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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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1,936 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,936
Reviews: 626
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 142 | 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 soupyman10
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured 16 oz can into a Weize glass

A - Two finger head that disappeared fairly quickly, some lacing throughout the beer, dark brown/black beer that appears fairly thin and clear

S - Roasted malt aroma with a hint of metallic/solvent off-aroma that sort of burns the nostrils intially, fairly subtle smell

T - Nice roasted maltiness, some light hops at the end, very brief after-taste, some coffee taste, mostly bitter with fairly little sweetness

M - Fairly thin feel, pretty brief taste in the mouth, that mostly macro-lager feel to it, although the taste is better than most

D - A good beer, especially for the price (6 pack of 16 oz cans for $8); it's got a fairly nice taste although it's nothing that really stays with you for too long

soupyman10, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of BBM
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What an extremely forgettable beer. It pours a darkish brown with no real head and no real lacing. Aroma is not bad, but has that grainy macro tinge to it.

The taste is a blend of grain, some sugary malts, and a bready quality. It's not bad, but completely generic. Mouthfeel was thin and carbonated. Drinkable, sure, but not something that would compel you to go back for seconds or thirds.

I really don't understand the "black and tan" genre, but even so, this beer is nothing special. Not awful, not great, just, eh.

BBM, Feb 05, 2007
Photo of oldirtycaffrey
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Solid beer. Pretty inexpensive -- a 12 pack for $8.99. Poured a dark brown with ruby hints and a one inch foamy head which dissipated quickly. Slight lacing on the glass. A nice roasted malt smell to it, and the taste was strong with not that much bitterness. As a porter/lager, the taste is thin--definitely less than what one would call "robust," but it is enjoyable and would be an excellent session beer.

oldirtycaffrey, Feb 03, 2007
Photo of barryhurley
3.95/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Nice dark color with a good head that quickly dissipates. Looks slightly uninteresting and heavy but that just shows you looks can be deceiving. It has a good amount of carbonation but not to much. Has a good smell and taste that reminds you of a coffee/caramel mixture. I really enjoyed this beer.

Excellent choice for the price. At $5 for a 6 pack it sure beats all the other run-of-the-mill beers for just about the same price. I could definitely drink this beer all night and it could easily become your everyday beer.

barryhurley, Jan 31, 2007
Photo of MuddyFeet
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a slightly transparent brown color. Kind of like flat soda. Rather thin in appearance. Not a whole lot of carbonation. Nose is malty and a bit like an old campfire.

Flavor is fairly straightforward. Malts blanaced with a sulphiric, magnesium tang. Not much in the way of piney or citrusy hops. Just a slight hint of molassses. Thin mouthfeel that just has no consistency. Essentially flat but I do not beive this beer would improve much with increased carbonation. Still easy to drink though.

MuddyFeet, Nov 30, 2006
Photo of jwc215
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours light brown with a thin head that soon disappears to a ring.

The smell is of light fruitiness with a slight dark maltiness. An odd, almost artificial, aroma is also present that throws it off a bit.

The taste is a mixture of a weakly hopped lager and a decent-at-best porter-like taste - some caramelish coffe-like taste. There is a slight chocolatey taste that is almost ruined by a soda-pop-syrup-like sweetness. The hops are bland and almost get lost.

It leaves a light spritzy feeling in the mouth. There is something of a bad aftertaste - like things didn't blend well.

Overall, it's on the bland side. Not terrible for only $5 a 6-pack, but nothing noteworthy. It's borderline blandness and the aftertaste make it not worth it, for me.

jwc215, Nov 26, 2006
Photo of sabrills70
2.9/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz brown twist off bottle with no freshness date. Pours a dark brown with ruby highlights, has a 2 finger head with just OK longevity but good lace. Definate raosted malt smells but not as strong as I had anticipated - rice and corn flavors are present as well. Again there are some definate roasted malt flavors but not as strong as they need to be. A watered down black and tan. Definate macroness flavors as well. Not a bad beer, espesially considering the price but there are much better choices out there. This is a beer for those who are just dipping their toes into the BA waters.

sabrills70, Nov 19, 2006
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a wine glass.

A: The beer is a deep brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves very little lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is malty but weak and contains faint smells coffee and hops.

T: Much like the smell, the taste is a little weak as well. There’s a little coffee, smoke, caramelized malt & hops flavors.

M: Smooth but watery, medium carbonation, medium body, clean finish.

D: Not very filling, easy to drink but mostly because of the lack of flavor. It wasn’t bad, but it would necessarily be my first choice, even if I’m trying to be frugal.

TheManiacalOne, Nov 14, 2006
Photo of athensbeermaster
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Apperance: dark amber red. The nose has a nice roasted malt
and chocolate aromas. The taste delivers the same flavors that the nose give off. Good bakers chocolate, roasted malts, and a toasty baked bread quality. The mouthfeel is where this brew really shines.Silky and refreshing, leaving a nice aftertaste that begs for more drinking. This is one beer you can drink several at a time with.
For all you beer snobs that gave this beer such a low rating, Remember this beer only cost $10 a 12pk and $4.99 a six pack!
This is a working man's beer for beer lovers.

athensbeermaster, Nov 13, 2006
Photo of psinderson
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass.

Appearance: Dark brown to ruby red color with thin, off-white head that dissipates quickly.

Smell: I can pick out a distictive lager character along with a slight fruitiness, but nothing spectacular.

Taste: A little bit citrusy up front with a good roasty bitterness at the end. There's a slight offensive aftertaste. Perhaps this case is skunked a bit.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, a little low in carbonation.

Drinkability: Easy going down, good session-type beer.

psinderson, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of SixpointJMH
3.08/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This one pours a decent looking dark brown colour with hints of amber. It's head is thin to medium sized and light tan in colour.

The aroma is a bit faint and is first and foremost sweet. Chocolate and caramel mix with grain and a touch of floral hops and fruit, but that's about it. Simple and not bad, but not that great either.

The flavour here is basically more of the same, with nothing standing out and everything blending together somewhat nicely, but mostly without any fanfare for an average, although tolerable flavour as the end result. Mouthfeel is actually pretty good and a bit hearty, which is far more than expected.

This one is what it is. Don't expect much and you won't mind it. There's nothing inherently wrong with it but nothing terribly great about it either. A decent bang for the buck...

SixpointJMH, Sep 12, 2006
Photo of SilentSabre
1.83/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

WOW! This was very disappointing, and considering I didn't have very high expectations for this to begin with, that really says something! It poured a very dark mahogony colour, but was crystal clear. Khaki colour foamy cap rested nicely on top for several seconds before subsiding into a patchy covering. Looked very average. Neither appealing or offensive. Smell was almost like something akin to a Honey Brown or some other such sweet nonsense. Reminded me a bit of BMC with a bit of syrup added for sweetness. The taste is more of the same with a quick malty dryness at the end that seems to say, "Ha! Had you fooled..you thought there was about to be something pleasant here, didn't you?" This is not very good. In fact, this may get sacrificed to the kitchen sink. As I always say, in total fairness to the brewer and his (or her) intentions, this may have its fans, but it most assuredly is *not* for me...

SilentSabre, Sep 07, 2006
Photo of KyleVick4
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

12 oz

A: Dark brown which is crystal clear up to a light. Pours with a small head that dies quickly, but stays on top of the beer the whole way down. Leave no lcing at all.

S: Smells pretty close to the guiness/bass black and tan. Roasty and toasty. I get some chocolate in there also. With a touch of coffee smells.

T: Meh, tastes similiar to a black and tan, but not nearly as good/complex. Kinda watery for my tastes. But has a bit of roastedness/burntness. But so mild its not really a flaw. It is also a little too sweet than I think it should be. Its a drinkable drink, but more for getting drunk than enjoying.

M: To carbonated for me. Very light bodied and designed for drinking several of these drinks.

D: Ok, due to its light abv and body I could easily put down 6 of these if I were in the mood to. Easy drinking without a terrible taste (BMC).

KyleVick4, Aug 31, 2006
Photo of wedge
3.23/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark clear brown color with a fizzing tan head - active carbonation. Aroma has some porter like characteristics - roasted malts and grain. Some sweetness in the flavor, dry pale malts with a bit of slick caramel. I wish it had more porter flavor, instead its lagery I guess - not completely devoid of flavor, just "beery." Mouthfeel is smooth, well carbonated, and drying.

Makes for a decent fall-back beer at $9 a 12 pack.

wedge, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of tastybeer
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Garnet brown color with a small light tan head. Bits of lace do make an appearance occasionally. Nose is caramel malty, diacetyl, mild fruit and sparse hop. Perhaps a touch of roasted steel slips through randomly, but overall nothing largely offensive. Taste is likewise. The very bubbly carbonation kind of shields my mouth from anything bad. Flavors are, diacetyl, malt, faint chocolate, and miscellaneous hop. Mouthfeel is nothing exciting nor offensive. Fairly smooth and ok drinkability.

Not a lot to smell and taste but its ok. Its good especially for the nine dollars I put down on this twelve.

tastybeer, Aug 30, 2006
Photo of russpowell
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured mahogany with a 3 fingers tan head. No head retention or lacing

S: Some fruittyness

T: Fruitty & some grainyness up front. Finishes fruitty with a slight choclate note

MF: Light to medium body with good carbonation

Drinks pretty easy, not bad. Went well with sushi

russpowell, Aug 27, 2006
Photo of Foxman
3.05/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

It pours a deep, dark mahogany, ruby at the very edges. Two fingers of light tan head swell readily and dwindle rather slowly. Frescoes of lacing impress inside the glass.

The aroma is quite thin, with merest traces of toasted malt and hop bitterness, and while at least they're there, it's barely so. An equally vague hint of yeast teases as well.

Upon tasting, a veneer of roasted malt, distantly sweet and charred, passes by airily. A generic blip of hops and another spot of malt blink on. What is distant becomes farther off as the finish drops over the horizon and leaves an empty bitterness briefly behind. Simply, it has marginal substance, and so marginal staying power.

Light bodied, or is it thin bodied? It comes, it goes, it leaves little of itself behind.

Am I overstating the mediocrity? I don't know, but I will say that there's nothing inspirational here. The style leads one to expect more, but it falls short of any real anticipation. To make a long story short, I like the brewery, but not this beer, especially.

Foxman, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of eze153
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I had this one from a half litre can. It pours a dark brown with a decent head about 2 fingers but it does not last long. turns into a light foam for the duration of the beer. the smell is good, like dark roasted coffee and roasted malts. the taste could be a lot better. it's kind of hard to describe but the after taste is like metal, not too good in my opinion, it keeps you drinking to get the after taste out of your mouth. I would not make this a beer to drink for long periods of time as the after taste lets me down and this beer can fill you up really fast because it's really heavey. not good for a hot summer day but better for a cold winter night. but I would recomend at least trying it once.

eze153, Aug 08, 2006
Photo of cjgator3
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown color with a quickly dissapearing head that does not last long. Aroma is light with sweet malt and diacetyl. Taste is really hard to describe. It is not bad but not something to write home about either. Overall an average brew that is not something I am dying to get again.

cjgator3, Aug 03, 2006
Photo of Poser
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Dark black. Thin head
S: A little sweet, a little chocolate
T: Better than average, but a little more thin and bland than I expected.
M: Too thin. I hate to rate anything about this beer as below average because it's really a decent brew, but it's just too thin and light
D: A good brew and very easy to drink. It may go well with food as someone earlier suggested.

I was expecting a little more after it had been talked up by a friend from PA. It's certainly worth a try.

Poser, Jul 29, 2006
Photo of hunteraw
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: very dark brown, opaque, a rough pour produced a one finger head with decent retention. Minimal lacing. Vaguely cola-like appearance.

Smell: sweet malt, hint of hops at the tail. some chocolate.

Taste: Dual personality shows up in the flavor. Surprisingly light at first, this is the "premium lager," and the porter shows up a second or two later. Flavor is fairly light, bitterness balances the malt well - from the smell, I was expecting something sweeter. Chocolate malt finish. Slight bitter coffee aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: fizzy carbonation, too much. light mouthfeel seems out of place with the malts here.

Drinkability: light mouthfeel, dry finish contribute to good drinkability. could be a good baby-step into "dark beer" for someone not accustomed. Take a macro lager, and add some chocolate malt flavor and you get the idea.

hunteraw, Jul 24, 2006
Photo of Drew966
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Black & Tan pours a very dark brown with a minimal off white head. The aroma is sweet malt. I like this one, I wasn't expecting much either. Some roasted malt is noticeable and the finish is hoppy. I could see keeping some of this in the fridge on a regular basis. Definitely worth a try.

Drew966, Jul 15, 2006
Photo of zeff80
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A - Dark brown color with a small tan head. It left some lacing.

S - It smelled faintly on roasted coffee and a little of malt.

T - It had a malty taste with a little bitter flavor. It seemed a little watery, but not too much.

M - Very soft and thin. Little carbonation.

D - It's drinkable, but if I'm going to have a Black & Tan it will be a traditional one.

zeff80, Jul 05, 2006
Photo of trep
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle as a birthday present from my Blue Moon drinking friend. A nice gesture I must say.

Pours and looks like coca-cola, complete with a carbonation fizz. 2 fingers of bubbly head in the pint-glass all but disappear.

Smells somewhat roasty. Definitely not an offensive beer. A little alcohol and some mustiness.

A little bit of a porter coffeeness to it. But other than that. Not really much going on.

Thin mouthfeel and very carbonated. Easy drinking though.

trep, Jul 04, 2006
Photo of hbh739
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this beer from a cold bottle. This was my first ever B&T from Yuengling. Poured into a chilled glass. The head was not huge about an inch cream colored which contrasted nicely with the dark almost chocolate like color with two or three small bubble trails. Overall a very good looking beer. There really wasn't any scent so I was very surprised by the strong dark malt and chocolatey flavor. The mouthfeel wasn't what I expected more like what I would expect from a light beer(kind of watery). It drank very well and it was very hard not to order another. One of the few pleasant surprises I have had from this local pub. I would definitely drink this beer again

hbh739, Jul 03, 2006
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,936 ratings.