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Yuengling Bock - Yuengling Brewery

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Reviews: 239
Hads: 668
Avg: 3.37
pDev: 27.3%
Wants: 32
Gots: 73 | FT: 0
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Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Bock |  5.10% ABV

Availability: Spring

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

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown color with a tiny head that diffuses quickly. Aroma is standard, some sweeter dark malts is really all that's here. Doesn't smell bad though. And it doesn't taste bad either. This is just a pretty simple bock that tastes pretty good. It's a touch watery at the start, but comes through with a roasty kick at the end. Reminds me of an amped-up version of their lager in taste profile, actually. Nothing mindblowing, but perfectly serviceable and cheap. The mouthfeel is decently carbonated and has a nice dryness to it, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall a pretty good offering from Yuengling that's quite cheap ... if this were easier to find during the distribution period I would have bought a lot of it, but I only just found it at Total Wine.

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Photo of rootbeerman
3.35/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pours dark brown with a inital finger of head which settled to a thin layer. Head seems a bit fizzy.
S: sweet and toasty, a bit like candied nuts.
T/M: very fizzy, again goes along with the smell, nutty, toasty and lightly sweet. It is rather light on the palate.
O: very simple Bock nothing to weird or out of the ordinary.

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Photo of MadCat
1.52/5  rDev -54.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Appearance: Brown/amber with OK white head, leaves a little lacing

Smell: Smells like sweat and old wet cardboard, bready malt in there too

Taste: Old cardboard, bready malt, some fruityness. Cardboard flavor starts to go away as it warms, and reveals more sweetness

Mouthfeel: Crisp carbonation, medium to light body

Overall: Highly disappointing. I don't expect world class beer from Yuengling, but I expect something decent, especially considering I like the porter and lager. Didn't expect something that is reminicent of old wet cardboard! Love the packaging, but I'm wondering if this might have gone bad in the short amount of time it has been on the shelves? Wish I could have had a single bottle instead of a whole six pack. Might have to try cooking with it or something.

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Photo of bigrzman
3.85/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer pours out of 12 oz bottle a brown red color like Coca Cola with a pure white head which disappears rapidly. Carbonation is minimal like a Bock should be, so far it looks like a Bock. Smells include Munich malt sweetness and an earthy overtone, not bad. Tastes like sweet and roasted Munich malts, some corn adjunct, and earthy hops so they used a Tettnanger or Liberty style hops good job except the corn overtone! Drinkability is high, and this is goes down easy. For all accounts and purposes this is the best in what i would call American Style Bock. It hearkens back to a German beer with an American twist. This is a good interpretation!

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Photo of Arknot
2.03/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

When I was still new to beer my favorite style was the Bock. It had a medium body, taste, and low hops, giving it a nice rounded sweetness and easy drinkability. I'd heard Yuengling sometimes made a Bock and I've been excited about finding it for years until a few days ago when I finally came across it in person.

First impression is cool retro bottle, cheap price, easy twist off, and old american brewery! Upon pouring into a pint glass I see the clear medium-dark amber color as well as very harsh carbonation with loud bubbles and a very short lasting head.

Smell is hardly noticeable, with a slight malty dryness.

Taste is harsh carbonation with dry malty backbone. The finish is slighty dry/bitter yet not at all hoppy. I'm feeling a soapy/chemical aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is light and overly carbonated, it actually burns somewhat like drinking a soda.

Overall I have to say pass on this beer. I'm glad I only bought a single of it. Taste is bland/harsh and completely uneventful. While some boring beers are at least have a place in this world (macro lager on a hot summer day), this boring beer leaves your mouth somewhat annoyed.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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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

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Photo of chodinheaven
2.56/5  rDev -24%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear, deep, mahagoney color with a bubbly pure white head. Smell is reminiscent of an adjunct lager, which does not bode well for this beer. Maybe some caramel-like malts in there as well.

Taste is lacking a bit. Some caramel malts come through, not a hint of hops, amd just the slightest hint of booze in the finish. The taste itself isn't actually so bad, but combined with an unpleasant smell and a weak, but too-highly carbonated mouthfeel, the taste and beer take a hit. Not a terrible beer, but I probably wouldn't be drinking it again anytime soon. Not sitting very well with me.

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Photo of Knapp85
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite Yuengling release. I'm glad they brought it back from retirement. The first time I had this beer was at the Outback Steakhouse and they had advertisements for it on the tables and it shocked me to see that Yuengling was taking part in a seasonal release. I ordered one right away. It came with a nice tan head capping off a smooth looking brown body. The aroma of malts were the strong point of this brew. It's not the best Bock out there but I just thought it was awesome that they put this out to compete with all the other seasonals out there.

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Photo of elgiacomo
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottled Jan 13, 2011.

Pours clear reddish-copper with a two finger off white head that dissipates to a wispy cap but leaves some rings of lacing.

Aroma is caramel, toffee, nuts, toasted bread, light grain, bit of hops and dark fruit. Good strength.

Flavor is caramel malt with moderate sweetness, toffee, brown sugar, nuts, toast, a hint of raisins, lingering finish.

Mouthfeel is thin to medium, good carbonation.

Haven't had a Dunkler Bock before, and few other Bock styles, but I'm quite enjoying this one.

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Photo of rebel1771
3.88/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a dark reddish brown with a massive head that fades slowly and leaves a nice lacing on the glass.

S: Sweet caramel aroma with a slight sweet corn smell.

T: Dry toasted malt flavor that fades to a pumpernickel type flavor.

O: Very nice bock. Smooth, not overpowering and just enjoyable to drink.

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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.

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Photo of nimrod979
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First of all, Love the label on this beer! It pours a clear reddish brown color with small ring of white foam that lingers. Aroma is rather faint. Toasty caramel malts. Faint hop presence. Flavor is is a little malty. Not too sweet as some other bocks are and a bit watery. There is a little hops bitterness in the ever-so quick finish. Actually kinda resembles their Traditional Lager. Thin but slightly creamy and soft mouthfeel. Still, watery.

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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.

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Photo of welldigger888
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
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.

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Photo of ajfa531
3.33/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle into a Sam Smith mini-imp pint.

Pour yields a two finger head that drops quickly, leaving a surface of foam. Bubbles are off-white. Brown in color with dark orange-red when held up to light. Crystal clear.

Slight caramel aroma with some corn notes. Not much aroma to speak of. Sweetness. Some earthiness to the smell, but, that's it for the hops. Noted later: Some spiciness is noted as this beer opens up. Maybe some cinnamon.

A good, clean tasting beer, but, it's a far cry from a great bock. The caramel, toasty, bready flavors that I'm looking for are there. However, I definitely wish they were bigger. I can almost taste the water more than the beer. A little corn in the finish just before some bitterness.

A little thin for a bock. A lot of carbonation at first pour. Too much at first, but, it slows its pace. The lack of punch in the taste would lead to a similar mouthfeel for a lager for me. If the malt was fuller, the mouthfeel would be much better.

A refreshing beer, but, almost a light bock. The qualities are there. However, to subtle to be a great beer. That being said, not a bad sixer for a kickback night.

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Photo of metter98
3.3/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer is clear amber in color and has a light amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high off white head that quickly dissipated into delicate lacing.
S: There are light aromas of dark malts in the nose along with some hints of caramel.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavors are a bit stronger.
M: It feels light- to medium-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: The beer is easy to drink, yet it lacks the fuller body of other beers in the style.

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Photo of jjboesen
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From America's Oldest Brewery in rustic Pottsville, Pennsylvania, we have a traditional bock style beer. As we all know, bock (German for goat) was created by Bavarian monks to assist them during their Lenten fasts. But enough of the history ....

The appearance is good: there is the initial froth that subsides into a thin watery head crowning a caramel colored body. I noticed little activity within the glass; no carbonation bubbles and no lacing. There is a somewhat decent cinnamon nose to compliment the malty brown sugar taste.

Despite the underwhelming nose/palate combo, the mouthfeel is finely balanced and provides a crispy finish. While Yuengling Bock can never compete with the Munich heavyweights, it is still nice to see the Yuenglings brew one nonetheless.

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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.

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.22/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

C'mon, Dick, y'all could've done a better job with this one. I suppose I understand if you'd want this to be as palatable as it can be for your core Lager-drinking market, but something just ain't right with this here "Bock".

From the thin-looking, too-light & too-clear cola brown, cola-bubbly, with sad brownish-off-white fizzy head presentation (though, backing up, I love the Art Deco label with drunken goat), to the all-up-front-vanishes-in-flash, burnt popcorn kernel, bittersweet malt, bitter roast, sweet toast, burnt-toasty maple syrup, burnt caramel taste, to its real clean, real dry, little sizzle (this beer bites, literally), little strength, and NO DEPTH....I feel like there's a little left to be desired here.

Add some UMPH! - not a whole lot - and I think it would improve a bit. The bitter bite, wherever it comes from, got to me the most although it seems to mellow out a bit, and the flavor improves, when it's not so cold.

Still, I'll take your porter 10 times out of 10 over this one.

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

Poured from a bottle (no date) into pint glass. Pours a chestnut brown body with orange highlights on the edges and a smaller off white slightly creamy head. Aroma of orange juice, grains, slight chocolate and dust. Medium to fuller bodied that really fizzes up in your mouth with stronger carbonation. Flavor is much better then the aroma, although still not great, with notes of brown bread, chocolate, oranges, and slight sour notes. Weak on flavor, aroma and most importantly alcohol. Was nice to taste the beer celebrating Yuengling's 180th anniversary. Cheers!

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.55/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not a bad poor, decent head retention and a foam head. Scents of burnt coffee and caramel. A bit musty, however. Also pours an oft-reddish brown color. Nice deep copper. Tastes good. A bit over-carbonated and quite light. Very crisp and smooth finish, not much bitterness, and very dry. I would never refuse one of these.

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Photo of 9InchNails
3.23/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A light copper penny body. A head that thins out quickly, it looks sudsy.

A grassy grain smell with a hint of cocoa. Not much else and kind of average.

I get some grass and grain, also some biscuits. Very bland chocolate taste and a watered down burnt coffee. It's okay tasting. A little weak for my palate.

Mouth isn't all that great. Kind of blah for a Bock. Carbonation is noticeable, nothing crazy. Leaves the lips a little sticky.

Despite the average taste and mouth feel, I did work my way through three bottles. If there is a session light Bock, this is it.

I love Yuengling, probably more than I should but I was glad when I heard they were bringing the Bock back. I had it, last year or the year before and I enjoyed it. My palate has radically changed since then with my discovery of all types of beer. Sadly, I rate this Yuengling Brew nothing more than average.

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Photo of sommersb
3.16/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz. brown bottle with no dating, poured into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance is a dark copper color, clear, with a couple of fingers worth of tan head. Lacing is decent.

There's not much in the way of aromas I can detect -- some caramel malt smells with also the bitter aroma of the hops. Definitely more hop presence than the malts.

Taste is mostly of the hop character and bitterness, with a little bit of the dark malt notes in the background. Seems a bit astringent to me as well. The feel is of a thin body with medium carbonation. Finishes with a dry aftertaste.

This is a decent beer for putting down when working in the garage, but seemed underwhelming to me. It also tastes more like an amber ale than a bock. Would not seek out again.

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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.

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Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.