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Stroh's - Pabst Brewing Company

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466 Ratings
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Ratings: 466
Reviews: 174
rAvg: 2.56
pDev: 28.52%
Wants: 15
Gots: 15 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Mitchster on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of civilizedpsycho
2.38/5  rDev -7%
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.

civilizedpsycho, Aug 09, 2009
Photo of BDIMike
3.48/5  rDev +35.9%
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.

BDIMike, Jul 23, 2009
Photo of hustlesworth
3.08/5  rDev +20.3%
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.

hustlesworth, Jul 12, 2009
Photo of Bockrules
3.63/5  rDev +41.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured from the can into a pilsner glass

A - Pours a pale yellow with a two finger white head that quickly disappears to a thin ring of lace. Almost perfect clarity and plenty of carbonation. The thin ring of lace stays intact nearly all of the way down the glass and a moderate amount of lacing is left behind.. pretty good for a macro

S - Not a whole lot here, but nothing bad either. A bit of sweet grain smell and a little bit of adjunct corn tones. Typical Macro

T - A few light grain notes up front followed by a sweet corn grit body with hints of hop flavor and a little bit of grassyness. The finish is very dry, leaves a grassy-corn grit aftertaste that slowly comes into existence after the dry finish.

M - Light bodied, but heavier than many of the macros out there. Lots of carbonation.

D - This has now been added as one of my go to cheap beers. I never saw this beer until I moved down to Oxford, OH for my internship this summer. This is a decent summer beer that has hints of a German pils and a sweet looking can. Would I seek this beer out when I'm in other parts of the country?.... hell no, but for the summer it gets a place in my fridge

D -

Bockrules, Jul 07, 2009
Photo of cokes
3.38/5  rDev +32%
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.

cokes, Jun 30, 2009
Photo of WesWes
2.63/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin white head that fades to lacing. The aroma is average. It has a light pilsner malt and adjunct scent along with a dry lager yeast aroma. There is little hop aroma to speak of. The taste is below average. It has a weak and watery mlat flavor that's really telling of the amount of adjuncts present. It's a quick drinker with a dry, musty finish. The mouthfeel is below average as well. It's a low bodied beer with tons of carbonation. This is a forgettable brew and very low on my list of top macro lagers.

WesWes, Jun 21, 2009
Photo of tone77
2.9/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a can into a weizen glass. Very pale yellow color with virtually no head. Not much aroma to speak of either. The taste was very light and watery in the mouth. This is a good beer for chugging on a hot day but not a good tasting beer. At $3.39 for a six-pack, I can't complain to much.

tone77, Jun 04, 2009
Photo of riopelle12
2.98/5  rDev +16.4%
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.

riopelle12, May 31, 2009
Photo of wheatyweiss
3.13/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Bought on my trip to Arkansas, becuase I couldn't find anything different this close to St. Louis.

Poured into a standard pint. Pours a light to medium straw with a small short lived head that dies immediately. Active carbonation climbs the sides of the glass.

Smell is of light malt, smallish fruity and floral hops aroma. Same as usual with macros, seems watered, like beer tea.

Flavor is sweet malt, like a light corn flavor. Might not be corn, but that's what I think of. Hops flavor is a whisper, just barely there and enough to say "there's hops der".

Mouthfeel is surprisingly creamy and almost full. Not fizzy and burpy, like most.

A surprising change on the mouthfeel, almost makes this beer feel substantial.

wheatyweiss, Apr 23, 2009
Photo of JToad
3.33/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Getting over a cold, and I didnt want to drink some expensive brews, as I full wouldn't be able to enjoy it, so I grabbed a sixer os Stroh's for something different.

Poured into a standard pint glass, crystal clear and gold. Lots of tiny bubbles, very champagne like. Smells of metallic, light hops. Corn is there, but not as overpowering as Budweiser.

Definetely taste light hops. Very clean and crisp lager. Nothing glamorous, nothing horrible. A solid cheap macro, that is good for tipping a few back. One of those beers when you don't want anything too complicated.

JToad, Apr 03, 2009
Photo of CrellMoset
3.2/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can courtesy of dkachur, poured into a brandy snifter, somewhat inappropriately.

Appearance: Pours a very faint urine yellow, though from a reasonably well hydrated individual. The foamy, nearly pure white head fizzles and fades fairly quickly, and though there is a fair amount of reasonably slow, fine-bubbled effervescence, the beer doesn't even manage to hold onto the thinnest of collars. Not a great start.

Aroma: Sweet, sticky, almost honey-like malts, not too bad, actually - though it's probably all corn - with only the faintest twinge of hoppy grassiness in the background.

Taste: Sweet and a little tart, with that pale, simple, honey-like sweetness that - in all honesty - isn't nearly as bad as many adjunct lagers. Only the barest perception of any hop presence - a dash of bitterness and a soupcon of orange-like tartness that, for the sake of argument, I will assume is imparted by hops, even though it likely isn't. Good for what it is.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, perhaps a little thicker than I'd like, with a fair amount of carbonation. On the whole, it's reasonably fluffy, but a little uneven.

Drinkability: This one is what it is. And what is it is "not very good, but probably average or a little above for the style." So I'll give it that, as well as that it's probably 4% abv or something like that. It's good to try these old world American lagers, though it's sad that they were likely at one point much, much better.

CrellMoset, Mar 28, 2009
Photo of scuppers
2.98/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Served at regular temperature (47F) from a pilsner glass.

Looks: straw yellow, decent head, and a little lacing.

Smells: slightly sulfurous on opening, but not as bad as my last sample of PBR. Maybe the Pabst plant has a little sulfur in the water? A little alcohol and grain in the nose. Maybe a touch of maltiness.

Taste: actually a little bit of hops compared to its competitors. Sort of dry first then sweet. A little bit of an aftertaste of metal, like maybe well water. A little hops taste towards the end. Nothing really offensive or overpowering, yet not like Bud / Miller Lite pool water taste.

I'd really like to compare this side-by-side with PBR since they're both Pabst beers. I like this better than PBR.

Mouthfeel: seems pretty fizzy if from the can, but settles down quite a lot in the pilsner glass.

Drinkability - easy to throw back a few.

scuppers, Mar 25, 2009
Photo of Proteus93
2.03/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Another can given by dkachur. What a guy!

A: It's strange how this style looks so identical in almost every way. I suppose that the same could be said for most any style, though. Honestly, though, this one almost looks a little brighter than some others... in some ways, it is kinda true to urine. Quick forming head, just as quick to disappear.

S: There seems to be a rich scent of corn coming from this one, along with a soft grain. It's not a horrible scent, but certainly not great, either.

T: Grains,corn, and a slightly sour flavour, As it warms just the slightest, it becomes rather unpleasant... it was poured just minutes ago and is already showing negative qualities.

M + D: A sharp carbonation, with a bit of foaminess on the way down. Body has a little bit to it, at least for the style. It's unfortunate that the flavour seems to go downhill so quickly. It could have potential as a lawnmower beer, but this is more a choice to simply get drunk and guzzle.

Proteus93, Mar 19, 2009
Photo of prodgerm
2.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is my "Lawn Mowing" beer. Pours very light gold, heads quickly and fades. Slight hops smell and clean taste. After an hour pushing the lawn mower on a hot Summer afternoon two or three of this is a good thirst quencher. Costs only a little more than bottled water.

prodgerm, Mar 01, 2009
Photo of Bitterbill
3.33/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had a Strohs in years..

Bright yellow gold in the glass with a small head of foam, it has a lightly malted flavour with a pretty nice hop bite. Easy to drink and cheap(for here) at $4 a six pack. A pretty good value for what you get, imo, and would certainly pass as a good summer time thirst quencher.

Bitterbill, Jan 25, 2009
Photo of puboflyons
2.48/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on New Year's Day 2009 and poured from can no. 12018-E50503. This used to be available everywhere in New Hampshire but now it is a challenge to find it. However the local distributor must be doing some kind of push because I am seeing more of it. It pours a carbonated yellow tone with fizzy white head that bubbles lively and then slowly diminishes during the course of the tasting. Aroma is grassy and metallic. The taste is slightly bolder than most macros and finishes on the dry side. This is pretty typical of American macros. You either like 'em or hate 'em. This is more tolerable on my wallet at $2.99 a six pack.

puboflyons, Jan 01, 2009
Photo of Clydesdale
3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A clear straw-yellow color with a decent sized creamy white head with respectable retention. Carbonation appears to be lively. Leaves some patchy white lace here and there.

S: Rough grain huskiness, some vague, possibly herbal hops, and a touch of metal. Smells like beer?

T: A bit of malt sweetness up front, actually. The somewhat astringent grain husk flavor is also present throughout. Grassy/herbal hops also have a definite presence. Certainly not in-your-face or especially flavorful, but for the style it's nice to see them at least poke their heads inside to say hello. Call me crazy, but I taste some subtle dry white grape/champagne flavors as well. Some metallic flavor is also present, but not as noticeable as many other canned macros.

M: Typical medium body. Carbonation fairly active. The husky grains and muted hops lend a somewhat dry snap to the finish.

D: Some of the other reviewers for this beer compare it to PBR, and I don't think that's very far off the mark. Compared to Pabst, it's a bit maltier and not quite as bitter, so pick your poison I guess. Very drinkable as an inoffensive throwback beer and obviously quite affordable. Plus the cans have an awesome design. I'd put this on par with Bud, PBR, and High Life atop the dubious macro throne at this point.

Clydesdale, Dec 19, 2008
Photo of magictrokini
2/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yikes. The fire-brewed disaster. Nearly clear, with a hint of yellow. Paper, metal, ash, and bum urine in the nose. Bizarre sour/metallic taste throughout (must be the fire-brewing). Just terrible. You are high if you think this beer is anywhere above a "D-"

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Rayek
3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Straw color with big carbonation bubbles. Foamy white head dissolves to a faint ring around the glass. Leaves no lace.

S: Biscuits and rice. Maybe a little pepper.

T: Tastes more like rice than malt, with a well balanced bitterness that adds a mild pepper flavor. Semi-dry finish with a faint metallic quality.

M: Light body with too much fizz.

D: A purported step-up beer from our friends at Pabst. Not really any better than PBR and therefore not worth the premium over it.

Rayek, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of steeler
2.85/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Well since I am Canadian, I get the Sleeman version of this beer, so here goes the Canadian review of this American beer....

Appearance - Meh what can be said, your run of the mill macro piss yellow color, not shocked.

Smell - From the can very metallic and smelled of wet cardboard, from the pint glass, less metallic but still had that wet carboard smell, just smelled bad.

Taste - Once again, just average. What else can you expect? Just a straight forward stock beer taste. Very watery and bland.

Mouth feel - bland, watery, very thin.

Drinkability - Well this can be high, depending on how cold the can is, and whether or not your are consumeing food that makes you thirsty (chips, pizza wings). So id say its average.

Overall for the price i paid for this, i can do much better. It did however serve its purpose for washing down; chips, dip, wings and pizza. If your sitting around with your buddies just shootin the shit and consuming anything of a salty nature this beer will do the trick. Id say give it a try, it really isnt that bad.

steeler, Nov 11, 2008
Photo of DrLivingston
4.08/5  rDev +59.4%
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!!

DrLivingston, Sep 05, 2008
Photo of clayrock81
2.58/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I can't believe they still make this stuff. Well, I can actually. As long as people drink like my departed grandfather and my uncle, there will be a market for this "upper end" cheap macro. Gave it a 3 just because I didn't pour it out into a glass. Of course the can smelled metallic, but also like dewey grass and grainy adjuncts. Despite its wateriness, there was some sweetness in this otherwise pale immitation of a real beer. It is a real American macro though. Not harsh at all on the aftertaste and in fact goes down smooth. This is one of those beers that people my age pass over for Bud or Natty or Corona at a BBQ, but people the generation or 2 above us take. That is what it is. A light drinking, summer beer really.

clayrock81, Aug 28, 2008
Photo of orangemoustache
2.93/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a average golden urine color with a three finger tall fizzy white head that is less than impressive,leaving behind zero lacing. The nose is grainy and just a tad peppery with some faint earthy hop aromas. This is a pretty good macro when it comes to flavor,that being that it actually has some flavor,not an abundance,but more than normal. Mostly malty and grainy tastes a little like Pringles potatoe chips,with some grassy notes on the tail. The body is light,and the finish is clean and refreshing.

orangemoustache, Aug 07, 2008
Photo of kinger
2.83/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Well what can I say, this is my every day beer. When I go to the store to buy a 30 pack to re-stock my fridge Strohs is my old stand by. My best friend's uncle got me hooked on this a few years ago. The great part about Strohs is that along with being the best tasting american swill around here, is that it is also very cheap compared to Budweiser, Coors, and Miller. The only downfall is that it is a little difficult to find so I am forced to buy it at room temperature at the local grocery store. Things could be worse. Oh by the way around here we call it by its name if you spell it backwards!!!! May the shorts be with ya!

kinger, Jul 29, 2008
Photo of pmcadamis
3.5/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A - This beer is ridiculously clear and transparent....looks like those Blu-Blocker aviator yellow sunglasses. The head is about one finger and short lived. It drops to nothing but a tiny ring of suds after a minute flat.

S - Husky and grainy just like PBR. I can smell the Heilman's DNA here, and that's not necessarily a bad think since I think they make some of the best cheapo lagers out there...definitely better than BMC water.

T - Wow. This is A LOT more flavorful than I expected! This actually has some decent toffee malt flavors and a nice hop tang. Damn...this is mind boggling. It looks like crap and smells decent, but basically like every other cheap "grandpa" lager but it tastes so much more assertive than any other macro I ever had. I'm impressed.

M - Medium bodied (quite full for the style) and highly carbonated to give a hefty feel on the tongue, while remaining playful and light enough to session like crazy.

D - I'm floored by this one. If I could find this more easily this would be my cheap fall back session lager of choice...I currently drink PBR or Old Milwaukee (strangely, both Heilman brews) when I just want to drink four or five beers with my buddies on the cheap. Good stuff for what it is.

pmcadamis, Jul 29, 2008
Stroh's from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 466 ratings.