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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,623 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,623
Reviews: 1,496
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.3%
Wants: 91
Gots: 381 | 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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3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

01-30-2013 05:11:09 | More by brandoman63
Photo of rab53


2/5  rDev -41.3%

12-10-2011 04:11:52 | More by rab53
Photo of Gonzoillini


4/5  rDev +17.3%

12-21-2012 00:01:15 | More by Gonzoillini
Photo of plaid75

New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

06-22-2007 01:10:34 | More by plaid75
Photo of Mebuzzard


3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 23:16:19 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

Serving type: can

06-24-2008 22:48:53 | More by beerthulhu
Photo of smakawhat


2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured out of the can into a pint glass.

The strangest thing I ever saw I swear is that this head appears to be pink briefly after pouring and sitting on the amber body. It is however and off white head of about three fingers once things calm down. Body is a very odd amber orange and sort of gold/brown, real hard to describe. There are large soda like bubbles that come out from the bottom for carbonation and the drink leaves no lacing at all.

Bouquet is strangely like mild supermarket grape flesh, but nothing else I can detect. There's nothing going on here.

Upon tasting the most obvious thing is how incredibly wet and watery this is for mouthfeel. Kind of disappointing here, but luckily for taste there's some faint bread but not much else.

This is pretty easy beer for drinking you could do a lot worse, but the wetness of it real doesn't sit well with me. At least this is drinkable I will give it that.

Serving type: can

03-12-2011 22:54:36 | More by smakawhat
Photo of Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at the bar in the Philly airport, can't remember its called now. So I'll finish the trip with a good Penn state lager.

Pours a clear light orange/amber, almost golden, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring, no real lacing on the glass, looks average. Smell is nice, toasty malt, light caramel, lightly fruity like apricot, biscuits, nicely malty, some light hoppiness. Taste is similar, toasty malt, some caramel, light fruit, grains, very full flavoured, lightly bitter in the finish but well balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very easy drinking. Solid lager, I'd drink this watching the game if I had access to it.

Serving type: on-tap

03-20-2009 15:55:57 | More by Viggo
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3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that I have had many times. At bars that only carry BMC this is usually my go to beer.

A: Pours a rather deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades very quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Light caramel aromas, a pilsner smell, and a little bit of fruit. A little bit of hops are detectable.

T: Light malt, mostly caramel, some light fruit, and a little bit of faint citrus. Slight grainy flavor as well.

M: Rather light, but not watery. It has a nice crispness with lively carbonation.

O: You know what you are getting with this beer. It has a purpose and fills it well. It is an inexpensive session beer that is superior to BMC products. Good for a long day, hanging outside at a BBQ or at the beach.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2011 00:22:54 | More by mdaschaf
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2.93/5  rDev -14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like a standard beer, a little darker than your average lager. Aroma is kind of a turn off, fusels.

Taste, smooth, no hop presence, lighter than its appearance. Mouthfeel, there is less and less to pick up on further down the bottle. Drinkable sure, but I look at this as one of those introductory beers into craft brewing like anything by SA. I dunno, I guess this is the stuff, its everywhere in Philly, NJ & NY when I'm out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 00:14:24 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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New Mexico

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

04-01-2014 22:57:53 | More by LXIXME
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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Very clear, light amber with a thin, off-white cap. Bubbles were fairly coarse and soapy, fair retention with a bit of lace. Floral hop aroma with a bit of caramelized malt, brown sugar. Same in the flavour with light bitterness and lemony hops at the end. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad for an inexpensive lager. Flavours stayed palatable as it warmed.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2008 02:13:08 | More by DrJay
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North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Arrived a deep amber, no head, but with obvious carbonation bubbles. Smells rather grainy with only a slight hint of malts. Taste is grainy with mild malt notes; there is only a hint of hops in the finish. This beer is heavily carbonated lending to lighter mouthfeel.

Not a great beer, but better than any BMC mass-produced lager. Easily drinkable and cheap, it's my go to tailgate beer.

Serving type: on-tap

07-31-2011 15:17:28 | More by tdm168
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New Hampshire

3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

01-16-2013 04:40:32 | More by Kelp
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4.25/5  rDev +24.6%

01-06-2013 06:17:55 | More by sendbeer
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this at a gas station in Charleston.

Pours an amber/copper color with about a half-finger white head. The head recedes into a ring of bubbles around the glass. Lacing isn't very sticky.

Smells alright. Mild hops with some malt sweetness.

Tastes the same as it smells. As it warms the malt becomes more prevalent, but there's really nothing outstanding.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit thin, but the carbonation is pretty solid.

Drinkability is good. I could drink a lot of these, but they are not exceptionally tasty.

Overall I would consider this a very good macro brew. I bought it because it was the only thing available at a gas station that was still open, but it could have been much worse.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2008 22:46:30 | More by glid02
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British Columbia (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +16.7%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

08-12-2006 00:40:49 | More by Derek
Photo of PEIhop


4/5  rDev +17.3%

11-23-2011 02:44:14 | More by PEIhop
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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

05-21-2014 03:57:28 | More by afsdan
Photo of beertunes


3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-25-2010 20:14:20 | More by beertunes
Photo of Tone


3.58/5  rDev +5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2009 23:41:12 | More by Tone
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South Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pint on draft at a local pizza parlor.
Pours with a well-sized, creamy and durable head over a clear deep amber body. Very good looking but it is downhill from here. The feel is OK, with a smooth creamy but overly thin body. The aroma has earthy hops which also bring a modicum of spiciness, plus a hint of baked bread from the malts. A suggestion of a metallic character that, fortunately, is missing in the taste.

Flavor: mild but earthy hops with a rather minimal malt base.

O: a bit more hoppy than the standard AB/Miller/Coors lager but, despite the darker color, lacking in malts.

Serving type: on-tap

04-09-2014 01:02:57 | More by chinchill
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3/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to drive to NY State to get this beer as no places near me in VT sell it.

Pours a flat pale/amber color with carbonation that wears off after a minute or two. Aroma is that of a lager, nothing too impressive but smells somewhat better than a typical macro lager. Taste is interesting. Smooth, malty and nothing really surprising. It goes down ok.

Not a bad effort and I have wanted to review Yuengling since I first had it 3 years ago.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2007 01:45:38 | More by Brad007
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2.85/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2009 05:39:11 | More by HopHead84
Photo of THECPJ


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

Reviewed from notes

Appearance: golden yellow/orange to amber in color, 1 finger head that dissipates quickly

Smell: sweet maltiness, grains

Taste: caramel and malts, and nothing else of note

Mouthfeel: mild carbonation, slightly watered down

Drinkability: good beer to drink while picking crabs in the summer


Serving type: on-tap

03-04-2011 02:00:41 | More by THECPJ
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