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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Reviews: 683 | Ratings: 2,322
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 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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Photo of 57md
3.18/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

These are the kind of beers one drinks this time of year at Christmas parties when options are severely lacking.

Drank from the bottle, so I can only imagine the color was a light brown. It smells like a combination of Yuengling Porter and Premium Beer. The taste is mild but there is enough of a hint of roasted bitterness to make me content.

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Photo of caesius
4.22/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This has become my go-to casual drinking beer. I drink this regularly, often twice a day, always out of the bottle, so the taste and feel scores are based on how it is from the bottle while look and smell are ascertained by pouring it into a pint glass.

L: Very dark reddish-brown, very opaque, turns a neat red color when held up to light. Thick foamy tan head that almost completely dissipates leaving a thin but persistent coat of tiny bubbles.
S: Sweet and not too strong, but mostly fermented grain. Still trying to get a hang of smelling beer.
T: Gonna be honest, I prefer drinking this out of the bottle. I don't have the nose for the subtler flavors of beer and that translates to the palate when drinking this out of a glass, as I mostly just taste alcohol. But drinking this from a bottle I get the sweet, mild character of the porter combined with the bite and relative boldness of the lager. If you've tried their porter and found it good but tame then try this.
F: Medium-bodied, somewhat creamy texture. It's just a nice mouthfeel, nothing extraordinary.
O: If all beers cost the same then this wouldn't have a 4 for any of T/F/O. But the fact is that this is a cheap, widely-available beer which offers an affordable option for those who like darker, maltier beers. If this didn't exist or were more expensive I would be fine just getting addicted to the traditional lager instead, but it makes me so happy that I can have a malty, creamy beer every day without breaking the bank.

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

America's Oldest Brewery(1829)...this one is my favorite of the Yuengling Beers:) When I first had this in College on Draft, I realized quickly the difference between a good Beer and a bad one(Milwaukee Best aka The Beast:)lol

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Photo of BranfordBound
3.37/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Drinking this yesterday from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Pours a ruby brown color, clear, with a small bubbly head that fades fast. Smell is somewhat faint, some grainy malts and hints of porter. Taste is what you think, it has that caramel sweetness and hint of grain from the lager, but also some darker malt notes and a bit of char from the porter. Both beers plain but round out the end product OK. Feel is bubbly, not too thin, bone dry. Overall not too bad for Yuengling, I would drink this over the traditional lager for sure.

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3.44/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not my typical beer style, and not my favorite, but still a drinkable beer to help wash down some pizza or French fries. Tastes like a malty AAL. Good not great.

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Photo of Patric65
3.33/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. Pours nice, decent head. Very nice dark brown color.

Aroma is sweet, almost malty with a caramel hint to it.

The taste is not as rich as the aroma, but the highlights are there. A dark, slightly sweet cocoa taste overlaying the regular Yuengling flavor.

The overall experience is not bad. If you like darker beers, this would be one I would say you could guzzle on a hot day. Definitely worth it for the price.

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Photo of superspak
3.61/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce can into pint glass, canned on 6/22/2015. Pours crystal clear dark reddish brown color with a 2 finger fairly dense tan head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Nice spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the head. Aromas of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal/dark fruit, and yeast/toasted earthiness. Okay aromas with good balance and complexity of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop notes; with poor strength. Taste of chocolate, cocoa, caramel, light coffee, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, light herbal, and toasted earthiness. Light herbal/roasted bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of chocolate, cocoa, brown bread, toasted biscuit, nuttiness, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; with a nice roasted bitterness/sweetness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Very clean flavors with minimal yeast notes in the taste. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky/chalky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.7%. Overall this is a nice black and tan style. All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/roast/bready malt and light earthy hop flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.04/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours dark brown with a tan head. Smells like bread and a little roast. Taste is similar. Like a pale lager mixed with a porter. Not very chocolatey or coffee tasting, just a little roasty with some lighter tasting malts. Well balanced, but not my style. As someone who loves the porter and stout flavors, this isn't enough for me, it's only halfway there. I can appreciate it for what it is though. Decent commercial beer.

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