Yuengling Black & Tan | Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Black & TanYuengling Black & Tan
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
yuengling.com

Style: Black & Tan

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-07-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
692
Ratings:
2,353
Avg:
3.22
pDev:
17.7%
 
 
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Photo of chilidog
3.85/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tend to enjoy this style when I run one down. I was able to find Yuengling in Florida of all places, brought home the Black & Tan and the Traditional.
The B&T was nice. It poured a good looking dark ruby with a nice two finger frothy head. Carbonation was in check, the head stuck around to lace pretty good as I think a dark beer should.
The aroma wasn't real strong, but hints of malt and roasted coffee bean stuck out. The taste was mild to aid drinkability with dark roasted malts, chocolate and coffee. Very little hop noticed.
drinkability was ok for the tastes were mild and abit watery. But overall it goes down easy and pairs with food well.
A good beer to offer friends who would generally run from the dark!!

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Photo of karst
3.15/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Thanks to CJA711 for bring this Yuengling Black & Tan back from Huntsville, Ala. - always love O.P.B. (other people's beer).

Pours a nice dark brown color with a single fingered head that seems to stay around for quite some time. Aroma of fruits, chocolate malts, and hops, and the combination results in smooth taste with no flavors competing. Not bad for a bastard beer. Burnt grain and hops give an agreeable aftertaste.

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

This beer pours a really nice and dark with a good tan head. The smell was sweet and malty with a hint of coffee and chocolate. Not too bitey. The mouthfeel was medium, but ALmost a little too watery. I didn't really notice much hoppage here but it is a nicely drinkable dark beer. malty as hell. Musty too. Affordable.

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Photo of HardTarget
3.35/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Aroma: A mostly porter nose with some coffee notes, also had a nice citric hop edge to it.
Appearance: Started with a nice cover of tan that collared and held a bit. Glass was brown ale brown with nice clarity.
Flavor: Mostly porter in the flavor as well with a fair dash of chocolate malt. It did have a mild hop bite which I found interesting.
Mouthfeel: Medium body with a bitter pucker
Overall Impression: A hop laced chocolate malt rich porter, fairly clean but not really exciting, solid drinkability that had enough interest for me to try another.
Not bad

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Photo of Pegasus
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Deep brown in color with good clarity, a modest off-white head, excellent thick, patchy lacing, and modest carbonation.

Aroma: Caramel and coffee predominates, with a minor herbal hop note as well.

Taste: Strong coffee note at the open carries the taste, there is also an underlying note of caramel. Finishes quite dry, with a bit of restrained bitterness at the finish.

Mouth feel: Smooth, but light in body, with sharp carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Very pleasant and a quite drinkable session beer..

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Photo of TheLastEngineer
3.93/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The dark brownish-red hue gives the impression that this will be a heavy and likely bitter beer. The malty smell is typical of all Yuengling products... not offensive to me, but not necessarily what some might expect from this class of beer. The taste is a pleasant balance of roasted malt and coffee without a heavy smack of hops. Very crisp, although the mouthfeel is a bit astringent. The low ABV (~4.2% if memory serves) means that you can drink a lot without getting too plastered and the good overall drinking experience will encourage you to drink plenty. Ideal for tailgates or as a compliment to beef.

There's much to like about this beer, especially when it is on-tap. My experience with the cans and bottles have been somewhat hit-and-miss, but a fresh cold keg usually makes for a good night.

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Photo of futaboots
3.2/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why do I only review the cheap beers?

This stuff you can buy at walmart for $4.99 a sixer. As far as cheap supermarket dark beers go, this one is probably the best. Forget about Amberbock, which is swill.

Anyways, I wish there was more nuttiness in this beer, but only a noticeable roasted, somewhat astringent taste, is here to represent the traditional dark ale flavors. Then there is the odd sweet taste that creeps up, followed by an overload of carbonation. Why are mass market beers so carbonated? In this case, I actually don't mind. I like my Yuengling with a lot of fizz, because I like burping.

This is actually a decent beer, better than average I'd say.

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Photo of maek228
3.43/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This was 6.50 for a six-pack of pounders, bonus. This is a mix of Yuengling Porter and Yuengling Premium

Appearance: Almost black, but with a blood red hue if you look closely. Poured with a thin head. Could be confused for a stout or porter at first glance, but a closer look reveals this beers thin character...which is right on point for what it should be, since it is black and tan.

Smell: In the battle between the scent of Yuengling Porter and Yuengling Premium, the smell of the sub-par Yuengling Premium wins the battle. Premium wins, beer drinkers lose. This stuff doesn't smell too appealing.

Taste: Decent, but nothing special. The beer is especially crisp and doesn't give off much flavor. You get some of the burnt and roasted flavors, as well as a bit of sweetness...this comes from the Porter. Sadly though, you get a dose of the pungent flavor of Yuengling Premium. All in all, it amounts of a slightly above average beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin

Drinkability: Since it's crisp, it goes down real quick

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Photo of Vancer
3.63/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Label stated: *Dark brewed porter & premium beer* Now your talking!, it’s certainly not a *black & tan*. But damn nice mahogany pour with tan head and laces. VERY malty with chocolate tones (for a $9.69 for 12 pack brew). For a porter, not much hop to start but small hop finish. Good session brew, found these in Florida, wish they were readily available in St. Louis – would make for a great grilling afternoon.

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

Had this after the Yuengling porter and I was interested to compare. Brown in color with a short head. No lacing. Aroma is uninteresting, just some slight roasted tones. The flavor is what was expected, an extremely mellow roasted malt with faint bitterness. Hints of metallic tones at the finish. Really no discernable flavors.

Mouthfeel is smooth and dry. Thin bodied. OK drinkability, but bland flavors don't entice me to have another. Have the Lager, have the Porter, but this Black & Tan just doesn't do it for me.

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Photo of scottum
4.07/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brown with a slight tanish headskie. Nice and easy oh so very easy to drink. The chewy malt bill isn't perfect, but this brew is well balanced enough that you do not care about the lack of perfection. It's a perfectly simple blend: black plus tan. Yuengling doesn't make great beer, but this one is worth checking out at the least.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.52/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I am a fan of the Yuengling brews and the Black and Tan is much better than the light but not the traditional lager. rather have a real Black and Tan and this is left over from our Super Bowl Party. Mix of caramel and choclate with some hoppiness. No lacing, carbonation, or head to speak of. Average at best.

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Photo of abcsofbeer
3.26/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This one pours a deep, dark color with rosy edges.The head is very thin, about a half inch. Dissipates quickly. The aroma is kind of week, with hints of nut and apple spice. It also has a smell of loaf bread.

The taste is pretty smooth. The first taste on the palate is nutty, bready, and, somewhat sweet. There is a hint of metal in the aftertaste, but, it is not overwhelming or long lasting.

A pretty good brew from America's oldest brewery.

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Photo of BruceBeerman
2.73/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Not much mouthfeel. The carbonation is low and just a hint of lacy foam on glass as I drink it. I think the taste is OK but not special. I was expecting much more body as it is dark beer. Not the case. It is drinkable but I won't drink more than two in a session. I can't put my nose on it, but there was a wierd smell and initial taste. But the aftertaste is good and then you can taste the coffee. It was OK, but I wouldn't buy more than a 6 pack.

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Photo of ggroller
2.56/5  rDev -20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This used to be my favorite Yuengling product but everytime I go back to it I become more and more dissappointed. No head and a dirty, dusty, moldy smell. Tastes like I am drinking city water from a rusty pipe. The mouthfeel is thin and I am having trouble getting this one down let alone thinking about following it up with another.

Oh yeah, I gave the appearnace a 3.5 based on the bottle.

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Photo of boatyard
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tell ya something about these Yuengling brews. They pour nice with good head, They look great, I mean as a beer enthusiast i know what a good looking beer is, and these yurnglings look so good.

As far as the smell of the black and tan, it detect a sugar coated grapefruit smell.

the initial taste is quite toffeeish, and then as i swallow i wait for something more, but no. nothing to me after that first swig. I was expecting something more but it wasn't there.

Its great with chocolate, eat a hershey's kiss then wash it down with this black and tan and ohhh baby it good. i think it pretty cheap by the sixer too.

Cheers

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Photo of gentlebubbles
3.5/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Dark chestnut brown with ruby highlights. Tan, yeasty, creamy head that dies shortly.

Sour citrus aroma gives way to sweet malt and tobacco.

Thin mouthfeel. Sour bite with strong taste that begins as burnt malt and gives way to another visit from the tobacco jar and a resiny finish. The tobacco aspect is both interestingly smoky and somewhat unpleasant.

Not bad.

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Photo of WesWes
3.68/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark brown/black color with a thick frothy tan head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a light, yet malty scent with a dry lager yeast aroma. It has a decent dark malt scent with a slightly skunky aroma. The taste is decent also. It has a thin malty flavor that boasts of pale, and patent malts along with a dry finish. It goes down smooth and light. The mouthfeel is good. It is a medium bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a decent black and tan. It is simple, but highly drinkable.

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Photo of kegerator
3.59/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

a decent offering from Yuengling.
pours a deep mahogany color with a small fizzy head that dwindles quickly. Smell was nothing special, malts some slight caramel notes.
taste was good, reminded me of a bock style beer for sure.
mouthfeel was quite thin but smooth
very drinkable and a good session beer.

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Photo of santoslhalper
2.26/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Appearence: Pours a medium-black with a thin, bleach white head. Tiny lacing.

Smell: Weak chocolate and coffee notes. That's it.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Very weak and modest tasting. No real flavors come through, just a tiny bit of malts and hops. Nohting unique, nothing special, and no after-taste. Water and weak in the mouth.

Drinkability and Overall: Blah. A below average beer, that doesn't have any real flavors. Tastes like a macro. The flavor gets worse as the beer warms, sadly. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of beerattorney
2.67/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Weak foam with very little carbonation. Dark brown in color

Smell: Chocolate and coffee like

Taste: More coffee, just burnt this time. It is somewhat sweet and light for a B&T, with malty overtones. There is a somewhat metallic taste that is too astrigent and off. Not offensive not good.

Mouthfeel: Very thin, aided by the lack of carbonation

Drinkability: Average ABV, but the flavor wears on you and I could easiliy tire. An average stab at the style although I should note that the B & T single bottle is not my favorite offering.

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Photo of Gumbafish
3.56/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pretty good black and tan, overall I enjoy it roughly the same as Saranac Black and tan..perhaps slightly more. Pours just what you would expect a nice black. I find it is a nice mix of tastes and has little bitter aftertaste. Worth its price for sure.

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Photo of tomthumbsblues
3.28/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From an aggressive pour I produced a huge 3-finger head and had to slurp it up before it spilled all over the place. Otherwise, this beer poured a dark reddish brown. Light could be seen through the beer. The smell was roasted malt with some chocolate hints. Upon first taste I got a strange tobacco sensation which yielded to light coffee and chocolate notes. A slight bitter finish. Mouthfeel was a little lighter than I would've liked. When I was younger this beer was the end all, be all, but since I've gotten older my tastes have matured and I'd rather have something with more body and flavor. Overall, a pretty ok beer.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.86/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark with red hues, decent head that dissipates and faintly remains throughout.Smells like a malt liquor to me.Taste is bland slightly tart,its pretty watery too,i dont pick up any hops in this brew.Better than BMC and not badly priced but nothing to go out of my way for.

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Photo of Dithyramb
3.13/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An overall average brew. It was poured for me on the boat as a "dark beer, since we know you like the heavy stuff." I thanked them, drank one or two, and saved one for review later. Six pack of cold ones runs you about $5. There is a very nice "traditional" labeling available. However, I prefer the lager and the Lord Chesterfield over the black and tan...

Poured a deep dark brown with a nice three fingered tan head--much better than what I was thinking. Clear and filtered, the head dissipated to a very thin ring rather quickly.
Mainly, you smell the general lager aromas. In the background, however, there are swirlings of darker malt pursuits.
Not bad overall, but rather average. The darker flavors come out much like in the aroma. Mostly some sweet malts and chocolate flavors. There are a few metallic "off" flavors seen in a few.
Very weak mouthfeel, but it finishes clean. Not bad, so I could have a few more.

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Yuengling Black & Tan from Yuengling Brewery
3.22 out of 5 based on 2,353 ratings.
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