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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,359 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,359
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 111
Gots: 731 | FT: 1
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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 JEdmund
4.35/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Golden orange---the best color on a lager of this style; looks like a pale ale

Lemons and grass jump out

Taste & Body
Really smooth malt flavor finishing with a nice hop snap; finishes light and clean, making for a sessionable beer; no harsh adjuncts commonly found in this style; slight ale-like fruitiness in finish

Great beer for all kinds of situations. And it comes in cans!

Photo of samie85
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes. Originally consumed 12/25.

A-Pours a nice amber color with a white, one finger head.

S-Sweet grain, corn and floral hops.

T-Again, sweet grain, corn, and a slightly bitter hop finish.

M-Light bodied with medium carbonation.

D-Goes down pretty easy. I remember it being quite a bit better and the corn was not as dominant in my memory. I guess my palate has developed. This is still a nice, cheap everyday drinker.

Photo of koolex11
4.63/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

There is a reason this beer is found on tap in every bar in eastern PA and possibly the whole state. This is my go-to beer for every Friday happy hour despite living in a region fairly rich in brewpubs.

Incredibly balanced and smooth drinking.

In my opinion, the best quality of this beer is the finish. Toasted and dry, making you crave the next gulp!

Just ask for a lager. Everyone in PA knows what you want. If you need to clarify, it is pronounced YING-LING.

Photo of SargeC
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Amber-gold colored brew with a nice frothy golden-white head. Decent carbonation flow.

Smell: Caramel malt with a hint of smoke and underlying hops.

Taste: Simple, slightly smoky malt flavor with a crisp finish. Brilliantly understated.

Mouthfeel: Light-medium body. Slightly dry finish.

Drinkablity: Tasty and accessible brew. A very good regional brew.

Photo of chickencoop
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

First off, thanks RustyDiamond for the beer, i've been craving this stuff for a year. This is an American standard that needs to make it our here on the west coast. It may seem a bit watered down from what most people are saying they drink everyday, but compared to it's own style, this beer is the goods. Malty overtones with a clean light finish. Simple but solid, I may need to set up another trade to get some more.

Photo of crhensel
4.2/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

(bottle into pint glass) I may be very biased as this has always been a staple, but I love this one! Pours a beautiful deep amber color with a creamy head and good lacing. Nose is of a slight toffee sweetness, and a slight hop mixed in. Drinks very smooth with a slight sharp bite of the hops at the end. A little heavier than most macrobrewed lagers (as Yuengling is hardly small anymore) but not as overbearingly in your face as some micros. A great middle of the road choice. Excellent compliment to a chargrilled burger!

Photo of Vonerichs
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Copper in color with a tall but thin head.

Faint on the smell, and the smell is a tin, sulfer, and bread.

The smell doesn't do this much justice and I found the flavor to be much improved from the nose. It is a little metallic, but there are also some notes of a grassy hops and bready malts. As far as lagers go, this is definitely an economical fill in.

Mouthfeel is crisp and dry, but a watery.

It is more flavorful and fuller bodied than it's macro counterparts, so I give it a little bump in drinkability. Overall, this is a decent alternative to the macro mainstays.

Photo of Tomdee74
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

We don't get this in CT; however, it is so popular all around us that you can find many people that do have it. I finally got around to tasting this after hearing such rave reviews from budweiser drinkers. It is better than budweiser but still a macro beer.

A - Couldn't tell as I drank this from the bottle
S - Is there a smell? Smelled like a macro beer but again better than Bud and other macros
T - It is not bad. It is definitely the best of the macros. Something I wouldn't go crazy to look for; however, I'd be happy to see this at a summer picnic
M - It just tastes like a decent brew
D - I could have a couple of these on a hot day. Pretty drinkable brew wish it was available in CT just so maybe it would be at more picnics that I go to.

Photo of rosmhuire
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank directly from bottle, as this was the only palatable beer my father-in-law had in his beer fridge.

A: Absolutely no idea, as I drank this straight from the bottle. Plus, the bottle is green, making it difficult/near impossible to ascertain the coloring.

S: Nothing - this has no nose in my opinion.

T: A tad sweet, as the malt flavor profile really comes through. A bit of bitterness/hoppiness on the finish.

M: Moderate carbonation.

D: Extremely drinkable. In my opinion, this is the best of the uninspired macros.

Photo of raclark
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle, it presents a clear copper color with a foamy head that recedes to a thin ring around the inside edge of the glass.

There is a pleasant full aroma in the nose with a bit of a metallic bite. Mild alcohol is also noticeable.

It has a crisp taste with a good balance of bitter to sweet. Overall the beer has a round, even flavor. Nice mouthfeel.

As for drinkability, these go down smooth and are great for an all night session. Also, it's versatile enough to pair well with most any meal.

Reasonably priced and readily available in a good portion of the eastern US, this is a great alternative to other mass produced American lagers. It's a no frills utilitarian brew, but tasty nonetheless and a mainstay in my fridge.

Photo of cosmicevan
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle

A - Poured with a crystal clear amber with a small head and slippery lacing.

S - Malty lager smell. Has a bit of a bite on the nose.

T - Tangy with a malty bite.

M - Fizzy and malty. I'm not a huge Lager fan, but this one I don't mind so much.

D - Always a nice find among the crowd of usual suspects at a bar or party, definitely a beer that I have more than one of when I'm drinking it.

Photo of Misfit138
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bottle into pint glass

A- Burnt orange or amber in color with a bright white head

S- Sweet caramel malts, not much else

T- Sweet caramel malts followed by a crisp hop finish

M- Medium bodied with mild carbonation

D- This is an easy drinking beer, maybe the best lager out there.

Photo of erz316
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on tap from pitcher at the YD tap room in princeton

a very malty almost biscuit sweet flavour most defines this beer. decent colour and a lacking nose are made up for by the sessionable nature of the beer. good head colour and pleasing dark body. very easy drinking with a low level of carbonation.

Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber bottle into a 23 ounce glass. Golden amber in appearance with about an inch of foamy head. Medium carbonation that bubbles to the top of the glass. Not an overly strong scent but I can detect some roasted malts. The taste is smooth and balanced. Malts and hops seem about balanced not real after taste. Mouthfeel is a bit watery. Very drinkable to me. One of my stand by beers because over the years it has been very thirst quenching and a pleasure to drink. Today it is providing a nice change up from the heavier seasonal beers.

Photo of bob3701
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pilsner style glass. Good head and light amber color but a lot darker than most American lagers. Great lacing and an aroma that is hard to defind. A bit sour in it's taste but that's not a bad thing. More meatier than the typical mass produced lager. Considering this is now massed produced they are doing a great job. I respect this beer for saving America's oldest brewery.
Side note; if you have the chance take the brewery tour, its free and well worth it.

Photo of Dabe
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

My go to beer. Being from the area where "Lager" is brewed, I grew up drinking this more than water.

A- Nice golden/amber color, though there is little head to it.

S- Some hops, though it does have a metallic smell

T- So much better than the other macro's available at the same general price point. Very malty, and goes down quite smooth

M- Great, though a little over carbonated, but goes down incredibly smooth

D- Like I said earlier, I could drink these all day. On a warm summer day after work I can sit out on the back deck and drink these all day.

Photo of nickd717
3.6/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my local go-to beer that I've been drinking since I was a baby, so I want to give it a 5. In Pennsylvania, this beer is just called "lager." I mean how many lagers are there, really? Is there ever a need to specify further? Recently on tap at Shakey's (now called "Overtime" in Hershey

Good clear dark golden color with a decent off-white head.

Malty aroma, a little grainy, with some slight brown sugar.

Taste is caramel and pale malt, not really any adjunk detectable (don't believe this beer includes any), and mild hop bitterness. Pretty solid on tap, but prone to skunkiness in the bottle occasionally since they're green. Nothing amazing, but a HUGE step up from BMC.

Fairly smooth on the palate, with medium body for the style. Very crisp. Drinkability is high.

This is nowhere near my favorite beer, but there are a lot of times when I'll order a "lager" when I'm back east just on principle or for nostalgic reasons.

Photo of Augustiner719
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4


Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

appearance: poured a light brownish crystal clear color with a slight tint of orange and red. Very thin and weak 1 finger head , no lacing present.

Smell: Smells very weird. Smells like your wrist after you wore a watch for too long without taking it off. Kinda smells like a sock mixed with glass or metal.

Taste: Tastes pretty good. I was expecting a metallic finish but I got some good depth. Tastes of weaker malts and very slight if any hops. finishes sweet, but only a little more complex that most macros.

Mouthfeel: Good carbonation, excellent feel. Finishes a little too dry for me for this style, but nice.

Drinkability: Tasty beer, and for the price I would take this over BMC all day long. Though I would rather if forced to drink 12 beers, have 12 budweisers than 12 yuenglings, this is definately a beer to pound and enjoy.


Poured from a 22oz bomber into a standard pint glass:

Appearance: Amber reddish brown color with a decent 1 finger head that dissapates slowly into nothing but the top of crystal clear beer. No lacing.

Smell: Smells slightly like roasted corn with some mild malty background. Fresh smelling though.

Taste: Tastes very refreshing and much fuller than i remember. Good grilled lemon/malty and slight grilled corn taste.

Mouthfeel: Carbonated just a bit over what i wanted. Good light refreshing lager.

Drinkability: Very smooth and tasty. Great alternative to BMC products. Great refreshing beer. Way better than a lot of macros out there.

Photo of GoalieRon33
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a- nice golden brown. clear, not much head, but satisfying for a "non" craft beer.

s- nothing spectacular. clean, a little hoppy, some malt too.

t- great beer. not too heavy. not too light. slight metallic taste, with a wet malt. does not taste like a mass produced. great price for a great beer.

m- a little thin, but not too bad. Nicely carbonated, with a slight bitter hoppiness at the tail end.

d- awesome beer to drink. goes down so easy with a great taste. great balance for a wonderful beer. Yuengling hasn't been in business this long for no reason.

This is a personal favorite of mine. Being from PA, its almost ingrained in me to enjoy this beer. I love the taste, I love the price, and I love the idea of the history of this beer. Great beer for "discerning" college beer aficianados; it isn't quite on the level of other craft beers, but it blows AB and other mass beers out of the water.

Photo of MbpBugeye
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear amber. White, short lived head. Spotty lacing.

S- Toasty, bready and doughy. Big on malts in the nose. No real hops presence.

T- Malty, slightly sweet. No real hops.

M- Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Goes down smooth.

D- Really drinkable. Great session lager.

Photo of degerbah
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pour samber with two fingers of head. The head dissapears almost immediately though. The smell is about half and half lager Flavor does no tliv eup to the malt smell at all. There is a much more obvious malt taste than a macro lager, but it's still a very plain and slightly watery tasting beer. Not heavily carbonated at all. Reminds me of a less-flavorful amber bock more than anything. Very drinkable, but nt particularly special. Still an old dfavorite.

Photo of jmaur345
4.28/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Ahh Yuengling Traditional Lager, the beer that I grew up on. This brew should be the official drink of the state of Pennsylvania. It's served everywhere in PA, and can be ordered simply by "Lager" they'll know what you want. It also has one of the coolest labels on a mass produced beer, ya gota love the Yuengling Eagle. It's made in Pottsville PA, a small coal mining town that doesn't have any coal left, so it's also keeping that town alive, even more reason to love it. Enough talk, here's my review.

A- Poured from a 12oz bottle into my trusty pint glass. A hard pour produces about 2 fingers of head that quickly runs away to a small ring and eventually nothing. Wonderful orange-amber color. No head, so no lacing.

S- Very clean, little to no smell, very, very slight wet malty smell, but it could just be me looking for something that's not there. Nothing bad however.

T- One of the best, if not the best mass produced beers on the market. Yuengling lager is a sweet, faintly malty American lager. Slight veggy taste to it as it warms up, a very pleasant taste all the way. There is also a kind of cornbread taste in the background.

M- Very good, the carbonation is very balanced and sorta dances in your mouth, I know that sounds really lame but it does! Finishes clean and leaves you wanting more.

D- Again very good. It's a little filling, but if you're a pro you can drink it all night. It also pairs well with just about any kind of food. I know this from experience, I'm a Pennsylvania native so I drink it with just about every dinner. A great brew all around. The only down side is it a non-union American brewery, oh well.

Photo of jantonius
4.78/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: This amazing beer has a slight amber color

S: Slight Hop Smell, Very Slight

T: For a Non-Craft Beer, this is the best tasting beer. Hard to explain, not complex but amazing.

M: Very full, slight carbonation, amazingly smooth finish

D: There is no better beer in my opinion for a session beer.

From the oldest brewery in the US, and growing faster than any brewer this size. My only regret is I can't get in LA.

Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a deep amber color lager with a medium foray head with OK retention. Aroma of nice creamy caramel malt with light sweet notes. Taste is refreshing and easily drinkable with creamy texture and some well balanced caramel malt. Body is fuller then average with great carbonation and a nice creamy texture. Nothing earth shattering but very well done nonetheless.

Photo of thekanna
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A clear orange with a thin white head which results in rings of lace as it goes down.

S: Lagery yeasts and some toasted wheat malts, with a faint sweetness.

T: Nice sweetness with malts reminiscent of toasted rice and wheat. Some citrus-flavored hops shine through with just a touch of grassiness.

M: Great maltiness in the body with a crisp finish.

D: A pretty decent lager; good for a nice, reliable and refreshing drink when no better beers are present. Personally I feel that the on-tap version of this beer is much better than what you get from the bottle.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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