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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,938 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,938
Reviews: 1,511
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 98
Gots: 532 | 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 morebeergood
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

While at a crowded bar in NYC, this was the only beer not readily available in MA, so this was my beer of the evening. I have heard so much about the history of this brewery, but never tried their product. Poured a copper red color, very little head. Sort of a musty smell. Taste was a bit metallic and bitter. Very light and mellow mouthfeel though. While not insanely flavorful, it was not repulsive. Lower in alcohol than I expected. Goes down smoothly, so I could handle a few pints at a time. Pretty average overall.

morebeergood, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of Soonami
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- bright copper beer like a shiny penny with 2 fingers of foam that lingers for a minute before completely subsiding

S- Cereal and raw grain

T- Brisk sweet malt with little bitterness that finally comes through in a limey acidic bite. Overall, very light

M-Soft and creamy with good carbonation

D- Easily slides down the hatch, great with fried foods and salty snacks

This beer should really be compared to American Macro Lagers since this is the segment of the market that it really competes with since a case of bottles in the Mid-Atlantic is usually around ~18, much like BMC. A much better beer than the competitors, price-wise at least and a beer that even BA's can find value in

Soonami, Sep 22, 2009
Photo of bonbright7
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The dark gold to light brown beer with a small head looked fairly regular to me in my glass, but the aroma of wheat was very much there. I liked the first taste as the crisp lager stood up with a little bit of hops in a light malty base. I found drinking it to be easy and good pairing with a stuffed roast beef hero.

bonbright7, Sep 21, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours a completely translucent golden brown body with a thin soapy bubble head that has very little retention. After the head dissipates it looks much like a pint of tea. Not much going for it in terms of aesthetics.

Smell: Faint grains, a bit on the metallic side and has a somewhat earthy aroma to it.

Taste: The nose had me worried but thankfully it is nothing like what I anticipated. Very grainy with a bit of biscuit malt, no metallic notes although it does have a hint of bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Quite carbonated which adds to the crispness of this lager, nothing heavy and goes down leaving no trace behind.

Drinkability: Quaff the night away after a summer day with this lager, abv is standard and although isnt very complex it is well balanced.

Overall: Readily available in stores in these parts and makes for a decent choice for a lager on a budget.

craftaholic, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of KBoudreau66
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

My buddy just came back from Tennessee and hooked me up with a couple of bottles.

P- very light see through copper color. A lot of carbonation on the side of the glass. Thing layer of white head that dissipates, but leaves a white ring around the glass.

S- very metallic and earthy.

T- not as metallic as the nose which is a good thing, but has a nice grain like flavor with a slight hop undertone.

M- Smooth and carbonated.

D- Highly drinkable beer. Easily a beer you'd have no problem knocking down a few. Overall a solid beer albeit slightly overrated.

KBoudreau66, Sep 20, 2009
Photo of BeerSingh
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a pint bottle into a beer glass. Brilliant reddish amber colour with plenty activity going on. Settles with a thin head and no lacing at all. It has a flower hop smell with vinegary sourness. It has a stinging taste, firm with plenty of bitterness. Good beer to have when you are not looking for anything too heavy or fancy.

BeerSingh, Sep 13, 2009
Photo of MikeRa
4.47/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Here is what I can say about this beer:

A: It has a Caramel-amber color

S: This beer doesn't have a unique smell, which might be due to the Cascade and Clutter Hops

T: It has a well-balanced taste

M: This beer goes down real smoothly

D: This is a beer that I will drink again

MikeRa, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of FickleBeast
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a Rock Bottom Rocktoberfest pint glass.

A - pours a cleear, pale amber with two fingers of pillowy foam

S - has that lagery smell... DMS? corn, cabbage, but not entirely unpleasant

T - clean, refreshing maltiness. No appreciable hoppiness. Bit of a gym sock flavor, but again it is not bad. And I don't eat gym socks. I don't! This review isn't going well...

M - highly carbonated, tingles the tongue. crisp aftertaste

D - very drinkable, a great goto beer when you are not in the mood for something fancy. Comes in cans!

FickleBeast, Sep 12, 2009
Photo of smibroncos
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A. Poured a traditional amber yellow witha a one finger white head. Ample lacing on the glass.

S. Malt, slightly sour milk, grass, hops

T. Malt, hops, slight bitter after taste.

M. Perfect carbonation, slight sourness

D. A good drinkable lager, Not like the popular lagers. I believe this beer is better on tap. especialy if it is shipped long distanses. PA to FL.

smibroncos, Sep 11, 2009
Photo of tosshin
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a: clear amber, generated about an inch of head which disipated quickly with no lacing.
s: kind of skunky, grainy
t: slight sweetness, some malt backbone, very little bittering
m: light bodied, light carbonation.
d: very easy to drink, though I tend to get tired of the taste after 3 or 4

I think this is better drank from the bottle, cold, or on draft. Pooring from the bottle tended to release flavors that I didn't like in the beer.

tosshin, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/02/09- Had on tap at TGIF's in Mount Holly, NJ.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 24oz tall glass.

Appearance- Deeper amber colored pour, nice fluffy white 3/4 inch head with some nice lace streaks left behind.

Smell- A touch of grain, but mainly some strong bready and buscuit notes. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste- Sweet, but just the right amount. Heavy..really heavy on the buscuit malt notes..maybe some light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is a bit brisk, but still fairly easy drinking.

Drinkability- Finally got to try this beer. About what I expected..easy to drink and fairly tasty.

GClarkage, Sep 05, 2009
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Clear red/amber color with a short-lived white head.
Aroma is grainy malt.
Taste is sweet grains and malt, no pronounced hop flavor but the beer is well balanced.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy, I can always session Yuengling.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of CavePainter
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: a clean clear light amber - almost burnt orange color. Thin off-white sudsy head that fades with minimal lacing.

S: Sweet malt nose with no discernible hop aroma.

T: A sweet toasted malt taste. Slightly metallic with just a hint of bitterness to round out the sweetness.

MF: Lighter bodied but a bit more character than a lighter lager. Sufficient carbonation keeps the extra character from weighing this brew down.

D: A very drinkable lager with character. A welcome addition to any bar or social gathering - particularly in the sea of light American lagers.

I was amazed to see this in my fridge. My roommate is in the National Guard and found this at the duty free shop. I had thought it impossible to find in MA.

CavePainter, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of sgtpepper420
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got 4 pitchers at the bar on tap. It's not that I drank all 4 pitchers, the beer is actually much more delicious than all the goddamn macrobrews in the US.
Pours a medium brown color. Very bubbly, with a vanishing but healthy head. This beer is like taking a Bud heavy or a Coors or a MGD and saying I want better than this. Yuengling is a traditional American (fuck yeah) lager that lives up to its colonial roots. Not only is it cheap, it also beats every stupid macro in the northern US and want to drink a good beer that you can only find in the south...yuengling. The taste is hardy and the drinkability is beyond comparison. If your one of those people who chooses to get drunk, and chooses to get drunk off beer, screw all the others, yuengling is your go to fuckbuddy.

sgtpepper420, Sep 03, 2009
Photo of ccrida
4.7/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I never reviewed lager, as it was simply referred to in pittsburgh. For the 10 years I lived there, I drank this like water. Back on the east coast for work and I had to grab some.

Appearance is a clear light amber with an off-white head leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet grain, a hint of metal and sulfer, classic and inoffensive. As my wife would say, as she does for every beer period, but in this case would actually be right, it smells like beer!

Taste is also sweet, smooth, light. Nice bit of maltiness, a hint of leafy hops and hint of grain on the clean finish. A classic taste I've grown to love, perfect and definitive of the style.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability is super high. I could, and have drank these all day. Just enough taste to satisfy but still keep it highly sessionable, the benchmark American lager in my opinion. Also, one of the only beers I prefer out of a can.

ccrida, Sep 01, 2009
Photo of 1759Girl
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had this for the first time on tap at Miami International Airport (American Airline's Admiral Club... which is surely not to show up as a spot on BeerFLy!haha).
Friends in SF have been loving this beer and clamoring for it's west coast import for ages. Ah, the first time to have this crisp lager (of so many summer memories) out of the bottle? How could a beer lover resist writing a review... especially as she had some time to kill when her flight was delayed THREE HOURS!grrrr!

So here it goes!

Appearance>Dark and crystal clear. Extremely lively! Has a small head which dissipates almost as soon as you realize that it might exist. WOW. Did I mention that this is lively? I'd write more about how dark it is, which is funny because they call it a traditional lager, but it's an amber... hmm... ALAS, I'm so terribly distracted by how it is bubbling like freakin'crazy!

Smell>Yeasty and sweet. I'm actually quite impressed here.

Taste>Again, I'm surprised. Even if they re-labeled this "Traditional Lager" and said it was what it is an Amber, I'd still be surprised by the bananas and warmth that emit while tasting. The taste is more full than you expect, but very balanced. Not too complex. At least we can give it the "complexity" of a lager. Gotta love that it lacks any metallic taste whatsoever, which is my biggest complaint about domestic lagers.

Mouthfeel> WAY too carbonated. I feel like my mouth just went through a carwash. Or like I'm sucking an alkaseltzer. Thank goodness that I like the taste or this would be a total deal breaker.

Drinkability> Okay, so my dear friend Thadd LaRue (who never steers me wrong) is right once again... If this was as available in SF as PBR I would never touch the blue ribbon again. Good stuff, for whatever the hell style you want to call it.

1759Girl, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of UDbeernut
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

can poured into a pint glass

a: translucent amber color, slight off white head with fair retention, good amount of carbonation

s: slightly grassy scent, other wise clean noble hop, slight hint of malt

t: sweet malt balanced well with noble hops. slightly grassy. kinda mettalic which I attribute soley to the can and do not deduct any score for.

m&d: light bodied, very drinkable. Can please the BC crowd while being a more flavorful choice for BAs.


UDbeernut, Aug 30, 2009
Photo of PreacherBrewer
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - pours a toasty amber color. not much head. quite a few bubbles. looks decent.

S - faint hopy, floral, sweetish nose. not much to talk about, nothing off.

T - cereal, grain, rice, subtle hop snap, kinda sweet and grainy after taste. nothing off, but does lack some depth.

M - very crisp, clean, and well carbonated body. on the medium side of light. smooth.

D - this is a rock solid brew. very consistent, and very refreshing. noting off at all. all aspects of this beer are above par. it does lack complexity, but thats not quite what they're going for. i think it hits it's target, and deserves credit for that. Great choice among macros. I'll have another!

PreacherBrewer, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of wahooman
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old favorite that is always an inexpensive decent beer

A- Dark amber with a little head that goes away pretty quickly

S- Not much here, maybe a few hops and a little floral note

T- Smooth taste, slight bitterness, not as much as I would like, but still good

M- Feels too watery to be a great beer, but I still enjoy one of these every now and then

D- Always smooth and refreshing

wahooman, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of apbarwood
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance- A warm amber color, not much of a head but nice bubbles.

Smell- Earthy, leafy aromas, steel, some hops.

Taste- Clean and bright. Pretty much how it smells but with the added depth of a yeasty, toasty quality.

Mouthfeel- Light and refreshing. Good carbonation and a respectable depth.

Drinkability- This is an old standard of mine. It's the kind of beer that doesn't knock your socks of but it's always good in a pinch. Really nice on a summer day and just as pleasant in a bottle as it is on draft. No bar or party should be without it. It's easy enough for the masses but has enough taste and body to please a legit beer drinker.

apbarwood, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of GodOfBeer
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with a soapy white head, some lacing.

Not much of an interesting aroma, smells like a lager...some slight citrus, and breadiness.

Tastes decent, nothing terrible, but nothing special. Pretty sweet, bready, not very many hops at all.

Thin, watery mouthfeel. Overall I wasn't expecting much from this beer and it was better than I though it would be.

GodOfBeer, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of WCBCFrank
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Yuengling Lager pours a toasted amber in a pint glass. Corn and some bitterness hit the taste buds leaving a sweet aftertaste. Overall, it's quenching and easy to drink.

Personally: I grew up with Yuengling, but yet again who has not in the last 15 years around greater Philly? I admire the company a great deal and their commitment to the local beer industry and the town of Pottsville is admirable. As for the beer, like anything as you get older the novelty wears and taste buds grow and change...still, there are plenty of good memories associated with it and for that it deserves a thumbs up.

WCBCFrank, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The unofficial official beer of the wedding I went to outside of Philadelphia. Comes in a green bottle, and consumed several times on the trip, on to the beer:

The beer has a slightly waterend down amber color to it with a buzzy head and minimal lacing sticking. Light whiff in the nose, somewhat toasty. Clean. In the taste, it features some toasted malts and some herbal hops. A light fusel kick of alcohol is felt on occasion. Light in the mouth, with light carbonation. Refreshing.

An American classic. It's decent, doable, and I could go for it again if I'm at an event when Miller Lite and Corona are the other only options. This was the beer of choice at the wedding rehersal dinner and afterparty I attended.

DoubleJ, Aug 11, 2009
Photo of tatoodkelt
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 8/8/09- from notes.

I was at a wedding and this was the best option at the reception.

12oz green bottle poured into a shaker glass.

A- Clear amber with a quarter inch white head that dropped pretty quick. Busy carbination. No lacing.

S- Fairly muted, I got some biscuity whiffs and not much else.

T- A little more of the bisuit, a little sweet, mild hop bite at the end.

M- Crisp, smooth and some carb tingle on the tongue.

D- Very easy to drink, usually my go to when the only other options are BMC.

tatoodkelt, Aug 10, 2009
Photo of goblue3509
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a very slight head to it. The smell is of malt and a very faint hop aroma on the back end. The overall taste is very smooth, there is a malt presence up front that is a majority of the beer, with an ever so slight hop backbone. Mouthfeel is a lower carbonation level. The drinkability is slightly above average, it is an easy beer to drink, not very complex but nothing to run from.

goblue3509, Aug 06, 2009
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 4,938 ratings.