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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,959 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,959
Reviews: 1,513
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 99
Gots: 544 | 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 Atricapilla
2/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a golden brown color with no head...I really didn't notice much to the smell. The taste seemed a bit watered down...if you could really call it a taste. I was definitely unimpressed with this beer and am confused as to why so many people rate it better.

Atricapilla, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of iceball585
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Copper color, clear, thin ring of head around the edge of the glass, few tiny carbonation bubbles rising

S- Pale malts, hint of hops, slight metallic smell

T- Pale malts, hops, wheat, grains, bit of honey

M- Medium body, medium carbonation, very watery feeling

D- Easy to drink, but not much flavor

This is just an average beer. Nothing complex about it but also nothing offensive either although it is very watery.

iceball585, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of Durge
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a cold pint of one of my old favorites at the Sherwood Golf Club in Titusvill, Florida. It poured a light copper color with nearly no head and very little evidence of any lacing. The aroma was light but pleasant blending brown sugar and malt. The taste is a sweet wheat/cereal with a touch of maple in there. It's very sprite and refreshing, evenly carbonated but generally kind of thin bodied. Easy to drink if you like a sweeter lager with not much guts. It's always an acceptable brew especially after 18 holes with a couple of pals. Nothing too memorable but OK and better than any macros I can think of.

Durge, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a bright amber color with massive white puffy head.
Smell is restrained with only a light malty sweetness present.
Taste is modestly sweet with no hops to be found.
An easy drinking refreshing beer with some moderate sweet malt tastes.
I just don't see what everyone in this area gets excited about when drinking this beer.

tgbljb, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of witster18
2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm from Va...where this is at nearly every grocer....but since I've been in Chattanooga...this beer choice hasn't been(until 2 wks ago). Yuengling Traditional Amber is a small step up from most massprolags.... appearance isn't anything special...other than its attractive amber color. Smell is like a high life only with malt on the nose. little to no head....little to no lacing....but the taste is different...average...starts bitter then corn...then a little of metallic red....finishing with a burnt, if slightly bitter bite of high carbonation and sweetness.

Way way way overcarbonated... almost undrinkable to me for that reason. This might be the most overrated beer on the market.

witster18, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of wcdoyle
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear copper with a rich, off white head. White dies down quickly to a film. Light-to-moderate lacing. Light and clean smell. Only a touch of sweetness and a hint of hops. Taste was mild-mannered and clean, but not light; a pleasant mixture of hops and light malty sweetness (like light brown sugar). Mouthfeel has a rich creaminess to it and modest carbonation. This is a nice, 4-4, go to alternative to the BMC crew. The price ($5.49 at the local grocery) is also hard to beat.

wcdoyle, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of MMAJYK
3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A- Nothing special. Pours a light brown.

S- Watery smell, nothing stands out to me

T- Is quite good for a watered down lager. Again, nothing stands out as far as taste goes, but it doesn't taste bad at all.

M- Watery and uneventful. No fizz or carbonation factor.

D- Very drinkable if you want to drink a 12 pack. Light enough on your stomach that you could do so. Too commercialized for me and my interests, but if you want to get drunk on something besides Bud Light or Miller Lite, it will work.

MMAJYK, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of joedon
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a very drinkable but average lager that seems to have quite a following in Pennsylvania and the Northeast.

Dark gold, almost amber color but sort of a weak head. Smells mostly like a macro-lager but slightlly more hoppy and malty.

Taste is mostly an inoffensive, clean lager with some noble hops and crystal malt.

Very much of a session beer; a step above the BMC class but still nothing special.

joedon, Oct 08, 2007
Photo of erosier
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is one of my all-time favorites. How could it not be? The traditional american style lager from America's eldest brewrery. They've had over 175 years to get it right and boy did they get it right. Can't buy it in anything less than a case inside of Pennsylvania which would explain why it was all my father drank when I was growing up. Same price as the rest of the stuff, but alot better.

Perfect amount of hops and grain and the right amount of carbonation for a lager makes it one of the best full bodied lagers around.

erosier, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of lawman834
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had this on tap about 3 years ago while in Philly. I liked it, but heck, back then I like the BMC offerings. I didn't know what I was doing and it's been too long.

Alas, I am on the road (as always) and I am in Birmingham AL of all places. I often get a 6-Pack for the hotel (usually Sam BL unless I am feeling adventerous). Turns out that Sam is hard to get down here, but they had Yuengling. Go figure. I hadn't had it in awhile, so I said what the heck.

I am drinking from the bottle, so I can't say anything about the appearance. Smell...Not so good. Quite skunky. I guess this is where the "try it fresh" statements come from. Smells like a Heine. Taste, kinda sweet and malty with no hops whatsoever. Really tastes alot like a Heine. Pretty darn drinkable.

Overall, just not my style, but still a fine beer. I know I already said it twice, but it really taste alot like a Heine. If you are about taste and not a label snob, and you are a Heine lover, give this beer a shot. For your money, you can buy twice as many!

lawman834, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of xduderx
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Ok, this isn't going to compare to a cask ale or a Belgian, but for $8/12 pack it simply can't be beat!!! The taste is very light and easily palatable. I've told people before I'd almost describe it as "newcastle light." It has the similar nutty taste as newcastle with a lighter character.

xduderx, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of Alexmc2
3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a green bottle into a pint glass. Its not easy to get here in RI, but thankfully I've got friends in PA who bring this down a couple times a year.

Beer pours a golden amber with a very light lacey head. Smell is of a light malt, smells "beery". The taste is of a light amber lager, nothing really special about it. I could put down quite a few in a night given the chance. At the price this sells at, you can't beat it; around here though, there are better options.

Alexmc2, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Karyyk
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Yuengling is probably the beer I drink the most. It's not the best brew out there, but compared to the lionshare of its ilk (the American macro lager), it stands head and shoulders above them, and usually a bit less expensive to boot (currently $7.99 for a 12-pack).

For home, I'll pick up a 12-pack, but when I'm out, I'll generally go with the draft pitcher (there's nothing quite like it). Yuengling has a nice amber color to it, not too deep, but definitely not the straw yellow that some other beers have. There's a decent white head, and that leaves prominent lacing around the pitcher/glass as you finish it off. The taste is good and substantial. It might not be the best beer out there, but this isn't your general corn swill either. Nice and malty with some hops in the finish, this one isn't particularly heavy, but it's definitely not watered-down either. The mouthfeel is rather smooth, with some nice bubbly carbonation that DOESN'T remind you of soda.

Basically, you could do far, far worse than Yuengling. It's not the best beer out there, but for $5.50 a pitcher at Wings and Ale, it's a far cry better than the other brews on tap. After a long day at work, it tastes a whole lot better too...

Karyyk, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of shaebs99
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Small white head (that leaves a little lacing) with a bright amber/copper body
Smells of grain, light malts, and light hops.
Carbonation is nice. Thin malt sweetness is reasonably well-balanced by some hop bitterness

Hard not to give this a high drinkability. At 4.9% and with a non-offensive taste you should be able to drink this all night. That is if you wanted to. Not outstanding, but still a good lager

shaebs99, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of BWMKappaSig
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Clear gold with a slight amber tint. Thin white head that disappears quickly. Little to no lacing.

Smell - Sweet and light, with a malty note.

Taste - Sweet malts, but well balanced. Not overly strong, and dissipates quickly.

Mouthfeel - Medium carbonation finishes crisp and clean.

Drinkability - Incredibly drinkable.

BWMKappaSig, Aug 23, 2007
Photo of prototypic
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It pours a clear, red-amber color. Head was a very modest one finger. Very light lacing.

Smell: Very light on the nose. It has a slightly grainy smell to it. If you stick with it, there is a hint of caramel malts. But, that's about it.

Taste: It's actually quite a bit better than I expected. I can somewhat understand why some of my east coast friends drink this so frequently. It has a somewhat grainy taste. But, it does have a malty-sweet taste to it that is uncharacteristic of most macros. It does not have a taste that is solely of corn and metallic tastes. It's not bad at all.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is okay. It's very smooth and highly drinkable. I really could session this all night. Overall, it's a pretty good beer. For anyone near PA or the east coast, give it a try. It's not a great beer, but it is surprisingly pretty good.

prototypic, Aug 20, 2007
Photo of rousee
2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think this beer has been dumbed down to some degree or its simply better in a bottle versus a can. I highly doubt that as I will take a new glass right now just to make sure.

The appearance is still quite a nice amber with a decent head and a good amount of carbonation-- but the flavor profile just seems weaker than before. I hope I'm not becoming a beer snob on this because I used to reallly enjoy yuengling. It is possible that I prefer the draft or other styles by these guys to this but I really dont think its good for much other than having it on a hot beach or some other Summer outdoor activity.

rousee, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - decent gold color, sparse lace. Generally attractive start.

Aroma - grainy, just slightly sweet, not very distinctive.

Taste - as expected, this features a primarily sweet grain flavor. A light husk element. The swallow has a bit of a carbonated water bit to it, a little salty.

Mouthfeel - high bubbles to this, making it crisp with an average body.

Drinkability - a fairly plain, brew with very average sessionability. There are cheaper options with as much or more flavor.

brewdlyhooked13, Aug 09, 2007
Photo of scoobybrew
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was poured from the bottle into a pilsner flute. It has a light amber color with a decent head that settles quickly. The aroma is mostly toasted malt, not very strong, but enjoyable - no trace of hops. The flavor, like the aroma is primarily toasted malt with a slight hop finish. It's very clean and extremely balanced. The body is light with moderate to high carbonation.

Overall, this is a good macro-lager. It's refreshing on a hot day with enough flavor to keep interest. It has a simple appeal, but is not flavorless.

scoobybrew, Aug 07, 2007
Photo of Beerbuddha
4.33/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Color is a light golden amber color. OK head, off white color.

Smell- Nice mix hops and malt with a slight fruit smell.

Taste- Nice and smooth. Again nice balance of hops and malts. Slight hint of orange in the taste.

Mouthfeel- Low carbonation, smooth beer.

Drinkability- For me this is a great beer. This is my session beer!! I love having this in my fridge as my everday brew. Wish I could get it here in LA.

Beerbuddha, Aug 04, 2007
Photo of biggmike
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Amber pour with little head that dissipates quickly. Next to no lacing on glass. Not a whole lot of hop character to this one. Much better than macro pale lagers and not over-carbonated. Very smooth and easy to drink. Aroma is fairly benign with hints of caramel malt.

biggmike, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of dmamiano
3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours a medium to dark amber with a one finger head that quickly vanishes, leaving nothing behind. No lacing observed as the beveredge was consumed.
The nose was very non existant, with nothing standing out.
The taste also came a bit week, with a slight "vegetable" flavor detected. Not what I would expect from a beer.
This is one of the first "dark" beers I ever had when I was a young kid! Needless to say, I knew nothing at the time about beer.

dmamiano, Jul 29, 2007
Photo of bigdeuce
3.04/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

A highly drinkable beer. Nothing really offensive about it. Pours a decent head without lacing. The smell is slightly skunky and also pours an oft-red color. Taste is pretty grainy and smooth, not well balanced as there are really not any hops to speak of. But nonetheless, a decent highly drinkable beer.

bigdeuce, Jul 28, 2007
Photo of jimbotrost
4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The pour is a nice copper color with an off white head of medium size. Head disipates somewhat quickly. Nose is grainy but not excessive, some sweetness from the malt is present. Flavor is slightly sweet in the intro but balances out nicely. Finish is crisp and aftertaste screams for another drink. This is a wonderful step up in body and flavor from the traditional macros but not cloying like many of the ambers out there. good stuff.

jimbotrost, Jul 26, 2007
Photo of fsunole
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling beer is very popular in Hilton Head, SC presumably due to all the transplanted Pennyslvanians. It is a smooth amber brew, somewhat rather bland in flavor. It has a taste that goes down easy and can sneak up on you. I would be nice if a Distributer would pick it up in Georgia so I don't have to travel across state lines.

fsunole, Jul 26, 2007
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 4,959 ratings.