Golden Pilsner | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: German Pilsner

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by superspak on 12-11-2017

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Photo of Knapp85
3.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Heidvastag
3.06/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Lighter version of the original

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Photo of freewill35
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Octoberist
3.56/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of ovaltine
3.67/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Rgbfore
4.06/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Not as hoppy as a Czech Pils but very drinkable. My favorite Yuengling.

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Photo of EMV
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Clear light golden pour with 1.5 fingers of foamy white head. Thin rim of lacing.

S: Slightly sweet light grains and herbal hops.

T.F: Lightly toasted grains and mildly sweet malts. Hopping for bitterness, with mild herbal and grassy character. Clean and crisp. Well carbonated and light.

O: A passable light pils... nothing special, but a clean beer. Yuengling didn't embarrass themselves with this one. Then again they didn't impress anyone either. I'd take a Victory 'Prima Pils' over this any day of the week.

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Photo of drtth
3.84/5  rDev +9.7%
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 Davidstan
3.65/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Captain69
4/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great pilsner style - refreashing pours great great head

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Photo of HJB96x
3.36/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Compared to Budweiser, Coors and Miller I think this is a solid choice for a hot summer day. It is a little too sweet for my liking and gets a bit old after a few beers but it's refreshing and easy to drink. Not a bad choice considering the price.

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Photo of twax
3.61/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Claude-Irishman
2.06/5  rDev -41.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Looks almost yellow, bottom of SRM index, white foamy viscous head which recedes very fast. Smells like creamed corn, fake maple smell. Taste is not good, almost like cereal grains, water,some hops and sweetness. Feels out of sync with most pilsners I have had. Overall adjunct Pilsners are not really Pilsners in my opinion. Will not have again.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.2/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(12 oz bottle, poured into a shaker pint - - - drank a bottle from the sixer each of the previous two days before this review on the third bottle)

L: crystal-clear, golden liquid; sparkler sizzle out suds... no lace

S: faint bit of hop on the nose with the foam still there - once gone, the underlying grain/ester base is nearly a dead ringer for their lager... doesn't retain enough hop to make me believe 'pilsner'... after little time, the aromas dull out, leaving tiny hints of glossy cardboard and/or wet grass

T: tastes nearly the same as their lager, with the exception of a slight bit of the darker caramel sweetness scaled back; the little bit of bitterness there could be partly from the carbonic acid... has an almost malt liquor nuance - wouldn't mistake this for a European import... one small burp brought up perhaps a note of spicy hop

F: soft sizzle of carbonation, mild syrupy viscosity to its body that just seems a little lumbering... overall, on par with their lager

O: not much else to say except that the base beer is clearly an uninspired variation on their flagship lager... really hoped for more with this and I'll echo some of the other reviews that their IPL and Summer Wheat were relative knock-outs, while this just simply didn't come close to impressing - but it also seems like an simple tweak or two could get it in the right direction

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Photo of casualbeerman
2.58/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I don't get it. Didn't Yuengling already brew a pils? After a trip to their website to read the description, "The perfect balance of malt and hop character for smooth thirst quenching refershment" and a note that this beer is made with a combination of Saaz and Hallertau hops (The Saaz hops really got me, I think the world needs more Czech style pilsners), I thought it was worth a try, especailly since, like all of Yuengling's products, its reasonably priced. So I bought a sixpack. Now that I'm halfway through though, I've concluded that I should not have bothered. While this isn't a bad beer, its not nearly as good as the flagship Traditional, and not even as good as I remember the so called "Premium" (which is also a pils btw). Anyway,here are the details:

Appearance is actually very appealing. It really is a nice pale amber/gold with a nice thick head that is fairly stable. No complaints there.

Smell isn't objectionable, its just really faint. It mostly smells of alcohol. I guess there may be a really faint hop and pale malt character in there, but I can't tell for sure whether that's the case or whether its just my imagination. It's that faint. We're talking Dos Equis weak.

Taste is where "Golden Pilsner" really falls short. Its not bad. It's not good either though. Like the smell, its barely there. There is a pleasant if fairly one dimensional vaguely bitter very slightly funky hop character. And the faintest ghost of a slightly sweet pale malts. Like a slightly stronger Dos Equis or a slightly better version of Coors Origional I guess. Not objectionable, but no way would I go out of my way to drink one. Traditional destroys this stuff in the taste department and so do lots of other beers.

Feel: Ok,they're right about the refreshing part. This stuff goes down easy. But I have zero problems with the drinkability of Traditional. Or of Yuengling "Premium" for that matter, and those both taste way better. So again, why bother with this?

Overall, this is not a bad beer. Honestly, if someone else made it, I would have rated it slightly higher. I'm giving this a below average rating because, given who makes this anywhere you can get Yuengling Golden Pils, you're going to be able to get the Traditional Lager, and probably "Premium" as well for that matter, and I can't think of any reason to drink one of these instead of either of those. To be perfectly honest, halfway through my second bottle, I poured it out and cracked open a Sam Adams instead. And I repeated the same thing with my 3rd bottle (except that time I cracked open a Traditional instead). Again, this isn't bad, its just a totally uninspiring product from a brewer that has a whole lineup of stuff that tastes better. Yuengling Light actaully has a lot more going on than Yuengling Golden Pils.

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Photo of mvanaskie13
2.79/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a grip shaped goblet: color is straw, head is bright white with fine bubbles and presents about 1/2 inch thick, then dissipates to a thin top, minimal lacing.

Smell is corn, sulfur, grainy malt, muddled hops.

Taste is similar with corn, grain, yeast, muddled hops.

Mouthfeel is lighter carbonated than other Yuengling brews, light sweetness and then some drying.

Overall a bit disappointing compared to other newer Yuengling beers.

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Photo of Steve_Studnuts
3.29/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Michelleroo
3.28/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jadpsu
3.52/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Purchased at Legacy.
Pours a very clear, mostly pale straw yellow with just a little golden hue. All white head with average retention.
AROMA: Faint herbal, floral aroma.
TASTE: Flavor was pretty much the same. Clean, crisp.
FEEL: A little coarse on the palate. Some bitterness.

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Photo of The-Sud-Truth
3.81/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into traditional Pilsner glass. The beer pours a cider hue and fills the glass with the aroma of bread and malts. A notable head quickly disappears. Mouthfeel is full and smooth. The beverage has a well blended taste with good character. There is only a slight malt taste but nothing overwhelms the taste buds. Overall this is a very drinkable beer and strong entry for an American brewed Pilsner.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.89/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of GrandpaGeorg
3.69/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Someone recommended this after trying it at a tasting event. Yuengling's Traditional Lager is a common "go to" when no craft options are available. It's always a solid bet. I decided to pick up the twelve pack cans for the summer and give it a try. It was not disappointing. Great golden yellow in the glass with a nice head of foam. Clean in the nose, but subtle hints of malt. Refreshing, crisp (yes, I used that word) and well-balanced flavor of biscuity malt and soft bittering hops. Definitely not too sweet (as some craft pilsners tend to be lately). Very enjoyable and even goes well right out of the can. This is one I'll keep in the fridge for around the pool or after mowing the lawn. Very good!

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Photo of jkblr
3.45/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16oz canned 4/20/2018 (44 days ago) poured into a willibecher glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright golden straw yellow with a little off white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and paper thin island with a trace of lacing. The aroma is mostly yeasty with a hint of pils malt. The taste is initially soft and pilsner like but the back end has AAL traits like a gentle tartness and suggestions of corn. The mouthfeel is thin to medium bodied, adequately carbonated and mostly dry in the finish. There is a subtle butter character to the finish, more so in feel than taste. Overall, below average as a German Pilsner. This is a very nice, tasty and fairly clean American lager although I will score as a pilsner. Recommended as a food beer or session beer when you're more concerned with conversation than what is in your glass.

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Photo of Jsalz21
3.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of XsoldoutX
3/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Pilsner from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 3.5 out of 5 with 138 ratings