Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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546 Ratings

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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 164
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 24
Gots: 54 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000

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Reviews by BasementBer:
Photo of BasementBer
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its better than the usual, I will leave it at that.

A: Clear, good head.

S: Has the traditional light malt smell, little hop odor if any.

T: Slight grain flavor with a hint of bitterness, atleast more noticeable than the budmiloors.

M: As you would expect, crisp. But thats what you drink for it, isnt it?

O: Thanks for the history Yuengling!

More User Reviews:
Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +49.8%
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

Photo of oberon
2.01/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this in a quart bottle at the pizzaria around the block,what a waiste of $2.50.Poured a yellowish color with some head,not much smell out of this at all maybe a little breadlike?Taste was almost skunky,very bitter and nothing really stood out but the bitterness in my mind.I'll make sure not to make the mistake in buying this again.

Photo of tectactoe
2.49/5  rDev -13.2%
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.

Photo of Todd
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12oz brown twist-off bottle.

Appearance: Extreme pale yellow, very thin (any thinner it would be clear), hazy with a thinly foamed white ringed lace.

Smell: Soft grains, floral and grape aromas.

Taste: Light in body. Malt profile is thin and dry. Hop flavours are a bitter sharp, citrusy, salty, steely. The brew seems to have an alcoholic character, which pulls the dryness upfront more. Beer finishes grainy, dry and with a bit of dextrin/grape sweetness. Corn notes, more in the sweetness and alcohol.

Notes: Interesting American Lager. Bitter than most. Thinner and paler than most. It's a really nice beer, but I keep on thinking "corn" ... this brew must have been brewed with the addition of corn as an adjunct ingredient.

Thanks to my neighbor Sandra for the donation, and for bringing the Yuenglings all the way up from Philly.

Photo of generallee
3.89/5  rDev +35.5%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at my resort bar in Orlando.

Pours a pale straw colour, thin, but durable head. Some lacing.

Nose is straw, honey, light hops and tin.

A bland, unappealing lager with a particularly unpleasant finish. No different from any typical BMC product. Stick with the traditional lager if you can, this stuff is pretty bland.

Photo of Ceej1978
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with very little head. I even tried pouring one fast to see if I could create one but it dissipated quickly.

The nose is slightly hoppy. Hints of corn. About par for a light lager.

The taste is not quite what I expected from the smell. It seems a bit light but overall the taste is about average for a light lager.

The mouthfeel seems light bodied. Nothing special. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is decent. I poured two at a time into a 32 oz. chilled mug. Six were gone before I realized it then I moved on to the Black and Tan.

Overall it's a decent beer for the price. I'm a fan of traditional Yuengling and I haven't ever had a "bad" beer from those guys at Pottsville, PA.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Spotted this one out at Chicken Chuck's been meaning to give the premium beer a whirl since I have had all of Yuengling's other products. Besides the bottle is a short stubby quart that just looks vintage and classic at the same time. The appearance of this beer is a golden yellow with a very bright white head decent head retention going on here. The aroma though is of faint malt sweetness along with semi harsh slighlty cooked vegetable tones mainly corn and rice. Very similar to other macros in appearance and aroma, but the taste is much better than most. Very clean and refreshing crispness that does of some malted barley somewhere and there no off flavors attempting to induce my gag reflex. So, all in all this beer aims for mediocrity and comes out a winner. This is nothing special just good ol' American light lager compares with Iron City to me. Lighter bodied beer designed to be drank on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn, I enjoy this beer for the time. I just can't picture wasting to much time with a beer of that's just alright..

Photo of Brenden
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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.

Photo of dacrza1
2.08/5  rDev -27.5%
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...

Photo of thefireman
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my "go to" beer when I want something cheap and refreshing on those hot summer afternoons.

I have been drinking this beer since before Schmidts of Philadelphia went out of business. Long before anyone ever even heard of Yuengling outside of the Pennsylvania coal region. This was the mainstay for the Yuengling brewery for many decades. For years referred to as "coal region cooler". Long before "Lager" was born.

A light golden appearance with a three inch fluffy head that sticks around a while. ( a "beer clean" glass is essential for this to occur) Smells of straw, wheat and maybe a little corn.

The taste is crisp with a little bite. The alcohol makes its presence known a little. Mouthfeel is a bit thin, but alright for a beer of this caliber.

Drinkability is real good. A great lawnmower beer. Solid. Yes, I love my Victory Lager, Brooklyn Lager and my Saisons on a warm summer day. But I still keep some Yuengling Premium in the fridge as well. Old habits die hard.

Photo of psujesus
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

had one poured into a glass and one straight from the bottle

i prefer Yuengling from the bottle, when this beer was cold i would get a crisp grainy/malty taste to it, when served at room temp i get a more fruity taste (i think it tastes better like this), the normal yellow color associated with pale lagers, crisp grainy/malty smell when cold, more of a fruity smell at room temp, an easy beer to consume when it comes to a hot day, also not a bad beer for a slow/boring day

a good beer but not my favorite from Yuengling

Photo of tdm168
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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.

Photo of mempath
3.26/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured into a dogfish head ale glass (!)

expected pale straw color with a winter snow white head...minimal lacing. looks thin and, on this warm day, refreshing.

smells of grains, corn especially. better than most of the macros lead offerings. perhaps a bit too sweet even as cold as it is in the glass

less sweet on the tongue, alot of malty, grainy character...the thinness and high carbonation make this snappy, refreshing, but best with a clean palate and/or sweaty forehead...i think i actually prefer the light version due to its staid, almost sour taste

drinkability is well above average, but exceedingly cold for refreshment or a bit warmer for some flavor, this doesn't please like most other Y products. now, i admit, the infamous Lord Chesterfield was better in the can last time i checked...weird. but i think this one would be better in bottle. i won't buy a case to find out...living in PA i am sure i'll be offered one or stumble onto one soon.

EDIT (2+ years later)...right up there with PBR and other slightly sweet brews...need to buy the porter soon so i can transform this back into a black and tan. i still prefer the 60s formula Schlitz as the go-to macro. all said and done, give this a moment and it will deliver a delicate kiss of hops after the thankfully dry sweet notes fade fast. does this come in a bottle? i can't remember. whatever, it will be great after a 2 hour romp on the singlespeed 29er. or a 40+ minute cyclocross race ;)

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal-clear straw-gold body is topped by a good-sized head of creamy bright white foam. The retention is good, and although it drops in size rather quickly, it also maintains a thin surface covering for some time. Additionally, some nice lace is also present and adds greatly to the appearance. The nose is fresh and clean, delivering a straight-forward grainy malt and some minor yeast character. The body is light and crisp. The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests with a lightly grainy malt, a very subtle background hop flavor, and an underlying bitterness. It finishes short and dry. There's not enough going on in the flavor to keep it interesting, but at least it's not as sweet as some of the mainstream macros available right now. At the very least, it's a refreshing, crisp and clean lager that's perfect for extended outdoor activities during hot summer days.

Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a foamy head that evaporates pretty quickly, leaving a very still-looking beer. Not much aroma - light hints of malt, adjunct, and a little bit of astringency. Palate is lightly malty, a touch of hops, and a light sweetness. Body is definitely more substantial than more American lagers. Goes down pretty easily, it's a good session beer. At its premium price, though, I'd rather drink Pabst and save the money.

Photo of bamojr
2.8/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

*notes from 5/16/2011*

I am not impressed, this is a very mediocre beer. it is half way between yuegling light and their lager. I am a big fan of the Lager so I thought I would give this one a chance. I know not to do that again. It has a very tinny metallic flavor that I assume comes from the can , which when i have had the Lager in the can is not present. I think this is the biggest disappointment from Yuegling I have had.

Photo of Ezone024
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

pours out a pale straw color with a spongy head, rather clear with good flowing carbonation.

smells like sweet corn with a tiny bit of bitterness.

taste is certainly beer flavored, it has a sweet grainy taste to it, a little pale malt character.

very easy to throw back but if you're gonna get yuengling you should just get the traditional lager, this is like the pbr (not that there's anything wrong with that) of yuenglings family.. i'd rather just drink a schaefer.

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a bottle at Volpe's in Emmaus, PA. I have to say I prefer this to Yuengling Lager. There's a similar, but toned-down, malt sweetness that actually tastes like pale barley (not corn). Still a bit watery overall, but the bar was hot and this was refreshing. Worth a try if you're curious about what else Yuengling makes.

Photo of beerluvr
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not much going on here folks! Pours with the average white head over slightly pale-yellow liquid. Nose is a bit of sweet malt, with some adjuncty undertones. Taste is somewhat sweet at first, with a half-hearted hop flash, somewhat weak in body. Finishes with a quick dry note...seems it would appeal to the Bud drinker, but a bit bland and pedestrian on the palate.

Photo of ebby82
2.48/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow from a bottle into a glass.

The aroma is faintly metallic, but it retains the trademark yuengling aroma, which is hard to describe, but probably comes from the corn used.

The taste is uneventful and quite mediocre. Much better than a Coors Light and such, and one tiny step below the traditional lager. Very drinkable, it doesn't taste poorly, and its cheap.

Obviously not a craft beer, but I have no serious complaints.

Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from WoodyChandler...

Pours a semi-effervescent straw/gold color with 3 fingers of of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Metallic hops, lemons, & soapyness, all fade when warm

T: Slight bready sweetness, grassy hops & grainyness, some corny notes up front. Lemony hops, mixes with grainyness, a bit of dryness, sweet breadyness as it warms. Finishes crisp & dry

MF: Light bodied, vigorously carbonated, good balance

Drinks easy, nothing special here, but I could do a few on hot summer's day, like today. Better than most of it's ilk, a pleasant suprise

Photo of BeerZack
3.54/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Photo of scootny
2.85/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A pale golden lager with thin head that goes away rather quickly. Smell is of light malt and mild hops. Taste is lightly sweet and with a doughy breadiness. Thinnish feel with fizzy carbonation that has a light crispness. I have heard this referred to a Pennsylvania's Bud. Inbev should only be so lucky. Not a bad beer and for the style a solid player with real flavor and refreshment.

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