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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 Backer2004
4.1/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

First time I tried this beer was when I moved to North Carolina four years back. It's everywhere, even though it's original brewery is in Pennsylvania. This bartendar served it in a frosted mug, but I will not hold it against today's review.

Besides Sam Adams, this is the best session beer you can find available in most places in the area. Will always beat BMC, Heineken, or Newcastle. Great balance of hops, refreshing taste, and one of the easiest to drink.

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Photo of ski271
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I wish I had a counter on my body to tell me how many kegs of this stuff went through my body in college. After graduation, I stayed away from this stuff, but had it again recently and had forgotten that it actually is a decent beer, not just cheap. I enjoyed this last one today on tap at Olive Garden.

This lager is a medium-dark copper color with a white, foamy, fully-diminishing head and some light lacing. Aroma is very mild, light hops, a hint of malts and little bit of yeast. Taste is a little bland, slightly bitter with a short-lived, bready finish. Easy to drink because there’s nothing much to it, but it sure is better than anything else offered on tap at Olive Garden (Bud, Bud Light and Coors Light). Don’t get me wrong. It is a good beer when you match quality with cost, and it’s a great beer to start your friends out on when you trying to get them away from the aforementioned macros. And it’s good for when you come in from mowing the lawn when it’s ninety degrees and humid out, and all you want to do it pound a really cold one.

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

In honor of this review, I poured my yuengling into a pint glass, because I always drink it from the bottle. Color is nice, nothing special, smell is kinda fruity and malty, tastes...like the same beer I pick up at walmart probably once or twice a week. Sorry, since this is a serious review I should make an effort to go into more detail.

The taste is primarily sour, with malts in the backround, with a slightly sweet fruity aftertaste, and a very nice dry carbonation laced bite throughout every sip. Very carbonated, very satisfying burps. In short, the flavor characteristics of a lot of macro american lagers, only everything is amplified. More sour, more malt, more color, and you can't beat the price.

I'm too poor to afford cheap micros and imports as everyday beers, so this is my everyday beer. Really, if I were a richer man, I'd probably still be drinking Yuengling, for BBQ's, lawn mowing, fishing, or just watching movies with friends, it's perfect for all those.

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Photo of mmmbeer
3.51/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date. Pours an amber/orange color with a 1 finger head and almost no lacing. Has a metallic scent accompanied by grains and hops in the background. It has a crisp carbonation and the taste is malt and grains with a slight hop twang. Mouthfeel is good, and goes down smooth. Has a high drinkability - you can almost pound it like you would a light macro lager. The only reason it loses points on drinkability is that it fills you up quickly. The thing about Yuengling is sometimes you get a skunked batch (light-strunk green bottles is my guess), which I think was the case in this review. Go for the 12-pack or a 22 oz. (which has brown glass) rather than the 6-pack to avoid this. The unskunked has more hop flavor and better mouthfeel. Regardless, it always has been one of my favorite lagers, and for the price (as cheap or cheaper than Budweiser bottles) you won't find much better of any style. Great session beer.

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Photo of bds1313
3.48/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Amber in color with a aromatic smell.

Small to non-existant head but leaves nice latice work around the glass.

Smooth taste lends to excellent drinkability and hours and hours of enjoyment.

Living in PA is a plus since most batches delivered are bottled the same day.

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

Pours a bright clear amber with a creamy 1/2 inch ivory head. Lots of lace. Smells lightly fruity and grassy.

Taste is again very lightly fruity mixed with the grassy malt. Biscuity with perceptable hops in the finish. Lightly sweet and a tad sticky in the mouth. Creamy and smooth. An easy drinking, sit-back-and-watch-the-game beer. An old favorite and standby.

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Photo of BruceBeerman
2.78/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I like the light amber appearance of this lager. Lightly carbonated but still many bubbles floating to the top of the glass. OK mouthfeel with small laces clinging to the sides of the glass. It looks very good for a cheap american lager. The taste is a bit on the strange side. I think it is a little sweet and could use a little more hops for my taste. Because of the sweetness, I can't drink too many of these at one session. It's better than Miller or Bud, but not on my list if I have Microbrews or Homebrews around. The girls love it, probably due to sweetness. So, there is some real value to have it around at parties!

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Photo of ggroller
3.72/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A light to medium amber colored beer with a thin white head. Everything about the beer is very safe and comfortable to me. Part of it is because I grew up drinking it in large quantities, but part of it is because it is a verstile, well rounded, smooth mouthfeel beer suitable for summer days while mowing the lawn or for winter nights while hanging out with freinds and playing poker. Sometimes I get bottles that have a skunky taste but not tonight. Sweet maltiness, light fruitness, and a dry, clean finish.

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Photo of soulfly967
3.43/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I have ran into Yuengling Traditional Lager many times in my days. Poured a nice rich amber color with decent head that fell within minutes. The smell is somewhat sweet and a little bit malty. You can taste the grains in this one with a nice hoppy bite at the finish. Crisp and refreshing. The mouthfeel is decent, with a nice carbonation and medium body. As for the drinkability, as I have previously stated, I have ran into this beer many times, and predict that I will do so many more times in the future.

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Photo of sulldaddy
3.14/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Growing up in PA I think I have drank more of this brew than any other beer. Especially in the last year of college and the year or so after. Pitchers of lager were flowin every weekend. Now my beer tastes have changed a little methinks.
The beer is cold and I am drinking in a pint glass.
Brew pours a clear gold/orange color with a small white surface layer of head foaming up, this fades to an edge layer quickly but never disappears completely.
Aroma is husky corn some sour hops and a bit of skunk I think. Not the most appealing scent ever.
First sip reveals average carbonation and average body, maybe even a little lite. Flavor is clean and crisp with some grainy malt providing a bit of caramel sweetness as well. The beer is amazingly easy to drink and goes down very smooth. Not very interesting but certainly nice on a hot day or when just drinkin brews while watchin football. Definitely better than big 3 lagers.

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Photo of MarcGetty
2.06/5  rDev -39.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Being that Yuengling and I are both from just outside of Philadelphia, we are old acquatances. Previous to my beer awakening in the summer of 2001 I probably drank more Yuengling then any other beer. However, that does not make it any good. I've seen the error of my ways.

Yuengling Lager has a mediocre taste to it followed by a terribly dry aftertaste. It does not matter if you get a can, bottle, or on tap, it is consistently mediocre on just about every level. Did I mention how terribly dry it tastes?

The good points about this beer is that it is cheap, easily found in the extended Philadelphia area, and drinkable if needed.

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Photo of aquatonex
2.3/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I've only heard whisperings of this beer for awhile now, finally got a chance to try it...

Pours light amber, almost watery. Smells like old hops and alcohol, a little skunky. Taste was a little hoppy with some wheat notes. Surprisingly light and almost refreshing. I'd drink it at a BBQ or something.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3.56/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance-agressive pour into my pint glass yields a gorgeous red/copper color with about an inch of head, the head sticks around for a few before slowly dissapearing.

Smell-I have a slight cold but I did detect some grains, DNS, a touch of corn.

Taste-crisp and to the point, lot of grains and a slight hop bite as it goes down, finishes with an interesting twang on the palette.

Mouthfeel-rather bitter in the middle, aftertaste twang is fine, it'll do.

Drinkability-as drinkable as any other American lager, popularity makes it a fine session beer as well.

Overall-a fine American lager, not that many amber characteristics but it's smooth and crisp. Definitely would be refreshing on a hot summer day. Just below Sam Adams for me but it's above a great many other beers in it's category, give it a try.

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Photo of ccm414
4.11/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is a very smooth lighter lager. A nice crisp taste that goes down very easy. I enjoyed drinking this beer for a first time. I would defenitely try it again. It has a light amber color with a perfect amount of carbonation. This is one of the better beers to sit around and relax with friends.

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Photo of halo21
3.15/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not usually a fan of lighter beers, but this is one I do enjoy.

Its taste is crisp and something I like, but the carbination is something that I dont always like on a thinner beer to be so much. Feels too sharp on the tounge.

I do enjoy this and will drink it again, most likely when options are thin

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Photo of ken3c
3.47/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very clear light Amber. Head mostly disappears in short order. Still, there is a little lacing.

Quite malty aroma with a noticable presence of noble hops.

Taste is dominated by malt but the hops bitterness comes through just fine. Clean with a rounded finish.

Medium body and well carbonated.

I'm just not wild about lagers but this is one of the best I've had. Plenty of taste with no "off" or harsh flavors.

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Photo of edchicma
3.55/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A solid brew....Pours a light yellow amber with a head that dissipates quickly. Smell is a decent malty nose with some light hop elements. Taste is mainly sweet and malty, with a light hop finish. Mouthfeel is chewy, medium with a slickness that finishes in a dryness. Easy enough on the drinkability scale.

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

This is a very sought after beer here. The store owners always complain that it is in such high demand, yet they are unable to have it distributed to them. I agree that it is a good beer, but like the gentleman before me suggests, it is in limbo between macro and micro beers. It does have a very pleasant taste, and virtually no aftertaste. It is reasonable priced as well. I do wish it was available around me, as it is a treat to get when I can.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.41/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Amber bodied with a beige-ish head. Smells like malts and hops but a bit of yeast. Personally, I think this beer tastes pretty awful. Granted, it's not as bad MBC beers, but I think this beer out of the bottle tastes below average. Couldn't tell you why but I think it tastes much better out of a can. I seem to be the only person around here who doesn't like it. Mouthfeel is dry and light. And for me, this is just not a drinkable beer based on the fact that I don't enjoy the flavor. My advice - go grab a Yuengling Porter, not this.

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Photo of marcobrau
3.33/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured lighter than I thought it would quite a bit of carbonation that settled down fairly quickly leaving a nice bit of lacework. Toasted malts in the nose. Pleasant aroma. Just slightly malty to start, before striking a perfect balance between malt and hops. A light bodied beer with a smooth mouthfeel that is very easy to drink. The finish is nice and dry for a cheaper lager. Too many cheap lagers finish slick and sweet. A pleasant tartness also surfaces after the finish. A light, very easy drinkin' and pleasant lager.

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Photo of CCUBA
4.15/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was suprised that I had not ever heard of this beer before I went to college. At one point one of my roomates showed up with a 18 pack of cans. Neither I nor any of my friends had ever tried this stuff, but Im not one to turn down a beer so I went for it. When poured it was a nice reddish orange color. Had a somewhat caramel color head which dissappared rather quickly. Excellent flavor, best American beer that I have had thus far. Price was pretty good also, which supprised me for the flavor that it had.

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Photo of Joey7F
3.83/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I am so lucky I live across from the Tampa Brewery. Just on a lark, I decided to try this hometown brand (little did I know they are from PA). What I discovered was everything I like about Budweiser* (yeah, yeah macros evil/piss/swill etc) only with a lot more flavor, but it isn't overwhelming allowing it to be paired with lots of foods. Some people may look down upon the 3.5% ABV (edit: turns out this is not 3.5 per volume but by weight and even that number is low according to the chemist at the brewery), but I see it as allowing me to drink more without getting drunk. If you can get this at the supermarket do so. At a price of $8 for a 12 pack, you can have a decent beer without rearranging your budget (especially important for college students such as myself)


*Oh boy, this is embarassing...I tried Budwesier again the other day while bowling and can't believe there was anything I liked about it. Tasted like beer flavored water...

Edit: I hadn't had Yuengling in a while. It is a good beer, still my fall back, but after trying so many others it doesn't compare as well. I wish for taste there was a 3.75 option, because some of my 4's are significantly better and some 3.5s are worse than this.

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Photo of lokicat444
3.76/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: A nice light brown color, with a solid head.

Taste: Very slight taste; notes of light maltiness and sweetness... that's pretty much it. But, it's low key nature is actually an asset because it can be pared with anything, anytime, and it's hard to get sick of it.

Mouthfeel is pretty average, as is the smell... I can't think of anything distinctive about these characteristics.

Bottomline: I've virtually always had it on tap from pitchers, and its been pretty constant. If you want a dirt-cheap beer that's not offensive, get this. It's oh-so drinkable; the quintessence of what a session beer should be when you're hitting the bars (or playing quizzo in Phillie)

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Photo of TinusTime
3.35/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours the colour of Iced Tea. Minimal head. Aroma is not much maybe a bit of caramel bread, but thats pushing it. Taste is smooth. More malty than most Macros. Sweet taste with just a tough of dryness at the finish.. Very easy drinking. Not very carbonated. Sweetnes cuts the drinkability, However for a macro its the same price as BUD and so much better!!

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Photo of Crotor
2.7/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Another sub-par offering from Yuengling.

Light describes this lager. Light in color, light in hopping, light in malt, light in body... Its only strength is that it is well balanced and therefore, rather drinkable.

I could see drinking this beer on lazy days, but only because it is superior to macro-brews, and the price is dirt cheap.

Now I ask you, I'm supposed to be impressed by Yuengling because of what?

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