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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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5,105 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,105
Reviews: 1,523
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 98
Gots: 597 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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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
Photo of scottyshades
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Honestly, Yuengling is not a terrible beer at all...it is readily available at every single bar in the US, and it is cheap. In fact, sometimes it is cheaper than Budweiser
A: Average straw colored gold color, very clear, tiny head with no lace

S: Wheaty-earthy nose...hops barely present, malts not at all

T: Every now and again I get a Yuengling on tap that has a very fruity note in it, which is a nice surprise

MF: Very clean, light in body, finishes smooth

D: High, with its price and light body, this makes for an idea session beer for us college folk

scottyshades, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt amber color into a pint glass. Thicker head than I expected, but dissipates quickly leaving a bit of lacing. Strong aroma of yeast and malt, a hint of lemon, lemon drops. Mouthfeel is smooth with medium carbonation and a light body. Taste is yeasty and sweet, lemon? Finishes with a little sourness. Overall this beer has an unobtrusive, pleasant flavor, and the price is right. Fortunately, one doesn't have to sacrifice too much flavor for the low price.

ljbrisson, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of LunaChick
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I hear "I'll just have a lager" a lot as those who order it look at my tower with a defeated look. My repsonse is alway "it isn't just a lager, its decent beer. I drink it and rather enjoy it"
It has a simple aroma mostly of malt with slight sour notes that hit the back of the nose. Pours an eye-clean amber, minimal head that leave only slight lacing. Flavor is simple, clean and pleasing. Again mostly malt mixing and a warm bread yeast. Simple in the mouth mostly smooth. A low abv combined with a very mellow flavor makes this very drinkable.
Its a simple and unassuming beer--not trying to be anything it isn't.

LunaChick, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of JamesS
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very light amber color with just a bit of (rapidly diminishing) head and no real lacing to speak of. Nice scent, hints of malt and a little sourness, but nothing really strong or really great. Good taste, it's refreshing and clean, but there's not a lot there to stimulate the taste buds; mostly just a little hoppier than usual lager with some maltiness and a little sour aftertaste. Goes down fine, but nothing great there, either. A very average beer, but it isn't expensive and can be easy to find in many states, so that's a plus.

JamesS, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of Ragedominion
3.73/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is by far not my favorite beer. However, with that said let us continue. The color of a lager as they are known in these parts is quite nice. Rich amber color with a decent head. There isn't much of a smell to it as I see. When you take your first sip you find yourself in a traditional American lager. Nothing special but I just find myself liking it. I will take it over an American macro any day. It goes down easy so many restaurants in the area promote Yuengs and wings. I think also it has an appeal because it is a local brew for me. Nevertheless, give this one a try.

Ragedominion, Aug 02, 2008
Photo of RadNitroMan
3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I found this beer on a trip to Philly, at a place called Coaches. This is basically an East Coast only brew. If in town, just ask for a "Lager". They will know what you mean.

A-It has a beautiful and clean light amber hue.
S-Slightly flowery. But not pundgent.
T-Slightly fruity at first, with a very nice grainy finish.
M-Perfect carbonation, very nice clean finish. No creamy or bitter aftertaste.
D-Very clean amber lager that has just enough flavor for most without overpowering most meals.

A must.

RadNitroMan, Jul 26, 2008
Photo of jamie2dope
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I was a bit taken off guard to see some bottles of these sitting on the singles rack at Winchester Wine and Spirits. As far as I knew, Yuengling didn't distribute to this state. Oh well, I guess they did in this case. Pours clear orange, with a bit of white heading, and a good looking dosage of carbonation. Aroma is very clean, with some roasted grain, pizza dough, hints of caramel. Taste is slightly more bitter, with a roasted edge that makes the carbonation seem all the more apparent. Body is light and crisp on the palate, with just enough hop bitterness to keep it interesting. This would make an ideal session lager for a warm day. My first brew from Yuengling did not disappoint.

jamie2dope, Jul 25, 2008
Photo of Stinkypuss
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Light brown in color with a bit of head that diminishes to nothing.

S. Grains. Other than that extremely clean.

T. Malty with notes of caramel and a slight spicy hop. A very unoffensive lager. Nothing special but good.

M. Slick, a bit chewey. Nothing special here.

D. I gave this a high drinkability due to the price, ABV and all around decentness of this beer. An excellent macro lager, possibly the best.

Stinkypuss, Jul 22, 2008
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 5,105 ratings.