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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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BA SCORE
74
okay

1,879 Ratings
THE BROS
66
poor

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Ratings: 1,879
Reviews: 621
rAvg: 3.22
pDev: 18.01%
Wants: 23
Gots: 128 | 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 Joey7F
2.8/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't know why this is so highly rated. If you want a Yuengling black and tan, make your own with the porter and the lager. The premium beer is not so great. And now to completely contradict that statement, the porter is too dominant. Guinness and the Lager makes a good black and tan as well. It is great to look out, fairly drinkable, is a bit thin in the mouth, a decent smell but tastes average to below average. It did not meet my expectations. Would take over BMC any day (but if they have this, I would take the Lager)

--Joey

Joey7F, Apr 02, 2004
Photo of granger10
2.95/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

I've tried this style now a few times and I just can't seem to like it too much. I usually want either a porter or a lager, not some off tasting mixture of the two. They don't really seem to complement each other too well. And that is what happened here. I got these in Florida on vacation and was amazed by their cheap price. Well anyways, the flavor is definitely better than a macro produced beer, but I think next time I will get either the porter or lager by themselves. Porter aspects were nice and sweet with chocolate being dominant. Lager aspects were refreshing for a time. But these two flavors created an off flavor, kind of a pungency that I couldn't handle. I could only drink a couple of these before it was time to move on.

granger10, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of PSUDREW
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Well, despite what some may say about yuengling, thisis a mghty well tasting brew. Nice effort all around here.
It pour a nice, dark, ruby color. It smells vaugely fruit, with coffee hints, It's head is nice and creamy, and has some, not much, but some lace going to the bottom of my glass.
in a way this is a beer of contradictions. It has a deep think flavor, but a light, drinkable mouht feel. It has anice roasted tasted, but a solid malt backround wiht e slight hop presence.
It is a nicely made beer. Not astonishing or amazing, but sometihng you can relax w/., or, give out to the masses. Enjoy!

PSUDREW, Mar 13, 2004
Photo of merlin48
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, dark red mahogany, with a small, tan head that collapses almost instantly. Some patches of lace are left behind.
Aroma is dominated by mild, roasted malt, a hint of chocolate, and a faint presence of floral hops.
Mouthfeel has lots of carbonation, but seems light bodied.
The taste is very malty, with balancing hops bitterness. Chocolate comes on toward the finish, and dominates the aftertaste.
This is one of the better, American bottled Black&Tans. It's better on tap, but the bottled version has fine drinkability, even though it seems slightly watery at times.

merlin48, Mar 10, 2004
Photo of WVbeergeek
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Dark ruby brown with a decent sized tan head dwindles rather quickly leaves behind specks of lacing. Aroma: Mild cocoa and coffee tones peek through with some fruity softness present as well. Taste: Dark roasts are pleasant very mild flavors some fruit and caramel notes with the dark chocolate and coffee accents, it finishes a bit dry. Mouthfeel: Medium to light body decent carbonation. Drinkability: Much rather have their porter, but this isn't bad in the realm of macros or preblended Black and Tans.

WVbeergeek, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Charthepirate
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the brews that got me into better beer, now on sale for 650 for 12 at walmart, I couldn't pass it up.

Pours light mahogony, with a slightly red head, and large bubbles contained in it. Left little to no lacing.

Smell is kind of smoky with the caramel of the lager poking out. a touch of DMS in there too.

Flavor comes off a little astringent, with a slight harshness and astringency from the roasted character. At first it's very muddled, but the flavors seperate themselves nicely, leaving some tasty bitter, roasted character, and a touch of sweetness.

This beers main problem is it's intense over carbonation. Relax the carbonation and you have a fantastic brew.

Char

Charthepirate, Feb 17, 2004
Photo of NJpadreFan
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yuengling Black & Tan

Appearance- Brownish/red with a fizzy head. (I swear it looks like coca-cola.)
Smell- maybe my nose isn't working but there's not much of an aroma here. I think I detect a little burnt woody/ hoppy smell?! Maybe I'm tricking my mind.
Taste- very very watery. A slight ashy, burnt hop taste. Not bad though.

Overall- this is a Black & Tan to give your friends as a step 1 to introducing them to Black & Tans. No real flavor. I could pound these like I used to pound PBR's!!!

NJpadreFan, Jan 27, 2004
Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.68/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer poured a crystal clear translucent black with ruby highlights. The head was off-white and fell back to lace the glass.

The aroma is diacetyl and a slight spice. No hop aroma and no sign of the Black in the Black & Tan in the aroma.

The flavor is diacetyl and a slight astringency. There is a slight chocolate flavor, but hardly noticeable at all.

The finish is buttery (again the diacetyl) and goes to dry subtle bitterness from chocolate malt. The body is light and watery.

12 ounce bottle. Stenciled date on neck of bottle impossible to decipher.

GCBrewingCo, Jan 23, 2004
Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.78/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer encompassed the same problem that all prebottled black and tans must deal with: the mix is just off. Unlike the a pub poured black and tan, this bottle combines the Yuengling Porter and the Yuengling Lager in one mixed location. I will admit that I have enjoyed the Yuengling Porter much more than the Lager. And I can conclude that I enjoy the Porter more than the black and tan too.
This beer pours neatly into the glass; little to no head. The flavor of the beer sets in immediately but does not last in the mouth. I found myself drinking a few rapid gulps trying to get a feel for the flavor, but having the flavor quickly run off my tongue. I was expecting a lot more body out of a beer that had 1/2 porter in it.

GuinnessSmurf, Dec 18, 2003
Photo of RBorsato
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark-brown/mahogany color with a full creamy tan head and good carbonation which leaves sheets of lace. Malty aroma -- a bit husky grainy and but a bit harsh (astringent ?). Sharp malty bite. Light bodied with a biting finish.

Not one I'd come back to.

Label States: "Dark brewed Porter and Premium Beer" & "Since 1829"

RBorsato, Dec 16, 2003
Photo of winomark
2.48/5  rDev -23%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a deep dark brown with a nice light tan head.

Aroma: Quite mild nose with some slight roasted and chocolate malt noticable.

Taste: Lots of carbonation takes away from a slightly smoky, malty palate.

Mouthfeel: Very light, with flavor only in the middle. No finish.

Drinkability: Glad I only have one bottle of this one. Not impressed at all. Needs more flavor IMO. Won't try again.

winomark, Dec 08, 2003
Photo of Beerboybill
1.85/5  rDev -42.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I'm going to annoy people from Philadelphia with this, but it really didn't taste anything like what a black & tan should taste like. It was bland and the stout portion was overpowering. Yet, for reason's I don't understand, the people I know from Philadelphia all seem to love this beer. I was disappointed.

Beerboybill, Dec 03, 2003
Photo of ManekiNeko
1.53/5  rDev -52.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz. bottle served chilled in a pint glass.

Appearance: Reddish and clear with a small beige head that quickly dissipates to little more than a ring. Leaves scant amounts of lacing on the glass.

Smell: Weird vegetal aromas, kinda sour.

Taste: Sour toffee malt flavor, not all that great. Did they just add food coloring to the lager?

Mouthfeel: Very light in body.

Drinkability: Not so great. Lacks any redeeming flavor to make me wnat this over an authentic black and tan. I wouldn't try this one again.

ManekiNeko, Nov 28, 2003
Photo of au1sec
3.55/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz twist-off bottle. A combo of their premium lager and porter. I've had the lager often, never had their porter by itself. Dark, as expected, with some reddish tints. Nice head. Aroma is of roasted malt and carmel..smells nice and rich. Taste is roasted carmel malt with some bitterness, smooth drinker. Kind of highly carbonated..just seems a little odd with a beer that color, but its nice. Feels like a dark lager all the way, the porter (ale) influence doesn't show up in the feel. Good brew.

au1sec, Oct 26, 2003
Photo of theozag
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Black-and-tans are a breed apart in the beer world. The delicate balance of deep, throaty porter and smooth, premium lager is a razor's edge the brewer must tread between overwhelming one brew with the other, and failing to capture the character of both. Admittedly, i have not had much experience with black-and-tans, but of all those i've tried, Yuengling's canned creation is the best. The porter used to make this beer has a very distinct, almost dry flavor with a crisp, complex start. The lager only becomes evident when the beer passes almost fully over the tongue. Then the smooth taste of a quality medium lager flows over the porter start and leaves the mouth almost totally free of aftertaste. Like any black-and-tan, this one is a full-bodied brew not to be imbibed lightly. It is a true beer drinking experience, and even people who claim little interest in the character of their beers say without doubt that Yuengling Black & Tan is unique.

- Backdated tasting: I first reviewed this beer on 31AUG03, this post is based on notes from that review. -

theozag, Oct 25, 2003
Photo of Rootdog316
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This lager is so great, it tastes like liquid candy once it reaches my tongue. It was a little bit sweeter then other domestic beers. Although it is a little expensive, it is definitely worth every penny spent. I would recommend this lager to anyone.

Rootdog316, Oct 19, 2003
Photo of StevieW
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle. Label says it's a mix of premium lager and porter beer. Shiny dark brown to black color. Bubbly biege head. I very appealing look in the glass. Nothing magical just appealing.
Slightly toasted malt and carmel smells come and go. Somewhat faint at times, but appealing.
Taste is toasted carmel malt, sweet and smooth. Nice underneath bitterness too. Kind of a lively carbonation for a dark beer, Iight and bubbly. I expected a bit fuller body and feel. More of a dark lager taste overall, the porter seems to blend in and fades to the back. Overall a very drinkable beer, a six pack was gone before I knew it.

StevieW, Oct 02, 2003
Photo of Ianhockey91
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Much better on tap then in the bottle, better head (light tan) that stays this time no lace though. A little watery on the mouthfeel portion, btu not overly watery by any means. Very malty, and alomost a little smokey, with the hops sliding in at the end. I let this one warm up a touch for a bit more flavor to come out, but it didnt do as well as i expected, still good though.

Ianhockey91, Oct 01, 2003
Photo of Suds
3.78/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew is probably the best offering from Yuengling. Much better made than their other beers.
Attractive dark, opaque beer with a mid-sized, sticky head. Nutty and roasted grain flavor. Mild sweetness up front with a wonderful grainy charachter. Medium body with porter-like taste. Clean finish. This beer is worth having again.

Suds, Sep 29, 2003
Photo of Kwak
3.1/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not much going on with this beer medium size head not to thick. The body could be a little more dense with a little more substance to it. It had a nice sweet like quality to it but not till the finish. Their was a nice dryness to it, even a little bitter.may be a little to carbonated, but nothing I couldn't handle. Nice average taste would not refuse another!!!

Kwak, Sep 24, 2003
Photo of JISurfer
4.03/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

This is a good stand bye for a quality cheap beer. It's not strong like a "regular" black and tan, but rather lighter on the buds. The color was a nice rich dark color, with a little bit of a head that lasted a few minutes. The taste was very malty and roasted nutty like. The smell was like roasted nuts, but with a hint of alcohol. I really dig this beer and plan on drinkin' it for years to come.

JISurfer, Sep 10, 2003
Photo of SetarconeX
3.7/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Very dark color, with a brown tinged head. Pretty, but in many ways looks like a cheap Walmart soda. With as dark as the beer is, I really expected more of a smell, but it has a pretty standard ale scent, perhaps a bit on the malty side.

The all important taste? Not as heavy as the visuals would lead you to think. I really was expecting something stronger. The "tan" dominates the taste up front, though it leaves a fairly decent toasted background after you swallow. Decent malty tastes all around.

Not half bad, really. A drinkable beer, if somewhat lacking in weight. This one's one of those rare decent beers you can just walk into a supermarket and get. Drink up, buddies!

SetarconeX, Sep 02, 2003
Photo of oberon
3.45/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This one pours a deep brown with a light head,the aroma is a little fruity and roasted.The taste is lightly malty and a little chocolaty not much complexity but straight forward.A little thin for the style but for a cheaper beer its a pretty good buy when you dont have much cash but want something darker.

oberon, Aug 18, 2003
Photo of BierManVA
3.53/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Certainly not an overpowering bier in either the taste or smell department. Rather light actually. I was expecting a heavier taste myself. Even so, it is not a bad bier.

Nice head when initially poured but quick to exit. Light cold coffee flavors that finish bitter.

The lightness of this would definately allow for large quaffability.

John

BierManVA, Aug 10, 2003
Photo of 99bottles
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Mmm, B&T. I remember growing up seeing cases of this in my dad's basement. Pops was on to something. Now, I know its tough to package a black and tan, and I do miss the neato floating stout on the ale, but this is an accesible offering that stacks up pretty durn well. It pours a deep brown, with a small tan head. There is dissapointing retention on the head, but its not real noticeable as the beer is so smooth and drinkable. The taste is nice, maybe a but thin, but this is a b&t, not a stout or porter. I know they mix the premium in with this, so yeah, there's your thinness, but I really dont care. The taste is there and for being so dark, the beer sits well. This is the perfect beer for evenings, football, and for enojying with company. Delicious, and nothing else to say.

99bottles, Jul 23, 2003
Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 1,879 ratings.