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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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Photo of Frozensoul327
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a one quart "stubbie on steroids" bottle. Pours out to a clear golden color with a big white head of foam that quickly calms to about 1/8th inch. No lacing. Medium to medium high levels of carbonation. Aromas are light, some floral hops and malt. Smells fresh. Taste is mediocre; some malt, grain, and a definite whisky like flavor toward the finish. Mouthfeel is uninspiring, yet not dead, as the carbonation keeps things alive on the palate. Fair drinkability. I think I like regular Yuengling better, but this bottle is bad-ass. Thanks goes out to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

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Photo of casualbeerman
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had high, high hopes for this beer when I tried it. Yuengling Premium! It must be a step above the Traditional right? How awesome would that be? Well I guess we'll never know (from the Yuengling Brewery that is) because this is definately NOT a step above traditional. It is a step below. It turns out that "Premium" is a euphamism for "Macro". That's what this is, Yuengling Brewery doing a Macro style beer, as opposed to Traditional, which is well traditional (That's Amber American Lager, it was a style which was a much bigger pre-prohibition staple in America). Anyway the color is a sort of clear-gold. Not nearly as deep as say Urquell but noticably more amber than most macros. Compared to the Traditional its lighter and clearer. Smell is pretty boring. A little sweet grain and a lot of hops. The hops are kind of hard to describe. I guess I'd call them metallic or typical macro if I found them objectionable, but I don't. They're pretty bitter, but leave no unpleasant aftertaste. They're clean and surprisingly strong for the style, but still not too interesting. I guess the best way to describe them would be typical macro hops if typical macro hops were't disgusting. They are balanced by light malts that are slightly sweet. Mouthfeel is all about carbonation. Maybe this would feel thin if not for all those bubbles, but I honestly can't tell you. I could taste the beer fine, but carbonation was all the mouthfeel I could get. Drinkability is fine. You could definately drink these all night. The hops don't get in my way, the taste isn't bad, nothing is wrong with this except that no store or bar exists that carries this unless they carry the Traditional Lager as well, so why bother? This is obviously what Yuengling brewed to catch the Budweiser crowd. And the result? Well it splits the difference. It definately kicks Budweiser's ass by not being the least bit nasty or looking anything like urine. But Traditional Lager in turn kicks its ass by looking the way real beer should look and packing a lot more taste. Uses? Serving to my friends who when I tell them my favorite beer say "Yuengling? That's like liquid bread" or "Wow that's really strong beer." This would be a good compromise for them, maybe even a good gateway to discovery of the fact that there are more than 3 breweries in this country. I would call this the best macro-style out there except who the hell wants a macro-style beer from a regional brewery even if they do a good job? The Traditional owns this and the easily outsells it besides.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer poured a crystal clear yellow color with a one figne frothy white head, which went down quickly. Streams of bubbles arose from the bottom. Smell was malty. Taste consisted of light malt which became fuller throughout. A slightly sweet quality was also detected, as was a metallic quality to the beer. Light in the mouth, but not too watery. An okay brew. Definitely not as good as Yuengling Lager.

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Photo of tugdriver7
3.78/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

IMHO, rating beer is ike rating pies or sandwiches. You can't compare dutch apple to pumpkin if you're not a pumpkin fan (which I am, by the way). Likewise, a PBJ will never measure up to a BLT (unless you truly prefer peanut butter). Yuengling is going out on a limb to call this beer "premium," but in the realm of comparing similarly priced adjunct (regional) macro lagers, this is a keeper. Smooth, easy to drink, nicely carbonated, refreshing, balanced taste, and (given its limited distribution area) quite fresh to boot. Much different than the Traditional Lager, yet equally unique in its quality. Yuengling has a reputation for taking the macro-brew to a whole new level of taste. This one is no exception!

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Photo of Ricochet
3.28/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Had the Y's black & tan and gave it an average rating. Well, I was in Pitt again, buying some JJWEEHB and then decided to pick up something cheap and different and got some of this. I wasn't sorry. It was cheap, tasted cheap, but better than the BMC and PBR leaning heavily into High Life territory.

Here goes:

App: Lighter yellow and plenty of carb bubbles making it look more like champaign than beer. Score one towards MHL.

Smell: Slightly lower than average, almost a wet dog smell, lots of corn.

Mouth: Yep. It's a beer. A "Premium Beer" Yellow, burp beer.

Taste: Very heavy on the corn, slight alcoholic and hops notes, this tastes like a cheap beer but then, it doesn't seem to be a macro, having a fuller flavor than MHL. The corn actually adds to the flavor rather than tasting like bad creamed corn.

Drinkablity: Drank 12 within the weekend. Really easy beverage to drink, especially when it was hot, I'd consider this again over any of the BMC and Genny and PBR.

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Photo of maek228
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Oh Yuengling, how is it that you always do me so right? This beer is comparable in price to other macro-swill such as Bud, Miller, Coors, and so and so forth.

Yet, despite being in the same price range, Yuengling, being the fine brewery that it is, has rose above the competition and made a "premium brew"...well let's not shit ourselves, it is far from "premium", but for 14 bones a case...it is well worth the price

Appearance: straw yellow with a decent head that retained itself for a bit

Smell: strong corn scent...rather average...despite not tasting like a Mexican beer, it still manages to smell like one

Taste: certainly crisp, without a doubt refreshing...although in spite of this, I have to admit it tastes a bit...cheap. Even though it tastes cheap, it tastes like a GOOD cheap beer. Kudos to Yuengling

Mouthfeel: standard

Drinkability: standard

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Photo of tgbljb
3.35/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

poured a clear light amber color with white puffy head that has good staying power. Smell is on the sweet side with a mild malt background. Taste is light, refreshing with no pleasant notes. Mouth feel is refreshing. An easy drinking beer on a hot afternoon.

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Photo of Suds
2.63/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I was pretty disappointed in this one. It’s barely this side of an under-done macro. Pours a pale, clear yellow with above average effervescence. The head isn’t worth much: thin turning to non-existence. Mild aromas: cereal grains, CO2, faint hops. It has very watery and muted tastes, similar to the aroma. In it’s defense, it’s easy to drink, and would probably be a good summertime lawn-mowing thirst-quencher. All in all, though, I won’t be trying it again.

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Photo of Vancer
2.58/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Just didn’t care for this one from them – did like the B&T ! Pour was OK but the aroma was missing. Taste was bland, no real flavor and something spunky about it. Not something I would go to get or have over a session. Had it on tap so I can't really blame it on a skunky bottle.

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Photo of WesWes
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It's not very complex, but as far as adjunct lagers are concerned it has a "premium" aroma. It boasts of pale malts and lager yeast. It's light and mildly fruity. The taste is average. It has a very light and refreshing flavor, but it lacks in beer taste. It tastes really watered down. The mouthfeel is good. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good adjunct lager. It's not at all skunky or musty and it goes down quick. I like the aroma and the taste is better than most. This is a good drinker.

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Photo of necoadam
2.85/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured out a clear light golden color with a head that went to lacing quite quickly.

Smell consisted of, well, I don't know! Is there anything in here? Some very light hops and grainy aromas are in there, but everything was light.

Taste was ok actually. Some hops do show through with a slight hop bite. Finished on the dry side.

Mouthfeel was average at best. Perhaps a bit too much carbonation at the first sips. A bit watered down.

Ah, it's ok. It's one of those beers to wash down pizza at a party. Or a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of 57andcounting
3.45/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well, I was in Pottsville, I figured I should have a few Yuengling Premiums on draft. You will be hard pressed to find this on draft outside a short driving distance from Pottsville.

This is a good drinking beer.
Has a deep yellow gold color with a head that stays around for a few minutes.
Smells like beer!! What can I say, a bit of grain and malt, not much else.
The taste is easy. A bit grain and malt, enough complexity so you know your not drinking a B, M or C light. Light on the mouth with a clean after taste. Goes down pretty good for a beer from an, almost mainstream brewer.
This is a good beer to accompany a lunch or the few after work.
Not a craft beer, but when you see it on tap, have a couple.

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Photo of Brent
3/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Waiting in the bar area of a small restaurant outside Baltimore for a table to open (the place was reputed to have the best crab cakes, and it was worth the wait) - this was the only non A-B offering available. Pale straw to golden with tight carbonation streamers up the glass and a modest head. Aroma was a bit sweet, with some grain notes. Light flavor, with some sweet grain. Slipped into a bit of astringency toward the end, with a relatively clean finish. Solidly average (an oxymoron?)

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Photo of ElGordo
2.91/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale amber with a foamy head that evaporates pretty quickly, leaving a very still-looking beer. Not much aroma - light hints of malt, adjunct, and a little bit of astringency. Palate is lightly malty, a touch of hops, and a light sweetness. Body is definitely more substantial than more American lagers. Goes down pretty easily, it's a good session beer. At its premium price, though, I'd rather drink Pabst and save the money.

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Photo of nomad
2.65/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A pale and eerie looking amber, if you can call it that, the head is minimal and too reminiscent of dish-soap suds.

Smells like nothing much at all besides some faint malt that is without depth for desciption and some "bitter" ghosts of hops. It tastes like most industrial lagers do, except with more tone to it. That is, the malt is more distinguishable than your average lager, with a decent bitterness residing through out the flavor profile. Very ordinary in almost all respects.

I truly enjoy their flagship Lager, so how do they justify the Premium labeling of this product? Oh well, back to the Lager.

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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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Photo of Shiloh
3.12/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nothing special about this brew at all...having said that, it is very easy to consume and would make a great session beer especially when you factor in the price.
The appearance is of a light golden lager with a creamy white froth that is short lived. A very light lace and glass ring offer the only evidence that this is beer and not juice,
The body is medium light.
The carbonation joined the crown in that it to disappeared very quickly.
The nose is grainy in a mild way.
Taste is well balanced starting to the malts and finishing to the hops. No linger here at all. Dry.
Mouthfeel says "Bring em on"

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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 NeroFiddled
3.03/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A crystal-clear straw-gold body is topped by a good-sized head of creamy bright white foam. The retention is good, and although it drops in size rather quickly, it also maintains a thin surface covering for some time. Additionally, some nice lace is also present and adds greatly to the appearance. The nose is fresh and clean, delivering a straight-forward grainy malt and some minor yeast character. The body is light and crisp. The flavor is exactly as the aroma suggests with a lightly grainy malt, a very subtle background hop flavor, and an underlying bitterness. It finishes short and dry. There's not enough going on in the flavor to keep it interesting, but at least it's not as sweet as some of the mainstream macros available right now. At the very least, it's a refreshing, crisp and clean lager that's perfect for extended outdoor activities during hot summer days.

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Photo of BillSempf
3.18/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

You know, this is just another American lager, and as such is kinda thin and whimpy, but you can't argue with it very much wneh comparing it with the brethern. Light in color and taste, light head ... light light light. Easy drinking, a good beer to pass around on the street when those adhoc meetings with the neighbors occur. Too bad only a Pennsylvania distribution.

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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 WVbeergeek
2.9/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Spotted this one out at Chicken Chuck's been meaning to give the premium beer a whirl since I have had all of Yuengling's other products. Besides the bottle is a short stubby quart that just looks vintage and classic at the same time. The appearance of this beer is a golden yellow with a very bright white head decent head retention going on here. The aroma though is of faint malt sweetness along with semi harsh slighlty cooked vegetable tones mainly corn and rice. Very similar to other macros in appearance and aroma, but the taste is much better than most. Very clean and refreshing crispness that does of some malted barley somewhere and there no off flavors attempting to induce my gag reflex. So, all in all this beer aims for mediocrity and comes out a winner. This is nothing special just good ol' American light lager compares with Iron City to me. Lighter bodied beer designed to be drank on a hot summer day after mowing the lawn, I enjoy this beer for the time. I just can't picture wasting to much time with a beer of that's just alright..

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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 Beastdog75
2.84/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Premium is like the Budweiser of the Yuengling line, and it reminded of Bud in many areas. Similar taste, mouthfeel, and look. I found this to be a little bit cleaner and more flavorful than Bud and the others in the same category.

Yuengling Premium pours a pale straw color with a decent but somewhat fizzy white head that disappears quickly, leaving some thin whispy lace down the side of the glass. The smell is grainy with some citrus/fruity hop smell in the nose. Clean smell. The mouthfeel is fizzy and watery but easy drinking and refreshing. Has a moderate grainy taste with the citrus-fruity/herbal hop taste to balance it out. The finish is a little dry with the bitterness becoming more pronounced after a few moments. The aftertaste was mostly clean with some lingering dryness, and some hints of grain, corn/DMS. The beer finishes with only a little bit of alcoholic warmth.

This is a decent, clean tasting beer (I thought of rice when I was drinking this) and is a little bit better than those mass-produced fizzy yellow beers, but overall this beer isn't too exciting. I would stick with the Yuengling Traditional Lager over this.

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