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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling BockYuengling Bock

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Ratings: 559
Reviews: 228
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 16.27%


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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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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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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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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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bluejacket74

Ohio

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

12 ounce bottle, picked it up for $1.19 as a single. Served in a mug, the brew pours a reddish/amber color with about a 1/4 inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like bready malt/grain and caramel. Not much to it, but it's a nice aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apples and nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation and it's easy enough to drink. I think it's a decent enough brew, it's worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

05-26-2012 23:05:48 | More by bluejacket74
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RedBear84

Florida

3.25/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. Deep red-amber in color with a thin light tan head that dissipated fast, the aroma was faintly sweet and maybe a little malty. The beer had more hop flavor than I expected as well as more hang. The bottom line was that at $4.99/six at Total Wine this is a good beer at a cheap price.

Serving type: bottle

05-25-2012 21:26:51 | More by RedBear84
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cyclonece09

Maryland

3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a 14 oz "pint" glass. Pours a nice reddish black color with a small white head that dissipates fairly quickly but leaves a tiny bit of lacing. Smells of darkly roasted malts with a hint of coffee but not strong. Tastes of dark roasted malt with a little bit of chocolate, but otherwise not many other tones jump out. This medium bodied beer goes down smooth and has a good level of carbonation. Overall, an average beer.

Serving type: bottle

05-23-2012 02:05:45 | More by cyclonece09
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nofalltoofar

Pennsylvania

3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into standard pint glass

A: Beautiful dark beer with light head. Barely able to see through it. Dark red tint.

S: Rich, dark, grainy, nuts and grain

T: Caramel base with a somewhat hoppy immediate presence. Somewhat nutty. Annoying metallic taste despite being poured from bottle. Somewhat ruins rest of beer. Very light, not too heavily flavored.

M: Smooth, good level of carbonation. Not oily or gassy. A little tangy.

O: It's not a terrible beer. I picked up a case for $25 on a whim. I expected it to pack a higher punch (5.1 is low for bock). I was somewhat disappointed in that regard. I feel that if Yuengling let it ferment for longer the taste would have improved with the alcohol content.

I'd have to favor the porter flat out. As for bock, I'll stick with ze Germans. It's not bad for PA, though.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2012 01:21:24 | More by nofalltoofar
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ccrida

Oregon

4.08/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the Bock Beer pils/flute, Yuengling Bock is a pale mahogany with a small off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is sweet, a little caramel, nice fresh bread

Taste is nicely balanced, not as sweet as I expected, nice hop bitterness to temper without tipping to far in the other direction.

Mouthfeel light, dry.

Drinkability is good, tasty bock, full flavor but light and balanced enough to enjoy on a brisk spring day working the yard, or in my case, after.

Serving type: bottle

05-16-2012 23:31:09 | More by ccrida
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OtherShoe2

Massachusetts

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

Pours medium clear brown with a white head. Some lace, and ring of foam to the end.

Light malt nose, some sweetness. Wanted more here.

Light sweet malt, some grassy notes. Not as much depth as some bocks. Nice semi sweet malt finish with light bitterness.

A little thin, but it actually works. Good carbonation.

Decent for domestic bock. I'd have this again.

Serving type: bottle

04-28-2012 20:00:51 | More by OtherShoe2
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mvanaskie13

Pennsylvania

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

Poured into a tulip shaped pint glass, color is dark amber with a light tan head.

Smell is caramely but not too sweet, pretty flat in flavor and bland.

taste is better than scent, pretty decent bock style attempt, light caramel flavors hop bitterness is there but nothing coming through in flavor or scent.

Mouthfeel is a little sharp from the carbonation, but its tasty and I think the the addition of some more caramel malt than traditional lager helps this out.

Overall, pretty easy drinking, but still lingers in flavor pretty close to lager except for some mild caramel malt tones. I'll take this over lager but would like to see a version with a hop presence to chesterfield

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2012 00:52:46 | More by mvanaskie13
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zaphodchak

Virginia

3.48/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 23:38:17 | More by zaphodchak
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DrinkLikeAViking


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

Served from a bottle into a pint glass

Appearance: Earthy brown, with one finger of beige head that quickly dissipated. Light lacing while drinking.

Aroma: Good, but faint. Sweet malt and mild hops.

Taste: Sweet malts up front, with moderate hoppyness throughout. Nothing great, and left my mouth feeling dirty after drinking two of them.

Mouthfeel: Leans toward the lighter, smoother side, despite the hops.

Viking's Verdict: Yuengling's bock doesn't offer enough for me to keep coming back to. Everything - taste, smell, is pretty much mediocre, and it's real saving grace will be it's lower price.

Serving type: bottle

03-22-2012 00:21:22 | More by DrinkLikeAViking
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rangerred

Tennessee

2.83/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a clear reddish brown body and a 1.5 finger off white head. Surprisingly decent head retention.

Smells of molasses and brown sugar and some caramel. A little hint of tobacco too.

Taste is much like the smell with a very candied, surypy flavor although it isn't actually real sweet. There is a little bit of roast leading to a very light bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little watery but is is quite refreshing.

Overall, this might not be the perfect example of a bock but it has good flavor and is quite refreshing. One of the better values out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-16-2012 00:52:35 | More by rangerred
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hosehead83

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a nice, two-inch bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Flowery, sweet malt
Taste-Watered-down sweet malt,faintly metallic finish. Taste did not match the looks or smell of this beer. Many better bock beers out there.

Serving type: bottle

03-12-2012 19:05:04 | More by hosehead83
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Brenden

Ohio

3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-09-2012 16:22:23 | More by Brenden
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