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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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Photo of JOT
4.75/5  rDev +65.5%

Yuengling Light Lager 3.2%ABV 12oz. bottle.

A- Light amber colored pour, with good half inch white head that leaves OK lacing.

S- Scents of light corn, little malts, decent sweetness.

T- Taste is mostly a lightly sweet malt with hint corn and a bit of hops. Smooth and simple mouth feel, even though good carbonation. Fuller bodied than most light beers., but quite refreshing. Minimal after taste.

Very drinkable, especially on a hot day. Only 99 calories!

Best in the readily available, light category.

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Photo of garak99
4.16/5  rDev +44.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

It's got a nice color that leans toward amber as oppose to most American Beers that are just a light yellow and the most important thing is it taste good.. It's funny because the Yuengling Lager taste bad I don't like it one bit but this I recomend

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Photo of zymurgy4all
4.11/5  rDev +43.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I admit, this is my favorite American light lager beer. I had this tonight at Buffalo Wild Wings in Opelika, Alabama. I am happy Yuengling is spreading out, and I can find it now on tap in Alabama!

It tastes a little different on tap, and most notably, I didn't get the hop flavor as much, but I got a maltiness, that reminds me a little of Sam Adam's malt bill. I would have to brew a batch of Sam without the hops to compare the malts.

It pours a nice color, slightly darker than the usual American fizzy yellow beer. It has a slight aroma of maltiness, and a little alcohol smell. It doesn't retain much head.

The best part of this beer is I can drink it all night. It is smooth, has some flavor, and is cheap.

Great beer, great price.

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Photo of mempath
4.08/5  rDev +42.2%
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 vacax
4.02/5  rDev +40.1%
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 keeganfrank
4/5  rDev +39.4%
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 DrewsBrews450
4/5  rDev +39.4%

For a light beer this is good... It is slightly watery but it is a light.. Nice session ABV easy to knock down a six pack and not feel to guilty about it.. Worth a try on a hot day

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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 mooseisloose
3.97/5  rDev +38.3%
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 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 AC-Mivsek
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
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 Bouleboubier
3.88/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

(no freshness info - poured into a fluted pilsner glass)

A: light, golden honey in color, filtered clear... sudsy, off-white foam forms, slowly fades out to almost nothing, no lace

S: smells a lot like their classic lager - unbuttered popcorn and a wort of mostly pale grist

T: also tastes a good bit like the trad. lager as well, only with a notch or two less malt depth - it's noticeably drier, less perception of sweetness (which in the trad. lager likely comes from the alcohol), but not by much... has that vague yellow grapefruit overtone and sort of lingering, beach grass and citrus pith bitterness... still, all about the bready malt here

M: rounder, fuller body than the lot of macro lights, however, just about as bone dry... more akin to a Helles than an adjunct lager

O: in a blind tasting, one might mistake this for their flagship lager - a few sips in, a dedicated fan may begin to notice something off... a (not-so) surprisingly great light beer

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Photo of AtlasBrew
3.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

It goes without saying that any beer which has morphed from Yuengling Traditional Lager has got to be good right? Well, the anser is; maybe.

P: A 12oz brown bottle into a Yuengling pint glass. Amber color with a thin foamy white head that didn't stay too long

A: Slight smell of malt, and some yeast, minimal hops. Steely

T: Malt and a steely flavor, some corn, some yeast. It's OK.

O: I have probable drank my weight in this stuff, it goes down well, it's a bit light in the alcohol department, coming in under 4%. So you can drink a whole case and really not get drunk. Just bloated and gassy.
I mean, don't get me wrong, I love this beer but it leaves a lot to be desired.

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Photo of ranneyj2
3.83/5  rDev +33.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Light, straw color, good, but weaker, head typical for a light beer, but better than the budget beers (BL, ML, CL)

S- Not much to it really

T- Great taste, really impressed by how much flavor Yuengling can pack into this light lager.

M- Good crispness, clean and light feel in the mouth

D- Easy to drink and enjoy. Good beer!

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Photo of Hovellord
3.8/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Well, I'm here to say it. I like great beers (partial to porters/stouts and German wheats like Schneider), but I just really like beer. Don't care if it's not "good" beer, but if I liked it once, I'll always like it. You get what you pay for.

Shit's not bad: a little more complex than most "light" beers and easy on the wallet. You want a decent beer with which to sit on your porch and play the guitar? This one is a model.

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Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.79/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer pours a hearty brownish honey color. Considering this is a light beer, this pleases me greatly. With a firm pour, the head rose three fingers but fell to a thin, large-bubbled white head.

Smells of sweet corn and a dry, slightly rotten ambiguous grain covered over with a copper and CO2 crispness.

Tastes of an assertive organic and dry sweet corn and whole wheat bread with a light doughy lager pastiness hiding in the background. The metallic nature of the smell comes across now as a light and crisp snap of flowery hops that really balances out the flavor.

Feels surprisingly heavy for a light beer with a light to medium body and a swarm of little pin pricks for carbonation. The viscosity helps keep the carbonation under control but the roof of my mouth is left with an odd numbness.

This isn’t in the same league as, say Sam Adam’s Light Lager, but it’s still pretty tasty. Factor in the low price and low alcohol, and this is a damn tasty beer you could drink all day if need be.

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Photo of ehreesejr
3.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is the perfect beer for anyone on a diet. The appearance is a pleasing light amber. The head when poured frothy but not very long lasting . The taste is pleasing but not as robust as the regular lager but that is to be expected. The smell is not strong. Overall I think this is better than any of the light beers that I have tried.

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Photo of rangerred
3.77/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12oz can.

Pours a clear, slightly dark gold. This head.

Smell is corn along with some malt and a little bit of hops. Not bad for a light beer.

Taste is much like the smell with some corny adjuct flavor along with a little malt. There is a decent bitterness for a light beer. This beer really tastes like regular yuengling that has been watered down.

There is much more flavor here than is present in other light beers and I would gladly choose this over any BMC light lager.

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Photo of AdamBear
3.75/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

many of my ratings were given a boost as i considered the style. i never expect anything from a light lager, but this beer might be as good as they get.

A-golden brown, white head, impressively dark for the style

S-great honey scent with a slight toasted lager smell

T-very much like a weak yuengling. its watery with the honey toasted lager in the background. compared to other light lagers, its amazing

M-medium to low carbonation, creamy finish

D-perfect, i'm not sure if there's another beer i could have a larger volume of...of course this has to do with the low ABV, but the taste is quite yummy considering.

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Photo of tigg924
3.74/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: copper in color, 1 inch head, clear, high carbonation

Smell: toasted malt and sugar

Taste: toasted malt, light caramel, and sugar

Mouthfeel: light bodied, medium-high carbonation, sweet

Overall: For the style, this is surprisingly awesome and would be one that I would turn to if I wanted a light beer. Plenty of flavor, unlike a lot of the beers in this style which seem to be either sugared up and/or watered down. I think I like this better than regular Yuengling. A lot better than I remember it being.

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Photo of cheesepuffs
3.74/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Rating this against other light beers, this is quite good. Don't overthink it, just crack open the twist top and enjoy from the bottle. I actually like this better than regular Yuengling because it gets rid of this odd acidic taste I get from the standard Lager.

Overall Yuengling Light is probably the best light beer you'll find and has somewhat more flavor than the Bud/Miller/Coors lights yet it retains the same price point. I'm not a light beer drinker but if I had to pick one I would choose this.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.73/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crystal clear, faded gold. A tall head with big bubbles.

The nose is malty and mildly sour with a hint of caramel and corn.

A very soft carbonation touches the tongue. The flavor is sweet with no bitterness. Malt and sweet corn with a slight sour touch. The mouthfeel is a little thin, but that's to be expected for the style.

Low ABV, light taste, and a decent flavor. All in all, for a low-cal version, it's a pretty close approximation of Yuengling's Traditional Lager.

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Photo of jsprain1
3.72/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A golden color, a bit richer than your typical light lager, but without anything that can be called a head on it.
S- smell is pretty clean but brings some fruit and grain scents.
T- The taste is rather non-descript, but has some lightly toasted grain presence. very little as far as hops are concerned.
M- Thin and highly carbed, but less so on both accounts than most lights.
D- Very sessionable and a step above macros. Still nothing to go out of your way for though.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: pours a clear golden color with a nice 2" white head. This beer actually looks like a beer, not like it's BMC lite counterparts, thus the high mark.

Smell: the aroma was of light malt and soft grassiness.

Taste: surprisingly there is some flavor with this light beer as some grainy malts and mild bitterness are easily detectable. Some grass tones round it out.

Mouthfeel: extremely dry and mildly crisp at the start all the way through the finish. Thin bodied. Little aftertaste.

Drinkability: not being a light beer fan, I was surprised that this didn't offend my tastebuds in relation to the light lager style. So this is nicely drinkable in my book. Choose this over the BMC alternatives if you need to drink a light beer.

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Photo of alankwak
3.7/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Typical light lager. Golden with a touch of amber.
S: Lightly hopped but not much more.
T: Very nice here. Tastes like beer dammit. Smooth finish. Cluster bittering hops perhaps? Nice. Maybe some cascade hops to finish.
M: Light to medium. For a light beer...it's OK. Better than other US light macros..no doubt.
D: Shot. I could throw back these all night. Very nice to down. Refreshing and satisfying.

Overall: I love this light beer. Best in the US for a light beer. An honest light beer. A touch weak in alcohol but a nice example of an American Light Lager. I like it.

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