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Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling Light LagerYuengling Light Lager

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Ratings: 659
Reviews: 203
rAvg: 2.8
pDev: 23.21%

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of cbutova


2.41/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2014 01:46:17 | More by cbutova
Photo of JohnFatAss

New Jersey

2.84/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Serving type: can

03-31-2014 00:46:39 | More by JohnFatAss
Photo of smptenor


2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

I am disappointed with this beer because I love the regular lager that they make. This was far worse than the regular lager. I like the look and color a lot. There was no head but it was a beautiful colored beer. Other than the look, the beer stunk. The task is very bitter. I rather drink a Milwaukee's Best Ice to be honest. The feeling was even worse than the taste. The beer finished leaving your mouth very dry and bitter feeling. I had bout a case of this thinking it would be great like the regular lager but with less calories. I was very wrong and it was a total waste of money.

Serving type: bottle

03-07-2014 22:09:54 | More by smptenor
Photo of garak99

New Jersey

4.23/5  rDev +51.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's got a nice color that leans toward amber as oppose to most American Beers that are just a light yellow and the most important thing is it taste good.. It's funny because the Yuengling Lager taste bad I don't like it one bit but this I recomend

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:11:58 | More by garak99
Photo of CFHMagnet


2.69/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A friend brought over a 12 pack, and the last one standing in the fridge a few days later is the one I get to review.

I pour this one into a snifter, and am met with a finger of active off-white head that dissolves in seconds. It does not leave even a ring above the light orangey-amber body. There is not even a specter of lacing apparent.

Smells a lightly toasted malt with grass and a faint nutty aroma.

The flavor is light crackers with grass.

The mouthfeel is light bodied. It has a light dryness toward the end of it, but is generally refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 23:23:51 | More by CFHMagnet
Photo of dtreindl


2.61/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

It's nothing more than one would expect of a cheap light lager. Flavor is better than it could be. Between this and other light beers I suppose I would still pick this over Bud, Miller, Coors, etc. But one point of disappointment that I need to raise is the exceptionally low alcohol content. With an ABV of only 3.2, it's a failure. Seems like the brewery's idea for Yeungling Light is to water down the regular beer while still charging the same price for traditional pager. I'm not going to get skinny drinking this, I'm just going to have to pay for more drinks to get a buzz.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 20:01:39 | More by dtreindl
Photo of GarthDanielson

North Carolina

2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, caramel coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and not much head at all. A bit on the pale side to look at. Aromas of caramel sweet, toasted grains, and not much else. Slightly watery nose. Flavors are buttery and caramel forward, but again, watered down, with a very subtle toastiness in the backbone. Light bodied, with a slight crisp in the finish from the carbonation. The aftertaste is toasted and slightly sweet. This is certainly an easy drinker, but lacks a bit in every other department.

Serving type: can

11-30-2013 19:28:50 | More by GarthDanielson
Photo of HeatherN


3.16/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This is a tough one to review, its all in comparisons...

Compared to Yuengling Lager, eh... I'll take the real deal Lager over this any day.

That being said, when you go to a party, event, or anything where you need bring a case of beer and people are expecting/bringing Coors Lite, Miller Lite or some other garbage, well heck... Yuengling Light Lager can meet all of their delicate sensibilities and "diets" without being a bucket of downright trash. So in that light, this stuff is great!

I guess what I am saying, is in Light Beer land, Yuengling Light is GOD!

Serving type: can

11-18-2013 00:50:21 | More by HeatherN
Photo of metter98

New York

2.71/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and eventually nearly completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of grainy and adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a light amount of bitterness; the hops mask any sweetness from the corn adjuncts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it is a slight cut above the most common light lagers but isn't anything special.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2013 01:39:56 | More by metter98
Photo of Darkmagus82


2.49/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice golden amber color with a two finger bubbly just off white head. The head has a decent level of retention, fading over time to leave some spotty islands of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is light overall, but has notes of a bready and corn nature. There are some notes of a caramel sweetness as well rounding out the smell.

Taste – The taste begins super light and watery with a little bit of a bready taste and some corn. It remains this way throughout the taste with just a bit of graininess and herbs coming to the tongue. With a bit of a paper taste coming to the tongue at the end, a rather light and watery, slightly off flavor to be left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel- The body of the beer is super light and watery with a carbonation level that is on the higher side. Appropriate for the style with it giving the beer an overall more refreshing feel.

Overall – On the plus side it looks rather nice for a light beer, but other than that well…

Serving type: can

09-14-2013 00:57:50 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of Theheroguy


2.89/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Generally underwhelming

This beer is inoffensive unlike most light beers. However I never really have the desire to take another sip. It isn't much better than most light beers taste wise. It has a nice body and nice smell . I just can't recommend this beer as much as I love the yuengling family. Drink a regular yuengling they aren't super high on calories.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2013 23:16:33 | More by Theheroguy
Photo of Timothy223ktktm99


2.68/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

this beer is not available in state, but has a popular name, so snagged it up on vacation.

not remediable. because well it is not especially good and not especially bad. very light. even for a logger. it is not quite bud light thin, but still very thin, and for the ABV, well i guess its good if your trying to take it easy, but for the money, your better off drinking cheaper light beers

Serving type: bottle

07-30-2013 03:14:41 | More by Timothy223ktktm99
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Light Lager has a thick, spongy, quickly-dissipating, white head and clear, fairly bubbly, caramel appearance, with no lacing left behind. The aroma is typical for light beer, with its faint sweetness and grain. Taste is stereotypical light beer- watery sweetness, grain, and essentially no hop bitterness, but Yuengling Light Lager has an overriding paper note, which is not a positive attribute. Mouthfeel is very light and watery, and it finishes crisp, refreshing, and quite drinkable. This beer would go well with boiled crabs, steamed vegetables, potato salad, and corn bread with butter, but on its own, it’s not much. I guess it’s okay, though. It is at least worth trying, once.


Serving type: can

07-16-2013 13:19:00 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of DeFaz


2.88/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Actually a bit better in my opinion than their regular lager, this light lager has more flavor than most light beers but offers nothing particularly special. It has flavors of bread, grain, malt, and just a touch of hops, and it is somewhat more bitter than most run of the mill light beers. Where I live this sells for $5.99/6 pack (bottles) and is actually a bit less than Coors Light and some other light beers. While not particularly good, this light beer is very drinkable and a somewhat better choice than other cheap beer options. Also, with its low ABV, it makes for a decent session beer for someone with a low budget.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2013 22:18:57 | More by DeFaz
Photo of jjamadorphd


3.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I had no choice but to try this light beer at the last party I was at (who the heck only stocks light beer in the cooler?) Anyway, it wasn't half bad. The beer had a great golden look with a white, frothy head. What surprised me was the bold, crisp flavor the beer had, even though it felt a bit watery. Overall, it was one of the better lights I have had.

Serving type: bottle

06-23-2013 03:25:16 | More by jjamadorphd
Photo of pmorey


3.04/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you go to an enforced "no glass" beach, your options are very limited so this is what I ended up with. Can't judge appearance out of a can but aroma was ok. First drink was actually a pleasant surprise at the front of the mouth, with decent balanced taste, though very heavily carbonated. As it went back though, it was as if it turned to water. No lasting flavor and no aftertaste. To be expected I guess at this ABV.

I later decided to pour one after I got home. Very nice deep golden amber color and decent head.

This is definitely not the best beer I have ever had, but for a light, it is not bad at all. Serves its purpose and I would drink again.

Serving type: can

04-02-2013 19:24:45 | More by pmorey
Photo of thecheapies


2.55/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bright gold, or maybe a shade darker. Not your usual Yuengling color. Head? No head. I'm staring at a transparent surface with some tiny bubbles along the rim.

Corn and barley malts with some carryover sweetness that isn't supposed to be there. Not even getting any hops. Smells like grain water.

More corn presence, like the nose. Only the malts, but they're just lightly toasted pale grains. Very light earthy bitterness that is a by-product of the hops. Not crisp. Sweet-ish, but no DMS or other sulfurous notes. Wouldn't call it clean, however.

Medium in body, impressive for a light lager, but where's the carbonation? I thought this would be super-fizzy. Gases must've escaped, as this beer's near-flat.

It's alright, I guess. I'll drink it from time-to-time. You don't have to.

Serving type: bottle

01-08-2013 05:22:22 | More by thecheapies
Photo of cottonkoozie

North Carolina

2.18/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance - Nice color for a light macro. Almost the same color as clover honey. Decent head but dissipates very quickly. However it looks pretty much like you would expect a regular yuengling to look if you added water to it.

Smell - Like any other light macro, not much smell. Slightly better than something like bud light but still not much there, just some grain smell.

Taste - Like Yuengling lager, but with water added. Not very pleasant, just too watered down feeling. The grains are there, no real hops or malts, pretty much what you expect in a light adjunct macro.

Mouthfeel - pretty much just average, no really much else to say about it.

I'm pretty sure that all they did was water down regular yuengling lager until it was below 100 carbs, (99 according to the bottle), and then bottle it as a light beer. Really glad this beer was given to me because I wouldn't buy it. If you are a fan of traditional Yuengling Lager then go with that, and if you are trying to watch you calories, drink less or make cuts somewhere else.

Serving type: bottle

01-05-2013 22:28:49 | More by cottonkoozie
Photo of kylehay2004


2.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, amber with a white head, about a single finger head

S: Bready and grainy smell, little else.

T: Sweet and caramel notes. Smooth. Basically I imagine this as a watered down tradition yuengling lager.

M: Moderate carbonation and Medium body. One very nice difference from the traditional yuengling lager is that this one doesn't have a bad aftertaste. That is definitely a plus.

O: basically a watered down traditional yuengling without that sour lingering aftertaste. Still would take the full flavored version over this one though.

Serving type: bottle

01-02-2013 14:37:13 | More by kylehay2004
Photo of StonedTrippin


2.3/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

take all the bad features of the normal yuengling, its gross stale malt flavor, its way over the top carbonation, and its skunky aftertaste, then water it all down, and this is what you get. it pours clear and bubbly, minimal head. the aroma is pretty bad, metallc and off on the malt, no hops at all. the flavor is just a dumbed down regular yuengling, with a little less body. carbonation is also brutally ovedone, feels like a pepsi in my mouth, but tastes far worse. this had me on the verge of throwing up in my mouth, no joke. i can find some redeeming factor in any beer, which is hard in this case, but guess if you want to drink all day and not catch a buzz, this it your go. not something ill hopefully ever drink again.

Serving type: can

11-26-2012 18:40:02 | More by StonedTrippin
Photo of buschbeer


2.45/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can
Served in a pint glass

A - It has a nice amber color to it. Each pour gives me a generous head that quickly dissipates.

S - I get grain and grass.

T - There is almost a complete lack of taste. If I have to think this hard as to what I am tasting I will just call it tasteless. Very Coors Light-like.

M - Damn near water. The carbonation lets me know that it's not.

O - It looks great for a light beer. That's about it. It's as close to water as I've come across since having a Coors Light.

Serving type: can

11-24-2012 22:14:34 | More by buschbeer
Photo of BucBasil

South Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Drank from the 24 oz can.

Smell is extremely light. Almost no aroma coming off of this. Just some crackery malt and grain. Some grass.

Taste is very light also with a sweet, almost citrusy character to it. Lemony tea and then an almost peach note, then some grass and crackers. Weird and unexpected. Tastes somewhat summery actually and really not bad at all. very light but not in taste, rather in character.

This was a pleasant surprise. Yuengling is always pretty solid and this one might edge out the original in the summer.

Serving type: can

10-19-2012 23:34:18 | More by BucBasil
Photo of DavoleBomb


1.98/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a perfect pint from a 24 oz. can.

3.5 A: Clear medium orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is pretty good and a decent amount of lacing is left. I just had the regular Yuengling out of a can and it didn't retain the head at all. How peculiar.

2.0 S: Like the regular, just weak as hell. Also not picking up any caramel. Just a light toastiness and some graininess. Weak.

2.0 T: Tastes like nothing with a light toastiness and graininess. Weak.

2.0 M: Light body. A bit too much carbonation. Not even crisp, just fluffy water. Weak.

1.5 D: Weak.

Serving type: can

09-19-2012 02:35:56 | More by DavoleBomb
Photo of SpeedwayJim

New York

3.2/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From capra12. 12oz. bottle into a Heady Topper pint glass.

1 finger white head with minimal retention. Beer is dark, clear goldenrod. Spotty lace with little retention. Average for the style.

Some wheat and rice notes. Not much else. Simple and pretty subdued.

Opens sweet. Some rice notes with hint of a malt backbone. A slightly odd tartness towards the end. Finishes clean and crisp. Slightly sweet aftertaste. Not much going on here but par for the style.

Light bodied with good carbonation. Clean and crisp in the mouth and finishes crisp, quenching. Little aftertaste. What you'd expect. Pretty refreshing.

Overall, this is one of the better beers in its style. Nicely drinkable. Great with food. But overall, there's not much going on here. Decent.

Serving type: bottle

08-20-2012 02:11:57 | More by SpeedwayJim
Photo of smakawhat


2.93/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice amber brown and clear body, giving a fairly good white head but it seems to fall at a good clip to nothing.

Nose is strange. Kind of acrid and sour. Some faint toasted malts lingering in the background, faint sweetness behind this sourness.

Taste is fairly neutral. In the mid palate there's really nothing going on. Upon the aftertaste there's some sweet malt and bread, and a little toasty grain but kind of small. Pretty light bodied but that's to be expected feels actually pretty decent in the palate without any major faults.

Overall it's fairly inoffensive but it sure smelled unappealing on first open. I suppose you could do worse, can't say I am really drawn to this though, what's the point of drinking a beer that has next to nothing for taste?

Serving type: bottle

05-22-2012 01:38:30 | More by smakawhat
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