Yuengling Traditional Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
None provided.

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Reviews: 1,788 | Ratings: 6,829
Photo of Bacardi222
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a teku glass.

A: clear copper, 1 finger white head dissipating to a thin white lacing.

S: clean, roasted malt. Faint grassy hops.

T: similar to nose. Roasted malt dominates and provides a caramel forward flavor without being sweet. Light hop finish follows on the palate. Balanced.

M: thin body but medium carbonation makes this an easy drinker

O: refreshing, easy to drink, malt forward but not sweet. A fantastic beer from America's oldest independent brewery. Worthy of respect and a big step up from the big 3.

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Photo of detgfrsh
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle. Clear amber color with beige head. Sweet caramel malt smell. Medium feel. Tastes of malty sweetness and corn. Marginally better than the macro beers, but not something I'd get again.

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Photo of HardCider
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color with a two finger head. The head dissipates moderately with some lacing. The smell is sweet and malty. I detect an apple aroma. The taste is bitter, malty, and not too complex. I do detect a mild caramel taste. It has a smooth and creamy feel.

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Photo of Sheppard
3.01/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pours amber with off white head. It's medium bodied. The flavor is where the real issues begin and continue. There's a very putrid corny grainy character that you get in other cheaply made beers like Bud Light. I used to not think that this beer was bad, but it is really bad and I avoid it at all costs.

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Photo of DaveyCream
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber pour
Smells like an amber lager (biscuit, caramel, etc)
Tastes like an amber lager with those same flavors
Goes down pretty smooth due to it being pretty light
Overall, I definitely prefer this over the Yuengling Light. Much more taste and a little more alcohol in it makes it tastes much less watery than the light. Will have this on occasion if I have to, but definitely not going out of my way to buy a pack at a store.

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Photo of Mindcrime1000
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap...

Pours clear amber with a nice off-white head.

The aromas are classic toasted amber lager. Nice biscuit toasted "smells" with caramel malts present.

The flavor is somewhat neutral and "safe," but has a pleasing sweet, toasty smoothness.

Very drinkable and sessionable, the brew has a light to medium body and good carbonation. A little lacking at the finish.

Overall, a solid macro brew that exceeds the usual suspects on tap in almost every respect.

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Photo of Ruger_44-Redhawk
3.27/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Had at small outdoor restaurant on draft on Lido Beach, Tampa. Drinkable lager, although I’m not much of a lager guy. Probably get again for beach libations.

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Photo of JuliusBonsall
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

So I’m pocketing some airline minis at the liquor store and my best mate Gordon Blevins sidles up next to me, still smelling vaguely of last night (beefaroni and Mario Kart at Bev and Barb’s). He reaches into the 9th pocket of his JNCOs and hands me something I’d only heard about in the moist fug of Pennsylvanian lore: a Yuengling Lager. We get back to the single-wide and I throw the minis to my adopted grandson Brogan to help him power through his remedial English homework then crank the cap off my Lager.

I’m not entirely sure what happens next. I’m looking at my wood-paneled world through a copper-hued filter; Foghat’s “Slow Ride” is playing in the ether like a half-remembered dream, and I’m pretty sure a gentle trickle is running down the leg of my Jordache jeans. When the rush of that first swig subsides, I settle onto my gym dolly (Rent-A-Center repo’d the couch yesterday) and drink ’til it’s done.

Pours the color of a classy honey bbq wing. Cluster and cascade hops slide into your DMs like Drake into… your DMs. If you have a son aged 0-100 he’ll be proud of what you’ve done for your country.

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Photo of Tom32256
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

It has a nice rich amber color which is most likely the result of artificial coloring. It produced a nice head. The favor was lighter than I expected and the hops were equally light. Overall the taste and drinking experience was comparable to Heineken. Not bad, but I hoped for better. I want to try the new Yuengling Pils.

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Photo of Bito24
4.3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

If you like a hoppy lager, then this is your brew. A nice amber color gives the impression that this was the taste of beer pre-prohibition. Consistent flavor from first bottle to last. Speaking of bottles, doesn’t beer taste a little better when poured from green glass(except for Mickey’s). Enjoy!

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Photo of Buckeye55
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I'm a fan of the Yuengling family of brews. This to me is a damn fine lager. Tastes like a macro produced lager, which many will pan, but I've been drinking these for decades. A well above average brew, just not outstanding.

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Photo of Maestro0708
3.46/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours amber colored with a small white head that has decent retention. There is some lacing left on the sides of the glass.

The aroma is mostly of toasty, buiscuity malt and slight caramel. A bit of spiciness, perhaps from noble hops, cuts through.

The flavor follows similarly with toasty malt and some caramel. There is just a hint of malt sweetness that is well balanced by hop bitterness.

It has depth of malt flavor without being sweet. It remains crisp and drinkable.

Carbonation is moderate, body is medium-light.

Pretty solid beer overall: crisp, tasty, and drinkable at a great price.

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Photo of TargaFlorio
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I've only had this a couple times at chain restaurants that didn't offer much else. I can see why it was served ice cold, there just wasn't much to it after it warmed. I didn't get some of the off flavors others have mentioned. Honestly, I just didn't get much at all.

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Photo of Fatheroftoomany
3.44/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Deep amber lager with a flat smell. Pours a nice head and finishes smooth. It feels watery and lacks body. However for a standard $20 a case beer it exceeds expectations and is my go to if I drink cheap at the bar.

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Photo of Greywulfken
2.5/5  rDev -26.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hitting some ticks on the most popular beers list and after a disappointing Pabst Blue Ribbon, this was next... Blech! Can't just be me, BA - this is a terrible thing to drink - it's not just that it's flavorless, its that it tastes gross - I'm not even going to bother with descriptors... Beers like this are why lagers get a bad name...

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Photo of PMakowski
3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12 oz Can poured into glass
Look - amber orange color with a decent foam head and lots of glass lacing
Smell - not a whole lot here, just basic beer aroma with some corn and malts
Taste - Can definitely tell there is caramel malt added, gives it a nice sweetness. A slight amount of hops detected but it's certainly not bitter. It's very good for a red lager. Carbonation medium-high and body medium-low. It's highly drinkable and quite refreshing.

Overall, i really like this beer. Certainly better than most other lagers you find at the grocery store. It was better when i had it out of a keg but that is to be expected...Grade is a B+

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/4/12: Pours a clear medium amber producing several fingers of short-lived, white head which leaves minimal lacing as it recedes. Aroma is toast, grain & caramel malt, fruity with hints of nuts, grass and earth. Taste is caramel, lightly toasted bready malt, corn, pepper, grass and earthy hops. A little bitterness in the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation; silky up front it finishes with a prickly bite.

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Photo of Liquorsmurf
4.14/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

This is the only beer i willndrink that isnt a stout or porter. If your looking forna cheap good lager look no further. It does have a unique taste, but not in a bad way. If a bar doesnt have a stout or porter this is my go to. Plus you cant beat the price

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Photo of Vegasindependentbeerscene
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

America's Oldest Brewery. Yuengling has outlasted Prohibition, as well as, the corporate beer takeover of the last half century.

One extra star just for the sake of respect and staying independent all of these years.

Yes, it is not your first choice, however, when you are stuck in an airport or in a bar with very little lighting in Pennsylvania or any of the mid Atlantic cities and towns, I say, "Good to see You my old friend."

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Photo of FightingIrish
4.63/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Went to Florida, and, obviously, could not find my usual casual summertime brew (Schlitz). Where I would typically find The Gusto was this. And it is a mighty fine good 'ol American brew. The microbrew/import snobs may not agree (I'm not interested in your avocado beer!), but if you typically drink a straightforward American lager, this should be at the top of the list. Unfortunately, their distribution footprint is quite limited. But it is very good for a mass-produced American brew.

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Photo of gatornation
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear beautiful golden copper color with a khaki head. Smell had malt and a mash of fruit,hops,grass and toffee. Taste was very smooth with toffee and malt some grassy citrus hops in the finish. Mouth feel smooth and creamy with very little hops,very drinkable and nice on a summerlike day.

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Photo of joe1510
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle
$6.99 6-Pack

Good ol' Yuengling Traditional Lager is a handsome beverage. It's bright copper body glows when backlit and the clarity is near perfection. Each individual bubble can be seen shooting to the surface if you pay attention. The dirty white foam is silky and a finger high when poured. It settles, eventually, to a skimming with some puffy little islands here and there.

This beer shows some quality. The nose is grainy off the bat, creeping towards, and eventually catching up to toasty. So the main notes are that toasted graininess and a soft, surrounding earthiness. Softly spicy, complimentary hops bring up the rear. This is fairly one dimensional but what's there is enjoyable.

Unfortunately, the flavor doesn't quite live up to the nose. The same aspects are there for the most part but they're a bit watered down. White bread crust and a soft caramel sweetness get things moving and actually push through to the finish. They're met with a whisper of green apple and cereal grain sweetness. A mix of spicy and floral hoppiness wraps it all up neatly.

Traditional Lager is a medium bodied beer with a rather aggressive carbonation that fits well. Those bubbles get this beer moving at a good clip and leave an impression on the tongue. The finish is fairly dry which manages to boost the drinkability even higher.

This is a fine beer in its respective category. It's interesting enough to keep you coming and good enough to plow through many. A well made beverage on a large scale with a bit more character than a lot of the others in the same category.

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Photo of beerguy04
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an amber color with a white head. Sweet malt smell. Taste is the same. Mouthfeel is light and easy to drink. Overall, it’s a sweeter microbrew like beer.

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Photo of Stoven5
2.89/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is not a great beer, but for value for money its way up there. When I see this on tap I always have a pint or two. You know most beers on tap that are meant to be a pint are served in 16oz glasses and so many times when the head settles lucky to get 13 0r 14 ozs so where I am 2.5 to 3 dollars not such a big deal. When you pay 5 to 7 dollars for a micro brew now there's another story. Also keep a few at home for when I know its the last of the night. Why any one would buy Bud or Coors or any other cheap beer over this I have no idea its way above them.

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Photo of darkfalz
3.99/5  rDev +17%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice amber color when poured out. Surprisingly it wasn't heavy or dark tasting. Like all the other macro brew lagers I like, this is a good one. Smooth almost creamy taste with subtle carbonation. Very easy to drink. I sat down to watch a ball game and had two down before I knew it!

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