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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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-22-2002

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Ratings: 1,071 |  Reviews: 254
Photo of kylehay2004
2.83/5  rDev -1.7%
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 spycow
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.28/5  rDev -20.8%
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 djrn2
2.5/5  rDev -13.2%

Photo of Knapp85
2.06/5  rDev -28.5%
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 nmann08
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.19/5  rDev +10.8%
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 metter98
2.71/5  rDev -5.9%
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 -29.5%
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 kojevergas
3.4/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5


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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.01/5  rDev -30.2%
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 zeff80
2.99/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of zestar
3/5  rDev +4.2%

Photo of mothman
2.3/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Nothing stands out with this one. Bland and boring.

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Photo of Boone757
2.75/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

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 -8%
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%
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 dbrauneis
2.77/5  rDev -3.8%
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 Kegatron
2.82/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of billab914
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.68/5  rDev -6.9%
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 Jason
3.5/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of woodychandler
3.23/5  rDev +12.2%
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 mikesgroove
3.28/5  rDev +13.9%
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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