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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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626 Ratings

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Ratings: 626
Reviews: 202
rAvg: 2.47
pDev: 27.94%
Wants: 17
Gots: 60 | 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:
Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2001

- 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
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Photo of Spiderhouse
3.67/5  rDev +48.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Consumed straight from the bottle with an assist from my Twang beer salt and the John prine coozy.

A--It sure is yellow. Not much of a head (I've poured this before). Pretty basic.

S--Grits and sugar. Not complex, but it's not supposed to be.

T--I love this lager. For its style (which i think is highly misunderstood and maligned), it's got a great, corny taste with a hint of sugar and a nice level of carbonation. I've had pretty much every AAL on the market, and this is one of the better ones.


D-- I just nailed 3 of these during the USC game, and was quite satisfied. Low ABV, plus great food and beer salt, make this very drinkable. I'll be done with the sixer before the 4th.

Photo of cracgor
1.76/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer tastes like a mix of an american adjunct lager and a malt liquour. It has the normal pale yellow color, tinny smell, and watery mouthfeel. It is really only worth drinking once since it is the National Beer of Texas, but it does not taste very good and is not worth pouring into a glass. The flavor of the beer is bland with metalic undertones. Not my favorite beer for sure.

Photo of DeathbySexyBT
1.55/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Forget the standard format for reviews, this one sucks too much to necessitate such professionalism. I love the Great State of Texas. That is why I find this beer to be so utterly offensive.

As a beer, this is a macro-lager. There is nothing worth reporting on this other than that. If you are faced with the choice of this or a BMC, flip a coin because it does not matter.

Photo of Brenden
1.98/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, this isn't all that much different from any other macro. It's even worse from the can, though.

The color is the clear, pale yellow one would expect. There's a thin film of a head that still comes back if it's moved around in the glass but doesn't even bother with even the tiny amount of thin lacing I got from the bottle.
The aroma's very faint and all I can get is some grains, perhaps a little corn husk and a musky something. There's an astringent / metallic funk that wasn't in the bottle.
Watery, of course, with most of the flavor being corn husk and grains. Malt is there struggling to be tasted and the hops is just barely perceptible way in the back.
Mouthfeel isn't bad, but not even as good as from the bottle. It's pretty crisp with some smoothness. It's very thin and watery. Body is very light.

Photo of twiggamortis420
2.42/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I must be some sort of masochist for tasting this beer. Maybe I feel some sort of obligation as a resident of the lone star state. Hey, it is a limited edition can (3 of 4 - cannon banner for Texas independence)...however, I dont think I will be trying to complete the collection.

Pours a perfectly clear light golden color with a fizzy white foam that dies off in a matter of seconds. Typical macro appearance.

Doesn't smell like a whole lot, and is not as foul as expected. Sweet corn and malt grains mixed with a bit of sulfurous carbonation and maybe some crusty biscuits.

Wow, that is pretty damn watery. Does not taste like much at all, nearly like a sparkling water with a very mild grain characteristic and a touch of alcohol. While this beer is not really that offensive when served very cold, it does very little for anyone with an appreciation for beer.

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
2.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.6/5  rDev +45.7%
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
2.16/5  rDev -12.6%
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
3.4/5  rDev +37.7%
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
1.59/5  rDev -35.6%
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
3.75/5  rDev +51.8%
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
2.72/5  rDev +10.1%
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
3.41/5  rDev +38.1%
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
2.94/5  rDev +19%
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
1.93/5  rDev -21.9%
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
2.72/5  rDev +10.1%
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
2.62/5  rDev +6.1%
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
2.67/5  rDev +8.1%
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
3.2/5  rDev +29.6%
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
2.03/5  rDev -17.8%
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.

Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
59 out of 100 based on 626 ratings.