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Stag - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 60
Hads: 152
Avg: 3.09
pDev: 24.6%
Wants: 12
Gots: 18 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: winomark on 11-02-2003

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Reviews by TheWhiskerReview:
Photo of TheWhiskerReview
5/5  rDev +61.8%
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.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of jake2112
4.45/5  rDev +44%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to think this beer was a joke, until drinking it at the bowling alley. I tried it along with budweiser, and realized it was much much better. usually I like the craft beers,but this beer holds its own. Its also one of the cheapest.

I poured it into a pilsner glass from a bottle. It had a 1 finger head that dissapeared after about 25 seconds leaving nearly no trace on the edge.

the smell at first was very distintive, a slightly fermented apple smell followed by an earthy grape. the smell only lasted the first min.

the taste is slightly fruity at first followed by seltzer with a pleasant very light tangy desert after taste

has a pleasant tingly feel especialy after (it goes down way too fast to notice during!!)

excelent drinkablity sometimes even quenching

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Photo of DCon
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
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.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a small, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - Smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of corn and a little malt. It also had a slight hop presence.

M - It was fairly crisp and light-bodied.

D - Overall, this is a pretty good AML. Certainly a bargain in terms of price.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
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.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
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.

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Photo of msubulldog25
3.13/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 'wide-mouth' 12 oz. can to a pint glass; dated: 09177 on the bottom. The can itself is a tribute to another era, with a simple "Stag" lettering surrounded by white and gold, centered beneath a small drawing of an antlered buck. I can imagine many a dad and grand-dad chugging a few of these in the day - including (perhaps) my own dad, who spent a couple years of college in west-central Illinois. Thanks to jpm30 for sending this along...

A: Pale yellow (the can's golden color is darker than the pour) and crystal clear, with many streams of rapidly-rising carbonation. Starts with a big (2-finger) head of fizzy whiteness, which is gone within 30 seconds or so. The only remnants are a thin circle of larger bubbles, clinging like a strand of pearls.

S: Light, dry breadiness mixed with some corny adjuncts. Just a hint of hop spiciness tickles the nose. Nothing 'off' nor out of the ordinary.

T: Not bad...decent malt flavor touched with cereal grain/corn sweetness. A slight lemony sourness midway, with a lasting dry, clean finish of mildly spicy hops.

M: Crisp at first sip, but with each subsequent taste seems to get weaker and more watery. A little lemon zest and hop bittering hangs on the tongue, but fades cleanly. Gassy/burp inducing.This beer could have a more substantial mouthfeel & body, but then it wouldn't be the 'average' Macro Lager, would it?

D: Ya know, I could drink this again. Nothing about is much above average, but it's a simple and easy to drink lager that could be a summer session beer I suppose. Judging against the style of beer this is, it's a solid 3.5 on drinkability. Would I choose this over another more flavorful style? 99 out of 100 times - no. Thanks again, James, for the try and the trip in the time capsule...

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I traveled to the wonderful city of St. Louis over the 4th of July weekend for a wedding and upon arriving me and some buddies decided to hit up a gas station in search of some local brews. We found this incredible gem for only $7 a 12 pack. You can even get a 4 pack of tallboys for only $2.97.

Needless to say this became the beer of the weekend and a hit at the bachelor party. It doesn't try to be anything more than it needs to be. A simple label that describes just what this is: Beer.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.63/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pale straw yellow with thin white head and no lacing

S-hardly a trace of anything,just a tiny hint of grassy hops

T-grains and malts upfront with good hops not far behind,nice blend of sweetness(not sugary)and earthy dry goodness

M-a bit thin,but good body for a light macro(diabetics beer of choice"as sugar free as beer can be")

D-I will choose this over a BMC anyday

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Photo of mynie
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
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.

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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

Photo of pmcadamis
2.67/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow with absolutely no trace of a head. Looks like watered down cider.

S - None really. Cooked corn mocro lager scent. I can't really smell much of anything.

T - Corn and maple syrup with an actual hop flavor that is very very light, but uncommon in macro lagers. Very sweet and corny. Not bad, but not good.

M - Watery macro lager mouthfeel. Not bad for the style. More carbonated than others.

D - Better than it's bretheren. This has a sort of infamous name around here (Springfield IL) and I must say that it is better than Bud or Miller. Than being said, this is not a good beer... but it is a good cheapo beer!

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm shocked to only see a few reviews of this. It is nearly ubiquitous here in STL. Nonetheless, there is nothing remarkable about this beer. It is a classic working class adjunct lager. It pours golden and clear, with a healthy, quickly dissapating corn-fueled head. The taste is grainy and largely metallic out of the can, go figure. It is a great thirst-quencher and that's about it. IMO a good pomo hipster alternative to the cliched PBR.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

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Photo of Middy
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

It's my grandfather's beer. He added a shake of salt into every glass he got down at the tavern.

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1.25/5  rDev -59.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -11%

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2.5/5  rDev -19.1%

Photo of bbkd3b
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz. can poured into a pint glass.

A: Light golden, with a thick, white, fizzy head that lingered for a brief while.

S: Corn and light hops... not much else.

T: Again, corn and light hops. It was a little more noticeable in taste than smell, though. Not bad. No aftertaste like many adjuncts normally leave behind.

M: So long as it's cold, the mouthfeel is light, not sticking out or offending.

D: Great for casual situations. The lack of an aftertaste makes this a beer of choice when I'm going for something standard.

Affordability is a major plus with this beer. 12 packs are $5.50 in St. Louis, Missouri. Overall a solid, easy-drinking beer and a good alternative when the bank is tight.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.92/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A yes, the half-quart can, an early 70's throwback, with the gold coloring and intimidating deer presence staring you in the eye - an opaque yellow hue, with a champagne appearance - absolutely no head, yet tons of carbonation. A very delicate grainy aroma. Malts are definitely in the body, with a metallic and grassy body. Very thin bodied, yet un-offensive, in fact a bit of a thirst quencher. Some hop detection in the background. Very little character and weak bodied, but one that definitely does not offend, a half-way decent lager when you compare it to those in its class.

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2/5  rDev -35.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +5.2%

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1.5/5  rDev -51.5%

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4/5  rDev +29.4%

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Stag from Pabst Brewing Company
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