Yuengling Brewery

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
3.37 | pDev: 16.32%
Jan 26, 2021
Feb 08, 2009
Notes: In celebration of our 180th Anniversary year, the marketplace will see one of the first seasonal offerings from the Yuengling Brewery in many years. Yuengling has produced a Bock Beer in its long and storied past, and we have now reinvented that product for limited release in 2009. The new brew is dark brown in color and offers exceptional flavor that lives up to the quality Yuengling drinkers have grown to expect
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Rated: 3.6 by D-man20 from Pennsylvania

Jan 26, 2021
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Jan 05, 2018
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Oct 22, 2017
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Jul 16, 2017
Rated: 3.5 by RAFH from Michigan

Jan 02, 2017
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Jun 06, 2016
Rated: 2.75 by calcnerd from Pennsylvania

Jun 03, 2016
Rated: 2.89 by Bryant1985 from North Carolina

May 22, 2016
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Feb 04, 2016
Rated: 3.49 by Zylod from West Virginia

Dec 26, 2015
Rated: 2.76 by zekeman17 from Pennsylvania

Oct 14, 2015
Rated: 3.05 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

Sep 16, 2015
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Rated by IanOsea from South Carolina

2.37/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
The worst Yuengling I've ever had.
Jul 04, 2015
Rated: 3.95 by strYkn14 from New Jersey

Jun 10, 2015
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Reviewed by stakem from Pennsylvania

2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
My rate is an outlier so I need to write this review.

When they first re-released this beer in draft only format a few years ago, I bought a half barrel just for something familiar to offer my guests who didnt dig other more flavorful options. The following year, it came out in bottles. This review is based off several pints on draft.

This beer is classic yuengling but slightly darker. Void of most typical bock maltiness and in its place is a mineral and carbonic water profile with slight buttery diacetyl.

From what I understand, this beer has been discontinued...again. Good riddance.
May 04, 2015
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Reviewed by Slatetank from Pennsylvania

3.43/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
I enjoyed this 12oz bottle chilled in a willybecker

The color is a good auburn shade with translucent clarity and thin tan head with fine bead and good retention. The smell is malty with light woody phenolic and earthy odor with almost meaty scent and light roasted aroma with hint of spice of yeast. The feel is the best part with good body and medium sweetness with light dry and medium carbonation level with gentle bitterness in the back with toasted texture and mostly dry finish wiht slight alcohol but mild overall on the palate.

The taste is decent with some light dry malt with toasted flavor in the grain with mild spice aspect and mild caramel element with low sweetness in general yet good lagerr character but a sort of bland quality with mild earthy note and recurring stale spice accent with dry yeast taste in the finish without much snap. This is not the best or worst in my view -good yet nothing making it stand out, fair to midland and I won't return to it...especially because it is no longer being produced-not a surprise.
May 03, 2015
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Reviewed by Pantalones from Virginia

3.56/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Second bottle from the six-pack (plus one) that I got in the mail from @tommyguz last week. I don't see a bottling date anywhere, but I assume this is from earlier this year before the announcement that Yuengling won't be making their bock anymore.

Color is a dark brown, and semi-translucent -- I can't read my phone's screen through it, but I can see the light from it without any difficulty. There's some bubbles rising up from the bottom, and a decent-sized head of off-white foam on top that shrinks into a light coating after a bit, leaving a thicker ring around the edges. Basically looks like a darker, slightly less clear version of the regular Yuengling Lager. Nice little beer-drinking goat on the bottle.

Smell is... actually not bad! The first bottle I had, I was getting more of the "weird hair salon smell" I always pick up on in the lager, but the one I have in front of me right now is lacking most of that and coming across as more of a dark, almost-caramel-ish bread/malt sort of smell more than anything else. Sweetness and something almost roasty. Not a strong smell or a really impressive one, but it's fairly pleasant.

Taste goes along with the smell, though the taste is better. It's bready, but with more of the "darker" flavors compared to the standard Yuengling lager. It really does come across as a darker, stronger, and tastier version of the regular Yuengling lager more than anything else, though there is one interesting twist I'm picking up on -- hops. Specifically, just a bit of a leafy flavor and a little bitterness near the end, which I haven't noticed in any of the other Yuengling beers I've had. And it's working together quite nicely with the chicken fajitas I was cooking while drinking the first half of the glass, too. Overall, I think I'll agree with the goat having a sip from that fancy glass on the bottle: "Tastes Good."

Feel is pretty nice for the most part, too. Easy to drink as quickly or as slowly as you feel like at the time. I am noticing that it seems a little less smooth going down alongside food compared to when I was just having the beer by itself, but that's a pretty minor complaint, it's not a drastic difference or anything.

Overall, this is a pretty nice beer, especially when considering just how affordable anything from Yuengling is. I'd buy this over the Black & Tan every time (and probably even over the regular Lager at least half the time) if it was available around here, so it's a little sad to know that they're discontinuing it after this year and the five remaining bottles in my fridge are probably the last ones I'll ever have. I'm glad I got a chance to try this one while it's still available, though, and I suppose there's always a chance they'll bring it back in the future -- they've discontinued their bock and then brought it back decades later at least once already, after all!
Apr 14, 2015
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Reviewed by Urk1127 from Pennsylvania

4.32/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
First bock. Glad to have tried it if they really are discontinuing this brew. Dark brown almost black in color off white half finger of head. Smell is roasty malt. Slight hop. Very tasty beer would love to buy again given a chance
Apr 08, 2015
Rated: 2.9 by BidYouABrew from Washington

Apr 07, 2015
Rated: 4 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

Mar 22, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Stermax from Pennsylvania

Mar 15, 2015
Rated: 2.84 by PCBrewski from North Carolina

Feb 19, 2015
Rated: 3 by mj81 from New Jersey

Feb 08, 2015
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Rated by dsnyder61 from Pennsylvania

2.43/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
not a fan of bock beers
Jan 26, 2015
Rated: 3 by dgherm from Pennsylvania

Jan 25, 2015
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Rated by Scstroud827 from New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Not bad bit not sure if I would get it again
Jan 25, 2015
Rated: 3.63 by Ryguy17 from Pennsylvania

Jan 18, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by JamesB63

Jan 18, 2015
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Reviewed by Jeffreysan from Virginia

3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, deep, dark, brown/mahogany color with a quarter of a finger of white-colored head that quickly dissolved away into an extremely thin lacing of foam that partially covered the top of the beer.

Aroma: Malty up front, imparting notes of freshly toasted bread and whole wheat crackers, followed by some caramel and brown sugar, and lots of black pepper and a touch of vinegar. Smells a little like sauerbraten.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Malty up front, followed by some good caramel and brown sugar-like sweetness, black pepper, and like the aroma, a touch of vinegar too. It not only smells like sauerbraten, but it tastes a little like sauerbraten. I like it.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied and pretty creamy as there is very little carbonation. With an ABV of 5.3%, there is no alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a pretty good beer, and very unique too. It has nice malt and sweetness flavors blended well with some very interesting sauerbraten-like vinegary notes. I’ve never had a beer like it, and I’d certainly have it again.
Jan 14, 2015
Rated: 3.64 by rolltide8425 from Pennsylvania

Jan 13, 2015
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Reviewed by mikeg67 from New Jersey

3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
12 oz bottle. Pours light brown with tall, long lasting, fluffy white head. Aroma is of sweet caramel malt, grassy hops and some cherries. Body is medium and slightly crisp. Taste is of caramel malt, herbal hops and some dark fruit, well balanced. Finish is long, semi-dry. Exceeded my expectations.
Jan 07, 2015
Rated: 3.5 by Furley80 from Pennsylvania

Dec 27, 2014
Rated: 3.89 by furburger69 from Pennsylvania

Dec 19, 2014
Rated: 3 by JNForsyth from Pennsylvania

Dec 16, 2014
Rated: 3.4 by Jguthpsu from New Jersey

Dec 10, 2014
Rated: 3.08 by Jeff_Winger from New York

Dec 07, 2014
Rated: 3.25 by tonyrocknroll from Colorado

Dec 02, 2014
Rated: 2.75 by newbeeraday from Pennsylvania

Nov 16, 2014
Bock from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 77 out of 100 with 676 ratings