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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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1,602 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,602
Hads: 5,790
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 15.54%
Wants: 161
Gots: 1,238 | FT: 0
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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 NiceTaps
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in a pint glass for the purpose of this review.

It looks good. A clear reddish amber pour with a 1f white head. Bubbly carbonation and decent lacing.

Smell, taste, and feel are, in a word; Sweet!
Sure, there's some caramel malt, the sweetness overpowers every aspect of the drink.

I drink it on rare occasion when it's the most of the least selections, but I do not like it at all. (391 characters)

Photo of IanOsea
4.05/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My favorite of its tier of beers. Very easy to drink, not too light, not too dark. Goes well with meals. It's a beer that's very cheap, but I'm still hesistant whenever I'm forced to chug it. America's oldest brewery knows what they're doing. (242 characters)

Photo of IrishCubsHawks
4.06/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

My first review as a Beer Advocate member...

Everyone has their own tastes and preferences. Mine is that of Yuengling Traditional Lager. There is not a better go-to or easy drinking beer in my opinion. Smooth and refreshing, best drank ice cold with a burger. Whether you're drinking one or six, Yuengling comes through. For $9.99 a 12 pack, it's hard to go wrong. The saying is you pay for what you get, and I'll take Yuengling over Budweiser, Sam Adams Boston Lager, you name it. (482 characters)

Photo of IPreferPotButBeerIsGood
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer. If I decide that I want a nice relaxing day on the back porch, it never disappoints. Even my non-beer drinking friends enjoy it. It's certainly no craft beer, but it beats everything else at the local carryout. The price is what really gets me. At less that 11 dollars for a 12 pack, you really can't beat it. (332 characters)

Photo of AngryPenguinBrewCo
3.84/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

One of the best affordable American lagers on the market. Clean and refreshing affordable a great beer to have on hand for parties or weeknight dinners. Loses some points for being in green bottles, but if you're arvthe grocery store and want to pick up some solid beer, this is what you grab. (293 characters)

Photo of Naked_Batman
2.86/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Best of the macro's in my opinion. Slight hints of caramel and just enough maltiness to keep it interesting but not cloying. Pretty heavy carbonation and medium-light body. On the nose there is a subtle whiff of butterscotch and mustiness, but the main thing here are the sweet malts.

Decent beer for a BBQ or a day at the beach. (330 characters)

Photo of GlennSt
3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Of all the domestic cheaper session lagers, this is clearly the best. It actually looks like a microbrew product. It tastes like no other competitor, ie it tastes like beer. For the price, this is the best. Too bad they don't sell it in Michigan. (246 characters)

Photo of Brondeau
3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Had this at the Bajorek's house for a family reunion. Better than I remembered for a basic lager. Probably better than the Narragansett I had last weekend. Better than Bud but certainly not a great beer. (203 characters)

Photo of TheFactorsEqual
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

There are some crazy ass new labels out there but look at the perfection we have right here. 1) Smooth as it can be. 2) Price, can't beat it. 3) Nostalgia - it just takes you back to your glory days. It’s pretty funny, anytime I'm at a party and I see Yuengling it just brings a smile to this old man's face. Not sure why, reminds of me of my collegiate glory year. (371 characters)

Photo of infinitebruner
3.9/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

June 8, 2015

12 oz bottle, pils glass

A – Light to medium amber and very clear, with just a bit of chill haze. Slightly off-white head, less than a centimeter, dissipates quickly.

S – A lot of lightly baked bread crust, with a touch of caramel and grainy sweetness. Herbal hop aroma is mild but present, and slightly spicy/peppery. Very clean.

T – Bread crust, grainy, a touch of graham cracker, caramel. Hops are herbal, slightly floral, and the peppery note is here as well. Almost a rye-like spice.

M – Medium-high carbonation, well attenuated, and very dry throughout. Medium body. Very mild hop bitterness on the finish.

O – After drinking so many “big” beers, it’s easy to forget the joy of a well-made lager. These guys are some of the best. An excellent beer. (798 characters)

Photo of Bryanhoop
3.81/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

America's version of the Pilsner Urquell. The Peroni. Heineken. Tuborg, Stiegl.

A beer you can drink all-day. Or only have one.

Drinkable in all weather. Out in the blistering sun or by the fireplace during winter.

A beer that no one is unhappy to be drinking. Acceptable to beer snobs. Acceptable to non-beer drinkers.

As cheap as other domestics but better in every regard.

Won't induce a hangover, but can certainly end one.

More than the sum of its parts.

It's the Toyota Camry of beers.

Makes buying beer for large parties very easy.

I could go on but you get the idea. (584 characters)

Photo of BeerConny
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm rating this beer against its competitors. This is a standard beer and much better than bud or coors or miller and all the others. When buying a 24 pack for a group of friends coming over this is the best and I have rated as such. 5 across the board. Of course when looking for something with character this is not it, but I don't think they were competing with them. You need to rate this beer according to what they were going for. (436 characters)

Photo of royalenfield
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

If I have to drink shitty commercial macro-beer, it's a Yuengling every time.

It has a slight Cheez-its aftertaste that's a bit off-putting when it's warm. But when it's cold it's entirely decent. (197 characters)

Photo of KinkyEconomist
4.4/5  rDev +29%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is my benchmark beer. First, consider the value: Even in a 6-pack, a 12 oz bottle is less than a buck, much cheaper than Blue Moon or Sam Adams, which had been my prior favorites. In a 24 pack, you're looking at maybe 75 cents a bottle, pending on sales. But for that money, you are getting a *far* superior beer to most of the standard american brands. It's a great tasting lager to sip on , goes down smooth, without the sort of aftertaste you normally get from an American big brand. (491 characters)

Photo of ozzyfox
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I'm supposed to justify this? What? I thought this part was optional? I guess it's okay. It's decent "go to the store for a weekend of drinking," beer. Nothing really that stunning, just "okay." (194 characters)

Photo of TheSixthRing
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Had on tap at Shadrach's at The Heritage in Southbury, CT

Appearance - Served up in a pint, this brew is crstal clear and copper in color with a thin, broken layer of white head.

Smell - Dextrin malt sweetness with a faint caramel undertone. Nothing in the way of hops on the nose.

Taste - Follows the nose. Dextrin sweetness with a faint caramel undertone. Distant hop spice in the finish. Almost leaves a wheaty, milky aftertaste, akin to some witbiers.

Mouthfeel - Near medium in body with moderate, bitey carbonation. Crisp, semi-dry finish.

Overall - Well, it's not quite what I expected, but in many ways it is. Huh? Say nothing to no one! It wasn't a priority for me to try this, but figured I might as well while I had the chance. All in all, not bad, but nothing I'd care to try again. (804 characters)

Photo of BFCarr
2.88/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I used to really like Yuengling and I don't dislike now. It just doesn't have the full taste I've become used to. It's still much better than the most, if not all, of the big boys. (180 characters)

Photo of PhantomsSpa
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A simple, great tasting beer that is a great choice when your wallet is light. It's also a great choice in general. Much like how you sometimes just want a simple cup of black coffee, this hits the spot when you just want a no frills lager. (240 characters)

Photo of notascoolasyou
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A staple before I moved to New England where it is much harder to find. Not a great beer, but definitely a great value beer and better than most mass-produced domestic lagers. (175 characters)

Photo of Miles_Wilson
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling is a party staple. It's agreeable to most palates and sessionable with mates.
This amber beer is a common taste of my smaller hometown, an ode to the late night ragers of youth; but as with all things we must outgrow it. It's an American Classic, which could be seen as the best of the worst as has been stated before. I believe it should be an easy convert from anyone on the Budweiser, Coors, Miller, or Michelob party trains for someone who likes drinking beer and socializing. Then again at that point it's a matter of preference or affiliation.
If Budweiser is the GM of American beers, than Yuengling is Ford, a family affair.
Not a terrible thing to have on standby at an unfamiliar pub or restaurant when nothing else seems appealing, though not much beyond that. A toast to mediocrity! If you pay more than $2.00 a bottle I would rethink the choice. Pay the extra few for a nice craft beer at dinner, you'll not regret it. (944 characters)

Photo of stakem
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

For longer than I have been leagally able to enjoy beer, people in my town refer to beer as all inclusively consisting of 1 of 2 options: "Lager or Premium" with both referring to Yuengling.

Cult-like brand loyalty and historical reference are the only things this beer has going for it. If I am forced to drink a macro brewed beer...or an adjunct laden lager, I will force this down with a fake smile on my face as to not offend the locals. Brace yourself for the inevitable headache even if you drink just one. (513 characters)

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

When I want something lighter and readily available on the cheap this is what I go to. Anyone who's a Bud fan should be turned on to this to get them off the swill for life. Light and refreshing enough for a summer's day yet still all the flavor of a decent lager. (264 characters)

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.59/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I used to look forward to out-of-state trips where I could drink this. (I lived in MIchigan most of my life where this is not available to purchase). Now that I've been in Ohio over a year, the novelty has already passed. This is still a decent beer if I want something cheap and simple, I like it better than most of its peers, but I'm not as excited about it as I once was.

Not craft beer, not supposed to be craft beer, but if I find myself at a binge drinking, beer-guzzling party, a case of this is a fairly good choice. (529 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've heard plenty about this beer, so I was very excited to give it a whirl during my trip to NYC. I can't complain about the value of this beer. It's well crafted, yet well priced. I thought it was better on tap than out of the can, but it was far from the worst thing I've tasted. (282 characters)

Photo of gnumber9
3.21/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

decent middle of the road budget beer. it's darker than most largers i am familiar with, but doesn't get into sam adams territory as much as looks in that general direction. tastes are watered, but sweet and floral with moderate carbonation. doesn't have that chemical overhead that so many commodity beers do.

i can recommend it as a staple beer and to have for guests when not able to shell out a ton. also a bit on the low alcohol side for me, but that can be very apropos for a lunch beverage or one that you don't want hanging around too long. (550 characters)

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 1,602 ratings.