Lord Chesterfield Ale - Yuengling Brewery

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Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale

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815 Ratings

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Ratings: 815
Reviews: 296
rAvg: 2.92
pDev: 22.6%
Wants: 17
Gots: 81 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

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

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Ratings: 815 | Reviews: 296
Reviews by Finn:
Photo of Finn
3.68/5  rDev +26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

crisp, apple-like aroma, with a hint of metallic something or other in there. It has the quintessential "beer" smell, like a cheap cream ale or something. It's a very pale yellow with a hint nice white foam lingering on the surface. Sweet malts, light candy in the front gets balanced in the middle by a nice bit of hops, though by no means a "hoppy" beer by APA standards. The finish sweetens up again, but not in a cloying way. There is also a slightly fruity flavor throughout. Very drinkable. Smooth, medium mouthfeel. I think this beer is great when on a budget, and heck, even when you just want something easy-drinking that won't blast your taste buds off. This is definitely a great alternative to bud or the like. This beer really seems more like a cream ale though than a APA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Todd
2.18/5  rDev -25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear, bright golden/yellow with a tight, thin, creamy laced head.

Soft sweet tea-like aroma, and very clean.

Smooth, tighly carbonated mouthfeel. Little malt flavour or sweetness. Thin, faint, bready/fruity character, but it gets lost in the overall blandness of this beer. Way too tannic and unpleasant on the palate. Very dry and unexciting entering the finish.

Blah. Next beer ...

Photo of generallee
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no other info.

Appearance: It has a light golden amber body with good clarity and some visible carbonation. From the pour I got a light, just off white head of soapy big bubbles. This fades out quickly leaving just a thin lacy ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is light and thin. I can only pick up a slight cereal and mild grain scent.

Taste/Palate: Its light bodied and simple like the aroma it has a thin cereal grain flavor with a very light touch of lemony citrus hops. These hops add a very light bitterness and acidity. Under all this there is a slight light-struck (skunk) presence.

Notes: This is a one and done for me. I am a fan of Yuengling but this was a bit of a let down for me.

Photo of Jason
2.64/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green twist off long neck bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light yellow blonde colour with a bubbly white lace that gives a decent lacing effect down the glass.

Smell: There is barely any aroma at all, blurred grain and that is about it.

Taste: Smooth carbonation with a light to moderate body, watery malt flavour throughout with some undertones of grain husk. Clean processed hop bitterness keeps things in balance. Very slight apple like fruitiness in the middle, quick clean and dry finish.

Notes: Lackluster and bland, goes down easy like an American Macro Lager with only one weak resemblance of an ale through the fruitiness. This beer does nothing for me other than quench my thirst with minimal flavour.

Photo of merlin48
2.29/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've had a few, fresh Yuenglings, on tap, with some Pennsylvania friends, but I've never tried this "APA". This Lord pours a clear, tawny yellow body, with an offwhite head that falls flat in less than a minute. A few patches of lace are left on the glass, but the appearance isn't impressive.

Aroma is semi-skunky, with some Euro-skunk hops. Kayo's corn syrup provides a not so pleasant malt backbone. Adjuncts seem present.

Mouthfeel is the forte of this one. A mild hops bite, and active carbonation are the salvation of this aspect of this brew.

The taste is, simply, unremarkable. Actually, it's kinda bad. Corn syrup adjuncts, and skunky hops seem to be what you have here.

I'm not familiar with Lord Chesterfield, but I doubt if he was a brewer. I'm reluctant to trash a beer, and Yuengling's is an excellent, regional brewery, but they need to work on this one.

Photo of Mora2000
2.16/5  rDev -26%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of skunky malt. Why, oh why must beers be bottled in green bottles? The flavor is also very heavy on the skunk, with a little bit of grass mixed in from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A skunky mess that I would avoid until they learn that green bottles are bad for beer.

Photo of kingcrowing
3/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very clear and slightly hazy yellow with a small thin white head. Nose is fairly lager-like with some light frutiness.

Taste is quite good, has a light hoppiness to with a decent malt backbone. It's pretty light and crisp, easy to drink. Better than their traditional lager or Black & Tan

Photo of dogfishandi
3.01/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can around fridge temp poured into pint glass. no freshness date but my father came home with a case of this fresh from the pennslyvania brewery so im sure its fresh.

pours a super clear pale straw yellow color with a nice big white head that settled to some patchy foam. lots of nice sticky lace. nasty color, but a pretty nice head.

hardly an aroma. some light grainy malts and a touch of an herbal aroma, from the hops?

grainy malt sweetness, herbal/floral hops with just a slight slight hop bitterness in the finish, a little lemon citrus like flavor. has some lager like funk, but this is an ale?

very light body, a little too much carbonation.

drinkability is nice, but id prolly rather have some of the traditional lager than this. even that seems to have a little more of a hop bite than this pale ale. just not much of a pale ale, but this is a solid brewery none the less and needs to be respected.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appears a golden slightly hazy tone with a white fizzy head to complement the beer and it forms a decent lace as the glass empties. Aroma is very faint with some grain and a hint of hops, but overall very mild not much going on. The taste is easy drinking goes down smooth a slight hop character bringing some hop bitterness and a mild adjunct ridden sweetness. This is probably the worst of the Yuengling line up, not horrible just so much of everything is lacking. Mouthfeel is very thin a lighter bodied beer with a decent carbonation, but nothing exciting to report. The drinkability is I won't pass one down for free but for 2.50 a bottle I will try something else next time and that's the bottom line.

Photo of rhoadsrage
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

(Served in a strange)

A- This beer has a crystal clear body with a hue of golden yellow and a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a thin snow white head that last for a bit and fades to a cloud in the middle.

S- The smell is very clean with a hint of green noble hops and a faint pale malt.

T- The taste has a slight sweetness to the pale malt flavor that gives it a nice freshness. There is a finish of soft hop bitterness that has some depth to it. There is a very faint hint of some light toasted note in the background.

M- There is a very slight creamy note to the light body that gives it a nice mouthfeel.

D- This beer is light but does have some good freshness malt qualities and the hops have some depth for as light as the flavor and taste.

Photo of pwoods
1.4/5  rDev -52.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

12oz. green bottle, twist top. Brought back fresh thanks to the P's vaca. Poured into a pint.

A: Pale amber color bordering on yellow. 1 1/2 finger white fizzy head with no retention or lacing.

S: Grassy and funky/skunky hops. Grainy malts behind this.

T/M: Very skunky hops. Some astringent acidity that I guess is supposed to be citrus American hops. Raw, grainy malts, probably adjuncts. Body is far too light and carbonation is far too strong.

D: Too nasty to drink. Drain pour.

Photo of anthonymac22
3.25/5  rDev +11.3%

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.

Photo of SetarconeX
2.46/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Let's not mince words with this one. It's a piss poor color. The head just screams artificiality.

Smellwise, this one's particularly distinct. Oddly sweet acidic scent, with something that smells vaguely like mint without actually being mint. The only thing I've ever smelled that's anything remotely like it is Peroni.

As far as taste, it's bland, watery, and overall weak. There's a hop in there somewhere, and it wants to come to the surface, but before it manages to make it, the poor hop dies of leprosy. Only a slight artificial sweetness on top of a distinct corn flavor makes the beer drinkable. Luckily, I like my brews a bit on the sweet side.

Rather a lousy brew, but oddly addictive if you give it a chance. Probably as close as you can get to being a crappy mass produced pilsner, while still in reality being an ale. Give it to your frat-friends, this might be the extent of their desire for something unusual.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.04/5  rDev +4.1%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
1.93/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

My wife and I split a case of this in college during a roughly three-hour card game madness that could only be described as love-affirming...revisiting this brew (and recalling we swore to never drink it again) against my better judgement, here goes...clear golden (borderline on urine) body with little bubble...inch-plus thichk bubbly head that softly leaves little, uneven tracings--an ale? Yeasy soapiness intrudes the nose...doughy strains elicit the thoughts of cleaning products...a flat astringency tops a light to medium body--not impressive for an ale named after Johnson's refuser...initial taste of metallic tinge swiftly leaves behind a yeasty residue, slipping through the senses without an impression...I wish my wife and I were wrong, but whether one or twenty-four, Yuengling missed the boat here...not an ale at all, really...like most Yuengling products, German in descent and lagerish in its genetics

Photo of thefireman
3.4/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had one of these for the first time in a while. Pours yellow with a decent head that goes quickly. Very drinkable with a hint of hops. Used to be a real session beer, especially when mixed with porter.While not in the catagory of the micros, I still like to drink occasionally. Used to be real cheap. In fact, many didn't even know it was brewed by Yuengling.

Photo of emsroth
3.36/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle

App: Small half finger head with a decent pour. True gold color. Leaves a decent lace.

Smell: Standard barley malt smell that comes with premium beers. A hint of caramel. Very little hop aroma

Taste: A slight bit of malt up front, but the taste is dominated by the grassy hops. Ends with a crisp, refreshing bitterness.

Light, crisp, highly carbonated mouthfeel: perfect for summer. Medium body. A highly drinkable "ale."

Notes: I'm not sure if APA is an apt description of the style. Literally, it matches, but this seems much more like an american lager that has been hopped and ale brewed or an ale-like pilsener.

The choice between this one and the traditional lager is often tough for me. This beer is a nice change of pace when seeking the lighter brews. One of the few cheapies that offers a nice hoppy bite.

Despite the rating I gave it (purely scientific), this beer has got a special place in my heart and is one of my go-to beers.

Photo of tdm168
2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of mempath
4.57/5  rDev +56.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

well, finances this week made me go even lower...so a case of LC in cans (!) was purchased...

but quite the surprise...

appearance is same as the bottle...above average...a little lacing...quickly dissipating head...nice flax tint

smell is oddly quite floral in terms of 'bouquet' in that i am catching combinations of things that i can't quite point out but the fusion creates a singular nice sour punch with no hint of sweet maltiness. actually there is a sense of eucalyptus when i try again. menthol. but totally impregnated with yeastiness, thus a really nice unexpected balance. can?

taste: even out of the can, these were excellent. no aluminal tones. but i poured most of these in a hefty pub pint and this really beat the bottle. which, when i reviewed, was obviously fresh and yet-skunked by the green glass. maybe the opaque cans helped here? i get a classic british pale ale bitterness but it's more pronounced and pleasant than the Saranac Pale. this is, of course, no IPA, but for what it is attempting to be (label is a colonial hint), this is an american british pa...from PA! this actually is becoming my favorite Yueungling...barely a hint of sweetness but that is overriden by the bitterness. perfectly carbonated and no sense of thinness. almost chewy. not even CLOSE to being 'watery'...

what is amazing is that this entire case (this is the last can) was consistent and so very drinkable through the week. didn't take long to plow through this, but i usually get TIRED of the same thing...usually around bottle or can number 8....this is number 24 and i wish i had more. i hope this case wasn't a fluke. i don't think it was.

probably one of the great 'bargains' out there. but still can beer is can beer. so give it respect and pour it in your favorite glassware. it is more than worthy.

no fluke. this is the best quality brew from Y

UPDATE 2: it still is

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lord Chesterfield Ale (it's actually a lager) pours a straw-gold body beneath a creamy head of bright white froth that holds well and even leaves some rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose expresses light, grainy malt and citrusy hops (it's made with 100% Cascades!). In the mouth it's crisp, with a medium-light body and standard carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with its grainy malt deliciously accented by its citrusy and grassy hops. It's balanced by a firm bitterness, and it finishes dry with some lingering notes of grainy/hay-like malt and citrusy/grassy hops. It's Yuengling's best beer in my opinion (but also their slowest seller); and it's beer like it used to be!

Photo of ElGordo
2.35/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a huge foamy head that at least subsides quickly, and surprisingly leaves some nice lace on the glass. Oh wait, I'm sorry, that's not lace, it's just sticky foam. Aroma of cornflakes and that's about it. Very foamy mouthfeel. Palate holds a very slight hop bitterness to temper the adjunct grain taste that pervades this beer. Truthfully, I had the first two of this sixer out of the bottle and it was much better. Another bottle of the six was completely skunked and will be returned to the store tomorrow. So, aside from lack of quality control, I still can't really recommend this one.

Photo of bamojr
3.7/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light golden yellow pour with fluffy white head which held longer than I thought it would reading other peoples reviews. Smells very skunky like a Heineken. I have always heard that green bottle beware, I generally try to not listen to those phobias but I'm starting to think that it is true that most beers that come in green bottles are skunked. Don't get me wrong, I am not opposed to a little skunk I think it can add good qualities to a brew. The taste got me on this one, after that smell I was expecting the worst but was instead greeted by a nice strong hop flavor with some sweet malt to back it and that skunk smell carried through with a nice finish. For as sweet as this beer is I am surprised that it has such a bitter quality to it.

I must say that after reading a few reviews before opening the cap I was worried I was in for a beer I wouldn't like but was presently surprised by a what I think is a decent brew and is on par with the rest of the yuengling collection which I always enjoy.

Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev +4.5%
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.

Photo of rmolledo
2.66/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Gold Bar yellow and Suspiciously clear. tiny white head around rim of the glass.

S: The yeast punches you in the face. some toasty malt aromas. faint hops.

T: twangily yeasty. bready/toasty malts. No hop character detected. Very dry finish.

MF: moderate/high carbonation. Dry finish. watery.

D: I give it a good drinkability score on the count that it's easy going for an almost 6% ABV ale. Nothing offensive except that stereotypical yeasty cheap beer aroma and flavor.

Photo of cjgator3
3.18/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours an orangish golden yellow color with an off-white head.

S- The aroma is a touch of malt with some fruity esters and a touch of hops. Not overly complex but the aroma gets the job done.

T- The taste like the aroma is fruity malts up front with a touch of hops in the finish.

M- The mouthfeel is light bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, not a bad beer but not something I would likely purchase again.

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Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 815 ratings.