Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Yuengling Light Lager

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (931) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 6, 2013
I poured a 24oz can into a 1-liter mug. It was canned on June 3 and cost $1.81 ($0.08 per ounce).

Appearance: Beautiful amber color, crystal clear body with some carbonation visible. Forms a large, white, soapy head which eventually evaporates and leaves trace lacing on the glass.

Smell: Mild macro lager aroma of corn and grain. Nothing repugnant, though. Some sweet notes.

Taste: As much as craft beer nerds tend to dislike fizzy yellow lagers made by the macro breweries, we tend to dislike the light versions even more so. However, I think I’ve found one worth drinking in Yuengling Light Lager. While the core taste is similar to others of the style, it doesn’t have any of the overtly off-putting qualities as most. While it’s not exactly robust, there is flavor to be found here.

If you need a beer to differentiate between mild and flat-out bland, this would be a good example. It’s difficult to describe any particular flavor characteristics, though there is some sweet honey or amber-style malt to be found here. It doesn’t have the generic LAGER qualities you might except (or dread). Not much in the way of bitterness, though the palette certainly is clean and refreshing. I do notice a corny taste on the backend, but compared to the bigger boys’ light beers, it’s quite tame and easily tolerable. This is definitely one of the best macro adjunct light lagers on the mainstream market (second only to Sam Adams Light).

Drinkability: Light lagers are supposed to be highly quaffable and this beer definitely does that job well. The mouthfeel is thin, but not actually watery. The carbonation is consistently crisp, but it’s not spastically effervescent, which makes it easy to drink in big gulps. The clean finish makes it quite refreshing. I’m not sure of the ABV, but it appears to be well under 4%, making it highly sessionable, especially in warmer weather. 
Grade: 6/10