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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,112 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,112
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 99
Gots: 599 | 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 Reaper16
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

served on-tap @ The Downtown Pub, Tuscaloosa, AL, into a pint glass
Short notes on this, so I'll Quick Hits this one.

Pours out a blend of red and yellow and brown that reminds me of red rock landscapes in the American West. Not much head; a ring of white and a bubble or two. Substandard lacing.

Smells of white bread, soybean, tallgrass, apple juice. It smells of all of these at once; no progression, no further complexity opening up. Nothing poor, nothing exceptional.

Taste follows the nose. Clean, though simple, bready malts meet a hint of, like, English walnut. Some generic sucrose/fruit sugar flavor. A bit of lawn clippings from whatever shitty hops they use. This is pretty alright. Almost good for the style, even.

Watery mouthfeel, but not so much that it is distracting. Drinkability is pretty awesome. Obviously; I mean, drinkability is why this beer exists, right?

You could do worse.

Reaper16, Sep 18, 2010
Photo of KYFriedChildren
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling, one of the beer staples of my childhood community. It was either Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Coors Lite or Yuengling. Of all of the above this is by far my favorite.

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass it's fizzy and yellow with a tiny little white head that soon after dissappears. Not as pale as some of the major adjuncts.

Smell- Smells a little of hops but mostly just a sugary tartness that can't be denied. Not off-putting.

Taste- Not really all that much to it. Thin, a bit watery but there is a lingering of hop taste and a more dominating malty/breadiness.

Mouthfeel- A fizzy soda-like party dancing all over my tongue. Too fizzy and watery for my taste.

Drinkability- This is where Yuengling shines. You could (and I have) drink these all day. It's cheap and smooth. Sometimes when the ol' wallet is bare it's not bad.

Don't ever mind buying Yuengling even though it isn't one of my favorites. Never a bad thing to support a legacy of family owned and operated business.

KYFriedChildren, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of tjsmith910
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The best by far in the Yuengling family. No real color, No bitterness though either. Beer maintains taste though through out the length of the first gulp to the last every time. Good with all foods in my opinion. Reminds me of the first beer I ever tasted in a plesant way, A MGD.

tjsmith910, Sep 16, 2010
Photo of legatovibrato24
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

After the pour, a short lived fizzy white head lasts about 45 seconds, and clears the way for the strong caramel notes to come through. The copper, light brownish color it pours is indicative of its flavor and a sign of a beer that actually has real ingredients. A slight bit of roast smell does make it through the caramel and malty notes.

In the taste, again caramel notes, with minimal hops, much more malt in this brew. very smooth to drink, carbonation is noticeable but does not in any way detract from the drinkability or taste.

I highly recommend this beer, as it's great for a session and Yuengling is still a family owned brewery that made it through prohibition and has thankfully not sold out to Anheuser-Busch. As you enjoy this drinkable lager, you can also feel good about supporting a family owned and operated brewery that takes pride in its heritage and serves a purpose higher than the almighty dollar.

legatovibrato24, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of tapman
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark gold/amber w/2 finger, eggshell colored head. Clear and filtered, decent lacing.

Pale malt aroma w/ a sour apple tartness.

Woody taste w/ a subtle, earthy hoppiness. Clean, yet a little bland. Little residual maltose which betrays the body color to me. Balanced bitterness, though it is small.

Soda-pop bright carbonation in the mouth.

Not a lot going on in this brew, but that goes for the bad things as well. I would imagine that the flavor would get lost if these guys weren't great brewers and had some off flavors in there or didn't use decent ingredients. All the 'bad' beer should be this good.

tapman, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of sellmeagod
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a decent lager that has become a bit too ubiquitous and overrated by the masses who found something that tasted good and beer-esque, so it therefore must be high class.

Smells of metal, mouthfeel of water, but there still remains a bite that can not be denied. You can drink them all day, as long as boredom doesn't sit in, although getting buzzed is impossible with this eagle of 4.4 abv. Is it a snob thing to downplay the great American lager? Maybe, but I am not excited to drink this.

sellmeagod, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of AgentZero
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A nice amber color with a good looking bubble precense and minimal head. Clear beer.

S - Sweet caramel malts dominate with a slight hops finish.

T - Malts not as sweet or full as expected. Some bready taste with a little bit of hops on the end. Really watery, and not good.

M - Lighter side of medium, watery, litle carbonation bite.

D - It's okay, but not super enjoyable.

AgentZero, Sep 11, 2010
Photo of russpowell
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another can from WoodyChandler, review from notes...

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cornyness, faint caramel & apples

T: Slight apricot fruittyness, with leafy hops & apples as well up front. Dryness, more fruit flavors, plus leafy & grassy hops once warm. Finishes dry with faint hoppy notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation with good balance

Drinks easy for what it is, could do a few in a pinch

russpowell, Sep 09, 2010
Photo of thatguy3579
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, copper in color, with decent but dissipating head.

S: Mostly sweet and biscuity in smell, hints of orange as well.

T: Begins with nice biscuit sweetness, with some mild earthy bite. Finish is sweet. All in all not aggressive, but flavorful.

M: Fairly thin in body, with high carbonation.

D: A tasty and drinkable brew. This beer is really impressive when compared to similarly priced beers.

thatguy3579, Sep 05, 2010
Photo of cheMan
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

There really isn't much to say about this one, other than that I drink it quite a bit (i.e. not worth going down the ASTMD analysis like I would for a craft). Like many of you, I avoid Budweiser and other macros like the plague and can hardly stand most mainstream lagers, preferring to drink water than that swill. But Yuengling lager is an exception. To me, this beer is genuinely good, to the point that I'll often buy a 12-pack and down it in a little over a week's time. If your in an area where crafts are hard to come by, or you need a beer for a party, or your a little short on cash, I highly recommend picking this one up if you've never tried it before.

cheMan, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of TonyVic
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite everyday beers that I can easily drink several in one sitting. It has a dark amber color and a light ring of foam that follows it through the beer. It has a light but indistinguishable hop aroma which is neutral and pairable with foods such as pizza, burgers, and fried foods. The low alcohol content makes it easy drinking through the evening.

TonyVic, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of russwbeck
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling is my go to beer. Based on price, location of the brewery, and taste. You cannot beat it IMO. Finally getting around to reviewing it.

A: Light amber, or gold, small white head that disappears quickly.

S: Malts and alcohol. Can't say this beer is known for its smell.

T: Very light with hints of malt. Maybe a hint of a hop, metallic flavor, probably coming from the can.

MF: Tastes like a beer you can drink, little carbonation. Light, but not too light.

D: I can (and do) drink this beer as much as possible. I always start with a fine craft or import beer and move to this as the night goes on.

russwbeck, Sep 03, 2010
Photo of AdamBear
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

A-dark gold, white head

S-sweet honey almost bock scent, nice for a lager

T-strong grains and for some reason i detect honey

M-creamy at first which is nice, but then gets watery characteristics

D-A very,very drinkable beer. the tastes stays, even if it were binge session. high volumes can be consumed while constantly appreciating the taste.

AdamBear, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of STEG
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Clear darkish amber 1inch off white head receds quickly lacing isn't bad though

Smells of sweet malt and strained hops. Not much else

Taste Has sweet malt corn and some mild hop bitterness.

Mithfeel is light with molds carbonation, watery but nit bad

I could have a bunch of these. Easy drinking taste kinda holds it back a bit but overall not bad.

STEG, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of beerprovedwright
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Good pour into chilled (45F) mug, resulting in a nice white fluffy head. Head dissipates down to a light covering with good clinging lacing. Dark reddish amber color with a 16 on the SRM chart. Light smell of lightly roasted malt with just a hint of hop. It smells stronger than the taste, which is pleasant but nothing notable. Just a little bit of bite from the hops, but nothing else overpowering. Some sweetness from the malt, which seems to be responsible for the lingering aftertaste. Feels great on the tongue and upper pallet, nice carbonation. Not a heavy beer by no means, but a good, pleasant flavor. Good availability, I can find this in the bottle all over, at a reasonable price. Will spread it to my friends at our next gathering.

beerprovedwright, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of LuthersMug
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this one while at the beach.

A - Deep, copper hue, very pleasing on the eyes. Thin head with carbonation bubbling up. Lacing was nice.

S - Nothing overpowering here, musty grains.

T - Again no overpowering flavor, but I wouldn't classify it as watery either. Hints of grains and maltiness in the beginning. Slight hops and metallic flavor at the end.

M - Good carbonation

D - This is one you could have a few of.

LuthersMug, Aug 19, 2010
Photo of LairdChisholm
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Taken from notes 8-11-10

A - Copper in color with a lot of carbonation coming to the top. A small white head that fizzles out immediately. No lacing.

S - Sweet malts with a touch of alcohol and caramel. A bit skunky.

T - Light in flavor with a bit of Alcohol and slight bread taste. Not bad but not great.

M - Very light and thin. Maybe a bit too much carbonation.

D - Real easy to drink. Goes down smooth.

LairdChisholm, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz into pint glass. Thanks to my roommate for this one.

A- Amber? dull yellowy brown more like it.

S- Beer-y malt presence. That's pretty much all I'm getting out of it.

T- Toasted bready malt, faint grassy hops (but muted).

M- Good carbonation and body, if a bit light. Goes down easy.

D- Fairly high, considering the price point this beer is a clear winner over its peers. Worth seeking out. Not the best amber/red lager but the best for the price by a long shot.

ShogoKawada, Aug 16, 2010
Photo of Spineypanda
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Have been waiting a long time to try the fabled Yeungling.
Pours a nice red amber with a thin lace head.
Smells of slightly sweet malts and herbs, with a quick hop kick to the nostrils that is only barely apparent.
Taste is more than i expected, with a nice crispness and maltiness that is accentuated by a slight citrus twang on the center and back of the tongue.

Nice beer, and I can see why people try so hard to find it.

Spineypanda, Aug 15, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brownish/red. Transparent.

S-Fairly malty. Some of that macro skunk scent is apparent. Faint hops.

T-Light in flavor. Not as malty as expected. Light and refreshing but the taste is very subdued.

M-Very light. Crisp and bubbly.

D-Pretty drinkable. Probably wouldn't buy a sixpack of it but was farily suprised when I tried it. Not bad.

VelvetExtract, Aug 12, 2010
Photo of jsdunlop
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling Lager, the best all around brew, period. No matter where you go in NC, if you are looking for a decent, solid tasty beer, it is highly likely that the corner store will carry it, the grocery store will have 24 packs of cans for less than 15 bucks, and the bars will have it on tap at the same price as budlight, miller, coors, etc. It is a go-to beer as many have stated and it has become my staple beer of choice over the years.

jsdunlop, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of newcastleme
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer for the first time several weeks ago at a friends party. I was pleasantly surprised.

A- Light copper color with a small head.

S- Sweet Malt

T- I didn't notice much malts and it was light bodied but not watery.

M- Light bodied

D- I would drink this beer again because it's great drinkability. I think that's the best quality of this beer. It's not amazing but it will do for a nice night of relaxing or a game with the guys.

newcastleme, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of Milestone221
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Solid tan two thumb head which dissipates quickly. Some carbonation. Pure brown transparent color. Very attractive.

S-Earthy grains, malt, and roasted nuts.

T-Rich. At first bitter but slows to a smooth finish. Slight hops.

M-Very good. Leaves a carmel taste.

D-Pretty high considering the style. Meant to be enjoyed, not rushed, for sure but is sessionable. The lager everyone reverts to when in trouble. Great overall beer. No downsides.

Milestone221, Aug 06, 2010
Photo of larryi86
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

I found a bottle at the back of my fridge that a friend had brought over a few weeks, so I figured I would try it again.

A- Light copper color with a three finger white head that disappears quickly.

S- Sweet malts.

T- Sweet malts, almost no hops, and a little watery.

M- Light.

D- Not a bad beer, but I would only buy it if I was at a bar with only BMC. This is drinkable and does go down fairly easily.

larryi86, Aug 03, 2010
Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good amber tones, very copper and a beautiful transparency. A fast fleeting head. A decent smell with a sent of pen ink to my sense, which I find cool. Not a bad amber. A good little malt taste clouds about the back of the mouth. Pretty average as far as craft beers go. Nothing special that jumps out at you but nothing that takes away from it either. A watery feel that almost evaporates across the tongue. Could have a session with this, easily.

JordanEllwanger, Aug 03, 2010
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 5,112 ratings.