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Big Flats 1901 - World Brews

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276 Ratings
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Ratings: 276
Reviews: 138
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 28.35%
Wants: 4
Gots: 27 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.50% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: alcstradamus on 12-11-2010

Brewed for Walgreens Drug Stores
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Photo of TippySelenoid
1.53/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

This beer is light yellow and fizzy.

It doesn't have much smell. Grainy and metallic.

It's adjuncty and sweet. Not very hoppy. As it warms it gets worse.

It's watery and fizzy.

Overall, it's better than Big Flats Light, but that's not a stretch.

Photo of troobie
1.57/5  rDev -38.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.5

Interestingly enough, the worst beer I've ever had was/is contract-brewed exclusively for 7-11 as a store brand (Game Day Ice.) Here is another contract-brewed beer made exclusively for Walgreens as a store brand, and it's just as horrendous. I'm noticing a pattern.

I recommend drinking this from the can, however, I did pour two cans (not all at once) into a 23 ounce pilsner glass to review.

A: Big Flats 1901 is much darker than I had anticipated. Golden. There is a two finger head with tight carbonation. After several minutes there is a ring that lasts the entire glass. No lacing without chugging.

S: Very sweet. Fruity. I smell bananas that have been sitting on the counter for two weeks and are black on the outside. I can smell lager beer if I try really hard. Closer to cheap wine than beer. I'm having bad flashbacks of Game Day Ice.

T: Horribly sweet. Sugary sweet. The sweetness is the first thing I taste and it lasts well after I swallow. There is some bitterness. Some stale malt like Cheerios soaked in water.

M: Carbonation is medium. It's more substantial than I expected. Easily the best part of the beer.

O: It's rare that I find a beer that I would never buy again, but here you go. This is now the second worst beer I've ever had just behind 7-11's Game Day Ice. The saddest part is that at 4.5% ABV there isn't even enough alcohol to get you drunk enough to not care how bad Big Flats 1901 tastes! Hell, that's a basic rule that developed the ice beer market.

Photo of Drew966
1.6/5  rDev -37%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Big Flats 1901 pours a yellow color with a white head from a twelve ounce can. The aroma has some generic beer like thing going on. The flavor is bad, industrial chemical like flavors dominate, a touch of corn or malt or something is along for the ride. Usually I'm fairly generous when reviewing adjunct lagers, but this one is among the truly bad swill beers.

Photo of bort11
1.66/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 can poured into a pilsener glass. A bright white foam fills the top two inches of the glass, but recedes in a matter of seconds. There is a fairly dense lace cap on the surface and a few tracer lines on the glass. Body color is the clearest, palest yellow. There are active carbonation streamers and first, but they quickly dissipate.

Smell is barely noticeable. What is there is a mildly sweet corn aroma. Taste is watery, with a trace of grassy hops and corn sweetness. I have to really strain to detect flavors.

Mouthfeel is water. Big Flats is right. This is thin, flat and nothing to it. $2.99 a six pack. This is the epitome of cheap beer.

Photo of markmiller
1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of sethmcconkey
1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

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1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of DesMoinesMike
1.8/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I got this in a trade with my dad. I wasn't expecting much going into this. For $3 a sixer you get what you pay for. Basically I had it for the experience of having it.

The flavored water, er, I mean, beer, is a very pale gold color with fluffy white foam going to the top of the glass. The aroma is of a weak straw, that's about it. It tastes like what you'd expect from a $0.50 can of beer. Very faint straw and corn, with a touch of alcohol. It has just a touch of that "pilsner" sting; you know that face you make when you hear something so shocking and are in total disbelief and say "WHAT?!". That's the face you make when you drink this Walgreen's-brand turd.

This is what they should make kids drink so they learn that cheap beer is a waste of life.

Yes, it was a drain pour.

Photo of ditmier
1.83/5  rDev -28%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

2011 Can - Pours thin and clear neon yellow with a huge fluffy white head...aroma is corny with lightly toasted grain, flavour is corny and malty with a lot more wheat than I expected...finish is sweet and lightly skunky...wasn’t really expecting much and it didn’t disappoint, but the marketing campaign was tolerable...apparently even Walgreens has more integrity than the Bruery...

Photo of ZGradt
1.85/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Clear, with a hint of yellow. Lots of coarse bubbles that quickly dissipate. Sweet, slightly skunky smell.

Tastes like carbonated water. Slight corn flavor if you really search for it. A hint of hops.

As an experiment, I shook a can up to relieve as much carbonation as I could and poured it into a glass. It lost a lot of flavor. It tasted like very dilute American beer. I'd say that the majority of the flavor comes from the CO2, which gives it a slight metallic taste and acidic bite. No bitterness at all.

This is fine if you want to drink soda water. Probably cheaper too. At least it doesn't leave a bad aftertaste like most cheap beer.

Photo of fastrodney
1.87/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Can poured into a Sam Adams glass. In its defense, this can was purchased last December and expressly saved for eventual review. Poured with a massive but thin head that disappeared in three minutes or so. Color is a light gold. Smell is faintly of corn. Taste is of corn and alcohol. Mouthfeel is typical of the style, but a little light on carbonation. Overall, this is a particularly pungent example of a macro, one that is probably what you would expect from the price.

Photo of JMad
1.93/5  rDev -24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I drank this from a pint glass...

It looks like your average macro American lager, pale yellow, thin whie head.The smell is very faint, I only noticed some sweet corn and just a tiny hint of grass. It tastes like carbonated water with a slight sweetness, and corn. It's light and has lots of carbonation, watery. The beer isn't horrible especially for $2.99 a six-pack.

Photo of rundocrun
1.98/5  rDev -22%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Read about this beer on CNN and amid my incredulousness, I just HAD to buy it.

A - very pale transparent yellow. very carbonated with a head that dissipates quickly.

S - The can says "brewed from only the choices hops" and I can smell a hint of these so-called "choice hops". Otherwise slightly grainy, sour smell wafting up.

T - Um.... well.... ok, i guess. I'm trying not to be swayed by the fact that each can costs a mere 50 cents. "choice hops" again come through amid the taste of adjunct grains and, well, water. Pretty bland.

M - Thin, watery, lives up to the slogan "It's the water that makes it"

D - The one redeeming factor (aside from the price - $2.99/6-pack) is the fact that I feel like I could pound all 6 of these in one sitting as long as they're ice-cold.

Photo of Rope
1.99/5  rDev -21.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Ahhh Big Flats...

Appearance-
Pale yellow, one finger white large bubble head.

Smell-
Very slight standard lager smell, really have to sniff to get at it.

Taste-
Like impoverished college beer, light sour hop, bready finish.

Mouthfeel-
Sharply carbonated, cleanses the pallet.

Overall-
If you are buying this beer, it is either out of morbid curiosity... or you aren't looking to be tasting for subtle hints of flavor.

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Big Flats 1901 from World Brews
61 out of 100 based on 276 ratings.