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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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2,011 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,011
Reviews: 633
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 172 | 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 Rhettbuck
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

First off, let me say that I do not particularly enjoy the selection of beers that comes from the Yuengling Brewery. That being said this beer was my least hated of the group.

Appearance - dark like a stout with a tinge of gold where light does pass through, has a dark almost carmel head to the beer

Smell - smells like most dark beers, has a slight smell of vanilla

Taste - this is the part that always does me in, I always expect the beer to be a little sweet from the smell, but really its kinda bitter, and not in a normal stout way. Rather its more of a zinc or metal bitter to the beer. Not sure why since I was drinking this out of a bottle. My only thought would be that since its a black and tan, then it must be the combination that gives it that taste

Mouthfeel - this is one aspect that I like about this beer, the beer has a light feeling when your drinking it, most stout beers are very heavy on the palate and tend to almost weigh the drinker down. Not this beer. Though there is an aftertaste that lingers for quite awhile

Drinkability - well considering that I do not especially enjoy this beer, I would say not very drinkable, however like I mentioned above the beer is light on the mouth and the stomach, so if you like the taste then I would say very drinkable.

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

Poured a stout like black color with a decent tan head

Not much to speak of in the nose. A slight roasted malt and smoky aroma.

Not a bad flavor. Tastes like burnt raisins and toffee.

Mouthfeel was light and creamy that finshes pretty smooth. Quite drinkable.

Photo of carlspeed
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Meh. That's what I have to say. It's an exact cross between the Traditional Lager and the Porter. It's difficult to say which one I like more, because I, like most of you probably, like different beers for different occasions. I mean, the Yuengling Black & Tan isn't bad, it's just not good at either. It doesn't taste like a real black and tan (obviously), yet it's not light like the lager, or thick and creamish like the porter. I would rather do one or the other. I probably won't keep this in the fridge unless it's the only Yuengling available at the store.

Photo of beertunes
4.2/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Another sentimental favorite, thanks to Jpwv in our recent trade. Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a very dark brown, bordering on translucent black. with less than a half-inch of tan head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing.

A slightly sweet caramel scent blends nicely with some roasty and toasty aromas. The flavors follow along loyally, in addition to the roasted flavors there's a bit of a hop sharpness at the back of the tongue.

The body is good, full without being heavy and very smooth. Drinkability is top-notch, as demostrated by the number of these I drank while sitting on "Beer Hill", the third turn grandstands at Williams Grove Speedway. Watching DeWease, Rahmer, Kreitz and the rest of the PA Posse tear around the track, many of beauties went down the throat.

Overall, a fine beer, within it's limitations. For years I was of the opinion that this was the best canned beer available. Now with more micros being available in cans, that is no longer true, but this is still a fine beer. You should try it.

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

The beer itself looks pretty sexy, though the head isn't as dark as I would have expected. Smells a bit too familiar, almost like a traditional Yuengling. Tasted like a Yuengling as well, just...darker. I've been recommended this beer by many people, however it's just too close to a regular Yuengling to me.

Photo of Arenbeer
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to my buddy Timmy K at the TPC for this brew!

12oz bottle into a pint glass

A- Pours a real dark reddish brown, not black with a 2 finger lighter tan head and leaves decent lacing down the side as it goes down.

S- They must have used a weaker porter for this one because whatever lighter beer they used is overpowing. Getting more of a pale corny malt notes with a slight roasted old coffee smell that's not to great.

T- Very creamy malts up front with a grainy flavor that follows that's most likely the "premium beer' and a bittersweet more porter like flavor to finish.

M- Has a more full body to it with moderate carbonation and a not so bitter or dry finish. It's pretty well balanced.

Overall it's a decent B&T but I would have prefered they used a stronger or more powerful porter because this beer is like drinking a black regular yuengling lager.


Photo of alexgash
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle.

Dark amber maple syrup body. Tall, three fingers of creamy, cobwebby, dirty khaki head. Very good lacing. Impressive looking beer. Light roasted barley on the nose with a touch of milk chocolate, a whiff of cardboard, nutty malts, and a bit of caramel.

Taste starts off with some mild grain astringency. Light roasted malts follow with some semi-sweet chocolate. Nutty, with some caramel toward the finish. Faint roasted bitterness in the finish. Not much hop presence, other than some vague lingering bitterness. Moderate body with a slightly creamy feel. Not bad.

Photo of Durge
3.73/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This bottled brew shows a very dark black mohogany color with a goodly amount of oatmeal colored head with very prevalent lacing. The aroma is charcoal and leafy hop with sweet malt. The flavor suggests maple malt sweetness and dry charcoal woodsy hop. Approximately a mid to mid-light body for the style, taastefully carbonated and pretty refreshing. It has a bit of a resinous feel. All around a very passable combo brew mixing porter and lager, quite drinkable. It's a bit of a macro but has enough redeeming qualities to be passable for an evening of having a few brewskis.

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

Only ever had this in a can. In fact, the first time I had this in a can, I had a religious experience. In a tall boy in a dive bar under the L in Kensington (Philadelphia) - a bar called the EL BAR. Finally, located it in a 12pk o can - and I'm livin' it.

I take it at face value - a black and tan, in a can, from a brewery whose lager is legendary where I live (but, in my o-pin-ion, the lager is bleck-retch-heave - if you're a sadist, chug a warm pitcher) - Yuengling's porter I've always dug, even straight out of the bottle. This black and tan is a blend of their porter and some other lighter ale, I suppose. Anyway, as far as black-and-tans-in-a-can go, it's purdy darn good. You mostly taste a thin version of their porter but a couple and yer set. Great chillin' brew.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

A good enough looking black and tan, sans the thin aspect. Marginal aroma, not a big b&t feel to it.

Taste, decently agreeable, warms on you. Just isn't satisfying enough, tastes like they stretched the bottom line and watered it down from what would be a very good beer. Decently priced.

Photo of jwhawkins81
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Aroma - Not too pleasant. This beer doesn't have the nose of either of i's constituent parts, neither roasty or lagery (like aromatic hops).

Appearance - Still pretty dark with a big light tan head that is not quick to dissipate.

Taste - Weird half and half taste that isn't too bad. Not like anything I've had before which is probably a complement. Pretty much what you would expect from a black & tan from a bottle.

Notes - Good mouthfeel, but neither great nor bad.

Photo of bsp77
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving glass: Poured from bottle into tall glass that is somewhat like an Imperial Pint.

Appearance: Very dark reddish-brown with minimal head and no lacing.

Smell: Light roasted malts, caramel, metallic and spicy hops.

Taste: Same as aroma - light roasted malts, caramel, and cherry, with a metallic and spicy finish.

Feel: Moderate carbonation, relatively light body, off-dry finish.

Drinkability: Easy to drink but relatively uninteresting. Real Black & Tans are fun to drink due to the transition; just blending the two ruins the experience. Overall, drinks like a light Brown Ale.

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

Poured into a mug...

Pours a near black brew with the faintest amber hue around the edges. Chunky head that has some nice residual lacing.

Smells of roasted malt and a hint of dark chocolate.

Tastes predominantly of roasted caramel malt and a hint of chocolate. There is a mild bitterness towards the end.

Medium light in terms of mouthfeel. Smooth and mellow.

This is a classic brew from Yuengling - and one that my wife and I drank so much back in the day that a pitcher would appear at our local bar without having to ask...think Cheers and Norm...

Photo of magine
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Brew poured into an oversized pint glass.

Pours a dark brown near, black color. Has a tan head, starts off stong then fades to a lace island. Some decent lace.

Brew smells of sweet coffee; bready, nutty malts and hops. Nothing stands out though.

Brew is thin and a bit to carbonated, burnt malts, a slight hop, mild coffee flavor. The taste is very easy going and drinking. This brew would appeal to the masses. Has a similer taste to their Lager.

This would be a nice party pleaser to satisfy casual drinkers looking to try a dark brew. Tastes pretty good, goes down very easy and would not offend. At this price $17 a case (hate PA beer law)you cant go wrong.

Photo of chetripley
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Interesting beer to review. A black and tan usually gives strong presence of the individual beers that make it up and I can't detect these. On the other hand, I think it gets the point across-it is a stouty porter but light and watery.

Appearance a dark opaque brew, with a creamy thick head that hangs around a while.
Strong barley smell with a little funkiness.
Tastes like a porter, nutty, coffee and slightly bitter, but very liquidy in its mouthfeel.

I think it may be groundbreaking, because it is the best B&T than I have tasted that I haven't mixed myself. But there are too much unfamiliarity that I usually enjoy in my beer drinking.

Photo of aeminter
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Deep ruby or garnet almost black with a nice tan head that dissipates quickly...no lacing

S - Initially it smell Pilsner like then metallic. As it warms up the smell becomes more similar to a stout.

T/M - excessive carbonation, at first there is a hint of chocolate, but it later tastes charred...

Photo of brownbeer
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours reddish-brown with a thin, light brown head.

Cocoa and semi-dirty roasted grains with a sandy smell.

The taste kind of falls apart where the aroma wasn't bad. It's slightly metallic with more dirty roasted malts, a hint of sweet caramel in the middle, before a medium finish that leaves a little chocolate and not a lot to look forward to in the next sip. At least it's priced accordingly?

Photo of thecarster1
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, nearly two fingers worth of creamy tan head that takes it's time fading to a light covering of lace with some running down the glass, deep dark brown coloring with highlights of deep red when held up to the light.

s- interesting nose, crisp lager meets lightly roasted porter, it's very straight forward, there is a slightly metallic overtone with a bit of lager skunk.

t- lager and porter fight for prominence, each takes it's time shining forward. the crisp, dryness of the lager starts and finishes with highlights of lightly roasted porter take turns shining.

m- light bodied, maybe slightly watery, no real creaminess to it.

d- gotta say that this is my first black and tan, i didn't go in with any expectations but was suprised at what i found. it does go down easy, and is enjoyable. this is a very reasonable beer and i'm enjoying it for what it is, i will have no problem polishing off the six-pack.

Photo of kshankar
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours black with a tannish foam

Smells roasty, malty, but is otherwise mild

Tastes like a weakened porter..some chocolate and coffee, some roastyness, all muted, with a slightly sweet taste that probably comes from the lager they used in this. There is a metallic taste that I'm not too fond of that lingers. Probably from the lager as well...

Mouthfeel is thin, not much body. Drinkability is fine, as its basically a light porter.

Photo of vette2006c5r
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Black and Tan poored a black color, with a decent head, similar to any stout. There wasnt much in the way of smell. It taste rather light, but not too light, kinda of like a lighter stout. There was no aftertaste and it was very easy to drink. Overall it was one of the better Yuenglings, and it was cheap, so not a bad choice for a budget.

Photo of chicagoish
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thin,tan head that disappears quickly. Dark coffee color.

S: Not much smell. Does have a slightly coppery smell.

T: Creamy and coffee.

M: Smooth and medium thickness.

D: Goes down easy. Smooth. You can drink several of these over the course of an evening.

Serving type: bottle

Photo of PSUBeerman
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

bottle served in goblet

Dark appearance with off white head. The head was surprisingly creamy and thick. I found this not to be the case in the past especially in cans.

Not much in the line of aroma. Some caramel and malty notes noticeable.

Flavor not overpowering. Slight bitterness with a mild sweetness. Some roasted flavor stands out/

Smooth to drink, decent carbonation. Not a thick brew by any means.

Photo of Stunner97
4.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Appearance- dark black with a bit of carbonation and a moderate tan head,

Smell- slightly roasted malts and slight hop smell not a very overpowering smell at all

Taste- I really like the taste of this beer, its a mix of slight roasted malts and chocolate and espresso tones mixed with crispness and slight hop bitterness of a lager, its a great combination and each sip is very enjoyable, a unique combo

Mouthfeel- light crisp and refreshing with good carbonation, just very smooth drinking

Drinkablitly- I find this drink from the can to be just so incredible in drinkability, its so refreshing and so enjoyable, its something I often now seek out for a unique and refreshing beer, and it has to be stated that it such a value!!!, its 8.99 for a 12 pack and its really a nice beer for the price even though its cheaper than most other macros, a beer i will always have a round to me a classic

Photo of Metalmonk
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Good color, dark brown with ruby red hues...head is small and light tan. As usual, a black & tan in a bottle seems kind of pointless, but it looks fine enough...like your standard porter, basically.

Ho-hum sort of aroma. A little nutty, a bit toasty, faint suggestions of dark fruit (plum, grape, raisin). Okay, if a little dull.

Some mild char in the flavor, and burnt chocolate, both nice, although there's a mineral bite here that's totally annoying, like sucking on loose change. Flash of limp over-boiled veggies, likely the fault of the "premium beer" used in the mix (ie. "substandard lager").

Carbonation is too strong, nearly soda-like, with a plastic-y feel that coats the mouth. Lightly sticky. Not an appealing texture.

Bah. What possessed me to buy this, I'm not sure. Will never buy again, and will probably cook with the rest...or give away...or toss.

Photo of jameswaldo
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This beer is hardly worth pouring into a pint glass, but a high pour will at least get it a bit less fizzy. Head lasts about twenty seconds before it shrinks to nothing. No lace. Color is dark brown, around 33 SRM. Smells like funky sweatsock yeast. Tastes much better than it smells: a good dark roast with palatable yeast, no hops, no ethanol. Mouthfeel thin and fizzy. If you don't want to bother washing that pint glass, save yourself a dishwashing chore and just swirl it in the bottle as you drink. This beer is so affordable, it's worth having for when you're just thirsty. Tastes better than our tapwater, which from Cayuga Lake, is pretty good, too.

Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 2,011 ratings.