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Big Flats 1901 - World Brews

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BA SCORE
61
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248 Ratings
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Ratings: 248
Reviews: 128
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 26.98%
Wants: 3
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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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Big_Dave

Texas

1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

08-22-2014 08:34:55 | More by Big_Dave
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deonreds

New York

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

08-10-2013 08:41:38 | More by deonreds
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kew

Texas

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-28-2012 16:25:31 | More by kew
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Beejay

Virginia

2.93/5  rDev +16.3%

Less than 4 bucks for a sixer?!?!? How can I go wrong?

A: Crystal Clear, and light yellow. A soft white head, that dissipates rather quickly.

S: Slightly sweet, perhaps a touch of skunk and metal, or maybe just a hint of vegetable.

T: Taste follows smell, simple, slightly sweet, partly malty. perhaps a touch of metal in the finish. But for less than a buck a beer, it really isn't as bad as a lot of other AAL's I have had.

M: Light in body, fairly high in carbonation, and clean finish.

D: For the price, it isn't too bad, but it is certainly not anything I am going to stock regularly. Average at best.

03-04-2011 04:17:47 | More by Beejay
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sliverX

S. Georgia & S. Sandwich Isls.

3.25/5  rDev +29%

Back on the CANquest for it is summer,
poured a typical light straw gold but had and held an ok head for an AAL
smelled faintly of grain and green plant/vegetable, pretty typical here too
Taste was sweet light maltyness followed by a sweet corn flavor actually isnt bad for an AAL
has a bit more of a body than the light AAL
Overall for $3 a sixer I don't see an issue with what this is, rated to style which may be why this may look higher to people. Would I turn this down for say a bud light, not any chance.

05-25-2011 00:59:26 | More by sliverX
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CGMLS3

Florida

2.75/5  rDev +9.1%

12-09-2011 01:58:37 | More by CGMLS3
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OregonGrown7

Nebraska

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

11-09-2013 18:35:39 | More by OregonGrown7
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Eaglefan344

Missouri

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

12-24-2012 04:24:33 | More by Eaglefan344
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Shaw

Florida

2.9/5  rDev +15.1%

Excited to try Walgreens brand of beer. On sale for $2.68 a six-pack. Normally it's $3 for six, which still makes it one of the cheapest beers I know of.

Pretty pale with a short white head and lots of carbonation.

Mild sweet grain-like aroma.

It doesn't really taste like anything. Mild grain flavors and a barest hint of hops. No off flavors, which is a positive thing.

The body isn't actually that bad. It's not that watery: there's some substance to this.

Overall this isn't that great a beer, but you shouldn't expect it to be. Walgreens is trying to be similar to Bud, but cheaper.

02-05-2011 04:09:15 | More by Shaw
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bort11

Missouri

1.65/5  rDev -34.5%

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.

04-02-2011 00:09:54 | More by bort11
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biggred1

Indiana

3/5  rDev +19%

Clear, pale yellow with a fluffy off white head. Corn grits and not much else in the nose. Squeaky clean and grainy.. not much going on flavor-wise. Light bodied and effervescent. Typical adjunct lager but no different than the big guys. I guess you could do worse than Walgreens $2.99 swill.

01-05-2011 03:40:49 | More by biggred1
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Magery

Kentucky

2.25/5  rDev -10.7%

09-04-2013 07:55:34 | More by Magery
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elgiacomo

Georgia

2.23/5  rDev -11.5%

12oz canned Nov 9, 2010.

Pours clear pale yellow with hints of neon green with a one finger white head that quickly fades to a wispy cap.

Aroma is full of that typical adjunct lager corn deliciousness with an added touch of sulfur. Weak to moderate strength...a good thing in this case.

Flavor is sweet corn, grains, sugar, sweetness, graininess, sweet, grainy and sweet.

Mouthfeel is light bodied, prickly carbonation.

Not HORRIBLE for the style and price point (I'd take this over Beast Ice), but I'd still rather pony up the extra pocket change for some PBR if I ever needed to drink on the cheap. The beer was gifted to me so I'm reviewing for shits 'n' giggles (read: tick) and will use it to wash down some greasy Long John Silvers...

03-24-2011 00:50:15 | More by elgiacomo
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freewill35

Indiana

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

10-04-2012 00:54:37 | More by freewill35
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samie85

Illinois

3.9/5  rDev +54.8%

A- Pours a very clear, light straw color with two fingers of white head.

S-Smells of grain and a little corn with some earthy hop notes.

T-Light, sweet grain with a little corn and nice crisp bitterness at the close.

M-Creamy and light bodied with a low to medium carbonation for the style.

D-Very easy drinking and more flavorful than it's more common style counterparts.

01-16-2011 00:57:16 | More by samie85
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tjsdomer2

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +11.1%

Appearance: Pretty average in color. Straw yellow. Gives a nice pour overall. Not much lacing, but some foam is nice. Carbonation is fairly heavy and definitely rustic.

Smell: Pretty clean overall. Mostly boiled or lightly baked grain. Pretty fresh overall.

Taste/Mouthfeel: I've tried this out of the can and poured into a glass and I definitely notice a difference. It comes across cleaner at the beginning but with a thicker, sour mouthfeel. In contrast, out of the can it tastes more metallic at the beginning and tastes and feels cleaner in the finish. Definitely carbonated all around though yet a bit flat in the finish.

Drinkability: I'm gonna give this some credit. Nothing terrible about it makes it untolerable.

Overall: Not quite as good as macro lagers, but better than the cheap versions.

03-24-2011 05:51:41 | More by tjsdomer2
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alcstradamus

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

Pours a crstal clear lighter-than-straw yellow with 3 fingers of foamy head and no lacing. Barely any color at all.

The aroma is corn heavy with a pleasant earthy tone and hints of citrus. Clove, pineapple, and watermelon rind deep in the background. Not a bad aroma for the style, actually.

The flavor is incredibly musty. This one was served at higher than cellar temp so I think some cold might have masked the mustiness a bit. But I want to taste the beer, so I chose to serve it this way. After a few sips, the watermelon notes begin to peek out ever so slightly, as well as some banana peel. Then, after a few more sips, it begins to just taste like water. Typical flavor profile of the style.

The body is light, perhaps medium for the style. Carbonation is a tad stinging.

Overall this beer is exactly what you would expect for the price. Not much. But screw it, its Walgreens beer so kick back your feet, pound a sixer, and enjoy a taste of corporate America.

12-15-2010 02:22:52 | More by alcstradamus
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carrollmel7

North Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

03-05-2012 14:51:22 | More by carrollmel7
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bnes09

Illinois

2.15/5  rDev -14.7%

Pale lemon colored lager. Some visible bubbles. Two finger white head forms than recedes to a minimal froth. Very little lacing.

Smell of bread grains and corn. Some skunk.

Some malt flavor with a week-old, bread-like flavor. Rough corn flavor which tastes like sour grits. Underlying metallic character, I imagine that liquid silver tastes something like this. Finish is sour. Not enjoyable.

Lighter consistency but not watery. Descent carbonation. Gritty texture throughout. Its feels as if pieces of metal are sticking to the back of my tongue with each sip.

I would recommend avoiding this stuff. Try not to be temped by the $2.99 price for a six pack if you shop at Walgreens. Not the worst beer I have ever tried but there are plenty better beers if you are looking for something cheap.

05-27-2011 00:49:33 | More by bnes09
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neenerzig

Ohio

3/5  rDev +19%

My grandmother, who knows nothing about beer or what I would think makes a good beer, was nice enough to buy a can for me out of the blue she just gave this to me one day and told me she picked it up for me because she knows I like beer and like trying all different types and kinds of beers. I certainly appreciate the thought, thanks grandma! Poured into my mug, this beer is a clear, fairly light to medium golden color. The fluffy white head was a good inch thick when poured, eventually settling to a nice thick ring lining the inside of the glass after a few sips with bits of film cover on the surface of the beer here and there. Lots of bubbles rising up to the top of the mug. Had a grainy aroma, typical for this style. Not an offensive aroma, just kind of meh. Has a grainy flavor with some caramel sweetness and a bread like quality as well. No bitter metallic shit taste here like I have experienced with some beers of this style, and certainly more flavor overall than a lot of beers I have had of this style. Maybe just a tiny hint of hop bitterness at on the very back end. Or maybe not. I could see this being most enjoyable to drink outside in July when it is 90 degrees out and you pull one of these out of the cooler. Not a bad beer, one of the more enjoyable ones I have had of this style. Has a crisp, light bodied mouthfeel with light to moderate carbonation. Not too bad here, but nothing I'd go out of my way to drink again.

Eric

01-19-2012 04:35:44 | More by neenerzig
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tykechandler

Indiana

1/5  rDev -60.3%

06-19-2014 01:18:03 | More by tykechandler
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NODAK

Tennessee

3.83/5  rDev +52%

Doesn't smell like a lot really...perhaps a bit of corn and faint hops. Nothing offensive nor spectacular there.

Taste is, for the style, actually rather good and clean. Body of the beer has a bit of corn going on, but it's paired with a bit of cereal grain and works pretty well for an adjunct lager. Small hop bitterness is at the back...corn and grain finish it out and it finishes very cleanly. Refreshing, actually.

If we're rating for style here, and we're supposed to, this is going to be pretty well rated because it's definitely superior to the big boys. I'm happy with it for the price. I can imagine it'd be really good on the lake or golfing.

02-19-2011 03:43:54 | More by NODAK
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Nerudamann

Oregon

3/5  rDev +19%

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.

05-07-2011 06:03:24 | More by Nerudamann
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Vdubb86

Illinois

2.8/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

02-03-2011 04:13:50 | More by Vdubb86
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Unchi

California

3/5  rDev +19%

01-17-2012 04:24:17 | More by Unchi
Big Flats 1901 from World Brews
61 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.