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Yuengling Light LagerYuengling Light Lager

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.80%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002

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Ratings: 1,110 |  Reviews: 268
Reviews by Schwarzbart:
Photo of Schwarzbart
3.31/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: A light amber orange color and very clear. Big carbonation bubbles could be seen and the lacing was ok due to a remaining ring of suds around the rim of the glass.

Smell: Adjunct malt aroma, maybe corn, but a light bit of floral aroma with hints of lemon.

Taste: Better than most light lagers that I have tried. Plenty of adjunct malt flavor and sweeter than many lights.

Mouthfeel: Light and smooth.

Drinkability: If I have to drink a light beer, this is the one that I would choose.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Wer34truh
3.99/5  rDev +40%
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 Josephclark
3.77/5  rDev +32.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.25

Drank from bottle, avoid drinking this from a can it is not the same experience.

Taste - light hop barley and malt flavors, very watery, taste similar to amstel light but more barley flavor than hop

Feel - not too acidic, a very fine brew and drink, great feel. Much better than yeungling traditional, and my favorite domestic light beer

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
3.09/5  rDev +8.4%
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 Yuuki
3.96/5  rDev +38.9%
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 mempath
4.08/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

for what it IS (a light lager...), not bad at all! actually, GOOD (compared to the superMacros). still has a bit of red and that makes it a little more unique than other 'lites'...i've had these before but never focused on it.

smell is not sweet at all...a bit of sourness, very appealing, though of course, i'd like more intensity. that's not what this was designed for. i have to remember that (to be FAIR and not compare this to hot rods and hop rides....that just explode...) this is a small MACRO offering.

taste/mouthfeel is very refreshing, a sort of sour dough (light...) that is AT LEAST 'flavorable'...went really well with my dad's pasta fasul zuppa...quenched my thirst, washed down that pleasant overdose of homegrown and grinded red pepper.

all in all, i wouldn't normally buy this (i just don't DO light beers unless offered one or it's in a variety pack). easy to drink for sure. still, light beers are almost an oxymoron and are, by nature, handicapped. and that's ok. they serve a purpose like decaf coffee...and even NA 'beers'....but this is a fine and standup brew. will have to compare this to Sam Adams Light whenever i get offered one.

edit addendum note: an A- here is not the same as an A- elsewhere...this is judging it as it is as well as keeping in mind what a LIGHT beer 'is'...for what it is, this is pretty darn solid.

also, i will try and review the CAN version of this...can versions are simply NOT the same beer. never has been for me.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.53/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clean amber, with attractive head of near white suds, and lovely lace.

Aroma: Corny, malty, yet with a hint of fruitiness and hops in there. Well-done American amber/lager.

Taste: Malty but definitely not watery or watered down. There is actually plenty of flavor here, in a light beer body. I can drink these with no problem anytime. Well-done.

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Photo of AfricanPete14
2.72/5  rDev -4.6%
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 Markaykis
3.4/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

When looking for a lower calorie option during a hot summer day, I like to turn to Yuengling Light. Great smell and color (almost that of its full flavored counterpart). This beer can feel rather watery at first but when compared to the majority of light beers on the market, don’t they all? This beer has substantially more flavor than any light lager or pilsner usually consumed in large quantities. You will notice a difference in its lower alcohol content. Do not buy if you want a bargain drunk, but rather something to quench your thirst after mowing the lawn. Bottles and cans are both around $12-13 for a 12-pack.

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Photo of nbaker290
3.94/5  rDev +38.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Yuengling Light Lager, been meaning to try this one for a while, finally picked up a 12 pack. They recently changed the packaging and Yuengling Light Lager is in a brown bottle like Yuengling Premium, which I thought was odd. Anyway...

Look: Holy Shit! I reviewed Shiner Light Blonde a while ago, thinking it was the best looking light beer there's ever been, and now I see this? Imagine pouring 3/4 of a Yuengling Traditional in a glass then 1/4 Budweiser. That's the color, a little lighter copper tone than Yuengling Traditional. Same 1-1 1/2 finger head when poured into a pint glass.
Smell: smells a little corny like Miller High Life, a hint of sweet and toasty malt. Slight floral hop but barely notable. Kinda like an AAL but no trace of alcohol and stronger scents of malt/hop.
Taste: actually pretty good. Not bad for a light, I blind taste tested my wife who tastes a few of my beers (rarely drinks a whole one unless it's Yuengling, Shiner Bock or a couple others), and asked her what she thought it was. She said Yuengling. It starts off like a Yuengling, malty and a little sweet, somewhat floral, easing into a bitter (somewhat hop tasting) end, the only difference is that this one finishes lighter with less aftertaste.
Feel: medium-medium light body, medium carbonation, finishes pretty light. Heavier feeling than most light Lagers.
Overall: not as good a Yuengling Traditional, and with that one being a 4.4 ABV brew (already close to the standard 4.1-4.3 ABV for light Lagers), this one comes in at 3.5 ABV, MUCH lower than a standard beer, and a lot lower than a standard light, which is somewhat a disappointment. I'm not going to be changing over to Yuengling Light Lager as my go-to beer for my beer softball league this year (Yuengling Traditional Lager still exists for the same price, often cheaper since it can be sold in a 24 pack and that's how I usually get it), but it's a good Lager and a damn good Light Lager. Good job, Yuengling.

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Photo of vacax
4.02/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Beer from the can into a glass. Pours a deep golden with slight orange hues. Not quite as dark as the Traditional Lager but surely darker than the average light lager. The head grows rapidly, quite fizzy, moreso than the regular lager, and retention is worse, quite low, with a spot or two of lace. Yet for a light lager, this is visually quite a good brew. The scent has straw and citrus hops to it, very little malt, which is actually a positive here as there is not a cereal quality to the nose.

The taste echoes the nose, no malt to be had, allowing the hops to pop here, this actually tastes like a pretty decent pilsner (even if it is supposed to be a light amber lager - a category which does not actually exist). No real off flavors to be mentioned, this is surprisingly good. The ABV is also truly sessionable (though this may or may not be good for the light lager crowd). The body is expectedly light, and fizzy like sparking water. This is almost like a hop soda.

Overall one of the most appealing light lagers I have had. Hats off for this one, I think it is better than the Traditional Lager.

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Photo of damndirtyape
3.21/5  rDev +12.6%
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 DL2449
3.5/5  rDev +22.8%
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 mooseisloose
3.97/5  rDev +39.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Smells a little nutty like peanut butter with a surprising maltiness. Pours to a light golden color with hardly any head that dissapears fast. Taste is malty but light with a slightly tarty and crisp hoppiness but really no bitterness to speak of. Has good body and the carbonation gives it a fizz but still a little thin. This is a tastier beer than I was expecting when I saw it was light. Being a 3.4% beer I am even more impressed. You can drink this stuff all day long. Great flavor. For the style it is incredible. This blows the doors off any BMC light, or BMC for that matter. For the price its a steal.

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Photo of Riff
3.27/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a dark amber color with a thin, white head that lingers. Smells of corn, slight malt and hop notes towards the end. Taste is lightly sweet, caramel malt flavor, with a hint of bitterness and hops towards the finish. Medium light body, mildly carbonated. For a light beer it's certainly not bad, one of the better of the bunch. Similar in flavor to the traditional lager, but not quite as flavorful.

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Photo of transitionbikes93
3.15/5  rDev +10.5%
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 PhantomsSpa
2.59/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

The least offensive light beer on the market (in my opinion of course).

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Photo of neenerzig
3.45/5  rDev +21.1%
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 Zaktcc
1.42/5  rDev -50.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.25

If you're going to drink beer, drink beer - hit the treadmill for 30minutes if you're worried about calories so you can avoid this metallic flavored water. As a big fan of Yuengling, as a solid go-to beer, I figured I'd try their 'light' variety. My expectations were not high to start and with each additional sip I was grateful to be that much closer to never having to drink this beer again.

Harsh carbonation, consistency of water, hints of the metal, and stale piss aromas sums of this beer.

Love Fat Yuengling. Not light.

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Photo of Amity83
3.08/5  rDev +8.1%
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 AC-Mivsek
3.88/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I'd have to say as far as widely available light lagers go this is the best option. Although it's a bit low on the abv compared to others in the class, with this beer the consumer will sacrifice about .8% abv for 100% better taste.

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Photo of keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Tea-colored beer with a light head that dissipates quickly. Grassy, sweet aroma with light citrus notes. Crisp, fresh, leafy flavor. Creamy texture, but doesn't feel heavy at all. The only way I can tell this is a light beer is the slightly watery body, but even that isn't unpleasant. Hard to believe this is in the same category as the BMC lights. I'd drink this stuff all the time if it were available in my area.

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Photo of bankboy66
3.25/5  rDev +14%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Nice light amber color with a decent head to it. There is flavor here and I find this to be one of the better light beers. Not quite up to my favorite (Labatt Blue Light) but very good.

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Photo of BigH75
2.87/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Is this great beer? NOPE. That is not the important question. The real question is how does this compare to other inexpensive light beers. To that question I would say it is a superior product. Because it is yuengling it has a better color than the flavor would suggest. Has a pleasant and present flavor (not a given in this style). Smooth if not interesting. Very good beer if you want something really light and pretty cheap. Maybe too much for lawn mower beer but perfect for a summer cookout with the boys that goes all day and night.

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Photo of kevin3046
3.28/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Medium clear amber color. Thin head and light lacing. Smells of bread and yeast. Thin watery mouthfeel. This has a very good taste for a light beer. I can actually taste the toasted malt notes. Biscuity flavor that is outstanding for a light beer. Mildly hopped. This could almost be passed as a full bodied beer, if it weren't for the watery feel and slightly watered down taste. This has probably become my favorite light beer!

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