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Yuengling Premium Light Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 57
Hads: 296
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 18.21%
Wants: 8
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of Thorpe429
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
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. (315 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing was light not much retention. The smell was sweet, a little grainy some lager yeast in there too. The taste had some corn flavors in there, sweet grains and a faint bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light, nicely carbonated and very easy to drink. Overall I was glad I got to try this one as I haven't seen this one around much. I feel this one is better than the light lager. (482 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro Smackdown XXI features two light lagers from two of this country's oldest breweries. Yuengling, of course, is 'America's Oldest Brewery', having been founded in 1829. Stevens Point didn't come into existence until 1857, which means that it's only 150 years old. Slackers. Let's see which one of these newfangled light brews from these two tradition-rich breweries comes out on top.

Bright goldenrod; much darker than most beer of this ilk. The pale lemon cap doesn't look bad either. It topped out at two fingers and is taking its sweet time departing. A few squiggles of sudsy lace is at least something.

What I can appreciate of the nose is fairly decent. Its good points are a lack of offensiveness (always a plus) and a fresh grain-like aroma that is accented by a whiff of musky hops. I'm not impressed by any means, but it isn't all bad.

Take the first sentence of the previous paragraph and substitute the word 'flavor' for 'nose'. This is one of the least aggressive flavor profiles that I've ever run across in a style built on wimpiness. If you're looking for something that tastes a little like beer, but adds less than 100 calories to your daily count, grab yourself a cold Yuengling Premium Light. You know the drill... lightly sweet grain with a hint of hops. Yadda, yadda, yadda. A little apple as well?

Yeah, the mouthfeel is watery. What else is new? The only way the mouthfeel on a light lager has a prayer of standing out is to have a perfect amount of carbonation. This one doesn't get there, but it's close. At least it's spunky enough to provide some amount of mouth interest.

It looks like 'America's Oldest Brewery' claims the Macro Smackdown XXI crown. That doesn't mean that it's great beer, just that it had 'bupkis' for competition. As a low calorie rehydrator... okay. Just don't kid yourself that you're drinking real beer. (1,864 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
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. (374 characters)

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.73/5  rDev -6.2%
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. (790 characters)

Photo of russpowell
3.09/5  rDev +6.2%
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... (572 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +27.8%
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. (937 characters)

Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -21.6%
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. (765 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pale malt scent that is slightly sweet and dry with lager yeast aroma. The taste is average as well. It has a very light pale malt flavor with some adjuncts. It is watery, but has more flavor than most light lagers. It goes down easy and finishes dry and a bit musty. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average light lager and quite possibly the weakest offering from Yuengling (556 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
2.35/5  rDev -19.2%
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. (760 characters)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.66/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a. Cans via Friends Fridge. Overall presentation was average for this style of beer (canned macro).

s. Light grains and some sweet corn.

t. Typical macro lager. No real hops noticable. Finishes a bit sweet due to the adjuncts/corn. Maybe its a wee bit of malt that wasnt balanced. Overall lacks taste, but nothing offensive either.

m. Light and crisp.

d. Went well with a big italian meal. I had a few of these, and they hit the spot. Low alcohal helps the drinkability, and overall I've had much worse. (507 characters)

Photo of plaid75
2.88/5  rDev -1%
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. (351 characters)

Photo of tone77
2.71/5  rDev -6.9%
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. (293 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.82/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a big billowy head of a fizzy white foam. The head fades super quickly, leaving a tiny trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a corny sweet smell mixed with some aromas of a light grassy smell and a bit of a skunky smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly bready and slightly caramel sweetened flavor. As the taste advances the breadiness decays with a sweeter corn and rice flavor replace the breadiness. Some other flavors of a grassy and more papery flavor come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the mix of flavors ending up leaving a crisp, but somewhat bland and dry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer, for a light beer, is surprisingly heavy (although still light overall) with a carbonation level that is rather high. Oddly, the thicker body was actually fairly decent for the brew, as while the beer doesn’t have too much flavor it doesn’t have too many off flavors either, so the thicker body supports better the lighter flavors of the brew all while the higher carbonation is nice for the more refreshing and crisp characteristics of the beer.

Overall – Well for a light beer, it is kind of run of the mill to slightly above so. Crisper and somewhat refreshing, but lacking of substantial flavor and any real degree of complexity. (1,459 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
2/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yuenglings answer to a BMC light beer. Drunk straight from the can, I have to knock a point for appearance. Aromas are of light breads and faint, old hops and they are more subdued in the can version of this beer than they are in the bottled version. The taste is similar to the aroma and is not very complex at all. As a light beer this is OK, but the watery mouthfeel makes the drinkability a low score! (405 characters)

Photo of papat444
2.53/5  rDev -13.1%
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! (688 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Piured a clear amber color with large puffy white head. There is littel aroma except for a generic beer smell. Taste is very light with no note of hops. Mouth feel is average. Easy to drink, good beer for a hot summer afternoon when you are having more than one (261 characters)

Photo of GbVDave
3.15/5  rDev +8.2%
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. (695 characters)

Photo of Cylinsier
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours pale gold yellow with sudsy white head.

Smells of mild barley and corn sugar.

Tastes like corn adjunct. Hints of other malt, maybe.

Medium mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation.

I'll say this, at least it retains a level of flavor on par with the regular version. And its miles better than something like a Bud Light. I guess if you have to have a light beer, I can't think of a better one. But it's still a light beer. Easy enough to drink but not very good. (469 characters)

Photo of Phatz
2.93/5  rDev +0.7%
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! (920 characters)

Photo of Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not a bad light lager. Poured out to a clear and clean golden color with a nice long lived foamy head. No notes of lacing. Aromas of bread and mild hops were nice, but a bit bland. Something was missing. Taste was middle of the road; some malt, some grain, and some water. No suprises here. Mouthfeel was ok, but could've benefited from better carbonation. Drinkability is fair. I'd go for regular Yuenling first. Thanks to MaltyGoodness for the sample. (453 characters)

Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev -11.7%
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 (311 characters)

Photo of JayS2629
2.62/5  rDev -10%
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. (505 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-dark gold with a thin white head.

S-sweet honey and roasted grains. Fresh smelling

T-comes in with almost no taste. Some sweet honey. Some grains. Very crisp. Better than most light lagers. Not much here

M-medium creamy carbonation and a crisp finish

O-pretty good for a light beer. No almost no taste to it, but its quaffable. (333 characters)

Photo of BeerCon5
2.14/5  rDev -26.5%
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. (289 characters)

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Yuengling Premium Light Beer from Yuengling Brewery
70 out of 100 based on 57 ratings.