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 srrn
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with minimal head on the pour. Smells of corn and taste is the same. No lingering aftertaste to speak of. From the bottle I prefer Yeunglings Black and Tan. This is one of those beers that is far better on tap. I buy this every few months as it's my beer from home and I'll always have a soft spot for "a lager". Used it to wash down some perogies. Seemed appropriate.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a good day for kegged beer. It still poured a nice, red color with an off-white, thick head. Smelled ok and malty, like Yuengling normally does. The taste was barely existent; kind of bitter. The mouthfeel was very watery. The beer was still pretty drinkable, but I had to switch to the bottle afterwards in order to get the better Yuengling taste that I'm used to.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main thing to know about this brew is that it is much better out of the bottle and can than it is out of the keg. Out of the keg, it is way to sweet. I got this bottle at Prime Time Sports Grill and enjoyed it. It was dark in color but not out of the lager category. It was malty but not to malty. If I had to critisize this I would say that there was nothing special about it. In an ironic way that makes it even the more special. Good Brew. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not bad. screw top green bottle. nice amber color,not much head retention and lite lacing down the side of the glass.feels good on the pallet.real easy beer to drink and finishs smooth. i first heard of this beer on the history channel. it is cheap enough at eight bucks a half case so it was worth a try. ill buy some more soon.

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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 Graebner
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber-yellow with a small light head. Not much to speak of. Bubble columns almost non-existent.

Smell is cheaply sweet malts, a little earth, and a little hops. Not much going on.

Taste is pretty watery, with a slight maltiness and some watery astringency. Hops are almost unnoticable.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, a drying sensation after you swallow. Carbonation more present than visual inspection suggests, and it is almost to the level of soda water.

Overall not very good. Drinkable, because it has very little constitution about it. Maybe with something subtle like sushi in lieu of Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban? The age of the brewery (oldest in the US) is by far the most impressive thing about this beer, sadly.

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Photo of mnesporov
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with no freshness date to be seen.

Appearance: A rich amber color beer with a thin white laced head.

Smell: Clean smell to it with hints of earth aromas and soft grains.

Taste: Small amount of malt sweetness with a fruit flavor as well, very simple taste to it.

Mouth-Feel: Crisp and dry with a grainy mouth-feel.

Drink-Ability: What can I say its and old school lager that will never go away. Good Beer.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was interested to try this beer as it is advertised as "America's original" or "oldest" lager. Not terribly impressed however. And I think the green bottle adds to a slight skunking of the beer. Tasted like a typical American Macro Lager, not much now to add. I think I'd order a Bud over this in the future though.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

A: Chestnut amber with about a half inch head.

S: A bit hoppy and malty. Hard to pinpoint.

T: Malty. Also hard to pinpoint. Distinct Yuengling flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable, especially if you are a little short on cash.

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Photo of paul0388
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have beer born and raised in Wilkes-Barre PA, about 45 minutes from the yuengilng brewery in Pottsville, but tonight was the first time I actually tried it. And I have to say, Im impressed. Being in college, I mostly drink the decent, locally brewed Lionshead for $10 a case, but tonight for some reason I decided to get a sixer of this at the local pizza store. Pours a gorgeus amber color though has a less than impressive smell. I would expect a richer smell because of the color but i didnt give up on it yet. It pours a good 2" head at first and dissipates to about a half a centimeter in a few minutes. I swirled it around and found the lacing to be more than average but not extraordinary. Has a malty taste but finishes very clean all over the pallet. Not as wattery as BMC, but just a little thicker. It is a very refreshing brew, utterly drinkable and i eagerly look forward to buying a case of this and enjoying it. I'll still bust out the L-head for partys, but yuenging is just for me. I absolutly love this beer.

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Photo of arnulfooxblood
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on tap in an 18 oz. glass at a sports bar.

Appearance--Coppery in color, crystal clear, about 1cm of head.

Smell--notable malts, but no real noticeable or distinct aromas

Taste/Mouthfeel--Clean and crisp, nice carbonation. Not an overly complex beer. Very refreshing.

Drinkability--A very easy and enjoyable beer to drink.

Notes--This is not a beer to choose if you are looking for a really complex or high-quality, hand-crafted brew. If you just want something to drink while you are watching a favorite team play--I think it's hard to go wrong with this beer. It always makes me laugh when I see this one in a prepackaged "Microbrew" assortment.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark-golden color with a tiny reddish tinge to it. A surprisingly decent head. Plenty of upward-shooting carbonation.

The smell is pure rice-malt. It has more oomph to it than your average BMC product, but still low-end.

Malty but surprisingly smooth flavor. Not one single solitary hop to speak of, but the malt has a buttery flavor that is actually kind of unique to this level of lager. Doesn't have much of an amber strength behind it.

Surprisingly smooth for its ilk. Actually has a silky, buttery texture to it that goes down pretty well. If you have to "slum it," you could do a lot worse than a Yinger.

This beer suddenly got popular in the Northeast about three years or so ago. Even in townie bars, you can usually find it. This is really considered the best of the best for some non-BAs. I used to think it was the top of the line, but frankly that was before I knew anything about good beer. Not to cast aspersions in any direction; it's a decent brew. Relatively smooth and easy to drink, but it's like the top of the low-tier of beers.

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Photo of BlackJeremiah
3.2/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

A: Rusty amber color, decent head with little to no lacing. I've been drinking this for years, but usually out of bottles. It's a bit surreal to give it the review treatment.

S: Corn and biscuit malt scents, with little to no hop presence in the nose. Definitely smells like a textbook lager.

T: Malty start, decent amount of sweetness. The slightest hint of hops rounds off the corners of the sweet rush. Solid, well-made, but not evincing any incredible or special nature.

M: Light, but not watery. Again, like everything about this beer, it's solid, unremarkable, and utilitarian--but good.

D: Very downable in small or large quantities. Equally suited to relaxing on the porch by one's self or pumping out of a keg at a New Year's Eve bash. The miracle of Yuengling, and the reason it is so highly touted, is that it is a beer of good construction and flavor that is no more expensive than the Big 3's offerings.

My go-to "I-can't-afford-microbrews-right-now" session beer.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark straw color, almost reddish with a foamy one finger white head. Good retention suprisingly.
S: Sweet caramel malt with a good background of hops.
T/M: Slightly sweet with a nice infusion of hops just to let you know some are there. Carbonation acts like waves, slowly pushing towards the back of the mouth with the sweetness of the malt and bite of the hops riding like a surfer. A bit of toasted grain can be detected also. Extra smooth across the palate with a nice clean finish. Light to medium body.
D: Solid lager. Hadn't been able to get it being in New England. Happy that my buddy brought me back a six pack. Easy drinking.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was brought back to me by a good friend of mine who happened to be hanging out in Philly. Thanks, Bry!

Appearance: Very clear reddish orange color with a small 1/4" off white head that fell pretty quickly and stayed as a small ring around the top of the beer. There are a few bubbles rising, but the head stays a small ring. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is malt driven with a mild minerally note that gives it a bit of a chalky presence. There is some clean and very noticeable toasty notes that seem like they are from CaraMunich. The malt is in charge of this beer. There is a good bit of fruitiness that I would guess is from the caramel malts and a little bit from hops.

Taste: Very malty aroma that is very well attenuated so it comes across as a bit dry. There is a minerally note that accentuates the dryness. The hops are more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma suggested. The toasty Munich malts really shine in the flavor, and this beer doesn't taste like it has any adjuncts in it...unless it is a very small percentage of rice to make it more attenuated. There is no alcohol noticeable in the flavor at all. The finish is pretty clean and only slightly malty with the balance provided by the hops.

Opinion: This is a really clean beer. It is pretty good, and I like the balance. You get a bit of sweetness, but for the most part the beer is just really drinkable. If it was local, I would drink it quite frequently, but since it is so hard to obtain I will just partake in it whenever it is convenient.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber picked up in a Mobil in Buffalo, NY for $1.70. Not a bad deal.

Reddish-brown body with a thin white head, no lacing.

Nose is light malt, a little corny.

Flavor is mild, malty and smooth. Not a lot of hops, but tastes good. A good basic brew.

Mouthfeel is thin, not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkabiility is pretty good. This is quite quaffable.

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

This is definitely a good session beer. Traveling to Philly and New Jersey, it becomes my only beer when I’m forced in with the macro crowd. In college, we would buy $12 cases of lager and Lord Chesterfield and bring them back to Baltimore. It seems to be just about everywhere now.

Generally pours a lighter amber color and with a frothy white head. Average retention and lacing.

There is a faint smell of yeast and a light sulfur. Great malt sweetness and bitterness, with only a touch of hops. Adjuncts bother me near the end when it warms, making it very nice to water the flowers.

The carbonation is light. Light to medium bodied. Usually leaves a slight tangy aftertaste. This is an easy-drinking every-day choice that is quality in a can for fishing trips. Not bad in the green bottle, but I stick away from the draft

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Photo of Lurchington
3.92/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the first serious beer I drank while attending college, and it certainly has influenced my taste in beers since then. It's starting to be found very commonly in the mid-atlantic and I find it goes great with any heavier meal. It's not the best beer I've ever had, but it's a solid choice that can be easily found.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.63/5  rDev -22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When I first tried this beer I thought it was really great. Soon after my taste changed for it and now it is nothing special to me. Not sure why.

A- Poured into a pint glass this beer has an interesting yellowish-orange color. Sort of a pale amber. Decent amount of carbonation, white bubbly head that doesn't stick around.

S- Slightly roasted, sweet and corny.

T- It tastes interesting. Unfortunately not the kind of interesting I like. It has a sort of fruity-hoppy taste that finishes sour. I don't like the way this beer ends at all.

M- Too fizzy. It is dry in the mouth but not balanced at all. Thin taste, not boring but I can't put my finger on what makes it so nasty to me.

D- I'll only drink this from the bottle if I have one at all now. Drinking from a pint glass just fills my senses with bad noise.

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Photo of yoi55
4.8/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

This is by far my favorite beer. I love the taste and I love the look of it. It is a lager and it shows. The color is great, the head is always there and the taste is exceptional. I highly recommend this beer to anyone in the area, I just wish it was available other places I travel to.

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Photo of blackie
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour gives a 0.5" khaki head that steadily recedes to leave a nice, thin layer and a ring. The beer is medium amber in color.

smell: Light pale and caramel grains with a surprisingly decent hop aroma. Some hints of apple.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is a high medium, and the body light.

taste: Pale grainy flavors dominate with a touch of sweet toasted amber. Nondescript hop flavor, but there IS some hop flavor, with a light bitterness.

drinkability: Not nearly as flavorless as other macro lagers, it actually has a little character to it. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of greebsnarf
1.74/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Unremarkable yellowish-brown with huge bubbles in the off-white head and moderate carbonation. Too-strong caramel, malts, and a bit of sulphur define the smell and taste, with a bit of hoppiness adding to the latter. Lacks depth and doesn't make up for it with pleasant flavors. I wonder if this bottle's gone bad because I don't remember Yuengling beiing this unpleasant back in college.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper breadcrust mixed nicely with volcanic bubbles ascending to the surface. About one and a half finger head with a thick foam. A slightly placid malt aroma and light bitterness seeping around at the end of my nostrils. The malts really permeates my sinus even. Light amber malts give a hint of bittersweet mixed with pellets of undesdinguishable pellets of hops.

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Photo of dustylong
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light brownish color with little head, retention, or lacing(from a bottle into a mug). Smells like a lager...malty, sharp, crisp. The light malt taste matches the smell, and is followed by a slight hoppy bitterness. This beer has a lighter body to it, with a fairly good amount of carbonation...crisp. Overall a good beer, and can be found at a very good price.

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Photo of wedge
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear amber gold - loose, bubbly head is quickly gone leaving a few spots of lace on top. Faint lagery smell with a touch of sweet bready brain. Clean, sweet pale-malt flavor with a slight dry appleness. Thin, crisp, smooth mouthfeel.

Meh...hard to beat for the price and serves its purpose as a utility beer. Still, I don't really see what all the fuss is about. Simple, easy drinkin' beer.

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