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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 BadBadger
3.78/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A 22 OZ bottle. A fine looking slightly deep looking amber: nice coloration. The head was white and plentiful on the initial pouring. The head did not last long. The taste is slightly on the sweet side. There is a crsip finish-justs as desrribed by the brewer. This is an easy to find beer and highly drinkable.

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Photo of DaveGood
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer, like most lagers that I have experienced, is much better on draft than it is in the bottle. This beer was a rich/amber color with a thin white head. The smell was a nice mix of malts and hops with nothing really standing out either way. The taste was extremely sweet but, as with the aroma, nothing really stands out. The malt sweetness was a tad bit overwhelming as there really was little, if any, trace of the hops bitterness. The moderate carbonation made this pleasing to the mouth and the drinkability high. Unfortunately, as a whole, this beer is just about average and there was nothing really drawing about it.

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Photo of Ieatlambfries
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I bought a case of this knowing I had a small gathering of non craft beer drinkers coming over to my condo. I had to protect my cherished beer fridge, so this was the buffer.

Well, it was well received by all and I got congrats on buying the "good" stuff. Oh boy, perspective is everything right?

On to the review. The appearance was good in my opinion. Dark amber, clear, nice foamy white head that clung to the glass. I admit it looked good. The smell was grainy/herby, slightly big macro like. Although I did detect a bit of hops in there, overall not bad. The taste was grainy as well. This is not my favorite type of beer taste at all. Big emphases on the grains, not too much happening in the hop department. Again, like the smell, there was an herby earthy quality in there. The mouthfeel was ok, a bit thin for my taste, but again overall not horrible. I gave it a 4 on drinkability as it was very easy drinking. Although it may seem like I panned this brew, overall it was not bad. I would certainly take it over any macro (except maybe Sam Adams), and it certainly is on par with beers like Bass Ale. A good session brew at a price you can't beat. Certainly in the upper quality echelon of domestic macro's.

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Photo of AbePhroman
3.28/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, this is about as low as I go in quality. I do think that Yuengling puts out a great product for the price. Not sure why anyone would drink Bud or the like rather then spend another dollar and get this decent brew.

This beer offers a good taste, nothing super but nice. The aroma is lacking, not very hoppy. Very drinkable IMO. And cheap too, only $9-10 bucks a twelve pack, depending on where you live.

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Photo of kmo1030
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

rich amber with a quickly disappearing head. nice grainy lager smell not skunky at all. the taste is grainy with a little bit of hops to round things out. close to medium mouthfeel, no complaints. i think this is an A+ for it's american lager style. i can safely say i haven't had better as far as that's concerned. it blows bud out of the water, but at the same time it is just an american lager.

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Photo of merlin48
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear, amber gold, with a five second head that leaves a slim ring of light lace. Aroma is subdued, with sweet caramel malt and a hint of grassy hops. Mouthfeel is all about the carbonation. Light to medium bodied, and feels like an American mainsteam lager. Taste is somewhat grainy, sweet malt, and a hint of grassy hops. A solid American lager, smooth and very drinkable. I'm impressed that this does not taste watered down, at all. Excellent alternative to anything by the big macros.

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Photo of rdrummer
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Lager has become the beer most found in the local pubs around Philadelphia, except of course for the Bud family. It is an acceptable beer for almost everyone. A very safe alternative to take with you anywhere. It pours a really nice amber, slightly hazy with a thin head and a little lacing. The flavor is straight forward malt and other grains with a hint of the alcohol present. It is nicely carbonated without having the bubbles of a soda pop. I like the simple taste of a lager. It is very good cold, okay a little warmer, and even okay ice cold. The taste is one of grain, hops, and alcohol with a good, slightly thick mouthfeel. It is really easy to drink a lot of these. The alcohol content is low enough to not penalize knocking back more than a couple.

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Photo of claytri
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The lager poured a light gold with a thin white head. It smelled of malt and hops with a light spicieness. This beer had a nice bright taste with plenty of hops and traces of spice. It felt light and somewhat dry in the mouth. As American mass produced beers go Yuengling is one of the best. This is a beer that I'm glad to see available in bars, so that I'm not forced into drinking some of the more popular yet lest palatable brews.

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Photo of wsouloa
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The beer pours out a light coppery color with decent head. The smell is nothing to write home about but if you are in most local bars, this is the beer to get. I drink this beer just about every week when I go to the bar around my house. Its a lot better than the other "popular" macros like Bud, Coors, or Miller. This beer goes down very smooth and is a great beer to have with some friends while watching a game at your local sports bar and having some buffalo wings. A "gourmet" beer it is not, but it certainly serves its purpose, being a good drinkable beer when you go out with some friends.

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Photo of SetarconeX
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I'd been avoiding this one for a while, as it seems to be priced almost exactly the same as Bud at my local bar. It's not a great beer, but it is however a great leap higher in quality than the AB alternative.

Unlike comparably priced beers, there actually seems to be a hop or two in here. Not too strong, but enough to add some flavor. A nice grainyness seems to be present in the beer, and I do like that.

This one is my current standby for dirt cheap, easily available American beer. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is decent. It is full of pale lager, and light crystal malts. The taste is good. It is a malty lager with a dry finish. It has a simple goodness to it. Yuengling likes to keep it basic, but it seems to work for them. Their whole line of beers are good, but most are very simple recipes. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well; a fine lager from America's Oldest Brewery.

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Photo of RocketWidget
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a very pretty dark gold, moderate carbonation and head. Smell is actually somewhat funky to me, almost like stale beer, but also hoppy. A sweet beer, this brew is all right but nothing to write home about. A respectable lager, but by no means an outstanding one. I will drink this if given to me but I won't buy it.

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Photo of pheurton
2.82/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

copper with an artifical orangeish hue. initial white foam retreats to absolutely nothing...i mean i'm having a hard time even seeing a collar. zero lacing. clean and sort of sweet on the nose. crisp carbonation yields a refreshing mouthfeel. heavy handed on corn syrup sweetness, a quick shot of noble hops does a lackluster job of holding this brew together. funky lingering aftertaste.

this beer is revered here in PA, and i guess it's because it is a local and distinguishes itself from a sea of macro clones. for what its worth, it is a a notch above the national swill, but not much more. i'll only drink it if there are absolutely no other choices.

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Photo of Billolick
2.35/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

gave this one a try three evenings in a row on my train ride home.

Cabbadgy nose, light amber in color. Minimal malt, minimal hops, watery. Prickly on the tongue in the finish. Not much to offer here. I'd put this a notch above the Macros, but not up to the level of the comparable brew in the Saranac line.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Traditional Lager.

Appearance- Light copper/ gold with a light head.
Smell- very weak hops, but not bad.
Taste- very crisp with a little malt and a dash of hops.
Mouthfeel- like any other cheap american beer. Makes me burp. alot!

Overall, not a bad cheapo beer. Probably your best amongst the miller, bud, coors, catagory.

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Photo of PartyHatjo
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

This was easily the beer I drank the most in college (at PSU), and with $4 pitchers of a beer which tastes millions of times better than any macro, it's easy to see why. It pours a good copper color, with a head that doesn't linger too long at all. There isn't much hop nose at all, however there is a slight malt/corn aroma. The taste is fairly light (do to the addition of the corn into the mash--which also makes this beer easy to drink). Overall it's a decent beer, and is my traditional back-up beer if the rest of the stuff they have on tap ends in Light.

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Photo of SheepNutz
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. It pours a light amber color with two fingers of head. There is good lacing left on the glass. The smell is a good mix of malt and hops, with a grassy aroma as well. The taste is malty at first, a little bready in the middle, has a good bit of hops on the finish. A very well balanced taste. The mouthfeel is just a little light, but the drinkability is fantastic. A good well-rounded lager.

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Photo of RBorsato
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Amber colored with a low off-white head and decent carbonation. Nice malt aroma with no cooked corn characteristics. Nice malt flavor. Light-medium bodied and smooth.

A good enough session beer with a higher quality flavor profile than the standard macros... an easy choice over BudMilCoor.

Label states: "Original Amber Beer"

(Green long neck twist off bottle)

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Photo of palma
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I heard so much about this beer and finally decided to try it at a local pub. Light yellow in color. Not much of a head. I was disappointed with the taste. Very little hops. Not very complex. Seemed bland to me. The flavor was simply weak. I was expecting a lot more considering all the hype I had hear about this beer. Very drinkable though. I think this beer would be A LOT better consumed with food.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.06/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the beers that got me interested in better beer, both approachable and reasonably tasty, but far from perfect.

It pours a slightly orange golden with minimal head. The smell is very malty, reminding me of some polotmavy (slightly dark) Czech lagers I've had.

The flavor tinges with caramel, and general malty sweetness. There is a small, and minor hop bite, but not much. It's overall very light, and not fantastic.

A solid beer, with a touch of nostalgia, far better than the big three at least.


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Photo of ecoboy
2.42/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Plenty of big bubble white head. Well darker than American pilseners, a shade lighter than Sam Adams: a light maple syrup hue.

The "skunk cabbage" swampy aroma that makes you realize that green bottles aren't enough protection. Or does it smell like this out of the can?

Sharp crisp attack doesn't make up for the hollow, even watery middle. Leaves finish not dry or crisp enough.

Yes, it has better color and more flavor than beer bong beer.
Yes, it has a ver respectable history.
But it's still a lawnmower/Camden Yards-only beer.

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Photo of cyguyjg
4/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

An appealing dark amber color does not disappoint on taste. Presents as caramel more so than butterscotch. Meduim carbonation lends itself to a very drinkable beer. This lager sets itself apart from many other mass-produced offerings. Body is medium and the hops are present but not over-stated. It offers a satisfying flavor that lasts all night long.

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Photo of Shiloh
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice offering.
This lager arrived a deep amber/orange with a short head of one finger.
The head disappated very quickly leaving a slight glass ring.
Carbonation is very light.
Body is medium.
Aroma of yeast.
The taste is fairly well balanced with no clear winner. I get hints of caramel then citrus with limited linger.

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Photo of Foxman
3.3/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It pours a light amber, and crystal clear, fizzy bubbles clinging and releasing in the glass. The head starts up, and swings right back down to mere traces of itself. The lace thins to dots.

The aroma delivers a rounded sweetness of malt, with a slight hint of hops. Overall, the aroma is slight but straightforward,

The first sip delivers a very mellow malt sweetness, though far from cloying. The hops are slight and indistinct. Simply, it's well carbonated and tasty.

The body is very light, with little feel, pretty much watery, but the presence is fair enough that it feels like a beer in your mouth.

Yes, the big strength is drinkability. It's light enough for several, should you be so inclined, and has enough flavor to let you know its a conscientious beer, brewed to go down smooth and well. Not the finest, of course, but a year-round staple, and safe for almost all palates. It's more enjoyable than any single quality on its own might suggest. It's a handy green bottle to have on hand. Drink it cold, drink it proud.

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Photo of clemtig76
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Discovered this beer while on vacation last summer on the NC coast. Great German name and a cool label. Excellent appearance, with a thin head and maltly aroma. Outstanding beer at a price which is on par with the macobrew swill that everyone else drinks. Look forward to distribution in my area soon.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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