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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,487 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,487
Reviews: 1,588
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 124
Gots: 912 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of newcastleme
3.27/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I tried this beer for the first time several weeks ago at a friends party. I was pleasantly surprised.

A- Light copper color with a small head.

S- Sweet Malt

T- I didn't notice much malts and it was light bodied but not watery.

M- Light bodied

D- I would drink this beer again because it's great drinkability. I think that's the best quality of this beer. It's not amazing but it will do for a nice night of relaxing or a game with the guys.

Photo of Milestone221
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Solid tan two thumb head which dissipates quickly. Some carbonation. Pure brown transparent color. Very attractive.

S-Earthy grains, malt, and roasted nuts.

T-Rich. At first bitter but slows to a smooth finish. Slight hops.

M-Very good. Leaves a carmel taste.

D-Pretty high considering the style. Meant to be enjoyed, not rushed, for sure but is sessionable. The lager everyone reverts to when in trouble. Great overall beer. No downsides.

Photo of larryi86
2.79/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

I found a bottle at the back of my fridge that a friend had brought over a few weeks, so I figured I would try it again.

A- Light copper color with a three finger white head that disappears quickly.

S- Sweet malts.

T- Sweet malts, almost no hops, and a little watery.

M- Light.

D- Not a bad beer, but I would only buy it if I was at a bar with only BMC. This is drinkable and does go down fairly easily.

Photo of JordanEllwanger
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Good amber tones, very copper and a beautiful transparency. A fast fleeting head. A decent smell with a sent of pen ink to my sense, which I find cool. Not a bad amber. A good little malt taste clouds about the back of the mouth. Pretty average as far as craft beers go. Nothing special that jumps out at you but nothing that takes away from it either. A watery feel that almost evaporates across the tongue. Could have a session with this, easily.

Photo of udubdawg
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

light coppery amber in color, very vibrant. Head is thin and off-white but shows decent retention - better than expected for the style.

aroma is one-sided with a lightly toasty, lightly pale, almost bready malt. Faint suggestion of sweetness. No diacetyl, DMS, or fruity esters noted. Can't get any hops with regularity; a couple times I think I get a faint citrus or floral aroma.

Decent flavor, starts out sweet and looks headed for disaster, but it makes a sharp turn before the finish and manages to finish medium dry. I wonder briefly if any roasted malt was used to give the color, which could explain the dry finish, though they can't have used much at all with this color! The aftertaste is kind of doughy and mildly annoying but the aforementioned dryness is at least preferable to the cloying direction I thought we were headed. It seems like there is a faint minerall-y flavor here that seems to work; could be some light floral hop flavor though. Faint fruity esters. No alcohol noted. I finally decide that the water is giving the mouthfeel I am experiencing, and that I approve.

medium light body, medium-high carb. Almost effervescent at first; the beer opens up a bit as it warms and degases. I get a tiny bit of astringency here.

Overall not bad. The drying finish improves the drinkability score by a ton. A little more hop bitterness and a more clean profile would send it through the roof.

Photo of jpschouest
4.3/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Aroma: malty, hint of fruits

Appearance: about a 1/2" head that quickly dissipated,nice copper color very clear

Taste: was very good,hint of caramel,fruity
finishes clean

Mouthfeel: a little carbonated but has a dry finish almost silky

Drinkability: very good beer, very drinkable

Reasonably priced and one of my favorite beer so far

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

Aroma: Malty nose. Some dark fruit.

Appearance: Pours 1 inch white head. Dissipates quickly. No lacing. Brilliantly clear light copper color.

Flavor: Medium caramel. Grassy herbal flavor from hops. Pear and green apple in aftertaste. Somewhat tart. Some sulfur notes.

Mouthfeel: High carbonation. Relatively thin. Some slickness coating the tongue. Slight warming alcohol.

Overall: Sometimes I think there is a Jekyll & Hyde skit going on with Yuengling. Sometimes I try it and get a crisp lager with sulfury yeast driven flavors. Other times, I get this boring too sweet caramel flavor. This time is the latter. This is a step up from the Budweiser but nothing to seek out.

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

Pours to a medium-light amber with a solid rise of ivory foam. It's sticks around a bit and laces in incomplete rings.
Honeyed grain nose, with a just touch of grassy, herbal hops.
Lightly grainy as it hits the mouth, covered in powdered sugar, as it inches towards caramel, but never really gets there. There a creamed corn sweetness, then clean through the midsection. The light poke of grassy hops hits at the tail-end, providing more dryness than actual hop characteristics.
Light body, yet unfizzy. It's moderate carbonation stays sluggishly active throughout, giving it a tautness of feel.
This is a massively drinkable, clean, little beer, with just enough character to keep one's interest.

Photo of weller1js
3.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A personal favorite and a regular go-to beer, a step above the average.

appearance: Clear, with crisp medium-amber color and more than average carbonation. Foam dissapates into a thin white ring. Seeing such a vibrant color in a lager serves as an indicator of the heightened quality.

smell: balanced scent with undertones of both malt and hops; predominant smell is faintly sweet yet mainly grainy aroma.

taste: well-balanced flavor, neither hops nor malts are predominant, the combination of which is apparent throughout the beginning and middle, dissapating for a clean finish.

drinkability: refreshing and palatable, the quality of Yuengling speaks for itself. Definitely a beer that can be enjoyed regularly.

Photo of DerekP
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm going to get this out the way and start off by saying that this beer changed my feelings on the taste of beer long before I tasted Blue Moon or Sam Adams Boston Lager. I can still remember being wary of its ability to hinder my judgment more than other widely accessible offerings, despite it having an ABV of less than 4.5%. It's truly a classic beer, and worth imbibing happily when spending a night at a bar as it is easy to find. On to the review:

Yuengling Traditional Lager, which refers to itself as an Amber Lager, really holds true to the color. It's head starts out fairly strong, transcending into a low-medium rim. A deep nose pulls out a sweet, malty, syrupy smell, balanced with more dry, grainy notes, and a hint of wet grass & autumn leaves, consequently pulling away from a bock-like aroma. Can't ignore the floral & spicy esters.

The taste offers a mild grainy shell, a brown sugar style, sweeter center, and a drier finish. Teasing hints of salted butter & vanilla extract. A mild feel, very little astringency in the finish, & a clean, yet grainy-dry, aftertaste.

A solid session beer for even the budget-conscious, and one that comes through with a lot more character than the rest.

Photo of 828beagle
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass a light amber-orange with a 2 finger light foamy head. Low retention. Smells of sweet roasted almonds. Cider-like in taste with a subtle hint of caramel. Moderately carbonated with a dry finish that is pleasant and refreshing. This beer is quite flavorful and has great personality along with being very well priced (the same price as Budweiser but better in quality by leaps and bounds). A great go-to beer when you are strapped for cash.

Photo of gboy515duo
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass, this has a 2 finger head that is both creamy and beige. The Carbonation sticks lightly to the sides of the glass which is filled with a bright amber body.

The smell is of bread and yeast, hops and malt, nothing really special, but has a very sweet aroma that is inviting. The smell is somewhat burnt, but not overpowering.

As you gulp down this traditional American Amber, the sweet lager flavor hits you first as the bready feeling crosses your palate. The malts and hops are almost equal in flavor, most sips leaning more towards the malt and sweet taste of the beer.

This beer bites sharply on the tip of your tongue and the lips, but it isn't any reason to dislike it. I enjoy the carbonation that hits you. The nice alcohol feeling that hits you is also very inviting, surprising for such a low ABV beer. However, 12 of these are easy enough to drink and have a good time.

Photo of bigrzman
4.28/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I have been drinking it for years and I am surprised I have not rated it sooner. In Pennsylvania you ask for a Lager you get a Yuengling. It has many nicknames my favorite being "Vitamin Y".

A:Poured with a thick amber hued white head that soon after a few minutes settled to a wisp. Th beer is a stark amber color with minimal carbonation and bubbles are tight and small. If it had more head it would be truly beautiful.

S: Smells of citrusy hops and a sweet caramel malt and finishes of grassy at the back end.

T: Initially a quick bite of citrus from the hops met with a caramel malt sweetness and the aftertaste finishes grassy and a little drying. Even when warm it tastes good which is not the norm with any American Lager.

M: Wet and thirst quenching in the beginning and a dry finish. Moderate body that is a little syrupy. I would say overall silky.

D: I would drink this anytime anywhere. It is good at the bar, good with my dinner, and good at the game. It is a magical beer.

Photo of Mosstrooper
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Taken from notes- reviewed on 7/24/2010 in Fire Island, NY.

Poured from 12oz bottle into plastic wine glass.

Appearance: Pale amber color with a small, thin white head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Sweet, bready malt with a hint of grassiness.

Taste: Begins with sweet grain flavors, finishing with more bready sweetness and mild hop spice. Slight apple hints in the finish, as well.

Mouthfeel: Light body and fairly strong carbonation with a crisp, refreshing finish.

Drinkability: Far from an outstanding beer, this is pretty average overall. However, it is usually priced about the same as BMC beers and is much more flavorful while remaining just as sessionable. A superb standby if all else fails.

Photo of magnj
4.08/5  rDev +20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Local staple brew, taken way too long to review.

A - Really nice golden amber body, several shades deeper than BMC American Lager style. Low head on a mild pour into a standard pint glass. Head retention is quite low as is the lacing.

S - Typical lager aroma with a bit of red ale mixed in. Which means caramel and a bit of bread. Nothing crazy.

T - Really subtle caramel flavor that ends dry with some bread. Super clean but there is taste! Red's are not my favorite but this one is mild and tasty.

M/D - Watery feel and taste but with 4.4% ABV your not going to get a lot of body and it feels appropriate anyway. Intelligent folk around here will pick this up rather than a BMC and gives hope there is desire to taste beer out there, A Good brew at a good price.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
4.84/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

First had this beer at bachelor party for my brother in law. Smells wonderful and the taste is unique, but a taste that makes you want more. This is a mans beer for sure. Was a little intimidated by the green bottle, but the green bottle is just a small price for a good beer such as this.

Photo of Brettster
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I cannot get this in Indiana so a co-worker picked some up for me while visitying PA. Poured into a pint glass. produced a thick three finger head that faded quickly. There is very little aroma. Maybe a slight sweet smell. Not much carbonation either. Slightly sweet taste with a little bit of hop flavor at the end.

Pretty easy drinking beer. If it was available here I would probably keep some in the fridge during the summer months.

Photo of hangh
3.26/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Amber colored clear beer that pours a fine 1" head that disspates really quickly. Fine carbonation bubbles rise quickly to the top. Smell is average at best. Not very much there to smell. Taste is malty and sweet with a quick bitter end. It's a good lager but doesn't standout. Carbonation leaves quickly so taste gets worse as you drink. Light bodied and light carbonation. Good to drink for price.

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

Bottle poured into a pils glass.

A- The body was a clean, copper color with heavy carbonation. A moderate pour left a 1-1/2 finger, light tan head that dropped to a full film and left good sticky rings on the glass.

S- It's kind of basic. Slightly sweet, doughy malts and floral hops. Pretty well balanced initially. With a little warmth, the malts step up and become a little more caramelly.

T- A little on the sweet, malty side initially. I picked up a definite caramel flavor at first. Hops come through in the finish to clean up.

M- Clean overall. There's a pretty good bite from the heavy carbonation.

D- It's an easy drinker, but sort of lacking a "wow" factor. It becomes a little bland in the middle of a session (like drinking 3-4 pints while watching soccer with your brother-in-law). It's a nice option when looking for a something straight forward on the East Coast.

Photo of GNR4life2
4.49/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Now this is a beer. One of my personal favorites!!! I had it in a can,bottle, and on tap. But On tap is the best!!!

A: Pours a dark brown with a thick head.

S:It smells very hoppy but you can also can smell the alcohol

T:Very Bready,hoppy,and refreshing. What a beer should be!

M:Its heavy and it lays it on thick. It makes a man out of you foo foo drinkers!

D: I can drink this any time. its one of my favorites and one of the best. High Recommended!

Photo of Brewmiser
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I drink this beer a lot, mostly because it's widely available on tap in my area. & most places it's that or bud/miller so It's a no brainer. I needed a new growler & decided to grab a full Yuengling from my distributer because they have a nice metal handle & a ceramic top.

Now to the Beer.
A nice light amber color with a small head & a sweet natural earthy smell. The taste is a nice light, crisp sweet beer with a malty/hoppy taste. This is a very drinkable beer due to it's lightness.

Photo of regspeir
3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with a two-finger off-white head which dissapted quickly, No lace to speak of. Nose is lemon, faint spice, corn and some bready malt. Taste is lemon, grain (corn), presence of sweet malt and the tiniest hop tinge. The mouthfeel is medium or lighter. There is decent carbonation but it gives the beer only a tiny edge. No aftertaste to speak of. This beer is the only macro I can still tolerate - not fantastic, but no awful either.

Photo of oglmcdgl
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On tap at the cork in glenside pa. Yea that's right the fucking cork.

A- glowing amber in color with a small cap of white head.

S- sweet and malty like sorgrum and honey on wheat bread.

T- malty for sure and just as it should be. Mild hops but I guess its enough to make it work.

M- medium body and bit higher then medium in carb.

D- this is where this beer shines. This is a standard where I come from and it is for a reason. Its so good for a bbq and a long day of pounding. God bless.

Photo of Sam21
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz into pint glass.

Appearance - Glowing light brown with a great off-white heads that recedes very quickly down to almost nothing.

Smell - Grain, bread, and some citrus hops in the background. Bland but not bad.

Taste - Same as the aroma, although it tastes somewhat watered down. Begins with some slight bready malt and finishes with a light hop bitterness. Finishes dry with a short citrus hop presence. A step above most adjunct lagers I've had, as it's very easy to drink and has some noticeable hop presence. A good hot day thirst quencher.

Mouthfeel - Light and a little watery. A lot of prickly carbonation.

Drinkability - Easy to drink on a hot day although there isn't enough in the taste department to be anything special. An inoffensive thirst quencher.

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

Appearance: Pours a light brown with a white soapy head.

Smell: Smells of sweet malt and a bit of cooked veggies. Overall very light.

Taste: Sweet malt without much else. A very clean lager that doesn't have much else going on other than malt and a bit of a off flavored finish. Finishes fairly sweet.

Mouthfeel: Light and crisp.

Drinkability: A go to if you find yourself in a dive bar anywhere near the state of PA. Has a decent malt profile that doesn't really get in the way of anything else. While you won't find me picking this up at my local, you might find me going for this with a basket of hot wings.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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