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Stroh's - Pabst Brewing Company

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410 Ratings
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Ratings: 410
Reviews: 170
rAvg: 2.59
pDev: 27.8%


Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-24-2001)
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smptenor

Michigan

3.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

appearance. Has a yellow pilsner look with a 1 finger white head.

smell.- has a cheaper beer smell but the light wheat smell kind of makes me like it a little bit.

taste.- tastes like a heavier wheatier pilsner beer. is a bit heavier in the wheat taste than PBR.. Kind of tastes like a cheap thirty pack but really isn't that horrible. is a good session beer to get drunk on.

mouth feel- a little bit of carbonation but feels great on the tongue and mouth.

Overall this is a great beer to get drunk on. It is not a horrible thirty pack like a natural light but it is not a fantastic beer either. I do like Milwaukee's best ice better but this is god for the price and I'll buy it again because I definitely like it better than bud light.

Serving type: can

03-08-2014 04:42:51 | More by smptenor
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nicholas2121

Ohio

4.31/5  rDev +66.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stroh's is a Fire roasted hops brew. This brew has a nice golden amber Color. Has a rich taste and smooth. A taste you will not find anywhere else. It is your everyday American Larger Beer. This is a good drinking brew. Goes down smooth. Priced right. I will be getting this brew to change up on other main stream brews out on the market.

Serving type: can

02-10-2014 04:33:50 | More by nicholas2121
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Hergestridge

Illinois

3.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you all could understand Stroh's before Pabst.. Fire-Brewed.. In Detroit.. Michigan!!! Before Detroit was Bankrupt... A magical time when craft was a union term and beer was guzzled... opened with a can opener... with no special flavour vents,.. or whatever they call beer can openings these days.. God Bless Bernhard Stroh!!!
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Serving type: can

08-26-2013 01:44:13 | More by Hergestridge
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.16/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 mL can, pulled from a 15-pack picked up at The Beer Store. This version is brewed for the Canadian market, listed at an even 5% abv and made by Sleeman at their Guelph brewery. Served ice cold.

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of fizzy, bone-white head that wastes no time fizzling away. The aroma is bland, and typical of cheap lagers - grainy pale malts and corn husk, with maybe a faint whiff of grass. The adjunct is detectable, but this brew manages to avoid the sweet, corn syrupy aroma found in some lower-quality examples of this style. Pretty standard stuff so far.

As far as flavour goes, this actually tastes pretty good for what it is. Grainy barley malts come through nicely; a little sweet, with a light brushing of adjunct corniness. Weak hint of grassy hop dryness toward the finish. Surprisingly full-flavoured and clean-tasting for a cheap pale lager. Light-bodied and watery, with fizzy, high carbonation levels typical of macro lagers that give it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth and easy to toss back.

Final Grade: 3.16, a passable C+. Stroh's obviously isn't the greatest beer I've ever had, but as far as cheap adjunct lagers go, you could do worse - far, far worse. This is a serviceable macro brew that will get the job done; I could pound these all night, and - thanks to the relatively clean taste and lack of cloying adjunct notes - never get tired of it. One of 3 or 4 'value brand' lagers available in the Ontario market that I would consider worth re-purchasing. Stroh's floats amongst the rest of the cream of the crap, and I hold it in roughly similar esteem as the likes of PBR, Miller High Life, and other 'upper tier' domestic US macros. Bottoms up!

Serving type: can

08-10-2013 21:42:18 | More by thehyperduck
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Wendysd

New Jersey

1.79/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass. Foamed and quickly went to thin layer. Slight stickness to glass. High carbonation. Very light, watered down flavor,pale yellow. Better then bud or coors for a cheap beer. Not bad for just a plain basic no frills beer. I will buy a case again for river float trips. A good river,fishing kinda of beer.

Serving type: can

03-17-2013 22:07:15 | More by Wendysd
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Jordan1985rec

Maryland

1.1/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer during a stag party in DC. This beer was simply gross. It tasted like milk.

It really didn't have any redeeming qualities except for the fact that it was cheap, and since I was on the hook for the groom-to-be's tab, that counted for something.

We switched to National Bohemian as a step up from this - not a great night for good beer.

Serving type: can

03-12-2013 22:40:52 | More by Jordan1985rec
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Huffs

New York

2.61/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From my old 1984 Beer Ratings Book.
Gold in color, clear in appearance, developed a weak, light head. Aroma was light and yeasty / hoppy. Taste was fruity and sweet with a mild, dry aftertaste.
I liked this beer as compared to the American Lagers of the time. Was a good price and tasted better than Bud or Miller, at least to me.

Serving type: bottle

02-11-2013 23:52:06 | More by Huffs
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Oh, you'd better believe this is part of a Spelunky fest! It pours a clear yellow topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises corn and very light wheat. The taste holds notes of corn, flowers, and a slightly odd and vague sweetness. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, one of the better adjunct lagers I've had in a while, though still a good distance away from a truly good beer.

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 15:33:25 | More by TMoney2591
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MikeP

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +73.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As I drank it, what kept occurring to me was “man, this is good beer”. Stroh’s is now my favorite beer. Is it the best beer there is? Of course not. But, as an American style lager, it’s really, really, really good. Let’s have a look at what makes it so good.

As I’ve noted elsewhere, it’s important to realize that we’re talking about an American style beer. Why? Because Stroh’s isn’t a European brew, nor is it an ale, porter, stout, etc. If you’re approaching it expecting some wet-cement-thick, black-colored, insanely hopped stout, you’re going to be disappointed. A moment’s thought reveals why: because it’s not that. Get it? You either appreciate American style beers for the beers [not ales/porters/stouts/etc.] they are, or you move on to something else.

And, IMO, this is a really outstanding example of American beer [not ale/porter/stout/etc.]. What’s so good about it? Flavor. Flavor. Flavor. Stroh’s is little hoppier than the average macro brew. It’s about average in thickness. But, as in music, it’s the all important midrange that counts – the flavor. And, to me it tastes just as an American beer should taste. If you sample it with an open mind, you’ll find that the flavor is multi-dimensional. It gives you a bouquet of flavors, rather than a one-note, undistinguished quality as does, say, Corona Extra. It’s the rich complexity of flavors that make Stroh’s so special. Rich complexity isn’t something you normally associate with most beers of any provenance. That’s not to say that Stroh’s is at the level of, say, Daisy Cutter or Hopilicious, but it is something special in its class.

All of the goodness I’ve just described depends on several factors. Firstly, as with any beer, you’ve got to get it fresh. 5 weeks out from its expiration date, and its already lost much of its special flavor, and just a hint of skunkiness may even have crept in. If that’s what you’re sampling, then you’re not getting the beer at its best. Ideally, you should be getting it at least two months out from expiration. Secondly, there seems to be some slight variation from batch to batch. The batch which I sampled early in the summer was outstanding. The present batch isn’t quite as stupendously stellar, though still very good.

Thirdly, if you do decide to try it, don’t drink it after drinking some strongly hopped beer. I’ll assume that everyone here is experienced enough to understand that if you sample a milder beer after drinking a more pungent one, the milder beer will seem to have utterly no flavor. So, don’t do that.

I’ve tried many different beers, ales, etc., over the last few years, making an effort to visit breweries to sample their products at their freshest. While there are certainly many wonderful brews available today, Stroh’s is the one to which I continue to return. It’ll always bring a smile to your face, and the certainty that it tastes the way beer should.

Serving type: can

12-13-2012 22:23:43 | More by MikeP
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Alextricity

Michigan

2.79/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at Green Dot Stables in Detroit -- you gotta check this place out if you're in the area.

As I had this from a bottle, I can't judge the appearance -- though I have seen pictures. Typical, average looking BMC-like beer. Not much to be said. Very average, indeed.

Smell: You get that adjunct smell. Corn. Weak, cheap malts. Nothing too appealing or special.

Taste: I got this expecting it to maybe be like a Blue Ribbon, but Stroh's pales in comparison. This is a drinkable, better-than-BMC macro that I wouldn't mind having again, but I'd definitely take a PBR over this one. PBR's hint of sweetness and seemingly better quality makes me choose that one over Stroh's.

Serving type: bottle

12-02-2012 16:39:16 | More by Alextricity
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

1.4/5  rDev -45.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours the brighest transparent yellow I have ever seen from a beer with a two finger bubbly white head. The head disappears within 2 seconds, and the beer has no lacing.

S - Smells of extremely light corn adjunct and some kind of funky sour mash? Smells kind of like a Foster's.

T - For the first time ever, I can honestly say that I have had a beer with absolutely no taste. This beer literally has nothing in the taste department other than extremely slight seltzer water far off into the background.

M - The mouthfeel brings virtually nothing new to the table other than a faint amount of rice adjunct. But overall it remains very flavorless.

O - Overall, this beer wins an award in my opinion. The award for blandest beer I have ever had. They shouldn't even brew this stuff, it actually has less flavor than Bud Light. Luckily, I didn't pay for it, as I had it at a party. The party was definitely some fun after knocking back 10 of these though!

Serving type: can

08-30-2012 22:35:56 | More by SometimesIfart
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AleWatcher

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can into tulip pint.

A vigorous pour yields 3 fluffy white fingers of head. Those three fingers fizzled down to a light film and a collar around the rim after a short time. The film faded, but the rim held on for some time.
Very clear, bright straw-gold. Really fizzy.

Smells lightly grainy with a light bitterness. The taste is pretty dry with a slight sour-mashy grainy tart note.

Watery, thin, light, and highly carbonated. This is pretty much spot on for the style.

Overall-- not a very good beer, even for the style. I didn't know this was brewed by Pabst... Personally I'd rather just have a PBR.

Serving type: can

06-25-2012 03:28:15 | More by AleWatcher
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beerme420

Pennsylvania

2.2/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this beer is good for when you want to still drink abunch of beer then be completely fine to drive. Ive drank this all day and had buddies call me at night to go get a bite to eat and do some real partying afterwards so if anything its a good warm up beer i suppose.

Serving type: can

03-05-2012 18:39:39 | More by beerme420
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CFHMagnet

Ohio

3.15/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by date code of Mar0512 was checked because the store I picked this up from had other beers that were outdated.

A moderate pour netted half a finger of gossamer white head that rushed itself into a disappearing act. In less than 30 seconds I was left with nothing more than a ring around the top of this beer. Body is a light straw yellow with a weak stream of bubbles floating lazily from the middle of the bottom to the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of grain, corn and hops with a slight metallic tinge.

Corn starts off the flavor and quickly transitions to grain. It took me a few sips to notice it, but you can taste grassy hops in this beer. Gladly, the metallic odor does not translate over to the taste. It has a sweetness throughout the whole flavor tour.

Light bodied, this is a lawn mower beer or weekend party through and through. It's slightly sticky and coats the tongue a little going down. Also slightly drying.

Serving type: bottle

01-21-2012 01:19:36 | More by CFHMagnet
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Jerone

Florida

2.85/5  rDev +10%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color, quickly fading white head and lots of bubbles.

Smell is faint but of grain, corn and some hops.

Taste is grainy in the middle and finishes with a bit of hops. Nice to actually have hops in there, finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, refreshing.

An okay beer, better than the average macro but not better than anything else.

Serving type: can

01-04-2012 15:07:40 | More by Jerone
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tdm168

North Carolina

3.23/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this from the can at a Christmas Eve get together. Usually I wouldn't review under these circumstances, but when else am I going to have a Stroh's handed to me.

The nose was grainy and a bit metallic, but there's a noticeable hop aroma. The taste is mildly grainy with a really nice grassy, earthy, bitter hop characteristic. There are also some fruity notes, but not necessarily off flavors. This is a very crisp, light beer that's a little heavily carbonated.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this. For the style the hops were impeccable. The grainy qualities were kept to a minimum and it was easy to drink.

Serving type: can

12-27-2011 01:59:55 | More by tdm168
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SteveGus

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Along with Miller High Life and PBR, I think this is one of the better American macro lagers.

Not sure how macro the brand is, anymore, but this is a Grandpa beer. It no longer has much of the caramel notes that it had when it was "fire brewed."

What it's got going for it now is bittering hops. For an American macro lager, all I really ask of it is that it taste like beer. This tastes like beer. There is a mixed barley and corn grainy dryness here as well, but it has a clean hop bitterness and a slight sourness in the finish.

It succeeds at being all that it's trying to be. And how many of us can say that?

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 07:25:06 | More by SteveGus
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patpbr

Ohio

2.78/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strohs is a light colored beer with a quickly dissipating head. For the style it goes down nice and simple if you get a nice batch. Not a lot to talk with the taste. Really like that you can buy a 15 pack. made by pabst better then the bud or miller offerings

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 03:37:35 | More by patpbr
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AlCaponeJunior

Texas

2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow to straw and clear, fizzy, but the head was surprisingly decent and left some decent lacing too. Tons of rising bubbles.

Grains and grassy aromas, maybe a touch of hops, adjuncts round out the smell.

Taste followed the smell, lots of corn and grains with a little bit of hops and nothing too special.

Feel is light and well carbonated, fizzy.

Overall it's quite unimpressive but not entirely undrinkable.

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 22:30:29 | More by AlCaponeJunior
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Tone

Missouri

3.45/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, pale malt, grain, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, decent aroma, blend, and body for an American Adjunct Lager.

Serving type: bottle

06-19-2011 22:54:57 | More by Tone
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Dodt

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a six pack of this beer on a whim.
poured from the can into a pint glass
appearance pale yellow with a wispy head that goes away
smell is a bit grainy
taste wonderful not off putting .
for me this is another beer i can add to list of fridge beer for my none craft friends.

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 18:12:49 | More by Dodt
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SamN

Colorado

2.88/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a pale yellow beer, typical macro looks. Decent head, a little thicker than most and lasts about as long as any mass-produced AAL; that is, not very long. Not much visible carbonation, glass like clarity. Boring looks. Smell is grainy, a faint hops nose, subtle metallic aroma, wet grass. Taste has a brief flash of grainy sweetness, fades quickly to adjunct/barley lager tastes. Minimal hops bitterness, clean finish. About average tastes. Light, bubbly carbonation, a little too much for my tastes, but not bad overall.

Serving type: can

05-31-2011 01:19:31 | More by SamN
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MrOH

Maryland

3.43/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the interest of not trashing a beer I love, this review will be a bit more "to-style".

Brilliant light yellow with a single finger, quickly receding, white head. Some lace, but not much.

They must do a short boil on this, cause I get that corn smell. A hint of earthy hops, grain.

Brisk. Cheap grain taste, but has the slightest hint of citrus and pine. More bitter than most beers of the style.

Light-bodied and effervescent, what else?

Overall, I definitely think that Stroh's is one of the best, if not THE best, of the macro adjunct lagers. The fact that the price is right only makes it better. While I would still rather have a well down craft ale, sometimes you just want a simple, cheap beer, and this fits the bill.

Serving type: can

05-29-2011 03:05:51 | More by MrOH
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New a guy back in the day that swore by this stuff, all he drank. I have a bar light up in my place of this stuff. Yellow beer, sudsy white head, more than your average adjunct, but it goes the way of the dodo right quick. Lager yeast, corn aroma, smelled worse.

Not much going on here, barely a malt and hop presence, balanced in terms of its sweetness. Maybe a little more bitter than most in its style. Seems like the stuff gets sold over brand loyalty moreso than uniqueness of the product, most comparable to Coors banquet beer I'd say.

A decent mass produced beer, dependable for some mass drinking where you don't want to bother wasting your $ and palate on high end brews after you're already trashed.

I wonder how many people referenced '30 pack of Stroh's, 30 pack of ho's' in their review?

Serving type: can

04-28-2011 18:26:44 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours straw yellow with plenty of white head that, of course, disappears almost immediately.

S - The aroma is sweet malt. No surprises here.

T - There is actually more taste than most adjuncts. Some malt and, I may be stretching here, but some ever so feint hops.

M - Damn near water.

O - It just doesn't have that Detroit River water taste anymore.

Serving type: can

04-27-2011 01:02:18 | More by buschbeer
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Stroh's from Pabst Brewing Company
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