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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Ratings: 886 |  Reviews: 312
Photo of kylehay2004
2.61/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: a single finger frothy white head on a cloudy golden with crimson hues body.

S: musty pale malts and grains, more adjunct lager like than APA.

T: more pale malts and grains. musty with a bit of funk and a bit earthy.

M: light to medium body and moderate to high carbonation.

Overall: not really an APA. Not off putting, tolerable but not very flavorful.

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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Knapp85
3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I want to start off by saying I completely agree with DeltaBrain's review on this beer and the Brewery. Well said man!

This company has been around forever and they have beat Prohibition and continued to stay strong for many many years. People from this area love Yuengling and all they stand for. This brewery is more than just a beer maker and supplier, they're part of our culture in these woods.

Lord Chesterfield pours out as a clean yellow pilsner looking ale. The head doesn't stick around very long and doesn't have a whole lot of lacing. The beer smells like a lager some aged aromas and some grass coming off it. The taste is crisp and clean. It's not my favorite beer by a long shot but it is highly drinkable.

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Photo of nmann08
3/5  rDev +1.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
2.98/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Bought as part of the Yuengling sampler pack. Pours a light golden color, lots of bubbling seen, decent head. Faint Euro hop smell to it. Taste is a bit confusing and bland to be honest. For an Ale, this tastes very lager like and isn't hoppy at all. It's like a confusing version of their flagship lager (which I love). While still not bad and pretty drinkable, the beer can't really decide what style it is and the palette get's confused as a result. Not bad, but not a great Yuengling offering.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.85/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Certainly a change in taste, compared to the other beers in the Yeungling line-up. Though an ale, it still needs better quality to compete with good APA's. A lightly colored ale falls into the glass with a bit of a fizzy carbonation and non-withstanding head-retention. Golden to copper in color the beer takes on cola-like proportions. Aromas of thin barley malts and welcome hop spiciness makes the beer seem a bit out of proportion. Flavor confirm this, with a balance toward spicy, citrus hops; leaving the malts and sweetness far behind. The feel is a light astringent, hop bittering and a timid malt backbone. The beer remains thin and seems metalic (pesticides used with the growing of hops) well into the finish. Quite thin, but crisp. Could use some cleaning up, heavier barley malt bill, and higher quality hops.

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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Boone757
3.25/5  rDev +10.2%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Lord Chesterfield Ale (it's actually a lager) pours a straw-gold body beneath a creamy head of bright white froth that holds well and even leaves some rings of lace at the outset of the glass. The nose expresses light, grainy malt and citrusy hops (it's made with 100% Cascades!). In the mouth it's crisp, with a medium-light body and standard carbonation. The flavor is exactly as the nose suggests, with its grainy malt deliciously accented by its citrusy and grassy hops. It's balanced by a firm bitterness, and it finishes dry with some lingering notes of grainy/hay-like malt and citrusy/grassy hops. It's Yuengling's best beer in my opinion (but also their slowest seller); and it's beer like it used to be!

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Photo of chinchill
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.36/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a murky gold color, with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pungent malts, grain, some hops and some citrus.

T: The taste is very bready for the style with flavors of grain and barley up front despite a thin malt character. There's a decent hops presence that comes in to try to help provide some balance but does not succeed too well. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp but not very smooth, light-to-medium body, medium-to-heavy carbonation, clean finish.

D: Not very tasty or flavorful, goes down ok, not too filling, mild kick, not a good representation of style, I didn't really too much that was favorable about this beer and would probably not drink it again if I had much of a choice.

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Photo of nickfl
3/5  rDev +1.7%

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

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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

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

Extraordinary amount of carbonation working upward from the bottom of the glass. The modest, near-white head lasted throughout the tasting. The liquid is clear, light straw color.

Smells like a cross between a lawn-mower like macro and a very pale ale. There's a malt presence and a light hop to the nose.

This is a soft flavored beer. There's nothing wrong with it and it does have a mild level of pale malts and hops. Still, it is a simple beer without any complexity. The body is as expected. An easily to quaff beer.

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Photo of REVZEB
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of atrocity
1.87/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Nose reminiscent of your standard American Adjunct Lager... taste not too far off.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.89/5  rDev +65.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

CAN you dig it?!? This was my Great White Whale for over four months. I could not find Lord Chet in a CAN anywhere and last night, he appeared as the answer to one of my many varigated prayers. Yay! I CAN guarantee you that my deviation is going to be high as I unapologetically love this beer. Leave Lager to the college kids, this is for the adults in the room. Hands down the best beer to come out of America's Oldest Brewery. Why?

My pour created a little better than a finger's worth of rocky, bone-white head with decent retention. The color was a deep gold with NE-quality clarity and a definite BUPGOO quality. My colleague Nero reveals that it is made with all Cascade hops and it smells like it. Holy hops, Batman! An opportunity to get my fix without resorting to mainlining DFH? I'm there, man.

I am feeling my jones subside already. Dig it, baby, whoever the hops pusher was that put me onto lupulin in the first place did this cat no favors. Daddy-O, the only reason that I haul my carcass into that classroom every day is so that I CAN make some scratch to feed my habit. Shee-whack, bro, I'm up to five, six CANs a day to get that howling monkey to settle down. Do you know the kind of cabbage that takes to maintain? Hey, these babies on the RIS circuit CAN have that motor oil craze. Me, I'm down with the hops. Poetry and all that jazz.

I'm back. See, that's the acid test and I am not talking about Ken Keasey and that LSD nonsense. I lay on this side of the law now, dig? If I CAN feel better about myself as a lupulin junkie, then so much the better. And the taste? Zounds! I CANnot believe that they achieved this using a lager yeast. It is medium-to-full in the mouth and sizzles on the tongue, reminding me just why I love hops and beer. It's like a sax solo in a crowded classroom of 30+ students all digging the scene on Happy Saxophone Day as I sit at my desk and giggle. Oh yeah, that was today. But I digress ...

Anybody else read "Tristram Shandy"? The life of the story is in the digressions.

The finish was ... Wait! I CANnot be finished! I'm already reaching for another, thanks to its drinkability. Hey, if you want any of this, you are really gonna have to come across heavy in a trade. This is going to be in a solid rotaion with Grolsch (CAN) and Stoudt's Gold (BT). Let's just say it finished real smoooth. Yum!

I almost forgot to mention the beautiful sticky lacing throughout. Now I did.

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Photo of mendvicdog
2.75/5  rDev -6.8%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.24/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours out a clear, golden-hued body with a well-sized, white head, though it eventually calms down into a modest half-inch cap.

Smell: Never conveys more than a mere vague suggestion of ultra-pale malts, corn flour, grassy hops, and lemon.

Taste: Scant maltiness with no more than a kiss of sweetness. Hint of tortilla chip. Lightly grassy hop character, with the hop bitterness yielding a teensy bit of astringency. Just a bit, mind you. A couple drops of lemon juice. Finishes dry, crisp, and clean. If you're looking for a pale ale in this bottle, you're going to be looking for a looong time.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: So they're calling this a pale ale, are they? Might as well call me a professional body-builder clearing 110K (plus overtime) annually. It seems more in-line with a blonde ale (hell, if even that), but, hey, it ain't my brewery. Regardless, it's a quaffable, reasonably priced beer.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

During a recent trip to Ohio I had a chance to try the Lord Chesterfield. This beer seemed more like an English Pale than an American. Pours golded with a thick white foamy head, smell is wheaty. Taste is grassy and wattery. Mouthfeel is pretty boring. Overall it is pretty easy to down but so boring you won't want another glass.

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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 atlbravsrno1
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.91/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Medium gold with bright lemon edges. Atop the beer sits two fingers of bone white foam that doesn't look half bad. It has a lightly whipped texture and is leaving a respectable amount of soap sudsy lace.

Looks like my mistrust of the green bottle was well-founded since I got a big whiff of skunk on crown cracking. Why on earth do breweries still use these things? Several minutes after the pour, the nose is a mixture of herbal (probably German) hops and... skunk. Don't believe the brewery's claim that Lord Chesterfield has a 'citrusy American hop character'. If the aroma is an accurate guide, it's a dead ringer for an American macro lager.

If this is an ale, it's one of the lightest ales on planet earth. If it's a lager, why put 'Ale' on the label? Here's another way to put Lord Chesterfield in perspective. As a macro lager, it's a better beer than the flagship lagers from the Big Three. As an American pale ale, it's a hopeless failure. Now, how to the score it...

Actually, now that I've downed about half the bottle, the beer most resembles a pilsener. The pale and/or pils malt backbone is flimsy, with almost no flavor transfer. The Lord's personality is dominated by a surprisingly crisp, grassy, lightly lemony hop bitterness. This bottle must be extremely fresh. Don't worry if you don't care for the flavor because there isn't much of it to go around.

Solo probably isn't the way to go here. I'm thinking that LCA's niche is as an inexpensive, spicy food washer-downer. The mouthfeel is incredibly light (Yuengling thinks it's 'medium'), but it's so perfectly carbonated that it works out well in the end. Banish APA from your mind and my scores make a hell of a lot more sense.

It took me a while to figure out what style the brewery is aiming at with Lord Chesterfield Ale. In the end it really doesn't matter. My sense is that they sell a whole lot of it to a diehard group of local (and regional) beer drinkers. More power to them.

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Lord Chesterfield Ale from Yuengling Brewery
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