1. Extreme Beer Fest. March 20 & 21, 2015 in Boston, Mass. Join us!
  2. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  3. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

American Light - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

Not Rated.
American LightAmerican Light

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.

15 Ratings
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 15
Reviews: 9
rAvg: 2.05
pDev: 39.51%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  ABV ?

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: aaronh on 04-03-2003)
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Usefulness | Recent | High | Low | Top Raters
Ratings: 15 | Reviews: 9 | Display Reviews Only:
4.25/5  rDev +107.3%

TEKNISHE, 19 minutes ago
Photo of KJ2013
2/5  rDev -2.4%

KJ2013, Oct 04, 2013
Photo of mccleandr1
2/5  rDev -2.4%

mccleandr1, Jul 31, 2012
Photo of durwood64
3/5  rDev +46.3%

durwood64, Apr 25, 2012
Photo of dhep16
2/5  rDev -2.4%

dhep16, Mar 08, 2012
Photo of mantione27
1/5  rDev -51.2%

mantione27, Nov 18, 2011
Photo of woodychandler
1.85/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yet another CAN dropped off for me by local trader, tone77, to help The CANQuest (TM) CANtinue on its merry way!

From the CAN: "Unofficially, the Official Beer of the United States of America".

The Crack & Glug produced the beginnings of yet another Greg Koch special - more fizzy yellow beer. I had a brief finger of fizzy bone white head until I looked away and it disappeared like a thief in the night. Color was a light sunshine-yellow, but even at that, it was darker than the previous Victoria. Nose smelled grape-y sweet, like bubble gum. Have the Cybermen invaded Latrobe, PA?!? OMFG! Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a really thin, watery lager taste. I think NeroFiddled had it right when he mentioned it being watered down. I would guess with a fire hose! Finish was light and unobtrusive and I CANnot recommend doing much with this other than using it to keep slugs away from the rose bushes. It was not gag-a-licious, but it was so light and airy as to be nearly nonexistent. Bah!

woodychandler, Jul 31, 2011
Photo of tone77
2.4/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn is present. Taste is virtually non-existent. Water with some notes of beer, a touch of grain. Feels light in the mouth and overall I was unimpressed.

tone77, Jun 11, 2011
Photo of mjc410
1.88/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance and smell are certainly not much to write home about. It smells like it looks, truly: clear, light, sweet. As for taste, it is very sweet. You can't taste much else. The good thing is that it is VERY easy to drink many, despite the absence of quality. I don't see this that much at parties, but it is an interesting break when I do.

mjc410, Feb 17, 2005
Photo of NeroFiddled
2.7/5  rDev +31.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear, yellowish-gold body reveals average-sized bubbles rising quickly beneath a short but frothy head of bright white foam. The retention is a little bit better than might be expected; and although it drops readily to a wide collar and whispy surface covering, it does leave some nice splashes of lace throughout the entire glass. The nose offers some clear sulphur, and a delicate waft of sweet malt. The body is light, leaving its carbonation to bristle on the tongue. The sweet malt suggested by the nose can be found in the flavor, but just barely. This is obviously one heavily watered down lager! On the up-side, the subtle note of sulphur and low-key bitterness are able to balance what sweet malt does remain; and it finishes dry rather than cloying sweet (as the full-strength version must be). Not a bad beer after a long day of hiking through the desert.

NeroFiddled, May 23, 2004
Photo of beergeek279
1.53/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Served in a 12 oz. can, into a pint glass. The color is straw yellow, with a quickly dissipating white head. The smell is a sickly sweet malt. The taste is a terribly sweet malt, with no hoppiness whatsoever. Mouthfeel is regular. As for drinkability, probably would not have another.

Well, I've had so much good beer today that I figured it was time to have a shitty one, and this definitely qualifies. Fortunately, I probably won't have this one again. Maybe this is good as far as shitty macros go, but I don't much want to find out.

beergeek279, Feb 21, 2004
Photo of ChicoraBoy
1.48/5  rDev -27.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Slight metallic aroma. Sweetish corn smell and very little hops. Mild. Soda-like head - big white and frothy then disappears. Visible carb in light pale straw color. Light watery body and high carbonation - almost fizzy. Actually has a decent taste for an American light. Corn/rice sweet notes, very little hops. Bit of bitterness, more from the can than hops. Slight chemical after and sweet dull finish. A decent "value-priced" American light. Much better than their Old German.

ChicoraBoy, Feb 06, 2004
Photo of jahsausage
2.45/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

I have only seen this beer once, in mid 2001 a new liquorstore opened and was selling this $NZD12 a 24 pack, which is only about $US7 for two dozen. It was virtually tasteless, and had a really unfortunate slogan something like "Taste the power of America". At the time we thought that perhaps it was a beer made alco-pop style, with "beer flavour" added to alcohol and water. But in the end what a PRICE!!!

jahsausage, Jun 12, 2003
Photo of psugrad98
1.08/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Previous reviewers have it right. This is a cheap disgusting beer. In state college it sells for 3 bucks a sixer.

Very light straw, almost clear with slight greenish hue. Very fizzy with quickly dissapperaring head.

Slightly astringent nose with hints of undercooked rice and veggies. Crackly thin mouthfeel with sickly sweet rice cooked flavor goes down ok when served ice cold. Don't try to drink too much, provides a wicked hangover. Avoid this beer unless you are extremely poor.

psugrad98, May 28, 2003
Photo of Edwin
1.18/5  rDev -42.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I have to be honest, this beer is truly revolting. Not that ANY beer from the Pittsburgh Brewing Company is any good, but this one is remarkably bad. I dare you to pour this into a clear glass and try to identify the color of this beer. It is a flourescent green reminiscent of a crossing guard sash. The smell of this beer is enough to clear a room, and the taste is almost exactly like it smells...horrible. I know the price is right, but if you see this beer on the shelf...I beg you...keep looking.
America should be ashamed to let its great name be emblazoned on this can.

Edwin, May 08, 2003
American Light from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
64 out of 100 based on 15 ratings.