Yuengling Traditional Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
yuengling.com

Style: American Amber / Red Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
6,414
Reviews:
1,712
Avg:
3.37
pDev:
17.8%
 
 
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Photo of zeff80
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, copper color with hints of gold. It had a solid, one-finger head of white foam that left a little lace.

S - It smelled of grains and caramel. A tad bit of a skunk aroma, not as bad as most imports in green bottles but some stank was present.

T - It tasted of sweet caramel and roasted malts. A mild grassiness is present, too.

M - It was crisp and very sharp. A light bodied lager with a dry finish.

D - This is okay. I tried it back to back with Stegmaier Amber Lager and would have to give the edge to Stegmaier.

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Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce can into lager glass, canned on 12/11/2014. Pours slightly hazy orange/copper color with a 1 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, pear, apple, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester notes; with solid strength. Taste of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, apple, pear, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness. Minimal herbal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of caramel, toast, bread, brown sugar, light nuttiness, herbal, floral, grass, and yeast earthiness on the finish for a short bit. Nice robustness and balance of dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; with zero cloying flavors after the finish. Fairly clean for a lager, there is some fruitiness present, but not too much. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.4%. Overall this is a nice Vienna lager style. All around good robustness and balance of dark/toasted malt, earthy hops, and light yeast ester flavors; and very smooth and crisp to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of olradetbalder
1.75/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of mothman
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of Boone757
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Thorpe429
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

G: 16-ounce pint glass with Yuengling logo.

A: Pours a pale amber with a bone-white head, which dissipates rather quickly without much lacing. Initial rush of carbonation bubbles, although this is not long-lasting.

S: Initial smell of amber that quickly takes a back seat to smells of grain. Little to no alcohol presence.

T: Much like the aroma--amber fading into grains. An American lager with a little more flavor than that of the big boys.

M: Light with a mild carbonation that hits the tip of the tongue.

D: Much, much better than the American lagers put out by BMC, and a nice beer to sit back with if you're going to have more than a few, or simply want to sit back lazily with something comfortable.

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Photo of nickfl
3.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A - One finger of foamy white head on a clear, copper colored body. The head settles quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Sweet, grainy malt with some fruitiness in the background.

T - Malty with some toasted notes. Little hop character, just enough bitterness to balance the malt in the finish.

M - Medium-light body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Very drinkable and often the best option in the many craft-desert bars in FL. The malt character is light, but much more robust than its competition and makes for a very sessionable beer.

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Photo of oberon
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I love the price for a six-pack of this $4.99 a six pack!Your drinking a well-made beer and it is cheaper then AB products!Very good on tap is a staple of mine when I go out and dont have alot of money.Good to see the little breweries get recognized so Ab and the rest dont have control over everything in the supermarkets.

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Photo of chinchill
2.77/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Pint on draft at a local pizza parlor and again in Jan. 2015.
Pours with a well-sized, creamy and durable head over a clear deep amber body. Very good looking but it is downhill from here. The feel is OK, with a smooth creamy but overly thin body. The aroma has earthy hops which also bring a modicum of spiciness, plus a hint of baked bread from the malts. A suggestion of a metallic character that, fortunately, is missing in the taste.

Flavor: mild but earthy hops with a corresponding (i.e., rather minimal) malt base.

O: a bit more hoppy than the standard AB/Miller/Coors lager but, despite the darker color, lacking in malts.

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Photo of jlindros
3.11/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not sure why this beer doesn't make it to MA, but it doesn't. Thanks to Noslenwerd for throwing this in as an extra.

A: A large 2 finger bubbly head rises up, then falls somewhat slightly. Tons of small bubbles rise up from the bottom through then through the crystal clear amber orange-red color.

N: Slight sweet lager aroma with a little malt, and that slightly skunked cheap lager aroma that I always got with really cheap mass produced lagers, which is very light but there. A touch of hop aroma.

T: Semi light but not as light as I was expecting. Some toasted malt flavors, sweet malts and definite lager flavor. None of that bad cheap macro lager flavor thank God. A slight chewy flavor, a little syrupy sweetness too.

M: Pretty decent body for still being light, tons of carbonation.

F: Finishes crisp and slightly dry. The tons of bubbles seem to leave their mark on the mouth with a little tingly feeling. Some lingering sweet syrupy tastes and feel that turns a little unpleasant. Slight bitterness. A little juicy flavor comes through the center of the finish just after the swallow.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Kurmaraja
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -11%

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 dbrauneis
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear amber in color with light amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a finger tall white head that reduces to a thin film over the entire surface of the beer with a slightly thicker ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate lacing is observed.

S: Light aromas of caramel and brown sugar contribute to the sweetness in the smell. There is a heavy aroma of generic maltiness and some light notes of grassy hops.

T: The taste is very similar to the smell with light amounts of malty sweetness. There is a subtle hint of the grassy hops in the flavor as well. Very little bitterness.

M: Light to medium bodied with moderate to heavy amounts of carbonation.

O: Probably one of the better mass production beers and likely what I would choose at a largely BMC place or a venue like a wedding/conference where there is little craft beer available. Definitely a sessionable beer.

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Photo of Kegatron
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a clear copper with about 2 fingers of eggshell-white head. Retains with a thin, smooth, look that leaves some minimal lacing behind. I thought that there would be a bit more here based on how this retained. This is grainy and grassy in the aroma and that pretty much sums it up. Maybe a touch of sweetness, which gives this a very light sticky feel in the nose.

The taste has some lightly toasted graininess to it, as well as some moderate bitterness that leaves a light dryness in it's wake. There is enough there to at least make you wish that this would give up some more flavor but it never does. At least it doesn't tate like lightly flavored water. The mouthfeel is lighter bodied with a fairly clean and crisp air about it. This goes down easy enough.

Not the best but not the worst either by a long shot. If I was in the mood for something smooth, cold, and refreshing I'd take this over a large majority of the other BMC selections out there any day.

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

First had: ?

I pretty much grew up on this beer before I expanded my horizons. It's not a GREAT beer by any measure, and elitist bars even classify it with Bud and Miller. And I don't really think that's fair, because it's much better than those. I'll still drink it if I have to, but such an occasion rarely arises anymore.

Pours a clear amber with a white head, varying in size with the pour, with not much to speak of in regards to retention or lacing. Grainy aroma, with hints of caramel malts. Bready taste, caramel malts, easy-going floral hops. Can be a bit metallic, varying depending on freshness and the source from whence you acquired it. Light bodied and fairly drinkable, but only if there's nothing else available (not including the typical macros).

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

Photo of mendvicdog
3/5  rDev -11%

Photo of billab914
2.97/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. single for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, copper-colored body topped with an inch of white foam. Slight, but steady effervescence.

Smell: Light, malty aroma with notes of grain and bread.

Taste: Slight pale maltiness with just a touch of caramel sweetness. Touch of breadiness. Mild spicy hop character with a light bitterness. Finishes crisp and clean.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine, balanced, sessionable lager that fares better than most macro lagers available, like a basic lager deluxe.

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

Another can from WoodyChandler, review from notes...

Pours an effervescent amber with 2 fingers of fluffy tan head. Average head retention & lacing

S: Cornyness, faint caramel & apples

T: Slight apricot fruittyness, with leafy hops & apples as well up front. Dryness, more fruit flavors, plus leafy & grassy hops once warm. Finishes dry with faint hoppy notes

MF: Light/medium bodied, fairly firm carbonation with good balance

Drinks easy for what it is, could do a few in a pinch

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.35/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale orange with a hint of amber. The head is small and isn't overly dense. It doesn't look like it'll last long at all (it doesn't) and I'll be surprised if I see much lace (I wasn't surprised).

The aroma has that sharp, pungent smell that reminds me of some macro lagers. It must be either the hops or a wee bit of skunk. In any case, the nose isn't pleasant to my nose at all. The flavor is a small cut above the lagers from BMC. Slightly sour grain with a little maltiness. This is incredibly one-dimensional beer, with that one dimension collapsing as quickly as the mouthfeel.

I didn't have high hopes for Yuengling Traditional Lager, but I was sort of curious to see what 'America's Oldest Brewery' has to offer. If anyone offers this beer to me in the future, I'll politely decline.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A beer that I have had many times. At bars that only carry BMC this is usually my go to beer.

A: Pours a rather deep amber color with a small white head. The head fades very quickly and leaves behind very little lacing.

S: Light caramel aromas, a pilsner smell, and a little bit of fruit. A little bit of hops are detectable.

T: Light malt, mostly caramel, some light fruit, and a little bit of faint citrus. Slight grainy flavor as well.

M: Rather light, but not watery. It has a nice crispness with lively carbonation.

O: You know what you are getting with this beer. It has a purpose and fills it well. It is an inexpensive session beer that is superior to BMC products. Good for a long day, hanging outside at a BBQ or at the beach.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
3.37 out of 5 based on 6,414 ratings.
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