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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Lone Star BeerLone Star Beer

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578 Ratings

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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 Bitterbill
1.93/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper.

Poured from 16oz can a pale gold with a large head of foam that sharnk quickly to almost nothing by the end of the glass.

The smell is a typical macro lager smell...corn and sweetish malt.

The taste is nothing special..big surprise. Weak malt character that's mostly sweet and sticky, hop character is very subdued. There's just some slight tartness that weakens the sweetness a tad but not enough for my liking. Blah. Once is enough for this one. Can't recommend.

Bitterbill, Jun 09, 2007
Photo of ZimZamZoom
2.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Mmmm. Corn.

Light straw color with a mediocre white head. Smells of adjuncts and maybe some hops. Tastes of corn and/or rice. Decent mouthfeel and of course you could drink a ton of these on a hot day.

Described to me as the "National beer of Texas" by the bartender. Not everything is bigger in Texas!

ZimZamZoom, Apr 27, 2007
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 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 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 oldirtycaffrey
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Average. Average. Average.

This is an average beer.

The appearance is piss yellow with a slight, foamy white head. No lacing on the glass. Smell is of a slight, slight malt and corn. Taste is pretty thin/watery. Not much to this beer at all. Almost like a bud, but with a little less corn taste. I also got a sense of bananas.

Carbonation is strong enough that this would make a good choice to accompany a burger or hot dog/fries; the drinkability is fine since it's a pretty light-bodied beer.


average. average. average.

cheap too.

oldirtycaffrey, Jan 21, 2007
Photo of fido
2.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lone Star pours a very clear golden yellow color with some head that dissipates quickly and almost no lace, Nice carbonation; Smell is grainy and some corn; Taste is a little bit malty; Mouthfeel is clean and crisp; Very drinkable and refreshing.


fido, Jan 13, 2007
Photo of riversider76
2.28/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours straw in color. Frothy head,with little retention,and minimal lacing. Smell is grainy, and metalic. Body is thin,and carbonated. Taste like the smell has a nasty metalic edge.Grain flavored water maybe. I've tasted better from Pabst. This was not good.

riversider76, Jan 04, 2007
Photo of plaid75
2.5/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a light straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was poor lacing and little retention.

The smell featured a lightly sweet corn and husky grain aroma.

The taste consisted of a thin grain and corn flavor with a slight sweetness. Very weak hop presence.

The mouthfeel was light and crisp with a lingering corn sweetness.

Overall a typical and unremarkable macro. Not much else to say here.

plaid75, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
1.93/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Found this interesting looking beer at the Party Source in Newport, KY. I like the "Don't Mess With Texas" written on the label. The beer, however, as I expected was not impressive.

Appearance: gold with a small head, transparent
Smell: skunky, typical marco lager smell
Taste: not good, cereal grains with some nice skunkiness like most macro lagers
Mouthfeel: thin, easy to drink though
Drinkability: ehhhh, didn't want another

Applesauce1, Dec 10, 2006
Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.43/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this on the Tennessee/Kentucky border. I'm a fan of obscure old beers and so this was a must.

App: pretty decent. I mean it's quite pale straw but it's got somoe effervense. The anemic head goes away after a few minutes.

Smell: Corn, alot like MGD but less potent

Taste: It's whiskey beer but it ends surprisingly smoother

Mouthfeel: Graininess then it mellows out

Drinkability: an easy drinker by far. It's just a bit too boring for me though.

CaskofFlyingDog, Oct 04, 2006
Photo of dherling
3.3/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle today at Joe Tejas in NJ. This ber looks like it's probably going to get a better score out of me than it really deserves. Here's the thing, there's nothing to it. It smells like a very light beer, it astes like a very light beer. There's a decent amount of carbonation to it, not much in terms fo the head, a VERY basic nose. It goe down really easy and is super drinkable. I'd ather have this than a bud, if you're in the market for that sort of a beer,but here was nothing bad or offensive about it, it just doesn't have anything gret about it either.

dherling, Aug 31, 2006
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 Noxious26
3.08/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

My brother in law hands me a big 710ml can of this stuff last night, drank out of a highball glass.

Clear, straw yellow in colour. Big white head on the pour, recedes to a thin cap.

Basic macro aroma of grains and adjuncts.

Taste is fairly clean. Grainy with a subtle sweetness. Petrol flavour arrives once the beer starts to warm and by the time I got to the end of this giant can, it was almost unbearable. Practically no aftertaste.

Smooth clean thin bodied mouthfeel. Average carbonation for a macro.

This was actually slightly better than what I expected. It's really nothing to write home about, but I'm sure they get lots of sales due to the big can. I'm reasonably sure this is contract brewed in Canada somewhere (forgot to check the can). Possibly Great Western who does PBR and Olympia around here. Possibly Sleeman who does it out east and would more likely have the canning line for these 710ml brutes. I'd drink this again, but I won't be running out the door to get some.

Noxious26, Jun 24, 2006
Photo of boblog
3.45/5  rDev +40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good American Lager. Not great. Not awfull. Fairly cheap. Clean aftertaste. Not as bad as many people think. It is worth its price. The most intresting part is how many times the bottle mentions Texas."Dont mess with Texas" "Serve Texas cold" Texas bla bla. Oh well pretty decent beer.

boblog, Jun 21, 2006
Photo of jasonjlewis
2.38/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This beer makes me think that my friends are indeed retarded. They all have told me stay away from this beer, it's so horrible. It tastes like shit. It's too harsh.

I drank this beer at a party and it was kind of watered down. People were drinking it thinking they were hard. I was like wtf? People think just because beer is cheap it must taste like crap. THis beer was pretty crisp. Not a lot too it though. There are beers at the same price that are better.

jasonjlewis, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of xduderx
3.48/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We just recently started getting this beer again in Nashville so I ordered a longneck at my local bar.

apperanace = drank from a bottle but I'm imagining it's the typical pale color with heavy carbonation

smell = very pleasant with a little bit of hops aroma

taste = surprisingly crisp and refreshing with some definite hops undertones. very inoffensive and VERY similar to stag and pbr

mouthfeel = very light bodied and refreshing

drinkability = very high. this beer goes down easy and isn't too filling. it won't win any awards, but it's definitely one of the better american macros.

xduderx, Jun 09, 2006
Photo of goochpunch
3.48/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't mess with Texas.

Poured out Texas-cold into a pint glass. Typical light golden color with a thin, hardly lasting head. The main thing I smell here is corn, with a little bit of grain. Taste is an overall sweet. Not a whole lot to this. Kind of a good thing considering some bad flavors that can be had from a macro lager. Some grain flavors, but the palate is washed clean relatively quickly and there is no aftertaste to speak of. Very clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is relatively mild for its style. Considering the fact that this is so damned clean and the mouthfeel is relatively mellow, this has excellent drinkability.

Pure. Texan. Beer.

goochpunch, Jun 02, 2006
Photo of shererjt
2.65/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a pale, clear yellow with a large, fizzy head. Pretty standard-looking. Aroma is corn and malt with a bit of hops, but not much. Not bad, actually. Body was light-to-medium. Lots of corn in the taste, which leaned to the sweet side. Had a tiny bit of astringency. Decent mouthfeel--prickly and lively. Drinkability was average, which is pretty good by macro standards.

Much better than expected, but I didn't expect much. Stands up well against the best macros. Oh, and the can is pretty too.

shererjt, May 26, 2006
Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.5/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I grew up with this stuff around. I had an older brother who had some friends that were big Lone Star drinkers. Since I was underage and clueless, I drank this stuff too. This is the first time I have really reviewed it since then, so let's go back in time...shall we?

Appearance: Pours a very clear slightly reddish golden color with a thick and tight 1/4" head of white bubbles. There are many bubbles rising to maintain the head and give it an almost Champagne look. A minute or so later there are still quite a few bubbles rising. The

Aroma: It actually has some aroma to it. There is some malty sweetness here that is almost reminiscent of a Helles. There is a slight metallic hint to it. A very slight hop aroma along with a dry graininess that you get as you go deeper into the beer.

Taste: The flavor is malt driven also. It definitely has a dry and attenuated kick to it, but there isn't really enough hops in it to balance the sweetness as it finishes. It leaves your throat feeling like it just took a big swig of water, but there is some sweetness there just to make it stick a bit on the way down.

Opinion: Well, I can honestly say that I was pleasantly surprised with this beer. It actually has some flavor and body to it without being all adjuncts. I believe that there is still a bit rice in here to lighten up the body, but I don't think that it is approaching the 30-40% that you get with AB's products. There is just far too little hops here to even make it a Helles. I was disappointed in the finish.

**Note** As I am supposed to, I am reviewing this beer against its style. That is why it is scoring so high because this is probably one of the better macro brews.

SkeeterHawk, Apr 06, 2006
Photo of Mitchster
3.38/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had no idea this was brewed by Pabst. Interesting. I thought the label was just cheezy enough to try. "Celebrating 65 years of Pure Texan Beer". Nice. Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale straw golden, requiring a firm pour to achieve a modest soapy white head with average retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is interesting....sweet cereal grains and floral hops like Heineken but with this interesting perfumy/cologne nuance, like somebody put a drop or two of Drakkar Noir in there. Carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is brisk and crisp with a light body. The taste is like a blend of Euro Lager and Domestic Macro Pils with a touch of lingering corn sweetness, but not irritatingly so. Some metals in the middle. Bitterness is mild. Not harsh, astringent or tainted by off-flavors or fusels as most domestics in this beers league are.

Actually, this isn't too bad. I would drink this again, especially if it were ice cold. I drank this little guy down in about 3 minutes. Much better than most domestic macro's. Sure, it's nothing exciting, but at this price point you're really looking for what's least offensive. Give it a try.

Mitchster, Jan 27, 2006
Photo of TastyTaste
1.43/5  rDev -41.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Clear body, no head whatsoever. Smells faintly of grain, that's it. Taste is bland, watery, lightly grainy, very much like something you could envision Hank Hill, Dale Gribble, or Bill Dauterive drinking. Mouthfeel is fizzy and thin. I will pass on this, pretty bad.

TastyTaste, Jan 25, 2006
Photo of allengarvin
2.48/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I hadn't drunk one of these since high school, but I found some in the fridge at work and thought I'd give it a try.

It's pale, crystal clear, a slight head but poor retention. Grainy, corny aroma. Fairly clean taste of sweetish malt and the faintest of hops. Less corn than I expected. Finishes dry and empty. Light bodied and well-carbonated.

Not as bad as some macros, but nothing to love here. I'll happily sing the words to Red Steagall's "Lone Star Beer & Bob Wills Music" as lustily as any good Texan, but there's no reason I can see to ever drink another one of these.

allengarvin, Jan 06, 2006
Photo of nekronos
3.75/5  rDev +52.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

ALmost the same than Schafer, I do not know, but I think they are now belog to SABMiller, maybe they are still being free at some range. It was good, for a BBQ party, but since we do not got them in Mexico, it was booring, and annoying at the end. And I would have a lot to say about the can, but I prefeer not.

nekronos, Oct 24, 2005
Photo of beerdiablo
3.58/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

The much-ballyhooed “National beer of Texas” needs to be reviewed in the proper context. This is not craft beer, nor does it portend to be.

This is an inexpensive, generic macro lager meant to be drunk in the Texas heat, at a BBQ/Pachanga, chili cook-off, tubing on the Guadalupe, etc.

I don’t recommend seeking it out if you can’t get it in your town but if you’re ever in Texas and you’re given a choice of BMC and there’s Lone Star available, order one and enjoy the company you’re with.

beerdiablo, Oct 24, 2005
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