Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Yuengling Bock

Yuengling Bock

Brewed by:
Yuengling Brewery
Pottsville, Pennsylvania


5.10% ABV

Commercial Description:
In honor of our 180th Anniversary, America’s Oldest Brewery proudly offers this celebratory Yuengling Bock Beer. This seasonal release resurrects an old brewery tradition of producing a Bock in the late winter and early spring. Dark brown in color, this unique brew offers an exceptional flavor to be enjoyed by all. We invite you to taste 180 years of family brewing tradition in this limited release as we celebrate our milestone.

General Pricing:12oz bottles: ~$5-6.00 6 pack, ~$21-22.00 case.
¼ keg ~$55.00, ½ keg ~$95.00

Background:Well this is Ash Wednesday, the first day of lent so I thought it would be a good time to post this review on Yuengling Bock. Bock beers are a traditional Lenten beer. They were first brewed by German Monks to hold them over during the Lenten Fast. They were so rich compared to the typical German lager that it was referred to “liquid bread”.

I had this beer last year at the Mount Hope Brew Fest. The Yuengling rep stated that this beer was discontinued in 1972 and just re-released in 2009. I accidently found it once again at a Champs restaurant and did an Impromptu Review. I was excited to see it bottled this year as a seasonal release. I can’t wait to see if this years bottling is as good as last year’s draft.

Review:The beer pours a dark amber almost brown with ruby hues and a slightly off white head.

Sweet dark toasted malts on the nose along with a slight flowering hop aroma.

Wow, Yuengling has really outdone them selves with this release. This is every bit as good if not even better than what I had on draft last year. So let’s try a blow by blow on the taste.

It starts out with toasted malt sweetness upfront, then a nice effervescence and a very clean almost creamy mouthfeel in the middle of the sip. The back-end and finish has a slight malt and hop bitterness but still very easy drinking. There is a little bit of a bite on the finish that seems to be part hops and part malt bitterness with overall good bock malt flavors.

Locally we complain that Yuengling has a tinge on the finish, an almost metallic taste. I do not get that in this beer. This is a very easy drinking beer with a good hearty bock backbone. There is an uncharacteristic bite or bitterness on the finish but it may be attributed to a American hop not usually used in a German Bock beer. Or it could just be a slight malt bitterness.

The beer is now at 62 degrees and it really does warm nicely. It is every bit as good as it was when cold.

All and all this is a very good Bock a solid B. For Yuengling this is an A+. I don’t mean that to sound condescending; in my humble opinion this is the best beer Yuengling has on the market.

Just as a post script, I have bought this beer several times from the time I drafted this review and the time I actually posted it. This is an excellent budget beer. For $22.00 a case you can’t beat it. Thanks to Dick and the rest of the Yuengling crew for an excellent beer.

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