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From:
Yuengling Brewery
 
Pennsylvania, United States
Style:
American Lager
Ranked #314
ABV:
4.4%
Score:
68
Ranked #30,290
Avg:
2.91 | pDev: 21.65%
Reviews:
180
Ratings:
447
Status:
Active
Rated:
Jun 15, 2022
Added:
Sep 21, 2000
Wants:
  29
Gots:
  106
SCORE
68
Poor
Notes: Yuengling Premium is a pilsner-style brew, gold in color with a pale malt character that finishes crisp and clean. Premium blends both the two-row and six-row barley malt for thirst-quenching taste. A regional favorite, it delivers a well-balanced flavor with slight traces of hop aroma that is always refreshing.
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Reviewed by Mosca from Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Gifted a half a dozen loose cans at a wedding reception in June 2022. I’m not a fan of this style, but this is actually a pretty decent lawnmower beer. It’s a little sweeter and breadier than a good lager, but I wouldn’t turn this one down. Not bad at all.
Jun 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.79 by Boone757 from Virginia

May 06, 2022
 
Rated: 3.23 by datstankadank from New Jersey

Jan 11, 2022
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Reviewed by GregBlatz from Ohio

3.36/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Found these at Jungle Jim's on sale for $10/24 case. I assumed it was a retro can of Yeungling lager. Came home and poured it into a glass and then googled to figure out that it is a pilsner style. Ok, here goes.

Nice clear straw in color. Pure white head that settles but remains a bit till the end.

Smells a little like canned corn, a bit of malt sweetness. Not much aroma but that is what I get.

Tiny bit of metal at first. A little bit of yeast. Pleasant session lager taste. Finished with a nice little bitterness to end the flavor.

A lot of people are slamming this beer, but for what it is, I really think it is quite nice. Compare this to a Budweiser or Coors Banquet, I'll take this every time. It is like a macro lager that actually reminds you of a German pilsner. I think that is what they were going for so mission accomplished
Dec 27, 2021
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Reviewed by mikeinportc from New York

2.81/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Clear deep gold, with one finger of white head.

Smell is semi-sweet grain, and a bit of biscuity malt. Fairly light presence, and somewhat difficult to discern what is there.

Taste is similar to aroma, plus an odd drying element at/near finish, that comes across as cardboard-ish at times, and artificial sweetener aftertase-ish at others. Slight fruity flavor (apple juice?), as it warms.


Feel is light-medium, smooth/slick initially, like apple juice, followed by moderate soft carbonation. It would be good if it stopped right there , but it continues on to a very drying finish, that leaves the tongue felling sanded-off, and semi-numb. As I get further into this, I'm warming to that effect, but still not sure I'm at the point of seeing this as a positive feature. ???

Overall, I'm glad to have tried it (the ol' monkey curiosity, eh?), but don't imagine having it again .
Would this be OK on a hot summer day , with no good options available (& I'd count regular Yuengling as a "good" option, btw. ;) ) ? Yes.
Is this ACTUALLY "Premium"? Hell no.

ps : It's actually better as it warms up to 55F-ish. Thought I'd not be able to finish it, but it's improved slightly as it warmed.
Oct 08, 2021
 
Rated: 3.35 by rangerred from Tennessee

Aug 14, 2021
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Rated by BrendanStoehr96 from Wisconsin

3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Just some American beer.
Jun 04, 2021
 
Rated: 3.25 by JerseyJohn02 from New Jersey

Jan 14, 2021
 
Rated: 1 by Dbot from Delaware

Dec 18, 2020
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Reviewed by hybridentropy from Angola

3.01/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
premium means better right?

well no

12 oz can into pint gas gave a solid head. Tastes like wheat and yeast. There is a faint taste of bread/banana like a diluted golden monkey
Jun 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Beer-Is-Food from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4
THE BEER: Crisp, clean, liquid bread. Looks like beer, smells like beer, tastes like a refreshing Pilsner. Hard to beat, no matter what time of year.

First of all, I'm a Skook (a.k.a....Schuylkill, county, Pa, home of the Yuengling Brewery), and although I've traveled 'round the western world, and drank a plethora of fine beers, with an affection for German beers, Yuengling Premium is still a good go-to beer. Best if enjoyed on draft, hopefully in a novel bar, full of distractions, a bar that allows the dreamy, afternoon sunlight to shine through a window and blaze through your pilsner glass.

And a great beer to have in your backpack after an arduous climb on the Appalachian Trail.

No offense, but f**k all you armchair drinkers –– IPA snobs –– who never learned how to enjoy a fine pilsner, which by the way, a Pilsner beer, is still the most difficult beer on the planet to make if you're a home-brewer. So the next time you're sweating your ass off, out cutting the lawn, don't grab a HEINIE, opt for a Premium. Save a few bucks and enjoy.

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Apr 11, 2020
 
Rated: 3.61 by Kelly10359 from New Jersey

Feb 13, 2020
 
Rated: 2.88 by Jcarriglio from Florida

Jan 14, 2020
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Rated by Johnts from Pennsylvania

4.65/5  rDev +59.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
Taste is smooth and delicious. A very drinkable beer and for the price nothing compares. Go to beer for all occasions.
Dec 29, 2019
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
In my opinion, one of the better LFB's. It has a crisp very slight "hop" finish.
Well, at least more than most macro style lagers.
Well worth the price, even though it darn near doubled in the last 20 years. I used to get a case of 16oz returnable for $10 with $1 deposit. The good ole days.
Back to the beer. If you want a decent drinkable everyday chuggable thirst quencher, this'll do it.
Drink on tap if possible.
Bottle/can lose some of the baked bread aroma & taste.
Nov 11, 2019
 
Rated: 3.39 by The_Kriek_Freak from Pennsylvania

Nov 02, 2019
 
Rated: 2.69 by JonnoWillsteed from England

Sep 16, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by warpedrevolution from Illinois

Sep 03, 2019
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Rated by gehille from Pennsylvania

2.75/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Why drink this when the pilsner and lager are so good.
Aug 10, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Had one a few weeks back and I give it 3's across the board. Right at average. Had it from a bottle, was the usual gold lager color with the malt forward aroma and taste. On the light side OD medium mouthfeel. Clean, crisp smooth aftertaste. Like most aal's the colder the better, does not warm well
Aug 04, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by NeckBootHeadAss from Virginia

Jul 06, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by DFred from California

Jul 06, 2019
 
Rated: 4.24 by zaraspook from Illinois

May 27, 2019
 
Rated: 3.04 by DarrellK from Florida

May 08, 2019
 
Rated: 3 by Vjhillsr from Maryland

Feb 02, 2019
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Reviewed by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
While I do admit enjoying Yuengling Lager every now and then, there is nothing "premium" about Yuengling Premium. For a beer with the word "premium" in it's name, it doesn't come close to being a good beer. False marketing at the very least. Only one way to describe trying to drinking this so-called "beer".... ACK!!!
Jan 23, 2019
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Reviewed by jjamadorphd from Florida

2.79/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75
Not quite the best that Yuengling has to offer...

...In fact, this might be the most disappointing offering from America's oldest brewer. It's mostly an also-ran lager - simple lager color, malt odor, and watery when it comes to mouthfeel. Overall, it's not bad, just not one of the better ones I've had.
Dec 03, 2018
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Reviewed by ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5
A very non-descript, generic beer - not bad, per say, just incredibly bland. Just some typical adjunct / corn flavors, no real body to speak of either.
Oct 27, 2018
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Reviewed by JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +71.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Slightly hazy medium gold color with a big foamy white head. Zesty, tart, grainy malt nose. Crisp malt upfront. Tart middle. Clean dry finish. Slightly gassy.
Oct 22, 2018
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Rated by Tweezerjam from Pennsylvania

3.18/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A great value beer. Tastes a little bit like their lager but watered down. Nothing off putting but nothing special.
Oct 07, 2018
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Rated by pulley from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
My everyday beer, light and refreshing, perfect on a hot summer day or having with pizza, pasta or burgers.
Sep 17, 2018
 
Rated: 3.25 by rdoggg from Pennsylvania

Sep 01, 2018
 
Rated: 3.36 by BigMustyElbows from Pennsylvania

Aug 20, 2018
 
Rated: 2.84 by rfgetz from New Jersey

Apr 03, 2018
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Reviewed by drtth from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25
The clear golden beer pours out into a shaker pint glass with a 1/8" layer of white foam that soon recedes to a small ring of bubbles around the glass. Sipping creates a few widely scattered small spots of lacing.

The aromas have a grainy character and there's a light touch of light, almost grassy character.

The flavors are much as expected from the nose with the grains and grassy hops most noticeable. There's some sweetness here with just a hint of grassy bitterness in the background.

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and fairly crisp, especially given the poor showing made by the head. The finish begins as the sweetness and grainy character begin to recede, eventually leaving some almost bitterness in the almost dry ending.

An easy drinking beer which I'd be fine with having again if it was offer and nothing with more flavors showing was available. That said I'll not be looking to have another on purpose, especially since I prefer the Yuengling Traditional Lager to this one.
Mar 05, 2018
 
Rated: 3.1 by Pennsyltucky from Pennsylvania

Feb 06, 2018
 
Rated: 2.97 by acuziovapes from Virginia

Dec 28, 2017
 
Rated: 2.5 by ADKbeerguy from New York

Dec 18, 2017
 
Rated: 5 by OzmanBey from Massachusetts

Oct 22, 2017
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Reviewed by feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Light gold colored beer with a rapidly fading head...refreshing and tasty...it kind of reminds me of a Michelob...for the price I would consider this a pretty good deal.
Oct 21, 2017
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