Traditional Lager
Yuengling Brewery

Traditional LagerTraditional Lager
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From:
Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Amber / Red Lager
Ranked #54
ABV:
4.5%
Score:
78
Ranked #28,913
Avg:
3.42 | pDev: 17.54%
Reviews:
1,887
Ratings:
5,264
Status:
Active
Rated:
Nov 18, 2022
Added:
Aug 28, 2001
Wants:
  245
Gots:
  2,153
SCORE
78
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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 moodenba:
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Reviewed by moodenba from New York

3.05/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Yuengling Traditional Lager bottle at refrigerator temperature. Yuengling Traditional Lager looks good, and is one of a bunch of middle-of-the-road east coast ambers including Brooklyn Lager, Blue Point Toasted Lager. Traditional Lager is OK, but lacking in malt body. To me it is similar to Dos Equis Amber in style and quality. It's good enough in a pinch.
Jul 01, 2022
More User Ratings:
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Reviewed by nathund

4.7/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 5
My favorite beer by far. It's a beautiful amber brown, smells like sweet bread, and somehow hides the bitterness enough to give a great depth of grain and malt flavors. Usually not too much head, but it stays around for a while
Nov 18, 2022
 
Rated: 4.07 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 4.78 by Blairpogue

Oct 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.5 by rare_bird from Michigan

Oct 30, 2022
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Rated by kannacker from Delaware

4.31/5  rDev +26%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This is still one of the best thirst-quenching lagers & one of the best for paring with Maryland steamed blue crabs
Oct 29, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3.28/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Poured from a 16oz can

On the pour a nice fine just off white 2 finger head that I could get above the rim of the glass. The head dissipates over a few minutes to a very rocky but decent covering that leaves some lacing. Body is a lighter-than-dark golden amber with lots of standard carbonation.

Aroma is light grainy and close to a standard macro lager. A touch of Metallic offness pushes this into the cheaper beer category. Still better than BMC beers for the most part.

For those outside of the distribution area of Yuengling, it tastes like a cross between regular coors, and a pretty decent vienna lager. Not the cleanest right up front woth a touch too much sweetness, but the grain tastes like barley, and there's just a touch of darkness.

Feel is pretty light, but the finish is relatively long for an American lager. Again it's akin to a cross between a vienna and a coors Banquet. Light but fuller than a standard AAL.

Overall for the pricepoint, and all things considered this is a pretty good beer. Probably a bit overhyped due to location restraints and the fact it is America's oldest brewery, but hey it's better than a standard AAL.
Oct 21, 2022
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Rated by MadMadMike from Florida

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Cans, bottles, draft - an American classic ‘little beer’ that’s refreshing and goes with everything. It’ll do.,
Oct 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.27 by eluvah from New York

Oct 13, 2022
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Reviewed by Helvoslup from Germany

4.64/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
drank it often when the local bar had it on tap in Connecticut.
Was very pleased with it, especially on days when I didn`t want to have an overhopped, high alcohol content grapefruit aroma drink (which I liked on other days, though).
Very pleasant beer, more aroma than Budweiser, cannot say anything bad about it. Very good after work beer, in summer as well as in winter.
Sep 30, 2022
 
Rated: 3.62 by Lucnifter from California

Sep 26, 2022
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Reviewed by MackT from Florida

3.23/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
On tap at Diamonds Billiards Cape Coral, Fl
Looks copperish, smell was nothing noteworthy. Taste was typical of an American lager, this too, not noteworthy. Feel was fine, slight carbonation. Overall, got this because the bar had lesser choices, Bud Light and the like. Not downing this, if it’s the only option, go for it.
Sep 23, 2022
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Reviewed by Shiredave from New York

3.3/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
A staple in early NY beer bars which was smart - one of the original cross-over beers for the fizzy yellow beer crowd.
The fact that it was "local" meaning close enough for NYers that they had some idea where PA was helped make it popular and that it was innocuous in terms of flavor didn't hurt, so the main reservation back then was " it was a dark beer". The horror!
Well, we have come a long way baby. And Yuengling continues to be both a staple every day beer for some and a "corny" cross-over beer for newbs.
Amber to reddish brown in color it pops a white head that falls quick and leaves little trace behind.
Aroma is corn flakes with a hint of honey - usually over carbonated so there is a gassy staleness on draft any way.
Flavor is mildly caramelly and faintly hoppy with a tiny bite of back end bitterness.
Finish is slightly sweet with a lingering soggy frosted flakes aftertaste.
It's East coast Fat Tire but been around a lot longer.
Sep 17, 2022
 
Rated: 3.42 by Beer_Goblin from New York

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by Vykk_Draygo

2.7/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Crystal clear. Minimal head with little lacing. With vigorous swirling the head livens up, fine bubble with a very creamy look. Still falls quickly.

Nose is estery, like fresh apples. Some roasty toast or mild biscuit, a bit of DMS. Pretty much the standard "beer" smell. Nothing offensive, nothing really nice.

Taste is a bit less pleasant. Mild and indistinct hoppiness. Esters are less apparent on the palate. Some oxidative quality, slightly stale and cardboardy. Some corny flavor, perhaps DMS. Moderate biscuity flavor in the mid palate, which is kind of nice. The finish is almost soapy, and a bit too sweet. Aftertaste is biscuit, floral (probably what I'm perceiving as soapy), and caramelly cardboard.

Mouthfeel is OK. Light and moderately refreshing, but a bit thin and watery. If the finish was dry, rather than cloying, then it would be much nicer.


It's mostly inoffensive. I'd probably rather have a Shiner or a Ziegenbock, if I'm going for this style of beer (and I can't say I ever am, outside of palate exploration). I wouldn't refuse one, at least.
Aug 17, 2022
 
Rated: 2.82 by SViterileroux74 from Texas

Aug 14, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by BarrelAgedG from California

Aug 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.25 by TylerJ from Iowa

Aug 03, 2022
 
Rated: 2.59 by selekt0r

Aug 01, 2022
 
Rated: 3.7 by JoeDKSki

Jul 21, 2022
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Reviewed by Wg1041 from Alaska

3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Because America! Fuck yeah!

If you get a tingle in your balls when the national anthem plays, get goosebumps when you see the flag, or still get an erection when a bald eagle flies over…this beer is for you.

It’s not a perfect lager, but my friends, neither are we as a country. However, this lager represents a melting pot of freedom. An opportunity, in-spite of humble beginnings, to make anything of yourself. It represents an idea. An idea that in this great country you are free to drink anything you can dream of or brew it.

Happy Fourth of July Gentlemen, and God Bless America!
Jul 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Seinfeldfan from Ohio

3.19/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Highly preferred over the BMC ( and their light versions too.) . This beer has more malty flavor than other macro adjuncts and is very easy to drink. This beer is tasty and cheap enough to be a fridge filler , give to your visitors and not have to apologize for it. Most bars and restaurants have it too. Not much smell and a little thin, but it delivers some malty sweetness with only a hint of bitterness. A very solid beer.
Jun 17, 2022
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Rated by RedE from England

3.86/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
Very pleasant easy drinking "red" lager! An easy go to beer.
Jun 16, 2022
 
Rated: 4.51 by bw2000 from Texas

Jun 11, 2022
 
Rated: 3.86 by raust from Texas

Jun 10, 2022
 
Rated: 4.01 by Best_Username from Florida

Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by NeutroMan from Illinois

3.42/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz can into a pint glass. Clear amber color with a foamy off-white head. Smells of sweet caramel malt and adjunct filler. Mildly sweet caramel malt carries through in the flavor but is accompanied by an unwelcome metallic aftertaste. Medium-light bodied. As far as mass-appeal beers go, you could do far worse.
May 28, 2022
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Reviewed by losdizzel from Oklahoma

3.87/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
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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Reviewed by Legendary_Geko from Florida

3.67/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5
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
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Rated by entheos from California

3.35/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
Very malty and carmelly.
May 14, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.75 by KT3418 from Colorado

May 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Fedorable

3.53/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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
 
Rated: 3.31 by Spade from Pennsylvania

Apr 23, 2022
 
 
Rated: 3.5 by not2quick from Missouri

Apr 12, 2022
 
Rated: 3.56 by DavyDnIndy from Indiana

Apr 11, 2022
Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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