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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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1,900 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,900
Reviews: 623
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 132 | 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 taylor714914
2.83/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- A dark brown, almost black brew. Pours with a small head that quickly fades to nothing. No lacing whatsoever.

S- Toasted notes along with faint chocolate and light smoke come through in the smell.

T- Lighter tastes than expected. No bold flavor really stands out. Hints of coffee, wood, chocolate, and a bit of bitterness.

M- WAY to thin, no carbonation, not very smooth either.

D- One is plenty. After finishing one, there was really no desire to return for another.

A poor example of a black and tan...but then again, what can you expect out of a can?

taylor714914, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of scifan
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a small head leaving minimal lacing along the glass. Not getting much on the nose except for some burnt malty odors and a very faint whiff of hops. Taste is much of the same, some dark malty flavors and a very small amount of hops. Very thin and watery must be something like I used to drink in college. Well maybe slightly better than stuff I drank in college at least this came in a bottle.

scifan, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of ShaneBertou
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The thick foamy head it had at pouring disappeared almost immediately. No residual head and no lacing.

I had to breathe deep to smell anything at all. No malt or hops present at first sniff.

Taste was sort of bland. Some roasted malts present, but nothing noteworthy.

All in all a bit disappointing. I really enjoy Yuengling's Porter, so I had high hopes for their Black & Tan going in.

If it's the best of what's around, it'll do. But I don't see myself buying this beer again.

ShaneBertou, Jan 15, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark brown, sort of black color. A decent 2 finger foam head that quickly dissipates. No lacing.

S: Smell? A little amount of dark roasted malts, smoke and maybe some coffee.

T: Tasted a little better than it smelled. Some roasted malt, chocolate and coffee, but nothing really stands out.

M: Definitely thin and watery.

D: Well, not the best beer I have ever had, but not the worst. With the selection we had on x-mas day, I drank it and was happy with it.

IronCitySteve, Dec 29, 2008
Photo of Biscuit033
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Dark brownish-red with a two finger cream color head that recedes quickly and leaves little lacing.

S: Sweet malt and corn, some roastiness, vanilla, and rich cream.

T: Sweet and roasted malts with a touch of creamed corn flavor.

M: Thin and dry with ample carbination.

D: While not outstanding or even great this is a nice easy drinker. This may be a goto beer when I am low on cash.

Biscuit033, Dec 25, 2008
Photo of grayburn
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass from bottle.

Let me start by saying that as funds run low this beer tastes a little bit better. It is definitely superior to the offerings from the big three and can be had on the cheap.

A- Pours dark into the glass with a soda-style head. Head disolves quickly and has about as much lacing as my grandpas velcro shoes.

S- Burnt caramel and little else.

T- Over carbonated, that is the biggest problem, followed closely by its lack of hop character.

M- Not much of a mouthfeel, there isn't enough malt character in this beer to really linger on the toungue.

D- This is where this beer shines, it is easy and relatively cheap to consume. Definitely nothing special, but it is nice to see a darker style beer that is offered at the same price as most of the big boys lovely lagers.

grayburn, Dec 22, 2008
Photo of Nibbley
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a medium/dark brown with lots'o fizzy, soda like carbonation.
Aroma is dark and well done white toast,with a tiny fruity aroma.
I always keep a cold twelve pack around to break in my Coors Light drinking friend. Special, because it beats the hell out of the rest of the mass produced domestic beers.

Nibbley, Dec 21, 2008
Photo of yesyouam
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is black with red highlights and the head off-white. The aroma is slightly sweet and of roast malt and cereal. It is medium-light on the tongue with a lot of big-bubbled carbonation. The flavor is a bit hollow but roasty.
(rated Feb 26, 2007)

yesyouam, Dec 20, 2008
Photo of mrbosworth
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Served from a 16oz. tallboy.

This is a great go-to cheap, everyday beer. It's nothing special, but nothing to be scoffed at. On Sunday's when the boys are swilling High Life, I love to pick up a big can and get busy. A great session beer. Creamy, smooth caramel taste, mostly malt, but a hint of hops in the background. Deep amber color, with a head that doesn't stick around for long, but I suppose I'm not looking for that celebratory special beer character in a Yuengling. Gotta love the underdog.

mrbosworth, Dec 16, 2008
Photo of colts9016
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Very dark brown color with a thin tan line for a head.
Nose: Caramelized malt, hops, yeast, and a hint of nuttiness.
The taste is a very full body slightly hoppy with caramelized notes and hints of barley.
Overall: Decent beer and very easy to knock back a few.

colts9016, Dec 12, 2008
Photo of Haybeerman
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown with glowing maples syrup color in the light. Poured thin 1 finger light tan head, slightly fizzy head with decent retention. Light and inconsistent lacing.

S: Lightly roasted malts with wet grains in the background.

T: Lightly roasted malts with a sweet sugary cola taste. Lightly biter hops bring a bit of balance.

M: Body is the light side of medium. Ample carbonation.

D: Easy to drink for sure. Just not real special.

Haybeerman, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of NDZonie
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling Black & Tan
bottle into a large wine glass, 9/20/08
150 cals p12oz, ABV=4.7
A 4.0
deep dark brown, almost black & opaque, very large frothy foamy head, mediocre lacing
S 4.0
Malt backbone with pronounced toasty chocolate notes
T 4.0
Chocolate & roasted malts
MF 2.5
mouthfeel is a bit strange on the palate, heavy carbonation, and somewhat watery for a Black and Tan style
D 4.0
I am not a huge black and tan fan, but I do like this one for a ready to go version in the bottle. It's good on a cold night or for fall/winter vibes.

NDZonie, Dec 05, 2008
Photo of Stro23m
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite product by yuengling.

Kinda roasty and light at the same time.

this is a mix of their lager and porter and i think they did a pretty decent job with this one.

It does have a hint of 'somthing" that i cant quite put my finger on.

for the price and taste of these beers anyone would be crazy not to get this over bud,miller,or coors

Stro23m, Dec 02, 2008
Photo of Hojaminbag
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A brown body with lots of ruby highlights running throughout, especially around the edges. About a finger of tan head that leaves some nice lacing behind.

Just a little bit of roasted aroma, not too strong on the nose.

Taste of the Macro and the porter come through here. Some roasted malt mixed with a little bit of corny sweetness.

A very thin mouthfeel, not much going on.

Ok drinkability, nothing terrible or great about this one. Yuengling always brings back good memories though.

Hojaminbag, Nov 24, 2008
Photo of zach8270
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

(bottle - 12 oz) Has a faint hint of coffee and chocolate. Pours a rich creamy dark black with a thick head. Reminds me a little of Guinness being poured except not as dark. Has a reddish tint to it when you look at it in light. Has an initial sweet/coffee taste with a slight coffee aftertaste. Goes down smooth. Very easy to drink. I was very impressed with this. It was much better than I expected it to be. If you're drinking it from the bottle (and you leave the bottle standing upright for a few days) you can actually taste where the division between the porter and the lager is. Very good to drink. Made me a fan of dark porters again.

zach8270, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. single for $0.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a clear, dark brown body with a foamy, light beige head. Bits of lacing on the way down.

Smell: Very dialed down scent smelling of roast and unsweetened chocolate with a noticeable grainy note present.

Taste: Roasty, grainy malt character with touches of chocolate, stale caramel squares, and coffee. Light sweetness. Very minor dark fruitiness. Light hop bitterness. A bit of roast and cocoa (but only a bit, mind you) on the fleeting finish. Slight metallic twang perks up in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Medium-thin body. Medium carbonation. Comes across as a bit watery.

Drinkability: Lacking and thin as a black & tan or porter or even just a beer. In all honesty, I would rather just reach for their Traditional Lager.

ChainGangGuy, Nov 20, 2008
Photo of irishman06
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can to a pint glass.

There wasn't much of a head to speak of. Dark brown in color.

The flavor was very burnt, almost like old coffee. Harsh on the palate with an unpleasant aftertaste. Looks and feels a little like Diet Coke. A pretty average brew.

irishman06, Nov 14, 2008
Photo of Offa
3.65/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is simple and hardly great but pleasant, tasty, and very drinkable.

Extremely dark red-brown, almost black, it has a small-medium tan head steadily shrinking to a lasting thick foamy ring and heavy wisps. It leaves a little hint of weak lace.

The aroma is like a lighter porter with light caramelly roastiness, a little prune, and some smokey leaves.

The taste is similar, a light roastiness with hints of singed leaves, prunes. It almost has a light, unpleasant funky burnt quality that porters and stouts sometimes have to me, but stops just short of going down that road. It's fairly sweet all the way through, but has a light leafy spiciness, esp. near the finish, and is a little more dry in the finish. It has a light sour fruit element throughout. It's pretty clean, simple and light but tasty. It has a medium body and is fairly zesty in feel, but lacks complexity. It has a light burnt sugar quality throughout.

It is a nice blend between a porter style and a lighter beer, successfully making a lighter, drinkable beer with porter qualities.

Offa, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of jadpsu
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This can be a major part of football tailgaiting at Beaver Stadium for Nittany Lion football games.
Great pour of dark brown with a robust if not copious head that left some even side lacing.
Smell is of roasted malts with just a hint of toffee.

Taste is weaker than expected, thin with little noticable carbination.
Most black and tan and Porters are more of a sipping beer that is consummed slower, this goes down alot quicker - more like a macro lager.
Still a soft place in my heart for a Pa. brew.

jadpsu, Nov 06, 2008
Photo of adamette
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes. Served in a bottle at Chovy's Restaurant in Meadville, PA. Little did I know that about 20 minutes prior to that I had eaten something which gave me food poisoning. I digress. Served in a suitable dark brown bottle with a clean, clear frosted glass.

A Creamy, one inch head supported by a dark brown translucent head. "Black and Tan" do not separate into two levels.

S Not much smell. Some hops. Maybe hint of the porter within it.

T Malt, porter. Some hops in background. Suitable taste given the name/my expectations.

M Full, malty. Some lingering flim of taste remains but that dissapears after about 30 seconds.

D Not great. This is a heavy beer and I cannot see drinking more than 2 of these. I had one.

Notes: I used to live in Hershey, PA (1998) and I bought this a few times. I recall enjoying it then. Of course it tastes the same 10 years later but I am not as enthusiastic about it now than I recall being then.

adamette, Oct 21, 2008
Photo of unclejimbay
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling Black & Tan
bottle into a large wine glass, 9/20/08
150 cals p12oz, ABV=4.7
A 4.0
deep dark brown, almost black & opaque, very large frothy foamy head, mediocre lacing
S 4.0
Malt backbone with pronounced toasty chocolate notes
T 4.0
Chocolate & roasted malts
MF 2.5
mouthfeel is a bit strange on the palate, heavy carbonation, and somewhat watery for a B&T style
D 4.0
I am not a huge black and tan fan, but I do like this one for a ready to go version in the bottle. It's good on a cold night or for fall/winter vibes.

unclejimbay, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of johnrobe
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This brew pours a nearly black, reddish brown. The smell is malty with a strong molasses accent and noticeable fruity esters.
The taste is slightly malty with toffee-like sweetness, chocolate, a touch of grain and it curiously finishes with what tastes like roasted barley bitterness. It's like having a light stout. It'd be good for those summer days when you want a light, dark beer but can't find a schwarzbier.

johnrobe, Oct 06, 2008
Photo of Clydesdale
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark brown, with a fairly weak head.

S: Some malts, hints of smoke and perhaps faint coffee. Pleasant, but on the subdued side.

T: I was really disappointed with the flavor. It was, in a word, watery. There would be the occasional hint of roasted malt and/or toffee, but water and weak, astringent grain were at the fore.

M: The mouthfeel, on the other hand, was quite good. Crisp and light, with medium carbonation, it struck a nice balance and was slightly creamy.

D: It's certainly very sessionable, with a low ABV and a really nice mouthfeel, but the flavor is just so weak that it's difficult for me to really recommend it.

Clydesdale, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of MMAJYK
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,900 ratings.