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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 5,933
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 33.83%
Wants: 170
Gots: 1,345 | 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

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

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Photo of Mebuzzard
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Trade from Geegnome.
Pours a glossy copper/brown body with a quite impressive head. Medium growth, good retention.
Smells of malt, wet socks and slight hints of smoked peat. Kind of intriguing; at least some character.
Taste follows the nose. A bit more almondy.
Not a bad lager, as I'm not a lager guy. I have one more bottle I'll keep until summer and try it then.

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Photo of tempest
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle, thanks to my friend Haatsari, I finally get to try this legendary PA beer,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a mild white head.

S: Red malt and corn, nice malty nose.

T: Nice malty, dark corn flavour. Carbonic acid, but it works with the malt flavours, quite enjoyable.

M: Light/medium-bodied, soapy/fizzy feel.

D: If this is selling for the same price as Bud back east then they are getting a true deal. This is good stuff, I'm glad I finally got to try a beer from the oldest brewery in the US.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
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??

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Pig Stand in Daytona, FL. I've had this a million times, but never got around to putting it down on paper. Here we go.

Served in a mug, the beer pours a caramel-copper coloring with a thin, big bubbled, white head. Toasted malt and oats in the aroma. The beer has a nutty-toffee-sweet malt taste, with roasted flavors into the aftertaste. The beer is light and creamy in mouth, and it carries the flavor well. The finish is quick to the roasted sweet flavors, but blends out to nothing rapidly. It's an easy drinker with strong flavors for the style.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Mad props to Raymond C. at the Shell Station next to my airport hotel in Nashville. He told me that the other Shell down the road was selling 18 packs, and that they were flying off the shelves. Ultimately, I had to choose between this and Blue Moon, which was my only choice last night, so I thought I'd go with Raymond C.'s suggestion and try this hot seller.

Poured into the pint glass I bought at Turoni's in Evansville, the beer is amber gold with a tiny white head that is gone in the blink of an eye.

The aroma is very dull. I'm really struggling to pick out aromas. There's some grainy malt and some grassiness which could be 100 miles away. Or, I might just be imagining these aromas. I'm not really sure. The taste is similar to a macro lager. It's very, very similar. Some caramel malt with a dull metallic bite and a touch of sweetness. Hops? I don't know about that!

Low-medium carbonation, light bodied. Pretty watery.

I have five more of these gems. Raymond, you have betrayed me.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
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.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.09/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its a solid American Red Lager....nothing fancy....nothing bad. The color is a clear amber with thin white head that has some lace. The nose is nothing to write home about....smell like a plain American Amber ale. The taste is very solid a very drinkable beer. There is grain and malt that can be found on the pallete. The mouthfeel is easy and could session all day long.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had not visited with this beer in some time, and so, given the limited options at BWI, what the heck...

The beer pours a light reddish amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. I pick up a decent amount of malty sweetness on the nose, along with some underlying earthiness and light (very light) citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this light weight beer, and the finish is short and clean. It actually comes across as a light and refreshing beverage, and there are no off notes in this beer. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer has a short, crisp, refreshing finish. Low alcohol makes this a very easy beer to drink.

A nice enough beer to enjoy on warm days when one is the mood for a session of uncritical beer consumption. Not something I'd go looking for, but I wouldn't hesitate to pour myself a glass after an afternoon of chores outside in the summer, or if I was waiting for a delayed flight at the airport.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soild sweet caramel malt with some light grains and a smattering of aroma hops.

The taste consisted of a balanced lightly sweet malt with a drying hop. There was a solid biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a clean finish.

Overall an easy drinking lager. Very servicable.

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Photo of barleywinefiend
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
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.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale hops, yeast, slight sweet malt, and some pale malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, yeast, pale malt, and some sweet malt in the finish. Overall, a decent lager that has no outstanding feature.

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Photo of aasher
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 24oz can at a gas station in Florida for $1.99. It was right next to the BMC 40's. It pours a watery and crystal clear orangeish amber in color with a billowing two finger soft and spongy off white head. It smells of sweet carmel malts, bread crumbs, and has that BMC aluminum can smell. It actually tastes pretty sweet. It has this sweet maltyness which isn't too shabby and it is sweeter out of the can than from the bottle. I'm actually surprised at how much better this one tastes out of the can. There is zero hop presence but I didn't expect any. It's a little watery but it's actually pretty drinkable and I'd much rather drink this than anything else with the same price tag.

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Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: medium caramel-brown hue with a haze free body and a mild effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of white foam and dissipated quickly. Good color, but the head is a bit dissapointing.

Smell: neutral lager aroma; lightly malty with a hint of plastic. Not great, but inoffensive and not bad for the style.

Taste: much like the aroma, the flavor is pretty neutral right up front, followed by a light, grainy maltiness. The plasticy hint in the aroma is thankfully absent in the flavor. Not too bad, especially for the style!

Mouthfeel: light body with a prickly effervescence. Not creamy, but bright and refreshing. I like it.

Overall: this beer is OK, but it is indeed highly drinkable. If Yuengling were available in my neck of the woods, it would probably be my go-to American lager; it would make a great beer for band practice.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent but unexciting lager, certainly better and tastier than many of the big macro choices. 12 dollar (or whatever) case price makes this one an easy choice when we entertain the non-craft drinkers. Easy drinking, medium-light bodied, amply carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Mild malty aroma; taste is lightly sweet; caramel, pale malt, hints of floral hops. A bit grainy, low, restrained bitterness. You could do worse and probably have.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very malty, slightly sweet. Taste is of malts, a bit sweet and lightly hopped, pretty tasty. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of beerthulhu
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Poured a clear, bright orange with a slight fizzy sandy colored head that quickly dissipated before the eyes. Visible carbonation was medium-strong in nature.

S: some oranges, other then that was pretty neutral with not much hoppiness detected.

T: The initial flavor started out with a touch of sour caramel, dry oranges and a sour bitterness. A surprising dry flowery hoppiness is detected on the finish. Overall more flavor then anticipated as well more hoppiness but the flavor still came off a little rough and unbalanced.

M: an edgy carbonation bite that remained strong through out the course of the drink. The texture was light and slick at first though felt a little rough, perhaps from the carbonation going down.

D: Average drinkability, could drink this in a pinch but wont woo or wow me during. Does taste better deeper into the drink but still is a little rough around the edges mouthful and enjoyment wise.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
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.

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Photo of beertunes
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Another from my recent trade with orcasteve. This is a revisit of a beer I had plenty of during my visits to central PA for the sprint car races. Lots of these went down the throat on Beer Hill at Williams Grove.

Poured into 16oz pilsner glass. Poured a light honey-amber color, much deeper and richer than most of the style. There was about a half inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was the typical sweet/corn scent of this style, with a slight skunk that I blame on the green bottle. The flavors were typical for this style, some grain, some sweetness, a soft touch of hops.

The body was a bit fuller and more well rounded than most of the style. Drinkability is excellent, if you're going to drink this style as your lawnmower beer, this should be your choice.

Overall, a very decent example of the style, worth trying if you never have.

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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is readily available in Florida, so I had quite a few on holidays. It seemed to be best on-tap at Houlihan's (probably fresh with their all-day, 2-for-1 happy 'hour').

A: Copper, off-white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Floral & spicy hops, bread & caramel malt.

T: Pleasant floral & spice hop flavour (Continental nobel hops?), slight bread & grain, fairly malty for its weight.

M: Moderate body and carbonation; crisp & refreshing.

D: Very good.

When it's not fresh, the hops seem to loose out to sweet cardboard flavours.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.