Golden Pilsner
Yuengling Brewery

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German Pilsner
Ranked #477
Ranked #43,364
3.55 | pDev: 14.93%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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 FBarber
3.79/5  rDev +6.8%
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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Photo of Wunderhoos
4.14/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

The best beer that Yuengling currently makes. And I know what I'm talking about, because until recently I was a sales rep for Bond, the local Yuengling distributor for Baltimore metro. We also sold everything from Keystone to Miller Lite to Flying Dog to Boulevard to Shelton Brothers, our portfolio of brands was huge. We sold every style and price point imaginable. As a result, I have a great deal of knowledge about all things related to the business of beer, and can confidently state that there are few beers out there that can match the quality of this for the price point.

A few facts about this beer:
-All malt, no adjuncts (unlike their flagship Traditional Lager, which is cut with corn)
-Noble Saaz and Hallertau hops from Germany
-Priced like a BMC domestic beer
-Year-round offering (not rotating, despite what its profile says)
-Was introduced to the brewery portfolio by Dick Yuengling's four daughters, who represent the sixth generation of the oldest American owned brewery. The Golden Pilsner is their first offering to highlight this fact ("Six Generations") on the label.

I'm not going to go into the nuances of breaking this beer down, it is what it is: an inexpensive, mass-produced, quality American brew made in the German Pilsner style. It's not out there to light the world on fire. The liquid is tasty and crushable, and the flavor profile puts any other beer selling for $10-12 a 12pk to shame. A home run for Yuengling. I predict it will surpass Black and Tan as their #2 seller (after Lager of course).
Now that I no longer work in the beer business, I am free to speak my mind: Yuengling sucks at marketing. They literally have liquid gold here and they are failing to capitalize on it. Nobody else is selling an all-malt, noble-hopped Pilsner this cheap. This beer smokes the BMC competition. Are there better American-made German Pilsners out there? Absolutely! Duclaw Incognito (another beer I used to sell) is a great example, but a 6pk retails for the same price as a 12pk of YGP. If you're looking for value, look no further.

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Photo of Bsimpson91
4.95/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Stunning American Pilsner with great flavor profile. For its style, it takes a good jab at the European lagers with its taste being very similar. I imagine it being a cost effective beer to Becks, Heieken or Stella.
Let us begin with the look. It's brilliant and gold straw. The presentation is nice. Rather typical for Yuengling, very well done artwork. Going with the nose; the aroma is a tad muted. However, you get a ritch buttery malt with some peppery hops. Nice black pepper and grassy notes on the smell. Moving on to taste. Lets say I was pleasantly surprised by the flavor. Starts off very crisp, refreshing and clean. Bright buttery, biscuity malt that quickly leads into a floral, hop character. The bitterness is soft. The middle has a rush of rich maltiness that is well balanced with a herbal, grassy note. The finish is clean with very little after taste.keep in mind this is no competitor to Pulsner Urquell, also keep in mind that is not the same price either. I paid $1 for a 16oz can. Now for the feel. Thebeer is ultra crisp and refreshing. Wonderful smooth on the pallet with good carbonation with a medium-light body. Very, very drinkable. I highly recommend you try it!

I classify this Beer as a American Style Lager, within its style this beer is above its class compared to the many options in the category. This is a very high quality Beer. Not one off putting flavor and no imperfections could I find with this brew. For a American Lager it deserves a 9 out of 10 personal rating. I enjoyed this Beer and would consider buying it again.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16 ounce can. Served in a pilsener glass, the beer pours a clear gold color with about an inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both decent enough. The brew smells like bready malt and grassy hops. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's also some grain and floralness noticeable too. Light grainy sweetness in the finish. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's smooth and really easy to drink. Good amount of carbonation. Nice and refreshing! I think this is a pretty good summer beer, and one that I wouldn't mind having year-round. $1.00 a can at Kroger.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.28/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yuengling Golden Pilsner has a thick, off-white head, a clear, bubbly, gold appearance, and minimal glass lacing. Aroma is of sweet sourdough, yeast, and faint grass. Taste is of those element, and some mild bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium, and Golden Pilsner finishes crisp and refreshing.


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Photo of superspak
4.01/5  rDev +13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 ounce bottle into lager glass, bottled on 12/17/2018. Pours crystal clear medium golden yellow color with a 1 finger dense and rocky white head with awesome retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Fantastic appearance. Aromas of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. A bit of fruity aromas, but not overwhelming. Nice and pleasant aromas with pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop notes; with solid strength. Taste of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, light pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness. Light-moderate herbal, floral, grassy, peppery bitterness on the finish. Lingering notes of cracker, white bread dough, lightly toasted biscuit, pepper, and herbal/floral/grassy earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Awesome robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; with an awesome malt/bitterness balance, and no cloying/astringent flavors after the finish. Moderately crisp/clean finishing. Perfectly clean on lager flavors, with no fruity/yeasty notes. Light-moderate increasing dryness from lingering bitterness and carbonation. Medium-high carbonation and light-medium body; with a very smooth, moderately creamy/bready/grainy, and fairly sticky balanced mouthfeel that is great. Zero warming alcohol as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is an excellent German pilsner! All around great robustness and balance of pale malts and light-moderate earthy hop flavors; very smooth, crisp, clean, and refreshing to drink with the modestly bitter/drying finish. Very flavorful and not watery for the ABV. Awesome clean pils malt showcase, with nice noble hop presence/balance. A very enjoyable offering, and impressive spot on style example.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.41/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden. Clear and bright with a fat head of white foam that lasts leisurely. Falls in sheets clinging until it finally gives way to impudent streaks. Nose is crackery and herbal. The word distinct is the clue to the identity of these hops. They have a sweet flower petal and a little pepper. A faint whiff of sulfur combined with some dms. Taste is good and firm. Moderate bubble and a hop softenss that asserts just a touch of bitterness in the swallow. It's got everything in the finish except the hops.

As it warms you notice just a little sweetness in the finish and because of that you can taste a little bit of citrus form the hops. The distinct herbal from saaz was lost in the finish but the grassy hop stays on the palate. It keeps this beer form a better score and it makes the malt taste like graham cracker instead of bread. The finish lost a little something because of it. It also kept it from being dry.

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Photo of BitbEerpenguin
4.7/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Hats off to Yuengling for making a fantastic German Pilsner. Most pilsners I try that are made in America tend to get the sweetness too high. A true German pilsner should be high on bitterness and low on sweetness for a nice crisp taste. Yuengling nailed it, well done guys!

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Photo of Foyle
4.48/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into shaker glass. A large, sudsy white head drops slowly with moderate lacing on the glass. Color is light gold with mild streaming carbonation. Aroma of cracker, biscuit, and grassy hops. Mouthfeel is light, smooth, and easy going. Flavor is pleasant mix of cracker, sweet malts, lemon, and grassy hops. A well done addition to the Yuengling lineup.

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Photo of drtth
3.84/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The sparklingly clear rich golden color beer pours out into a Duvel glass with a 1/2” off white head that soon recedes to a cap of foam on the liquid while leaving coating of foam on the sides that also includes some lines, patches and legs of lacing. Sipping creates a couple of arches and lots of small scattered spots of lacing, many of which slide back down to the liquid. By midway through the beer therein a small, thin irregular island on the liquid, a nice ring around the glass and a number of large and small patches on the sides of the glass.

The aromas are all about about the biscuity, crackery malt and the gently floral, grassy and slightly spicy hops.

The flavors include some toasted biscuity, crackery and slightly sweet malt along with some light bitterness from gently spicy, floral and grassy hops

The mouthfeel is medium bodied and fairly smooth with the moderate carbonation. The finish begins as the sweetness and grainy malt flavors begins to fade leaving the slightly bitter earthy hops to fade away in the clean slightly crisp ending.

Overall I found this more enjoyable than I had anticipated. While the aromas/flavors are not intense they are definitely noticeable and the beer is clean, slightly crisp and fairly refreshing. Generally I prefer a Pils with a bit more intensity of flavors and some more crisp dryness in the ending, but I expect to be repeating this beer because it’s simple, enjoyable and well suited for an evening out with friends sharing dinner and conversation.

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Photo of MikeWard
3.09/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz bottle into a pint glass. Julian bottled date translates to March 19th, so this beer is less than 2 weeks old. Don't remember seeing a bottled date on Yuengling beers before, but perhaps I just don't pay attention to them since I live in Pottsville.

Pale golden yellow color, average carbonation, head dissipates very quickly to almost nothing. No lacing.

No aroma at all, nothing good, nothing bad.

Hmm. There is a certain slight sweet maltiness to it, but the aftertaste is a little off putting.

Mouth is above medium, faintly bitter, finish as mentioned above, is a little off.

Overall, I was looking forward to this one, since I enjoyed their most recent releases, Summer Wheat and IPL. Unfortunately, Golden Pilsener is a bit of letdown. In fact, it tastes similar to some of their other regular offerings. Sadly Summer Wheat and IPL have been discontinued. They were both better than this offering.

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Photo of HorseheadsHophead
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Crystal clear, deep gold in appearance with lots of bubbles, forming a small white head with good retention.
Smells like sweet malt and adjuncts and Noble hops. Honey, corn, grass, hay, bell pepper, and grains.
Tastes of grass, bell pepper, golden bread crust, honey, a hint of corn, hay, mineral water, and white pepper. Lightly sweet, with a lightly dry finish and a touch of bitterness. Clean and crisp.
Light mouthfeel, but not watery. Highly carbonated. Refreshing/thirst-quenching.
A decent large-scale pilsner. Stands above the other American macro lagers.

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Photo of Baerdad
3.76/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4.25

Honestly thought this beer was going to suck, as I find Yuengling to be pretty gross. Can looked tempting, gave it a try. Wow. Actually a good beer. Does it taste like a Pilsner? Eh...but it sure tastes good. Worth a try. Light, crisp, tastes of wheat, slight hops, not bad.

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Photo of hottenot
3.59/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Has a nice balance of malt and hops. The first time I tried this Pils, I didn't notice.

The appearance is a little darker than most Pils, almost looks like a lager.

But the taste and smell are Pilsner all the way. My new favorite from Yuengling.

By far the hoppiest beer since the demise of their excellent IPL.

For the record and to enlighten "experts" in the style of Pilsner, there are No Adjuncts in this.
You are wrong and not very bright to boot.

Even though I have to go slightly out of my way to find it. It's worth seeking out.

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Photo of lastmango
3.54/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of eldoctorador
3.25/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of DrMullet
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden yellow with moderate head. Faint, persistent lacing.
Smell is very light grain. Not much to it.
Taste is some corn and mildly bitter finish.

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Photo of PaulSlazinger
3.02/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of rclangk
4/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Jcarriglio
3.47/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of drunkenmess
3.6/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Treyliff
3.72/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

16oz can poured into a pint

A- pours a clear straw color with a one-finger foamy white head that reduces to a film floating on top

S- toasted crackers, Pilsner malt, hints of caramel, grass & floral hops

T- clean toasted malt with notes of crackers & grains. Mid-palate is slightly sweet, the finish is dry and leaves light grassy and floral hop notes

M- light body with medium carbonation leads to a foamy mouthfeel and a crisp dry finish

O- clean, crisp and drinkable, a solid Pilsner

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.29/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jsalz21
3.5/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of MJ64
3.71/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Golden Pilsner from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 81 out of 100 with 247 ratings