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Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Light LagerYuengling Light Lager

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233 Reviews
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Reviews: 233
Hads: 984
Avg: 2.87
pDev: 45.99%
Wants: 19
Gots: 210 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
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 Amity83
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've drank so much of this beer its not even funny. Going to college in eastern PA it was so affordable and easy to come by. We often referred to it as the "Diet Dr. Pepper of light beers" for its faithfulness to the traditional lager. No doubt, Yuengling has often been overrated by beer lovers for its heritage rather than its flavor, especially since the craft beer movement is so strong. That doesn't mean its bad beer though. It has a very distinctive flavor and drinkablity that many will love when compared to its pale lager brethren from the major brewers. At 99 calories its a guilt free pleasure. Some may be turned off by its unusually low 3.6abv

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
4.4/5  rDev +53.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

After being disappointed with the taste of the Trad. Lager, I tried their Light to see if it might offer anything. It most certainly does!! The taste is far superior of the Trad. Lager. and this Light has LESS CALORIES!! The Trad. has a sourness to its taste and I think that is due to the green bottle they insist on using. Their Light comes in a BROWN BOTTLE (get the hint Yueng.??) and it has a good flavor without all the sourness the Trad. has.

You want a Light with flavor? Try the Yuengling Light - it has a very good beer flavor.

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Photo of slim_shakey
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I recently tried a few and there really isn't much to say except that I can drink these at lunch time and not get buzzed. Nothing special for sure, but nothing offensive either, just kind of tasteless.

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Photo of mnrider
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear urine colored yellow. Half finger of fizzy white head. High amount of carbonation. Has little retention.

S: Grains. Malts. Crisp. Creamy.

T/M: Smooth and creamy. Malts. Sweet. Funky. Water. Tingle of carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

O: A watered down less flavorful Yuengling Traditional Lager. I've had worse light lagers.


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Photo of Anacross
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It didn't offend me at all. Light, well carbonated and thin. Not bad. More flavorful and enjoyable than Bud Light or any other domestic brand of this same style I have tried.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had one of these straight from the can.. I think this was the beer. For some reason there were two Yuengling Lights -- one in a can more like this one, and then a blue one. Kind of confusing, but whatever.

Anyway, carbonated water. The only reason why this beer even has a 68 rating is because people are blindly faithful to Yuengling no matter what. Standard Yuengling is decent enough, but this is a whole lot of underwhelming. I will say it has slightly more flavor than I'd expect from a beer barely over 3%, so it has that going for it, but it's really only marginally better than any of the mass produced light lagers... I mean, marginally.

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Photo of Yuuki
3.96/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After trying this beer while working in the US, I found it to be full bodied for an American light beer. I have tried many brands of light beer, and most of the drink like seltzer water. The balance of sweetness and bitters made this beer one of my favorite American Beers, just one step under Sam Adams light. I also like its low alcohol by volume, which is good for people that require lower alcohol beer. A satisfactory beer for my taste, although it is a very wet beer, compared to my favorite, Asahi Super Dry.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OIf thing before I write my review- I am reviewing this beer in comparison only to other light beers.

Appearance- A light amber color, really actually impressive looking for this category. Lots and lots of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell- like nothing lol. Very light smell, slightly grassy maybe? Smells like lime seltzer water.

Taste- like seltzer almost lol. More flavor than Bud light or Coors light, that's for sure, but it's like someone added club soda to Yuengling's traditional lager. Not too bad actually, very very refreshing after a long day roofing.

Mouthfeel-light body with heavy heavy carbonation, too much for my taste, but still not terrible, and very refreshing still.

Overall- a decent light brew. Very refreshing, better than any BMC light beers. If I am going to drink a light beer though, Sam Adams make a phenomenal light brew. If that's unavailable, give me a yuengling light lager.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.82/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Bought this initially by mistake thinking it was Yuengling Lager, taste wasnt that bad and not far off from the regular lager, color was pretty light and well carbonated. Smelt kind of funky though, like it was left sitting for a little while.

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Photo of DL2449
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of MinterSC
3.5/5  rDev +22%
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.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.32/5  rDev +15.7%
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.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.44/5  rDev +19.9%
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.

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Photo of BigH75
2.87/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
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.

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Photo of WillWillows
3.37/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.74/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.94/5  rDev +37.3%
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.

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Photo of KYGunner
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.99/5  rDev +4.2%

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.

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Photo of predikit
3/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

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Photo of DrewsBrews450
4/5  rDev +39.4%

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

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
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.

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Photo of pasjc2001
2.25/5  rDev -21.6%

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.

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Photo of JOT
4.75/5  rDev +65.5%

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.

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Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 233 ratings.