Sunday, February 2, 2014

Yuengling Traditional Lager (2014 re-review)

3.6
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
Chad9976 (1053) - Albany, New York, USA - FEB 2, 2014
I 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. 
Grade: 7/10

 NOTE: read and watch my 2011 review here: http://www.chadzbeerreviews.com/2011/09/yuengling-traditional-lager-chadz-beer.html