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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,121 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,121
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 100
Gots: 603 | 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.

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Photo of Landfill21
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer in Destin, FL during our vacation.

Poured into a fancy plastic glass, pours into a light amber color and had a creamy two finger head that disappears in no time.

Doesn't have the best smell. Sort of smells like fresh cut grass

Has a mild hop finish and has hints of caramel.

Has a mild mouthfeel with little carbonation

Has average drinkability. I was not a huge fan of this beer but I will definitely get one when I get the chance.

Landfill21, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of dogfishandi
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from a 12oz can out of the fridge into a pint glass.

pours a nice looking amber color with a big fizzy white head that faded to nothing within minutes.

not much of an aroma. sharp lager funk, little bits of grain and floral hops, and just a touch metallic.

slightly toasted grainy malts, floral and citrus hops, lager yeast throughout. nothing spectacular, but its a nice cheap everyday drinker.

crisp refreshing mouthfeel. light body, ample carbonation.

great drinkability, way better than any macro option. and the price is about the same as most macro beers. overall, yuengling brews a quality product and you have to give them props.

dogfishandi, Sep 27, 2010
Photo of BeerDrinkerDave
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I missed out on trying this beer years ago. It gets overlooked and pushed to the side for bigger and more advertised brews. I picked it up not too long ago and found that this is a well hidden secret. I was truly set to my Budlights and New Belgium beers. Not anymore, this is my new go-to beer everyday of the week. It is very affordable at IGA, roughly $4 for a 6 pack. Pretty good buzz compared to any other Lager. The tatse is exceptional, however the labeling can be deceiving. I think they need a make-over, new labeling, few commercials, keep the same ingredients and your golden! If I had the money, I would try to buy some shares from the owners in this company. I'm on my 5th beer this afternoon and I wish I had another 6. Very good beer, defies the green bottle skuny theory, lol.

BeerDrinkerDave, Sep 25, 2010
Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.08/5  rDev -39%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Definatly a step above Budweiser and Miller but still pretty bad. Nevertheless I'll try to be nice as some friends of mine love it.

Color was a light amber with not much of a head. Smelled a bit grainy and glassy with metallic hops. Taste was almost watery, a little bit of hop complexities, barley flavors were inferior. the mouthfeel was a bit watery with chunky carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer but not overly so because the taste is lousy, more processed tasting than characteristic of all the ingredients. Would never buy this beer and would only drink again if I'm desparate and it's free.

Sachsenfreude, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of damndirtyape
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Green Turtle in the Baltimore Airport.

Appearance: Clear coppery-orange color with a very thin white foam across the top. Some strands of lacing here and there, but not a lot.

Smell: Grainy with a cut grass smell when cold - and almost no smell at all when warm.

Taste: This beer is much better when warmed up and served with food. Cold and alone the beer is chalky with a grainy lager flavor. Warmed up and with food the malt comes out more. The beer with food and warmed up has a solid malt flavor in the front, followed by a mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and maybe a bit sticky. Not at all watery and definitely above average.

Drinkability: By itself I really don't care for this beer. It's got a flavor profile that just leaves me cold - I'm not caring for it. With food it becomes much better in washing a meal down and I think then the flavors compliment things more. Overall a "meh" experience.

damndirtyape, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of Chaz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a fairly deep orange/amber in color, topped with a head that's a little darker than "light tan", maybe khaki in color. Head drops about as quickly as I'd expected and leaves a fair amount of lace.

The nose is malt-focused, but a lightly metallic/lightly bitter hop presence is there as well. Smells sweet-ish . . . but other than this there isn't much going on.

First sip is much better than I'd anticipated, with a medium-sweetness tempered by a light astringency, leading to a fairly dry finish. Some biscuity malt tones here, but otherwise quite dry and pleasing. Not exactly crisp, but much more interesting than your average "corn or rice" pale macro lager.

Shoot, altogether this'd see some regular rotation in my fridge if I had access to it! A little lighter in body than some of my favorite American Amber lagers, but otherwise quite drinkable and a very, very approachable beer.

Big thanks to BA woodychandler for this one : )

Chaz, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of RRoeb1123
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar.

Appearance: Copper color, with a bit of a head that doesn't last long, dissipates after about 30 seconds.

Smell: A bit of cereal grains, and a bit of malt. Smells pretty decent actually, very non-offensive. Nothing too special, but it still is great in its own way.

Taste: Malt, a bit of hoppiness, it's very balanced. Far better than most macros. A bit of almost like caramel or something thrown into the mix also.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, and a bit watery.

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing, these go back very easily, and are great during the summer. A decent offering from PA, especially for something to drink every day, if the generic macros aren't your thing.

RRoeb1123, Sep 20, 2010
Photo of crossovert
1.45/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can.

It pours an amber/gold with a fizzy white head that immediately dissipates and leaves no lacing.

The smell is reminiscent of an adjunct lager. Grain, cooked veggies, mineral water.

The taste is even more adjuncty, in fact i dk how this isn't an Adjunct lager, it is corny, with a certain saltiness to it. There is a thick mineral water flavor and then some malt flavor at the end.

The mouthfeel is watery.

At any rate, this is a crappy adjunct lager, nothing more.

crossovert, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of NODAK
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, the beer I had seemed to smell sort of skunked, which isn't going to give me a good indicator of aroma.

The taste is a bit non-descript for a "full flavored" lager. The body has some vegetal/corn type of taste to it, along with a bit of creaminess and cereal grain taste that I've come to associate with amber beers, though it isn't that much. Hop bite is small, though present, at the finish.

Better than macros, but definitely nothing outstanding. Definitely will beat your ordinary macro any day of the week however. I feel as if I can drink this when I want something simple and cheap and not have to turn in my "craft drinker" card.

NODAK, Sep 19, 2010
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
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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