Yuengling Traditional Lager
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Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #119
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #46,918
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 17.54%
Reviews:
1,814
Ratings:
6,947
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Yuengling Brewery
 
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Enjoyable in every aspect. Rich color with white foamy head. Lacing was surprisingly impressive in pint glass. Well balanced taste, pleasant, with no bitter aftertaste. Bought in the past and will be in the 'fridge in the future.

Thursday at 01:57 AM
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1009 from Massachusetts

3.62/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A friend in college used to drink this like water. I never really loved it, but it quickly became my go-to brew in the pandemic. Pretty amber color, slightly sweet with good balance and a pleasantly smooth finish. A delightful American lager with a great story behind the brand. The one downside is it smells like a thousand skunks when you first open the bottle. Nevertheless, will be reaching for this more often and can wait to put a few away after a long day of yard work.

May 08, 2020
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Beaver13 from Colorado

2.43/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can, I think canned on 5/2/19. Pours clear light copper amber with a medium bubbly white head that retains fairly well and laces the glass some.

The aroma is sweet grainy caramel malt.

The flavor is sweet floral caramel malts with a light roast bitter finish. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low spritzy carbonation.

Overall, not a bad lager, but a bit on the sweet side for me.

Mar 22, 2020
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izraelc from New York

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale red. Thin head. For a mass produced beer this is one of the better ones. Doesn't taste like piss. Not a lot of flavor but it's good when you're going to drink a dozen.

Mar 15, 2020
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jwp777 from Oklahoma

3.79/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

On tap at the Indianapolis airport:

Pours a dark red with a brownish hue. One finger white head, not much lacing to speak of.

Aroma is bready with a significant amount of caramel and malt.

Taste is my favorite part of this beer. Caramel malts, a bit of hops, and some grains as well. Quite well balanced and not overly watery.

Feel: not heavy at all. Light to medium body, medium carbonation. Very drinkable. Aftertaste lingers for a while and has a syrupy texture, but not offensively.

Overall: glad I got to taste this one while I was here. The bartender at the airport in Indy said this beer is hard to find west of the Mississippi River, and I have never seen it before given that I live in and mainly travel the Western US. If you like lagers, you will probably enjoy this one.

Mar 05, 2020
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realJohnnyHobo from Maryland

4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 fl oz - poured from a green bottle in a six-pack. Above-average lager tier pricing - 7.99 for $6 in and around Baltimore.

Pours a caramel hue with brown and amber notes. 2 finger white head, small bubbles, retained lacing throughout the top.

The smell is of rich caramel, brown bread, and carbonation.

As for the taste, it is outstanding. Front notes include caramel malts, followed by a mild noble hop variety and carbonation, followed by rich cereal grains and more of a malted blend - lovely water balance too.

Mouthfeel is highly drinkable, light to mild carbonation, small syrup texture and an after taste of eating a bowl of Cheerios.

Feb 22, 2020
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zuker21 from Canada

4.28/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Such a shame this isn’t available in Canada or all states but that may be why I love it so much. Had it first on 2006 on a balmy summer night in Wexford and I never leave PA without 2 cases in tow. Very much in the same vein as a German (Bavarian) festbier or alt bier, but with less of a hop over one and more of a malty flavour. Sessionable, reliable, good on tap and better in the bottle it pairs well with most pub food, BBQ and of course e Primantis sandwich. Love the history the logo and the merch a solid company and beer through and through. Just wish Thunder Bay wasn’t so far!!!

Feb 09, 2020
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spdemon91

1/5  rDev -70.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I loathe this beer. Tastes like sawdust. Really bad. The problem is that I live in Bethlehem PA and since this beer is somewhat local to the area, it is everywhere I go including all family/friend events. It truly is horrible and to me, undrinkable. Maybe if I was lost in a desert for weeks and dying of thirst, only then would I drink this swill.

Jan 27, 2020
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BrentM630

4.4/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling is not for typical IPA and other American craft brew junkies who’s taste buds are on overload from excess hop taste and aroma. It is a lager - get it? Travel to Germany (Bavaria for the real lager experience) and learn to enjoy a real bier. That being said, Yuengling will remind you - not of a Bavarian Lager - but a traditional Düsseldorf Alt Bier. Color, taste, mouth feel, aroma, all seem like a good glass of Uerige or Frankenheim Alt. And those beers are top, yet cold fermenting ales. Prost!

Jan 22, 2020
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beerman42069

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

It looks like a perfect beer but looks can be somewhat deceiving. The big issues come with the slightly metallic smell and the even more metallic taste. This beer goes down incredibly smooth and finishes with a hint of malt. This is college beer; its not too light, not too heavy, and being that it is less carbonated, I find it to be less filling to the point I could drink several in a short period of time.

Jan 21, 2020
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FartManly from New York

2.58/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

tastes like a very watered down killian's Irish red. flavor is fine, but tastes very very weak....more like a light beer. i wouldn't turn it down if offered, but i wouldn't choose to buy it.

Jan 07, 2020
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DamnBecker

2.4/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Not a bad beer to get on draft when nothing else is available (who let these guys get a monopoly on so many bars?) its really really overly sweet while still being pretty light. First ones go down easy but can get you full too quick. Actually tastes better when burped.

Dec 17, 2019
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Peach63 from New York

3.9/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours amber with a 1 inch white head. Heavy lacing. Minimal carbonation.

Aroma is floral, piney, malty, earthy.

Tastes of caramel malts, cascade hops, cluster hops. Slight sweetness. Moderate bitterness.

Medium bodied, semi-sweet finish.

One of the better low price lagers, not bland and tasteless like most.

Oct 21, 2019
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

1.28/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I do not know what Yuengling did to this beer.
When it first debuted in the ole 2 prong kegs it was a fantastic brew with a wonderful toasted bread aroma with similar flavor characteristics.
Nowadays I can not drink it. Well, I can but won't.
To me it tastes like stale fermented pond water with a similar smell.
I think Yuengling got too big for their britches and their product suffers from being brewed at different locations.
What used to be a decent local specialty beer is now a mass produced glass of garbage.
The only beer Yuengling makes that is worse is the light version of this.
Locals drink this swill like it is mothers milk. I do not understand.

Oct 04, 2019
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YeeCop from Alabama

3.77/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Amidst the sea of nondescript corporate swill, Yuengling stands tall and proud. Probably the only big brewery in America left that is relatively dependent. But does their beer live up to that standard of quality? Yes it does. There is a certain biscuit-y sweetness to the lager, however it possesses it's own unique taste that I can't exactly pinpoint at this time. It does go down smooth but at the same time, it doesn't sacrifice the taste of the beer! This has always been my go-to American lager beer, and I wouldn't have it any other way.

Sep 26, 2019
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JohnECab

3.36/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Despite the 3.5 rating, "Lager", as we order it in Philly, is my go to if it's around and I'm just having a beer. From drinking quarts of this stuff while polishing off two cheesesteaks as a delinquent youth to sipping a tall can after a long tennis match in my early 40s, Yuengling is a lot of nostalgia for any PA boy for sure. Some tell me it's too dark. Others tell me it's too skunk especially if you buy it from the Chinese store on the corner, but Yuengling is a great beer not in any sort of craft or artistic sense, but as a regular beer, it is tops. Easy drinking and full of flavor, bartender pour me one of these before any of that Bud lite or coors garbage. It is also America's oldest sipper, which is A ok in my book being a God fearing lover of my country. Over countless Eagles games and steaks and crab legs, this beer has been there. Oh Lager how I love you. The 3.5 rating is a bit more realistic than my feelings for this beer. Some tell me it is complete trash, but those are usually IPA junkies. Is an IPA even beer? Order a lager and sip it down. Salud!

Sep 16, 2019
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unlikelyspiderperson from California

3.75/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber, bordering on red with a thick and foamy white head, that persists as a nice rocky cloud.
Smell is faint and lightly grainy.
Taste is very grain forward with a heavy dose of caramel malt. Minimal hop presence.
Mouthfeel is nice, full bodied with a nice crisp finish. Very easy drinking.
Overall this is beer. Lots of grain character, little to no hop presence, and easy to take down by the pounder.

Sep 01, 2019
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Eyarnell81 from Pennsylvania

4.47/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 5

This is was one of the first beers I had ever tried and it will forever be one of my favorites. The amber color, the malty sweetness and just the right amount of crisp hop finish. It doesn’t matter if it’s from a can, bottle, or on tap, it will always be good.

Aug 16, 2019
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DefenCorps from Oregon

3.54/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bottle at Portofino in Middletown.

The nose is mildly hoppy and with a mild toast and caramel character. Clean and with a carbonic accent. The palate is clean and while unexciting, well done with a mild bitterness, a mild make flavor and crisp carbonation that's perfect for hot East Coast beach days

Aug 08, 2019
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JerzDevl2000 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

14+ years on this site and I never reviewed this? That needs to be changed! No, this isn't going to win any awards and it's not the first American Amber / Red Lager that I'd reach for but let's face it - this is a classic and holds a special place in American brewing history. Those in Pennsylvania expect to get this when they order a "lager" in a bar but the rest of us know that this is just a classic that hasn't changed in decades, in spite of changing tastes...

This came in a green bottle and generally, I distrust brews that are packaged that way but this was still better than it's European macro counterparts. Clear, ruddy brown, and topped off with enough head, this had a nice appearance as this was this beer's best aspect by a mile. Very few soapy spots were left behind on the side of my pint glass as the thinness of the liquid became quite apparent. Loads of green apple, pear, bread, sweet malt, and caramel on the nose as the taste contained all of those as well. Light, balanced, and nicely carbonated, this went down so easily, but not completely mindlessly. Grass emerged in the aftertaste as this went down surprisingly easily without leaving much of an impression or aftertaste, aside from some break and bubbly effervescence on the palate...

Booze? Oh, it's here somewhere but I didn't find it - not even at the bottom of my glass. As a reviewer below stated, this beer calls for...another Yuengling and if there was ever anything that should come in six-packs, this would be it. Not the first beer I'd reach for but the cloying mouthfeel, smooth flavor profile and easy drinkability of this ensured that it would always hold a special place in my heart. Like any classic, this deserves to live forever - one session at a time.

Jul 29, 2019
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beersampler6 from Michigan

3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Haven’t had this beer in a while (at least 10 years) but finally found it in a store. Still tasty. Pours a darker amber color with lots of fluffy white head and some spotty lingering lacing. Smells of malt, caramel, roasted nuttiness, toast and some mild grain. Taste follows the nose. Good balance and depth. Very smooth, rich flavors and mouthfeel with a good amount of carbonation. Very enjoyable beer.

Jun 25, 2019
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Sgt_1991 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

This is a go to beer for me. I live on the east coast of the US. This is good stuff. Rich amber color. Nice head and lacing retention. Great on tap everywhere I've had it. It may not be world class but for what it is it's great.

Jun 17, 2019
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thegreatnicoli from Texas

3.91/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is like the Shiner of the east coast and this is probably my favorite easy drinking beer and my favorite part of traveling. Very relaxing taste, I just wish it was available in Texas.

Jun 11, 2019
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Urtravel from Pennsylvania

4.12/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5

L: nice golden amber with moderate head and lace
S: front end hop but with mild back end
T: great balance not overpowering on the hops
F: smooth feel that slides soothingly down
O: very nicely done

Jun 03, 2019
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Ki_H_nakai from Florida

2.82/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Hmm, this brew is odd. The carbonation almost looks added? Poured into glass with practically no head or lacing left behind. Smells of caramel and molasses, not bad. Taste is where it shines, but not very bright. Very thin and drinkable. Subtle hints of caramel and biscuit. Overall, pretty disappointing but much better than likes of Miller or PBR.

May 28, 2019
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