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518 Ratings
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Ratings: 518
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 23
Gots: 36 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000)
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Photo of irishman06
3.08/5  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
3.38/5  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 +9.8%
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 -0.7%
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
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
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
1.48/5  rDev -48.4%
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
3.98/5  rDev +38.7%
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
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
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%
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.

Eric

Photo of jneiswender
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
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
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
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
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
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 +41.1%
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.

Photo of meechum
3.33/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had this among others this weekend and to be honest this is the one I kept coming back to over the course of my weekend. This has a more complex malt taste than a lot of the other lagers offered out there and a nice little hop bite compared to most macro lagers. I would say that if you're going to be drinking macro lagers this is in my opinion close to top of the list

Photo of RedChrome
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Very light golden color and crystal clear. Quarter inch white head dissipated quickly. Average amount of carbonation rising. Slight watery lace spots.

A very strong aroma of corn husks dominated the scent right from the first whiff. A light hops bittering effect was subdued, but stringer then most in the style.

All the flavors are very light. Corn and a light hops oil blend with a very light green apple taste. Additional sips bring a slightly stronger hops bittering effect.

Watery consistency, and a very light carbonation kick help this one feel very clean in the mouth.

An average beer. This is a great beer for hot dogs and burgers on the grill. Nothing to try and go out of your way for. A slightly above average choice in a field of weak beer.

Photo of jwc215
2.15/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy white head that fizzles down to a disappearing patch. Typical macro appearance.

The smell is of corn starch. Some vague malt with metallic notes present. Some bitterness comes through, but not in a way that blends so well.

The taste is like a raw macro. Some grain, but plenty of corn. Metallic and salty notes come through. Bitterness shows that hops are here, but poorly executed. I would think that the metallic notes are from the can, but I have detected it in the bottled version. Flat finish followed by a funky aftertaste.

It has something of a body for the style, but is almost completely masked by seltzery fizz. An undesirable aftertaste lingers for a brief moment.

This isn't completely undrinkable, but there is an astringency not found in many other macro-types. Unimpressive, even for style. While there is a hop presence, it is too bitter and the corn smell and taste just interferes without adding flavor or light-bodiedness (so what is the point?) Well, it is cheap. But, you get what you pay for in this case...

Photo of BEERchitect
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Didn't really prefer this beer much from the bottle and was hoping for better off the tap. But, while is South Carolina, it was the most sevice-able beer to wash down the Jambalaya. The beer was severy very cold, but once it warmed, it shows some malt / caramel flavors and aromas above a timid body and cola-like appearance. Seemed to go down fine with a mild grain flavor and sticky feel in the finish. Certainly prefered to an Amber Bock or the Black and Tan.

Photo of musicjustintime
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a Yuengling Lager...but not bad, either.

I'll tell you, it's cheaper than "Lager" and it's from Pennsylvania, so I thought, what the hell?!

Color is average...mouthfeel is decent...and drinkability is good. It's smooth, with a little of that "Kiss of the Hops" flavor...OH, is that another beer?! SORRY! It remindes me of the American macros of old, like Schlitz, Strohs, Pabst Blue Ribbon, etc... Which, mind you, isn't a bad thing. AND, for $13.99 a case here in Mechanicsburg, PA, that's a classic price too.

I'd recommend it to the Yuengling fans, for it's half of the ingredients to your almighty Black and Tan. (They use the Premium and Porter for that.) Not bad at all, and a nice backyard bbq brew. Cheers my BA friends!!!

Photo of plaid75
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a light boiled corn with some even lighter malts.

The taste consisted of a light and sweet cooked corn with some light doughiness. Smattering of drying hop.

The mouthfeel was light and thin.

Overall an easy drinking macro. Not too bad ice cold.

Photo of Bitterbill
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This pours from 12oz can a clear pale gold with a medium sized head of foam that dissipates quickly and disappears completely. There is no lacing.

The smell has a strong grain/corn nose to it. I can also detect some hop bitterness.

The taste on first sip has a mix of malt and hops but they're on the light side and...it's obvious that corn is used as an adjunct but I don't find that offensive at all. Further sips in and a musky taste becomes apparent but again, I don't find that offensive.

The mouthfeel is about right and the carbonation seems to be on the light side. The finsh has some bitterness to it but the aftertaste is short lived and crisp. Not a bad drop at all.

Bottom line: This is a thirst quencher and, in my book, totally inoffensive. I like it. My thanks to jwc215 for sending me this one!

Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served ICE cold from a 12 oz. bottle, poured into my favorite tulip glass.

This beer pours a medium yellow color, crystal clear. Pure white head was minimal and not long for this world.

Smell is of light malt and adjuncts. Taste is mild, light maltiness and some hops in the finish.

mouthfeel is medium in body and heavy on carbonation.

This is a good drinkable beer, I could hit it hard if I had to. A much better choice than a typical BMC would be.

Photo of edskirk3
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours very pale gold with almost no head retention or aroma. It's better than most macro lagers I have tasted (there's actually some bitterness trying to come through, I think) but still not anything to write home about. I'm pretty sure there's corn in this too.

Photo of Phatz
3.1/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I cannot honestly say that I enjoy this beer but it is in my opinion the stereotypical American Macro Lager and a 3.0 is far better than most in the style. This beer seem more BMC that their Lager but I consider it a beer that is close too a baseline beer for the style. Their Traditional Lager is better IMO but this is more mainstream. It is crisp and light in the mouth and very easy to drink. Here's the breakdown:

Appearance: Pours a golden straw color that is clear. The bleach white head fades fast to zero lacing.

Smell: Dirty grain. Syrup - like a sugar. Corn. and cream/butter in the nose make a reserved but not unpleasant.

Taste: Corn, and dry grain flavors are very dry with a solid to strong bitter element. this beer is confused because it wants to be light but the bitter is assertive. The beer is pretty typical in the AML style in that it is simple straightforward and avoids becoming offensive by a hair. A sweet sugar dextrin like a malt liquor character lies beneath the bitter dry bite. The finish is astringent.

Mouthfeel: quite solid for the style. It wants to think medium but no quite and it is very crisp almost cheek pinchingly crisp.

Drinkability: If ever there were an American Macro Brewery qualified to make Light bodied, pale, fizzy lagers that don't suck, it is Yuengling.

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Photo of ski271
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Clear medium-pale yellow with a small, white, creamy head with good retention. Smells grassy and grainy. Light, but not too bad. Taste is of weak grain and hops that don’t really balance all that well. Some light apple and a bitter finish with a touch of citrus rind. It has a medium-thin body, dry texture and low carbonation. It’s not a terrible beer, but nothing I’d ever really have again by choice.

Yuengling Premium Beer from Yuengling Brewery
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