Thursday, April 3, 2014

Yuengling Bock Beer

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Chad9976 (1076) - Albany, New York, USA - APR 3, 2014
I poured a 12oz bottle into a lager glass. It was bottled on 1/7/14 and cost $2.20 ($0.18 per ounce).

Appearance: Dark shade of copper/brown over a clear body with carbonation visible. Pours to a small, tan, foamy head which never completely dissipates and leaves trace lacing.

Smell: Surprisingly nutty for a bock. Though there seems to be some vegetal character (DMS?).

Taste: Yuengling is a brewery known for making drinker-friendly beer, not gourmet beer. While I’ve always enjoyed their flagship Traditional Lager (despite the fact it’s made with adjuncts), I’ve never really be impressed with their output otherwise. This bock is a good example of what I mean. Yes it’s a bock, yes it’s slightly flavorful, but no it’s not any better from the rest of the brewery’s portfolio.

Just like the nose, the first thing I notice about the palette is a nutty character. Faint earthy or herbal character with some dry bitterness through the middle. There is some sweetness, but it’s quite faint. I also pick up some green bean or vegetal character. I’m not sure if this is DMS or possibly just an adjunct flavor coming through, but it’s a little off-putting. Not that Yuengling Bock is bad-tasting, no, I’d characterize it as pedestrian (which is probably what it’s intended to be, so mission accomplished).

Drinkability: If there’s one thing you’re going to get out of a Yuengling beer it’s raw drinkability. This is not exception. The mouthfeel is on the thinner side with some crispness, but otherwise comfortable and goes down quite easily. There’s no aftertaste, but I wouldn’t consider it refreshing. The palette doesn’t improve as it warms, though. The ABV appears to be around 5.1%, which seems a tad high considering how mild it is. Something a less experienced drinker could session. 
Grade: 5/10

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