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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,533 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,533
Reviews: 1,609
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 130
Gots: 968 | FT: 0
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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 ClarkPinnock
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I have to admit that though not great, this is a "cheap" favorite.

The color is perhaps one of the most stunning things about this beer-very nice amber. Good head initially, but it fades quickly.

The nose has hints of bread, but with the alcohol smell very present.

The mouth feel is somewhat unfortunate. Thinner than I would like and somewhat flat.

Definite flavor of caramel with a bready/grainy type aftertaste. As with the smell, the alcohol makes its presence known.

Yet this beer is nothing if not drinkable and perfect for grilling and for the occasional financially lean month.

Photo of Bestein
4.01/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Very nice amber color

S- Pleasant, but not great... for the most part has a normal beer aroma.

T- I love the taste. Almost a little smoky to my tastebuds, but finishes with a mild alcohol after taste.

M- Carbonation is present, not great, but not terrible either.

D- Not as drinkable as a light beer, but very drinkable compared to most other kinds of beer. Has an an original and defining taste to it that makes it great.

Photo of pmccallum86
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a golden color with a light white colored head.

Smell is grassy and earthy with light hops aromas.

The taste is of light malt and German hops with a very crisp carbonated finish.

Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated.

Good drinkability, this would be a great session beer.

Photo of ramseye4
3.13/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light brown color, with a small head. Smells of malts, and tastes like malts as well, with a small bit of hops. Light mouthfeel, goes down easily and quickly. Definitely much, much better than your standard cheap lager, I wouldn't mind sipping on this at most mainstream bars that don't stock finer beer.

Photo of dbossman
3.57/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Light brown/sun tea colored with minimal head; lacing is minimal as well

S: A decent sweet grainy malt presence; a subtle hop presence; subdued but decent

T: A decent grainy malt presence; subtle sweetness; simple but good little lager

F: Decent mouth feel and carbonation

D: An easy drinking and good little lager; a good, cheap, go-to sessionable beer

Photo of paKIRK
2.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

appearence- deep amber color with a thin white head

smell-mostly a malt aroma with a littel adjunct

tast- verry malt driven sweet and crisp with a littel bitterness

mouthfeel-medium body that is silky smooth

gose down smooth this is served every where in pa

Photo of thebrood1987
3.65/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The way this beer looks could trick me into thinking it was a Samuel Adams Boston Lager if it weren't for the fast dissolving head. The smell is like your standard lager but with a nicer malt backing and a bit of a fruity lemony smell from the hops. The taste you can tell is a step up above Bud, Miller or Coors but below a Boston Lager. Actually the taste really reminds me of the Sam Adams Light.

It has a bready/yeasty taste with a short burst of subtle citrus hop that kind of has a bitterness that is a bit sharp. It also has a caramel graininess that I find to be pleasant tasting. Very crisp and refreshing beer... which is definitely its best quality overall. Its so drinkable that its very easy to go through faster than you would your average craft beer. Light beer but not TOO light. Its pretty good... I'll definitely pick this any day over the standard 3.

Photo of ccahoon22
3.76/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours an amber color with a head of about 2 fingers

S - Smells of barely/malt

T - Definitely has the malt taste, but this is very smooth compared to others

M - Not very robust, but definite carbonation

D - Very drinkable, seeing as this is a medium lager with lower alcohol I can drink a lot of these.

Photo of shand
3.71/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pint glass. Brewed in Tampa, FL. Interesting side note here - I used to live in northern NJ and Yuengling was considered a local brew and was everywhere there. Funny enough I move to Tampa and Yuengling is still a "local brew," and is everywhere.

Appparance: A reddish amber that's fairly translucent. One fingers wroth of head with just a little retention around the edge.

Smell: Malts and wet dog. Wet dog smell may have more to do with the green bottles than the beer, I typically get this in cans when possible, but these are leftovers that were brought to a party at my place.

Taste: Smooth malts and yeasty/bready tastes dominate here. There's just a little hint of spice at the finish to round it out. Not a very strong beer.

Mouthfeel: It's very light and pretty highly carbonated. Goes down pretty smoothly.

Drinkability: Very drinkable, the fact that it's a weaker brew just makes me drink more.

This is a pretty good beer to drink if you're throwing a party or casually drinking. It's not too challenging and goes well with anything, and it's not very alcoholic. It's not one of my absolute favourites by any measure, but it serves a very good purpose and there's always some in my fridge for when I just want a beer, plain and simple.

Photo of Yesac
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Transparent golden orange color. Medium sized off white bubbly head that quickly fades to a very thin layer.

S- Grainy malts, bread

T- Big toasty bready notes up front, malt dominance, slight spice towards the finish.

M- Medium/thin body. Great coating on the palate of what flavor this beer does have. Carbonation is keyed in nicely.. nice medium level.

D- Better than most lagers, decent balance, decent flavors and mouthfeel.

Photo of r0nyn
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Pours an orangey amber color with a big white fluffy head that dissipates slowly. Leaves quite a bit of sticky lacing. Smell is malty and grainy, with just a little bit of a hoppy nuance at the end. Better than the corn adjunct skunk of most macros.

Taste is more malts, as expected, with a little bit of grain as well. Gives it a distinct sweetness that matches well with the slight twinge of hops. There's a little bit of astringency on the back end that lingers into the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is quite light and bubbly and it finishes clean and crisp.

Drinkability is really quite good. The alcohol is almost completely undetectable. Coupled with the pleasant taste and crisp character, Yuengling Lager is a way, way better option than the BMC dross that is out there. Luckily for me, places around here usually carry it along with all the adjunct lagers, so this is my go-to beer for bar hopping and social drinking. Solid, solid brew.

Photo of haddon
3.16/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Orlando airport. pours a nice dark amber with a frothy white cap. Good looking beer for a lager.

Not much on the nose. Pretty typical smells of the macro lagers. Very light malt smells that are followed by a grassy lemon note.

Taste like it smells. Sweet dry finish that is light on hops. Sharp carbonation that only allows a bit of malts through. Slightly floral but mostly lemon and grass that finishes with light bitterness.

Medium body that has high than normal carbonation for lager.

I would say beer is drinkable but most lagers are. Not much going on to make me want to have another. Next time will have the barkeep rug in the SA lager instead.

Photo of jmich24
3.37/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am reviewing the Yuengling Lager vs. the leinenkugel Original Lager. My brother-in-law who loves Yuengling needed a substitute since yuengling is not sold in Michigan. I offered him a taste test and Linenkugels won.

A: Crystal clear amber color. Thin 1/8 inch head dissipates fast. Zero lacing
S: BMC but with some maltiness. Bit earthy.
T: Sweet grainy maltiness touch of carmel malt. Zero bitterness
M: Better mouth feel than BMC but still somewhat thin.
D: This is very drinkable improvement to BMC. But I would drink this over many other offerings.

Overall Score: 3.20

A: Golden. crystal clear. Thin 1/8 inch head. Stay around as a cap for the entire beer.
S: Super bland. Touch of grain and yeast.
T: A little sweet. Nice buttery graininess to it. Zero bitterness.
M: Medium mouth feel, somewhat creamy finishes wet. Very smooth the whole time.
D: Very drinkable, improvement on BMC.

Overall Score: 3.00

I do not think this is all that similar to each other. My brother in a law is a Miller Light drinker who love Yuengling on vacation. I'm not surprised he liked Leinenkugels more, it is more like Miller Light to me.

Photo of socon67
3.42/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pilsner glass.

A - Light copper color. Looks like carbonation is high. Fizzy foam head. Just looks kinda cheap.

S - You don't get much. Almost a burnt malt smell.

T - Malty, and a little bitter. Nothing exciting at all, but not bad either.

M - A little too carbonated for my liking.

D - Very much so. No problem having a few of these, and the ABV is tolerable.

You know, this is one beer that I can have and still enjoy. Its better than most of the generic crud at an average bar. The one thing these folks need to do is ditch the green glass bottles.

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.45/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Little to nothing in the head department, decent lacing. Mellowed amber with a white head.

Bready malts, slight tinge of hops on the nose. Slight citrusy tinge. Crisp and light.

Caramel maltiness, mellow, smooth with a slight backbone of hops to round things off. Earthy, well balanced and enjoyable, for a lager that is. The key to this beer is the fact that it is not much to think about, just a "go to" beer when you need something to drink and don't care what it is.

Solid carbonation, and very drinkable. For a beer that rivals BL/Coors/Miller on price for a 6 pack with this much flavor has to be a go to beer, if there such a thing.

Photo of HeadofHops
3.11/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I like to drink this beer when I'm low on cash but want a decent tasting beer. Its proclaimed as "Americas Oldest Brewery" so you gotta show it some respect. Good beer at a fair price. I drink mostly from the can but probably prefer it from the tap at a local tavern.

Photo of Landfill21
2.9/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer in Destin, FL during our vacation.

Poured into a fancy plastic glass, pours into a light amber color and had a creamy two finger head that disappears in no time.

Doesn't have the best smell. Sort of smells like fresh cut grass

Has a mild hop finish and has hints of caramel.

Has a mild mouthfeel with little carbonation

Has average drinkability. I was not a huge fan of this beer but I will definitely get one when I get the chance.

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

poured from a 12oz can out of the fridge into a pint glass.

pours a nice looking amber color with a big fizzy white head that faded to nothing within minutes.

not much of an aroma. sharp lager funk, little bits of grain and floral hops, and just a touch metallic.

slightly toasted grainy malts, floral and citrus hops, lager yeast throughout. nothing spectacular, but its a nice cheap everyday drinker.

crisp refreshing mouthfeel. light body, ample carbonation.

great drinkability, way better than any macro option. and the price is about the same as most macro beers. overall, yuengling brews a quality product and you have to give them props.

Photo of BeerDrinkerDave
4.5/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe I missed out on trying this beer years ago. It gets overlooked and pushed to the side for bigger and more advertised brews. I picked it up not too long ago and found that this is a well hidden secret. I was truly set to my Budlights and New Belgium beers. Not anymore, this is my new go-to beer everyday of the week. It is very affordable at IGA, roughly $4 for a 6 pack. Pretty good buzz compared to any other Lager. The tatse is exceptional, however the labeling can be deceiving. I think they need a make-over, new labeling, few commercials, keep the same ingredients and your golden! If I had the money, I would try to buy some shares from the owners in this company. I'm on my 5th beer this afternoon and I wish I had another 6. Very good beer, defies the green bottle skuny theory, lol.

Photo of Sachsenfreude
2.1/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Definatly a step above Budweiser and Miller but still pretty bad. Nevertheless I'll try to be nice as some friends of mine love it.

Color was a light amber with not much of a head. Smelled a bit grainy and glassy with metallic hops. Taste was almost watery, a little bit of hop complexities, barley flavors were inferior. the mouthfeel was a bit watery with chunky carbonation.

This is a drinkable beer but not overly so because the taste is lousy, more processed tasting than characteristic of all the ingredients. Would never buy this beer and would only drink again if I'm desparate and it's free.

Photo of damndirtyape
3.09/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served in a shaker pint glass at The Green Turtle in the Baltimore Airport.

Appearance: Clear coppery-orange color with a very thin white foam across the top. Some strands of lacing here and there, but not a lot.

Smell: Grainy with a cut grass smell when cold - and almost no smell at all when warm.

Taste: This beer is much better when warmed up and served with food. Cold and alone the beer is chalky with a grainy lager flavor. Warmed up and with food the malt comes out more. The beer with food and warmed up has a solid malt flavor in the front, followed by a mild bitter hop finish.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation and maybe a bit sticky. Not at all watery and definitely above average.

Drinkability: By itself I really don't care for this beer. It's got a flavor profile that just leaves me cold - I'm not caring for it. With food it becomes much better in washing a meal down and I think then the flavors compliment things more. Overall a "meh" experience.

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

Pours a fairly deep orange/amber in color, topped with a head that's a little darker than "light tan", maybe khaki in color. Head drops about as quickly as I'd expected and leaves a fair amount of lace.

The nose is malt-focused, but a lightly metallic/lightly bitter hop presence is there as well. Smells sweet-ish . . . but other than this there isn't much going on.

First sip is much better than I'd anticipated, with a medium-sweetness tempered by a light astringency, leading to a fairly dry finish. Some biscuity malt tones here, but otherwise quite dry and pleasing. Not exactly crisp, but much more interesting than your average "corn or rice" pale macro lager.

Shoot, altogether this'd see some regular rotation in my fridge if I had access to it! A little lighter in body than some of my favorite American Amber lagers, but otherwise quite drinkable and a very, very approachable beer.

Big thanks to BA woodychandler for this one : )

Photo of RRoeb1123
3.92/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap at a local bar.

Appearance: Copper color, with a bit of a head that doesn't last long, dissipates after about 30 seconds.

Smell: A bit of cereal grains, and a bit of malt. Smells pretty decent actually, very non-offensive. Nothing too special, but it still is great in its own way.

Taste: Malt, a bit of hoppiness, it's very balanced. Far better than most macros. A bit of almost like caramel or something thrown into the mix also.

Mouthfeel: A little thin, and a bit watery.

Drinkability: Nice and refreshing, these go back very easily, and are great during the summer. A decent offering from PA, especially for something to drink every day, if the generic macros aren't your thing.

Photo of crossovert
1.49/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

12 oz can.

It pours an amber/gold with a fizzy white head that immediately dissipates and leaves no lacing.

The smell is reminiscent of an adjunct lager. Grain, cooked veggies, mineral water.

The taste is even more adjuncty, in fact i dk how this isn't an Adjunct lager, it is corny, with a certain saltiness to it. There is a thick mineral water flavor and then some malt flavor at the end.

The mouthfeel is watery.

At any rate, this is a crappy adjunct lager, nothing more.

Photo of NODAK
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Unfortunately, the beer I had seemed to smell sort of skunked, which isn't going to give me a good indicator of aroma.

The taste is a bit non-descript for a "full flavored" lager. The body has some vegetal/corn type of taste to it, along with a bit of creaminess and cereal grain taste that I've come to associate with amber beers, though it isn't that much. Hop bite is small, though present, at the finish.

Better than macros, but definitely nothing outstanding. Definitely will beat your ordinary macro any day of the week however. I feel as if I can drink this when I want something simple and cheap and not have to turn in my "craft drinker" card.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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