Yuengling Premium Light Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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296 Ratings
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Ratings: 296
Reviews: 59
rAvg: 2.74
pDev: 22.99%
Wants: 8
Gots: 26 | 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 rdub
2.83/5  rDev +3.3%
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 WVbeergeek
3.72/5  rDev +35.8%
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.

Photo of kdawg105
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This is an interesting light beer. Bout what you would expect from nomal light beers when it comes to appearance. The smell was practically non existant. The taste however is pretty good with a little bitterness from the hops. Mouthfeel is light for sure which makes for a average drinkability.

Photo of JunkYardJake
2.53/5  rDev -7.7%
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 kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev -6.2%
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 vacax
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
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 aeminter
3.16/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Very clear pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipated within moments of pouring.

S - Light malts along with a sweet corn (DMS) smell

T/M - Very light in both body and flavor. What flavor is present matches the smell. Very balanced.
Easy to drink...nothing to think about.

For the style I think this beer is a good representation, but necessarily a "good beer."

Photo of mwa423
3.85/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a can of this as a trade reward from Woodychandler. Never before did I think a brewery would sell both a "light lager" and "light beer". Go figure. Keep in mind, my rating is based on style, so it'll be a bit stacked in favor.

A - Pours a light golden head with a finger of white foam that quickly disappeared.

S - Light and sweet malt smell, very little here, but that's not surprising.

T - Very crisp and refreshing simple grain and malt flavor. Very simple but enjoyable flavor to wash down pizza with.

M/D - Mouthfeel is light, the beer gets out of the way and falls down your throat. About what I would expect. This would certainly be a go-to for pizza or a session when I had to drive soon.

Photo of BeerCon5
2.14/5  rDev -21.9%
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 edchicma
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
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 alysmith4
2.1/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Average light beer. Period. It's pretty typical for this style, can't think of much to say about it that could be improved upon. As compared to Miller and Bud Light beers, the taste is a little "thin." I didn't taste much flavor of any kind behind it, and it seems a little more watery than other beers I've tried in this category. Not good, but not bad either.

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.66/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

Photo of MusicaleMike
1.73/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Photo of Ricochet
2.96/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Final Yuengling beverage that I needed to review, bought a case for $13.99. It's as good as Iron City Light for my first impression, here goes the review:

A: Darker yellow with no thickness, almost like soda water. No head, no lace. Fizzy at first.

S: Faint beer scent. Smells like sour beer. Nothing else there. Maybe a little hops, but very little.

M: Well, it's a little thicker than water, has a little bit going down and a corn aftertaste. About average for a light.

T: What seems a little odd, this beer's hops profile was more like the amber light. The taste is, more hops than expected, little corn flavor stronger in the aftertaste. It came back to earth seeming to stop and leave a hollow follow through, just like amber light, but this seems to do light beer better.

D: If you must drink a light, this is tastier than anything from BMC, especially Miller Lite which this beer would be closest too. Still, IC Light in aluminum bottles seems like a bit tastier, which doesn't say much. I love the Y, but I'll have none of these light beers.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -19.3%
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.

Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -16.8%
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 plaid75
2.88/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of ski271
3.03/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium straw with a small, white, foamy, slowly diminishing head. Some light lacing. Smells of light grain and cereal with a light floral aroma and some very light brown sugar. Tastes of light grain and cooked veggie. It has a thin body, lightly slick texture and moderate carbonation. A step up from most macro lights, but nothing special.

Photo of Phatz
2.93/5  rDev +6.9%
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 Frozensoul327
3.18/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

Photo of Tallboy
3.8/5  rDev +38.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am truely amazed to find a lighter version of Yuengling's Premium. with a little bit Less malt . And not too bitter . The smell is spring fresh with no skunk to ruin your day. and blindfolded I dont think you could tell the difference in the taste from the Premium. {I am becoming quite a fan of Yuengling as one might tell]

Photo of casualbeerman
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

As beer go this was pretty mediocre. As light beers go, this was awesome though. I'd only rate Amstel Light and maybe Sam Adams Light higher. The taste is IDENTICAL to the regular Yuengling "Premium". How'd they do it? Either they're really good at brewing, or since "Premium" isn't the heaviest beer in the world I guess its also possible the situation is similar to Keystone and Keystone Light where the difference between them is 5 calories. Anyway this is the best light beer I've ever had for the money and I got it by mistake, thinking it was the light version of Traditional (which I've yet to try but I want to now). For the actual review I'm copy-pasting what I wrote about the regular "Premium" since like I said they are identical:

. It turns out that "Premium" is a euphamism for "Macro". That's what this is, Yuengling Brewery doing a Macro style beer, as opposed to Traditional, which is well traditional (That's Amber American Lager, it was a style which was a much bigger pre-prohibition staple in America). Anyway the color is a sort of clear-gold. Not nearly as deep as say Urquell but noticably more amber than most macros. Compared to the Traditional its lighter and clearer. Smell is pretty boring. A little sweet grain and a lot of hops. The hops are kind of hard to describe. I guess I'd call them metallic or typical macro if I found them objectionable, but I don't. They're pretty bitter, but leave no unpleasant aftertaste. They're clean and surprisingly strong for the style, but still not too interesting. I guess the best way to describe them would be typical macro hops if typical macro hops were't disgusting. They are balanced by light malts that are slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is all about carbonation. Maybe this would feel thin if not for all those bubbles, but I honestly can't tell you. I could taste the beer fine, but carbonation was all the mouthfeel I could get. Drinkability is fine. You could definately drink these all night. The hops don't get in my way, the taste isn't bad, nothing is wrong with this except that no store or bar exists that carries this unless they carry the Traditional Lager as well, so why bother? This is obviously what Yuengling brewed to catch the Budweiser crowd.

Photo of WesWes
3.08/5  rDev +12.4%
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

Photo of tgbljb
2.84/5  rDev +3.6%
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

Photo of pezoids
2.9/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured very light and was a pale golden color. Small thin head turned into a film after a sip or two. Very clear. The aroma is very light and has a slight musty graininess. There’s a perfumey, dank smell that here, the same that I get from other Yuengling products. The taste is light, tangy and has a clean finish. The body is light, of course, but is more sweeter than most other light beers. For a light beer, this isn’t all that bad. It has some of the same characteristics as their regular beer, but lighter. Easy to drink, I enjoyed it.

Yuengling Premium Light Beer from Yuengling Brewery
65 out of 100 based on 296 ratings.