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Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 229
Hads: 959
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 18
Gots: 191 | 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 DavoleBomb
1.99/5  rDev -31.6%
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. (586 characters)

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.2/5  rDev +10%
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. (763 characters)

Photo of smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev 0%
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? (820 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light amber color with a half inch off-white head. The head didn't stay around for too long, and there's a small amount of lacing. Aroma is sweet malt and corn, not much to this brew at all. It's not a bad aroma, but not great either. Taste is the same as the aroma, it's all sweet malt and corn. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's smooth, a bit slick and goes down easy enough. I'd have to say for the style of beer this is, it's average. I've certainly had a lot worse. It's not offensive at all, and for the most part I think it's more enjoyable than most light beers I've had in the past. Not that I would make a point to seek this out, but it's really not bad. Single bought from Blacklick Wine and Spirits for $1.09. (788 characters)

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

Ah Light Lager. This thing has no flavor that I really could find. I did all the swirling and stuff, but I got very little. Light toasted corn and no bitterness at all. The pale straw body and no head didnt really help either.

Well I cant say I totally hated this thing, but there wasnt much to hate. It was drinkable (like water or coke). (341 characters)

Photo of brewcore
3.03/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Grading for the style.

A: Dark gold, almost copper in color. Yields a one finger, creamy, white head. Some but not much lacing.

S: Bready malts. A little bit of sweet adjunct funk.

T: Malts. Primarily bready with an earthy finish. Not much from hops here. More flavor than most light lagers.

M: Relatively light and watery but with more body than most light lagers with moderate carbonation.

O: Not a bad beer for a light lager. I like it better than the offerings from the big three but it still is not something I will be stocking in the fridge any time soon. (606 characters)

Photo of thagr81us
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a shaker. Poured a golden caramel color with a half finger white head that subsided to a minimal amount quickly. There was no lacing evident throughout the glass. The aroma was comprised of sweet malt, nutty, and floral. The flavor was of sweet malt, nutty, floral, and water. It had a light feel on the palate with medium-high carbonation. Overall this was a fairly average brew. While there wasn't a whole lot going on here, it really wasn't bad either. Just wish this one would have been a little more complex. Would make a good gateway beer for the regular frat boy out there. (604 characters)

Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried the Yuengling Light Lager during a visit to Ohio. The beer poured a light oak color with a nice creamy white head,then lay to a light lace around the top of the glass. The smell and taste were mostly malt with slight balance hop. The mouthfeel was light in body and carbonated. Overall I think it is very drinkable, a nice light beer. (342 characters)

Photo of giblet
2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

first off let me say that i am not a lover of light beer. this is one of the best light beers i have had. pours nice head with good carbonation from a can. nice malt smell. refreshing and somewhat tasty. not much on hops though. good beer for everyday.

suckem up and movem out.

giblet (286 characters)

Photo of devinoconnor
3.48/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Only thing about Beer Advocate I don't like... the snobs. Any even remotely "mainstream" lighter beer is immediately deemed poor. Granted, this isn't the world's best brew, but it's not poor. In fact, it's one of the better light beers America produces.

Pours a light brown with little head. Smells of malt and yeast, no hops or citrus notes. Taste is earthy, soil-like similar to its regular counterpart.

Overall, a good light beer. (437 characters)

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

Into a pint glass:

A: light golden amber colored body that didn't have any head whatsoever

S: very faint caramel and graininess

T: light sweetness but didn't last

M: light and crisp; sessionable; slight wet grassiness and grain in the aftertaste and finish

O: decent for the style, does the trick what Yuengling was trying to do, probably only have again if I'm trying to lose weight (388 characters)

Photo of projectflam86
3.43/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a tulip. Reviewed with the style in mind.

A- Pours a light golden amber color with a thick white foam head that doesn't stick around for very long but does leave a few rings of lace.

S- Some faint caramel malt and grain scents. Not a whole lot going on in the nose.

T- A nice light sweetness initially with a touch of grassy hops and grain in the finish. Toasted bread and caramel malt round out the flavor. Very nice flavor considering the style.

M- Light and crisp with good carbonation.

O- Overall a very drinkable light lager. Easily one of the best that I have had thus far. (606 characters)

Photo of shealoftus14
1.75/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Prefer the normal yuengling lager, this light beer had no taste really. I dont like any light beers but I would prefer one of the big 3 over this one. The aroma was alright the appearance was a light bright color but the taste wasn't that good. Didn't apprecaite the aftertaste either. I believe I can get the same quality of this beer at a lower price as well. (361 characters)

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

12 Oz. Bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a golden honey color. Finger size head that quickly retreats.

S: Straight barley. Can't detect much else going on here.

T: Barley, corn, and water. Mostly the latter two- pretty weak stuff here.

M: Carbonated when it first hits your mouth, but then it dies quickly. Smooth, but not necessarily in a pleasant way.

O: This was my second or third time having it- maybe it's because I was paying more attention this time around, but pretty disappointed and a lot less flavor than I remembered. Even if I had a long night of drinking ahead of me I would go with Yuengling Heavy over this. (629 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.11/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz twist-off bottle poured into a pilsner glass.
10354 on the neck, 99 cal., 8.5 g Carbs, .82 g protein, 0.1 g fat

Thanks to Thorpe429 for this bottle!

A - Actually, it's not that light! It's got a nice golden caramel hue that's crystal clear and topped by a white head. No lace left over though.

S - A bit skunky, this light lager has a grainy nose. Volatiles burn off quickly leaving pale malt and notes of straw.

T - Now that's the "light" I was expecting; corn and grainy malt with mild pale undertones create a drinkable beer that's not very flavorful, but certainly not offensive either.

M - Highly carbonated and watery in body, Light Lager is very light in feel with a slick finish and clean crispness.

O - Not bad after mowing the lawn, that's for true. I could see this being an easy drinking summer beer but definitely not one I'd keep on hand if available. (877 characters)

Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can.

Pours a clear, slightly dark gold. This head.

Smell is corn along with some malt and a little bit of hops. Not bad for a light beer.

Taste is much like the smell with some corny adjuct flavor along with a little malt. There is a decent bitterness for a light beer. This beer really tastes like regular yuengling that has been watered down.

There is much more flavor here than is present in other light beers and I would gladly choose this over any BMC light lager. (494 characters)

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
3.33/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured mid pale yellow body with a white head that starts full but dies off quickly.Spotting more than lacing the glass. Aroma is weedy grass, rice, corn. Taste is a bit acrid but crisp.A touch thin and watery.Leaves a slick, almost oily aftertaste in the mouth. (262 characters)

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

Out of a 24oz can this beer was a clear, golden color with a fizzy white head. Decent lacing and retention. The aroma was of pale malt, lager yeast and almost no hops. The flavors were also almost all pale malt, some adjuncts (corn?), cereal grains and a hint of sweetness. Very easy to drink but also very little to write about. The body was light, the carbonation average and the mouthfeel ok. (395 characters)

Photo of sixerofelixir
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle. Code inked on neck.

Pours a lite golden-amber. Deep color for a beer of this style. A white head soon rings. Low carbonation, and as a result, the feel suffers. Smell is mild adjunct and not much else. Taste is very light biscuit, small amounts of bitters, and water. Mostly water. (296 characters)

Photo of GRBrew
2.86/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours with a tall head that quickly disappears. While I love Yuengling, Light just does not work. It is your typical watered down light beer. It is only god for the hottest day when mowing the lawn. I've got a case in the basement so I hope it gets warm so I can finish it. (273 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +3.1%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of PhageLab
2.9/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Clear amber coloration, medium amount of froth, no lace, moderate retention.

S - Hmm, caramel malts, and a bit of grain. Faintly sweet, but not much happening here.

T - Small amount of malt sweetness followed by an even smaller hop tinge. Watery. Not bad, but nothing much here to report.

M - Clean watery body, sharp carbonation level, and once it's gone, it is gone. No aftertaste.

D - I wouldn't turn one down if offered, but I doubt I'll revisit otherwise. (468 characters)

Photo of IdrinkGas
3.1/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle- No bottled on dates.
Pours a slightly watery looking amber color.
Smells bready with a little hops. Not really much going on in the nose.
Starts out with grainy and light hops flavors. Finishes with caramel malt sweetness.
Carbonation is right on point for a light beer.

Probably the best readily available light beer. Extremely high drinkability. (364 characters)

Photo of BeerMane
2.58/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My friend brought a six pack over the other night and I had a couple. The color was a light amber, taste was smooth however it seemed more watered down. Overall taste was ok and this would be a great summer time beer outside in the heat. Overall the beer was ok but I prefer the origial Yuengling Traditional Lager. (315 characters)

Photo of jpro
2.56/5  rDev -12%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A leftover after a party... into a standard pint glass...

A: Pours a clear, golden amber; a continuous stream of tiny bubbles rush to the surface, forming a one-finger head of white foam; head manages some pretty decent retention and leaves a few spots of lace; really, not bad looking for a light lager!

S: Dusty malts; grainy; some bread crust; a little sweet.

T: Sweet malts and some dough; leaves an oddly savory finish with some vegetal notes; no hop presence and not much character throughout; perhaps some wet cardboard in there, too.

M: Light bodied; high carbonation; a touch of slickness (unexpected) gives it little something most light beers don’t have.

O: Not too bad... at just 3.4%, probably one of the better light lagers out there; unfortunately, there’s just not much character with this beer and it becomes more unenjoyable throughout consumption. (875 characters)

Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.