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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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1,980 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,980
Reviews: 627
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 155 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001)
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Photo of tjd112
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation - Poured into Flying Fish pint glass

Appearance - Poured a dark black with tan head, very little retention and lacing

Smell - Very malty, maybe a small bit of toffee

Taste - Like wood with a slight bit of tobacco and toffee

Mouthfeel - Very creamy and light

Drinkability - Sessionable

Overall - A good beer for the price

tjd112, Jan 24, 2010
Photo of vacax
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark and translucent with a finger of tannish rather normal looking head. Aroma has both component beers in it, the lager providing a slightly hoppy, somewhat grainy note and then a touch of darker, sweeter malt with a bit of roast from the porter. The crispness and light grain of the lager dominate the flavor, backed up some chocolate malt that solidifies the finish. Body feels medium with a moderate amount of fizzish bubbles. Black and Tans aren't exactly the most illustrious style, but even for this category it is a fair to middling brew.

vacax, Jan 20, 2010
Photo of ktrillionaire
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is a great product, a very reasonable facsimile of a true black-and-tan.

A - Rich, creamy tan head, lace rings, Deep brown hue.

S - Smell? Not much.

T - It tastes great, like the original Guinness and Bass version, and basically as good as the 'real thing' usually is.

M - It has decent mouthfeel, somewhat creamy and relatively full-bodied.

D - Great drinkability. Not too heavy, nor too light.

ktrillionaire, Jan 19, 2010
Photo of cosmicevan
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Poured dark amber with a nice creamy, foamy head with decent amount of carbonation.

S - Very malty...nothing jumps out beyond that. Has that macro lager type smell.

T - Malty with a trace of vanilla and a hint of nuts and coffee.

M - Sharp in my mouth...good carbonation, bittery aftertaste.

D - Very drinkable. Great session beer. Not something I would really have when I'm trying to appreciate beer, but always a welcome brew in a social setting with minimal options.

cosmicevan, Jan 16, 2010
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

mtyrrell, Jan 14, 2010
Photo of elgiacomo
2.1/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Nov 26, 2009
Pours dark amber/brown with one-finger off-white head. Aroma and flavor aren't terribly impressive...light roasted malts, light coffee & toffee. Mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. Not terribly impressed, only saving grace is the price. Used to letting porters warm a bit, but this one is best served cold.

elgiacomo, Jan 11, 2010
Photo of tmoneyba
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours dark brown color with an average light brown frothy head that slowly diminishing with fair lacing. Good balanced aroma. Medium body with a creamy fizzy texture and soft carbonation. Light bitter flavor with a light to medium balanced flavor. Good balanced brew.

tmoneyba, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of wingman14
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with red highlights and a off white head that fades quickly. The smell is subtle, mostly malty, and a faint burnt character. The taste follows suit, strong malt flavors, not much depth, with the burnt characteristic coming in the aftertaste. This has a medium/light mouthfeel, could be a bit heavier for added depth. This one is an easy drinker, enjoyable, could get monotonous.

wingman14, Jan 08, 2010
Photo of ppoitras
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle from a mixed case picked up by a friend in PA. Thanks Andi!

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1/4" tan head over the clear reddish brown brew. Head lasts alright, with average to good lacing. Aroma is light to medium in intensity of sweetness and coffee bitterness. Taste starts with the malts, then rounds out with balancing hops bitterness. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, and drinkability is definitely easy. A reasonable fallback.

ppoitras, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of CBlack85
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

Pours nearly black with lots of ruby highlights. A substantial amount of light tan colored head. Not much in the way of lacing

Earthy, Grainy, Malty aroma is most dominant. The faint smell of hops is there if you look for it. as the beer warms the hop smell gets stronger. Not really much to the smell of this beer, not bad, but not much there.

Malty flavor, slight hints of caramel, very faint hints of chocolate. Much like the smell there is simply not much there. Nothing bad or off about it, just leaves me wanting. Kinda watered down I guess...

Thin, average carbination, easy to drink.

Summed up in a word - inoffsive

CBlack85, Dec 26, 2009
Photo of CharlatanSin
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

"When they say black & tans, you know they mean the kind from the cans/
Don't have time to mix it all together, I'm a very busy man, man"
-The Hold Steady

Reviewed from notes from a few days back, but with how much I've had this over the past few years, I should be able to do it by heart.

Ah, the Yang black and tan. Back in college in PA, when me, boatshoes, papollo, roburg and the rest of 'em picked up a case of this, it meant it was officially fancy time. Please drink this beer with a monocle and your pinkie in the air, whilst discussing fluctuations in the Nikkei and such.

A: Pours a very bubbly black, with a one finger tan head that dissolves into a ring.

S: Clean grain, with a little bit of sweet malt. Can you feel the fancy yet?

T/M: Ah, goes down with that distinct grainy, vaguely metallic Yang lager taste, with a little bit of caramel malt sweetness afterward. Might be more appropriately called Yuengling Tan and then Black, as it's one taste right after the other. Thankfully, I like both the tan and the black. Fairly fizzy.

D: Well, it's my dad's favorite easy to get beer, so it's a regular in my fridge by default. And I could do way worse.

CharlatanSin, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Mardukk
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a porter color with no head or lacing.

Smells lightly roasted with some chocolate malts.

It has a roasted malt flavor with an odd yeasty flavor midway through. The hops are very light making an appearance in the finish. The look and scent suggest more of a porter, however the lager is the dominant taste.

Medium mouthfeel with mid to high carbonation. The drinkability is pretty high as this is more of a lager than porter.

Overall, this is a serviceable black and tan when money is tight.

Mardukk, Dec 19, 2009
Photo of kimcgolf
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from the tap to a dark brown atop the golden lager, with one finger tan head that lingered well and left okay lacing. Aroma was muted, but was mildly malty roasted nuts, toffee and slightly spicy. Mouthfeel slightly tingly and pleasant, and the taste sightly accentuated the flavors of the nose. Finish was fairly long, and decent, not watery like some lower price dark beers tend to be. Not bad at all, especially given the price.

kimcgolf, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of mwa423
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Another Woodychandler Can Classic! Thanks!

A - Pours a black with a slightly tan head that quickly disappears to a lacing.

S - Bit of coffee, bit of sweet malt, very little on the smell.

T - Very little in the taste. It tastes close to a bock in the way that they tend to look dark and taste very light. There is a bit of porter and lager flavors mixed, but not much that really strikes me.

M/D - Very thin mouthfeel, bit overcarbonated. I could definitely keep some of this around to drink when I was in the mood for cheap, easy, and quick (and not light).

mwa423, Dec 10, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.83/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ahhhh, Black & Tan, the beer that really built Dick's house. They're advertising now that it was the Traditional Lager that started it all (with Norbie's recipe in '87), but the fact of the matter is that the immense popularity of the Black & Tan came first (1986 - a blend of their dark brewed porter and premium lager). It was so popular in fact, that it had to be contract brewed because they couldn't produce enough of it at the little brewery on the hill. And let's be honest about it all, that was driven, at least in part, by the lack of anything else in the market at the time. The revival of their Porter in Philadelphia, greatly due in part to the bartenders at the Khyber Pass, spurred it, and soon the Yungling name was known. How it spread from there, similar to Coors popularity on the east coast, I'm not sure.

It's a clear deep-mahogany brown with almost ruby highlights beneath a short head of frothy tan foam. The head retention is fair, and it leaves some spots and streaks of lace behind.

The aroma is fairly generic. There's a subtle touch of yeasty fruitiness, and it suggests some dark malt, but none really stands out. Nor do any hops, although there is a hint of grassy and floral character in the background.

The flavor is not much different, which may explain why it was so widely accepted. There's a bit of gently toasted malt that has a dark caramel edge to it, but it's not chocolately at all. There's a kind of burnt sugar edge to it as well. Keep in mind that the Porer isn't really that rich either, and this is just half of that. Some minor grassy hops and floral hops round it out, and stiff bitterness balances it, leading to a dry, short-lingering finish that's dusted with floral notes.

Overall, it's fairly drinkable in that there's nothing objectionable to it. It offers a little bit of flavor, and a fairly nice appearance. Not bad.

NeroFiddled, Nov 29, 2009
Photo of mtnbikerpa
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 23 ounce glass with about an inch of head and minimal lacing. Very dark like cola appearance. Light chocolate malt aroma along with slight coffee and caramel scents. Medium bodied mouthfeel warm yet crisp malts. Nicely balanced with a kiss of hops on your tongue as you finish. Very drinkable, paired well with grilled chicken and sausage pizza.

mtnbikerpa, Nov 28, 2009
Photo of Cylinsier
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle.

Pours a clear relatively dark brown with a coffee-and-cream head that is fluffy and retains well.

Smells malty and slightly toasty. Maybe a little chocolatey sweet too.

The taste is mild, malts and barley with no hops or anything like that. A bit of nutty sweetness.

Feels moderate, maybe on the thin side, with minimal carbonation.

An okay beer. If they are being offered up, I'd never turn one down, but not something to keep on hand as a rule.

Cylinsier, Nov 27, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a nice dark color that turns a brownish when held to the light. There is almost no carbonation, however there is a thick tan head that has a so-so retention rate.
Smell is of a strong malt tastes. Chocolate and toffee malts dominate the nose.
Taste is very malty as well. Strong chocolate malts dominate along with a very smokey taste too.
Mouthfeel is very good. There is a nice thickness to it and a slight chewiness that is almost fitting for the style.
Drinkability is good because of the nice mouthfeel. However, there is not a ton of taste going on here. I would not drive far to get my hands on this, but grab it at a party and you will not be upset. I have had many more beers a lot more expensive than this choice that aren't as good.

BDIMike, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of rfgetz
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark brown color... light shines through with a amberish hue present towards the bottom of the glass. Scent is is of dark roasted malts with an odd metallic like whiff. Taste is a blend of dark roasted watered down coffee and the sweetness of watered down cola. Metallic like taste present as well. Medium bodied, small aftertaste, fully carbonated. Tastes more like a watered down porter than a black and tan. The only non porter quality i get is the faint metallic scent and flavor. Not horrible, mind you, but nothing special. Beats a BMC any day.

rfgetz, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of imanidiot777
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a very dark brown almost black with a cream colored head that is not too big. Stays for a few minutes, there is some lacing too.

S: Bad with the smells. Maybe some coffee, some malt, maybe chocolate not sure.

T: Pretty light after judging by the appearance I thought it would be heavier. Slightly chocolatey, a little coffee maybe, a tad of hops too.

M: A little watered down from a normal porter, hence the mix. Not bad though.

D: Can't have too many they are kind of filling.

imanidiot777, Nov 14, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass.

A - Pours dark brown, almost black with minimal head. Almost no lacing.

S - Light malt and coffee smell.

T - Slightly sweet and malty but overall very watery and light.

M - Smooth and light with minimal carbonation.

D - Good drinkability with low abv.

taigor, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of farfromstout
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: In the bottle, nothing. In a glass, once it has leveled itself out there is a 1/4-3/8" creamy head. As you move down it goes from "porter dark" to about half way down it has a red hue.

S: If you've had their lager before, you pick that out pretty easily. The porter, not so much.

T: Nothing to rave over, but not bad either. It is the middle grounds. I like their lager, and the porter comes in to play with a kind of mellow burnt type of flavor.

M: Like a watered down porter. That's what you paid for.

D: Rolls down pretty easily.

farfromstout, Nov 04, 2009
Photo of becktone
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes 9-1-09

Eye: Sitting on the desk this one appears black but when light diffuses through it I find that it is actually a beautiful dark garnet and is amazingly clear. However, no bottled black and tan can have the "correct" apperance of the two beers being layered...all bottled versions end up being like this. Head is tan, creamy and stable though something a bit larger would be welcome. Lacing is pretty nice, leaving some sheets and walls of lace.

Nose: The aroma is right on for this one. Smells just like a black and tan shoud, just like a bit of sout watered down by some ale or lager. Roasted notes intermingled with sweet caramel malt aroma from what ever is mixed with it. Overall a very creamy aroma.

Tongue: Chocolate notes from the stout side of this beer, very nice. Not much on the roasted side though, there's pretty much no complexity to this beer. A bit tinny as well. The lager or ale side comes out in the taste, I feel that this stout is definitely mixed with a red ale or lager, I'm thinking its a red lager...prolly the Traditional Lager. This is okay, nothing to brag about though...it don't do the real thing justice.

Feel and Drinkability: The feel is all wrong. Carbonation is too prickly, too coarse, too fine. It calls attention to itself and takes away from the beer. This should be creamy, instead the carbonation gives it a sharp feeling. This is easy to drink, and I happily finished off the twelve pack I had that came as a gift, but there was something I recalled and am kinda getting now that I didin't like. I feel that this beer is a bit acidic, just a touch in taste but moreso in feel, it kinda creeps up the throat, like heartburn, after a few of these. I also don't like the finish on this one...dry yes but just not a great aftertaste..almost woody with those chocolate notes fading in the back to something like cardboard. Not very impressive. Easy to drink? Yes, but as far as will I buy this ever?, no. I don't see why people go bat shit crazy for Yuengling. Its okay, maybe good at best....and thats cause the price for something of this quality is unbeatable. I mean look at Berghof, from what I hear Yuengling is cheaper, and its definitely better. For a dollar or two more than Bud, hell yeah its good. But as far as being a craft brew, no its not. Its not something to seek out. It is the best cheap good beer that you can get.

becktone, Oct 27, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle marked 19215312319. Sampled on October 18, 2009.

The pour is brown with hints of ruby red glimmering in the light. A nice creamy beige head with decent lacing.

The caramel and light hops aroma of a typical lager tend to be the lead scent in this black and tan. There is little evidence of a Porter except for the color.

Medium bodied mouthfeel with a taste that also brings out the sweet caramel and average hops along with a bitterness associated with an amber ale rather than the smoked chocolate of a Porter.

Still it is mild and very easy to drink so the 12-pack was not a complete waste of money.

puboflyons, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling Black & Tan
12 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz tulip glass

Pours a lighter shade of black with some chocolate brown highlights on the bottom of the glass. A nice frothy head forms and stays on top leaving nice trails of sticky lace. The head eventually turn to a thin lace around the beer.

Roasted malts, dairy, but I'm also getting a metallic off note.

Dark roasted malts, milk chocolate, sweet sugar and dairy with a really smooth lager quality to the mouthfeel. Nice lil' hop snap on the finish.

An enjoyable and very drinkable brew with a pleasant malt profile.

Hibernator, Oct 16, 2009
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,980 ratings.