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Lord Chesterfield Ale | Yuengling Brewery

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Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a very light golden color. The head was fairly thick. There is little nose to this beer. The Taste is fairly skunky. This beer is not any step up from BMC.

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Photo of MorbidPenguin
5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, Look, Smell and Feel is a joke. Beer is just a drink that gets you drunk. Taste is all that matters. So called "beer experts" are a joke. Everyone has different tastes and no so called "beer expert" can tell you what is good or bad. "Beer experts" should call themselves "people that like beer and think their opinions matter." Anyways, Lord Chesterfield is great! I created this account because I couldn't believe the low score. Don't listen to all these beer snobs giving it a low score. This beer is cheap and good. Everyone I get to try it says they love it. Give this beer a chance. I believe you will be shocked at the low score as well.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin cap; very little lacing;

S: corn, a little skunkiness, a little pilsner malt;

T: corn for a moment, then pilsner malt through the finish; a little skunky in the background; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: definitely not something I would choose again;

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Photo of DuvelMeister
4.51/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow-light amber. Smells of wonderful noble, slightly pungent, floral hops - thinking Saaz or Tettnang. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a moderately dry finish. Overall, the flavor is balanced, leaning toward hoppy. If tasting blind, I would probably guess this to be a Pilsner; reminiscent of the old school "Bushwick"-style beers you might have a snuck a sip of when you were a kid. The only issue I have is that they call this an ale. If you're expecting a modern American pale ale, you might be disappointed - which probably accounts for many of the negative reviews here. Since little specifics are given about the recipe and process, it's a guessing game, but I'm quite sure some lagering techniques were used, perhaps including the use of a lager yeast. Otherwise, it's a great everyday beer that I wouldn't mind stocking my fridge with.

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Photo of NickTrop
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Occasionally the Bros. get it wrong. That's the case here. Perhaps theirs was overly skunkified due to the green bottles? Dunno. Try it in cans if you can -- or draft. Brewed in the same brewery in Pottstown, PA using the same recipe since 1829, pre-Civil War era iirc. Not that history and "coolness factor" has anything to do with taste? But in this case I'll acquiesce... this is a cool brew, a "taste of history". I'd call this a "bulk tavern ale", and there's nothing wrong with that. I can envision a factory worker wandering into a tavern on a cold night after a long, hard day in 1843 and being served up a Chetty. Easy drinkin' a touch of noticeable hops, has a mild floral note to me, perhaps. Kinda "lager-y" too? I think I heard this being referred to as is a "bastard ale" that uses some lager techniques or lager yeast -- but don't quote. Regardless, a very solid brew and a great bargain. Because $12 exotic brews have their place? But that can get expensive, and sometimes you just want a simple, easy-drinkin' ale. Nothin' fancy. Try to find this in cans.

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Photo of BranfordBound
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Drinking from a green 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on Friday. Comes out very clear, straw colored, with a fizzy head that expires without leaving lacing. Pale Ale? I'm a bit worried. Aroma is adjunct malt, sweetness, grain, skunk (thanks green bottle). Taste is a wave of sweetness from the cracker malts and adjuncts, there's a big grainy DMS note in the middle, finish is a bit dry, bitter, skunky. Feel is bubbly on the tongue, light in the stomach, easy to drink if it weren't for the flavor. By far the worst beer I've had from Yuengling. I'm wondering if the decent reviews come from the can, even if we subtract the skunk this is still a bad Pale Ale.

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Photo of JackJennifer
5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the internet, and it is serious business.

A lot of hate for this beer, but look, it's cheap, and a lot of really pretentious people wanna hate. I get it. It's cool to call out a $9 six-pack on its lack of character. For everybody else, enjoy a mildly hoppy brew from a really great and old brewery.

So by all means, check out other beers.The Lord is solid, won't do you wrong, and it won't hurt you. But it can be your friend, if you look it in the eye, and don't blink. Drink this beer. 10/10 would drink again, often.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can marked 5106121214 at 42 degrees in to snifter
Aroma of grain some piney hops, doesn’t last
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing excellent – wide rings of curtains
Body straw yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor – not much, faint wet grain ending with a slight hop bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 2.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of ryan1788a5
1.95/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color.mexcellent clarity. Bubbly white head retains well and leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

S: Thin cereal grains, hollow hops, and a quick whiff of pear. Lightly skunky.

T: Grainy. Earthy hops. Lights truck skunky flavor, but otherwise clean. Gritty hops and grain on the finish.

M: Light bodied and crisply carbonated. Hop astringency is gritty and unpleasant in such a light body.

O: This is pretty terrible. It is lightstruck, but even still I can't imagine this being very good. It drinks more like a macro lager than any pale ale I've ever had, and the little extra hops that it does have just make it gritty and unpleasant. No need to spend time or money on this beer. Just skip it.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear gold body, nice white head. Aromas of grain, pale malt, slight hop note. Clean albiet subtle nose. Flavor is cereal grain, malt, quick zip of a floral hop. Finished extremely clean. Great mouth feel. Easy drinking. Have not had this beer in a long time and for the price, this is just a refreshing crisp beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

L - bright gold color; very clear hue; good amount of head

A - malt characters up front with subtle hops intertwined. Light on the nose

T - strong malt flavor with subtle bitterness at the end. Not overpowering and light in taste. Basic bitterness, nothing citrus or pine

F - has the feel of a pale ale. Easy to drink, not so much of a slow sipper.

O - BA has this as a pale ale, but it is more or less a golden ale. It's a cheap beer so it'll taste cheap. Always have respect for Yuengling and what they do.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a can glass. Pours orange with small white head. Smells of cereal grain with very slight hoppiness. Tastes of grain and slight hop spiciness. Beer is light bodied and a little watery. Overall, an average beer.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
3.77/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, sought this out for a while. Not available in Wi, I picked his up in Dayton, Oh. Nice old school label. I've liked all the styles Yuengling produces, lets check this out.

Poured into a old english ale style mug. Poured a nice deep gold. Lacing clings. the aroma, well, skunky, like a foriegn brew. Slight metallic, not promising.

Taste, bitter, dry, hops, all in one shot. Slighty metallic, but refreshing. A mild hoppy session ale. This could be the all day ale for this lager man. I like this one! Great for a hot day. Similar to the S.N. pale ale takin down a couple notches. Something about the dryness makes this a real thirst quencher. Consistent to the last drop. No sweetness. Wonder what this is like on tap. Dang, gonna have to make a trip back out east.

All hail Lord Chesterfield.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This actually drinks alot like a Heineken to me. Super skunky, although crisp and refeshing. More lager-like than ale. This would go great with some popcorn. Still doesn't beat Traditional Lager, which is Yuengling's best offering.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.04/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a clear, golden, copper color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into a thin lacing of foam that almost completely covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very aromatic with lots of bready, toasted malt aromas, co-mingled with lots of corn and rice-like adjunct aromas, which imparts some slightly vinegary aromas.

Taste: Very similar, if not exactly like the aroma. Bready, toasted malt flavors up front, followed by lots of corn and rice-like adjunct flavors, which gives the beer a slight vinegar-like taste. There is some caramel-like sweetness as well, and a touch of floral, piney, hoppy bitterness at the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium to medium/thin and pretty effervescent as there is quite a bit of carbonation on the palate. With an ABV of 5.4%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: Like all of Yuengling’ s beers, this one is an ok, inoffensive, easy to drink, but totally forgettable beer. Better than a BMC beer, but there are some may other better beers out there. In fact I’d much rather have a Yuengling Traditional Lager over this one, and I’d certainly much rather have a Yuengling Porter or Oktoberfest over this one.

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Photo of orangemoustache
1.48/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Drinking this from the bottle because I've poured it in a mug and it does it NO favors. It all starts with the green bottle(I should have known this was going to be unimpressive). Its golden with a thin white head that is lackluster at best. A little lace is surprising. Smells like wet straw. This beer is so thin and has a harshly carbonated feel that just isn't appealing to the tongue. Tastes like Alka-seltzer. This beer is funky with a horrible after taste. When it warms it gets remarkably worse. Pass on this one.

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Photo of 57md
3.37/5  rDev +14.2%

Straw colored. Light bodied. Crisp and clean with a dry hoppy finish.

This offering is not a true pale ale but it is definitely a couple steps above the average AAL.

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Photo of clh323
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This ale has been around a long time. It's the brew I used to break in my girlfriend to the taste of more hops than the standard domestics she liked when she chose beer over wine. She graduated and is now the Queen of Hoppy. (Now I'm working to get her off that and onto more complex stuff).

You don't buy Chetty Ale instead of a nice craft Pale Ale, IPA or Belgium. You buy Chetty instead of Budweiser.

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Photo of martinlebrun
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

A. Slightly cloudy golden, off-white head
S. Slightly "bread-like" yeasty smell
T. More of a Pilsner lager flavor than an ale
M. Well rounded, pleasant if "glassy" aftertaste
O. Suggest you do a blind taste test of this vs. a (cheap) European Pilsner - you may be surprised at the results. Forget the reputation, this is a good beer for an American large producer.

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Photo of car2052
3.88/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12 oz. bottle to pint glass

A: Clear, Deep Golden, Small off-white head.
S: Smell of their traditional lager with a bit more hops.
T: The hops aren't as much of a piney, citrus flavor as they have more of a spicy flavor. Probably of the noble variety. The hops are very light. Toasted malt also peeks through.
M: Light, slightly creamy. Crisp finish and high drinkability.
O: A decent offering by Yuengling, and a decent bang for your buck at $7 a sixer. If you want to buy a cheap beer for a night out with some friends, this would be good for that. If you want to give yourself a treat, save a couple more bucks and get a six-pack of something a bit better.

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Photo of rkyle87
4.75/5  rDev +61%

Can't beat this beer for the price, and I think it's the best beer yuengling makes. Golden in color, Decent amount of hoppiness to it for the abv's. Keeps it's head for a good amount of time. Leaves some lacing around the glass as well. Poured in my dogfish head glass to reveal all its hop character, and to maintain a head all the way through while drinking. Very drinkable. Like I said, for the price you can't beat it's flavor and character. Nothing wrong with this beer.

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Photo of DuaneL
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

For many years this was my beer of choice, nice n dry n hoppy, and economical - but that's before the Craft Beer Movement got going and now that I have tasted so, so many superb Pale Ales I would just not be able to go back to this one, sadly. (Feel like I'm letting down an old friend). The thing I mostly don't like about Chesterfield is it has a peculiar, not-too-great aftertaste.

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Photo of anthonymac22
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Picked up a 6 pack of bottles of this today...
Poured a nice big head that quickly dissipated leaving a thin little foam layer on top. The aroma gave off some very hoppy characteristics. The color is a very clear light gold with a lot of bubbles rising up.
Now the taste surprised me. I was honestly expecting nothing good from this due to the reviews on here. But man oh man, I think i found a new go to. It's a pretty strong brew at 5.4%, cheap in my area 9.99 for a 12 pack i think. The Traditional Lager is praised for its smooth sweetness, but Lord Chesterfield Ale packs a completely different and bitter bunch.
I'm giving it a 3.25 because it's much better than I expected, not the best thing in the world. But all things considered you get more than you pay for with this ale. May be my go-to budget brew for a few weeks.

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Photo of CabbageA19
3.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

For some reason I enjoy a cold, fresh Chestie.

Although classified as an APA to me it has qualities of a pilsner. I've drank this beer as my "everyday ale" for many years and would have to say most everyone else would agree with the Bros reviews.

I suggest staying away from the bottles and sticking with a very cold can.

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Photo of timgman
3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you can get over the cork sniffery and the weird mustard color, this is an ok beer.
kinda carby and a bit of corn in the flavor... but it has a grain body to it and there are certainly a bit of decent hops in there. I'm giving this an OK reveiw.... It isn't going to catch the beer world on fire...
It OK and I"m about to enjoy a second one... and yes I have some Omegang and bells withing reach...

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Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
69 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.