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Yuengling Light Lager | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Light LagerYuengling Light Lager

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 241 | Ratings: 1,027
Photo of wedge
2.78/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a nice golden color with a shortly lived head. The aroma consists of a faint sweetness with maybe a hint of caramel...there's not much going on here but it seems to surpass many other light beer "aromas". Sweet almost doughy malt flavor isn't bad either but its pretty damn watered down. Mouthfeel is aggressive in its bristling carbonation and light in body.

Not bad at all for a light beer, but I can't really recommend it unless you absolutely require a low carb beer. Non-offensive, non-challenging, low alcohol light beer...what's the point?

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Photo of tastybeer
2.58/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear coppery golden color with a small struggling white head. Retention is a dense white ring. At least my beer has a bit more color than the usual crappy light lagers. Smell is not so bad, but definitely not much. There's a little sweetness and some clarity, with mild hops. Taste has some bready malt and some hard to discern hops. Light body and watery mouthfeel with large, in your face, carbonation. Drinkability is what it is.

Not thaaat bad for a light lager, but not as good as Sam Light. I would suggest getting real beer instead.

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Photo of Rudgers73
2.5/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

2.5's across the board...

A- Thin, fizzy, prickly head that disappears in no time.

S- Smell? I don't really smell anything.

T- Not much of a taste. It's similar to the regular lager but watered down.

M- Watery, thin, etc.

D- Not very pleasing. At least the regular lager challenges you to keep drinking, this doesn't even put up a fight. Bland.

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Photo of Phatz
2.7/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Light Lager
For a light beer this is really not the worst you could do. In fact I like Yuengling Traditional Lager and this is basically a wimpier watered down version of the same flavor. It has some sweet bready malts in the smell and taste with a hint of week hops trying to get through. Overall it is watery thin and carbonated but what do you expect from a light beer so ... Yeah if you are looking for a drinkable Light beer this fits the bill. And at 2.70 % ABV you can drink it all day.

Hope this is helpful.

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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy head. There was decent retention and not much lacing.

The smell was light and grainy. A subtle sour apple aroma was detected.

The taste was light and crisp and consisted of a watered down malt body with a bit of an adjunct element. Good bicuity aftertaste. Decent hop presence which contributed a dry finish.

The mouthfeel was light and watery.

Overall a drinkable light beer. Certainly better than BMC, but nothing special. However, at 99 calories, it truly is a light beer.

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Photo of Drew966
2.36/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Light Lager pours a surprisingly dark color for a light lager, almost orange, with a white head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. Corn is noticeable in the aroma. Tastes like adjunct. Seems like there is an off flavor, I can't really place it, but its not overwhelming. Reasonably drinkable light lager.

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Photo of ski271
3.62/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Light brownish-amber with a small slightly off-white, tight head that diminishes to a film. Smells of sweet grain and floral hops with a little brown sugar. Lightly hoppy and very bready flavor. Mild but nice. Medium-light body, slick texture, moderate carbonation. Not bat at all for a light beer

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Photo of Schwarzbart
3.31/5  rDev +15.3%
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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Photo of tgbljb
2.9/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured a medium amber color with moderate white head that quickly faded to a thin coating. Smell is very minimal with only a mild sweetness to be found. Taste is more of the smell with much less character than their regular lager with a bit too light for myn taste. finish is also light with little of anything to be found. Drinkabilty to good, mostly due to the low alcohol content.

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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 MSchae1017
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer wast tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a bottle.

The color is a dull gold with a big head that dissipates quickly but leaves a little froth all the way down. It smells of faint barley. The taste isn't bad for a light beer. There is a little malt presence, not hops but no corn, rice or adjuncts either. It honestly feels about what an all malt lager fells like rather than a light beer. Overall its easy to drink and one of the best light beers out there.

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

12oz. bottle that I got in the Yuengling variety pack.

Poured a yellowish amber color with small head of foam that dissipated very fast and left no rings or lace whatsoever. The only good part was all those carboantion bubbles in the pilsner glass. The only aroma was that of faint malts and hops and nothing else. The taste was very crisp and clean with a slight malty aftertaste to it. I thought the mouthfeel was kind of watery and light, but not as watery like most macro light beers. Overall this was an above average light beer with more taste and better mouthfeel than most light beers. If you want a light beer and can't find Sam Adams light, then this would make a nice substitute.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.6/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My first offering from Yuengling. Poured out to a deep yellow / orange color with a small white foamy head that calmed down to a thin layer of bubbles over the surface of the beer. Medium level of carbonation. Aromas of brewery fresh ingredients was very enjoyable; malt, hops and grain were all light but notable. Taste was a definite step up from your typical light lager; flavors of lightly roasted malt, rich grain and some tea like lingering taste went very well together. Mouthfeel was pretty good, with the carbonation adding some crisp, zesty character. Good drinkability. I would have this over any other light beer out there today. Recommended for Light beer lovers. Special thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the sample.

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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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Photo of mrasskicktastic
1.42/5  rDev -50.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Appearance - For a light beer I was shocked to find it had an amber color. I was expecting it to be completely gross in color. It had a medium head that vanished as quick as it appeared with absolutly no lacing. Not great.

Smell - Faint hops and malt. Smell is very weak, but it isn't repulsive.

Taste - It has an initial shock of stomach acid followed by a weak aftertaste typical of rice beer. The very high carbonation numbs the tongue, probably to dull the flavor a bit. I can't imagine how gross this would be closer to room temperature. This is bad.

Mouthfeel - This feels thinner than water. I know it doesn't make much sense, but it feels thinner than water. The carbonation stings my whole mouth and numbs the tongue, but considering the flavor, it's needed.

Drinkability - I don't want this again, ever. I could use it as a session beer, but at 2.75 abv, I might as well put a drop of Kirschwasser in a big glass of water. That would taste like water and get the same alcohol in my system. Since the carbonation numbs your mouth, it could be eaten with bad food. Some one could serve it at their dinner party to conceal the fact that their cooking tastes terrible. Other than that, this is best left on the shelves.

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Photo of GuinnessHero
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

So my friend came down for the weekend and left the left over Yuengling Light in my fridge. They remained there until I realized Friday night was going to pass without a party.

Appearance: A very disappointing yellow in comparison to regular Yuengling.

Smell: There is a faint smell to this beer that is better than say Bud light. The smell would be pleasant if it were more powerful.

Taste: The taste of this beer was not too bad. However, it was at the same time disappointing being my first and last beer of the night.

Drinkability: This went down extremely well, but perhaps too well for what I expected out of this beer.

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Photo of merlin48
1.86/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle pours a clear, medium gold body with a one finger offwhite head that quickly dwindles to a thin wisp of collar. Aroma is nearly void, so I can't rate it as awful. Some faint grainess is barely noticed. Mouthfeel is very light bodied, with lots of crisp carbonation. Taste is watery and fizzy. Slight notes of caramel malt are easily balanced by subdued hops bitterness. Clean finish and aftertaste make this a decent "lawnmower" beer, but I don't see any point in trying this one again.

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

Pours about the same as the traditional lager….copper/amber colour with a foamy head that fizzes away quickly;
Clean aroma on the nose , light graininess, faint hops. Tastebuds pick up a nice small hint how sweetnesscaramel, graininess and hint of hops. Very good drinkability….will I ever drink this again.I have no reason to drink this over the Traditional Lager.

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Photo of maek228
3.2/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my kind of light beer. Too bad it's out of a can. It's a 175th anniversary. this is what a light beer SHOULD be. BTW....

Appearance: Light amber...alil bit lighter in color than regular

Smell: Lemon Rinds, mild hops, wheaty malts

Taste: spritzy carbonation, bitter citrus, barely any hops. Like a watered down Yuengling....but still, not bad

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation that tingles the roof of your mouth.

Drinkability: This goes down ultra easy

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Photo of cncbofh
1.79/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2


Ordered one of these out of sheer curiosity with a Philly cheesesteak during my first trip out to Philadelphia. It poured with a decent color and carbonation seemed ok.

I smelled it, or at least tried to. This beer just didn't smell like anything at all except for maybe a hint of wet horse blanket. I tasted it and much to my surprise - I found a beer worse than Miller, Bud or Coors! This beer literally tastes like rotten well-water.

Philly town has plenty of other great micros. Turn this one down.

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Photo of Backer2004
2.32/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Decided at first that I would pass on ordering any alcohol at a Pizza Pub and watering hole. However, I've enjoyed Yuengling's Lager and Black & tan's so i thought what the heck. The entire time I'm sipping, I am disappointed. Too much lemon flavor for a light beer---it's sad to say, but I would order a Miller Light instead of this next time.

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Photo of Suds
1.85/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Light amber color, clear liquid with a soda-pop white head. It probably looks better than most light beers, but it’s not perfectly enticing. Faint malt aroma. Taste is grain-like and very dry. Not much hops, and certainly not bitter. Average to high carbonation. This is a middle-of-the road light beer. Notably pointless.

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Photo of donnebaby
2.84/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark copper looks and a fizzy, flakey white top. OK! Smells like sweet nastiness though, like mildewy rug, pungently sweet rotting banana.

Tastes alright for a light lager. Haven't had too many light lagers, but this one is OK. Watery in the mouth, sweet shallow malts. Tangy, soft, empty carbonation. Very clean aftertaste. I think I probably like Sam Adams light better.

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Photo of Maestro
2.12/5  rDev -26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This beer smells like a farm. Head goes away quickly. The beer has a great amber appearance, but that is the only saving grace. Tastes okay. Mouthfeel is smooth. Drinkabliity is great considering the insulting ABV. Not worth it. I am not sure why Yuengling bothered to make this beer. It really isn't a good product.

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Photo of Tang07
2.95/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

It pours well, but the head rapidly disappears and no lacing to speak of.

It has more flavor and color than other domestic light beers. I live in Florida where it is hot and I often wish to drink a light lager during the day because ales and dark lagers, which I prefer to drink, seem a bit heavy when it is hot out and you are having more than a few beers. This beer definitely hits the spot without hurting the wallet too badly.

I realize that there are many "superior" beers, but I think that for what it is it, it is very good. It's better than Bud/Coors/Miller Lights and WAY better than waterey cheapo collage party beers like Keystone, Busch, Natural ligths.. Not as good as Amstel or Corona Light, but less expensive and has a bit more flavor, body and color than all of those.

Yuengling is pretty good for what it is. Relativley inexpensive domestic light beer.

It's light beer that costs less than $5/ six pack and I'll be buying more of it.

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Yuengling Light Lager from Yuengling Brewery
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