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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 667
rAvg: 3.38
pDev: 9.76%
Wants: 30
Gots: 71 | 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 Billolick
3.38/5  rDev 0%
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. (484 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 Jadjunk
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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 (3,297 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 RedBear84
3.23/5  rDev -4.4%
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. (319 characters)

Photo of cyclonece09
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. (452 characters)

Photo of nofalltoofar
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
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. (820 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 OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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. (362 characters)

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

Poured from tap at a local sports bar into a funky Heineken lager glass (violation on the glass on their part)

A: A medium brownish color with some hints of red. Off white one finger white head leaves almost no glass lacing.

S: Bready, biscuit malt with grains and slight floral hop notes.

T: Wow, not bad, pleasant surprise. Biscuit malts couple with bread tones, malty, grainy with some straw flavors and a bit of nutty flavors. The surprise is the nice crisp floral and earthy pine hops that tingle the mouth towards the finish. Very nice, the hops give it a real drinkable balanced session lager.

M: Medium, nothing outstanding here, but enough to keep you interested with some bitterness from the hops.

O: As I said earlier, a pleasant surprise from Yuengling. I expected this to be sweeter and maltier, when in fact it somes off more crisp and clean. I would drink this any day as it would make for a nice session beer that is inexpensive.

I like it better than the Lager from Yuengling, but not quite as good as the Chesterfield,....but close. Nice surprise beer. (1,077 characters)

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
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 (684 characters)

Photo of VncentLIFE
3.2/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Well, guess this is going to be interesting. Pour is deep amber, but still translucent. Tight white head with small bubbles. The smell is candied and burnt sugar with touches of caramel. It starts out nice and light. Cereal grains dominate at the beginning, but it finishes overly sticky sweet with burnt sugars really dominating, to a sickening thing. It was like eating brown sugar near the end. (397 characters)

Photo of zaphodchak
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. (878 characters)

Photo of AdamBear
3.59/5  rDev +6.2%
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. (486 characters)

Photo of DrinkLikeAViking
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
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. (606 characters)

Photo of rangerred
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
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. (599 characters)

Photo of hosehead83
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
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. (298 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 AMiz602
3.29/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

An interesting concept to bring an age-old beer back onto the taps of Pennsylvania.

When poured it looks like a very dark, reddish amber beer. You definitely know that its a Yuengling by the tint of the beer and the smell. It has a very sweet smell, roasted nut, with a little bit of dark fruit in there. There seems to be a hint of molasses.

Taste wise, it feels and tastes like a Yuengling. It has that dry, light feel with a not so sweet "bock" taste that I am accustomed to in European bocks. It tastes much more like their Black & Tan. It lacked the real roastiness of the finer bocks, and lacked some spicing. I'd say with time this one will sort itself out. (667 characters)

Photo of tdm168
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
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. (515 characters)

Photo of JohnTerrizzi
3.75/5  rDev +10.9%
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. (325 characters)

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

Taste: malt, caramel, oats...all light yet balanced
Mouth: thirst quenching, good carbs, not too thick.

The beer will produce good head, and following Yuengling characteristics, they make a beer that will cater to a very wide variety of drinkers form the Mass produced to the connoieseur. Budweiser fan would enjoy this beer as well as a discriminating home brewer.

Very drinkable and a nice product from Yuengling.

For BOTTLE: reviewer DonMonkey1 was spot on in his review. (477 characters)

Photo of donmonkey1
3.91/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Pours brown like Coca-Cola with a nice thick tan head that has good lacing. It's hard to see the carbonation in the dark brew.

Smell: Very faint but I think it smells like plums, sweet and fruity. Toasted malt. I smell a little hops also.

Taste: Starts out malty sweet, but not too sweet, just right. Then it turns a little hoppy with a hint of metal. Throughout there's kind of a wood (cedar/redwood) taste that's good.

Mouthfeel: light bodied, good carbonation, nice bite.

This beer is easy to enjoy. Although thirst quenching, it has nice and assertive character. (583 characters)

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Review from notes. So there I am in the store with a 12 of Genesee Bock beer under my arm, looking for something else at the top of the food chain when I see Yuengling's Bock beer in a sixer, what, in Ohio before their porter? I took a flier on it, give Genny's lil goat a run for the $$$, Pepsi challenge style fight between the two. Poured a dark amber with little head into dimpled mug. Smells of malt and hops. Slightly bitter taste from the hops in the front that is quickly evened and sweetened up by the maltiness and then finishes rather cleanly with good mix of hop, malt and carbonation. Much like Genny a good bock that's reasonably priced, though this has a bit of hop presence to it. Much like their Black & Tan, this too seems like a bit of a mix of their lager with it's mild malt and the slight hop bite of their Lord Chesterfield Ale. Overall, very good for a decent price as far as bock goes. (910 characters)

Photo of somaohio
2.19/5  rDev -35.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I am not sure if I am drinking a bad bock or a bad Yuengling lager. Not good. The goat...this is it. Outside of the inventive labeling there is nothing good going on here. I am actually very surprised they rolled this out as the first seasonal in Ohio. I would not want to buy another seasonal if I did not have a general respect for Yuengling as is. I will chalk this one up as a bad taste in an otherwise good brand. Sadly...a direct competitor to MGD. (454 characters)

Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
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