Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 656
Hads: 2,174
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 32.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 342 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Black & Tan |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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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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Photo of MaltyBob
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

This beer has a decent appearance and smell. The weak point for me is the mouthfeel, very thin...

This is another Yuengling anachronism: WAY better than Macros, but weak for a craft beer. It is what it is. It drinks pretty good and is inexpensive and works wonders for cooking brats or making
beer biscuits too.

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Photo of CloudStrife
3.49/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a deep ruby brown appearing black in the glass with a minimal slightly yellowed head. Leaves some spots of lacing as the head quickly dissipates.

S: Carmel and roasted malt come to mind but with a macro sort of tinge to it. Bit of a grassiness to it as well.

T: Has what you would expect from a black and tan. Sort of a pale ale lightness in the front with a roasted darker finish. Touch of carmel sweetness to it reminds me of an English style. Not an extremely flavorful example here but a light non-offensive approach.

M: Light mouthfeel with average carbonation, has a bit of a watery mouthfeel to it. Finish is a bit sticky but doesnt detract too much from its sessionability.

Overall for the price this one is tough to beat. Provides a bit more flavor than your standard cheap beer. Always find myself coming back to this one.

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Photo of Izzybackyet462
3.8/5  rDev +18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Yuengling has pulled through yet again! First off, drink this beer out of a glass rather than a can or bottle. The pour is great. The beer is darker than I had expected and holds a nice head after pouring. This beer smells similar to the Yuengling lager, but with a hint of roasted malt. The taste is very similar to the Yuengling Porter only milder. I enjoy the Porter's flavor but it is too strong for my preferences. The Black & Tan is more mellow while still having that roasted malt taste. The mouthfeel is slightly heavier than the Yuengling lager but is still very drinkable. Overall I give this beer slightly under a 4. For $22 bucks a case it's a great beer. Good micro-brew type flavor at a very reasonable price.

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Photo of mikeg67
1.88/5  rDev -41.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

12 oz bottle. Pours brown with short lived, beige head. Nose is of bready malt, ripe fruit and lemonade. Body is medium, smooth and astringent. Taste is of toasted malt, chalk, metallic, very astringent. Finish is long and astringent. At least I did not buy this crap.

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Photo of BigDaddyJohn
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Got a sixer cause I thought it was time to give it a try. Won't do that again. Expected a little more from Yuengling. Drank from a bottle so not gonna comment on appearance. The taste was a little bland. Thought there would be more complexity. Finish was ok, about the only part of it that I enjoyed. Got less than I paid for.

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Photo of ryan1788a5
2.37/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A: Very deep brown in color, but with some red hues. Good clarity. Two fingers of thick creamy beige head retain extremely well. Lacing decorates the glass as if it were a veil.

S: Corny scent. Grassy hops. Muted aroma of brown cocoa and brown bread. That is all. Very bland and nondescript.

T: Sweet corn and grain husk. Grassy hops. Vague suggestions of brown cocoa, cola, molasses, and bread crust. Corn comes back and stomps out all else. Sweet finish of corn and muted grassy hop.

M: Light-medium body. Somewhat creamy with an active carbonation. It seriously lacks substance and comes off overly foamy.

O: Just not very good. Overly sweet, lacking substance. Too much adjunct lager, not nearly enough porter. Not worth a second look.

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Photo of Bills453
2.37/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - nice black color. Only issue here and what makes it lose some points is the head of the beer vanishes very quickly.

Smell - unfortunately not a good smell here. I was hoping to have a nose full of malts. Jose full of nothingness...

Taste - same as smell...not fantastic. I guess ok for a 5.99 Black and Tan.

Mouthfeel - average

Overall - so-so, about on par with Yuengling offerings.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
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