Lord Chesterfield Ale | Yuengling Brewery

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Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

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Reviews: 307 | Ratings: 874
Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.97/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Crystal clear, pale straw to orange color, 1/2 inch white head, good lacing down the glass

S: Straw, grass,

T: Sweet malts, cracker, bread, hop bitterness comes in middle of taste, finishes with lingering sweetness

M: Medium to light

O: Not a bad beer from a great brewery. Their amber lager is my go to for superior taste, availability and price and this beer has many of the same attributes. A different taste than the amber lager but still packed with flavor. Definitely has a place in my rotation if I see it again.

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Photo of tcc
3.9/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I've just recently come back to this beer to test out Yuengling's offerings beside the ever-present (in PA) lager. I have to say, I was pleasantly surprised by Chet. It's been years since I've tasted it, with many very fine IPAs and ales since then, and my first impression this time around was that this was a really nice estimation of a British-style ale. Admittedly, I like to growler my beer to soften some of the fizz, which I find unnecessary if there's any flavor. And like the Yuengling lager, this ale is much better served with a little less fizz. There's a little mild bitterness (my wife, an IPA fan, had a sip and was pleasantly impressed), but this is not an aggressive brew. I'd characterize it as mellow, and yet there are some nice fruity notes and a little bit of malty back end. I happened also to have a Chet with a cold cut hoagie, and I was really struck by how nicely it went with food, seeming even a little sweeter with the saltiness of the sandwich. Though I know this may not be what those who like strong, heavily hoppy brews are looking for, if you miss British ales, I encourage you to give it a taste. I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

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Photo of BRiddoch
2.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured cloudy with minimal head. Smelled skunky but I gave it a chance. Hard to drink. I did not realize this was a Yuengling product till after the beer was poured.

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Photo of rwarde
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This beer is just awful. I couldn't drink it at 18 and at 51 its still the same. The beer has no character whatsoever. Its bland, tasteless, and weak. This beer has no redeeming qualities, except that its cheap, but I would rather drink any other beer then this.

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Photo of jakej0305
2.34/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Disappointed in this beer. I am a big fan of Yuengling beer, however, this beer is not on their good list. No hopps and no body whatsoever. Will not be purchasing it again.

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Photo of KeithJames
4.7/5  rDev +59.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

This is an excellent beer. Snobs pan it because they are obsessed with only how strong the hops is. I don't like overbearing whiskey taste of a strong IPA. This ale is delightful because it DOES have a nice hop bite to it, but it does not totally dominate the taste. The beer is very crisp and with an edge, but even light at the same time. I love the way it looks in the bottle. I wouldn't get the can, actually, I might even suspect this beer does not do as well in the can. Get the bottle. This beer has a light non-feel to it, very light. It's just that little hop bite and the refreshing clean back drop. Whether this beer is the product of great striving for perfection, or a serendipitous try at an ale for Yuengling, they hit the ball out of the park on this one.

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Photo of Wegomlegging
3.45/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Solid beer, great 6 pack option for the price. Saaz-like hoppiness, very old school Euro style. Hopheads and beer snobs move along, this one isn't for you. Won't win any awards, but won a place in my minifridge.

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Photo of tzieser
5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm giving this classic American ale a 5 because so many moronic BeerAdvocates decided to unrightfully pan this beer for not being hoppy enough, complex enough, what have you....well 2 can play at that game (or should I say ~300?), so I'm going to fight fire with fire and post a stupidly high score to combat all these stupidly low ones. A more accurate score would be about a 3.8/5 but fuck that nonsense. If nobody else here is being objective than I sure as hell am not either.

It's a really good APA, well balanced and flavorful. Do yourself a favor and try it for yourself. Don't trust these hop-tea sipping dipshits; use your own palate and form your own opinion. You'd be surprised at the results.

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Photo of MarkBeer555
4.34/5  rDev +47.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

For many years, Lord Chesterfield Alex has been a fine, reasonably priced ale that's very drinkable and easy to get along with. It's not too heavy and has a nice bite that elevates it above many other brews

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Photo of BeerBucket
4.16/5  rDev +41%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Have been enjoying this in a can. Has a tendency to get a little skunky in the green bottles. Crisp ale with a nice hop taste. I can drink these all day. Paid $17.50 for a case. Think about that... $17.50 a case for a beer with some flavor. Only Yuengling brings quality at this price point.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.79/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I can tell you, this is a bad beer. I always have decent hopes of a major brewer making a pale ale, and am almost always disappointed. Tastes of a cornfed skunk, lacks hops, lacks body. Props to the salesman that was able to get this crap on the shelf around here.

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Photo of Victory_Sabre1973
2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

This beer pours a very light golden color. The head was fairly thick. There is little nose to this beer. The Taste is fairly skunky. This beer is not any step up from BMC.

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Photo of MorbidPenguin
5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

First off, Look, Smell and Feel is a joke. Beer is just a drink that gets you drunk. Taste is all that matters. So called "beer experts" are a joke. Everyone has different tastes and no so called "beer expert" can tell you what is good or bad. "Beer experts" should call themselves "people that like beer and think their opinions matter." Anyways, Lord Chesterfield is great! I created this account because I couldn't believe the low score. Don't listen to all these beer snobs giving it a low score. This beer is cheap and good. Everyone I get to try it says they love it. Give this beer a chance. I believe you will be shocked at the low score as well.

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Photo of HamdenHector
2.89/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

A: crystal clear; deep gold in color; 1 finger moussy white head that receded to a thin cap; very little lacing;

S: corn, a little skunkiness, a little pilsner malt;

T: corn for a moment, then pilsner malt through the finish; a little skunky in the background; mild bitterness at the end;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: definitely not something I would choose again;

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Photo of DuvelMeister
4.51/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Slightly hazy yellow-light amber. Smells of wonderful noble, slightly pungent, floral hops - thinking Saaz or Tettnang. Mouthfeel is smooth, with a moderately dry finish. Overall, the flavor is balanced, leaning toward hoppy. If tasting blind, I would probably guess this to be a Pilsner; reminiscent of the old school "Bushwick"-style beers you might have a snuck a sip of when you were a kid. The only issue I have is that they call this an ale. If you're expecting a modern American pale ale, you might be disappointed - which probably accounts for many of the negative reviews here. Since little specifics are given about the recipe and process, it's a guessing game, but I'm quite sure some lagering techniques were used, perhaps including the use of a lager yeast. Otherwise, it's a great everyday beer that I wouldn't mind stocking my fridge with.

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Photo of NickTrop
3.58/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Occasionally the Bros. get it wrong. That's the case here. Perhaps theirs was overly skunkified due to the green bottles? Dunno. Try it in cans if you can -- or draft. Brewed in the same brewery in Pottstown, PA using the same recipe since 1829, pre-Civil War era iirc. Not that history and "coolness factor" has anything to do with taste? But in this case I'll acquiesce... this is a cool brew, a "taste of history". I'd call this a "bulk tavern ale", and there's nothing wrong with that. I can envision a factory worker wandering into a tavern on a cold night after a long, hard day in 1843 and being served up a Chetty. Easy drinkin' a touch of noticeable hops, has a mild floral note to me, perhaps. Kinda "lager-y" too? I think I heard this being referred to as is a "bastard ale" that uses some lager techniques or lager yeast -- but don't quote. Regardless, a very solid brew and a great bargain. Because $12 exotic brews have their place? But that can get expensive, and sometimes you just want a simple, easy-drinkin' ale. Nothin' fancy. Try to find this in cans.

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Photo of BranfordBound
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Drinking from a green 12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass on Friday. Comes out very clear, straw colored, with a fizzy head that expires without leaving lacing. Pale Ale? I'm a bit worried. Aroma is adjunct malt, sweetness, grain, skunk (thanks green bottle). Taste is a wave of sweetness from the cracker malts and adjuncts, there's a big grainy DMS note in the middle, finish is a bit dry, bitter, skunky. Feel is bubbly on the tongue, light in the stomach, easy to drink if it weren't for the flavor. By far the worst beer I've had from Yuengling. I'm wondering if the decent reviews come from the can, even if we subtract the skunk this is still a bad Pale Ale.

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Photo of JackJennifer
5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the internet, and it is serious business.

A lot of hate for this beer, but look, it's cheap, and a lot of really pretentious people wanna hate. I get it. It's cool to call out a $9 six-pack on its lack of character. For everybody else, enjoy a mildly hoppy brew from a really great and old brewery.

So by all means, check out other beers.The Lord is solid, won't do you wrong, and it won't hurt you. But it can be your friend, if you look it in the eye, and don't blink. Drink this beer. 10/10 would drink again, often.

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Photo of Ozzylizard
3.26/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Can marked 5106121214 at 42 degrees in to snifter
Aroma of grain some piney hops, doesn’t last
Head large (5.5 cm, aggressive pour), off white, frothy, diminishing to
Lacing excellent – wide rings of curtains
Body straw yellow, slight chill haze
Flavor – not much, faint wet grain ending with a slight hop bitterness; no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate light, watery, lively carbonation

Appearance 4.25, Aroma 3.75, Flavor 2.5, Palate 4, Overall 3.5

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Photo of ryan1788a5
1.95/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Golden in color.mexcellent clarity. Bubbly white head retains well and leaves behind lots of sticky lacing.

S: Thin cereal grains, hollow hops, and a quick whiff of pear. Lightly skunky.

T: Grainy. Earthy hops. Lights truck skunky flavor, but otherwise clean. Gritty hops and grain on the finish.

M: Light bodied and crisply carbonated. Hop astringency is gritty and unpleasant in such a light body.

O: This is pretty terrible. It is lightstruck, but even still I can't imagine this being very good. It drinks more like a macro lager than any pale ale I've ever had, and the little extra hops that it does have just make it gritty and unpleasant. No need to spend time or money on this beer. Just skip it.

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Photo of ShanePB
3.78/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Clear gold body, nice white head. Aromas of grain, pale malt, slight hop note. Clean albiet subtle nose. Flavor is cereal grain, malt, quick zip of a floral hop. Finished extremely clean. Great mouth feel. Easy drinking. Have not had this beer in a long time and for the price, this is just a refreshing crisp beer.

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Photo of ctylinebeer
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

L - bright gold color; very clear hue; good amount of head

A - malt characters up front with subtle hops intertwined. Light on the nose

T - strong malt flavor with subtle bitterness at the end. Not overpowering and light in taste. Basic bitterness, nothing citrus or pine

F - has the feel of a pale ale. Easy to drink, not so much of a slow sipper.

O - BA has this as a pale ale, but it is more or less a golden ale. It's a cheap beer so it'll taste cheap. Always have respect for Yuengling and what they do.

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Photo of cyclonece09
3.18/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a can glass. Pours orange with small white head. Smells of cereal grain with very slight hoppiness. Tastes of grain and slight hop spiciness. Beer is light bodied and a little watery. Overall, an average beer.

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Photo of workingclassbrew
3.77/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Ah, sought this out for a while. Not available in Wi, I picked his up in Dayton, Oh. Nice old school label. I've liked all the styles Yuengling produces, lets check this out.

Poured into a old english ale style mug. Poured a nice deep gold. Lacing clings. the aroma, well, skunky, like a foriegn brew. Slight metallic, not promising.

Taste, bitter, dry, hops, all in one shot. Slighty metallic, but refreshing. A mild hoppy session ale. This could be the all day ale for this lager man. I like this one! Great for a hot day. Similar to the S.N. pale ale takin down a couple notches. Something about the dryness makes this a real thirst quencher. Consistent to the last drop. No sweetness. Wonder what this is like on tap. Dang, gonna have to make a trip back out east.

All hail Lord Chesterfield.

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Photo of AC-Mivsek
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This actually drinks alot like a Heineken to me. Super skunky, although crisp and refeshing. More lager-like than ale. This would go great with some popcorn. Still doesn't beat Traditional Lager, which is Yuengling's best offering.

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Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
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