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Lord Chesterfield Ale - Yuengling Brewery

Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale

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653 Ratings

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Ratings: 653
Reviews: 269
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 21.84%

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Ale (APA) |  5.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002)
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Photo of Ohiolager


2.51/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yuengling lord chesterfield Ale 6pk bottles $6.99(OH)

My 50th beer review!

12 oz green bottle poured into a 17 oz white wine glass. No freshness date, look up the bottle codes on freshbeeronly.

Pours a light gold, maybe almost pale yellow. Almost two fingers of bright white head that don't last long. Gives way to minimal lacing.

The aroma is skunky, grassy, a nice hop/floral aroma but it's hidden behind a lot of bad smells. At the end I smell a hint of corn, maybe a light adjunct was used.

Taste follows the nose. Its a grassy, floral taste. That ends with a hoppy skunky dryness. I don't taste any adjuncts, better hidden in the taste maybe.

mouth feel is highly carbonated but crisp. Floral notes hang around for a while with a slight dryness/bitterness that clings to your mouth.

Overall not yuengling's best. It has an old school brew look and taste. A little skunky due to the green bottles and improper storage. A budget Ale that dont quite hit the right notes with me. I like Yuengling, their summer wheat is amazing! This however is a hit and miss. Not a beer to remember.

Serving type: bottle

04-18-2014 03:12:05 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of ONUMello


3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange-ish yellow with a thin head that disappears almost instantly
S: Sweet malt/creamed corn with light citrus/pine from hops
T: Matches the nose. Sweet malt, sweet corn, light hop notes
M: Light-bodied, smooth and crisp
O: I'm not sure why this is rated so poorly overall. It lacks complexity but is much better than any macro lager I've had; I'd be happy with one of these any time

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 22:56:22 | More by ONUMello
Photo of Ron860

New Jersey

2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Don't drink this one too often but a decent deal for the $5.99/6 price! Yuengling is one of my good 'ol' American go-to beers if I happen to find it in a supermarket of 'non-interesting' beers while traveling.

Pale amber-yellow, light carbonation, Decent head - about 15 mm - and a decent amount of lacing left around the entire glass as well (had this one in a pilsner glass)

Has a light hoppy aroma with some malt. Can even notice a mixture of some grass and floral elements. No metals are noticeable.

Can't really fit this one with any particular style, although it claims to be an ale. I can definitely taste the hops and it is a little on the dry side. Nothing really offensive stands out. Tastes like a Yuengling!

The ale starts out smooth with a course finish. However, it is drinkable and I could easily quaff a few down while barbecuing outside on a hot summer's day.

Overall comment:
This ale tends to have a certain uniqueness to it that satisfies the curiosity without leaving you broke. I truly don't find it to be all that bad... just different. This is probably because it doesn't really fit the style very well but it does get the job done! What can I say? Try it.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2014 22:20:11 | More by Ron860
Photo of Bouleboubier


2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

(on tap at Tap Room on 19th, South Philly - served in a shaker pint)

Not sure what they're trying to accomplish with this one.

They honestly can't throw another bucket of finishing hops in? If it was a bit hoppier (nose and flavor), you might have something decent here - not that it's awful - it just seems carelessly made. There seems to be the proper bitterness, but also a mildly-astringent, dirty-husk spine to it that blurred out what tasty pale malt flavor there may have been.

I hate to make the comparison (apologies to the latter), but this reminds me of Yards Phila Pale Ale, de-hopped. The ultra-light, yellowish color of the liquid with the foamy white suds atop. Almost had a bit of head retention - less than perfectly clean glass had something to do with it? How can I complain - $2 happy hour draft? - got my money's worth.

Hard to say what it smells like - dried tall grass, dry 2-row, and pennies? Seriously, they could easily enhance the quality of this beer with little effort or damage to their wallets. It drank crisp and satisfying enough, but with just enough sucking-on-a-penny tang to make you wanna perhaps see what else is on the draft list. I did briefly consider having another...

Had to have this, though. Rarely see it on tap in the city. Better than in the bottle by a few notches.

Serving type: on-tap

03-27-2014 03:10:16 | More by Bouleboubier
Photo of utopiajane

New York

2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

This pours a light straw gold with a fat head of foam that fell slowly enough and left spots of lace. Nose is faint. Hardly any nose at all until it warms a bit and then you have faint grain, a touch of sweetness and a bit of grass. A faint lemon shows up late. Body is thin and watery but is' well carbonated and has a nice bite. The flavors are a bit husky and while they do not really excite they do fill up the palate. The lemon has a bit of tartness and a spritzy like character on the palate. There is a touch of buttery diacetyl that keeps this from finishing crisp and dry and leaves a bit of slickness that lingers a bit before it dries out eventually. Also a hint of cooked vegetable, green beans in the aftertaste .Also some sour in the aftertaste.

It has a bit of pepper in the very last moments of the aftertaste and I like the lager much better.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2014 14:58:50 | More by utopiajane
Photo of raznug


3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: This ale pours a golden color and is topped with 1” of white head that tends to hang around quite a while.
Smell: Lord Chesterfield smells like a blend of malt and yeast with maybe a small amount of hops in background but not sure about that.
Taste: This beer has a nice malt base with a clean finish that makes for a taste that is better than I expected, but its not the pale ale that I was expecting the style to be.
Mouthfeel: This is a light bodied beer with a clean and crisp finish that has me surprised.

Serving type: bottle

12-22-2013 21:39:40 | More by raznug
Photo of justintcoons


3.01/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a shaker pint.

Pale gold with 1-2 fingers of white frothy head. Excellent clarity with low-moderate carbonation.

Bread and caramel.

Bread and caramel.

Medium-light bodied and clean.

Certainly not an American Pale Ale. There is absolutely no hop presence.

This kind of just tastes like regular old Yuengling with an Ale yeast strain.

Not offensive but fairly boring.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2013 17:14:00 | More by justintcoons
Photo of yuenglingfan101


1.95/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

this is the worst i have had from Yuengling. Green bottle that equals smells skunky and tastes skunky. Looks too pale but overall it goes down decent but not smooth. kinda disappointed in this beer. i had this beer several times as part a v-pak. Honestly i tried the v-pak when my brother in law bought if for me and i like all the other beers but especially black and tan and 4 years later black and tan remains my favorite and Lord Chesterfield ale the worst

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 18:11:44 | More by yuenglingfan101
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from green bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden color with a two finger billowy white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time to leave a good level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – As may be expected from a green bottle, the brew has a bit of a skunky aroma. Along with the skunk are some aromas of a grainy nature as well as some smells of corn.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy and corny taste. While corny, the taste is not too sweet, but on the moderate side. The grain smooth’s out taking on a more bready flavor as the taste advances. Along with the transition of the grain to bread, there is also an increase in the hop, which too this point were very minimal. A bit of a grassy and herbal nature as well as a little bit of a hay like flavor are all present at the end leaving a lightly hopped, moderately sweet and smooth bready flavor, with only a hint of skunk flavor, to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is on the average to slightly creamier side for the abv and the style with a carbonation level that is on the slightly lower side. Both were decent for the brew, but nothing too exceptional.

Overall – Not the best brew out there, but if it wasn't in a green glass bottle it likely would have been slightly better due to lack of any “skunk”. It was sort of a Heineken/Yuengling hybrid. Easy drinking but nothing too great.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 01:15:54 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of taylor714914


2.49/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Meh, Wanted to try it but not quite what i was expecting.

Pours with no head. Piss yellow color.

Smells kind of like canned corn and a little but of sweetness.

Tastes sweet with some corn adjunct going on and minimal hops.

Mouthfeel is super carbonated. Waaay to much.

Avoid. Period.

Serving type: bottle

08-02-2013 01:48:09 | More by taylor714914
Photo of RonaldTheriot


4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale has a thick, white head, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, with some lacing left behind. The aroma is of funky, lightly-toasted barley, with a background of hop essence. Taste is of light, pale malt, subtle fruit, and sweetness, with a fairly strong piney hop back flavor. Mouthfeel is light to medium and a bit slick, and Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and ultra drinkable. Overall, for a mass-produced, popular-priced beer, this is excellent. I'm really happy that I picked it up.


Serving type: bottle

07-11-2013 13:43:48 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of tdm168

North Carolina

2.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A - see through, pale, gold with a thin, fizzy, white head that fades in an instant

S - musty, faint grass, faint citrus

T - almost no flavor on the front end, but then there is a very bitter finish; there are some hints of citrus throughout if you look hard enough

M - medium bodied, very crisp, over carbonated

Well, this certainly isn't the best pale ale out there. It could definitely use a boost of flavor. It's also over carbonated which make it lighter than it should be. Overall, I'm not disappointed that I tried this, but I won't be buying it again.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2013 00:28:26 | More by tdm168
Photo of beergoot


3.63/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Imbibed at the Yuengling Bar in Concourse A of Cleveland-Hopkins airport.

The beer arrived with a slightly hazy, dark yellow body with a thin yet creamy white head. The aroma came across with a deep, soft malt nose. The taste was malty with hints of esters; smooth and balanced hop bitterness throughout; subsequent sips reinforced and warm and nutty grain flavor overall. The body seemed light to medium-light overall; clean, crisp, dry.

I found this beer to be a solid beer all around and much better than I recall from the bottled version. Better than average and worth a try.

Serving type: on-tap

01-22-2013 16:28:33 | More by beergoot
Photo of Sipchue


3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Green bottle. Very nice color, nice bubbling carbonation with a clean white head that fades quickly but with nice lacing. The nose is just okay. Tastes and feels rather thin, although I do like what Yuengling did with the hops. That being said, it bears little to no resemblance to the other APA's out there. Costs less, tastes that way.

Serving type: bottle

12-31-2012 00:47:41 | More by Sipchue
Photo of stephenjmoore


2.7/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

A- Fizzy, transparent, pale golden colored body with a frothy bone white head.

S- Some grains come through with almost no hop presence to speak of.

T- Almost tastes like an old watered-down IPA. All that comes through for me are grainy flavors along with a slight sweetness.

M- High carbonation, light bodied, very crisp and easy to drink.

O- Not sure how this fell into the APA category. Not a terrible beer, but below average compared to most APAs.

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2012 01:48:25 | More by stephenjmoore
Photo of keeganfrank


2.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Golden beer with a bubbly head and tons of carbonation. Has a pleasantly sweet, citrusy aroma with faint notes of biscuit. The flavor comes across as having been watered down but consists of bitter citrus rind and something like lime seltzer. Lord Chesterfield has one of my favorite labels but, unfortunately, you can't just a brew by its cover.

Serving type: can

09-22-2012 13:30:09 | More by keeganfrank
Photo of beertunes


3.2/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. Poured a clean, clear golden yellow color with an inch of white head that had OK retention and very light lacing.

The aroma was mostly grains and corn with a bit of sweetness and just a light touch of hops.The flavors were the same balanced blend. It seems like the can helps, I've had this beer in green bottles before and there was a skunkiness that's not here in this serving.

The body was thin but clean. Drinkability was good, these go down quick and easy. Overall, an OK beer for what it is. A nice little change of pace. Worth trying if you see it, not worth a big effort to get.

Serving type: can

08-11-2012 18:43:33 | More by beertunes
Photo of GregBlatz


2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Light golden in color. Appears to be heavily carbonated. Head is thin and whispy. Settles quickly and slightly laces the glass.

S - Cereal grains and a light estery fruitiness. Very subdued other than the grains. A little metallic and skunky. Reminiscent of a german pils although this is an ale..

T - OK, the ale is coming through here. More malty than I expected though again restrained. A nice hop bitterness is present and lends a crisp and dry finish. A very subtle caramel from modified malts is peeking into the glass. Hops are of a noble variety rather than typical American. Very earthy and subtle hop flavor.

M - Aggressively carbonated. Mouthfeel is light but not as light as I expected.

O - I started with low expectation and came away a little impressed. This looks like any American Macro Pilsner but there is definitely more here than that. This might be a great 6 pack to knock down while playing some garage poker. A crisp bitter finish makes you want to really knock them back.

Serving type: bottle

07-31-2012 00:21:27 | More by GregBlatz
Photo of kylehay2004


2.6/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: a single finger frothy white head on a cloudy golden with crimson hues body.

S: musty pale malts and grains, more adjunct lager like than APA.

T: more pale malts and grains. musty with a bit of funk and a bit earthy.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not really an APA. Not off putting, tolerable but not very flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 23:22:19 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of smakawhat


2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A very sudsy but in control white head, with lots of large bubbles, but some very good staying power if falling slowly. A very pale amber body, almost yellow kind of even green but fairly clear too with some slow rising carbonation. Looks almost like a macro lager but not quite, not too bad here but probably the lightest pale ale I've seen to date.

Nose is an interesting grainy smell, herbal lime tea and hop sensation. Kind of sweet too, with a faint crisp malt sense. Different, interesting.

On the palate though this really dissapoints. Seltzery body and a big blast mostly of carbon dioxide like gas. Extremely wet, faint grainy malts and a not fun astringent finish. Some sense of herbal citrus sweetness on the finish but hard to get through the gaseousness of it.

Overall I was expecting this to be a lot better after having smelled it, but it was quite disappointing. I can't see myself having this or wanting to drink another again.

Serving type: bottle

05-18-2012 00:09:58 | More by smakawhat
Photo of boilermakerbrew


2.78/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well, I had high hopes for this one from Yuengling considering it a legitimate style, but it disappoints. Smells like a Heineken right off the bat. Pretty skunky and lots of rice and corn in there too. Appearance is straw yellow like an adjunct lager with little to no head or lacing.

Tastes pretty much like a Heineken too. Very light in flavor with the only detectable flavors being the cereal grains. Slight skunky flavor similar to a German or Czech pils. Very misleading for an APA, and it is probably mislabeled. Mouthfeel is light and watery.

Overall, not a great beer, but if it's real hot out and you get this brew really, really cold, it wouldn't be too bad.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2012 01:29:28 | More by boilermakerbrew
Photo of kdawg105


2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its Alright. Very basic of ales. Poured into cup nothing more than expected smell very light hardly noticeable. Taste not much to say here except maybe a tad skunky and a bit watery at the same time. Anyway would not go out my way to try one. If someone gave me one I would not turn it down but I would not go out and purchase this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-15-2012 22:21:45 | More by kdawg105
Photo of CowsCanBark


3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this at a party, and drank it straight from the bottle. Recorded the beer quality on shitty ass 2006 cell phone.

Appearance: While I was drinking straight from the bottle, I did, however, pour a bit of it down the drain of a sink, and noticed a golden color. Can't comment on the head, though, and the lacing on the inside of the bottle was ok.

Smell: Actually hoppy, but more piney than citrusy. A very slight malt/caramel hint.

Taste: Pretty balanced taste of very light malts and hops, a bit of indiscernible spice, and that signature Yuengling metallic tinge.

Mouthfeel: Light body and high carbonation, easy drinker, chugged it down in no time.

Overall: A decent beer that's very similar to Yuengling traditional, just a bit more hopped up.

Serving type: bottle

02-13-2012 23:10:46 | More by CowsCanBark
Photo of Boto


3.23/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle: This one pours a clear, straw yellow color. There was a bit of a white head on it that doesn’t linger long or leave much lacing. Aroma is OK. Bit of an earthy corn aroma with light malts. Taste is OK. Some malts and corn, a hint of lemon, and a touch of bitterness. Not great, but not bad either.

Serving type: bottle

02-05-2012 22:55:35 | More by Boto
Photo of WoodBrew


3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

During a recent trip to Ohio I had a chance to try the Lord Chesterfield. This beer seemed more like an English Pale than an American. Pours golded with a thick white foamy head, smell is wheaty. Taste is grassy and wattery. Mouthfeel is pretty boring. Overall it is pretty easy to down but so boring you won't want another glass.

Serving type: bottle

01-22-2012 15:04:54 | More by WoodBrew
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Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 653 ratings.