In the words of Yuengling, “It took 180 years to become an overnight success” …that is, in Ohio at least. I’ve heard of Yuengling for years but never had the opportunity to enjoy it until I traveled east out of Ohio. The way I heard it was that due to those dirty distributer who were in the back pocket of Bud, Miller and Coors companies. Yuengling didn’t have a fighting chance to even break ground in Ohio. I’m not sure if that is true, but what I do know is that I had to travel to Savannah, New Bern, and other eastern locations to enjoy this brew.
I am a fan of microbrews, their only downside is that they typically cost more than your Millers, Buds or Coors. The catch with this brew is that it typically runs the same price as your watered down beers – which I guess isn’t really a catch.
Now that we are done with the history and economics lesson onto the brew. Assuming you’ve all been fully educated at Monkey Brew U.’s Half and Half vs the Black and Tan lesson you are aware that this is not your self concocted mix. No, my furless friend this is a pre-mix batch and Yuengling isn’t the only brewery that does this.
This beer has a deep porter scent, while it is a slightly mild scent it still comes through. You get the air of coffee and caramel through the nose and the taste. The coffee taste lingers at the tip of the tongue, with a slight carbonated ting. The aftertaste has bit of a bitter dryness to it.
The truth is that it doesn’t have the strongest taste compared to your typical microbrews nor can be compared to the strong taste of a Guinness mixed into a half-n-half but that doesn’t mean it is watered down like the major breweries. It lands somewhere in between, it really is a good introduction for someone who wants to know what real beer taste like, or you know that beer has a taste.
Nowadays since Yuengling has made a recent and huge presence Ohio, I typically enjoy their beer, especially when my draft options are ick, yuck, blah and Yuengling Lager. I would recommend this beer to anyone who hasn’t tried it, especially if they don’t want to buy two different types of beer but still want that black and tan mix. Overall I give this brew 3 and a half out of 5 bananas, not to shabby for a pre-mix.
What’s your thought on this brew?
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