poured a 12oz can into a mug. It was canned on 12/13/13 and came as
part of a 12-pack for $12.99 ($1.08 per can or $0.09 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful copper/orange hue that’s completely clear with
carbonation visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly
dissipates but does leave minor lacing on the glass.
Smell: Standard adjunct lager aroma, though noticeably sweeter than most
of the genre. Hint of acetaldehyde, but nothing off-putting.
Taste: The best way to describe Yuengling would be "Budweiser done
right." They’re quite close at the core: light-bodied lagers made with
adjuncts. The difference being this beer is actually an amber lager and
uses corn as an adjunct rather than rice. That gives it a bit of a
"fizzy yellow beer" taste to be sure, but there’s also genuine malt
flavor to be found here.
Much like an Oktoberfest there’s a little bit of caramel or toffee
sweetness, plus trace nutty flavors and even some toasted malt. There is
acetaldehyde, but the base brew does a fine job in obscuring it.
Thankfully there’s no metallic or musty character to this brew.
Unfortunately, there’s much in the way of hops, either. While I wouldn’t
say this is a delicious palette, for what it is, Yuengling is superior
to the competition in every way.
Drinkability: I’ll bet most people who drink Yuengling do it more for
performance than aesthetic value, which is completely understandable.
The mouthfeel is thin and crisp, but not especially "fizzy," making it a
little smoother than the paler offerings by the bigger brewers. And at
only 4.4% ABV it’s practically a "light beer," but with genuine taste.
Definitely what I would consider a sessionable beer.