Yuengling Light Lager - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 224
Hads: 947
rAvg: 2.91
pDev: 20.27%
Wants: 19
Gots: 183 | 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 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)

Photo of chinchill
2.65/5  rDev -8.9%
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. (449 characters)

Photo of wesbrownyeah
2.16/5  rDev -25.8%
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. (506 characters)

Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tea-colored beer with a light head that dissipates quickly. Grassy, sweet aroma with light citrus notes. Crisp, fresh, leafy flavor. Creamy texture, but doesn't feel heavy at all. The only way I can tell this is a light beer is the slightly watery body, but even that isn't unpleasant. Hard to believe this is in the same category as the BMC lights. I'd drink this stuff all the time if it were available in my area. (416 characters)

Photo of Kromes
3.04/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: A light amber color with no head and lots of soda-like carbonation.

S: Honey, grainy, and bready malt aroma. A little bit of fruitiness in the background.

T: Honey malts with a toasted, grainy flavor. Finishes rather sweet with a grainy aftertaste, but not in a bad way.

M: Somewhat smooth with a decent body to it for a light lager. The taste is watered down, but the feel is not watery.

O: In the land of American light lagers, this would be near the top. There aren't any real off flavors like some of the other mass produced beers have. Nice and light tasting (it's a light beer) and refreshing in the summer. (620 characters)

Photo of Knapp85
2.06/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Honestly I wish they'd stop making Light beers. This beer pours just like it's fuller version the Traditional Lager. It's got a copper-ish amber color with a white head that goes away quickly. The smells are almost the same, it's kind of hoppy and it's got some grains in there too. The aroma is super light though. The taste is virtually absent from this beer. Compared to the original Lager this beer is very weak on flavor. All I can say is that you should just drink the real thing. (486 characters)

Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
68 out of 100 based on 224 ratings.