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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 Zephenbrewid
3.62/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Unimpressive head to start out and doesn't last but a few seconds. Probably leads to the lack of a convincing boquet, which sweeter and strangely echoes scents of mushrooms. Color is a solid golden amber color, which is probably its best feature. Carbonation is moderately tight. Taste is very grainy but worth your while. Leaves a warm morning-breath like feel in your mouth which is unpleasant, but little aftertaste. A good beer for relaxing with friends.

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Photo of KroMagnon
3.22/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nice light amber color, but the head rapidly dissipated. The aroma is clean with a faint hint of caramel and graininess. The flavor is a bit subdued, featuring a touch of maltiness and some balancing hop bitterness but very little else in the way of flavor. The overall impression is dryness and a crisp blend of light malt and hops. Overall this is definitely a step up from the usual macroswill but its got a long way to go to deserve 'premium' or at least what I expect from 'premium'.

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Photo of casualbeerman
5/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This was my first review, and it retains a perfect rating from me because it was (and is) my favorite beer. Do I think that this is BETTER than any other beer you can buy? That you will enjoy the taste of Yuengling Traditional Lager more than anything else you'll ever try? No. I highly doubt it. Its not even the best-tasting beer I've ever had (that honor would go to Troegs' seasonal "Mad Elf" the first time I had it on tap). But this has been my default go-to for as long as I've been drinking beer.

Look: This was probably the first source of appeal for me. Before I could even drink beer, I was kind of raised on the notion that American domestic beers were cheap garbage, and that "good" beer came from Europe (Ales from Britain and Ireland, and Lagers from Continental Europe, esp Germany), and one of the easy ways you could tell them apart was the darker color of the imports vs the bright color of domestic beer. This is a pretty crude generalizaiton, but not entirely unfair imo when you consider how common stuff like Bud and Miller Highlife are even today, and how terrible they are. When, in the later 90's, I started seeing this dark brown stufff in this awesome looking green bottle with the eagle on the label that was even darker than nearly any import, and there was an instant appeal for me. Sure there are some much paler brews that are arguably higher quality and some even darker beers that are more cheaply made, but this was how 18, 20, and 22 year old me distinguished the good stuff from the garbage, and it was pretty effective: Yuengling, Sam Adams, Killians, Bass equaled good. Bud, Miller, Coors, Corona, Heineken equaled garbage (the last in spite of its high price and nation of origin). Also the head, though short lived, is still generally healthier than on most pale American macro-lagers. And though its not the best color in the world when it comes to avoiding skunking, I still think that green bottle with the bronze colored cap is one of the coolest looking bottles around.

Smell: As with most (maybe all) beers, the smell mirrors the taste. And you could definitely do worse. It smells sweet, malty, yeasty, kind of bready with a hop presence that tends towards grass slightly grassy, and fresh. No its not a exactly a Creed fragrance you can drink, but its pretty pleasant, and disticintively that of a beer.

Taste: Solid, easy to get used to. Slightly (though not incredibly) complex, pretty unique, and definitely distinctly American. Well-hopped without being bitter. Assertive and fairly flavorful yet still refreshing and easy to drink. This balance is what makes Yuengling Traditional great in my opinion. Why is this uniquely American? As you can tell from the color, they use a good portion of carmel malt. As I surmise from the smell, taste and price, they also use some corn, though no rice. Which is a very traditional American way to make beer, and to me at least its a good thing. Corn goes well with the carmel malt as they both add some sweetness and complexity, while the beer is dark enough that a little corn haze isn't really bad thing. The hop profile is also both unique and distinctly American as they use a combination of cascade and cluster hops. This leads to an assertive and reasonably complex hop profile, but with a bitterness that is equal to or maybe even a bit lower than, even most American macro/adjunct lagers. As with the smell, Yuengling tastes bready, sweet, slightly corny, grassy, yeasty, slightly hoppy, and usually clean. The end result (to me at least) is something that is readily identifiable as beer, as easy drinking as a pale American Macro/Adjunct lager, but much more assertive and interesting. I guess that would kind of apply to most American Amber Lagers of which this is basically the prototype, but I don't think you'd mistake any other American Amberfor Yuengling.

Mouthfeel, another thing I love about this stuff. Just assertive enough to tell you are drinking beer instead of fizzy water, yet you can still knock these back all day if you choose. This is also probably a good part of the review to point out that unlike almost any other lager (esp at this price point) Yuengling still tastes good as it warms up.

Overall, like I said its a 5 out of 5 for me. Should it also be the same for you ? I guess it depends on the style you prefer. Obviously, for a fallback and for everyday session beers I'm still a fan of American Amber Lagers just as I was when I was 20. If you enjoy knocking back Imperial Ale or Double Bocks for an all night session, or after 2 hours of mowing the lawn on a 90 degree day, then I doubt this will impress you. If, like me, you love those styles sometimes but want something simpler and easy to drink (that still isn't boring or badly made) as an for hot days, long sessions and the like, then try a Yuengling Lager if you visit the Mid-Atlantic states. It certainly doesn't cost much.

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Photo of doppelmeup
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a bottle in a pilsner glass.

I always liked this beer on a hot summer day. I think it's one of the best American lagers.

Poured a nice golden color with minimal head. Carbonation remained throughout the glass with some lacing.
Not a strong smell, a bit of grain but not sweet.
Taste was good, light. I've been drinking a lot of heavier beers lately, so this seemed really watered down in comparison.
Not a heavy beer. Lightly carbonated.
Very drinkable, especially on a hot summer day.
A great bargain as well, compared to other American Lagers.

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Photo of aforbes10
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Yuengling lager in a can is not as good as Yuengling lager in a bottle. The same basic low-key taste is there, but it somehow inherits a bit of aluminum flavor from the can. A metallic tinge that distracts from the usual deliciousness. It's still refreshing on a hot day, but i wouldn't drink a lot of them any other time. I've also found that it skunks pretty easily, more so than many other canned beers.

....i've been informed by one of the more aggressive beer nerds that beer in cans do not skunk. yeah, ok. but it does lose its flavor fairly quickly in my experience after short term storage and becomes very corona-like, despite it not coming into contact with any light. dont age it is the point.

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

As beer snobs we often turn up our noses in protest of anything that resembles the flavor of a macrobrew. However, the American "session beers" that dominated the pre-prohibition market were often considerably tasty, albeit light, and very drinkable. These beers were usually all-malt in the grain bill - before the addition of adjuncts such as corn and rice became popular. The Yuengling Traditional Lager falls under this category.

It pours a light amber color with almost no head. The aroma has that distinct American lager yeasty aroma with notes of malt in the background. The flavor is mild matliness with a slight caramel accent and mild noble hops balancing things out reasonably well. The mouthfeel is pretty good and the carbonation is fine and tight. Served cold, this beer makes a good thirst quencher.

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Photo of scooter231
3.38/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a copperish color with a poofy white head, no lacing. Smells sour and citrusy, lemony. Tastes citrusy as well, with a grainy flavor, a light bitter hops thing going on. Clean finish. A bit of fruityness towards the end mixed with a maltyness.

Mouthfeel is bubbly but on the watery, thin side. Quite drinkable I'd say- doesn't taste horrible, warms up alright, light and simple. A good brew for a hot day.

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Photo of JoEBoBpr
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into an american pint glass. It poured a dark copper that was bright and inviting. The head was about and inch but it was gone rather quickly. The aroma carried strong maltiness to it and some smokiness that was very inviting. It was a very full beer without being too dry and when it left the mouth it left a nice malty taste but it wasnt overwhelming. Over all better than i expected and i beer i would definatley try from now on.

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Photo of Enola
2.53/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer was low end for the style. I had it on tap at Ham's yesterday. The color was a dark red. The smell was kindly spicey. The taste was not what I was expecting. It had the taste of a macro but something was just wrong. The mouthfeel was pretty harsh. It had quite a bit of bite. Not a beer I would order often. Not even when they are $1.50 a pint.

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Photo of johnyeast
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear and golden in color. Slight head that doesn’t stick around long. Good carbonation. Sweet yet crisp smell. Well balanced. Light and easy drinking. A good, standard, inexpensive lager. Easily able to drink a couple at a time. I must say that I prefer draft over bottle. I consider the Yuengling Lager a baseline beer. It is my average beer.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.45/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling is brewing some good stuff here. Poured out to a deep golden amber color with a short lived head. Medium level of carbonation. Minor notes of lace. Aroma was very weak, but hints of hops and grain were present. Taste was a full step up from anything BMC could ever kick out; flavors of mild malt, salty grains, corn and hops were very enjoyable. Mouthfeel was decent, with the carbonation again making the brew brisk and refreshing. Good drinkability; I can now see why many are die-hards when it comes to this breweries beers. Recommended. Special thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the sample.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.31/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a Dark Honey color with good clarity. One finger of dense head with decent retention that will leave light lacing. Clean nose, just some light pale malt aromas. Toasted pilsener malt flavor, balanced nicely with some grassy hops that will remain throughout the aftertaste. High carbonation and a light body smooth the mouthfeel, which is rather crisp. The finish is hoppy bitter and slightly dry, but nothing that would hinder the drinkability.

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Photo of Maestro
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a bubbly amber color with a slight head that leaves a decent lacing on the glass. Smell is very lemony and grassy with a hint of veggies. Taste is a bubbly corn suprise. Mouthfeel is a bit too bubbly. Drinkability, however is quite high. This one goes down smooth and keeps you coming back for more. 14.75/case isn't bad either.


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

A very nice local brew. Has a good amber color. Has nice foamy head and a lot of carbonation, a little too much if you ask me. Yet a very nice, smooth and drinkable beer. The taste varies depending on how you have it. The cans hav a little aluminum taste. The draft has a darker color, yet smoother taste than the bottles. The bottled beer gets warm kinda quick and warm Yuengling Lager is not a pleasing taste. The draft doesn't warm as fast as bottles, but it warms it is not that bad. Still a pleasing taste. Overall a very good beer. In my experience, as well as some of my friends, some bars have difficulties chilling the bottles. Every now and then one of us will get a skunked bottle.

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Photo of UncleFlip
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

VERY clear honey colour, with foamy off-white head. Would look more like an average macro were it not for the deeper hue.

The smell is all sweet malt- well, almost all- there's just hint of spiciness underneath, paired with a grapefruit quality.

Two things going on here right up front- a low fruitiness, and a brown-sugar quality. A woodiness builds in the middle, then most flavours roll off at the end.

Body is just the thn side of medium. There's a high carbonation that's just a little too pointed.

As much as this falls flat in other areas, it is quite drinkable. File under "lawn mower beer".

Be well

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Photo of Stimack
3.4/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This brew pours to a light amber color with a nice sized head that breaks down quickly leaving a faint amount of lacing at the top of the glass and then nothing the rest of the way. Looks to have a lot of carbonation in it and the aromas seem to be slightly skunky but not overly with some malt like characteristics. I do not notice any real definable hop scents. The taste is pretty basic, which is not really a bad thing. Mostly malt flavor, somewhat bready with a slight hop taste. Very carbonated brew, I would think it would be a fair lawn mowing brew.

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Photo of pweis909
2.95/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed a bottle of this and found it slightly more interesting. The bottled version had a bit of complexity to the smell, but was pretty average, otherwise. On-tap, it seemed 100% macrobrewed, despite the fact that it is a small town brewery with low-medium production level. I'll choose it over the true macro brews out of respect for the smalltown tradition, but will avoid if I have a decent choice of micros.

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

Purchased at Target on University, Huntsville, AL.

I place Yuengling up there with Sam Adams as a really decent, widely-available, inexpensive lager that has quite a bit of taste. Whenever I find this on tap, I tend to order a pint or three, although I prefer it at home, where I can drink it at cellar temp.

Pours a nice dark amber color. CLear body, but dark enough to impede light. It starts out with a nice thick off-white head but that dissipates pretty quickly.

No hops present at all in the nose, all I get is a top-level fruitiness with a bit of that generic "beer" aroma that almost certainly comes from the yeast. Decent.

The taste is very similar to the smell, primarily made up of fruit with no hops, but I like it a lot better that way. Leaves an aftertaste like apples. Quite pleasant.

Mouthfeel is thin and watery, but leaves a bit of a punch to the palate. To-style -- I'm giving it a good rating.

I can drink about three of these at a sitting, but that's about it. A very good beer, perfect with pizza or a burger.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.23/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I moved from Minnesota to Philly and all I hear was “wait ‘till you try Yuengling!” I had some pretty high hopes for this one. Boy, was I disappointed. It was no better than Leinenkugel Lager, or Schell’s Lager. It’s a bit better than the slew of American macro brews, but not by much. There’s more nostalgia here than quality. It pours a nice golden color and has a flat head that sticks around for a while. But the taste is pretty lifeless. It’s clearly corny with an awkward sourness that's followed up by a dirty dryness. I get the impression that it's catering to the lowest common denominator of beer drinkers. I guess I shouldn't be too suprised. It isn’t really bad, but nothing really stands up and asserts itself here. The mouth feel was all right and…. Boring!

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Photo of daliandragon
3.29/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling is one of a handful of regional domestic macros that seem to still care somewhat about quality because their beer is superior to their advertising.
This is their flagship , a reddish gold lager with some temporary head and respectable lacing. The scent is a fairly pungent sweet corn , not too sharp.
The beer is more complex than first appearances would figure, with a smooth, light, taste that manages a few different flavors as it falls over your tongue and down your throat. There is decent malt/hops balance and the water used must be quality because the beer feels right in your mouth..maybe they use similar H2O as local rival Rolling Rock,another regional macro with higher than usual standards.
Enjoyable, inexpensive, and increasingly available outside of PA.

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Photo of AltBock
3.2/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A green 12oz bottle with a twist off cap.

Poured a copper color with a 1 inch head of white foam and plenty of carbonation bubbles raising to the top of the glass. The best way I can describe the smell is, malt wrapped around the aroma of burnt hair. Maybe not burnt hair, but something to do with hair. Not pleasant. The taste was nothing too special, but it is more flavorful than the average macro. This is another one that the mouthfeel was too light and watery for me. This beer would make an excellent choice for a nice affordable easy to drink session beer. It's too bad they don't sell this beer in Ohio because I might like another one.

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Photo of cyberbmcd
3.82/5  rDev +12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite drinking beers. It has no head to speak of, but unless you're drinking ale a head is way over-rated. This beer has a slight amber color, slightly darker than American commercial fare. It smells wonderfully hoppy, one of it's great asets. the taste is more than adequate, full and not quite creamy and not overbearing or understated. Some beers are brewed to savor and some are there for drinking, this is a drinking beer. Like the old Schaefer commercial this is the one beer to have when you're having more than one.

Overall: If you're looking for outstanding style and regal elegance, look elsewhere, if you're looking for a great beer to drink at your block party grab a few cases.

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Photo of BeerBeing
2.1/5  rDev -38.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: 12oz green glass longneck generic bottle, multicolored on cream label

Appearance: clear golden color, medium head, minor lacing

Smell: minor malt and hops aroma

Taste: thin body, very watery mouth feel, light sweet malt, some hoppy bitterness

Notes: below average brew

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

This was a nice reddish-amber brew with a one and a half finger head that died away somewhat quickly. It would have been at least a 4 if there was more head retention.

Aroma was mainly of caramel malts and a touch of hops... this one was really all about the malt.

That carried through to flavor as well. I tasted slightly sweet malts, a touch of grains that was not unpleasant (for a change), and no hop character whatsoever.

Mouthfeel was smooth, not as watery as I would have thought from the lack of head.

Drinkability... although I don't like lagers in general, this one was above par. Not striking, but a good solid 3.5. I'd have this again as a session beer if it were offered.

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Photo of Bonhoeffer
3.39/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

So i've been swigging a few of these while sitting on the beach and reading. It's vacation.

Very drinkable. Pleasant flavor, and more of it than BMC. Nothing earth shattering, but this one is a good buy at the price point, and very "refreshing" when you're out in the hot sun. Not a time for Barleywine.

May pick up a few more this afternoon.

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