Big Flats 1901 - World Brews

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288 Ratings
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Ratings: 288
Reviews: 146
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 28.74%
Wants: 6
Gots: 31 | 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 Nerudamann
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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.

Photo of Vdubb86
2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Sam Adams perfect pint glass

Thanks to TMoney2591 for allowing me to have a Walgreens beer

This beer is as pale as pale straw can get without looking like hard water. There is a really nice bone white foam on the surface that does lend itself to the idea of being attractive, while still requiring the bag over its face. The smell is the typical sick sweet corn and rice smell that many have become accustomed to in an AAL. The taste on this one isn't bad, but it isn't good. There is the corn and sweet malt flavor, but it is backed by a metallic taste that I must admit is not great. The beer can be smooth but there's that overall flavor and experience that says I just don't feel like drinking this. To this beer's credit I've had so much worse in this style. This is drinkable, but I really wouldn't want to.

Photo of jettjon
2.81/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

OK, Walgreens beer? After confirming that this stuff was not TERRIBLE, I decided to throw in for 299 pennies. From a 12 oz can with no visible freshness markings into my Sam Adams glass (thanks, guys!), it's a pale clear golden yellow color with vigorous carbonation streams fueling an initially fizzy one-finger head of whitish foam that settles to a thin cap and ring fueled by constant release from the nucleation sites. Beautiful clarity; I'll give it that. Nose is bready and a bit over-sweet with notes of grass. No off-scents noted. Tastes of sweet malt and corn/grain and malt liquor. No hops. Finishes on a watery, subtly dry, ever-so-slighly bitter note. Flavor profile is extremely unassuming and neutral; it's like drinking slightly malty carbonated water. In the mouth it's watery and a bit crisp, not as much as the lively carbonation would lead one to expect. It certainly goes down easily. Drinkability--well, this is straight up lawn mowing swill; easygoing and very neutral.

Overall: This is the kind of beer I'd give to people who say they hate beer. It's the closest thing you can get to non-beer while remaining in the "4-5% ABV American adjunct lager" category. And, at 2.99 a sixer, you really can't go wrong. Not something I'd seek out again, but no worse or better than the average big-label adjunct lager out there.

Photo of DavidST
2/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well at least its ultra cheap.

This pours a light straw color with a white foamy head, this is one of the lightest beers I've ever seen. The smell is of malted corn and other sweet malts. The mouth feel is light with some medium carbonation. The taste is pretty somewhat watery with some corn adjuncts and other sweet malts, it end with a minuscule bitterness. Okay this beer is far from being good and I had a pabst after which was way better, but at $3 for a 6 pack its one of the cheapest beers I've ever seen and its drinkable (and better than the keystone i also had). I could get a 12 pack of this for about the same price I pay for a pint. This isn't good but its a great deal (if you're wanting a cheap drunk which I normally don't).

Photo of mooseisloose
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Wow $10.99 a case, I can't pass this up and can feed this brew to unsuspecting macro drinkers. But I must try one, so let's give it a whirl. Popping the can and pouring into a pint this brew has the classic adjunct macro smell all the way, like a saki bomb. Pours to a light bright yellow with a big foamy head that holds up well. Good start. On the taste this brew has a classic semi sweet malt and flatly bitter taste throughout with the same but quickly fading aftertaste. Carbonation is lower than expected but overall the mouthfeel is ok and the brew is not offensive and palatable. For $0.45 a serving, one cannot berate this brew in all catagories.

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 theboozecruise
2.43/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up at a Walgreens for $3/6-pack. Worthy a try? Probably not but whatever. I poured from the can into a pint glass, it's a clear pale yellow but with a pretty big head. It receded quickly with not much lacing.

The aroma is weak, grassy and not much to it. Nothing terrible, just nothing.

The taste is pretty weak as well but surprisingly refreshing.

Honestly I think it's better than the BMC guys. Will have to try side by side at some point.

Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.17/5  rDev -14.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Paper thin head. Clear golden body. Almost no smell, sort of like a Miller High Life sniffed from a distance. No bitterness, no real flavor, but you might detect the slightest hint of orange. Lightly carbonated with a fizzy mouthfeel. Goes down extremely easily. I could drink this all night, but would pass it up given almost any AAL alternative.

Photo of GDBEERMAN
2.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12oz can into pint pint glass

A: Lots of carbonation bubbles sticking to the glass and good levels of carbonation. Body has a very clear yellow character. White head sinks very quickly.

S: The aroma has a very high level of rice and other adjuncts. No real hop or malty tone. Light aroma for style.

T/M: The first sip shows a grassy, corn element. The low level of hop character is not balanced with the other low level of other tastes. Mouthfeel is standard and crisp for the style.

O: This a bit of a lack luster brew, to the style it does not set a very good example.

Photo of Hoagie1973
2.82/5  rDev +11%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not terrible. Much lighter in color than anything I've had that didn't state "Light" on the label. Flavor is typical corny adjunct-filled cheap lager, but with no harshness or weird off-flavors. Mild and inoffensive overall. It's drinkable enough for the price.

Photo of Lukafer
2.9/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours an incredibly light yellow with a a good amount of white head. Smells grainy but not horribly so. Tastes grainy, but not in a bad way. Taste very lttle alcohol, very little anything but what I do taste isn't really bad. Mouthfeel is thin, drinkability is high. This beer is totally with $2.99 a sixer, I imagine it'd be great on a hot summer day.

Photo of afinepilsner
3.1/5  rDev +22%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can

Big Flats 1901 was pale golden with good clarity. It had an off-white head that managed a little lace. The smell was light malt and grain with a hint of hops. The taste was light malt, a bit grainy, with a hop bite. It finished dry and fairly long for the style. It was medium-light in body with good carbonation. Drinkabitly was good. This is a pretty basic lager that is crisp and refreshing.

Photo of Beerbuddha
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance- From the can the beer pours a very clear golden color with tons of bubbles and huge white head which dissipates quickly.

Smell- Has a very grainy quality to the aroma. Not much else. At all. Even after they use the "choicest hops". Their words not mine.

Taste- Can we say adjunct grain? That's ok though because let's be honest it's a cheap American Adjunct lager. And for the price this one really isn't all that bad. On that note enjoy this one VERY COLD.

Mouthfeel- Watery and highly carbonated.

Overall- I picked this up at Walgreens for $3.49. No that's not a typo. $3.49. A six pack. Should we expect this one to be the next Pliny? Of course not. But for the price it really isn't all that bad. I say if money is tight and you need a beer get yourself to Walgreens.

Photo of nukem5
2.95/5  rDev +16.1%
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.
3.0

Photo of gabedivision
2.59/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 6 pack for 3 bucks from walgreens just like everyone else probably did. I bought it as a joke cause it was so cheap, thought it would be disgusting and un-drinkable. i was wrong. it wasnt that bad. it tasted like most beers of its style.

A- I honesty just gave the appearance based on the can, i did not pour it into a glass as it is def not glass worthy. so the can presentation was ok.

S- smell was old beer that was sitting on the counter opened for 5 days, very flavorless and putrid.

T- This didn't actually taste too bad, i rather enjoyed it after the first few sips. If you enjoy bud or genny or miller even on occasion this is the best bang for your buck.

D- Drinkable, for a beer chugging contest or a creed concert or some other mediocre festival or event that will undoubtebly be awful. for 3 bucks a 6 rack, fuck it, try it out, ive had worst.

Photo of suspect
2.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale yellow, very little head with no lacing.

S: Corn, weak, typical smell of standard BMC beers.

T: Eh, honestly, it wasn't terrible for a beer of this nature. But then again, I can't say I could discern it from others.

M: Watery, overly carbonated.

D: I would if I had to.

A six pack at $3 is not the worst money ever spent...

Photo of DannyDan
2.34/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

Pours into a pee colored light yellow with a 1" head that has no retention or lacing. It has very high carbonation. it hardly has any smell at all, maybe a little bit of an yeast and corn smell. The taste is very watery with rotting corn, and other vegetables. The taste makes me feel sick drinking it. it also tastes like some musty mildew or some old hay was in the brew when it was being made. The mouthfeel is very watery with a little bit of chalkiness, and because it is light bodied and watered down like most beers of this popular American style makes it very drinkable. It is the ideal beer for someone who is low on money and wants something cheap to get drunk off of and at $2.99 a 6/pack at Walgreen's you can't beat a deal like that.

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 aepb1
2.88/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- straw yellow body with a white head

S- choisest hops... grainy sweetness mostly

M- medium body with a higher end of carbonation, crisp

T- grains, some butter, sweet

O- decent american adjunct, nothing outstanding and the best part is the crispness of the mouthfeel

Photo of SickGnar
2.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Light yellow but somehow a decent hue. Small white head settles down quickly to a steady skim. Lots of bubbles rising relaxedly from all over. Very crystal clear. Usual macro lager look with above average lacing.

S: Cereal grain, soft malty sweetness. No real hops noticed. Reasonably okay, but way too faint.

T: Mix of grainy base & a light bit of malt sweetness. Decently balancing hop bitterness. Just a hint of medicinal character. Adjunctness kept to a minimum. Quite simple in that there are just a few main notes and no nuance or accent notes. Quite fair for depth though. Stays decent as it warms.

M: Medium-light body, plentiful but soft, cushiony, & mouthfilling carbonation. Very neutral & wet finish.

D: Basic beer. Not great. Not bad. Crazy low price point. Compares very well to big name swill. Skip the stoopid ads and just make beer.

Photo of drxandy
2.16/5  rDev -15%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz my friend richard picked up at walgreens, from can to mouth. smells of straw and corn, some sweet malt.. malt liquorish in scent

taste is of corn, dry alc presence, hop presence is old/skunky, reminds me of natural ice or malt liquor. the review calling out watermelon rind made me chuckle but the more i drank the more i could see where they were coming from.. probably wouldn't buy again as genny is now available widely in our market now for around $1 a 24oz can and tastes better.

Photo of jadpsu
2.92/5  rDev +15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Don't go to Walgreens much. Saw this beer at $2.99 a six pack, knew I had never had it and basically said, "what the heck."
Based on the price tag, I will give a little rope. I can be harsh when I rate the expensive beers that I think are a poor value, and give a little slack for the cheap stuff.
Pours a pale hay straw yellow with a skimpy head that is gone in the blink of the eye.
Aroma is grassy with some earthy tones.
Taste is corn husk.
It is a little fizzy. This is beer that is best kept for a hot summer day after doing yard work and you just want a beer to chug down and quench a thirst.

Photo of jeranbrews
3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

*Can says, "brewed by brewmaster's choice, Rochester, NY"

A - picket fence white airy head. Some scattered lacing. Clear pale lemonaid yellow.

S - hayseeds. Corn husks. Smells vaguely of cut grass. Not sweet. Not hoppy. Not sour. But also not skunky. It has a non imposing noncommittal nose.

T - artificial sweeteners and corn syrup. Nothing to speak of in terms of hops, unusual for a California beer but not for one in this price range. Aftertaste just kinda sits there like the last guy to leave the party or a hobo on a bench. He doesn't bother anyone but isn't doing anything.

M - smooth easy enough going down. A good enough experience.

D - well most of what you can say about this beer is mediocre but you can't deny the price point. Less than $4 for six. For that price mediocre is doing quite well. Milwaukee and Coors could learn a few things from these guys. Cheap and not disgusting is possible.

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 cjacobsen
3.12/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from the can into a pint glass.

Take the glass you had your MGD in and fill it up with water. The only beer factor that this even had was the nice white head on it. A lot of bubbles.

Smells like straw and malt...or maybe straw WAS the malt. Not very much of anything else going on here...really.

The can says it's made with the choicest hops... Those hops must be so rare and choicest that they couldn't find any to put in the beer. Taste was almost tinny, like it pulled something from the aluminum can. In all fairness, it wasn't awful...just not good.

The carbonation is pretty big in this one. Almost cola like.

Drinkability? Yeah, you can down as much of this as you can hold water. Thing is, you more than likely picked up this beer on the fact that Walgreens now has a beer and as a BA you just had to try it for the sake of shit's and giggles. It almost looks like a gag gift. It's pretty damn close to Hamm's, although I think Hamm's is better. One of the best parts for me is, it says Premium Brew... Seems like it should be in a simple white can that says BEER in black letters.

Big Flats 1901 from World Brews
61 out of 100 based on 288 ratings.