July 18, 2007

Yuengling Traditional Lager

My buddy Will brings tonightís beer review to you. He gifted me tonightís beer last weekend at Theatiki. He kept trying to get me to drink one out there, but I wanted to wait until I was home and able to do the review in order to drink it. I didnít want to make my review biased. Tonight I review Yuengling Traditional Lager by G.G Yuengling & Son Inc in Pottsville, PA.

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Tonightís beer came in an off white 12 oz can. On the front with an old fashion style looks is the logo inside an oval. There is an Eagle in the center. There is a story on the side of the can, ďD.G. Yuengling & Son is officially recognized as Americaís oldest brewery. With over 178 years of brewing tradition and fiver generations of Yuengling Family ownership, D.G. Yuengling & Son holds the American Brewing industry record for the longest, continuously operated breweryÖĒ Thereís more, but Iím not typing it.

It has a dark amber color with a hint of red to it. There doesnít appear to be a hint of cloudiness to it and light passes through easily. . It pours a three quarter inch head that fades quickly to nothing. There is no lacing or even ring around the edge of the glass.

The scent is that of floral hops and caramel malts. If you smell it long enough, you can get a hint of corn. You can taste a mixture of caramel malts with a touch of hops. There is almost a pear-like flavor to the aftertaste that fades quickly. There is almost no bitterness to the beer.

It is a light bodied beer. There is a lot of carbonation to it that is almost distracting. Itís very smooth and easy to drink.

I have heard a lot about this beer, but never had one until tonight. The anticipation of drinking it was probably better then the act itself. To be honest to every one that has said so many good things about this beer, I think you built my anticipation up only to be let down. I really didnít think it was that impressive. Itís like your standard American lager. There really isnít anything all that special about it. I think this is just another beer that gets hyped due to a reputation, a reputation for being the oldest beer in America. It is easy to drink, this is one of those get drunk quick types of beers. I had the first one down in three ďsipsĒ.

Overall, I did enjoy the beer, I was expecting more, but it just didnít deliver. Overall this is not a bad beer; in fact itís a good beer. Why anyone would call this their favorite, I donít know. I give it 5 out of 10.

Posted by Contagion in Alcohol at July 18, 2007 06:19 PM | TrackBack

Holy Cow. I can actually PARTICIPATE in one of your beer reviews! Someone write this down somewhere!

Anyway - you know this is my favorite beer. Period. That being said, I don't like it out of a can. Only draft or bottle. Maybe that's a mental block, but to me it seriously doesn't taste the same.

I WILL get my hands on a case of bottles some day, and I only ask you try it again. I think you'll see a difference.

Posted by: Tammi at July 18, 2007 06:49 PM

I've actually read that these guys make one of the better light beers - been meaning to try it...

Posted by: Shadoglare at July 18, 2007 10:44 PM

I didn't dislike it, a 5 on my scale isn't bad. Remember 3.5 to 6.5 is your standard beers. Hell, I like Miller Lite and it only gets a 4. I'll drink it again, I think it was just all the hype that went with it that let me down. Everyone I that told me about it was saying how great it was. I was expecting ecstasy in a can.

As beer tasting different in cans, bottles and tap... there is truth to that. As well as the color of the bottle, that's why I always list where I got it from.

Posted by: Contagion at July 19, 2007 06:13 AM

Also my favorite and I don't drink it from a can - never from a can. Sorry I didn't bring you some bottles to OgFest - but the experience would have at least rated a 5.5 for ya! :)

Posted by: oddybobo at July 19, 2007 07:31 AM

I am going to have to go with Tammi on this one. Did you see my reaction when i saw dad brought you cans. I think this beer is strides better from a bottle.

Posted by: Sari at July 19, 2007 07:36 AM

I'm not much on the yuengling beers myself. Maybe it's because I haven't drank it out of a bottle yet. My favorite is Corona and I only drink it out of glass bottles. Doesn't taste the same out of a can or maybe it's seeing the lime floating in the bottle. Makes me think of lounging on the beach with a cabana boy waving a palm leaf over me. Okay now that I'm not daydreaming, I will call Wil and tell him to bring back some bottles for the next event.

Posted by: red at July 19, 2007 10:46 AM

Yuengling is much better in bottles but still wouldn't top a 5.5 or 6. It might be even better if you drink it out of a pitcher! ;)

Posted by: Biloxi at July 19, 2007 07:45 PM

Just wanted to let you know I read and enjoyed this review :-)

Posted by: Harvey at July 24, 2007 06:29 AM