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Yuengling Traditional Lager - Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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4,108 Ratings

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Ratings: 4108
Reviews: 1464
rAvg: 3.41
pDev: 17.01%

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:
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Photo of jrallen34


2.6/5  rDev -23.8%
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.

Serving type: on-tap

11-15-2010 18:11:16 | More by jrallen34
Photo of nickfl


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

A - One finger of foamy white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with some fruitiness in the background.

T - Malty with some toasted notes. Little hop character, just enough bitterness to balance the malt in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and often the best option in the many craft-desert bars in FL. The malt character is light, but much more robust than its competition and makes for a very sessionable beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2009 04:15:44 | More by nickfl
Photo of cokes


3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours to a medium-light amber with a solid rise of ivory foam. It's sticks around a bit and laces in incomplete rings.
Honeyed grain nose, with a just touch of grassy, herbal hops.
Lightly grainy as it hits the mouth, covered in powdered sugar, as it inches towards caramel, but never really gets there. There a creamed corn sweetness, then clean through the midsection. The light poke of grassy hops hits at the tail-end, providing more dryness than actual hop characteristics.
Light body, yet unfizzy. It's moderate carbonation stays sluggishly active throughout, giving it a tautness of feel.
This is a massively drinkable, clean, little beer, with just enough character to keep one's interest.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2010 07:50:40 | More by cokes
Photo of champ103


3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a clear red color. At first a one finger white head forms, but recedes in an instant. Very little lace is left behind.
S: Sweet caramel, cereal, bread, and a slight citrus aroma. A light skunky metallic twang as well.
T: Very simple, but enjoyable. A heavy malty caramel sweetness. Lightly toasted. A very light hop leaf flavor in the finish, and a light metal flavor.
M/D: A light to medium body. A clean snap of carbonation that is just right. Not overly carbonated at all. A good creaminess as well. Easy and smooth to drink. A great session beer.

This is one of my favorite lighter beers during the summer. I always get some when I travel east. Something I would recommend.

Serving type: can

06-26-2009 16:17:21 | More by champ103
Photo of blackie


3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour gives a 0.5" khaki head that steadily recedes to leave a nice, thin layer and a ring. The beer is medium amber in color.

smell: Light pale and caramel grains with a surprisingly decent hop aroma. Some hints of apple.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body light.

taste: Pale grainy flavors dominate with a touch of sweet toasted amber. Nondescript hop flavor, but there IS some hop flavor, with a light bitterness.

drinkability: Not nearly as flavorless as other macro lagers, it actually has a little character to it. Quite drinkable.

Serving type: can

09-06-2006 21:11:34 | More by blackie
Photo of woosterbill


3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: A straight pour fills the glass perfectly with a clear medium orange-amber body and three fingers of frothy white head that just barely peek over the rim. Good retention and light, sticky lace. A little lighter in color than I might like for the style, but otherwise a magnificent-looking beer.

S: Not really much to the aroma - corn, caramel malt, and just a hint of herbal hops. Pretty forgettable.

T: Follows the nose, but provides significantly greater malt complexity - bready, toasty, and lightly sweet caramel notes all lead the way to a clean finish featuring some hop bitterness. Still not especially great, but inoffensive and even slightly enjoyable.

M: Fairly light body with a huge amount of spiky carbonation. A little overbearing.

D: Not bad for the style, but not great for the low ABV. Easy enough to drink in large quantities, and yet just heavy enough to make such an endeavor less than fully appealing.

Notes: Always a safe choice, but never a particularly thrilling one, Yuengling perplexes me with the amount of adoration it elicits. Granted, most of the people I know who worship this beer usually drink Budweiser, so this is a huge step up. Still, I can't help but think that the whole "America's Oldest Brewery" thing sells more beer than the actual recipe. It is far better out of a can than the green bottle, though.


Serving type: can

11-22-2010 01:33:47 | More by woosterbill
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.03/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So I'm in a restaurant in Western PA and my choices are Bud Miller Coors or Yuengling. My decision made itself. Pours a deepreddish amber color with a thinnish white head. Surprisingly dark color for a macro. Earthy grainy aroma with hints of corn and skunk. Slight earthy hop aroma was a surprise. Taste is earthy with hops grainy with malts and slighly corny. Medium to high level of carbonation, light body with a thin watery mouthfeel. Better than the macros but nothing special on its own.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2011 19:39:52 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of chinchill

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
Photo of francisweizen


3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer is slightly worse in the can than it is in the bottle or on draught. It is still a class American Amber Lager that has an incredible drinkability and a thin mouthfeel. The taste and aroma are very subdued and simple in this canned version of this local PA favorite beer.
Still a classic IMO...

Serving type: can

04-30-2003 12:04:44 | More by francisweizen
Photo of FosterJM


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

1147th Review on BA
Draft to Pint

@Tampa Bay Waterside Marriot

App- A very dark orange with a mid brown center. A small 1/2 finger of head that was off white in color with some spotty cling.

Smell- This was very crisp and clean. Good lager notes but a bit more malty as it should with style. Full and a bit rich with citrus.

Taste- It's a lager or a red ale? Has both qualities split down the middle. More smooth than traditional but has lager notes and more of a body but still retains citrus red ale malts.

Mouth- Medium bodied and medium carbonation with a full malt residual flavor.

Drink- For what this is, its a very nice beer. Smooth, rich and flavorful. Like a Fat tire but better.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2012 22:44:01 | More by FosterJM
Photo of spinrsx

Ontario (Canada)

3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

Serving type: can

07-05-2012 00:21:35 | More by spinrsx
Photo of LilBeerDoctor

New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 08/08/08. On tap. Pours a red/orange with a small white head. Aroma of sweet light pale malts. Flavor of light walt, wheat, some sweet maple sugar. Watery palate but rather drinkable. Not very carbonated, which is surprising for a cheap pale lager. I was rather impressed by this beer. Good for a pale lager (and one with adjuncts, at that).
6/4/6/3/12 (3.1/5)

Serving type: on-tap

12-23-2008 15:36:28 | More by LilBeerDoctor
Photo of alexgash


3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. green bottle.

Medium copper body with lighter edges. Pinkie finger of dirty beige head. Some lacing. Muted nose with hints of. honeyish malts. Some toasted grains. Light fruitiness. Taste starts off with mild grain astringency, some cardboard, and a little caramel. A little more caramel comes through along with a dash of fruit and a pinch of earthy tobacco. Mild, vague hop bitterness and some cooked vegetables in the finish. Moderate body, easy drinking, very quaffable, if not the tastiest beer I've had.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:05:41 | More by alexgash
Photo of AgentZero


2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - A nice amber color with a good looking bubble precense and minimal head. Clear beer.

S - Sweet caramel malts dominate with a slight hops finish.

T - Malts not as sweet or full as expected. Some bready taste with a little bit of hops on the end. Really watery, and not good.

M - Lighter side of medium, watery, litle carbonation bite.

D - It's okay, but not super enjoyable.

Serving type: on-tap

09-11-2010 17:55:06 | More by AgentZero
Photo of Brent


2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A heavy-handed lager with macro leanings. A bit grassy and husky with some tannins evident. Somewhat sweet which took the edge of what would otherwise have been a harsh malt profile, but the flavor was not engaging and it was a chore to work through the glass.

Serving type: on-tap

08-02-2003 20:06:18 | More by Brent
Photo of GClarkage


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
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 Brenden


3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The color is a clear amber. Head retention and lacing are light to moderate.
Grains and a very faint hops aroma are prominent on the nose with a nice earthiness. There's a very mild metallic note that isn't too bothersome.
There's more sweetness on the tongue than I expect from the smell as well as a stronger malt. There's even a little citrus that I didn't detect in the aroma. There's a little bit of a corn husk taste and some toasted grains. The metallic tinge shows up but, again, isn't too bothersome.
This one's smooth with a light body and moderate carbonation.
Overall, this is a pretty good brew to make a regular and as sessionable as it gets.

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2009 18:17:52 | More by Brenden
Photo of tdm168

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
Photo of maximum12


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

Well, hell, after reading the various & sundry denunciations of Yuengling, which I managed to mispronounce rather badly, I was happy to find this a very acceptable beer in a very good restaurant that didn't appear to have any decent brews.

While my wife, my beautiful, gorgeous, young, nubile wife, sucked on a Shock Top (which isn't bad either for what it is) I opted for a Yuengling. Pretty standard sort of thing, but with some malt sweetness that was much more pronounced than a standard lager. If more lagers tasted like this, I'd drink more of them.

At 4.40 ABV, of course, extremely drinkable. I could slump over a scarred up old bar & drink these all night. Doggone decent beer for $2.95 a pour!

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2009 04:03:15 | More by maximum12
Photo of Gmann

New York

2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very clear pale amber color, with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly but leaves some decent lacing on the glass. The smell is not very good, smells grainy, corn, very similar to Bud. The taste is that of a more malty Budweiser. It tastes like they use adjuncts though I am not sure. Has an artifical sweetner taste. I feel the taste gets worse as it warms. The feel is light and watery and leaves an unpleasant dry aftertaste. I thought this would have been labeled as an American macro, which would have probably helped its review but as an American amber lager, this is not very good. Drinks easy as most American macros do.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2007 18:04:37 | More by Gmann
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can served in a standard pint glass.

Clear red/amber color with a short-lived white head.
Aroma is grainy malt.
Taste is sweet grains and malt, no pronounced hop flavor but the beer is well balanced.
Medium bodied with good carbonation.
Goes down very easy, I can always session Yuengling.

Serving type: can

09-04-2009 23:51:36 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of rudzud


3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2011 03:46:09 | More by rudzud
Photo of puboflyons

New Hampshire

3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Serving type: can

04-05-2009 03:58:30 | More by puboflyons
Photo of lordofthewiens


3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On a recent visit to Tampa every bar I went to had this on draft. I was told that Yuengling had a brewery in Tampa. Is this the only beer they brew? Anyway, it was an amber color with a thick white head and good lacing. It had a sweet, fresh corn odor, but not much taste. There was a little hops, but that was about it. Pretty average.

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2006 12:53:26 | More by lordofthewiens
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