Golden Pilsner | Yuengling Brewery

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Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
yuengling.com

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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#39,303
Reviews:
65
Ratings:
139
pDev:
13.18%
 
 
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5
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Ratings: 139 |  Reviews: 65
Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.28/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

RJT

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Photo of yuenglingfan101
3/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Taste a lot like Michelob Ultra. Not a fan of this beer whatsoever. I expected more from Yuengling. Pale golden color smells like a straw and tastes like drinking potato chips

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Photo of RBorsato
3.53/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of edthehead
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Markaykis
4.74/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

Just tried this today and wow was I impressed! After walking past this many times I decided to give it a try. This is BY FAR the BEST Pilsner I have tasted. Yuengling did an amazing job here by providing consumers with an ALL malt brew at an adjunct price. I am usually a big fan of the Tradiitonal Lager but this gives it a run for its money. Before grabbing another bland macro adjunct, take a gamble and try some Golden Pilsner!

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.73/5  rDev +6.9%
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 CTHomer
3.62/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: crystal clear; medium gold in color; 2 finger ivory head that receded to a wispy cap; very little lacing;

S: grass, grain, floral, and a little spice;

T: tilted a little toward malt sweetness; all grain and grass; finish is more malt sweetness than hop bitterness;

M: light to medium bodied; moderate carbonation; lightly dry finish;

O: refreshing, but not a pilsner I would seek out again;

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Photo of Foyle
4.48/5  rDev +28.4%
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 Soneast
4.07/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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

Photo of drunkenmess
3.6/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of barknee
3.65/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a magnificent deep gold with an impressive solid frothy head. I will say upfront that this is my fav Yuengling product by miles and destined to make positive press and renewed greatness for this brewer. Very malty (all malt) with ample bittering. For me I would appreciate it even more if there was a touch less residual sugar, but still a very satisfying beverage from a brewery which gives me great pleasure supporting. The all malt composition does give this brew some weight & heft and though it's not quite as devourable as lets say Pilsner Urquell, it's still a welcome and legit entry in the wonderful world of Pilsner.

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Photo of DanielX
5/5  rDev +43.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I just tried and I absolutely loved it! Just $5 more per 24cans but practically on the next level. This is a European beer. Not the usual salty sweet slosh that is accepted everywhere as the standard for beer.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.57/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Stout80mizer
2.81/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Meh

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
2.79/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wunderhoos
4.14/5  rDev +18.6%
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 jn712
3.84/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I've been looking for an "everyday go-to beer" for a while now. Something drinkable, bright and crisp and without the backround cloying sweetness that most all big domestic beers have. This beer pours beautifully into a pilsner glass with an attractive golden yellow hue topped off with a full brightwhite foamy head that lasts. It is nicely carbonated but not overly so and this contributes to the pleasant mouthfeel. Taste is bright and clean with a well balanced earthy bitterness that compliments and completes the overall effect.

I love experiencing the full spectrum of craftbeers as much as anyone, but in a world of craftbeer hobby snobbery I am very happy to find an inexpensive American made beer that I can enjoy everyday. I'll buy it by the case.

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Photo of ItsBeer4Me
3.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NickTrop
4.11/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The craft beer crowd will underrate this one ( Ermahgerd! I detect corn grits!) and compare it to beers costing 50% more, but I think Yuengling hit this one out of the park. Way better than MBC offerings in the same price range. Very quaffable and doesn't taste "Yuengling-y". Maybe they're using a different yeast? Dunno. I actually prefer it to most of the American craft pils I've sampled. Solid addition to Yuengling;s lineup.

EDIT: Since first sampling this a few months ago and writing the above review it has become a staple. This pils is subtle and sublime. It is just a beautifully balanced beer. Some have wanted more flavor but I think that the hops are as they should be -- a seasoning (if you will) not something that takes over but a compliment. I have upped my rating to a "5". I purchase this in cans -- 12-pack for $12.99, basically a buck a beer. That makes Yuengling Golden Pilsner, simply, hands down, bar none, far and a way THE best value beer on the market. Nothing touches it. It's a craft quality brew at a macro brew price point. Thus, it's always in the fridge. This could easily be a true German import -- which it reminds me of, commanding twice the price. This is Yuengling's best brew. It stands alongside Sierra Nevada Pale Ale (for when I want a bit more bite) as an American classic. Silly beer snobs will simply refuse to give it its due -- not expensive enough. I maintain, as a lifelong beer drinker/aficionado most wouldn't know a truly good beer if they tripped over one rating most by price and IBU and have zero appreciation for balance or subtlety. I look forward to finding this on draft.

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Photo of PuffySAJ
3.74/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Not a bad beer for the price. Extremely smooth and refreshing for a none craft beer.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.7/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good for the price, tastes like regular Yuengling but without as much corn flavor, a cleaner tasting beer for sure, but it's still distinctly American and not all that reminiscent of a real German pilsner.

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Photo of utopiajane
3.41/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Chickenhawk9932
3.38/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Golden Pilsner from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 3.49 out of 5 with 139 ratings