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Beer Tasting and Review - Yuengling Bock
The Yuengling Brewery
I guess you could say that I have a soft spot for Yuengling (pronounced ying-ling). Growing up in Southeastern PA, Yuengling was the local beer. You could yell, "Lager!" across a loud, crowded room and the bartender would know exactly what you were asking for. I think this may have originated from the fact that the word Yuengling can get pretty tough to pronounce after about 3 or 4 of them.
Now, many years later, Yuengling is no longer a local beer but still considered regional. They have grown substantially with little to no advertising. Oddly enough, when I moved to Southwest Florida I found that Yuengling had bought an old brewery an hour north from me in Tampa. I may be one of very few people who have visited both brewery's. I am now in the habit of seeking out beers that I haven't yet tried and will have a lager when its a choice between that and Bud or MillerCoors. I do, however, look forward to the annual Winter seasonal release of Yuengling Bock Beer, the newest member of the Yuengling family.
The Yuengling brewery was founded by David G. Yuengling in Pottsville, PA in 1829 and has been family owned and run ever since. It is America's oldest brewery. They can claim this status by having remained in business during prohibition by making non-alcoholic beer. Most breweries of the time did not make it through that era. In addition to the Bock, Yuengling offers an Oktoberfest as another seasonal beer. Year round offerings include the Lager, Lager light, Premium and Premium light, Black & Tan, Porter and Chesterfield Ale.
The Bock Style
Bock is a German style of dark lager with a big malt profile and little hop presence and is traditionally enjoyed during special occasions such as Christmas, Lent and Easter. This style was first brewed in a town called Einbeck and later in Munich. Because of the local accent in Munich the townspeople pronounced the beer as "ein bock" (a billy goat). Many brands of bock to this day will feature the image of a goat on the label.
Pour and Appearance
Dark brown and effervescent with an abundant, fluffy, coppery head that dissipates slowly and clings to the glass all the way down.
Roasted, bready malt with minimal hop aroma.
Creamy, slightly chewy and effervescent.
Roasted and sweet malt backbone with a slight bitterness from the minimal hop presence.
Malt throughout with a slight hop presence down the back of the throat.
If you are familiar with the Yuengling family then you will definitely recognize this beer as being apart of it. It just has that signature Yuengling taste. As with the other members of the family it stands alone just as the rest of the beers do. This is a great beer for the Winter and early Spring holidays and is available throughout that time. A very affordable, traditional Bock style beer.
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