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Yuengling Premium BeerYuengling Premium Beer

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Pale Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.40%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 09-21-2000

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Reviews: 164 | Ratings: 581
Photo of furiousxgeorge
1/5  rDev -66.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is total swill. I don't know what the hell yuengling is thinking with this beer.

All I have to say is this, my grandfather loves this beer, but his #1 beer s GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY, so, judge his taste accordingly.

The most horrible aspect of this beer is the aftertaste, it makes me crave a natty ice.

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Photo of crossovert
1.23/5  rDev -59%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle.

It pours a pale gold with a short lived fizzy head that doesn't leave any lacing. Usually the one thing macros get right is the appearance, not this one.

The smell is pretty bad even for macro standards, old sock, corn vomit, cardboard, and rotten fruit round out the smells.

The flavor is also incredibly weak. It is sour with a nasty corn note, some water, and a slight bit of hops.

Watery mouthfeel, bad aftertaste.

This beer sucks.

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Photo of BeerCon5
1.53/5  rDev -49%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A: Clear, golden color with little head and bad retention.
S: Hoppy smell and a little caramelly

T: Not at all impressive. Too much of a metallic, salty taste.

M: Light feel, a bit overcarbonated

D: Not an easy drinker, I certainly would not buy it and would probably would only drink it if I was desperate.

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Photo of ithacabaron
1.63/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty awful.

Very, very, strong metallic can-of-corn tastes through and through this thing. Hops do have some intriguing bitterness here, unlike most cheap beers, but not enough to cover the corn. I bought a case of this because it was 10 bucks, and I needed pop off bottles to fill with my homebrew (for a few bucks more, I might as well get them with some beer in them, right?).

I usually really enjoy Yuengling products, but next time, I'm just buying empty bottles at my LHBS.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.92/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Po'd up in lil cup at the Tampa Yuengling Brewery. I cannot imagine what is 'Premium' about this. I like Yuengling products, nearly across the board, but this is terrible. It looks like garden variety light fizzy swill, but smells far worse than the average adjunct lager. It literally reeks of urine, or goats, take your pick. It tastes pretty bad too, but just like cheap watery beer (maybe a tad sweaty); it is not scary-bad like the smell. Do not fall for the label; this is vastly inferior to all other Yuengling products.

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Photo of Knapp85
1.95/5  rDev -35%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is probably my least favorite release from Yuengling. This beer is very generic, I can't honestly say that there is anything special in this that would make someone seek it out. I've had one bottle of this and it was pretty much just your typical run of the mill brew. Yellow in color, taste is of some malts and corn, not much hops to speak of.

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Photo of proc
1.98/5  rDev -34%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is in no way as good as their Traditional Lager. Somewhat of a burnt malt taste with a very, tough to describe aftertaste. Its reminiscent of soap (hey, when I was kid, if ya swore, they washed you mouth out with soap...I still remember that!!!).

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Photo of oberon
2.01/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought this in a quart bottle at the pizzaria around the block,what a waiste of $2.50.Poured a yellowish color with some head,not much smell out of this at all maybe a little breadlike?Taste was almost skunky,very bitter and nothing really stood out but the bitterness in my mind.I'll make sure not to make the mistake in buying this again.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.01/5  rDev -33%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Pours a thin yellow straw color with a sickly thin white head and no real lacing to speak of. Smells of adjuncts such as corn, rice, and simple grain. Some malty sweetness in the nose as well. No hops to be found. Tastes mostly the same some sweet corn and malt and a little biscuit or yeast bread. Mouthfeel is very thin and not too wonderful. Drinkability is not great.

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Photo of dacrza1
2.08/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: 9/4/2014... GLASSWARE: Ommegang 10-year pokal...OCCASION: the NFL begins again... APPEARANCE: white, fizzy, foamy head that fizzles quickly; clear golden yellow body--random lacing... AROMA: sharp doughy cracker malts and roasted toffee melt together with a rust copper aroma--oddly familiar but, under scrutiny, not so desirable... PALATE: fizzy and slightly oily/buttery; easily drinkable, as it no doubt is designed to be...TASTE: sweet, malty and metallic, as remembered...a distinct central PA lemongrass and hard water combination...OVERALL: familiar but significantly less frequented than the traditional lager, the premium carries less weight than the lager but has a little more taste than the light--but not enough to elicit comparison or deeper analysis...

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Photo of AdamBear
2.1/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A-light gold with a thin white head that quickly disappears to nothing, not even around the rim.

S-barley and sweet honey. very faint scent.

T-comes in with a slightly bitter taste of honey and grains. there's a matching after-taste that is so faint, its hardly worth mentioning.

M-medium carbonation with a fairly dry finish

O-listed as a pale lager? no, thats wrong. this is an adjunct, and its terrible even for an adjunct...its just that bad. the tastes themselves aren't horrible, but the overall lack of taste is just upsetting.

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Photo of jwc215
2.16/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours straw yellow with a fizzy white head that fizzles down to a disappearing patch. Typical macro appearance.

The smell is of corn starch. Some vague malt with metallic notes present. Some bitterness comes through, but not in a way that blends so well.

The taste is like a raw macro. Some grain, but plenty of corn. Metallic and salty notes come through. Bitterness shows that hops are here, but poorly executed. I would think that the metallic notes are from the can, but I have detected it in the bottled version. Flat finish followed by a funky aftertaste.

It has something of a body for the style, but is almost completely masked by seltzery fizz. An undesirable aftertaste lingers for a brief moment.

This isn't completely undrinkable, but there is an astringency not found in many other macro-types. Unimpressive, even for style. While there is a hop presence, it is too bitter and the corn smell and taste just interferes without adding flavor or light-bodiedness (so what is the point?) Well, it is cheap. But, you get what you pay for in this case...

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.26/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

On tap at my resort bar in Orlando.

Pours a pale straw colour, thin, but durable head. Some lacing.

Nose is straw, honey, light hops and tin.

A bland, unappealing lager with a particularly unpleasant finish. No different from any typical BMC product. Stick with the traditional lager if you can, this stuff is pretty bland.

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Photo of smcolw
2.29/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not much of a head (no lace either), but the color is a warm amber color.

Nearly no smell. A tad bit like the inside of a refrigerator.

Tastes like a typical macro. Nearly no hop, weak, but grainy malt. Thin bodied with a crisp mouthfeel. simply said, a lawn mower beer.

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Photo of Rifugium
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

First had: bottle at some tailgating party

Premium, eh? Yummy! Not.
Well, it's not all bad.

Poured into a red Solo cup (muahaha), a pale straw-yellow color, fizzy, with a finger or two of bubbly white head that receded quite a bit rather quickly. Aroma of boring grains, light floral hops, and a bit of citrus zest. The taste followed the smell pretty closely, with grains, pale malts, light floral hops, all a bit metallic, but not entirely unbearable. Light mouthfeel, and fairly drinkable particularly if nothing else is available.

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Photo of stakem
2.33/5  rDev -22.3%
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.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.43/5  rDev -19%
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+

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Photo of mzwolinski
2.43/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pale straw in color with a very thin, quickly dissipating head. The aroma is grainy with a mild earthy hop aroma -- a bit musty. The flavor seems to be really affected by the use of corn, which detracts from the crispness of the flavor. More of a bitter character than most beers of this type, but still a bit uninteresting and off-putting, with a slightly soapy finish.

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Photo of Urk1127
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
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.

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Photo of CowsCanBark
2.45/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a clear golden with a one-finger head that quickly dissipates. Not really any noticeable lacing.

Smell: Mainly malts and adjuncts, barely discernible hops.

Taste: Light malts, light hoppiness, heavy on corny adjuncts, sweet. Reminds me of Coors'.

Mouthfeel: Very light bodied and high carbonation, works for the flavor profile.

Overall: Typical AAL profile, although a bit subpar. Fans of BMC would enjoy this, but I'd recommend Yuengling Traditional any day.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
2.46/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I pour these into a pub glass. Nice goldenrod color, head dissipates after a few minutes. Smells ok. That's where the beer drops off. It has a little bit of a bite to it and will leave a bitter taste in your mouth, but nothing to back it up. It's got an almost oily texture going down.

Honestly, I've killed about three cases of these in the past half year, and every time I buy one, I remember why I hadn't for a while. They give me gas and make me queasy. On average it's one of the cheaper lagers out there. But drop the $2 extra and buy the Premium's older, more sophisticated brother: The Yuengling Original.

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Photo of ebby82
2.48/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light yellow from a bottle into a glass.

The aroma is faintly metallic, but it retains the trademark yuengling aroma, which is hard to describe, but probably comes from the corn used.

The taste is uneventful and quite mediocre. Much better than a Coors Light and such, and one tiny step below the traditional lager. Very drinkable, it doesn't taste poorly, and its cheap.

Obviously not a craft beer, but I have no serious complaints.

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Photo of tectactoe
2.49/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Pours a straw-yellow color, very pale, nearly clear, slight clarity, a bit more haze than expected. Thin, white head lasts only for a few seconds, no lacing left behind. Aroma filled with crisp grains and some lightly toasted malt (but not much). Light floral essence, a bit metallic on the nose, too. Taste is very light and crisp, thin bodied with a dry malt character; grains and corns are abundant, but still too weak to give a big flavor. Apple skins and grape sweetness comes to mind with the crispiness of the brew; hop flavor is low, although there is a slight bitterness that can be detected; however, it comes and goes without much taste at all. Some slight sweetness and a dry, crisp grain flavor in the aftertaste.

Overall, not an awful beer - certainly more flavorful and tasty than Bud, Coors, etc., but I still would venture to believe that better choices can be made wherever this is available.

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Photo of francisweizen
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Yuenglings answer to BMC. Drunk straight from the can I have to dock this a point for appearance. The Aromas are of faint hops, and slight malts and they are more subdued from the can version of this brew. The Taste follows suit. Mouthfeel is medium bodied and crisp. Drinkability is decent for a macro. Not bad. Definately better in the bottle than in the can.

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Photo of palma
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Light gold color body with a thin foamy head. Smell was a little corny and bready. Light light malt aroma. Taste was of corn and citrus. A mellow tasting brew though the hops seem to jump out every other sip. A weird hopness to it. Kind of dry throughout. A little watery. Drinkable, but definitely not something I would go out looking for.

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