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Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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BA SCORE
67
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477 Ratings
THE BROS
69
poor

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Ratings: 477
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 20
Gots: 25 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000)
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Brent

Kentucky

3/5  rDev +4.5%

Waiting in the bar area of a small restaurant outside Baltimore for a table to open (the place was reputed to have the best crab cakes, and it was worth the wait) - this was the only non A-B offering available. Pale straw to golden with tight carbonation streamers up the glass and a modest head. Aroma was a bit sweet, with some grain notes. Light flavor, with some sweet grain. Slipped into a bit of astringency toward the end, with a relatively clean finish. Solidly average (an oxymoron?)

03-21-2004 17:49:13 | More by Brent
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ElGordo

Oregon

2.95/5  rDev +2.8%

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.

02-07-2004 03:40:43 | More by ElGordo
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nomad

Kansas

2.68/5  rDev -6.6%

A pale and eerie looking amber, if you can call it that, the head is minimal and too reminiscent of dish-soap suds.

Smells like nothing much at all besides some faint malt that is without depth for desciption and some "bitter" ghosts of hops. It tastes like most industrial lagers do, except with more tone to it. That is, the malt is more distinguishable than your average lager, with a decent bitterness residing through out the flavor profile. Very ordinary in almost all respects.

I truly enjoy their flagship Lager, so how do they justify the Premium labeling of this product? Oh well, back to the Lager.

02-05-2004 17:58:24 | More by nomad
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francisweizen

Alaska

2.5/5  rDev -12.9%

Yuenglings answer to BMC. Drunk straight from the can I have to dock this a point for appearance. The Aromas are of faint hops, and slight malts and they are more subdued from the can version of this brew. The Taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is decent for a macro. Not bad. Definately better in the bottle than in the can.

12-19-2003 16:58:27 | More by francisweizen
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palma

New York

2.55/5  rDev -11.1%

Light gold color body with a thin foamy head. Smell was a little corny and bready. Light light malt aroma. Taste was of corn and citrus. A mellow tasting brew though the hops seem to jump out every other sip. A weird hopness to it. Kind of dry throughout. A little watery. Drinkable, but definitely not something I would go out looking for.

12-14-2003 19:04:54 | More by palma
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Shiloh

Ontario (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +9.1%

Nothing special about this brew at all...having said that, it is very easy to consume and would make a great session beer especially when you factor in the price.
The appearance is of a light golden lager with a creamy white froth that is short lived. A very light lace and glass ring offer the only evidence that this is beer and not juice,
The body is medium light.
The carbonation joined the crown in that it to disappeared very quickly.
The nose is grainy in a mild way.
Taste is well balanced starting to the malts and finishing to the hops. No linger here at all. Dry.
Mouthfeel says "Bring em on"
Enjoyable.

12-07-2003 23:43:25 | More by Shiloh
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ithacabaron

California

1.63/5  rDev -43.2%

Pretty awful.

Very, very, strong metallic can-of-corn tastes through and through this thing. Hops do have some intriguing bitterness here, unlike most cheap beers, but not enough to cover the corn. I bought a case of this because it was 10 bucks, and I needed pop off bottles to fill with my homebrew (for a few bucks more, I might as well get them with some beer in them, right?).

I usually really enjoy Yuengling products, but next time, I'm just buying empty bottles at my LHBS.

09-04-2003 23:18:17 | More by ithacabaron
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NeroFiddled

Pennsylvania

3.03/5  rDev +5.6%

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.

06-17-2003 12:44:38 | More by NeroFiddled
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BillSempf

Ohio

3.2/5  rDev +11.5%

You know, this is just another American lager, and as such is kinda thin and whimpy, but you can't argue with it very much wneh comparing it with the brethern. Light in color and taste, light head ... light light light. Easy drinking, a good beer to pass around on the street when those adhoc meetings with the neighbors occur. Too bad only a Pennsylvania distribution.

06-15-2003 19:44:41 | More by BillSempf
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oberon

North Carolina

1.98/5  rDev -31%

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.

05-07-2003 10:45:15 | More by oberon
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WVbeergeek

West Virginia

2.93/5  rDev +2.1%

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..

05-02-2003 11:03:55 | More by WVbeergeek
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furiousxgeorge

Pennsylvania

1/5  rDev -65.2%

This beer is total swill. I don't know what the hell yuengling is thinking with this beer.

All I have to say is this, my grandfather loves this beer, but his #1 beer s GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY, so, judge his taste accordingly.

The most horrible aspect of this beer is the aftertaste, it makes me crave a natty ice.

04-21-2003 09:35:27 | More by furiousxgeorge
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Beastdog75

New Jersey

2.83/5  rDev -1.4%

Yuengling Premium is like the Budweiser of the Yuengling line, and it reminded of Bud in many areas. Similar taste, mouthfeel, and look. I found this to be a little bit cleaner and more flavorful than Bud and the others in the same category.

Yuengling Premium pours a pale straw color with a decent but somewhat fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving some thin whispy lace down the side of the glass. The smell is grainy with some citrus/fruity hop smell in the nose. Clean smell. The mouthfeel is fizzy and watery but easy drinking and refreshing. Has a moderate grainy taste with the citrus-fruity/herbal hop taste to balance it out. The finish is a little dry with the bitterness becoming more pronounced after a few moments. The aftertaste was mostly clean with some lingering dryness, and some hints of grain, corn/DMS. The beer finishes with only a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

This is a decent, clean tasting beer (I thought of rice when I was drinking this) and is a little bit better than those mass-produced fizzy yellow beers, but overall this beer isn't too exciting. I would stick with the Yuengling Traditional Lager over this.

03-15-2003 10:39:00 | More by Beastdog75
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mzwolinski

California

2.42/5  rDev -15.7%

Pale straw in color with a very thin, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is grainy with a mild earthy hop aroma -- a bit musty. The flavor seems to be really affected by the use of corn, which detracts from the crispness of the flavor. More of a bitter character than most beers of this type, but still a bit uninteresting and off-putting, with a slightly soapy finish.

02-24-2003 04:30:16 | More by mzwolinski
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SchmichaelJ

Pennsylvania

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%

In Pottsville and the surrounding communities, this beer is simply known as "Premium." It's been a staple for Yuengling and helped to maintain the brewery during the lean times before the Lager was reintroduced. For an American Lager, Premium isn't too bad. From the tap, this beer poured a translucent, pale yellow color, with a thin head that retained for only a few minutes. Faint floral hints and a strong maltiness defined the aroma. An immediate sweetness greeted the tongue upon tasting, and a hint of hops was also detected after swallowing. While I often drink this beer, upon reviewing it I was a bit surprised at how much the malt character actually overpowers the hops. Still, it had a good taste, and a decent mouthfeel. One of the beer's enduring qualities, however, is its drinkability. This is an excellent session beer, and whenever it's on tap and I'm planning on staying a while, I always request Premium. It's a great altermative to macros, and it never disappoints.

12-15-2002 17:25:53 | More by SchmichaelJ
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allboutbierge

Austria

3.55/5  rDev +23.7%

For a buck a bottle everyday at the local college bar it can not be beat. I enjoy the premium more than the lager actually. Has a hoppy bite in it and mellow maltness to it. Color is slightly lighter than the lager but head and its retention is identical. Extremely drinkable as the flavors keep this beer from boring your palate after a few and a six pack wont fill up your stomach. Doesnt have that overpower sweet taste the lager does after one or two. This brew's mouthfeel isnt really anything special. The lager has a silkyness to it when swallowed. Thats the only characteristic that it is superior in though.

12-05-2002 15:24:23 | More by allboutbierge
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Kwak

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +35.2%

Yuengling Premium Beer
Head : It was thin white almost tasteless.
Body :Was clear crisp almost sparkling.
Color :Nice yellow tint .
Taste :lighty hops a littel malt coming through in the end.
Aftertaste :clean and dry.
I recomend this one its like beer flavored bud!

11-18-2002 21:12:06 | More by Kwak
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Lupe

New York

3.58/5  rDev +24.7%

Pours a very clear-pale yellow, small white head, and some lace. Floral and malt aromas. Medium body and smooth mouthfeel, nice for a lager. Starts malt sweet, and then some hops to balance. Finishes slightly dry. Very good for an American Lager, decent among the rest. Very easy to drink, a good session brew.

10-09-2002 12:57:07 | More by Lupe
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TAMU99

Guam

3.75/5  rDev +30.7%

Pale lager, slightly stronger than your average "quicky mart" beers. Flavor is more complex. Godd drinkability with a slight sharp taste. This is my baseline beer. Once you drink this for a awhile, you can really tell where BudLight falls short. Choose Yuengling instead.

10-04-2002 09:59:09 | More by TAMU99
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +13.2%

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.

07-10-2002 17:24:45 | More by beerluvr
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bmills1608

Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev +3.8%

Somewhat typical of the style in most respects, albeit a better choice for the most part. Not nearly as big as the Traditional Lager.

I found this highly drinkable and easy. Flavors lean towards the sweet, perhaps some corn as part of the grain bill with a bit of yeast flavor as well. Overall a smooth refreshing American Lager. For the price its tough to beat considering some of the swill that is priced the same.

A good Yuengling product.

06-03-2002 05:15:59 | More by bmills1608
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proc

Michigan

1.98/5  rDev -31%

This is in no way as good as their Traditional Lager. Somewhat of a burnt malt taste with a very, tough to describe aftertaste. Its reminiscent of soap (hey, when I was kid, if ya swore, they washed you mouth out with soap...I still remember that!!!).

05-22-2002 10:14:45 | More by proc
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psugrad98

Pennsylvania

4.43/5  rDev +54.4%

This is one of my favorite beers to drink from draught. Though on bottle it isn't quite as strong a brew. This is definately a beer one should try from a bar room tap to get the full effect of this fine beer.
Its clean, crisp taste is a welcome change from so many other mass produced beers.
I has a good balance of hops and malt, with a slight hint of the grain adjuncts used in the brewing. Clear yellow, nice formed head with small packed bubbles. Goes down easily and smoothly. Very drinkable.

05-22-2002 08:25:33 | More by psugrad98
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mophie

Delaware

3/5  rDev +4.5%

First off, I have to admit I'm not much of a lager fan, so I'm trying to rate this against the few lagers I have had. On every level, this seems like an average example: no better, but certainly no worse. Typical yellow, bubbly appearance, with a light white head that disappeared fairly quickly. Not much aroma, slightly malty. The taste is fairly bland, but refreshing, with a slightly nutty finish. If you're a lager fan, you won't go wrong here. If you're not, this won't convert you.

04-18-2002 06:35:09 | More by mophie
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WilliamPhilaPa

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +34.1%

Yuengling has always been a staple beer for me. I really love the Porter, Black & Tan, Traditional, and the Chesterfield as well. This has a good amount of hoppiness in the flavor and a mellow maltness to it. Color is slightly lighter than the traditional but head and its retention is identical. Although, I drink this the least out of Yuenglings line of brews, it still is a extremely drinkable brew.

02-17-2002 14:37:52 | More by WilliamPhilaPa
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