Golden Pilsner
Yuengling Brewery

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Style:
Pilsner - German
Ranked #590
ABV:
4.7%
Score:
81
Ranked #46,485
Avg:
3.56 | pDev: 15.73%
Reviews:
151
Ratings:
345
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Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
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Rotating/Seasonal
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Gots
  80
SCORE
81
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Notes: Yuengling Golden Pilsner is the newest beer from D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., America’s Oldest Brewery. This highly sessionable beer is our interpretation of an outstanding, modern pilsner, born from six generations of brewing expertise. Golden in both name and color, Yuengling Golden Pilsner is the perfect balance of hop and malt character for crisp and smooth thirst quenching refreshment.
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Joefromgeorgia from Georgia

1.56/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This is slightly skunky water. I know, it's yuengling, I wanted to love it too. I don't. It tastes like the cheapest tall cans at the gas station that you grab at 11:30 after work to get drunk. It doesn't even get quite up to the bud light line. It tastes like they tried to replicate a normal bud but fell asleep while the water was running into the tank and just kinda shrugged then let it sit too long. Same disappointed I felt when Guinness made that blonde lager that ended up tasting like a hoppy pilsner. Something this pilsner doesn't do. I enjoy knocking bad beers, this one just makes me sad

Thursday at 11:42 PM
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PresidentofWhat

2.8/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

I was gonna come on here and write a scathing review about how yuengling missed the mark trying to replicate cheap bud, miller, coors, etc, but I decided its just OK, like 6 pack ok not a rack. Look is good lots of carb small head that dissipates, smell is eh a bit rank, goes down pretty good and smooth but like other ppl said it has a very light bitter rank after taste that lingers on the tongue. Its about a dollar a beer around here but so is coors for the same price...hard to get drunk on light beer when it doesn’t taste very good.

Nov 22, 2021
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.45/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Golden, yellow color with moderate head that left light lacing in a pint glass. Hazy with moderate carbonation. Clean, crisp aroma. Malt leaning taste with mild bitterness in the aftertaste. A bit bland compared with Yuengling's traditional amber lager, but a good easy drinking beer.

Sep 29, 2021
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mushroomcloud from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle with a best by date of 12-6-21, opened 9-21-21.
2+ finger white head that domes up over the rim of the glass. Excellent retention.
Deep straw golden with ample active carbonation swirling upwards. Thick, sticky lacing.
Grassy hops with a small portion of citrus/peach, light sulfur and some sweet malt.
Taste -
Light body, medium high carbonation and a quick, dry finish.
Overall -

Sep 21, 2021
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BroBobby70 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. bottle poured into Imperial pint glass
Look: Light straw, 2 1/2 white creamy head, heavy carbonation
Smell: Malty with hints of spice- pepper
Taste: Mild bitterness, malt, spicy, clean dry finish
Feel: Excellent carbonation, light body
Overall: Tasty, reminds me of a lager but more complex,
Pair with seafood, especially shellfish

Aug 29, 2021
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.55/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a clear golden color with a small head of white foam. The head fades rather fast, leaving but a trace of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The aroma is strongest of a sweet caramel and fruity smell of apricot and peach. Along with these smells comes a bit of corn and clove as well as a bit of a bready smell.
Taste – The taste begins with a cracker and bready malt taste mixed with some light sweetness of caramel and corn. As the taste moves forward, some light apricot comes to the tongue at the expense of the corn, with at the same time, some light grain coming is as well. Toward the end a touch of herbal hop and hay come to the tongue, leaving one with a lightly malty and sweet, but crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the brew is light and crisp with a carbonation level that is slightly higher. For the style the feel is appropriate, making for an easier sipper.
Overall – It’s an alright brew overall. Easy to drink and refreshing. Not really too pilsner like, I would classify it on taste as more akin to an American adjunct lager. Either which way it is good brew of hot weather days when sitting outside and chatting with friends.

Aug 28, 2021
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VABA from Virginia

3.57/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear golden color with a slight head and lacing
Aroma has slight malt, hop and floral hints
The taste follows the nose with a slight malt, hop and floral flavor
A light bodied well carbonated beer
A decent Pilsner

Jul 12, 2021
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datstankadank from New Jersey

2.89/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Pours fluffy big head, noble hops mix with hard tap water on the nose, minimal lacing as the beer is drank, which might be the first yuengling beer I've seen leave any lacing at all. Hard water, funky stale malt are present, as it is with every single yuengling. All in all, worth the 2 dollars for the 24 oz can.

Jul 03, 2021
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Rickmeister from Virginia

3.03/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

I loved Yuengling from back when I had a tight budget for beer. I tried this hoping it wouldn't have that weird aftertaste I got for their "classic". A little better taste here, but not by much. I'd suggest that you try the new Genesse Rudy Red. Similar taste. Just add your own squirt of grapefruit juice and you've got basically the same brew.

Jun 29, 2021
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CBlack85 from South Carolina

3.11/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz. can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint Glass

The beer pours crystal clear golden yellow with a moderate amount of frothy white head that recedes quickly, leaving behind no lacing.

The aroma is lightly hoppy and grassy, with a bit of sweet grainy malt character. very mild

The flavor has a grainy sweetness with a floral hop character. Slightly muddled with no real malt or hop definition

Medium/light bodied with a moderate amount of carbonation.

Overall, this is a decent beer, and is very drinkable, but lacks many of the strong points you would look for in a good Pilsner.

Jun 24, 2021
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lucius10 from California

4.04/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Sweet honey bread malty and hint of citrus zesty nose on this one! Taste follows with a clean and crisp, lemon citrus, and light bready malt swallow. This is tasty and is a crushable drinker. This is pretty good!

Jun 18, 2021
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

3.37/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

DATE: April 23, 2021... OCCASION: enjoying another Friday after a good week of work... GLASSWARE: Paulaner pokal... pours its thick, snow-white head above a golden (hence, the name) body alive with bubbly effervescence... from a short distance, this looks like a classic import... its aroma is fresh meadow, slight herbal hints, buttery cracker, a bit of perfume, and some metallic ping as well... this sips rather thinly, though it does occupy the palate for a decent amount of time... easy drinking, pleasant and a good companion for late-night snack foods.... the Saaz is apparent, as is the flowery elements, with a light hop presence and an even lighter malt base... the cracker does give it some balance... its flavor doesn't last long, but it does leave a pleasant vibe... this works, evidence the Yuengling folks know how to do lagers.... I will definitely enjoy this as the summer months approach...

Apr 24, 2021
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LucaDiCriscio from Pennsylvania

3.29/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Tastes lighter than normal Yuengling. More summery with hints of citrus not found in normal Yuengling. Not bad just different. Depends if you like lighter beers.

Apr 16, 2021
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Peach63 from New York

3.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with a 1/2 inch white head, which dissipates. light lacing.

Aroma is biscuit malt, corn, grass.

Taste is bready, grainy, corn, grass, a bit of spice, slight sweetness.

Light bodied, light carbonation. Semi-sweet finish.

A Fairly decent pilsner.

Feb 25, 2021
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OllieStalz from New York

2.31/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

I don't get the hype. It was okay, but it wasn't all that good. The smell and mouthfeel were average and the taste wasn't anything spectacular. Would I drink it again? Maybe. I wouldn't go out of my way to have it.

Feb 23, 2021
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Crow0 from New York

3.18/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz bottle to glass ..Sudsy head slowly dissipates ....color is nice (but bit odd) between gold and amber, like carbonated scotch..thin body

Smell - not much of light corn scent
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Taste crip, bready/biscuity citrus notes..pretty clean.

Feel - pleasantly carbonated tiny bubbles.

I would generally drink this straight from the bottle little more carbonated and crisp.
Hits the spot when you need one...

Dec 08, 2020
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vette2006c5r from Minnesota

3.7/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Golden Pilsner pours a clean bronze color, with a small, but long lasting head. Sweet and grainy aroma, but mellow and pleasant. Flavor is sweet, a little grainy, but pretty strong and buttery. Good body and feel. Overall, lots of flavor with this pils, sweeter and buttery, good and different.

Dec 05, 2020
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Clear head. Foam drops to lacey ring. Smells of crackers and dough. Flavors of cracker, clean water, small hop bite that is undescript yellow citrus but not lemony. Noble?? Not hoppy. Feel is zesty. Sharp. Medium carbonation. Clean and Earthy at the same time.

A favorite of mine. Maybe a classic American Pilsner? It does not try to be too german but this is not an AAL to me. This shits on Hamms and PBR so if you can find this then pick this up.

Dec 01, 2020
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lifeisinmirrors from Ohio

1.7/5  rDev -52.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Did you ever wonder why shots are served? I always figured I could get drunk just fine from beer.

Well, Yuengling Golden Pilsner is the answer. It is relatively low alcohol, and so bad that you can't drink it fast enough to get drunk.

Nov 28, 2020
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JoKo from Connecticut

3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, golden color with moderate amount of carbonation and an inch thick white head that dissipated quickly. The smell is lemongrass, sweet malts. The taste is malty up front, citrus notes, very mild hop bitterness followed by some graininess at the finish. Mouthfeel is crisp, easy drinkability, light bodied beer. Overall, a good representation of the style, and an interesting one at that, a distinctly American take on a Czech/German style.

Aug 27, 2020
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OldChattanoga from West Virginia

3.95/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer tastes pretty close to how it smells. A mellow, grassy smell. A mellow taste with a prominent bite at the end. It goes down super smooth for a pilsner. Could slam several of these on a warm summer day. I’ve always thought of the traditional lager as a good beer yet not something I want to drink on the regular. I would be more likely to buy this one than the traditional lager. I’m also a big fan of their light lager and highly recommend it if never tried before.

Aug 15, 2020
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beergoot from Colorado

3.81/5  rDev +7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, golden colored body; lively carbonation; nice head, thick and white. Light bread crust smell; slight herbal note. A touch of light malt grain flavor with a bit of herbal and grassy hop taste. Light body; crisp with a mild sweetness throughout.

A nicely done pilsner that may not be world class but definitely satisfies.

Jul 27, 2020
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Harrison8 from Missouri

3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent golden copper with a finger and a half of dense white foam. Head retention is fair. Aroma is simplistic and short, with bread, wafery crackers, straw and corn coming across in a dry staccato note. Flavor profile is wafery crackers, bread, straw, and hay with a little corn as the flavors trail off. Mouth feel is medium-thin. Effervescence is sharp, creating a firm crispness throughout the duration of the flavor profile. Overall, crisp and refreshing with mild notes makes this one good for crushing on hot days, but a little too lean for savory sipping.

Served in a 15.5oz Speigalau tulip from a 12oz can.

Jul 26, 2020
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Dingbat88 from Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Not something I want to drink all the time but it something I enjoy every once in a while. Good flavor with a nice look and it is patriotic so that is a big plus. Try it at least once.

Jul 17, 2020
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BobsyerUncle____Bob from New Jersey

4.86/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

This is a case study in how to successfully adhere to longstanding principals, aesthetic, and market expectations. From the can design ( numerous chicks have told me the beer looks "happy") to the taste, it is a underground homerun. Like all yuengling brews, a can is the best way to go. It smells grassy and sweet upon cracking it open, and sums up the joy of mowing your grass in the morning on a warm June day. It is crisp and bracing, with the slightest grainy sweetness. No taste of corn or adjuncts, this sweetness is brief and without the oiliness I've come to associate with other macro brews. Is this a pure german pils???? Of course not, but thats not point of this beer. It is to provide bud and miller drinkers a hand to reach for, its to tell everyone that an american made and owned brewery knows its market better than anyone. Quaffable, party-able, and "insert various activity bettered with beer" here- able. This beer is friggen amazing. And for the price???? lets just say that I have a debate everytime I walk out of the store with something else, because in my heart of hearts the is no better deal in regards to quality:price then perhaps the flagship lager. Dont expect an ipa masquerading as a pale ale masquerading as a pilsner- just expect a dang good beer with a laid back vibe. Have fun out there.

Jul 14, 2020
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