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Stag - Pabst Brewing Company

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StagStag

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70
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131 Ratings
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Ratings: 131
Reviews: 57
rAvg: 2.99
pDev: 26.42%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
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 Thorpe429
1.73/5  rDev -42.1%
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.

Thorpe429, Nov 02, 2010
Photo of acurtis
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.95/5  rDev -1.3%
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.

ChainGangGuy, Jan 16, 2010
Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've seen old Stag signs still hanging above taverns in central IL, and they piqued my curiosity. This bottle was left over from last Labor Day, languishing in the back of my fridge all this time.

Poured this into a cylindrical stange glass, usually used for German lager like Kolsch. Ice cold. Super pale gold, almost a pastel canary yellow in the right light, with 2 fingers of foam that disappear quick. Thin collar of lacing.

Mild apple and grain aroma, a little sulfuric at first. Vague sweet corn later. Papery dry malt flavor, seltzery feel with a little astringent with a carbonic bite of CO2. Dry finish with a bland aftertaste, but not terrible. On a hot day, a couple at 45º would hit the spot. Cheers to BA jpm30 and Forgottonia...

emerge077, Jul 10, 2008
Photo of zeff80
3/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

zeff80, Jan 19, 2007
Photo of InspectorBob
3/5  rDev +0.3%

InspectorBob, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
1.98/5  rDev -33.8%
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.

woodychandler, Nov 18, 2010
Photo of Tone
2.17/5  rDev -27.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. Short head with slight retention and little to no lacing. Smells of adjunct in a lager. Fits the style. A crisp body with a dryness to the aftertaste. Low carbonation and tastes of adjunct in lager. Overall, not a real good beer.

Tone, Dec 14, 2008
Photo of WoodBrew
2.8/5  rDev -6.4%
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.

WoodBrew, May 10, 2011
Photo of tone77
3.3/5  rDev +10.4%
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.

tone77, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of DefenCorps
3.1/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can received from hwwty4 in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly BIF. Against his orders, this one's going into my Stone pint glass. This was the Bad

A: So light it may as well be water! Incredible! Light golden yellow with a ton of carbonation and a fleeting white head. Lace? Bah!

S: Mild hop aroma with some grassy notes. Mild biscuit malt aroma. Metallic

T: Starts off faintly hoppy with a grassy character followed by a mild sweetness, not unlike corn. Surprisingly clean with little in the way of buttery aromas. Finishes dry and metallic

M: Light and crisp with tons of carbonation, solid finish with a faint hint of hops to go with the metallic goodness.

D: This is surprisingly easy to drink for what it is! Thanks for sending two, Bill!

DefenCorps, Sep 25, 2008
Photo of bsuedekum
5/5  rDev +67.2%

bsuedekum, Jun 06, 2012
Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

Duff27, Jul 11, 2011
Photo of mynie
3.45/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

mynie, Jun 04, 2011
Photo of Vancer
2.68/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, a preface: this was leftover from my daughter’s grad party – some of the nephews are still living in the dark ages. But anyway, pour was same ol’ macro crap, wispy yellow with no head. No aroma but a touch of corn and the taste was weak and hop/maltless. Nothing real *bad* in the quaff, just an seltzer water reminder. <sigh> This beer used to be made next door in Belleville, IL. – but the brewery is now as forsaken as this beer.

Vancer, Jul 11, 2005
Photo of msubulldog25
3.13/5  rDev +4.7%
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...

msubulldog25, Jul 19, 2007
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 24, 2012
Photo of atlbravsrno1
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%

atlbravsrno1, Aug 05, 2014
Photo of birchstick
3.25/5  rDev +8.7%

birchstick, Nov 12, 2012
Photo of jsh420
3.4/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pours clear pale yellowish gold with a big 2 finger head that left spotted lacing down the glass

smells of sweet cereal/corn and light grassy hops

taste is ok - sweet corn/cereal some hops some sulfur

mouthfeel is a little watery but who cares it tastes good - nice and crisp dry finish - maybe a bit over carbonated

drinkability is ok- this will now be my cheap brew staple in my fridge

jsh420, Jul 04, 2009
Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +24.7%
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.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Jul 24, 2010
Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.03/5  rDev +1.3%
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.

AlCaponeJunior, Sep 13, 2011
Photo of soju6
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

soju6, Jul 20, 2011
Photo of pmcadamis
2.73/5  rDev -8.7%
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!

pmcadamis, Feb 26, 2007
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Stag from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 131 ratings.