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 Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Surprisingly quaffable, for a macro lager, especially at the end of a hot day, with few beer choices at an official function. Assertive carbonation, medium mouthfeel. A tad of hops, more malt, and sweet and dry finish. Bit of yeast flavour translated as lemon.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear, amber with a white head, about a single finger head

S: Bready and grainy smell

T: Sweet and caramel notes. Smooth.

M: This is where I have to knock the beer. I am not sure where "aftertaste" falls but this beers aftertaste is particularly offensive to my personal palate. That being said, I drink it faster because each sip temporarily relieves the problem. Medium body.

O: This beer is a party pleaser as it is inexpensive to purchase and many people like it. I find I order it often when meeting places that serve Miller/Bud products and Yuengling, which seems to be a lot of places.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy orange-red with a foamy khaki head that settles to wisps of film on top of the beer. Tiny dots of lace slowly drip into the remaining beer on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some skunky aromas that fade out as the beer warms up, bringing out a sweet caramel aroma. Taste is of malt, grain, and a slight caramel flavor on the finish. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty average beer for the style but it's drinkable for what it is.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i dont get the hype at all here. even though its not hype from beer drinkers, its hype from scrantonian natural light drinkers, i still dont enjoy this much. pours a funny muddy light red amber color with a soda head. smells like stinky malts and a musty basement. the flavor is more robust than all the standard adjunct stuff, but its not totally apealing. it has a wet noodle sort of taste that is just off the mark for me without really being able to be much more specific. the mouthfeel is my biggest issue though. it is way way over carbonated which makes it a tough session beer even though it would otherwise meet that criteria. its just too fizzy to really enjoy, especially from the bottle. overall a beer to skip, despite how popular this has become over the past five or so years. the other yuengling beers are pretty good on the other hand.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.12/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Whenever I'm out and the bar doesn't have what I want this beer usually comes into play. This is always a beer that I can fall back on most of the time. This lager pours out as a reddish brown color, not typical of most lagers out there. The head fades very fast on this beer unfortunately. The smell of this beer kind of stands on it own. The mix of malts, some possible wood aromas come through and just a hint of hops. The mouthfeel is a bit watery on this beer but it's still drinkable.

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Photo of nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a bottle.

It's a very copper looking beer. A light amber, that has this look that automatically makes you wonder "could there be flavor there?" The head appears, but its thin, and disappears before I even finished this sentence.

You definitely can pull out caramel and very light hops, but overall, what you would expect from this style, nothing mind blowing smell wise.

This beer is refreshing. It reminds me of playing pool at Froggy Bottom Pub. The caramel definitely comes with a malty backbone.

The beer is very light, with a higher level of carbonation that lingers in your mouth. Dry finish, crisp, best on a warm-summer/spring day.

Overall, the traditional lager from Yuengling is a solid beer. It delivers on exactly what it promises, a simple refreshing lager.

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Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that quickly faded away, leaving only a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass.
S: There are medium aromas of grainy malts and corn in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has a slight amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink but I wouldn't consider it as being sessionable because the taste isn't interesting enough for me to want more than one of these in a sitting.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

As one of the more requested beers at local stores and bars, I commonly belly up for a pint, searching feverishly to understand why this beer is so coveted. I still can't figure it out- nice beer, but marginally qualifying as craft.

The pour of light amber is caught somewhere begween golden and copper which reminds me of German-style Altbiers. The early and formitable head lasts well into the session with only slight hints of lacing. There's just something about the appearance of this beer that makes me think, 'weak'.

Soft pilsner aromas are laced with mild caramel undertones and light apple-like fruitiness. A modest yeastiness of sulfery match sticks come through in the nose as the beer warms. Light on hops, only a mild floral-herbal tea-like, maybe chamomile and light butter note emits past the grain.

The flavors remind me of both American Pilsners and richer American Lagers- maybe a Vienna-style lager made designed from early American brewers using indigiounous American ingredients in the brewing process. Caramelization of the pilsner malts gives a richer malt and grain favor with a touch of toasty- sun kissed malt, if I may; and roundness to the bready pilsner malts. Again, light floral hop flavors give another soft layer of complexity and balance to the beer.

Fairly light bodied but with a lightly oily texture that keeps the beer from thinness early. The lightness in mouthfeel is the only facet of the beer that reveals more grain character than malt. Never harshly bitter or astringent, the hops and grain bite remain low. The caramel and carbonation give the impression of medium fullness that might not really be there.

The saving grace of the beer is that it's a tasty little session beer that won't drain your pocket. Although you shouldn't expect greatness, this beer is much more flavorful than the standard industrial beers and may cost less.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This isn't usually available in my area but my uncle brought some u for a party. Nothing too special about it but I would rather have this over any of the other big beer companies offerings. Good taste all the way though with a nice body and mouthfeel. Would like to try this again, although a tad low in ABV though.

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Photo of brentk56
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a honey color with a modest head that dissipates quickly and leaves an occasional splash of lace

Smell: A tinge of grainy aroma

Taste: Starts out a bit bready but there is no flavor development after the swallow; finishes clean and a touch sweet

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, moderately carbonated and slightly crisp

Drinkability: A decent quaffer; not much flavor but refreshing the same way water is refreshing

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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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Photo of Phyl21ca
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Draft: Poured a deep amber color lager with a medium foray head with OK retention. Aroma of nice creamy caramel malt with light sweet notes. Taste is refreshing and easily drinkable with creamy texture and some well balanced caramel malt. Body is fuller then average with great carbonation and a nice creamy texture. Nothing earth shattering but very well done nonetheless.

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Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with hints of gold. It had a solid, one-finger head of white foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. A tad bit of a skunk aroma, not as bad as most imports in green bottles but some stank was present.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and roasted malts. A mild grassiness is present, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I tried it back to back with Stegmaier Amber Lager and would have to give the edge to Stegmaier.

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Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

G: 16-ounce pint glass with Yuengling logo.

A: Pours a pale amber with a bone-white head, which dissipates rather quickly without much lacing. Initial rush of carbonation bubbles, although this is not long-lasting.

S: Initial smell of amber that quickly takes a back seat to smells of grain. Little to no alcohol presence.

T: Much like the aroma--amber fading into grains. An American lager with a little more flavor than that of the big boys.

M: Light with a mild carbonation that hits the tip of the tongue.

D: Much, much better than the American lagers put out by BMC, and a nice beer to sit back with if you're going to have more than a few, or simply want to sit back lazily with something comfortable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of foamy white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with some fruitiness in the background.

T - Malty with some toasted notes. Little hop character, just enough bitterness to balance the malt in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and often the best option in the many craft-desert bars in FL. The malt character is light, but much more robust than its competition and makes for a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the price for a six-pack of this $4.99 a six pack!Your drinking a well-made beer and it is cheaper then AB products!Very good on tap is a staple of mine when I go out and dont have alot of money.Good to see the little breweries get recognized so Ab and the rest dont have control over everything in the supermarkets.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 12/11/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, apple, pear, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean for a lager, there is some fruitiness present, but not too much. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice Vienna lager style. All around good robustness and balance of dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure why this beer doesn't make it to MA, but it doesn't. Thanks to Noslenwerd for throwing this in as an extra.

A: A large 2 finger bubbly head rises up, then falls somewhat slightly. Tons of small bubbles rise up from the bottom through then through the crystal clear amber orange-red color.

N: Slight sweet lager aroma with a little malt, and that slightly skunked cheap lager aroma that I always got with really cheap mass produced lagers, which is very light but there. A touch of hop aroma.

T: Semi light but not as light as I was expecting. Some toasted malt flavors, sweet malts and definite lager flavor. None of that bad cheap macro lager flavor thank God. A slight chewy flavor, a little syrupy sweetness too.

M: Pretty decent body for still being light, tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes crisp and slightly dry. The tons of bubbles seem to leave their mark on the mouth with a little tingly feeling. Some lingering sweet syrupy tastes and feel that turns a little unpleasant. Slight bitterness. A little juicy flavor comes through the center of the finish just after the swallow.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A fairly deep amber colored body is capped by a loose off-white head that drops readily to a thin surface covering and leaves only minor transient lace about the glass. In the nose, a sweetish malt dominates with a light hint of fruitiness from the Christian Schmidt yeast. It's light to medium bodied, and gently crisp in the mouth with a fine carbonation that allows it to become slightly creamy as it warms. The flavor delivers a gently sweet malt that's well-infused with a mildly floral hop flavor and low-level bitterness along with the Yuengling house-flavor. It finishes quickly, but leaves a mild residue of sweet malt that continues to build on the palate. An easy drinking beer that's balanced towards sweetness, but still remains enjoyable for a few.

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Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pint on draft at a local pizza parlor and again in Jan. 2015.
Pours with a well-sized, creamy and durable head over a clear deep amber body. Very good looking but it is downhill from here. The feel is OK, with a smooth creamy but overly thin body. The aroma has earthy hops which also bring a modicum of spiciness, plus a hint of baked bread from the malts. A suggestion of a metallic character that, fortunately, is missing in the taste.

Flavor: mild but earthy hops with a corresponding (i.e., rather minimal) malt base.

O: a bit more hoppy than the standard AB/Miller/Coors lager but, despite the darker color, lacking in malts.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with about 2 fingers of eggshell-white head. Retains with a thin, smooth, look that leaves some minimal lacing behind. I thought that there would be a bit more here based on how this retained. This is grainy and grassy in the aroma and that pretty much sums it up. Maybe a touch of sweetness, which gives this a very light sticky feel in the nose.

The taste has some lightly toasted graininess to it, as well as some moderate bitterness that leaves a light dryness in it's wake. There is enough there to at least make you wish that this would give up some more flavor but it never does. At least it doesn't tate like lightly flavored water. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a fairly clean and crisp air about it. This goes down easy enough.

Not the best but not the worst either by a long shot. If I was in the mood for something smooth, cold, and refreshing I'd take this over a large majority of the other BMC selections out there any day.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of malt, grain, corn and a little bit of hops.

T: It has a light but bready grain flavor. Neither the malt nor the hops are very strong.

M: Smooth & crisp, but very watery, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Goes down very easily and not very filling, but not much flavor at all. I was on vacation and this was the only beer in Wal-Mart that wasn’t made by AB, Miller, Coors, Heiniken or Corona. Since I knew I couldn’t get this one at home, I tried, but wasn’t very impressed.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.5/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

First had: ?

I pretty much grew up on this beer before I expanded my horizons. It's not a GREAT beer by any measure, and elitist bars even classify it with Bud and Miller. And I don't really think that's fair, because it's much better than those. I'll still drink it if I have to, but such an occasion rarely arises anymore.

Pours a clear amber with a white head, varying in size with the pour, with not much to speak of in regards to retention or lacing. Grainy aroma, with hints of caramel malts. Bready taste, caramel malts, easy-going floral hops. Can be a bit metallic, varying depending on freshness and the source from whence you acquired it. Light bodied and fairly drinkable, but only if there's nothing else available (not including the typical macros).

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

A: Pours a clear amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film over the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel and brown sugar contribute to the sweetness in the smell. There is a heavy aroma of generic maltiness and some light notes of grassy hops.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with light amounts of malty sweetness. There is a subtle hint of the grassy hops in the flavor as well. Very little bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably one of the better mass production beers and likely what I would choose at a largely BMC place or a venue like a wedding/conference where there is little craft beer available. Definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. single for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-colored body topped with an inch of white foam. Slight, but steady effervescence.

Smell: Light, malty aroma with notes of grain and bread.

Taste: Slight pale maltiness with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Touch of breadiness. Mild spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, balanced, sessionable lager that fares better than most macro lagers available, like a basic lager deluxe.

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