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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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Photo of Sammy
3.05/5  rDev -10.6%
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 StonedTrippin
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
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 one very 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 appealing. 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, but this always tastes old and cheap and like a wannabe sort of thing. ill never understand how this has taken such strong hold of the state of pennsylvania...

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Photo of acurtis
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of kylehay2004
3.32/5  rDev -2.6%
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 jaydoc
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.17/5  rDev -7%
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 Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Knapp85
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

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 GRG1313
2.75/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3.75/5  rDev +10%

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3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of metter98
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
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 nmann08
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.52/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
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 t0rin0
3/5  rDev -12%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
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 kojevergas
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | 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.


Reviewed from notes taken in February 2016 (the review I referred to above). Served on-draught at John's of Bleecker Pizza in New York, NY. Paired with pizza (obviously).

Served in a pilsner glass.

HEAD: 1 figner's worth of head. White in colour. Fluffy, foamy, and of average thickness with some decent creaminess to it. Retention is great: 7-8 minutes.

Leaves no lacing as it recedes. Could be softer in appearance and could have a better overall consistency.

BODY: Clear vibrant copper-amber. Clean, lacking any visible yeast/lees particulate within.

Looks solid for the amber lager style. Not unique or special in appearance, but well within style conventions.

AROMA: Caramalt, pale malt, 2-row, faint toastiness, clean lager yeast (no esters), perfect attenuation, moderate sweetness. A kiss of butter (though not diacetyl inasmuch as I can discern). Not too grainy. Has nice floral hop aromatics.

No alcohol or off-notes are detectable.

Aroma is of moderate intensity.

TASTE: A bit too sweet, but it's got a subtle faint toastiness that helps curb that. Plenty of caramalt, pale malt and amber malt throughout. Slight buttery flavour.

Floral hop profile comes off generic and inadequate (especially in terms of lending hop bitterness to balance out the malt sweetness). Imbalanced but nevertheless enjoyable.

Average depth, duration, and intensity of flavour. Not real subtle or intricate.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, moderately thick, overcarbonated but crisp. Annoylingly buttery. Clean. Refreshing.

Suits the taste nicely enough, but it doesn't accentuate specific flavours or elevate the beer as a whole.

OVERALL: Highly drinkable but also forgettable. I'm glad this classic alternative to bigger macrobrew brands exists, but its amber leanings aren't committed to enough and it does have some balance issues. Ultimately above average and a great beer for casual drinking or pairing with pizza/wings/nachos.



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Photo of BEERchitect
2.8/5  rDev -17.9%
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 oline73
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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3.5/5  rDev +2.6%

Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
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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