appreciate the fanatic devotion many have for this beer, but then again I wasn't rooting for the Iggles, either.

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

12 oz. twist off brown bottle, served into a pint glass. Pours a clear copper with a thin white cap. A steady carbonation keeps a surface cap for the entire glass and drops off some casual lacing..

Nose is lighter than expected, but then maybe it wasn't so unexpected. Fair malt body with a touch of caramel. Hop notes are minimal though the beer does offer an interesting yeast character. This lager improves with some warming as for the aroma, and the flavor rounds out a bit as well.

Offers a lightly creamy flavor with a light but present maltiness and finishes with a touch of citrus hop. Feel matches the general delivery of the beer; smooth and lightly malty for the style and with a pleasant carbonation. Overall a light take on the Amber Lager style, in color and flavor alike. As a result there isn't a great deal of depth to the pour, yet it does fairly well for what it is, and is easy drinking as a result and never cloying by any means.

Photo of ummswimmin
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I had this while tailgating for the Giants game. It was poured into the nicest four ounce plastic Dixie cup. I figured that since it is doubtful that I would purchase this beer of my own accord, why not perform a review on this bottle?

This is a decent lager. It looks appropriate for coloring and the light foam. The foam did not retain for very long(no, I did not measure the fingers).

You smell a ton of the noble hop off the top. It tastes the same. It was a very typical lager flavored, but the flavors are much stronger than the BMC. It is a step up from Bud... and maybe it can be used as a gateway beer for BMC's to move on to craft. It just doesn't work for me at this point.

Photo of Hoptometrist
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap into a weizen glass

A- Pours a very clear light amber color with a one finger soapy head that left no lace.

S- Light aroma, mostly sweet malt and some fruity esters

T- Some sweet malt, caramel, fruity esters, and graininess. Slightly strange aftertaste though.

T- Smooth, prickly carbonation

O- I never understood why people drove out of state to get this beer with all great beers available in Ohio. It is a great value for the price though. It is a beer that you would say tastes like beer.

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

Yuengling is my favorite "regular" beer. It may be because the only time I get it regularly is when I am on vacation. Either way, it is better than most mass produced lagers as it at least has some tast to it. This is my go to lawnmower beer.

Photo of travisnd
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is another beer that I find great to drink while watching football or any other sporting event. It is cheap in price and good in taste. This beer is very drinkable and quite easy to drink more than intended as they start going down pretty smooth.

Photo of khd420
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A good traditional lager and its cheap! When ever I'm in New York or Jersey I make sure to make a stop before going back to Mass to stock up. Alright carbonation, light amber, tastes mostly grains and malts. Taste is smooth and goes down easy.

Good beer at a great price. I just wish they were able to distribute closer to home.

Photo of BeerManDanNYC
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was my "good" beer in college....and now it is available everywhere in NYC!! A very easy-drinking amber lager with a nice flavor, light mouthfeel and a very clean finish, this beer is a solid mid-shelf beer that is a staple of Steeler games!

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

Pours a clear, filtered amber color with a small white head. Like many lagers this doesn't retain much of a head at all or leave any lacing, it looks sort of boring but that may be the style. Really sweet malts, caramel and grains come through in the aroma. Taste is similar with an overall sweetness to it. Very easy drinking, cheap and always available. When you're in a pinch, you can count on Yuengling to be there to pull you out.

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

Enjoyed this can (poured into a pint glass) at the Bed Rock golf course in Rutland. This would be the Pottsfield, PA variety.

A - Poured a nice deep almost reddish copper that has a fairly good one finger head but fades quicklyto leave a thin halo.

S - Typical grains and malt. Unfortunately not much in the way of hops, which this would have benefitted from big time.

T - More of the nice grains and malts. Not too sweet, very enjoyable. Would like some more hops, but even without this is a tasty larger brew.

M - Fairly high carbonation for a can. Quite refreshing and enjoyable. Very pleasant.

O - A fairly nice beer. Was shocked to find this at a golf course of all places as I didnt think the brewery even distributed to MA. Was worth the $3.75 I paid for the 16 ounce can.

Photo of nandemo1
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a ton of frothy head that disappears quickly, leaving a small amount of lacing.

Smells a little of sweet malts, but has a bit of a metallic smell too. Taste is one-dimensionally bready, and thankfully the metallic notes did not transfer over from the nose. No real hop presence.

Medium bodied, with moderate carbonation. Very clean and smooth.

A basic but tasty lager, and definitely a cut above the BMC offerings. A go-to beer when I'm at a non-beer bar or restaurant.

Photo of Flounder57
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. beer was poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer poured a small head with a little lacing on the side of the glass. Orange amber color with a decent amount of carbonation.

Smell: slight hints of honey, corn, and malts.

Taste: Very light hints of honey, grains, and malts. Slight hop profile too.

Mouthfeel: Medium carbonation, full bodied, and easy to drink.

Overall: Had this beer for the first time on the way down to Pitt in June. This is the last of my bottles and would drink it again if possible, whether bottle or draft.

Photo of GeoJ
1.68/5  rDev -50.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz. bottle poured in a pint glass.

Decent color, minimal head, little carbonation.

Smells like a typical macro adjunct lager. Nothing to speak of, or savor. Ditto on the mouthfeel and taste. Slightly bready, malt flavors, no real hop kick at all, and an annoying metallic aftertaste. Tried a 2nd bottle poured into a Pislner glass, and got half-way through it before I started to get that weird twinge of a headache I get from all macro-brewed adjuncts.

An incredibly boring and unsatisfying brew. Around these parts it's the beer that the local hipsters buy to show they are hipper than the hipsters who adore PBR.

The real question: Why did I spend $5.99 of a six-pack of this bilge water, when for 2 bucks more I could have had a World-Class brew like Weihenstephaner Original?

Never again ...

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-top green bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
1106821536 (Mar. 8, 2011), no info.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for hooking it up with a bunch of Yuengling stuff in a personal hand-off to Beerwolf at this year's Dark Lord Day. I've been mildly interested in the stuff for a few years because my uncle (who typically drinks beer on the cheaper end of the spectrum) had good things to say about "the oldest brewery in America". In fact, it might have been in the state at that point, but I don't recall. Either way, I digress...

A - The green glass is deceiving, this beer is much darker than it appeared to be. Rusted orange amber in color, a lack-luster off-white head drops quickly leaving little lace behind.

S - Hey, it's skunky! Why am I not in the least bit surprised? Behind the skunk, I'm picking up light amber graininess. Change your frickin' bottles.

T - Grainy amber malts waft out of the skunk's ass for our tasting pleasure. No real hop profile to speak of, this beer finishes clean and near flavorless.

M - Crisp, clean, and, well, bland. There's not really much of a mouthfeel beyond the high carbonation.

O - Why, why, why do idiots insist on sacrificing a beer's integrity for LOOK of packaging? At any rate, this is a very plain beer further marred by light-struck skunkiness issues, for which I have no compassion.

Photo of olimpia84
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this during lunch at a restaurant. I've drank this beer many times before but never bothered to take notes so now was the time. Poured from the bottle into a Pint glass.

A: elegant dark golden/amber translucent body with some composition in it. Minimal superficial head that lasted for a good while. Low lacing.

S: very mute, but some sweet malts and grainy aromas with corn were felt.

T: slight hoppy presence with grainy flavors and sweet corn.

M: crisp and refreshing, goes down very well and has some dry finish. Carbonation is a bit on the high side.

O: it's a good 'get-together' beer that, in my opinion, beats most of the macro offerings in pretty much each category.

Photo of Rifugium
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: ?

I pretty much grew up on this beer before I expanded my horizons. It's not a GREAT beer by any measure, and elitist bars even classify it with Bud and Miller. And I don't really think that's fair, because it's much better than those. I'll still drink it if I have to, but such an occasion rarely arises anymore.

Pours a clear amber with a white head, varying in size with the pour, with not much to speak of in regards to retention or lacing. Grainy aroma, with hints of caramel malts. Bready taste, caramel malts, easy-going floral hops. Can be a bit metallic, varying depending on freshness and the source from whence you acquired it. Light bodied and fairly drinkable, but only if there's nothing else available (not including the typical macros).

Photo of htomsirveaux
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz. can tried 20 Oct. 2010. Served in the SeaBright 20th Anniversary mug.

Large light tan head. Medium carbonation. Clear orange brown in color (A says like honey oak). Aroma is sweet, corn, mineral, some solvent. Sweet graininess to start. Slightly tart. Touch of caramel. Slightly tart juicy finish and aftertaste. Light body, minimal ethanol. As it warms, aroma becomes a bit more solventy.

Pretty light from beginning to end.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tapped into a pint glass.

Appearance - Clear, slightly hazy copper body with barely off-white head. Low lacing.

Smell - Almost no smell. Sweet, malty body with slight hop.

Taste - Watery and mostly flavorless but has some hints of malt and slight earthy musk.

Mouthfeel - Slight effervescence. Mostly watery. Meh. But typical for style.

Overall Drinkability - Better on draft than bottle. maybe. My opinion on that flipped a couple times before I finished. In style it's good. Beats BMC at least, I guess. Not sure what the hype is about it though.

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

Served this 12 oz. can in a tulip pint. The golden amber body was clear with a medium head that faded fast. Only a film remained.

The smell was a typical "beery" aroma. No corn! Sweet malts, gentle hops.

The taste was sweet malts. Bready with enough hops to give it some balance. Finishes sweet. Easy to drink. No one needs me to tell them this is a solid lager.

The mouthfeel was medium in body, impressive heft for a lager. Prickly carbonation that wakes up the taste buds. Enjoyable, I see why this beer has such a following.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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