Golden Pilsner
Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
German Pilsner
Ranked #464
Ranked #27,515
3.55 | pDev: 16.62%
Dec 27, 2022
Dec 11, 2017
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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Reviewed by Skywave from Oklahoma

3.15/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3
Brilliantly clear light gold, creamy but thin head. good retention.

Light bready, crackery malt, slightly vinous, very faint hops. Not really distinct.

See aroma. Not a lot going on here. Not a German Pils to me. Tastes more like a weak imitation of a Munich helles or all-malt continental lager.

Light Body, nominal CO2. Quite nice.

Not particularly unpleasant tasting, but boring as hell. It is basically a Yuengling Traditional Amber lager without the personality. Would rather have their Amber, it has more interesting flavors for the same money.
Dec 27, 2022
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

3.36/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
12oz bottle into a tall Pilsner glass.
L: Pours clear yellow gold w a 1/4" white head that goes to good edge foam, VG carbo with large bubbles, no lacing.
S: Light malts, gently floral w subtle spice, very light fruit, a hint of bread, vinous green veggie, peach, cereal grains.
T: Lightly sweet then a hoppy bite, caramel malts, vinous green veggie, very light fruits, a hint of corn, grainy aftertaste.
F: Crisp w broad paleness, a med-light body and a rather drying finish w a light linger. Lightly gritty in the finish.
O: An EZ drinking beer that is very drying, which I personally enjoy. It is gently rich in the middle but remains light on its feet. I can't lie, it tastes a little bit 'cheap" for lack of a better term yet it is good in its style.
Dec 17, 2022
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Reviewed by kannacker from Delaware

3.21/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
I like Yuengling Lager & Hershey Porter but the Pilsner is one of the worst pilsners I have had. This one lack's flavor taste's more like a light beer.
Oct 29, 2022
Rated: 3.34 by scootercrabb from Illinois

Oct 02, 2022
Rated: 3.53 by TimDixon1964 from Maryland

Oct 01, 2022
Rated: 3.5 by TLA from Pennsylvania

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Cdriver0414 from Kentucky

4.04/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My favorite readily available pilsner. All the flavor of a good pilsner with none of the bad aftertaste some similar beers leave. Light but flavorful and excellent on a hot day.
Sep 23, 2022
Rated: 4.37 by xnotx from Pennsylvania

Sep 21, 2022
Rated: 2.63 by Vapory

Sep 19, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by Rainintheface from Florida

Jul 12, 2022
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Reviewed by rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.53/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 ounce bottle poured into a tulip glass. I can't decipher the bottling info. It might say 5/9/22. I hope so.

L---Crystal clear. Medium, rich gold color. Fluffy white head faded quickly down to a cap and left ok lacing.

S---Hoppy. Some graininess. A little sweet, that's not a good thing.

T---Grainy with light hops. Not a lot going on.

F---Medium body with good carbonation. Doesn't have the crispness I look for in a pilsner.

O---Pretty meh. But I'd take one of these over an AAL anyday.
May 16, 2022
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Reviewed by gestyr from Pennsylvania

4.13/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Pours a clear gold with a thin head
Smells of hops and has a slight grain aroma
Taste good and is very sessionable. It is not quite a true pilsener style but it is close. It beats the hell out of some euro-lagers I have had.
May 16, 2022
Rated: 3.74 by mojohawk21 from Missouri

Mar 23, 2022
Rated: 4 by VickyYeo from Pennsylvania

Mar 19, 2022
Rated: 3.61 by PapaGoom

Mar 17, 2022
Rated: 3.54 by Gagnonsux from Texas

Mar 14, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4
Pours a nice clear straw gold
with a quickly disappearing head.
The aroma smells of hops.
The flavor profile is pretty well balanced for a budget beer.
Not a hoppy as the Lord Chesterfield, but it holds it's own. Not quite a true Pilsner style in my book, but
For a budget friendly work beer, this should do the trick.
It's not bad at all, but not sublime either.
I recommend it for someone watching their finances and for a good company/lawnmower beer.
Goes excellent with Buffalo wings!
Mar 06, 2022
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Reviewed by GuyFox

1/5  rDev -71.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Terrible. It has a slight sweetness, a really, really, disgustingly bad hop flavor and a bad aftertaste, likely from using high alpha acid hops. It basically tastes like a skunked miller light, without actually being skunked.

I'm not a beer-style purist but the hops largely make a Pilsner taste like a Pilsner, so It makes absolutely zero sense to use high AA hops... If you're looking for a crisp, hoppy Pilsner, try Pilsner Urquell - it's good and widely available, and even the dirt-cheap Polar (a german-style pils from Venezuela, which you might find in a grocery store) beats the pants off this travesty.

I've tried pretty much every beer that Yuengling makes and this one is by far the worst. This is easily one of the worst beers I've ever had, and I like most beers...
Mar 04, 2022
Rated: 2.88 by beerjerk666 from Florida

Jan 30, 2022
Rated: 2.92 by mattjp03 from Alabama

Jan 29, 2022
Rated: 3.22 by zaraspook from Illinois

Jan 26, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by Stratscott

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 3.46 by ohbigun from West Virginia

Jan 01, 2022
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Reviewed by Joefromgeorgia from Georgia

1.56/5  rDev -56.1%
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
Dec 02, 2021
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Reviewed by PresidentofWhat

2.8/5  rDev -21.1%
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
Rated: 3.25 by AD17 from New Jersey

Oct 28, 2021
Rated: 3.51 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

Oct 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.43/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.75 | 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
Rated: 3.94 by mjurney from Texas

Sep 23, 2021
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Reviewed by mushroomcloud from Texas

3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
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
Rated: 3.58 by cdwil from Texas

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 3.54 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Sep 19, 2021
Rated: 3.78 by Mortarforker from Texas

Sep 16, 2021
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Reviewed by BroBobby70 from Texas

3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
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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Reviewed by Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.55/5  rDev 0%
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
Rated: 3.45 by mamaraza from Texas

Aug 26, 2021
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Rated by Jocose47 from Maryland

4.69/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
Good version of a German beer, made in the USA-color and flavor accurate for it's name.
Aug 09, 2021
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