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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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2,063 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,063
Reviews: 654
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 26
Gots: 225 | FT: 0
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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
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 khiasmus
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

"A workin' man's beer, ya know."
"Oh no, I don't like dark beer."
"Dark as in flavor? you know, just because the color is dark, doesn't mean it's what you think of as a 'dark beer.'"
"Well, what's it like?"
"Well, the color is dark, I'll give you that. Almost black, some ruby highlights... Pretty head on top though, but it doesn't last long."
"But what does it taste like?"
"Hold on, I gotta tell you what it smells like first. 87% of taste is smell, you know."
"Yeah, and 96.4% of statistics are made up on the spot."
"Touche, but it's a big factor. So When you smell it, you don't smell much. I'ts really not a whole lot different than regular Yuengling, but a bit roastier... a faint chocolate note, I guess, but not like an RIS... it's barely there."
"So why is that important? Doesn't sound like it'd be bad when you put it like that, but I dunno. It's probably all bitter, like a Guinness, isn't it!"
"No no. It's got a hint of grain bitterness, sure, but it comes off more like a dash of coffee. There's a good bit of sweetness in there, too."
"See, I don't like sweet beers or bitter beers. I like beers I can ignore while I shotgun them."
"That's my whole point. Beer isn't just for getting drunk. It's for enjoyment. Take this one for example. It's a good bit more flavorful than that swill, but it's still pretty thin. Carbonation is almost soda-like, and the finish is smooth and light."
"Oh, but it will fill me up. I told you, I don't like dark beers."
"Just give it a try. Trust me, you can drink this stuff all night."
"Fine, but only to shut you up..."

"Hey! That's not bad! I do taste that 'coffee note' you mentioned!"
"See, I told you." (aside) "Two more rounds, please. Yes, we'll be here all night."

Photo of LibertyAvenue
4.1/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a terrific beer product. It is full of character but not too heavy to hang out with. It is the best of two worlds and is seriously drinkable. And for the money it is A+++.
Truly, what beer has this well rounded flavor and value and comes in pounders?
BnT reminds me of bonfires and halloween parades and parties in the sticks. It is a good-timing beer with an unassuming heartiness and opaque splendor.

Photo of APNumber3
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown into pint glass. When held to light, beer resembles a cola with ruby red tinges around the outside. Cappuccinno foam head dissipates well before beer is halfway done. Aroma offers faint whiffs of sweet malt. Taste is ok. Hints of bittersweet chocolate followed by some weak dark malt sweetness. Aftertaste is somewhat sour and fades quickly. Very watered down mouthfeel.

This is definitely not the best beer I have ever had. But for the money, it's ok. If you are hurting for cash and still want to avoid any BMC's, Yuengling Black and Tan will do the job.

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

I've gone on a couple of group ski trips to western New York this year to a great little place right by Holiday Valley called Holimont. On the way back the bus makes a stop at a store to pick up provisions for the short (3 hour) ride home. The other skiers are all gaga over Yuengling, something rarely if ever sold in NE Ohio.

I had a lager once at the lodge and it definitely was nothing to write home about. Since there wasn't any good beer at the store, I bought a six of Bud Ale. I was sharing those and somebody must of swapped a Yuengling Balck and Tan for one of my Bud Ales, so I got one.

OK, it's not bad. I haven't had many Black and Tans lately. It's pretty good. It has a little bit of a nasty aftertaste, but I would get it again if there wasn't anything better. Not a glowing endorsement, but an honest one.

Photo of erikm25
2.98/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: It's a dark brown that is bordering on black. Head was minimal but still a nice little build up after a fairly aggressive pour. Retention and lacing a little less than moderate.

S: Dark malts with a chocolate and caramel like sweetness. Rounded out with some cereal grain and breaded qualities. Little hints of roasted malts towards the back. Nothing overly spectacular here.

T: This has charred and toasted sweetness. Chocolate and coffee seemed to me to be the most dominant tastes. However, with a more burnt aspect and not as full as what I would have liked. A little hint of dark fruits and maybe even hops towards the end. Reminded me a bit of a carbonated beverage and a porter combined.

M: Thin body with some crisp carbonation.

D: I had a number of these with some co-workers while I was out of town. It was cheap and clearly more superior than other choices we had. I had no idea what this style was until I read about it this site (only to find out it is nothing traditional). For what it is and for the price I have to say I had a pretty nice time drinking it. However, I plan on leaving it in the past.

Photo of gonzo46and2
1.74/5  rDev -46%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a deep dark color with a small head that fully diminshed.

Smell was syrupy sweetness and dark malt tones.

Taste was too sweet and syrupy. Didn't taste natural. Really don't like this beer.

Mouthfeel is too thick and sweet.

Not a fan of this one.

Photo of barleyman
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the brown glass 12 oz bottle into my straight sided tumbler. Abundant, long lasting lace goes down the glass and the ruby brown color is darker than most black and tans. Malty bread smell is apparent. The taste is fairly well balanced, with a lack of hop to round out the aftertaste. Mouthfeel is fairly good and the drinkability is pretty good for the style.

Just a thought,


Photo of Amalak
3.16/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Black beer with a decent tan head. This is a very smooth beer with a decent nut taste to it. While it is a dark beer, it isn't heavy at all. In fact, it's quite easy to pop these down one right after the other. It's cheap and has some quality to it. Not too bad at all.

Photo of Lepley
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours brownish-black, coffee-like. One finger of tan head with little retention and lacing.
S: Not much here, malty, bready, coffee.
T: Sweet, malty, like roastiness, coffee, a hint of bitterness.
M: Eh, watery.
D: Can't complain, this isn't amazing. If you're looking for a dark Yuengling product Porter is a better choice.

Photo of JHood
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle poured into a pint glass..

Nice dark pour with thin off white head, disappears quickly, leaves little lacing on the glass.

Strong taste with a hint of coffee that isn't overbearing, finishes light and leaves a nice after taste...not much else i can say but me and my friends are enjoying it.

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

Appearance: Pours nearly black (slightly translucent) with only a little carbonation. Little to no cling.
Smell: Light roasted notes; some caramel- not very assertive in aroma.
Taste: Mild bitterness upon first taste. Roasted elements are not so strong- caramel is more dominant; a malty sweetness is experienced towards the middle and end of the tasting.
Mouthfeel: A little light, but smooth. Finish is on the dry side.
Drinkability: Fairly drinkable.

Overall, this black and tan seems a little light for the style. Not a bad drink- not spectacular.

Photo of animal69
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

on sale for $4.99/ sixer, pours a clear dark reddish brown w/ a thin light tan head which dissipates immediately leaving little lacing in my nonic ; not much of a smell, cereal grains and hints of alcohol, faint notes of darker malts as it warms ; taste follows suit, rather weak with a faint hop bite, some roasty undertone too weak to describe, more of an adjuncty vinous alcohol flavor than anything else, i do detect some vague dark fruit notes towards the end ; a slightly dry, light body with a good bit of carbonation ; quite drinkable, not a bad brew, just not a good one either, prob. the best you can get for $5 a six pack...

Photo of Jablonski
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A: initially appears to be an opaque dark brown color, but it is a clear ruby when held to light; there is a small head and no lacing

S: quite a weak smell; i can pick up light hints of malts and alcohol

T: nothing special here either; it's pretty much roasted malts and nothing else

M&D: carbonation is decent, but the beer is too watery; it's a very drinkable beer

Photo of taylor714914
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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?

Photo of scifan
2.79/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

Photo of ShaneBertou
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
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.

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.

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.

Photo of Nibbley
2.93/5  rDev -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.

Photo of yesyouam
2.7/5  rDev -16.1%
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)

Photo of mrbosworth
3.67/5  rDev +14%
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.

Photo of colts9016
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
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.

Photo of Haybeerman
3.01/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Photo of NDZonie
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 2,063 ratings.