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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 561
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%


Brewed by:
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009)
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bgillespie

New Jersey

3.35/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear brown. Tan head that quickly dissipates with little lacing.

Smell: Nothing too strong, maybe some piney aroma.

Taste: Spices and malt, hops, roasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium body, average carbonation.

Overall: Not a bad beer and I am glad I had it. First had it from the tap which was much better than the bottle .

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2014 05:04:33 | More by bgillespie
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Slagpile

Pennsylvania

2.4/5  rDev -29%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I gave the Bock of the last two years a medium to low rating, majorily due to the fact that Yuengling has given way to the pressure to release their beer all too soon. In years gone by, the Bock wasn't released until March and ran through June, normal Bock release time. Typically a Bock is created at the end of winter and cellared until the first thaw, this gives it the distinct flavors, and causes it to mature through age. The Bock of old would release in the spring and the taste would evolve throughout the relaese. When Yuengling releases the Bock it is not ready for consumation, and it will have a very strong taste, both hoppy and roasted in taste. In my experience, the beer will maturate over a period of months, each month mellowing in flavor and revealing more complexities of the original mash tun. Although I don't agree with what Dick is doing with the release date of his Bock, I have put a few 6-packs on the shelf for, say, April and May, they will definately have a different taste by then.

Serving type: bottle

03-08-2014 06:17:25 | More by Slagpile
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Suds

Pennsylvania

3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the idea of throwback bocks, and I understand that this beer has been around for a little while, but this was the first time I'd seen it in a local store. It's a very clear, chestnut colored brew, moderately low in carbonation, with a thin, whitish head. The smell is of an adjunct lager, mixed with some pleasant lightly toasted malt (identity crisis?). The taste is sweet, with some malt backbone...some macro corn-like flavors as well...more front-line bitterness than expected too. Medium in body, more than expected. This is not a great beer, but it isn't bad either. Like I said, I am a fan of throwback brews.

Serving type: bottle

03-02-2014 01:47:14 | More by Suds
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ChiChi

Maryland

3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Heavy mouthfeel, leaves a bitter aftertaste, yet easily drinkable. Just the right amount of carbonation, that aspect gets a win for me. Mid-brown color leaves a thin head almost no tracing. I get an earthy taste from this, some hints of wood as well. This beer definitely strong arms the pallet, cleanse before trying anything else, it sure will muddle it. I'll stick to the rules and not say which Bocks I had that were better, many were, but for the price, this one is acceptable.

Serving type: bottle

02-23-2014 20:19:53 | More by ChiChi
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BoulderBarrovecchio

Pennsylvania

1.3/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: Brown amber color with two inch head.
S: Slight malt scent, smells similar to an American lager.
T: Simple malt on front end, no taste on back end, it disappears.
M: Thin, light body, flat with no carbonation.
O: Flat, simple, thin, disappointing.

Serving type: bottle

01-20-2014 01:54:22 | More by BoulderBarrovecchio
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Torxbit

Texas

1.63/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

To call this a bock is like calling a pilsner an IPA, only backwards. It is the worst example of a bock I have ever tasted. It is twice as bitter and half as malty. I am thankful I only wasted money on a 6-pack. Someone should really educate them on the bock style. Yuengling makes a good lager. But as far as a bock it would not even be suitable for marinade.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2014 03:25:59 | More by Torxbit
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Beerwolf666

Maryland

3.66/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

OK..First Off,I Understand that "Yuengling Bock" is not a world class "Bock",and Admit it is not a Great Bock,However,I Personally Very much Like this Beer for what it is,and for what it is Not..It is a Very Light Bock,and if there is such a thing as a "Session Bock" then I think this is as close to one as you will Find,not Heavy or filling in the least,but with a nice,mild Roasty flavor.."Mild" Being the Key word here,
it seems that this beer gets it's fair share of less then stellar Reviews,and I suppose I can understand why..to a point,it is not what most people expect from a Bock Beer,I think most people expect tons of flavor,Very strong Roasty notes and an overall strong beer,and this Bock just is not that @ all,but as I said,I Myself Like this Beer a LOT,Maybe because I have been a longtime drinker of mass produced Macro Beers such as Bud,Coors,Miller,Pabst,Rolling Rock and such,and I find Yuengling Bock to be a Nice Alternative to these beers on the Hot days of summer,perhaps @ a cookout & summer parties outdoors,where a more traditional Bock would be way too Heavy and filling,Yuengling Bock is a perfect Fit,,[for me anyway;)] and while it is not full of flavor & taste,it sure as hell beats the crap out of the swill you will find at a lot of BBq's and Outdoor parties where there seems to be nothing but Coolers full of Bud Light,Coors Light and other Horrible, Watered down Soda water some people call "Beer"..YUCK!;)
In Closing I would just like to add,I think this beer gets a bit too much Negative press from people Comparing it to other,More Traditional Bocks,a lot of them costing @ least twice as much,I can pick up Yuengling Bock up all day long for around $6.50 a 6er,that is a VERY sweet price point for a good,smooth drinking beer of any type,let alone a Bock,and Personally ..I just enjoy this beer a lot & do not think it deserves the amount of hate it gets,but thats just my opinion man,so hate it if you want to,but me? I am gonna drink the hell out of it! hehe,cheers!

Serving type: bottle

08-12-2013 14:57:34 | More by Beerwolf666
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scotorum

Massachusetts

3.44/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Bought a sixer at Beers of the World in Henrietta NY on sale for $5.  Seemed like a great buy considering Yuengling's popularity and the fact that not everyone makes Bock. 

a. As I was travelling,  this was poured into the only non-disposable cup available, my coffee mug.  Attractive brown-amber with surprisingly little head even though served close to room temp.

s.  Nothing evident.

t. Mild-sweet, pleasant maltiness.

m. smooth.

o. A drinkable bock, not enough distinctive taste to get especially excited about, but a good solid pleasing beer with nothing to dislike about it. Have had two and the second was consistent with the first.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2013 04:17:13 | More by scotorum
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jamesg60

New Jersey

3.76/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was my first Bock experience and is was a good one I must say I do like and what I understand they just started brewing again after a long hiatus. Reddish color and very hoppy and Carmel taste. It is now I guess a seasonal brew for them and lets hope they continue brew for all to taste..

Serving type: bottle

06-07-2013 18:29:07 | More by jamesg60
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seanymac66

Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am very satisfied with this attempt by yuengling. It gets a little old when you grew up around yuengling lager and constantly hear everyone boast about it. They have a nice niche. Note - this is a lager. I praise yuengling for marketing this attempt. That said, is it a world class bock? Hell no. Did I enjoy it? Hell yes. For the price and taste I would gladly buy this every time over regular yuengling lager. That is if they keep making it. Cheers to yueng for trying something different (or at least a little different.) And of course cheers to you, mateys!

Serving type: bottle

06-05-2013 08:42:24 | More by seanymac66
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mattcrill

Ohio

3.48/5  rDev +3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25

Aroma: Light dark bread note up front. Slight hint of sulfur in the background. Low dark fruit esters and a hint of earthy hop aroma.

Appearance: Clear copper pour with amber edges. Low off-white head that retains moderately.

Flavor: Dark bready character up front, a touch of spicy/earthy hop notes in the background to balance, and a hint of dark fruit. Nothing offensive, pronounced, or over the top. Balance is to the malt. Finish is crisp and dry.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium-high carbonation. A slight carbonic bite but no alcohol heat or astringency.

Overall impression: A very approachable beer. Provides much more flavor than the typical industrial/commercial offerings. It will appeal to the masses but probably won't do much for any extreme beer enthusiasts. The product is nicely done and for the price point, I'll be bock.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2013 20:17:53 | More by mattcrill
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Foam

Pennsylvania

2.78/5  rDev -17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I just bought a 24-bottle case of thistuff down at my local beer distributor (PA.) Twas on sale $10 off since it's out of season by several months. (they kept it cold whole time, fortunately.)
i was in a mood for an un-pretentious lager or pilsener on this warm Spring late April day and et voila.
It is dark caramel/amber in appearance , doesn't have much going on in the nose, a grainy gritty slightly bitter taste and mouth-feel .
One cannot expect authentic German bock if Yuengling concocted this beer. It's very much Yuengling-y if y ou catch my drift .
You get what you pay for .
Would be good with sushi i'm thinking and burgers and Mexican fare . (your mileage may vary on food pairings, of course....)

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2013 23:17:25 | More by Foam
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mynie

Indiana

3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Toby Hill in Clarion, PA.

Rather boilerplate--but solid--example of the style. Pours a limp and nearly headless brown with an aroma of grass and sugar dusted caramel. Tastes sweet and crisp, with mild and zippy nodes of fruit, biscuits, and sugar against a pleasantly fleeting backend of grass and mild hops.

Serving type: on-tap

04-13-2013 12:43:37 | More by mynie
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thecheapies

Pennsylvania

3.09/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Maroon color to the beer. However, no head. None. Looks unlike a beer.

Pretty robust and malty in the nose for a Yuengling. Some raisin, roast, cough syrup, and tinniness.

Bock-y roast and semi-fruitiness. Not terribly metallic, but it's here. Raisin, wet grain, dark bread, burnt sugar, wort-iness. Piquant in the finish, thanks to the stirring carbonation. Body is medium.

Eh, I'll be honest; I could easily have a few of these. Nothing too good. Just a malty Yuengling.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2013 14:46:02 | More by thecheapies
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JJKBeerLvr

Pennsylvania

3.93/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

Pored from a bottle into a pint glass.

A: Medium amber color. Not too dark.

S: Light hops, not much of a malty aroma.

T: There is a balance of hops and malt, but the hops dominates. The hop flavor is not overly assertive, and overall the flavor is well balanced. It is very smooth, and interesting.

M: Thinner than I expect from a bock. It is light on the tongue.

O: Good bock, especially when I am in the mood for a slightly hoppy flavor. My only wish is that it would have a more substantial fell in the mouth.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2013 17:03:08 | More by JJKBeerLvr
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fx20736

New York

1.88/5  rDev -44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 1.5

Bought as part of a 6 pack from Beers of the World on 3/29/13.

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass served cool.

Perfectly clear dark amber with a 1 finger tannish gray head. no lacing.

aroma: not pleasant, reminds me a little of a dirty diaper.

mouthfeel: slightly better than average.

taste: some toasted malt with a slight caramel sweetness before a nasty cooked vegetable taste .it ends with a husky dried corn impression before a slight metallic bitterness.

notes: this is horrible beer. mean looking, wretched smelling and awful tasting. I couldn't finish it and am now stuck with 5 more bottles.

Serving type: bottle

03-30-2013 00:33:54 | More by fx20736
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wattoclone

Pennsylvania

2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There are two predominant characteristics of beer flavor: hops and malt. Some palates prefer one of these, I prefer a balance of the two as is found in the beers from Germany. This bock is an example of a typical American style of bock where the hops predominate and the malt sweetness is in the background. FIne if you prefer this style, a tragedy if you do not. I prefer a more balanced brew.

Serving type: bottle

03-05-2013 21:02:28 | More by wattoclone
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Ironbuddha

Pennsylvania

3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decided to try this, kind of been on a bock/double bock kick lately...felt it was smoother than conventional yuengling lager, with a more refined taste. Decent reddish-umber colour, smelled faint notes of caramel. Left little to no head (came from tap and what little head was there quickly dissipated), taste was conventional bock, without being too dry. All told, a pleasing beer, but not one i would go out of my way for.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2013 00:51:01 | More by Ironbuddha
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patpbr

Ohio

3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

The appearance is a darker then amber, brown, with a light head. grainy aroma. A bit of hop presents, but this is malt centered, with a sweet and caramel taste. More carbination then expected. The price and the ease of drinking make it worth a try. I will take my bock exploration elsewhere.

Serving type: bottle

02-26-2013 02:16:48 | More by patpbr
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CurtFromHershey

Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Pours a deep amber brown with orange edges. Modest head with decent retention. Weak lacing, but more than other yuengling varieties.

Smells kinda like cold cuts. Very odd. Somewhat pleasing though.

Taste actually quite the surprise. Rich, bready, surprising floral hop presence. Stunned at the quality.

Mouthfeel a little thin for a bock, but otherwise not unpleasant.

Overall this one is worth the price of admission, which isn't actually saying much since it's very cheap. First of their seasonals that I felt was noticeably better than the lager.

Serving type: bottle

02-17-2013 20:25:08 | More by CurtFromHershey
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beerluvr

Ontario (Canada)

3.39/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A brisk pour into a German dimple mug kicks up a brief rocky head of light tan foam that settled with large soap-like bubbles that collapses into a 1/4" collar. Nice dark tea color with healthy carbonation, sweet bready malts and a lingering subtle roastiness, very light hop aroma. Nice dark bread & bittersweet flavor...more bitter from the dark malts rather than hops, a fruity note remains after taking a mouth filling sip. Decent but thin mouthfeel and prickly carbonation. Finishes up roasty-malty. Nice showing from Yuengling but some more malt backbone would elevate this to a truly high quality Bock. Good session brew nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2013 23:45:56 | More by beerluvr
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nukem5

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a dark rick amber color with a nice tan cap of foam .

S: Aroma is of sweet malts, caramel and light chocolate.

T: Taste is of toasted malts, some carmal and brown bread taste.

M: Mouthfeel is of medium body lacing down glass.

O: Overall a decent beer from the brewers at Yuengling, thanks and keep up the good work.

Serving type: bottle

01-27-2013 02:52:00 | More by nukem5
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Billolick

New York

3.4/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, w/o freshness info

The pour is medium amber, darker tan head, with moderate retentive capabilities. Leaves minor and quickly sliding lace.

Sweet malt and a bit of honey on the nose.

Mostly sweet malts again, honey and dark bready qualities. Low to moderate complexity.

Easy drinking brew, decent for a cool fall or winters day. Easily accessable near craft beer that would make sense to introduce to a newbie.

Also would work in a marinade or stew/pot of chili.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2012 22:09:03 | More by Billolick
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Burgundy red when backlighted shows a initially strong carbonation that quickly tampers down to a soft flurry. Fluffy beige head is a finger high, short on the hold and shows a light to medium rate of lace coverage.

S: The nose is a bit disappointing, fresh celery leafs, sweet malt, none to fruity, none to enticing, with a low aromatic appeal.

T: The flavor is sweet, a bit fruity of apples and sweetly toasted malt and cereal grains. Low warming of noble flowers, a bit of spicy hops on the close.

M: syrupy, pretty good stickiness and thickness, low level of carbonation.

O: Overall it can hardly compare to an Salvator or other notable bock. Seems to be a tweener and more of an introductory to the yuengling crowd or macro world to the world of bocks. Low alcohol, lack of fruity nature with a macro-infused flavor that lacks depth, substance and seems to trail off and thin out at knockout. Drinkability is low, enjoyment is low and grows tiresome by end of a single serving lacking enthusiasm for another. A c- to c rating is about right here, didn’t offend, yet didn’t offer reason to keep drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2012 23:08:56 | More by beerthulhu
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Jadjunk

Georgia

3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling has been finding ways to creep into "craft" territory with this spring seasonal offering. I've had a good many bock beers before and am looking forward to reviewing this beer. Purchased at Five Points in Athens for a steal at $5 / sixer.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a Yuengling pint glass. Served at 47º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) A vigorous pour yields a foamy light tan head with some light sticky lacing. surface bubbles are small and lumpy and side bubbles are soapy, thin and carbonated. Settling thickens the crown to an attractive and uneven lumpy surface cover. Overall the retention is average, and could improve, but I've seen much worse for the style. Body color is a medium-dark caramel-toned brown with some sporadic lively carbonation. Overall its quite a nice appearance from a macro brewery's take on a crafty style. 4

(Smell) Nose is chock full of caramel malts, with lesser emphasis on toffee, bitter nut and a touch of alcohol. Balance is decent with both a sweet and bitter focus in places. Despite not being too complex, the aroma has a medium potency and is appealing enough for the style. It's nothing original for a bock, although I find it enjoyable to whiff on for the most part. 4

(Taste) First impressions demonstrate a surprisingly shallow flavor, and it never really picks up much from there. Very light and watery bready caramel malt and bitter nut flavors minus the alcohol which fortunately doesn't come into play much. Flavors would be quite nice if they were a little fuller on the taste. Malts come through the most and a lingering bitterness to pair is murky and faded at best, failing to round out the taste well and bring a genuine balance to the brew. Despite the lack of striking bitterness, the beer doesn't happen to be too sweet. The resulting flavor is a decent, yet thinly flavored bock style beer, but a very drinkable one and a good session choice. I certainly wouldn't turn one of these down if offered, but it isn't my go-to choice for a bock. The flavors are just too mundane to bring any springtime cheer to my glass. 3

(Mouthfeel) Mostly slick with a bit of air on the tongue but a slightly crisp finish with a bit of bite which would pair well with a bitter finish... if the beer had one. Alcohol presence is low. Body is low as well, mostly suggestive of the thin and underdeveloped tastes. It's a decent mouthfeel, but suggests that there's much more to the taste than there really is, which doesn't make it the greatest pair but I wish the taste was more like the mouthfeel is crafted for; a nice airy malty flavor and a crisp, tart finish. It's just not the best pairing out there, but it's not the mouthfeel's fault. 4

(Overall) Aside from the at-times shallow taste (a dominating component of any beer), Yuengling comes close to crafting a real winner that would be difficult to isolate from competing bock beers out there from even the most handsomely crafted alternatives. I would recommend a try, especially if you can find it for a tempting $5 like I did. It's a light drinking bock, so it may just work for you if you're looking for a good session beer to highlight the change of seasons... or on a tight budget, which is as good an excuse as ever to pick some up. 3.5

Yuengling Brewery's
Yuengling Bock
3.45/5.00

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 03:32:22 | More by Jadjunk
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Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 561 ratings.