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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,443 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,443
Reviews: 1,572
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 119
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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of TheHammer
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Got this can from my brother when he went down to the states. America's oldest brewery eh? Well maybe the US's but I believe in America as a whole, Molson's been around longer. That's enough of the history lesson, lets see how this one fares.

Appearance: Good clarity and carbonation and it did produce two fingers of head. However lack of lacing and retention bring this one back down to earth. As a Red/Amber Lager this one is certainly walking the line as it seems to be more of a light orange.

Smell: Slight scent of roasted barely, and that is it. Nothing bad, nothing exceptionally good, nothing all the strong either.

Taste: Well, it tastes like how it smells, the entire beer has the taste of roasted barley which then ends with a light dusting of refreshing hops. There is a certain charm this beer has in it's simplicity.

Mouthfeel: Nothing much to complain about, but nothing really exceptionally noteworthy. It seems to do everything decently. The carbonation is a little high but not excessive. There isn't really much in the way of aftertaste or transitioning, but it doesn't really need either.

Drinkability: Much more light and refreshing then you would expect from an Amber Lager which is good, and it adeptly avoids the hay like taste that other Lagers suffer from. Just a nice, smooth drinker.

Final Thoughts: Well, as I commented about Molson earlier, this beer seems to be very similar to Molson Canadian, in that it is a marker beer. When you think, what an average generic beer should taste like, this one fits the bill. It's not bad, it's just...well what it is. I'd pickup a six pack for the right price of course, but it's not going to knock your socks off.

Photo of kneeland
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've had several of these for a lot of years now, and I'm still not sure how to review it. I like it, it's not a bad beer, but I've never spent money on it at the grocery store. It's always been one of those beers that if someone has some available, I'll drink it and be happy about it.

I'd say the flavor is one of the best that America has to offer. I prefer it over the major 'domestic' three. The color is more brilliant, the head is nice, and you can drink [way] more than one.

Photo of brownbeer
3.35/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Orangey amber with a short-lived head. The aroma is pretty grainy with some honey and caramel notes. Similar taste with some orange zest and red apple skin toward the finish. Crisp and dry, this makes for a nice after work beer to have with dinner to prime the palate for the good stuff.

Photo of Evocatus
3.06/5  rDev -10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden color or light amber. Head was slightly foamy and bubbly, went to ring rather quick though. Aroma was malty and wheaty with slight hints of sweetness to it. However, the wheat dominated the taste with slight bits of malts to it and minimal bitterness if any. Body was a little bit watery. Overall I can see why people would drink this as an any occasion beer, but I'm not a huge fan.

Photo of OneDropSoup
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a shaker: Light, brassy amber body, transparent & a little hazy. 2 fingers of foamy head, plenty of nucleation. Leaves lacing in strands.

Smells of clean grain, a little corny sweetness, bread crust. Slight flinty/musty hop smell.

Taste is clean, wafery malts, slightly toasty. Light sweetness that dries out & ends with a little mineral bite. A little limp but not bad.

Some activity in the mouthfeel, medium-thin body. Halfway between crisp & worn-out.

I've had this beer so many times in so many contexts, I guess I've never really sat down & seriously critiqued it. So much history with this that it's almost unfair to review it -- I've had this pulling all-nighters, moving, at weddings, watching bands, playing in bands, & just hanging out. Not the greatest, but reliable & never disappointing. Definitely a workhorse beer, wide available, inexpensive, & always a welcome alternative to macros. I don't mean to make this review sound like an ad, but it's got a special place in my heart. And it's really easy drinking.

Photo of matty
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Aroma is faint..maybe a little grainy.Taste is a little bready and toasty.A pretty refreshing beer that probably is the perfect summer outing beer.If you haven't tried one I would recommend to give at least one shot.I have always drank this and will continue to do so in the future.

Photo of ThePortlander
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As an Oregonian for most of my life, I have only recently had a chance to try Yuengling, and I must say it's not bad. Its amber hue is better looking than most general lager, and the taste follows suit. The nose is fairly normal, and the mouthfeel isn't anything to write home about. Nevertheless, this is an easy drinking lager that's easy to find, and a welcomed alternative to BMC & Co.

Photo of mklinger
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Slightly amber lager that was clear and a bit fizzy. Bit of quickly dissipating head.

Smell was fairly bland. Just not a lot going on. Nothing off -- just bland.

Taste was fine but a bit bland. Slight bit of sweetness and slight bit of corny character.

Mouthfeel was thin and well carbonated. Nice enough for the style. Easy to drink beer that is much better than your average BMC, but still more like those beers than like craft beer.

Photo of dpodratsky3
2.88/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A: Fizzy soda head is nothing in just seconds, the beer itself is a very nice looking brownish/amber, definitely darker than I expected and a step above other similarly priced beers

S: Smells crisp, has that sweet lager smell of adjuncts that I was expecting, but it isn't that normal flavor, something else that is a little sweet but not caramel, not great, but definitely not bad

T: Hard to taste (because of all the carbonation), really all I can manage to taste is some sweet adjunct flavor in the end, the malt is more present than BMC's though for sure

M: Just like a soda, I really don't like how carbonated it is even after a decent pour, it takes away from the taste, but its not terrible

D: Ok, again the carbonation makes it hard for me to drink very much

Notes: This is definitely above the level of BMC. However, since it is listed as an amber lager I was expecting more out of it. It lived up to that expectation, but it didn't surpass, which is why I feel it deserves the "average" rating. I would much rather have this than BMC when I want a cheaper beer, however I wouldn't consider this a volume beer. It fits what it is trying to be very nicely.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12oz bottle.

Pours a very light amber Rhys quite clear with just a small light white head. Nose is slightly malty and sweet, not much in the way of hops.

Taste is very crisp an light there is some malt but not too much the hops are crisp and light it's a really easy drinking beer.

Photo of bs870621345
2.99/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This used to be the old standard before I discovered craft beers with more tastes. I poured from a bottle into a sam adam's sensory glass

Appearance is a dark amber very clear with small white bubbles around the outside to form a "head". No lacing here.

Smell is light and bready. Better than most american lagers

Taste is rather bland, bread flavor if you can pick it up. Not a lot going on.

Mouthfeel is a little above average because of the high carbonation. This is just over carbonated in my opinion.

Drinkability is average, I could put a few of these down, but I really dont want to.

Photo of mattpoin
2.76/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle, in pint glass.

A: Clear, light copper color with no head.

S: Not much aroma to it. Nothing more than a slight malt quality.

T: Decent amount of bitterness, balanced with some sweet.

M: Somewhat thin, but good amount of carbonation.

D: Aftertaste is clean, but doesn't fade too quickly for enjoyment. Easy to drink. Doesn't warrant drinking on its own, but not bad with a meal.

This beer isn't going to wow you, but it's inexpensive, unoffensive, and better than the other mass-produced American lagers.

Photo of olympuszymurgus
3.87/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ahhh Yuengling. You never disappoint me. The old favorite. Back on the east coast, I can now enjoy one of the better beers of my young drinking days.
A slight maltiness and a touch of earthy hops on the nose along with a bit of grain. The old silos standing tall in this glass.
Taste is on the grainy side, really easy going, minimal bitterness, finishes crisp and a bit malty at the same time. A very nice finish and an exceptionally easy drinking beer. The old standby never lets me down. An old pleasure and a delightful drink.
Huzzah to the nightcap.

Photo of jmhart
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A-Moderate head with moderate pour. Beer pours copper in color, with almost a tinge of grainy-greeness to it.

S-Aroma is highly grain, with minimal malt on the nose. No hops are present at all in the aroma.

T - Bready flavor hits first, typical for the style, with the slightest hint of yeast. While hops are obvious, there is a bitterness present from them that is well balanced with the malt.

M - Typical medium body of a traditional lager, with moderate carbonation. It coats the mouth well and spreads the flavor. Slightly chewy.

D - The bitterness on the finish of the taste is fairly overwhelming and makes it hard to drink more than a few of these.

Overall, as a cheap lager this isn't half bad and if you're on a budget, go for it. However, if you're looking for a delicious world-class lager, look elsewhere.

Photo of sluggermatt15
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had this on tap at a few bars close to home. Pretty decent overall, not bittery or too watery.

Here are my notes:

A- Pours a reddish amber color that produces some foaming, but settles somewhat quickly. Nothing too impressive in this category, but not dull looking either - mediocre.

S- Bready with some wheat and a hint of malts. Definitely some grains present.

T&M- A little watery, but no real bitterness to speak of. Nothing overwhelming here, some carbonation throughout. Don't really notice the alcohol too much. Definitely not the taste of craft beer, but definitely satisfies.

D- Yuengling is definitely drinkable. I could go through a pitcher of this and still want to drink more. This is a pounder, where you can keep drinking them down. The low alcohol content makes this beer drinkable.

Overall, this is a beer you would want to drink if you don't want to spend a lot. Some bars that serve it, in my experiences, have it as a weekly or daily special, so you'll likely get a great deal on a draft or pitcher.

Photo of carlspeed
2.68/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Good beer. This is what Bud Light should have been. This is the kind of beer that after working on the car, or while mowing the grass, you crave like a slice of pizza. Every time you think of it it tastes different in order to accommodate your craving. Basically, it's a great, light, and slightly different beer that is wonderful for drinking throughout the day. If I could get a day off to just sit around the house, this would be one of the beers I would be nursing, all day long.

Photo of cnally
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer comes with an impeccable reputation from some of my family from Pennsylvania.

Very minimal head of a tan color. Golden yellow body color with just a tint of amber.

Aroma is a grainy crisp one, like rice and corn, but has a decent whiff of malt.

The flavor has a balanced texture of grainy malt, a little latent bitterness from the hops. Really even balance between the bitter and the sweet.

Crisp filling mouthfeel with good carbonation.

Highly decent and very easy to slam.

Photo of vazy
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling pours a beautiful caramel color. It's aroma has a nice hop bitterness to it and balanced by a nice sweet malt. The taste is well balanced between malt and hop and has a nice crisp finish. Its goes down easy and is very easy to drink.

I remember the first time I had a Yuengling and I can never refuse one ever since. It has a good amalgam of everything you want in a beer.

Photo of AdamMY
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

The color is a nice amber, and it had a nice clean head, which quickly diminished.

The aroma is pretty good, lots of yeast and actually smells a decent bit like cornbread.

The taste is nice and clean, but pretty standard lager. A bit tart at first but diminishes into a nice cornbread. While the finish is clean but rather short lived.

Drinkability as always for this beer is quite impeccable.

Photo of mjw2808
3.23/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a nice medium amber color with about a one finger head that leaves quickly and doesnt leave any lacing. The color is very nice. The nose is very grainy, citrusy, and a little malty. The taste is light bodied and citrusy as well as very grainy. Kindof bitter, but not from the hops. A little watery, but not over the top like a bud or miller. Average mouthfeel but the awkward bitterness doesnt make it an extremely drinkable beer.

Photo of soju6
3.83/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Beer is a light shade of amber with a decent head that fades. The smell is a nice grain aroma. Taste is a bit sweet with citrus and a slightly bitter finish. It has a medium feel with crispness and a dry finish. Goes down easy and is an excellent session brew.

Photo of sauron681
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber color with a light slightly creamy head. Surprised? very clear and carbonated. An extremely light hint of malt in the aroma. Light and watery in the mouth, but not like a bud or miller. This is much better.

A slight nutty malt flavor in the mouth, very smooth. Not bad for a "big" brewer beer, will try again

Photo of alexgash
3.14/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle.

Medium copper body with lighter edges. Pinkie finger of dirty beige head. Some lacing. Muted nose with hints of. honeyish malts. Some toasted grains. Light fruitiness. Taste starts off with mild grain astringency, some cardboard, and a little caramel. A little more caramel comes through along with a dash of fruit and a pinch of earthy tobacco. Mild, vague hop bitterness and some cooked vegetables in the finish. Moderate body, easy drinking, very quaffable, if not the tastiest beer I've had.

Photo of jhenderson88
4.1/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Carmel and copper in color. Very clear and clean.

Smell- No strong notes pop out in the smell except a sweetness.

Taste- A small hint of caramel, and nutty flavors pull through.

Mouthfeel- light and smooth, good carbonation, which is always a plus.

Drinkability- This is a very easy beer to drink and I enjoy it a lot. I will be drinking more.

This is a great beer for people to try, cheap and great tasting, and I enjoy it every time I have one.

Photo of beertunes
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another from my recent trade with orcasteve. This is a revisit of a beer I had plenty of during my visits to central PA for the sprint car races. Lots of these went down the throat on Beer Hill at Williams Grove.

Poured into 16oz pilsner glass. Poured a light honey-amber color, much deeper and richer than most of the style. There was about a half inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was the typical sweet/corn scent of this style, with a slight skunk that I blame on the green bottle. The flavors were typical for this style, some grain, some sweetness, a soft touch of hops.

The body was a bit fuller and more well rounded than most of the style. Drinkability is excellent, if you're going to drink this style as your lawnmower beer, this should be your choice.

Overall, a very decent example of the style, worth trying if you never have.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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