Lord Chesterfield Ale
Yuengling Brewery

Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale
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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
English Pale Ale
Ranked #211
Ranked #29,786
2.97 | pDev: 23.23%
May 28, 2023
Feb 22, 2002
Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale
Notes: One of our heritage beers, Yuengling Lord Chesterfield Ale has as much rich heritage as it does flavor and appeal. Crafted in a unique two-stage European brewing style for enhanced bitterness, it utilizes both conventional kettle hopping and dry hopping after fermentation resulting in a dry sharp finish. Its distinct robust flavor is derived from a delicate combination of sweet maltiness and lingering herbal bitterness.
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Rated: 3.25 by bankboy66 from New Jersey

May 28, 2023
Rated: 3.54 by Curt3 from New Jersey

May 27, 2023
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Reviewed by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois

4.15/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
poured from a 12oz can into a forager pint glass. pours a fairly clear gold with over three fingers of soapy white foam. light, earthy hops and a touch of malt sweetness on the nose and taste. almost a lemony like lager flavor to it. very smooth and a nice balance of malt and hops. medium-full mouthfeel with a really smooth finish. this is quite good.
May 26, 2023
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

4.14/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Clear, pale gold, with moderate white head.

Smell is lightly-sweet toasted grain, some honey and floral aromas, and bit of fresh crackery malt.

Taste is light toasted grain, lighter and drier than in the aroma, a slight bitter herbal flavor, a brief flash of the honey+floral element, finishing with a moderate kiss of bitterness, a slight vegetal flavor, akin to how aging dried hops smell, and a little bit of spiciness.

Feel is light , with moderate, very fine,sharp carbonation , that leaves the front of the tongue feeling lightly sanded & dry.

Overall, comes across as an old-school pale ale. Easy-drinking and satisfying. Nothing fancy , just a good beer, well-done. Glad to finally find a single to try this. Now I won't hesitate to grab the full 12pk.
May 08, 2023
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Reviewed by Nass from Florida

3.29/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5
From a 12 ounce can the pour is canary colored. The taste is light to medium body along with some earthy mineral notes, soft grapefruit note & some hops. All in all, this was not a challenging beer but it's not too bitter. This might be one of the better Yeungling beers that I've had & the price is not too bad either. Overall, this was a simple pale ale but there is some flavor, I would like to try the bottled & draft versions. Cheers! B-
May 07, 2023
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Rated by Bobby40

5/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It’s just a good beer. If you like Victory Prima Pils you will like this.
Apr 20, 2023
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Rated by TRevDrRonT

4.95/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
Great balance between the malt and hops. Not many beers can pull this off.
Mar 25, 2023
Rated: 1.12 by oneeye from Pennsylvania

Mar 02, 2023
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Reviewed by manoshandsoffate from Pennsylvania

3.45/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Yuengling produces several year-round brews that are very affordable in my area. This offering probably comes the closest to nailing the advertised style. EXCELLENT dry-hopped mild bitterness on the back end makes this one very drinkable. Not the most complex flavor, but it doesn't have to be. "Chetty" deserves a better rating, IMHO.
Feb 16, 2023
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Reviewed by AmeriCanadian from Tennessee

3.77/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Not a big Yuengling fan, but this was the best option at an event I attended. Glad I took the plunge. Rock solid offering if you approach it as an English Pale Ale where the goal is drinkability with a balance of malts and hops but some distinctive bitterness.

Crystal clear pale gold coloring with a nice bright-white head and surprising retention.

Light malts, nice grassiness, some pithy citrus, plus a little herbal, earthy pine on the nose. Crisp and inviting.

Taste follows with pleasant malt sweetness up front that's quickly washed away by a wonderful pithy bitterness. All citrus (lemon and grapefruit) from the hops. A little pine and very grassy. Quite dry at the end with lasting bitterness that I really enjoy.

Well carbonated and soft, but with a light and crisp feel. Incredibly easy drinking.
Jan 18, 2023
Rated: 3.91 by bubseymour from Maryland

Dec 31, 2022
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Reviewed by BitteNochEinWeissbier from Pennsylvania

3.91/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
12 oz bottle
Glassware: 12-oz plastic pilsner glass

Clear pale straw with a 3" white rocky head. The head reducess to about 1" but then never goes away. Bubbles can be seen rising from the bottom of the glass. These don't stop, either. Excellent lacing along the sides of the glass.

Sweet corn and barley. Lemon. Citrusy hops.

Follows the nose closely with a nice but not overpowering citrus bite. Things dry out towards the end and the bitterness lingers.

Crisp and well-carbonated. The body is light.

A simple but refreshing and very easy-drinking beer. Something to have a warm day or when you don't want to think too hard about the beer that you are drinking. Like after mowing the lawn. The beer very much resembles a pilsner. In this case, an AAL / pre-prohibition pilsner. I regret having avoided trying this beer until now. And at sub-$2 a bottle it's a great or even an excellent value. I will keep this around during the summertime and definitely have again.

Thanks, @Jackhorzempa for convincing me to try it.
May 01, 2022
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Rated by Spade from Pennsylvania

4.29/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Listed as a pale ale, but has the clean malt taste of a lager. A great, easy-drinking beer, perfect for the warm weather months.
Apr 23, 2022
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Reviewed by AlfromPA from Pennsylvania

4.1/5  rDev +38%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
A nice beer on a hot day; it's basically a more flavorful version of an AAL, with a definite malt/adjunct (corn) base, but with more hopping than a typical "lager" AAL, and tending to the bitter side. By itself I find this bitter tang off-putting, but the bitterness is tamed when the beer is paired with any food, especially the typical pub salty stuff (chips, nuts, cheese, etc.). If you can live with Dick Yuengling's politics, this is a nice purchase, and an excellent value given its robust flavor. A nice alternative in hot weather--especially since so many craft pale ales nowadays really tend in the IPA direction with their hopping. No danger of that here--this one comes out of a "no IPA" zone. Great also for use in bread making and cooking, given the price.
Apr 12, 2022
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Rated by 2market from Pennsylvania

2.85/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Not my cup of tea
Dec 29, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Scrappy notes from the late 1980's.
Bottles and on tap in and around Boston, MA.
Looks kind of a dirty amber with a soapy head. Smell reminds me of imported Dutch brew like Heineken and it has kind of a import beer taste as well. More English ale in style. Interesting and fairly light on the palate. Really easy to drink a few of them and the price is right!
Nov 28, 2021
Rated: 3.48 by mickeyk1941 from New York

Aug 09, 2021
Rated: 4.34 by Jut025 from Pennsylvania

Jun 20, 2021
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Rated by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

3.36/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A tasty little bitter. I wish I could buy this in Wisconsin.
Jun 04, 2021
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Rated by LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

1.85/5  rDev -37.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Hints of pear and apple. Very watered down. Better than Yuengling light but still watered down.
May 01, 2021
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Reviewed by BowerW01 from Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
This Beer is underrated. It pays homage to the old wold style British Ale. This is a true English Pale ale. Great finish and you can't beat the price. Nice job Yuengling
Feb 08, 2021
Rated: 4.24 by Hazey92 from New York

Feb 03, 2021
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Reviewed by JohnniEMc from Pennsylvania

3.42/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
A recent pour of a 12 oz. bottle into a clear pint glass revealed a few things. The beer is a semi-hazy orange-amber with decent carbonation. A bit of a head and lacing showed as well. It smells a little skunky in the way that Heineken often does upon opening. The taste is mildly bitter and earthy with its malt/yeast combination. The finish is light and clean.. This is far from the best ale you'll ever have, but it's better than most macro lagers that are far more popular.
Jan 17, 2021
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Reviewed by CaptMcEwan from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Never understood the poor reviews on this other than the misconception of Yuengling. This is a good ale in the British tradition. My British friends always enjoyed this on their visits. Dick Yuengling III did one thing to improve the selling of the Yuengling brand. He raised the price. Always a fun blind taster.
Dec 27, 2020
Rated: 2.29 by Dbot from Delaware

Dec 18, 2020
Rated: 2.49 by ItsYaBoyCreamy from Connecticut

Nov 09, 2020
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Reviewed by JRybacki from Pennsylvania

4.18/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Poured from a 12oz can, which most likely will keep it fresher than in the bottle.
Nice, thick luxurious head in the glass- two fingers thick. Impressive lacing on the glass. The strongest aspect of the aroma is the herbal bitterness as mentioned in the notes. Color is a bit washed-out light golden brown. But this is not why you buy and drink this beer. The mouth feel is everything with a slight crispiness in the beginning and smoothness that permeates all the while drinking it down. If there is any 'skunkiness' to this beer, that is due to their ingredients and the way this beer is brewed and is to be appreciated- much like the 'skunkiness' people refer to in Pilsner Urquell. Yes this beer is on par with old, old, classics and in my mind, is one of America's first true pale ales!! Overall, very satisfying and sessionable. So simple and so good!
Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

3.84/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pours a dark, filtered gold with a lovely white head that dissipates quickly.

The aroma is much more pleasant and complex than this beer's pedigree (and price, and BA score) led me to anticipate. English malts and very old school, but still pronounced, American hops. And when I say "very old school" I don't mean like Centennial or Cascade. This is more like that weird/pleasant hybrid American-English stuff like Brewer's Gold or whatever, only I am far too illiterate to say what it is exactly. It is, however, surprisingly nice. Not even understated. It's fairly firm, certainly more robust than your average macro (or even regular Yuengling), and there's absolutely nothing off about it. Bready malt and then a hop profile that's both tangy and herbal.

Tastes like the aroma: very old school but not gimmicky, no off nodes, no hints of cheapness. It's more subtle than contemporary ales, for sure, but there's still plenty of complexity to be found for a patient and discerning pallet. Malt up front, both dry and lightly sweet, moving into a bready and herbaceous middle, ending tangy, spicy, and lightly sweet.

Bear in mind I'm close enough to the brewery to get this fresh, and I'm not saying it's an otherwordly experience or anything, but it's very tasty and very solid and I cannot understand its low score.
May 08, 2020
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.15/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25
The second best offering from Yuengling next to the Porter.
If you buy it local it is really not bad.
It reminds me of the time I tried to stir a hop pellet in a Budweiser to improve the flavor.
Didn't work by the way.
I get none of the skunkiness everyone talks about.
If green bottles are in a cardboard case, how does it skunk? I don't get it?
Probably one of the best options in the price range.
Mar 18, 2020
Rated: 3.06 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 14, 2020
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Reviewed by UristMcBrewer from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.5
The beer is a pale straw color, but not too pale. It forms a nice foamy white head. It smells of herbal, spicy hops. The malt adds a bread like characteristic. The mellow taste has spicy hops and bread like malt as well. The mouthfeel is lacklust but not terrible thin. The carbonation is present but weak. Overall, it is an interesting offering from Yuengling.
Jan 03, 2020
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Rated by Johnts from Pennsylvania

4.6/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
I don't understand the poor reviews. Goes down smooth no bad after taste delightfull brew.
Price is more than reasonable an overall good beer.
Jan 01, 2020
Rated: 2.93 by gspirit from Indiana

Dec 30, 2019
Rated: 3.03 by neliam24 from New York

Dec 02, 2019
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Rated by Saylor from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Some nights (or most nights) you want “quantity over quality”. Bring close to Yuengling brewery I LOVE THIS BEER. btw new can is awesome.
Sep 21, 2019
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Reviewed by Eapressocycle from Pennsylvania

4.05/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
I used to get this on tap at a bar I frequented 15-20 years ago. Now I buy cans for $19.95/case. I don't think there's a better beer in this price range. Chesterfield is a classic and doesn't taste like a macro at all. Even the better macros always leave me feeling like there's a film on my tongue.

It's a pale blonde ale with a biscuit malt and a clean hop bitterness. It tastes more English than German. To me, it's a perfect balance. I've never had this in bottles, but other reviews mention it can get skunky, so stick with cans.

The only other beers I drink in this price range are Warsteiner and Astra.
Aug 27, 2019
Rated: 3.6 by Try-em-all from Missouri

Aug 17, 2019
Rated: 2.75 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Jul 06, 2019
Rated: 2.88 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

May 05, 2019
Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
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