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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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621 Ratings

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Ratings: 621
Reviews: 198
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 28.34%
Wants: 16
Gots: 44 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.65% ABV

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

(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of nlmartin
1.53/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

The beer was served cold in a pint glass.

Appearance: The beer pours a fizzy yellow coloration. The head is a thin white coloration.

Smell / Taste: This is a very bland and boring macro lager. The aroma is grainy corn and the flavor is an annoyingly sweet corn flavor. No off aromas or flavors noted.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a thin fizzy body. This beer is crisp and clean and boring. This is BMC by another name.

Photo of drunkboxer1
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a yellowish color with no head to speak of. Smells like rice and corn. Tastes clean at first, goes down fairly easy. It's very carbonated. The faint flavor of grains comes through as it warms. Its not offensive, but who cares. This is better in the bottle. Still, at 1.50 a pint I cant blame it for being what it is. Good enough value beer.

Photo of MadTown1000
3.63/5  rDev +47%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought it specifically out of wonderment that Lone Star Beer actually exists - I thought it was made up. Very light gold color - looks like Miller Lite, which probably isn't too surprising. Poured from bottle into a glass, it foams up to about a 2 inch head, which fizzes down to a thin white foam over about a minute. Not much smell to speak of. Tastes like you'd expect from a standard American lager but it has a slightly hoppy aftertaste on the back of the tongue that makes it stand out a little bit from the crowd. Not spectacular, but pretty good for the style. Certainly inoffensive. I could potentially buy it again as a barbecue beer.

Edited to increase drinkability score. This stuff does go down like water.

Photo of brandoneast
2.23/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The 1.5" white foam quickly disappears from the transparent, pale yellow liquid. At first draw, Lone Star brings strange aromas of processed canned chicken broth, corn adjuncts, and wet grain sack...better drink this from the bottle. When the fizzy brew hits the lips, alcohol is most prominent with a slight metallic tinge which allows flavors of purple grape peel, canned cream corn, and bran cereal to dominate - zero hop profile. Thin carbonation somewhat creamy from the adjuncts. If I was at a bar and they had $1 Lone Star, I could drink a few of these - from the bottle.

Now I know why I never sampled Lone Star from a pint glass before this review. The saving grace of this beer is the price and ultimately the picture puzzles beneath each cap. Lone Star winning 2 gold medals at GABF is beyond me.

Photo of heath1agnew
3.43/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance- golden in appearance. what you would expect from the style

smell- corn husk and a hint of sweet smell

taste and mouthfeel- good flavor the style, very mild hops and a nice clean dry finish.

mouthfeel- pretty watery but at the same time maybe it's really not for the style

drinkability- very drinkable.

enjoyed it and i will buy it again.

Photo of Rayek
1.58/5  rDev -36%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Looks decent enough. Pale gold with great clarity and very active carbonation from small bubbles. Dense white head starts out well, then settles to a thin film. Leaves occasional wisps of lace.

S: Not a promising beginning. Steamed cabbage, apples and a bit of metal make up the nose. This isn't going to be a good experience is it?

T: Relatively tasteless cold. As it warms, things go downhill fast. A faint straw flavor starts out weak and watery, but a steamed corn and cabbage flavor quickly makes an appearance. Bitterness arrives in the form of metallic green apples. Finishes tart and dry, with more straw and cabbage. A lingering wet cardboard flavor adds an extra level of unwanted complexity. The warmer it got, the more I winced.

M: Light body has a harsh level of carbonation.

D: Ouch. This was one of only three Texas beers I could find near Bush Airport in Houston. The hotel bar had it on tap for $6.00. ($6.00?!? For Lone Star? Are these people nuts?) The convenience store across the street; however, had a bunch of single 16oz cans for a much more realistic price, so I grabbed one. Not my wisest investment. Even the special "Limited Edition" can didn't help.

Photo of lanechaffin
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It's spritzy, kind of light, and sometimes taste better than other times. It isn't great but it isn't bad and served cold it sure hits the spot. I've always thought it could be a pretty big money maker if they'd market it a little better.
Had a case this past weekend- now Lone Star comes with a RED PULL TAB...with a little white Texas star on it!! How cool is that haha. This beer really isn't half bad. I guess its fresh cause the cans are new...maybe Lone Star will keep up the good work.

Photo of tigg924
3.8/5  rDev +53.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: medium head, medium carbonation, clear, light yellow

Smell: lime, wheat, malt

Taste: lime, wheat, malt

Mouthfeel: smooth but crisp--due to carbonation which is highly present,sweet

Drinkability: For the style I think this is highly drinkable--certainly better that Coors/ Miller..There is a bit of sweetness which made this stand out. On my own scale, I would give this a D+/C-. It is however, an above average adjunct lager. I could certainly drink six or more if I was in a macro drinking mood.

Photo of northaustin
2.85/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

being from the capital city in texas lone star is around everywhere and for the most part can be found for 5.99 a six pack alot of times 4.99. all of my friends drink it in mass quantities because they are not beer snobs like me, also it is way cheap and tastes way better than other beers of its price range (busch, bud, coors, pbr all those types) also its claim to texas heritage gives it another flavor that most outside of texas could not describe. however since the company got bought a few years ago by pabst it has lost most of that appeal and i myself feel as if i have lost almost every attachment to this beer because of it. corporate america claims another

Photo of WesWes
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of joshuadlight
3.48/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had a couple while waiting around for a table at a restaurant last night. Clear and yellow with a fizzy head. Whaddya know? Its exactly what I was expecting. Not a lot in the nose, but the taste isn't offensive. This beer is fizzy and refreshing. Makes its name for being very cheap and very drinkable. There is a time and place for a beer like this. It is what it is.

Photo of jujubeast6000
3.03/5  rDev +22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Reviewed 2/28/2009 (bottle):

Pours an extremely fizzy, but extremely diminishing white head, like a soda. Body is a very clear amber yellow color, with lots of bubbles. Fruity sweet roma, some vegetable too. Lots of malts. Not very appealing. Some skunky sourness present too. Malty, nutty crisp taste. Not too bad, pretty refreshing. Very malty nuttiness.

Photo of Hibernator
2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lone Star Beer
12 oz brown bottle
Served mainly out of the bottle and cold

Pours a straw yellow color with a decent frothy white head on top that disappears rather quickly.

Grainy and kinda watery with a metallic flavor mixed in. A fairly light to medium body. A hint of cereal grains and bubbly carbonation with a pinch of hops on the finish. I'd say this one is right on the mark for the style.

Certainly a drinkable beer that would probably be much better in the heat of the summer. I appreciate the brand association with Willie Nelson during the 70's, but at the end of the day this is an average brew.

Photo of Nascartailgatefa
1.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Smells like corn but kind of stale. Dark yellow in color, head almost non-existent.

Taste sour and stale. Not pleasant at all. Served ice-cold which didnt help mask the taste. No aftertaste and very light. I will stick with the other American lager standards in the future.

Photo of bmwats
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into the pint.

A: Medium golden or bright straw. Heavy carbonation pours into a 1 finger bubbly white head. Settles into a smattering of carbonation on the surface. Carbonation continues to rise throughout. Some spotty lacing remains as you drink. Surface carbonation eventually dissipates entirely.

S: Wheat, light malt, and hint of yeast.

T: Lightly malted, a little hops and wheat, a little yeast. Bit of a soapy palette, however.

M: Again, a bit of a bitter soapy palette. Light feel. Seems a little diluted. The malt starts you off, yeast to finish.

D: Actually, pretty good drinkability. Light and refreshing.

Surprisingly serviceable atmosphere, and a more complex flavor than I anticipated (given the price). Okay feel, but solid drinkability.

Photo of magictrokini
1.63/5  rDev -34%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Just terrible. Smells old, tastes flat. Pours a darker yellow with a short, bubbly head. Aroma of corn and dirt, not earth, dirt. Taste is sour and bitter, very metallic, and old. I only knew one guy that loved this beer. He was from Corsicana, TX. I later found out this was a dry town. Possibly to keep this beer away?

Photo of MrHungryMonkey
2.55/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Nose is fruity and toasty with slight sour almost-wheaty edge. Smells pretty good.

Pours pale gold, good clarity, moderate head with quick dissipation. Looks not bad.

First sip is sweet and toasty, soft and warm, smooth and then aggressively astringent and vegetal (esp. in aftertaste). Each following sip mimics this pattern, tasting pretty good until I swallow. The initial maltiness is almost full bodied like a Heineken or Becks and is similarly hopped with and herbal, spicy softness. Mild fruit, lots of toasty goodness. Then the finish... ick! It's similar to the negative aftertaste of a Bud or Miller and destroys the drinkability. Lots of cooked corn, maybe spinach or something, and astringent. Tastes pretty good until finish, then it tastes unpleasant. Feels okay.

A local favorite, Lone Star is better than I thought it would be but can't touch the drinkability or flavor of the similar non-lights Heineken, Becks, or Shiner 99.

Photo of Biggness
2.7/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours a clear amber with a 1/2 finger white head and no lacing. The smell is kind of sweet. The flavor has an ok malt base to it with no hops flavor, I would much prefer this beer to a bud or others but still hard for me to consume. Mouthfeel seems way undercarbonated and not the smoothest of beers. I could probably drink a few of these but my taste buds would certainly hold me back.

Photo of ad5os
3.23/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok.. so as a native San Antonian and Texan and I think people would be really interested in the history of LSB.


If you don't live in TX you are probably unaware of the 'National Beer of TX" advertising... but you should know this beer does kick ass.

It was formulated back in the blond "girly" beer days of the late 40s after WW2... but the history of brewing in San Antonio is a long proud tradition with the Lone Star Brewery and the Pearl Brewery. There is a large German population in San Antonio that wanted to brew beer on the scale of their homeland. Ed Friedrich in SA developed a method of air conditioning that enabled these breweries to brew beer year round.

The beer is a light lager with a decent amount of carbonation. The light sweet flavor is reminiscent of German brews and Pilzners. Very clear sparkly light yellow. Very rich head when poured vigorously. Taste is more malty and sweet then bitter and hoppy. Smells like beer.

Beer is better colder than warmer.

Very cheap beer. I buy 6pack of 24 oz cans for $3.88.

Photo of elniko
2.05/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The national beer of Texas that I sadly have never had before. A buddy left a few in the fridge so I figured I would review.

A: Typical light lager coloring, very little to no head. Carbonation apparent.

S: Sweet malt on the nose, slightly skunky, not very good at all.

T & M: Ugh, not good. I've had light lagers that had more flavor. Just not much there at all. Some twinges of sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel incredibly watery.

D: Not offensive, but there are definitely better macro options out there.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.17/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

These are readily available all over the Lone Star State. Is it a worthy flag bearer of Texas? Well.... Out of the can this one poured a bleached yellow with a thin white head. Minimal retention or lacing. The nose was cereal malt and pale malt with some lemony sourness. The flavors were washed out and similar, mostly pale malt with some lemon from the hops and a little bit of butter. Watery, light body and medium carbonation. This is a getting wasted at the lake kinda beer and nothing more. Let's be honest, it's really Pabst in the south. Love it or hate it, Texas deserves a better brew.

Photo of ThreeWiseMen
1.02/5  rDev -58.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Probably the grossest beer we've ever had. Wrote a review for this a while back, however it looks like it got deleted (probably because we compared the smell to a fresh urinal cake). Luckily, we still have our notes. So, here's a 'nicer' review.

Appearance: Yellow and fizzy like most cheap macros. Doesn't look appetizing, however I suppose it could look worse... maybe.

Smell: Extremely astringent. Smells like grainy malts, corn, and straight-up skunkiness. You know when you slip in a bathroom and fall into a urinal....nevermind.

Taste: Taste is similar to most American macros, except more pungent. Sour and bitter in all the bad ways. Aftertaste is stale cereal.

Mouthfeel: Watery and highly carbonated.

Drinkability: Only two bottles from the entire six pack were finished, and both were consumed by non-wisemen. We even tried using it for beerpong (as a replacement for Natty Light) and couldn't do it. Avoid this beer at all costs.

Uses: I'd probably sell this beer to minors to teach them that underage drinking is bad

Photo of 1099
2.68/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I had this out of a 24 pack while shooting with friends in the Texas Hill Country (I know, booze and guns dont mix!). But, anyhow, we played it safe and only had one or two.

A: Inside the can, it appeared to be a light yellow/gold, with plenty of active carbonation

S: Smelled like corn, through and through. But, I like corn, so this didnt turn me off

T: More corn, some light malt, and a little bit of hops to finish. It wasnt great, but it was hot outside this day, and it was quite refreshing

M: Watery and thin, but this isnt meant to fill you up either

D: Average. Can't say much more than that

This is a local staple here in San Antonio, and as such, it is cheap and readily available. I prefer other light style beers, but Lone Star can do in a pinch, and did in this case. Not a bad value for your money

Photo of toolbrew
2.63/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle. The underside of the cap has a riddle on it which is nice to see. "Donut+T+Cake+CH+Ants" The bottle also has a 'Lone Star' design mold.

Pours a clear yellow with a small white head. Some head retention and slight lacing.

Grainy smell with a slight hop aroma.

Grainy, watery taste.

Slight tingle on the rear of the roof of my mouth.

Not much to report. Not a horrible beer. One good for summer afternoons. I had one several years ago in Texas at the Big Texan Steakhouse.

Photo of NOOGIE
3.48/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My constant search for all beers Pabst, I found this gem in Illinois. Poured into a mug, 12 oz bottle I can see this is gonna go wrong when the date says 07!

Apperance: Quick pour, foam appears, 1/2 finger of foam. Carbonation is still good, which suprises me. Foam sticks around for a while. Normal stained yellow color.

Smell: Classic Pabst smell, corn, grains, alcohol, and a bit of hops, nothing to bad.

Taste: A lot like a Pabst, but less bitter. Not as smooth. Tastes of grains and alcohol, and water.

Mouthfeel: Above average stays wet in your mouth, nothing offensive left.

Drink: Very easy, good for days like this. Just like a Pabst.

Overall good, I'd buy it again, but not for $15! Also there are some writings on the bottle caps.

Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
60 out of 100 based on 621 ratings.