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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 2,083
Reviews: 656
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 27
Gots: 244 | FT: 0
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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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Photo of biteme398
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From a 12 oz. bottle into a mug.
A dark amber color with a finger-width head that fades slowly. There is a bit of hops in the smell as well as roasted malt. In a way, the beer starts like a lager and finishes like a porter. Hops can be tasted but are mostly in the background. A toasty finish suggests the source of the dark part of the beer. Some corn is noted as well. In the mouthfeel, carbonation is present but not overwhelming and medium bodied overall.

Photo of goldbot
3.09/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Dark mahogany color with thick, creamy tan head. Lots of carbonation, good head retention. Malty, corny aroma, grainy with a bit of caramel. Some roasted malt. Taste is much smoother, more roasted malt and caramel but still a lingering grainy/corny characteristic. Light to medium body, crisp and smooth mouthfeel.

Photo of AleWatcher
2.76/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served in standard pint glass.

A dark red-- think black cherry color-- with a 1 finger tan cap that settled pretty quickly to a wisp of bubbles. Some lacing left behind. This doesn't look half bad!

Smells like chocolate malts... A lactose like sweetness... And a grainy euro-lager. Meh.

Taste is the same. Sweet up front, dry at the end. No real hop notes. This is pretty bland. Not completely bad, but not as good as making it myself.

Body is oily and slick. Not bad carbonation.

This is ok. I haven't had a black and tan in a long time... This one will hold me over for another few years. The flavor isn't awful-- but it certainly isn't something I want to drink.

Photo of kds10011
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

An astoundingly good dark beer for the price: 10 bucks for a 12-pack at Wegmans in State College, PA. I found my new standard. It brings some of the unique flavors found in Yuengling porter to a slightly lighter beer, but make no mistake; the stuff is not weak. It might not be the most delicious beer on the planet, but the combination of good flavor and low price are unbeatable for me as a beer-enthusiast college student (not a drunkard!) Everyone else has described the taste well enough. My review is mainly economic.

Photo of jwhancher
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A staple of mine over the years. Finally got down to reviewing it.

A: Pours a dark brown, but when holding it up to a light it's really a dark amber. Has a nice tan head that lingers around for quite awhile. Has decent carbonation.

S: Has some burnt roast, a little vanilla, but also some astringency. Smells also a bit grain like. I don't really get any hops.

T& M: Has a caramel, vanilla like sweetness. Finishes a little dry. Light mouthfeel. A slight roast character comes through at first, then the malt sweetness, and finally some burnt acidic like astringency.

D: Could drink this one quite awhile on a cold winter night. Very drinkable (& affordable).

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

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a darker brown almost black color. Lots of ruby hues when held to the light. One finger light tan head shows medium retention. Very light streaks of lace on the sides of the glass.

S- Nose is very muted at best. Some light darker roasted malts with a light bitter hop finish. Alcohol seems to come through more than anything else in the nose.

T- The flavor seems to hit dead on with the aroma. Light roasted malts with a hint of biscuity flavor toward the middle. Ending is more bitter hops with a huge flavor of alcohol. The overall flavor was muted which I wasn't too surprised about.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is alright for the style. Light roasted flavor is left on the palate. Aftertaste is more of a alcohol soaked bitter roasted flavor. Light drying on the palate from the alcohol. Flavors were balanced overall and no off flavors were present.

D- This beer was a nice drinking beer overall. The ABV was low enough that you could drink these all night. The overall aroma and flavor is muted but average at best.

Photo of gabedivision
3.24/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 16oz pint glass.

A- looks good, very dark brownish red color, nice head

S- smells like bad perfume. not smelling too tasty. kinda nutty on the very end of the nose.

T- tastes bland no real flavors come at first, malty nutty flavors lay on the tongue and give a good 2nd taste. lacks the nutty robust flavors a of a porter and more represents the mild boring flavor of a sparkly lager, but it kind of melts well together.

M- the longer its in my mouth the more i taste but it also beckons me to drink it fast, leaves the mouth sour and dry.

D- its drinkable, i wouldn't throw this away, but it wouldn't ever be my first or 5th choice.

Now when i have 6 bucks to my name this beer comes first, much rather have this over anything i can get for the price i can get this at. not a bad buy, but def not the best.

Photo of welldigger888
1.44/5  rDev -55.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Looks nice with the tall off white head and all, Garnett hued clear elixer With descent lacing.
Less than entertaining nose on this at just under room temp. This elixer REEKS of adjunct grain in my opinion, corn for sure in this.
Flavor is weak and watery some malty hop but not near enough.
Mouthfeel is very thin and lame.

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 wspscott
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle in pint glass

A: Almost black, when held up to the sun, it is a very dark ruby/garnet color. Pours with a thin, light tan head that leaves a medium amount of lace.
S: Not a lot going on, a little bit of chocolate
T: A little roast malt, a little chocolate malt, a little bit of dark toast, no hops. There is a weird, almost metallic aftertaste, not completely unpleasant, but not a benefit (I wonder if it is from the other beer I just finished since I don't remember this with the earlier beers in this sixer.)
M: Slightly round mouthfeel and a medium low level of carbonation makes this feel "bigger" than it actually is.
D: A good darker beer without being huge like a RIS or even a robust porter. This might be a good intro to darker/roastier beers for someone who likes brown ales but is afraid of a porter or stout. Not bad, not great, can't believe I never tried this when I lived in FL.

Photo of PapillonJohn
3.31/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Served from can to Pilsner glass.

Appearance: Very dark brown/ruby color, almost appearing black until held to light.

Smell: Hardly a smell. Very thin. What I did pick up was some alcohol and a little hoppy bitterness.

Taste: Eh...nothing special. First hits the mouth you feel the carbonation burn on the tongue, perhaps too much? Then the malty goodness hits and you get the taste of deep roasted nuts and chocolate. Finishes with a slightly astringent taste. Pretty decent but nothing special.

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation for me for a darker beer. Burnt the tip of my tongue way too much.

Drinkability: Well the drinkability is very good seeing how thins this beer is. Would be good on a hot summer day and very refreshing. The carbonation and slight astringency I got I found a little offsetting but overall not a bad beer. So many better out there though.

Photo of Franz4
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- poured nice and dark with a red tint to it, also had a good 3 finger head on it.

S- grains and musty biscuits were what I got here, not much and not very appealing either

T- this followed the nose, only the musty biscuits seemed slightly toasted, it wasn't bad or by any means overpowering, just a twinge of mustiness that I could have done without.

M- this wasn't overly carbonated, seemed slightly slick and oily

D- This is what it is, it's a great beer to provide or serve to a large group of people, as it can appeal to a wide range of tastes, but there's nothing too incredibly special about it.

Photo of AdamBear
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A-looks like a pepsi, dark brown with a thin light tan head. the bubbles die down

S-dark roasted malts and a small presence of hops, light strength

T-hits with a good amount of dark roasted barley but quickly shifted in to an odd tanginess. ends with a little bit of hoppiness. there's a bitter dark roasted after-taste.

M-heavy carbonation with a dry finish. somewhat watery as well.

D-definitely not that most enjoyable beer but i've found that when selections are low, this isn't a bad beer. classic black and tans with guinness and harp/bass are still the way to go

Photo of BARFLYB
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can into a regular kitchen glass. Have not had this one in years.

Black and tan pours out mostly black looking, Resembling a cola look with some dark reds through some light. A fairly minimal head about a half inch up looking light tan and wispy. Nothing on the glass. Smell is a fairly roasted scent with faint vanilla and grain out the wazoo, especially with warming. It taste exactly the same but maybe not in that order. Funny that I dont pick up any chocolate at all, this is not a sweet beer by any stretch of the imagination. Besides the huge grain bill this remains fairly balanced and drinkable and simple. A good local brew for when your in the mood to just DRINK.

Photo of Jadjunk
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

#31. My second Yuengling review and my first on Black & Tans. Pretty commonly available at most grocers, there is little information on the bottle telling me what to expect.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass at room temperature.

(Appearance) Beer pours a thin carbonated head of about two finger depth and recedes gradually to a very thin blanket of crispy foam. Lacing is very light and hardly there. Color is a shade away from black, letting some deep red light shine through. In darkness, it is a step darker than cola. I can't see any visible carbonation at the edge of the glass. Decent, but not special. 3

(Smell) Some dark toasty malts and some light hoppy tones round out this beer. Aroma is lighter than I would have hoped for. Smell isn't groundbreaking but is subtle and pleasant. 3.5

(Taste) A mild smoky taste of malty flavor. Not many defining characteristics otherwise, but it's not bad. There is very little flavor defining the finish, perhaps some grain and an interesting taste of old smoke. Flavor could be far more bold than it is. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) On the crisper and lighter side of things. A light bodied beer for being dark in color. Accordingly, thin and quite watery. This is missing a lot of potential in terms of substance. Finish has a faint brush with bitterness and more carbonation than some might ask for. 2.5

(Drinkability) This beer is quite drinkable. It has a super light body and subtle flavors, nothing is dominating but in terms of memorability there's nothing here to motivate me to get this in the future. Not a terrible purchase in a six pack, but I wouldn't get a second round if I had tried this on tap. 3.5

Verdict: Pretty average. Nothing I would get again, but nothing I seriously regret purchasing one bottle of. This is one of the most commonly available Black and Tan beers on the market, so consider this a welcome mat to that style. I wasn't impressed. C (2.9)

Photo of mdfb79
2.71/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From 12/25/10 notes. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.

a - Pours a dark, dark brown color with less than one inch of light tan head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of roasted malts, chocolate, and maybe some light vanilla. Slightly better than the taste but not by much.

t - Tastes of roasted malts, coffee, and light chocolate.

m - Light body and high carbonation evident that stings the tongue.

d - An ok beer but not very good. A below average black and tan; wouldn't seek out again.

Photo of Thorpe429
2.39/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle picked at Total Wine in Alexandria. Poured into a pint glass.

Pours near black with a fairly thick tan head. Head is quite bubbly and leaves some pretty good lacing. The nose is not terribly good. A slight bit of roast and maybe mild chocolate. The flavor is a bit worse than that. Tastes like someone threw a bit of black malt into a regular Yuengling. Feel is light and prickly. Not a terribly good beer and I will say that I was expecting more.

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

When i poured this beer into a glass, it had a very dark brown color to it, with not a lot of head to it. The smell is of a little bit of chocolate and not much else but a mix of lager and a porter. The taste is of roasted malts and has a sweet bitterness to it, not much else to say. This one has a decent mouth feel and is not one the best one i have tried but is ok.

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

Much thanks to woodychandler for sending this to me after I helped him with his CANquest. 12oz can into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint.

A: Pours a nice red/brown color with an off white head that is about 3/4" an inch thick, sticks around decently but eventually recedes to a cap of bubbles and a few spots of lacing. Beer is mostly clear...mostly.

S: Mostly lager notes, but a bit of chocolate finds its way into the mix as well. Not really much to go into detail about, just smells like a mixed lager and porter.

T: Ashy, charred roasted malts, a bit of sweetness from the porter and a light bit of bitterness, but I think it comes from the roasted malts. Not much else going on outside of that. Decent coffee note.

M: Light body, fairly dry and finishes pretty clean. Decent carbonation, maybe a bit too strong but not too bad.

D: Meh, glad to get to try this, but I don't think I would seek it out quite that often. I think I'll continue to blend my own black and tans when I feel like it. Decent.

Photo of phishgator
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in regular pint glass. This is dark brown with little light percing the edges. Smallish head and teh retention of the head is weak. Toasted and roasted notes come to mind in the aroma. The taste is closer to a porter than anything else. It reminds me of their lager being mixed with their porter and this is what you get. Body is medium and not much carbonation. It's decent, but nothing I would buy from a store just a good alternative to macros at a bar.

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

A: Very dark brown mohogany that's not completely opaque. A surprisingly big creamy looking head of two fingers.

S: Some nice roasty notes. A smidgen of coffee if you search. I'm actually pretty impressed so far to this point. We'll see how the taste holds up.

T: So there's the adjunctness but also a nice roasted maltiness. Not bad tasting at all actually. Finishes with a grainy sweetness.

M: As expected it's on the thin side. But what can you expect from yuengling.

Overall: Believe it or not this is my first Black and Tan from Yuengling and I've lived in PA my whole life. While nothing earth shattering this isn't terrible beer. Or even bad beer for that matter. It's very drinkable. It has some nice roasted malt flavors and is super approachable for anyone. For the price you can't beat it.

Photo of xnicknj
2.61/5  rDev -18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a completely shrouded deep brown with faint cherry hues. A frothy head fades into soupy film with bubbles and plenty of patchy lacing.

Some toasted dark malt in the nose, coupled with faint hints of chocolate, and a not so inconspicuous metallic flair.

Light, bitter grassy hops with some lemony zest, fading into a light malt backbone. A bit of caramel is barely detectable as some more odd dry bitterness sears through. Another flash of steely taste rears its head before finishing somewhat dry.

Thinner medium body, mild carbonation, some sticky dryness. This is pretty much "eh" from top to bottom, and the adjunct metallic component really doesn't help. I'm usually a Yuengling fan but this is a no go.

Photo of JayS2629
1.76/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- An opaque dark brown with tan foam and light lacing.

S- Caramel, hint of coffee and dark chocolate. Some skunk. Burnt notes.

T- Matly with coffee hints and bitter chocolates. Burnt cardboard; ash. Metallic with a bitter end. Like someone put a cigerette out in cold coffee.

M- Medium with high carbonation.

D- Ok for this style.

Photo of weller1js
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

appearance: pours a bold dark brown with moderate carbonation; slight thickness with bubbly tan foam and light bubbly ring of lacing.

smell: scents of toasted caramel predominate, malty notes complement the caramel with slight spicy-bitter undertones as well.

taste: begins bold not overly heavy, malts are refreshingly clean and consistent throughout, finishing with a light hop-bitterness that accents the bold taste.

drinkability: very drinkable, great example of the style, bold while not overly intense, could serve to have a slighter abv that would give it a bit more character.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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