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Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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509 Ratings

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Ratings: 509
Reviews: 154
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 24
Gots: 34 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000)
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Photo of maek228
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh Yuengling, how is it that you always do me so right? This beer is comparable in price to other macro-swill such as Bud, Miller, Coors, and so and so forth.

Yet, despite being in the same price range, Yuengling, being the fine brewery that it is, has rose above the competition and made a "premium brew"...well let's not shit ourselves, it is far from "premium", but for 14 bones a case...it is well worth the price

Appearance: straw yellow with a decent head that retained itself for a bit

Smell: strong corn scent...rather average...despite not tasting like a Mexican beer, it still manages to smell like one

Taste: certainly crisp, without a doubt refreshing...although in spite of this, I have to admit it tastes a bit...cheap. Even though it tastes cheap, it tastes like a GOOD cheap beer. Kudos to Yuengling

Mouthfeel: standard

Drinkability: standard

maek228, Aug 01, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.38/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear light amber color with white puffy head that has good staying power. Smell is on the sweet side with a mild malt background. Taste is light, refreshing with no pleasant notes. Mouth feel is refreshing. An easy drinking beer on a hot afternoon.

tgbljb, Jul 17, 2005
Photo of Suds
2.63/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was pretty disappointed in this one. It’s barely this side of an under-done macro. Pours a pale, clear yellow with above average effervescence. The head isn’t worth much: thin turning to non-existence. Mild aromas: cereal grains, CO2, faint hops. It has very watery and muted tastes, similar to the aroma. In it’s defense, it’s easy to drink, and would probably be a good summertime lawn-mowing thirst-quencher. All in all, though, I won’t be trying it again.

Suds, Apr 03, 2005
Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just didn’t care for this one from them – did like the B&T ! Pour was OK but the aroma was missing. Taste was bland, no real flavor and something spunky about it. Not something I would go to get or have over a session. Had it on tap so I can't really blame it on a skunky bottle.

Vancer, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of WesWes
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It's not very complex, but as far as adjunct lagers are concerned it has a "premium" aroma. It boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It's light and mildly fruity. The taste is average. It has a very light and refreshing flavor, but it lacks in beer taste. It tastes really watered down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good adjunct lager. It's not at all skunky or musty and it goes down quick. I like the aroma and the taste is better than most. This is a good drinker.

WesWes, Feb 22, 2005
Photo of necoadam
2.88/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a clear light golden color with a head that went to lacing quite quickly.

Smell consisted of, well, I don't know! Is there anything in here? Some very light hops and grainy aromas are in there, but everything was light.

Taste was ok actually. Some hops do show through with a slight hop bite. Finished on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was average at best. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation at the first sips. A bit watered down.

Ah, it's ok. It's one of those beers to wash down pizza at a party. Or a lawnmower beer.

necoadam, Jan 27, 2005
Photo of 57andcounting
3.48/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I was in Pottsville, I figured I should have a few Yuengling Premiums on draft. You will be hard pressed to find this on draft outside a short driving distance from Pottsville.

This is a good drinking beer.
Has a deep yellow gold color with a head that stays around for a few minutes.
Smells like beer!! What can I say, a bit of grain and malt, not much else.
The taste is easy. A bit grain and malt, enough complexity so you know your not drinking a B, M or C light. Light on the mouth with a clean after taste. Goes down pretty good for a beer from an, almost mainstream brewer.
This is a good beer to accompany a lunch or the few after work.
Not a craft beer, but when you see it on tap, have a couple.

57andcounting, Jul 25, 2004
Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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?)

Brent, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of ElGordo
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
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.

ElGordo, Feb 07, 2004
Photo of nomad
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

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.

nomad, Feb 05, 2004
Photo of francisweizen
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

francisweizen, Dec 19, 2003
Photo of palma
2.55/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

palma, Dec 14, 2003
Photo of Shiloh
3.13/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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"

Shiloh, Dec 07, 2003
Photo of ithacabaron
1.63/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

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.

ithacabaron, Sep 05, 2003
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.

NeroFiddled, Jun 17, 2003
Photo of BillSempf
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

BillSempf, Jun 15, 2003
Photo of oberon
1.98/5  rDev -31%
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.

oberon, May 07, 2003
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.93/5  rDev +2.1%
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..

WVbeergeek, May 02, 2003
Photo of furiousxgeorge
1/5  rDev -65.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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.

furiousxgeorge, Apr 21, 2003
Photo of Beastdog75
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Beastdog75, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of mzwolinski
2.42/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

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.

mzwolinski, Feb 24, 2003
Photo of SchmichaelJ
3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

SchmichaelJ, Dec 15, 2002
Photo of allboutbierge
3.55/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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.

allboutbierge, Dec 05, 2002
Photo of Kwak
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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!

Kwak, Nov 18, 2002
Photo of Lupe
3.58/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

Lupe, Oct 09, 2002
Yuengling Premium Beer from Yuengling Brewery
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