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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,491
Reviews: 1,590
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 124
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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of stingrayvr6
3.38/5  rDev -0.6%
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.

Photo of majesticsock
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

Photo of wordhog61
2.98/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

Photo of Brenden
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of drtth
3.55/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

Photo of Stunner97
4.03/5  rDev +18.5%
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

Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -17.6%
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.

Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

Photo of pandashaver
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of jdubjacket
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of BeardedBoffin
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of bort11
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Buddy Alex from PA brought one of these for me. Thanks dude

12 oz bottle poured into a pils glass. Thin white head, no lacing. Color is a fantastic toasty brown. CLear with active carbonation.

Smell is toasted grain, a little metallic Taste has a dry bicuity malt. Wheat toast. No hops, but that's OK

Very clean body, very refreshing. I can see why this is considered a classic.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, one of my friends from work was nice enough to get me a case of this on a recent trip to PA. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/copper color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt, grain, and some bread. No offensive aromas at all, it's a nice smelling traditional American lager aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's sweet and malty. It tastes like sweet malt, bread/grain, and a little bit of caramel. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's pretty easy to drink and quite sessionable. I admit that I haven't had this in a couple years, but it's as good as I remember. It's a good, solid lager. If it was available in Ohio I'd pick it up quite a bit. For the style it's a pretty good beer, much better than the typical BMC American lagers.

Photo of Clydesdale
3.19/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear, somewhat bright copper-amber color. The head is tall, foamy, and fairly dense, with a tan tint. Retention is pretty good, with some irregular lacing.

S: Grainy malt and some corn. A hint of herbal hops and a definite metallic dose.

T: Bready, grainy malt sweetness. Sweet corn and some one-dimensional herbal hops. A lingering sweetness along with some metallic hints.

M: Medium bodied. Slightly creamy, with a touch of astringency into the finish. Carbonation is moderate.

D: I'm torn in a couple of different directions here. As an amber lager, it's unabashedly a macro - corny, slightly metallic, and sweet. However, as a cheap, no-frills macro, this is at or near the head of the pack. Quite quaffable and enjoyable for what it is.

Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.51/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce can poured into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a slightly hazed amber color with about an inch of creamy light ecru colored foam. Smells and tastes of bready, biscuity malts, grassy hops, sweet corn. Medium in both body and carbonation. It is what it is, a super easy to drink, accessible, quenching amber lager.

Photo of cjl1209
2.86/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

"By America's Oldest Brewery"

12 oz can no. 81031B18G

A - Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a slight beige head that recedes within a minute.

S - Smell is of weak malts and bread, not much else that can be discerned.

T - The taste is rather one sided consisting of pretty much all sweet malts with barely any noticeable hops. No strong flavors just weak attempts like they skimped on the ingredients. Almost exceedingly sweet on the finish.

M - Very smooth and clean.

D - This beer is easy sipping. Not too heavy nor too light on flavor. A straightforward brew without any complexity. The best "macro" I've had by far.

Photo of jjanega08
3.36/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A= pours a darker amber color with a small one finger head that lasts for about half my drink then falls to a ring around the glass. Not much lacing is there.
S= A little sweet but mostly grainy. Really smell like beer, I saw a review earlier that described it as beer and that's pretty much what it is.
T= Really all you can say again is beer. Sweet and grainy. No hops are present but its still very enjoyable. Great taste for the style.
M= Smooth and crisp. Not much else
D= Very high. Glad I got to try this beer. very basic but it does it right. I could drink a million.

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

Pours a lightly amber color with off-white quickly dissipating head.
Our smell is a little sweet malt with some grain undertones.
The taste is fairly watery. I would categorize it as being a better beer than BMC macro, but I wouldn't say it's taste is of particular substance for this style. There is a little amber spice on the back end, but nothing I'd say makes it better than average.
Goes down smooth.

Photo of BarrelO
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Amber color. A vigorous pour creates a two finger head that quickly vanishes.

S: Dominated by corn.

T: Mainly bready malt. Corn is unmistakably present but not overwhelming. Hardly any trace of hops.

M: Light and carbonated, almost like water.

D: This is pretty much my beer of last resort, meaning that it's as low as I'll go as far as beers I'll willingly pay for. It's not going out of your way for by any means, but if you're in a typical bar on the Eastern Seaboard, you can do a lot worse.

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

Yuengling Lager, or simply "Lager" if you're in Bal'more, is the staple beer of the Greater Washington Metropolitan Area. At less than $5/6'er, it's hard to find another in that price range worth drinking.

This beer was enjoyed after a nice Saturday of laying mulch. A perfect accompaniment for physical labor.

Appearance - Clear amber with no head.

Smell - like a macro but with hints of something different.

Taste - beer. This is what your dad's beer tasted like when you used to sneak them out of the fridge in high school.

Mouthfeel - clean.

Drinkability - You could surely drink 6 of these without a lot of thought; especially after laying mulch all afternoon.

A nice, cheap beer for your out-of-town friends to enjoy.

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

Poured from a 12 oz can resting in a cooler full of ice in my garage on a warm spring day.

A-marked clarity with a medium amber coloration and a fizzy head that settles rapidly.

S-Clean, grains, American beer smell, minor whif of fruits.

T-Smooth and sweet and easy going down. There is not much to say about this other than it is probably the best macro going when you want a refreshing, thirst quenching macro.

M-Well balanced

D-Damn well nearly the most drinkable beer of its type known to man. I rarely have two of the same back to back. For this one, I can swallow several, especially when it is warm outside.

Of all of the macros, the big Y never fails to please, and on a hot summer day, at 4.4 AVB, you can drink these like water.

Photo of chaswisler
4.37/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is my go to beer. My stock beer, it's always in the refrigerator chilled ready to serve.

I'll start with the bottom line. This is a great all around beer. Great with pizza, crabs, salad, anything. It's cheap, tasty, and you feel like you can always have one more.

A-It may leave something to be deserved. The pour seems light, the head is thin and quickly dissolves. The color is a nice golden color with a hint of red.

S-Smells like a beer.

T-I'm not really into that malty, hoppy, blah blah.. It's a solid beer with a great taste. Not heavy, but certainly not light.

M-A little light, but still coats the mouth very nicely.

D-Compliments and doesn't overpower the food your eating it with.

Photo of naterock
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep smber in color with a nice frothy two finger head and a patchy lace. crystal clear and quite sexy for a lager.

Skunk, but past the skunk is a solid malt profile and a grassy hop nose. really quite ruined by the skunking.

Taste is really quite pleasant, very subtle with a distinct crackery malt and a earthy/grassy hop profile. really quite complex for a traditional lager.

Mouthfeel is really nice with a decent carbonation that doesn't make you feel gassy or sick. and is crisp and has a very clean finish.
I think if this were available I would probably pick some up for a hot day BBQ. I am glad to see that this lager has a body to it. Thanks to TIA for grabbing this.

Photo of Duhast500
3.85/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is an amber gold, clear, with a foamy white head.

Thee smell has a slight citrus feel with a wheaty smell.

The taste is wheaty, a bit bready. This has a nice yeast feel. some hop flavor with some touches of citrus and malt flavoring.

A great american beer. the oldest brewery in America and it's safe to say it's safe to say a really great beer for it's traditional lager. Has a really good mouthfeel, not abrasive at all. Feels good going down and it highly drinkable. One of the better lagers I've had.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 5,491 ratings.