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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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Photo of Thorpe429
1.76/5  rDev -43%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
3.28/5  rDev +6.1%
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...

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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 ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.02/5  rDev -34.6%
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.

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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 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 Tone
2.18/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
3.27/5  rDev +5.8%
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.

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Photo of DefenCorps
3.07/5  rDev -0.6%
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!

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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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Photo of jsh420
3.38/5  rDev +9.4%
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

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Photo of Vancer
2.66/5  rDev -13.9%
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.

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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 RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +19.1%
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.


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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

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Photo of soju6
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
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.

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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 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 bnes09
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.94/5  rDev -4.9%
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.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.95/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - as clear as yellow can be, with only thin the cirrus-esque wispy remnants of what could've been head, the carbonation is as scarce as the head, but present

S - the malty sweetness i'd epxect from a macro lager, uncomplex and basic, yet a stately simplicity

T - definitely among the unworst american macro lager, a quality malt big up front flavor, sweet almost appley, then...wait a minute....is that?...it is?....real hops in the back of the sip

M&D - smooth and easy down when cold, almost sickly sweet though, i could definitely see drinking this on the porch with my father, despite the cans 1970's nostalgia

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.75/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally brewed by the Stag Brewery in Belleville, Illinois, this rebirth under the Pabst/Heileman banner is true to the original. As noted it is the ubiquitous working class beer that once was a major alternative to the Busch-branded beers in the STL region.

A deep yellow body is surmounted by a qucikly disappering white foam head. Lots of adjunct in the nose and flavor; not objectinoable, just unimppressive. A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Goliath
3/5  rDev -2.9%
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.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Where did I misplace that urine sample? Oh, that's just Stag. It's pale yellow like a bodily fluid.

Smell - Cereal grain are noted in liquid form.

Taste - At first, I am made to think of sparking water as there is nothing bold about this one. Cereal grains make an impression. There is a little grass that dries up quickly. It is neither bitter or sweet.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation brush the "taste" off of the tongue.

Overall - This is a pretty middle of the pack American Adjunct Lager. I have had better.

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Stag from Pabst Brewing Company
73 out of 100 based on 60 ratings.