Yuengling Light Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Light LagerYuengling Light Lager

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 247 | Ratings: 1,055
Photo of dcall384
3.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Say what you want about this beer, but it is a good version of a light lager. More flavor than most light beers, and at under 100 calories. You can't beat it.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.21/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can, date stamp 16260120930. Served in a shaker pint glass.

Appearance: Clear pale copper color. Initial 1/4" white foam died back to nothing with no lacing noted.

Smell: A bit malty with some roasted malt. An occasional whiff of corn.

Taste: Grainy, hint of roasted malt, corn, and a mild bitter finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin, approaching fizzy.

Overall / Drinkability: A definite no frills beer, but for a light beer more flavorful than what I was expecting. It does remind me of the normal Yuengling, just less intense. Not something I would want to drink a lot of, but compared to other light beers I've had, not too bad. Good looking, pleasant smell, not tasteless, but nothing special.

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Photo of BigGold
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

First had when a bottle was handed to me wrapped in a napkin at my employer's Christmas party, misrepresented as a "Yuengling." To its (minimal) credit, I thought it was a Budweiser at first, so am rating it the same. Will supplement review if ever have (the occasion) to drink again.

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Photo of mothmanscott
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium amber producing 2+ fingers of frothy, beige, somewhat lived, head that leaves a thin wash of bubbly lacing that soon fades. Aroma is toast, cereal grain & caramel malt, lightly fruity with hints of nuts, grass & earth. Taste is watery as expected for a light beer but much more flavorful than any of the popular American light pilsners being consumed by the tanker car load every few minutes. Fronted by thinly sweet caramel & bready malts, corn, hints of pepper, grass & earthy hops. The short-lived aftertaste is wet whole grain breadiness. Mouthfeel is thin, light bodied with medium carbonation with a light silkiness & finishing with a peppery bite. This is my go to low calorie (99) brew. Not that it is great but it is very serviceable in view of the other light options available.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.09/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, it looks like Yuengling, and it smells like Yuengling. It also manages to taste like regular Yuengling (despite the corny touches, it has that stone fruit-laden midtaste down pat), though the finish is pretty damn watery. Still, it has more flavor than the other light crap on the market. It's well carbonated and not insubstantial feeling (especially impressive if it's actually 3.2% like BA says) - this one is practically made for chugging. If you have to have a light beer, this is the one to get. I'm giving this a 4 overall because despite having mediocre singular elements, it comes together to become an exemplary example of a bad style. Whatever that means.

3.09/5: Best light lager ever?

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Photo of q33jeff
2.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

In some ways, less is more. I find this more refreshing and agreeable than the regular lager. Nice clean carbonation. Grainy beer taste, but light. Still below average.

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Photo of neenerzig
3.45/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Got a can of this for free on my recent Florida vacation. Poured out of a can into a standard pint glass, this beer pours a very clear, medium amber color with several streams of little bubbles fairly rapidly and continually rising to the beer's surface. Has a white, foamy head that's about an inch thick when first served that settles to a big cluster swirl of foam floating on the beer's surface. Barely any trace of lacing here whatsoever. Aromas of toasted, slightly bready/biscuit caramel malt sweetness and a light touch of hops. The taste is pretty much the same, with a somewhat mild and slightly biscuity/bready caramel malt sweetness along with a light touch of hops. I really wish the flavor profile here was more potent overall. Its not bad at all, and there are no off-flavors, metallic tastes, adjunct flavors, etc. but it just needs to be stronger all around in general. Has an overall crisp, yet also smooth, light bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation and a very clean finish. Just a bit too thin and watered down for what I like in any given beer I drink. Easy to drink in the same way seltzer water is, not the way a well crafted beer is. This is certainly refreshing in this hot and humid Florida weather in July, but this really is nothing more than a good lawnmower beer. A really good lawnmower beer, and that can really hit the spot sometimes in the right environment, but still just a lawnmower beer and certainly nothing special or worth going out of your way to drink. Its totally unnecessary for this beer to exist as long as regular Yuengling, which is a decent beer overall, exists.


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Photo of Wer34truh
3.99/5  rDev +39%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a boring style of beer, and Yuengling's Light Lager is quite a boring beer. With that said, it is the best boring light lager I've had. I am not sure quite how to rate this, as it's both boring and fantastic considering its style.

I don't know why you would want to get a light lager, but this is among the best out there.

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Photo of ScaryEd
2.26/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Drank from the can.

Smells like sweet grains and corn. Not much else.

The taste is a bit metallic, with some mild roasted grains and rice. Not much going on here.

The feel is watery with a lot of carbonation. Drinkable, but only because it's so thin and watery. Like club soda with a touch of alcohol.

Overall, a disappinting light lager. I adore regular Yuengling so I expected a lighter but still solid version of that beer. Unfortunately I got water instead.

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Photo of Squire123
3.36/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice gold color, much richer than what I'd expect from a light beer. Large white cap quickly diminishing leaving some lacing.

Aroma is pretty nondescript, what there is I can find. I get some malt and something I can only call grain but almost nothing in the way of hops.

Taste is a good showing for the breed. Yuengling Light should be a lighter form of Yuengling, right? Well that's what this one is yet it does actually have taste and some character both of which I find often lacking in light beers. Entry brings a rounded flavor of malt with a slight sense of sweetness which remains until the quick finish. Still don't find much in the hop department (actually couldn't find the department) so what we're left with is a mild tasting yet quite easy drinking beer that belongs on ice in a cooler.

Texture is medium without excess carbonation.

Overall it does the job it set out to do and complaining about lack of flavor in a light beer seems as silly as going to a chicken joint and complaining the meat doesn't have the richness of steak. Dixie cup beer is Dixie cup beer and this one feels right at home.

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Photo of Tone
3.43/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, golden color. 1/3 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of pale malt, strong adjunct, hint of hop, and hint of metallic. Fits the style of a Light Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of pale malt, strong adjunct, hint of hop, and hint of metallic. Overall, for a Light Lager, it is above average, still not my personal preference though.

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Photo of BrokenEdge
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

People saying this beer is flavorless have obviously not had any other macro light beers to compare it to. I already think Yuengling is one of the better macro beers out there, and their attempt at a lighter lager is equally miles above what some other breweries are doing. Look is pretty standard: light brownish red with a thin head that quickly dissipated. Smell is kind of faint, but what is there is Yuengling's trademark corny/grainy sweetness and lightly toasted malt. Taste is more of the same, and actually pretty comparable to their traditional lager. I found it the tiniest bit sweeter and almost slightly artificial tasting because of that, but it definitely exceeded my expectations for a light beer. Feel is where this beer suffers the most. Much lighter in body and more watery than traditional lager. I also found mine to be lower in carbonation, and at first, it made the beer pleasantly creamy in mouthfeel...but by about halfway through, it just felt flat. Overall, a solid take on a light beer, and will probably become a staple in my fridge right alongside traditional lager.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.72/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is a very enjoyable light beer. Pours almost a clear yellow, with an average head. The smell has a very light hint of grain and malt. The taste is crisp and kind of creamy, however it is very smooth. This is a light beer with a very decent flavor, however the low alcohol content is kind of a turn off because it takes awhile to just get a buzz off these.

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Photo of Amity83
3.08/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've drank so much of this beer its not even funny. Going to college in eastern PA it was so affordable and easy to come by. We often referred to it as the "Diet Dr. Pepper of light beers" for its faithfulness to the traditional lager. No doubt, Yuengling has often been overrated by beer lovers for its heritage rather than its flavor, especially since the craft beer movement is so strong. That doesn't mean its bad beer though. It has a very distinctive flavor and drinkablity that many will love when compared to its pale lager brethren from the major brewers. At 99 calories its a guilt free pleasure. Some may be turned off by its unusually low 3.6abv

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Photo of Beerwithoutallthehops
1.3/5  rDev -54.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

After being disappointed with the taste of the Trad. Lager, I tried their Light to see if it might offer anything. It most certainly does!! The taste is far superior of the Trad. Lager. and this Light has LESS CALORIES!! The Trad. has a sourness to its taste and I think that is due to the green bottle they insist on using. Their Light comes in a BROWN BOTTLE (get the hint Yueng.??) and it has a good flavor without all the sourness the Trad. has.

You want a Light with flavor? Try the Yuengling Light - it has a very good beer flavor.

6/18/2016 - update - tried this beer again yesterday. When very cold, this beer has almost no taste. It is like water. While that follows in the footsteps of Bud (King of Rice) and other macros (dont make a beer, just sell something that doesnt offend - that is their motto), I suggest you allow this beer to warm a little. After about 10 minutes at room temp., the taste returns and improves with each minute it gets warmer. Very good!

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 slim_shakey
2.59/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I recently tried a few and there really isn't much to say except that I can drink these at lunch time and not get buzzed. Nothing special for sure, but nothing offensive either, just kind of tasteless.

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Photo of mnrider
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours clear urine colored yellow. Half finger of fizzy white head. High amount of carbonation. Has little retention.

S: Grains. Malts. Crisp. Creamy.

T/M: Smooth and creamy. Malts. Sweet. Funky. Water. Tingle of carbonation. Clean aftertaste.

O: A watered down less flavorful Yuengling Traditional Lager. I've had worse light lagers.


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Photo of Anacross
3.12/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It didn't offend me at all. Light, well carbonated and thin. Not bad. More flavorful and enjoyable than Bud Light or any other domestic brand of this same style I have tried.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had one of these straight from the can.. I think this was the beer. For some reason there were two Yuengling Lights -- one in a can more like this one, and then a blue one. Kind of confusing, but whatever.

Anyway, carbonated water. The only reason why this beer even has a 68 rating is because people are blindly faithful to Yuengling no matter what. Standard Yuengling is decent enough, but this is a whole lot of underwhelming. I will say it has slightly more flavor than I'd expect from a beer barely over 3%, so it has that going for it, but it's really only marginally better than any of the mass produced light lagers... I mean, marginally.

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Photo of Yuuki
3.96/5  rDev +38%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

After trying this beer while working in the US, I found it to be full bodied for an American light beer. I have tried many brands of light beer, and most of the drink like seltzer water. The balance of sweetness and bitters made this beer one of my favorite American Beers, just one step under Sam Adams light. I also like its low alcohol by volume, which is good for people that require lower alcohol beer. A satisfactory beer for my taste, although it is a very wet beer, compared to my favorite, Asahi Super Dry.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
3.15/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

OIf thing before I write my review- I am reviewing this beer in comparison only to other light beers.

Appearance- A light amber color, really actually impressive looking for this category. Lots and lots of carbonation clinging to the side of the glass.

Smell- like nothing lol. Very light smell, slightly grassy maybe? Smells like lime seltzer water.

Taste- like seltzer almost lol. More flavor than Bud light or Coors light, that's for sure, but it's like someone added club soda to Yuengling's traditional lager. Not too bad actually, very very refreshing after a long day roofing.

Mouthfeel-light body with heavy heavy carbonation, too much for my taste, but still not terrible, and very refreshing still.

Overall- a decent light brew. Very refreshing, better than any BMC light beers. If I am going to drink a light beer though, Sam Adams make a phenomenal light brew. If that's unavailable, give me a yuengling light lager.

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Photo of GrizzlyRogers
1.82/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.25

Bought this initially by mistake thinking it was Yuengling Lager, taste wasnt that bad and not far off from the regular lager, color was pretty light and well carbonated. Smelt kind of funky though, like it was left sitting for a little while.

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Photo of DL2449
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly flavorful for a light beer, and very drinkably smooth without veering into blandness, and no bitterness whatsoever. Nothing amazingly special, but you'd know that when you see the word "light." The colder, the better. Will definitely be buying again.

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Photo of MinterSC
3.5/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As far as light beers go, this is one of the best most flavorful being offered. It definitely beats the major brand lights that so many folks drink mindlessly without any regard to flavor or character.

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Photo of CTbrew32
3.32/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Appearance- Amber/copper in color with a two to three finger width head.

Aroma- Caramel sweetness, grains, and a slight spicy hop note.

Taste- Bland caramel malt sweetness at first followed by a snap of carbonation and spicy (very mild) hops. The finish continues wit the bland malt flavors and no hops.

Feel- Light bodied, medium/high carbonation, and generally crisp and clean in the finish.

Overall- Pretty bland, but no offensive flavors and it gets the job done. A better option than most light lagers, but better options exist for session beers.

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