Yuengling was founded by German immigrant David G. Yuengling in 1829 under the name of Eagle Brewery—hence their rightful claim to the tagline “America’s Oldest Brewery.” One hundred and eighty-nine years later, Yuengling is one of the most recognizable beer brands of the East Coast, distributing to 22 different states. Classics such as their lager, light lager and black and tan have been a staple in beer fridges for years as affordable and easy-drinking options anytime of year.
Just a few months ago, in March, Yuengling unveiled their newest year-round creation: The Golden Pilsner. This is their first year-round addition to their lineup in 17 years, and it’s not one that the brewery took lightly. As sixth generation brewer Jen Yuengling puts it, "We spent over 18 months developing this beer and believe it is a great choice for outdoor, social and active occasions. We're excited for consumers to try it.”
So, what does a beer one-and-a-half years in the making taste like? To put it simply: Clean, cris, and as refreshing as Yuengling could have hoped. Perfectly approachable, while still packing flavor, it’s understandable why Golden Pilsner was worthy of a yearly release status after 17 years of the same core beers.
The malty sweetness will pair perfectly with an autumn evening; the rich and creamy flavors could comfortably satisfy anyone during cold weather; and the grassy, bright aromas will undoubtedly blossom in spring.”
Upon first pour, the pilsner radiates as any pilsner should—golden-pale in color, effervescent and perfectly clear. The nose of the beer is surprisingly complex, with floral, bready, and sweet malt. The first sip of Yuengling’s Golden Pilsner is extremely refreshing. Hints of creamy straw shine through immediately. The typical malty sweetness evident in pilsners is not lost, but in fact elevated through a flavor that’s reminiscent of a cream ale. It coats the mouth and keeps the drinker reaching for more.
As attractive as the Golden Pilsner is in all of its textbook-pilsner glory, this beer also drinks very easily and loses no flavor straight out of the can. I tested this very scientifically while playing a game of KanJam in my backyard. The fresh flavors paired perfectly with the eighty degree weather, however it’s obvious why this beer is also a year-round addition to Yuengling’s iconic brand. The malty sweetness will pair perfectly with an autumn evening; the rich and creamy flavors could comfortably satisfy anyone during cold weather; and the grassy, bright aromas will undoubtedly blossom in spring.
Yuengling Golden Pilsner will hold a spot in my beer fridge as a no-nonsense light beer that still packs well-rounded flavor. It’s nuanced enough to keep even the most critical beer drinker more interested than the average pilsner normally would. In fact, winning first place in the pilsner category a few months ago at the 2018 Atlantic City Beer & Music Festival in New Jersey is proof enough that this certainly is not just another average pilsner. It’s definitely a strong effort from a brewery known for straightforward beer done right.