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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Ratings: 564
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%

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Yuengling Brewery visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of IMincedTheKing

New Jersey

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a large ecru head that fades fast.

The aroma is malty with hints of chocolate. Maybe some yeast and hops, but they're almost an afterthought.

A pleasant (albeit unexpected) hoppiness opens on the tongue and rolls out to sweet, adjuncty malts--mostly corn--and the slightest hint of chocolate. The hops lash back, and everything's rounded out for a balanced finish. The carbonation is on point, but the taste of corn hangs out a bit too long.

I only bought a single and didn't check the price of a sixer, but I could easily see this replacing the Lager as my go-to cheap beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-01-2010 00:40:53 | More by IMincedTheKing
Photo of jbone78


3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Not my typical Yuengling, but I had to try it. Pours Mahogony to brown with a nice head at first. Leaves a tiny bit of lace. Smells a bit toasty with tiny bit of a plastic/cough syrup flavor in it. Carbonated well with a malty finish. I would buy again.

Serving type: bottle

03-11-2010 22:43:44 | More by jbone78
Photo of JohnTerrizzi

West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Serving Type: poured from bottle into clear glass beer mug.

Appearance: dark copper almost brown. fleeting white foamy head. some lacing.

Smell: sweet malty with hints of hops.

Taste: malty sweet lageresque.

Mouthfeel: nice light body with a little fiz

Overall: similar to their lager. sweet. very malty. very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2012 01:03:35 | More by JohnTerrizzi
Photo of jwc215


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours reddish/copperish dark amber with a thin head that becomes wispy. Minimal dotted lacing slides down the glass.

The smell is grainy with toffee - slight hint towards chocolate, with an underlying bready and cherry-ish fruity character.

The taste is of caramel/toffee and grainy with bready and cherry-like fruitiness. Sweetish, but not too, with a minerally finish.

It has a medium body with medium, yet sharp (a bit too) carbonation.

An easy-drinking bock with a nice character and relatively mild abv for style.

Serving type: bottle

02-20-2010 04:03:29 | More by jwc215
Photo of ktrillionaire


3.7/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Yuengling Biergarten in Tampa

A - It pours a few shades short of a cola-brown hue, and is capped with a fizzy and surprisingly persistent off-white head.

S - The nose is just basically a hint of sweet malt and a hint of cascade (?), with some mineral water thrown in for good measure.

T - The flavor is surprisingly good; it is not hugely rich or complex, but it offers two notes and they are both working. The malt sweetness is just right; a sublime balance between sweet, caramelized and grainy has been achieved, and the hop contribution (lemon zest, woodyness) is readily discernible despite its relatively mild level of presence.

M - Nothing silky or expansively creamy here, but it is not bad. Medium-light in body, softly carbonated.

O - This is a very decent offering. It seems better on-tap than I recall it being in the bottle.

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2011 12:45:34 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of Biscuit033


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright copper with a nice off white head that disappears quickly.

S: Malty, with a bit of chocolate. Slight sweet syrup like notes. There is a bit of hay and dry grass notes.

T: Chewy and malty. Some hay, chocolate, and some caramel.

M: Thick and chewy. Feels a bit oily but dry in the finish.

D: Even though it is heavy bodied. I have no problem drinking a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

02-21-2010 22:09:09 | More by Biscuit033
Photo of coalcracker


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Cola dark with carbonating head that dissipates fairly quickly.
Smell: Light malty aroma with a lighter hop presence.
Taste: Malts and hops balance well here with a nod to the malts. These malts carry very subtle notes of currant and cocoa. A hop bitterness pulls through towards the end of the tasting. Finish is clean.
Mouthfeel: Quite smooth and medium-bodied, though perhaps a little thinner for the style.
Drinkability: Good drinkability for the style.

Overall, a style well-represented by Yuengling. A bit lighter than other Bocks I've had, but a good try nonetheless.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2010 02:22:54 | More by coalcracker
Photo of beerman207


3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Good dark beer - decent for the style.

S: Chocolate malt, coffee is faint but there, also a bit of skunk? - think it's a yuengling thing.

T: Chocolate malt, hops (faint), some bitter in there and just a nice flavor overall

M: Creamy, mild, easy to drink

D: Very good - could have a few of them without a problem

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2010 02:59:34 | More by beerman207
Photo of welldigger888

South Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a nice garnet and copper hue with a small white cap that faded fast with no lacing.

Sweet caramely bready boozey aroma that has a kiss of noble hop.

More of the same here, the boozey comes through pretty good (in a good way) & the long caramel finish plays well with the hint of noble hops for a fairly dry finish.

I think that they nailed the mouth feel on this brew. It has just the right amount of carbonation as well.

I like this brew and for the money it will dance.

Serving type: growler

03-22-2011 00:52:27 | More by welldigger888
Photo of Beerwolf666


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
Photo of AdamBear


3.65/5  rDev +8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A-brown, slightly translucent. thin cream head

S-caramel and grains. syrupy. light scent.

T-comes in with a really good taste of grains with a hint of caramel. there's a hint of pumpernickel to it. its a strong taste with a strong after-taste. its tasty

M-medium creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-very tasty and very easy to drink. obviously it has more of an adjunct taste to it than other good bocks, but its definitely a fun beer to drink. i could order this by the pitcher.

Serving type: on-tap

03-25-2012 18:19:54 | More by AdamBear
Photo of CurtFromHershey


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
Photo of yuenglings


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Seems not as dark as it was last year(ontap) but still has a nice dark brown amber like color with a good head that leaves a good laceing i also like the design on the bottles.
S:Theirs something a little off at first but then its all slightly bready roasted malts the rest of the way
T:not very complex which in this case may be good roasted carmel malt and thats about it, but good!
M:very smooth but a little light and water like with good carbonation leaves the toung wanting more with every sip.
D: I could easly drink alot of these and not relise it and now this year you can get it in cases so i will for sure be buying alot of this if its still around in april im going to take a bunch on my fishing trip.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2010 19:47:16 | More by yuenglings
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

04-11-2010 21:40:37 | More by oberon
Photo of OneDropSoup


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip pint: Translucent brown with deep amber highlights. 2 fingers loose, fluffy, khaki head that drops to a half-finger.

Smells lightly toasty, lightly caramel. A thin smell, with just a little of the musty quality I've come to appreciate in Yuengling.

Taste is not bad -- lightly toasted malt, a nuttiness that, combined with sweetness, brings to mind Honey Nut Cheerios, but really toned down. A kind of cola sweetness as well, with a slight grassiness from hops. Something likening it to the lager that I can't identify (Apples? Paper? Seltzer?)

Medium-bodied, a little fizzy with some lingering sugariness.

Not bad at all -- I can tell it's in the same family as Yuengling Lager & I like that, but it has its own character. Very drinkable, good for sessions.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2010 11:59:56 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of drtth


3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich dark copper, almost brown, color with a ½" thick light tan head filled with lots of different sized bubbles. The head soon recedes to a thin layer of foam and a small ring around the glass. Sipping produces lots of interesting lacing with a sheet and rings on one side of the glass and scattered speckles on the other. This persists for most of the beer.

Smell: While faint the aroma contains some rich caramel-like bready malt with a trace of roasted character and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: The flavor is clean, mild and pleasant. There is a touch of tart cherry/chocolate in with the lightly sweet malt. The bitterness here is quite restrained and there is also a slight metallic character that I believe comes from the hops. Initially I thought this a somewhat simple beer but the more I sip and reflect on it, the more complexity I think I'm finding.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a slightly prickly feeling from the active carbonation. The finish is medium long and nicely balanced between sweet and tart, and then between sweet and dry but with the dryness winning out in the end..

Drinkability: I'm liking this beer as a possibility for having again and for entertaining friends who think they don't like beer. I'm looking forward to next year and having this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2010 01:25:21 | More by drtth
Photo of armock

New York

3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good beer overall I wasn't expecting to be blown away but I was definitely pleased with this beer this is one that I could drink all night worth trying sometime

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2010 23:52:06 | More by armock
Photo of NJpadreFan

New Jersey

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
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!

Serving type: on-tap

04-08-2009 19:23:37 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of bbeane


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a snifter... starts with a thin off white head that lingers momentarily, leaving no lacing after its gone. Beer is a very dark amber color with little activity

S- After some swirls of the snifter... has a bready aroma with light notes of malty sweetness

T- Not much of the sweetness comes through in the taste... has a toasted malt flavor with a noteable bitterness

M- Full bodied with medium carbonation

D- Drinkable to style guidelines, but definitely not my favorite bock


Serving type: bottle

02-10-2010 04:36:58 | More by bbeane
Photo of y2jrock60


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- Dark brown with an off white head

S- The aroma is kind of funky, very sweet and malty

T- Sweet with a hint of the caramel malts

M- Medium-Light Bodied, a little thinker than their Lager

D- Highly drinkable

I've only had this brew once, I'm not sure how much it cost. If it's the same price as Traditional Lager I would pick up a case. Not the most impressive dark lager but not bad. Decent for a macro brew.

Serving type: bottle

02-16-2010 03:47:46 | More by y2jrock60
Photo of yesyouam

New York

3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yuengling Bock is a very clear and sparkling copper lager with a bubbly khaki head that leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a touch sweet and pretzely. Smells kind of like malt extract. It smells like brewing beer and baking pretzels. It's medium light bodied and pretty lively. The finish is a little gritty, but pretty clean. It has a malty, pretzely flavor. There's a nice toastiness to it. There's a touch of caramel and maybe even chocolate. A soft slightly herbal bitterness zips it up. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2010 10:12:58 | More by yesyouam
Photo of Shaw


3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep ruby in color with a fizzy off-white head that quickly reduces to a ring and an island in my glass.

A nice aroma of molasses and bread with a hint of hops.

The taste is malty, with light toasted and roasted flavors ending with a slight bitter twang. There's plenty of flavor to this bock.

Body has some substance to it with a nice amount of carbonation.

Overall a nice, inexpensive lager. It's not watery, but it's also not a big malt or hop bomb. Almost a session beer, but just a bit too strong.

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2010 03:53:09 | More by Shaw
Photo of Ironbuddha


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
Photo of sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presented with a dark brown slightly copper pint with a big light tan head that faded quickly to a film but left some small lacing
smell was very light and hard to pick up anything more than a bit of malt
taste was slightly malty with a burnt cereal grain background and finished with a surprising light German hop presence
mouthfeel was light to medium, very balanced
drinkability was good sessionable but the hop tasting burp got a bit tiring
Had on tap at the Gin Mill in Ellicottville NY on 4-15

Serving type: on-tap

04-17-2009 22:19:59 | More by sliverX
Photo of chcfan


3.58/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The goat on the bottle is drinking it out of a chalice, so I went with that.

On the darker end of amber-brown in color.

Little bit of a berry-like sweetness in the aroma.

Not a lot going on in the taste department, but it goes down very easily.

All in all a pretty solid bock offering from Yuengling.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2011 22:40:10 | More by chcfan
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