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Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 159
Hads: 551
Avg: 3
pDev: 39.33%
Wants: 23
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000

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Photo of lenbert
3.61/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have enjoyed this beer a few times before but Yuengling isn't in distribution in my area so it has been a too rare occurrence that I get to sample one. The first thing that I noticed was a change in packaging to brown 12 ounce bottles (alright). Still has a twist off cap but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The color is a light gold and the pour generates a nice head that quickly departs. Where this one really shines in its class is in the aroma and taste department. The smell is pleasant and the taste is full bodied for a beer with its IBU and ABV profile.

This is a perfect lager for a hot Summer day.

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Photo of generallee
3.89/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It was poured from a brown 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: It has a bright yellow colored body with very good clarity and visible carbonation rushing up to bright white head. The head is light and soapy. It quickly settled down to a wispy thin film covering.

Smell: The aroma is light and cereal like with a faint floral hops in the background.

Taste / Palate: The flavor is light and clean. It’s has cereal and light grain like notes with a light floral and grassy hay like hops. It feels light and refreshing with balanced carbonation.

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Photo of Pennd002
3.42/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite standard lager, this one is found everywhere in my area including on tap in all the bars. It's relatively smooth and works well with any food at the ballpark. It's also cheaper than most competitors.

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Photo of stakem
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

For longer than I have been leagally able to enjoy beer, people in my town refer to beer as all inclusively consisting of 1 of 2 options: "Lager or Premium" with both referring to Yuengling.

Cult-like brand loyalty and historical reference are the only things this beer has going for it. Slightly inferior to its "Lager" counterpart, Premium is the slightly shittier, sweeter version of the two.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.94/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear, golden, straw, thick white head, good lacing

S: Adjunct grains, yeast, slight hops

T: Heavy on the adjunct grains, sweet, hop bitterness, very crisp, clean taste

M: Light, good carbonation.

O: Good beer. Way better than some I've had. Good representation of the style.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yuengling Premium Beer brew by Yuengling Brewery, with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is sweet with grains and malts. You pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is sweet with grains and malts. Not bad but not great. Yuengling Premium Beer has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel of Yuengling Premium Beer is nice,clean and smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. I like how this brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving Yuengling Premium Beer a 4.25 out 5. This brew is a nice drinking brew. Nothing fancy but nothing cheap. I would buy this brew again. Thank you Yuengling Brewery

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Photo of UKBeerman
3.75/5  rDev +25%

I think this is a pretty goo beer for the particular 'style'. That is to say that it is a good easy drinking session beer. If at a party drinking many beers with many wings I think it is a good choice. Pleasant taste and aroma. Looks light in color and has a clean smooth taste to match. Poured with a decent head, but it did not last long. Very mild hop aroma. Some say it has a corn flavor?? I cannot say I detect that, but it is certainly light in flavor. If I were going to drink one beer each night, I would pick something more full bodied...but as a party brew, this is pretty good.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%

Just got back in from helping the wifey plant some flowers. Yeah yeah, I was holding a beer so keep your WHIPPED jokes to yourself!

Thanks to 302BeerGuy (Kevin) for this marvelous treat!

Appearance (3.5) : The cap came off with a good amount of snap from the carbonation. It starts off with 2 fingers of creamy looking head on top of a straw colored transparent body.

Aroma (3.25) : Rich toasted grains, very strong corn notes, malt, barley, a little hay with some sweet hop presence mixed in. A little bit of antiseptic at the tail end of the nose.

Taste (3.5) : It's got a rich malt heritage with barley, a hint of banana, and a bit of sweaty corn. A bit of bready hop finishes off the flavor profile with a semi-dry corn note.

Mouthfeel (3.25) : Carbonated, smooth, semi-dry.

Overall (3.37) : It's a competent lager with some traditional B/M/C characteristics. It's got some nice bready hop and banana that set it apart from the rest and actually reminds me a little of Natural Ice. I'm not secretly aching inside wishing they sold it here in my part of the country, but I'd try it again if offered. It is a capable and tasty adjunct lager.

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Photo of Kenharkerjr
3.49/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my new go to beer. Since I live in southern NJ, I am in Yuengling Brewery's back yard. I used to drink Yuengling Lager, but after 3 or 4 it leaves me with a really bitter aftertaste. I had never thought to try this until a few weeks ago, I had a taste for a domestic beer. I bought a 6-pack, and I love it. Mind you, this is for casual drinking. this isn't going to blow you away like a microbrew or an IPA. This is just a good quality domestic session beer.

Appearance- 3.25, yellow, slight amber, light head
Smell- clean, sweet beer smell, no hops
taste- crisp, a tad sweet, no hops, light corn
mouthfeel- heavy carbonation, sweet finish, no after taste
overall- again, at 5.00 a 6 pack you can't go wrong. In my opinion, puts Miller, Bud, and Coors all to shame and saves you money in the process.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.34/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz can into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours translucent straw with a fluffy white head. Smells of sweet cereal grain, a tad bit of corn, very sweet. Tastes of cereal grain, but much more flavorful than most adjuncts. Beer is light bodied, easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, a slightly above average beer.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.58/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

A: very pale, dandelion-gold liquid - crystal clear... fizzy, open foam that settles quickly into a thin cap, then slowly dissipates, breaking up

S: bubblegum, at first - that just about fades away, leaving a sweetish, corn bread aroma

T: initial hit of light-toasted lager malt, corn meal... the bubblegum soon emerges, as a highlight around the edges... low bitterness, more of a presence of light, syrupy sweetness... notable degree of tangerine-like citrus essence in the aftertaste...

M: light-medium-bodied, compact roundness... light, foamy wash... disappears moderately dry... drinks much like an import Helles

O: not bad... the fruity-ish, bubblegum/citrus peel elements could be toned down a touch, but they're not all that off-putting... actually, the level of dryness balances that out nicely... would prefer to have more of a grainy, bready taste here, but this has enough flavor not to be completely insipid

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.3/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, light golden body with a flush of white foam fed by steady streams of effervescence.

Smell: Conjoined nose of lightly malted barley and ground corn with meager, meager backing of hops.

Taste: Cereal malts, a spoonful of corn, a sip of clean spring water, a faint kiss of hops with little imparted bitterness. Faint hint of sweetness on the otherwise clean, crisp finish.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: Well, it's chuggable and cheap.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.08/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: 9/4/2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang 10-year pokal...OCCASION: the NFL begins again... APPEARANCE: white, fizzy, foamy head that fizzles quickly; clear golden yellow body--random lacing... AROMA: sharp doughy cracker malts and roasted toffee melt together with a rust copper aroma--oddly familiar but, under scrutiny, not so desirable... PALATE: fizzy and slightly oily/buttery; easily drinkable, as it no doubt is designed to be...TASTE: sweet, malty and metallic, as remembered...a distinct central PA lemongrass and hard water combination...OVERALL: familiar but significantly less frequented than the traditional lager, the premium carries less weight than the lager but has a little more taste than the light--but not enough to elicit comparison or deeper analysis...

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Photo of dlb_127
3.65/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I'm no connoisseur, but I enjoy fancy beers. Having said that, this is my "go-to" beer when all I can reach is the local gas station before kick-off. Gotta love the oldest brew in the states. Great for Saturday afternoons watching football.

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Photo of BeerZack
3.54/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Kinda sweet and malty with a hint of metallic hops on the nose. Maybe a hint of cooked corn and dirty dishwater as it warms. Flavor is right there too; sweet malt, metallic hops and cooked corn. Moderately low carbonation lends a pleasant, creamy mouthfeel. Somewhat lengthy mouth-coating impression keeps it from being a “clean” finish, even though it's mostly flavorless.

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Photo of jamesg60
3.84/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like this beer regardless of what others say this beer taste better than Coors and Budweiser beers. The beer is used to drink as my regular beer and I still but six pack now again. A good drinking beer when you don't want a lager or a Ale and just want a plain good beer to drink.

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Photo of donmonkey1
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Cheap straw yellow, Fizzy white head that will be gone before the first sip, good carbonation, little or no lacing.

Smell: It's hard to smell anything, but corn in a can?

Taste: Bland, no hops or malt really.

Big Time disappointment. Yuengling makes it a point to call this premium beer, but it's average at best (and that's basing average on the BudMillerCoors standard crap).

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.79/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

First bottle into pint glass. Rest drank from the bottle.

Nice golden color. Bubbles racing to the top. White foamy head that left a bit of lacing on the glass.

Beer with some white wine like grape aroma faint whiff of alcohol. Not bad. Clean.

Mild malt with a sharp hop flavor in the finish. Kind of boozy at first then disappears after the first few.

Clean and crisp. Not syrupy. Finishes dry but not too much.

Good cheap beer that taste good. Will drink again.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.49/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw-yellow color, very pale, nearly clear, slight clarity, a bit more haze than expected. Thin, white head lasts only for a few seconds, no lacing left behind. Aroma filled with crisp grains and some lightly toasted malt (but not much). Light floral essence, a bit metallic on the nose, too. Taste is very light and crisp, thin bodied with a dry malt character; grains and corns are abundant, but still too weak to give a big flavor. Apple skins and grape sweetness comes to mind with the crispiness of the brew; hop flavor is low, although there is a slight bitterness that can be detected; however, it comes and goes without much taste at all. Some slight sweetness and a dry, crisp grain flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall, not an awful beer - certainly more flavorful and tasty than Bud, Coors, etc., but I still would venture to believe that better choices can be made wherever this is available.

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Photo of clemtiger8202
2.61/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured very pale yellow, straw color with a white suddsy head. Clear with obvious carbonation showing. Not very aromatic, hints of malt, maybe corn, and grass. Beer also smells like its starting to skunk. Taste is slightly sweet up front with just a little bitterness on the finish. Thin mouthfeel, slightly dry, but very drinkable. An easy pick over other the macro-AALs out there since it actually has some flavor and some aroma.

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Photo of beertunes
2.71/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this one. Poured into nonic. Poured a lightly hazy light gold color with an inch and a half of white head that had decent retention and left no lacing.

The aroma was was mostly grain-like malt with just some very light hops offering some contrast, rather bland and neutral smelling. The flavors were nearly identical, some sweet grains, very light hops and an overall bland taste.

The body was the typical thin and crisp expected from the style. Drinkabilty was OK, the beer went quickly and with much effort. Overall, an OK beer, it is what it is, and you probably know what you're getting when you buy the beer.

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Photo of Brenden
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

About halfway through this beer, I know this review will be short because there's just so little to write. Not bad for the style, but what is that really saying?

An average look starts it off, just a bit of head then a wispy foam that stays around and leaves spotty lacing. The brew itself is the unsurprising pale gold.
This beer is almost the definition of nondescript: some grains (expected) underneath, slight pale malts, slight hops, a touch of skunk and a bit of yeast. The skunk in the nose if off-putting, but not so much in the flavor. It's nothing I wasn't expecting.
Crisp and refreshing, as most light lagers can be, but clean with a body actually veering toward medium.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates. Not really any noticeable lacing.

Smell: Mainly malts and adjuncts, barely discernible hops.

Taste: Light malts, light hoppiness, heavy on corny adjuncts, sweet. Reminds me of Coors'.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and high carbonation, works for the flavor profile.

Overall: Typical AAL profile, although a bit subpar. Fans of BMC would enjoy this, but I'd recommend Yuengling Traditional any day.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from can into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light golden color with a large white head. The head quickly faded leaving a persistent thin foam with only a very light lacing on the glass.

Smell – The aroma is very light, but notes of corn and an ever so light caramel smell present.

Taste – Sweetness is the first thing detected on the tongue. It contains mainly flavors of corn, but has a light caramel taste as well. The sweetness lightens ever so slightly as the taste goes on leaving a little it of a more bready flavor; overall though the flavor is rather light.

Mouthfeel – A very moderate body and very average level of carbonation, make this one very easy to drink, but is really nothing too special.

Overall – Easy drinking beer with a moderate level of flavor. A very standard American lager.

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Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow, translucent gold with a quarter inch of fizzy, bubbly, soap-like head that quickly fades to nothing. The nose is sweet and smells primarily of corn. The taste is rather nondescript; corny, sweet, faint grassy hops. The mouthfeel is light, crisp, and smooth.

This is a very sessionable lager. In drinkability it's not unlike the Traditional Lager, but in flavor it's rather weak and disappointing.

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Yuengling Premium Beer from Yuengling Brewery
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