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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,113 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,113
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 99
Gots: 600 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of kshankar
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About time I reviewed this beer. Growing up in Pennsylvania, this was a pretty common thing for me to have.

Appearance is above average. Its an amber color with average head retention that doesn't stick around long. I really don't expect it to though.

Smell is decent. Its malts and grains. The aroma is pleasant, at any rate. Its not really strong. Weak, but in a good way.

Taste: Malty and sweet. Its grains and malts mostly, and has a bit of hops in the finish, and brings out a pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Maybe a little watery, but its not meant to be heavy. Carbonation really is a good part here. Overall its light and very refreshing

Drinkability: Due to its crisp mouth feel, and the fact that its on the lighter side, I'd say this is its best feature. I can probably go through a 6-pack of these if I wanted to.

kshankar, Sep 19, 2008
Photo of Auroraboy
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always wanted to try this stuff, despaired of ever seeing it on the west coast.

Recently got to spend time in Manhattan, purchased a sixer of this in bottles at the Fairway Market on 75th and Broadway to take back to the hotel. Tasted like a beer of this kind should -- crisp, clean, nice balance of malt and hops, with of course some adjunct-y taste and smell thrown in.

As others have said, if I lived on the east coast I can't see ever picking up any BMC when this is on the shelf next to it. Pleasure to get to try this.

Auroraboy, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of Lepley
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can.

A: Good color. Deep reddish amber, one finger of light brown head with little to no retention and lots of carbonation.
S: Malty and grainy. Sweet. Doesn't have a big aroma.
T: Malty sweet, finishes with a subtle hoppy bitter aftertaste.
M: Watery, lots of carbonation.
D: This a good cheap beer that's readily available anywhere that sells beer in Pennsylvania. This the staple of my weekends and I don't know why people would consider the big macro-lagers when this sits right next to them.

Lepley, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of SIRIUS2
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, crystal clear with what appears to be lots of carbonation that leads to a soapy foam head of roughly 1-2 fingers. Retention is about average, eventually going to a thin ring of white. No real lacing to speak of.

Thin aromas of grainy malt and some faint hops, a little citrus & a little floral. Hard to discern the hops. Nothing special jumping out at me but still pleasant with a sense of balance.

I was a little bit surprised with the flavors after the relatively mediocre aromas. Although very balanced, there was still enough flavor in the brew that you can find the malts up front with a slightly dry hop finish. Very clean with not much linger, rather refreshing overall.

The carbonation was not as heavy as it appeared to be on the pour and actually suited the character of the brew quite nicely. I felt the mouthfeel to be adequate and enjoyable.

This was a decent brew. I didn't have high expectations for it and was honestly a little surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Given the choice between this and the typical American macro brews, I'd take this one first any day.

SIRIUS2, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber with a slightly off white, 1-2 finger head. Retention is quite decent before falling to a thin film. Some lace.

S - Faint malts give off a slight vanilla aroma. Corn/low levels of DMS are also apparent.

T - Bready, grainy character kicks things off with a nice underlying sweetness. Faint, slightly spicy hop character brings some bitterness near the finish. Very clean.

M - Medium bodied, with moderate to high carbonation. Borderline watery.

D - Yuengling never disappoints in this department.

I had several of these last night without noticing much difference, but tonight I am having another to compare against my frequent visits with Yuengling in both the bottle and on tap. Hands down, the canned version is the best. It doesn't suffer the lack of carbonation from the tap lines, and I suppose the other differences deal with this version not being light stuck at all. It's much creamier, sweeter, and devoid of the sometimes-pleasant-but-sometimes-annoying earthy character that has defined Yuengling (for me) for so long.

PatrickJR, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of dnichols
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

is a silk screened bomber served in a seidel glass. The beer is cold.

A: It poured a copperish red colored body with a robust bone white two finger head and nearly no lacing.

S: It had a stale grain aroma with hints of floral hops.

T: It had more flavor than the aroma let on. The malts were sweet and nutty and the hops had a nice bitter bite that gave a tang to the beer.

M: It was light and refreshing. Moderate carbonation and very low ABV.

D: Its a decent drinkable lager for a session style of beer. Low ABV and light body make it a good beer for an all day binge in the summertime.

dnichols, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Edgecrusher
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color. Decent head with medium lacing.

Smell: Generic beer smell. No outstanding aromas.

Taste: No hop presence. Malt flavor is prominent.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth drinkinmg beer. Medium carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: A decent session beer if you have nothing else to drink.

Overall: Not a bad mass produced beer. A fall back is somewhere you are has nothing else.

Edgecrusher, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Winter
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with an ample amount of carbonation. The white head doesn't linger for very long. Some oxidation in the aroma. Smells like wet cardboard. Medium in body with a seltzer-like carbonation. Taste seems a little off... it has a malty seltzer quality to it. Cardboard that I detected in the nose returns and there's a slight buttery note toward the back. Perhaps, I got a bad bottle of this?

Winter, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of saradad
1.88/5  rDev -44.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

It was was either Yuengling or Coors Light at the restaurant last night so I opted for the Yuengling, I've had it before in bottles and liked it. This was WAY different...the color seemed right, the carbonation seeemed a little overdone but something happened to the taste. The first sip had nothing to it, very bland so I took a whiff and "Whoa?!? My beer has no smell!!" Very little hops smell, no malt or anything else. I don't know if the restaurant (Speers Street Grill in Speers PA)had a problem with their draft equipment but this was ridiculous, my water and lemon had more flavor.

saradad, Sep 13, 2008
Photo of webmanspidey
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Finally tried this a few times while in Pittsburgh. Caramel-brown in appearance. Semi-sweet caramel smell and taste with a lot more flavor than most of the mass-produced beers on tap alongside it at the bar I was at. Not strong at all and drinkable enough.

webmanspidey, Sep 11, 2008
Photo of n00tz
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Light(almost white) blonde head diminishes quickly. Light amber body resembles apple juice, lacks carbonation.

S - Piney, somewhat fruity with a hint of peanut.

T - citrus onset with peanut finish.

M - doesn't stick around for long, thin bodied.

D - better than average tasting beer at a good price, great for gatherings of 4 or more people where a constant rate of intake would be common.

n00tz, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pilsner style glass from a 22 oz big daddy bottle. Noticable carbonation. A staple for sure if no faves are avail....
4.4 ABV, 140 calories per serving

A-3.0 nice head intially but it was gone quick, very little if any lacing. Malty caramel color.

S-2 Slightly skunky, low point on this rating.

T-4 Smooth, malty & well balanced, a good lager for my pref, no neg after taste

M-3.5 heavy carbo, slightly watery for a malty lager, kinda weird for as much as I enjoy it...

D-4.0 A solid lager indeed for a old time macro, has body and malt, but somewhat watery as compared to most microbrews.

unclejimbay, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of DeepSix
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A cooper colored body, poured with a little head, but apparently the keg was being a little difficult to pour well, so I dunno. No lace, not much of a head retention.

Not much of smell to it, a bit of a malt smell

The malts are pretty noticeable in the taste with a slight hop note to it.

A sort of thin mouthfeel, other reviews are commenting about the carbonation to a greater extent that I noticed.

Could drink this all day, the fall back beer, usually can be got on domestic prices round here, so that's pretty cool.

DeepSix, Sep 08, 2008
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very light copper color, bordering on dark golden. Not much head to speak of.

Sweet metallic smell to it. A bit cold for proper sniffin', but get hints of banana bread. Not much hops aroma.

Has a macro-esque high carbonation feel to it. Does have some discernable hop presence in the flavor, this combines with bready malts to create something resembling balance. All in all, not too shabby. I can see why they sell alot of this in Florida's tropical climate. Fairly refreshing and has more flavor than most of the BMC offerings.

twiggamortis420, Sep 07, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer poured an amber color with no real lacing. However, it did have a relatively decent head. This is a pretty sweet beer, that is well carbonated.
This is definitely a beer that you could drink a lot of if you don't care much for taste. It goes down easily and isn't reprehensible. It's a party beer that's better than Bud Light.

Jayli, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of batty
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

golden brown pour with nice white head, dropped very quickly though, and no lace, a bit disappointing.

smell is a little too clean, nice but very tough to get anything off of it.

taste is quite nice -better than i remember this being. pretty good maltiness, with just a hint of hop and mineral-ness.

pretty thick it feels, but serves as a good accompaniment to the maltiness. a little more carbonated than i would like perhaps.

although thick it tastes good and goes down smooth and clean, definitely could session on the porch on a hot summer day.

batty, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of glid02
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at a gas station in Charleston.

Pours an amber/copper color with about a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a ring of bubbles around the glass. Lacing isn't very sticky.

Smells alright. Mild hops with some malt sweetness.

Tastes the same as it smells. As it warms the malt becomes more prevalent, but there's really nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin, but the carbonation is pretty solid.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a lot of these, but they are not exceptionally tasty.

Overall I would consider this a very good macro brew. I bought it because it was the only thing available at a gas station that was still open, but it could have been much worse.

glid02, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a one finger head with subpar retention and a nice amber color.

Smell is of some pale and caramel malts. It's a little thin, but it's fairly decent for the style.

The taste is of pale malts witha bit of caramel malts. However, the beer becomes seltzery and there is a little bit of dry tannins and off flavors. I want to like this beer, but the mouthfeel is horrible.

The beer is seltzery and the mouthfeel ruins the beer somewhat. It becomes less selztery as it warms, but it's still very thin after that.

This a subpar beer at best. I won't seek it out again.

jasonjlewis, Aug 29, 2008
Photo of daythree16
3.88/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Pours a golden amber color with a solid two-finger white head. The heads fades slowly and leaves a little bit of lace on the glass.

Smell is sweet malt. Lots of grain and bready aromas. Taste is a little caramel and a little bread. Surprisingly simple and delicious. Light flavors and very refreshing.

Mouthfeel is very light, and drinkability is about as good as it gets.

Cheap, tasty, and low ABV = fantastic session beer.

daythree16, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has started to become my inexpensive go to beer and I've been drinking it quite a bit lately. This has got to be one of the best beers for the price. It's not going to overpower with flavor or anything but it's solid. Sweet with some caramel malt some earthy hops, some grain notes and sure yeah, a little watery thin. There's a lot more flavor than your standard swill Lager though, that's for sure.

changeup45, Aug 23, 2008
Photo of treyrab
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A: The appearance is a nice dark copper with a white fluffy head. The look is pretty dark for a lager...similar look to an oktoberfest

S: The smell however is very normal, tons of bready and pale malts

T: The taste is much more than a normal lager. A pretty good amount of caramel malts and cereal grains

Overall, a pretty good lager that I would take over a macro any day.

treyrab, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Chinon01
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Thin soapy head. No appreciable lacing.

Nose - Semi-sweet grain and malt.

Taste - Light with delicate roasted malt and grain. Little to no hop presence.

Mouthfeel - Thin and unremarkable

Drinkability - Good drinkability due to its light character. Goes down like water.

Chinon01, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of engisch
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Going to school in New Jersey and then Pennsylvania, I practically lived on this stuff. I remembered it as a brew that was not much of anything, just average and completely acceptable.

Time to go back in time by getting one on tap now!

Amber colored pint with a little head. It looks pretty good. I am a little anxious to drink, so lets get a quick sniff and have a taste. The smell is nothing special, but it isn't bad. The taste is rather neutral, but it is definitely a beer that I could sit and have a few. It's good.

Not offensive, not exceptional, very drinkable. I think light and heavy beer drinkers can respect this beer.

engisch, Aug 19, 2008
Photo of gonzo46and2
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Still a good standby.

Pours an amber body with a little head that diminishes fully.

Smell is sweet with bits of bread and grain.

Tastes sweet and bready with a bit of sweetness.

Good carbonation and thin easy to drink mouthfeel

Nice cheap lager that has never disappointed me.

gonzo46and2, Aug 17, 2008
Photo of sholland119
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A very fine crowd pleasing beer.

Pours a clear reddish amber with a solid white head. Little lacing.

Smell is a bit sweet and a bit of grainy malt. A little bland.

Taste is pretty good. A bit of sweet malt and a bit of breadiness.

Mouthfeel is crisp and clean. A fine sessionable beer. Not a memorable experience but not at all bad.


sholland119, Aug 12, 2008
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 5,113 ratings.