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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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Photo of ktrillionaire
1.92/5  rDev -33.6%
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 msubulldog25
3.12/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Another fine CAN from 'America's Oldest Brewery', courtesy of Mr. woodychandler. 12 oz. poured to a pint glass. Nothing says 'Premium' like GOLD, and there's plenty of gold on the can.

A: Like the can, it's golden - a blander, paler version of the can design. Very clear, with very steady carbonation. Head is a half-fingered fizzle of white, tapering off in seconds before disappearing altogether. Like the head, lace is non-existent.

S: A drifting, corn sugar sweetness. Sure as hell is 'malty'... hard to recall a more ambrosial, albeit one-dimensional, aroma...

T: Pale malts, mild corn and toffee, but with a decent blend of balance spice and hops. Despite sweetness upfront, the balancing backbone is a mildly fruity (apple bite) and subtly bittered lager that's got some latent spice. The downfall is a gummy, 'envelope flap' stickiness in the finish that I find hard to shake.

M: Crisp, effervescent carbonation - not quite 'sparkling water' level of refreshing...but close. Light feel, light body. Weak or not, I appreciate the active mouthfeel and the mild spicing and latent hops.

O: Yinz know? Kinda fun to drink (PS I have no idea if that's proper Pittsburgh-ese, but it's fun to say/think/type 'Yinz'!). I'm no big fan of Pale Lagers, but this happens to be a pleasant and nicely drinkable one - rather benign, but light and refreshing, and without a completely watery disposition. Thanks, Woody!

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Photo of Onenote81
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can - poured half into a pint glass, drank the other half right from the can. Pours a crystal clear, straw-yellow. A big frothy white head rests atop though. Minor lace. Nose is average for the style, some graininess, faint lemon zest, mildly floral. Crisp, clean mouthfeel. Light and easy to drink. Buttery breads, faintest of bitterness, mild citrus. This really reminds me of Coors Banquet, which I like. Extremely drinkable and not all that bad. Has more flavor than its peers for the most part. Perfect summer gulper. Thanks to woodychandler for this toss-in in a surprise box!

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Photo of Knapp85
1.95/5  rDev -32.5%
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 Ceej1978
2.72/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden color with very little head. I even tried pouring one fast to see if I could create one but it dissipated quickly.

The nose is slightly hoppy. Hints of corn. About par for a light lager.

The taste is not quite what I expected from the smell. It seems a bit light but overall the taste is about average for a light lager.

The mouthfeel seems light bodied. Nothing special. Good carbonation.

Drinkability is decent. I poured two at a time into a 32 oz. chilled mug. Six were gone before I realized it then I moved on to the Black and Tan.

Overall it's a decent beer for the price. I'm a fan of traditional Yuengling and I haven't ever had a "bad" beer from those guys at Pottsville, PA.

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Photo of smcolw
2.29/5  rDev -20.8%
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 JayS2629
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- Golden color with medium frothy white head, descent retention, minimal lace.

S- mineral water, grain, corn, grass, and a nice hop aroma that is missing from most BMC lager.

T- Follows the nose; the nice hop bite saves this from being your average boring lager.

M- Medium bodied, light, crisp, refreshing

D- Easy to drink, not complex. Simple.

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Photo of nofalltoofar
2.46/5  rDev -14.9%
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 pokesbeerdude
2.97/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for this 12oz can. Into my Odell tumbler.

A: Pale yellow in color with a thin white head, no retention. Great clarity. Pretty standard looking pale lager.

S: Smells a lot like a pretty typical adjunct lager but with a bit of a noble hop bite. Not terrible, but not particularly great though. Still better than the BMC counterparts because of that hint of hops in the nose.

T: About how it smells, pretty bland with just a bit of a hoppy bite. Touch of bitterness at the end. Fairly grainy.

M: Medium body, very crisp carbonation, dry finish.

D: I could drink a fair amount of it, but I would probably chose not to. It isn't offensive or even bad, just not appealing to me, I'd much rather have the traditional lager from Yuengling. Glad to try it.

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Photo of 1bigwoody
3.7/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Strong hops/malt flavor + smell. Reminds me more than any other beer of what I used to sip from my dad's bottle in the early 60's when beers were brewed at smaller local brewerys.

No frills in the flavor, aroma or the packaging. Exactly what is advertised. Just good basic old time beer smell + taste.

Beer is true to where it comes from. A very old blue collar coal belt town - Pottsville, Pa.

Good value for the price.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.01/5  rDev -30.4%
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 Thorpe429
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a light golden color with a white head and a bit of lacing. The nose brings some slight Noble hops as well as grain. The taste is grain and a bit if bread. Some slight bitterness in a lift body. Drinks okay and is much better than High Life and the like, but not too great.

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Photo of tone77
3.52/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit sweet, some malts. Taste is crisp, grains and malts, some sweetness, very refreshing. Feels light in the mouth and is very drinkable. Overall this is a pretty good beer.

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Photo of ElGeordie
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Scotty and Jeff for bringing this down from PA. I haven't seen it in the stores in VA.
It looks like a lager, smells like a lager and tastes like one too.
Not quite sure what makes it premium but this is a good everyday lager. Nuthin' fancy but drinkable nonetheless.

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Photo of Chaz
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into vintage Grain Belt mug.

Bottom-opened and poured carefully, this still didn't keep the head from settling rather quickly in my vintage glass, but the mere glimpse of eggshell-white froth was more than adequate.

As it dissipates, the head leaves a kind of sticky froth on the sides of the glass, forming a ring atop the hazey, golden blonde liquid (which is brilliant aside from the slight chill-haze).

Nose is fairly grainy malt, with a hint of a adjuncty-fusel character. I'm also catching a mild hint of lemony hop, but very, very faint. I was kinda hoping for a bit more bite here . . .

Light, mildly-sweet on the first sip and with a very mild bitterness bringing a hint of dryness here toward the end. I want to say this strikes me as a "boring" beer, but I'll go one better and say it's "comfortable" or maybe comforting; a meat-and potatoes beer, or maybe a beer and brat beer.

This reminds me a hell of a lot of Grain Belt "Premo" from Minnesota, minus that beer's light-stable hop extract : )

A fine beer overall, for what it is.

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Photo of russpowell
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Got this one from WoodyChandler...

Pours a semi-effervescent straw/gold color with 3 fingers of of pearl colored head. Above average head retention & lacing

S: Metallic hops, lemons, & soapyness, all fade when warm

T: Slight bready sweetness, grassy hops & grainyness, some corny notes up front. Lemony hops, mixes with grainyness, a bit of dryness, sweet breadyness as it warms. Finishes crisp & dry

MF: Light bodied, vigorously carbonated, good balance

Drinks easy, nothing special here, but I could do a few on hot summer's day, like today. Better than most of it's ilk, a pleasant suprise

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Photo of DJED69
3.28/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Reigning champ of cheap beer! This and Miller High Life are my budget go to brew. Considering I am located approximate 2 hrs from the brewery and my local shop sells a ton of this -- I get it nice and fresh. This is classic beer "beer". Nothing fancy. Tastes crisp and clean with a touch of body and grain/hops. Ice cold it's a great BBQ or boating beer. No one will be offended or not enjoy one out of the ice box. A sixer goes down quick as the ABV is a mere 4.4%. Kinda nice for a long, relaxed brew session. In some ways, I prefer to the Yuengling lager. Also, at $11-12 bucks a case, easy on the wallet.

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Photo of thecarster1
3.09/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a- can poured into a pint, clear light yellow coloring, active carbonation, three fingers of head that slowly fade.

s- lots of grain, come lemony, grassy hops, slight sweetness, better than an adjunct nose, but still not great.

t- light hops, slight citrus, grain, very straight forward beer, not bad though.

m- light in the mouth, smooth.

d- okay, this is a very reasonable (aka super cheap $13-14/case) beer that goes down easy, and is nice and refreshing. you really can't go wrong with yuengling.

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Photo of JohnnyBarman
2.26/5  rDev -21.8%
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 JunkYardJake
3.02/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into pint glass.
Pours a pale golden straw color with a 2 finger fizzy head that settles quickly. Slightly hazy when held to the light. Smell is fairly nuetral with a bit of sweet malts coming through. A slight scent of something metallic. Taste is decent. Nothing crazy or unique but extremely clean, classic american pale lager flavor. Mild light malt flavor with just enough hops for balance. No major off-flavors here. Mouthfeel is fluid and crisp. This went down quickly and I am not a fizzy yellow beer fan. For what it is, it's done well.

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Photo of GbVDave
3.95/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz CAN into a 20oz imperial pint. Special thanks to woodychandler for this from our recent trade!

A: Pours a really pale, yellow hue with one finger of creamy, bright-white foam on top. Carbonation was quite active.

S: Suprisingly clean. Mild citrus, toasted grains, and a kiss of hops. Pretty classic and unfussy.

T: Exactly as above. Quite enjoyable due to the lack of any off/mis-placed flavors. Exceedingly clean and tidy.

M: Smooth and a bit oily with a slight bite at the end from the hops.

D: This is a supremely drinkable summertime beer. I, just very recently, drank a metric shit ton of their Trad. Lager down in the FL keys and that is nowhere as enjoyable as this. I understand that this sells for about $12 for a 24-pack. You can't beat that!

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Photo of Erish
2.61/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer was poured from a tap into a tall glass mug.

A: clear, amber/golden color, not much in the way of a head, and that quickly vanished altogether.

S: Does this beer present a nose? All I could detect was the faintest sweet aroma.

T: There is a pronounced dry bread flavor upfront, with a hint of sweetness, the middle introduces more sweetness, some yeast, and a vague citrus-like note, the finish is very lemony and then dry, and just a tease of hop bite in the finish.

M: Very carbonated, light and fizzy, almost soda-like.

D: This is better than BMC, but I much prefer PBR if I am forced to drink an mass-produced American lager.

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Photo of MikeRa
3.48/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear Yellow color with not a whole lot of lacing on the side of the glass

S: Some floral, grassy and malt smell in this beer

T: It has a slight hoppiness taste to this beer

M: This beer goes down real smooth

D: This is a good beer to drink over and over again

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.4/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I got this brew in a trade with woodychandler, Thanks Woody!

12oz can served in a pilsner glass.

L - clear and yellow with a white head that thinned to a ring/light layer leaving spots of lacing.
S - malty sweetness with some floral hops.
T - starts sweet with a light bittering on the finish.
F - lighter bodied with a crisp feel.
D - this beer is quite sessionable.

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Photo of woosterbill
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

16oz can into a Duvel tulip.

A: Crystal clear yellow body with just a few bubbles rising to a two-finger head of creamy white foam. Mediocre retention but good lace. Solid appearance for the style.

S: Beer. Well, typical yellow fizzy beer anyway. Mellow, balanced, straightforward aroma of slightly corny malts and very mild, grassy hops. Nothing memorable, but nothing off either (which is a bit of an accomplishment, I suppose).

T: Much like the nose, a purely forgettable but equally inoffensive flavor of nondescript malts and some slight hops bitterness. Pretty tasty for the style.

M: Plenty of body, but a little overboard with sharp carbonation. Not unpleasant, but far from good.

D: Balanced flavor with no off notes makes this a nice, quaffable lager.

Notes: Quite boring overall, but for a style that's often rather offensive, this stands out as a solid example. I won't be stocking my fridge with it, but I wouldn't hesitate to take a sixer to a bbq.


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Yuengling Premium Beer from Yuengling Brewery
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