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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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2,043 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,043
Reviews: 645
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 17.7%
Wants: 25
Gots: 203 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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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.

Photo of Stro23m
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
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

Photo of Hojaminbag
2.89/5  rDev -10.2%
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.

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.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
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.

Photo of irishman06
2.8/5  rDev -13%
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.

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.

Photo of jadpsu
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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.

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.

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.

Photo of Clydesdale
2.92/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of yelterdow
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

Photo of n00tz
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appearance - Very presentable at first, if the head would stick around longer and lace it would get a 5, IMO. Laces for half the glass before never being seen again.

Smell - Lightly malted with nutty presence, leads to be a great tasting beer.

Taste - OUCH. Less than expected after its appearance, lacking richness. Peanutty with a light beer mid and a really light

Mouthfeel - Nothing special, unimpressive.

Drinkability - beats a Budweiser. if only aroma and sight was all a beer needed.

Proof that a beer can look and smell excellent, yet lack everything it needs to the other senses that allow it to set well for future endeavors.

Photo of akronzipfan
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I really enjoy a classic Guiness/Bass Ale B&T, so I thought I'd give this "all in one" a shot.

a - pours dark, full (well blended) and clean with a fuzzy, thick head that dissipates rapidly

s - nutty, caramel aromas with spashes of coffee

t - strong hops flavor with malted barley and coffee finish; typical IPA bitterness is offset by the smokiness of the stout

m - smooth and satisfying as it passes the lips with a nice level of carbonation

d - not hard at all to have a few of these at a gathering

I was pleasantly surprised by this blend and will obtain more when the time arises.

Photo of changeup45
3.03/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad. Yuengling for the most part is decent enough, especially for the price. Pours a black-amber color with a moderate tan head. Aroma is malty and a bit roasty but rather subtle. Mouthfeel is creamy and lighter than it looks. The flavor is toasty malt with coffee and light bitterness. Not complex but definitely drinkable and at a great price.

Photo of jasonjlewis
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a 1/2 finger with retention. The lacing lasts for quite a while.

A little bit of porter and a bit of pale lager smell. It's a little bit faint, but I get a slight idea of what I'm about to taste.

The taste is nice. A bit of chocolate malts and caramel malts and porter flavor. This is balanced with a pale lager beer. It's a decent mix of porter and pale lager.

It's a little bit spritzy on the mouthfeel, but fairly decent for what they are trying to accomplish.

Black and tans are not my favorite style, but they are decent from time to time. This is one is fairly decent and I could have a few of these.

Photo of nickfl
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - One finger of medium brown head on a nearly opaque, dark brown body with good clarity. The head settles quickly and leaves no lace.

S - Malty with lots of caramel and some roasted aromas. There is a mild hop aroma in the background that just barely peeks out from behind the malt.

T - Light, clean malt with the watery, roast flavor of weak coffee. A bit of caramel comes by during the otherwise clean finish.

M - Medium-light body, with moderate carbonation, and a sweet finish.

D - Nothing special, but easy to drink and pretty good for a dark macro beer.

Photo of ljbrisson
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bottle has neat black label with the Yuengling eagle logo, a little more modern-looking than their classic Traditional Lager label. Cap is the same red eagle logo on gold. Sigh.

Pours dark brown into a pint glass, with a thin tan head that vanishes quickly leaving little to no lacing. Something about the look of this beer turns me off. It looks... burnt? Probably due to the other senses.

Aroma is burnt toast, charcoal, burnt sugar, some roasted coffee, a little tinge of blackberry sweetness. Reminds me of the smell at Christmas when you leave cookies in the oven too long.

Mouthfeel is grainy, light in the mouth with medium carbonation. The burnt aroma and taste lend a sort of chalky feel.

Taste is like the nose, but weaker than expected. Surprisingly mild despite the up-front char and roasted coffee aromas. A speck of hop bitterness at the finish adds a little character. I have had worse beers.

Overall, this is a good beer to get if you are looking for a session with a cheap change of pace. Although not as good as Yuengling's Traditional Lager as far as drinkability goes, it is still a decent standby because of the good price/quality ratio.

Photo of Shaw
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours essentially black with a light brown head that reduces quickly to a fine ring in my glass.

The light aroma mixes tannins, roasted malt and coffee notes.

The flavor is also strong with roasted, almost burnt, flavor. There are also light grassy flavors.

The body is light and almost watery.

I was surprised by this beer. It's better than I expected, which confirms an old friend's belief that you can't mess up a porter (one of the two beers that make up this Black & Tan).

Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 2,043 ratings.