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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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BA SCORE
78
okay

4,497 Ratings
THE BROS
80
good

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Ratings: 4,497
Reviews: 1,491
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 83
Gots: 317 | 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.

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smcolw

Massachusetts

3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold color, very clear. Good starting head, but it leaves no lace and settles into a single layer of bubbles.

Pleasant soft hop to the nose. The malt is a little grainy and faint.

A thin beer, and perhaps a very good session beer. It has a lot of the qualities of macro with a little more flavoring. The hop is less pronounced on the tongue. Easy to drink and perhaps very nice after a long hot day.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2010 17:39:58 | More by smcolw
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Gavage

New Jersey

3.18/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager was light amber in color with a thin white head. Not much aroma was present, as some slight sweetness was barely noticeable. The flavor leans towards the malts, as the hop level is on the lighter side. The sweetness rides the tongue, but then does develop into a slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable as it is relatively light bodied and flavors are not overpowering.

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2003 15:24:46 | More by Gavage
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mendvicdog

Maryland

3/5  rDev -12%

12-22-2012 04:14:28 | More by mendvicdog
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GClarkage

California

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/02/09- Had on tap at TGIF's in Mount Holly, NJ.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 24oz tall glass.

Appearance- Deeper amber colored pour, nice fluffy white 3/4 inch head with some nice lace streaks left behind.

Smell- A touch of grain, but mainly some strong bready and buscuit notes. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste- Sweet, but just the right amount. Heavy..really heavy on the buscuit malt notes..maybe some light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is a bit brisk, but still fairly easy drinking.

Drinkability- Finally got to try this beer. About what I expected..easy to drink and fairly tasty.

Serving type: on-tap

09-05-2009 00:06:58 | More by GClarkage
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beernads

Florida

2.75/5  rDev -19.4%

02-07-2013 05:55:25 | More by beernads
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weeare138

Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm just immune to this at this point b/c I used to actually like this beer out of the bottle about 8 years ago.
Appears a light amber color with a small white head that soon leaves the glass. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of faint caramel and vienna malts with a mild hop aroma.
Taste is pretty average. Slightly malty lager without a whole lot of character has a mild biscuit taste and a mild zing that makes it somewhat enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is ok at best. Nothing really complicated here, as it leans towards the malt end and lingers on the front of the tongue.
Drinkability is a little better than average. Nothing to really get excited about though.

It's ok, dog.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2005 18:20:38 | More by weeare138
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MarkyMOD

Colorado

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

04-10-2012 18:48:21 | More by MarkyMOD
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barleywinefiend

Washington

2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a reddish amber with a decent white head, no real nose on the pour and some. Taste is light on malt, light on hops and light on TLC in general.Taste was a bit astringent, weak on the malt, no real character or backbone. There is nothing exciting about this beer other than Pennsylvanians love it because its from Penn. Not the best but not the worse either.

Serving type: bottle

05-06-2008 01:25:44 | More by barleywinefiend
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tempest

Pennsylvania

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of JW Dundee's Honey Brown, it's a sweet beer with a bit of caramel malted barley flavor thats dominated by sweetness. The aroma hinted strongly at the use of adjucts, I'd guess corn on this one, but I could be wrong. Still, there's a bit of decent malt that makes this an amber. This is a beer I'd accept from a friend and drink, but never pay for.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2007 05:03:37 | More by tempest
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yourefragile

District of Columbia

3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A: A light golden amber color, perfectly clear with a quickly disappearing off white head that leaves more lacing than expected.
S: Pretty strong, but nothing special, grainy, slightly metallic, nothing bad, nothing great, I've had this enough that I'd describe it as smelling like Yuengling (not so descriptive I suppose).
T: A pleasant earthy, malty, grainy taste. While not necessarily strongly tasting like it, reminds me of bread. No real hop flavor present, finishes with a non-bitter grainy aftertaste. Just a pleasant lager, again, nothing offensive going on here and nothing too strong.
M: Moderate carbonation and a slightly watery tasting medium body. It's refreshing, doesn't leave me with feeling of drinking a beer (not that that's bad, but not great)
D: While this isn't an exceptional beer, is very easy to drink and has a very distinct flavor (at least to me) and is very enjoyable. Given low abv and pleasing aftertaste this is very easy to drink and enjoy. I add an extra .5 in this category for it's price and availability where I'm from as I would happily drink this over any BMC product. Also, it's America's oldest operating brewery or whatever, that counts for something, right??

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2008 21:37:53 | More by yourefragile
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akorsak

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +29.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The lager is an amber color, well-balanced between orange and red. The head measures in around 1 finger but does not retain very well.

S: Aroma is a grainy, but just barely. Not a lot comes out of the glass, aroma-wise.

T: The lager has a soft grainy body, somewhat chewy tasting. The hops are nonexistent but they aren't missed, as the body is smooth and low-key enough to allow several pints.

M: The grainy malts are very good and don't need much hops to have a good taste.

D: Yuengling Lager has a permanent special place in my beer pantheon. It was the first non-macro that I'd ever had and it got me through 4.5 years at Dear Old State.

Serving type: on-tap

12-17-2006 22:46:40 | More by akorsak
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Billolick

New York

2.33/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

gave this one a try three evenings in a row on my train ride home.

Cabbadgy nose, light amber in color. Minimal malt, minimal hops, watery. Prickly on the tongue in the finish. Not much to offer here. I'd put this a notch above the Macros, but not up to the level of the comparable brew in the Saranac line.

Serving type: bottle

01-31-2004 11:10:13 | More by Billolick
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rhoadsrage

Illinois

3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear amber body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a pure white head that fades to a thin film after a bit.

S- This beer has a note of fresh pale malt with a slight sulfury sweet hint.

T- There is a slight tang to the pale malt favor that has a note of dry honey malt to it. There is a carbonic acid flavor to the finish but there is also a faint hop hint in there aswell. As this beer warms the sulfury note gets bigger and bigger but the malt flavors do not.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz boost in the finish.

D- This beer is very light but the malt flavors are very nice. It would be nice to have some hop flavors to balance them or cover the sulfury notes a bit.

Serving type: bottle

01-01-2007 01:11:06 | More by rhoadsrage
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oriolesfan4

Maryland

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.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2008 21:35:56 | More by oriolesfan4
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InspectorBob

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-29-2013 17:04:22 | More by InspectorBob
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

3.95/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I am nearly at bottle # 400 which will free me up to refocus on what really matters, namely The CANQuest (TM). In the meantime, anything in a bottle will do.

A bit of nostalgia involved in tonight's beer for yours truly. I have been up to the brewery numerous times and I have drank this beer more often than I care to remember, but I simply never bothered to review it out of a bottle.

My pour created a finger of eggshell-white head with low retention, fizzing its way out of existence. Color was a deep coppery-orangish amber with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled like pure, unadulterated lager - slightly sweet with a mild maltiness that was pleasant to take in. Mouthfeel was medium with a lager sweetness on the tongue. It seems pretty unobtrusive to me these days, having been a self-avowed hophead and then getting on The CANQuest (TM) kick, which led to a LOT of AmeriCAN Adjunct Lager consumption. This struck me as a nice, easy-drinking beer that I could easily use to fill a cooler for a picnic or a barbecue. The ABV is reasonable and the taste is not going to put anybody off. The finish was slightly dry and nicely pleasant.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2010 00:32:05 | More by woodychandler
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orangesol

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

11-16-2011 22:40:33 | More by orangesol
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dbrauneis

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film over the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel and brown sugar contribute to the sweetness in the smell. There is a heavy aroma of generic maltiness and some light notes of grassy hops.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with light amounts of malty sweetness. There is a subtle hint of the grassy hops in the flavor as well. Very little bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably one of the better mass production beers and likely what I would choose at a largely BMC place or a venue like a wedding/conference where there is little craft beer available. Definitely a sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2012 13:38:47 | More by dbrauneis
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DoubleJ

California

3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The unofficial official beer of the wedding I went to outside of Philadelphia. Comes in a green bottle, and consumed several times on the trip, on to the beer:

The beer has a slightly waterend down amber color to it with a buzzy head and minimal lacing sticking. Light whiff in the nose, somewhat toasty. Clean. In the taste, it features some toasted malts and some herbal hops. A light fusel kick of alcohol is felt on occasion. Light in the mouth, with light carbonation. Refreshing.

An American classic. It's decent, doable, and I could go for it again if I'm at an event when Miller Lite and Corona are the other only options. This was the beer of choice at the wedding rehersal dinner and afterparty I attended.

Serving type: bottle

08-11-2009 00:58:19 | More by DoubleJ
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical American macro lager, with a tiny bit more taste, color, and aroma than the big boys. Pours dark golden with a head that fades immediately. The smell is light and tangy with lager yeast and smells of adjuncts. Extremely light and even a bit washed-out tasting Slightlt sweet and corny. Smooth enough and about as easy to drink as water- with the same interest level.

Serving type: bottle

11-29-2008 23:58:12 | More by Georgiabeer
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ppoitras

Massachusetts

3.7/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed on tap at Champps, Reston, VA.

Presented in a huge 24oz? Shaker glass. Beige 1/4" head, which had little retention and laced okay, over a copper brew. Aroma a somewhat generic pale malt/hops aroma. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, with good mouthfeel. Drinkability was very good, with high sessionability. A pleasant and enjoyable lager.

Serving type: on-tap

07-08-2004 23:37:38 | More by ppoitras
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duceswild

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-28-2012 03:09:51 | More by duceswild
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mothman

United Kingdom (Wales)

3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

08-07-2012 12:14:26 | More by mothman
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-09-2011 00:39:45 | More by ejimhof
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Stinkypuss

Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Light brown in color with a bit of head that diminishes to nothing.

S. Grains. Other than that extremely clean.

T. Malty with notes of caramel and a slight spicy hop. A very unoffensive lager. Nothing special but good.

M. Slick, a bit chewey. Nothing special here.

D. I gave this a high drinkability due to the price, ABV and all around decentness of this beer. An excellent macro lager, possibly the best.

Serving type: bottle

07-21-2008 23:14:30 | More by Stinkypuss
Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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