Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 665
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 3.37
pDev: 16.32%
Wants: 29
Gots: 65 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

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Beer added by: ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

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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.

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.

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.

Photo of Billolick
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

Photo of wattoclone
2.52/5  rDev -25.2%
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.

Photo of dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
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.

Photo of mart1018
2.31/5  rDev -31.5%
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.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, brown/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted bread and whole wheat crackers, followed by some caramel and brown sugar, and lots of black pepper and a touch of vinegar. Smells a little like sauerbraten.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Malty up front, followed by some good caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, and like the aroma, a touch of vinegar too. It not only smells like sauerbraten, but it tastes a little like sauerbraten. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, and very unique too. It has nice malt and sweetness flavors blended well with some very interesting sauerbraten-like vinegary notes. I’ve never had a beer like it, and I’d certainly have it again.

Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling- Bock

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Deep cola brown with a small soapy head. Light lacing.
S- Light caramelized malt, molasses, and borwn sugar.
T- Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and malt make up the bulk with a light cola corn syrup touch.
M- Sweet and malty strong molasses finish.

Overall- A bit light on the flavors but well balanced and definitely sessionable. I would say this is better than their lager!

Photo of asabreed
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass at a local bar in my hometown in western PA.

Appearance: A darker amber-ish color with a quickly-dissipating pocked white head. Looks like Yuengling Lager.

Smell: Smells like Yuengling Lager, maybe with a bit more herbal hop character as it warms. But really not much there overall.

Taste: And... yes, kind of tastes like Yuengling Lager. It's a bit darker and fuller, but aside from a bit more hops when it warms, which come through in the aroma too, more herbal, there's really not much here, and it's not something I'd want to go back to for another. As a matter of fact, I switched to Guinness after the first pint.

Mouthfeel: A bit watery at first with a semi-harsh burst of unexpected carbonation. Hard to explain, clearly, but it's weird.

Drinkability: Pretty average overall. Everything's a bit too mild and tone-down on overall flavor. Maybe a hoppier, thicker Yuengling in a way. I was a bit disappointed overall, as I was excited to try this and was let down a bit.

Photo of emsroth
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

App: A dark brown, but rather brilliant when held up to the light. Solid tan head with some lacing.

Smell: The smell of this beer does a number on the senses. Strong aromas of sweet roasted malt (with a hint of sourness) backed by a firm herbal, slightly fruity hop presence.

Taste: Bitterness is the dominant player in this beer. Dry, earthy flavors control. Roasted grain and nuts are matched equally by the herbal hop bitterness. Any sweetness comes in the end and smooths the palate in the form of caramel and sweet bread. The occasional tinge of alcohol makes itself known.

Medium body that barely stands up to the bock name

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark amber with a quarter of an inch of soft, off white head that fizzles away after a few seconds. The nose offers some faint caramel, some yeast, and some mild adjuncts. The flavor is caramelly up front with some very faint apple notes and finishes with some faint, bitter hops. The mouthfeel is a little too crisp for me, but has a medium body and is smooth.

This has good balance and is drinkable and enjoyable, but ultimately it doesn't have as much flavor or complexity as some other bocks out there.

Photo of mempath
4.6/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

nice looking bock....good head with big bubbles that laces nicely....then dissipates into odd, cool flecks....color is nice, like a dark cream soda...deep amber....like Y lager with a bit more density.

nice nose. the malts are right up front with a sweet, almost muscadine note. more complex and subtle than i expected. better than 'good'

now the taste takes it up a notch for good ole Yuengling....i love their 'real' brews (not those 'lights'), but this is up there. it's sort of like the lager with a bit of heft (again, similar). there's more flavor going on, alot of malt and breadiness. a nice, clean finish resonates, allowing a simple but very refreshing bock to unfold. the mouthfeel supports this well, showcasing both a creamy smoothness and a crisp, bristling veneer of carbonation. the breadiness continues to reassert, making this a Yuengling that is not only enjoyable as a premium 'everyday' beer, but one of some depth and balance.

all in all, it makes this an easy brew to session. and one you'd want to session. good to see something new from Yuengling!
if ANYTHING, i'd be glad to drink this in place of the lager. year round.

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Bock

I like the retro style of the label. Very nice. I'm not sure if Yuengling ever made a bock, but I'll assume they did as every brewery used to make one in spring. It was tradition. Quite often it was just their regular beer with a food coloring such as "Porterine" added in, but people thought it was something new and interesting. (I looked it up, yes, the label is original from 1941).

It pours a clear, very deep russet brown colored body beneath a short-lived head of tan foam.

In the nose it's lightly malty with a hint of caramel and toastiness, and some floral character. There's not really much there. There's very little malt considering it's a "bock", and what hops are there are only in the background.

The flavor delivers the same floral and gently toasty & caramelish character found in the nose; and although malt is most certainly present, it's not really sweet, and it doesn't seem "malty", at least not in terms of what you's expect from a bock beer. A firm bitterness balances it, and it finishes dry with some pleasant spicy hops lingering. Some astringency, unfortunately, mars it a bit.

Overall it's a little bit above average (think mass-produced golden lagers), but it's far from a bock. The 5.1% abv excludes that right off the bat with traditional bocks starting at 6.3%. The lack of malt flavor then completely shuts it down. Otherwise they're at least on the right track.

Photo of zaphodchak
3.48/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Two finger offwhite head from a pour that was probably a little aggressive. Body is a clear red-brown. Some lace.

Initially I didn't like the smell, but actually it's not bad. Some malt (if a bit syrupy)-- slightly tangy.

Surprisingly hop-forward for a bock (though not hoppy overall) with a bitter, not quite metallic aftertaste that has some citrus that I really don't think belongs in a bock. The hops tend towards the piney side, also off for a German style. If I reconsider the beer as a lightly hopped American red ale, it starts to make more sense. This is actually a bit better than I remember it. Kinda typical of Yuengling brews, not great, but by no means bad. The malt used tastes kinda light.

Mouthfeel is pretty smooth, but carbonation is a bit too present and starts to cut into the flavor.

Decent for the price, but probably not something I'd seek out again.

Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at Liberty St. Tavern for $3. Paired it with the mac & cheese pizza. Yum.

Frankly I'm not surprised, but this turned out to be a very bland beer. It was clean both in that there were clearly no flaws, but that the flavor profile is similar to that of water. There is a pleasant kiss of spicy hops in the aftertaste, but consider that's all my tongue could pick up, the hops are really the only taste. The beer reminds me a bit of bland "spring ales" or a watery copper ale.

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.51/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool retro label on the bottle of a billy goat drinking out of a glass. Unfortunately, the label is what I liked best about this beer.
This is my first attempt with a Bock, so I have nothing from this style to compare it to.

This is a dark beer with a clear, brown/copper color with a tan head.

Medium bodied, Sweetness at first, but finishes with a dry bitterness.

I tried, but could not get excited about this one.

Photo of beerluvr
3.38/5  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.

Photo of BeerVikingSailor
3/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Fresh bottle pour into pint glass....my first Yuengling! Really like that they brought this one back and used a very cool retro-40's label; the label adhesive is a tad weak though, and were coming off...

A: OK looking brew, for a bock, kind of a cross between Coke and cough syrup! Clear light head, some lacing on glass, slight carbonation

S: again, ok, average light maltiness, some faint breadiness as well, not big in the smell dept!

T: not bad overall, an easy sipping low ABV bock, light bodied, getting mostly sweet malts but not very full bodied for this style

MF: so so again, bit on the lightweight side, as above attributes

D: Glad I bought a sixer of this to try, would try again and want to try other Yuengling beers as well when I get a chance

The label is really cool, just wish they had used some better quality adhesive!

Photo of DerekP
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Mahogany-brown in appearance with a light-gray head on top that slims down to a thin yet respectable rim with a misty surface. Smells of wet malts and strange hoppy aromas. Floral with citrus notes (lemon and lime). Alcohol shows itself in the nose as well. Swirled the beer for more head and caught a whiff of a well-herbed beef stroganoff with mushrooms. Call me crazy.

Taste is muddled at first sip. Dry, bitter, and a bit muted. Fairly hoppy. Attenuation, just a smidgen; I'm not complaining. Alcohol flavor pulls itself up from below the stage. Faint caramel notes.

Mouthfeel...drink cold for best results. I'm drinking another to take another look, and a cold Yuengling Bock feels a lot better than one that's warming up after 20-30 mins. Pretty close to their Black & Tan in that respect.

Not bad; a little messy. Similar to Penn Brewery's St. Nikolaus Bock, but not as good.

SIDE NOTE: I've heard whispers that Yuengling Bock is merely another Black & Tan style of beer; this time a mixture of Yuengling Traditional Lager with Yuengling Porter or the Black & Tan. In my opinion, Yuengling would do better to create an authentic Bock. Still, if you're a Yuengling fan (and I'm one), not a bad seasonal change-up from the year-rounds.

Photo of russpowell
3.25/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This was the best of a bad selection at the local IGA in NC

Pours a chestnut color with with 2 fingers of tan colored head

S: Bready notes, slight fuittyness, some metallic notes once warm

T: Some breadyness, a touch of apricot, herbal & metallic hops up front. A touch more fruittyness, then herbal & metallic hops as this warms. Finishes with apricot, brown bread, a hint of molasess & more metallic hops, the real detractor in this

MF: Okay body, but a touch wateryness creeps once warmish

Drank alright, would take this over say a shiner bock, but still nothing to get worked up about. Drink ice cold for better drinkability IMO

Photo of nicholas2121
3.83/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Yuengling Bock brewed Yuengling Brewery with an ABV of 5.10% This brew pours out a dark brown color with a nice white head. This is a filtered brew, you can see right thought it. The smell is rich with some caramel. You also pick up grains in the smell. The taste is rich and bold but also smooth. There is a lot going on in this brew. Yuengling Bock is a nice well balanced brew. There is nothing over powering in this brew. The start off of this brew, is nice and it has a nice smooth end. The mouthfeel is real nice and clean. This is a bock brew that I will buy again. Overall I'm giving Yuengling Bock a 4 out 5.
Thank You Yuengling Brewery

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