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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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2,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 26
Gots: 221 | FT: 0
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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 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.

Photo of Sudsy89
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. bottle, chilled.

Pours a dark brownish-red, two-finger tan head. Head dissipates, leaving slight lacing. Aroma is modest, mostly similar to the Porter with faint roasted malts. Mouthfeel is medium-thin, carbonation is medium as well. Drinkability is pretty high since I don't find it especially filling or strong. I think that the "Black and Tan" style is better made with more flavorful beers and not premixed like this. Another average beer from Yuengling, this one would be a good alternative to a BMC lager for me, but I won't likely buy it often.

Photo of Jayli
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had at Primanti Bros in Moon Township 11/9
Served in a pint glass

A: This beer pours a near opaque, black color. Minor hints of reddish/deep brown edges when held to the light. One finger of khaki, creamy head sits on top that recedes quickly leaving minor wisps of sticky lacing on the glass.

S: Nose is rather muted. Hints of roasted malts, dark chocolate, and a breadiness.

T: Taste starts with a nice nuttiness and minor roasted notes. Middle has tastes of adjuncts and full breadiness. Finish is charred malt notes and bitter baker's chocolate.

M: Lighter side of medium body, highly carbonation, a bit thin feeling on the tongue and a touch of over carbonation.

D: Goes down rather easily, mild kick, ok representation of style. This isn't a beer to sit down and really aprreciate but to just kick back and watch the game, I could sit with a few of these.

Photo of beerdown77
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I really like Yuengling B&T for the price point. I do taste an English style ale when I drink it, and the stout also seems solid. I order this beer when the "Big Three" are otherwise available, and I want to subject myself to more flavor and ridicule. In other words, this beer is sometimes available when more obscure craft brews may not be, so it is nice to have it as an option.

Photo of YuenglingMan1987
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- Appearance lives up to the name, very dark and a tan head, pretty good head on it.

Smell- Malty smell with hint of caramel

Taste- Pretty good taste, have had better black and tan beers for sure but definetly not bad, feel as if it could go w/out a little less carbonation

Mouthfeel- At the first sip I wasn't impressed, but as I went on I found that the after taste is quite pleasant.

Drinkability- A little above average as far as drinkability goes, still think the carbonation takes out the great taste of a black and tan beer

Overall- Pretty good beer, not my favorite black and tan but isn't too damn shabby for a $5.99 six pack at your local grocery store. Cheers.

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

16oz can poured into pint glass.
Color is a cola like, dark brown with ruby highlights. Medium, khaki colored head with a soft pour. Not alot of lacing. The nose isn't overly impressive. The pale lager smell comes through the most, followed by a little chocolate malt and roasted barley. Palate is more porter than pale lager. The chocolate and caramel malts is showcased in the front and finishes clean and mild like a lager. Body is fluid and crisp. Decent, drinkable blend at a good price.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.51/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really like the flagship from this brewery, now time to try a rare style from them. Beer pours a very dark red color. Not much head to it. Faint aroma. Taste is medium bodied, kind of a subdued flavor to it and nothing really 'stands out'. Very smooth and drinkable none the less, but just a bit bland to me. Definitely a beer that's smooth and easy to finish, but I feel it could use a better hop kick to it or at least some more maltiness flavorwise, kind of stuck in the middle. Meh,

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

12oz poured into a Surlyfest Stein.

Appearance: Very dark, slight reddish hue. Creamy beige head, slow to dissipate.

Aroma: Very clean, slightly metallic smell.

Taste: More of the 'clean.' Slightly metallic. Malty up front, slight touch of hops on the finish. Odd bitter bit at the end.

Mouthfeel: Thin, actually a little less fizzy than I'd expect for the thinness.

Overall: Okay beer. I wouldn't turn it down, but I wouldn't seek it out either.

Photo of kagent777
2.96/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle brought into the desert by Ken, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance:A decent crystal clear ruby/brown beer with thin off white head that settled into ring fairly quickly.

Smell: First smell reminded me of red wine? Then average porter-type smells, roasted malts and such. After it warmed a bit, I noticed an odd metallic sort of smell. No hops smell at all.

Taste: Reminds me of a porter, naturally. This is pretty much straight roasted malts, and maybe a little cocoa. Pleasant but simple.

Mouthfeel: Nothing out of the ordinary. Maybe a little thin. Carbonation is OK.

Drinkability: I would drink it if given or no other more interesting choices were available. Not really one I would go searching for. Not bad, but not good enough to choose when others are available.

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

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass

A: Light brown head that quickly dissipates; dark brown, rich ruby red when held up to the light

S: Not much, a little maltiness and little chocolate, not bad, just rather uninteresting

T: Malt, a little bit of hops and some of the bitter chocolate in the aftertaste which is rather unsatisfying; a bit watery; as I continue drinking the aftertaste becomes more unpleasant.

M: Burst of carbonation which keeps things a little more interesting

D: Yes, but I don't particularly want to drink more of it.

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

Pours a dark brown tone with a one finger tan head that dissiaptes fairly quickly to a thin ring and leaves minimal lacing down the glass. Smell is light, but consists of bittersweet chocolate mostly.

Taste is better than the aroma. Starts with a hit of bittersweet chocolate, then sweetens up a little bit and shows some biscuity malt and then a light burst of lemon hop citrus shows itself as the carbonation becomes more noticeable. Not a bad beer by any means, and a step up from the original yuengling lager. Great for the price ($5.49 a 6er.)

Photo of Cheesemoose
3.39/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a standard pint glass. Dark ruby brown with a solid tan head. 3 fingers of head that recedes slightly and stays throughout. Little to no lacing.

Mild nose aromas, picking up next to nothing. Earthy tones, mild character.

The predominant flavors are coffee and a mild chocolate feel. Overall, nothing overbearing or really discernable. Rather bland. Might hop bight at the end, and an almost fruit like flavor through the finish. Cherries?

This beer has a good mouthfeel, has a good lager full feeling with the crispness of a stout finish. Rather well blended but it losses too much. Good sessionable beer, would go well with spicy bbq.

Photo of Landfill21
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased this beer on our vacation in Destin,FL.

Poured into a pint glass, pours into a dark black color with amber hints on the edges.

Has a subtle smell of pilsner malts

Has a very smooth taste, can taste hints of chocolate. This is the mixture of their porter and the original Yuengling.

Has an medium mouthfeel with a low carbonation.

Has a decent drinkability.

Photo of domtronzero
3.06/5  rDev -5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - very clear dark reddish brown with a big, average lasting tannish head. Little lacing.

S - Moderate sweet pilsner malts, low roast, otherwise very clean.

F/M - Light bodied, low flavored sweet pils. Low roastiness and medium low bitterness. Light acetaldehyde (green apple) flavor, but otherwise clean and dry. Moderately carbonated.

D - Very good. Clean with a light roastiness and dry finish. Pretty refreshing and easy drinking.

Photo of ArrogantB
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12pz bottle, I think it cost a dollar. Dark black color, decent head, looks good. Smells oddly like lager and then some toasty porter notes. The taste was exactly the same but nothing special. This beer actually made me wish I had just the yuengling porter. This wasn't bad but it wasn't great, average overall.

Photo of tjsmith910
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Over all a damn good beer. It has an impressive look and a strong n, not bitter taste. It seems to lack sustainability to temperature though. After 5 minutes or so, it has lost alot of flavor and chill. Better out of the bottle than in a can or on tap. Has some thickness and a pleasant after taste.

Photo of bbeerman
3.91/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A..A nice dark brown on the pour. Very little head and no lace left behind (disappointed), but still looks nice in a glass.

S..Some roasted scents are present, but the smell is not all that strong in my opinion.

T..Love the taste of this brew. The roasted malts are more pronounced on the taste than the smell. I cannot tell if there is any chocolate in the mix, but I tend to think there is.

M..A good medium bodied beer. Very nice for an autumn afternoon or with dinner.

D..Easy to drink in my opinion (though keep them to a minimum if you are playing chess since I just lost a game online while writing this review).

Photo of Bonis
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Dark, almost black with shades of ruby making it into the corners. Nice finger of tan head fades relatively quickly to a thin layer.

S - Smells like your standard lager with a hint of chocolate and roasted malt. Slightly sweet, but not a lively nose overall on this one. Smells almost like a Bud mixed with Guinness.

T - Not much going on here. Pretty much follows the smell. You know you're drinking a lager with a stout or porter mixed in (porter in this case). A little nutty, faint faint chocolate. Nothing too impressive, but nothing offensive either.

M - Clean with moderate carbonation. Feels like a light beer.

D - Pretty easy drink, although I wouldn't personally want more than a couple in a night. I guess this could be a good session beer.

Photo of sdj5
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very dark. Poured from bottle.

Smells like some form of cold coffee.

Tastes like a porter, but just very weak. Almost like I'm drinking carbonated cold coffee. A bit of roasted malts, reminiscent of Guinness.

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and sugary.

I could have a few of these.

Photo of BurpingtonDC
2.81/5  rDev -12.7%
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
2.66/5  rDev -17.4%
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
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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.

Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 2,061 ratings.