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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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662 Reviews

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Reviews: 662
Hads: 2,205
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 32.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 363 | FT: 0
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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
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 tigg924
2.97/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: 1 inch head, dark brown in color, high carbonation, clear

Smell: caramel and cocoa

Taste: caramel, dark chocolate, and slight char

Mouthfeel:sweet with slight roastiness, light bodied with medium carbonation

Overall: An average to slightly below average black and tan. Since Yuengling has been reintroduced to Massachusetts, I have been thinking there beers have been better than I remember them being. That is not the case unfortunately with this one. It is not a bad beer, but just one that does not stick out. I would not turn it down if it was offered to me, but would not pick it up either.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

2,000 reviews and I never reviewed this local black and tan! Paid only a dollar for the single. Reviews seem on par it's their porter mixed with their premium regular lager beer.

A - Deep brown hazy colored beer with a 1/2 inch of opaque colored head that sticks around for a bit.
S - Slight porter notes of roast but too mild really. Some pale malts maybe some nuttiness or caramel its really not too distinct.
T - Biscuit malt, slight acidity and some sweeter malts resembling caramel. Roast is lost in the mix but it is rather smooth.
M - Light to medium body. It's decent.

Overall I liked this a bit more than the Hefeweizen I had but only since I had lower standards. It's a very drinkable Black and tan.

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Photo of AwYeh
3.29/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown body, with pleasant caramel color around the edges of the glass and a thin coating of fine off-white head.

S: Nutty and sweet with a light toasted malt aroma. Faint, but stronger than I thought it might be.

T: Roasted malt is most of what I taste, though there's a decent biscuit flavor too, maybe a bit of caramel. Simple but there's nothing wrong with it.

M: Thin, lively carbonation, pretty crisp.

O: Nice offering from Yuengling; good if you're looking for a tasty, affordable beer that's a little different than most of your widely available, affordable beers.

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Photo of BrettMRogers
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle poured into a glass.

A-slightly tan head was super thin and gone in a matter of seconds. Deep brownish red, almost black, color.

S-nutty aroma with a slight hint of what I can best describe as cherry-like sweetness

T-nuttiness confirmed, some chocolate or coffee flavors

M- medium bodied, rich malts

O-very good, delicious beer. Much better than it looked

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Photo of obywan59
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a fairly dark mahogany with ruby highlights. Scant 1/3 finger light tan head that soon wastes away to a ring around the glass.

Some faint tart toasted malt on the nose. Not much going on.

Mainly tart. A hint of sweet, a hint of bitter.

Carbonation fizzy like soda. Fairly thin. Light warmth.

Easy to drink, I could chug this. There's just not much depth to it.

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Photo of NickPiezzo
3.36/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- black with light shining through the edges, almost not head to it

S-not much going on when you smell it

T-i find the taste pretty enjoyable you can find caramel and coffee in it but much more caramel but its still not prominent

M-as soon as you swallow the beer the taste and feel is gone

O- a very enjoyable beer that tastes like yuenglings flagship beer mixed with a porter

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Photo of cbutova
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Woah, haven't reviewed a true Black & Tan in quite some time. Not sure this needs to take up 1/3 of an entire fridge at the local stores but it fit in a cheaper mixed six so we shall see.

A- Poured from the 12oz bottle to a pint glass with a pretty much black body that has some dark brown hues as light pierces the edges. A small foamy cap builds to a finger but dies down just as fast as the retention is poor. The small light tan ring leaves spotty lacing in a few small patches.

S- Most of what I get off the top is the standard Yuengling lager. Light lager yeast, some fruity hints and slight hops. The Black portion of the brew lends some hints of roast, caramel and nuttiness but fairly muted.

T- Porter half of the brew comes out much more than in the nose but feels watery since the other half of the beer doesn't really bring much to the table. Watered down notes of roast grains, caramel, nutty malts, biscuit and sweets. Also light spicy hops, yeast bread, raisins and apple/grape fruit hints.

MF- Light bodied with a foamy, slightly creamy overall texture. Carbonation is moderately high with some agitation of the palate.

The dark half of the beer actually seems to open up a bit with warming but never overcomes the feeling of being watered down with neutral lager. The final product is decent but nothing I would have again with better Black and Tans being made locally.

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Photo of tjacobs610
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Pours a burnt amber color, a tan head. The head is dissipating rapidly... and now it's gone. Smell is fruity, almost like raspberries.Taste is slightly smokey and a little roast, and malt. Just a hint of caramel, thank god that fruity smell has worn off, but I do pick it up a little in the taste. Mouthfeel a thin and fizzy.

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Photo of swillyg
2.5/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up some Yuengling Black and Tan since it's new to Massachusetts. I've had their flagship beer before and it was ok. Was not very impressed with this. Poured well but had a very light smell. Upon drinking, I began to wonder if I had come down with a cold because I didn't taste much. It's very light-bodied with only hints of hops and the roasted flavor I would expect. Didn't taste any of the caramel the label promised. Over all, not an awful beer but definitely not a great beer either.

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Photo of JoeySarge
4.82/5  rDev +49.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Yuengling Original Black and Tan. For starters it's very good. Let me tell you what. If you do not like we'll there's nothing I can do. So enjoy that shit. It's not heavy to heavy per say. This beer is smooth. Bottles never cans and always Draft if u you can.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Black & Tan brewed by Yuengling. This brew pours out a dark brown almost like black coffee. Also has a light brown head on top. The smell is rich with flavor. There is nothing bad about the smell of this brew. The taste of this brew is good nothing bad real smooth. There is a lot of flavor to brew but it is not over powering. Clean smooth finish nothing bad at all. I'm not really a big fan of dark beers but this one I like. I'm more of American style Lager kind of person but this porter is just right.

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Photo of JerUrbans
2.58/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a burnt amber color which is nice, with a tan head that has a lot of tiny bubbles. The head is dissipating rapidly... and now it's gone. Smell is surprisingly fruity, almost like raspberries. OK, I'm officially nervous to taste this. Taste is slightly smokey and a little roast, and malt. Just a hint of caramel, thank god that fruity smell has worn off, but I do pick it up a little in the taste. Mouthfeel a thin and fizzy like drinking soda pop.

Overall, it's ok but you definitely can take a pass on this one. I guess if you were a Bud drinker this may be a great change of pace beer for you.

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Photo of Beerwolf666
3.3/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling Black and Tan ~I Really like this Beer,but just like the rest of Yuengling's line up,I Would not want to drink it all the time,Yuengling is like that weird friend you have,you love to see him now and then,Hang out & have a good time and some laughs...but after awhile,he starts getting on your nerves...but why,you really do not know,take Yuengling Bock for instance,it is good,I enjoy it a lot..but by the second or third one,I swear by the Beer gods I taste a strong Grapefruit flavor creeping in! Very strange Indeed for a Bock Beer.
anyway,Yuengling B&T is a Good Beer,Not Great Mind you,But Good,and also priced right,$6.29 a 6er,that is a Deal and a Half for a smooth easy drinking Black and Tan,it won't fill you up or bloat you,it has enough flavor without slapping you across the face with it,it is mellow and highly drinkable,also a nice change of pace for those backyard BBQ's and cookouts,when all the yuppies are drinking coors light or Bud Light,you can have your own cooler of B&T and laugh @ those silly mineral water sipping twats..mwahuhuhuhu! cheers and peace2all;)

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Photo of scratch69
3.66/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance- Dark brown color with a fingers worth of tan head. Fair amount of lacing.

Smell- Dark roasted malt aroma with some caramel and chocolate notes.

Taste- Sweet with some dark roasted malt and chocolate flavors.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and smooth with an average amount of carbonation.

Overall- Pretty good beer. One of the better black and tans that I've had and worth having again.

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Photo of manoshandsoffate
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a 12 oz. can poured into a traditional pint glass.

A: Dark amber with a tan head, minimal carbonation. Kinda watery! I must admit, upon first glance this does not look like a worthy brew. Tiny head dissolves in less than five minutes. After that it gets better with a little bit of lacing clinging to the glass. Not too bad.

S: Probably the least appealing characteristic of this black and tan. Metallic macro-brew with a malt backbone.

T: Surprisingly malty up front. Nice malts, no doubt from the Yuengling Porter used to brew this. Wheat-y, biscuit-y on the tongue. Only the briefest hint of that macro-brew smell in the flavor of this beer, thank goodness. Simple, light, and easy to drink far too much of.

M: Crisp, light. After-taste has a little astringency, but not crazy. Nothing special, it doesn't take away from the beer but doesn't add much either.

Overall, a decent session beer if you don't want to spend a lot of money and live somewhere in Pennsylvania. I like the cans, personally. I think they are less likely to taste skunked.

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Photo of bigcat1408
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is probably one of my favorite black & tan's that has crossed my palate. I look for Yuengling in the places I can find it and typically look for this style. Smooth for a dark beer with the elements of dark malts and bitter hops. There is also a pleasant aftertaste which aids in the enjoyment of the beer.

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Photo of BeerNewbs
1.94/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I remember when I used to think highly of Yuengling's Black & Tan. Now, I simply question my judgement as a younger beer drinker - among other things... While it pours thick and presentable, it drinks thin and forgettable. With little to no hops and a lack of roasted flavors, it tastes comparable to a straight forward, low ABV, watered down, and don't forget flat, Lager. The hints of caramel and coffee mentioned on the label, well those ingredients didn't make it into the batch I received. Long story short, don't drink a traditional layered beer from a 12oz bottle. It will always end in disappointment.

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Photo of Ryan011235
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

On tap in a snifter at Woodlands Tavern on 10/3/11

Cracked Rear View Snifter: The bartender started to pour a lager, then dumped it. In the process, he accidentally hit the snifter against the tap and cracked the glass. I asked him to fill it anyway - the snifter needed one last go-round.

A) Deep ruby color; this is pretty dark, especially once outside against the firelight. One finger head drops quickly but leaves a thick-ish ring or bubbly foam. A few patches of drippy lace.

S) The aroma has a similar adjunct-laden presence like the lager but it's rounded out by toasty dark grains; it is quite bready. Smells clean; hoppiness is low. Not particularly roasted either; lightly tangy. Nuttiness emerges as it warms.

T) Tastes tangy; smoothly toasted dark grains with a dulled adjunct edge. A modest earthy hoppiness is had throughout. It isn't bitter but has a twinge that builds with each sip. Earthy and grassy with stray metallic hints. Tastes alright.

M) Medium body, straight up. Carbonation is higher than I prefer; it keeps the beer more than agitated. Toasted grains linger and the finish is a bit coating.

D) First night of Yuengling in Ohio, last night of this snifter intact. I sure hope I didn't swallow any glass.

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Photo of jjamadorphd
4.04/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had Yuengling's before but their black and tan is definitely a great surprise.

The bottle pours out the blackest of black liquid I have ever seen - very nice in my opinion. It's aroma is a nice mixture of hops and caramel, where I do taste a good amount of bitterness (nothing bad mind you) but unfortunately, no caramel. It's highly carbonated, but swishes around good. Overall, it's rich, it's bold, and definitely refreshing at the beach. I'm glad I still have a few to go through in the fridge.

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Photo of Justin23060
3.75/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A -Off white 1 finger head that laced but did not cling. Color was very very dark chestnut with red highlights.

S - Sweet chocolate with some mild roast and harsh grass. In an instant only the chocolate remained. Glad to see the grass gone but kinda missing the fleeting roast.

T - Taste is pretty much in line with smell.Starts semi sweet and ends semi dry. Not much of a linger.

M- Thin with adequate carb. A little fizzy.

O - Would be a great gateway beer for someone looking for something a little darker than your average BCM product. Nice warm weather dark. Thin enough to quench, but with a little extra flavor. The price point on this is ridiculously low. I'm always impressed when a cheap beer sticks out from crowd, even if its still one dimensional. Solid brew, if you keep some perspective of what its meant to be... a nonoffensive dark for the populace.

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Photo of Smokehole13
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Black and Tan

Appearance - Dark with a nice rich, milk chocolate looking head. It keeps its head just long enough for you to get a couple of decent tastes. I had a couple of Budwiserites tell me it's too dark it couldn't be good.

Smell - Nothing bad here, it has a rich aroma of malt, with some notes of sweet milk. This smells almost like a milkshake to me.

Taste - A nice rich malt taste with some caramel and cream. This is a fine tasting dark beer, that's hard to beat for the price. It's rich without too much sweetness, nor does it fill you up like many similar brews. I can definitely drink several of these without feeling a stuffiness.

Mouthfeel - The Yuengling Black and Tan is heavier than most beers but still there's a light airy feel to it that's makes it less then chewy. The texture is smooth enough that you don't notice it unless it's called to your attention.

Overall - This beer is probably an intermediate step into darker more full-bodied dark beers. I find it very affordable and extremely drinkable when I'm in the mood for a beer of this type. I have found it this week for just under $20. Never has good flavor been this affordable.

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Photo of jlindros
2.63/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Ewwww.... screw cap!!! Minus points instantly.

Pours a light fizzy off white colored almost 1 fingered head that fades semi slowly, touch of lacing, semi clear for how dark it is, cola brown colored.

Nose is not so great, smells like a poor fermented corn stalk sugar, like a corn stalk or cane sugar that was fermented poorly, cola syrup, earthy like corn I think, touch of molasses like too, and a bit of unhappy lagering.

Taste is just as lame, a bit of a biscuity malt before going into that earthy root flavor, fermented corn stalk again with a bit of a corn like taste perhaps but more like the sugar poorly fermented again, and even that syrup tastes burnt somehow. Syrupy molasses flavors, a bit of a bad root beer syrup, etc. There is a touch of an unhappy lager but not really sulfur or skunk, just poorly lagered. it also brings some of the hops I really don't like, earthy herbal Hedgerow like U.K. style bitter hops, chewy leafy with mild to moderate bitterness. All that and it's still a bit watery. Finish is somewhat clean, and more watery, bit of molasses and fermented corn stalk sugar, more semi bitter U.K. earthy herbal hops, bit sticky.

Mouth is med to lighter bod, pretty lame for a black and tan, decent carb though.

Overall unimpressed, pretty lame beer all around, this didn't really have anything going for it.

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Photo of ColdWaffles
3.25/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Yuengling Black and Tan

Reviewed from notes from the Spring. Poured into a standard pint from a 12 oz bottle. Yuengling's Black and Tan is a combo of their Porter (actually a favorite budget buy of mine) and their "Premium Beer," which I've never had but I assume is their generic adjunct. Most people buy their "lager" which is a solid adjunct amber, perhaps the best budget macro America has to offer.

Appearance: This pours looking almost exactly like their porter, except the head is slightly whiter. 3/5

Smell: Smells like their porter with a hint of adjunct. Roasted malt meets adjunct grain. 3/5

Taste: Yuengling's Black and Tan isn't bad, but it doesn't taste far from either the signature lager or their porter. It's like a little boy's version of their little boy session porter. Hits you with adjunct first, follows with a surprisingly decent porter flavor. I'd just get the porter though. 3.5/5

Mouthfeel: Well, the porter is already thinner, so this ends up being like Yuengling Porter Light. A little weird, but not bad. Easily sessionable. I'd like to see if the calories correspond with a light porter. I'd be more interested then. 3/5

This is pretty standard beer. Absolutely nothing offensive about this, but really nothing interesting either. Go for the lager or the porter. 3.25/5

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Photo of IchLiebeBier
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance: Dark chestnut/amber body; huge frothy tan head

Aroma: Malty; grassy; biscuity; light roasted grains

Taste: Thin malt on start; starts off sweet with slight hop and nuttiness; finishes slightly sweet and thin; pretty unimpressive overall

Remarks: Did not score A, T, S, M at that time; disregard those scores

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Photo of WillWillows
3/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I have had better, and worse. This is not like a real half and half where you pour the golden yellow beer and layer the dark. In the English pubs a half and half was draught Guiness and draught bitter and there is little better than that before, during, and after your darts. This beer was slightly bitter, even when poured. Not much kick or punch to it at 4%. If this was kicked up to 6% it might be better. Not bad on the feel, taste and smell and you can drink a lot of these at a dollar a bottle, but pour it. My preference is this with some lighter beer in a real half and half in an English pint. Not too bad that way. Like to hear from other half and half drinkers and what they like.

By the way, the spell checker tries to change draught to draft and it just ain't the same in the US as it is in Blighty.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
74 out of 100 based on 662 ratings.