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Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 228
Hads: 956
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 18
Gots: 187 | 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 alankwak
3.7/5  rDev +27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical light lager. Golden with a touch of amber.
S: Lightly hopped but not much more.
T: Very nice here. Tastes like beer dammit. Smooth finish. Cluster bittering hops perhaps? Nice. Maybe some cascade hops to finish.
M: Light to medium. For a light beer...it's OK. Better than other US light macros..no doubt.
D: Shot. I could throw back these all night. Very nice to down. Refreshing and satisfying.

Overall: I love this light beer. Best in the US for a light beer. An honest light beer. A touch weak in alcohol but a nice example of an American Light Lager. I like it. (583 characters)

Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.42/5  rDev -51.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - For a light beer I was shocked to find it had an amber color. I was expecting it to be completely gross in color. It had a medium head that vanished as quick as it appeared with absolutly no lacing. Not great.

Smell - Faint hops and malt. Smell is very weak, but it isn't repulsive.

Taste - It has an initial shock of stomach acid followed by a weak aftertaste typical of rice beer. The very high carbonation numbs the tongue, probably to dull the flavor a bit. I can't imagine how gross this would be closer to room temperature. This is bad.

Mouthfeel - This feels thinner than water. I know it doesn't make much sense, but it feels thinner than water. The carbonation stings my whole mouth and numbs the tongue, but considering the flavor, it's needed.

Drinkability - I don't want this again, ever. I could use it as a session beer, but at 2.75 abv, I might as well put a drop of Kirschwasser in a big glass of water. That would taste like water and get the same alcohol in my system. Since the carbonation numbs your mouth, it could be eaten with bad food. Some one could serve it at their dinner party to conceal the fact that their cooking tastes terrible. Other than that, this is best left on the shelves. (1,237 characters)

Photo of GuinnessHero
2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So my friend came down for the weekend and left the left over Yuengling Light in my fridge. They remained there until I realized Friday night was going to pass without a party.

Appearance: A very disappointing yellow in comparison to regular Yuengling.

Smell: There is a faint smell to this beer that is better than say Bud light. The smell would be pleasant if it were more powerful.

Taste: The taste of this beer was not too bad. However, it was at the same time disappointing being my first and last beer of the night.

Drinkability: This went down extremely well, but perhaps too well for what I expected out of this beer. (638 characters)

Photo of merlin48
1.86/5  rDev -36.1%
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. (499 characters)

Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
2.68/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours about the same as the traditional lager….copper/amber colour with a foamy head that fizzes away quickly;
Clean aroma on the nose , light graininess, faint hops. Tastebuds pick up a nice small hint how sweetnesscaramel, graininess and hint of hops. Very good drinkability….will I ever drink this again.I have no reason to drink this over the Traditional Lager. (369 characters)

Photo of maek228
3.2/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my kind of light beer. Too bad it's out of a can. It's a 175th anniversary. this is what a light beer SHOULD be. BTW....

Appearance: Light amber...alil bit lighter in color than regular

Smell: Lemon Rinds, mild hops, wheaty malts

Taste: spritzy carbonation, bitter citrus, barely any hops. Like a watered down Yuengling....but still, not bad

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation that tingles the roof of your mouth.

Drinkability: This goes down ultra easy (472 characters)

Photo of cncbofh
1.79/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Ordered one of these out of sheer curiosity with a Philly cheesesteak during my first trip out to Philadelphia. It poured with a decent color and carbonation seemed ok.

I smelled it, or at least tried to. This beer just didn't smell like anything at all except for maybe a hint of wet horse blanket. I tasted it and much to my surprise - I found a beer worse than Miller, Bud or Coors! This beer literally tastes like rotten well-water.

Philly town has plenty of other great micros. Turn this one down. (520 characters)

Photo of Backer2004
2.32/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided at first that I would pass on ordering any alcohol at a Pizza Pub and watering hole. However, I've enjoyed Yuengling's Lager and Black & tan's so i thought what the heck. The entire time I'm sipping, I am disappointed. Too much lemon flavor for a light beer---it's sad to say, but I would order a Miller Light instead of this next time. (344 characters)

Photo of Suds
1.85/5  rDev -36.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Light amber color, clear liquid with a soda-pop white head. It probably looks better than most light beers, but it’s not perfectly enticing. Faint malt aroma. Taste is grain-like and very dry. Not much hops, and certainly not bitter. Average to high carbonation. This is a middle-of-the road light beer. Notably pointless. (323 characters)

Photo of donnebaby
2.84/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper looks and a fizzy, flakey white top. OK! Smells like sweet nastiness though, like mildewy rug, pungently sweet rotting banana.

Tastes alright for a light lager. Haven't had too many light lagers, but this one is OK. Watery in the mouth, sweet shallow malts. Tangy, soft, empty carbonation. Very clean aftertaste. I think I probably like Sam Adams light better. (375 characters)

Photo of Maestro
2.12/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells like a farm. Head goes away quickly. The beer has a great amber appearance, but that is the only saving grace. Tastes okay. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkabliity is great considering the insulting ABV. Not worth it. I am not sure why Yuengling bothered to make this beer. It really isn't a good product. (316 characters)

Photo of Tang07
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours well, but the head rapidly disappears and no lacing to speak of.

It has more flavor and color than other domestic light beers. I live in Florida where it is hot and I often wish to drink a light lager during the day because ales and dark lagers, which I prefer to drink, seem a bit heavy when it is hot out and you are having more than a few beers. This beer definitely hits the spot without hurting the wallet too badly.

I realize that there are many "superior" beers, but I think that for what it is it, it is very good. It's better than Bud/Coors/Miller Lights and WAY better than waterey cheapo collage party beers like Keystone, Busch, Natural ligths.. Not as good as Amstel or Corona Light, but less expensive and has a bit more flavor, body and color than all of those.

Yuengling is pretty good for what it is. Relativley inexpensive domestic light beer.

It's light beer that costs less than $5/ six pack and I'll be buying more of it. (965 characters)

Photo of mzwolinski
1.75/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I found this sitting in my beer cabinet the other day, and puzzled over it for a bit. Why would I have purchased this? Then I remembered that I got it in a trade. With a BA who shall remain nameless (though I've got a nice bottle of Dixie White Moose waiting for him if we ever trade again!).

Clear, copper, and undercarbonated, with a few splotches of bubbles gathered on the top in lieu of a head. Smells....grainy, I guess, with a weak hint of caramel malt. But who the hell designs light lagers to be sniffed?

The taste is not impressive. There's a light breadiness to the body, but it is very watered down. I don't detect any hops in the vicinity -- the beer just sort of ends, mid-palate.

The lack of bitterness and carbonation renders this a bit too sticky in the mouth to be refreshing, and it's certainly too lacking in flavor to be interesting.

This is really an utterly worthless beer. I mean, what's the point of it being low in calories if you don't get *some* pleasure out of it? You're certainly not going to get a buzz at 2.7% ABV. I can give you a good ass-kicking that will be low in calories too, you might even bleed a ounces off. Is this a selling point?? (1,191 characters)

Photo of longpondbeerman
1.79/5  rDev -38.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I ended up at a cookout this evening, and there was nothing available to drink other than four kinds of macro-swill, Yuengling Light being one of the domestic varieties (along with Budweiser). The imported swills included Corona and Konigsburg. Instead of leaving and embarrasing my family, I took this as an opportunity to try some beers I had not had in over two years. I wish I had just left. I drank this straight out of the bottle, so I had no real sense of its appearance, but if the smell and taste were any indication, it would be weak. There was no aroma to speak of and taste was bland at best. In simplest term, this brew is worthless. (646 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry musty scent with little malts and fewer hops. The taste is average also. It is light, dry, and musty with a very watery grainy malt make-up. It goes down easy, but lacks any real flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average light beer. There is nothing special here. I found this to be dryer than most. It's one and done for me. (516 characters)

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.02/5  rDev -30.6%
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. (554 characters)

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
2.4/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale copper with a thin white head, quickly dissipates and has no lace. Smells lightly grassy.

Taste has a better malt profile than I had expected. Lightly sweet and hints of nuttiness. Light hops finish. However, overall it is too watery and doesn't have much aftertaste. Very thin. Very drinkable though and as far as light lagers go, this one isn't offensive. (373 characters)

Photo of Jarod
2.46/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

No fresh date noticed

This beer poured a caramel/amber color into the glass and was crystal clear and well carbonated. The head that was formed when vigorously poured was off white in color and lasted only a second then quickly fell to nothing not even a ring on the edges. No lace was resent. The aroma that came from the glass to be honest was a weaker version of the regular lager. I nosed light toasted malts, and some citrus hops. Again faint in the nose. The tastes that came over my tongue were light as well, some malts (sweet and roasted), light caramel, grains/husks, hops, and some bready dough as it finished. The aftertaste was light and wisps of corn and malt came forth as it warmed. The body was light. I am not a fan of the lager and choose not to drink it, the light is actually better and more easily drinkable. Not the greatest beer, but in a class of “light” beers this one stands above the rest. (922 characters)

Photo of dpend
3.3/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a light beer that you can pass off to your macro friends. It's decent for what it is and if you're going to drink light beer, then why not back these guys up instead of supporting the big dogs.Not the best light beer but very acceptable.At least they don't have stupid commercials with people hollerin' and yellin'!. (324 characters)

Photo of GeoffFromSJ
2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

As everyone here mentioned, this beer is good for a light. But do we really like light beer around here? According to Yuengling, they cook their Traditional Lager wort longer in order to produce the light. I use this beer for parites or for guests. There will be people at parties who will want their light beers, and this would be a very good Bud/Miller/Coors Light substitute.

This beer has good color, but a head which quickly disipates. The other characteristics can all be described as 'ok'. So, all in all, nothing special, but good for a light. (554 characters)

Photo of Ianhockey91
2.95/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not really a light beer drinker, but gave this one a go. Ver carbonated, however the wite head had next ot no staying power. The smell was quite faint nothing really detectable there. Tastes ok, no hops seemed to be present, and if they were they must been hiding or something. Very watery, pehaps they just tool their lage and added some water? Ok for a light and nothing else. (378 characters)

Photo of francisweizen
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

A good beer, for a light. This is just like watered down Yuengling Lager. This pours a very light amber colour with a small head on top. It smells of some faint hops and some bready malts. It tastes very bread-y and dough-y, almost sourdough like in flavor. Hops are minimal, but there. The mouthfeel is thin and over carbonated. The drinkability is good.
Not bad for a light.
F. (391 characters)

Photo of Beastdog75
2.29/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yes, this is simply a more watery version of the Yuengling's Traditional Lager. This had slightly more character than some of the other light beers, but it ends up following them down the same river of wateriness.

Yuengling Light looks almost like its regular counterpart. Pours a nice amber color. An off-white colored foam head forms and quickly disappears. Hint of caramel in the smell, but I detected the same smell here as I did in so many other light beers: that musty/soapy aroma. The mouthfeel was a little smoother than most light beers, but still watery. The initial taste has some of that caramel sweetness, but once again I must use the word watery in describing the taste elsewhere on the palette. Graininess with the slightest hints of caramel. Somewhat soapy with hints of wet paper. I couldn't detect any hops. The aftertaste was mostly clean with some adjunct flavors present. The beer also has almost no alcoholic warmth (low ABV).

Defintely one of the better looking light beers, but its all about taste, which this doesn't seem to have. I'll take it any day over BudMillerCoors Light, but I'd also take a regular Yuengling over this. (1,159 characters)

Photo of HossMcGraw
1.78/5  rDev -38.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

If for some reason you want to drink this beer, buy a case of the regular lager and 24 empty bottles. Proceed to pour half of each lager into an empty bottle and fill the rest up with water. Now you have two cases! Now the final step is to send me your leftover money. Beermail me and I'll give you an address. (310 characters)

Photo of frank4sail
3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This rating is in comparison to other "light" beers... It has a clear carbonated light gold look. More color than most lights. It has a slightly sweet note to the nose (caramel). White head diapated quickly to a slight constant white sheen. Sweetish malt water taste with cardboard notes in the finish (oxidation). The mouth is quite full and smooth for a light beer. I gave it slightly above average marks because in comparison to the macro lights and the light imports this beer has more in the way of mouth, taste and appearance. (532 characters)

Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 228 ratings.