Traditional Lager
Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #55
Ranked #28,496
3.42 | pDev: 17.54%
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Aug 28, 2001
Traditional LagerTraditional Lager
Notes: Famous for its rich amber color and medium-bodied flavor with roasted caramel malt for a subtle sweetness and a combination of Cluster and Cascade hops, this true original delivers a well-balanced taste with very distinct character. Born from a historic recipe that was resurrected in 1987, Yuengling Traditional Lager is a true classic.
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Reviewed by Death_Adder from South Carolina

3/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Yuengling Traditional Lager is not only from America’s oldest brewery, but also a very tasty beverage. I like the look of the bottles, and I love that it’s family owned. The alc/vol could be a tad bit higher, but you really can’t beat the price. This is America’s beer!

Alc/Vol: 4:5%
Price: Bottom Shelf
Rating: 3/5
Wednesday at 02:02 AM
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Rated by JuanPn from Louisiana

4.86/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
just an all around common beer, for when you can't decide, or find anything new
May 18, 2023
Rated: 5 by Jry32

May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by AutoMechanic from Virginia

4.62/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
Very good beer in my opinion. Darker beer too. My first dark beer. I really liked it. I got notes of Carmel and maybe some floral or fruit too overall smell was good. Taste fantastic. Much better than the light beers I’ve had. Great ratings from me.
May 07, 2023
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Reviewed by Smalltownroger

2.02/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
I wanted to like Yuengling, but I would be dishonest if I didn't tell the truth. The flavor is mediocre. A little bit of caramel, barely malt, hops. But not much. The feel is even worse. What little carbonation it has disappears quick. It does have a nice amber color. It isn't very expensive either. But I just can't really think of a great reason to drink Yuengling. It doesn't have any real positives, but it could be worse. Kind of like catching one small fish in the afternoon after fishing all morning. Bottom line, there's better.
May 06, 2023
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Reviewed by BrickH0us3

3.97/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
The main reason Im glad i grew up on the east coast. Drank enough of these to float a battle ship around. Best out of a fresh keg or unskunked bottle. Dont buy 6 pack probably light struck. Decent flavour, in between a real german lager and american adjunct. my go to these days if worsteiner is not an option.
May 02, 2023
Rated: 5 by PeterKadar from California

Apr 22, 2023
Rated: 5 by rcmorrison8 from Tennessee

Apr 17, 2023
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Rated by bv51 from Washington

3.45/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Easy drinking
Apr 15, 2023
Rated: 3.39 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois

Apr 12, 2023
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Reviewed by Chisox58 from Illinois

4.36/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Being from Illinois the closest I can get to a Yuengling Traditional Lager is an hour away in Indiana. Scarcity bias aside, this is my go to beer on all my East Coast trips when I'm not sampling local craft ambers, and a must stop in IN on return car trips. Real nice amber color and formidable head; extremely satisfying drink, not weak by any means. Sure, it will never masquerade as a small batch amber (nor does it have to). A perfect blend of smooth malt forward flavor minus the non-congruent hoppiness that tends to be there on some crafts of this ilk. Make a border crossing Dick Yuengling, we need this beer in Illinois!
Apr 11, 2023
Rated: 3.37 by Vistance from Kentucky

Apr 07, 2023
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Reviewed by bushbeer75 from Michigan

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can

Yuengling Traditional Lager has a orange gold/amber body. A bubbly 1-finger head was formed. The head rather quickly reduced to a thin collar of foam. The aroma is dominated by a light roasted caramel malt. Also, the nose picked-up a flora and fresh smell. The upfront taste was a light roasted caramel that adds light sweetness. There is a light hop taste that lingers a little. Mouth feel is light to light-medium with light prickles in the mouth from the active carbonation.

This Lager is easy drinking, refreshing, and well balance. Yuengling Traditional Lager is brewed by the oldest American Brewery.
Apr 05, 2023
Rated: 3.35 by mattmarka1 from Minnesota

Apr 03, 2023
Rated: 4.17 by AvantKarma

Mar 28, 2023
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Reviewed by Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

3.52/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
3/24/23 Have had this many many times, but finally reviewing.... Drank from a 12 oz bottle at Tom and Deanna's house, Frisco, TX..... Pool side.

My first reaction was this had more depth and malt than i last remember. If there was nothing else available except common mass produced beers on a tap list, i would certainly choose this.
Mar 27, 2023
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Reviewed by DarkPassport

3.25/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Appearance: 16oz can pour. Clear deep copper. Minimal off-white head with no lingering or lacing.

Aroma: Rice. A little bit of corn.

Taste: Rice. Wheat bread. Malty. Very light peanuts (roasted?). The smallest bit of caramel. Corn flake cereal.

Feel: Medium to medium-high carbonation. Slightly dry. On the thin side but as is expected with the style.

Overall: It’s a great go-to beer that fits nearly any occasion.
Mar 24, 2023
Rated: 3.73 by JScoby

Mar 20, 2023
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Reviewed by CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.69/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a Goose Island Willi Becher Glass

The beer pours a crystal clear amber/mahogany color with a moderate amount of off white head that slowly recedes leaving behind a small cap that lingers throughout the session.

The aroma is mildly toasty & malty, and just a touch of caramel sweetness. Just a hint of generic hoppiness.

The flavor is lightly toasted malts with a caramel sweetness. There is also a bit of spicy and herbal hop presence to balance the beer out a little

Medium/light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Overall this is not a bad beer that straddles the line between an entry level craft beer and an AAL. A great alternative to similarly priced AAL's
Mar 15, 2023
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Reviewed by JesMartinez

3.56/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Clear amber color. Thin egg white head. Malty and earthy taste. Highly carbonated, and light body. Clean taste with roasted peanut taste. Extreme cracker finish. Very easy drinking flavorful beer.
Mar 08, 2023
Rated: 3.4 by KC_beerman from Missouri

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 3.32 by SoundMakesSense from Indiana

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 4.34 by jase2k

Mar 05, 2023
Rated: 1.18 by oneeye from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2023
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Rated by regex5375 from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
This is a great everyday beer that goes with anything. I don't drink any of the huge national branded beers and drink this instead.
Mar 01, 2023
Rated: 3.08 by SpaethJam from New York

Feb 07, 2023
Rated: 3.69 by LagerMan_US from Maine

Feb 06, 2023
Rated: 3.9 by Mardinae from Texas

Feb 01, 2023
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Reviewed by AlfromPA from Pennsylvania

4.03/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
No matter what one thinks of Dick Yuengling's politics, one has to admit that the development and marketing of Traditional Lager was absolutely brilliant. Taking over a moribund regional brewery from his father, Dick quickly figured out the perfect beer for the perfect niche. A mildly tasty beer, but not too heavy in body and with a light level of alcohol. Pretty to look at. Almost a craft beer, but not quite--so not as pricey as, say, Sam Adams. But priced to compete with the "Premium" beers (Bud, Miller, etc.) and thus profitable. I'm a beer snob with the best of them but I find myself always coming back to this one when I just want to relax and not be assaulted either by flavor or by alcohol content.
Jan 31, 2023
Rated: 3.34 by Slyde180 from Texas

Jan 29, 2023
Rated: 3.5 by Crabmando from Ohio

Jan 28, 2023
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Rated by mhhsvt from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
Not bad, I do really enjoy this.
Being this is local it is my go to
Cheap beer. Much much better
Than Bud, Miller, Coors.
Jan 28, 2023
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Reviewed by markarizmendi from North Carolina

3.5/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A great beer for after workout or after work. Refreshing, good taste, and not overly powerful ABV like an IPA. I keep this and Bells Two Hearted in permanent stock depending on the day of the week.
Jan 24, 2023
Rated: 3.49 by Bartleby91 from Wisconsin

Jan 14, 2023
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Reviewed by JimKal from North Carolina

3.71/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
L: Nice amber color with a nice head that dissipates but doesn't disappear. It really doesn't look like other AALs
S: Faint aroma, but that may be me.
T: I surprised myself because this has quite a bit more taste than other AALs
F: Medium feel
O: As I said, better, much better than I expected.
Jan 13, 2023
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Reviewed by Papercut4 from Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Pours out of the can a nice clear amber with little head and thin lacing. Smells slightly like clove and roasted malts. Tastes kind of sweet and grainy but also watery. It's fine.
Jan 06, 2023
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Reviewed by kendeats from Florida

4.63/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5
More flavor than most American lagers at a good price point. Not available out west (Montana) in most grocery stores. It is less crisp than Miller High Life, but bolder with a heavier flavor of roasted hops. Not a lawnmower beer and not particularly refreshing like a lighter beer. It is darker with a brown cast. I must confess I am not a master taster who can discern flavors like toasted tobacco, cherry cough drops, bananas, roasted pumpkin or boiled kumquat essence. It's bitter, cold and refreshing.
Jan 03, 2023
Rated: 4 by etan420 from Illinois

Dec 31, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by RalphStanley34 from French Polynesia

Dec 30, 2022
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