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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,629 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,629
Reviews: 1,496
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 91
Gots: 385 | 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 scottbrew4u


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

Had plenty of these in my day but thought I give it a review.

Bubbly white head starts off nice and quickly fades to a scattering of bubbles. Good clarity to this one with a light amber color with some golden hues. Vegetal smell with some toasted malt in there and faint herbal hops as well. Not very appealing.
Medium body and crisp carbonation with some slickness on the tongue. Flavors are balanced from sweet vienna malt to some spicy hops that add bitterness. Malt profile is not deep and some corn flavor comes through unwantingly. Finishes a bit dry.

This beer goes down easy and can be had in quantity. Better than the macro beers out there. Try it with a burger and fries.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2008 03:39:31 | More by scottbrew4u
Photo of PhageLab


3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Clear brownish yellow color, thin head with poor retention, some spotted lacing. Average for the style.

S - Corn, veggie oil, and a faint nose of malt.

T - Simplistic and slightly watery malt base, a bit of baked breadiness in the aftertaste, crisp finish. Nothing too complicated but pretty tasty.

M - High carbonation level, light body, watery consistency.

D - Extremely drinkable, great social/party beer. Nothing spectacular, but for what it is it's a very nice brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 15:22:01 | More by PhageLab
Photo of BeerTaster

New York

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great everyday beer. Cheeper than most craft beers but ten times better than your average macro lager. Appearance light amber in color head was a bit of a disapointment. Smell sweet malt and caramel. Taste again sweet malt and caramel and just a hin of hops to balance it. Mouthfeel lite body mediem carbonation nothing profound. Drinkability very good keep a six pack in the back of the fridge for emergencies.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2008 03:15:34 | More by BeerTaster
Photo of jeremy13586


4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my go-to beer. Pours a nice amber with a nice, big head that dissapates quickly. Very sweet and malty in the nose. Tastes sweet with a tad of bitterness and a tiny bit metallic (only experienced metallic on tap). The perfect sit-on-your-ass-and-watch-tv beer. When buying cases of bottles you will occassionally get a "bad batch" that just tastes aweful. Best on tap. On thing to keep in mind: When consumed in large quantities, this beer will give you what is commonly known as "The Yueng Farts", which may turn in to "The Yueng Shits". If you're out at the bar and plan on drinking a lot of Yuenging, make sure that the next day is free of any formal events (weddings, job interview, church, etc.).

Serving type: on-tap

02-18-2008 16:29:24 | More by jeremy13586
Photo of Deadstar


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

Poured out of a Pint sized can into a glass.

Appearance: Amber in color, a pour left me with a finger thick head that faded away quite quickly.

Smell: A bit of malt and a touch of fruit.

Taste: Quite malty, but very crisp, can taste a touch of alcohol on the rear end.

Mouthfeel: Quite heavily carbonated, helps to make this beer feel light and crisp.

Drinkability: This one wasn't very filling and not heavy. I can down a few pints of this in one sitting.

Overall this is a pretty solid beer, somewhat of an "old reliable".

Serving type: can

02-15-2008 23:57:16 | More by Deadstar
Photo of Horsley54


4.38/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer, for just lounging around and drinking. It's a much better beer then miller or Budweiser, and not that much more expensive. This is a good American Lager, that is good for any occasion. It's not a heavy beer, but just a good all around beer. Coming from the oldest Brewery in America, they must be continuing to do something right.

Serving type: bottle

02-14-2008 04:43:26 | More by Horsley54
Photo of nrpellegrini


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured to pint glass.

A: clear dirty brown, white fast thinning head
S: spicy, somewhat of a stink, fruit hint, malts
T: spices throughout, malty, nothing overpowering
M: great, small bite, not bitter or over carbonated
D: great, smooth

All around good beer.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2008 17:14:44 | More by nrpellegrini
Photo of CrescentLake

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Not quite a summer lager, but a refeshing drinkable beer that I love with any flavorful food. It's simple and cheap, but it blows the bud-brothers and miller-motha's out of the wort. Drink one by the grill, or by the camp fire, or two while you're grilling on the camp fire. If you want a six+/- dollar six pack Yuengling is my choice every time.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2008 03:45:45 | More by CrescentLake
Photo of MrIncognito


3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a glass. Also had on tap.

Appearance is a strange amber color with some greenish hues. Almost looks like it has different color layers.

Taste is somewhat sweet with a different bitterness than most. Metallic, steely. Average carbonation.

Mouthfeel is smooth, goes down easy.

I feel like everyone I went to college with is obsessed with this beer. It is good, but not amazing. A definite session beer. I think it is one that all should try at some point.

Serving type: bottle

02-01-2008 20:53:40 | More by MrIncognito
Photo of bboven


3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Fizzy big head that fades to nothing very fast. No lacing. The color is a gold/orange hue, should probably be a little redder to fit the style, but certainly better than some in the category.

Smell is all two-row malt. I'm guessing any specialty grains are just for color. At least it has a smell, though, and there's nothing wrong with two-row.

Taste is once again lots of two-row. There's a little hop flavor to it, but it comes across as more sour than anything. Still, there is certainly nice malt flavor even if it is basic malt flavor.

High, medium high crisp carbonation, very drying. Nice an refreshing, makes you want to take another sip.

This beer is very easy to drink if you want something uncomplicated but not lacking in all flavor. I get this quite a bit, actually, when I go to non-beer restaurants because it's often the best beer they have.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 23:29:26 | More by bboven
Photo of KOPBeerDrinker

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Color is light brown or amber with a thin, off white head. Smell is slightly musty, can't pick up much else. Taste is a light sweet malt, can't detect much else. Mouthfeel is light and smooth with prickly carbonation. Very easy to drink. Although not too impressive when compared to most beers, this is one of my favorites to drink at a bar, party, or barbeque. It is a very popular beer in the Philly/S. Jersey area and usually order by requesting "a lager".

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2008 01:49:51 | More by KOPBeerDrinker
Photo of Fishdawg71


3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice light amber apearence, thin light head a little lacing on the glass. Slight bready, slight hop aroma, A little malt in the flavor, a little hops in the taste. Over all an easy drinking beer that I would not mind on a hot summer day. From the U.S. oldest brewery I like this beer. A perfect session beer to drink on warm days with your mates...

Serving type: bottle

01-26-2008 08:09:06 | More by Fishdawg71
Photo of DrJay


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

Very clear, light amber with a thin, off-white cap. Bubbles were fairly coarse and soapy, fair retention with a bit of lace. Floral hop aroma with a bit of caramelized malt, brown sugar. Same in the flavour with light bitterness and lemony hops at the end. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad for an inexpensive lager. Flavours stayed palatable as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:13:08 | More by DrJay
Photo of jaz58

Ontario (Canada)

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

A crisp refreshing beer. Great to quench a summer heat. Subtle head, clear golden orange appearance, clensing finish, very little aftertaste. Nice hint of malt.
Citrus start with a good toasted bread finish. Soft mouthfeel. A relaxed easy drinking beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2008 15:43:47 | More by jaz58
Photo of BKIII


4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

As a native Jersey boy, Yuengling is like going home again.(yes, I know it's a PA beer; not the point.) It was the first beer that I started my steps of beer enjoyment, and it's my faithfull stand-by. Yes, it lacks the more complex tastes and smells that more hard to find craft and micro brews have, but I dare you to find a more satisfying, "lets have a few more" simple, tasty American Lager.
I'm proud to say that Yuengling is in my top 5 favorite beers. It's crisp, clean and refreshing. With a slightly carbonated mouthfeel, is always manages to perk me up. And as it warms, the flavors do develop from crisp and sweet, to a more mellow flavor. I just wish it didn't take a pilgramidge home to get another case

Amen for Yuengling


Serving type: bottle

01-21-2008 01:03:10 | More by BKIII
Photo of mmatt1

New Jersey

4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I first had this beer in the poconos in Pennsylvania on tap. It is a red colored beer and has a pretty good head. Leaves some when finished on the glass. This beer is a premeire beer for Pennsylvanians. It is a good beer for any type of day or not and whatever type of season. It goes down very smooth and finishes very well.

Serving type: on-tap

01-18-2008 04:44:22 | More by mmatt1
Photo of IgnatiusReilly

New Jersey

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured on-tap to pint glass. Oyster Pub, Daytona Beach, FL.

Pours a deep, hazy ruby/amber. Great looking head, tan and thick, lots of lace. Aroma is earthy and malty, some grain, not much evidence of hops. Earthy and malty. Lots of grain, with a hint of sweet malt. A little bit of hop dryness at the end. Mouthfeel is slick and full. This a pretty refreshing lager, though not my first choice. More grainy (reminds me of a Pilsner flavor) than I would like out of a darker lager. I usually lean towards Sam Adam’s Boston Lager, but being from the Philly area, you have to take pride in America’s oldest brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

01-17-2008 03:39:16 | More by IgnatiusReilly
Photo of therica


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've already reviewed this, beer, on-tap. This review is for the bottled variety.

While sitting and waiting at Red Lobster one night with my older son, they had only 2 "good" options on-tap-- Samuel Adams Boston Lager and Yuengling Traditional Lager. He chose the Boston, I chose the Yuengling, for some unknown reason. We both continued our choices throughout the meal.

So, now I have both beers in bottles, and am doing a comparison, with actual input from my beer-picky wife (Hefe is her preferred beer).

Both of us selected the Yuengling Traditional Lager over the Samuel Adams Boston Lager.

Both of us noted a rather alum-flat tinny taste in the Sam's, afterwards. The Sam's color is slightly lighter, as well as slightly pink-hued in comparison. My perception in the taste which explains for the pink-hue is either the hops, or possibly the addition of rose-hips or something similar.

Right now, my mouth feels a little flat, after the Sam's and I need to finish this, so I can go get another Yuengling's to straighten out my mouth.

A= nice medium-amber-brown color, reasonable foaming head which doesn't stay forever.

S= pretty much predictive of the taste

T= a nice richness, yet not an amber-sweet; nice malts with some nutty hints; hops florals and moderate bitters without being a hops-fanatic bitter.

M= no unpleasant taste; nice lager-beer aftertaste and feel, "as it should be."

D= very drinkable in single or in-session.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2008 23:29:08 | More by therica
Photo of DrinkinBoy


3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling Traditional Lager pours a pale slightly red clear color, with a slightly off white head with average retention.

It has a slight smell, but the smell is unique to this beer.

The taste is pretty unique and very hoppy for what is viewed as a regular domestic beer. As a Georgia resident, I hate not having this beer available to me on a regular basis. It would be an excellent change of pace to buy an affordable but great tasting beer.

Its mouthfeel is pretty average, and is pretty much what you would expect from a light beer; thin with a lot of carbonation feel.

Overall I find Yuengling Traditional Lager to be very drinkable, although it has a slightly odd aftertaste. Its a truly a present whenever I get a chance to drink it. Based on its price, it would probably be a standard in my fridge.

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2008 02:45:10 | More by DrinkinBoy
Photo of coalcracker


3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden color with a decent amout of carbonation. Head does not last for very long.

Smell: Not bad for a macro lager- grainy with some floral and spicy elements.

Taste: Sweet malts don't jump out very strongly, I think the hops are a bit more pronounced- mildly spicy and earthy.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium-bodied mouthfeel with a little carbonating bite. Not quite as full-bodied as top-flight lagers.

Drinkability: Quite drinkable.

Overall: This beer is an institution in PA and can be found on-tap at virtually every corner bar. Beats the pants off of the BMC brands and has a character all its own. A reliable and tasty lager. Don't change, Yuengling!

Serving type: can

01-10-2008 22:31:50 | More by coalcracker
Photo of yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A: A light golden amber color, perfectly clear with a quickly disappearing off white head that leaves more lacing than expected.
S: Pretty strong, but nothing special, grainy, slightly metallic, nothing bad, nothing great, I've had this enough that I'd describe it as smelling like Yuengling (not so descriptive I suppose).
T: A pleasant earthy, malty, grainy taste. While not necessarily strongly tasting like it, reminds me of bread. No real hop flavor present, finishes with a non-bitter grainy aftertaste. Just a pleasant lager, again, nothing offensive going on here and nothing too strong.
M: Moderate carbonation and a slightly watery tasting medium body. It's refreshing, doesn't leave me with feeling of drinking a beer (not that that's bad, but not great)
D: While this isn't an exceptional beer, is very easy to drink and has a very distinct flavor (at least to me) and is very enjoyable. Given low abv and pleasing aftertaste this is very easy to drink and enjoy. I add an extra .5 in this category for it's price and availability where I'm from as I would happily drink this over any BMC product. Also, it's America's oldest operating brewery or whatever, that counts for something, right??

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:37:53 | More by yourefragile
Photo of AlexJ

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice amber orange in color with a medium off white head that quickly exits.

Aroma is sweet grain and malt, caramel, aND TOAST.

fLAVOR IS LIGHT CEREAL AND TOASTED BREAD MALT and very light hop bitterness.

Body is between light and medium, with average mouthfeel and drinakbility. Better than your standard macro crap, but realy doesn't taste like much to me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-06-2008 20:43:30 | More by AlexJ
Photo of mltobin


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

Poured into a pint glass.

A - A dark brownish color with a one finger head.

S - It smells a little spicy with hints of honey.

T - The yeast seems to be of a fairly high caliber and gives this lager a pleasant taste.

M - Swishing this around my mouth, I am pleased by the complexity of this product from the oldest in-production brewer in the United States.

D - This was introduced to me years ago by a friend of mine. He had bought a 12 pack of it out of state. It is seldom that I buy a U.S. Macro, but when I do, it is usually Yuengling.

Serving type: bottle

12-29-2007 19:06:00 | More by mltobin
Photo of jneiswender


2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured green bottle into a pint glass.

A--clear, reddish brown, very thin head.

S--metallic, alcohol, some sulfur

T--some veggie flavors, corn grits taste, "kiss of hops"


D--I would have this beer in the face of macro brew but wouldn't look to buy this in bulk.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2007 23:04:36 | More by jneiswender
Photo of hustlesworth


2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

poured from a brown bomber that i've never seen before. i've only had this classic out of green bottle and this was way different...

A- orange copper bronze in color with 2in short lived fizzy cream colored head becomes a puffy batter for a few seconds to a thin disk with no lace.

S- bready malt, sourdough, pizza dough, yeasty butterscotch, cooked veggies, alcohol

T- water, a little too malty sweet for me, some creamy soft fruit notes like maybe plantain or honeydew melon quickly changes from fruity to bready and soon as it hits the palate as if the fruitiness was only a part of the transition of the aroma. if that makes sense. hops are barely noticeable, but they impart a floral dryness to the finish.

MF- cloying and soft, medium carbonation.

D- ive had this many times ice cold from a green bottle- no pint glass- and it was excellent. in fact, 4th of july wouldn't be the same without it. neither would memorial day. out of this brown 22oz with a new contemporary non-paper logo, it leans heavy toward the malt side and feels funny overall. maybe i should review again when i get some more of the stuff i'm used to...

Serving type: bottle

12-19-2007 00:28:13 | More by hustlesworth
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