Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,713 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,713
Reviews: 1,675
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,161 | 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 rossracing
2.25/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

best of the worst award

Photo of ClayPA
4.45/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Oldest brewery for a reason, their traditional must have felt like craft beer before craft beer was around

Photo of stakem
2.84/5  rDev -16.5%
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Cult-like brand loyalty and historical reference are the only things this beer has going for it.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.

Photo of Gote
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
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.

Photo of Leeroi
5/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Can't wait to get to East to drink

Photo of meganrosso
3.99/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Has a unique taste. Very carbonated but good

Photo of jasonpeckins32
3.59/5  rDev +5.6%
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.

Photo of Bunman3
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of gnumber9
3.21/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Photo of RonJensen
1.19/5  rDev -65%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

The color of this beer is so deceiving, since it's an amber color, you would think that this beer will not be watery, but it is watery, so I assume, and there are rumors that this brewery is using lots of caramel color or FD&C red #40 artificial food coloring to deceive their customers into thinking that they're drinking a richer or fuller tasting beer, which doesn't taste better than other beers that are even lower priced than Yuengling TL. The taste of this beer, well, how should I put it, if you drink Samuel Adams Boston lager and then pee it out, then your piss will probably taste like Yuengling Traditional Lager, but, oh well, to each his own.

Photo of AJontheguitar
3.1/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

A prefect beer for summer or drinking lighter.

Photo of TheBeerMaster1
3.5/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Balling on a budget? Thinkin about chilling by the pool and buying cheap steaks? Make sure you get your yuengling on too.

Photo of EMV
2.23/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Had on tap and in bottle far too many times.

How does the joke go.... 'You know you're from Pennsylvania when you think that Yuengling is premium beer'. So... what more can I really say about it? For a mass produced lager (craft in name only) it's probably at the top of the heap (I'm looking at you Budweiser, Miller, Coors, etc.) but it's certainly nothing to write home about. It has the virtue of being cheap and readily available in the northeast, and it's a step above the swill. That being said... I'd probably rather drink water.

Photo of coachbnew
3.39/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Great American Classic. These go down great.

Photo of bigzack420
3.24/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 5

Pours a nice copper color off white head very bready smell light malty taste with a little bit of bitterness not over powering though overall I pretty good beer for the price

Photo of Piploop
4.39/5  rDev +29.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4

Best cheap beer around ever.

Photo of Crthurston33
4.04/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Best beer for the price

Photo of McGooTheWise
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Let's face it, you're not getting Yuengling because you're feeling fancy and are trying to impress your friends. This is on the same level of Bud-light, but heads the pack wielding the flaming torch of what a mass-produced beer should be. It's not going to knock your socks off, and it won't pretend it will. It just wants you to have a good time and have an easy time downing it.

This is the beer that made me want to start drinking beer. If you have never had this beer on tap and are having it out of the bottles you are missing out. It has a beautiful bronze glow with a finger of angel-food-cake color head that will dab your nose on the first gulp. Best looking beer in my opinion.

The smell is nothing too notable. You might smell citrus, orange or lemon depending on your preference. This is what makes it American. We love our citrus. You will notice that it's very light. You won't really be blown away by anything here.

As I said above, this beer isn't out to impress your arts-major friends. If, however, you have a draft selection of Bud Light, Budweiser, blue moon, and Yuengling, you're going to pick this one. It blends the American lager tastes together to create something that is, quite simply, easy to pallet. Again, there are notes of citrus, and a something else I can never quite put my finger on in the after taste that brings me thoughts of late spring. Almost metallic, but much nicer than that makes it sound. Schlafly, budweiser, and Blue Moon can't touch this one.

As most American beers are, this one is focused on you drinking a LOT. It is really easy to do so, as it has the consistency of a Sprite, but that suits the ends that it is trying to achieve. Again, not going to knock your socks off.

Overall, Yuengling is a class-act American style beer. I have graded this beer on what its purpose is, as I think is only fair. It's a damn-sight better than budweiser, and it should be recognized as such. If I ever get some foreign friends together I'm taking them to Quaker-Steak & Lube and we're getting a Lube-Tube of Yuengling. THAT is what this beer is to me. Of course it's for easy drinking. It has an easy-open cap for crying out loud. No bottle-opener required, and that's for a good reason.

Photo of Paul432_1
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

This is a Open bar beer.

Photo of JakeR3
2.69/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

This beer along with Moosehead Lager are my two top session beers.

Photo of PunchBroadbent
3.08/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An Above average beer good for sessioning, best out of can

Photo of CNIKLES
2.48/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Average everyday beer, good for drinking casually at a bar when others are not available.

Photo of Tucquan
3.46/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had this on 2015-03-24 in Columbia, PA from a 12 oz bottle.

A - Clear amber with a short white head and light lace

S - Very bready with mild but sweet, earthy spice.

T - Bread, caramel, grass, light herbal finish with just a bit of bitterness.

M - Light-medium body and medium-high carbonation. Dries nicely.

O - Very familiar but hadn't had one in years. It was refreshing. Not bad for a sessionable, cheap beer.

Photo of BradtheGreat7
3.44/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

If you are drinking bud you may want to reevaluate your beer buying and give Yuengling a go.

Photo of Durhamia
4.21/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a clear dark copper/brown color with a cream-colored sudsy head that dissipates rather quickly. Minimal lacing detected. Good looking pour. Nothing too strong on the nose with some caramel and roasted corn, a little bit of barley husk. Taste is surprisingly complex given the weak nose. Immediately picked up the sweetness of the beer with caramel and nuttiness. This gave way to floral notes of apple and pear followed by some pleasant bitterness that gave it a clean, crisp finish. Flavors are well crafted. Great bang for the buck.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
78 out of 100 based on 5,713 ratings.