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Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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BA SCORE
66
poor

919 Ratings
THE BROS
80
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Ratings: 919
Reviews: 238
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 22.61%
Wants: 17
Gots: 148 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002

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Ratings: 919 | Reviews: 238
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Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.16/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yuengling Light Lager 3.4% alcohol tall boy 24oz. can poured into a German Pokel.

A- Pours a light amber colored fluid with nice quarter inch white head that leaves decent lacing up and down.

S- Scents of metallic corn, husky malts, and a dose of sweetness.

T-M- Taste is mostly a lightly sweet malt with watered down corn and a touch of thin hops. Mouthfeel is smooth as water but nothing but a carbonated drink for a hot day not horrible but not the best drinkablity.

Just ok with a no frills design.

Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no other info.

Appearance: The body is a very clear golden yellow color with a tall white head on top from an aggressive pour. This head is loosely packed and fades out quickly leaving nothing behind.

Smell: Its aroma is a basic mix of light cereal grain, hay and touch of hops. The hops have a grassy and slightly citrusy character.

Taste/Palate: Following up on the aroma I get a light mix of dry cereal grain with a thin grassy and citrusy hop acidity and bitterness. This comes on a light palate with moderate fizzy carbonation.

Notes: Overall it's an average light beer with no real flaws for its style. Its light on everything and easy to drink.

Photo of DuaneTitus
4.5/5  rDev +59%

best light beer i've had in a long time.

Photo of smptenor
2.47/5  rDev -12.7%
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.

Photo of merlin48
1.86/5  rDev -34.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pours a clear, medium gold body with a one finger offwhite head that quickly dwindles to a thin wisp of collar. Aroma is nearly void, so I can't rate it as awful. Some faint grainess is barely noticed. Mouthfeel is very light bodied, with lots of crisp carbonation. Taste is watery and fizzy. Slight notes of caramel malt are easily balanced by subdued hops bitterness. Clean finish and aftertaste make this a decent "lawnmower" beer, but I don't see any point in trying this one again.

Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +32.2%
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.

Photo of Byeast
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had one of these tonight because thats whats in ma fridgerator haha. Fairly lackluster appearance , pale, small head. Not much in the nose- some faint grain and also faint sweetness. Flavor is better than most light bmc's but thats not saying much. There is a bite of raw grain in the back , bit of corny sweetness balanced by a touch of bitterness in the finish. Well, it goes down with more ease than bud light or mich ultra, but im just not much of a "light beer" guy. Basicially a watered down version of the original Yuengling Lager.

Photo of BeardRage
3/5  rDev +6%

It's not what I would call a "good" beer exactly, but as inexpensive light beers go, it's perfectly acceptable.

Photo of kingcrowing
2.17/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a clear amber color, very light but kinda nice. No head at all. Nose is bad, think of PBR or something like that.

Taste is like a BMC light lager. Not much here, light hoppines bur really light. Carbonation is a bit high like most BMC lagers. Skip this go for the light beer.

Photo of dogfishandi
2.86/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can pulled from my fridge poured into a standard pint glass. no freshness date. purchased a 24 pack of this for cheaper than most major macros. i think 19.99 if i remember correctly.

pours the darkest ive ever seen in a light lager. im used to piss yellow, where as this actually has copper/ amber color. good clarity. 2 fingers of fizzy head that quickly faded to absolutly nothing. lots of rushing bubbles.

hardly an aroma, maybe just a little bit of metallic lightly toasted grain.

very watery taste. metallic lightly toasted grains, corn, lager funk, and water.

super light mouthfeel, its like drinking sparkling water. too much carbonation. hardly a body to it, but i guess thats what there aiming for.

if you can drink water, you can drink this. this beer was made for drinkability, as well as a slightly healtier alternative. as far as light lagers go, this is prolly the best ive seen so far, not so much of an adjunct flavor, but still hella watery.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.02/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper golden amber forms a thin short-lived off white head no lacing left at all. Aroma: Mild grainy caramel sweetness touch of hops very bland all in all. Taste: An off graininess comes off a bit tart and bready with no finishing flavors, starts off a decent sweetness then boom nothing not aftertaste nothing there, water. Mouthfeel: Watery thin spritzy carbonation, can't believe they produce this beer. Drinkability: I guess you could drink alot of it 2.7%abv and watery mouthfeel, but why would you waste your time with flavorless beer.

Photo of chinchill
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

undated bottle served in pint glass.

Has a deeper color, light amber, than a typical beer of this style, and a little color in the short-lived and smallish head.

Aroma: some nice malt aroma, but with virtually no hops and a trace of off-odor.

T - limited flavor with both watery taste and a watery feel. However, no off-flavors detected in this sample.

O - not bad for an American light lager, and worked OK as a beverage to accompany a meal.

Photo of Brenden
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This was sort of a "why not?" beer.

Typically a light is a watered-down version of the original. This is no exception.
There's not much to say.
Smell and taste both have light hops, malt and grains characters. It's watered-down, but not as much as most American macro lights. Smell and flavor are a little stronger and purer than in most as well. Appearance is light with minimal head and lacing. Mouthfeel is crisp but thin, though not as thin as most lights.
It's average rather than terrible.

Photo of dacrza1
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tawny yellow orange body with a soft swiftly dissapating head...moderately effervescent...dark for a "light" beer...sharp malt accents...quite strong for a light lager too! reminiscent of the original...smooth, slightly flat and creamy palate...light to medium mouthfeel...short taste of woody sweetness--light in th finish, with hints of roasted malt...Yuengling’s Light maintains much of the original’s flavor traits, for the better...now, if I only liked drinking light beers...

Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling- Light Lager

A- Light golden amber with a small light lacing white head.
S- Crisp corn, rice, and malt grains. Light touch of straw/ hay.
T- Light sweet grains, maltier than I was expecting. A touch of sweet corn adjunct.
M- Sweet and a touch malty. Watery, of course, but with a bubbly slightly dry finish.

Overall- "Lawnmower Beer."

Photo of tastybeer
2.58/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear coppery golden color with a small struggling white head. Retention is a dense white ring. At least my beer has a bit more color than the usual crappy light lagers. Smell is not so bad, but definitely not much. There's a little sweetness and some clarity, with mild hops. Taste has some bready malt and some hard to discern hops. Light body and watery mouthfeel with large, in your face, carbonation. Drinkability is what it is.

Not thaaat bad for a light lager, but not as good as Sam Light. I would suggest getting real beer instead.

Photo of Lowercaseg
2.26/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I've had better light beers. I'll buy something else the next time I buy a light beer. You should probably do the same in my opinion. I have nothing else to say on this one but it makes me type more words...please make it stop, please...okay this should finally get me to 250

Photo of psujesus
2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

had one straight from the bottle

what more is there to say other than it's a light beer? i still prefer the Yuengling Traditional Lager over this anytime

for a light beer its not as bad as the macros but its still a light beer, got a sixer that came with the variety, otherwise i wouldn't buy this again

Photo of pmcadamis
1.93/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

A - The bright shinny copper color of this brew is vibrant and pretty, but the head is almost non-existent! This is the color of a good lowland scotch...like heather and honey.

S - Caramel and mineral notes with a touch of honey and butter. This isn't assertive, but for a light lager...this is a great nose.

T- Again, caramel and mineral water. This is pretty weak in the flavor department, but what flavors are there are really pretty decent.

M - Extremely thin and watery with a shit-ton of carbonation. Standard fare for the style, but this is especially thin.

D - Now I know why this is so damn thin and watery! There is barely any booze in this damn beer! 2.7%? You've gotta be kidding me. Even though this is a relatively cheap beer, catching a buzz on this soda pop could be expensive.

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with little head and only a little retention. Smells grainy and metallic with a hint of lager yeast. Taste is grainy but smooth. Mouthfeel is better than expected; moderate carbonation and rather full for a light lager.

Quaffable, mild flavor, moderate carbonation. Not all that bad for the style.

Photo of Oldmankeebler
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not as good as the regular lager. It is a little more bland. However still very smooth.

Photo of mempath
4.08/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for what it IS (a light lager...), not bad at all! actually, GOOD (compared to the superMacros). still has a bit of red and that makes it a little more unique than other 'lites'...i've had these before but never focused on it.

smell is not sweet at all...a bit of sourness, very appealing, though of course, i'd like more intensity. that's not what this was designed for. i have to remember that (to be FAIR and not compare this to hot rods and hop rides....that just explode...) this is a small MACRO offering.

taste/mouthfeel is very refreshing, a sort of sour dough (light...) that is AT LEAST 'flavorable'...went really well with my dad's pasta fasul zuppa...quenched my thirst, washed down that pleasant overdose of homegrown and grinded red pepper.

all in all, i wouldn't normally buy this (i just don't DO light beers unless offered one or it's in a variety pack). easy to drink for sure. still, light beers are almost an oxymoron and are, by nature, handicapped. and that's ok. they serve a purpose like decaf coffee...and even NA 'beers'....but this is a fine and standup brew. will have to compare this to Sam Adams Light whenever i get offered one.

edit addendum note: an A- here is not the same as an A- elsewhere...this is judging it as it is as well as keeping in mind what a LIGHT beer 'is'...for what it is, this is pretty darn solid.

also, i will try and review the CAN version of this...can versions are simply NOT the same beer. never has been for me.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.38/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I understand why Dick wanted to create this brand. The Traditional Lager is immensely popular for some reason, and this should do just as well or better! Or will it? It may create a backlash from people who think that the Traditional Lager is something special. But this new beer is so bad that I'm going to have to spill the beans.
Here it is: Yuengling Traditional Lager is Yuengling Premium Lager with a caramel coloring called Porterine added. Same beer, different color. Yuengling Light is watered down Yuengling Premium Lager. Therefore, this is basically Yuengling Light with food coloring. There is nothing special about it. The Porterine does give a very slight flavor, but it's basically insignificant at this level. If you like the Light (and it's not bad compared to other lights) then you'll like this. Otherwise, forget it.

Photo of Rootdog316
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Premium Light Beer could very easily be mistaken for the regular Yuengling beers. Unlike most light beers, Yuengling Premium Light doesn't cut taste when it cuts calories.
A full-bodied and rich-tasting brew, Yuengling Light is the perfect beer for anyone having a party that needs to please the full range of beer drinking preferences. For those who are watching their caloric intake, Yuengling Premium Light allows them to enjoy their drink with a clear conscience. For those wanting a smooth beer, again Yuengling would please their palate. And for those looking for that rich beer taste, Yuengling is the perfect beer.
Yuengling is a great complement to most food items, although I enjoy it with a nice summer barbecue or typical bar foods.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

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Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
66 out of 100 based on 919 ratings.