Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 5,374
Reviews: 1,550
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.6%
Wants: 110
Gots: 743 | FT: 1
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Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001)
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Photo of theboozecruise
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured this one from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. I'm still amazed I can't pick it up in Baton Rouge, but I picked some up in Alabama on a recent trip.

It pours an amberish color with a thin white head... a mild aroma, a lot of yeast smell but nothing special.

The taste is quite watery, tastes much like the smell, weak, but very drinkable.

Photo of BaltimoreMike
3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Probably the best beer for the money in my opinion, $6 or less will usually get me a six pack. Great pour, rich full bodied flavor, a bit of an after taste and malty flavor that I'm not too fond of, but for the price it is by far the best beer out there.

Photo of Bowdoinbeerboy
4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance- Pours with a mediuum head that dissipates after a short time. Beer is a medium amber colore.

Smell- Very yeasty in nose, distinct notes of bread and rice.

Taste- Crisp and refreshing, not too watery like many macros, this one has a little bit of body with it. Perhaps a bit citrusy?

Mouthfeel- Not too bad here either, lovely flavor fills mouth and lingers for a tit bit before moving on.

Drinkability- One of the best macros in america. No doubt.

Photo of ranneyj2
3.58/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Nice, clean, light straw color

S- Not much to it really

T- Great taste, especially for an American Lager. The popularity of Miller, Bud, etc made it a nice surprise to have the fullness of flavor the Yuengling has.

M- Not much to the mouthfeel, its pretty clean, crisp and light

D- Good drinkability, the light version has better drinkability (obviously).

Photo of likethetaste
3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours a light amber color. Nothing special in the appearance. The head does not last long. The taste is ok but does have a slight cold medicine taste to it. But compared to other Macro beers out there that cost the same this at least has taste. This is a nothing special beer that is affordable. I would drink it again but only as an alternative to other Macros.

Photo of Rhynes2
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

What a great value. More body than most in it's class. Unfortunately they don't sell it in Ohio so it's only on rare occasion that i get to have this treat. Nice darker color but this beer, as great as it is, is focused more on taste than looks. I keep this one in the can/bottle but enjoy every last drop.

Photo of Devilsfan87
4.13/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I just bought a 24 pack of this for $18 at the distributer just down the road, and I have to say I am happy with it! The price is a little high, but after living in Maine where beer is cheaper I will get over it. The appearance is normal for a traditional lager. The smell is the only weakness for this beer, I suppose it is due to the can... the taste is surprisingly good! I always used to think Yuengling was strong, but this was pleasant with out a ton of carbonation. I recommend trying this to others, however I am still trying to find MY beer, and so far nothing has beaten Molson Canadian, so I will keep searching!

Photo of SiriusAth
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint glass. Pours a clear light orange with a small collar of white foam that sticks around for a bit, some bands of thin lace.

Not alot going on in the nose, some slight grainy notes and sweetness, a touch of sourness, no real hop presence.

The same graininess and slight malt sweetness leads the taste, again the hint of sourness, hops are just minimally present to provide balance, very basic bitterness.

Light bodied, somewhat watery, good carbonation.

Easy drinking, good for what it is, better than most macros, but not very worth seeking out unless only BMC is around.

Photo of mnj21655
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass

Pours a perfectly clear light amber-copper color with about a half finger of off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is fairly clean, some soft grain, a tad earthy and mere hints of sulfur. Taste is pretty good. There is a subdued malty sweetness, a solid though not overwhelming bitterness, some very light hoppiness, and an omnipresent mineral, every so slightly metallic, flavor. Good mouthfeel, light-medium body, with tingly carbonation. Drinkability is good. This is a fairly simple and straight-forward amber lager but its unpretentious, quaffable and enjoyable.

Photo of adamette
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from can into clean, clear glass last night while at a hot dog roast. Cans brought by another guest who bought them in PA.

A 2 finger head of light brown stayed around for a minute or two. Amber brown translucent body with bubble trails rising from the bottom of the glass. A really average look.

S Malt and Hops, good balance.

T Again, good balance of malt and hops, more malty in keeping with the style. Very palatable.

M Just good. Some fullness but only moderately so.

D Really good, and a great alternative to macro brews out there.

Notes: I would not go out of my way for this but it is a fine brew.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't usually available in my area but my uncle brought some u for a party. Nothing too special about it but I would rather have this over any of the other big beer companies offerings. Good taste all the way though with a nice body and mouthfeel. Would like to try this again, although a tad low in ABV though.

Photo of argock
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a clear pint glass. No freshness date.

A: Light amber with spotty off-white thin head and a spot of lace here or there.

S: Sweet cereal grains that aren't skunky or objectionable but have a definite macro lager essence

T: Sweet grains with a mild but tart, sour, citrus hops finish that is moderately dry

M: Surprisingly decent body although it is still undermalted compared to craft beer

D: Very drinkable and beats the big boys in that price point but still nothing to get too excited about

Photo of Brew33
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling. A buddy of mine got me hooked on this stuff. We can't get it in Cincy for some reason so anytime a friend of mine goes South I have him/her get me at least a 12 pack.

It is a crisp Amber lager. Pours a nice amber color and smells sweet. It tastes very crisp and clean with a metallic aftertaste that IS Yuengling. It is highly sessionable and easy drinking any time of year. Best served ICE COLD.

I enjoy this beer anytime I can. These go down like Water after a workout. MUCH better than any other macro lager. Enjoy!

Photo of tjbartjr
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I will do my best to remain neutral, as Yuengling is one of my favorite session beers...

Extremely drinkable lager, whether its on tap or in a bottle. Even more so from cans. Smooth, refreshing, but with a stronger taste than the run of the mill BMC. Well balanced flavors; an excellent stepping stone for someone looking to gtraduate up from Bud to craft beers, in my opinion.

Lovely deep amber color when on draught, slightly lighter from the bottle.

Every time I've brought Yuengling to a party, and introduced it to someone who has never had it, there are always 2 reactions: first, I get the "huh" face when I tell them the name, and then secondly, is that "wow that's really good" face after that first sip.

If it's available where you are, it's a surefire bet to bring to a party, or to work through during a weekend. Choose it over BMC. You won't be disappointed.

Photo of kshankar
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

About time I reviewed this beer. Growing up in Pennsylvania, this was a pretty common thing for me to have.

Appearance is above average. Its an amber color with average head retention that doesn't stick around long. I really don't expect it to though.

Smell is decent. Its malts and grains. The aroma is pleasant, at any rate. Its not really strong. Weak, but in a good way.

Taste: Malty and sweet. Its grains and malts mostly, and has a bit of hops in the finish, and brings out a pretty good balance.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and clean. Maybe a little watery, but its not meant to be heavy. Carbonation really is a good part here. Overall its light and very refreshing

Drinkability: Due to its crisp mouth feel, and the fact that its on the lighter side, I'd say this is its best feature. I can probably go through a 6-pack of these if I wanted to.

Photo of Auroraboy
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Always wanted to try this stuff, despaired of ever seeing it on the west coast.

Recently got to spend time in Manhattan, purchased a sixer of this in bottles at the Fairway Market on 75th and Broadway to take back to the hotel. Tasted like a beer of this kind should -- crisp, clean, nice balance of malt and hops, with of course some adjunct-y taste and smell thrown in.

As others have said, if I lived on the east coast I can't see ever picking up any BMC when this is on the shelf next to it. Pleasure to get to try this.

Photo of Lepley
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can.

A: Good color. Deep reddish amber, one finger of light brown head with little to no retention and lots of carbonation.
S: Malty and grainy. Sweet. Doesn't have a big aroma.
T: Malty sweet, finishes with a subtle hoppy bitter aftertaste.
M: Watery, lots of carbonation.
D: This a good cheap beer that's readily available anywhere that sells beer in Pennsylvania. This the staple of my weekends and I don't know why people would consider the big macro-lagers when this sits right next to them.

Photo of SIRIUS2
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light amber, crystal clear with what appears to be lots of carbonation that leads to a soapy foam head of roughly 1-2 fingers. Retention is about average, eventually going to a thin ring of white. No real lacing to speak of.

Thin aromas of grainy malt and some faint hops, a little citrus & a little floral. Hard to discern the hops. Nothing special jumping out at me but still pleasant with a sense of balance.

I was a little bit surprised with the flavors after the relatively mediocre aromas. Although very balanced, there was still enough flavor in the brew that you can find the malts up front with a slightly dry hop finish. Very clean with not much linger, rather refreshing overall.

The carbonation was not as heavy as it appeared to be on the pour and actually suited the character of the brew quite nicely. I felt the mouthfeel to be adequate and enjoyable.

This was a decent brew. I didn't have high expectations for it and was honestly a little surprised at how much I enjoyed it. Given the choice between this and the typical American macro brews, I'd take this one first any day.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz can into a nonic pint glass.

A - Clear amber with a slightly off white, 1-2 finger head. Retention is quite decent before falling to a thin film. Some lace.

S - Faint malts give off a slight vanilla aroma. Corn/low levels of DMS are also apparent.

T - Bready, grainy character kicks things off with a nice underlying sweetness. Faint, slightly spicy hop character brings some bitterness near the finish. Very clean.

M - Medium bodied, with moderate to high carbonation. Borderline watery.

D - Yuengling never disappoints in this department.

I had several of these last night without noticing much difference, but tonight I am having another to compare against my frequent visits with Yuengling in both the bottle and on tap. Hands down, the canned version is the best. It doesn't suffer the lack of carbonation from the tap lines, and I suppose the other differences deal with this version not being light stuck at all. It's much creamier, sweeter, and devoid of the sometimes-pleasant-but-sometimes-annoying earthy character that has defined Yuengling (for me) for so long.

Photo of dnichols
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

is a silk screened bomber served in a seidel glass. The beer is cold.

A: It poured a copperish red colored body with a robust bone white two finger head and nearly no lacing.

S: It had a stale grain aroma with hints of floral hops.

T: It had more flavor than the aroma let on. The malts were sweet and nutty and the hops had a nice bitter bite that gave a tang to the beer.

M: It was light and refreshing. Moderate carbonation and very low ABV.

D: Its a decent drinkable lager for a session style of beer. Low ABV and light body make it a good beer for an all day binge in the summertime.

Photo of Edgecrusher
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Copper in color. Decent head with medium lacing.

Smell: Generic beer smell. No outstanding aromas.

Taste: No hop presence. Malt flavor is prominent.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth drinkinmg beer. Medium carbonation is just right.

Drinkability: A decent session beer if you have nothing else to drink.

Overall: Not a bad mass produced beer. A fall back is somewhere you are has nothing else.

Photo of Winter
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear amber with an ample amount of carbonation. The white head doesn't linger for very long. Some oxidation in the aroma. Smells like wet cardboard. Medium in body with a seltzer-like carbonation. Taste seems a little off... it has a malty seltzer quality to it. Cardboard that I detected in the nose returns and there's a slight buttery note toward the back. Perhaps, I got a bad bottle of this?

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.

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.

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.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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