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Lone Star Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
- Lone Star Beer uses the finest hops from the Pacific Northwest with hearty grains from the Central and Northern Plains. Malted barley and corn extract combine to provide Lone Star with nature's finest ingredients for brewing. Lone Star's ingredients give this beer its full natural flavor. The choicest hops lend complexity and aroma to this beer, and its proprietary mashing regimen creates the perfect balance of alcohol, body, and character.
- ABV% 4.65
- Calories 136

Added by pezoids on 10-19-2001

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Photo of MoreThanWine
1/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Take any weak BMC and put a Texas-proud label on it and there you go - Lone Star Beer. Poured a 3" white soap suds head which faded fast. Standard clear pale straw yellow color. Almost no smell or taste but I suppose you could say it has a very weak grassiness to it. About as watery as they come. Everything is big in Texas, except this beer.

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Photo of NODAK
3.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Definitely has a sweet, corn aroma to it...certainly a adjunct heavy, sweet smell.

Carbonation is pretty high for the style. Very prickly. Starts off pretty sweet and with a definite presence of corn. Fades into a finish with a vegetal taste and a little bit of grain helping to end the beer. Nothing amazing, but as others have noted, it does have a Pabst-like flavor. This makes it better than most adjunct lagers, but nothing exciting.

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Photo of elNopalero
2.44/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lone Star: It’s been called ‘the national beer of Texas,’ although given the history of its production that may be more a result of corporate consolidation as regional mass-produced lagers became sold off, consolidated, or went under until what remains is more a brand than the actual beer (from what I understand). In San Antonio it’s readily available at just about any dive bar and conjunto beer joint--and if it’s not then pick another place to drink. Honestly, the most appealing thing about this beer is that it’s cheap—usually cheaper than the BMC, even when they’re on sale. Other than that it’s exactly what you’d expect in a mass produced, fizzy adjunct lager.

For my 50th review I poured 6 oz. of Lone Star from a tall boy can into a taster glass (for review purposes). Then I shotgunned the rest and crushed the can on my forehead. Metaphorically speaking, of course.

The beer starts out with a lot of soapy foam but it dissipates quickly into a thin line of tight bubbles. It’s a clean, clear shade of yellow straw. I’m sure I’m not the only person who has compared the color of Lone Star (or adjunct lagers in general) to urine, but it eerily similar in this instance especially.

Fortunately, its smell doesn’t resemble its appearance. However, unfortunately, I get a lot of musty ‘old bar’ aroma on the nose. No hops or malts to speak of, just dank stale beer smells. I know they still Lone Star on draught but I can’t remember when the last time I had it in a pint glass was, but I think that this is a reminder why. Pour a good craft beer into the proper glassware and the aromas becomes such a part of the whole enjoyment of it; pour a crappy beer into the same glassware and you become aware of how off it smells even before you drink it.
Speaking of taste, it’s a light tasting beer, no body to speak of, with a bit of sweetness on the palate. There’s enough carbonation in this for me to say: Watch for beer burps afterwards.

Drink it cold, for as it warms up the flavor (what little there is to speak of) drops off. Completely.

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Photo of FUNKPhD
2.62/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lone Star is a cheap beer, that I typically only indulge on when at a bar if I don't feel like spending money.

The appearance of Lone Star is a golden color with some bubbles, if poured in glass, you'll get a little bit of head which fades soon after. Smells a bit grainy and malty, nothing unusual, nothing that stands out. The taste is consistent with the smell, malts and grain. Once in your mouth, you feel slight carbonation, but that's about it, nothing to get excited about.

As mentioned, Lone Star is my go-to bar beer if I'm feeling frugal, other than that, I typically don't drink it. But that, by no means, should mean its a bad beer, just no where close to be the best, most exciting beer you'll ever have.

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Photo of DavidST
2.33/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass.

Well I have a thing for trying cheap beer and I can mark this one off my list. Well its pretty much like all the rest of the adjunct beers. It pours a light golden yellow with a white head which doesn't leave much lacing. The smell is of sweet malts and lots of adjuncts, some corn and grain. The fell is pretty light, the taste is mostly sweet malts, with the corn adjunct flavor, no hop bite, kind of one dimensional and it does a poor job at that. Well it is what you'd expect, nothing special. Its something I'd try again but not something I'd buy.

As for the advertisements of this being the beer of Texas, I've never actually seen a Texan drink this, at least not in the Panhandle where the beer of up here is usually Coors Light or Shiner.

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Photo of LWG1970
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden Yellow color.

Smells like Corn and citrus

Taste almost like PBR. (Since it's brewed by them, makes sense)
Kinda sweet, Malty taste.

Better in Bottles. Be sure to check dates. PABST sometimes sells old beer.

6 pack of bottles was $5.99 VERY hard to find here. But worth a try.

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Photo of BeanBone
2.47/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden body capped by two fingers of fluffy white head that burns off quickly and leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Lemony hops over a relatively rich grainy malt body. Somewhat promising so far.

Flavor: Up front, a dash of spicy and lemony hops. Underneath, a relatively rich cereal-grainy backbone. It’s much maltier (well, grainier) than it is hoppier, but doesn’t feel unbalanced. Just a little sweet grain in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with medium carbonation and a clean finish.

Drinkability: Like every beer in this category, drinkability is there in spades for those that enjoy the flavor.

Verdict: I’m sad to say it, but Lone Star is a piss-poor representation of Texas beer. It’s has a bit more malt bite than most of it’s competition, but at the end of the day it’s just another in a sea of faceless beers in this style.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.37/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looking to get to 500 Beer Karma...so close. This is the only thing in my fridge to review right now...Lame.

The neck of the bottle says something about April 04 2011...like it really matters.

The cap twists off quite easily with a quiet and quick fizz.

A - The pour yields a very loose white head that dissipates almost immediately. There is some depth to this fizzy yellow beer, but only the smallest amount.

S - a light smell, malty, touch of green apple - do they use Budweiser's yeast for this?

T - Very light again, no lingering effects on the palate to speak of, enters with a lightly tart apple flavor and leaves with a light malty finish.

M - light and smooth, a touch dry on the swallow.

O (D) - well It's better than I expected. I don't think it's very good. Attempting to review to style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.86/5  rDev -25%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow beer, thin, fizzy. Nothing beneficial or positive to say about the appearance. Smell was industrially sweet, nothing special or existant in terms of hops or malt.

Taste, relatively easy to drink, off putting bitterness, grittiness to the beer, which takes away from its alleged drinkability, or thirst quenching properties. Almost entirely corn based I would guess.

At some point, these retro beers re-emergence jumps the shark. Maybe it was long ago.

Why is Lone Star made in Illinois these days?

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Photo of beerprovedwright
1.92/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One finger head of pure white, dense foam, which lasted less than a minute, leaving a few bits of lace on the side of the glass. Color is a 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Clear with lots of micro bubble action. Smell is of cereal grain and that is about it. Taste is not much there, flavors of corn, wheat and a touch of sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is almost water, save the zing from loads of carbonation. Cheap beer for days working in the yard, but there are a lot of those with more flavor and less cost.

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Photo of ElCommodoro
2.26/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Smells like sweet corn and grain. However, sweetness does not jump out of the taste. It has high carbonation. It tastes like really cheap bread. It has an interesting bitter taste that is refreshingly different from the corn sweetness in most beers of this type. But still, it mostly just tastes like a mouthful of soggy off-brand bread.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
1.2/5  rDev -51.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Appearance - No head. White lace. Dead pale straw body with no visible carbonation.

Smell - No smell other than a very slight corn scent.

Taste - No off flavors. Then again, no real flavors to speak of.

Mouthfeel - Water.

Overall Drinkability - This beer has no redeeming qualities other than the fact that it tastes like water, and it is conceivable that someone might want to get drunk while drinking water, so this would be the solution to that need.

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Photo of Urbancaver
2.33/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a piss yellow with a decent amount of pure white head. The frothy head hangs around forever. Smells pretty bland. Some light maltiness and sweetness but no other smells. Tastes... blah. Not awful but really nothing to say. Its a bit thin and the corn is prominent but its fairly decent overall for the style

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Photo of mdunman
1.83/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Plain clear amber with a decent head and no linger

S: Stale malt and some sour hops

T: Tastes just the same as Bud/Miller/Coors. Not much flavor other than bad malt and water.

M: Light body with little carbonation

I had to try this at some point now that I live in Texas. It pretty much lived up to its reputation, which is a pretty poor beer.

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Photo of JackieTH
3.1/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

During a recent hunting trip to Texas I drank this exclusively to fit in... ha ha. Had no idea it was from Pabst. And we all enjoyed the little puzzles under the bottle caps.

I guess it's greatest assest is, as somebody else already said, it's not an annoying beer. Drink 1 or 6...and well, it works well enough to quench your thirst.

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Photo of Brad007
2.38/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

What a surprise. Another low priced macro lager!

Pours a pale yellow color with a thin head into my glass. Standard color for a standard style.

Sweet and corny with not much else in the way of aroma. There's no mistaking it for anything else.

Taste is watery with lots of sweet corn flavor from the malt. Not quite crisp. Rolls off of the tongue with a "bready" taste.

Mouthfeel is sweet and reminiscent of creamed corn. Somewhat undesirable to me at least.

Mediocre. It offers no redeeming value and it will take you an entire 6 pack to feel a buzz. Lame.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.18/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lone Star is a yellowish brew with a little white head. The aroma, to the extent that you can detect it, is sweet with adjunct. More of the same on the light bodied palate. I believe corn is the culprit here. Very little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. As I drink more, the sweet residue builds producing almost a syrup-like coating of the mouth. Cloying appropriately sums this one up.

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Photo of chillmunity
3.35/5  rDev +35.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

As a Texas I want to point out that Lone Star even gets a bad rap in the lone star state, snobbishly looked down upon by Texans who prefer Bud and Miller (which I find pretty hilarious.) I started drinking Lone Star in high school, mostly due to its low price at the time, and it has become sort of a comfort beer for me. I know its not the best beer on the market, but if you want a cold one while mowing the yard in 100 degree Texas summers or to wash down brisket at a backyard barbecue, you cant go wrong with a Lone Star.

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Photo of bastardface
3.67/5  rDev +48%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Lone Dtar beer is another favorite of mine. Besides the little puzzles on the bottom of each bottle cap the beer isn't that bad. I was surprised that it is made by Pabst brewing. Lone Star has to be the best beer from this brewery, atleast by what I've had. The smell is not impressive but it is easily drinkabe. You can have quit a few without being annoyed by it. At has a little bitter bite toward the end of a drink. It tastes slightly hoppy and grainy. It is a step above bud light and Coors Light. Pretty good dud sud.

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.2/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light gold color with little head which dissipates quickly. Lacing doesn't stick around long either. Odor is faint but comes across as dry and grainy. Tastes like watery grains with a very slight hop bitterness. Not the worst brew I've ever had but far from the best.

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Photo of TheKingofWichita
2.34/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a bad looking beer. Not something to write home about, but not bad. Pours a golden yellow color with a nice white head that sticks around a moment, no lacing. Smells of corn and grass, and a little grain. Tastes of corn and sweet malts, a little hops, and some simple syrup or something. Mouthfeel is fairly thin. Drinkability is pretty average too.

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Photo of MTNboy
3.06/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is incredibly average at every level except I thought it was an excellent looking beer. The aroma is alright. It is a bit grassy, grainy and a little adjunct but no worse than other beers in this category. It has a brass colored body with good carbonation. A good white head and a little above average head. The flavor is mild and reminds me of the aroma with some malt and hops. The mouthfeel is light and easy to drink.

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Photo of JMad
2.01/5  rDev -19%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a golden yellow color with a white one finger had that disappeared pretty quickly.
Smells of corn , malt and a little alcohol.
Tastes kind of like corn too and is a litlle boozy.
This beer is way too carbonated. Drinks ok I guess.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.74/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Guy that works at the local beer distributor convinced me to try this one out and buy a case. At $12.99, I figured what the heck. Little did I know that this was brewed by Pabst!!! Ahhh...the sneakiness of those bigger breweries. Why can't they just be upfront with their many brands?

A: A crystal clear light adjunct lager. This one looks particularly lighter than most. Sort of blondish, a real pale yellow. Has good carbonation and a thin film of head that lingers long after the poor.

S: Smells like a PBR. Not sure if I would have made the same comparison had I not found out it was brewed by Pabst, but oh well. Reeks of husk graininess and corn adjunct. Not particularly attractive.

T: Tastes a tad sweet to begin. A little bland. A tad bit of bitterness that finishes. Not particularly bad. Was expecting much worse, but it's actually your average adjunct with extract brewed light lager.

M: Very light bodied. This one is like water. The hop bitterness is not bad at the end.

D: Appears to be a very drinkable beer - one to shotgun, chug, or put in the ol' college beer bong. Not really one to sip & savor. I'll give this one a "C" in this category.

Overall, I was expecting something of a surprise when I initially bought this, became disappointed after I learned Pabst brews this, then was surprised again when it wasn't as bad as I initially thought after learning this was from Pabst.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.33/5  rDev -6%
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.

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Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
60 out of 100 based on 218 ratings.