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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 Gavage
3.16/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This lager was light amber in color with a thin white head. Not much aroma was present, as some slight sweetness was barely noticeable. The flavor leans towards the malts, as the hop level is on the lighter side. The sweetness rides the tongue, but then does develop into a slight bitter aftertaste. Very drinkable as it is relatively light bodied and flavors are not overpowering.

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Photo of GeoffFromSJ
3.66/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a gateway beer. It leads people from macros, expands their horizons, and makes them more willing to try micros. Is it the best beer in the world? Or course not. But per dollar it is a fantastic beer. And any beer that gives Bud a run for their money has a place in my heart. I hear that here in Philly we get more Bud/Miller advertising than other areas b/c of Yuengling's market share.

Now on to the beer...

The beer looks good with a nice amber color and smells ok. It has corn in it, but it seems to work. The taste is very good for a macro (regional), but it is too sweet. It's still good, and most of your friends will not mind at all. It is lightly hopped, but as long as you know that going in, it's fine.

Best of luck against the bigger macros.

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Photo of Wildman
2.98/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a beer I forgot to try while in Virginia, but a coworker brought back his last visit to his hometown area near the Pennnsylvania border. It poured a nice reddish amber color and formed a foamy white head that disappeared fairly quickly and left some trace circular lace. A very small amount of carbonation is present. An aroma of hops and some malt with a very mild hint of caramel. The flavor was of malt and a hint of caramel and the body was fairly thin with a slight bittness and astrigency in the finish. As far as lager goes, for it's price, you can't go wrong with this beer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
3.08/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

"America's oldest brewery" suprisingly has resisted the urge to lighten up their flagship so it looks and taste more like megabrewed crap. Color is certainly amber, kicks up a frothy head. Sweet malty taste, almost roasty caramel, and trace of flavoring hops. Surprising yeast taste, may turn off some people. Could the big bottle have been old? Still, an interesting catch. Had the whole quart and 3 Lord Chesterfields and didn't feel a thing. A "not great-not terrible" beer.

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Photo of ChrisBowers
3.71/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Sam Adams likes to say their Boston Lager returned America to flavorful beer, but these guys have been doing it for way longer. Being from Maryland, I have always been around Yuengling and I hope I always will be in the future. Talk about a session beer! Not only is this stuff cheap by comparison even to Macro-Swill, it is actually good! Pours a nice amber. Definite maple-sugar/syrup flavor to the beer, but its only a hint, not a defining characteristic. A bit of hops in the finish. Very good mouthfeel for a lager, leaves your mouth feeling full of beer, not water. I know people who say this is their favorite beer.... its not THAT good. But, I can't afford to keep the fridge stocked with Rochefort 6 and St. Bernardus, and this beer is an incredible bang for the buck. I frequently find it for $13.99 a case (bottles) in my area and I've heard its cheaper in PA.

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Photo of Kwak
2.96/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I popped the cap and was hit with a sweet aroma, nicely carbonated. I poured this darkish lager and watched the strong head form as I've done before. medium body not to dark, not to heavy a nice looking lager. The finish was a little sweet (for my taste), butt the aftertaste was the slightest bit bitter. Nice finish kind of balance the whole thing out. One of the best American lagers!!!

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

this is no longer the beer that i remember. not that is was ever anythign extravegant, yuengling seemingly used to be a fuller, more flavourful beer. now it's really just a step above the buds and coors' of the world, though i must add that yuengling's drinkability is tenfold better than any of those brews. it pours a slightly watery looking light amber with a nice amount of carbonation for a lager. taste, as i said, is a bit thinner than i remember, mostly standard malt and hop flavours here. nothing daring. there's a bit of earthiness as well. it can usually be found rather cheaply on tap and in stores, so if the money's tight, it's not a horrible choice, but for maybe a buck more for a 6 pack, there are tons of better brews to choose from.

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

One man's ordinary is another man's servicable. I think of Yuengling as a good beer for what it is...which isn't complex or very artfully crafted. But it is good.

The Yuengling pours a nice amber but the head is very minimal. I tried to find a head somewhere in there but it just wouldn't rise. Perhaps the draft version is more lively.

The aroma is light, clean and dominated by malt with a faint hint of hops.

The beer is a little thin but has an obvious malt sweetness and an unexpected hop presence, although this is far from a hoppy beer. The mouthfeel is quite thin, nothing special here. However, the drinkability is very good. I can see having a few Yuengling's in one sitting but I wouldn't think it would be good with food. At the end of the day, it's a beer for drankin'...not savoring.

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

Ahh Yuengling... being a Penn State grad, I’ve drunk quite a few of these prior to this review. I’ve always felt that although Yuengling may not be a world class standout amongst beers, it is probably one of the best “cheap” beers I’ve ever had. The beer for the discerning cheap college student...

Nice clear amber in color. Decent foamy head that hangs around for a bit before retreating to a thin ring around the glass. Malty aroma with a good hop balance. The mouthfeel is a little on the thin side with this one and the flavors are all a bit subdued. There’s a slight sweet malt taste that is fairly well balanced with restrained hop bitterness. The sweetness comes out more as the beer warms. There’s a slight bitter finish. Carbonation is moderate. This one is definitely crisp, clean, and uncomplicated.

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Photo of ithacabaron
4.08/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

The fallback bottled beer for me, and thousands of other people originally from PA.

There are no stand out tastes in this beer -- it has a very light caramel overtone to it, and a bit of a taste of the fermentation tank, slightly metallic, but somehow not unpleasent. It is very carbonated, but somehow, the strong rush of bubbles plays in its favor. To me, it is simply what I think of when I think "basic beer."

Drinkability is incredibly good. Having one begs you to have another. I have memories of beach trips where me and my friends would drink this all night, and the next night, and the next night after that...

As a side note, I've never enjoyed this on-tap -- too little head retention, mouthfeel suffers, and the carbonation goes out the window. Ends up looking like cider. Could just be personal preference.

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Photo of DarrellK
3.26/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After quite a period of time of not liking much from the Yuengling line, having lived near there, I now have developed a better feeling for the beer. I clearly is a great looking beer with a typical amber lager head but the aroma is ordinary with some hops coming through. What seems to be coming on now is more body and a more lingering aftertaste.

It's not a classic but much better with, say pizza, than the insipid American pale lagers of the mass producers.

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

I do not understand the affection for this beer; I never have.

Clear, brassy-copper color, and the fastest disappearing head I have ever seen. It's nice and full at first, but it is gone literally within a minute.

Slightly funky aroma. Pungent but not pleasant.

Brassy, sharp, and metallic in the mouth. Very thin and highly carbonated. Almost ginger-ale-like as it bites the tongue. It's very bitter but there is almost no malt in there to balance the bitterness.

This is a bitter, sour, horribly sharp, thin, skunky beer. It makes my tongue want to hide.

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Photo of indiapaleale
3.1/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Known simply as "lager" to anyone in PA, Yuengling has replaced the likes of Coors and Miller in the PA shwag market. Its a sweet lager, mainly because it is brewed with corn (and not PA corn either). It is also brewed with Pottsville city water for an added flavor. I can't say anything too bad about this stuff because I have had a lot of great nights where it was the staple and like anyone with Pennsylvania roots, you feel compelled to defend the stuff. If you don't expect too much from this beer, you won't be too let down...
Also, if you ever have the chance to check out the brewer up on Rte. 61, it is not to be missed. It is definately the Oldest Brewery in America...

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Photo of BierManVA
3.8/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice redish brown with classic lager smell of grass and light hops. Thin head that disapparated quicker than one of the Weasley twins.

A very smooth bier yet tasty as well. Not over done or overly bitter. Quite a refresher actually. I may have to pour a liter of this after doing some yard work.

An old standard from Pennsylvania that is also extremely well priced for the quality.

A recommended pour.


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Photo of Brent
2.9/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A heavy-handed lager with macro leanings. A bit grassy and husky with some tannins evident. Somewhat sweet which took the edge of what would otherwise have been a harsh malt profile, but the flavor was not engaging and it was a chore to work through the glass.

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Photo of Reverand
3.11/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Being From PA I thought that I had better try this at least once. Considering the huge following and being the oldest brewery I thought this beer should be really good.

Well at first glance I was quite impressed with it's deep amber, rust colored brew with a thin white head. not much aroma, maybe the hint sweet malt.
After all that thid is just a basic lager, nothing really jumped out at me. It did finish crisp and clean. Certainly worth a try but only once.

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Photo of putnam
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

old penny-colored
baked, crusty, fritter dough nose, caramelized and stuffed with wilted greens like blackish green spinach.
The taste is watery but well balanced. Very lean texture with slatey, minerally extracts rising through the illusion of rich baked goods. No palate presence, no finish. Not unpleasant. Well crafted.

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

I aquired a single bottle of this fabled beer. It poured a golden yellow, with a nice head that quickly diappated into a thin lacy white color. The taste, ah the taste. I was shocked at first by what I felt was a sharp acid subtle bitter taste. But after a few more sips, it mellowed into a dull enjoyable sensation. I wish I had more than the one, but alas, I must wait until opportunity arises again.

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Photo of 99bottles
3.85/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

As anyone from PA knows, Yuengling is the hometown hero. It can be found in evey distributor across the state, and in most every bar. Known as simply "lager" (its not going to change either, so quit bitching), the beer has a huge following, and one that is not entirely unfounded. I realize that there are a plethora of more complex, more refined, more expressive and more challenging beers out there. Of course. But taken for what it is, lager is hard to beat. On tap, the beer pours a nice reddish brown color, with a very thin head that quickly disappears. Taste is balanced well, with a foundation of malt that is given some life by a blend of hops. It does not exude any particular hopfeel, and the bitterness is very refrained. It exhibits much more character than any other macro lager out there. Medium-dark, slightly sweet, slightly bitter, and refreshing. I've bought more cases and pitchers of this than any other beer as it goes down easily and tastes great. I know I'm biased, I know there's better, but I know I feel bad for people who are out of the distribution area, as they are missing out on America's best everyday beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.68/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A fairly deep amber colored body is capped by a loose off-white head that drops readily to a thin surface covering and leaves only minor transient lace about the glass. In the nose, a sweetish malt dominates with a light hint of fruitiness from the Christian Schmidt yeast. It's light to medium bodied, and gently crisp in the mouth with a fine carbonation that allows it to become slightly creamy as it warms. The flavor delivers a gently sweet malt that's well-infused with a mildly floral hop flavor and low-level bitterness along with the Yuengling house-flavor. It finishes quickly, but leaves a mild residue of sweet malt that continues to build on the palate. An easy drinking beer that's balanced towards sweetness, but still remains enjoyable for a few.

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Photo of Ianhockey91
3.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Many guys on here grow up in there high school and college years drinking beers like Budweiser, MGD, and Coors, but around here in northeast PA Yuengling is king. At first pour you will notice this beer has a very nice chesnut color to it with a decent head which does provide some lacing. As you inhale the aroma you can sense a sort of pungentness found in many euro mass brewed lagers like Becks. As far as taste goes, unlike many american lagers out there Yuengling actually has some, its quite nutty with a little bit of a hop flavor towards the end. The only real problem i have with this beer is that it has a tendancy to go flat a bit quicker than others. If you were looking for a highly drinkable beer for a bbq or camping trip yuengling lager would absolutely be a great pickup, especially at 16 dollars a case. One other note another local brew made by the lion brewery is called pocono lager, that beer and yuengling are almost carbon copies of one another.

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Photo of Stingray5
2.63/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured an amber brown. Unknown head behavior as I got this on draught at a restaurant and it was gone by the time I got the beer. Minimal lacing. Aroma was slightly nutty, good malt presence. Mouthful was good. Medium to high carbonation but not distracting. Taste was malty with some frutiness, and a good hop balance. Not entirely pleasing, though. Dry bitter finish. I had it with grilled chicken, and it actually tasted worse WITH the food. A good looking brew that had a taste closer to fizzy yellow stuff.

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Photo of Stubbie1
2.58/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This brew pours an amber color topped off with a fairly decent off white head. The head fades at a good rate leaving little lace. The aroma is mainly malt. The taste is also malt with a bit of sweetness and no noticeable hops. Drinkability is a hard one to rate. I’m sure you could pound a few of these but with not much flavor..why bother.

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Photo of bditty187
3.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Translucent darkish-golden hue, small white head, quick to collapse, soapy residue, no lace. Uninspiring nose, husky with some sweetness, hints of malt & metal. Equally undistinguishing palate… it is crisp & refreshing, minimal flavors of lightly toasty malt, some hops influence, husky though… the undercurrents are pleasing. Quick finish, minimal aftertaste… moderate carbonation, medium-light body. Damn easy to drink... session beer. Still okay warm.

I did fail to see why this beer is so “talked-up” but I do realize why this beer is considered the best “cheap beer.” I did consider PBR king of that dubious honor… the crown has changed hands.

What’s up with the green bottles though?

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Photo of GreatPondBrewer
2.84/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. Bomber
This was incredibly cheap and it shows. It was a so so beer, but definitely of the mega-macro variety. The pour was nice with a light copper color and there was a small white head that didn't stick around too long. There was no lace to speak of just some film on top of the beer. The smell was pretty swilly with a lot of adjuncts and not even a very distinct malt characteristic. The taste reminded me of an overly qualified genesee red. It had a lot of corn flavor without a hint of any hops and not even the sweetness I was expecting. I can imagine that the entire line of Yeungling was something much better pre-prohibition, but I had to give a nod the the oldest brewery in the U.S.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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