Traditional Lager
Yuengling Brewery

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Style:
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #115
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #48,906
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 17.54%
Reviews:
1,857
Ratings:
7,070
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Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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AlCaponeJunior from Texas

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well this one is so incredibly average I am just going to rate everything a 3. Nothing really stands out about this beer, except the name, which has been around for quite a while. Drinkable but unimpressive

Yesterday at 12:14 AM
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Joefromgeorgia from Georgia

3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Ahhhh the American Beer of yesteryear. Think back to when you were brewin for the farmin, hard workin, and immigrants up there to make a cheaper beer that still hinted of the strong stuff from across the pond. Thats this. Kinda sweet caramel malt, corny-ish, slight bitter, make you say "hey how the f*ck is bud called a lager too?" A nice break from the watered down typical basic shelf American beer. Drink cold, not on a hot day, not for pounding 6 like its a bud light, dont bitch when it fills you up. Gimmie a pint mug

Wednesday at 04:01 AM
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Oeneophile1103

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Honey-amber hue with a mild funk on the nose and flavors of caramel corn and chocolate malt with a crisp sea salt finish. It's a pleasant sipper but nothing extraordinary.

Sep 21, 2021
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WaterBoar from Pennsylvania

2.26/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I hate this beer. First time I had it on tap, the taps must have not been cleaned since 1985, then I had it in bottle it tastes like Crayola Crayons. At one point this beer was hated by everyone then some magic marketing happened and people started buying it. This beer is great for Beer Bread though. Taste? enh, smell, crayons, and they dominated the word lager. So now we have these insipid debutantes ordering "lager" instead of saying Yuengling. The world went and done screwed itself. So when people say, "I drink Lager." I counter with, "you only like beers fermented at low temperatures?" I point out they are victims of marketing. I really hate this beer and capitalism.

Sep 18, 2021
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Joe55555 from Texas

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Hell of a lot more flavor than your typical adjunct lager without being too “extreme” for adjunct beer lovers. Some nice toasty malt flavors in here, and enough hops to balance it out. Corn is king in this one, and you can certainly taste it. The body is nice and crisp, with a slightly bitter finish. It’s a good lager for people looking to branch out and try new styles; a very approachable representation of an amber lager. Don’t worry too much about tasting notes or anything on this one. This is a beer meant to be consumed by the bucketful in your dingy neighborhood dive bar after a round of darts.

Sep 14, 2021
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drdiesel9483 from Ohio

3.07/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Look - amber is color with a slight film and foam
Smell - grain slight caramel
Taste - basically the same as the smell
Feel - light body with a medium carb and clean
Overall - not bad

Sep 03, 2021
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60sFolks from Texas

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Wow, was I surprised

Sep 02, 2021
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CaptainHate from Ohio

3.57/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Terribly hot day today so I just wanted something thirst quenching. 24 ounce can says Hello. Poured into a nonic, amber body capped by a fast fading head. Smell was of basic malt, grain and hops. Taste follows the nose with a bit of caramel. Feel was what I wanted for the setting. Good value but no great shakes otherwise.

Aug 29, 2021
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Pipeknight81

2.23/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Yuengling finally making it to Texas, wanted to be part of the hype. Mouthfeel and taste, both are like drinking sand. Color wasn't too bad. Smelled like corn and very little hops. Finished it quickly, thus it would turn skunky.

Aug 28, 2021
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ruffsnap from Texas

5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Simply the best of the plain, good ol American lagers!

Doesn’t have that alcohol aftertaste/harshness, just smooth and wonderful to drink.

It’s from America’s oldest brewery, and clearly in this case oldest is best, they know what they’re doing over at Yuengling!

Aug 24, 2021
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

3.27/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

On draft. Pours a caramel color with good retention. Smells of biscuits, wheat, yeast. Taste follows the nose, caramel is all there. Light-medium bodied, crisp, smooth, crushable.

Aug 21, 2021
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HarlotBronte from District of Columbia

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

L: Drank straight from the green bottle. Green glass is never promising.
S: Light malt
T: I’m pleasantly surprised that this isn’t skunked! Taste follows the nose— light bready malt
F: High carbonation and light, crisp mouthfeel
O: Not sure why some people love this beer so much. It’s not bad, but far from good. An okay lager.

Aug 01, 2021
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hankp59 from New York

3.61/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A nice head that disappears American style. Rich malty flavor with enough hops to balance the sweetness without bitterness. Lots of tiny bubbles keep it refreshing. Good stuff for the price. Buy a can like I did, you know it keeps better than bottles, no sun skunk.

Jul 23, 2021
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wvabeer

5/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I can say this beer is always tasty from the first till the last. Unlike others. Best of all, no headache after quite a few of them. It's so pleasant poured into a glass, amber color, killer aroma and a satisfying drink. MMM

Jul 13, 2021
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TedHead from Illinois

4.07/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very pretty translucent copper with a huge off white head that takes a while to dissipate. It smells like sweet grains with a hint of grassy hops. It's flavor is less full than expected from the nose, but it's a solid caramel malt flavor backed by just enough hops to keep it from being sweet without being bitter. This one is highly carbonated and smooth and overall a slammer. If I was at an east coast dive bar I'm getting this over any macro.

Jun 27, 2021
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wmscottsimpsonjr from Missouri

3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep amber with 1.5 finger head. Malt, a little banana, caramel, and bit of spicy hops. Flavor shows a little of rich malt, but also seems to have a little acetylide. Medium to medium light body.

Jun 20, 2021
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dribblespit from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

First encountered while still in high school. Introduced to Yuengling by a classmate as an alternative to Budweiser.

Copper colored
Smells somewhat like malt somewhat like wet cardboard.
Tastes better than it smells. Smooth and malty no cardboard flavors.
Not much hops but that is expected at this level.
Decent beer that is a notch better than BMC.
Inoffensive and chugable due to a less than 5% abv.

Recommend you at least try it, you might like it.

Jun 20, 2021
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Whyteboar from Michigan

3.24/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Refreshing and relatively sessionable, just not as flavorful as I hoped for. Still, if it truly is an original recipe I think it is good for the style. By all means at least give it a try.

May 10, 2021
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Tacoma223 from New York

4.7/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

I really enjoyed this beer, beautiful amber color. Really nice smell, smells of sweet malts and has a decent frothy head nothing spectacular. Lightly carbonated was a little upset with how light the carbonation was. Overall a solid beer . Definitely worth a try

Apr 22, 2021
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ImALagerNotAFighter from Delaware

3.85/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

absolutely influenced by my grandma's love of Yuengling, but this is easily the nicest beer that I'd be willing to buy for myself regularly. Nice taste, goes with everything, easily available. Big fan!

Mar 11, 2021
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Derptiluderp from Indiana

1.23/5  rDev -64%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I spent many a night enthralled with yuengling.

"Premium at domestic prices" was the chant..
And it was correct for a time.

Unfortunately, that time has passed. Miller ruined the little I loved about yuengling. It tastes like shit. I have 5 of 6 16 oz cans of it in my fridge now I want to toss. BC I drank the first one and nearly puked.

Feb 13, 2021
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DCH from New York

3.99/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours a deep dark amber in the glass, smell is faint, mainly grassy, malty, not too much of a hop smell coming from this. Taste is malt, grain, slightly sharp afterglow on the tongue, more body than many beers within this price point. Overall, a pretty good lager, notched slightly above the PBR, High Life, Bud, Coors, but within the same vein. If it's worth the extra few dollars to you for something slightly higher in quality/more "lager-y", then go for it. The year long Yuengling rebates bring it to about the same price point as PBR (case vs case) in my neck of the woods, so this will very much be a staple in my fridge for the foreseeable future.

Feb 11, 2021
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md3kcn from Ohio

2.46/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a conical pint glass. Purchased as a 12-pack of cans at Wal-Mart for $10.00.

L - Dark caramel to amber hue. Almost no head, but what little there is resembles a light cream color.
S - Slight corn flake. Almost a sort of metallic smell, but blame it on the can. Faint scent of malt.
T - Very malt-forward. Bready, yet crisp finish. Floral at times. Definitely checks the smell.
F - Extremely effervescent. Crisp, and very refreshing feel.
O - Probably where I'd set the bar for cheap beer. Completely inoffensive, tastes alright, and goes with nearly every food. You'll definitely find me stocking this in my fridge.

Feb 07, 2021
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RobertB412 from Pennsylvania

3.92/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass. Deep amber/copper color with short-lasting white head and minimal lacing. Smells of cereal grains and caramel malts. Flavor follows aroma with notes of bread, cereal and toffee caramel malts. Feint hop bitterness partially balances the sweet maltiness. Crisp with a medium body and decent carbonation. Overall, its a decent lager, and for the price, highly recommended.

Feb 06, 2021
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BarfyMan362 from Indiana

4.78/5  rDev +39.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

Doesn't taste like urine? Check.
Smells tolerable? Check.
Gets you drunk? Check.

This beer and Steel Reserve get most of their criticism from beer snobs and elitists but they are some of the best on the market. Don't listen to the D bags. If you like some of the more popular brands that taste like a diabetic's pee, stay away from this stuff.

Jan 21, 2021
Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 78 out of 100 with 7070 ratings