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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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1,877 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,877
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 127 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001)
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Photo of MMAJYK
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%

A- Bright and brown, 1/2" of light brown fluffy head. Transparent with red hues.

S- Lightly malty with smoke and campfire like scents. A little bit watered down and not rich enough.

T- A little bit chocolatey with some marshmallow and roasty tastes; pleasantly malty for sure. Not much hop profile but mild and refreshing.

M- Light in the mouth with medium to high carbonation.

D- A session beer for sure and easy on the budget. Not a bad offering and the best these guys offer in my opinion.

MMAJYK, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of yelterdow
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

First twist off bottle I've had in years... on a tip from Steve the bartender at Legal Sea Foods in Paramus, here goes...

Fresh bottle from the refrigerated section of Best Cellars in Washington Township, NJ. Served at a few degrees towards cellar temp in an imperial pint glass.

Appearance- Out of the gate, this pours a light bodied chocolate brown with reddish highlights. A solid, three finger head slowly pops away, condensing nicely especially towards the middle. Not much lacing at all... but this looks good.

Smell- Clean, roasted malts that hint of coffee and chocolate are upfront. A zippy, slightly metallic hop character is right behind it, balancing and closing out the fairly mellow aroma.

Taste- Though not offensive at all, this still carries a macro-style flavor into the mouth... it's not as pure or genuine as I'd like. The porter in this beer is decent, I remember really liking it on its own... but the "premium beer" in the mix is probably what's coming across as less than great. The swallow, especially, isn't so graceful.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- The texture, light and airy yet nicely carbonated, is really terrific. It holds its own throughout the entire session, becoming creamy towards the end. I'm glad to have tried it, it's a drinkable, decent beer... just nothing I'd ever go back to in the future.

yelterdow, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of n00tz
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%

Appearance - Very presentable at first, if the head would stick around longer and lace it would get a 5, IMO. Laces for half the glass before never being seen again.

Smell - Lightly malted with nutty presence, leads to be a great tasting beer.

Taste - OUCH. Less than expected after its appearance, lacking richness. Peanutty with a light beer mid and a really light

Mouthfeel - Nothing special, unimpressive.

Drinkability - beats a Budweiser. if only aroma and sight was all a beer needed.

Proof that a beer can look and smell excellent, yet lack everything it needs to the other senses that allow it to set well for future endeavors.

n00tz, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of akronzipfan
3.35/5  rDev +4%

I really enjoy a classic Guiness/Bass Ale B&T, so I thought I'd give this "all in one" a shot.

a - pours dark, full (well blended) and clean with a fuzzy, thick head that dissipates rapidly

s - nutty, caramel aromas with spashes of coffee

t - strong hops flavor with malted barley and coffee finish; typical IPA bitterness is offset by the smokiness of the stout

m - smooth and satisfying as it passes the lips with a nice level of carbonation

d - not hard at all to have a few of these at a gathering

I was pleasantly surprised by this blend and will obtain more when the time arises.

akronzipfan, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of changeup45
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%

Not bad. Yuengling for the most part is decent enough, especially for the price. Pours a black-amber color with a moderate tan head. Aroma is malty and a bit roasty but rather subtle. Mouthfeel is creamy and lighter than it looks. The flavor is toasty malt with coffee and light bitterness. Not complex but definitely drinkable and at a great price.

changeup45, Aug 30, 2008
Photo of jasonjlewis
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Pours a 1/2 finger with retention. The lacing lasts for quite a while.

A little bit of porter and a bit of pale lager smell. It's a little bit faint, but I get a slight idea of what I'm about to taste.

The taste is nice. A bit of chocolate malts and caramel malts and porter flavor. This is balanced with a pale lager beer. It's a decent mix of porter and pale lager.

It's a little bit spritzy on the mouthfeel, but fairly decent for what they are trying to accomplish.

Black and tans are not my favorite style, but they are decent from time to time. This is one is fairly decent and I could have a few of these.

jasonjlewis, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of nickfl
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%

A - One finger of medium brown head on a nearly opaque, dark brown body with good clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Malty with lots of caramel and some roasted aromas. There is a mild hop aroma in the background that just barely peeks out from behind the malt.

T - Light, clean malt with the watery, roast flavor of weak coffee. A bit of caramel comes by during the otherwise clean finish.

M - Medium-light body, with moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nothing special, but easy to drink and pretty good for a dark macro beer.

nickfl, Aug 22, 2008
Photo of ljbrisson
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

Bottle has neat black label with the Yuengling eagle logo, a little more modern-looking than their classic Traditional Lager label. Cap is the same red eagle logo on gold. Sigh.

Pours dark brown into a pint glass, with a thin tan head that vanishes quickly leaving little to no lacing. Something about the look of this beer turns me off. It looks... burnt? Probably due to the other senses.

Aroma is burnt toast, charcoal, burnt sugar, some roasted coffee, a little tinge of blackberry sweetness. Reminds me of the smell at Christmas when you leave cookies in the oven too long.

Mouthfeel is grainy, light in the mouth with medium carbonation. The burnt aroma and taste lend a sort of chalky feel.

Taste is like the nose, but weaker than expected. Surprisingly mild despite the up-front char and roasted coffee aromas. A speck of hop bitterness at the finish adds a little character. I have had worse beers.

Overall, this is a good beer to get if you are looking for a session with a cheap change of pace. Although not as good as Yuengling's Traditional Lager as far as drinkability goes, it is still a decent standby because of the good price/quality ratio.

ljbrisson, Aug 21, 2008
Photo of Shaw
3.38/5  rDev +5%

Pours essentially black with a light brown head that reduces quickly to a fine ring in my glass.

The light aroma mixes tannins, roasted malt and coffee notes.

The flavor is also strong with roasted, almost burnt, flavor. There are also light grassy flavors.

The body is light and almost watery.

I was surprised by this beer. It's better than I expected, which confirms an old friend's belief that you can't mess up a porter (one of the two beers that make up this Black & Tan).

Shaw, Aug 13, 2008
Photo of pwoods
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

pwoods, Aug 12, 2008
Photo of scottyshades
3.98/5  rDev +23.6%

What a surprising beer from Yuengling...I tasted one a while back but did not really remember it...For $9 a 12 pack, money cannot buy a better B&T
A: Pours a nice rich color that leaves an off-white head that leaves a decent lace

S: Interesting notes of toasted malts, a slight mix of hops, and a sweeter note

T: This beer tastes similar to Warsteiner Dunkel, which happens to be one of my favorite session beers due to its quality and taste, but Id say now that this takes the cake

MF: Very smooth going down, medium/light in body, crisp and clean aftertaste

D: Session beer

scottyshades, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of Onenote81
2.38/5  rDev -26.1%

*No freshness date on the bottle*

Poured a dark cola color with hints of ruby coming through as the light shines in. Poured with a monstrous faomy tan head. This bottle took about 4 minutes to pour completely. The lacing was absent though.

Smelled the toasted malt, some coffee, and a little raisin; almost wine-like characteristics.

First taste I picked up was a smack of metal. This lasted only for the first few sips though. Also tasting some raisin, malt, grape jam. Smooth drink, but very flat and thin. Carbonation absent. I like a good porter, but this was a shallow and weak B&T.


Onenote81, Aug 11, 2008
Photo of mixcat
4.5/5  rDev +39.8%

I think this is the best dark beer for the money bar none.
You just cant buy a better beer in the price range. I picked up a 12 pack this weekend for $8.99 and enjoyed it very much.
Super smooth, no bite. perfect blend of sweet and smooth.
Its much better then the standard Yuengling. I wouldnt even have known it was the same company if I didnt see the lablel. Well done.

mixcat, Aug 09, 2008
Photo of beerthulhu
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%

A: Poured a dark roasted amber with an initial 2 finger fizzy dark khaki colored head that quickly settled to a light sudsy covering.

S: rather uneventful, a light roasted malting and not much else here.

T: The flavor started out with a thin roasted malting with slight smoky charred hints. A light watery coffee flavor is evident in the middle of the palate while some light ripe dark fruit (plums) round things out. Overall the flavor was subdued with a lack of heartiness and character per style.

M: very thin, watery with a flat carbonation leading to a major disappointment and drawing comparisons to Guinness.

D: I could drink it, but honestly why bother, light, watery body is a turn off especially for a porter. Goes down easy enough I guess so we will call this a wash.

beerthulhu, Aug 05, 2008
Photo of grmarcil
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

Pours with a small, tan head that recedes quickly. No lacing. A dark, almost black color that is quite red when observed with light behind.

Faint smell of grain and cocoa. Did not seem very noticeable, but I'm a bit stuffy at the moment.

Taste begins largely with a sharp, biting sensation; mellow, smooth body; finishes with a pleasant, gentle taste of roasted grains and chocolate. Slightly burnt, slightly puckering, too.

A good beer overall, and a good value, too. Refreshing and easy to drink, but offers a nice change of pace from the typical less-expensive drinking beer.

grmarcil, Aug 03, 2008
Photo of JerseySlim
4.38/5  rDev +36%

A - Nice dark color with a slightly tan head

S - Good roasty aroma, some hints of chocolate

T&M - Very good tasting beer. Nice, full mouthfeel without being overpoweringly heavy

D - I could drink this all day, if it were available in my hometown. I usually only get it when visiting relatives or traveling to the east coast on business. Picked up two cases a couple of weeks ago, and it's almost gone.

JerseySlim, Jul 09, 2008
Photo of Tilley4
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%

Hey, this isn't bad...not bad at all...

Almost black appearance with a small wispy head..

Aroma is grainy with a surprisingly nice chocolate maltiness...

This is a good tasting brew with a pronounced chocolate maltiness to it. Its noy a cocoa bomb or anything but hell, its still good..

I'm going to keep this nice little brew around, I think. Its very accessible and tastes better than 90% of thee other macros out there.

Tilley4, Jul 05, 2008
Photo of JDV
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%

Bottle courtesy of ford9719. Thanks!
Pours black with a short lived head. Slightly less than opaque. Smell is soy sauce and roasty malt. Taste is soy, mostly and not good at all. Just roasty soy sauce and is undrinkable, really. Not enjoyable in the least.

JDV, Jun 30, 2008
Photo of PeskySaurus
4.55/5  rDev +41.3%

Yuengling Black & Tan was a new brew to me, and I was pleasantly surprised.. I buy this now when I can splurge a little bit but not over the top.

Although it was keen drinking straight from the bottle, it is even better once I poured it into a clean beer glass. The aroma immediately fills your nose of something akin to coffee and perhaps carmel. It appears to be a dark beer, though it leaves coffee-like stains if you spill.

The taste is magnificent, one of the few beers I've had that actually make you want to lick your lips. It reminds me of a Starbucks Frappachino of sorts. Think Guinness but less bitter and filling. All in all, this is a fine domestic beverage that I will be enjoying in the future.

PeskySaurus, Jun 27, 2008
Photo of GoodKnight1220
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%

Had this beer straight out of the bottle.

I wasn't impressed with the smell it was a bit roasty but the wheat and grain smell was much stronger.

It had a full flavor, a little heavy, a bit yeasty, and finshed with a slight aluminum flavor. The mouthfeel was not bad.

Could have 1 or 2 at a time, no more...

GoodKnight1220, Jun 22, 2008
Photo of hiikeeba
4.38/5  rDev +36%

A - Pours up almost black with a long lasting tan head

S - Smells of roasted malt and chocolate. Wonderful.

T&M - Smooth and creamy, with a sweet choclate flavor that compliments the roast malts.

D- I really like this beer and could drink several at a sitting. I wish it was available in my home town.

hiikeeba, Jun 17, 2008
Photo of asabreed
2.93/5  rDev -9%

Appearance: This was closer to a stout or porter than I'd have thought, not opaque but not as much light coming through as I thought, with mild lacing and head retention around the top of the glass.

Smell: Sweeter malts and mild hop presence but not much else.

Taste: Mild darker malts with little hop presence, a bit of caramel sweetness and chocolate at the finish. Not really complex, and fairly average, but decent.

Mouthfeel: A little slick and lighter to medium-bodied.

Drinkability: I prefer the Yuengling lager, especially since I'm originally from western PA, and I have a soft spot for it from college. I'm not the biggest fan of the style to begin with, but it's not bad if you're craving a brew as such, especially an easy-going darker brew in warmer weather.

asabreed, Jun 15, 2008
Photo of everetends
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%

Get this on tap at various places around here and recently had a keg of it at a party, served from a kegerator. Poured into a pint.

A: Looks good with a dark brown pour with an nice big off white head. Almost opaque and has a bit of stickiness to it.

S: Smells of malt and caramel. That is about all I am getting.

T: Taste did not impress me at all. Tasted like burnt ass. I can taste some malt that seems to be overly roasted, a touch of carmel, cream and then hops sneak in. Not a good balance at all.

M: This beer was creamy and had a good coat to it for the style, not that it was pleasant considering the taste. Still very well represents the style.

D: I guess you could drink it but the taste turns me off completely. I have revisted this beer many times and all to the same result. I will avoid but I am sure there are folks that love it. I guess I will have to go to Penn and try it there.

everetends, Jun 12, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%

Pours a dark brown near black until held to a light which reveals a very nice looking cherry stain color along with a small milk chocolate colored head that looks inviting,but is unable to produce any visible lacing.The aromas are powdery and mineral like,with some burnt coffee notes.Mostly a weak watery coffee taste with some hints of bitter chocolate and slight caramel that is terribly understated in this gritty and borderline dirty brew.Seems like a watered down Stout,not a Porter.I had some expectations for this black&tan and I must say it was very dissapointing.Until I get to try a bottled b&t that is better than this,I will stick with the real thing.

orangemoustache, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of PatrickJR
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Poured from 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Dark, almost opaque brown. Two finger head recedes to thin film, moderate lacing.

S - Buttery roasted malt aroma backed by generic lager scent. Quite appetizing.

T - Interesting combination of slight caramel malts with average lager flavor. Finishes with an unbalanced buttery/adjunct/earthy flavor. Not nearly enough flavor here, especially if a decent porter or stout is involved. Noticable hop bitterness in the finish, but nothing distinct.

M - Moderate carbonation, but far too thin to be representative of a black and tan.

D - I loved sessioning this stuff last night, but after really evaluating it right now, I wouldn't have another. A decent and cheap session beer, especially with folks coming over.

PatrickJR, Jun 06, 2008
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,877 ratings.