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Big Flats 1901 - World Brews

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BA SCORE
62
poor

265 Ratings
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Ratings: 265
Reviews: 131
rAvg: 2.54
pDev: 27.56%
Wants: 4
Gots: 21 | 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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Photo of huxcrunner
2.6/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer is a very pale straw yellow color with about 2 fingers of white head that fades fast and little to no lacing in the glass

Smell is light can says brewed with choicest hops but the aromas would say otherwise, has an aroma most similar to a natty light or keystone light

Taste is sweet and light no real big flavors very watery for claiming to be a full body beer and not a "light" beer

Mouthfeel is light and clean not myuch substance to this

Overall this beer is very cheap so I didn't expect much this is a beer that you can drink a lot of on a tight budget and can give you a break from the eveyday major commercial cheap light beer and is neat to say that you had a beer called big flats. So if your looking to drink cheap this could be a good choice otherwise this should be avoided

huxcrunner, Apr 26, 2011
Photo of GregBlatz
2.33/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

$3.99 at Walgreen's. Never heard of it before.

A - Very light straw color. Very clear and has a full thick head that looks like it is lacing as it falls.

S - Light grain sweetness. Smells very clean.

T - Cloying sweetness up front. But that fades. Somewhat of a sour or stale like flavor. After that it finishes rather clean.

M - Some creaminess. Strong carbonation. Typical american lager thinness.

Overall - Well, it is like a typical mega brew, but it does have a bit more character. Not sure if I like the character or not, but worth a shot if you are looking to pound some American macro brews.

GregBlatz, Apr 22, 2011
Photo of MasterSki
2.88/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Can courtesy of optimator13 for this gag extra. Served in a pilsener glass.

A - Two fingers of eggshell foam quickly sizzle to a partial ring and cluster of wispy bubbles. Transparent urine-colored body with lots of visible bubble streams racing upward. Looks like pretty much every other macro lager.

S - Mostly grain, some faint creamed corn, and a hint of grass. Pretty boring and inoffensive.

T - Taste is largely cereal grains, with a hint of buttery pils malt, nebulous fruity notes, and a fairly clean finish. A bit too sweet for my preference, but not awful.

M - Grainy, medium-light body. Higher carbonation, and a surprisingly pleasant dry, crisp finish. It's a bit watery, but it's actually kind of refreshing.

D - Pretty inoffensive adjunct lager, and for the price it's much preferable to many BMC offerings I have tried. I can't imagine myself ever purchasing this, but if it was between this and Bud Light at a friend's house I'd pick this one.

MasterSki, Apr 20, 2011
Photo of fastrodney
1.78/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

fastrodney, Apr 17, 2011
Photo of Hoagie1973
2.85/5  rDev +12.2%
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.

Hoagie1973, Apr 15, 2011
Photo of ElCommodoro
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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
Photo of DesMoinesMike
1.78/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

DesMoinesMike, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of bort11
1.65/5  rDev -35%
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.

bort11, Apr 02, 2011
Photo of tjsdomer2
2.8/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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.

tjsdomer2, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of elgiacomo
2.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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...

elgiacomo, Mar 24, 2011
Photo of msubulldog25
3.05/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A $2.99 6-pack found (exclusively!) at the nearby Walgreens - too interesting/budget-friendly to pass! 12 oz. can poured to a pint glass.

Label features a mammoth waterwheel set squarely amidst a roaring river. Quality-guaranteeing superlatives such as: 'PREMIUM BREW', 'Genuine Brew' [in fancy script], 'Brewed From Only The Choicest Hops', and 'It's the water that makes it.' No idea what '1901' has to do with anything. Regardless, great self-promotion...

'Brewed by Brewmaster's Choice, Rochester, NY'

A: As standard as they come: straw-golden and ultra-refined clarity. Initial burst of carbonation and a finger+ of cottony froth. Disintegrates quickly, leaving little more than a postage stamp patch of film offset to one side. Zero lace.

S: An unappealing vegetable/DMS smell at first, but fade in seconds... from then on, corny sweetness and light cereal maltiness. Neither off nor exciting, just the expected.

T: I'm not a connoisseur of the style, but I have downed these generally benign brews from time to time over recent years (parties, leftovers, etc). With that basis for comparison, this falls squarely within the 'norm', sorta sweet, mildly hopped (spice mostly) and drying finish (a bit peppery).

M: Mellow mouthfeel, not a huge carbonation. Not as thin as some adjunct lagers (a plus), but not quite as smooth/clean (kinda sticky actually).

O: Not so bad, really, although I admit to consuming a couple right after a day spent pruning, digging and weeding - so a beer like this kinda hit the spot. Easy to drink and refreshing enough, despite some quirks with the mouthfeel. Probably wouldn't buy it again, although the cheap price tag should make it an attractive alternative to BMC/PBR-type options.

msubulldog25, Mar 23, 2011
Photo of Drew966
1.55/5  rDev -39%
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.

Drew966, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of pjszabo
4.08/5  rDev +60.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This super drinkable beer was 3.00 a six pack. More than worth it. I would I've payed 5 or 6 for this 4.5 percent six pack. My dad recommended it to me and he's 1 for 1 on beer recommendations. I want to try it on tap. It's a great beer to play beer pong with and to drink at the movies.

pjszabo, Mar 16, 2011
Photo of Bachledk
1.02/5  rDev -59.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: This has the least color in a beer that I have ever seen. When the "beer" is poured into a glass, it looks like well water. Mostly clear with that slight tint of color. Although it did manage to get a finger and a half to two fingers of head, it faded very quickly.

The can looked nice

S: Not much of a smell. About the only thing that could be smelled was a hint of metal.

T: Absolutely terrible taste of predominantly skunk and metal.

M: Feels like carbonated water.

D: This is undrinkable, I would not even use this for drinking games.

The beers only redeeming factor is that it is 3$. So, maybe if you really want to play a prank on one of your friends...

Bachledk, Mar 15, 2011
Photo of keeganfrank
3/5  rDev +18.1%
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 RonaldTheriot
3.53/5  rDev +39%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Big Flats 1901 has a very thick, white head, and a clear, pale straw appearance, with lots of bubbles streaming up. Some lacing is left behind. The aroma is mild and stereotypical American-style lager. Taste is also mild, balanced, and good. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Big Flats 1901 finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a pretty good beer. Try one. You'll especially enjoy the price!

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Mar 09, 2011
Photo of Beejay
2.93/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

Beejay, Mar 04, 2011
Photo of mdunman
2.38/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Clear gold pours a thick white head and has a bit of linger.

S: Musky maltiness dominates any other notes

T: Old malt with a muskiness that finishes slightly bitter.

M: Light body with a surprisingly good amount of carbonation.

This beer is a shot in the dark. I can't say that I enjoy this beer, but I do like the concept. No advertising, $2.99 for a 6 pack of cans. It doesn't make it taste any better, but it does offer something that tastes exactly the same as bud heavy for 1/2 the price. It'll be nice on a hot summer day here in Houston.

mdunman, Mar 02, 2011
Photo of CHickman
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours clear yellow with a massive 3 finger cloudy white head that faded very slowly; left decent spotty lacing.

Smells of grains, sweet malt, corn and light caramel. Pretty basic and light noise overall. Tastes just like it smells with grains, sweet malt, corn, caramel and some light citrus hops.

Very basic and almost boring, this beer has just enough flavor to be alright. It's like a mix between a Coors Light and a decent pale ale that unfortunately leaves a skunky taste in your mouth.

Mouthfeel is light and crisp, with a watery feel and high carbonation. Par for the course for this style of beer.

Pretty easy to drink, and at $2.99 per 6 pack I bump this up to highly drinkable for those who are not looking for flavor. This is not a good beer, but it's not a bad beer either - it's just a beer to drink for the sake of drinking beer. If you're short on cash then this is your beer.

CHickman, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of Tundruth
3.2/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bought a six pack of this from walgreens to try becuase hey, its $2.99.

A- golden yellow with 2 fingers of white foamy head, looks like any other macro lager, meh..
S- Very faint grainy scent as well as a corn like smell
T- Sweet taste that isn't half bad, I can taste the alcohol presence just a bit, too. Its crisp and simple.
M- light and carbonated, like a beer-spritzer
D- not half bad for what it is, given the price and others of the style tat it stands up against it is pretty good, and easy drinkingto boot.

Tundruth, Feb 27, 2011
Photo of irishmadness
1.13/5  rDev -55.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Golden
S- I smelled almost nothing, very faint hops
T- Like Keystone Light, In one word Cheap
M- Watery
D- Use for beer pong or a beer bong

While I'm not a fan of this beer if your having a beer pong party this would be the beer to use.It's cheap effective for that purpose.

irishmadness, Feb 23, 2011
Photo of suspect
2.17/5  rDev -14.6%
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...

suspect, Feb 21, 2011
Photo of NODAK
3.83/5  rDev +50.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

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.

NODAK, Feb 19, 2011
Photo of dmfrench
2.15/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Cheap, dirty, malty... beats Keystone!
___

A: yellow tinted water with a 1.5 finger foamy head that was gone in three minutes

S: a bit of dry pils malt, a tiny hint of spicy hops, and a nice helping of adjunct funk

T: biscuit malt, a small but noticeable drying hop, and a nice helping of adjunct funk

M: a bit grainy, but actually not too thin

D: chug, chug, chug

dmfrench, Feb 18, 2011
Photo of wescj
2.58/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz can, poured into a snifter.

Have to admit, if you pour this one into a fancy glass it looks pretty enticing. The golden straw color matches well with the absolute brilliancy, and the head is pretty nice while it lasts.

The nose is almost nonexistent, save for a slight grainy wisp. And remember, this is sniffing from a snifter, so pretty dissapointing aroma overall.

Taste is ok, to be honest. Not as bad as some of the other macro adjunct lagers. It's one-dimentional, and mostly bubbles on your tounge. The best thing it has going for it is that it isn't an offensive taste. Bland, but not insipid. Crisp.

Mouthfeel: pretty clean.

Drinkability: may surpass even the mighty bud light in this catagory.

I wouldn't go out and buy this, but I have to admit, it's ok for 50 cents a can.

wescj, Feb 16, 2011
Big Flats 1901 from World Brews
62 out of 100 based on 265 ratings.