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Yuengling Light Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Light LagerYuengling Light Lager

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002

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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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Photo of ehreesejr
3.77/5  rDev +31.4%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Yuengling Light is a step down 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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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

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Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +30.3%
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.

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Photo of angrybabboon
3.47/5  rDev +20.9%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.02/5  rDev +5.2%
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.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.01/5  rDev -30%
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.

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Photo of cbutova
2.41/5  rDev -16%
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.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Photo of Celtics76
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This is a step above the macro light lagers (Bud Light, etc.). Not much more to be said here - it's easy drinking, low ABV, inoffensive (but very little) flavor. I good beer to pound while eating buffalo wings.

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Photo of smptenor
2.47/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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Photo of garak99
4.16/5  rDev +44.9%
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

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Photo of CFHMagnet
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
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.

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Photo of dtreindl
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
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.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

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Photo of HeatherN
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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!

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Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.51/5  rDev -12.5%
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…

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Photo of Theheroguy
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Timothy223ktktm99
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
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

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3/5  rDev +4.5%
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.


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Photo of DeFaz
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
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.

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Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 237 ratings.