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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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1,874 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,874
Reviews: 619
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 22
Gots: 126 | 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 rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%

(Served in an American pint glass)

A- This beer pours deep auburn-brown that is slightly translucent in the light. The head is a thin creamy light tan head.

S-This beer smells of clean light German bitter hop.

T-This beer has a smooth pale malt taste with a very faint hint of roasted grains in the finish. The roasted grains blend with a very gentle hop bitterness in the finish. Clean lager finish.

M- medium light mouthfeel with a slight faint astringency in the finish from the roasted grain.

D- This is my first black and tan and it's not what I expected. It has many of the qualities of a American adjunct lager with a slight roasted malt note in the end. It doesn't have any complexity or any interest that makes me want to drink it as a session beer.

rhoadsrage, Aug 26, 2005
Photo of Higravity
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%

Well I have been drinking this one for years and now it is a something I get only every now and then. Left over from a party I poured this one into a pint glass instead of swilling it fom the bottle as usual.

It looks like a porter with a poor head and little lacing. It smells fairly decent a mix of dark roasted malt and a clean lager leftovers, there is a bit of complexity here. The taste is very clean crisp but there is a background of flavor that is porter like. Overall I like the taste and can't find too much fault except I would like more of it. This is a rather thin beer, but that makes it easy drinking any time of the day.

Higravity, Aug 09, 2005
Photo of ski271
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

Appearance: Very dark brown with a reddish tinge to it. The head is large, tan, foamy and rather quickly diminishing, leaving a little lacing behind.

Smell: Pretty average grain & malt aroma up front, but underneath it’s surprisingly complex. Molasses, cherry, alcohol, oak, black pepper. Fairly sweet smelling. Quite impressive for a cheapo.

Taste: Roasted malts dominate. They’re rather big and meaty at first, but then they back off a little to reveal a much softer side, which is not bad, but after such in introduction it comes off as almost a bland void.

Mouthfeel: Medium-full body, thin texture, soft carbonation.

Drinkability: Now I remember why I drank a lot of this in college. One of the best quality bargain beers. This is a highly drinkable transition beer. I was thinking there was something missing from this beer, but it does taste like what it is, half Yuengling Porter, half Yuengling Premium.

ski271, Aug 08, 2005
Photo of jmc44
3.9/5  rDev +21.1%

Pours a dark brown with red hues. Tan head, 2 finger. Head has significant staying power but does fade. Aroma is light, but roasted malt and chocolate is detectable.

Taste isn't as strong as one would expect. Noticable is the taste of roasted malt, chocolate, faint coffee and nut.

The beer is smooth and pretty easy-drinking; I always enjoy this brew although it is not as good as, say, well, a real black and tan. I wish Yuengling would replace the premium beer (which is just bland, light, macrobrew imitation) with their Lager. I think it'd bump it up a notch.

This is a good beer for the price, and quicker drinking than say Guiness and Harp.

jmc44, Jul 26, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%

poured a deep brown color with large off-white puffy head. Smell is moderate of coffee and dark fruits (cherries) . taste is slightly dry with the porter overwhelming the lager (thats ok to me) . Leaves a nice aftertaste. A cheap acceptable brew thats easy to find in my area.

tgbljb, Jun 30, 2005
Photo of Naes
2.1/5  rDev -34.8%

This one is dark brown mixed with reddish hues. The head is cream colored which is tiny and fleeting.

Smell is almost nonexistent (some malt aroma).

The taste is watery, but does carry some malt flavor in the aftertaste.

M/F: watery and fizzy.

Highly drinkable if you like the lighter side of beers.

Would make a decent introductory beer to a macro drinker.

Naes, Jun 28, 2005
Photo of chilidog
3.88/5  rDev +20.5%

I tend to enjoy this style when I run one down. I was able to find Yuengling in Florida of all places, brought home the Black & Tan and the Traditional.
The B&T was nice. It poured a good looking dark ruby with a nice two finger frothy head. Carbonation was in check, the head stuck around to lace pretty good as I think a dark beer should.
The aroma wasn't real strong, but hints of malt and roasted coffee bean stuck out. The taste was mild to aid drinkability with dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Very little hop noticed.
drinkability was ok for the tastes were mild and abit watery. But overall it goes down easy and pairs with food well.
A good beer to offer friends who would generally run from the dark!!

chilidog, Jun 26, 2005
Photo of karst
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%

Thanks to CJA711 for bring this Yuengling Black & Tan back from Huntsville, Ala. - always love O.P.B. (other people's beer).

Pours a nice dark brown color with a single fingered head that seems to stay around for quite some time. Aroma of fruits, chocolate malts, and hops, and the combination results in smooth taste with no flavors competing. Not bad for a bastard beer. Burnt grain and hops give an agreeable aftertaste.

karst, Jun 24, 2005
Photo of kbnooshay
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%

This beer pours a really nice and dark with a good tan head. The smell was sweet and malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Not too bitey. The mouthfeel was medium, but ALmost a little too watery. I didn't really notice much hoppage here but it is a nicely drinkable dark beer. malty as hell. Musty too. Affordable.

kbnooshay, May 11, 2005
Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev +4%

Aroma: A mostly porter nose with some coffee notes, also had a nice citric hop edge to it.
Appearance: Started with a nice cover of tan that collared and held a bit. Glass was brown ale brown with nice clarity.
Flavor: Mostly porter in the flavor as well with a fair dash of chocolate malt. It did have a mild hop bite which I found interesting.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bitter pucker
Overall Impression: A hop laced chocolate malt rich porter, fairly clean but not really exciting, solid drinkability that had enough interest for me to try another.
Not bad

HardTarget, Apr 18, 2005
Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%

Appearance: Deep brown in color with good clarity, a modest off-white head, excellent thick, patchy lacing, and modest carbonation.

Aroma: Caramel and coffee predominates, with a minor herbal hop note as well.

Taste: Strong coffee note at the open carries the taste, there is also an underlying note of caramel. Finishes quite dry, with a bit of restrained bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but light in body, with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and a quite drinkable session beer..

Pegasus, Apr 17, 2005
Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%

The dark brownish-red hue gives the impression that this will be a heavy and likely bitter beer. The malty smell is typical of all Yuengling products... not offensive to me, but not necessarily what some might expect from this class of beer. The taste is a pleasant balance of roasted malt and coffee without a heavy smack of hops. Very crisp, although the mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The low ABV (~4.2% if memory serves) means that you can drink a lot without getting too plastered and the good overall drinking experience will encourage you to drink plenty. Ideal for tailgates or as a compliment to beef.

There's much to like about this beer, especially when it is on-tap. My experience with the cans and bottles have been somewhat hit-and-miss, but a fresh cold keg usually makes for a good night.

TheLastEngineer, Apr 12, 2005
Photo of futaboots
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%

Why do I only review the cheap beers?

This stuff you can buy at walmart for $4.99 a sixer. As far as cheap supermarket dark beers go, this one is probably the best. Forget about Amberbock, which is swill.

Anyways, I wish there was more nuttiness in this beer, but only a noticeable roasted, somewhat astringent taste, is here to represent the traditional dark ale flavors. Then there is the odd sweet taste that creeps up, followed by an overload of carbonation. Why are mass market beers so carbonated? In this case, I actually don't mind. I like my Yuengling with a lot of fizz, because I like burping.

This is actually a decent beer, better than average I'd say.

futaboots, Apr 05, 2005
Photo of maek228
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%

This was 6.50 for a six-pack of pounders, bonus. This is a mix of Yuengling Porter and Yuengling Premium

Appearance: Almost black, but with a blood red hue if you look closely. Poured with a thin head. Could be confused for a stout or porter at first glance, but a closer look reveals this beers thin character...which is right on point for what it should be, since it is black and tan.

Smell: In the battle between the scent of Yuengling Porter and Yuengling Premium, the smell of the sub-par Yuengling Premium wins the battle. Premium wins, beer drinkers lose. This stuff doesn't smell too appealing.

Taste: Decent, but nothing special. The beer is especially crisp and doesn't give off much flavor. You get some of the burnt and roasted flavors, as well as a bit of sweetness...this comes from the Porter. Sadly though, you get a dose of the pungent flavor of Yuengling Premium. All in all, it amounts of a slightly above average beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Drinkability: Since it's crisp, it goes down real quick

maek228, Mar 30, 2005
Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%

Label stated: *Dark brewed porter & premium beer* Now your talking!, it’s certainly not a *black & tan*. But damn nice mahogany pour with tan head and laces. VERY malty with chocolate tones (for a $9.69 for 12 pack brew). For a porter, not much hop to start but small hop finish. Good session brew, found these in Florida, wish they were readily available in St. Louis – would make for a great grilling afternoon.

Vancer, Mar 29, 2005
Photo of Gavage
3/5  rDev -6.8%

Had this after the Yuengling porter and I was interested to compare. Brown in color with a short head. No lacing. Aroma is uninteresting, just some slight roasted tones. The flavor is what was expected, an extremely mellow roasted malt with faint bitterness. Hints of metallic tones at the finish. Really no discernable flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Thin bodied. OK drinkability, but bland flavors don't entice me to have another. Have the Lager, have the Porter, but this Black & Tan just doesn't do it for me.

Gavage, Mar 25, 2005
Photo of scottum
4.08/5  rDev +26.7%

Pours a brown with a slight tanish headskie. Nice and easy oh so very easy to drink. The chewy malt bill isn't perfect, but this brew is well balanced enough that you do not care about the lack of perfection. It's a perfectly simple blend: black plus tan. Yuengling doesn't make great beer, but this one is worth checking out at the least.

scottum, Mar 24, 2005
Photo of Backer2004
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%

I am a fan of the Yuengling brews and the Black and Tan is much better than the light but not the traditional lager. rather have a real Black and Tan and this is left over from our Super Bowl Party. Mix of caramel and choclate with some hoppiness. No lacing, carbonation, or head to speak of. Average at best.

Backer2004, Feb 12, 2005
Photo of abcsofbeer
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%

This one pours a deep, dark color with rosy edges.The head is very thin, about a half inch. Dissipates quickly. The aroma is kind of week, with hints of nut and apple spice. It also has a smell of loaf bread.

The taste is pretty smooth. The first taste on the palate is nutty, bready, and, somewhat sweet. There is a hint of metal in the aftertaste, but, it is not overwhelming or long lasting.

A pretty good brew from America's oldest brewery.

abcsofbeer, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of BruceBeerman
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%

Not much mouthfeel. The carbonation is low and just a hint of lacy foam on glass as I drink it. I think the taste is OK but not special. I was expecting much more body as it is dark beer. Not the case. It is drinkable but I won't drink more than two in a session. I can't put my nose on it, but there was a wierd smell and initial taste. But the aftertaste is good and then you can taste the coffee. It was OK, but I wouldn't buy more than a 6 pack.

BruceBeerman, Jan 06, 2005
Photo of ggroller
2.55/5  rDev -20.8%

This used to be my favorite Yuengling product but everytime I go back to it I become more and more dissappointed. No head and a dirty, dusty, moldy smell. Tastes like I am drinking city water from a rusty pipe. The mouthfeel is thin and I am having trouble getting this one down let alone thinking about following it up with another.

Oh yeah, I gave the appearnace a 3.5 based on the bottle.

ggroller, Jan 05, 2005
Photo of boatyard
3.58/5  rDev +11.2%

I tell ya something about these Yuengling brews. They pour nice with good head, They look great, I mean as a beer enthusiast i know what a good looking beer is, and these yurnglings look so good.

As far as the smell of the black and tan, it detect a sugar coated grapefruit smell.

the initial taste is quite toffeeish, and then as i swallow i wait for something more, but no. nothing to me after that first swig. I was expecting something more but it wasn't there.

Its great with chocolate, eat a hershey's kiss then wash it down with this black and tan and ohhh baby it good. i think it pretty cheap by the sixer too.


boatyard, Jan 01, 2005
Photo of gentlebubbles
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%

Dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Tan, yeasty, creamy head that dies shortly.

Sour citrus aroma gives way to sweet malt and tobacco.

Thin mouthfeel. Sour bite with strong taste that begins as burnt malt and gives way to another visit from the tobacco jar and a resiny finish. The tobacco aspect is both interestingly smoky and somewhat unpleasant.

Not bad.

gentlebubbles, Dec 25, 2004
Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, yet malty scent with a dry lager yeast aroma. It has a decent dark malt scent with a slightly skunky aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a thin malty flavor that boasts of pale, and patent malts along with a dry finish. It goes down smooth and light. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent black and tan. It is simple, but highly drinkable.

WesWes, Dec 24, 2004
Photo of kegerator
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%

a decent offering from Yuengling.
pours a deep mahogany color with a small fizzy head that dwindles quickly. Smell was nothing special, malts some slight caramel notes.
taste was good, reminded me of a bock style beer for sure.
mouthfeel was quite thin but smooth
very drinkable and a good session beer.

kegerator, Dec 14, 2004
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,874 ratings.