Traditional Lager
Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Lager - American Amber / Red
Ranked #48
Ranked #28,369
3.41 | pDev: 17.6%
May 17, 2022
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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Ratings by entheos:
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3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
by entheos from California

Very malty and carmelly.

May 14, 2022
More User Ratings:
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3.87/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by losdizzel from Oklahoma

Maybe i am late to the party but this a solid beer the color is nice , smell is ok taste is good i think for my Oklahoma standards, just got to get it from Texas for it. Sure in the hell beats Budwieser at least for me. Drink local have fun .

May 17, 2022
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3.67/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
by Legendary_Geko from Florida

While I enjoy expensive, unique beers as much as the next guy. I can’t lie when I say that when it’s super hot I go for a lager over a IPA/stout/etc. This beer is cheap, and it’s very very good for a lager. While it’s not the most amazing beer you can get, you can usually find a 6 pack for 10 or less and that’s commendable for how good this beer actually is

It tastes really subdued for a beer but not super subdued like Bud Light

Smell is alright, nothing special

Feel is nice, very refreshing

In a bottle it look ok, In a glass it’s a very nice color, almost no head though

One of my favorites

May 15, 2022
3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado on May 01, 2022
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3.53/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by Fedorable

A beer everyone can agree on. It's extremely affordable (2 for $4 tallboys) and is more than passable: it's simply good. Standard beer taste, a little malty and sweet. Not watery, not skunky. Nice body and enjoyable, refreshing taste.

Apr 28, 2022
3.31 by Spade from Pennsylvania on Apr 23, 2022
3.5 by not2quick from Missouri on Apr 12, 2022
3.56 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana on Apr 11, 2022
3.93 by Mcb99d from Massachusetts on Apr 02, 2022
3.75 by Jwa11s on Mar 21, 2022
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3.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

This is a macro I truly enjoy drinking. I love its light malty sweetness and have always found it refreshing and very drinkable.

Feb 22, 2022
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4.03/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by StJamesGate from New York

Bright, clear pale amber with a thin ribbon of head that doesn’t hang around; caramel nose with some DMS and spicy hops; lagery grain with some toffee and spicy hop end; smooth, almost creamy, moderate carb.

3.75 3.75 4.25 4 4

Doesn’t look or smell impressive, but delivers a decent approximation of a historical US lager.
Yeah, there’s some corn, it’s too sweet, and it should be livelier, but there’s some deep malts, real lager leanness and more than enough hops to clean it up.
For a wide distro supermarket $7-a-six-pack lager, this has far more character than you’re paying for.

Often the best option in craft-unfriendly places, and that’s fine.

Feb 17, 2022
4.13 by SFHbeerME from Maine on Feb 07, 2022
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2.4/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
by datstankadank from New Jersey

picked up a 32 oz, usually fresher in my area, as with alot of these mass produced beers... the big boy bottles tend to be fresher. had this on draft, in a can, in a bottle, too many times. average fizzy beer no lacing no head retention. def think they use porterine to color this one.

Feb 05, 2022
3.73 by mitchrcote from Connecticut on Feb 03, 2022
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4.29/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
by SandersWV

Great tasting beer!! Absolutely 1 of the best "cheaper" beers on the market!!

Jan 22, 2022
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3.75/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Pegasus from Texas

Appearance: Crystal-clear copper-colored body is surmounted by a large, somewhat coarse white head with very good retention. Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass wall. Streams of minute bubbles race to the surface.

Aroma: The aroma is dominated by toasted malt, biscuit-like and slight caramel.

Taste: On tasting there is an immediate note of toasted brown bread and biscuit. A bit of dark caramel soon follows. Later in the taste, there is a little dark malt. Finishes with a mild, but lingering herbal and medicinal hop note.

Mouth feel: Full and quite soft, with gentle carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: A fine offering, compared to the nationally-marketed macro lagers with which it presumably competes. Yuengling Traditional Lager is absolutely superb and an underappreciated gem, in my humble opinion.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a La Fin du Monde tulip.

Jan 15, 2022
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3.89/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jkh15 from Michigan

Just solid. A little bready.

Jan 15, 2022
3.34 by o29 from Texas on Jan 08, 2022
2.75 by dafla67 from Pennsylvania on Jan 03, 2022
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2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by Irish_Lush

I don't get the hype. It's a perfectly okay lager, but nothing more than that. It's not yet sold in my area, so I had only heard the hype from the East Coast. A friend brought over a variety of their beers he received from a family member, and I tried several. Pours an amber color, it goes down lighter than it looks. Not much character to it. There's a malt sweetness, not much in the way of grains or hops. Perfectly okay, but I wasn't lamenting over lost time after I finally tried it.

Jan 02, 2022
3.25 by akk14 from Illinois on Jan 01, 2022
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1.97/5  rDev -42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by CodyBasden from Texas

L: crystal clear amber had a head but head disappeared quick low carb streams
S: I honestly smell nothing
T: low malt sweetness finished with a metal taste
F: low medium body very carbed finishes dry though
O: just a dark water I would drink it if it was brought to a party and free

Dec 31, 2021
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2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by 2market from Pennsylvania

Well, an old favorite of so many, but not much better than your standard mass produced lagers like Miller, Coors, and Budweiser. Similar to Shiner Bock

Dec 29, 2021
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3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
by jackflaps from Pennsylvania

Can into pint glass.

L: Like an amber. Thick, foamy head that laces well.
S: Doesn't smell like much
T: Bready, sweet, late bitterness.
F: I dislike the carbonation tickle, it's too sharp for me.
O: It's fine. If someone brings it by I'll drink it.

Dec 23, 2021
3.66 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Dec 17, 2021
3.21 by Rainintheface from Massachusetts on Dec 16, 2021
3.57 by RichardOrmiston from North Carolina on Nov 30, 2021
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3.65/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by jngrizzaffi from Texas

Pours a clear dark amber color with a thick foamy head. Head retention is very good as is lacing. Aroma of breadiness and sweet malts. Get more dark fruits with some mild sweetness and bready nature with the taste. Light bodied with moderate carbonation.

Nov 29, 2021
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3.93/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Scrappy notes from 1989.
*I first drank this beer on tap and in bottles in 1989 in Philadelphia, PA at a bar called Khyber Pass where I was performing music. The bottles were served very cold.
It has an 'old world' look and taste being pretty dark in color for most lagers I've had and it has a bit of a creamy medium sized head. Smells pretty malty and toasty. I believe I sense bread and some fruit and the fruit part of it is kind of crisp or zippy keeping the beer lively. The tap beer has more of this liveliness. It's really smooth and I can go through a few of them in one sitting no problem. I love it and it's delicious. I will get more!

Nov 28, 2021
3.59 by Meddwol from Michigan on Nov 21, 2021
3.29 by AustinRT from Texas on Nov 07, 2021
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