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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

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Photo of DIM
4.22/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

a: This was a dark, sparkling chestnut brown color. It poured with a thick, chunky head that faded to sheets of lace.

s: Wow, there is a lot going on here. I wasn't expecting anything like this! Sweet breadiness takes a back seat to the surprisingly assertive noble, spicy hop aromas.

t: This was incredibly fresh tasting overall. Those spicy, almost mineraly, noble hops almost dominate. Some sweet bread flavors do sneak through on occasion. The finishing hop tingle lingers for a long time.

m: Gently fizzy carbonation and that long aftertaste work very well.

d: I'm absolutely stunned by how good this is. I'm definitely getting more of this.

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Photo of NJpadreFan
3.6/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Yuengling- Bock

On tap at the Hulmeville Inn.

A- Deep cola brown with a small soapy head. Light lacing.
S- Light caramelized malt, molasses, and borwn sugar.
T- Sweet brown sugar, molasses, and malt make up the bulk with a light cola corn syrup touch.
M- Sweet and malty strong molasses finish.

Overall- A bit light on the flavors but well balanced and definitely sessionable. I would say this is better than their lager!

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle (no date) into pint glass. Pours a chestnut brown body with orange highlights on the edges and a smaller off white slightly creamy head. Aroma of orange juice, grains, slight chocolate and dust. Medium to fuller bodied that really fizzes up in your mouth with stronger carbonation. Flavor is much better then the aroma, although still not great, with notes of brown bread, chocolate, oranges, and slight sour notes. Weak on flavor, aroma and most importantly alcohol. Was nice to taste the beer celebrating Yuengling's 180th anniversary. Cheers!

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Photo of lackenhauser
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Nice coppery sort of color. Decent head that fades all to quickly. Bready aroma-somewhat nutty as well. Slight coppery/metalic tinge to it. Ok malty flavor-again a metallic presence detracts from the over all flavor. Mild caramel like flavor. Ok mouthfeel-lacks the malt body of a decent bock. Ok overall-nothing really stands out for me. Give me a regular Yuengling lager over this.

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Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.41/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Coopers in Scranton at the front bar. Presented in a shaker "pint" glass, this bock appears a clear, rich deep chestnut color with about half an inch of creamy light tan foam. Smells and tastes of sweet caramelized malt, biscuits, and a hint of molasses and an even smaller hint of brown sugar. This beer is all about the malt. Medium in both body and carbonation. It's nice to try something new from Yuengling. I'm sure I'll be seeing plenty of this around, and that's a good thing. Especially at a place with limited choices.

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Photo of OtherShoe2
3.46/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours medium clear brown with a white head. Some lace, and ring of foam to the end.

Light malt nose, some sweetness. Wanted more here.

Light sweet malt, some grassy notes. Not as much depth as some bocks. Nice semi sweet malt finish with light bitterness.

A little thin, but it actually works. Good carbonation.

Decent for domestic bock. I'd have this again.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a very nice shimmering brown with some decent head and lacing. Nice crisp malt scent, fairly thick with a hint of lager skunk. Excellent taste, very deep for a bock, with nice dark malt flavors, a nice sweetness, and a hint of caramel. Goes down extremely good. A great bock, and the best for its cost.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
3.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Yuengling Biergarten in Tampa

A - It pours a few shades short of a cola-brown hue, and is capped with a fizzy and surprisingly persistent off-white head.

S - The nose is just basically a hint of sweet malt and a hint of cascade (?), with some mineral water thrown in for good measure.

T - The flavor is surprisingly good; it is not hugely rich or complex, but it offers two notes and they are both working. The malt sweetness is just right; a sublime balance between sweet, caramelized and grainy has been achieved, and the hop contribution (lemon zest, woodyness) is readily discernible despite its relatively mild level of presence.

M - Nothing silky or expansively creamy here, but it is not bad. Medium-light in body, softly carbonated.

O - This is a very decent offering. It seems better on-tap than I recall it being in the bottle.

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Photo of hosehead83
3.18/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a standard pint glass.
Chill-hazed copper in color, with a nice, two-inch bone-white head of foam.
Aroma-Flowery, sweet malt
Taste-Watered-down sweet malt,faintly metallic finish. Taste did not match the looks or smell of this beer. Many better bock beers out there.

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Photo of armock
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured a dark brown color with a tan head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of sweet caramel malt

T - Follows the nose with sweet caramel malt

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

D - This is a pretty good beer overall I wasn't expecting to be blown away but I was definitely pleased with this beer this is one that I could drink all night worth trying sometime

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Photo of CampusCrew
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance: fizzy brownish mess, siome nice copper dapple though

smell: light of anything, some roatsed malt but smells liek a macro

taste: dark malts upfront but the macro impurities dark over the beer.

mouthfeel: lite bodied :(

drinkability: not good, wouldnt try again but certaintly not the worst beer in the world.

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Photo of TheFightfan1
4.36/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I had this at Manny Brown's in Newtown ( I believe the mailing address is considered Langhorne)
Anyway poured a clear amberish red color with very thick white heading very unlikely for a Yuengling.

Smell had very nice roasted malt smells to it very subtle. Maybe a touch of hops on the backend nothing serious.

Taste is all malt nothing overwhelming just an all around decently balanced taste.

Mouthfeel is very smooth,wet, and thick,lightly carbonated nothing really jumping out at me and goes down really easy.

This is a very good session beer. Unlike the Lager this is unlike any of the Yuengling's I've had in the past.You can easily have a six pack.

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Photo of JerzDevl2000
3.05/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Picked this up in Totowa since I have never reviewed a beer from Yuengling on here. Of course, the bottle shows a goat drinking this beer, which means that it must be good enough for humans to drink, right?

Sure enough, it is...but that's still not saying much. Yes, it has the dark pour and thin mouthfeel that Bock's are known for. There were notes of caramel, nut, and pumpernickel here that faded into a slightly metallic and nutty backside that was just a bit hoppy. That's about all this beer offered. It wasn't perfectly clear as there was a bit of haze when this was held up to the light but this was so thin that the head and lacing were practically nowhere to be seen.

Session beers don't get much more obvious than this. There's a mild roasted presence to this with just a hint of alcohol in the taste but like the flagship beer in this brewer's lineup, this is mediocre at best. Only seek this out if you're desperate for a Bock and it's not the sign of the goat on your astrological calender.

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Photo of rangerred
2.86/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Pours with a clear reddish brown body and a 1.5 finger off white head. Surprisingly decent head retention.

Smells of molasses and brown sugar and some caramel. A little hint of tobacco too.

Taste is much like the smell with a very candied, surypy flavor although it isn't actually real sweet. There is a little bit of roast leading to a very light bitterness. Mouthfeel is a little watery but is is quite refreshing.

Overall, this might not be the perfect example of a bock but it has good flavor and is quite refreshing. One of the better values out there.

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Photo of crossovert
1.7/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz twist off.

It pours a rootbeer brown/amber with a really gawky looking head.

Smells like water with some caramel and a smack of nuts.

Mouthfeel is really watery, taste is of metal. There is some sweetness too. It has an okay bitterness on the back end.

It doesn't taste like a bock though.

This is like a malt liquor.

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Photo of alleykatking
2.88/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from 12oz bottle. Thanks to Justin for this six pack. Didn't think I was going to try this one.

A- Pours a color that looks more like a clear ice tea color. Light tan one and a half finger head. No real lacing except for soapy sheets that fall back into the beer itself.

S- Big biscuty malty aroma. Hops are not really apparent in this but I didn't expect them to. Light metallic aroma in this as it warms.
Nothing really else aroma profile wise.

T- Bready malts in the front of this with a slight darker fruit hint. Metallic tinge to this from the front all the way through. Hops are lightly bitter in the beer but still hard to pull out overall.

M- Light mouthfeel. Carbonation is good to a little much for the style. Bready malts and metallic hints are left on the palate with more metal notes in the aftertaste. Flavors were blended but nothing really of great balance.

D- A lackluster bock beer from the oldest brewery in America. I have only had one of these so I'll update if needed. Thanks Justin once again cause I really wanted to try this beer out!

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Photo of Drew966
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 dogfishandi
3.38/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

my brother in law gave me one of these while we watched the sabres playoffs against philly. 12 oz. twist off bottle around fridge temp poured into an SA perfect pint glass.

pours out a clear brown color with some red rubiness in the light. one finger of off white head that settled rather quickly to a ring and some patchy foam. no real lace to speak of.

a sweet grainy malty aroma, maybe some fruitiness. some mineral lager yeast. not a whole lot of aroma to speak of.

again, sweet grains at the forefront, some fruits, hints of caramel, sulfer mineral lager yeast, and maybe some tea like herbal hop qualities with a little bitterness.

medium bodied, assertive carbonation, finishes rather dry.

overall: kind of what i expected from this brewery, i respect it for its rich history, but not something i would buy. reminds me in many ways of gennesee bock beer

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Photo of Bouleboubier
3.22/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

C'mon, Dick, y'all could've done a better job with this one. I suppose I understand if you'd want this to be as palatable as it can be for your core Lager-drinking market, but something just ain't right with this here "Bock".

From the thin-looking, too-light & too-clear cola brown, cola-bubbly, with sad brownish-off-white fizzy head presentation (though, backing up, I love the Art Deco label with drunken goat), to the all-up-front-vanishes-in-flash, burnt popcorn kernel, bittersweet malt, bitter roast, sweet toast, burnt-toasty maple syrup, burnt caramel taste, to its real clean, real dry, little sizzle (this beer bites, literally), little strength, and NO DEPTH....I feel like there's a little left to be desired here.

Add some UMPH! - not a whole lot - and I think it would improve a bit. The bitter bite, wherever it comes from, got to me the most although it seems to mellow out a bit, and the flavor improves, when it's not so cold.

Still, I'll take your porter 10 times out of 10 over this one.

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Photo of generallee
3.45/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The cool old school styled label has no other info.

Appearance: In the glass it has a nice reddish brown color with good clarity. A small light tan head settles to a thin ring of slick lacing around the edge of the glass to cap this beer off.

Smell: The nose is light overall and has a modest bready maltiness with light toasted notes, some raw gain and toffee like sweetness. Hops are very distant but seem to add a slight earthy character.

Taste/Palate: The base is malty but a bit thin for the style. There are mild bready and toasted notes with some caramel and toffee like sweetness balanced by light earthy hops. This adds mild bitterness, a touch of acidity and a little dryness to the finish. On the tongue it feels a bit thin for the style and there is plenty of carbonation.

Notes: For me it just misses the mark and my overall feeling is that it's a very drinkable but average at best Bock.

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Photo of shand
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a slightly muddy dark brown color with a tiny head that diffuses quickly. Aroma is standard, some sweeter dark malts is really all that's here. Doesn't smell bad though. And it doesn't taste bad either. This is just a pretty simple bock that tastes pretty good. It's a touch watery at the start, but comes through with a roasty kick at the end. Reminds me of an amped-up version of their lager in taste profile, actually. Nothing mindblowing, but perfectly serviceable and cheap. The mouthfeel is decently carbonated and has a nice dryness to it, and the drinkability is quite good. Overall a pretty good offering from Yuengling that's quite cheap ... if this were easier to find during the distribution period I would have bought a lot of it, but I only just found it at Total Wine.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.18/5  rDev -35.5%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Bottle. No idea where or when I acquired this gem. Pours a clear, medium colored copper color with a thick fluffy light tan head. Vegetable mixed with caramel nose. Medium mouthfeel. The vegetable I smell and taste is tomato. I sorta has a stewed tomato taste...weird. The aroma and taste are not good but the look is awesome, great lacing and head retention just too bad the rest of this didn’t come together.

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Photo of drtth
3.63/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Duvel glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: The beer pours out a rich dark copper, almost brown, color with a ½" thick light tan head filled with lots of different sized bubbles. The head soon recedes to a thin layer of foam and a small ring around the glass. Sipping produces lots of interesting lacing with a sheet and rings on one side of the glass and scattered speckles on the other. This persists for most of the beer.

Smell: While faint the aroma contains some rich caramel-like bready malt with a trace of roasted character and a hint of dark fruit.

Taste: The flavor is clean, mild and pleasant. There is a touch of tart cherry/chocolate in with the lightly sweet malt. The bitterness here is quite restrained and there is also a slight metallic character that I believe comes from the hops. Initially I thought this a somewhat simple beer but the more I sip and reflect on it, the more complexity I think I'm finding.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied with a slightly prickly feeling from the active carbonation. The finish is medium long and nicely balanced between sweet and tart, and then between sweet and dry but with the dryness winning out in the end..

Drinkability: I'm liking this beer as a possibility for having again and for entertaining friends who think they don't like beer. I'm looking forward to next year and having this again.

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Photo of mikeg67
3.53/5  rDev +4.4%
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 yesyouam
3.61/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Yuengling Bock is a very clear and sparkling copper lager with a bubbly khaki head that leaves solid sheets of lacing on the glass. The aroma is a touch sweet and pretzely. Smells kind of like malt extract. It smells like brewing beer and baking pretzels. It's medium light bodied and pretty lively. The finish is a little gritty, but pretty clean. It has a malty, pretzely flavor. There's a nice toastiness to it. There's a touch of caramel and maybe even chocolate. A soft slightly herbal bitterness zips it up. This beer was a pleasant surprise.

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Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
77 out of 100 based on 239 ratings.
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