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Lager - American
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2.92 | pDev: 21.58%
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
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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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mikeinportc from New York

2.81/5  rDev -3.8%
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
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hybridentropy from Angola

3.01/5  rDev +3.1%
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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Beer-Is-Food from New Jersey

3.97/5  rDev +36%
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.


Apr 11, 2020
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crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

4.61/5  rDev +57.9%
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
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

3/5  rDev +2.7%
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
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CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania

2.74/5  rDev -6.2%
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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jjamadorphd from Florida

2.79/5  rDev -4.5%
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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ajm5108 from Pennsylvania

2.63/5  rDev -9.9%
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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JimboBrews54 from Michigan

5/5  rDev +71.2%
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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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +18.8%
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
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feuematt from Pennsylvania

3.25/5  rDev +11.3%
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 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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Chilltown4evr from New Jersey

4/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is the first time I try the Premium. The Lager is a bit sweeter. I definitely like the Premium better! Smell: Corn, Hops, Yeast like traditional AAL. Here in NJ a 24 pack costs $12.99 a case! Lager costs $17.99 a case. Overall a solid 4 for taste and value. A good go to beer and definitely underrated and unnapreciated especially if you're on a budget. Cheers!

Aug 18, 2017
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TominGermany from Germany

3.38/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is my go-to beer when I'm watching sports on TV and munching on Middleswarth BBQ chips. Not the best beer in the world but a little better than Yuengling's lager and cheaper than any craft beer you can buy.

Apr 01, 2017
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cambabeer from New York

2.43/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I picked this up because I moved to philly. That's the only reason. Better than some macros but I'd really only drink this with some food and toward the end of the night. Mostly sweet malt character and quite carbonated. But... a six pack is like $7 in a city where most sixers are $15+

Nov 12, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

3.08/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pottsville's finest.

The first time I tried this was over a hamburger and still think that's the best combination. Oh, it's not the greatest and certainly not the latest, but has been around long enough to earn it's place. Clean, crisp, amber color, light malt/hop combination with fuller flavor than expected.

Easy to find, easy to drink, worth exploring.

Apr 16, 2016
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20holmbrew from Massachusetts

2.82/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

There are definitely worse options, but nothing impressive here. I remember all the hype when this made its way to Massachusetts. Could see it as refreshing on a hot day, but that is about it. Lots of better Lager options available.

Dec 25, 2015
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VABA from Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A light bodied well carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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lenbert from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I have enjoyed this beer a few times before but Yuengling isn't in distribution in my area so it has been a too rare occurrence that I get to sample one. The first thing that I noticed was a change in packaging to brown 12 ounce bottles (alright). Still has a twist off cap but this is definitely a step in the right direction.

The color is a light gold and the pour generates a nice head that quickly departs. Where this one really shines in its class is in the aroma and taste department. The smell is pleasant and the taste is full bodied for a beer with its IBU and ABV profile.

This is a perfect lager for a hot Summer day.

Jul 04, 2015
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generallee from Virginia

3.89/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

It was served on tap at the Yuengling Brewery.

Appearance: The body has a bright yellow color with very good clarity and lots of visible carbonation capped off with bright white head. The head is light and soapy and it quickly fads out leaving a wispy thin filmy layer.

Smell: The aroma has a light and cereal like malt base with a light floral and grassy hops in the background.

Taste / Palate: The flavor has a cereal and light grain like base malt note with a light floral and grassy hay like hops. It’s body is light and refreshing with average carbonation.

Jun 17, 2015
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Pennd002 from West Virginia

3.42/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Probably my favorite standard lager, this one is found everywhere in my area including on tap in all the bars. It's relatively smooth and works well with any food at the ballpark. It's also cheaper than most competitors.

May 30, 2015
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stakem from Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

For longer than I have been leagally able to enjoy beer, people in my town refer to beer as all inclusively consisting of 1 of 2 options: "Lager or Premium" with both referring to Yuengling.

Cult-like brand loyalty and historical reference are the only things this beer has going for it. Slightly inferior to its "Lager" counterpart, Premium is the slightly shittier, sweeter version of the two.

May 04, 2015
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

2.94/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Crystal clear, golden, straw, thick white head, good lacing

S: Adjunct grains, yeast, slight hops

T: Heavy on the adjunct grains, sweet, hop bitterness, very crisp, clean taste

M: Light, good carbonation.

O: Good beer. Way better than some I've had. Good representation of the style.

Apr 20, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

4.3/5  rDev +47.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Yuengling Premium Beer brew by Yuengling Brewery, with an ABV of 4.40% This brew pours out a nice amber color with a nice white head. The smell is sweet with grains and malts. You pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste it is sweet with grains and malts. Not bad but not great. Yuengling Premium Beer has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering in this brew. The mouthfeel of Yuengling Premium Beer is nice,clean and smooth. There is nothing bad about this brew. I like how this brew goes down smooth. Overall I'm giving Yuengling Premium Beer a 4.25 out 5. This brew is a nice drinking brew. Nothing fancy but nothing cheap. I would buy this brew again. Thank you Yuengling Brewery

Feb 03, 2015
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Urk1127 from New Jersey

2.45/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Looks like the average American adjunct. Smell is of yeast. Taste is of corn and yeast and some banana even. I did not like this very much. I prefer the regular lager to this.

Dec 14, 2014
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UKBeerman from Ohio

3.75/5  rDev +28.4%

I think this is a pretty goo beer for the particular 'style'. That is to say that it is a good easy drinking session beer. If at a party drinking many beers with many wings I think it is a good choice. Pleasant taste and aroma. Looks light in color and has a clean smooth taste to match. Poured with a decent head, but it did not last long. Very mild hop aroma. Some say it has a corn flavor?? I cannot say I detect that, but it is certainly light in flavor. If I were going to drink one beer each night, I would pick something more full bodied...but as a party brew, this is pretty good.

Nov 23, 2014
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