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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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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Photo of Derek
3.95/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer is readily available in Florida, so I had quite a few on holidays. It seemed to be best on-tap at Houlihan's (probably fresh with their all-day, 2-for-1 happy 'hour').

A: Copper, off-white head, very little retention or lace.

S: Floral & spicy hops, bread & caramel malt.

T: Pleasant floral & spice hop flavour (Continental nobel hops?), slight bread & grain, fairly malty for its weight.

M: Moderate body and carbonation; crisp & refreshing.

D: Very good.

When it's not fresh, the hops seem to loose out to sweet cardboard flavours.

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Photo of HopHead84
2.85/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Mad props to Raymond C. at the Shell Station next to my airport hotel in Nashville. He told me that the other Shell down the road was selling 18 packs, and that they were flying off the shelves. Ultimately, I had to choose between this and Blue Moon, which was my only choice last night, so I thought I'd go with Raymond C.'s suggestion and try this hot seller.

Poured into the pint glass I bought at Turoni's in Evansville, the beer is amber gold with a tiny white head that is gone in the blink of an eye.

The aroma is very dull. I'm really struggling to pick out aromas. There's some grainy malt and some grassiness which could be 100 miles away. Or, I might just be imagining these aromas. I'm not really sure. The taste is similar to a macro lager. It's very, very similar. Some caramel malt with a dull metallic bite and a touch of sweetness. Hops? I don't know about that!

Low-medium carbonation, light bodied. Pretty watery.

I have five more of these gems. Raymond, you have betrayed me.

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

Enjoyed this can (poured into a pint glass) at the Bed Rock golf course in Rutland. This would be the Pottsfield, PA variety.

A - Poured a nice deep almost reddish copper that has a fairly good one finger head but fades quicklyto leave a thin halo.

S - Typical grains and malt. Unfortunately not much in the way of hops, which this would have benefitted from big time.

T - More of the nice grains and malts. Not too sweet, very enjoyable. Would like some more hops, but even without this is a tasty larger brew.

M - Fairly high carbonation for a can. Quite refreshing and enjoyable. Very pleasant.

O - A fairly nice beer. Was shocked to find this at a golf course of all places as I didnt think the brewery even distributed to MA. Was worth the $3.75 I paid for the 16 ounce can.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.61/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I can't believe it has been so long that I've been on this site yet never reviewed Yuengling. Being back with a Pittsburgher who had some made me nostalgic and I finally got down to it. Poured a auburnish brown with a two-finger head that died slowly. A faint hop smell with some graininess to it. A good drying taste from the hops and a smooth body complement this refreshing medium-bodied beer that also contains some citric and earth notes. Form wise not that great of a beer, but it will always be one of my favorites by itself or with a Primanti Bros. sandwich.

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Photo of weeare138
3.13/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I think I'm just immune to this at this point b/c I used to actually like this beer out of the bottle about 8 years ago.
Appears a light amber color with a small white head that soon leaves the glass. Some spotty lacing is left behind.
Smell is of faint caramel and vienna malts with a mild hop aroma.
Taste is pretty average. Slightly malty lager without a whole lot of character has a mild biscuit taste and a mild zing that makes it somewhat enjoyable.
Mouthfeel is ok at best. Nothing really complicated here, as it leans towards the malt end and lingers on the front of the tongue.
Drinkability is a little better than average. Nothing to really get excited about though.

It's ok, dog.

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