Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 667
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 30
Gots: 70 | 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 Stinkypuss
4.21/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A. Poured ontap. The tap handle had an old school Yuengling logo and a goatshead, which is traditionally associated with the bock style. Fluffy pillowy off white head on a brownish malty looking body.

S. Smell is of malts and is inviting but not really strong, I was outside though.

T. Where have you been all my life, BockBier? This is great. Toasted malt sweetness, a bit sugary and bready. Just a touch of hops to balance. Nothing out of place. This is a beer you can live off of.

M. Full bodied and very smooth drinking.

D. Yuengling dials in a winner here. Excellent brew, and better than the rest of the Yuengling line, which is not too shabby. Would buy cases of this. (679 characters)

Photo of DoubleJ
2.63/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On-tap at Fox & Hounds, located inside the Desmond Hotel (Malvern, PA). On to the beer:

Dark amber color to light brown. No head on top and lacing is nonexistant. The aroam is weak. Well....the bread crust is there, but what's that in the back, coriandor?!? Very light in the flavor as well. There's a touch of bread crust and a touch of sweet bread. Light and fizzy in the mouth.

This is more Shiner Bock than Anchor Bock overall. You could kick back with this, but you won't get a kick of flavor with this beer. (515 characters)

Photo of tempest
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
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. (481 characters)

Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Goodnight Irene's in North Wildwood...
Appears a transparent, copper toned amber with a small, off white head that leaves whispey traces of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sourdough bread, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, and molasses.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas...dare I say, "too much sourdough tartness?" It reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest that has had some lactic acid blended before bottling.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, sweet, a bit tart.
I actually like the idea of Yuengling doing a seasonal selection. It's much overdue. I think this one was a bit off kilter but I think there is a good chance that improvements could be made with this one. I also like the/my idea of a possible "Festbier" from the folks at Yuengling. I believe they could capitalize on that one during the Fall season with their signature lager yeast. (863 characters)

Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ithaca Coffee Co's Green St. location.

A: The bock is a chocolate brown/black color that arrived with no head. A little to brownish to be a cola.

S: The nose is sweet chocolate malt and plenty of cereal grains. A stronger hoppiness keeps the malts in check.

T: Nothing fancy, this lagerbier offers a fuller, richer taste without throwing a lot of alcohol at you. Full, bready malts are heavy on caramel and chocolate, leaving a heavier taste in my mouth. A fresh hoppiness is subtle but present. The house yeast has left a familiar Yuengling fingerprint.

M: Nothing spectacular but a solid bock. The dark malts are bigger (relatively, of course), sustaining a longer, more consistent flavor.

D: A very low alcohol bock, I'd be happy sipping on this on a breezy spring day. Next time, I'll get it locally rather than drive to Ithaca. (854 characters)

Photo of plaid75
4.3/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Mr. Beerys in Bethpage, NY.

Poured a medium amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a subtly sweet malt and a spicy herbal hop.

The taste consisted of an upfront spicy, almost citric hop, followed by a very nice moderate malt. Very well balanced.

The mouthfeel was toward the cleaner side of the style.

Overall a very tasty and well made bock. Bravo. I look forward to many more of these. (470 characters)

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yet one more from orcasteve. Poured into 16oz glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with an inch of medium khaki head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was the typical malty sweet scent of the style, but not as sticky smelling as some. The flavors were also fairly typical for this style. Slightly grainy and a touch sweet, there's a touch of hops on the finish.

The body is a bit on the thin side for a bock, I've found most to be a bit chewier. Drinkability was excellent, as this beer is only 5% it's a little lower in ABV than most examples, thus you could drink a bunch of these smooth brews.

Overall, a very nice beer. Nothing special perhaps, but certainly worth a yearly visit. (712 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
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. (1,123 characters)

Photo of tone77
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a dark brown color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells is rather mild, some malts. Taste is malty, a touch of chocoalte, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth. Overall this is a pretty good brew. (257 characters)

Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, clear brown with a thin tan head that fades very quickly.

Smell - Malty, sugar, and nuts.

Taste - Barley, malts, and nuts again.

Drinkability - Mild carbonation, a touch gritty in the mouth, very mild. (262 characters)

Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (520 characters)

Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +21%
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. (491 characters)

Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent mahogany with a decent beige head. What I got was not thick, but that is probably an artifact of preparing the pint. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy, not too strong. Flavor is rich, malty and yeasty with woody and toffee hints. Fizzy and lively texture leaves a nice tingle behind. (308 characters)

Photo of Brenden
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. (743 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light brown color with a white head. The head fades very fast leaving just the slightest bit of lacing.

Smell – Bready malt mixed with a bit of caramel. Nothing too potent, but not lacking either.

Taste – Bready sweetness of some roasted malts mixed in with a bit of caramel are the initial tastes present. These last through the taste experience, but fade in intensity as time progresses. Toward the very end of the taste there is an ever so light amount of bitterness which finishes off the sweet flavors and round out the taste quite nicely actually.

Mouthfeel – Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Very average. For the bock style it may have a bit too much carbonation; but really not too bad.

Overall – For the price, Yuengling comes though again. While not the best bock you will have, they make a pretty decent brew at a good price. (916 characters)

Photo of AgentMunky
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an old-fashioned glass.

A: A beautiful dark amber with high clarity and a light head. Bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Smells a lot like a beery lager, but with heavier malt.

T: Slightly above average. The malt character is not overpowering, but lends a roundness to the main taste. Hops are present, balancing well. The aftertaste is hoppy, drying, and bitter.

M: Fizzy, sweet-smooth, then dry-bitter.

D: Very good! This is an interesting beer and, to my mind, one of the best beers made by Yuengling brewery. Recommended. (563 characters)

Photo of mynie
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of Pencible
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear dark mahogany with light tan head. It smelled like bready yeast and roasted barley, with some lemon and copper hops and caramel malt. It tasted like lemon and copper hops with bready yeast and dirty barley and light caramel malt. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was an unimpressive beer with too much hops and not enough malt. The flavor wasn't very clean, and the body was too bubbly and thin. This wasn't a very good example of the style, and isn't recommended. (Although it honestly wasn't offensive to drink, so I could easily finish my bottle. It was just boring and wasn't what I look for in a bock.) (681 characters)

Photo of Bung
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Very dark amber pour, a little over a finger of very frothy off white head. Laces ok. Not a bad looking brew.

Subdued aroma has some malt and caramel, some tea and herbal notes.

Taste is a bit off from what it should be. Some malt, bread, more herbs, grass, lots of tea. Finishes with herbal tea. Meh.

If you can get by the mediocre taste, it drinks fine and has a nice lighter mid body. (397 characters)

Photo of Gmann
3.03/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a crystal clear brown color with loose tan head that settles into a sparse cap. The aroma has some standard grainy sweetness, perhaps a touch of caramel and metallic notes. Not sure if I am digging the aroma too much. The taste is quite neutral, leaning on the grainy sweetness. Not much, if any, flavor from the darker malts. As with the aroma there is a metallic twang towards the end. Perhaps some tea like flavors. The feel is light with fizzy carbonation; finishes with what seems to be a grassy hop bitterness, though not strong. A very average bock at best. It looks the part but lacks the depth of flavors. The body and overall feel seems off. (657 characters)

Photo of Suds
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. (623 characters)

Photo of morimech
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A basic bock but that is not neccesarily a bad thing. Brown color with a large head that had very good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Good caramel aroma but there is some metallic coming in as well. Caramel flavor upfront, followed by copper pennys. A little toasted. The body is just too thin. No substance and by far the weakest element of this beer. A decent beer that I believe comes in a very attractive price point. Not the best bock by far, but worth a try. (479 characters)

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle served in a glass beer mug.

L - clear chestnut brown color with an off-white head that thinned out to mainly a ring but still left a thin coat of lacing.
S - roasted malt with a bit of smoke.
T - pleasant tasting bock beer, roasty and smokey malt flavor, not too sweet.
F - medium body with a crisp carbonation feel.
D - goes down nice and easy. (358 characters)

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

On tap at Brass Rail Deli on 4/6/09.

A - Clear deep amber/copper-colored body with minimal carbonation and one-finger creamy beige head that settled to a thin ring of retention and left a decent amount of lace around the glass.

S - Sweet caramel malt and light bready notes with a hint of brown sugar and molasses. Not much of a hop presence at all. Pretty muted aroma overall.

T - Sweet and malty with caramel and bready notes. A grainy malt character emerges in the backend that segues into a slight earthy bitter aspect in the finish.

M - Medium body with moderate carbonation and a light syrupy texture. Mouthfeel is a bit watery overall with a mild chewiness. Finishes sweet on the palate with a very subtle hop bitterness.

D - Decent enough bock and a good, inexpensive session beer with enough flavor to warrant more than one in a single sitting. It's nice to see something other than Lager on tap at the local establishments. (942 characters)

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

A-Clear, deep copper with a thin tan head that hung on well that left decent lace.

S-Sweet caramel and biscuit malt with maybe just the slightest hint of turbinado. A very mild aroma overall.

T-Sweet caramel and biscuit malt with a nice touch of ending bitterness. Nothing crazy for sure....but simple and easy going.

M-Medium-light bodied and very smooth with a mild lingering sweetness.

D-Hey, a "new" beer from Yuengling! While this one wont blow you away it certainly has enough flavour and smoothness to make it worthy of a pint or two, The price point is right to make it even more interesting...a decent beer for the price. (634 characters)

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77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.