Golden Pilsner
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German Pilsner
Ranked #492
Ranked #44,001
3.56 | pDev: 15.45%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
Golden PilsnerGolden Pilsner
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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Photo of maxpower
2.85/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle pours a clear yellow color with a good fizzy white head that doesn't last long, not much lacing, light grassy and flowery aromas. Taste of of light grains. Light bodied with a watery mouthfeel. Nothing great

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maxpower from Missouri, May 05, 2020
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4.4/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: 12 oz bottle, looks OK
Smell: light
Taste: ice cold right after 5 hours of yard work. Refreshing.
Feel: Feels good in my hand and going down my throat.

I give this a 4.5. Not too hoppy, well carbonated. Definitely a warm weather beer, which means, ice cold. You can drink a bunch of these without feeling bloated.

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Photo of WesMantooth
2.5/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

From a 16 oz can. This beer is shockingly bad even in context. It looks decent, but it is very near undrinkable. I have tried 2 and haven’t made it through one yet. It’s not only not at all a German Pilsner, it’s not a good AAL.

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Photo of graysonslamsbrews
2.59/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

L: Golden pale and brilliantly clear. Carbonation looks heavy with a lot of fizzy rising bubbles. Very thin absolute white head and no lacing.
S: Yeasty, bready malts with almost no hop profile or depth.
T: Not for me. Tastes like a regular Yuengling without the caramelized malts and some sourish finish. No bitterness. Doesn't taste like a hig-quality pils.
F: Feels pretty light, similar to regular Yuengling. Carbonation medium to heavy.

I'm from PA. It hurts to bash Yuengling. But this beer falls short of expectation.

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graysonslamsbrews from Pennsylvania, Apr 02, 2020
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4.26/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

24 oz. can poured into stange glass.
Look - Quite golden and very clear, nice white head is quick but light lacing remains through the enjoyment of the glass.
Smell - interesting weird banana note amongst the non-adjunct malt bill and German noble hops they supposedly use.
Taste: Pretty decent, with a light banana /popcorn sweetness , fairly full for a pils, and smooth with a nice light bittering finish. Feels right for a US pils imitation.
I Give about a 4, decent, might possibly have one again sometime... it's certainly not super badass or anything.

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SmokySignals from North Carolina, Mar 14, 2020
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3.53/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can, crystal clear golden body with a fizzy white head that settles down into a layer of foam. Aroma is doughy & biscuity malt along with some spicy, grassy, and earthy German hops. Flavors are pretty typical for the style - Pilsner malt, biscuit, dough, slight tartness; earthy/spicy/grassy modest hop bitterness. Light-to-medium body, moderate carbonation, balanced finish. I always appreciate a German Pilsner and this was very quaffable.

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barnzy78 from Illinois, Feb 17, 2020
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From a 12oz bottle (dated Dec 2019) into a pint glass.

Pours a pale translucent golden color with about a finger of thin white head which dissipates fairly quickly leaving an ever so slight amount of lacing.

Smells strongly of grain (mainly corn) and bread. Also picking up a strange metallic like odor.

Taste is mainly grainy. I swear I pick up the taste of Yuengling Lager in there. That may account for the strange metallic odor/taste.

Mouthfeel is thin and light, but not surprisingly so. Carbonation is present and noticeable.

Overall, while this isn't awful, it won't be a beer I seek out again. In the search for an inexpensive "go-to" beer, this isn't the one.

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DavetotheB from Pennsylvania, Feb 16, 2020
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2.94/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aptly named (somewhat). Pours golden in color, isn't too "pilsner-ish". Hops are very subdued, and has a vaguely sweet taste. An easy drinker, but misses my mark as a pilsner taste. I still buy it, enjoy it, but as a bargain lager, not a pilsner.

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Photo of Khad
4.78/5  rDev +34.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can you not be impressed with this beer? A large American brewer takes a chance on producing a German style pilsner and all the while using no adjunct....great!

The beer has a very nice aroma where you can pick up slight malt and some hops, all very clean. The appearance is a beautiful clear golden color with a nice head.

This is a very drinkable enjoyable pilsner which has less in common with an American adjunct and far more in common with a German Pilsner. It's not an expensive beer and is sure to satisfy someone looking for a malty slightly bitter Pilsner with no adjunct tastes or smells.

It's very impressive and glad they had the guts to make it.

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Khad from Nevada, Dec 25, 2019
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3.8/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling "Golden Pilsner"
12 fl. oz. brown glass bottle

Given that Yuengling has produced some very good new beers lately, Summer Wheat being one of them, I was expecting more from this. I expected that it would smell and taste like a traditional Czech or German Pils, or even a well made Euro Pils. What I found was a great let down. It doesn't have a hoppy Pilsner aroma, which is disappointing but I understand that they don't want to drive up the price point with expensive hops. What I find really weird though is that it has the Yuengling house aroma. That actually makes perfect sense logically, but it doesn't seem to fit with the beer in my mind. The flavor also lacks hop flavor, and to be honest, Pilsner malt flavor. I'm not sure what malts have been used here, and if there's adjunct in use or not but I don't really care; it could be 100% Pilsner malt but it doesn't smell or taste like it to me. It does say Pilsner on the label, right? Yes, "Golden Pilsner". Golden lager might have been more appropriate. Beyond those two points it checks out fine, although the head retention and lacing could be a bit better. It's OK in the end, but it's far from great, and hardly a good representation of a Pilsner.

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NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania, Dec 23, 2019
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5/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I'm from PA. Land of Yuengling. This GP will cut into existing market share of Yuengling Lager Drinkers. That Good.

It is a MUST TRY.We owe it to the Yuengling People to at least TRY it...For real beer drinkers not these oh I drink one or two crafts at special occasions losers.

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76239Eddie from Pennsylvania, Dec 16, 2019
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3.72/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

From a bottle off the singles rack . Just arrived there. No apparent dating.

Clear orangey-gold, with quickly-dissipating white head.

Smell is of bready malt, mostly, and a bit fruity (apple/pear/white grape), plus a little bit of (anaerobic) river muck aroma. I only get that last part when I stick my nose into the glass, so don't worry about it. ;)

Taste is biscuity grain, spicy/floral hops, and a touch of white grape juice. Mild pleasant bitterness, that builds towards finish, and lingers. A very slight cardboard/stale breadcrust flavor after finish, after it warms a bit (45F?) . If you don't like that, drink it cold, & you'll be fine.

Feel is light-side-of-medium, with fine carbonation, that tingles the tongue at the finish, and beyond.

Overall , not a bad effort. Not a top-notch pils, but pleasant enough for a break from more intense fare, or when AALs &/or old IPAs are the only other options. The whole is better than the sum of the parts . Worth a try.

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mikeinportc from New York, Dec 12, 2019
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3.5/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly I prefer this over their traditional Lager (I'm a fan of darker beers) not sure about the pour notes As I've only seen it in 16oz Cans .. Cost here is around 1$ a pint after tax at the local Grocery.. As stated by others it is a good "Session" beer.. Easy to knock back 3 or 4 of these and maintain the illusion of sobriety.. Oddly I get some notes of Clove and / or Cinnamon

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.48/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pours a very deep gold producing 3+ fingers of frothy, shortlived, white head that leaves a few motes and streaks of lace. Aroma is cracker and biscuit with Noble hop hints of grass, herbal and lemon with a hint of honey. Taste is similar but more robust and bready with fruity hints more honey than in the nose. Very American. It's too sweet and lacks the bitterness I've come to expect from nicer examples of the style. Clean, crisp and easy on the mouth. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with excellent carbonation producing a nice prickle. A good session beer and a welcome addition to mass produced non-adjunct pilsners. That's something you don't see everyday

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Photo of ScottUCF84
4.01/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Haven't posted a review in a long time, and I've tried some amazing beers in that span, but felt I needed to contribute a positive score to this one.

I've always been a huge fan of Pilsners, especially those of the Czech variety (this is considered a German technically). While GP can't go head to head with any of the top tier European and American craft versions, I will say that it's an extremely solid example with the correct noble hop profile, slight malty sweetness, and a light, crisp finish. The hop flavor is not as pronounced as others I've tried, but it's simply dialed back a bit and there are no unpleasant flavors introduced. This is a "light" Pilsner in its truest form.... the flavors are there bang on, but are just a bit more subtle, and as a result you have a lighter, balanced and extremely refreshing version of the style.

It pours a medium gold and is crystal clear, with a typical head and some mild lacing. The big surprise with this one is that I do not pick up any sort of corny sweetness, or any other adjunct flavors for that matter, which typically is found in Yuengling's traditional lager, as well as its competitors in this price range. I was unable to find an ingredients list but would not be surprised at all if this was an all-malt brew with no adjuncts whatsoever. If they were used, hats off for masking the flavor.

This is a special beer (especially at the price point) that I hope sticks around for a long time. I'm a bit worried the hop profile might be a bit much for the target market they seem to be aiming for, sold along BMC brews and priced accordingly. However this is leaps and bounds over Miller Lite's claim to a Pilsner, which doesn't have the slightest hint of a Noble hop IMO, and is dominated by adjunct flavors.

GP would be a great intro for someone wanting to get into German and Czech pilsners, as well as a cheaper alternative for Noble lovers that simply want to save some cash or throw back a few mowing the lawn. I love everything from IPAs, Stouts, and various Belgian ales, but always like to keep a decent, cheaper lager stocked in my fridge at ALL times, and this is a go-to for that role.

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ScottUCF84 from Florida, Oct 17, 2019
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4/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

L: Clear and gold. Not especially fizzy.

S: Smells sweeter than the flavor profile. Authentic pilsner.

T: The malt+yeast is good and wholesome. Just enough hops to tip the scale from sweet to bitter. Much more mellow than an IPA of course, being a lightly hopped lager.

T: Perfectly acceptable and priced accordingly.

F: German-styled lager. Buttery, palate adjusts easy, finishes clean and delicious.

O: I didn't expect a Yuengling to be this good. I had a Weihenstephan pilsner earlier and the difference isn't as massive as the $4 per 6pack price difference. Then again, I'm in Ohio, and there's a difference between shipping a beer from Pennsylvania and shipping it from Germany.

O: I'll keep this in my rotation. The main Yuenglings you want are original, light, and golden pilsner. Lord Chesterfield is decent but it's more a eurolager that you pick up because you want something less expensive than Heineken/Stella/Peroni and/or can't get Carlsberg/Paulaner

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Photo of Tacoma223
4.55/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

really nice foamy head, gorgeous light caramel color. Not sure why it’s not rated higher than it is, very nice and refreshing with a slight after taste. Really floral /hoppy overall really nice beer.

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Tacoma223 from New York, Oct 05, 2019
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1.43/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Absolutely terrible. Hardly any aroma whatsoever and pours a super bubbly head that lasts a long time then deflates all at once, like a popped a ballon. Very thin and synthetic mouthfeel. Almost “gelatinous” or “syrupy” undertones remain behind typical of adjunct garbage. Sharp and bitey carbonation. Minimal flavors of distant corn grits and papery-bitterness, like chewing on a manila folder. Very forgettable and Yuengling should be publicly shamed for this garbage.

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SkipZ from Pennsylvania, Sep 21, 2019
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3.46/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bright, clear and golden pour from an undated 12 oz. bottle. While this is far from a world-class interpretation of a pilsner, it is refreshing and quaffable - the ideal lager for a large gathering. It tastes more like a mix between an adjunct lager (corn) and a Helles (emphasis on malt). The deep, golden hue is very attractive with a clean, largely crisp flavor.

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jkrich from Florida, Sep 15, 2019
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3.79/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Don't taste this beer, drink it from the can, outside on a scorching hot day and you'll appreciate it for what it try to be - a refreshing lager for summer days.

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FBarber from Illinois, Sep 10, 2019
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1.92/5  rDev -46.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

24 fl oz aluminum pull-tab can ran me $1.67 at a discount store near New Orleans, LA.


HEAD: Frothy and white. ~5 minute retention.

BODY: Clear vibrant golden-yellow. Obviously filtered. No yeast/lees are visible.

AROMA: Cheap pale malt/6-row barley. Malt extract. Grains. Seeming adjunct (I'd guess just has a sweet malt syrup sort of aroma to it). No Noble hop aromatics are detectable or any grassiness. Water seems minerally and hard.

Aromatic intensity is low.

TASTE: Syrupy sweet with no Noble hop flavour whatsoever. I'd peg this for an adjunct lager or malt liquor if I tried it blind...really quite horrid. Too sweet to feel balanced, ending on a honeyed cooked corn note that doesn't inspire one to go back for another sip. Maybe some vegetal off-flavour?

TEXTURE: Syrupy, thick, unrefreshing, smooth, medium to full-bodied, too heavy on the palate...not what a pilsner should feel like texturally.

OVERALL: I have a fondness for Yuengling's flagship, but this is far from competent. Even putting aside the intention to make a pilsner, it'd still be poorly executed even as some sort of vague pale lager. Difficult to drink given its syrupy sweet taste and corn/vegetal-redolent off-flavours. I'd caution anyone against picking this one up.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Aug 18, 2019
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4.72/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

L: very clear golden yellow color with frothy but somewhat carbonated head
S: upfront hit of hops but mellowed out at backend by malts has a breath of fresh air with it
T: interestingly reverse of smell, malt mellowness comes first then finishes with fresh hops
F: smooth and refreshing easy going down
O: a really great pilsner, well done yuegling

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Urtravel from Pennsylvania, Aug 14, 2019
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2.81/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

There is no canned on date, just a hard to decipher julian code. I'm not the biggest fan of their more popular Amber Lager offering so i'm looking forward to seeing how this pilsner stacks up. The pour is golden yellow just as I expected & there is a moderate flow of carbonation going on. I'm not getting much on the aroma just some faint lemon lurking around. On the taste there is definitely that faint lemon showing itself again as well as a light citrus bitterness, it's not as bitter as perhaps a dry hopped west coast IPA but you can definitely detect it. In addition to, I taste some Cheerios cereal. can see myself picking up a few more cans of these on a late night gas station stop for some beer. I also like that this beer is pretty much available at every convenience store in my area. I'm definitely tasting corn, yes corn & not corn syrup but it does not seem like a corn adjunct & german pilsner style are a mix because i'm not digging this beer as much as I wanted too, it's needs a tweak here & there. Cheers! C

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Nass from Florida, Aug 13, 2019
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3.34/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a crystal clear pale golden yellow in color with moderate amounts of active visible carbonation rising quickly from the bottom of the glass and faint straw yellow + bright yellow colored highlights. The beer has a three finger tall sudsy foamy white head that slowly reduces to a large patch of medium thick film in the center of the glass surrounded bun a large patch of thin film covering the remainder of the surface of the beer and a medium thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Light to moderate aromas of bready + biscuit + grainy malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness as well as a faint aroma of grassy hops.

T: Upfront there are just shy of moderate flavors of bready + biscuit + grainy malts with a light amount of grainy sweetness. That is followed by light flavors of grassy hops which contribute a light amount of bitterness that lingers slightly.

M: Just shy of medium bodied with a moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly crisp initially with a relatively clean finish.

O: Easy to drink with well hidden alcohol. A little lighter in flavor and aroma overall when compared with other Pilsners but still enjoyable.

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dbrauneis from North Carolina, Aug 10, 2019
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4.36/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This Golden Pilsner from Yuengling earned its high marks from me for some very good reasons. It's beautiful to look at, has a wonderful nose redolent of sweet grass and is beautifully balanced on the palate with hops and a slightly sweet malt backbone playing wonderfully together. It's crisp and very clean with a finish that will have you reaching for another. Bored with the fancy milkshakes, danks, juicies and fruities? Settle back with a few of these 4.7% classics, with your pals around a campfire, on the beach watching the waves, after yard work or just because, every once in a while, you simply want to have a real beer. Goes with pretty much any food, including egg salad (which was my pairing). Now, is the reigning world champion Pilsner Urquell going to be rattled by this newcomer? Hardly. Pilsner Urquell isn't rattled by anything, much less another pilsner. But I think even Josef Groh would have liked this one from Yuengling. A truly great pilsner at a very affordable price. Good on ya, Yuengling!

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pubscout from New Jersey, Aug 03, 2019
Golden Pilsner from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 279 ratings