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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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1,944 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,944
Reviews: 625
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 143 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001)
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Photo of kennyo
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

black beer with thick tan foam that dissapates fairly quickly, kind of a loud foam, sounds like Rice Krispies. Lots of carbonation

There's not a lot of aroma going on with beer, there's something the but not alot of it, light body. Taste is a little sweetness, a little roastiness, not a whole lot of anything.

I tend to like my Black black and my Tan tan. The funny part is that this isn't a bad drinking beer.

kennyo, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of JayQue
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling Traditional Lager is one of my regular beers when ordering a a restaurant. The only times I have had the Black and Tan before yesterday is at Command picnics, usually drinking right out of the bottle. The black and tan is Coke colored, clear, and has a small head that quickly disappears into a ring around the glass. No lacing. The smell is very mild. The taste is ok, very smooth and balanced. Other than a mild malt taste and some sweetness, nothing stands out. Mouthfeel is good, not too thin. Drinkability is high because it is smooth and goes down easy. Still like the lager better, but I wouldn't turn a Black and Tan down.

JayQue, Jan 20, 2006
Photo of arguemaniac
3.48/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I actually really like black and tans, but I do prefer the freshly poured and layered deals and I’m a bigger fan of more interesting combinations (dry stout and apricot ale being one of my favorite). But for a bottled black and tan this one is pretty good: it tastes like a very grainy porter with caramel, chocolate, and some roasty flavors. The finish is also grainy with a touch of roasted coffee bitterness. The mouthfeel is somewhat silky.

Very drinkable and very good for the price. Try this one when want something different but aren’t looking to try something too unusual. Recommended.

arguemaniac, Jan 17, 2006
Photo of Tallboy
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

WoW at $8.50 for a 12 pack this is the working man's delight[and the best of Yuengling's line IMHO]
it pours a humble black/brown with a nice beige creamy head with a slight hint of chocolate, and malty roasted smell[nice flavor vs aroma composition] and tastes great either at the bar or the dinner table.

Tallboy, Jan 13, 2006
Photo of casualbeerman
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is completely black with and pours with about one finger of thick slightly brown foam. The head disapates pretty quickly though it laces down the glass. Smell isn't very strong. A little bit of carmel grains and some hops from the "Premium". Taste is pretty good. Its sweet and malty though the hops are mostly metallic. Though the hop character is pretty weak. The mouthfeel is thin and heavily carbonated, pretty close to the "Premium" again. Drinkability is great. Its not heavy, there's almost no aftertaste, you could definately drink these all night.
Conclusion- This is almost beer-cola. When you look at it up close its really hard to tell from coke, its got the same bubbles and almost the same transparency. Its a little more interesting than a Pils, but certainly not something you'd mistake for a real Stout. If you really like dark beer but its 95 degrees you just mowed the lawn, this is what to reach for. Other than that I can't think of a lot of uses. Maybe if you want to look like you're drinking something badass without actually doing it. Mostly this makes me want to try the porter. Its pretty good but the Traditional Lager packs more of a punch. And if anyone wants to know the recipe and is too lazy to read it themselves its a mix of the Porter and the "Premium" (read Macro). Since this is inexpensive like all Yuengling products you can't go wrong, but they make better imo. As a B&T I guess they do a decent job, but this is my first experience with the style excepting McSorely's which I didn't like, but I also haven't had in so long I can't review it.

casualbeerman, Jan 11, 2006
Photo of Phatz
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours almost black with a dark (slightly mahogany) red hue. Sits in my pint glass looking black with red highlights. The beer is partly translucent, but not much more than the light shines through. Mediocre lacing.

Smell: Some dark sweet malts, hints of burntness and Porter show through in the aroma. Barely, I can find hints of chocolate from the porter attributes. Overall; it is a smooth and quiet smell.

Taste: This is a good malty / semi-sweet beer (that I enjoy drinking) but is does not have a lot of complexity or depth. It is simply a well blended, smooth and agreeable balanced beer.

Mouthfeel: Very smooth. (I drink it warmed to at least 65 degrees, and that makes a big difference). Definitely light weight and medium / thin body, but the smooth taste and texture are consistent. There are no holes (empty spaces of wateriness) in the taste.

Drinkability: Extremely sessionable! This is a great all night beer for me. It is also a great choice at the bar. What it lacks in depth and complexity it makes up for in its high drinkability.

This is a more than suitable beer that is cheap and easily accessible. It is better than most macros yet just above the baseline of what I’d expect from the style.

Hope this is helpful.

Phatz, Jan 09, 2006
Photo of Citadel82
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was a thin average beer. As black and tans go this one is generally bland and featureless. Appearance was sad. No real head, color was a deep caramel with little or no carbonation. Taste was hints of fruit, hints of malt , hints...hints... hints. Generally bland ...and well easy to drink as it has little body and little taste. Not as good as the porter, but better than the other offerings of this brewer.

Citadel82, Dec 24, 2005
Photo of aforbes10
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wasn't sure what constituted a black and tan in a bottle so i brought back a twelve pack from a NY gas station last week. Pours dark with lots of carbonation and very little head. Taste is malty with a bit of chocolate but not really a lot of flavor. A bit strange to drink and not really great, with the carbonation actually being slightly distracting. I prefer regular Yuengling lager.

aforbes10, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of blackie
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

appearance: The pour into my imperial pint glass creates a .75" tan head that slowly recedes. The beer is a dark, reddish brown in color.

smell: Slight chocolate and caramel malt aromas, moderately sweet, with a nicely balancing hop aroma.

mouthfeel: The carbonation is between medium and high. The body is just between light and medium.

taste: Not as much malt character as the color would indicate, and a slight sweetness. A muddy flavor of noble hops is present, and the bitterness is light.

drinkability: Mediocre, but easy to drink.

blackie, Dec 21, 2005
Photo of AltBock
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle that I got in the Yuengling variety pack. This is the one that I really wanted to try because I've never had a Black & Tan before.

Poured a pitch black color but when held up into the light it's actually a dark ruby color. The head of foam was a bit disappointing, by coming up very fast and then dissipating into small bubbles right in front of my eyes. There was just a slightest bit aroma of roasted malts with possibly some caramel in the background. The taste was dominated by the roasted malts but with a slight dark chocolate aftertaste. Nice and Malty! The mouthfeel was kind of weak with a low level of carbonation, but went down nice and smooth. This made for a nice representation of the style for me and considering the price would also make a nice choice for a Black & Tan session beer.

AltBock, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I've never really cared much for the Black & Tan style, but I find this one rather quaffable. Poured out to a dark black color that had a mahogany like hue when held to the light. Medium low level of carbonation. Aromas were hard to distinguish, but some malt and roasted elements made their way to the nose. Taste is satisfying if not well crafted. Flavors of smooth malts and grain are dominant with a cream like element that adds an almost chocolate milk quality. Different. Mouthfeel is fair, slightly creamy and smooth. Decent drinkability, i'd have this over many other higher priced beers. Recommended for the style. Special thanks to OldFrothingSlosh for the sample.

Frozensoul327, Dec 06, 2005
Photo of Gritsak
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- dark brown with a nice tan head when you do an agressive pour. with a normal or weak pour it will yield little to no head.

S- roasted grain. a little sweetness

T- decent malt character backed with a nice roasted flavor. finish is weak but refreshing.

M- fairly thin with low carbonation.

D- very easy to drink.

overall- i wanted something cheap (9.50/12 pack) that wasnt horrible, so i tried this out. Definitely a nice everyday beer to have with dinner or drink watching tv. Not a whole lot of flavor going on but what is there is pretty good. very refreshing and goes down easy.

Gritsak, Dec 05, 2005
Photo of beeroclock
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I poured this into a mug and was immediately surprised at how little head it poured. It reminded me of coca-cola but the head was even less. The smell was pretty good so I had hope for it. Unfortunately, the taste was not impressive, kind of like a flat coke, the mouthfeel was the same or worse. I mistakenly bought a 12 pack of this and its going to be hard to drink all 12 before buying another 12 pack of something else. I was in the mood for something nice, like Guiness or London Porter and decided to try something new.... big mistake

beeroclock, Nov 25, 2005
Photo of PBRstreetgang
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poours dark ruby, with a dense two-finger head. Dense consistency, and retains well leaving light lacing. Both pale and chocolate malts int he nose, with some light floral hop aroma. Crisp pilsener malt and chocolate malt form a sweet malt base that creates a great balance that is an excellent example of the style. Germans hops are perceived as the dryness sets in, and a vinous sweetness comes out in the aftertaste. High carbonation and light bodied for a smooth drinkability and an extra clean finish.

PBRstreetgang, Nov 20, 2005
Photo of HugoGrim
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz can into an imperial pint. Consumed with hors d'oeuvres mainly consisting of a sharp yellow cheddar cheese and fresh apples.

Black in color, yet a lot more clear than I expected. Very little head, which quickly dissipated to nothing.

A nice scent... roasted, malty, slight coffee.

I'm still not sold on a black & tan being mixed. This is made with Yuengling's porter and premium beer. When I think of a black & tan I am used to Guinness and either Harp or Bass, so obviously this is quite a deviation. First off it has much more carbonation than it's traditional counterpart, secondly, as I said, it's not separated. It has a nice flavor, but I think I'll be sticking to the traditional when I want a black & tan.

edit: I feel I was a bit too harsh on this beer, and as I've had it a number of times since this review I am adjusting the numbers accordingly.

HugoGrim, Nov 12, 2005
Photo of mmmbeer
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz. with no freshness date - served chilled in a nonic. Pours like a dark brown ale - similar to Dr. Pepper - and looks blood red when held to the light. Has a finger of tan head that laces then disappears completely, which is disappointing. Smells of roasted/toasty and buttery malts with some dark fruits, floral hops, and a bit of metal. Taste is the same but less pronounced. The body is light to medium and tingly. Overall a good beer for the price but nothing to rave about.

mmmbeer, Oct 22, 2005
Photo of unknownlamer
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Another average beer. It has a nice color to it (a deep brown with red around the edges), but the smell isn't much more than a bland sweet malt smell. It tastes a little better with the porter dominating giving it a good malty body, but the taste the lager contributes is still noticeable. There is a definite corn flavor.

There isn't really a bite to it at the end, and it leaves a short lived sweetness behind. At least it is easy to drink, easy to find, and cheap. Not terribly complex, but I'd be able to drink a few and not get too bored with the taste.

unknownlamer, Oct 20, 2005
Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12-ounce brown bottle into Imperial pint glass (maybe I should get a 16-ounce pint glass, just for fun).

Appearance: very dark brown with amber and red highlights, which I like. Dark beers are sexy. Bit of an off-white head to start with, but it dissipates fairly quickly and doesn't stick much to the sides of the glass. But the color just turns me on.

Smell: mmm...malt. Sweet malt aroma over the generic "beer" smell, which I take to mean that the maltiness of the porter in the mix is overpowering the "premium" beer--and that's good. I like malty.

Taste: When it first hits the tongue, sweet and bready malt. Very nice. And then a little bit of hops in the finish, also very nice, but not quite as complex as I'd like. Points off for that, but on the whole enjoyable.

Mouthfeel: Lighter than a stout, as it should be, but by no means watery. It coats the vocal cords a little, though not the way a Guinness E.S. or a Mackeson would--I retain the ability to speak audibly. (aside from the nondescript sounds indicating my enjoyment of the beer)

Drinkability: It goes down pretty easy--I could have another and probably at least two after that, but at the same time it has flavour and good flavour at that.

Overall: For the money this is excellent. I'd even drink it if it were a bit more expensive.

MurphyMacManus, Oct 10, 2005
Photo of BeerBeing
2/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Presentation: on-tap

Appearance: reddish brown color, small off-white head, no lacing

Smell: minor roasted malt, even less hops

Taste: light body, crisp mouthfeel, some malt, minor bitterness, nothing else

Notes: relatively poor brew, the only "positive" thing, it is cheap

BeerBeing, Sep 18, 2005
Photo of clemtig76
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

What a nice looking beer. Pours a beautiful deep dark brown with a good, thick tan head. Not much in the aroma department however, just a little roasted malt. The taste is much smoother than one would think. Pleasant sweet malty taste with just a touch of caramel in the background. A good solid beer drinkable beer at a great price.

clemtig76, Sep 02, 2005
Photo of rhoadsrage
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

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%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

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%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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 27, 2005
Photo of tgbljb
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 1,944 ratings.