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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Photo of ClassicBrad
4.43/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is definitely 'my beer'. I have been drinking this brew since before I was legal. I can vividly remember throwing the bottles as far away from my property as possible, as not to be caught by my parents.

*Appearance pours a golden amber. Does not meet standards for a fancy-pants pour; thick head and lacing. However, if you drink first with your eyes, you would be immediately pleased.

*The smell tells the secret of Yuenglings corn-based recipe, has very little hop smell, but does bouquet a flattering malt aroma.

*The taste, while it may not entice every beer enthusiast in sycophancy, but this beer is what I think of when I hear the word beer and while I may be object, I love this beer.

*Mouthfeel accommodates a well-balanced carbonation and body spectrum.

*Drinkability may be the biggest selling point for this beer. Whether I’m looking for a quality 6-pack to chill out to during a game or I’m buying a few cases for a huge party… I’m going with Yuengling Traditional Lager.

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Photo of Metalmonk
2.75/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The bubbles are fast and many, looking like a soda, and the pour produces a thin layer of foam, with poor retention. Color is a clear, glassy amber.

Prevailing aroma recalls lemon-soaked corn, accent on the corn/grain element, the sweeter thing being pretty far back in the smell. Maltiness come on stronger as it sits. Still, it's pretty ho-hum aroma.

Flavor brings in an interesting cherry/honey element, along with the more expected grain/adjunct heartiness and subtle crispy nip of the hops. Corn and plastic start taking over as the sips go on. This has elements I like, but generally it drinks like a slightly above-average macro lager, and the soda-like, over-carbonated mouthfeel doesn't help. Like a macro from a can.

I didn't buy this bottle (no, I didn't steal it either)...and I would never buy this. Life's too short to drink average beer.

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Photo of rhoadsrage
3.32/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear amber body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles and a pure white head that fades to a thin film after a bit.

S- This beer has a note of fresh pale malt with a slight sulfury sweet hint.

T- There is a slight tang to the pale malt favor that has a note of dry honey malt to it. There is a carbonic acid flavor to the finish but there is also a faint hop hint in there aswell. As this beer warms the sulfury note gets bigger and bigger but the malt flavors do not.

M- This beer has a medium-light mouthfeel with a fizz boost in the finish.

D- This beer is very light but the malt flavors are very nice. It would be nice to have some hop flavors to balance them or cover the sulfury notes a bit.

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Photo of mistersixstring
4.13/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love this beer for its price, can't go wrong with this one. Better than any of the macros out there. Too bad you can't have it in LA. Hope they market this beer all over the country, a lot of beer lover is missing a lot. First time I tried this beer was when I had to picked up my cousin who attended Penn State and even went to the brewerey in Pottsville. Great beer for the price.

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Photo of akorsak
4.38/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A: The lager is an amber color, well-balanced between orange and red. The head measures in around 1 finger but does not retain very well.

S: Aroma is a grainy, but just barely. Not a lot comes out of the glass, aroma-wise.

T: The lager has a soft grainy body, somewhat chewy tasting. The hops are nonexistent but they aren't missed, as the body is smooth and low-key enough to allow several pints.

M: The grainy malts are very good and don't need much hops to have a good taste.

D: Yuengling Lager has a permanent special place in my beer pantheon. It was the first non-macro that I'd ever had and it got me through 4.5 years at Dear Old State.

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Photo of Risser09
2.45/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle served into a mug. Bottle has '06 extruding from the glass
Appearance: Glugged into the glass, the whole bottle wouldn't fit so I waited until the head dissipated. 2" head right off the bat clung to the top of the glass. Brown/gold color with moderate carbonation surfacing. Some head still lingers at the miniscus of the beer.
Smell: Earthy, metallic. Malt is in there somewhere. Leaves more to be desired for me. However, seems like a typical lager beer.
Taste: Pretty dull. There really aren't any discernable flavors to speak of. Underlying malt flavor gives way to some sweet and bitter taste.
Mouthfeel: Good amount of effervescence. Not overly thick and vinous. Thin enough for a good swallow or chug.
Drinkability: This is clearly a marketed beer for those who want something unassuming and affordable. It is so BLAH that I don't feel like I am drinking anything. Wouldn't bother paying for it.

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Photo of Kendo
3.06/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured into a tall pilsner glass, it's light amber in color with a very small white head that disappears immediately, leaving just a smidgeon of lacing. Bubbles rise to the surface, giving this a pretty nice overall appearance.

S: Barnyard earthy -- like wet hay and corn, with a tad bit of sweet applejuice thrown in for good measure.

T: Generally non-offensive, but not much going on, either. Roasted corn and a tad bit of malt up front. Finishes with a slight bitterness that coats the tongue and lingers as a metallic bite in the back of your mouth.

M: Relatively light overall, as expected for this style, but with a slight metallic slickness to it. Appropriately carbonated.

D: The best part of this beer -- oddly enough given that none of its other scores are all that high -- is that it's pretty drinkable, especially on a hot summer day. It's got a little more flavor and body than the average American Macro Lager, and it's dirt cheap compared to craft brews. A great post-lawnmowing beer or to be used as I'm using it now -- drinking some of it, pouring some of it into the chili I'm making. . . .

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Photo of
2.99/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. can

Clear gold/amber color. Smallish, off-white head.

Almost briny aroma, not unpleasant. Otherwise, very mild. As it warmed a bit, malt came out as biscuity and there was minimal, if any, hops in aroma.

Very mild flavor. Sweet/malt increased with temperature. Just a bit toasty - very faint. Med. hop presence at finish.

Light bodied, with medium carbonation. Very refreshing and easy to drink.

Pretty good session beer, but nothing remarkable flavor wise.

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Photo of srrn
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark amber with minimal head on the pour. Smells of corn and taste is the same. No lingering aftertaste to speak of. From the bottle I prefer Yeunglings Black and Tan. This is one of those beers that is far better on tap. I buy this every few months as it's my beer from home and I'll always have a soft spot for "a lager". Used it to wash down some perogies. Seemed appropriate.

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Photo of maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a good day for kegged beer. It still poured a nice, red color with an off-white, thick head. Smelled ok and malty, like Yuengling normally does. The taste was barely existent; kind of bitter. The mouthfeel was very watery. The beer was still pretty drinkable, but I had to switch to the bottle afterwards in order to get the better Yuengling taste that I'm used to.

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Photo of treehugger02010
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The main thing to know about this brew is that it is much better out of the bottle and can than it is out of the keg. Out of the keg, it is way to sweet. I got this bottle at Prime Time Sports Grill and enjoyed it. It was dark in color but not out of the lager category. It was malty but not to malty. If I had to critisize this I would say that there was nothing special about it. In an ironic way that makes it even the more special. Good Brew. Don't drink and review.

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Photo of tbone53
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

not bad. screw top green bottle. nice amber color,not much head retention and lite lacing down the side of the glass.feels good on the pallet.real easy beer to drink and finishs smooth. i first heard of this beer on the history channel. it is cheap enough at eight bucks a half case so it was worth a try. ill buy some more soon.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep amber color, with a thin white head that fades almost instantly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of malt, grain, corn and a little bit of hops.

T: It has a light but bready grain flavor. Neither the malt nor the hops are very strong.

M: Smooth & crisp, but very watery, light body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Goes down very easily and not very filling, but not much flavor at all. I was on vacation and this was the only beer in Wal-Mart that wasn’t made by AB, Miller, Coors, Heiniken or Corona. Since I knew I couldn’t get this one at home, I tried, but wasn’t very impressed.

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Photo of Graebner
2.6/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours an amber-yellow with a small light head. Not much to speak of. Bubble columns almost non-existent.

Smell is cheaply sweet malts, a little earth, and a little hops. Not much going on.

Taste is pretty watery, with a slight maltiness and some watery astringency. Hops are almost unnoticable.

Mouthfeel is thin, watery, a drying sensation after you swallow. Carbonation more present than visual inspection suggests, and it is almost to the level of soda water.

Overall not very good. Drinkable, because it has very little constitution about it. Maybe with something subtle like sushi in lieu of Sapporo or Kirin Ichiban? The age of the brewery (oldest in the US) is by far the most impressive thing about this beer, sadly.

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

Presentation: 12 oz green bottle with no freshness date to be seen.

Appearance: A rich amber color beer with a thin white laced head.

Smell: Clean smell to it with hints of earth aromas and soft grains.

Taste: Small amount of malt sweetness with a fruit flavor as well, very simple taste to it.

Mouth-Feel: Crisp and dry with a grainy mouth-feel.

Drink-Ability: What can I say its and old school lager that will never go away. Good Beer.

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Photo of alysmith4
2.1/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Was interested to try this beer as it is advertised as "America's original" or "oldest" lager. Not terribly impressed however. And I think the green bottle adds to a slight skunking of the beer. Tasted like a typical American Macro Lager, not much now to add. I think I'd order a Bud over this in the future though.

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Photo of AChamberlain
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with no freshness date.

A: Chestnut amber with about a half inch head.

S: A bit hoppy and malty. Hard to pinpoint.

T: Malty. Also hard to pinpoint. Distinct Yuengling flavor.

M: Medium bodied. Pretty smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable, especially if you are a little short on cash.

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Photo of paul0388
4.14/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I have beer born and raised in Wilkes-Barre PA, about 45 minutes from the yuengilng brewery in Pottsville, but tonight was the first time I actually tried it. And I have to say, Im impressed. Being in college, I mostly drink the decent, locally brewed Lionshead for $10 a case, but tonight for some reason I decided to get a sixer of this at the local pizza store. Pours a gorgeus amber color though has a less than impressive smell. I would expect a richer smell because of the color but i didnt give up on it yet. It pours a good 2" head at first and dissipates to about a half a centimeter in a few minutes. I swirled it around and found the lacing to be more than average but not extraordinary. Has a malty taste but finishes very clean all over the pallet. Not as wattery as BMC, but just a little thicker. It is a very refreshing brew, utterly drinkable and i eagerly look forward to buying a case of this and enjoying it. I'll still bust out the L-head for partys, but yuenging is just for me. I absolutly love this beer.

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

Served on tap in an 18 oz. glass at a sports bar.

Appearance--Coppery in color, crystal clear, about 1cm of head.

Smell--notable malts, but no real noticeable or distinct aromas

Taste/Mouthfeel--Clean and crisp, nice carbonation. Not an overly complex beer. Very refreshing.

Drinkability--A very easy and enjoyable beer to drink.

Notes--This is not a beer to choose if you are looking for a really complex or high-quality, hand-crafted brew. If you just want something to drink while you are watching a favorite team play--I think it's hard to go wrong with this beer. It always makes me laugh when I see this one in a prepackaged "Microbrew" assortment.

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Photo of williamherbert
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, dark-golden color with a tiny reddish tinge to it. A surprisingly decent head. Plenty of upward-shooting carbonation.

The smell is pure rice-malt. It has more oomph to it than your average BMC product, but still low-end.

Malty but surprisingly smooth flavor. Not one single solitary hop to speak of, but the malt has a buttery flavor that is actually kind of unique to this level of lager. Doesn't have much of an amber strength behind it.

Surprisingly smooth for its ilk. Actually has a silky, buttery texture to it that goes down pretty well. If you have to "slum it," you could do a lot worse than a Yinger.

This beer suddenly got popular in the Northeast about three years or so ago. Even in townie bars, you can usually find it. This is really considered the best of the best for some non-BAs. I used to think it was the top of the line, but frankly that was before I knew anything about good beer. Not to cast aspersions in any direction; it's a decent brew. Relatively smooth and easy to drink, but it's like the top of the low-tier of beers.

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

Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz. bottle.

A: Rusty amber color, decent head with little to no lacing. I've been drinking this for years, but usually out of bottles. It's a bit surreal to give it the review treatment.

S: Corn and biscuit malt scents, with little to no hop presence in the nose. Definitely smells like a textbook lager.

T: Malty start, decent amount of sweetness. The slightest hint of hops rounds off the corners of the sweet rush. Solid, well-made, but not evincing any incredible or special nature.

M: Light, but not watery. Again, like everything about this beer, it's solid, unremarkable, and utilitarian--but good.

D: Very downable in small or large quantities. Equally suited to relaxing on the porch by one's self or pumping out of a keg at a New Year's Eve bash. The miracle of Yuengling, and the reason it is so highly touted, is that it is a beer of good construction and flavor that is no more expensive than the Big 3's offerings.

My go-to "I-can't-afford-microbrews-right-now" session beer.

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Photo of bjohnson
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a clear dark straw color, almost reddish with a foamy one finger white head. Good retention suprisingly.
S: Sweet caramel malt with a good background of hops.
T/M: Slightly sweet with a nice infusion of hops just to let you know some are there. Carbonation acts like waves, slowly pushing towards the back of the mouth with the sweetness of the malt and bite of the hops riding like a surfer. A bit of toasted grain can be detected also. Extra smooth across the palate with a nice clean finish. Light to medium body.
D: Solid lager. Hadn't been able to get it being in New England. Happy that my buddy brought me back a six pack. Easy drinking.

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer was brought back to me by a good friend of mine who happened to be hanging out in Philly. Thanks, Bry!

Appearance: Very clear reddish orange color with a small 1/4" off white head that fell pretty quickly and stayed as a small ring around the top of the beer. There are a few bubbles rising, but the head stays a small ring. There is quite a bit of lacing left on the glass after drinking.

Aroma: The aroma is malt driven with a mild minerally note that gives it a bit of a chalky presence. There is some clean and very noticeable toasty notes that seem like they are from CaraMunich. The malt is in charge of this beer. There is a good bit of fruitiness that I would guess is from the caramel malts and a little bit from hops.

Taste: Very malty aroma that is very well attenuated so it comes across as a bit dry. There is a minerally note that accentuates the dryness. The hops are more noticeable in the flavor than the aroma suggested. The toasty Munich malts really shine in the flavor, and this beer doesn't taste like it has any adjuncts in it...unless it is a very small percentage of rice to make it more attenuated. There is no alcohol noticeable in the flavor at all. The finish is pretty clean and only slightly malty with the balance provided by the hops.

Opinion: This is a really clean beer. It is pretty good, and I like the balance. You get a bit of sweetness, but for the most part the beer is just really drinkable. If it was local, I would drink it quite frequently, but since it is so hard to obtain I will just partake in it whenever it is convenient.

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Photo of ghostwalker
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber picked up in a Mobil in Buffalo, NY for $1.70. Not a bad deal.

Reddish-brown body with a thin white head, no lacing.

Nose is light malt, a little corny.

Flavor is mild, malty and smooth. Not a lot of hops, but tastes good. A good basic brew.

Mouthfeel is thin, not a lot of carbonation.

Drinkabiility is pretty good. This is quite quaffable.

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Photo of Umbra
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is definitely a good session beer. Traveling to Philly and New Jersey, it becomes my only beer when I’m forced in with the macro crowd. In college, we would buy $12 cases of lager and Lord Chesterfield and bring them back to Baltimore. It seems to be just about everywhere now.

Generally pours a lighter amber color and with a frothy white head. Average retention and lacing.

There is a faint smell of yeast and a light sulfur. Great malt sweetness and bitterness, with only a touch of hops. Adjuncts bother me near the end when it warms, making it very nice to water the flowers.

The carbonation is light. Light to medium bodied. Usually leaves a slight tangy aftertaste. This is an easy-drinking every-day choice that is quality in a can for fishing trips. Not bad in the green bottle, but I stick away from the draft

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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