Lord Chesterfield Ale | Yuengling Brewery

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Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale
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Lord Chesterfield AleLord Chesterfield Ale

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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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Photo of BrewAskew
3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12 oz. Bottle. Imported directly to me from Pottsville over the July 4 holiday. Pours to a head that lasts and laces and a clear deep gold color. Aroma upon pour is a bit skunky but largely calms down into a Eurolager smell. Flavor is not far off either. Overall a beer that would be nice at a bargain price.

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Photo of spectru
3.06/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear golden color with a thin white head; Pleasant aroma with a hint of biscuit; Mildly carbonated; Flavor is mild and pleasant, unremarkable, though the pleasure of it seems to decline with the drinking of it. A middle-of-the-road beer, drinkable but not a go-to.

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Photo of ordybill
2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with z thick medium sized white head. The aroma is slightly spunky. The taste is mild hops.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.91/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Dugz
4.29/5  rDev +45.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

This is a bit of a manly man's beer. Pretty darn close to an IPA but it's not. This stuff is very hoppy and rather bitter. It reminds me more of a European brew. Tons of flavor here. It may or may not be your thing. I like this stuff.

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Photo of DubbleJ
1.95/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 2

You know, it's funny, I tried to think that this beer was "pretty good". Now, attempting to not be a lemming, I decided it was at least worth the cost of the can this beer comes in to look at some other reviews. Again, emphasizing that I am really trying not to automatically "mass-moron-icize" myself by following the crowd; I did come to realize some legitimate features of this ale that have since lead me to be able to make a valid assessment of it's character. it's dang near complete pig pee, folks. Here's the worst part: I will drink it again! I am telling you that, for some ungodly reason, I have been attracted to buying this swill since I was at Slippery Rock University in 1993. It's got nothing to do with whether or not it feels good on the palate or it's bouquet (did I just use that term for Chesterfield Ale?). It's all about the fact that I can feel like I'm drinking something that was probably brewed as a mistake and still enjoy it as it hits the back of my esophagus. So, there...

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

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2.69/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of jonervin26
2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Eastern PA born and bred, Yuengling is in my DNA. I love all their beers, but Chesterfield has always been my least favorite. Always had a slightly too skunky smell and even taste for my liking. I've still drank hundreds of these, but that would amount to many many less than the other Yuengling brews.

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Photo of GerryPendry
2.76/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours pale yellow with a thin, short lived head. Sweet corn adjunct aroma and taste, thin malt, noticeable hop presence with a short finish. Whoever said this is what you buy instead of Budweiser, not instead of a craft ale, was 100% correct. Whoever drank the Yuengling Kool Aid and thinks this is a world-class beer should understand a few things: 1. First of all, it's called an ale because it's made with ale yeast. 2. People aren't down-rating it because of the name. They are down-rating it because of its adjunct flavor and aroma, which is the thing that puts people off of beers like Budweiser and is very much present in this beer. 3. If you think people should judge beer based on how painlessly it can get you drunk, you should probably express your opinions elsewhere and not in a place populated with "beer snobs" (a label that I consider a compliment) who will think you're an idiot. Not the worst beer out there, but the fact that they want $8.29/6-pack in NOLA for this when you can get St. Arnold or Abita for $7.99 is laughable. This is not an underrated beer, unless you don't know any better or are a Yuengling cult member.

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Photo of BEER-NICK
3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Underated. Great session ale.

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

Photo of MisledTitan
2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Jogr
3.98/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Unpretentious and finely carbonated, it smells like Chesterfield, pours like Chesterfield and drinks like Chesterfield, a British style ale through and through. Slightly bitter taste, sweet finish. Like an underrated goalie, way better than the reviews by the "experts in the stands" but hey, I'm just some guy enjoying beer over here. I bet if Yuengling called itself a "craft brewer" and doubled the ABV its reviews would be higher.

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Photo of DJTOBY
3.81/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of kraut6363
3.29/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of 322wingedfoot
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of paulish
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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 BEER88
3.82/5  rDev +29.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 Budlum
3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
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