Lord Chesterfield Ale | Yuengling Brewery

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
BA SCORE
69
poor
301 Reviews
THE BROS
58
awful
Read the review
Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: American Pale Ale (APA)

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.40%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-22-2002

BEER STATS
Reviews:
301
Ratings:
862
Avg:
2.95
pDev:
22.71%
 
 
Wants:
18
Gots:
126
For Trade:
0
View: Beers | Events
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 301 | Ratings: 862
Reviews by ONUMello:
Photo of ONUMello
3.52/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange-ish yellow with a thin head that disappears almost instantly
S: Sweet malt/creamed corn with light citrus/pine from hops
T: Matches the nose. Sweet malt, sweet corn, light hop notes
M: Light-bodied, smooth and crisp
O: I'm not sure why this is rated so poorly overall. It lacks complexity but is much better than any macro lager I've had; I'd be happy with one of these any time

 425 characters

More User Reviews:
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.

 530 characters

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.

 654 characters

Photo of rkyle87
4.75/5  rDev +61%

Can't beat this beer for the price, and I think it's the best beer yuengling makes. Golden in color, Decent amount of hoppiness to it for the abv's. Keeps it's head for a good amount of time. Leaves some lacing around the glass as well. Poured in my dogfish head glass to reveal all its hop character, and to maintain a head all the way through while drinking. Very drinkable. Like I said, for the price you can't beat it's flavor and character. Nothing wrong with this beer.

 477 characters

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.

 706 characters

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.

 856 characters

Photo of clh323
3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This ale has been around a long time. It's the brew I used to break in my girlfriend to the taste of more hops than the standard domestics she liked when she chose beer over wine. She graduated and is now the Queen of Hoppy. (Now I'm working to get her off that and onto more complex stuff).

You don't buy Chetty Ale instead of a nice craft Pale Ale, IPA or Belgium. You buy Chetty instead of Budweiser.

 408 characters

Photo of martinlebrun
3.75/5  rDev +27.1%

A. Slightly cloudy golden, off-white head
S. Slightly "bread-like" yeasty smell
T. More of a Pilsner lager flavor than an ale
M. Well rounded, pleasant if "glassy" aftertaste
O. Suggest you do a blind taste test of this vs. a (cheap) European Pilsner - you may be surprised at the results. Forget the reputation, this is a good beer for an American large producer.

 365 characters

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.

 1,082 characters

Photo of markallmon
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of DWolf
1.25/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of Todd
2.18/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear, bright golden/yellow with a tight, thin, creamy laced head.

Soft sweet tea-like aroma, and very clean.

Smooth, tighly carbonated mouthfeel. Little malt flavour or sweetness. Thin, faint, bready/fruity character, but it gets lost in the overall blandness of this beer. Way too tannic and unpleasant on the palate. Very dry and unexciting entering the finish.

Blah. Next beer ...

 393 characters

Photo of Jpinoniemi
3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of TTripp725
3/5  rDev +1.7%

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

Presentation: It was poured from a green 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no other info.

Appearance: It has a light golden amber body with good clarity and some visible carbonation. From the pour I got a light, just off white head of soapy big bubbles. This fades out quickly leaving just a thin lacy ring of foam around the edge of the glass.

Smell: The aroma is light and thin. I can only pick up a slight cereal and mild grain scent.

Taste/Palate: Its light bodied and simple like the aroma it has a thin cereal grain flavor with a very light touch of lemony citrus hops. These hops add a very light bitterness and acidity. Under all this there is a slight light-struck (skunk) presence.

Notes: This is a one and done for me. I am a fan of Yuengling but this was a bit of a let down for me.

 812 characters

Photo of ValpoExpo
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of dgfool
1.75/5  rDev -40.7%

Photo of TimoP
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of Fcip78
2/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of HerbMeowing
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of Jason
2.64/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 12 oz green twist off long neck bottle, no freshness date.

Appearance: Light yellow blonde colour with a bubbly white lace that gives a decent lacing effect down the glass.

Smell: There is barely any aroma at all, blurred grain and that is about it.

Taste: Smooth carbonation with a light to moderate body, watery malt flavour throughout with some undertones of grain husk. Clean processed hop bitterness keeps things in balance. Very slight apple like fruitiness in the middle, quick clean and dry finish.

Notes: Lackluster and bland, goes down easy like an American Macro Lager with only one weak resemblance of an ale through the fruitiness. This beer does nothing for me other than quench my thirst with minimal flavour.

 750 characters

Photo of merlin48
2.29/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

I've had a few, fresh Yuenglings, on tap, with some Pennsylvania friends, but I've never tried this "APA". This Lord pours a clear, tawny yellow body, with an offwhite head that falls flat in less than a minute. A few patches of lace are left on the glass, but the appearance isn't impressive.

Aroma is semi-skunky, with some Euro-skunk hops. Kayo's corn syrup provides a not so pleasant malt backbone. Adjuncts seem present.

Mouthfeel is the forte of this one. A mild hops bite, and active carbonation are the salvation of this aspect of this brew.

The taste is, simply, unremarkable. Actually, it's kinda bad. Corn syrup adjuncts, and skunky hops seem to be what you have here.

I'm not familiar with Lord Chesterfield, but I doubt if he was a brewer. I'm reluctant to trash a beer, and Yuengling's is an excellent, regional brewery, but they need to work on this one.

 884 characters

Photo of KolbMarley
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of Mora2000
2.16/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The beer pours a very light, clear yellow color with a white head. The aroma is full of skunky malt. Why, oh why must beers be bottled in green bottles? The flavor is also very heavy on the skunk, with a little bit of grass mixed in from the hops. Thin mouthfeel and medium carbonation. A skunky mess that I would avoid until they learn that green bottles are bad for beer.

 373 characters

Photo of donunrue
3/5  rDev +1.7%

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
2.95 out of 5 based on 862 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer FestĀ® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • Free Trial Subscription

    Reside in the US? Interested in a free 1-month trial subscription to the print edition of BeerAdvocate magazine?

    Yes! Sign Me Up!