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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
59
awful

578 Ratings
THE BROS
51
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Ratings: 578
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 28.05%
Wants: 13
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.72% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of metter98
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear light straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a quarter finger high bright white head that died down, leaving a thin head covering the surface and a coating of bubbles down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of adjunct malts are present in the nose—corn and rice seem to stand out in particular.
T: Flavors of corn adjuncts stand out in the overall taste and lend slight amount of sweetness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a little watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seems to have a lot more drinkability compared to other adjunct lagers as it doesn't have any "off" flavors or skunk in the taste.

metter98, Sep 06, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.73/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The label on Lone Star contains the following: 'Texas: Born and Brewed', 'don't mess with Texas', 'the National Beer of Texas', 'Pure Texas Beer', 'Pure Texan', 'serve Texas-cold', the star from the Texas state flag (two on the labels, one on the cap), two depictions of the state itself and a row of longhorn logos atop the main label. Excuse me while I check to see where it was brewed. Says right here 'Lone Star Brewing Co., Ft. Worth, Texas'. Why do they make it so hard to discern this beer's state of origin?

Transparent light gold with a moderate amount of big-bubbled carbonation. The head is dirty white, soft, and insubstantial. In other words, it looks cheap. To add insult to injury, it falls to a thin film in minutes and leaves almost no lace. The nose is of slightly sour grain, cooked veggies and a hint of (admittedly decent) lemon peel. Like attempting to smell good by dousing oneself in cologne rather than bathing?

Lone Star is yet another substandard adjunct lager. Or is that a redundancy? A serious shortage of malt leads to a thin, watery mouthfeel and a harsh, metallic flavor that's all kinds of unpleasant, but stops just short of spit-it-out bad. Like many macro lagers, there's a certain corny sweetness, and like a few others, there's a chemical flavor that is unlikely to impress anyone who knows what good beer tastes like. My drinkability rating assumes that it's consumed ice cold. Subtract 0.5 for every 5 degrees of warming.

Lone Star (where is it brewed again?) is lackluster at best. I would hope that its brewers would either go back to the drawing board and come back with some decent beer or make every attempt to hide its origins, not trumpet them from the highest mountaintop.

BuckeyeNation, Oct 07, 2004
Photo of mikesgroove
2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grabbed a can of this one yesterday and opened it up to knock another off the list. Served cold and poured into a pint glass, it was consumed on 08/23/2010.

The pour is a light golden amber with a thin film of white that just barely covers the top for a few moments before settling down into a layer of nothing. Light grains and corn on the nose, but very light and nothing I would really write home about per se. clean, crisp taste, but again nothing that really is standing out for me, just seems to be lacking in nearly every aspect. Finish is just as quick as the start and no real aftertaste to speak of.

Overall it was just another in a lone of light lagers that just lack depth and profile. Not terrible, just uninteresting.

mikesgroove, Aug 25, 2010
Photo of Texasfan549
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
1.5/5  rDev -39%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -59.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of spycow
2/5  rDev -18.7%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of jaydoc
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

jaydoc, Nov 28, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Porus a clear, yellow body with a small, white head.

Smell: Cereal, pale malt aroma with a distinct note of sour lemons.

Taste: Light pale malts, sweetish cereal taste. More sourish lemony hints keep gacking up the flavor. Faint floral hops and bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Fairly watery.

Drinkability: Could possibly be tolerable, but I'm definitely not digging that sour lemon taste.

ChainGangGuy, Jun 10, 2008
Photo of TMoney2591
2.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Watching some live Spelunky action and downing some beers. Good times. This stuff pours a clear pale straw topped by a finger of relatively short-lived white foam. The nose comprises lightly-funky wheat, light hard water, and very light flowers. The taste brings in more of the same, along with some extra minerals in the water. The body is pretty light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, your basic, non-light adjunct lager. Not much to see (or taste) here, folks.

TMoney2591, Dec 19, 2012
Photo of zeff80
1.98/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear yellow color. Highly carbonated with a white, one-finger head.

S -It smelled of corn, grains and some malt.

T - It tasted of corn and not much else. There was a hint of malt.

M - It was rather dull and bland. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not so good. As far as inexpensive American lagers go, I'd rather have a Stag or PBR.

zeff80, Mar 24, 2007
Photo of JAHMUR
2/5  rDev -18.7%

JAHMUR, Jan 23, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.38/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear, straw gold body is capped by a frothy head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves some limited, but nice, lace. The aroma is welcoming with a sweet, grainy and lightly floral nose. The body is light-medium and it's quite crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers a combination of sweet, semi-grainy malt and floral hops balanced by a low-key bitterness that's bolstered by it's crisp carbonation. Some sweet malt lingers in the aftertaste, but it's basically crisp and dry.

NeroFiddled, Oct 06, 2003
Photo of SocalKicks
2.75/5  rDev +11.8%

SocalKicks, Mar 17, 2012
Photo of Jason
2.17/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz twist brown long neck bottle, the word “Texas” is on the bottle six times. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellowish straw colour, thin white lace struggles to stick around.

Smell: Clean and grainy aroma, not much else at all in the nose.

Taste: Tremendously crisp with a lightened down smoothness, light bodied. First of is a mildly cloying sweet maltiness is thrown on to the palate, what little hop there are have a hard time keeping it in balance. Even though it is sweet the malt profile is weak so that shows the hops are just there to balance. Graininess is throughout and lingers far into the finish.

Notes: Bland lager, same as any other macro brew in the US. No need to recommend this beer being that the big three in the US do a fine job of making beer just like this and selling it for less.

Jason, Apr 01, 2002
Photo of russpowell
3.43/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the buckhorn saloon in San Antonio

Pours very light golden & effervescent. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Slight grainy & sweet amlt scents

T: Sweet malt & some grainyness. A little iron & honey follows. Finishes crisp & a little grainy

MF: Medium bodied & slightly over cabronated, go figure

Drinks pretty easy, I could 2-3 on a warm day, way better than BMC, a pleasant suprise; went well with my chopped beef bbq sandwich & jalapeno

russpowell, Apr 24, 2007
Photo of MasterSki
2.4/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to xpimptastikx for sending me the "National Beer of Texas". Can with best before date of November 26th, 2012. Served in a pilsner glass.

A - A couple fingers of white foam with surprisingly decent retention. Head settles to a thick, creamy, cap, with splotchy lace. Transparent urine yellow body, with fast-moving bubbles visible.

S - Cereal grains, metal, rice, a mild vegetal note, and perhaps a hint of lemony hop.

T - The taste is mostly grain and bread, with perhaps a touch of corn sweetness late on the palate. Fairly inoffensive when cold, but unsurprisingly gets worse as it warms up with more creamed corn and cooked veggies.

M - Harsh carbonation, grainy texture, and a fairly dry, crisp finish. Somewhat watery, light body, with no obvious alcohol presence.

D - It's an adjunct lager, and it doesn't really do much to differentiate itself from its competitors. I was able to finish the 12oz can thanks to the relative dearth of flavor, light body, and minimal alcohol, but it's not an experience I'm dying to repeat.

MasterSki, Oct 21, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
1/5  rDev -59.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The label states, "Pure Texas Beer" and "Don't Mess With Texas". If "Texas" is as weak as this "beer", I can kick "Texas"'s butt with hands tied!
No head, dull pale "color". Dry vegetal aroma. Nothing. Tainted water. There is nothing remotely resembling beer here! Why would anyone want to drink this? It doesn't even try to be beer! Finish? None! Body? None! Hops, malt? Nope! Texture, there is none!
Given to me as a sample by a beer salesman. I don't quite trust him anymore.
Worst Beer. EVER!

feloniousmonk, Dec 24, 2002
Photo of WesWes
2.7/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thin fizzy white head that quickly fades to spotty lacing. The aroma is average. It has a weak and watery pilsner malt and adjunct scent with little trace of hops anywhere. The taste is less than desirable. It's an adjunct loaded beer that's crisp and clean and devoid of any character. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much CO2. This is a one and done for me; nothing special.

WesWes, Mar 23, 2009
Photo of jwc215
2.05/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Serve Texas cold" on label. Is that different than any other state's cold? Whatever...

It pours pale golden yellow with a fizzy head that eventually vanishes. Typical of style.

The smell is of corn adjuncts. Sulfurish/chemical with only a vague hint of grain.

The taste is of sweet grain and cooked corn. Not unlike so many macro-brews, but lacking even compared to so many others. Watery finish.

This is watery and has quite a bit of a fizzy character.

Even in style, this is pretty bad, though not the worst. Still, why bother...

jwc215, Apr 12, 2007
Photo of Gavage
2.78/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: pours a crystal clear golden yellow color with a short 1/4" head that falls to nothing in seconds. Plenty of carbonation bubbles feverishly rise to the surface. No lacing develops.

Smell: bits of grass, but overall not much aroma at all.

Taste: very mild and somewhat grainy malt level here. Corn flavors, grass, and very meek bitterness rounds it out. Typical macro lager flavors.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Clean aftertaste. Light in body.

Drinkability: nothing about this beer makes this unique versus other macro lagers. Personally I did not enjoy it, but I am sure all the Texas marketing makes this popular in the lone star state.

Gavage, Aug 18, 2006
Photo of InspectorBob
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%

InspectorBob, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

CAN you dig it? The CANQuest is closing in on # 200! Keep 'em coming!

I was initially looking at two fingers' worth of bone-white head, but it slowly reduced away to wisps. Color was a pretty golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had an odd twang, metallic along with a light sweetness. Oof. Mouthfeel was thin and watery with a light sweetness in the mouth. Finish was lightly sweet. Frankly, it was not as bad as the nose led me to expect. It would probably be okay as a lawnmower beer.

The CAN had homages to Stephen F. Austin, William B. Travis, The Alamo, and the words "Since 1845". It also read, "Texas Born & Brewed".

woodychandler, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of corby112
1.93/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served at the Menger Bar which is the oldest bar in San Antonio. Teddy Roosevelt recruited and started the Roughriders here. Anyway, back to the beer.

Pour a very clean pale golden yellow color with a thin white frothy head that quickly fades Ito a thin lasting ring. No lacing.

Very bland aroma with subtle hops, hints of grass, pale malt and sweet grainy corn.

Fuller bodied than I expected with a subtle dry hop presence up front that lingers throughout over the pale malt and sweet grainy corn notes into a long mettalic dry finish. This beer is about what I expected except fir mouthfeel and since it's 95 degrees here today I wS able to pound this down pretty quickly

corby112, May 28, 2010
Photo of orangesol
2/5  rDev -18.7%

orangesol, Mar 08, 2013
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Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
59 out of 100 based on 578 ratings.