Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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5,708 Ratings

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Ratings: 5,708
Reviews: 1,672
rAvg: 3.4
pDev: 17.65%
Wants: 152
Gots: 1,154 | FT: 0
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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 tone77
3.6/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  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.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.92/5  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.

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Thanks to Bennetrox for the bottle.

A - Clear amber with a thin tan head, that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Wheat and barley

T - Malty, slight wheat finish.

D - Smooth and thin in the mouth.

O - Lager, so it is nice and light, refreshing and very sessionable.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.9/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Purchased from Vintage Cellar in Virginia. I bought a case of cans to split with a buddy of mine in town.

It pours a deep golden colour, 2 finger head of foam, and about average lacing for the style.

The smell is strong on the grain and corn with some hints of bitterness.

The taste is of corn and grain, some sweet notes from the malt, and a tad of bitterness. The overall taste...I like.

Light bodied with brisk carbonation, the mouth feel is typical for the style.

Drinkability? Light, refreshing and tasty, this is a very easy quaffer. I admit, I have a soft spot for Yuengling Traditional Lager and I have had them in the green bottles and now, in cans. I prefer the cans.

Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -20%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper breadcrust mixed nicely with volcanic bubbles ascending to the surface. About one and a half finger head with a thick foam. A slightly placid malt aroma and light bitterness seeping around at the end of my nostrils. The malts really permeates my sinus even. Light amber malts give a hint of bittersweet mixed with pellets of undesdinguishable pellets of hops.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep gold color. Poured vigorous 2 finger white head that disipates quickly. Light, inconsistent lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Bread and cereal grain. Light roasted malts also present.

T: Light bready malts with mildly bittering hops. Some slightly sweet caramel malts. Dry finish.

M: Light body; a little thin. Ample carbonation. Very clean and dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. For an fairly light American lager with some flavor; a solid choice.

Photo of glid02
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
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.

Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, one of my friends from work was nice enough to get me a case of this on a recent trip to PA. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/copper color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt, grain, and some bread. No offensive aromas at all, it's a nice smelling traditional American lager aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's sweet and malty. It tastes like sweet malt, bread/grain, and a little bit of caramel. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's pretty easy to drink and quite sessionable. I admit that I haven't had this in a couple years, but it's as good as I remember. It's a good, solid lager. If it was available in Ohio I'd pick it up quite a bit. For the style it's a pretty good beer, much better than the typical BMC American lagers.

Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From a 12 fl. oz. can no. 08227120529. Sampled on April 4, 2009. This was a gift from my hair stylist after a visit to Pennsylvania.

The pour was a surprising amber. I think I expected a pale yellow so I was quite happy with the tone as well as the foamy, beige head. The smell has elements of vague hops and bread. Medium mouthfeel. The taste has some distant hops and a little grainy and sweet. It is a pretty decent beer and I wish it was available in my state.

Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz Can from the Sunoco Canton NY for 2.15$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper yellow colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, light caramel, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some caramel. There is also a bit of a hop bitterness.. but not much. It ends with a malty slighty bitter aftertaste and there seems to be a bit of a lingering rusty note.

Overall - I've been curious to try this one for a while.. it's not bad at all. It's just a small notch above macro but still quite drinkable. And you can't beat the price. Probably wouldn't pick this up again, but it was worth a try.

Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to beer when surrounded by crap BMC.

A - Pretty straight forward amber, very clear and light with a half inch of foamy white head. Not very sticky with lacing but it's forgivable.

S - Slight toasted malts, breadyness, and a bit of toffee or caramel. No real pronounced hop profile

T - Very light bitterness if any. The taste is pretty basic just slight bready malts with a bit of toasty goodness and a finish of mildly sweet caramel or toffee. Has a slight bitter finish that might be from the grains.

M - Light to medium, picture perfect succession beer.

Overall this one is bold enough to be known as the original traditional lager and I have to agree when it comes down to this or a beer that scores lower than a C (looking at you BMC) it's a no brainier to order one. My only gripe is the case price went up by 3.00 (currently set at 21.50)

Seek out and try if your looking for a smooth tasting moderately flavored beer that's easy on the palate and just as easy on the wallet.

Photo of jrallen34
2.61/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I finally had this beer while on a trip to North Carolina. On tap into a pint glass...Pours a medium clear copper with amber, a light tan head, not much retention or lacing...The aroma is light corn and a hint of skunk, not appetizing...The taste is not good at all, skunk throughout, light bitter finish. Better than a BMC but that's about it.

Wanted this tick forever, not worth the wait though.

Photo of THECPJ
3.05/5  rDev -10.3%
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


Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank some of this (along with an Amstel Light) while at my parent's place. Take a guess which was better.

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden appearance, with a somewhat thin consistency. Poured a nice head and had a bit of lacing.

The smell was a little faint, but you could make out some hops.

This had a nice amount of hops in the flavor, along with some malt. Not overly complex, but decent enough.

The carbonation level is just okay on this one. The finish is fairly smooth. A middling mouthfeel.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. That is not to say it's the most complex or most likely to knock your socks off, but it is drinkable. However, Yuengling needs to ditch the green bottles in the worst way.

Photo of rudzud
3.4/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed this can (poured into a pint glass) at the Bed Rock golf course in Rutland. This would be the Pottsfield, PA variety.

A - Poured a nice deep almost reddish copper that has a fairly good one finger head but fades quicklyto leave a thin halo.

S - Typical grains and malt. Unfortunately not much in the way of hops, which this would have benefitted from big time.

T - More of the nice grains and malts. Not too sweet, very enjoyable. Would like some more hops, but even without this is a tasty larger brew.

M - Fairly high carbonation for a can. Quite refreshing and enjoyable. Very pleasant.

O - A fairly nice beer. Was shocked to find this at a golf course of all places as I didnt think the brewery even distributed to MA. Was worth the $3.75 I paid for the 16 ounce can.

Photo of ccrida
4.65/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I can't believe I never reviewed lager, as it was simply referred to in pittsburgh. For the 10 years I lived there, I drank this like water. Back on the east coast for work and I had to grab some.

Appearance is a clear light amber with an off-white head leaving light, scattered lace.

Smell is sweet grain, a hint of metal and sulfer, classic and inoffensive. As my wife would say, as she does for every beer period, but in this case would actually be right, it smells like beer!

Taste is also sweet, smooth, light. Nice bit of maltiness, a hint of leafy hops and hint of grain on the clean finish. A classic taste I've grown to love, perfect and definitive of the style.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light bodied.

Drinkability is super high. I could, and have drank these all day. Just enough taste to satisfy but still keep it highly sessionable, the benchmark American lager in my opinion. Also, one of the only beers I prefer out of a can.

Photo of xnicknj
3.48/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into pint glass

Pours a bubbly golden orange with a nice white head which fades quickly into a thin film, leaving a bit of lacing around the glass.

A bit of sweetness, lemongrass, and toasted bread crust in the nose.

Light, crispy malts with toasted grains and biscuit. Some slightly caramel sweetness pierces through, leading to some light hoppy bitterness. Finishes somewhat dry and refreshing.

Lighter body, plenty of carbonation, and a little dry, without too much lingering feel. Very easy to drink, especially in copious amounts. One of my favorite cheaper lagers which still has a bit of actual flavor.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.56/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-top green bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
1106821536 (Mar. 8, 2011), no info.

Thanks to Thorpe429 for hooking it up with a bunch of Yuengling stuff in a personal hand-off to Beerwolf at this year's Dark Lord Day. I've been mildly interested in the stuff for a few years because my uncle (who typically drinks beer on the cheaper end of the spectrum) had good things to say about "the oldest brewery in America". In fact, it might have been in the state at that point, but I don't recall. Either way, I digress...

A - The green glass is deceiving, this beer is much darker than it appeared to be. Rusted orange amber in color, a lack-luster off-white head drops quickly leaving little lace behind.

S - Hey, it's skunky! Why am I not in the least bit surprised? Behind the skunk, I'm picking up light amber graininess. Change your frickin' bottles.

T - Grainy amber malts waft out of the skunk's ass for our tasting pleasure. No real hop profile to speak of, this beer finishes clean and near flavorless.

M - Crisp, clean, and, well, bland. There's not really much of a mouthfeel beyond the high carbonation.

O - Why, why, why do idiots insist on sacrificing a beer's integrity for LOOK of packaging? At any rate, this is a very plain beer further marred by light-struck skunkiness issues, for which I have no compassion.

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.53/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got this out of a keg at a major gathering. It pours a rich dark amber or honey color, rather inviting. Aroma is strong and quite malty, not complex but pleasant. Flavor is full, malty, rather pleasing. It fills the mouth and is not at all watery. Plain, but drinkable and good for parties.

Photo of Durge
3.49/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had a cold pint of one of my old favorites at the Sherwood Golf Club in Titusvill, Florida. It poured a light copper color with nearly no head and very little evidence of any lacing. The aroma was light but pleasant blending brown sugar and malt. The taste is a sweet wheat/cereal with a touch of maple in there. It's very sprite and refreshing, evenly carbonated but generally kind of thin bodied. Easy to drink if you like a sweeter lager with not much guts. It's always an acceptable brew especially after 18 holes with a couple of pals. Nothing too memorable but OK and better than any macros I can think of.

Photo of barnzy78
3.07/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12oz green bottle, pours light-amber in color and is topped with a fizzy white head that dissipates quickly. Aromas are toasted grain, lager yeast, caramel, grassy, metallic. Tastes are rather bland with some caramel, toasted grain, grassy hop. Mouth-feel is thin and watery; metallic but clean finish. Overall, average to say the least.

Photo of clayrock81
3.61/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it has been so long that I've been on this site yet never reviewed Yuengling. Being back with a Pittsburgher who had some made me nostalgic and I finally got down to it. Poured a auburnish brown with a two-finger head that died slowly. A faint hop smell with some graininess to it. A good drying taste from the hops and a smooth body complement this refreshing medium-bodied beer that also contains some citric and earth notes. Form wise not that great of a beer, but it will always be one of my favorites by itself or with a Primanti Bros. sandwich.

Photo of tbeckett
3.43/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at Merk's in New Smyrna, Florida. $2.50 USD for the pint. 'Murica! From notes.

A - Copper pour, one finger white head, bright, spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Gentle hop aroma. Sweet grain. Simple but nice.

T - Sweet grain, a little light toffee, some citrus hop. Good grassiness. Quite grainy.

M - Tingly carbonaiton, light body but not thin. Clean and slightly sweet finish with a mild bitterness.

O/D - Nice lager. Flavourful and easy to drink. Could be more complex but it does what it needs to do.

Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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