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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,944
Reviews: 1,511
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 98
Gots: 534 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of Augustiner719
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

appearance: poured a light brownish crystal clear color with a slight tint of orange and red. Very thin and weak 1 finger head , no lacing present.

Smell: Smells very weird. Smells like your wrist after you wore a watch for too long without taking it off. Kinda smells like a sock mixed with glass or metal.

Taste: Tastes pretty good. I was expecting a metallic finish but I got some good depth. Tastes of weaker malts and very slight if any hops. finishes sweet, but only a little more complex that most macros.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, excellent feel. Finishes a little too dry for me for this style, but nice.

Drinkability: Tasty beer, and for the price I would take this over BMC all day long. Though I would rather if forced to drink 12 beers, have 12 budweisers than 12 yuenglings, this is definately a beer to pound and enjoy.


Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: Amber reddish brown color with a decent 1 finger head that dissapates slowly into nothing but the top of crystal clear beer. No lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly like roasted corn with some mild malty background. Fresh smelling though.

Taste: Tastes very refreshing and much fuller than i remember. Good grilled lemon/malty and slight grilled corn taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated just a bit over what i wanted. Good light refreshing lager.

Drinkability: Very smooth and tasty. Great alternative to BMC products. Great refreshing beer. Way better than a lot of macros out there.

Augustiner719, Dec 03, 2009
Photo of GoalieRon33
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- nice golden brown. clear, not much head, but satisfying for a "non" craft beer.

s- nothing spectacular. clean, a little hoppy, some malt too.

t- great beer. not too heavy. not too light. slight metallic taste, with a wet malt. does not taste like a mass produced. great price for a great beer.

m- a little thin, but not too bad. Nicely carbonated, with a slight bitter hoppiness at the tail end.

d- awesome beer to drink. goes down so easy with a great taste. great balance for a wonderful beer. Yuengling hasn't been in business this long for no reason.

This is a personal favorite of mine. Being from PA, its almost ingrained in me to enjoy this beer. I love the taste, I love the price, and I love the idea of the history of this beer. Great beer for "discerning" college beer aficianados; it isn't quite on the level of other craft beers, but it blows AB and other mass beers out of the water.

GoalieRon33, Dec 02, 2009
Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber. White, short lived head. Spotty lacing.

S- Toasty, bready and doughy. Big on malts in the nose. No real hops presence.

T- Malty, slightly sweet. No real hops.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D- Really drinkable. Great session lager.

MbpBugeye, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of degerbah
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour samber with two fingers of head. The head dissapears almost immediately though. The smell is about half and half lager Flavor does no tliv eup to the malt smell at all. There is a much more obvious malt taste than a macro lager, but it's still a very plain and slightly watery tasting beer. Not heavily carbonated at all. Reminds me of a less-flavorful amber bock more than anything. Very drinkable, but nt particularly special. Still an old dfavorite.

degerbah, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of jmaur345
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh Yuengling Traditional Lager, the beer that I grew up on. This brew should be the official drink of the state of Pennsylvania. It's served everywhere in PA, and can be ordered simply by "Lager" they'll know what you want. It also has one of the coolest labels on a mass produced beer, ya gota love the Yuengling Eagle. It's made in Pottsville PA, a small coal mining town that doesn't have any coal left, so it's also keeping that town alive, even more reason to love it. Enough talk, here's my review.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into my trusty pint glass. A hard pour produces about 2 fingers of head that quickly runs away to a small ring and eventually nothing. Wonderful orange-amber color. No head, so no lacing.

S- Very clean, little to no smell, very, very slight wet malty smell, but it could just be me looking for something that's not there. Nothing bad however.

T- One of the best, if not the best mass produced beers on the market. Yuengling lager is a sweet, faintly malty American lager. Slight veggy taste to it as it warms up, a very pleasant taste all the way. There is also a kind of cornbread taste in the background.

M- Very good, the carbonation is very balanced and sorta dances in your mouth, I know that sounds really lame but it does! Finishes clean and leaves you wanting more.

D- Again very good. It's a little filling, but if you're a pro you can drink it all night. It also pairs well with just about any kind of food. I know this from experience, I'm a Pennsylvania native so I drink it with just about every dinner. A great brew all around. The only down side is it a non-union American brewery, oh well.

jmaur345, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of jantonius
4.78/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This amazing beer has a slight amber color

S: Slight Hop Smell, Very Slight

T: For a Non-Craft Beer, this is the best tasting beer. Hard to explain, not complex but amazing.

M: Very full, slight carbonation, amazingly smooth finish

D: There is no better beer in my opinion for a session beer.

From the oldest brewery in the US, and growing faster than any brewer this size. My only regret is I can't get in LA.

jantonius, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a deep amber color lager with a medium foray head with OK retention. Aroma of nice creamy caramel malt with light sweet notes. Taste is refreshing and easily drinkable with creamy texture and some well balanced caramel malt. Body is fuller then average with great carbonation and a nice creamy texture. Nothing earth shattering but very well done nonetheless.

Phyl21ca, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of thekanna
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear orange with a thin white head which results in rings of lace as it goes down.

S: Lagery yeasts and some toasted wheat malts, with a faint sweetness.

T: Nice sweetness with malts reminiscent of toasted rice and wheat. Some citrus-flavored hops shine through with just a touch of grassiness.

M: Great maltiness in the body with a crisp finish.

D: A pretty decent lager; good for a nice, reliable and refreshing drink when no better beers are present. Personally I feel that the on-tap version of this beer is much better than what you get from the bottle.

thekanna, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume II, Issue I:

This is the oldest brewery in America and adored by college students all across the Atlantic, from Florida to New York. We are talking cult status, where the Northeast would be a viable market, yet there is still no interest from the brewery. Go figure.

Not much in the head department as it drops down to a very thin ring of lace. Clear and amber in color. Slight hop aroma of citrus and rough herb, malt is a little wet and vaguely toasted in the nose. Big on crispness with a moderate body and slick mouthfeel. Hop bitterness is a little rough around the edges, a trait of Cluster hops and the Cascade hops drop a quick kiss of citrus on the palate. Grainy but sweet and grassy throughout from the malt character. Finishes semi-dry with a pretty clean after taste.

Decent drinking, we look to this beer as a filler to switch things up. All in all, at least a step or two above most mass-produced lagers.

BeerAdvocate, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of knofac
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a translucent golden/copper with a medium head. Aroma is very grassy, slightly metallic, and a tad bit skunky. Honestly, the aroma is the very worst thing about this brew, but it's not terrible by any means.

The taste is very balanced. Sweet, a bit almondy, and not offensive. There's not a lot of kick, but it's insanely refreshing. It's a bit watery on the aftertaste, but smooth going down.

Overall, Yuengling is a good beer for a good price. In any general bar setting with little drink variety, I'll take this in a pinch over the standard brand-name beers. It's nearly everywhere you go in PA, so I usually have this to fall back on.

knofac, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of craigo19
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Got turned on to this when I was in Harrisburg 2 1/2 years ago. It is definately a worth while regular drinking beer that puts any Budweiser or Miller product to shame. If I could get this in Michigan or Ohio, it would be my regular drinking beer instead of Labatt Blue. About twice a year, I will make a road trip to PA (3 hour drive) from Toledo, OH area and get a couple of cases to have on hand.

craigo19, Nov 05, 2009
Photo of RJLarse
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

My wife brought me a couple of bottles of Yuengling Traditional Lager while on a vacation to the northeastern US. Poured from a green glass bottle to a ping glass.

Pours a clear copper/gold color. Foamy off-white head, is not very resilient. Dissipates to a thing ring around the glass. No lacing to speak of.

Smell is a musty acerbic aroma. Like fallen leaves and vinegar maybe? Not as skunky as a typical macro Euro lagers however.

Taste is also a bit vinegar like. Sweet vinegar, with a cereal flavor. Corn maybe.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. Lightly carbonated bordering on flat. Mildly bitter aftertaste.

Drinkable and I suppose I could get used to it if it was around. It's better than Rolling Rock, but I think there are better lagers around my neck of the woods (Longboard), and definately a lot better beer in the pale ale category.

RJLarse, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of drabmuh
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured froma bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is clear, amber in color, tight white head two fingers thick forms on top, falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Caronbation is mild, no haze at all. Looks like an amber, good job.

What aroma? I don't smell anything. Oops. No off aromas so I guess that's OK.

Thin in the mouth, not a lot of flavor, some back of the mouth flavor, nothing offensive just nothing there. Some cereal, maybe corn like flavor at the back, beer is wet and cold. Nothing special here.

drabmuh, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of infi
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a nonic pint.

Pours a translucent amber/caramel color that generates a nice bubbly white head that settles into a cap after two minutes. Held up to a light, you can see lots of carbonation going on. Typical lager appearance - not much of a 'wow' factor going on aesthetically. The smell is very minute. Lots of malt and grain detected with a small amount of a metallic scent. I can get at some hoppy pineness as it warms but again, very minimal. The taste is very light-bodied and carries a nice toasted characteristic. It has just enough sweetness from the malt alongside the grain. A light metallic aftertaste remains on the tongue and has very little hop bitterness in the end.

This lager is very crisp and has little, but sufficient carbonation for the mouthfeel. Goes down very smooth and easily drinkable. Not a whole lot going on here, but it's decently good. Consider it for your economical beer nights, when funds are low.

*Originally reviewed on September 8, 2009.

infi, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of Rddymk
4.7/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Had never ever heard of this beer. But was on vacation in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. My wife and I went to dinner at a local restuarant on the beach and they had this stuff on tap. I was curious--wife got the usual and I tried one of these beers. Could not believe it! May have been the most flavorful beer I have ever had. I am lobbying the Indiana State alcohol board to allow this beer to come into Indiana. Hopefully it happen.

Rddymk, Oct 22, 2009
Photo of number1bum
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear copper color with a finger of off white head on top. Settles to just a thin lace with a splash of stick here and there.

Smell is a bit on the grainy side, with a light sweetness to it. The graininess is reminiscent of adjuncts, however, and it's a bit skunky. It's pretty clean though; I'll call it neutral.

Taste is cleaner yet, with less of the adjunct graininess from the nose. It's mildly sweet with a clean, biscuit malt taste. Smooth finish with just a touch of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, smooth and crisp. Clean in the finish.

There's really nothing profound to say about Yuengling. It's priced like the big 3 macro lagers but has much more flavor and is very drinkable. There are better lagers out there, sure, but this is always a great go to beer that I'm happy to keep in my fridge.

number1bum, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of Ezone024
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

2nd in a series of well crafted lagers i wanted to review.. yuengling is by FAR. the best sessions beer you're going to get. and for the price you can't beat it (under $20 a case). bottle or can it's all good. although i prefer it right out of the can... for reviewing i poured out a bottle into a standard pint glass.

it looks great straight up amber in color with a thin and fizzy head that fades in due time.
smell is sweet and carmel.
flavor is well rounded and full for easy drinkability.

i don't really need to get into logistics of this beer, as it is pretty simple...great beer, great price, great taste.

ask anyone from Pennsylvania, there's no other.
sadly i live in Western CT and have to take a short ride down the ol' road to pick up a case but damn, it's worth it!

Ezone024, Oct 20, 2009
Photo of microbrew52
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I grew up in PA and this is the beer of choice at the pub, especially when bud and coors are next to it on the tap. It has a nice color in the glass with a thin layer of foam (i hate when they don't leave enough to capture the aroma). It has a nice carbonated feel in the mouth with the taste of mostly hops with a little hops.

microbrew52, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of dasenebler
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm a fan of Yuengling. Under 20 bucks for a case of drinkable beer that actually has some flavor works for me.

From the cold can, this amber lager tastes very refreshing and light, with a bit of nutty malt sweetness. Some huskiness though. The mouthfeel is light with soft, but high carbonation. Aftertaste is not particularly inspiring, a little off and indicative of adjuncts (?). Drink it cold, and don't think about it too much. Like I said, I enjoy this beer for what it is: easy and cheap.

dasenebler, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of jkrich
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle with a code stamped on bottle. It seems odd for an American brewer to use a green bottle.

Poured into a pilsner glass a very clear, new penny copper with a 1/8 inch head that slowly receded.

There was some fresh, spicy malty aroma and a slight metallic smell. This is the weakest part of this beer.

The taste was very effervescent and a solid malty flavor followed by a surprising hop bit. This "traditional" lager does emphasize the malt but is no one-dimensional cloying beer. The light caramel malts are balanced by just enough hops.

This one is light bodied for the style and very carbonated. The mouthfeel is clean and refreshing.

This is far from a complex beer you would mull over. It is too carbonated and a little too light in flavor. However, it is a fine quaffer with enough flavor to keep it interesting. It is also from "America's Oldest Brewery." As mentioned before, it is a quality beer for the price.

jkrich, Oct 18, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling Traditional Lager
32 oz brown bottle
Purchased in eastern Pennsylvania
Served in a tulip glass and out of the bottle

Pours a light amber brown with a decent head on top. Minimal lacing appearance.

The nose is rather faint, but I get some whiffs of sweet malts.

A clean tasting beer from the start with some juicy caramel malts, corn and cereal grain flavors. Nice hop snap on the finish to round out the beer. This beer strikes a nice balance of carbonation and softness.

This beer tastes mighty fresh. I really like the easy drinkability of this beer. In my opinion, this is one of the best beers for the price you will find in the store or at the bar. This is a straightforward lager that is easily crossable to many crowds of beer drinkers. A session style beer that I would put against practically all Bud, Miller and Coors beers that I've ever had.

At the very least, one must acknowledge the great significance the Yuengling Brewery has in the American history of craft beer. I went to a tour of the brewery this past weekend and now look at this brewery in a much different and positive light.

Hibernator, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear amber with a white foamy head and a little lace.

Toasted bread notes and light hop aromas, toasted malt, maybe a bit of boiled grain,and a biscuit-like dry finish. Refreshing but very subdued.

Carbonated and watery mouthfeel.

Overall, an easy drinker, but I think this one is alot of hype for those outside of a distribution area. A refreshing beer, but a bit too light in flavor for me to seek this out again.

OtherShoe2, Oct 13, 2009
Photo of GratefulBeerGuy
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had this one at the Seven Stone Steps in Cazanovia New York.

a rich, dark amber color, almost brown with red hues. a full 1" deep off-white head is looking healthy with nice retention.

The aroma has an array of malts, amber sweetness and slightly smokey. a balance of earthy yeast and dry, herbal hops keeps this one very interesting.

The flavor has a surprisingly bold malt charecter with soft smoke and nuts then a gentle sweetness in the middle with the balance of earthy, dry notes from the hops and yeast. This is one malty red lager!

The feel is a crispy, medium bodied feel with a lively nature, finishing dry and herbal.

This is pretty nice on tap.

GratefulBeerGuy, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of eljefe21
2.55/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Translucent bronze in color, like a clear pilsner with some brown added for darkness. Single finger head quickly fades. Watery lacing quickly washes off the sides of the glass.

S: Malty staleness. Some pleasant smells mixed with off smells. Nothing too horrible but nothing too good either.

T: Watery malt flavors. A pleasing sweet center lingers for the finish, but doesn't linger long enough as it's pulled away by the watery wash.

M: Sharp carbonation and watery body overwhelm the mouth leaving it hard pressed to find the flavor.

D: Despite the poorish quality, I've always enjoyed a Yuengling, or two, especially in the cooler months. You've got to love the history and the fact that it's not completely watered down American pilsner crap. Now if they'd just quit sticking it in those horrible green bottles.

Served: in a standard pint glass.

Review from notes taken on: 9/28/09

eljefe21, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of alkemy
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear light amber/golden pour. Not much of a head. What little there was disappeared quickly. Sweet cereal smell with a hint of vinegar. I was kind of expecting this to taste fairly awful, but that wasn't the case. Taste was sweet with some metallic notes as well. I wouldn't neccesarily say it's good, but it's far from bad. I'd drink it again, but I wouldn't sit and session it all day.

alkemy, Oct 10, 2009
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 4,944 ratings.