Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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2,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,132
Reviews: 673
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 28
Gots: 292 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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Reviews by brewerburgundy:
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.12/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle, Bruery tulip, no discernable freshness date.

Dark red brown with yellow edges, like a dark rum, almost opaque, but not as dark as the majority of Porters. Initially a decent two finger light tan head forms, though it fades leaving a moderate-small ring and no lace.

The nose is fruity with classic English esters, dry from darker malts, a bit of licorice, and lager crispness.

Flavors tend toward the lighter side; lager-like cracker, dry, minimal sweetness.

There is plenty of carbonation, but it's not at lager levels. The body is also a bit thicker.

I'm not crazy about the idea of packaged Black and Tans, but I'm thankful that my dad brought this back from vacation for me. It's much like a watered down Porter, making me think that Yuengling's Porter straight must be a bit better.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with a light head,the aroma is a little fruity and roasted.The taste is lightly malty and a little chocolaty not much complexity but straight forward.A little thin for the style but for a cheaper beer its a pretty good buy when you dont have much cash but want something darker.

Photo of Fear4Beer
2.25/5  rDev -30.1%

I drank this one time and that night my body was sore. I had aches on my muscles, it was the strangest thing. It felt like I worked out and my body was exhausted. That can't be good since I've never gotten that feeling from any other beer.

Photo of brownbeer
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish-brown with a thin, light brown head.

Cocoa and semi-dirty roasted grains with a sandy smell.

The taste kind of falls apart where the aroma wasn't bad. It's slightly metallic with more dirty roasted malts, a hint of sweet caramel in the middle, before a medium finish that leaves a little chocolate and not a lot to look forward to in the next sip. At least it's priced accordingly?

Photo of wesbrownyeah
3.27/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Black and Tan, Yuengling Brewery 4.7% alcohol content. 12 oz. brown bottle with dark label and tan lettering. Poured into a 22oz. pint glass.

A- Pours a dark fluid with a mildly tan head that fades to a frothy top and light lacing that graces the glass ever so slightly.

S- The brew shines here with notes of brown sugar, toasted coffee beans, cream and faint bourbon cask.

T-M- Taste is of dark malts. Caramel, burnt coffee and creamer. Very porter like upfront flavors with smooth and creamy mouthfeel. A nice all and all black and tan mixture.

D- Better than average drinkablity make this one a session beer and a great keg beer for a BBQ. Cheers!

Photo of markallmon
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured vigorously into an English pint glass, puts off a thick, light-tan head, two fingers or so, which dissipates rather slowly. Color is very dark, but not opaque like a porter. Hints of red highlights. very beautiful appearance. Smell is slightly bittersweet, with a slight hint of alcohol and roasted malts.
Taste is sweet and rich, yet light on the palate. Oddly refreshing for such a dark beer. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but not in a bad way. Very nice beer from Yuengling.

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

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The label has no other info.

Appearance: From the pour I got a small finger of light tan head which quickly fades to just a light ring of foam. This leaves a light lacing where the head once stood. Its body is dark brown with caramel colored highlights inside of it.

Smell: The aroma is fairly light overall but offers some toasted somewhat burnt malt notes with some bitter dark chocolate.

Taste/Palate: True to its aroma I pick up its heavily toasted character with some burnt notes, bitter dark chocolate. A light caramel like sweetness just barely comes though along with some pale bland Lager maltiness that just seems to thin out the darker half. The palate feels light and snappy but a little thin with mellow carbonation.

Notes: Overall its easy to drink with no off flavors but a little boring and very average.

Photo of Jason
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Not much of a head with soda like carbonation. A little too harsh on the palate, astringent with both grain and burnt flavours. The crispness helps not bring these faults out too much but they are there. An odd sweetness is in the middle, some dextrins that lost their way? Average at best.

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

A- Pours a nice dark brown, almost black, small tan head and a tiny bit of lacing

S - coffee, malt, nothing special

T- Water, I was very disappointed with this beer. Malts are there, its kind of sweet, but overall its very watery

M- Not much carbonation, light, and again, watery

D- Could drink a few of these, but I probably wounldnt want to

Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red mahogany, with a small, tan head that collapses almost instantly. Some patches of lace are left behind.
Aroma is dominated by mild, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and a faint presence of floral hops.
Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation, but seems light bodied.
The taste is very malty, with balancing hops bitterness. Chocolate comes on toward the finish, and dominates the aftertaste.
This is one of the better, American bottled Black&Tans. It's better on tap, but the bottled version has fine drinkability, even though it seems slightly watery at times.

Photo of tigg924
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and cocoa

Taste: caramel, dark chocolate, and slight char

Mouthfeel:sweet with slight roastiness, light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: An average to slightly below average black and tan. Since Yuengling has been reintroduced to Massachusetts, I have been thinking there beers have been better than I remember them being. That is not the case unfortunately with this one. It is not a bad beer, but just one that does not stick out. I would not turn it down if it was offered to me, but would not pick it up either.

Photo of Mora2000
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to jjfoodie for sharing this can.

The beer pours a brown color with a white head. The aroma is a lot of toffee. The flavor is toffee, earthy hops and some dirt. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. Not very good, but not as bad as other black and tans I have tried.

Photo of Byeast
3.47/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark but translucent black/brown , with a tan and quickly leaving head of an inch. Smell is of slight malt , hints of coffee and chocolate. Taste is a fairly thin blend of slight burnt flavors including coffee and chocolate , can taste the porter and the "premium beer" lend a tad bit of astringency. Mouthfeel is a bit thin with a crispness to the finish. A very drinkable brew which i gladly choose over BMC and yuengling traditional.

Photo of bsp77
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that is somewhat like an Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with minimal head and no lacing.

Smell: Light roasted malts, caramel, metallic and spicy hops.

Taste: Same as aroma - light roasted malts, caramel, and cherry, with a metallic and spicy finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body, off-dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but relatively uninteresting. Real Black & Tans are fun to drink due to the transition; just blending the two ruins the experience. Overall, drinks like a light Brown Ale.

Photo of Ceej1978
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a 32 oz. chilled mug.

The appearance is a dark brown with a nice creamy light tan head.

The nose is a toasty malt with hints of toasted oats. Slight alcohol smell.

Mouth-feel is pretty light and smooth. Not too creamy or thick.

The taste is decent and matches the smell pretty closely. You finally find the hops along with some toasty hints.

The drink-ability is good as far as I'm concerned. For the cost I think it's a fairly balanced black and tan. Not too heavy and doesn't leave a very strong aftertaste. Definitely something to enjoy in warm or cold weather.

Photo of kingcrowing
3.54/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a very dark black with a thin light light brown head. Nose is very light and a bit homebrew-esque.

Taste is pretty good for a premade B&T I'd rather mix it myself, but for what it is, it's surprisingly good! Worth giving a shot.

Photo of Osiris9588
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

12oz bottle, not date. Pours the color of watered-down cola, with rusty caramel highlights. The thin, offwhite head is only around for a second.

The smell consists of roasted grain, caramel, and sugar. The flavor is a sweet grain, toasty and sweet, yet there is very little weight or depth. The mouth is watery and shows zero complexity. All carbonation is lacking and this brew just seems to slide off the palate without leaving any impression.

This underwhelming brew reminds of the awful Honey Brown: grainy sugar water. The Black and Tan in a bottle gimmick just doesn't work.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

black, dark ruby brown in light. tan, light mocha colored head. faded to a thin foam ring pretty quickly and eventually to nothing. no lacing, poor head retention.

not a whole lot in the aroma. some lager funk going on. slight nutty sweetness. with some light grains and maybe a faint aroma of some roast or coffee.

was expecting more of a roasted dark flavor due to the fairly dark color. mostly tastes like a plain lager. slight sweet/roasted malts, slight bitter finish.

good carbonation, maybe a little too much. medium to light mouthfeel. not as creamy as i would have liked.

nice easy drinker and have enjoyed this one during some long nights playin beer pong. worth the try for a party or something. about the same price as any other macro.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A good enough looking black and tan, sans the thin aspect. Marginal aroma, not a big b&t feel to it.

Taste, decently agreeable, warms on you. Just isn't satisfying enough, tastes like they stretched the bottom line and watered it down from what would be a very good beer. Decently priced.

Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a decent sized tan head dwindles rather quickly leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma: Mild cocoa and coffee tones peek through with some fruity softness present as well. Taste: Dark roasts are pleasant very mild flavors some fruit and caramel notes with the dark chocolate and coffee accents, it finishes a bit dry. Mouthfeel: Medium to light body decent carbonation. Drinkability: Much rather have their porter, but this isn't bad in the realm of macros or preblended Black and Tans.

Photo of glid02
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Bottle purchased from Green's on Ponce in Atlanta.

Pours a slightly turbid brown color with a one-finger tan head. The head dissipates into a wispy layer on top leaving light lacing.

Smells of caramel and lightly roasted malts with musty hops and a bit of nondescript fruit.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Muddled malt flavors up front are joined by earthy hop flavors and a metallic flavor that lingers too long. Near the end of the sip the malt flavors even out a bit and allow some nondescript fruit sweetness to eke out before a mildly bitter ending.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side but with solid carbonation.

Drinkability is OK. I finished the bottle but could not have another.

Overall I was hoping for a bit more from the porter side as I hadn't had it before. Not the worst effort ever but I wouldn't go through too much trouble seeking this out.

Photo of rhoadsrage
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours deep auburn-brown that is slightly translucent in the light. The head is a thin creamy light tan head.

S-This beer smells of clean light German bitter hop.

T-This beer has a smooth pale malt taste with a very faint hint of roasted grains in the finish. The roasted grains blend with a very gentle hop bitterness in the finish. Clean lager finish.

M- medium light mouthfeel with a slight faint astringency in the finish from the roasted grain.

D- This is my first black and tan and it's not what I expected. It has many of the qualities of a American adjunct lager with a slight roasted malt note in the end. It doesn't have any complexity or any interest that makes me want to drink it as a session beer.

Photo of pwoods
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Stoled this from the P's after they got back from vacation.

12oz. brown bottle, twist off cap, poured into an imperial pint. No dating.

A: Pours dark brown with maples hues in the light. About a finger worth of light tan, slightly fizzy head. Decent retention and little lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malts with a large 'premium lager' grainy, gritzy backbone.

T/M: Lightly roasted malts with a sweet cola taste. Lightly hopped to balance. Body is medium light the good carbonation.

D: Easy to drink and very sessionable. Would be a decent stand by beer.

Photo of Nibbley
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark brown with lots'o fizzy, soda like carbonation.
Aroma is dark and well done white toast,with a tiny fruity aroma.
I always keep a cold twelve pack around to break in my Coors Light drinking friend. Special, because it beats the hell out of the rest of the mass produced domestic beers.

Photo of degerbah
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Friends brought this back from North Carolina for my drinking pleasure. poured a small pale head that dissapeared pretty quickly. A very small amount of spidering. dark brown color.

The taste is about what you'd expect from a black and tan. It's a little lighter than I hoped and it tastes a little lighter than I'd like. There is a sour aftertaste that reminds me of a bad light lager. The sour taste lingers a litle too long on the palate and it makes me want to finish the beer and cleanse my palate.

Overall it's not a terrible beer, but I don't see myself ever drinking this again, especially since it isn't available in Ohio.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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