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Yuengling Black & Tan - Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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662 Reviews

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Reviews: 662
Hads: 2,204
Avg: 3.22
pDev: 32.3%
Wants: 28
Gots: 363 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

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Photo of Ricochet
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this with Pizza while in Pitt. It was dark, but I didn't see it out of the bottle.(See Update) Smell had a little porter bite to it. Washed this beer around. It was a little thin but seemed average for black and tans I've had in the bottle.

This was a cut above most of the bottled macros, but there were some taste notes that seemed a little off. It was served Ice cold, and I would say let it warm for a bit before drinking. It started out with a weak coffee taste and was taken down a peg for using just "ordinary" beer to mix with the porter, almost like a good porter poured into a MGD. (Maybe with less of the corn flavor of MGD) As it warmed a little, then more complex porter flavors came out but was still not enough to say "That was great, give me another!" For the price, it is okay as an alternate to macros when eating out, but I would want something else when the food is done.

Update 06/04/06- Actually bought this for consumption at home and changed my opinion of it. This can't be beaten for the price. The premium beer had less of a pronounced flavor and let the porter dominate. Also was very dark in the glass, but could still see light through it so I was right on with my better than average number from the restaurant. Upped ratings for taste and drinkability and will get this again.

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Photo of davewrona
4.05/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I was raised in the town this beer is brewed and the smell on hot summer day could make you want to quit drinking, however, this is excellent for a porter mix! This is really taking off in our area - on draught in many taprooms now! Worth stopping and trying if you are on the East Coast.

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Photo of cptnjck101
4.07/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yuengling makes some great brews and the Black & Tan doesn't disappoint. It's as smooth a Black & Tan as I've ever had with a great coffee like after taste. Pours a lovely dark color and the smell is just as great. This will be a constant in my fridge for years to come.

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Photo of farHillsBrewer
2.53/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The color was porter-like but the head faded pretty quickly and no lace. There was a trace of caramel, but not much. there was sufficient malt to make it drinkable and just enough hops to qualify as a beer. Overall the taste was not satisfying, although it was fairly drinkable. Not up to Y's Porter, which I fell is their best brew.
I wouldn't buy it again, but I would take it over a Killians or other crap beer.

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice deep dark ruby color.Very small tan head that quickly receedes.Very subtle aroma of chocolate malt.Slight caramel aroma.Good balance of roasted malt flavors.No real hoppiness.Very smooth beer.Nicely balanced.A good cheap"er" alternative when you need it.

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Photo of Jacobob10
3.42/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark brown/black color with a small head that doesnt last long. The aroma contains a roasted malt character that tickles the back of my mouth when i smell it. Slightly spicy taste while retaining the roasted malt quality. It leaves your mouth feeling a bit dry, yet the drinkability is high if you are in the mood. This is a good combo of their porter and premium beer, but even their porter isnt that heavy, which explains why this is so drinkable. A perfect pairing with a nice grilled steak with bbq sauce. Perfect to drink while you are bbq-ing, period.

This is a favorite of mine for the summer time. As I stated when i reviewed the Yuengling Lager, I favor these when i am home in NJ because it is unavailable in Massachusetts. Enjoy.

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Photo of CBFanWish
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As far as black and tans go, this isn't too bad. It seems to be more of a porter than anything.
Appearance-Black with no head
Smell-Mild chocolate, prune, subtle hoppiness
Taste-More complex than I thought it would be. Notes of chocolate, fruity hops, and a touch of coffee. The lager is so over powered that it's not even noticable.
Mouthfeel-Light, moderate carbonation
Drinkability-Easy to drink. Perfect summer "dark" beer.

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Photo of tar
2.82/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very dark brown, transparent near the edges of the glass, with a thin white head which quite quickly fizzes away to almost nothing. Smells of chocolate with some fruitiness as well (cherries and plums?). Feels quite thin and almost watery in the mouth. A very unimpressive taste overall, slightly of malt but mostly nondescript--coffee flavors emerge slightly as it warms. The finish is dry with some unpleasant bitterness (almost like a burnt flavor), which in particular comes out as the beer warms. Overall a very "average" and unimpressive beer which I would not recommend.

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Photo of Stopper
3.69/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This blend pours a deep ruby brown with a modest tan head that fades pretty fast. The aroma is of chewy malt and slight esters, evoking chocolate licorice. The initial flavor is slightly less malty than suggested by the aroma, exhibiting little base malt sweetness and just a touch of roast, with little recognizable hop bitterness. The mouthfeel is medium to light. Flavors similar to the aroma come out in the finish with a wisp of roast flavors and a subtle lingering resin of mild hops.

The aroma on this is intriguing. It's initially a little drier and less flavorful than one might hope from the aroma, probably due to the use of some adjuncts. But overall it's tasty and refreshing, and should make a great alternative summer session beer to many lighter American beers.

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Photo of Joey7F
2.84/5  rDev -11.8%
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)


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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.

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Photo of PSUDREW
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

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Photo of merlin48
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
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.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.75/5  rDev -14.6%
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.

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Photo of Charthepirate
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
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.


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Photo of NJpadreFan
2.85/5  rDev -11.5%
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!!!

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Photo of GCBrewingCo
2.69/5  rDev -16.5%
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.

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Photo of GuinnessSmurf
2.8/5  rDev -13%
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.

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Photo of RBorsato
3.41/5  rDev +5.9%
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"

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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.

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Photo of Beerboybill
1.87/5  rDev -41.9%
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.

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Photo of ManekiNeko
1.56/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

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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.

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Photo of theozag
4.15/5  rDev +28.9%
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. -

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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.

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