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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 707
Avg: 2.48
pDev: 50.4%
Wants: 23
Gots: 113 | 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 rallyr32
3.31/5  rDev +33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A surprisingly drinkable beer from the Lone Star State. One could easily knock down a six-pack in a sitting without batting an eye. All my exes are from Texas.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.33/5  rDev +34.3%
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.

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Photo of far333
3.34/5  rDev +34.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with a lumpy white head of tight bubbles. Aroma is corny, a little sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but bubbles tingle the tongue. Flavor is also corny, a little biscuity, but not so far as to say malty (probably because there is little or no malt). Difficult to tell if there is a fine hop presence, or if it's just the tingle of the carbonation. Finishes pretty clean. Not too complex, but not offensive.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +35.1%
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.

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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 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 acevenom
3.38/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The slogan reads The National Beer of Texas on the can. Poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of straw with an abundant, quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. The smell is the typical adjunct lager smell. There is barley, corn, and faint grassy hops.
The taste follows the nose. The barley and corn are detectable and typical of the adjunct lager taste. The hop flavor is mild. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a good beer. It's unoffensive and accomplishes what it sets out to do.

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev +36.7%
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

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.4/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.4/5  rDev +37.1%
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.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.41/5  rDev +37.5%
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.

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Photo of boblog
3.42/5  rDev +37.9%
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.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev +38.3%
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.

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Photo of Damian
3.43/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Hillside Wine & Spirits, Medford, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep golden yellow. A frothy, bright white, one-finger crown topped the liquid, but it quickly fell to a thin ring. Tiny streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Grainy with mild adjunct notes. Pretty ordinary and fairly non-descript, but decently clean and crisp.

Pale malts and cereal grains were noticeable in the flavor profile. Lemony, wheaty and somewhat tart in the center. A hint of grassy hops appeared in the crisp, dry finish. Overall, surprisingly tasty for the style.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy and fluffy with a lively, finely beaded effervescence.

Lone Star Beer is a refreshing and relatively flavorful American adjunct lager. All in all, definitely a notch or two better than most beers of this style.

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Photo of xduderx
3.45/5  rDev +39.1%
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.

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Photo of NOOGIE
3.45/5  rDev +39.1%
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.

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Photo of Spikester
3.5/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

My daughter brought me an 18 pack of cans from Texas. Brewed in Fort Worth, TX.
Poured clear gold with not quite two fingers of white head. Recedes to a ring of white in less than five minutes.
Some spots of lace, not much.
Smell is some bread and a whiff of hops.
Taste is pretty good for the style. Mostly barley malt upfront with a good amount of grassy herbal hops at the end. More hop flavor than I expected.
Mouthfeel was smooth and well carbonated. Finish is sweet then light bitterness. Not overly dry.
Overall a surprisingly tasty main stream American lager. The best by date is only 30 days from expiration too. This would be a fine hot weather beer. "The National beer of Texas."

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Photo of SkeeterHawk
3.53/5  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.

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Photo of danieltothemax
3.55/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was cheap! I like that when I buy some beer. It tasted alot like Budweiser. Cheap beer is usually terrible, but this wasn't that bad. I drank a 6pack tonight and I'm glad that I did. I found out my girlfriend was ex-girlfriend had been f---ing me over with some metal-head kid, and i was depressed. The Lone Star solved my problems at least for a short period of time. I will buy it again when I am depressed and feeling suicidal. Thank you Lone Star.

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Photo of greggwllms
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Although his beer may not be a Belgian delight, it deserves its place in all of beerdom. As a native Texan I have drank this beer for years. As it has been brewed in many places it has changed over the years, but I like the latest reincarnation the best.

Mouthfeel is watery but crisp. color is light brassy. taste is befitting the style with no outstanding characteristics.

whether you love it or hate it, this one always has a home in my fridge to help through the hot Texas summers

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Photo of lanechaffin
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

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Photo of MadTown1000
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

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Photo of beerdiablo
3.6/5  rDev +45.2%
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.

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Photo of Dajtai007
3.62/5  rDev +46%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Being a avid craft beer drinker, you need to have a beer that you just have everyday. This is my beer just for that purpose. I've probably had every top notch beer made in the world, but this always sits in my fridge. Its a good cheap beer that does its job well, quenching my thirst after a long day of work. Then I will dig deeper into the fridge and pull out something else to sip on. Its good for what its worth.

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Photo of Spiderhouse
3.67/5  rDev +48%
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.

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Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
60 out of 100 based on 210 ratings.