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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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Added by ClockworkOrange on 02-08-2009

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 677 |  Reviews: 239
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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Photo of klkatz
3.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours darkish amber - like the color of the bottle. With a thin oily/cloudy head.

First impression is very malty... smell is dark malts.

Taste is slightly malty with a smooth finish. Like their more famous, Philly phavorite Lager but with a little more bite.

This is a new product - a seasonal release with a great label. The label is a ram sipping from a goblet with the words "Tastes Good". It's taken from 1941 signage. Very cool. Considering its limited availability I'm glad I got my hands one one.

As a history teacher I appreciate Yuengling's status as the oldest brewery. As a Philadelphian, I've drank more than my share of their Lager. I applaud Yeungling any chance I get. They're the best thing going in Pottsville.

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Photo of sfsean28
4.03/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour into chalice as pictured on the label. Goat seems to like this brew and I did too.
It has a dark brown color and a nice creamy foam. Smell the malt right away but not too strong. Taste the malt and a good flavorful beer. Its not too carbonated and doesn't leave you feeling bloated. The beer goes down nice and easy. Its an easy drinking beer.

After having the first bottle I drank two more while eating Beef Stew. I think this beer goes well with it.

I bought a sixer for $6.29. Not bad. The carton and the label on the beer didn't have much info about the beer. In fact the labels on the bottles are coming off. Cheap production, I guess.

I was glad to try this beer but I don't think I'll buy again until next year. If I see it on tap then I'll order it.

Actually, I saw the Bock at another store so I bought 2 sixers. One for me and another for sharing. If these seasonals are still sitting on the shelves then I should continue to buy them, fo rfear that the store will not re-order.

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Photo of JamesS
4.35/5  rDev +29.1%
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 devilben02
3.39/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Overall, this is like a darker, amped-up version of the more and more ubiquitous Yuengling Lager. If the Lager was like your best friend when you were in middle school, the Bock would be like your friend's smooth, athletic older brother who has a girlfriend and drives a Camaro. Looking back later in life, you realize that the girlfriend wasn't that big of a prize since she still works at the local movie theater, the Camaro was in lousy running shape, and he was never more than a benchwarmer on the high school basketball team. Despite all of that, though, he was still a nice guy who gave you a high five every time he saw you, so he was still pretty cool in your eyes. In other words, this beer may not be the most complex or satisfying selection, but being the cool older brother to Yuenling Lager is still something worthy of appreciation.

Honestly, though, the Bock pours a nice medium brown, with a thick head of cream-colored, soapy bubbles that soon calm down into a nice thin (but present) cap of foam. The aroma is a bit of a bummer, smelling mostly of adjuncts and grains, with a bit of roasted, bready malt. Fortunately, the flavor is an improvement. Although still a bit grainy and metallic, there is also a subtle kiss of dry and dark caramel sweetness. The mouthfeel is thin for sure, but it is smooth and a bit resinous, leaving an impression that lasts for at least a little while. In sum, although not a standard-setter by an means, this one is better than most mass-produced adjunct-laden fare, making it pleasant enough to drink.

* Extra points on both appearance and drinkability for the label featuring a goat drinking beer from a goblet, with the tagline "Tastes Good"... that really turns me on.

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Photo of IMincedTheKing
3.75/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours brown with a large ecru head that fades fast.

The aroma is malty with hints of chocolate. Maybe some yeast and hops, but they're almost an afterthought.

A pleasant (albeit unexpected) hoppiness opens on the tongue and rolls out to sweet, adjuncty malts--mostly corn--and the slightest hint of chocolate. The hops lash back, and everything's rounded out for a balanced finish. The carbonation is on point, but the taste of corn hangs out a bit too long.

I only bought a single and didn't check the price of a sixer, but I could easily see this replacing the Lager as my go-to cheap beer.

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Photo of joepais
4.2/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I wanted to try one of these so Thanks go out to a kind beer buddy who hooked me up.
Poured into a Sam Adams glass It produced a finger worth of off white head that lasted a while then faded to a thin lace. The beer was a great chocolate brown in color body wise.

I got good aromas of fresh bread and light roast in my nose. The flavor was bready and sweet with a light bitter finish. It was light and crisp in the mouth. If I closed my eyes I wouldn't have known this was a dark brew.

It was very easy to drink and could easily session this one. I was quite impressed with this brew and would love to drink it again

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Photo of ZimZamZoom
3.08/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Nice clear chestnut colored beer with a thin tan head. The head has some staying power and the lacing left behind is decent.

A thin malt aroma, with some mild roasty character. Smells chalky if that's possible. Tastes thin also, with some roasted malt and adjunct flavor. Nothing going on in the hop department, with only a touch of bitterness in the finish.

This beer does have nice body, smooth despite being highly carbonated. It comes across as being rather filling though. None of this is reconcilable with the not-so-bold aroma and taste.

I guess this is better than the lager or premium, but it's not a beer I would care to drink any more of. One bottle is plenty.

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Photo of boudreaux
4.12/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

12 oz. bottle pourend into pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a brown-hazelnut; little head, what is there is thin and filmy; beer is clear and sparkly, with dark amber- reddish hints; lacing left on surface of beer is minimal but slightly sticky on the inside of the pint glass.

Smell: At first, nutty with roasted malt elements; subtle spiciness and a crisp hop aroma also present; toasted marshmallow and mild sweetness on the back end.

Taste: Similar if not same as smell; malt, floral hoppiness with spicy undertones.

Mouthfeel: Smooth, slightly crisp from carbonation; overall, a good mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Very, very, drinkable; have now finished three in about 25 minutes, and could easily drink more.

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of Augustiner719
3.87/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a nonic glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazlenut tawny brown color with a very small thin head. Crystal clear with reddish hues. Zero lacing and the head dissapated to a thin film and collar around the glass.

Smell: Smells a bit nutty and malty. A hint of spiciness and a crisp hoppy backnote. A hint of toasted marshmallow and mild sweetness on the back end.

Taste: Tastes malty and spicy with floral hop bit on the back end that just balances out the sweetness enough. very light and ephervescant. Very light on the palate and a good example of a light bock.

Mouthfeel: A little over carbonated and light for my palate. Crisp finish and overall its enjoyable.

Drinkability: Very high drinkability: medium malt background and a light crisp finish paired with a low abv makes this a great session beer.

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Photo of JOT
4.45/5  rDev +32%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not ever much of a darker beer drinker, myself, but I'd wanted to find a dark beer I would be able to enjoy during the fall/winter season. So, I had heard about the limited release (first time ever bottled) of this beer from friends and decided to give it a go.
Maybe my taste buds just were overpowered by the many other dark beers I'd tried in the past. Straight up, I was pleasantly surprised that I really enjoyed this beer from start to finish. I wouldn't try to predict how those committed dark beer aficionados may or may not appreciate Yuengling's Bock, but from the standpoint of a now casual/seasonal dark drinker, this one may fit the bill for drinkers who were previously turned off by darker beers. The major challenge for me now, someone please correct me if I'm wrong, is that it's limited release is only for a few more weeks, then it won't be available again until next January.

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Photo of BatDaddy
3.38/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presented with a funky retro label featuring a ram sipping on some beer - with the precaution that it "tastes good."

A - Pours a dark brown copper with an off-white head that settles quickly. Decent retention with some nice lacing.

S - Smell is interesting - there's something there that is very familiar but I can't quite place. A bit of roasted and caramel malt with some bready undertones.

T - Taste is interesting as well - that same flavor that I can't quite place, followed by the caramel malt and some hop bitterness. Biscuity and roasted. Unique, and it's growing on me.

M - Mouthfeel is good. Decent carbonation, light to medium body.

D - Good. Easy drinking, overall.

This is a little hoppier than most bocks, but I certainly wouldn't say it was a hoppy beer. An interesting roasted flavor makes it worth trying, but it's not exactly outstanding by any means.

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Photo of number1bum
3.18/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a dark copper color, or maybe more of a light brown, with an inch of light tan head. Keeps a pretty full but thin lace and leaves a couple rings of stick on the sides.

Smell is pretty grainy but has some caramel in there, with a bready quality to it.

Taste is also pretty grainy with a bit of caramel but it has an astringent bite to it that is somewhat unpleasant. It's a husky, bitter sort of flavor. It also lingers into the finish.

Mouthfeel is a light-medium body and it feels thin. A bit on the watery side and the astringency doesn't help.

This is a mediocre bock at best, and I would actually classify it as a disappointment. Yuengling makes quality beer at a great pricepoint, and I buy Lager and Black and Tan with some regularity, but this one comes up a bit short. There are much better bocks out there even at this pricepoint - Stegmaier for example is quite a bit better.

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Photo of Minkybut
3.03/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured this pretty average brew into my glass at 45 degrees. The beer was a mahogany color and had a dirty white head. The smell was not hoppy but the taste was slightly. It did not taste much like a bock to me. It also had jut a wee bit of a metallic taste to it that was not very good.
I will not buy again.

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Photo of dmamiano
2.86/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

deep auburn color with a non existent head and minimal lacing,
metallic hint, some bready malts with now hops present.
Taste is not as malty as expected. Thin in the mouth. Some metallic characteristics as well.
Overall expecting a bit more. Too bad.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.45/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crazy little beer that neither fits its style or any style for that matter, but is a pleasure to drink regardless of its class.

A sweet caramel, malt, and toffee aroma and flavor carries with it a bit of toast or light roast. Smooth malty mouthfeel is a pleasant welcome. American hops give some citrus (grapefruit, pine, and grass) give the beer a pro-bitter balance, pale ale flavor. Both type and intensity is not common for Bocks, neither is the roast. But the beer is flavorful and bold with good textures and an overall favorable beer drinking experience. Maybe an Amber Ale is a better descriptor.

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Photo of diverdown11689
3.78/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass, a clear dark reddish copper with two fingers worth of light tan head.

Not a very strong scent. Smells like bready malt and some faint hop.

Tastes sweet then chocolate like, almost smokey with grassy hops from a Lord Chesterfield in the back. Doesn't linger much. A little dryness.

A medium slick feeling, and pretty fizzy. fairly drinkable.

I wanted more malt, but then, I always want more malt. This one is solid, and a great change of pace from the usual rotation of Yuengling brews. I hope they start doing more seasonal brews.

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Photo of zythus
4.15/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was excited to see this new offering from Yuengling, whose traditional Lager I love.

Appearance - Poured into a Pint-sized beer glass produces a modest head that eventually dissipates. Laces nicely, more heavily than the traditional Lager. Lighter than cola in color.

Smell - Herbed caramel, present but not overpowering.

Taste - Perhaps more strongly hopped than most bocks, which traditionally are not strongly hopped. Pleasantly light malt flavor that is closest to maple and slightly cocoa. Taste lingers in mouth.

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Photo of rtratzlaff
3.26/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a filtered clear dark amber with a slightly off white head that leave some lacing. Aromas are typical of a lager: apple along with some dark fruit character from the caramel malts. The taste is bready up front with a slight herbal hop balance but dies a bit in the finish. The mouthfeel is not what I expect from a bock, but it is still decent for what it is. All in all nothing is surprising about this beer, but it is still a solid brew.

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Photo of LuskusDelph
4.63/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A very good American Bock from a consistently good regional brewery. I used to enjoy the bock beers that most big American breweries made years ago (Pabst Bock was one that I looked forward to every year until the formula changed in the late 70's...after which the beer disappeared altogether).

Yuengling Bock is reminiscent of those beers and is a really fine example of the style. Very tasty and drinkable....and quite flavorful without massive alcohol or a total assault of the tastebuds. Very retro, like it's great packaging, this has a balance that a lot of contemporary beers sadly lack.
VERY glad to see this one back after so many years!

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Photo of cdbooth219
3.98/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle poured into reaper pilsner glass

A: Pours a fairly clear copper brown color with two and a half fingers of light brown head that dissipates rather quickly with no lacing

S: A lot of malt smell with some syrupy sweet notes and also a bit of a metallic smell behind it as well

T: Toasty, biscuity malt backed with some kind of dark fruit undertones. Theres also a bit of that yuengling funk that you find in their lager as well. A little hop bitterness comes in after this with a little bit of a metallic taste at the end.

M: A medium mouthfeel with quite a bit of carbonation. Finishes rather dry

D: Not overly heavy, this is probably something I could drink all night. Not the best beer ive ever tasted, but its fairly good overall.

Overall, this is a good offering from yuengling. Definitely better than their traditional lager this is not the best beer ive ever had but it is definitely enjoyable and easy to drink

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Photo of Biscuit033
3.68/5  rDev +9.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright copper with a nice off white head that disappears quickly.

S: Malty, with a bit of chocolate. Slight sweet syrup like notes. There is a bit of hay and dry grass notes.

T: Chewy and malty. Some hay, chocolate, and some caramel.

M: Thick and chewy. Feels a bit oily but dry in the finish.

D: Even though it is heavy bodied. I have no problem drinking a few of these.

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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 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 magine
3.4/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass.

Pours a brown amber color, has a nice head initially, then fades to no head no lace.

The brew smells of malts and hops; sweet malts, grain hops.

Has a light thin mouthfeel, tastes nice and pleasant to drink. Has a smooth finish. Can taste more hop then malt.

A good easy drinking brew, nothing to write home about though.

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