Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 947
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 183 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002

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Photo of DL2449
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly flavorful for a light beer, and very drinkably smooth without veering into blandness, and no bitterness whatsoever. Nothing amazingly special, but you'd know that when you see the word "light." The colder, the better. Will definitely be buying again. (265 characters)

Photo of MinterSC
3.5/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as light beers go, this is one of the best most flavorful being offered. It definitely beats the major brand lights that so many folks drink mindlessly without any regard to flavor or character. (202 characters)

Photo of CTbrew32
3.32/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Amber/copper in color with a two to three finger width head.

Aroma- Caramel sweetness, grains, and a slight spicy hop note.

Taste- Bland caramel malt sweetness at first followed by a snap of carbonation and spicy (very mild) hops. The finish continues wit the bland malt flavors and no hops.

Feel- Light bodied, medium/high carbonation, and generally crisp and clean in the finish.

Overall- Pretty bland, but no offensive flavors and it gets the job done. A better option than most light lagers, but better options exist for session beers. (557 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
3.44/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured beer into a pint glass. Beer is straw colored with a small white head. Beer smells of sweet grain but dominated by corn. Beer tastes of corn, but not watery like most light beers. Beer is light bodied and drinkable, but extremly heavily carbonated. Overall, one of the better light beers out there. (309 characters)

Photo of BigH75
2.87/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Is this great beer? NOPE. That is not the important question. The real question is how does this compare to other inexpensive light beers. To that question I would say it is a superior product. Because it is yuengling it has a better color than the flavor would suggest. Has a pleasant and present flavor (not a given in this style). Smooth if not interesting. Very good beer if you want something really light and pretty cheap. Maybe too much for lawn mower beer but perfect for a summer cookout with the boys that goes all day and night. (548 characters)

Photo of Gmann
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours a light copper color with a wispy off-white head that very quickly settles into some sorry bubbles.

The aroma is basically non-existent. Some sulfur and grain.

The taste is very light but does have some grain notes. No noticeable veggie flavor which is nice.

The feel is light and watery. Very crisp on the palate. Some sweetness. Kind of resembles flavored seltzer.

Ok for a light macro lager. Much better than the BMC versions. (445 characters)

Photo of WillWillows
3.37/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Grabbed a couple of these walking around and enjoyed the taste and smell. Mouth feel was good. I could session a lot of these. Not going to get drunk on this. Much better than St. Louis Swill or Rocky Mountain Low. (218 characters)

Photo of cheesepuffs
3.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rating this against other light beers, this is quite good. Don't overthink it, just crack open the twist top and enjoy from the bottle. I actually like this better than regular Yuengling because it gets rid of this odd acidic taste I get from the standard Lager.

Overall Yuengling Light is probably the best light beer you'll find and has somewhat more flavor than the Bud/Miller/Coors lights yet it retains the same price point. I'm not a light beer drinker but if I had to pick one I would choose this. (506 characters)

Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.94/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to say as far as widely available light lagers go this is the best option. Although it's a bit low on the abv compared to others in the class, with this beer the consumer will sacrifice about .8% abv for 100% better taste. (231 characters)

Photo of KYGunner
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

As with Yuenglings lager this doesn't possess the adjunct flavors associated with American lagers. It has a nice barley graininess, slight caramel malt but an off putting metallic watery quality. It also holds a rather harsh sharpness in flavor and taste with a sour after taste. Fan of the standard but this is not worth the dip in taste to save some calories. (361 characters)

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.99/5  rDev +2.7%

Pours a light yellow with almost no head. The smell is very light with only some rice scents coming through. The taste is underwhelming with some rice from the malt and a bit of bitterness from the hops. It's not complex but it is a decent light beer for the price. (265 characters)

Photo of predikit
3/5  rDev +3.1%

Drank this to cap off an evening, drank from a bottle.

Nothing in the scent to remark over, and the taste is just the same.

Hard to find much to say about it, it's a light brew with a light flavor, does what it says on the tin I suppose. (241 characters)

Photo of DrewsBrews450
4/5  rDev +37.5%

For a light beer this is good... It is slightly watery but it is a light.. Nice session ABV easy to knock down a six pack and not feel to guilty about it.. Worth a try on a hot day (180 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
2.77/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that reduces a medium sized patch of medium thick film covering about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct grainy malts with just a hint of corn as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light amount of corn adjunct sweetness. That sweetness is quickly neutralized by a light flavor of grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery.

O: Slightly better than the mass produced light beers from the big breweries in the USA but not by all that much. Not something I would get with any amount of regularity. (978 characters)

Photo of pasjc2001
2.25/5  rDev -22.7%

Do not believe the commercials. This tastes nothing like the commercials say. This is a slight metalic taste, and it does not come close to the Traditional. (158 characters)

Photo of JOT
4.75/5  rDev +63.2%

Yuengling Light Lager 3.2%ABV 12oz. bottle.

A- Light amber colored pour, with good half inch white head that leaves OK lacing.

S- Scents of light corn, little malts, decent sweetness.

T- Taste is mostly a lightly sweet malt with hint corn and a bit of hops. Smooth and simple mouth feel, even though good carbonation. Fuller bodied than most light beers., but quite refreshing. Minimal after taste.

Very drinkable, especially on a hot day. Only 99 calories!

Best in the readily available, light category. (521 characters)

Photo of ehreesejr
3.77/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the perfect beer for anyone on a diet. The appearance is a pleasing light amber. The head when poured frothy but not very long lasting . The taste is pleasing but not as robust as the regular lager but that is to be expected. The smell is not strong. Overall I think this is better than any of the light beers that I have tried. (336 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.41/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Light is a step up from "Natty Light" and I happen to love to swill that beer when more than one is needed. YL has a good color and its has a fairly strong aroma for a light brew. It's taste is mild and does not leave an aftertaste. This is definitely a beer that the lovers of heavier beers should steer clear of. but for those mere mortals who love a cold one while mowing the yard will simply enjoy the mild but refreshing flavor. (443 characters)

Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +33.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(no freshness info - poured into a fluted pilsner glass)

A: light, golden honey in color, filtered clear... sudsy, off-white foam forms, slowly fades out to almost nothing, no lace

S: smells a lot like their classic lager - unbuttered popcorn and a wort of mostly pale grist

T: also tastes a good bit like the trad. lager as well, only with a notch or two less malt depth - it's noticeably drier, less perception of sweetness (which in the trad. lager likely comes from the alcohol), but not by much... has that vague yellow grapefruit overtone and sort of lingering, beach grass and citrus pith bitterness... still, all about the bready malt here

M: rounder, fuller body than the lot of macro lights, however, just about as bone dry... more akin to a Helles than an adjunct lager

O: in a blind tasting, one might mistake this for their flagship lager - a few sips in, a dedicated fan may begin to notice something off... a (not-so) surprisingly great light beer (967 characters)

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and sugar

Taste: toasted malt, light caramel, and sugar

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet

Overall: For the style, this is surprisingly awesome and would be one that I would turn to if I wanted a light beer. Plenty of flavor, unlike a lot of the beers in this style which seem to be either sugared up and/or watered down. I think I like this better than regular Yuengling. A lot better than I remember it being. (522 characters)

Photo of angrybabboon
3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Consumed 5/10/14

Appearance: Crystal clear, color is somewhere between golden copper and light amber - nicer to look at than a typical, hyper-pale light lager - average amount of carbonation - white head fades to a few unimpressive wisps of a cap, doesn't really leave lacing (typical for the style)

Smell: Not much in the aroma department, but still above average for the style - some hints of pale and amber grains - light aromas of bread and biscuits, with a faint suggestion of caramel sweetness

Taste: Just enough flavor to be interesting - reminiscent of their "Traditional" lager, just subdued - lightly grainy, pale and caramel malts - bready and lightly biscuity - low level of sweetness (which is actually an improvement over its bigger brother) - light spiciness, finishes clean and dry

Mouthfeel: Light body, nice level of carbonation, definitely drinkable

Overall: If you're going to drink a light beer, you could do a lot, lot worse

Criticizing the light lager category is easier than shooting fish in a barrel. It's more like insulting fish in a barrel. For what it is, Yuengling Light Lager is decidedly above average. The hints of amber keep things interesting. I'd place this at the top of my list, for cheap light lagers, alongside Narragansett Light. (1,276 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.02/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Light Lager brewed by Yuengling .The brew pours out a nice dark amber color with a small white head. This brew is light it has an abv of 3.2.The smell is rich with flavor. There is nothing bad about the smell of this brew.The taste is light and crips. Not much to this brew as far as taste. There is some flovor at first but it goes away fast. The after taste is like water. I was hoping for more this brew but it is not there. Yuengling Light Lager is a good drinking brew nothing bad at all. I just thought there would be more flavor. But I guess it is smooth because of it's low abv. I would get this brew again. (625 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.01/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet notes with light cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet cereal notes with almost no aftertaste. Body is light with good carbonation. Easy drinking lager with very little complexity. (299 characters)

Photo of cbutova
2.41/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

A- Pour from the 12oz bottle to a pint glass with a crystal clear, light amber body. A foamy cap rises to a finger high but falls just as quickly to a tiny ring at the edges. A few clouds on the beer remain as the ring leaves no lacing.

S- Very faint. Most of what comes to mind is a light spicy hoppiness and lager yeast notes. Slight hints of grainy malts and sweets but really have to search for much at all.

T- Super clean on the palate that it almost doesn't leave enough behind to be reviewed. The present flavors feel like they have been diluted into a seltzer as the carbonation is on the very high side. Light yeast fruits (apple, grape), spicy hops, cracked grain husks and a bit of sweetness.

MF- Super highly carbonated with a very light end body. The actual texture of the body is fizzy mixed with slightly creamy, which is nice compared to other examples of this style since it isn't overly watery. Somewhere between seltzer and beer.

Very clean but very bland. I have to give it some credit for not having putrid off-flavors some of it's counterparts have. (1,075 characters)

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.85/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

24 Oz can
Pours a nice golden amber color.
Darker in color than most of the Light beers out there.

Smells like a beer.

Slightly sweet malts, Hops are not noticeable.
Taste is ok, but there is something not right about it.,
I get a slight metallic off flavor,

Highly carbonated at first, but the carbonation quickly fades away.
As did the white colored head.

It has a watery mouth feel and finishes with a slight sour after taste,

Overall, it is an OK light beer,
Drink ice cold and you will not notice the off flavors. (532 characters)

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Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.