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Yuengling Premium Light BeerYuengling Premium Light Beer

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.4/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A very good light beer. I think the brown bottle does a lot to help it with its taste. Yuengling uses green bottles for other beer they make and I suggest to them - STOP!! This light has all the flavor of a regular lager, but less calories!! I tried a blind taste to see if I could tell it from several other regular beers. I am not an expert, but I had a hard time telling it apart. Very good flavor and a very good taste!!

10/2016 - real bad news - they use GMO corn in their brew. Sorry, I cant go for that, regardless of the reason(s) they give. Corporations say GMO is "not bad". Sure, I believe them, remember how cigarette companies said cigarettes werent bad for us???

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Photo of MusicaleMike
1.73/5  rDev -39.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I have been drinking such great beers recently that I thought it about time to bring my senses back into focus. I had a feeling that a cheap light lager would do the trick. I do not normally drink light lagers, because I believe that finding a really quality light lager that I would enjoy would be a difficult task. I believe equally that making a tasty light beer is a difficult task, considering that one of the main goals is to eliminate excessive calories, which is normally not a concern of the great brewers out there. So, I picked up two light beers (Bud Light for comparison) tonight and tried Yuengling Light Beer for the first time from a 12 oz. bottle, which I poured into a pilsener glass. No freshness date.

A: I was not impressed by the look of the beer. The straight up yellow body was capped by a medium-sized fizzy white head which dissipated almost instantly to a thin, thin lace at the edge of the beer. No lacework. To its credit however, it did display some attractive carbonation.

S: The smell is dominated by a cooked corn aroma. There is no chance of smelling hops in the bouquet. There is a somewhat faint buttery smell. The smell of this beer equals cheap ingredients in my mind.

T: I was surprised by how little flavor there is to this beer. Can one rate a beer's flavor if there is none? Honest to God, if you swallow this beer without letting it linger on the tongue, it feels like you are drinking shitty sparkling mineral water. If you do let it linger (which you may or may not regret), you will experience some light sourness and this astringent flavor. It seems impossible to find either malt or hop character in this drink.

M: The mouthfeel wouldn't have been so bad were it not for the awful stale feeling it leaves in the mouth after the swallow. Otherwise, the beer is light bodied with active fizzy carbonation.

D: Easy to drink? Not so much. I hated the "taste" (I think water has a lot more flavor) and I would never have a second one. It is not the styles fault...this was just a bad job. While I am wary about trying this again, I wonder if there was something wrong with the bottle, because I cannot explain why this beer gets such high ratings on BA.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.93/5  rDev -32.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Yuengling is a pretty decent brewery, but Premium Light would have to be their lowest offering. I think their Premium line was created to put them in contention with the big 3 and it shows. The regular Yuengling Premium reminded me of Bud, and the light version I believe is on par with Coors Light.

Premium Light pours a bright straw color with a one-finger foam that disappears in about half a minute, leaving some soapy remnants. I instantly associated the smell with Lone Star beer: heavy on burnt corn with some DMS. The mouthfeel is certainly watery, with seltzer/soapy qualities. The initial taste had that Lone Star resemblance as well: burnt corn with a touch of sweetness. Elsewhere on the palette, the beer is extremely watery. The corn and grain tastes barely make their way through the massive watery "flavor". There is a minute amount of hop bitterness in the finish. This beer has about as close to no aftertaste as you could get, if not for a hint of grain and corn, and no alcoholic warmth as well.

This is in contention with Coors Light and Stroh's Light as the most watery beer I have had. Of course I am no fan of light beers in the first place, but I would take Yuengling Light Lager (the light version of Yuengling Traditional Lager) over this. I can't recommend Yuengling Premium Light.

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Photo of francisweizen
2/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yuenglings answer to a BMC light beer. Drunk straight from the can, I have to knock a point for appearance. Aromas are of light breads and faint, old hops and they are more subdued in the can version of this beer than they are in the bottled version. The taste is similar to the aroma and is not very complex at all. As a light beer this is OK, but the watery mouthfeel makes the drinkability a low score!

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Photo of dacrza1
2.03/5  rDev -28.8%

DATE TASTED: December 7, 2013... GLASSWARE: Michelob pilsner...OCCASION: Championship Saturday in the NCAA... APPEARANCE: typical straw-gold body of effervescence; white,, thin head that smears atop the bubbles; streaky lacing... AROMA: high-pitched oat and corn, with some fragrant bubblegum hops--inoffensive... PALATE: smooth, mega-drinkable; gassy, bubbly and brief in its substance...TASTE: astringently malty, thin, with a profile of a sweetened light beer; not memorable or substantial...OVERALL: as Yuenglings go, on the bottom rung; Solo cup filler, but much less a party staple than the original lager...

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Photo of alysmith4
2.1/5  rDev -26.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Average light beer. Period. It's pretty typical for this style, can't think of much to say about it that could be improved upon. As compared to Miller and Bud Light beers, the taste is a little "thin." I didn't taste much flavor of any kind behind it, and it seems a little more watery than other beers I've tried in this category. Not good, but not bad either.

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.14/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear golden yellow color with a good amount of white bubbly head.

The scent is of faint grains.

The taste is very light and watery with some grains.

Light bodied, crisp with hight carbonation.

This is very, very light and easy to drink, but there is hardly any flavor at all.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.21/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Macro Smackdown XXI features two light lagers from two of this country's oldest breweries. Yuengling, of course, is 'America's Oldest Brewery', having been founded in 1829. Stevens Point didn't come into existence until 1857, which means that it's only 150 years old. Slackers. Let's see which one of these newfangled light brews from these two tradition-rich breweries comes out on top.

Bright goldenrod; much darker than most beer of this ilk. The pale lemon cap doesn't look bad either. It topped out at two fingers and is taking its sweet time departing. A few squiggles of sudsy lace is at least something.

What I can appreciate of the nose is fairly decent. Its good points are a lack of offensiveness (always a plus) and a fresh grain-like aroma that is accented by a whiff of musky hops. I'm not impressed by any means, but it isn't all bad.

Take the first sentence of the previous paragraph and substitute the word 'flavor' for 'nose'. This is one of the least aggressive flavor profiles that I've ever run across in a style built on wimpiness. If you're looking for something that tastes a little like beer, but adds less than 100 calories to your daily count, grab yourself a cold Yuengling Premium Light. You know the drill... lightly sweet grain with a hint of hops. Yadda, yadda, yadda. A little apple as well?

Yeah, the mouthfeel is watery. What else is new? The only way the mouthfeel on a light lager has a prayer of standing out is to have a perfect amount of carbonation. This one doesn't get there, but it's close. At least it's spunky enough to provide some amount of mouth interest.

It looks like 'America's Oldest Brewery' claims the Macro Smackdown XXI crown. That doesn't mean that it's great beer, just that it had 'bupkis' for competition. As a low calorie rehydrator... okay. Just don't kid yourself that you're drinking real beer.

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Photo of jwc215
2.28/5  rDev -20%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours light golden with a thin white head that quickly descends to a very thin patch.

Macro-lager smell with a little more sweet grain and just a hint of bland hops. Thin smell.

The taste is of a watered down version of Yuengling Premium. Some graininess/husk. Some balancing non-descript hops. Slight tinny, flat, rather unpleasant, aftertaste. Musty, slightly crisp finish.

Thin/watery body with a slightly "off" aftertaste.

As to drinkability - within style it would have average drinkability for style (which isn't much), but the aftertaste, which is a bit annoying, though not making it undrinkable, puts it just below average for the style.

Glad I only had one sample - that's more than enough. Even for a light beer, it doesn't work very well.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.35/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was at one of the local bottle shops today and picked this up as a single. I have had it in a CAN before, so I knew that I would not want more than one.

Once more, we have an example of Greg Koch's "fizzy yellow beer" and I poured it into a Sam Adams "Perfect Pint" glass. The glass really helped with head retention and I had a little over a finger of creamy, bone-white head. Color was a pale lemon yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled heavily of cereal adjuncts. Blah! Mouthfeel was somewhat thin and the taste was fairly bland. I was definitely not impressed. Finish was likewise bland, watery and dull. This is one of my least favorite styles, even less than AMLs and AALs, both staples of The CANQuest (TM) and this was a pretty light example.

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Photo of papat444
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Purchased at the ABC store in New Smyrna Beach and "enjoyed" on Sept. 6, 2010 before my supper.

Poured from a 12oz. bottle.

Appearance: Pours a pale gold body with a thick head that gently recedes to 1 finger with no lacing.

Smell: Cereal & corn mostly plus something slightly off. Skunky a bit maybe? Thankfully, it's just a little bit.

Taste: Bland corn taste with not much flavor going for it. Not offensive but not pleasant either.

Mouthfeel: Very watery with a clammy feel to it. Not very good.

Drinkability: It goes down easy like water but the taste or lack thereof made me drainpour the rest.

Overall: Very boring & lifeless. Flavored water with an off-putting taste. Pass!

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.53/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can poured into glass.
Very clear, yellow in color. Plenty of foam. No real nose other than a generic beer smell. Which is better than an offensive smell I suppose. Tastes like it smells. Very boring but safe light malt flavour. Watery mouthfeel. Good amount of carbontion. More drinkable than alot of macro lights but far from great.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.56/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured out as a clear looking yellow color with a fizzy white head on top. The lacing was light not much retention. The smell was sweet, a little grainy some lager yeast in there too. The taste had some corn flavors in there, sweet grains and a faint bitterness in the finish. The mouthfeel was light, nicely carbonated and very easy to drink. Overall I was glad I got to try this one as I haven't seen this one around much. I feel this one is better than the light lager.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.57/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very light yellow and it's very clear with a fluffy one finger white head.

Taste is Very plain and bland. It's not bad and a bit sweet but it's really plain and Nondescript. It has light and smooth mouthfeel and it's pretty damn easy to drink esp with such a low abv

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Photo of PSUDREW
2.6/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Drinkability has saved this beer. It pours a ligt, hazy straw color, but, not real lace noticable
It has an extremely light feeling, almost watery, this definatley contributes to it's drinkability. It has a very clea, crisp taste to it, as well, which definatly helps. Has a light, bread like aroma, with a hint of malt and hops for flavor, noting really dominat. This is a watery light beer, whihc makes it rather drinable and it's only stron seeling point. Enjoy

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Photo of JayS2629
2.62/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pale straw yellow with thin white head, lots of carbonation bubbles, watery, no lace.

S- grainy, corn, cereal, grassy, faint notes of lemony citrus hops. I bumped it up from the 2.0 I was going to give it for being super boring just because Yuengling was smart enough to use a brown bottle to keep the skunk out unlike their premium.

T- Follows the nose, watery, grainy, corn, touch of lemon

M- Light, crisp and refreshing. Watery, thin and over carbonated.

D- Easy to drink, just boring and bland.

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Photo of Cylinsier
2.65/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz.

Pours pale gold yellow with sudsy white head.

Smells of mild barley and corn sugar.

Tastes like corn adjunct. Hints of other malt, maybe.

Medium mouthfeel, bubbly carbonation.

I'll say this, at least it retains a level of flavor on par with the regular version. And its miles better than something like a Bud Light. I guess if you have to have a light beer, I can't think of a better one. But it's still a light beer. Easy enough to drink but not very good.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.66/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a. Cans via Friends Fridge. Overall presentation was average for this style of beer (canned macro).

s. Light grains and some sweet corn.

t. Typical macro lager. No real hops noticable. Finishes a bit sweet due to the adjuncts/corn. Maybe its a wee bit of malt that wasnt balanced. Overall lacks taste, but nothing offensive either.

m. Light and crisp.

d. Went well with a big italian meal. I had a few of these, and they hit the spot. Low alcohal helps the drinkability, and overall I've had much worse.

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Photo of Chaz
2.7/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a brilliant straw in color, topped with a white head of good duration. Minimal lacing here.

Nose is, well, lemony, sweet, and a bit fusel all at once. No hop presence in the nose.

First sip is WHOA! Cidery, lemony, and a touch sweet. There's also a cola-like flavor, and it reminds me of Diet Rite(TM).

Average mouthfeel, and in fact this is the best part of this beer.

The flavor detracts from the drinkability here, big time.

This is nothing that I'd pay for, but I've "enjoyed" worse beer from many a brewer in the past, so I'd probably drink this if someone shoved it into my hand : )

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Photo of tone77
2.71/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of, well, nothing. Taste is also missing for the most part, some gentle notes of malt and corn. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable, good for beer games. Overall this is a very mediocre light beer.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.73/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A crystal-clear, light-straw colored body is topped by a decent sized head of creamy bright white foam. The retention is limited and it drops in size rather quickly; but surprisingly leaves some nice lace as it goes. The nose offers very little more than a generic "beer" character. The body is light and crisp on the tongue. Not unlike the aroma, the flavor offers very little. There's a delicate touch of malt and a backing bitterness, but nothing really stands out. It finishes as short and dry as it begins. It's not a bad light beer in comparison to many others, however, as it's clean and straightforward without any "odd" notes to it. It's simply watered down Yuengling Premium and that's fine. But for the 10 or so calories, I'd rather have the extra flavor in the standard version.

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Photo of Hopfenpeter
2.81/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poure into a glass mug at a restaurant the color was a medium gold with only 1/4 inch of white head building. disappeared fast and left little lacing.
very little smell, if anything a little grain.
taste very weak and watery. Maybe some bread, grain, little malt, little hops at the end.
very light bodied, a typical mass production lager.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.82/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a light golden color with a big billowy head of a fizzy white foam. The head fades super quickly, leaving a tiny trace of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma of the beer is heaviest of a corny sweet smell mixed with some aromas of a light grassy smell and a bit of a skunky smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a slightly bready and slightly caramel sweetened flavor. As the taste advances the breadiness decays with a sweeter corn and rice flavor replace the breadiness. Some other flavors of a grassy and more papery flavor come to the tongue more toward the end of the taste, with the mix of flavors ending up leaving a crisp, but somewhat bland and dry flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer, for a light beer, is surprisingly heavy (although still light overall) with a carbonation level that is rather high. Oddly, the thicker body was actually fairly decent for the brew, as while the beer doesn’t have too much flavor it doesn’t have too many off flavors either, so the thicker body supports better the lighter flavors of the brew all while the higher carbonation is nice for the more refreshing and crisp characteristics of the beer.

Overall – Well for a light beer, it is kind of run of the mill to slightly above so. Crisper and somewhat refreshing, but lacking of substantial flavor and any real degree of complexity.

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Photo of rdub
2.83/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Had to try this PA beer. "Lager" is a staple around here so this distant cousin should be OK, right? Appearance was light and fizzy, somewhat yellow. Smell was almost nonexistant as was the taste. Then again it's light. Mouthfeel was thin as you'd expect. Drinkability was high and this would be a perfect summer yardwork beverage. The 3.5% would make it easy to drink all day and still be able to mow or play volleyball. Would choose this over a mass produced brew just for the PA factor.

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Photo of tgbljb
2.84/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Piured a clear amber color with large puffy white head. There is littel aroma except for a generic beer smell. Taste is very light with no note of hops. Mouth feel is average. Easy to drink, good beer for a hot summer afternoon when you are having more than one

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