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Yuengling Premium Light Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Premium Light BeerYuengling Premium Light Beer

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BA SCORE
65
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292 Ratings
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Ratings: 292
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.73
pDev: 23.44%
Wants: 9
Gots: 22 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: Todd on 05-22-2002

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Ratings: 292 | Reviews: 58
Reviews by MusicaleMike:
Photo of MusicaleMike
1.73/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have been drinking such great beers recently that I thought it about time to bring my senses back into focus. I had a feeling that a cheap light lager would do the trick. I do not normally drink light lagers, because I believe that finding a really quality light lager that I would enjoy would be a difficult task. I believe equally that making a tasty light beer is a difficult task, considering that one of the main goals is to eliminate excessive calories, which is normally not a concern of the great brewers out there. So, I picked up two light beers (Bud Light for comparison) tonight and tried Yuengling Light Beer for the first time from a 12 oz. bottle, which I poured into a pilsener glass. No freshness date.

A: I was not impressed by the look of the beer. The straight up yellow body was capped by a medium-sized fizzy white head which dissipated almost instantly to a thin, thin lace at the edge of the beer. No lacework. To its credit however, it did display some attractive carbonation.

S: The smell is dominated by a cooked corn aroma. There is no chance of smelling hops in the bouquet. There is a somewhat faint buttery smell. The smell of this beer equals cheap ingredients in my mind.

T: I was surprised by how little flavor there is to this beer. Can one rate a beer's flavor if there is none? Honest to God, if you swallow this beer without letting it linger on the tongue, it feels like you are drinking shitty sparkling mineral water. If you do let it linger (which you may or may not regret), you will experience some light sourness and this astringent flavor. It seems impossible to find either malt or hop character in this drink.

M: The mouthfeel wouldn't have been so bad were it not for the awful stale feeling it leaves in the mouth after the swallow. Otherwise, the beer is light bodied with active fizzy carbonation.

D: Easy to drink? Not so much. I hated the "taste" (I think water has a lot more flavor) and I would never have a second one. It is not the styles fault...this was just a bad job. While I am wary about trying this again, I wonder if there was something wrong with the bottle, because I cannot explain why this beer gets such high ratings on BA.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Bought it for the wife and decided to have one of the six,pours a clear straw color with a decent head,the aroma is very iron-like with some grainy notes.The taste is crisp and very clean with a light malty biscuit flavor to it,very clean beer.Hey this is one of the better "light" bers out there not real good but would have at a family gathering over AB products any time.

Photo of OldFrothingSlosh
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Discovered amongst the cans of Yuengling at the in-laws' house this weekend. What the hell.....it's something different.

Poured a crystal clear bright yellow with a fairly fizzy white head that lasted for an adequate time on the surface. No lacing. Very tough to pick out any aroma (note the strange looks from the wife's relatives while I smell my beer...). What small amount of aroma I could get was mostly a raw, grainy smell. Taste was better than expected. Very clean and crisp. Flavor is on the subdued side, with only a slightly hoppy bitterness kicking in at the end. Mouthfeel is tolerable for a light beer. Drinkability is average, too. Not a bad offering from Yuengling.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow and it's very clear with a fluffy one finger white head.

Taste is Very plain and bland. It's not bad and a bit sweet but it's really plain and Nondescript. It has light and smooth mouthfeel and it's pretty damn easy to drink esp with such a low abv

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Compared to most light lagers this one drinks like a dream, a really great tasting light drinking beer. It's a lawnmower beer that you don't have to think about it's for hydrating and satisfying the beer craving. Appears a pale golden color with a light fizzy white head forms ample scattered lacing. Aroma has a light cereal note semi sweet with a touch of grassy hops in the background. Clean tasting flavor from front to back with a wimsy light malt biscuit background and a touch of grassy hops, I drank a good bit of this at my father in law's 50th birthday last year. It was hot outside and it just kept going down so smooth. Mouthfeel is light bodied carbonation a little too much pretty unnatural, crisp overall mouthfeel no metallic harshness. Drinkability is up there with the most drinkable brews in number, not that this one will fill your tastebuds with satisfaction as a starter beer these would make great training wheels.

Photo of dacrza1
2.03/5  rDev -25.6%

DATE TASTED: December 7, 2013... GLASSWARE: Michelob pilsner...OCCASION: Championship Saturday in the NCAA... APPEARANCE: typical straw-gold body of effervescence; white,, thin head that smears atop the bubbles; streaky lacing... AROMA: high-pitched oat and corn, with some fragrant bubblegum hops--inoffensive... PALATE: smooth, mega-drinkable; gassy, bubbly and brief in its substance...TASTE: astringently malty, thin, with a profile of a sweetened light beer; not memorable or substantial...OVERALL: as Yuenglings go, on the bottom rung; Solo cup filler, but much less a party staple than the original lager...

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A crystal-clear, light-straw colored body is topped by a decent sized head of creamy bright white foam. The retention is limited and it drops in size rather quickly; but surprisingly leaves some nice lace as it goes. The nose offers very little more than a generic "beer" character. The body is light and crisp on the tongue. Not unlike the aroma, the flavor offers very little. There's a delicate touch of malt and a backing bitterness, but nothing really stands out. It finishes as short and dry as it begins. It's not a bad light beer in comparison to many others, however, as it's clean and straightforward without any "odd" notes to it. It's simply watered down Yuengling Premium and that's fine. But for the 10 or so calories, I'd rather have the extra flavor in the standard version.

Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Got this one from WoodyChandler...

Pours a very fizzy straw color with 4+ fingers of pearl colored head. Below average head retention & even less lacing

S: Sweet bread, some grassyness

T: Slight soapyness, sweetness & light metallic hops up front. Cornyness, slight grassy hops & water as this warms, plus some dryness. Finishes fairly dry & grassy, somewhat crisp as well

MF: Light body, fairly firm carbonation, thins out a bit once warm

Drinks alright, nothing to get excited about, but nothing too nasty either. I could do 1 or 2 on a Summer's day if pressed...

Photo of nicholas2121
4.08/5  rDev +49.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Yuengling Premium Light Beer brewed by Yuengling Brewery, with an ABV of 3.50% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is nice with grains and malts. You pick up a hit of hops in this brew. Now for the taste, it is light, but bold with flavor. There is a lot going on in this light brew. The mouthfeel is nice, clean, and refreshing. There is nothing overpowering in Yuengling Premium Light Beer. This brew has a nice balance to it. Overall I'm going Yuengling Premium Light Beer a 4.25 out 5 I would buy this brew again.

Photo of edchicma
3.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium yellow..minimal head. Smell is faintly malty..a tad skunky. Taste is light syrupy malt. Mouthfeel is smooth and it goes down smoothly..to be expected for a light brew. Probably a good lawnmower beer, Definitely a brew to have with something salty.

Photo of tone77
2.71/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of, well, nothing. Taste is also missing for the most part, some gentle notes of malt and corn. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable, good for beer games. Overall this is a very mediocre light beer.

Photo of vacax
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interested to try this after trying the regular "Premium Beer." Pours pale straw with light cloudiness and over an inch of fizzy white head. Lots of bubbles coming up, but hardly any head retention. Smells of corn and a bit of plastic. Not too bad of a smell but sadly lacking all of the straw/grassy quality of the regular beer. Tastes of corn, grains, some plastic, though at least it does carry a more pronounced bitterness than most big name light lagers. Light bodied, fizzy but also nicely prickly on the mouthfeel. For a light lager this is okay.

Photo of plaid75
2.88/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a medium straw hue with a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and poor lacing.

The smell featured a bland boiled corn and light sweet syrup.

The taste was watery with a light corn and hop presence. Some husky grain. Decent doughy finish.

The mouthfeel was thin and carbonated.

Overall an uneventful light lager.

Photo of frank4sail
3.88/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pale yellow to gold color and very clear. White head. Malt/hop and very fresh smelling nose. Fine white lace in the glass.A great look (which is rare in a light beer). A persistant white sheen stays on the surface of the brew. Crisp clean taste with a sturdy malt base. The hop finish gives just enough bitterness to leave your mouth wanting more. This is a great domestic light beer. The mouth is solid and smooth for a light beer also...

Photo of papat444
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at the ABC store in New Smyrna Beach and "enjoyed" on Sept. 6, 2010 before my supper.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold body with a thick head that gently recedes to 1 finger with no lacing.

Smell: Cereal & corn mostly plus something slightly off. Skunky a bit maybe? Thankfully, it's just a little bit.

Taste: Bland corn taste with not much flavor going for it. Not offensive but not pleasant either.

Mouthfeel: Very watery with a clammy feel to it. Not very good.

Drinkability: It goes down easy like water but the taste or lack thereof made me drainpour the rest.

Overall: Very boring & lifeless. Flavored water with an off-putting taste. Pass!

Photo of Phatz
2.93/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I am not a regular light beer drinker. I am not a huge fan of the look, smell, feel, or taste of the average light beer. However, this is not a bad light beer. The big three would do well to come up to this as a standard for light beer. When I have a cookout for the neighbors I choose Yuengling Light or Straub Light (decent local PA light beer options that are cheep).

Yuengling Premium Light pours clear golden amber with a white head and mediocre lacing. It smells like every other beer. Not bad but far from enticing. It is only slightly sweet grains in the aroma. The taste is watery and thin (like most lights). There is nothing cloying or offensive about it. Basically it is a drinkable boring (average) light beer. I would have to admit it is quite sessionable. With all that water it is refreshing and acceptable at a hot cookout but certainly not a beer for contemplating.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of rdub
2.83/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had to try this PA beer. "Lager" is a staple around here so this distant cousin should be OK, right? Appearance was light and fizzy, somewhat yellow. Smell was almost nonexistant as was the taste. Then again it's light. Mouthfeel was thin as you'd expect. Drinkability was high and this would be a perfect summer yardwork beverage. The 3.5% would make it easy to drink all day and still be able to mow or play volleyball. Would choose this over a mass produced brew just for the PA factor.

Photo of JayS2629
2.62/5  rDev -4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pale straw yellow with thin white head, lots of carbonation bubbles, watery, no lace.

S- grainy, corn, cereal, grassy, faint notes of lemony citrus hops. I bumped it up from the 2.0 I was going to give it for being super boring just because Yuengling was smart enough to use a brown bottle to keep the skunk out unlike their premium.

T- Follows the nose, watery, grainy, corn, touch of lemon

M- Light, crisp and refreshing. Watery, thin and over carbonated.

D- Easy to drink, just boring and bland.

Photo of GbVDave
3.15/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a pale yellow color. A 1/2 finger of bright white head stuck around for a quick second before evaporating completely. All that was left was a sticky ring.

S: Slightly sweet, roasted corn and a tiny amount of lemon-y hops. Has an almost damp paper type aroma.

T: Sweet toasty malt and roasted corn along with some citrus hops during the finish.

M: Pretty smooth with a bit of a hoppy prickle. Not nearly as thin as I expected.

D: Drinks pretty good, but with a lager as good as Premium Beer available year round (and not much higher in abv) I'd go for that every time.

Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden with a thin white head that quickly descends to a very thin patch.

Macro-lager smell with a little more sweet grain and just a hint of bland hops. Thin smell.

The taste is of a watered down version of Yuengling Premium. Some graininess/husk. Some balancing non-descript hops. Slight tinny, flat, rather unpleasant, aftertaste. Musty, slightly crisp finish.

Thin/watery body with a slightly "off" aftertaste.

As to drinkability - within style it would have average drinkability for style (which isn't much), but the aftertaste, which is a bit annoying, though not making it undrinkable, puts it just below average for the style.

Glad I only had one sample - that's more than enough. Even for a light beer, it doesn't work very well.

Photo of JunkYardJake
2.53/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into glass.
Very clear, yellow in color. Plenty of foam. No real nose other than a generic beer smell. Which is better than an offensive smell I suppose. Tastes like it smells. Very boring but safe light malt flavour. Watery mouthfeel. Good amount of carbontion. More drinkable than alot of macro lights but far from great.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
4.2/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Can into Great Lakes pint glass.

White head and very nice golden color. Bubbles racing to the top. Some lacing left on the glass.

Beery. Grainy and a bit sweet.

Taste good. Crisp. Bready with a touch of hops.

Nice and smooth. Good hint of carbonation.

Outstanding. Good flavor and not filling. Low ABV takes it to another level.

Amazing light beer and value. Another workmanlike, good beer from Yuengling.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.14/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a good amount of white bubbly head.

The scent is of faint grains.

The taste is very light and watery with some grains.

Light bodied, crisp with hight carbonation.

This is very, very light and easy to drink, but there is hardly any flavor at all.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.9/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a very light straw color with a bit of a white head. Th nose brigs some grain, grass, and a bit of corn. Taste is moderately sweet with grass and grain elements. Light feel with fairly high carbonation. His goes down easy and does not have any real off flavors, it is simply quite light.

Photo of woodychandler
2.35/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was at one of the local bottle shops today and picked this up as a single. I have had it in a CAN before, so I knew that I would not want more than one.

Once more, we have an example of Greg Koch's "fizzy yellow beer" and I poured it into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. The glass really helped with head retention and I had a little over a finger of creamy, bone-white head. Color was a pale lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of cereal adjuncts. Blah! Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the taste was fairly bland. I was definitely not impressed. Finish was likewise bland, watery and dull. This is one of my least favorite styles, even less than AMLs and AALs, both staples of The CANQuest (TM) and this was a pretty light example.

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Yuengling Premium Light Beer from Yuengling Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 292 ratings.