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Yuengling Traditional LagerYuengling Traditional Lager

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

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

A: Poured a clear, bright orange with a slight fizzy sandy colored head that quickly dissipated before the eyes. Visible carbonation was medium-strong in nature.

S: some oranges, other then that was pretty neutral with not much hoppiness detected.

T: The initial flavor started out with a touch of sour caramel, dry oranges and a sour bitterness. A surprising dry flowery hoppiness is detected on the finish. Overall more flavor then anticipated as well more hoppiness but the flavor still came off a little rough and unbalanced.

M: an edgy carbonation bite that remained strong through out the course of the drink. The texture was light and slick at first though felt a little rough, perhaps from the carbonation going down.

D: Average drinkability, could drink this in a pinch but wont woo or wow me during. Does taste better deeper into the drink but still is a little rough around the edges mouthful and enjoyment wise.

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

Another from my recent trade with orcasteve. This is a revisit of a beer I had plenty of during my visits to central PA for the sprint car races. Lots of these went down the throat on Beer Hill at Williams Grove.

Poured into 16oz pilsner glass. Poured a light honey-amber color, much deeper and richer than most of the style. There was about a half inch of white head that had low retention and lacing.

The aroma was the typical sweet/corn scent of this style, with a slight skunk that I blame on the green bottle. The flavors were typical for this style, some grain, some sweetness, a soft touch of hops.

The body was a bit fuller and more well rounded than most of the style. Drinkability is excellent, if you're going to drink this style as your lawnmower beer, this should be your choice.

Overall, a very decent example of the style, worth trying if you never have.

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

Purchased from Vintage Cellar in Virginia. I bought a case of cans to split with a buddy of mine in town.

It pours a deep golden colour, 2 finger head of foam, and about average lacing for the style.

The smell is strong on the grain and corn with some hints of bitterness.

The taste is of corn and grain, some sweet notes from the malt, and a tad of bitterness. The overall taste...I like.

Light bodied with brisk carbonation, the mouth feel is typical for the style.

Drinkability? Light, refreshing and tasty, this is a very easy quaffer. I admit, I have a soft spot for Yuengling Traditional Lager and I have had them in the green bottles and now, in cans. I prefer the cans.

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Photo of Haybeerman
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Clear, deep gold color. Poured vigorous 2 finger white head that disipates quickly. Light, inconsistent lacing. Decanted continuously.

S: Bread and cereal grain. Light roasted malts also present.

T: Light bready malts with mildly bittering hops. Some slightly sweet caramel malts. Dry finish.

M: Light body; a little thin. Ample carbonation. Very clean and dry finish.

D: Very drinkable. For an fairly light American lager with some flavor; a solid choice.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

24oz Can from the Sunoco Canton NY for 2.15$

Appearance - Clear amber/copper yellow colour with an average size fizzy beige coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some faint lacing. The head lasted for only a short while.

Smell - Malts, breads/grains, light caramel, corn

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts and corn mixed with some caramel. There is also a bit of a hop bitterness.. but not much. It ends with a malty slighty bitter aftertaste and there seems to be a bit of a lingering rusty note.

Overall - I've been curious to try this one for a while.. it's not bad at all. It's just a small notch above macro but still quite drinkable. And you can't beat the price. Probably wouldn't pick this up again, but it was worth a try.

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

Part of the Poitras/VA 2004 vacation.

Enjoyed on tap at Champps, Reston, VA.

Presented in a huge 24oz? Shaker glass. Beige 1/4" head, which had little retention and laced okay, over a copper brew. Aroma a somewhat generic pale malt/hops aroma. Taste is reasonably well-balanced, with good mouthfeel. Drinkability was very good, with high sessionability. A pleasant and enjoyable lager.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.65/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-Brownish/red. Transparent.

S-Fairly malty. Some of that macro skunk scent is apparent. Faint hops.

T-Light in flavor. Not as malty as expected. Light and refreshing but the taste is very subdued.

M-Very light. Crisp and bubbly.

D-Pretty drinkable. Probably wouldn't buy a sixpack of it but was farily suprised when I tried it. Not bad.

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Photo of barczar
3.2/5  rDev -5%

Floral, slightly caramelly sweet malt aroma, with notes of toasted bread. There's a metallic note, along with light green apple. Flavor reveals that metallic note, acetaldehyde, and banana, underlying throughout. Toasted notes dominate the finish. Upfront, there's a light caramel sweetness. Lots of off flavors, but more characterful than most macros.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle, one of my friends from work was nice enough to get me a case of this on a recent trip to PA. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear amber/copper color with about an inch white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. It smells like sweet malt, grain, and some bread. No offensive aromas at all, it's a nice smelling traditional American lager aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, it's sweet and malty. It tastes like sweet malt, bread/grain, and a little bit of caramel. Mouthfeel/body is light, with good carbonation. Drinkability is very good, it's pretty easy to drink and quite sessionable. I admit that I haven't had this in a couple years, but it's as good as I remember. It's a good, solid lager. If it was available in Ohio I'd pick it up quite a bit. For the style it's a pretty good beer, much better than the typical BMC American lagers.

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Photo of scruffwhor
2.72/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a deep copper breadcrust mixed nicely with volcanic bubbles ascending to the surface. About one and a half finger head with a thick foam. A slightly placid malt aroma and light bitterness seeping around at the end of my nostrils. The malts really permeates my sinus even. Light amber malts give a hint of bittersweet mixed with pellets of undesdinguishable pellets of hops.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

My go to beer when surrounded by crap BMC.

A - Pretty straight forward amber, very clear and light with a half inch of foamy white head. Not very sticky with lacing but it's forgivable.

S - Slight toasted malts, breadyness, and a bit of toffee or caramel. No real pronounced hop profile

T - Very light bitterness if any. The taste is pretty basic just slight bready malts with a bit of toasty goodness and a finish of mildly sweet caramel or toffee. Has a slight bitter finish that might be from the grains.

M - Light to medium, picture perfect succession beer.

Overall this one is bold enough to be known as the original traditional lager and I have to agree when it comes down to this or a beer that scores lower than a C (looking at you BMC) it's a no brainier to order one. My only gripe is the case price went up by 3.00 (currently set at 21.50)

Seek out and try if your looking for a smooth tasting moderately flavored beer that's easy on the palate and just as easy on the wallet.

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

Very clear, light amber with a thin, off-white cap. Bubbles were fairly coarse and soapy, fair retention with a bit of lace. Floral hop aroma with a bit of caramelized malt, brown sugar. Same in the flavour with light bitterness and lemony hops at the end. Light bodied with strong carbonation. Not bad for an inexpensive lager. Flavours stayed palatable as it warmed.

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Photo of avalon07
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I drank some of this (along with an Amstel Light) while at my parent's place. Take a guess which was better.

Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had a golden appearance, with a somewhat thin consistency. Poured a nice head and had a bit of lacing.

The smell was a little faint, but you could make out some hops.

This had a nice amount of hops in the flavor, along with some malt. Not overly complex, but decent enough.

The carbonation level is just okay on this one. The finish is fairly smooth. A middling mouthfeel.

On the whole, this is a drinkable beer. That is not to say it's the most complex or most likely to knock your socks off, but it is drinkable. However, Yuengling needs to ditch the green bottles in the worst way.

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Photo of sweemzander
3.1/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. can poured into a taster. Thanks for sharing Chris!

(A)- Pours a pale orange color. Some white froth.

(S)- Lots of grains (wheat, corn, etc). Some corn husk.

(T)- Same as the smell. Light grainy notes. Very subtle lemony corn husk.

(M)- Very light. Medium to full carbonation level. Crisp.

(D)- Not very much flavor, but it sure goes down pretty easy. Crisp and refreshing. It is what it is.

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

A - amber in color, fizzy white head, diminishines quickly, little lacing

S - faint hints of sweet malt and floral hops

T - sweet malts, slight hop bitterness, traditional lager bite

M - light, crisp, clean refreshing, no aftertaste

D - When i was young, we always thought Yuengling Lager (just "Lager" to most of us in Southeast PA) was a premium brew. My palate has changed but felt good to crack one open and review. An all around decent beer thats better than most BMC products.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had to drive to NY State to get this beer as no places near me in VT sell it.

Pours a flat pale/amber color with carbonation that wears off after a minute or two. Aroma is that of a lager, nothing too impressive but smells somewhat better than a typical macro lager. Taste is interesting. Smooth, malty and nothing really surprising. It goes down ok.

Not a bad effort and I have wanted to review Yuengling since I first had it 3 years ago.

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Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance: moderate carbonation, minimal head, clear, caramel in color

Smell: fresh toasted malt

Taste: toasted malt and bread

Mouthfeel: sweet, light body, moderate carbonation

Overall: Very clean and tasty. Had this on tap and it was a lot better than I remembered. I will try it from a bottle or can and if it still holds up, I may have this as a regular affordable beer.

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Photo of Viggo
3.77/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pint on tap at the bar in the Philly airport, can't remember its called now. So I'll finish the trip with a good Penn state lager.

Pours a clear light orange/amber, almost golden, thin white head forms, drops to a thin ring, no real lacing on the glass, looks average. Smell is nice, toasty malt, light caramel, lightly fruity like apricot, biscuits, nicely malty, some light hoppiness. Taste is similar, toasty malt, some caramel, light fruit, grains, very full flavoured, lightly bitter in the finish but well balanced. Mouthfeel is light bodied with medium carbonation, very easy drinking. Solid lager, I'd drink this watching the game if I had access to it.

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Photo of tbeckett
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a pint of this at Merk's in New Smyrna, Florida. $2.50 USD for the pint. 'Murica! From notes.

A - Copper pour, one finger white head, bright, spotty lace and a finger of retention.

S - Gentle hop aroma. Sweet grain. Simple but nice.

T - Sweet grain, a little light toffee, some citrus hop. Good grassiness. Quite grainy.

M - Tingly carbonaiton, light body but not thin. Clean and slightly sweet finish with a mild bitterness.

O/D - Nice lager. Flavourful and easy to drink. Could be more complex but it does what it needs to do.

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

Amber colored with a low off-white head and decent carbonation. Nice malt aroma with no cooked corn characteristics. Nice malt flavor. Light-medium bodied and smooth.

A good enough session beer with a higher quality flavor profile than the standard macros... an easy choice over BudMilCoor.

Label states: "Original Amber Beer"

(Green long neck twist off bottle)

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a Pint glass.
Thanks to Bennetrox for the bottle.

A - Clear amber with a thin tan head, that quickly fades to the edges.

S - Wheat and barley

T - Malty, slight wheat finish.

D - Smooth and thin in the mouth.

O - Lager, so it is nice and light, refreshing and very sessionable.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.92/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Looks like a standard beer, a little darker than your average lager. Aroma is kind of a turn off, fusels.

Taste, smooth, no hop presence, lighter than its appearance. Mouthfeel, there is less and less to pick up on further down the bottle. Drinkable sure, but I look at this as one of those introductory beers into craft brewing like anything by SA. I dunno, I guess this is the stuff, its everywhere in Philly, NJ & NY when I'm out there.

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