Yuengling Bock | Yuengling Brewery

Yuengling BockYuengling Bock
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25.2%
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3.37 w/ 675 ratings
Yuengling BockYuengling Bock
BEER INFO

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

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#41,957
Reviews:
239
Ratings:
675
Liked:
170
Avg:
3.37/5
pDev:
16.32%
Alströms:
0
 
 
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34
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Ratings: 675 |  Reviews: 239
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 Ironbuddha
3.54/5  rDev +5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Decided to try this, kind of been on a bock/double bock kick lately...felt it was smoother than conventional yuengling lager, with a more refined taste. Decent reddish-umber colour, smelled faint notes of caramel. Left little to no head (came from tap and what little head was there quickly dissipated), taste was conventional bock, without being too dry. All told, a pleasing beer, but not one i would go out of my way for.

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

A: Pours a medium copper-brown color with decent clarity. The tall head has a light tan tint and a densely frothy texture. Retention is pretty good, with solid lacing.

S: Some toasty grain and caramel in the nose. An interesting slightly tart fruitiness - kind of a raisin/cherry vibe. A bit of leafy hop aroma is also present.

T: Toasty, bready malt up front, with caramel flavors. Definitely a bit fruity, again with faintly tart cherry/raisin notes. Bitterness is moderate, with some leafy/spicy flavors providing a lightly hoppy finish. A bit of a metallic/mineral character is evident into the finish.

M: Medium body. Carbonation is above average. The finish is slightly off balance in its dryness, but it's a minor issue.

D: I'm fairly impressed by this offering from Yuengling. I was a little concerned this would just be a darker version of their traditional lager, but this has a little character.

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Photo of mikeg67
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.

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Yuengling Bock pours a dark clear brown with a tan head from a brown twelve ounce bottle. There's a malty aroma that's fairly nice. THe flavor is malty at first, then some hops and grain flavors come to the surface. A decent beer, but really nothing special.

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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 JayS2629
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- Medium brown with nice tan head. Little lacing.

S- caramels and toffee with a faint chocolate. Malty.

T- Bready with caramel notes, faint chocolate and a hint of citrus.

M- Medium light. Creamy with a dry finish.

D- Very easy to drink bock. Light for this syle so it goes down fast.

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Photo of cmgiordano1
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%

Photo of ujsplace
3.52/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured agressively into a mug.

Deep amber in color with a dense, chunky off-white head that disappears too quickly.

Smells of grainy hops and mild sweet malt.

Good balance, more hoppy than expected, but the malt presence is there.

Somewhat thin mouthfeel and mildly carbonated...

This is a highly drinkable brew that is very easy going.

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Photo of thain709
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - A clear dark brown body...lots of carbonation running to the top...a solid one finger tan head...decent lacing

S - Nothing special...a little malty

T - This bock is strong on the caramel malts...and I like it...they are too sweet and they aren't heavily roasted...nothing complex

M - Medium bodied...just a tad thin

D - It's nice to try something new from Yuengling...I'm glad they came out with this Bock...nothing special but it was pretty tasty

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Photo of Stimack
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I was able to give this brew a try last evening while at Mahars. Had a darker amber color to it with some reddish highlights, good sized head that had nice long retention and lacing. The aromas where good, they highlighted a nice roasted and caramel scent. The flavor brought this beer up a notch as I felt that the malts where better here than even the profile from the nose. Also a nice hop flavor presence is there, muted in the background but plays nicely. Overall this is a very good brew, I would have to say by far the best that I have had from Yuengling and hope that this will not just be a one and done style from them.

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into an old-fashioned glass.

A: A beautiful dark amber with high clarity and a light head. Bubbles rise from the bottom.

S: Smells a lot like a beery lager, but with heavier malt.

T: Slightly above average. The malt character is not overpowering, but lends a roundness to the main taste. Hops are present, balancing well. The aftertaste is hoppy, drying, and bitter.

M: Fizzy, sweet-smooth, then dry-bitter.

D: Very good! This is an interesting beer and, to my mind, one of the best beers made by Yuengling brewery. Recommended.

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Photo of deaconoflove
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ap. Very nice golden brown with good ruby red background. Smallish head (beer was too cold).
Sm. Caramel malts first and then some hops/grapefruit.
Ta. Tart and clear with some orange zest maybe. late bitterness.
Mf. Light and carbonated...almost fizzy.
Dr. Yes, I like this stuff. Not as good as their Porter or B&T, but good. The goat is a nice touch, too.

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Photo of sliverX
3.51/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

presented with a dark brown slightly copper pint with a big light tan head that faded quickly to a film but left some small lacing
smell was very light and hard to pick up anything more than a bit of malt
taste was slightly malty with a burnt cereal grain background and finished with a surprising light German hop presence
mouthfeel was light to medium, very balanced
drinkability was good sessionable but the hop tasting burp got a bit tiring
Had on tap at the Gin Mill in Ellicottville NY on 4-15

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of TimoP
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of HeyYoMar
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Putter
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The color is a sort of mahogany, ruby red hues in a medium brown, clean and clear and barely dark enough to be very slightly opaque. The off-white head is about half a finger tall and spritzy but retention isn't bad. Lacing is spotty and consistent.
It's balanced like a Bock, pretty even between hops and malts. The primary balance is between caramel and toffee from the hops with a bit of raw fruits and floral with mildly leafy hops bitterness. It's light overall, keeping with Yuengling's status as gateway craft.
The feel is light as well, not quite the appropriate medium body or so of the style. Carbonation is moderate, lending itself to a continuous crispness and contributing to a good smoothness.
This isn't a bad Bock by any means.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
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.

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Photo of Grooveman53
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of Mando603
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of zzombie
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of drinking12many
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%

Photo of emsroth
3.5/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle

App: A dark brown, but rather brilliant when held up to the light. Solid tan head with some lacing.

Smell: The smell of this beer does a number on the senses. Strong aromas of sweet roasted malt (with a hint of sourness) backed by a firm herbal, slightly fruity hop presence.

Taste: Bitterness is the dominant player in this beer. Dry, earthy flavors control. Roasted grain and nuts are matched equally by the herbal hop bitterness. Any sweetness comes in the end and smooths the palate in the form of caramel and sweet bread. The occasional tinge of alcohol makes itself known.

Medium body that barely stands up to the bock name

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Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
Beer rating: 25.2% out of 100 with 675 ratings
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