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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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2,040 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,040
Reviews: 643
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 25
Gots: 201 | 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 BurpingtonDC
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Hailing from the mid-Atlantic Yuengling has long been available to us, but its recent popularity (relatively) with the frat crowd has made it a staple in package stores and bars.

A -YB&T's appearance is a rich opaque brown with a minimal, quickly dissipating head.

S - Remarkably, the smell to me was lacking. Hints of chocolate malt.

T - Hints of coffee, bitter aftertaste, slight malty sweetness.

M - Medium to light body on the tongue. A fairly good deal of carbonation with a medium sized bubble.

D - Easy drinking, not unsatisfying. Not the tastiest B&T, but not bad either, but it is a bottled B&T!

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

one of a million cans that WoodyChandler and I have exchanged.

Pours dark brownish with some reddish highlights and a big loose foamy head.

Smells sweet and syrupy. Molasses, caramel and a faint hint of cherry cough syrup.

Taste is sweet malt, a little abrasive in the finish. Sort of reminds me of a Baltic Porter (from the actual Baltic region). Its got that overly sweet flavor to it that makes it hard to enjoy.

Overall - meh. Nothing to seek out but its cool to see this style in a can.

Viva la CAN!

Photo of Reaper16
2.6/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle served into a pint glass.

When you host a party, the leftover cheap beer just sits there in your fridge like a scorned lover. This offering from "America's Oldest Brewery" called out to me on this day following such a party. The Yuengling eagle mascot looks proud at first but upon closer inspection a certain loneliness is detected. The eagle is alone, perched on a mountaintop with a single barrel of beer. There is no one to share his bounty with. Likewise, this bottle was the only straggler of its kind left in my fridge. It needed a home and my belly has a vacancy. Some come into my stomach, straggler beer. We two birds of differing feathers will unite much in the same way that American Lager and Porter are united within your brown bottle.

Pours like a brown ale tends to do: nutty brown with ruby highlights when held to direct light. The colors black and tan combine here to make a cola brown. Makes sense, I suppose. Two fingers or more of soapy head dissipates fast, leaving spotty lines of khaki lacing.

Nothing exceptional about the aroma here. Think about what a low-end black & tan might smell like and you'll come within spitting distance of Yuengling's offering. Light Hershey's milk chocolate aroma meets grainy, ever-so-slightly floral lager notes. That's it. It smells like a weak-ass schwartzbier, but then that is what this is supposed to smell like.

The operative word for the flavor of this beer is: stale. The grains taste stale. The coffee on the back end tastes stale. Perhaps this eagle is a time-traveling eagle who has brought back America's Oldest Barrel from America's Oldest Brewery and he's alone because no one wants to drink stale beer with him. I'm sounding too harsh though. Here's the taste experience: it starts off with a familiar grainy lager sort of flavor, a barely noticeable flash of floral/spicy hops happens, then old coffee grounds find their way to the front of your tongue and spread out before yielding to an aftertaste that is pretty much straight adjunct lager. Imagine that you are a college freshman and you're waking up still drunk, with the taste of Miller Lite all up in your mouth. There's still some coffee from yesterday in the pot, so you drink some to try and sober up. THAT is what this beer tastes like.

Thin body, entirely befitting its flavor profile. It helps with drinking, that's for sure. If it tasted better this would be an immensely drinkable beer.

Sorry, eagle. I will not come and visit you ever again. Your price may be attractive but your lone barrel sucks. Bring something better to the mountaintop next time.

Photo of jamesn80
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I first tried this beer after going on the Yuengling Brewery tour in Pottsville, PA. I bought a six pack the next day. This is one of the better dark beers I've had. When poured out of the bottle, it has a thick, foamy head that dissolves quickly. It has a roasted smell like bold coffee. I can taste hints of coffee, chocolate, and caramel. It is not too bitter or too carbonated. It has a smooth, full mouthfeel. It is easy to drink two of these, but I wouldn't drink more than two in one sitting.

Photo of smokeypeat
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Dark, dark, brown bordering on black if not backlit. Has a tannish head. Some roasted malt, little chocolate, little bit of hops. Nothing really jumps out at you, it's a jack of all trades but a master of none. On the light side of both mouthfeel and carbonation. Pretty average all around. I'll take this only over BMCs.

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

I'm from the west coast so Yuengling to me is awesome, that will be lame to you hipster types but I like these guys and it's only beer. This beer looks and smells great. The taste and the mouthfeel are ok, just average. But the drinkibility of this and every Yuengling beer is great, seriously, these guys are built to last and support them. Good medium alcohol beer that has some flavor.

Photo of movingtrain
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can poured into a 12 ounce snifter.

Pours a fine black color with a cream-colored, quarter-finger head on top.

The aroma is somewhat metallic. Hints of vanilla and coffee comes through. Some caramel notes, bubblegum, chocolate malts, brown sugar, and clove.

The flavor is kind of spicy, with hints of chocolate, caramel, and coffee. Some fruity notes of prune and mild grapefruit. The overwhelming flavor here is of a lightly sugared, creamed weak coffee. There are some light hoppy notes in the background, giving the beer a slight bitter bight, as well.

Overall, the beer is quite drinkable. Perhaps a bit on the sweet side to be a beer that can be enjoyed through the evening, but one that sits fairly well on the palate. A good dark beer alternative that is pretty light for a hot summer day.

Photo of Infamous7100
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a very dark brown/black. Opaque. Thin, tan head.
S: Roasted malts and some hints of choclate. Pretty standard here.
T: Pick up a lot of what I picked up on the nose. The roasted malt flavor is dominate here along with a touch of hops at the end. Some chocolate is also present.
M: Medium carbonation. Wish it were a bit creamier.
D: Nothing special, but far from bad. Considering the price and decent taste, this isn't a bad way to go.

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 lou50rp
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Adark brown color with little light khaki head, which dissipates quiclky.
Malty smell with hints of dark chocolate.
Taste was malty with a hint of dark chocolate and little bitterness.
Mouthfeel was medium to light with little carbonation.
Not a big fan of black and tans, but this was ok. Woudl not seek it out, but wouldn't refuse a freebee.

Photo of uustal
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a quickly fading light brown head. Minor lacing if any. Weak aroma, a little bit of caramel and some hops. The caramel yuengling malt dominates the flavor. A bit of roasted chocolate/coffee and some bitter hops as well. Nothing too strong. Pretty standard flavor profile. Medium bodied.

Photo of philbe311
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Just shy of a fingers worth of light khaki colored head that is moderately creamy and slightly fizzy... The head quickly fades leaving a splotchy lacing and a full collar... Darkest of browns teetering on black, but some light can be seen leaking through once back lit... Some slight rapid paced carbonation races up the sides of the glass...

S - Mild but pleasant... Chocolate... Caramel... Faint roasted malts... Really not too much going on with this one...

T - A mixture of roasted malt an pale malt... Notes of chocolate and caramel... A very faint hoppiness...

M - On the lighter side of medium bodied... Slightly on the fizzy side of things... A tad on the thin side... Slightly burnt texture...

D - A decent brew, but nothing more... Mildly interesting... A quality session brew... I wouldn't hesitate drinking one again, but not quite sure I would invest in a sixer anytime soon either...

Photo of bigbodybussey
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - the beer is a dark brown to an almost black color that is accompanied by a slight reddish hue. It is topped with a moderate amount of light tan head.

Smell - It smells like a really nice dark beer was watered down. The faint aroma of hops and maybe some malt.

Taste - It has a slight bitterness that lingers on the back of the tongue followed by the mild presence of hops.

Mouthfeel - It is a light bodied brew and fairly carbonated.

Drinkability - Overall this is a decent brew. - My favorite pairing with this beer is a good pizza - Definetly worth a try though.

Photo of Zebus0
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found some of this stuff while I was on vacation, looking for something other than the normal fare. Had never seen it or heard of it so thought I'd give it a try.

A- Can't really tell you. I don't happen to have a pint glass so it's just in the bottle. Looks to be darker in color, head isn't too bad, pretty average really. Kind of prefer to look of an 'actual' black and tan.

S- Not the best. Just smells like beer. Nothing really special.

T- Only real strong point I think. I don't really drink Black and Tans much so don't know how to compare it. Pretty balanced taste, nothing over the top, goes down smooth. Little to no aftertaste.

M- Again, pretty mediocre. Pretty smooth, what I expected for the most part.

D- Hard to say really. Slightly on the expensive side so unless I ever see it on tap somewhere I doubt I'll ever buy again. One of those, hey never seen this before, I buy it and then I'm not that impressed. However, points for trying. Same as comparing draft to bottle, having a mixed beer drink is going to be different in a bar vs bottled. Overall not good or bad in my opinion, just mediocrity.

Photo of VoiceOfTheSoul
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into my Leffe chalice for irony.

A: It pours black, very dark brown near light with a creamy thin tan head that shrinks to a ring quickly. Little lacing that sticks.

S: Smells like caramel, roasted malts, grassy undertones.

T: Tastes like creamy chocolate and caramel on roasted malts with a bit of citrus and pilsner-like hoppiness in the background. You can clearly see both the lager and the porter coming through.

M: Creamy mouthfeel with tight carbonation.

D: High drinkability. I've put back a lot of these in a sitting before - it was easy and enjoyable.

One of my go-to everyday drink beers; it never disappoints.

Photo of GNR4life2
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I only had this twice so I maybe a little too harsh on it. But I am not very fond of it.

A: looks just like soda(Coca-Cola).

S:Smell was average smelled like beer but at the same type had a "soda pop" smell.

T:It was average. Tasted like a beer but wouldnt really have it again.

M: Medium with some after burps.

D:its not my preference but hey its all up to you. I wouldnt buy it but if you wanna give it to me for free hell yeah I'd take it.

Photo of yuenglingfan101
5/5  rDev +55.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The best of all Yuengling beers. Sister and Brother-in-law bought me a variety pack with Traditional lager, light lager, and Lord Chesterfield Ale. The unusual taste made me want more and more. Only wish it was available in Ohio. After drinking the finest of the finest, it is hard to drink a Bud or Miller product.

Photo of BeerCon5
1.75/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours black on the top half of the glass and a golden straw color on the bottom half. Thin fluffy tan head.

There was a faint scent of roasted malts.

The taste was very watery and almost unflavorful, there was some notes of roasted malts and burnt coffee.

Light bodied, thin and crisp, moderate carbonation.

This was tough to drink, I took 2 sips and wanted nothing more to do with it. I think the Premium is to blame. I may try the old recipe of Porter and Lord Chesterfield on my own. It couldn't be worse.

Photo of mempath
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

pours black cola with an active light tan head that settles very fast.

slight smokey malty nose. doesn't have the 'yunegling' smell (not a bad thing) the bottled version had.

slight (again) smokey maltiness with tangy hopped biscuitiness. mouthfeel is sparkly, carbonated with a smooth finish. and dry.

very drinkable, even on a summer night. i still prefer the porter on it's own. and much better than the premium on it's own...

Photo of jporf911
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle.

Appearance- Very dark brown with a large tan head that fizzes profusely but takes a while to fade.

Smell- There are strong traces of roasted malt and caramel with a slight hint of chocolate. It is reminiscent of bread and not unpleasant.

Taste- Although the flavors of roasted malt and toffee are good, they are dominated by a slightly harsh, burnt taste, as though it had been roasted too long. The porter definitely outshines the lager in this brew.

Mouthfeel- Strong but too carbonated to be solid. Finishes dry.

Drinkability- It's good to try, but given the choice between the two, stick with traditional Yuengling Lager or make your own Black and Tan the way they were meant to be made-- on the spot, not mixed beforehand.

Photo of jsprain1
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Pours a dark brown with an overly fizzy head.
S- Smell is of roasted and burnt malts, resulting in something of a coffee/chocolate/burnt toast smell.
T- the taste is more portery than lagery, with the roasted malt, caramel, and generally sweet flavors coming through. the sweetness does not seem to fit properly.
M- Over carbed, resulting in a crispness that is a bit harsh on the palate.
D- I'm not much of a fan of this beer. It esentially took a good porter base, but made it not quite right. The mouthfeel pulled this down for me. just kind of an average beer in my eyes.

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

A - Poured a dark brown color with a thin tan head that fades to nothing quickly

S - Is of roasted malt with slight chocolate scents

T - The porter is definitely the dominate source of flavor here with a mostly roasted malt taste

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - Over all this is a decent beer that has a good taste thats pretty easy to drink so I could have a few of these in a night

Photo of RomaniIteDomum
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On-tap at the Tampa brewery.

Pours dark brown, almost black with a nice thick tan head.

Smells of toffee, caramel, and a little adjunct as it warms.

The porter is the star of this show. Hints of toffee and caramel with lingering corn and sweetness.

The feel is light and soda-like.

All-in-all this is pretty drinkable.

Photo of legatovibrato24
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle, aggressive head, which dissipates after about 2 minutes to a thin film. Nowhere near the fine creamy head of a Guinness presumably due to the use of carbon dioxide instead of nitrogen in giving the brew its bubbles.

Upon first sip, a significant amount of toast and roast. Quite bready, with a minimal amount of hops. On second sip, make that nearly no hops distinguishable. Just a toasty mix of malt and barley. Thin film of a head still floating atop the dark mass of blended Yuengling Porter and Premium. Third sip reveals some cute and respectable lacing on the glass, but not much else.

The brew seems to lack depth, and just continues to refuse to give me a reason to come back to it more than a few times. Overall not a bad beer, just not one that I would go out of my way to find.

Photo of Agold
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

When I poured this beer, I poured it a little too vigorously, resulting in a huge fluffy off white head. Looks dark, but not stout dark . It smells a bit macroey with very very slight hints of the roasted malts from the porter used. The porter comes through more in the taste than it did in the nose. I definitely get the roasted malts used in the porter and a pleasant bitterness. This is a nice smooth beer, and is one i could definitely drink a 3 or 4 of without blinking an eye. Very enjoyable, and if not for the poor smell, would be even more so.

Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 2,040 ratings.