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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,254 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,254
Reviews: 1,536
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 102
Gots: 669 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling lager.

A- Mild amber hue with a one inch head that falls into a flat soda froth and ring that fails to make a touch of lacing.

S- Smell is a very low touch of carmel malts, metallic scents, and heavy amouts of grains.

T- Tastes of barley, malt, mild brown sugar, and a hint of hop bitterness.

M-D- Mouthfeel is easy on the buds, with good overall drinkablity..

wesbrownyeah, May 25, 2009
Photo of beer2day
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

There's not a lot to review here. Pours very pale and nearly clear. Small white head dissapates quickly and leaves no lacing. Well carbonated.

Straw aroma. Slightly bready.

Very thin on the hit, spreading to a slight malty sweetness. Faintly creamy in the end with only a hint of bitterness.

Best of the American lawn mower beers! Keep these in the beer fridge in the garage and hit them on hot days.

beer2day, May 25, 2009
Photo of Baileyuk
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well this is pretty much it as far as "craft" goes in Florida besides the odd Sam Adams.

Poured with a decent head from an aggressive pour but it faded quickly and left no lacing.

Smelled like a general beer taste, one of the weaker smells, less than even many BMC products.

Taste is weak but not totally unpleasant. Take a good beer taste and water it down and this is what I expect. A good taste hiding in the background. A little hop presence, malts are more dominant but really it is so light across the board.

Perfect mouthfeel for a lager, surprised to see this as an amber. I doubt I would seek this out again. Really seems to be BMC in disguise. I like a good craft lager but this is too close to macro for me.

Baileyuk, May 23, 2009
Photo of stumac
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this brew pours up a golden amber color with a small white head. the nose is dry and pale malty. the taste is pretty basic. pale malts and dry with low hops. the brew is not too dry though. medium to light bodied, subtle carbo. Pretty easy drinkin. Its not about the money!

stumac, May 23, 2009
Photo of peabody
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours out like a Heinekin but has a maltier flavor and not as skunky.
Flavor is watery and weak but it isn't a bad flavor, just not enough flavor.
Drinkability is good here and this is probably used as a session brew everywhere.
Clean mouthfeel and awesome drinkability make this just another micro that is really a Macro!.

peabody, May 23, 2009
Photo of bfields4
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very clear light amber. Head doesn't stick around too long.

Metallic and light sulfur smells. Touch of grain accompanies.

Taste mirrors the smell with a faint hop sweetness. A nice little bite at the end.

Crisp easy drinking mellow lager great for a hot afternoon or a drinking session.

bfields4, May 21, 2009
Photo of Philabeerphia
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

The amber lager is an interesting style for me, I'm growing to be a big fan.
12oz bottle poured into a shaker, a rather big head (2 finger) emerges, loses its steam and recedes into a creamy ring surrounding the interior glass edge. Held up to the light, this epitomizes the 'look' of a beer. A crisp body, a good tower of nucleation is visible, and a honey color.
The nose on this beer has quite a bit of cardboard going on. searching it deeper I recognize this as the combination of toasted darker malts with a sharp hop edge. Fair enough, but nothing impressive.
The taste picks up where the nose leaves off, in fact it is more 'present', esp with the decent amount of yest that shows up, overall a bit more impressive to me. Starts with a clean, mild hop crispiness on the tongue, and then eases up. the yeast opens up with the malt, showing up as a toasted rye bread. The finish is the most pleasing part - softens, showing a sweet honey, then the bitterness kicks in again, this time it shows up grassy, a bit tomato-ey, leaving a salty, earthy aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is very well done. Crisp, efficient, light. Supremely refreshing here, and certainly drinkable.

Philabeerphia, May 21, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours rich amber color with a white foam head that leaves ok lacing. Lot of bubbles rising up from the bottom of the glass.

S- Sweet malty nose with hints of caramel and spice. Grain and some yeasty scents are present as well.

T- Rich sweet malt flavor with some bready yeast and grain. A slight hop bitterness in the finish for balance. Caramel and some diacetyl butteriness are noticeable throughout.

M- Light and crisp with a nice amount of carbonation. Really smooth without any harshness or weird aftertastes.

D- An easy going brew that tastes pretty good and is really affordable. Highly drinkable and sessionable. My new go-to for session beers.

projectflam86, May 19, 2009
Photo of Kemmerlin
4.5/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A: light red color creamy foamy head and light lacing.
S: has a floral hop and light yeast smell
T: characterized by a good bread yeast flavor and light floral hoppiness that is very pleasing to my pallet.
M/D: a rather light and soft beer and easy to drink brew probably why it is so popular.

Kemmerlin, May 18, 2009
Photo of Genuine
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a pint glass.

A - It is in light amber in color. Very nice to look at, clear, looks well in a glass. Had about a 2 finger head on it.

S - It is certain that you will get the well known aroma of wheat. Not an over powering aroma but rather, welcomed. Very slight hops can be noticed as well but not prominent when it is on the palate.

T - Tastes of wheat certainly come close to dominating this brew, all the while one can find the remincense of hops at the end. Leaves a very nice aftertaste that'll have you coming back for more. High in drinkability.

M - This one is smooth, light and moderate in carbonation that'll leave the gums tingling, if desired.

D - Great to have as a regular or just sessions. I could have a few of these without becoming overwhelmed with the taste. Definitely recommended.

Genuine, May 16, 2009
Photo of Nukeman3000
4.9/5  rDev +43.7%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

America's Oldest Brewery what can i say...

This beer was born out of the American spirit of drinking, we took what the Germans knew about beer and made it better. It may have not won any awards but this beer is great. In fact this is my favorite beer, most German beers give off a bitter taste. The taste of this beer reminds me of marijuana, and that's not a bad thing.

Nukeman3000, May 11, 2009
Photo of JohnL9013
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of those beers that's just way better on tap than it is bottled or canned. It's really great to grab a $4.00 pitcher of this stuff on Friday nights and split it with some friends. It's really quite a decent beer for how cheap it usually is, plus, you're supporting America's oldest brewery!

A: A brown lagery brown. Can't be mistaken for the other cheap stuff on tap.

S: Mild hops and malt, nothing crazy here.

T: Yuengling is just a really mild beer. The only time it can get nasty is when it gets warm, especially if it's from a bottle or can. Otherwise, it's just a smooth lager that's easy to drink with a balanced flavor.

M: It's really light on the palate.

D: Quite drinkable, this is one of the more drinkable beers you can order for $4.00 a pitcher for sure.

Bottom line, I've never met anyone that didn't think Yuengling was at least decent. It's an old standby.

JohnL9013, May 10, 2009
Photo of CJfromPhilly
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours from the 32oz. bottle an attractive copper color with a foamy one-finger head that quickly disappeared into a modest collar. Surprisingly little carbonation...hardly any bubbles. The aroma is light & subded...a trace of malt & no detectable hops. Taste is sweet and malty, with a hint of caramel & toast. The mouthfeel is that of your average macro lager. High marks for drinkability...it goes down light, crisp & smooth. Overall, a cut above the standard macro lager, but not quite craft worthy.

CJfromPhilly, May 10, 2009
Photo of stingrayvr6
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on tap at Blarney's in Philly for $1. Never reviewed it before so seems like the time. Poured a golden, same color of wheat with a thick white head. Good retention on the head. Smell was grainy with light hops. Taste was similar, not too complex, not as light as I was expecting, with some real flavor and a nice hop balance in the finish. Good session beer.

stingrayvr6, May 07, 2009
Photo of majesticsock
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yuengling has a nice appearance. In terms of color it's on the light amber side, with quite a bit of carbonation, and with medium head. I've never been impressed with the smell of this beer. The alcohol seems to overpower the other scents and doesn't have anything that really stands out to me.

The flavor takes a moment to fully register. When the liquid impacts the taste buds, the wheat in it slowly becomes noticeable and makes for a nice aftertaste. It's a shame that this is not more potent in the smell of the beer. If drank too quickly, the aftertaste seems to get lost in the shuffle and is not fully apparent. There's a bit too much carbonation in this to swish it around, as it thickens up a bit too quickly for me when trying to get an accurate taste.

Overall, it's a nice beer for the price. If I'm at a bar with a limited selection, I'll usually go for a Yuengling as it's a solid beer that seems to taste well no matter where I have it.

majesticsock, May 07, 2009
Photo of wordhog61
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The best cheap beer by far.

I usually don't like darker beers but this one is very good.

It is very smooth, a plus to me as I don't like beers loaded down with carbonation. It is very very drinkable out of the can, bottle or draft which to me, means this is a quality brew.

Where I live I get a case for around $18, can't beat that.

wordhog61, May 06, 2009
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear amber. Head retention and lacing are light to moderate.
Grains and a very faint hops aroma are prominent on the nose with a nice earthiness. There's a very mild metallic note that isn't too bothersome.
There's more sweetness on the tongue than I expect from the smell as well as a stronger malt. There's even a little citrus that I didn't detect in the aroma. There's a little bit of a corn husk taste and some toasted grains. The metallic tinge shows up but, again, isn't too bothersome.
This one's smooth with a light body and moderate carbonation.
Overall, this is a pretty good brew to make a regular and as sessionable as it gets.

Brenden, May 04, 2009
Photo of drtth
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Chilled and poured into a dimpled mug. (Reviewed before dinner last night.)

Appearance: The beer pours a nice amber or light copper color with a ½" thick foamy head that persists for a few minutes and recedes to a small ring of foam and a thin layer over the liquid. The lacing is minimal but there is some.

Smell: The aroma is fresh and soft with some detectable sweet caramel malt but no real hoppieness detectable.

Taste: The flavor is also light, soft sweet caramel malt with some floral character from the hops. There is, however, nothing strong or challenging here.

Mouthfeel: The mouthfeel is medium to light bodied and soft with little carbonation by the end. The finish is medium long and is predominantly the light sweet malt tapering off and disappearing.

Drinkability: This is a reasonably drinkable and refreshing beer. With its low ABV it would be fine for an afternoon BBQ or an evening on the beach.. Its price won't break the bank if you want to fill a cooler for a party.

drtth, May 01, 2009
Photo of Stunner97
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- copper to amber brown in color, clear in body, slight head that quickly fades only to a small white lacing

Smell- grains, slight malts, and moderate hops, not an overwhelming smell in anyway but not bad

Taste- A nice mix of grains, slight hops on the finish and very overall malty mix, a good well balanced lager with a lot more taste and flavor then your average american macro lager

Mouthfeel- light crisp and refreshing, very nice soft feel

Drinkability- highly drinkable enjoyable session beer, amazing choice for the summertime and a hot nite, you drink them and never ever have a problem having hard time for another time for another, so much better then your average american macro lager, and when you throw in just how good the price is this is a must buy for any average man, i spent 13.99 for 24 pack!!! a classic for me now and i look forward to this summer of enjoying my new find

Stunner97, May 01, 2009
Photo of BEERchitect
2.79/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As one of the more requested beers at local stores and bars, I commonly belly up for a pint, searching feverishly to understand why this beer is so coveted. I still can't figure it out- nice beer, but marginally qualifying as craft.

The pour of light amber is caught somewhere begween golden and copper which reminds me of German-style Altbiers. The early and formitable head lasts well into the session with only slight hints of lacing. There's just something about the appearance of this beer that makes me think, 'weak'.

Soft pilsner aromas are laced with mild caramel undertones and light apple-like fruitiness. A modest yeastiness of sulfery match sticks come through in the nose as the beer warms. Light on hops, only a mild floral-herbal tea-like, maybe chamomile and light butter note emits past the grain.

The flavors remind me of both American Pilsners and richer American Lagers- maybe a Vienna-style lager made designed from early American brewers using indigiounous American ingredients in the brewing process. Caramelization of the pilsner malts gives a richer malt and grain favor with a touch of toasty- sun kissed malt, if I may; and roundness to the bready pilsner malts. Again, light floral hop flavors give another soft layer of complexity and balance to the beer.

Fairly light bodied but with a lightly oily texture that keeps the beer from thinness early. The lightness in mouthfeel is the only facet of the beer that reveals more grain character than malt. Never harshly bitter or astringent, the hops and grain bite remain low. The caramel and carbonation give the impression of medium fullness that might not really be there.

The saving grace of the beer is that it's a tasty little session beer that won't drain your pocket. Although you shouldn't expect greatness, this beer is much more flavorful than the standard industrial beers and may cost less.

BEERchitect, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber with one finger of head.

Sweet malts on the nose, with a hint of sourness. Vague fruit notes.

Smooth malts upfront. Gentle hops and roaring carbonation join in, and it finishes very clean. The caramel sweetness is a bit too much, and it could use more balance from the hops.

I can, and have, drank a bunch of these in a row. With an ABV that low, it's a great session beer.

IMincedTheKing, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of foamy white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with some fruitiness in the background.

T - Malty with some toasted notes. Little hop character, just enough bitterness to balance the malt in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and often the best option in the many craft-desert bars in FL. The malt character is light, but much more robust than its competition and makes for a very sessionable beer.

nickfl, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of pandashaver
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Amber, yellow, brownish translucent body with foamy head that subsides, thought not as quick as most macros. Leaves a bit of lacing.

Very metallic scent initially, along with some beery/yeasty. Not much more.

Taste is malty sweet, with a slight bitterness in the aftertast. Most notably, there is a caramel resin taste in there as well - it's how you know it's a Yuengling.

Very thin and watery mouthfeel, but it lasts somewhat with the sticky caramel character so not bad.

High drinkability, this is cheap and better than other American macros.

pandashaver, Apr 30, 2009
Photo of jdubjacket
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear amber color with not much of a head or lacing. Smell is generally corn and grains with. Taste is relatively similar in that there is some corn and grain characteristics with a slight malt backbone. Little bit low on taste but not too bad. Moderate carbonation. Good drinkability. Overall, not a bad beer. Just not the best.

jdubjacket, Apr 29, 2009
Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear amber colored brew with few centimeters of foam. A malty aroma with a touch of caramel and some hops. There seems to be a whiff of corn in the nose as well, but not much.

Light on the palate. It is slightly sweet up front moving to a slight baked corn flavor in the center. It recovers quickly to finish with a clean light bitterness from the hops.

Considering, this is not a bad brew. A little light on flavor but drinkable and enjoyable. In a pinch, this will more than do.

BeardedBoffin, Apr 28, 2009
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 5,254 ratings.