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Yuengling BockYuengling Bock

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Yuengling Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: Bock

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.10%

Availability: Spring

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Reviews: 239 | Ratings: 675
Photo of Ricochet
3.3/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Light brown and transparent. No head, little lace. Small beads.

S: Powerful "old beer" smell. It's like a day old Amber. A little burnt grain scent, maybe a little fruit.

M: Foamy, thick, with a grainy wash and a little corn pop aftertaste. Not unpleasant.

T: There is a small amount of bitter rolling over but the grainy burn corn malt makes itself known. I'm not sure about this representing a bock, but I'll go with it. (Even the Genesee Bock left a different, more bock-like profile.) Still the thickness of the mouth and the hint of burnt grain and raisin and even a little Yuengling Amber profile thrown in...

D: I like this a bit more than the Amber because of the stronger flavor. Black and Tan overtakes this though and Lord Chets, isn't as expensive and seems a better choice. Hey, I'm a Y! homer.

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Photo of TheLegendaryGary
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This is a good dark beer with a very appealing smell thou a bit weak. It has a very bold taste with a kind of citrus undertone. There was another flavor in it I couldn't quite put my finger on. This beer wasn't as smooth as other beers I've had in the past, so it was a little rough in the mouth and I had trouble drinking a lot of them in a rapid fashion.

All in all this beer is worth a try. I also just found out it is a spring beer so that's pretty cool i guess.

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Photo of Justin23060
4/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Great retro art-deco label with a goat dinking from a goblet. Amber brown with a very thin head that quickly dissipated. Has that traditional pretzely malt bock smell. Taste is pronounced pretzel malt/bread crust w/ just enough hop to bitter. Finishes dry but not astringent. Mouthfeel's a bit watery for the style. Also a bit creamy which was pretty good. Not bad at all for a $7.00/6pk beer.

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Photo of dtivp
3.08/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured a dark cherry brown with ruby tint, nice two finger white head with moderate retention and some lacing.

Aroma of malt, grain and bread.

Taste lead with the malt, bread and finished with a slight hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel was light body and lots of carbonation. As the beer warmed, it started to become thin and watery. My drinking companion noticed the same thing.

Drinkability was good at first then the characteristic of the beer went down hill as it warmed. This is an average bock at best and not one of Yuengling's finest.

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Photo of obrendano
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - great logo work, sort of art deco and very distinctive. beer is deep clear red, and pours a massive head, but the retention is lacking, head disappeared within 30 seconds

S - almost the same as original Yuengling, that trademark snappy, sharp red beer smell. a bit of floral hop comes through

T - good enough, but kind of all over the place. alternates a lot between sweet overly malt and tart, spicy, bitter toasted tones. esthery alcohol is present as well. interesting enough to keep drinking, but seeing as me and regular Yuengling aren't best of friends, I'm not surprised that this isn't my favorite either

M - smooth lager, a bit heavier than most people would like out of an American lager probably

D - a good adventure, but I can't help feel something is off. label says "Tastes Good", which I can't argue with, but toning it down a little might help things out. this is a lager, after all. other bocks I've had aren't quite as bossy

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Photo of adam42381
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a pilsner glass. Bottled on January 13, 2011 per code printed on bottle.

Appearance: Pours a medium cherry wood color with ruby highlights and a 1 finger white head which dissipates quickly. Decent lacing.

Smell: Biscuity malt with floral hops.

Taste: Bready malt up front followed by pale malt in the middle and a bit of hoppy bitterness at the finish. Aftertaste is mildly bitter. Has a bit of the flavor I associate with Yuengling Traditional Lager, but this tastes a little better and is more well-balanced.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a high amount of carbonation. Goes down smooth.

Drinkability: High drinkability. You could knock back a few without much trouble.

Overall: Good beer overall. I like Yuengling Traditional Lager from time to time, but this is a better beer from the same brewer. This could become a go-to cheap beer for me. It's not world class by any means, but it's worth trying if only because it's cheap.

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Photo of JMforman
2.94/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had a free pint of this at Tremont Tavern.

A- Deep amber with an decent head and good retention

S- Sweat, sweet malt, some faint hops

T- Bready malt, biscuit, faint hops in the finish

M- Medium-ish

D- Fairly drinkable. I'd choose it over other brews from Pottsville, PA. Definitely beats the porter and the amber lager.

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Photo of Dotcubed
2.66/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a stranger to the dark side; love the brown beers.

Had a clear memory of loving the high point: Celebrator.

Not going to say the look of the package didn't affect my purchase, but it may have nudged the appearance rating.
Above average, but too pale for good. Nice foam.

Weak malty smell. Hint of something, rye I think.

Mostly metallic, smooth malt. Rye, bitter, watery finish.

I want to love it, but it has barely manages a like.
The six I bought was enough.

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Photo of ZeroSignal
3.37/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle - 2011

A - Clear, light chestnut brown with a decent sized off-white head. Retention settles to a thin layer; very little in the way of lacing.

S - Malty in the nose with hints of caramel, a bit of bread, and just a bit of earthy hop

T&M - Lighter bodied (especially for a bock) with a malty, caramel and light bready tone. Hop bitterness seems a bit high to me for a bock, and takes on a bit of a spicy nature. Seems a bit thin. Finish lingers with a mild malt flavor.

D - Very easy to drink with a very reasonable ABV. Is it a fantastic bock? No...but I certainly won't have any trouble finishing the six pack.

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Photo of speter
2.81/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear light almond brown with a nice two-finger fluffy white head that slowly fades, leaving a small amount of lace.

S: Lightly roasted malt and lager yeast.

T: Hmm. My initial impression is that this is just a lightly colored version of a standard lager. It's ever-so-slightly sweeter, but there's little of a true bock nature I can detect here. There is a pronounced metalic twang, and the coarseness leads me to believe this has not been lagered nearly long enough.

M: Rather coarse. The head is comprised of quite large bubbles, and the body is quite light for a bock. At 5%, it's not even warming.

D: Sure, it's drinkable, but there are so many better examples of bocks out there.

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Photo of JohnFatAss
2.51/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cool retro label on the bottle of a billy goat drinking out of a glass. Unfortunately, the label is what I liked best about this beer.
This is my first attempt with a Bock, so I have nothing from this style to compare it to.

This is a dark beer with a clear, brown/copper color with a tan head.

Medium bodied, Sweetness at first, but finishes with a dry bitterness.

I tried, but could not get excited about this one.

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Photo of barknee
4.03/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

With an intentionally hard pour, this brew shows moderately carbonic with a thin off-white frothy head. Dark, almost the color of rootbeer, it's quite visually enticing. The nose is mildly hoppy, actually quite hoppy for product from this brewery.
Clear to lightly roasted malts along with a underlying essence of mallow sweetness makes for a pleasant and welcoming nose. Wow! This is a nice tasting brew; malty with a subliminal hint of ferrous in the mouth, a tad sticky and just a hint of acidity makes this clearly my favorite beer from Yuengling. Super refreshing with lots of active carbonation in the mouth make this a great all year brew; light to moderate in weight, this great product can be consumed effortlessly.
Americas oldest brewery may be producing one of the best mass American macros!
Got session?

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Photo of Bslied
2.71/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I ran across this interesting find in my go to beer store here in MD. Being born and raised in PA I was astonished to find a Yuengling brew that I had yet to sample. This was the start and the end of my happiness with regard to this beer. It pours slightly darker then there traditional lager. There is little to no overpowering aroma upon initial investigation. I took my first sip and was immediately surprised; however, in an unpleasant way. WHERE IS THE TASTE? I was expecting something akin to a doppelbock, but what I got was something much less. I feel that in the world of bargain beer, Yuengling has shown through and produced a fairly good lager. Entering this tasting with that in mind was a poor idea. I feel that this was a half hearted attempt at capturing the ever growing craft beer market. Yuengling family, please stick to what you are good at and not wonder off the beaten path. I am unfortunately not looking around anymore to find new concepts from this brewery.

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Photo of meatyphil
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice dark brown with nice tan head. I'm frankly a bit surprised at the bitterness of this beer. I was expecting to get more malt and caramel and yeast, but those notes are much weaker than expected for the Bock style. I'm wondering if maybe I got an off batch.

Not a terrible beer for the price, but I'm not overly impressed.

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Photo of krukster
3.36/5  rDev -0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Some lacing and a medium to dark brown appearance. (not black)

S- Slightly malty smell, hint maybe of coffee

T- Slight caramel taste, also some slight hoppiness.

M- Medium

D- Smooth drinkability, one of my favorite Yuengling beers along with Lord Chesterfield

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of JayS2629
3.52/5  rDev +4.1%
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 Thorpe429
3.8/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice moderate brown color with a bit of a tan head. The nose brings a good deal of caramel as well as a bit of toffee and light hops. The taste is confined to caramel and bread, bit is still nice. Medium body with good carbonation. Pretty tasty and a great value.

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Photo of paKIRK
2.58/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

appernce - a dark amber brown with a fluffy white head that fades quick in to a thin lacing.

smell - a strong malt sent.

tast - a caramely malt with some tones of burnt flavor verry littel bittering.

mouthfeel - mediumlight.

not for me but it is worth a try.

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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 morimech
3.43/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A basic bock but that is not neccesarily a bad thing. Brown color with a large head that had very good retention. Heavy lacing is left on the glass. Good caramel aroma but there is some metallic coming in as well. Caramel flavor upfront, followed by copper pennys. A little toasted. The body is just too thin. No substance and by far the weakest element of this beer. A decent beer that I believe comes in a very attractive price point. Not the best bock by far, but worth a try.

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Photo of BeerCon5
3.17/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured a dark amber color with very little offwhite head, not much lacing.

The scent was of caramel malts and citrus.

The taste was kind of light for a bock. Caramel malts are first, then there is a strong hit of mouth puckering citrus, some light hop bitterness also.

Light bodied, pretty smooth and prickly on the tongue, high carbonation.

This was an ok bock, I though it was a bit too thin and the citrus was a little out of balance. It seemed like it was like a Lager with double the malts and double the citrus.

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Photo of Fish113d
3.49/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured chilled into a pint glass, it pours the color or maple syrup with some haziness & about a finger-thick tannish dense head.

Caramel Malt base on the nose with some yeast & biscuits also. Nothing very flashy or exciting.

Sipping reveals a pleasant brown maltiness with some butterscotch flavor if I'm not mistaken. A quick shot of sweetness hits right on the swallow along with some bittering hops on the finish to help balance out the sweetness. Not bad...

Medium-bodied brew with excellent balance between smoothness & carbonation, but fairly watery finish.

Overall, this is a solid offering from America's Oldest Brewery. Although I've found their product a bit lacking in quality over the past 10 years (due to expansion), this is a solid bock...not what I was expecting.

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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 jadpsu
4.02/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours dark brown with a brown head with good lacing that remains throughout.
Malty, with a light chocolate aroma, licorice, a little sweet, creamy - very nice, especiall at the price.
Very drinkable, a high value brew at $5.99 a six pack (here in Ga.).
IMO this beer carries characteristics that you rarely get at this price point
Best beer Yuengling makes

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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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