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Stroh's - Pabst Brewing Company


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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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Photo of 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
Photo of Alextricity


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
Photo of CFHMagnet


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Best by date code of Mar0512 was checked because the store I picked this up from had other beers that were outdated.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


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
Photo of alabencki


3.75/5  rDev +44.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is good old, classic, Michigan beer. Brewed in Detroit until 2000, after the Stroh Brewing Company was bought out by Pabst.

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

It looks like your typical American Adjunct Lager. Very pale, white head that recedes within the first minute and a half to two minutes.

Smells of pale malt, lager yeast and some corn adjunct.

Tastes fairly crisp. Almost a clean lager flavor, with little adjunct detected, but there was some there. Very refeshing, with very faint, almost undetectable hop presence.

The mouthfeel was very light and watery, but still a very crisp, clean taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2010 04:12:49 | More by alabencki
Photo of tapman


2.65/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Light straw with a 2 finger head. Adequately carbonated. moderate head retention.

Pale malt and super-clean yeast. Small, sweet hop aroma that gives it a not unpleasant sweet corn aroma with a hint of tang.

Pretty sweet. Very small bitterness and not metallic. A hint of sour apple tang. Very light. Flavor is only on the palate for a little while before it washes away.

Very thin, though not complete water like a michelobe ultra. Not over-carbonated.

Better than many others (anything bud except for the new wheat, which might be better).

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2010 02:04:30 | More by tapman
Photo of WakeandBake


3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A clear pale golden color pour with a two finger short lasting foamy white head , high carbonation . Aroma is lightly sweet with some actual hop notes , faint but thewre . Flavor is much the same as the aroma a nice tiny hop note in there , crisp clean finish and mouthfeel , light body , very sessionable and non offensive for the style.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2010 23:20:20 | More by WakeandBake
Photo of GordonQuid


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

Poured into a dimpled pub glass.

Hard pour presented a clear straw colored brew witha one inch head that quickly dissapated to a wisp of foam and no lacing.

Smells of a macro grainy sweetness. Very little hop profile. Just adjunct corn syrup and a wisp of hop.

Taste is crisp and refreshing a slight hop bite and sweet adjuct grain finish. I do detect a faint taste of cara-pil malts.

Not bad to quaf on a hot day.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2009 18:03:02 | More by GordonQuid
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.38/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Golden and clear with a fair head, but pretty standard for the style.

Smell: Some mild scent of hops, but on the whole a somewhat watered down malt smell.

Taste: Pretty bland. It didn't even have much of a bitter kick in the aftertaste. In other words: Smooth, but bland.

Mouthfeel: Very thin and watery.

Drinkability: While this isn't awful, I would prefer something else. There are even other Adjunct Lagers that I feel are better than this one.

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2009 19:33:58 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of BDIMike


3.48/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear golden color. There is a massive amount of carbonation that creates a medium-to-thin white head that stays throughout the drink.
Smell is very standard. There is a good mix of malted barley with a good hop smell at the end.
Taste is great for an American lager. The hops and barley work together well. There is a little something extra to the taste, that may have something to do with the fire brewing.
Mouthfeel has a good combination of thickness for a lager, but stays smooth going down.
Drinkability is good for an American lager. For a non-light beer, it has a lighter feel to it than most normal lagers. There is a good, solid taste that keeps you drinking without overwhelming you.

Serving type: bottle

07-23-2009 01:00:42 | More by BDIMike
Photo of hustlesworth


3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

let's see here...

A- adjunct looking white foam, seems to have a better texture than most and it retains itself nicely until i start drinking. very fine bubbles rising through a light straw colored, extremely clear golden brew.

S- banana and pale grains with some nice citrus aromas, notably lemon. grassy, asparagus, corn, and some saltine cracker.

T- crisp and clean, with some more hop flavor than others of the style and a pleasant citrus grain tartness.

MF- fizzy and light with a somewhat sticky feeling.

D- could chug it as a thirst quencher but other than that it's only a hand or two above the big guys.

Serving type: bottle

07-12-2009 21:35:09 | More by hustlesworth
Photo of cokes


3.38/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale, shimmering gold with manic streams of CO2. The white cap shows good rise, solid retention, and some spotting lacing. Pretty good show from a macro.
The nose is formed mostly of a mushy huskiness and corn sweetness, a vague vegetal note, and a dab of grassy hops.
Husky, pale malt provide most of the structure, flavor-wise. Corn pops up, of course, and lingers a bit. The vegetal notes stay a ways off in the background. The uppity CO2 and faint-but-genuine hop flavor (dried grass) keep it dry and slaking.
Very light bodied and airy in feel. Yet there is still a crisp structure here. It's totally and brainlessly poundable, and more or less everything a lower/middle rung macro needs to be. Inoffensive and thirst-busting and inexpensive.

Serving type: bottle

06-30-2009 06:06:22 | More by cokes
Photo of riopelle12


2.98/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

6 pack sold for just over $5.

A: Think and quickly dissipating head, pale golden color

S: Weak, sour, corny

T: Very weak and somewhat sweet flavor, but decent for enjoying a cheap formerly detroit beer and watching the wings

M: Some frothy carbonation that quickly smoothes out along the tongue

D: Could easily down a six pack, but not for enjoying the flavor

All in all, a good choice comparable to Pabst or Miller High life.

Serving type: bottle

05-31-2009 03:50:47 | More by riopelle12
Photo of DrLivingston


4.08/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, yes I'm definitely not a beer connoisseur as of yet. I'm a bloody 19 year old kid, so at least I'm somewhat prone to drinking this, right? Pabst this, Pabst that. I like PBR too, but for the price and taste, this really is the best American Macro lager out there. No questions asked. I too think most products from Pabst (well Miller) taste similar, but Stroh's really is in a league of its own, even though I acknowlege this isn't the premier league when it comes to beer. Actually this tastes similar to Pabst, except that this seems to have a little more taste going down, and it has a more bitter, but cleaner aftertaste when compared to PBR. Really, be grateful that this is still being sold in some parts of the country. If you're gonna get a macro American lager, check out Stroh's. It really is the most earnest in price and taste. Keep it alive!!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2008 03:53:30 | More by DrLivingston
Photo of hardy008


2.55/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Pale yellow with a big foamy head that disappears quickly with not much lace on the glass.

Smell - Grain and a bit of sweetness

Taste - Fizzy and clean, not much flavor. Typical macro brew.

Mouthfeel - Thin and lightbodied. Clean.

Drinkability - Nothing special. Okay if you want a cheaply priced beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-10-2008 01:24:11 | More by hardy008
Photo of berserker256


2.93/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the longneck bottle into a pint glass. Decent golden color. Not much head. It faded quickly. Smells better than Budweiser or any other American macro that I can think of. Hints of hops & malt. Tastes pretty good for a cheap beer. Probably better than any cheap beer that I can think of. Growing up in the Detroit area, this was the beer. My old man drank it from his youth and continues to drink it today. This is about the best $3.99 six pack of longnecks out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2007 19:01:09 | More by berserker256
Photo of Yegg


2.75/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale gold, very clear, substantial crabonation. Foamy head that quickly disappears.

Aroma is very faint of malt and hops, and even fainter whiff of peppery spice.

Tase pleasant, light, crisp. reminds me of a light beer only better. Again a bare hint of spicy hops.

Mouthfeel is fairly crisp. A little fizzy. Clean.

I find this beer very drinkable. I would love to try the Stroh's Dark. I didn't even know Stroh's made a dark and I would bet it's a step up. Stroh's is a beer I used to drink many moons ago. It was a beer me and the guys could all agree on. I was surprised to find it was still in production and just had to try it. Though my taste has changed I was not nearly as disapointed in this "old" beer as I have been in others I have gone back and tried.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2006 23:32:21 | More by Yegg
Photo of Ricochet


3.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I loved the Alex from Strohs campaign of the mid-late 80's, but I never was a fan of Strohs because it was a bit more costly, and when you're young and NOT a BA, it's the cheap swill , Keystone, Busch, that sort of thing. Last time I was in Chi-town, I bought a 30 pack for like 9.69. The 12's are priced like premiums here in Clevo. Therefore, I don't drink it, but , on a whim, bought a sixer and here's the review.

If "Burp Beers" as I have described them, have a poster child, this would be it. Average yellow, average appearence, typical , yellow, lawnmower beer. Sells the same. Mouth seems to be a step up, because there seems to be a thicker note and a nicer alcoholic texture to the average swallow. Taste? It tasted like corn but not as pronounced, alcohol, there is a bit more hop profile here as well as a grainy malt taste, so that's a note in Strohs favor. It doesn't taste cut with corn though and I believe this is still all malt. Again a plus.

I suppose I can buy a dozen of these average beers. Many are cheaper. Strohs has an edge a slight bit on flavor, but it seems to be on par with every other macro lager. So, average drinkability. I did enjoy it a bit better from the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

04-04-2006 00:20:41 | More by Ricochet
Photo of AltBock


2.28/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

12oz.bottle that I poured into a Pilsener glass.

Poured a clear yellow color with a white head a foam that came up very fast and dissipated very fast leaving a small ring around the glass. The aroma is that of sweet grains and malt with an alcohol aroma in the background. The taste was that of bland hops and malts with a light, sweet and watery mouthfeel. Since the taste was bland, this will go down nice and smooth. Since this beer is cheap, you can drink a couple of these in a sitting. This had lawnmower beer written all over it.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2005 21:00:03 | More by AltBock
Photo of tgbljb


3.38/5  rDev +30.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Back in the late 70's this was my favorite beer (How could you pass up a beer that was Fire brewed, whatever that means). Lets give it another try, almost 30 years later. Poured a non-impressive pale yellow color, with modet white head that fell to a thin ring but left nice lacing on the glass. Smell is virtually non-existent. Taste is also very minimal, but at least not disgusting. Finishes easy and refreshing. Good as a spacer, lawnmower beer, or on a hot summer afternoon. Would be a nice beer to pair with spicy wings.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2005 22:29:12 | More by tgbljb
Photo of Applesauce1


3.28/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like Stroh's. You can get this beer at most bars for a really good price.

As far as the macrobreweries go, and the distribution of cheap beer, this one tops them all.

This beer tastes good. It seems to me that this beer is a combination of a macrobrew like a Budweiser, mixed with a quality stout. This beer has flavor. Some of that typical macrobrew flavor, but some of that good stout flavor. It's satisying to drink. I'll have more at the bars in the future.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2005 07:21:42 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of clemtig76

South Carolina

3.45/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Stroh's is hard to find in my neck of the woods but I always pick some up when I see it. At less than $5.50/ for 12 short necks, this beer blows the big three away. Pours a clear golden straw color with good size head. The crisp, clean aroma is nicely balanced between the malt and hops. Sweet malty taste with just a hint of hops. An excellent lawn mower beer.

Serving type: bottle

06-21-2005 19:17:39 | More by clemtig76
Photo of Backer2004

North Carolina

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

Okay, this was the cheapest beer available and since i haven't reviewed it yet . . . not a good excuse. I haven't had a Stroh's since my freshman year in college when we hosted a huge party and bought 15 cases of this stuff (to the dismay of some). It took all year to finish it off. Not as good as a Miller Lite, but I've had much worse. Still a good choice for a college party, 9 years after the fact.

Serving type: bottle

04-24-2005 15:00:06 | More by Backer2004
Photo of nota


3.18/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours light gold in color which is pretty good for a American Macro. A nice white head which is gone in less than five minutes. Not much lacing in glass. Just a bit more hops than what normally find with this style. It finishes dry and crisp. When face with the choice of drinking a macro vs not drinking beer at all, I choose this beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-16-2005 00:52:40 | More by nota
Photo of Frozensoul327


2.9/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Michigan classic. Nice pale golden color with a solid medium carbonation. Short lived head leaves a touch of lace around the glass. Strong scents of corn and barley are present, as well as the presence of alcohol. Straight forward well made American Macro. Not what it used to be, as I am told by the old timers, but still pretty good. Flavors of corn and grain, not overpowering, but not wimpy either. Recommended for lager lovers.

Serving type: bottle

04-13-2005 22:46:04 | More by Frozensoul327
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Stroh's from Pabst Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 410 ratings.