Yuengling Traditional Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
yuengling.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

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Ratings:
6,432
Reviews:
1,713
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
17.8%
 
 
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Photo of aaronh
3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is the beer I fall back on if nothing else is available. Nice copper color is pleasing to the eye. I has some flavor with a very clean finish and goes down easy. This is the beer I give to my macro friends when they come over because everyhting else is "too bitter" or "too heavy", or I order it with dinner if the establishment has no appreciation for good beer. Seems that several years ago it was harder to find, but now it is about as common as bud here in Pa, but not as "common".

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Photo of theman336
4.1/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I'm not sure if there is a better value on the market. It taste's great, and if you're lucky enough to have it sold near you, it should only cost about $5 -$6 per six-pack. The head is almost soapy in appearence and mouthfeel. The hops are up front, and quickly yeild to a whole host of other flavors, too many to name. It isn't very sweet, but it still goes down smooth. One of the most unique flavors I've ever had. I've never met anyone who didn't like it. Although the alcohol isn't listed, it can't be all that much, as I can drink this stuff all day. There are better beers availiable, but none that give you this much for the money. A really great beer.

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Photo of Todd
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Presentation: 12oz green bottle with the coolest old school US beer label on the planet. No freshness date, but there is a batch code ... where's my Yuengling Decoder Ring?

Appearance: A beautiful, bright, rich amber beer with a thin white laced head.

Smell: Clean aroma, soft grain, metallic, earth aromas. Faint sulfur.

Taste: Smooth. The beer's tight carbonation tingles the palate and creams things up the mouthfeel. A thin malt sweetness with a soft fruity character balances well with a flash of sharp limey, citrus-like hop bitterness. Crisp, dry with a hop leaf feel hiding in the dryness. Touch of salt, mineral, metallic and sulfur flavours. Finish is dry with light grain husk tannins.

Notes: A very basic, old-school lager. Simple, sturdy and tasty ...

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

Middle of the road. The beer has a copper color and a medium head. Faint, sweet malty smell. Very light on the hops, with a respectable malt slant. Finish is clean, with little hop bitterness. I thought it was a little bland and ordinary. Still, it's probably better than 90% of the beers in its price range.

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Photo of Thrasher
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This is my go-to beer when I have buddies over. It's cheap and they'll like it. I like it too; it's got good, sweet malts and healthy clean hops, tastes great cold and fine a bit warmer, and it's far superior than anything the Big Three put out. It's no Mona Lisa, for sure, but it's at least the "Have a Nice Day" smiley face. Ubiquitous, unassuming, and it'll put you in a good mood. Take a sip of history from America's oldest brewery.

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

a little bitter and skunky, but it is better than a heine. it tastes very similar to me, but it has much less carbonation which makes it go down much easier. this is nothing special at all, but it sure beats a few mediocre beers out there

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Photo of sponberg
3.93/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber-gold color out of those blasted green bottles (why???), but as long as you stick with 12 packs or cases it isn't skunky all that often.

The aroma of light malt and grain greets your nose. It tastes like "beer" - the beer your grandpa gave you when you were seven and Mom wasn't looking and Dad was off playing horseshoes. Malty, with a light hop presence and a bit of sweetness (tastes like it's from the corn), with a clean, somewhat dry finish that has you reaching for Grandpa's glass again when he gets up to use the can. A perfect example of what an American light lager designed for mass-market appeal can and should be.

Success story: The local golf course where I play put this on tap and took Budweiser off. How sweet is that?

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

Copper/Amber color with a white head that dissipated quickly. Sweet, malt and hop smell. Smooth, slighty sweet. Nice balanced between malt and hops. Nice, slighty bitter hops finish. Dry, fairly long lasting, slighty sweet, slightly off center aftertaste. Local supermarkets are now carring this one in Florida and at a great price. This to me is a simple, not complex lager that goes with most foods and great on those hot days.

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Photo of Bierman9
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Disappointed in this, but as someone earlier said, the quality may vary from bar to bar. Had a light copper color, but hardly any head, and no lace. Very mild malt nose, almost imperceptible. Body a notch less than medium, but too rough on the tongue. Some malt makes an early cameo, but mostly bitter hops overall. May try again elsewhere, or from the bottle.

overall: 3.3
appearance: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | mouthfeel: 3 | drinkability: 3

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Photo of stingo
4.11/5  rDev +22%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Living in Eastern Pennsylvania, Yuengling Lager is available in quite a few places. It is my default brew if the rest are all macros. While it might not be the best of its kind, it certainly is good enough for a night's drinking. Recommended.

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

I love Yuengling, it may be simple but it is very good. I believe it to be the best value for the money. It goes with almost any type of food, and any season is Yuengling season for me. Yuengling in PA, especially in Philly is what saves you from Bud, Coors, and all the other junk at alot of corner bars and clubs etc.
Pours a nice amber in color. Slight malt and hop aroma on the nose. The same on the palate, with a very tiny sweetness. Really refreshing brew. Like I said before, it's simple but very good beer. Has to be one of the best beers in it's price range.

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Photo of goindownsouth
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

After going to college here in Pennsylvania, and going to some of the pubs in that area, I am really spent on this beer. That is all anyone drinks, so understandably, I was not so high on it. Now, after graduation, I have really grown to accept it. The color is good, and it pours a nice head. The first sip is a bit pungent, but it grows on you. Towards the bottom of the glass, you are much more comfortable with this lager. Not bad overall, although it borders on lawnmower beer. Nothing fantastic, but drinkable.

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Photo of Jdiddy
4.23/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Being from Pittsburgh, I love this beer. When I go back I cannot wait to have one. Great deep copper color, nice foamy head, great relaxing beer. A bit sweet but it has a different taste from most lagers. Hard to explain. Great beer.

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Photo of jackndan
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Lager: for those of us not from Pa., it is pronounced “ying-ling” and when you want one you just ask for “a lager.” Creamy white, dense head, with a little stickiness. It has a light pleasant aroma of malt. The color is deep amber; all in all, this beer has a very nice appearance. The taste is frankly unusual, not unpleasant, but almost a light soap taste, and the balance seems a little bit off. This is world’s better than the macro-lagers, but falls far short of Sam’s Boston lager, in my book.

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Photo of RonfromJersey
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Dreaded green bottle. Gold-copper body with tiny bubbles. Smooth white head. Despite the green bottle, no skunk. But believe me, this beer can if ill-treated. A little hay in the nose.
A well balanced, easy drinking amber. Nothing jumps out, but no obvious flaws either. A little thinness is only indicator to me of adjunct presence. A good everyman, everyday beer. Unsubstantiated accounts say it outsells Bud in Philly. Good for Philly.

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

I think these are fresher in Florida, they also have a brewery in Tampa, FL. Readily available, quality, and inexspensive beer. Nice clear amber color, thin white head. Sometimes a harsh bitter smell, but the sweet flavors and drinkability get you past that. Always available on tap and bottles. Nice feel to it, especially on tap. Some of the bottles get a funky, skunky taste to them pretty quickly, probably the green bottles. I think it stands up to the other beers listed in it's class. Very tasty. Just a little inconsistent quality wise. A nice choice against the buds, millers, and others on tap. Very easy to drink several of these at once.

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

Bit on the sweet side with no astringent flavours. Hops are light on the palate and barely round out the brew. A no frills amber lager. It actually does not taste bad as it warms up either. A good beer to grab on a lazy summer afternoon and let your mind go blank.

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Photo of canoehornpoint
3.72/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a deep amber with moderate carbonation and no nead. Nose is a bit skunky but not unpleasant. Crisp and clean at first, leading to a moderate hop bite up to the finish, then a crisp an clean finish. This is growing in popularity. That's a good sign. Are the masses coming around and giving up the beerwater of the 80'?

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

Pours with a fluffy white head, topping amber liquid. Taste is light on malt, light on hops...but done very nicely, you can discern both in this easy-drinking lager. A good outdoor Summer brew, and the price is right!

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Photo of psugrad98
4.25/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Deep amber in color. Fresh smell with strong malt character. Taste is nice blend of hops and malt, with more sweet malt character than hops. Very slight adjunct flavor. Goes down smoothly, but fills you up quickly. A meal in a glass!!

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Photo of Erix
3.64/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer of Pennsylvania. Not really something I'd be too proud of, considering we've got Victory, Stoudts, and Yards, but decent. Its got a nice dark color for a semi-mass produced lager, and a decent smell and taste. One thing I dont like about it is the use of corn. It definitely gives it a distinctive taste and mouthfeel. When this gets warmer it quickly loses drinkability, and the mouthfeel suffers as well. However, this is still a much better beer than macrobrews, and is incredibly cheap in PA. $1.75 to $3 pitchers of Lager (the only thing its ever named as) are common here in State College, which makes this one of my staples. Try it if you can, but dont go out of your way.

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

A bitter lager. They are cheap in this area though, and still taste better than the Coors' of the world.

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

Having lived in the Delaware Valley most of my life, this beer has been readily available. On all counts, this is an average beer, at best. I have heard the hype ("oldest brewery in America, etc.), but who cares? This is, I'm afraid, as average a beer as you are going to find. I have tried many, many times to appreciate this beer, but every time I drink it (as I did tonight when there was nothing, and I mean nothing, else available), I am less impressed. Average. And that's all.

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Photo of KingSpank
4.68/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

There is never a time when I do not feel like drinking a Yuengling. This beer is a wonderful all-around beer. Not too light, not too powerful, and always delicious.

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

This is proof that an American lager can appeal to a wide range of beer drinkers. Medium in malt and hop character and clean in the finish. A decent, if not over-rated, American Lager.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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