Yuengling Traditional Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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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 GarthDanielson
3.9/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served on-tap at the Pig Stand in Daytona, FL. I've had this a million times, but never got around to putting it down on paper. Here we go.

Served in a mug, the beer pours a caramel-copper coloring with a thin, big bubbled, white head. Toasted malt and oats in the aroma. The beer has a nutty-toffee-sweet malt taste, with roasted flavors into the aftertaste. The beer is light and creamy in mouth, and it carries the flavor well. The finish is quick to the roasted sweet flavors, but blends out to nothing rapidly. It's an easy drinker with strong flavors for the style.

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Photo of GClarkage
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

09/02/09- Had on tap at TGIF's in Mount Holly, NJ.

Presentation- Via the tap into a 24oz tall glass.

Appearance- Deeper amber colored pour, nice fluffy white 3/4 inch head with some nice lace streaks left behind.

Smell- A touch of grain, but mainly some strong bready and buscuit notes. Smells pretty sweet.

Taste- Sweet, but just the right amount. Heavy..really heavy on the buscuit malt notes..maybe some light hops in the back.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is a bit brisk, but still fairly easy drinking.

Drinkability- Finally got to try this beer. About what I expected..easy to drink and fairly tasty.

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Photo of Tone
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/amber color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Decent retention and poor lacing. Smells of pale hops, yeast, slight sweet malt, and some pale malt. Fits the style of an American Amber / Red Lager. Mouth feel is smooth and crisp with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale hops, yeast, pale malt, and some sweet malt in the finish. Overall, a decent lager that has no outstanding feature.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Beer poured froma bottle into a standard pint glass. Beer is clear, amber in color, tight white head two fingers thick forms on top, falls away leaving a little lacing on the glass. Caronbation is mild, no haze at all. Looks like an amber, good job.

What aroma? I don't smell anything. Oops. No off aromas so I guess that's OK.

Thin in the mouth, not a lot of flavor, some back of the mouth flavor, nothing offensive just nothing there. Some cereal, maybe corn like flavor at the back, beer is wet and cold. Nothing special here.

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

Having had Yuengling Lager many times on-tap, bottle and from the can I think it's best enjoyed on draft. Poured into a 16 ounce standard pint glass.

A: Clear amber/copper colored body with a very small bubbly white head. The dissipation is extremely rapid and leaves no lacing or retention anywhere in the glass. It's perhaps a bit dull in its overall appearance but you can tell this has a bit more quality behind it than most other lagers.

S: There's not much to say in terms of aromas, it's fairly grainy and very light, slightly toasted malts. It certainly has a sweetness to it from seemingly both the malts and yeast. A touch of yeast in the back end of the aroma but overall it's okay.

T: Immediate sweet malts up front followed by the faintest hop "ting" I've ever had in a lager. By no means is this focused on but it's there if you can pick it out. More grains and a touch of ripened apple mid to back palate. It's very one-dimensional I will say but for some reason I like it. It's nice and refreshing.

M: Highly active carbonation, very bubbly and easily on the lighter end of a medium-bodied beer but really nice for the style. This isn't over the top amazing but I think it fits the bill without being watery.

I might be biased because of how close I am to the brewery but this is essentially a staple in my area. If you're out at any bar without a craft beer selection, you can always count on Yuengling being available - a beer I'd gladly take any day.

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Photo of stevoj
2.62/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Wedding reception at Spring Manor winery. More malty than your traditional pale lager, closer to a Vienna. Amber body, sweet malt nose. Taste is more sweetness, possibly due to some adjuncts. Not horrible, but a bit cloying.

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Photo of Gavage
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
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 tempest
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This reminds me of JW Dundee's Honey Brown, it's a sweet beer with a bit of caramel malted barley flavor thats dominated by sweetness. The aroma hinted strongly at the use of adjucts, I'd guess corn on this one, but I could be wrong. Still, there's a bit of decent malt that makes this an amber. This is a beer I'd accept from a friend and drink, but never pay for.

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

Trade from Geegnome.
Pours a glossy copper/brown body with a quite impressive head. Medium growth, good retention.
Smells of malt, wet socks and slight hints of smoked peat. Kind of intriguing; at least some character.
Taste follows the nose. A bit more almondy.
Not a bad lager, as I'm not a lager guy. I have one more bottle I'll keep until summer and try it then.

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Photo of WesWes
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a spotty lace head. The aroma is decent. It is full of pale lager, and light crystal malts. The taste is good. It is a malty lager with a dry finish. It has a simple goodness to it. Yuengling likes to keep it basic, but it seems to work for them. Their whole line of beers are good, but most are very simple recipes. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This beer drinks very well; a fine lager from America's Oldest Brewery.

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Photo of DoubleJ
3.15/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The unofficial official beer of the wedding I went to outside of Philadelphia. Comes in a green bottle, and consumed several times on the trip, on to the beer:

The beer has a slightly waterend down amber color to it with a buzzy head and minimal lacing sticking. Light whiff in the nose, somewhat toasty. Clean. In the taste, it features some toasted malts and some herbal hops. A light fusel kick of alcohol is felt on occasion. Light in the mouth, with light carbonation. Refreshing.

An American classic. It's decent, doable, and I could go for it again if I'm at an event when Miller Lite and Corona are the other only options. This was the beer of choice at the wedding rehersal dinner and afterparty I attended.

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Photo of tone77
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a rich amber color with a 1 inch head. Smell is very malty, slightly sweet. Taste is of malts, a bit sweet and lightly hopped, pretty tasty. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a good quality beer.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.57/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

My go to cheap beer and easy drinking beer. You can find at basically any bar around here, I'm often shocked when it's not.

Pours a light amber color, with no lacing and only a little bit of head.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, some sweet grain, but pretty weak here.

The taste is simple and non-complex, but satisfying enough. Some sweet grain, caramel, and slight tea-like hop flavors. A very decidedly un-hoppy beer.

Light bodied, slightly oil, starts sweet and finishes a bit drier.

Nothing at all wrong with this, nothing crazy complex, but drinkable and tasty.

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Photo of Mora2000
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to bu11zeye for sharing this bottle.

The beer pours a clear yellow-orange color with a white head. The aroma is corn, wheat and earthy hops. The flavor is a lot of corn and bready malts with some very light hopping. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not terrible but not something would like to try again.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a mug. Light brown in color with a bit of head that diminishes to nothing.

S. Grains. Other than that extremely clean.

T. Malty with notes of caramel and a slight spicy hop. A very unoffensive lager. Nothing special but good.

M. Slick, a bit chewey. Nothing special here.

D. I gave this a high drinkability due to the price, ABV and all around decentness of this beer. An excellent macro lager, possibly the best.

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Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium amber hue with a one and a half finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a soild sweet caramel malt with some light grains and a smattering of aroma hops.

The taste consisted of a balanced lightly sweet malt with a drying hop. There was a solid biscuity finish.

The mouthfeel was of medium fullness with a clean finish.

Overall an easy drinking lager. Very servicable.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

this is my 1st review so be easy. being from PA and this being probably the 1st beer i drank i found it fitting for my 1st review.

poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A- It pours a copper, amber color with bubbles clinging to the glass. The head comes and goes in a matter of seconds and any lace is thin and barely existent.

S- upon smelling this i got a some malt a bit of corn and a slight undertone of hops which took a while to detect. (not sure which type of hop, i'm not at that reviewing stage yet)

T- The taste is pretty much the same as the smell with the malt and a little corn and barely any hop bite. yuengling also has a slighty bitter aftertaste. there really isn't to much else to say about the taste.

M- A nice amount of carbonation leads to crisp and pleasant mouthfeel which finishes slightly dry.

D- a low abv and a nice mouthfeel makes yuengling very drinkable. i could put back quite a few of these at a bar or gathering with ease but the taste gets old after a few. a great summertime beer with some BBQ and friends. A great choice if you need to bring a case to a party because everybody seems to recognize and love it.

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Photo of flagmantho
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz green bottle into a tumbler.

Appearance: medium caramel-brown hue with a haze free body and a mild effervescence. Head poured a thin layer of white foam and dissipated quickly. Good color, but the head is a bit dissapointing.

Smell: neutral lager aroma; lightly malty with a hint of plastic. Not great, but inoffensive and not bad for the style.

Taste: much like the aroma, the flavor is pretty neutral right up front, followed by a light, grainy maltiness. The plasticy hint in the aroma is thankfully absent in the flavor. Not too bad, especially for the style!

Mouthfeel: light body with a prickly effervescence. Not creamy, but bright and refreshing. I like it.

Overall: this beer is OK, but it is indeed highly drinkable. If Yuengling were available in my neck of the woods, it would probably be my go-to American lager; it would make a great beer for band practice.

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Photo of dar482
3.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

The beer comes in a medium to deep amber, clear and an almost light glowing ruby.

The aroma offers light toasty notes, a medium minus malt sweetness, a kiss of floral.

The flavor follows with a medium minus toasty malt character, hints of toasty bready sweetness, grainy character, a light hop bitterness, light metallic flavor on a crisp finish.

The body is medium minus with a medium plus carbonation.

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Photo of yourefragile
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle with no freshness date.

A: A light golden amber color, perfectly clear with a quickly disappearing off white head that leaves more lacing than expected.
S: Pretty strong, but nothing special, grainy, slightly metallic, nothing bad, nothing great, I've had this enough that I'd describe it as smelling like Yuengling (not so descriptive I suppose).
T: A pleasant earthy, malty, grainy taste. While not necessarily strongly tasting like it, reminds me of bread. No real hop flavor present, finishes with a non-bitter grainy aftertaste. Just a pleasant lager, again, nothing offensive going on here and nothing too strong.
M: Moderate carbonation and a slightly watery tasting medium body. It's refreshing, doesn't leave me with feeling of drinking a beer (not that that's bad, but not great)
D: While this isn't an exceptional beer, is very easy to drink and has a very distinct flavor (at least to me) and is very enjoyable. Given low abv and pleasing aftertaste this is very easy to drink and enjoy. I add an extra .5 in this category for it's price and availability where I'm from as I would happily drink this over any BMC product. Also, it's America's oldest operating brewery or whatever, that counts for something, right??

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Photo of tobelerone
3.31/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Decent but unexciting lager, certainly better and tastier than many of the big macro choices. 12 dollar (or whatever) case price makes this one an easy choice when we entertain the non-craft drinkers. Easy drinking, medium-light bodied, amply carbonated, crisp and refreshing. Mild malty aroma; taste is lightly sweet; caramel, pale malt, hints of floral hops. A bit grainy, low, restrained bitterness. You could do worse and probably have.

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

12 oz. bottle, thanks to my friend Haatsari, I finally get to try this legendary PA beer,

A: Pours a dark amber, with a mild white head.

S: Red malt and corn, nice malty nose.

T: Nice malty, dark corn flavour. Carbonic acid, but it works with the malt flavours, quite enjoyable.

M: Light/medium-bodied, soapy/fizzy feel.

D: If this is selling for the same price as Bud back east then they are getting a true deal. This is good stuff, I'm glad I finally got to try a beer from the oldest brewery in the US.

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Photo of John_M
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had not visited with this beer in some time, and so, given the limited options at BWI, what the heck...

The beer pours a light reddish amber color with fairly good head retention and light lacing. I pick up a decent amount of malty sweetness on the nose, along with some underlying earthiness and light (very light) citrus. The flavor profile replicates the nose pretty closely in this light weight beer, and the finish is short and clean. It actually comes across as a light and refreshing beverage, and there are no off notes in this beer. Mouthfeel is light, and the beer has a short, crisp, refreshing finish. Low alcohol makes this a very easy beer to drink.

A nice enough beer to enjoy on warm days when one is the mood for a session of uncritical beer consumption. Not something I'd go looking for, but I wouldn't hesitate to pour myself a glass after an afternoon of chores outside in the summer, or if I was waiting for a delayed flight at the airport.

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

From a 12 fl. oz. can no. 08227120529. Sampled on April 4, 2009. This was a gift from my hair stylist after a visit to Pennsylvania.

The pour was a surprising amber. I think I expected a pale yellow so I was quite happy with the tone as well as the foamy, beige head. The smell has elements of vague hops and bread. Medium mouthfeel. The taste has some distant hops and a little grainy and sweet. It is a pretty decent beer and I wish it was available in my state.

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Photo of Georgiabeer
2.58/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Typical American macro lager, with a tiny bit more taste, color, and aroma than the big boys. Pours dark golden with a head that fades immediately. The smell is light and tangy with lager yeast and smells of adjuncts. Extremely light and even a bit washed-out tasting Slightlt sweet and corny. Smooth enough and about as easy to drink as water- with the same interest level.

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Yuengling Traditional Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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