Yuengling Traditional Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Hackattack
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I don't see what the fuss is over this. It's new to this area and right now a novelty , but it's still not too impressive in my opinion. This is a poor to me. Pretty weak in flavor.....bland.

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Photo of tjwarren
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looks good - caramel. Smell is nice not off putting but a little non descript. Taste is somewhat macro lager with some caramel malt added. Ok. Mouthfeel is good. Very smooth and pleasant. At one time I thought this was the best beer in the world. What it is is a good serviceable beer. You could do worse.

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Photo of Wrw712
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Not a fan of the green bottles. Once transferred to my yeti it doesn't matter, and stays cold longer! Overall an enjoyable beer. Finally started selling in my area which is a plus!

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Photo of Korbynlehr
4.26/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love the dark clear color, almost like weak coffee in color. The smell is like a Belgian beer and taste just like one as well. Not much follow up on the aftertaste. This is a good beer.

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Photo of TIB
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the first foray for many an 18-22 yo NE American. The first beer that isn't completely watered down, and that you can have with food (my college circle called this our "sandwich and beer" beer).

Its not a world champion mountain mover but it is very very good for what it is. In the realm of mass produced lager, its a 5 but ratings need to be consistent.

If you're down on cash and want a good tasting brew, yeung-dawgs are where its at.

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Photo of NoYouDidnt
3.59/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

POurs a dark orange with 1 finger head. Super clear. Aroma, lemon, a little yeasty, little pepper, a little grassy. Taste-bready, sweet, caramelly, toasty, a little grassy hop. Mouthfeel, medium carbonated. Overall- I like the taste alright. I do feel like I could find any octoberfest style beer still on the shelf from last year and have a similar to better overall time.

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Photo of DraconusDesanctus666
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle,into a Cigar City pint glass.

Fluffy off white head that stands 1 finger tall with low retention and sticky lacing.Amber / copper colored body with very good clarity.Heavy amount of carbonation.

On the nose I get mostly caramel malts,and earthy pine hops.Really not much else to speak of.Maybe a little bit of metallic notes.

The palate follows the nose with caramel malts up front,and some pine and citrus hops on the back end balanced by sweet malts.

The mouth feel is thin and watery,but not watered down.There is a good amount of oxidation on the tongue from the carbonation.Smooth easy finish.

My father loves this one,it really isn't bad for being a mass produced beer.A good alternative if you can't afford the expensive craft beers,or they aren't available.Not bad but nit earth shattering either...Solid Lager.

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Photo of TerryMills
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

For macro lager it doesn't get any better , there are actually some decent grain and hop flavors for what it is ..

If a place doesn't have craft brew or I'm just being cheap yuengling is one of my go to macros.

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Photo of cjgiant
3.37/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

On tap:
Pours a nice amber, clear, with a sheet-lace producing thin white head.

Nose is light grain, mildly sweet, with an equal amount of spicy bitterness.

Taste is similar to nose, fairly smooth, medium light. An amber beer maltiness without tons of flavor, lightly spicy bitterness is refreshing for a staple beer.

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
3.71/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

From the can, it pours amber with a modest head. The head lasts a bit and leaves lacing. Some hops and bread in the nose. The breadiness comes through in the mouth. Nice American lager!

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Photo of MinerBob
4.47/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

One of the oldest continuously brewed beers in America. This beer has been brewed since 1829 for a reason. It pours a lovely clear amber color with a small head has a wonderful smell and taste. I live west of the Mississippi so I have to have someone going east to get this for me and I NEVER miss the chance. One of the best beers in America.

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Photo of Whey2Hoppy
3.58/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Doesn't quite pour the deepest shade of amber, and I could have sworn it used to be darker, but it has been a while. It's more of a brownish gold, almost like that murky pond water or something. Other than that, it pours with a nice frothy head like you'd expect from a lager, with excellent retention. The aroma is dominated by a caramel sweetness, and the smell of bread dough, with hints of corn and maybe some biscuity notes. The taste follows the nose, but there's actually a lot more flavor than I anticipated. Relatively huge sweetness, bready goodness, and a subtle hit of hop flavor just to let you know it's there. The body is perfect for the style, crisp smooth, and refreshing. Overall, this is my favorite AAL. It may not punch you in the taste buds with flavor like a double IPA, but that's not the point. This is a lager, and for what it is, it's one of the best out there.

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Photo of nbaker290
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling Traditional Lager. I am finally rating this beer, but in reality I've been drinking it for several years (5) as I have lived on the east coast since I was 18. This beer has been drank by me at barracks parties, mid-range and low range restaurants and bars, house parties, grilling and smoking, get-togethers, holidays, ball games, and everything in between. It fits in everywhere like a Budweiser would, so onto the rating:
Look: poured from a bottle into a
Pint glass. It pours a medium copper-amber color with a foamy white head, which can be about a finger tall if poured at a 45° angle, then slowly leveled out. Head renention is longer than a Miller, Bud or Coors (light or regular). Usually at a restauraunt or bar the glass comes back with a thin film of bubbles left from the head. Still, a good looking beer, can, bottle or draft. Leaves some lacing on the glass. This beer looks like a lager.
Smell: smells sweet. A hint of hop and sweet malts, but not overpowering. Tiny hint of floral type smell. Again, mostly smells like a standard lager beer (not like the big 3).
Taste: this is where it gets a little funny. On draft, this beer is wonderful, absolutely great. In a bottle, most of the time almost as good as draft, but sometimes (if you get an older pack/case), it can be a little skunked, but not like a Stella or a Heineken (which are not even in the same class as this beer), though I have not had a skunked case or pack of Yuenglings in the past year or 2. In a can (mini-mini-keg), it is always the same, a pretty good brew. So, up front there is a bit of hop bitterness, but not overpowering at all like a Boston Lager by Sam Adams. The hop is IMMEDIATELY followed by a fairly strong sweet malt. It finishes with a slight malt aftertaste. Sometimes it tastes a little like a bit of tea and beer mixed together, not in a bad way though.
Feel: medium carbonation, feels let watery than most "lager beers(i.e., Bud and Coors)." The mouthfeel feels exactly the way you'd expect a lager to feel. Light-medium bodies with medium carbonation. It's a solid beer.
Overall. This beer is my go-to beer when I'm in the states on the east coast. A ton of restauraunts consider this beer to be domestic, which is awesome because I can think of 5 places that sell it for $1 at happy hour or buy one get one free at happy hour. Almost every resauraunt I've had a beer at sell this for $2.50-$3.50, where Budweiser or Miller or Coors would be $2.50-3.50. Only a few places up-sell this beer over the big 3, which is awesome as it's quality is far superior. 80% of the time I order a beer here in Florida, it's a Yuengling because I love lagers, good beer and inexpensive beers. You can get this beer for $9 a pitcher... Not bad. This beer has a good, standard lager taste (in a good way), a good look, a pleasant smell and a whole lotta drinkability. If I could only have 10-12 beers in my life, this one stays because it is a great example of and American Lager.

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Photo of 413
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yuengling, from America's oldest brewery, is a very solid beer. A fairly simple lager, its flavor is well balanced but with a malty finish. On tap, this is one of the smoothest and most refreshing beers I've had. Doesn't seem to do quite as well from a bottle, and a little better out of the can than bottle in my experience, but overall a great year-round session beer to keep it simple. Technically a big craft brewery, Yuengling's flagship brew stands up swimmingly against the big names.

Fun fact: Yuengling was forced to go into the ice cream business during prohibition, and they still make that too, though I don't know that it pairs well with the beer!

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Photo of joeandsimonreviews
3.69/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Got two 24 oz cans as part of a deal for 4$. The look is a dark brown/amber color which is pretty satisfying to look at. Not a strong smell but I like it so its a 3.5. The taste is pretty solid for a cheap beer that is mass produced, really can not complain given what your paying. Feels pretty smooth for a lager, doesn't seems as filling as say a Sam Adams Boston Lager. Can drink these babies all night. Solid beer for the price.

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Photo of Hoosteez
3.79/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Nice Amber color smells a note of floral essence over a malty smell taste a very crisp malty noted bubblyish yet rather watery very much so a floral note on the ass end of the light saltiness of it overall my preferred big name brand American lager but ill take a Guinness stout over it any day

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Photo of Davedrinkinbeer
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Smell is not overpowering, with corn and hops mostly. Taste is smooth, with hops, grass, and corn the strongest, and from start to finish. Beer finishes clean, very easy to drink and is not overly carbonated. Yuengling is a good beer compared to all the macro brew beers ( Budweiser, Coors, Miller) and has a much better taste than any variety of those beers. This beer is also easy to drink, and recommended for any time someone would seek out a macro brew, like cutting the grass, enjoying a hot summer day, etc.

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Photo of EMH73
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A very solid mass produced lager, more flavor than most. Taste and smells is malty and bready. Taste has a very mild hop presence and caramel notes. Well carbonated, crisp and refreshing, goes down easy. Slightly funky after taste is the only real negative.

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Photo of dwillie733
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

For a mass produced beer, not a bad beer. Better tasting than Bud or Miller and a definite golden color that defines this beers. Look, smell, taste and feel closer to Sam Adams than most mass produced.

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Photo of mattroc000
2.16/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

This beer is the worst amber lager I've ever tried. It has very little flavour and what it has tastes musky, so it doesn't even have the iconic crisp taste of a lager. Of the cheap, commercial beers, this is a little bit better, but I still poured out the last half of the pint. I don't think I would reject this if handed to me, but I would never buy one again.

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Photo of Premo88
4.19/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

12 oz. bottle poured into pilsener

L: bronze ... as much brown as red in it, giving it a dark gold hue; pushes up a thick head of tan foam; lots of activity in the glass, hundreds of bubbles flying up the column and creating a thick skin and 1/4-inch or more collar; some sticking and lacing, enough that I'm tempted to call this perfect ... it's a gorgeous beer

S: sour grain, sweet malt ... a little lemon peel; dates ... some kind of dried fruit but not overly dark

T: apricot with a slightly buttery finish ... loads of malt flavor, perhaps a little toasted malt; some bitter earthiness lingers in the background, but the hop bite is very minimal

F: lots of carbonation, but the head/skin of foam that you have to drink through softens it a bit; it's a mouth-filling lightweight

O: fantastic brew, plenty of taste, very easy drinking; I'd drink a lot of this if it were in my area ... reminds me of a good Vienna lager with the hop bite sucked out of it

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Photo of ManlyWealth
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get a bit nostalgic when I drink Yuengling. Takes me back to my PA roots and it's one of the first beers - lagers I drank. I compare all other lagers to this one, as its an American classic. Pours a little bubbly and settles with a smaller head and little to no lacing. Bright amber-gold color with a reddish hue depending on the lighting. Standard lager aroma slightly hoppy, but mostly malty and the taste follows suit with a sweeter finish. Growing up as a young adult, this is what I thought all lagers should feel like, medium body, not heavy. Easily drinkable lager and refreshing too. BTW, I would not call for a Natl boycott of this lager jut because Mr. Yuengling happens to endorse a certain Presidential candidate. That's extreme.

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Photo of acmurphy696
2.91/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is a decent beer; what can I say? There's a hint of metal in its taste, and its smell is not very distinctive. Still, it does have character for a mainstream beer.
I would definitely drink it if I got caught in one places where only a lager seems to be available.
I'm starting to sweat just thinking about it.

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Photo of GreatHammerhead
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Presentation: 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Look: Hazy reddish amber, one finger head that rapidly disappears.

Smell: Faint aroma but nothing really stands out.

Taste: Good balance slight bitterness on the swallow.

Feel: Thin-ish with noticeable carbonation.

Overall: A great beer for when you just want to down a six pack.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I know I've written notes on this beer before; I just haven't typed them up. So here are some brief impressions from a 24 fl oz can (my first time experiencing Yuengling was on-draught), but a full review will follow in future. Cost was $2.25 at a Brooklyn bodega.

Pours a clear clean gold body and a frothy off-white head. ~6cm of foam takes ~10 minutes to fully recede, leaving no lacing.

Aroma has a subtle toasted malt undertone and a classic clean lager yeast strain. Vague fruit accents the bready amber malt aroma nicely. Not your typical budget lager, Yuengling's aroma promises a brew with body and flavour - not just watery pilsner malts. Aromatic intensity is average. As it comes to temperature, I get some slight spiciness - perhaps from Saaz or just from the yeast.

The taste doesn't quite deliver on the aroma, and the beer is a bit thinner than the aroma suggested, but it does have a surprising amount of body for a budget lager as well as decent complexity of flavour, replete with a subtle spiciness, some faint herbal hop notes, and an amber and pilsner malt backbone. A bit too slick and smooth on the palate, never taking time to let its flavours sink in, but it's not egregiously overcarbonated like many beers at this budget tier nor is it syrupy and thick like the malt liquors it tends to sit adjacent to on store shelves.

Overall, I find it balanced albeit shallow and simple, though a step or two above its macroproducing competition. I'll easily destroy the 24 fl oz can, and this is the kind of beer I'd be happy to order by the pitcher whilst devouring buffalo wings or cheap pizza with friends. It won't dazzle discerning drinkers, but it has its place as a casual brew that's priced right and offers more flavour and body than comparable alternatives. A crowd pleasing inoffensive beer that makes for a good go-to at bars and eateries with an otherwise limited selection.

C (2.90) / AVERAGE

2016.11.03 impression on-draught @ a bar in Brooklyn.

Refreshing, perfectly medium-bodied, smooth, wet, coating, and adequately soft.

Drinkable enjoyable fare with no overt faults. A likable lager fit for pairing with pizza or a casual burger-and-fries type meal. Solid dependable fare.


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