Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 5,378
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 112
Gots: 750 | FT: 1
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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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.

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

A- Tapped from the beer wagon to a pitcher to my clear plastic cup... that's right, plastic cup. Starts with a decent head with ok retention and some light spotted lacing. Beer is a nice crisp amber color with light activity

S- Not too much to smell... little grainy, bread, and hints of sweet malt

T- Has a bready, grainy taste from start to finish with some malty sweetness joining in for the finish. Pretty much no hop aspect to it

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation

O- I grew up on this beer... it was our 'good' beer for campfire's and cookouts in high school when we weren't drinking Old Milwaukee pounders and $10 cases of RedDog. All in all, it's a respectable beer when factoring price into the equation. Today it's my saving grace at this wedding in bumblefuck Schullkyll county


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

16 oz can into tulip.

A: a rich copper color starts with a bubbly head. doesnt have the best retention as it dies to a rim.

S: a grape-nut cereal malt aroma. the grain is well-rounded, but overwhelmingly one-note. wish there was a greater hop presence.

T: a sort of metallically maltiness. caramel malt sweetness works with an earthy, mild bitterness. im assuming the metallic flavor is caused something by the can, cause i dont usually notice this out of the bottle.

M: high carbonation on a light body.

D: a mid-atlantic staple. however, when dissecting the flavor some flaws are evident. like i said above, maybe it's the can, maybe i just have a soft-spot for yuengling lager, but this is always a moderately priced go-to where im from.

Photo of JohnnyChicago
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a SA Perfect Pint glass.

A: Pours a light amber with a bit of off-white head.

S: Not much in smell. Light cereal grains and even lighter hops.

T: A little light on flavour here but its clean and balanced. There is some caramel and woody notes with bitter hops. Tastes like a good, adjunct-free lager should taste like.

D: Crisp and clean drinking with a smooth finish. Alcohol is hidden, as it should be.

Overall: Not bad at all! Of course its too bland and boring, but it isn't nasty, and that is more than I can say for most mass-produced American lagers. This is a beer that has a bit of history and it doesn't disgrace that history. A solid lager from classic American brewery.

Photo of DaveBlack
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Being from Western PA, this beer has enjoyed a special place in my life for as long as I can remember. It is the holiday beer: 2 cases sitting in the garage from Thanksgiving through New Years and beyond. I've never sat down to do an actual tasting until now, though.

A: Light amber with some hints of red. The off-white head is pretty thin, maybe a centimeter thick and disappears fairly quickly without leaving behind much lacing.

S: Malts, some slightly toasted cereal grains, and not much else.

T: Some slight spiciness, the same toasted malts and the grains found in the aroma. Not an incredibly complex beer, but not BAD the way that most American lagers are.

M: Light body with a moderate amount of carbonation.

O: A step up in every way from BMC beers, but nothing special. Just a solid, drinkable beer. Pretty cheap, and its restriction the the east coast makes it feel somehow exclusive. As I mentioned, this has been my family beer forever, so it holds a special place in my heart and my palate.

Photo of ShanePB
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Having had Yuengling Lager many times on-tap, bottle and from the can I think it's best enjoyed on draft. Poured into a 16 ounce standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber/copper colored body with a very small bubbly white head. The dissipation is extremely rapid and leaves no lacing or retention anywhere in the glass. It's perhaps a bit dull in its overall appearance but you can tell this has a bit more quality behind it than most other lagers.

S: There's not much to say in terms of aromas, it's fairly grainy and very light, slightly toasted malts. It certainly has a sweetness to it from seemingly both the malts and yeast. A touch of yeast in the back end of the aroma but overall it's okay.

T: Immediate sweet malts up front followed by the faintest hop "ting" I've ever had in a lager. By no means is this focused on but it's there if you can pick it out. More grains and a touch of ripened apple mid to back palate. It's very one-dimensional I will say but for some reason I like it. It's nice and refreshing.

M: Highly active carbonation, very bubbly and easily on the lighter end of a medium-bodied beer but really nice for the style. This isn't over the top amazing but I think it fits the bill without being watery.

I might be biased because of how close I am to the brewery but this is essentially a staple in my area. If you're out at any bar without a craft beer selection, you can always count on Yuengling being available - a beer I'd gladly take any day.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Rocked this one the old way...straight from the can

(A) Can

(S) Not too much. Medium to light malts. Grains, almost like wet steel cut oats. Little sweetness.

(T) Corn and weak malt. Light taste. Very simple. You get some roasted grains in there. A small sweetness is the undertone. Not much going on.

(M) Very smooth and kind of watery. Light body.

(O) This is the best golf beer ever, in my opinion. It goes down super easy and it's an old style beer. No frills, nothing fancy. I actually happen to love this beer, but as far as how it stacks up to other brews and the overall craft, it's nothing out of this world. It's one of those not-so-great beers that I can't get enough of.

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

12oz. can poured into a taster. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pale orange color. Some white froth.

(S)- Lots of grains (wheat, corn, etc). Some corn husk.

(T)- Same as the smell. Light grainy notes. Very subtle lemony corn husk.

(M)- Very light. Medium to full carbonation level. Crisp.

(D)- Not very much flavor, but it sure goes down pretty easy. Crisp and refreshing. It is what it is.

Photo of cinematicgypsy
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Golden amber color, thick head when poured that disappeared rather quickly that leaves behind light traces with lots of carbonation.

S: Yeasty smell, reminds of white bread when you open a fresh package.

T: Sweet and malty at first with a bitter apple aftertaste, reminds me of eating too close to the pit of a piece of fruit.

M: Lot of carbonation, reminds me of drinking soda.

O: Tastes like a lighter Sam Adams boston lager with much less hop. Great upgrade for the standard BBQ summer lager.

Serving type: Poured from a bottle into a wide mouthed glass.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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