Yuengling: What says you?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by C63AMG, Mar 8, 2012.

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  1. BeerKangaroo

    BeerKangaroo Initiate (0) May 30, 2011 Alaska

    In my opinion, the best of the "green bottled" beers. However, always better on tap.
  2. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,230) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico

    Well said.
  3. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Aspirant (211) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts
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    Only have had Yuengling a few times when I drove across the country with my wife. WE both thought is was a nice beer (traditional lager), nothing crazy but we did like it.
  4. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Shit, I had no idea they even made an Octoberfest. If I see it during the season, I'll have to give it a try. Yuengling is what it is, a decent, easy drinking brew with decent flavor, cheap and good to have when you don't wanna think about what you're drinking. First time I had it, I was in York, Pa and I was in a dive bar with my buddy drinking a Molson. He asked me if I had ever had a Yuengling and said no, I never heard of it. He suggested I try one, the bar we were at was selling them for $1, so I figured what could the harm be. I was surprised at how good it was, certainly better than the Molson I was drinking and miles beyond BMC. Theres always room for Yuengling in my fridge.
  5. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,138) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    As others have pointed out, their Black & Tan isn't bad for the price
  6. FosterJM

    FosterJM Poo-Bah (2,719) Nov 16, 2009 California
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    I havent had it in probably 3 years and I only had one bottle of it, but it wasnt 1/2 bad. Prefer it to a standard BMC beer.

  7. ShanePB

    ShanePB Poo-Bah (1,658) Sep 6, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    I enjoy a Yuengling Traditional Lager and will gladly take one when it's offered, or there's no craft on-tap. Around here anyway, you can always count on Yuengling being on.
  8. Heatwave33

    Heatwave33 Devotee (456) Sep 13, 2011 Florida
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    When I go out and the selections are Bud, Bud Light, Miller Lite, Yuengling and Michelob Ultra I'll go with Yuengling every time. It's not bad at all. I don't buy six packs or anything but it's way more superior than all the above choices IMO.
  9. sherm1016

    sherm1016 Initiate (199) Aug 10, 2009 Wisconsin
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    I grew up in SE PA, so Yuengling holds a special place in my heart. In the mid to late 90s, when they were expanding was the same time I started drinking beer, and the ubiquitous Lager was an easy place to start. It literally was everywhere, it was reasonably priced, and it tasted (and still does) better than BMC. I believe it's allure comes from it's regional availability and the strong fan base in it's home area (PA-NJ-DE). For craft beer drinkers, it will never live up to the hype because the bulk of the fan base (i.e. those hyping it) are not primarily craft beer drinkers.

    At the end of the day, I think they make pretty good beer for what it is and who they are marketing to, i.e. the masses. I love being able to have a Lager or three whenever I'm back in SE PA visiting friends and family.
  10. drperry11

    drperry11 Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2012 South Carolina

    With cases of Yuengling being around 20 and 1/2 kegs of Yuengling Premium for 55.
    It's like a sore peter, you can't beat it.
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  11. Whiskeyjack

    Whiskeyjack Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Arizona

    Yuengling produces the best AAL, which is sort of like placing first in the special olympics. Lots of people appreciate it for what it is, while others simply can't get past the limitations of the style. C63AMG seems to fall into the latter category.

    It's inexpensive, American-owned, and along with PBR, it's the only AAL I can (situationally) enjoy.
  12. JoolyGoodFellow

    JoolyGoodFellow Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012

    I would love to love it - but I can't. It's a pretty lousy lager. Apart from their bock, I haven't tried their other brews, despite the often seen Yuengling trucks barreling through midtown all week long....the trucks showcasing their entire year round line-up, which entices me....but the taste of their lager and the ratings here always convince me otherwise
  13. JoolyGoodFellow

    JoolyGoodFellow Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012

    I'm pretty certain it's not an adjunct lager...but I may be wrong. I'd take a Schaefer or Coors Banquet over it.
  14. Whiskeyjack

    Whiskeyjack Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2012 Arizona

    It isn't categorized as an AAL here, but there are definitely adjuncts in Yuengling. (It appears to be corn.)

    American + Adjunct + Lager = AAL
  15. JoolyGoodFellow

    JoolyGoodFellow Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012

    I stand corrected. Thank you
  16. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,113) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    I 100% agree with ShanePB’s statement of: “I enjoy a Yuengling Traditional Lager and will gladly take one when it's offered, or there's no craft on-tap”

    I found the below story concerning the introduction of Yuengling into Ohio that was published in the Feb./March Mid-Atlantic Brewing News Editorial interesting:

    “There were press reports of beer drinkers pitching tents overnight outside the Beer Dock east liquor mart in suburban Columbus so they were the first in line to buy cases of Yuengling Traditional Lager, Light Lager, and Black & Tan.”

    Yuengling is the new ‘cult’ beer!?!

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  17. nrs207

    nrs207 Defender (687) Sep 8, 2011 Pennsylvania
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    It's like some other have said. It's part of PA culture, they're independently owned, it's as cheap as BMC and you can't confuse it for sparkling water with some sort of off taste thrown in. I tried their B&T the other day and that was pretty good too. It's not something I'd buy for myself, because I really don't drink beer for the sake of beer and it's not super flavorful, but it beats the hell out of any BMC. Especially good for a cookout or to offer to guests or people who aren't adventurous.

    Bottom line: great for the money, and I'll never buy BMC but I'd buy Yuengling.
  18. powpig2002

    powpig2002 Initiate (0) Jan 26, 2012 Florida

    local eaterys and bars carry the regulars on tap. yuengling it is. always damn good
  19. Ungertaker

    Ungertaker Devotee (447) Apr 30, 2010 Minnesota
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    The style is not really up my alley, but it was good for what it is. Is it good enough to be hyped like it is? I don't think so, but everyone has their taste differences.
  20. jesskidden

    jesskidden Meyvn (1,305) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey

  21. Garlicjosh

    Garlicjosh Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I'm a PA transplant and it was one of the first beers I tried after my change to legal drinking age, I've sampled pretty much all of their stuff and just have not found one that I get into. I don't hate on those that dig it, there are far worst things out there, and I understand the local pride for it but come on. In Pittsburgh, at least, we have much better local beer to be drinking.
  22. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    I used to drink a lot of Lager.....a whole lot before my palate was awakened by Ruination. Now I can drink it, but I prefer not to. If I were to buy a case of Yuengling, no question it would be the Lord Chesterfield Ale, I think that's their best beer (nice little hop kick).
  23. MusicaleMike

    MusicaleMike Initiate (0) Mar 17, 2008 Pennsylvania

    Seriously, people like it because of a variety of reasons. It's "local" for the PA crowd, it's affordable, it is American-owned, it's the "Oldest" in the country, it's in an attractive green bottle...you name it, I am sure there is someone who likes it for that reason.
  24. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    Some people from certain east coast areas can't help but hype it, but literally it is pretty bad, no better than bmc, just better marketed towards craft drinkers.
  25. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (3,113) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Yuengling Lager is not marketed to craft beer drinkers.

    Yuengling Lager is an American Adjunct Lager and the majority of people who drink are folks who would otherwise be drinking BMC products. One advantage of Yuengling Lager is that is does indeed have more character than typical BMC products: there is a noticeable maltiness to this beer.

    I think Thorpe428 summarizes it perfectly in his review:

    “Much, much better than the American lagers put out by BMC, and a nice beer to sit back with if you're going to have more than a few, or simply want to sit back lazily with something comfortable.”

  26. Spider889

    Spider889 Savant (966) Mar 24, 2010 Ohio
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    I says "Nay."
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  27. Garlicjosh

    Garlicjosh Initiate (0) Jan 17, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Yeah, had a drink of a friends tonight while out, still can't stand the stuff.
    Was very happy to return to my Victory Brewing made beverage.
  28. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Savant (979) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    The traditional is too malty sweet for me. The premium is a bit smoother drinking without the sweetness of the traditional. That's what my tastebuds tell me, anyway.
  29. Kadonny

    Kadonny Meyvn (1,241) Sep 5, 2007 Pennsylvania
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    Disagree, it's absolutely better than BMC and it's absolutely not marketed towards craft drinkers.

    If you can get your hands on a Lord Chesterfield, try that. Not as sweet as the Lager, but much, much better than their cheaper Premium. It actually has some hoppiness to it and I think it's their best beer.
  30. NiceTaps

    NiceTaps Savant (979) Nov 21, 2011 New Jersey
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    I'll check it out....tx.
  31. crossovert

    crossovert Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2009 Illinois

    if you did a blind taste test it wouldn't win, it maybe isn't marketed towards craft drinkers but it is marketed in a fashion that craft drinkers would drink it simply because it isn't bmc.
  32. OneBeertoRTA

    OneBeertoRTA Devotee (490) Jan 2, 2010 California
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    This is why I go to Disneyland/Ca adventure in CA because they serve real IPA's in the park
  33. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,019) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Seems like it is hard to appreciate a good lager in the last decade.
  34. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio
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    To me, Yuengling tastes like Budweiser if you accidentally got a little too much malt in it.
  35. tolar111

    tolar111 Disciple (375) Aug 17, 2008 New York

    I say it tastes like caramel colored corn, better off with Genny, cheaper too!
  36. FatBoyGotSwagger

    FatBoyGotSwagger Meyvn (1,019) Apr 4, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Thats not a bad thing IMHO
  37. MaxSpang

    MaxSpang Initiate (0) Jan 28, 2011 Ohio
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    Meh, it's not offensive or anything. In fact it tastes pretty good compared to the BMC beer out there. It's just definitely along the same lines.
  38. jammalamma

    jammalamma Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2009 New Hampshire

    It is what it is- a lot of people love this stuff. Personally it's a tier of beer I don't enjoy to visit-
  39. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Zealot (596) Jul 4, 2008 Ohio

    A solid option at a BMC price, but more traditional than groundbreaking. Really enjoy the Porter, I'm hoping they start sending it and Lord Chesterfield to the buckeye state soon. The bock was okay, I prefer Genesee's bock taste wise instead. The Black and Tan was pretty underwhelming overall, though to be fair a black n tan is best made at home as everyone's palate is different and I find most bottled black n tans to be average @ best
  40. CircusBoy

    CircusBoy Initiate (0) Mar 10, 2008 Ohio

    People here in OH are going crazy for it since it started being distributed here; those who don't really drink craft think it's the best beer in the world. My wife buys it quite a bit because she likes it so I have one every once and a while. I don't really care for it but the Traditional Lager is better than BMC.
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