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Yuengling Premium Beer - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 529
Reviews: 156
rAvg: 2.86
pDev: 21.68%
Wants: 23
Gots: 45 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Pale Lager |  4.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000

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Ratings: 529 | Reviews: 156
Photo of meechum
3.3/5  rDev +15.4%
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
3.12/5  rDev +9.1%
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
2.16/5  rDev -24.5%
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 -6.3%
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
2.93/5  rDev +2.4%
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 +8.4%
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
3.4/5  rDev +18.9%
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
2.64/5  rDev -7.7%
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
3.03/5  rDev +5.9%
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 +8.4%
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.

Photo of ski271
2.73/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of JCBears
3.66/5  rDev +28%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Anthor good environment, but it wasnt the BEST beer ever. Pale limp kinda unimpresive but it had a deffinate drinkability. I liked the mouthfeel but didnt love it but it was pretty ok. THis was a brew bought with some anticipation but didnt live u the hype my brother gave it It was fair enough but if something ese better is on tap take it.

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

I drank a bunch of these at a Pirates game in Pittsburgh. This beer seems big in Pennsylvania, but you can't find it 4 hours away in Columbus where I live. I've had it in Philadelphia and State College, and I had fond memories. But after a fresh review I don't think much of it.

It tasted balanced, a little corn flavor maybe, but maybe I was imagining it. Not a bad beer for a ball game, but nothing to savor at home.

Photo of joeskirkie
2.95/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Clear yellow straw colored body, white bubbly head.

Aroma of pale malts, sorta like grainy corn. And yeah, the same pretty much goes for taste.

It's light, crisp and very sessionable. I know from several sessions.

Even though the classification of American Macro Lager can be like a figurative scarlet letter. I'd have to say it is one of the better ones. I'm a born and raised Philadelphian that "grew up" on this stuff, which can be seen from my various Yuengling apparel, bottle openers, and glassware. So even though I have and will continue to encounter stronger and more flavorful brews. I'll always have a desire to pick up some of this every now and then.

Photo of ChuckD
2.53/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Thin light lacing atop a straw colored body.

To the nose there is a slight malty sweetness with an even slighter hop bouquet.

In the mouth, single hits of the malts - nothing really melding together to give is a nice sweet character. The hop array is very inconsistent too - creating a bunch of weird tastes that crash into each other.

The feel is thin and metallic. Very dry and refreshing on the tongue with a clean finish.

Musings: This is a lager I drink in the summer quite a bit. Hence my interest in the cans. It's not a terrible brew - actually for the price point it is right up near the top. However, it does have the "whats that taste" characteristic to it that needs to be explained.

Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a one quart "stubbie on steroids" bottle. Pours out to a clear golden color with a big white head of foam that quickly calms to about 1/8th inch. No lacing. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation. Aromas are light, some floral hops and malt. Smells fresh. Taste is mediocre; some malt, grain, and a definite whisky like flavor toward the finish. Mouthfeel is uninspiring, yet not dead, as the carbonation keeps things alive on the palate. Fair drinkability. I think I like regular Yuengling better, but this bottle is bad-ass. Thanks goes out to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

Photo of casualbeerman
3.08/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had high, high hopes for this beer when I tried it. Yuengling Premium! It must be a step above the Traditional right? How awesome would that be? Well I guess we'll never know (from the Yuengling Brewery that is) because this is definately NOT a step above traditional. It is a step below. It turns out that "Premium" is a euphamism for "Macro". That's what this is, Yuengling Brewery doing a Macro style beer, as opposed to Traditional, which is well traditional (That's Amber American Lager, it was a style which was a much bigger pre-prohibition staple in America). Anyway the color is a sort of clear-gold. Not nearly as deep as say Urquell but noticably more amber than most macros. Compared to the Traditional its lighter and clearer. Smell is pretty boring. A little sweet grain and a lot of hops. The hops are kind of hard to describe. I guess I'd call them metallic or typical macro if I found them objectionable, but I don't. They're pretty bitter, but leave no unpleasant aftertaste. They're clean and surprisingly strong for the style, but still not too interesting. I guess the best way to describe them would be typical macro hops if typical macro hops were't disgusting. They are balanced by light malts that are slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is all about carbonation. Maybe this would feel thin if not for all those bubbles, but I honestly can't tell you. I could taste the beer fine, but carbonation was all the mouthfeel I could get. Drinkability is fine. You could definately drink these all night. The hops don't get in my way, the taste isn't bad, nothing is wrong with this except that no store or bar exists that carries this unless they carry the Traditional Lager as well, so why bother? This is obviously what Yuengling brewed to catch the Budweiser crowd. And the result? Well it splits the difference. It definately kicks Budweiser's ass by not being the least bit nasty or looking anything like urine. But Traditional Lager in turn kicks its ass by looking the way real beer should look and packing a lot more taste. Uses? Serving to my friends who when I tell them my favorite beer say "Yuengling? That's like liquid bread" or "Wow that's really strong beer." This would be a good compromise for them, maybe even a good gateway to discovery of the fact that there are more than 3 breweries in this country. I would call this the best macro-style out there except who the hell wants a macro-style beer from a regional brewery even if they do a good job? The Traditional owns this and the easily outsells it besides.

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

This beer poured a crystal clear yellow color with a one figne frothy white head, which went down quickly. Streams of bubbles arose from the bottom. Smell was malty. Taste consisted of light malt which became fuller throughout. A slightly sweet quality was also detected, as was a metallic quality to the beer. Light in the mouth, but not too watery. An okay brew. Definitely not as good as Yuengling Lager.

Photo of tugdriver7
3.78/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

IMHO, rating beer is ike rating pies or sandwiches. You can't compare dutch apple to pumpkin if you're not a pumpkin fan (which I am, by the way). Likewise, a PBJ will never measure up to a BLT (unless you truly prefer peanut butter). Yuengling is going out on a limb to call this beer "premium," but in the realm of comparing similarly priced adjunct (regional) macro lagers, this is a keeper. Smooth, easy to drink, nicely carbonated, refreshing, balanced taste, and (given its limited distribution area) quite fresh to boot. Much different than the Traditional Lager, yet equally unique in its quality. Yuengling has a reputation for taking the macro-brew to a whole new level of taste. This one is no exception!

Photo of Ricochet
3.28/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had the Y's black & tan and gave it an average rating. Well, I was in Pitt again, buying some JJWEEHB and then decided to pick up something cheap and different and got some of this. I wasn't sorry. It was cheap, tasted cheap, but better than the BMC and PBR leaning heavily into High Life territory.

Here goes:

App: Lighter yellow and plenty of carb bubbles making it look more like champaign than beer. Score one towards MHL.

Smell: Slightly lower than average, almost a wet dog smell, lots of corn.

Mouth: Yep. It's a beer. A "Premium Beer" Yellow, burp beer.

Taste: Very heavy on the corn, slight alcoholic and hops notes, this tastes like a cheap beer but then, it doesn't seem to be a macro, having a fuller flavor than MHL. The corn actually adds to the flavor rather than tasting like bad creamed corn.

Drinkablity: Drank 12 within the weekend. Really easy beverage to drink, especially when it was hot, I'd consider this again over any of the BMC and Genny and PBR.

Photo of maek228
3/5  rDev +4.9%
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

Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +17.1%
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.

Photo of Suds
2.63/5  rDev -8%
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.

Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +20.6%
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.

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