Yuengling Bock

This has definitely been a long week. I only have one more day of work before I get a day off, which I seriously need. This beer is one that I’ve wanted to try for awhile, but never bought. I saw a single of it in the pick-a-six section of the cold case. Let’s see how it was.


ABV: 5.1%

Style: Bock

Trivia: According to the brewery website, “Last year, D.G. Yuengling & Son, Inc., celebrated their 180th Anniversary by re-introducing a late-winter seasonal classic, Yuengling Bock Beer. Available only in draft, it was the first time a Bock Beer was produced by Yuengling in nearly 40 years. The product was so well received, it will make a triumphant return in both kegs and bottles in January, 2010. ‘Local taverns and pubs in our distribution area will once again become a destination for customers to enjoy this product on tap,’ commented Lou Romano, Marketing Manager. ‘Last year, there were many loyal customers looking for Bock in bottles to take home and enjoy with family and friends, but it was not available. There’s a great deal of consumer excitement that it’s coming back in draft and package.’ With a deep amber color, pleasing malt base, and a refreshing hop aroma, Yuengling Bock Beer will be offered in 6-pack (12 oz) bottles, ¼ barrels, and ½ barrels starting January 18, 2010, and will last for approximately 10-12 weeks.”

Random: I need to try more Yuengling beers. I’ve only had a few.

This brew poured with a half a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left no lacing on the glass. The body was a dark sienna color with little carbonation visible. The body was clear as well. The nose had notes of molasses and toasted malts. The taste was more towards the malt and bready side with a touch of sweetness at the very end with molasses. There was also significant nuttiness with a bitter note at the end. The body was on the thinner side with low carbonation. It had a long finish with hazelnuts and toasted malts and bread. This beer was okay for what it was. Given that it was probably older than recommended, it probably wasn’t the best beer to review. But, I would have it again, although I won’t be in a rush to do so.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yuengling Summer Wheat

The lawyer and I joke that whenever we go out to dinner, something goes wrong. Either the service is awful or the food is bad or it’s just generally awful. Anyways, we went out to Chickie’s and Pete’s for a late dinner last week and I was really craving crab fries and I was excited to see what the latest beers on their beer menu were. I ordered a different beer at first, and of course they were out of it and I had tried most of the other offerings on draft, so I went with this new seasonal (which was served in a frosty glass, which I despise). On this occasion, it just happened that the service was eh, the food was pretty good. Anyways, let’s see how I liked this beer.


ABV: 4.5%

Style: Hefeweizen

Trivia: According to beeradvocate.com, “Yuengling® Summer Wheat is carefully brewed with a combination of wheat and barley malts. Hallertau hops and Bavarian-style top fermenting yeast deliver a thick, creamy head with overtones of banana and clove esters. This authentic German Weizen style beer, with a slight hazy appearance, concludes with a crisp finish. Summer Wheat is the third edition to America’s Oldest Brewery’s seasonal offerings and is scheduled to release between Yuengling’s spring release, Bock and fall release, Oktoberfest.”

Random: I really should try more things from Yuengling. I’ve only reviewed a few of their beers.

This brew poured with a finger of white head that dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. The body was a cloudy, dark yellow color. There was no visible carbonation due to color and haziness. The nose had lots of banana notes with clove and not much else. The taste was really bright with citrus and coriander. There was some big notes of banana too. It had a light body with high carbonation. It also had a long finish with banana and spice. This wasn’t the best hefeweizen I’ve had by any stretch, but it was flavorful and light and a great addition to Yuengling’s summer portfolio. Try it on draft if you see it.

Untappd Rating: 3.5/5.0

Yuengling Premium Beer

I have a buddy who absolutely loves Yuengling. For years, he’s praised them and told me that this offering was one of his favorites. I needed to grab something sessionable a couple of weeks back for a football Sunday and grabbed a sixer of it to see if he was right.


ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Pale Lager

Trivia: According to wikipedia.com, “Yuengling was challenged by the rise of large commercial breweries during the 1970s. It was able to survive owing to demand from its customer base in Schuylkill County. The company also experienced an increase of sales after a renewed interest in history owing to the United States Bicentennial in 1976. Yuengling bought the rights to use the Mount Carbon (Bavarian Premium Beer) name and label when Mount Carbon Brewery went out of business in 1977. Yuengling initially brewed beer at Mount Carbon but eventually abandoned it. The dairy remained in business until 1981, but its vacant building sits across Mahantongo Street from Yuengling’s 1831 brewery and still carries Yuengling signage to this day.”

Random: Yet another brewery that I’ve only sampled two of their beers despite them being widely available.

This beer poured with a finger of pure white head that dissipated almost instantaneously. It left no lacing on the glass. The body was a clear, dark yellow with heavy carbonation. Kate took one look at this and was shocked that I was drinking it, since it resembles a macro. The nose was grain with a touch of bread. Taste had a bit of honey sweetness after a nice dose of grain. The body was on the thicker side and also had heavy carbonation. The finish was pretty quick and had some grain. Was this beer amazing? To me, no. But, it accomplished what it set out to do and was a much better alternative than a macro.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

Yuengling Black and Tan

Another night, another beer. I had a four-hour meeting today at work. These types of meetings really make me think that I have A.D.D. I cannot concentrate on anything after about 2 hours straight. That, and my ass falls asleep. So, Katie and I are going to Country Night at the local bar. I’ve pretty much tried all of their craft selections so I figured since my review there would be of a macro, I should at least break something out the fridge. This beer is from a brewery that one of my friends loves, so I have really high hopes for.

ABV: 4.7%

Style: Black and Tan

Trivia: This brew is a combination of Yuengling Premium and Yuengling Porter.

Random: I can’t believe my buddy Phil hasn’t tried this one yet. He’s all about the Yuengling.

This brew poured with a seriously thick tan head, about two fingers worth, that dissipated slowly and left lots of lacing on the glass. The body was a dark brown with no visible carbonation due to the color. The nose presented with mostly roasted malts, grain and then a hint of coffee. Smelled good to me. The beginning of the sip hit me with mild coffee up front and then roasted malts came through. Some sweetness and bread also came through on the subsequent sips. The sweetness mostly manifested as brown sugar, but was altogether mild. The body was a medium thickness with middle of the road carbonation. The finish was relatively long with the roasted malts apparent in the taste. Despite relatively crappy grades from some beer sites, I thought it was alright. It was an easy drinker with some flavor that I wouldn’t mind having again. I think the style is generally towards the boring side, but this one was probably the best of the style that I’ve had. Add to the fact that this beer tends to be cheap…worth a sip.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0

Yuengling Traditional Lager

I found myself at Sun Tavern with Nicole with limited options to drink. We sat and watched a program on fantasy football and had lunch while I enjoyed a pint of Yuengling.

ABV: 4.4%

Style: American Amber/Red Lager

Trivia: The brewery was established in 1829 on Centre Street in Pottsville, Pennsylvania.

Random: I’ve had this brew before, but some people are seriously passionate about it.

This poured with two fingers of white head with a yellowish-red colored body. There was some pretty active carbonation on this brew. The head dissipated quickly and left some lacing on the glass. On the nose, I got a bit of malt and some bready-ness. On the taste, I notice that this was way too cold. What I can get is a mild nuttiness and some malts and no real bitterness to speak of. The carbonation is plentiful and pleasant. The finish was very quick with a hint of sweetness. This is definitely better than any macro and because it’s so widely distributed (at least on the East Coast), it’s at almost every bar. This brew was simple, but satisfying. There isn’t really much more that I can say about this beer, because the success of it lies in it’s simplicity. There’s just not much going on, which is why it can go down so easily. This isn’t a beer that you have to search out, but if your choices are Coors, Bud and Miller and Yuengling, grab a bottle of this.

Untappd Rating: 3.0/5.0