Golden Pilsner | Yuengling Brewery

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Golden PilsnerGolden Pilsner

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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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Ratings: 117 |  Reviews: 54
Photo of utopiajane
3.41/5  rDev -3.1%
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 BigMike
3.77/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours a nice golden color with a white head.

Smells of earthy and floral hops with some fruity yeast notes.

Taste crisp clean. Earthy and floral hops balanced by a sweet grain cereal flavored backbone. A surprisingly solid Pilsner.

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Photo of jcarlosv
3/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of dedrinker
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Graded on a macro curve, this offering from Yuengling is a clear cut above their other offerings (and I've had them all) yet does not approach the nuanced heights of a good German Pilsner. It still has the faintest hint of adjunct lurking around (even if there is none) and the head lacks the rocky retention of the original - that fine bubbled dense cratered foam of good Pilsner. The color is a little deeper gold rather than golden/straw, but I don't think that's such a big deal. The overall experience though is more like a good Canadian lager or a decent Dutch lager and better than Stella Artois.

That being said, this is better than the very few lousy budget lagers one can find in German discount grocery stores, but can't stand beside Germany's standard offerings.

However, if this was as bad as BMC ever got post prohibition, maybe American beer wouldn't have become a laughingstock for decades until our craft beer scene reached critical mass and our former haters became imitators.

If the price point stays attractive this will be top shelf swill. In a good way.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.73/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This one pours a golden light yellow color, with a small head, and not much lacing.

This has a very light hoppy aroma on the nose, slightly grassy, with just a hint of fruity yeastiness.

This is pretty tasty, but ultimately falls short when compared to craft pilsners. The hop flavor is nice, adds a little bit of bitterness, but the malt character is uninteresting and barely noticeable. There's a bit of sweet and fruity yeast character, too.

This is light bodied and pretty clean, with a very high level of drinkability.

This definitely wins points for drinkability and price, but it's just ultimately not a top tier pilsner. I still enjoyed it, though.

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Photo of ajm5108
2.76/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

About what you’d expect, pretty pedestrian beer, hops are light as is appropriate for the style but still have a vegetal / grassy quality, malt is pretty bland

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Photo of chicagoish
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of plaid75
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of jjamadorphd
2.67/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not quite what I was hoping for...

...what I hoped I would experience with this beer is my first, truly likable pils from my perspective. On paper, I should like this style, but I have yet to find someone that brews one that I actually and truly like. This is no different. Great looking in the pilsner glass - good foam, distinct lacing, and then...well, it just wasn't something I was hoping to experience. The smell was very bready and yeasty - and not in a good way. The mouthfeel was very fluid - reminding me of the macro that this essentially represents. The taste, while not bad, was very uninspired, there's just nothing to it.

I like this brewer but I am not a fan of this particular offering...

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Photo of cb500rider
3.85/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

This is as close to a German Pilsner as I have experienced from an American Brewery. The Becks from Bud can't even compare. When I drink the Yuengling Golden Pilsner, I actually feel like I'm drinking a German beer, purity law and all. Reminds me of the Edinger Pilsner. If you like German brews and hate the price, try some.

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Photo of ordybill
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a pale, clear golden yellow color with a large white head. The aroma is cereal and grass. The taste is cereal and some malt.

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Photo of mcelstein
2.88/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Not good. Nowhere near as good as their premium.

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Photo of williamcrane
3.98/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Refreshing pils style. Very affordable. I think this is my favorite Yuengling brew.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Chinaskifan1
3.5/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DerekP
3.22/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Tastes like an American adjunct to me. Don't expect noble hops in the taste of aroma. Not bad by any means, but very disappointing considering this brew apparently replaced the stellar Yuengling Summer hefeweizen.

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Photo of Jcarriglio
3.47/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jacobier10
3.63/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Deep gold color with good clarity and a small white head. Head retention was poor with very little lacing.

Sweet, cracker malt aroma with some floral/herbal hop notes that were definitely on the lighter side for a pilsner. Sweet malt flavor that's clean enough, but comes across as being a little heavy. I'm left wanting more of a bite from the hops. Finishes sweet and soft and without that snap that a good pilsner has. Medium-light bodied.

Refreshing and easy drinking, but a little too mild and missing some bitter qualities of the better versions of the style.
At the low price point though, you're getting a good value for what it is.

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Photo of ArchimedesSox
3.78/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear golden straw color, 1/2 inch white head, not much lacing
S: Bread, slight fruity hoppiness
T: Sweet, bread, I get a little hop bitterness on the end
M: Light to medium
O: This has been my goto this summer. I love the Amber Lager and this is a nice mix up to the ush. Side note: I really loved the summer wheat and I have not seen it this summer so I hope this has not taken its place. Both are great!

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Photo of Stofko1992
2.71/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of generallee
3.53/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of cyclonece09
3.67/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of sweet adjunct grain, but stronger than most typical pilsner. Tastes of sweet adjunct grain, slight fruitiness. Beer is light bodied and very easy drinking, but a tad heavily carbonated. Overall, an above average beer.

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Photo of TheRock7755
3.44/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Cholla
4/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A nice even beer. Not too hoppy and not too sweet. I really enjoyed it. It’s reasonably priced. 6.49 for a six pack around here. It was very smooth and refreshing on a hot summer day after yard work. Really enjoyed it. Cheers.

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Golden Pilsner from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 3.52 out of 5 with 117 ratings