1. American Craft Beer Fest returns to Boston on May 29 & 30, featuring 640+ beers from 140+ brewers. Tickets are on sale now.

Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

Not Rated.
Yuengling Premium BeerYuengling Premium Beer

Educational use only; do not reuse.

529 Ratings

(view ratings)
Ratings: 529
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 23
Gots: 45 | 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

No notes at this time.
View: Beers (10) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Ratings: 529 | Reviews: 156
Photo of yuenglings
3.06/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A:Pale yellow with a thin head and a small amount of laceing

S: Strong smell sweet corn with a little hops

T: Kind of like it smells but theres not much there other than a light maltness

M: Not bad a little thin but it has a nice coarseness to it

D: I find this beer very drinkable due to the fact that back in the day this is the only thing me and my budies would drink (im glad we got out of that) I rarley buy it any more but if its on tap ata weding or someone has a case at a party i will surley take it over the miller or the coores

Photo of tempest
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
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 ClockworkOrange
3.45/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into my shaker "pint" glass. Appears a crystal clear, bright yellow color with about half an inch of quickly fading off white foam. The foam settles into a thin layer within seconds. Smells and tastes of super bready grains, crisp fruitiness, mild corniness. Crisp and thin in both body and carbonation. It'll do in a pinch around here.

Photo of kshankar
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance is the typical straw color, small head, if any..retention is hardly noticeable. Looks ehh

Aroma: Mild..slight grains, not much on the hop scent

Taste: Bland, there is some grainyness to it, but not enough to make this impressive. Then again, it is fitting with the style.

Mouthfeel: Watery. It goes down okay, but thats only because its so bland and watered down

Drinkability: Well, I guess its drinkable based on the other factors, as in, you could pound a few of these without any trouble. But I personally wouldn't do that

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Comes out of the tap a clear, orangy amber with a fluffy beige head. Aroma is malty, slightly fruity and slightly sweet. Flavor is satisfying, if not complex, malty with an undertone of apple, sweet hints, and a touch of hops. Texture is smooth and nicely tingly. Not great, but OK.

Photo of AtlasBrew
4.23/5  rDev +47.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

It's a 12 oz bottle poured into a Yueng pint glass.

C: Pale yellow/Straw

A: Sweet corn and mild hops

T: Tastes sweet with a corn flavor, mild hops and good carbonation. Not bad

O: Premium is a great summer beer, drink it when cutting the grass or working on the car to quench your thirst.

Photo of Rhynes2
3.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

One of my favorite macros. Head that dissipates rapidly and pours a slightly darker than usual color. Aroma is a little metallic but very subtle. The best quality in this beer is it's taste is more complex than your average macro. The downside to this often overlooked brew, is that it is only served in an odd number of states. (ohio is not one of them so we sometimes have to cruise over the border to Sharon PA to get our hands on some of it.)

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.97/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Taken from notes: Consumed over the weekend of 1/17/09.

A. Bottle. Light straw liquid about what the average macro "lager" should be. I understand it is adjuncted and cheaper than their traditional lager.

S. The smell is decent. Actually a bit malty with some dry grain in there too.

T. About what you would expect. Light maltiness, a grainy bitterness, and a very distant hop. Nothing too astringent or off putting, though there are small traces of both in the flavor profile.

M. Light, watery.

D. Pretty average drinking. Not bad given the style, but pay the extra dimes and get the traditional lager.

Photo of beerthulhu
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Poured a clear, pale straw-gold with a fizzy white head that quickly dissipated to a sparse layering with no lacing to be seen.
Visible carbonation was medium-strong.

S: The nose was simple, corn and grains.

T: The flavor was bland, with pale grains and corn with only a trace amount of herbal hops. A rather unpleasant aftertaste of stale corn is found on the finish.

M: Mouthful was disappointing, bland and thin.

D: Drinkability pretty much mirrors mouthful. Premium???

Photo of eagles22
3.65/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

i drink this beer all the time because i live right by the brewery and the beer is cheap as hell...so this is like my beer to tailgate with and get smashed with

Taste: very grainy, i get some grapes and citrus flavors and also corn

Mouthfeel: is very light

Drinkability: is very high..very light beer goes down great ...easy tailgate beer

Photo of Lexluthor33
3.06/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yellow color with a golden touch and initially a fluffy, white head that settles to a thin lace.
Not much of an aroma. Grains and some malt hints.
The taste was of sweet corn,light malts and some citrus hints.
The feel was dry. Light body and medium carbonation.

Notes: It could have been a lot worse,but I tried this because a few friends told me they were really feeling this beer and I said I would give it a chance. If I were at some stadium and I had to choose between this and a Bud, it's a Bud all the way.

Photo of irishman06
3.07/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favorite choices for a macro lager. Has something special I can't put my finger on that makes it stand out to me from other macros. While there are definitely some hints of corn as an adjunct ingredient, it has some nice grainy and floral aromas and a bitter, sharp, and dry flavor profile. I group it with good ol' PBR as far as macros go, high above the big three. This is a favorite of my Pennsylvania friends, and I usually have some when I'm in the area.

Photo of jadpsu
3.37/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, pale yellow with a good foamy head, visible lacing but little retention.
Noticable floral, hoppy smell with notes of citrus along with a bitter bite, which gives it a little more character and complexity than similiar priced macros.

Taste and mouthfeel is dry, bitter, this and crisp.

Bought in Emmaus Pa. at Shangy's Beer Heaven for $12.99 a case.

Photo of matty
3.15/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pale yellow colored beer with a rapidly fading head.Taste and aroma are like most macros.This beer has a decent fresh taste with nothing offensive.A decent brew that is perfect for summer outings or Sunday football games.I would have no problem buying this again.

Photo of clayrock81
2.85/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light gold with minor head that receeded with lacings a little. A husky, grainy smell with some minor earth tones from hops. A light-bodied beer with a sharp bite from the hops and a little citric notes in the taste, but not much. Not well balanced as it seemed a little dry for my liking. It is like a pale ale, but w/o the distinct taste and more like a real bitter cheap macro. Never understood why Yuengling makes this beer - unlike the Lager which is immensely popular and on tap in almost every SW bar in PA, the beer is almost unseen (and unliked).

Photo of genog
2.9/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear golden color with a little bit of white head. Smell is kinda hoppy with a little malt presence to balance it out. Taste is just bite of a tin can with a little bit of beer. Mouth is crisp and carbonated for a refreshing drink. Not the best beer, but not the worst.

Photo of Schmidts
3.95/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I have this beer offten and I like it very much. It is more to my taste then their Lager I really don't care for their Lager. I have had it on draft,bottle and can and it awalys has a nice grainy smell. It pours pale yellow and has a small head and light lacing on the glass.To me it tastes great smooth and refreshing, and easy to drink they made their fortune on this one way back. You can sit down and drink a few and not feel full or like you had too much. In your mouth it gives a nice refreshing feel and you can enjoy a few of these doing stuff like the lawn whatever and each one is enjoyable till your done no after taste. If you have never tried this one give it a try.

Photo of BeerCon5
1.53/5  rDev -46.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear, golden color with little head and bad retention.
S: Hoppy smell and a little caramelly

T: Not at all impressive. Too much of a metallic, salty taste.

M: Light feel, a bit overcarbonated

D: Not an easy drinker, I certainly would not buy it and would probably would only drink it if I was desperate.

Photo of BeerSox
3.95/5  rDev +38.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap into 16oz pint glass.

No point in describing this one in great detail as it's the same as any other AML. Golden hue, thin fizzy light head, light grain in the aroma, and sweet bready grain in the flavor. This one was a little darker than Miller or Budweiser.

However, this one was rather refreshing and enjoyable. Although it doesn't have the complexity of the top rated beers on the site, it servers its purpose, and does it well. If you're mowing the lawn or out on a boat with non-craft beer friends, there probably isn't a better beer (although you can probably find another AML that's almost the same). Recommended, in its place.

Photo of Wasatch
2.76/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks goes out to jwc215 for this one.

Pours a clean/clear pale yellow color, nice carbonation, huge white end that dissappears quickly to some islands, basically not sticky lacing on this one. The nose is malty/hoppy, rice, and some caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty/hoppy, rice. Light body. I would not buy this if it was available here in Utah, nice to try it once though.

Photo of neenerzig
3.5/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had one of these with my burrito dinner at a Mexican restaraunt called Taco Hut in Jamestown, NY. The beer was served to me in a standard pint glass. The beer is a dark amber/golden color. Off white head was about 1/2 inch when served to me. Faded quickly to a decent surface covering with not much lacing. Has a sweet, grainy, and fairly malty aroma. Nothing special. Taste is pretty much the same, grainy malt and somewhat sweet, rounded out by a trace of hops. Pleasant taste, just a bit weak/bland. The flavors need to be stronger overall as a whole. Has a crisp and sort of frothy, medium bodied mouthfeel with fairly heavy carbonation. Easy to drink because in some ways it is more like drinking seltzer water than beer IMO, which is never a god thing when it comes to beer. That being said this is still a step or two above the average BMC American Macro Lager. If it had more flavor it would be many steps ahead. Worth a try, but not anything I would go out of my way to drink again.


Photo of jneiswender
2.8/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I seem to always get suckered into drinking this when I go home to PA.

That said, I drank this in a pint glass from a bottle. Poured dark yellow with a quickly disappointing head.

Smells sweet, but very sulfur like. I rarely get this beer (have had it at the brewery) when its not skunky.

If you have this against other macro brews, take this one. Its not great, but its very good for the style.

Photo of treehugger02010
3.09/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I traded a Bigfoot 2007 for this one and poured into a pintglass.
Appearance: A pale straw color, white head that was rather small, very carbonated, no lacing and bad retention.
Smell: A nice malt aroma with not much depth, but better than I expected.
Taste: Understated malt. Very watery.
Mouthfeel: Oddly smooth for a lager.
Drinkability: Not to bad, but not good either.
Don't drink and review.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.66/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Macro Smackdown XXI will feature a macro lager from America's oldest brewery (Yuengling Premium Beer) against a macro lager from a relative upstart, Sun Valley Brewing Company in Hailey, Idaho (Gretchen's Gold Lager). The first brewery has been around since 1829; the second since 1986. Who will be the proud owner of the latest MacSmack crown when all is said and done? Let's find out.

Pale gold that could almost be called maize. The cap is an appealing shade of eggshell white and has a great deal more character than your average macro lager. As well, an impressive amount of fine, delicate lace is beginning to appear. An early edge to YPL.

The nose is classic macro lager. I can appreciate untoasted grain and a musky, even musty, hoppiness that puts me in mind of lagers from BMC. It's a fraction better, but not much. This smells like the kind of beer that will go downhill fast as it warms, so I'd better get moving.

Yuengling Premium's flavor profile is also classic (see the previous paragraph for the less than riveting description). Whether that's a good thing or not is up to you. The only positives are that it's simple beer and doesn't hang around long at all. Those are usually negatives, I'll admit, but it does result in a certain inoffensive drinkability.

Although the ABV is 4.9%, YPL might as well be a light beer in terms of how it tastes and feels in the mouth. Of course, I haven't had their Light Lager yet. For all I know, it might set a new lightness standard for light beer.

I've already alluded to the mouthfeel. To be fair, it's somewhere between light beer average and macro lager average. That, along with a reasonable amount of carbonation, ensures that aficionados can drink this stuff by the sixer (or the twelver) and not get filled up. Less taste and less filling... what a deal.

This one of those Macro Smackdowns that is a battle of attrition rather than a glorious victory followed by a ticker-tape parade. Yuengling Premium, although nothing even remotely special, is the winner by virtue of its classic flavor profile and its lack of off-flavors. Amazingly, it's still better than just about anything you're likely to find clogging up the coolers at your local Quickie Mart.

Photo of Walsar
4.05/5  rDev +41.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

$11.29 for a case of Yuengling - less than $.50 cents a can.

Value - can't be beat

Brewed locally - can't be beat

Taste - better than the national competition at this price point - can't be beat

A light colored lager with some hop "kiss" - nice drinkability - refreshing - smooth - a session beer at its best.

to view all ratings, reviews and sorting options.
Yuengling Premium Beer from Yuengling Brewery
67 out of 100 based on 529 ratings.