Yuengling PorterMarch 1, 2015
D.G. Yuengling & Son
Yuengling Porter is one of the original Yuengling beers and has been brewed since 1829.
ORIGINAL GRAVITY: 1048
AVAILABLE: AL, DC, DE, FL, GA, MA, MD, NC, NJ, NY, OH, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV
This beer is a time machine. From the stately label fitting of America’s oldest brewery to the twist-off cap, this “dark brewed” porter is an enduring reminder of the country’s beer history. Dark brown, with a thin tan head, it has a nose that is slightly metallic, tinny at first before a faint candy root beer aroma emerges. It has a thin body, not much offered in the hops department, but there is some anise and caramel in the overall flavor. This was an early benchmark and works just fine in a pinch.
- John Holl
In the first edition of The Pocket Beer Guide, I described this beer as “thinnish but dependable,” and I see no reason to alter that opinion here. Deep brown in color, it has a simple, slightly sweet and slightly roasty, licorice-accented aroma, and, yes, a thinnish body with a moderate astringency and notes of over-roasted coffee and burnt grain. An American porter in the same sense that Shiner Bock is an American bock: simpler and more restrained than classics of the style, and well-suited to being gulped from iced pint glasses.
- Stephen Beaumont
John is the editor of All About Beer Magazine, the host of The Beer Briefing on iHeart Radio, and the author of three books, including The American Craft Beer Cookbook. Find him on Twitter @John_Holl.
Co-author of both The World Atlas of Beer and The Pocket Beer Guide (with Tim Webb), Stephen travels the world sampling beer, hosting dinners and tastings, and eating too much airport food.