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Beer Review # 109 Yuengling Bock

The very first beer I reviewed on this site was Yuengling Lager. I figured it was a good starting point as I was born and raised in PA and it is America’s Oldest Brewery. They haven’t added a lot to their beer line-up unlike a lot of craft breweries, but that is because they fit into a different realm of craft brewery. A few years ago they did decide to offer one more beer their their line-up, a seasonable beer named Yuengling Bock. As you can guess, it is a bock so it comes out in later winter to early spring.

I tried it on tap when it first came out thanks to a free sample by my bartender friend and thought it was okay. At the time it was only available on draft so when I saw it in bottles this year I decided to grab one. Yuengling Bock pours a burnt orange color and has a thin, slightly off-white head. The nose isn’t terribly impressive with some slight nutty and roasty notes. I also noticed some sulfur, which is a common odor I get in lagers.

On the first taste I noticed a nutty flavor but not much else. I tried a few more drinks searching from some more flavorful notes, but there were not many distinguishing things to be found. This beer is very light and easy to drink, but doesn’t offer a ton in the flavor world. I was hoping for a bit more from this beer and at 5.1% it seemed sessionable. I liked it for what it was, but it is not a great representation of a bock. (more…)

Back home

The move went off without a hitch. We ran into some mild traffic jams and a few downpours on our 3 days, 30 hours, 1800 mile trip, but all in all, it went as good as can be expected. The pup is a champion car rider and sat in the front passenger seat of my wife’s car and slept the whole time. We are now back in southeastern PA and will be moving to Delaware in a few weeks. Updates will be back but there are still going to be slow as we are trying to unpack as little as possible until we make the final move. Also sorry about the site getting that 403 error. Apparently the host changed a few permissions on files that were using up CPU space and our index file (the one you see) was a problem. I got all of that sorted out, I just wish they would of told me before they made the move.

It feels great to be back. I enjoyed a few Yuengling’s the night that I went out and was very pleased to have that familiar taste available to my taste buds again. Yuengling was actually the first beer that was reviewed on the site. I think my reviews have gotten much better since then. I am glad to be back home and the reviews will start flowing as soon as we get fully settled here. I have a bunch of homebrewing to get caught up on as well.

Yuengling Lager Beer Review

For this site’s first beer review, I had to pick a beer that I am so familiar with, that I can smell it at the thought of a pint. I’m from Pennsylvania, so Yuengling is by far the most popular adult beverage of choice. Call me a homer, but I do love the stuff.

Let’s start with how it looks. It pours a light amber, almost a dark honey type color. There is a slight head, to goes away quickly, but lingers on the top in a very small layer. The smell is nothing special, slightly malty, but normal.

The best part about this beer is how drinkable it is. You could easily down a sixer or more of this, and that’s not just me being from PA. There is a slightly malty character to the beer, with a little citrous, and hop finish. There isn’t a ton of flavor there, but a lot more than your typical macro brewery. Another nice thing is the variety of bottles Yuengling comes in. In PA you can get it in your standard bottle, a 22 oz bottle, and a quart bottle; of course draft and cans are there.

As a beer drinker from PA, I will always have a special place for this beer. It was the first macro brew that made me think there was more out there. And for this blog, Yuengling will do. There are better beers to come, I assure you.