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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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1,770 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,770
Reviews: 613
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 21
Gots: 95 | 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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Photo of Foxman

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a deep, dark mahogany, ruby at the very edges. Two fingers of light tan head swell readily and dwindle rather slowly. Frescoes of lacing impress inside the glass.

The aroma is quite thin, with merest traces of toasted malt and hop bitterness, and while at least they're there, it's barely so. An equally vague hint of yeast teases as well.

Upon tasting, a veneer of roasted malt, distantly sweet and charred, passes by airily. A generic blip of hops and another spot of malt blink on. What is distant becomes farther off as the finish drops over the horizon and leaves an empty bitterness briefly behind. Simply, it has marginal substance, and so marginal staying power.

Light bodied, or is it thin bodied? It comes, it goes, it leaves little of itself behind.

Am I overstating the mediocrity? I don't know, but I will say that there's nothing inspirational here. The style leads one to expect more, but it falls short of any real anticipation. To make a long story short, I like the brewery, but not this beer, especially.

Serving type: bottle

08-08-2006 18:36:12 | More by Foxman
Photo of eze153


3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this one from a half litre can. It pours a dark brown with a decent head about 2 fingers but it does not last long. turns into a light foam for the duration of the beer. the smell is good, like dark roasted coffee and roasted malts. the taste could be a lot better. it's kind of hard to describe but the after taste is like metal, not too good in my opinion, it keeps you drinking to get the after taste out of your mouth. I would not make this a beer to drink for long periods of time as the after taste lets me down and this beer can fill you up really fast because it's really heavey. not good for a hot summer day but better for a cold winter night. but I would recomend at least trying it once.

Serving type: can

08-07-2006 23:37:07 | More by eze153
Photo of cjgator3


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

Pours a dark brown color with a quickly dissapearing head that does not last long. Aroma is light with sweet malt and diacetyl. Taste is really hard to describe. It is not bad but not something to write home about either. Overall an average brew that is not something I am dying to get again.

Serving type: bottle

08-03-2006 04:12:01 | More by cjgator3
Photo of Poser


3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black. Thin head
S: A little sweet, a little chocolate
T: Better than average, but a little more thin and bland than I expected.
M: Too thin. I hate to rate anything about this beer as below average because it's really a decent brew, but it's just too thin and light
D: A good brew and very easy to drink. It may go well with food as someone earlier suggested.

I was expecting a little more after it had been talked up by a friend from PA. It's certainly worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-29-2006 16:52:59 | More by Poser
Photo of hunteraw


3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown, opaque, a rough pour produced a one finger head with decent retention. Minimal lacing. Vaguely cola-like appearance.

Smell: sweet malt, hint of hops at the tail. some chocolate.

Taste: Dual personality shows up in the flavor. Surprisingly light at first, this is the "premium lager," and the porter shows up a second or two later. Flavor is fairly light, bitterness balances the malt well - from the smell, I was expecting something sweeter. Chocolate malt finish. Slight bitter coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation, too much. light mouthfeel seems out of place with the malts here.

Drinkability: light mouthfeel, dry finish contribute to good drinkability. could be a good baby-step into "dark beer" for someone not accustomed. Take a macro lager, and add some chocolate malt flavor and you get the idea.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2006 02:02:04 | More by hunteraw
Photo of Drew966


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

Yuengling Black & Tan pours a very dark brown with a minimal off white head. The aroma is sweet malt. I like this one, I wasn't expecting much either. Some roasted malt is noticeable and the finish is hoppy. I could see keeping some of this in the fridge on a regular basis. Definitely worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

07-14-2006 23:46:55 | More by Drew966
Photo of zeff80


3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown color with a small tan head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled faintly on roasted coffee and a little of malt.

T - It had a malty taste with a little bitter flavor. It seemed a little watery, but not too much.

M - Very soft and thin. Little carbonation.

D - It's drinkable, but if I'm going to have a Black & Tan it will be a traditional one.

Serving type: bottle

07-05-2006 21:00:30 | More by zeff80
Photo of trep

West Virginia

3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle as a birthday present from my Blue Moon drinking friend. A nice gesture I must say.

Pours and looks like coca-cola, complete with a carbonation fizz. 2 fingers of bubbly head in the pint-glass all but disappear.

Smells somewhat roasty. Definitely not an offensive beer. A little alcohol and some mustiness.

A little bit of a porter coffeeness to it. But other than that. Not really much going on.

Thin mouthfeel and very carbonated. Easy drinking though.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2006 23:51:48 | More by trep
Photo of hbh739


3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a cold bottle. This was my first ever B&T from Yuengling. Poured into a chilled glass. The head was not huge about an inch cream colored which contrasted nicely with the dark almost chocolate like color with two or three small bubble trails. Overall a very good looking beer. There really wasn't any scent so I was very surprised by the strong dark malt and chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel wasn't what I expected more like what I would expect from a light beer(kind of watery). It drank very well and it was very hard not to order another. One of the few pleasant surprises I have had from this local pub. I would definitely drink this beer again

Serving type: bottle

07-02-2006 23:40:25 | More by hbh739
Photo of ViveLaChouffe


4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep reddish brown, nearly opaque with lots of mahogany highlights. Thin but persistent tan head. No lace. Aroma is lightly smoky and chocolatey. Smells of thin lager malt as well, some faint hops.

A thin lager taste up front. Gives way to a roasty dark malt. Milky and chocolatey. Smooth finish, smooth all around. Light bitter chocolate aftertaste, roasty finish. A very tasty and drinkable brew. Still one of my old favorites and a fine session beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-28-2006 00:58:20 | More by ViveLaChouffe
Photo of 51mmz0rz

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A: Light cream head with some decent staying power. Opque with strong carbonation visible. Surprised by some nice lacing.

S: Mild sweetness, and hops.

T: Mild dark roasty flavors, malt sweetness and a slight bitterness aftertaste, though a bit weak.

M: High carbonation; a little thin, especially for such a dark looking beer.

D: This is an easy drinker, and one of my favorite session beers for the price.

This beer is on the mild side, but still some nice flavors come through. If I'm looking for a cheap session beer, I'd say this is it.

Serving type: bottle

06-16-2006 01:25:03 | More by 51mmz0rz
Photo of rabsten

West Virginia

3.9/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16oz can into a pub pint glass. Dark brown/black with hints of redness, light brown head of moderate to medium thickness that retains throughout the drink. Minor lacing on glass.

Smell of mild chocolate and coffee malt. No hops in the nose.

Tastes pleasantly tart. The dark malt qualities dominate with a chicory-coffee finish. Smokiness present in the malt as well.

Feels surprisingly light and crisp up front, with a mellow after effect.

High drinkability. Smooth, well balanced. I find this to be a great session beer.

This is a great "outdoors beer," because it tastes real good out of the can. The bottles taste noticably different, like they're less smoky, so I prefer the cans anyway. Worth picking up some.

Serving type: can

06-12-2006 22:49:33 | More by rabsten
Photo of daliandragon

North Carolina

3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Nice lacing on the glass after the pour although the accompanying head died a quick death. Coor is a thick dark walnut with slivers of redo n the edges. Nose has some decent brown malt but isn't too strong.

Tastes well balanced with nice chocolaty aftertaste. Mouthfeel is slighty watery but otherwise okay. This is a pretty good black and tan because it is dominated by it's porter characteristics and not it's lager ones although it has a refreshing finish. Worth it.

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2006 01:13:26 | More by daliandragon
Photo of Derek

British Columbia (Canada)

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

A: Dark, ruby-black. Pours with a little, light-tan head, hardly any retention, but it initially leaves a hint of lace.

S: Bready, nut, chocolate & a hint of fruity esters. Not a lot of nose, but there is a nice depth to the aroma.

T: Bread, nut, spicy/slightly-grassy hop flavour (more continental-nobel than British or American), with a slight fruityness (dark raisin?). The flavour is surprisingly quite good! Now I'm actually interested in trying their porter!

M: Body is on the light side of moderate. Carbonation is on the high side of moderate (a little much). Dry finish.

D: Quite quaffable.

Thanks for the bottle Len!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2006 21:34:03 | More by Derek
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle: Poured a deep black color ale with a huge foamy head with average retention. Aroma of roasted malt is mildly entertaining. Taste is bitter from the roasted malt with some sweetness. Not much hops were discernable and body was a bit too light for my own taste.

Serving type: bottle

05-29-2006 17:53:29 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of kdmorse


3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with chestnut highlights when held to the light. One finger of whitish head that quickly disappears.

S: Sweet caramel malt with hints of smoke and a good amount of hops to balance.

T/M: Creamy body. Smooth, sweet stout/porter body that is finished with a push of hops from the lager. A sweet (almost apple-cider) taste makes it enjoyable.

D: Easy and fun to drink, but a little sweet for my tastes.

Serving type: bottle

05-09-2006 23:03:00 | More by kdmorse
Photo of Byeast


3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-15-2006 01:18:11 | More by Byeast
Photo of tempest


2.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bummed a bottle off a field who had a 12-pack of this. It looked promising, but went downhill quickly. Smells of sour malts and a touch of macro lager. Taste hints at having chocolate and nutty flavors, but they are very minor. Overall, its fairly tasteless and a little unpleasant. Drinks like a lighter beer, but I dont want to drink it regardless. Pass on this one.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2006 23:12:28 | More by tempest
Photo of seanmhogan


3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I get this beer every once in awhile since the brewery is right here in PA. I've had the bottle and the cans. May favorite would be the 16-ounce cans that are availabe. This beer is just nice for kicking back on any occasion. It is a good affordable beer for everyday.

Serving type: can

04-03-2006 21:49:05 | More by seanmhogan
Photo of BEERchitect


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

Smoother and lighter in flavor than the appearance indicates. A solid brown with ruby highlights brew that shows low levels of lossely knit carbonation--looks a lot like cola. Aromas improve. There is a light toasted malt flavor with a mild caramel hint. Tastes moderately malty, caramelly, toasty, nutty, and a bit buttery. All flavors are a bit on the bland side, but provides smoothness. The finish holds a good bit of graininess, then waters into the aftertaste. Not bad, just a bit weak and grainy.

Serving type: bottle

03-27-2006 19:29:44 | More by BEERchitect
Photo of nickss


2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep brown... almost black with some ruby highlights. Modest 1/4" creamy looking head.... almost guiness-like.

Some burnt malt in the aroma... nice, but severely lacking in complexity.

Some porter flavour comes through, but it seems very bland and watered-down. A touch of malt... little else.

Crisp and thin mouthfeel.... the opposite of what I wanted.

Quite drinkable, just unimpressive.... not nearly as heavy as I would have thought it would be.

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2006 22:43:24 | More by nickss
Photo of jdmorgan


3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this in a bottle at my local bar. The appearance was pretty dark like a chocolate hue and there wasn't a whole lot of carbonation. The smell wasn't actually that strong and had a slight roasted scent to a it. The taste, in my opinion, wasn't that bad considering it's a black & tan. I found it to have an adequate amount of flavor, yet wasn't too overpowering and had a roasted full-bodied taste. The mouthfeel was pretty normal with not alot of carbonation. As long as you aren't expecting a full porter, this beer won't let you down. I found it to be very drinkable and is a great beer to relax to if you want more body then normal.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2006 06:17:54 | More by jdmorgan
Photo of squish059


4.13/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Silky chocolate beer-water. This is a delightful beverage made for the beer drinker on the go. Not a lot of pre-mixed black and tans on the market that could hang with this. It smells softly-sweet much likes its initial taste. Has a little taste for your entire tongue. Obviously a rather dark beer. A nice beer to relax to, it warms you body and soul.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2006 23:07:41 | More by squish059
Photo of SaCkErZ9


2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

No freshness date. Poured into a pint glass. One finger head forms but leaves with rapidity eqauled only by Diet Coke. Extremely dark purple color. Not quite opaque.

Slight hint of burnt malts.

Tastes pretty bland. Like a macro lager and cheap porter mixed together. One or the other would be better than this beer. Notes of chocolate and coffe, but minimal at best.

Regular mouthfeel. Nothing stands out about this, good or bad.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2006 20:23:36 | More by SaCkErZ9
Photo of manofmanners


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

I like other stuff form the Yuenglibg brewery, so i was like why not. It has a almost milk chocolate color, like chocolate milk but not as thick. For a beer like this it smells really good, so good that they should make a scented candle from it. But for a pre-made black and tan in a bottle the taste was well for lack of a better, could use some improvement. But you can feel it bouncing on your tongue and doesn't taste overly bitter. The only bad thing is it is very filling, so if your in a mood to nurse a beer back, this is the one. other than that Enjoy!

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2006 15:00:11 | More by manofmanners
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,770 ratings.