Yuengling Black & Tan | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

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Reviews: 692 | Ratings: 2,353
Photo of Lorenzai_Konstantinov
2.91/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Hard pour into pint glass, nearly two finger head that lasts quite awhile. Decent lacing. Dark almost black colour with just a hint of ruby if you hold it to the light. On the nose you have some dark and caramel malts....and corn? Yeah, I smell adjunct in this. Taste is somewhere between a light stout or a watered down porter. There's some chocolate and caramel malts in there, heavily muted by the traditional lager, that adjunct note of corn is subtle but it's there. It all comes together with a lightly bitter finish and a taste that doesn't linger. I'll give them credit, you can definitely taste the individual properties of both beers this comes from, it really is mixed. So anyway, the mouth feel is thinner than I was hoping for but it's definitely got more substance than a BMC brew.
Overall despite its flaws, I do enjoy this beer. It has an OK flavor that is above the average BMC swill while remaining very session able.

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Photo of KeithJames
4/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

When critiquing a lower alcohol content beer I do not let that get in the way of my critiques. I prefer a beer that has at least 6% and this has 4.7% - but I'm not going to count that against the beer. Wit that said, I think this is a very nice tasting beer. Slight sweetness of porter, but a nice refreshing minor bite. Very palatable. Nice slightly heavy feel on the tongue. Can't go wrong with this unless you demand a strong hop or must have the high alcohol. Also,This is much nicer to me than it's brother beer Yuengling Porter which is just a little too sweet for me. Also, this is much nicer to me than it's brother beer Yuengling Porter which is just a little too sweet for me.

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Photo of kojevergas
2.88/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

BOTTLE courtesy of Violetta - thanks! 6 pack was purchased for $7.99 at a Bravo Supermarket in Brooklyn, NY.

Dark ruby body with a pale khaki colour head. Head retention is pretty good - ~4-5 minutes.

AROMA: Amber malts. A hint of cherry. Dark malt sweetness, but seemingly not so much as to make it cloying. Chocolate malts.

Aromatic intensity is average.

TASTE: Simplistic but balanced, with an effective dark malt & chocolate malt backbone in addition to notes of cream, a blip of cherry, and pomegranate.

TEXTURE: Smooth, wet, medium-bodied, well-carbonated, somewhat creamy, and a little on the soft side.

OVERALL: Drinkable and enjoyable in spite of its simplicity, with a fair enough balance and no off-notes. I can't say I'm a fan of pre-bottling beer blending or the marketing gimmickry this is blatantly espousing, but it's not a bad brew by any stretch and I wouldn't mind having it again. Pricewise, it's about as fair as they come by New York standards.

C (2.88) / AVERAGE

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Photo of BillTurnbury
4.18/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I like it. Been drinking beer for 48 years. Had some that tasted like s**t and some that were nectar of the gods. On that scale, the Black and Tan is good as a sipping beer on a cold winter day. It's not great, but it works for me. Better than Yuengling Lager or their Light Lager. $5.99/6 at Wegmans so I get one when we go grocery shopping. It's convenient.

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Photo of q33jeff
2.49/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Barley, Vegetable
Cloudy Dark Brown pour.
Rice, Vegetables, slight sweetness. Soapy aftertaste.
Thin for the style.
I used to like this a lot more. It was a "Good Beer" back in college, but now it tastes soapy.

Despite what it is not; it is still a classic dark beer; one of the first that drew me top darker and better beers.

Lots of Barley in the nose and taste. I am not getting the soapiness that I got in 2012, so that is a push back in the right direction.

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Photo of illpass78
3.71/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12 oz. in a tumbler.

Appearance: Clear brown with a two-finger tan head that dissipates swiftly. Some ringed lace.

Aroma: Kind of thin in the nose. Some dark malts.

Taste: Richer than the nose. Some weak-ish coffee, a little caramel, and those dark malts from the nose. Pleasant.

Mouthfeel: Medium depth. A little lighter than your typical dark beer.

Overall: Rock solid cheap B&T. If you won't drink this, you're probably a wiener.

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Photo of jasadewi
3.21/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Dark brown color and fuzzy tan head.
S: Very faint toasted chocolate smell.
T: Very light taste, that perhaps follows the tan part more than the black. Very lagerish, at a loss of porter taste.
M: Medium bodied and heavy carbonation.
O: Overall, decent beer, I enjoy the sessionable taste. But, it takes no stand as a true Black and Tan. Decent choice, but I'm excited to find better exemplars of this style.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.02/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decent black and tan appearance even if not the thickest of stout 1/2 going into this. Aroma is lacking anything.

Taste is a thinner sessionable black and tan. Kinda more like a dark brown and tan. I mean its Yuengling, its their thing, a relatively sessionable but darker color beer that is smooth and doesn't offer a lot of heft or bitterness. Its worked well for them over the many years.

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Photo of NastyNorseman
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Dark brown with tan head that hangs around the edges through the brew. Smells of coffee and toasty malt. The flavors are aligned with the smell. Finished a little flat and somewhat lighter than expected. This is an okay beer, nothing more.

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Photo of BigGold
3.22/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

First had on Thirsty Thursday at Mississippi Braves minor league baseball game, poured from $2 pint can into frosted white plastic beer cup. Not bad, as more than a bit of malt flavor before a fading flat finish.

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Photo of Frank_TX
3.38/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz bottle in a pint glass. This very drinkable sample from Yuengling is a solid alternative to their lager. Yuengling found the right balance of porter and "premium beer." This beer is always sold at a decent price in 6-12 packs in the Hampton Roads region of VA. Cheers!

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Photo of Guppy314
3.19/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From a bottle, pours a dark brown with red hues and a thick khaki head. Aroma is a faint cocoa. Malt-forward with char and caramel flavors. Any hops is really subtle but finishes slightly bitter. Solidly drinkable.

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Photo of jakej0305
3.4/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark brown with a decent head that lasts throughout. Smells of roasted hopps almost with a strong caramel smell. The taste is off, it is too weak. This beer looks dense and looks to have a wonderful caramel and coffee taste but it is not there. Tastes of roasted malt and some caramel, but feels like drinking nothing. The ABV is only 4.7... This is a Black and Tan, not a wine cooler.

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Photo of Hergestridge
2.99/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ok.. Have tried a few beers from the universes oldest brewery and they continue to disappoint. THe taste ok.. it's not offensive, but calling this be a black in tan is offensive! It's another adjunct attempt to be relevant. Not happening with this entry. Sorry, Citizens.... Dear Yuengling Brewmaster.. Actually taste a real black and tan then take your entry and boil some brats with it.
~Carry On Citizens!!!~ sMc

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Photo of singletary
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

It pours a dark coffee color with a thin head. The smell is of coffee with caramel and taste is smooth but a little light. This is the first beer I have had in this style so nothing else to compare to. Overall a nice but not a great beer, but may try again in the fall.

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Photo of plumberman63
2.65/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

nice color dark brown, caramel sweet hint of coffee aroma. Taste weak but slightly malty sweet.
Have had 3 different Yuengling and all have a off flavor, kinda taste like melting plastic smells. Drove to Ohio to get not sold here in Indiana, wouldn't do it again. but will finish the six pack.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
2.51/5  rDev -22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Drinks too light to be hailed. The porter injects a great flavor. But it is either too weak to mask the lager, or mis-proportioned. Pours dark almost black with little head. Smells/tastes of skunk and caramel. Better than some. Worse than many.

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Photo of Squire123
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance is dark cola like with golden highlights. No cap to speak of and even less lace.

Aroma is a mild hit of dark malt and that's it. It has a small amount of hops but they are far in the background.

Taste is good. Simple, uncomplicated darker malt certainly but without sweetness or bitterness. Very approachable (despite the almost Satanic darkness) and easily drinkable. A dark mild in waiting. A slight but noticeable malt richness lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium texture which is all I can say about it. It looks thick and chewy but isn't. Served out of a Dixie cup it could easily be confused with an amber.

It is what it is and presents with good humor without pretending to higher status. A bit of a sleeper though and I bet a number of local brewers around the Country would love to have one like this on the menu.

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Photo of Sexmortus
4.73/5  rDev +46.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

As a massive lover of most dark beers, I really enjoyed what this beer had to offer. Very smooth going down and the bitter flavour was amazing. This is probably the beer American made beer I have ever had.

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Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer Summit pour. From a bottle. Pours brown. Aroma is light but somewhat roasty. It has a caramel and grainy scent combination as well. The flavor starts off initially with some roast. Then I get a light fruity flavor that dies off to sweet caramel and grains. Light bodied. Not as bad as it's rating.

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Photo of BWED
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16 oz. can poured into a tumbler.

A- Dark brown. Head is tan, retention okay. No lacing.

S- Coffee, caramel notes. Very mild earth hop note.

T- Sweet dark notes; mocha, caramel. Hops not noticeable.

M- Smooth, a little creamy. Bittersweet.

O- Impressive for Yuengling. Has some porter attributes, but the Premium lightens it up. Makes is more like a brown ale.

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Photo of Beginner2
2.93/5  rDev -9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Had this last month when in Florida where it has broad distribution.
Going back in history, I remember drinking this often in the mid-1980s after I moved to DC (in my previous life as a policy wonk.) Yuengling sold itself as the "little guy" and B&T seemed so flavorful, particularly since I discovered wine (with sulfites) was not good for me. But as my beer life progressed, B&T went away.
Can't say that I miss it.
The world of beer has such higher standards than three decades later.
B&T might be able to win Florida shelf space, but it is far less likely to win the tastebuds of aficionados.

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Photo of Dragginballs76
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours - black with thin tan head that quickly dissipates no lacing.

Smell - The only thing I really smell is a banana smell and a little bit of bread. I also get just a bit of sweet chocolate.

Taste - I get a little dark chocolate and again some banana not much else.

Feel - Pretty light and a little more carbonated than I like very thin feel.

Overall - Never tried this before so I gave it a shot not a fan probably wont have it again.

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Photo of MacMalt
3.6/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This has been one of my "go-to" beers at the shore for many years but until now I haven't reviewed it. Poured into pint glass. It pours a dark mahogany with ruby red hues when held to the light and has a creamy, mocha-colored head and lacing. It smells of roasted malt, coffee, and caramel. The taste follows the nose, with a lot of caramel. It's a very smooth beer with moderate carbonation and a low ABV of 4.7% that makes it very drinkable. I'm a little surprised low low it's rated: it is a nice, tasty sessionable beer. For me, it's a comfort beer.

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Photo of Ottoj55
3.11/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

If what you want is a blend of a porter and a macro domestic pils look no further than this beer. Its pretty much average in every way. The black "porter" portion is mild, the tan "premium beer" part is unremarkable. Extremely hard to get in Wisconsin, thats not a bad thing.

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