Saturday, December 18, 2010

Yuengling - Traditional Lager; Premium; Bock; Black and Tan

The D.G. Yuengling & Son brewery from Pottsville, Pennsylvania started in 1829 and is America's oldest brewery.  They have a line of beers, and while I have not had any recently until I was given this one, I recall really enjoying their Lord Chesterfield Ale and their Porter.

Traditional Lager- This beer pours light brown-copper-amber in color.  The aroma is slightly sweet, wet grain, malt, and some hop spiciness.  When you are a kid and smell a beer for the first time, this is the essence of that aroma that imprints on your brain.  The taste is light yet rich at the same time, a very nice blend of hop and malt, toasty, ever so slightly sweet, and a crisp bitter finish.  This is a really enjoyable beer.

Premium - This beer pours golden in color with an inch of pure white foamy head.  The aroma is slightly sweet, grainy, with a touch of straw and lager hoppiness.  The taste is grain, corn, a touch of straw and a touch of hops.  There is  pleasant malty aftertaste.  This is a solid American value lager.  I would take it any day over Bud or Coors, as it is more flavorful than they are.

Bock - This beer pours a medium-dark brown in color, translucent, but not transparent.  There is a small head of very light brown foam.  The aroma is light for a bock, but what is there is dark roasted malt, a bit nutty.  The taste is slightly sweet, but well balanced, dark and roasted malt, with a light tartness, and a moderate bitterness on the finish.  This beer is delicious and dangerously drinkable.  It reminds me a lot of Scottish 80 shilling beers.  Plus, you have to love the old school looking label with a goat drinking out of a chalice of beer.

Black and Tan - This beer pours an extremely dark brown to black, touch of ruby in the light.  There is a sparse head of light brown foam.  The aroma is light dark roasted malt, slightly sweet, a bit smoky, almost peat like.  The taste follows the aromas, less smokey, light dark cocoa.  This is both very flavorful and very light at the same time.  A tasty, but easy drinking beer.

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