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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: 246 | Ratings: 1,049
Photo of kylehay2004
2.83/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Clear, amber with a white head, about a single finger head

S: Bready and grainy smell, little else.

T: Sweet and caramel notes. Smooth. Basically I imagine this as a watered down tradition yuengling lager.

M: Moderate carbonation and Medium body. One very nice difference from the traditional yuengling lager is that this one doesn't have a bad aftertaste. That is definitely a plus.

O: basically a watered down traditional yuengling without that sour lingering aftertaste. Still would take the full flavored version over this one though.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.28/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

take all the bad features of the normal yuengling, its gross stale malt flavor, its way over the top carbonation, and its skunky aftertaste, then water it all down, and this is what you get. it pours clear and bubbly, minimal head. the aroma is pretty bad, metallc and off on the malt, no hops at all. the flavor is just a dumbed down regular yuengling, with a little less body. carbonation is also brutally ovedone, feels like a pepsi in my mouth, but tastes far worse. this had me on the verge of throwing up in my mouth, no joke. i can find some redeeming factor in any beer, which is hard in this case, but guess if you want to drink all day and not catch a buzz, this it your go. not something ill hopefully ever drink again.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.06/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Honestly I wish they'd stop making Light beers. This beer pours just like it's fuller version the Traditional Lager. It's got a copper-ish amber color with a white head that goes away quickly. The smells are almost the same, it's kind of hoppy and it's got some grains in there too. The aroma is super light though. The taste is virtually absent from this beer. Compared to the original Lager this beer is very weak on flavor. All I can say is that you should just drink the real thing.

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Photo of metter98
2.71/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

A: The beer is crystal clear yellow in color. It poured with a short white head that quickly died down, leaving a patch of bubbles on the surface and eventually nearly completely faded away.
S: Light aromas of grainy and adjunct malts are present in the nose.
T: The taste follows the smell and has a light amount of bitterness; the hops mask any sweetness from the corn adjuncts.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems like it is a slight cut above the most common light lagers but isn't anything special.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.03/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty non-descript. Light in all facets. Basically no aroma, except for a very faint grain, hop detection. The color is very watery looking and overcarbonated; no real head to speak of. Tastes more grainy than malty, but the lightness keeps it from becomming a disaster. Light notes of green apples, and metailic note in the flavor, accompany the grains. Feels acidic and prickley with a mild hop linger. Will not go out of my way for this brew.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
3.19/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Part of a Yuengling sampler pack. Being a light beer definitely not my preferred 'style' of beer but I'm open to try anything. Pours a dark golden color, thin head.. looks pretty good for a light beer. No aroma to this one. Very light bodied, slight lacing on glass. Watery mouthfeel to say the least, but there's a slight hoppiness in there and definitely has at least SOME taste. Extremely drinkable and goes down easily, especially with the lower ABV. As a beer overall this wouldn't rank very high, but in the 'light beer' spectrum this one is pretty good. Looks/tastes better than a ton of other light beers (except Sam Adams Light of course) and goes down easy. Nice, easy beer to drink, just take it for what it is.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.01/5  rDev -30%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Bottle: Poured a clear golden color lager with small bubbly white head with minimal retention. Aroma of sweet notes with light cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by sweet cereal notes with almost no aftertaste. Body is light with good carbonation. Easy drinking lager with very little complexity.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.38/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I understand why Dick wanted to create this brand. The Traditional Lager is immensely popular for some reason, and this should do just as well or better! Or will it? It may create a backlash from people who think that the Traditional Lager is something special. But this new beer is so bad that I'm going to have to spill the beans.
Here it is: Yuengling Traditional Lager is Yuengling Premium Lager with a caramel coloring called Porterine added. Same beer, different color. Yuengling Light is watered down Yuengling Premium Lager. Therefore, this is basically Yuengling Light with food coloring. There is nothing special about it. The Porterine does give a very slight flavor, but it's basically insignificant at this level. If you like the Light (and it's not bad compared to other lights) then you'll like this. Otherwise, forget it.

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Photo of chinchill
2.65/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

undated bottle served in pint glass.

Has a deeper color, light amber, than a typical beer of this style, and a little color in the short-lived and smallish head.

Aroma: some nice malt aroma, but with virtually no hops and a trace of off-odor.

T - limited flavor with both watery taste and a watery feel. However, no off-flavors detected in this sample.

O - not bad for an American light lager, and worked OK as a beverage to accompany a meal.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep gold color with a thin white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light caramelized malts, bready grains and a little bit of hops.

T: The taste is pretty bready for the style with some flavors of caramel and nuts. The malt character is hearty but not too heavy. The hops presence is stronger than any I've seen in a Light Lager and it creates a good balance. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Smooth and crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not too filling, very mild kick, very good representation of style, most beers in this style are light versions of Adjunct Lagers, however this is one of the few that is a lighter version of a Vienna Lager, the result is more flavor than most others.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

12 oz. bottle for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, gold body topped with an inch of white foam. Slight, but steady effervescence.

Smell: Nose of steeped grain husks with an incredibly faint note of caramel.

Taste: Minor pale maltiness with a hint of grain and a very light malt sweetness. Touch of spicy hops and bitterness. Finishes clean and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-high carbonation.

Drinkability: It's OK for a light lager.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.77/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A: Pours a crystal clear medium yellow in color with moderate to heavy amounts of active visible carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass and moderate amounts of golden yellow highlights. The beer has a quarter finger tall fizzy white head that reduces a medium sized patch of medium thick film covering about half the surface of the beer and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Minimal amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of adjunct grainy malts with just a hint of corn as well.

T: Upfront there is a light to moderate flavor of grainy malts with a light amount of corn adjunct sweetness. That sweetness is quickly neutralized by a light flavor of grassy hops which impart a light amount of bitterness.

M: Light bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Slightly watery.

O: Slightly better than the mass produced light beers from the big breweries in the USA but not by all that much. Not something I would get with any amount of regularity.

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Photo of mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Went out to Applebees and it was this or a BMC combo, so I had to go with the Yiuengling. Well I guess Yuengling isn't really a macro, but still a light lager so I went ahead and added it to the same category.. Poured a decent amber with a small white head. Lots of visible carbonation and very clear consistency. At least the tone has a decent reddish tint. Smell was full of grains and not really much else, slight hint at a caramel or sugar sweetness but very slight and only as it warmed. The taste was a little musty. Grain, corn, and grass flavors were the big players here, slight amount of caramel trying to come through but never really made it. The feel was very smooth, decent body, not as light as some others. Overall it had a bit more of a flavor profile then some of the others did, but still needs a little work. I actually liked this slightly better then the premium lager, go figure. It seemed a bit more well wounded. The lager seemed too bready to me. This was a decent light beer.

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Photo of billab914
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into my Sam Adams pint glass. Poured a clear light amber color with a good amount of carbonation bubbles rising from the bottom. It poured with a pretty decent head that lasted pretty well throughout the glass.

Aroma is mostly grain with a very slight sweetness and the crispness of a lager. Not bad, even for a light beer it has more flavor then a lot of macros. The taste has a light bready and grainy flavor to it with a slight sweetness. Not a lot of flavor but it isn't bad.

Mouthfeel is crisp with light with high carbonation. Drinkability is pretty OK, it goes down easy but it doesn't have enough flavor for me to want to drink more. Overall one of the better light beers but that's probably not saying much.

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Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I CANnot figure out how I reviewed Traditional Lager in a CAN and managed not to review its Light counterpart. CAN you shed some light? I was probably at a party or a bar and Light was not available. Let me make things right.

I got two fingers' of ecru head off of my pour which held in nicely. Color was the same medium-reddish amber as its leaded counterpart, which made my hopes rise. Nose had a light malty sweetness, again not too different from the leaded version. Mouthfeel was medium but the taste was really thin. Dang it! I would love to be able to recommend a low-calorie, low-carb counterpart, but this just did not have the Ooomph to cause me to do so. There was a light sweetness on the tongue. The finish was pleasant, which a lot of Light beers CANnot say, and even a little dry, but overall it was a lesser experience. Tood bad. If you are looking for a Light beer, this might be a good candidate, but otherwise, I'd say have a Traditional Lager (the leaded version).

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.02/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Copper golden amber forms a thin short-lived off white head no lacing left at all. Aroma: Mild grainy caramel sweetness touch of hops very bland all in all. Taste: An off graininess comes off a bit tart and bready with no finishing flavors, starts off a decent sweetness then boom nothing not aftertaste nothing there, water. Mouthfeel: Watery thin spritzy carbonation, can't believe they produce this beer. Drinkability: I guess you could drink alot of it 2.7%abv and watery mouthfeel, but why would you waste your time with flavorless beer.

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Photo of tdm168
3/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear copper with little head and only a little retention. Smells grainy and metallic with a hint of lager yeast. Taste is grainy but smooth. Mouthfeel is better than expected; moderate carbonation and rather full for a light lager.

Quaffable, mild flavor, moderate carbonation. Not all that bad for the style.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.05/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I tried the Yuengling Light Lager during a visit to Ohio. The beer poured a light oak color with a nice creamy white head,then lay to a light lace around the top of the glass. The smell and taste were mostly malt with slight balance hop. The mouthfeel was light in body and carbonated. Overall I think it is very drinkable, a nice light beer.

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Photo of smakawhat
2.91/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Poured from the bottle into a nonic pint glass.

A real nice amber brown and clear body, giving a fairly good white head but it seems to fall at a good clip to nothing.

Nose is strange. Kind of acrid and sour. Some faint toasted malts lingering in the background, faint sweetness behind this sourness.

Taste is fairly neutral. In the mid palate there's really nothing going on. Upon the aftertaste there's some sweet malt and bread, and a little toasty grain but kind of small. Pretty light bodied but that's to be expected feels actually pretty decent in the palate without any major faults.

Overall it's fairly inoffensive but it sure smelled unappealing on first open. I suppose you could do worse, can't say I am really drawn to this though, what's the point of drinking a beer that has next to nothing for taste?

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Photo of jwc215
2.62/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours golden amber with a thin head that becomes a patch before slowly disappearing.

The smell is of light grain/husk with caramel backing. Within style, at least it has something of a pleasant aroma.

The taste is of sweet grain/husk with caramel. Hops are barely noticeable, if at all. I suppose there are some to balance out sweetness, but they don't add to the taste at all. Thin finish with some lingering wet cardboard.

The feel is rather thin and fizzy.

I would say not horrible for style, but not much to it at all except some maltiness that is often lacking in light beers. Increasingly annoying aftertaste brings it down in my book. For a light beer, I suppose it's okay, though not much better than so many other light beers...Why bother....Glad I only had one sample. It was enough.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a shaker pint, the beer is a bright, caramel coloring with a steady flow of carbonation and not much head at all. A bit on the pale side to look at. Aromas of caramel sweet, toasted grains, and not much else. Slightly watery nose. Flavors are buttery and caramel forward, but again, watered down, with a very subtle toastiness in the backbone. Light bodied, with a slight crisp in the finish from the carbonation. The aftertaste is toasted and slightly sweet. This is certainly an easy drinker, but lacks a bit in every other department.

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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 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 WesWes
3.03/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a nice golden color with a thick frothy white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a dry musty scent with little malts and fewer hops. The taste is average also. It is light, dry, and musty with a very watery grainy malt make-up. It goes down easy, but lacks any real flavor. The mouthfeel is decent. It is an extremely low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is an average light beer. There is nothing special here. I found this to be dryer than most. It's one and done for me.

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Photo of tone77
3.25/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with amber highlights and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is sweet and malty. Taste is of malts, not as watered down as other light beers. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall, for a light beer this ain't that bad.

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