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Stag - Pabst Brewing Company


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116 Ratings
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Ratings: 116
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 3.02
pDev: 25.83%

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

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: winomark on 11-02-2003)
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Photo of Jimshappyfridge


3.71/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a bottle, poured into a pilsner glass awhile back and enjoyed it.

Stag used to have a bad reputation around these parts when I was a kid. But I needed a cheap lawnmower beer, and this caught my eye. Glad it did !!!

Appearance is exactly what you expect from an AAL. Pale yellow, with little lacing on my glass.

Smell was not as offensive as most AALs. Lacked the chemical smell, for one. Pleasant.

Suprisingly fresh taste. Not as corny as PBR or Schlitz. Nice finish, as long as it stayed cool. Very clean for the style.

Mouthfeel fits the style. Not too fizzy. Not too slick. It didn't get lost in the carbonation like so many other AALs. Bud comes to mind... By the time the fizz leaves, there's nothing left to enjoy.

Over all, this and PBR make the top of my lawnmower list. Not my favorite by any means, but when rated to style, it holds its own very well. $7.00 for 12 bottles doesn't hurt much either !!!!

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2014 21:10:28 | More by Jimshappyfridge
Photo of Captain_Komamura


2.7/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - had mine in the can, but I can guess what the color would be.

Smell - It smells really sweet.

Taste - the typical AAL taste, with that weird corn/rice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A decent body and carbonation.

Overall - this beer taste just like PBR, without that sweet taste.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 03:54:03 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of tito42


3.59/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a can, you're not supposed to pour Stag into a glass. Best by 07/22/2013.

A: Awesome gold can with a retro feel. "Golden quality since 1851" Retro in a manly way.

S: Malt, corn, grassy hops.

T: Very malt forward for an AAL. Much more of a malt presence than just about any I've had. No metallic or corny off-flavors. Clean malt flavor with a bit of corn syrup and a light, grassy hops finish. Great for the style.

M: Light-bodied but not watery. A tang of carbonation and just a slight hops bitterness.

O: A very solid AAL. This was going to be my new go-to 'cheap' beer, but I'm being told it's not going to be distributed in my area much longer. Will have to pick some up whenever I'm in St. Louis or pay a premium to get it from someone who may still be stocking it here in KC.

Serving type: can

05-09-2013 03:03:04 | More by tito42
Photo of kismet


2.84/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

possibly the lightest beer in color i have ever seen...nearly clear. hardly any aroma, slightly metallic, slightly bready, maybe a bit of corn. taste was light with a slight lemon citrus aspect. it had a bit of a mineral water taste to it that kept showing up. carbonation was low and close to watery, and it slid down with little effort. not bad overall, but not memorable. i was a little underwhelmed...not that i was expecting a lot, but it was just kinda blah.

Serving type: can

04-12-2013 03:24:47 | More by kismet
Photo of samj

4.38/5  rDev +45%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really good beer but nothing fancy. It's a thirst quencher perfect for hot days or for watching a game. Beer snobs may not appreciate it but I'd be willing to bet that in a blind test against other lagers it would do quite well. It's shame it's only available in three states these days - MO, IL, and AR. Closest place I can it is in Joplin, MO so I always bring a case back when go through there to see relatives.

Serving type: can

12-30-2012 18:36:29 | More by samj
Photo of rfbenavi80


3.38/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for the next great beer we forget to slow down and smell the roses. Sometimes its OK to drink an "ordinary" beer.

Can poured into a pint glass. Best by Aug, 6th of 2012.

A- Pours an extremely clear light colored straw yellow with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that quickly goes away leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S- Very litte in the aroma dept. Kinda yeasty, bready, some canned corn.

T- Taste is crisp, probably from the adjuncts in it, but theres something about it that is refreshing on hot summer days.

M- Thicker than most American Adjunct Lagers. Not near as high carbonation as some either.

O- If you want an easy drinker that is around 8 bucks for a 12 pack, and not the Macro Light Lagers that everybody else buys. Pick this up. Like I said before, sometimes it's OK to drink "ordinary" or "regular" beer.

Serving type: can

06-14-2012 10:01:51 | More by rfbenavi80
Photo of TheWhiskerReview


5/5  rDev +65.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the little delights in my life: driving around the Belleville area, the original home of Stag, and seeing the large billboards that exclaim Stag is 'not for beginners'. And being one of the more diabetic-friendly beers, it certainly is for people who spent their entire lives drinking and eating midwestern food.

Pours a faint yellow with lots of fizz- a 3 finger white head that recedes about as quickly as it forms. Nose gives off that typical adjunct character- stale malt, touch of lemon and touch of booze- while the light-bodied palate showcases a flavorless interplay of dry grain and bread crust flavors. There's a faint corn-like sweetness and a big carbonation, while the bitterness comes in on the finish bring a bit of booziness and leaving a bit of dryness and juiciness.

There are beers out there that, no matter how bad, still leave you with the impressions of your first few years drinking, forming friendships that last a lifetime yada yada blah blah. For some people, its Bud. Could be PBR. I don't give a shit. For me, it's Stag. This is a matter of hometown pride, and this beer can't get any better.

Serving type: can

12-31-2011 19:12:38 | More by TheWhiskerReview
Photo of gerite


2.48/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I ordered this beer only because I had never had one before and wanted to try something new. I knew I was in trouble when the waiter brought a can of beer that just said "Stag Beer". Can't get any more generic than that. No indication of any specific style of beer, just plain ol' beer. I later found out it was made the PBR people which explaines why it taste like a PBR. The beer did have good color and lots of impressive white foamy head when poured into a frosted pint glass. Unfortunately, this beer is all looks and no taste. In fact, it tastes like someone waved some hops over carbonitated water and called it beer. If you like PBR, you will love this beer. If you like beer, don't order this beer.

Serving type: can

10-23-2011 06:24:15 | More by gerite
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


3.03/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored and clear, fizzy with a poofty white head and not much lacing, lots of rising bubbles.

Very little smell. Some adjuncts and grains.

Taste ain't half bad really, some light malts, a bit sweet with some corn, grains, grasses and maybe a touch of hops.

Light bodied, slightly dry, plenty of carbonation.

Overall it's an easy to drink, but unimpressive beer.

Serving type: can

09-13-2011 23:05:06 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of kilustration


3.43/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is by far the best domestic pale lager out there. Grabbed a 12 pack while passing through St Louis. Worth the stop, shudda picked up more.

Would take a warm Stag over a cold BMC any day.

Pour is pale, slight head and lace. Crisp and refreshing, kinda hoppy.

This is something to add to the Hamms, PBR, Old Style summer outdoor beer rotation - just have to get near St Louis to retrieve.

Serving type: can

08-20-2011 20:43:17 | More by kilustration
Photo of Goliath


3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely clear pale yellow color with a thin fizzy bright white head. There is little head retention.

The aroma is basic. Pale malt, sweet bread, and a faint floral hop.

The taste is about what I expected. Pale malt, gives a bit of a sweet bread taste, and outside of that not much more. It's definitely more sweet than I had anticipated it being.

The mouthfeel is thin, dry, and nicely carbonated.

Overall it's par for the course. It's everything you expect it to be when you see it sitting on the shelf. Quite simply, it's a college party beer.

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 22:11:11 | More by Goliath
Photo of soju6


3.15/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a good head and no real lacing.

S: has a clean, fresh grain aroma.

T: Has a mild sweetness, a bit grainy with a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. This is a beer with a little meat on the bone , so to speak.

O: Easy drinker after a hard days work. A real beer for people who do real work. Nothing wrong with a retro beer.

Serving type: can

07-20-2011 11:31:06 | More by soju6
Photo of Duff27


3.98/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very pale, very clear beer. Three inch white fizzy head with quite a bit of effervescence. Hey, there's even some lacing and a little head retention.

S- Smells "clean".

T- Crisp, clean...no off putting flavors. Hint of pale malt sweetness...hops are hard to find.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Mid to low carbonation.

D/O- Damn, this is easily the best AAL I've ever had. Nothing offensive, just easy drinking. I'd take this any day over the common lager swill that's everywhere. Graded to style.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 23:12:48 | More by Duff27
Photo of mynie


3.45/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a substance to this beer.

It's the kind of thing that could be easily overlooked, if you're used to drinking other, more substantial beers. But when held against other American Adjuncts... this one has something going on.

It's thicker, for one. The pour is weak but the body is creamy.

And it's got a more pronounced cereal grain taste. The flavor is of thickness. And so's the smell.

But here's the thing: this don't taste like an especially good adjunct, cus there's not enough hops. And it don't taste like a good all-malt, because the malt ain't that complex. As a matter of fact, all I can taste is smoothness, like I'm drinking exceptionally pleasant air.

It's nice, but bizarrely unclassifiable. What original Coors is to Bud, this is to PBR. Neither beers cares that much about anything that most BA's care about, but at least Stag pays attention to mouthfeel. And, well, when mouthfeel is the only thing you pay attention to, you wind up with a completely drinkable, oddly pleasant retro brew.

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 05:17:09 | More by mynie
Photo of WoodBrew


2.8/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neighbor brought this beer up from southern Illinois. Stag never made into Chicago stores that I know of. This beer is typical like its sister Pabst. The color is golden clear with a thin white head. The smell and taste lean towards grainy. the mouthfeel is simple and quenches one's thirst for standard american beer.

Serving type: can

05-10-2011 00:11:28 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of DCon


3.23/5  rDev +7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My buddy Anthony from Summit Distributing bought me this beer @ the Tower Pub in Saint Louis, MO. Poured from a bottle with no B.O.D. into a Pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a Golden Color, has a clear body and 2 fingers of light head. No retention on the head and left no lace on the glass either..

Smell- There is a strong rice smell, but this is all I could make out. There might be a yeast scent here or there as I smell over and over again.

Taste- Very light and the rice/grain taste comes out huge here. Not a bad with its ingredient list but can't make out much or that there is more of hop or malt than the other or any flavors. Just an average lager.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied but a huge carbonation level. Very crisp as well.

Overall- Stag isn't as bad as people say in St. Louis. I say this lager is very similar to PBR and is actually not bad. I could drink one after the next until this $1 special isn't there anymore on Tuesday Nights @ the Tower Pub.

Serving type: bottle

04-06-2011 23:18:42 | More by DCon
Photo of bnes09


3.33/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden lager. Thin head. Poor retention and no lacing. Lots of visible bubbles.

Aroma is clean. Some bread grain with just a hint of Euro lager skunk.

Flavor is mostly refined grain sugar. Lots of corn adjunct also. Moderate hop flavor though with an herbal, grassy tone. Slightly more interesting than expected.

Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Crisp texture.

Nothing offensive about this brew. Fairly drinkable. Not what I would call a good beer but it's good for the price.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2011 00:56:30 | More by bnes09
Photo of woodychandler


1.98/5  rDev -34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, a near-miss for The CANQuest (TM)! I got several of these, passed one onto tone77, drank one and somehow did not review it and fortunately had one in reserve. No time like the present, especially as CAN # 400 looms on the horizon.

From the CAN: "Golden Quality Since 1851".

The Crack & Glug was a stunning success, netting better than two fingers' worth of foamy bone-white head with good retention. Man, but I could smell cereal adjuncts immediately! No need to lean in for a sniff, but I did so anyway, just to stay in practice. The smell of adjunct-driven lager is becoming old hat to me now, but it is still not the most pleasant of odors. It makes me think of the bad old days, sitting in smoky bars, drinking cheap draft beers, getting into bar fights, picking up loose women ... Well, that last bit wasn't too bad, but some of them were improved by copious amounts of cheap draft beers. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a fruity, grape candy-like taste on the tongue. Wow! Is this beer THAT cheaply made?!? I got this from some real disasters early on and was surprised to taste it here. Finish was slightly sweet, but the combination of cereal and grape made this one a beer that I would not slip into my worst enemy's cooler when he was not looking, let alone put it in mine. MUCH better AALs out there, believe me.

Serving type: can

11-18-2010 01:51:46 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Thorpe429


1.73/5  rDev -42.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to jsh420 for this.

Pours a clear fizzy yellow color. White head is fairly decent. Nose brings some light grain and a bit of corn. The taste is really more like creamed corn and the grain character almost goes entirely away. Feel is light. Really not a good beer.

Serving type: can

11-02-2010 01:38:09 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of camaro76


3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is my favorite cheap beer. This beer actually has some character to its flavor, unlike most other cheap piss beers. It looks a lot like them, but it has a little more of a hoppy smell and taste than beers like Budweiser.Great ice cold on a hot day.

Serving type: can

10-25-2010 06:55:29 | More by camaro76
Photo of tone77


3.3/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn. Taste is good, sweet, malts and corn, considerable bitterness for an adjunct lager. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a decent beer.

Serving type: can

10-23-2010 18:02:14 | More by tone77
Photo of Ottertude


3.53/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer brings back memories of living in St. Louis in my younger years with my dad having some Stag in the fridge most of the time. I used to consider Stag as a lower class or trashy bitter beer. My palate has certainly changed since then.

My can of Stag poured a lemony yellow into my pint glass with a big 1 inch white head that quicky left. Lots of carbonation in this one.

Not a lot of smell which is a plus for me in an adjunct lager. Maybe a faint whiff of corn or cereal grains. The taste is dominated by corn and some hops bringing a crisp dry flavor. Maybe a touch of alcohol as well. I do like this better than BMC.

It has a typical thin mouthfeel but this is refreshing when cold and goes down easy. And at $7 for a 12 pack (even cheaper on sale) this makes for a good cheap beer to have on these hot summer days. The distribution is rather limited so I will have to buy some more Stag the next time I am in the St. Louis area.

Serving type: can

08-13-2010 22:42:37 | More by Ottertude
Photo of TheSarge


2.93/5  rDev -3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a 4th of July fest, and thought it was decent for the style. Today I partake in this buck of a beer.

I poured this in a half liter dimple glass. Pours good for a bright white fluffy pillow head that dissipates very quickly. The body is pale gold in color and is cleanly filtered.

In the aroma there is a faint hint of cereal grain and mainly corn.

Taste wise it is mostly corn husk with a lightened rice finish.

Mouth feel is crisp, clean, and refreshing. This is a decent lawn mower beer, or something to guzzle while out camping or bbqing.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 20:46:28 | More by TheSarge
Photo of RonaldTheriot


3.73/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stag has a thick, white head and a very clear, yellow to golden color. Carbonation is very high. Aroma is faint, but typical for an American-style adjunct lager. The taste is nice, with a tad more hop character than one normally gets with these types of beers. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Stag finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a good, solid lager, and I recommend giving it a try. It is not sold in Louisiana.


Serving type: can

07-24-2010 18:10:16 | More by RonaldTheriot
Photo of ChainGangGuy


2.95/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clean, thin-looking, yellow body with a wispy, equally thin-looking, white head.

Smell: Faint aroma smelling only lightly of exceptionally pale malts and spicy hops. Again, it's all quite mild, mind you.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly watery cereal grains with a bit of grainy astringency to it. Fairly light hop presence with no more than a hint of bitterness. Finishes dry with a little snap of crisp carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, inoffensive lager, no more no less. Basic but sufficient, I suppose.

Serving type: can

01-16-2010 18:59:33 | More by ChainGangGuy
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Stag from Pabst Brewing Company
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