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Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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492 Ratings

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Ratings: 492
Reviews: 153
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.6%
Wants: 21
Gots: 27 | 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 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
Photo of TAMU99
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

TAMU99, Oct 04, 2002
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.

beerluvr, Jul 10, 2002
Photo of bmills1608
2.98/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

bmills1608, Jun 03, 2002
Photo of proc
1.98/5  rDev -31%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

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!!!).

proc, May 22, 2002
Photo of psugrad98
4.43/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

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.

psugrad98, May 22, 2002
Photo of mophie
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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.

mophie, Apr 18, 2002
Photo of WilliamPhilaPa
3.85/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

WilliamPhilaPa, Feb 17, 2002
Photo of bk3nj
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not bad. actually, pretty good.

bk3nj, Jul 13, 2001
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.

Todd, Sep 21, 2000
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Yuengling Premium Beer from Yuengling Brewery
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