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Yuengling Black & Tan | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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Reviews: 673 | Ratings: 2,279
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Summit pour. From a bottle. Pours brown. Aroma is light but somewhat roasty. It has a caramel and grainy scent combination as well. The flavor starts off initially with some roast. Then I get a light fruity flavor that dies off to sweet caramel and grains. Light bodied. Not as bad as it's rating.

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Photo of BWED
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can poured into a tumbler.

A- Dark brown. Head is tan, retention okay. No lacing.

S- Coffee, caramel notes. Very mild earth hop note.

T- Sweet dark notes; mocha, caramel. Hops not noticeable.

M- Smooth, a little creamy. Bittersweet.

O- Impressive for Yuengling. Has some porter attributes, but the Premium lightens it up. Makes is more like a brown ale.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this last month when in Florida where it has broad distribution.
Going back in history, I remember drinking this often in the mid-1980s after I moved to DC (in my previous life as a policy wonk.) Yuengling sold itself as the "little guy" and B&T seemed so flavorful, particularly since I discovered wine (with sulfites) was not good for me. But as my beer life progressed, B&T went away.
Can't say that I miss it.
The world of beer has such higher standards than three decades later.
B&T might be able to win Florida shelf space, but it is far less likely to win the tastebuds of aficionados.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours - black with thin tan head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - The only thing I really smell is a banana smell and a little bit of bread. I also get just a bit of sweet chocolate.

Taste - I get a little dark chocolate and again some banana not much else.

Feel - Pretty light and a little more carbonated than I like very thin feel.

Overall - Never tried this before so I gave it a shot not a fan probably wont have it again.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been one of my "go-to" beers at the shore for many years but until now I haven't reviewed it. Poured into pint glass. It pours a dark mahogany with ruby red hues when held to the light and has a creamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, coffee, and caramel. The taste follows the nose, with a lot of caramel. It's a very smooth beer with moderate carbonation and a low ABV of 4.7% that makes it very drinkable. I'm a little surprised low low it's rated: it is a nice, tasty sessionable beer. For me, it's a comfort beer.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

If what you want is a blend of a porter and a macro domestic pils look no further than this beer. Its pretty much average in every way. The black "porter" portion is mild, the tan "premium beer" part is unremarkable. Extremely hard to get in Wisconsin, thats not a bad thing.

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Photo of 57md
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

These are the kind of beers one drinks this time of year at Christmas parties when options are severely lacking.

Drank from the bottle, so I can only imagine the color was a light brown. It smells like a combination of Yuengling Porter and Premium Beer. The taste is mild but there is enough of a hint of roasted bitterness to make me content.

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Photo of caesius
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my go-to casual drinking beer. I drink this regularly, often twice a day, always out of the bottle, so the taste and feel scores are based on how it is from the bottle while look and smell are ascertained by pouring it into a pint glass.

L: Very dark reddish-brown, very opaque, turns a neat red color when held up to light. Thick foamy tan head that almost completely dissipates leaving a thin but persistent coat of tiny bubbles.
S: Sweet and not too strong, but mostly fermented grain. Still trying to get a hang of smelling beer.
T: Gonna be honest, I prefer drinking this out of the bottle. I don't have the nose for the subtler flavors of beer and that translates to the palate when drinking this out of a glass, as I mostly just taste alcohol. But drinking this from a bottle I get the sweet, mild character of the porter combined with the bite and relative boldness of the lager. If you've tried their porter and found it good but tame then try this.
F: Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy texture. It's just a nice mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary.
O: If all beers cost the same then this wouldn't have a 4 for any of T/F/O. But the fact is that this is a cheap, widely-available beer which offers an affordable option for those who like darker, maltier beers. If this didn't exist or were more expensive I would be fine just getting addicted to the traditional lager instead, but it makes me so happy that I can have a malty, creamy beer every day without breaking the bank.

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Photo of Spiceboy
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

America's Oldest Brewery(1829)...this one is my favorite of the Yuengling Beers:) When I first had this in College on Draft, I realized quickly the difference between a good Beer and a bad one(Milwaukee Best aka The Beast:)lol

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this yesterday from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruby brown color, clear, with a small bubbly head that fades fast. Smell is somewhat faint, some grainy malts and hints of porter. Taste is what you think, it has that caramel sweetness and hint of grain from the lager, but also some darker malt notes and a bit of char from the porter. Both beers plain but round out the end product OK. Feel is bubbly, not too thin, bone dry. Overall not too bad for Yuengling, I would drink this over the traditional lager for sure.

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3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my typical beer style, and not my favorite, but still a drinkable beer to help wash down some pizza or French fries. Tastes like a malty AAL. Good not great.

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Photo of Patric65
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours nice, decent head. Very nice dark brown color.

Aroma is sweet, almost malty with a caramel hint to it.

The taste is not as rich as the aroma, but the highlights are there. A dark, slightly sweet cocoa taste overlaying the regular Yuengling flavor.

The overall experience is not bad. If you like darker beers, this would be one I would say you could guzzle on a hot day. Definitely worth it for the price.

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Photo of superspak
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/22/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal/dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors with minimal yeast notes in the taste. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice black and tan style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells like bread and a little roast. Taste is similar. Like a pale lager mixed with a porter. Not very chocolatey or coffee tasting, just a little roasty with some lighter tasting malts. Well balanced, but not my style. As someone who loves the porter and stout flavors, this isn't enough for me, it's only halfway there. I can appreciate it for what it is though. Decent commercial beer.

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Photo of mlockman
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thee appearance is promising, dark with a strong head, but the aroma and flavors fall short. Not much at all in the way of the maltiness and coffee-flavor advertised, this comes across thin and watery without much more flavor than their standard lager.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a deep ruby-brown with average head of tan bubbles. Almost no lace here.

Aroma: Caramel malty, toffee.

Taste: A bit roasty, with hints of burnt chocolate but wrapped up in a light body. This is avery drinkable ale/lager, though not one I’d recommend for being overly complex. Feels a lot like a traditional brown ale. Not bad.

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Photo of Kubishark
3.46/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is a beer that looks more exciting than it tastes. It pours almost completely black, looking like a porter. Smells a tiny bit malty, but not like much else. Tastes malty too, but not like the roasted malts you'd expect in a porter. If I didn't see the color of this beer I'd probably just think I was drinking Yuengling's lager. It's not too heavy, not too light. Overall it's good, not great, but I probably will buy it again because it's a decent price.

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Photo of jasonpeckins32
2.89/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours very dark, nearly black in color from the bottle into a glass. Not much head retention.

Aroma is mildly malty. I almost seem to pick up a hint of smoke as well. Sometimes I notice it, other times I don't.

At first sip, I think the flavor might be on to something decent, but the joy is quickly moderated by a taste of regular yuengling. It claims to be their porter mixed with yuenling lager, but I woud definitely call the flavor of this beer much more similar to yuengling lager. It's a touch better, but not by much.

Looks nice in the glass, doesn't do anything to excite my taste buds.

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Photo of ordybill
3.91/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass at Gettysburg Eddie's in Gettysburg, PA. This is a brown colored beer with a tan head. The aroma is slightly sweet with some coffee and malt notes. The flavor is full of malt and some caramel. A nice black & tan.

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Photo of FrothFanatic
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Best described as a porter that also tastes like a lager, a decent drink that isn't overly sweet or bitter but it does begin to taste dull once you toward the end of the bottle.

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Photo of BrandonzBradley
4.13/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

yuengling traditional is my everyday beer but when i want something different and can't find anything new I pick this up to change things up! it's pretty good.

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Photo of JLaw55
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Tastes like a porter that has had the rough edges smoothed out by a lager. Pretty much exactly what it is.

Would Drink Again: Yes
Would Purchase Again: No

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Photo of ENogueira
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Really surprised with this one. Wasn't expecting much but had a good chocolate, coffee malt flavor. Light body with some carbonation present. Refreshing and pleasant to drink.

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Photo of Greywulfken
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

A: dark brown and clear with reddish brown edges; fat tan head slimmed and trailed some lace

S: smoky roasty aroma intermingle with something grainier and hoppy

T: dark malts from the porter underline the lighter hops and malts of the pale ale

M: medium-light and amply carbonated, some light char and hop aftertaste

O: nothing exciting here - probably more fun to make your own black & tan with beers of your choosing - decent and drinkable, but no more.

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Photo of IPreferPotButBeerIsGood
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

When you pour a glass, it looks delicious. You feel like you're about to get a wonderful experience. The beer is a nice dark brown, almost black, with a smooth dark head. You take a sip and you're immediately, albeit lightly, disappointed. The taste is moderately sour, and the whole time you're drinking it, you just think "Yeah, this is really okay." It's a perfectly unremarkable beer, and it was a decent switch-up from my usual go-to, Yuengling Lager. However, it's not something I would buy again.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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