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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 643
Reviews: 233
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.62%
Wants: 27
Gots: 47 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery visit their website
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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Reviews by KFaulkner:
Photo of KFaulkner
3.73/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I had the pleasure of trying Yuengling Bock on-tap at local Chambersburg watering hole The Cottage.

The draft was served in a "true" pint; the beer was darker than expected and not very foamy. The dark, murky beer was an unexpected surprise from Yuengling.

The beer was thick and malty, like any good bock, and had a very strong caramel flavor. It was smooth and didn't seem anything like a typical Yuengling; it had depth and character. I hope that folks who enjoy the Yuengling Lager will try it and discover the bock style in the way its meant to be enjoyed.

The last quarter of my pint was a bit heavy but I was drinking lighter beer earlier in the evening. All of the guests at my table tried a pint, and many ordered a second (and a third). It seemed to be universally enjoyable.

A recommended try on a new style from an established brewer; America's oldest. Chalk this one up along with Yuengling's other under-rated styles: Black & Tan and Porter.

KFaulkner, Feb 26, 2009
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.63/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This "small" bock is really nicely priced,I think a good value.Poured a rich amber with a nice creamy-like one finger head that settled into a creamy mass.Mainly caramel in the nose,slight roast as well.Flavors are caramel accented with some roasted nut notes,a sweetish bready malt flavor comes in as well.Not bad,its modest but decent in my mind.

oberon, Apr 11, 2010
Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The cool old school styled label has no other info.

Appearance: In the glass it has a nice reddish brown color with good clarity. A small light tan head settles to a thin ring of slick lacing around the edge of the glass to cap this beer off.

Smell: The nose is light overall and has a modest bready maltiness with light toasted notes, some raw gain and toffee like sweetness. Hops are very distant but seem to add a slight earthy character.

Taste/Palate: The base is malty but a bit thin for the style. There are mild bready and toasted notes with some caramel and toffee like sweetness balanced by light earthy hops. This adds mild bitterness, a touch of acidity and a little dryness to the finish. On the tongue it feels a bit thin for the style and there is plenty of carbonation.

Notes: For me it just misses the mark and my overall feeling is that it's a very drinkable but average at best Bock.

generallee, Mar 26, 2011
Photo of ValpoExpo
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

ValpoExpo, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

TimoP, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of BeerIsland
3.28/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a draft at Max's Tuesday the 3rd. This was not an impressive beer. Not much of a nose and the flavor was fair with little finish. It does go down pretty easy, though. It's hard to believe that it's a blend of two decent beers, the Chesterfield and the Porter, according to Don Russell. It would seem like more Chet than Porter; maybe 2 to 1. I have the feeling that this will go better with the regular Lager crowd.

BeerIsland, Mar 05, 2009
Photo of Billolick
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
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.

Billolick, Sep 24, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

donunrue, Feb 26, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

JC333, Jun 17, 2013
Photo of wattoclone
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
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.

wattoclone, Mar 05, 2013
Photo of dogfishandi
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my brother in law gave me one of these while we watched the sabres playoffs against philly. 12 oz. twist off bottle around fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a clear brown color with some red rubiness in the light. one finger of off white head that settled rather quickly to a ring and some patchy foam. no real lace to speak of.

a sweet grainy malty aroma, maybe some fruitiness. some mineral lager yeast. not a whole lot of aroma to speak of.

again, sweet grains at the forefront, some fruits, hints of caramel, sulfer mineral lager yeast, and maybe some tea like herbal hop qualities with a little bitterness.

medium bodied, assertive carbonation, finishes rather dry.

overall: kind of what i expected from this brewery, i respect it for its rich history, but not something i would buy. reminds me in many ways of gennesee bock beer

dogfishandi, Apr 16, 2011
Photo of PretzelsNBeer
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%

PretzelsNBeer, Apr 09, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

HeyYoMar, Feb 28, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

briandaube, Sep 06, 2014
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

williamjbauer, Mar 23, 2013
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appears a filtered caramel amber hue with a full 2 fingers worth of foam, light khaki head dwindles at a moderate pace leaving scattered lacing to the sides of my glass. The retro Yuengling Bock label was a poster from when the brew was originally released.

Aroma is faint some mild fruitiness and a touch of caramel with light herbal hop accents, it's pretty straight forward. In the background there's some faint metallic slight mineral water notes going on.

Flavor is a balanced maltiness some earthy herbal hops roll in, with sweet caramel and slight tart apple fruit notes. Again the mineral content shines through with some metallic harshness but overall it doesn't get in the way of the overall experience.

Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied with ample carbonation, doesn't seem the most natural but it works for me.

Drinkability overall is solid for what it is, a throwback "bock" beer from Yuengling is a welcome addition to their bottled lineup. I had it on tap last season when they first re released it. A beer that I will definitely enjoy again in the future, it's more interesting than most other macros out there trying to brew something different.

WVbeergeek, Mar 27, 2010
Photo of chinchill
3.44/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

chinchill, Oct 09, 2014
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4/5  rDev +18.7%

j_hollings13, Jun 19, 2014
Photo of mart1018
2.3/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

I won't be bock.
I remember the dark sweet Easter drink from"childhood", those teens when Pops explained the goat among other things, you're not JFK and this is not bock. I was told that bock was done to clean out the 'STUFF" that accumulated in the brewery.

mart1018, Mar 11, 2011
Photo of ianjsullivan
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

S: 12 oz poured into a Guinness glass

A: Chestnut brown and clear, but, when held to the light it becomes more orange and red, there is decent carbonation.

S: Some malt and dark sugar.

T: Some malt, hops are present, little sweetness.

M: Medium-body without a lot of creaminess.

D: Heavier that I expected.

ianjsullivan, Feb 20, 2010
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3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Putter, Feb 21, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.4%

breedsimpsonville, Jun 13, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev -3.6%

dcbeers, May 20, 2013
Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a sort of mahogany, ruby red hues in a medium brown, clean and clear and barely dark enough to be very slightly opaque. The off-white head is about half a finger tall and spritzy but retention isn't bad. Lacing is spotty and consistent.
It's balanced like a Bock, pretty even between hops and malts. The primary balance is between caramel and toffee from the hops with a bit of raw fruits and floral with mildly leafy hops bitterness. It's light overall, keeping with Yuengling's status as gateway craft.
The feel is light as well, not quite the appropriate medium body or so of the style. Carbonation is moderate, lending itself to a continuous crispness and contributing to a good smoothness.
This isn't a bad Bock by any means.

Brenden, Mar 09, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +33.5%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
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Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
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