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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,805 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,805
Reviews: 1,501
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 93
Gots: 466 | 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 Strom1

New York

2.05/5  rDev -39.9%

I heard a lot of rave reviews about this beer, but simply put I was very disappointed. The beer looks good out of the bottle with a nice amber glow and a good foamy head but thats were the good ends. IMO the beer just lacks any real flavor and tastes very watered down.

01-24-2009 09:55:49 | More by Strom1
Photo of CBowser


3.58/5  rDev +5%

Clean and refreshing is what you are gonna get with this beer. An excellent thirst quencher. One of my go to beers when I am looking for something light. A great session beer that doesn't get offensive with a lot of foods. The taste is on the sweeter side and the hop flavor is subdued. I prefer it on draft, but it is decent from the bottle too.

01-23-2009 19:48:07 | More by CBowser
Photo of JJBlanche


2.38/5  rDev -30.2%

As someone who grew up in the heart of Yuengling country, I feel qualified to write something on this one...

Appearance: Fairly attracive amber color. Certainly more to it in this regard when compared to BMC, but the fizzy head (which quickly retreats) hurts it somewhat.

Smell: The smell is dominated, in my opinion, by an off-putting sulfur note.

Taste: Again, sulfur and adjuncts really kill this beer for me. Not much of a malt backbone to speak of. Hops are detectable, provided one is looking for them.

Mouthfeel: This is perhaps the best aspect. The level of carbonation is just right, and it's not too light considering the style. If only it tasted good, then we might have something.

Drinkability: The drinkability suffers for me, because I find it hard to choke this down with the sulfur. After I've had a few choice brews, and my palate has numbed somewhat, it becomes easier to drink -- but still far from preferable.

Overall, I've never been fond of Yuenling Lager. The porter is okay, and to a lesser extent the black and tan, but the lager is something I really have to choke down.

01-23-2009 04:18:23 | More by JJBlanche
Photo of Amalak

New York

2.73/5  rDev -19.9%

This is probably the best of your cheap, American lagers. Not too bitter and has decent aftertaste and won't leave you with a hangover.

You basically get what you pay for with this beer. I would say that it's far better than Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc.

01-22-2009 03:41:14 | More by Amalak
Photo of Biggness

New York

3.65/5  rDev +7%

This beer pours a vey clear amber with a light white head. The snell is feint but you get some malt in the nose. The taste is nice and smooth, not overpowering by any means, no bad aftertastes like other lagers and a slight hop flavor. The mouthfeel seems nice and the carbonation level may be a little low. A highly drinkable brew with no bad aftertaste.

01-17-2009 13:34:04 | More by Biggness
Photo of taylor714914


3.48/5  rDev +2.1%

Ah, a staple when I was in college. Being from PA, I've had Yuengling on tap, bottled, and canned. By far, for whatever reason, out of the can is much more delicious than the other's mentioned. I don't know why, but it just is. Do a side by side bottle and can and try it for yourself!

A - Dark ruby color with a finger or so of creamy, light head.

S - Not much smell to this beer. A little sweetness, maybe some malts creeping in and out.

T - A great lager, some crisp notes, some sweetness, just a faint faint hint of hops. Just a hint of light caramel and dried fruits.

M - Right on point for a lager. Good mouthfeel. Medium carbonation that's just right.

D - Nothing beats slugging a few of these after some hard work outside on a hot summer day. Otherwise, one or 2 is plenty.

01-16-2009 23:22:42 | More by taylor714914
Photo of RAdragna

New Jersey

4.22/5  rDev +23.8%

Yuengling: When your standard BMC's aren't acceptable anymore.

Poured beer from the bottle into a tall pilsner glass.

Had an amber color with a thick white head. Foamy.

Smell was average at best. Malts stick out sometimes, but that's about it.

Taste is very appealing, well-balanced. Malts somewhat present.

Leaves a bit of a tingle, which gives tastebuds and palate a kick.

Very drinkable, would have this particular beverage over and over throughout my night.

Again, if you want to rid yourself of the BMC fare, Yuengling is really for you.

01-13-2009 03:48:09 | More by RAdragna
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

2.9/5  rDev -15%

A - Good color, nice honey color, but thats pretty much all I like about it. Not much head, and what there is doesn't last at all, and no lacing. The description of a 2 is perfect, not impressed.

S - Smell is pretty average. Mostly malts, with a little hops smell, but not much at all. Needs more hops to be considered at all balanced, and a more complex malt smell.

T - Same as the smell. Average, needs more hops or a more complex malt taste, or both.

M - Needs something, kinda like a very thin syrup as it is.

D - Just average, one or two of these its enough for me.

I've always heard how good this one is, and I gotta tell you, I just don't understand it. Its not bad, but its nothing special. Good for a change from the typical macro adjuncts, but not really any better, just a different style.

UPDATE - This one has grown on me in some respects. Still nothing great here, but compared to your other common macro brews, this one is a step ahead. It has become my go to beer when I'm on a budget and the bar special is something like dollar domestics.

01-12-2009 22:35:09 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of Jimbo87


3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Nice clear amber. Decent head. Leaves no lacing.

You can smell the malt. I can't tell you what kind of malt, or if there is anything other than malted barley in here. Barely perceptible hops. Richer smell than BMC.

Can taste malt, and the hops, but barely, as in the smell. To my taste buds this is clearly not a different style of beer from BMC. It's just better.

Mouthfeel is good. Appropriate carbonation for the style.

Easy to drink more than one, although I'm rarely in the mood for this style of lager. Clearly better than BMC.

01-11-2009 05:38:25 | More by Jimbo87
Photo of thain709


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%

I've had this numerous times and finally decided I should sit down with one and review it.

A - A dark amber body...produced a 1.5 finger head that went away rather quickly...left no lacing

S - Nothing special here...some malty notes

T - The malts don't stick out as much as they do in the nose...but everything is well balanced in this lager

M - A little thin...crisp

D - Compared to those other "beers" this is the one that I'm always coming back to...sure glad I'm from PA

01-09-2009 15:02:56 | More by thain709
Photo of Cylinsier


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

This was my very first go-to beer before I knew anything about micros, crafts, lagers vs. ales, and so on.

Looks like your traditional macro lager but just a bit more golden and a bit darker. The head is on par with the style as well.

Smells fresh and mildly bitter, but nothing quite worth calling "hoppy."

The taste is crisp and refreshing. Traditional lager tastes are present such as barley and hops. Not very strong anywhere but the tastes seem to work in good harmony.

The mouthfeel is sharp and tingly at first, but smooth on the way down.

Overall, a pretty good beer to kick back with if you aren't looking to spend much and just want a basic lager. It fits the mold of the the American macros but it's a step above the others like Coors, Bud and Miller. If you're drinking American macro lager, drink this instead.

01-07-2009 23:03:44 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of mattcomstock213


4.33/5  rDev +27%

Ok, as an Eastern Pennsylvanian I am biased in favor of this beer, but it has a great amber color, excellent drink ability and the flavor is home to me. It is simply the best utility beer on the market. Sure, it won't win many contests, but I love it.

01-07-2009 19:02:28 | More by mattcomstock213
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.6/5  rDev +5.6%

I'm either finding to be true, or falling into the fallacy that cans are superior vessels for the packaging, transport, and storage of beer. Retainer-top cans don't need openers, seem to chill quicker, offer superior light protection, and are easily reduced for recycling. That said, I figured I'd give this poor left-behind-at-the-party-with-no-ride-home 12-ounce can of Yuengling a whirl, to examine that theory... well, no, that's just bullshit... I'm actually just doing it just because the beer was free and I'm bored...

The pop-top poured into a shaker pint glass yields a clear golden-amber body capped with two fingers of fluffy off-white foam. The head reduces in short order, collapsing into a lumpy sheet that sticks a few stray bits of lacing onto the glass.

The smell is spicy and dry with a crisp, crackery maltiness. A mild grassiness sweetens and freshens the aroma.

The taste is mild with a light, crisp, crackery maltiness accented by lightly spicy hops. Any bitterness is minimal at most, the hops doing their work in drying the diluted, mild-malt-syrupy cereal finish more than in some futile attempt to embolden this mild-mannered brew.

Crisp, refreshing, light-medium in body, well-carbonated, and highly drinkable. A good alternative to BMC if cans are your thing.

01-01-2009 21:40:15 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of gford217


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%

Pours a crystal clear golden amber with a small soapy head that lingers as a ring and leaves no lacing. Little bubbles coming up from bottom.

Smells of light crystal malts and the faintest hint of earthy hops. Smells a bit like macro lager.

Taste is fair as well, with a little bit of hops of front before the sweetness of the light malts take over.

Mouthfeel is light to medium with good carb.

There are much worse beers out there and this is actually fairly drinkable.

01-01-2009 21:01:42 | More by gford217
Photo of TheEclecticGent


2.63/5  rDev -22.9%

A - Pours into a mug a light, clear amber. The head fades quickly and there is little lacing.
S - Light smell of cereal grains but a bit tangy.
T - Extremely light tasting to my palette. However, of the American macro largers this is one of the better ones with a bit of malt flavor. I don't mind the slightly sweet flavor but I wish the corn flavor note wasn't in there.
M - Very light and carbonated.
D - Very light beer. The power of Yuengling is that it is easy drinking and can be used when you want to stretch out the session with minimal impact.

12-30-2008 16:26:00 | More by TheEclecticGent
Photo of JeffV


3.75/5  rDev +10%

A- brown, or perhaps the darkest yellow ever. A frothy head disipates into pond scum with large bacterial circles floating on top of my beer.

S- rich and lagery. Small hop backbone.

T- sweetness from the malt, a little hops in the background. Pleasant bit not memorable.

M- light and bubbly

D- holy hell yea

12-29-2008 01:19:34 | More by JeffV
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%

Reviewed on 08/08/08. On tap. Pours a red/orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet light pale malts. Flavor of light walt, wheat, some sweet maple sugar. Watery palate but rather drinkable. Not very carbonated, which is surprising for a cheap pale lager. I was rather impressed by this beer. Good for a pale lager (and one with adjuncts, at that).
6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

12-23-2008 15:36:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of TheFightfan1


4.72/5  rDev +38.4%

Pours a beautiful amber color with a white heading. Smells of caramel mostly and very dank hops. Excellent carbonation and almost no lacing. Goes down very smoothly and isn't too gassy. To me the best american lager I've tasted and really does own the name Lager. Another thing if you can try this on tap it just seems to be much different in a keg rather than bottled.

12-21-2008 23:05:57 | More by TheFightfan1
Photo of nsmartell


3.65/5  rDev +7%

I enjoyed this beer from the comfort of my own living room. From the 12oz bottle to a standard pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light copper color with a thick white head that disappears rapidly.

Smell: Caramel malts and fruity.

Taste: Sweet malts and not as bitter as I was expecting, but a good amount of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied but a nice and oily.

Drinkability: Not too shabby for a micro. Would try again when out east and the only choices are macros.

12-20-2008 12:03:49 | More by nsmartell
Photo of DmanGTR


3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Had a few of these left over from a party so I'll do a review...

Poured a caramel/coppery amber (quite transparent) with a short lived white 1/2" head in a pint glass. Bubbles are trickling up from the bottom of the glass. Smells like an average beer, certainly a bit more complex than your typical macrobrew. Caramel malts, a little sweetness, wafting with a slight hoppy trail. A little bit of nuts too. Clean. Now for a sip. Standard malts and hops... but it kind of falls short. Not too complex, not too simple. It shakes your hand, "how do you do?" and moves along its way. Not great, not horrible. Crisp and carbonated, a light mouthfeel, quite drinkable. I wouldn't mind running into it again but I certainly wouldn't seek it out.

Good for a "chilling time" beer or a party standard. Of course, I'd rather have a Samuel Smith Taddy Porter or a Nut Brown instead as a "chilling" beer...

12-14-2008 07:15:50 | More by DmanGTR
Photo of theBubba

New York

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%

Pours a nice amber in the glass. Little head that disappears quickly. No lace. Good carbonation and a tad more hops than you'd expect from an American lager at this price. Has a nice "bite". At about a buck more a six pack than the big three corn and rice brewers , it's well worth looking for. Actually, it's now in a lot of supermarkets.

12-14-2008 06:45:18 | More by theBubba
Photo of colts9016


3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

Appearance: A golden yellow with amber tinting. The nose is sweet malt a hint of yeast and hops. The taste is slightly malty with a good balance of hops and notes of yeast. The finish is clean and quick with a simple mouthfeel. A good beer to drink while watching the game.

12-12-2008 01:09:37 | More by colts9016
Photo of BARFLYB


3.38/5  rDev -0.9%

this is my 1st review so be easy. being from PA and this being probably the 1st beer i drank i found it fitting for my 1st review.

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- It pours a copper, amber color with bubbles clinging to the glass. The head comes and goes in a matter of seconds and any lace is thin and barely existent.

S- upon smelling this i got a some malt a bit of corn and a slight undertone of hops which took a while to detect. (not sure which type of hop, i'm not at that reviewing stage yet)

T- The taste is pretty much the same as the smell with the malt and a little corn and barely any hop bite. yuengling also has a slighty bitter aftertaste. there really isn't to much else to say about the taste.

M- A nice amount of carbonation leads to crisp and pleasant mouthfeel which finishes slightly dry.

D- a low abv and a nice mouthfeel makes yuengling very drinkable. i could put back quite a few of these at a bar or gathering with ease but the taste gets old after a few. a great summertime beer with some BBQ and friends. A great choice if you need to bring a case to a party because everybody seems to recognize and love it.

12-10-2008 20:49:44 | More by BARFLYB
Photo of yuenglings


3.9/5  rDev +14.4%

Apperance: Dark golden color with a nice head at first that disapears quickly

Smell: defently has skunky smell with a little bit of caramel i love the smell

Taste: like it smells great!

drinkability: way to good in this catagory once you drink one it easly turns into a half of case or more

12-10-2008 15:37:37 | More by yuenglings
Photo of Vendetta

New Jersey

1.63/5  rDev -52.2%

Original Rating Date:
July 28, 2008

Yuck, awful skunky smell thanks to the green bottle. Taste matches, super skunk that just drowns out any semblance of actual beer taste. This beer has the same problem as Heineken, it's been fouled by light thanks to the green bottle.

Yet another beer that I have to rate off the tap to get by the stinky green bottle. Nasty...

12-07-2008 22:22:20 | More by Vendetta
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