Thursday, February 4, 2010

Yuengling Traditional Lager

Yuengling Brewery Traditional Lager
American Amber / Red Lager
Serving Type: Bottle
Read more about Yuengling on Beer Advocate.

I was fortunate to receive this beer as a gift from a friend, as I have been told it is not distributed West of the Mississippi.

Aroma: Fresh sweet corn and straw notes up front with subtle hints of caramel and pepper spice in the background. It should be noted that the corn aromatics are not that of an undesirable DMS character, but rather that of walking through a corn field. Overall the aroma is light, fresh, and earthy.

Appearance: Pours a one finger thick white head, while the body holds the light with a diluted copper appearance. Excellent clarity with a steady rise of carbonation bubbles to the surface. The head fades quite quickly to a mere white line around the perimeter of the glass.

Flavor: Light caramel and some melanoidin malt character define the flavor with underlying sweet corn once again coming through. Hop bitterness is very light but compliments the earthy character of the beer. Through the middle the beer fades to almost no flavor before finishing with a lingering sweetness and a hint of hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light body with high carbonation. At first the beer feels somewhat over carbonated, almost a soda-like character. After your palate adapts to this there is a refreshing quality to the carbonation. Finish is very clean with only a hint of a sweet cloying quality if you really look for it.

Overall: A refreshing lager that allows enough flavor and character through to give you something to ponder while drinking this beer. This is anything but a resemblance to the Light American Lagers of AB-InBev or Miller Coors. The bottle states “Original Amber Beer”, and while one should not expect the mouthfeel or body of a craft Amber Ale, the malt character certainly defines this beer as a clean and refreshing lager with well balanced flavor and bitterness. A light lager with definition and clarity is refreshing and enlightening. Though, the carbonation could be backed off a bit to allow more malt richness to surround the tongue.

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