Yuengling Bock | Yuengling Brewery

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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
Ratings:
675
Reviews:
239
Avg:
3.38
pDev:
16.27%
 
 
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34
Gots:
80
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Photo of jbaker67
2.75/5  rDev -18.6%

Photo of epyon396
2.5/5  rDev -26%

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

A: Burgundy red when backlighted shows a initially strong carbonation that quickly tampers down to a soft flurry. Fluffy beige head is a finger high, short on the hold and shows a light to medium rate of lace coverage.

S: The nose is a bit disappointing, fresh celery leafs, sweet malt, none to fruity, none to enticing, with a low aromatic appeal.

T: The flavor is sweet, a bit fruity of apples and sweetly toasted malt and cereal grains. Low warming of noble flowers, a bit of spicy hops on the close.

M: syrupy, pretty good stickiness and thickness, low level of carbonation.

O: Overall it can hardly compare to an Salvator or other notable bock. Seems to be a tweener and more of an introductory to the yuengling crowd or macro world to the world of bocks. Low alcohol, lack of fruity nature with a macro-infused flavor that lacks depth, substance and seems to trail off and thin out at knockout. Drinkability is low, enjoyment is low and grows tiresome by end of a single serving lacking enthusiasm for another. A c- to c rating is about right here, didn’t offend, yet didn’t offer reason to keep drinking.

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Photo of weeare138
3.15/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap at Goodnight Irene's in North Wildwood...
Appears a transparent, copper toned amber with a small, off white head that leaves whispey traces of lacing left around the glass.
Smell is of sourdough bread, caramel, toffee, toasted nuts, and molasses.
Taste is of the mentioned aromas...dare I say, "too much sourdough tartness?" It reminds me a bit of an Oktoberfest that has had some lactic acid blended before bottling.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, creamy, sweet, a bit tart.
I actually like the idea of Yuengling doing a seasonal selection. It's much overdue. I think this one was a bit off kilter but I think there is a good chance that improvements could be made with this one. I also like the/my idea of a possible "Festbier" from the folks at Yuengling. I believe they could capitalize on that one during the Fall season with their signature lager yeast.

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Photo of harpus
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of beertunes
3.33/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Yet one more from orcasteve. Poured into 16oz glass. Poured a clean, clear medium brown color with an inch of medium khaki head that had decent retention and lacing.

The aroma was the typical malty sweet scent of the style, but not as sticky smelling as some. The flavors were also fairly typical for this style. Slightly grainy and a touch sweet, there's a touch of hops on the finish.

The body is a bit on the thin side for a bock, I've found most to be a bit chewier. Drinkability was excellent, as this beer is only 5% it's a little lower in ABV than most examples, thus you could drink a bunch of these smooth brews.

Overall, a very nice beer. Nothing special perhaps, but certainly worth a yearly visit.

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Photo of akorsak
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served on-tap at Ithaca Coffee Co's Green St. location.

A: The bock is a chocolate brown/black color that arrived with no head. A little to brownish to be a cola.

S: The nose is sweet chocolate malt and plenty of cereal grains. A stronger hoppiness keeps the malts in check.

T: Nothing fancy, this lagerbier offers a fuller, richer taste without throwing a lot of alcohol at you. Full, bready malts are heavy on caramel and chocolate, leaving a heavier taste in my mouth. A fresh hoppiness is subtle but present. The house yeast has left a familiar Yuengling fingerprint.

M: Nothing spectacular but a solid bock. The dark malts are bigger (relatively, of course), sustaining a longer, more consistent flavor.

D: A very low alcohol bock, I'd be happy sipping on this on a breezy spring day. Next time, I'll get it locally rather than drive to Ithaca.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.47/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, picked it up for $1.19 as a single. Served in a mug, the brew pours a reddish/amber color with about a 1/4 inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing. Aroma is sweet and malty, the brew smells like bready malt/grain and caramel. Not much to it, but it's a nice aroma. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's the addition of some apples and nuts. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it has moderate carbonation and it's easy enough to drink. I think it's a decent enough brew, it's worth a try.

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Photo of JamLand
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of ColForbinBC
2.5/5  rDev -26%

Photo of JNForsyth
3/5  rDev -11.2%

Photo of TheBeerdedCharmer
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of Suds
3.21/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I love the idea of throwback bocks, and I understand that this beer has been around for a little while, but this was the first time I'd seen it in a local store. It's a very clear, chestnut colored brew, moderately low in carbonation, with a thin, whitish head. The smell is of an adjunct lager, mixed with some pleasant lightly toasted malt (identity crisis?). The taste is sweet, with some malt backbone...some macro corn-like flavors as well...more front-line bitterness than expected too. Medium in body, more than expected. This is not a great beer, but it isn't bad either. Like I said, I am a fan of throwback brews.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.27/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance – Pours a light brown color with a white head. The head fades very fast leaving just the slightest bit of lacing.

Smell – Bready malt mixed with a bit of caramel. Nothing too potent, but not lacking either.

Taste – Bready sweetness of some roasted malts mixed in with a bit of caramel are the initial tastes present. These last through the taste experience, but fade in intensity as time progresses. Toward the very end of the taste there is an ever so light amount of bitterness which finishes off the sweet flavors and round out the taste quite nicely actually.

Mouthfeel – Moderate body and moderate carbonation. Very average. For the bock style it may have a bit too much carbonation; but really not too bad.

Overall – For the price, Yuengling comes though again. While not the best bock you will have, they make a pretty decent brew at a good price.

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Photo of HuskyinPDX
3.26/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance - dark, clear brown with a thin tan head that fades very quickly.

Smell - Malty, sugar, and nuts.

Taste - Barley, malts, and nuts again.

Drinkability - Mild carbonation, a touch gritty in the mouth, very mild.

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Photo of Bung
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz. Very dark amber pour, a little over a finger of very frothy off white head. Laces ok. Not a bad looking brew.

Subdued aroma has some malt and caramel, some tea and herbal notes.

Taste is a bit off from what it should be. Some malt, bread, more herbs, grass, lots of tea. Finishes with herbal tea. Meh.

If you can get by the mediocre taste, it drinks fine and has a nice lighter mid body.

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Photo of zekeman17
2.76/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mattreitz49
3.25/5  rDev -3.8%

Photo of AgentMunky
3.51/5  rDev +3.8%
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 mynie
3.42/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Toby Hill in Clarion, PA.

Rather boilerplate--but solid--example of the style. Pours a limp and nearly headless brown with an aroma of grass and sugar dusted caramel. Tastes sweet and crisp, with mild and zippy nodes of fruit, biscuits, and sugar against a pleasantly fleeting backend of grass and mild hops.

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Photo of ccrida
4.09/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into the Bock Beer pils/flute, Yuengling Bock is a pale mahogany with a small off-white head leaving light lace.

Smell is sweet, a little caramel, nice fresh bread

Taste is nicely balanced, not as sweet as I expected, nice hop bitterness to temper without tipping to far in the other direction.

Mouthfeel light, dry.

Drinkability is good, tasty bock, full flavor but light and balanced enough to enjoy on a brisk spring day working the yard, or in my case, after.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%

Photo of Pencible
3.11/5  rDev -8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured a clear dark mahogany with light tan head. It smelled like bready yeast and roasted barley, with some lemon and copper hops and caramel malt. It tasted like lemon and copper hops with bready yeast and dirty barley and light caramel malt. It was watery with lots of carbonation, and had a bittersweet aftertaste. Overall this was an unimpressive beer with too much hops and not enough malt. The flavor wasn't very clean, and the body was too bubbly and thin. This wasn't a very good example of the style, and isn't recommended. (Although it honestly wasn't offensive to drink, so I could easily finish my bottle. It was just boring and wasn't what I look for in a bock.)

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Photo of Cyberkedi
3.88/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark translucent mahogany with a decent beige head. What I got was not thick, but that is probably an artifact of preparing the pint. Aroma is malty and slightly spicy, not too strong. Flavor is rich, malty and yeasty with woody and toffee hints. Fizzy and lively texture leaves a nice tingle behind.

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Photo of Brenden
3.5/5  rDev +3.6%
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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Yuengling Bock from Yuengling Brewery
3.38 out of 5 based on 675 ratings.
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