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Big Flats 1901 - World Brews

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Ratings: 252
Reviews: 129
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 4
Gots: 12 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
World Brews visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
Brewed for Walgreens Drug Stores

(Beer added by: alcstradamus on 12-11-2010)
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3/5  rDev +19%

TheBeerNation, Jun 20, 2014
Photo of keeganfrank
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw-colored brew with a fluffy white head that dissolves somewhat quickly. Very mild flavor- sweet grain and vegetables. Taste is very smooth. Grassy, crisp and a little sweet. A slight metallic tinge in the aftertaste. This beer is nothing amazing, but I could easily drink it all day. Especially when it's $2.99 for a sixer.

keeganfrank, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of marc956
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Along with many on this site, I am a beer snob. With this beer consider the price when you review it. As long as it's cold, I find it to be on par if not better than High Life, Corona, Lone Star and other lagers yet costs about half, sometimes less. I'm giving it 3.0 eh, but it deserves better.

marc956, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of dangerpint
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$2.99 6-pack sold at Walgreens quite wallet friendly beer 12 oz. can served in my favorite glassware from the brands brewer Genesee
Label is appealing with a large waterwheel rolling in a raging river. the label as read 'PREMIUM BREW', Genuine Brew 'Brewed From Only The Choicest Hops', and 'It's the water that makes it.("really"? we did'nt know that.) Big flats '1901'label has instresting grapics on the label and big self promotion and to think all that hoopla is what sells ajunct filled beers."Brewed by Brewmaster's Choice, Rochester, NY" a Genessee brand

As standard as regular beer comes, straw-golden colour and extra filtered clarity. Initial start of medium carbonation and two fingers of fluffy head. Disintegrates too quick, leaving little more than a very extra thin layer of of head.Nose starts as a not very appealing vegetable smell at pour, but not to worry will fade in seconds, from then on,light corn sweetness and light cereal maltiness. Neither off nor exciting, just whats expected for this style.I'm definitely not a connoisseur of some mainstream ajunct beers, but I have downed this style of beer once in a while in past years With that keeping that in mind this beer falls in the regular american ajunct beer style , kind of sweet start, mildly hopped and dry finish.
nice mellow mouthfeel, low carbonation. Not as heavly carbonated and thin tasing as some big name adjunct lagers, which is a big bonus for my taste , but not quite as smooth as could be, but as good or better than most ajunct beers at $4.50 or less price. Not too bad, really, although I have admit to consuming a six pack right after a long stressfull work day so beer period would definitely do the job.So in all fairness i wanted try it agin. I found it easy enough to drink and refreshing though, mouthfeel does not stand out.Head is nice 2 fingers of foam but dissipates too quickly. This beer is nothing to write home about, the cheap price tag makes it an Formidable Competitor to big name ajunct beers.and at $2.99 your wallet can sleep easy.!!!!

dangerpint, Aug 03, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19%

emwild12, Jan 02, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

harpus, Mar 25, 2013
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3/5  rDev +19%

Anacross, Mar 19, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

TC1234, Aug 07, 2014
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3/5  rDev +19%

Dapperticus, Jul 15, 2012
Photo of tito42
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can to an imperial pint. Purchased sixer at Walgreen's for $2.99, the ultimate value beer. BA lists the brewery as World Brews, which may manage the brand, but the beer itself is brewed in Rochester, NY, I believe at the Genesee Brewery that produces Dundee beers.

A: Golden straw with active carbonation and a pure white head that dissipates quickly but leaves decent lacing.

S: Sweet corn and malt with just a hint of something floral.

T: Sweet adjuncts with just a hint of something citrusy or floral. No off-taste that I might find in other adjunct lagers.

M: A little thicker mouthfeel than many adjuncts, with a touch of hops bitterness at the finish.

O: The definition of an average beer in one of the worst styles made. I'd rather have a PBR or Schlitz, but this is budget beer even compared to PBR or Beast. There is nothing offensive about this beer, albeit nothing really good about it either.

tito42, Jun 27, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19%

drinkAK, Aug 04, 2013
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3/5  rDev +19%

BPudd, May 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev +19%

Caterwaul, Nov 22, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19%

KyleBatten, Mar 24, 2012
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3/5  rDev +19%

JobyShokk, Sep 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev +19%

trojankeg, Dec 17, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19%

Tnkemist, Sep 09, 2012
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3/5  rDev +19%

Gilly1980, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a stein glass.

Look - pale straw color, clear, with about 2 fingers worth of off-white foam that dissipates somewhat slowly.

Smell - typical adjunct lager type of smell, very cereal-like and thing.

Taste and Mouthfeel - also very cereal-like and thin in the taste. There's a general muskiness, but otherwise not much of a taste at all. A little bitter in the beginning but that fades fast. Texture is not too badly balanced, but still more toward the watery side.

Overall - just another typical tasteless adjunct beer. Not impressed.

Nerudamann, May 07, 2011
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3/5  rDev +19%

spikechiquet, Jan 12, 2013
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3/5  rDev +19%

Unchi, Jan 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Now, I used to think that this beer was freaking amazing for its price range (cheapest beer money can buy). Then I had a couple later on that I thought were really nasty. I've been drinking it from time to time since and unless my taste buds are just not working this month, it seems like this brew is VERY inconsistent. Sometimes, it tastes corny and boozy. Other times, it has an unpleasant taste reminiscent of the big name brews. Still other times, it just seems bland and neutral. Can anyone back me up on this? Is this beer different every time? What's the deal?
So, all I can say about this beer is it's inconsistent. You're not buying beer when you buy a pack, you're buying adventure. Adventure for only $3. Still a good deal. But this is no longer my favorite budget beer. It's my second favorite. I kind of like the surprise. My favorite budget beer now is Schlitz gusto. It's ALWAYS good.

UPDATE: Schlitz Gusto has gone up in price and I'm no longer into how dry it is, so this is once again my favourite budget beer. It is still very inconsistent, but it is almost always worth 50 cents a can. My last 6-pack had an excellent sweet lager taste, much like a cream ale. The one I'm drinking now tastes almost exactly like liquid Sugar Smacks cereal, which is not to say that it's overly sweet, it's just got that exact weird flavour that Sugar Smacks has (I think it's corn bran flavour). So, still an adventure with every can, but still better than buying bland, overpriced crap like Lonestar or Bud.

ElCommodoro, Apr 03, 2011
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2.95/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow and very clear. Nice pouring head, but disappears quite rapidly.

S: I smell a little apple and citrus, slightly grainy. Has a bread undertone.

T: Like most beers of this style its extremely hard to find some distinct taste to put your finger on. The malt is more prominant in this beer than many in the style. Hops are non existant. If i had to name a few subtle tastes it would be apple and citrus, but they are so faint that it isnt worth mentioning. Slightly sour, but not to the extent some people have said.

M: Light, smooth, very easy going down.

O: This beer is for nothing more than drinking on a hot summer day if the water company suddenly told you that your local water supply was contaminated with parasitic ameoba. Honestly, this beer isnt that bad. Ive paid double this price for a single beer that i didnt enjoy as much as this beer's sixpack ($2.99 7/18/11). And now i have 5 more. They will be saved for a hot summer day outside.

rodney45, Jul 19, 2011
Photo of Andco924
2.95/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is $2.99 a six pack but to me tastes much better than Bud, Coors, or Miller...not skunky and I can taste a slight hint of malt. Does not have the bitterness of cheap brews like malt liquor. Overall I would compare it with a Pabst Blue Ribbon in quality and price....did not expect it to taste like a Samuel Adams for the price but it was not disappointing.

Andco924, May 20, 2014
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2.95/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Big Flats, American Lager brewed by Brewmaster's Choice Rochester NY.

A: Nice golden color with an attempt at some lacing, pours a nice thick head which disappears rather quickly 3.0

S: Smells of typical American lagers in which you get a load of grainy pale malts but I did not expect some grassy notes, expected a plain no smell no taste beer. 3.0

T: Grassy and grainy for sure maybe some corn adjuncts in there with all the malts. Slight fruity taste, an almost non-existent hop flavor lingering at the back end. 3.0

M: Light bodied and not much to talk about but nice carbonation level. 2.5

O: Overall I could have this again, no big hurry but will consider it on hot day at beach and don’t want anything to high in ABV to bog you down.

nukem5, Aug 25, 2011
Big Flats 1901 from World Brews
61 out of 100 based on 252 ratings.