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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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494 Ratings

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Ratings: 494
Reviews: 194
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 27.35%

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:
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(Beer added by: pezoids on 10-19-2001)
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Photo of mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -29.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Bottle- Pale, pa,e, sparkling gold with a short lived white fizz. Very faint aroma of pale malt and wet paper, a whiff of grains. Slightly sweet grain and vegetal flavour with strange bitterness and watery palate. Not offensive, just doesn't smell or taste like much. Because nothing says Texas like Wisconsin.Thanks David for the bottle!

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2009 16:50:39 | More by mrmanning
Photo of Dogbrick


1.78/5  rDev -27.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a pale yellow-gold color with a thin and short-lasting white head. Specks of lacing on the glass. Mild aroma of hops and grainy malt. Light-bodied with an unappealing flavor profile of grain, corn and weak hops. The finish is moderately bitter and not very flavorful. Slight lingering grain flavor. Overall this beer doesn’t know when to fold ’em.

Serving type: bottle

12-18-2007 19:59:31 | More by Dogbrick
Photo of Beerandraiderfan


1.83/5  rDev -25.3%
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?

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 17:21:32 | More by Beerandraiderfan
Photo of mdunman


1.85/5  rDev -24.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-14-2011 00:07:52 | More by mdunman
Photo of Fatehunter


1.85/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured almost a finger of head on a light straw colored body.
The aroma is an unattractive metallic and vomit smell.
The taste has a bitter and sweet note with a lot of metallic overtones.
The texture is crisp with a high carbonation.
Avoid this beer.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2013 00:40:31 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of Pepeton


1.88/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack in the supermarket: Dirt cheap.
I live in México and beer down here is cheaper than in the US.
I didn't understood how this American beer was almost half the price of the local brews.
After tasting it everything was crystal clear.
Typical macro lager.
Clear light yellow color, some short living head and no lacing.
Smell was also faint, with some grain.
Taste was crisp, with little to no maltiness and even less hops.
Bland, some carbonation aftertaste.
You might drink a lot of these in a hot afternoon.


Serving type: can

04-21-2005 02:25:57 | More by Pepeton
Photo of beerprovedwright


1.88/5  rDev -23.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

05-17-2011 17:16:15 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Nascartailgatefa

New York

1.9/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-07-2009 21:44:23 | More by Nascartailgatefa
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

1.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Smells like a Bud, basically tastes like one too. "The National Beer of Texas" is an oxymoron. I think the abv is 5%.

Serving type: bottle

04-07-2002 15:58:45 | More by jdhilt
Photo of guinness33

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

an every so slight step above stuff like bud and corona. looks and tasted watered down. no flavor or character here. not a very good beer, but if i have to suck back garbage on a hot summer day, i'd rather this than the afforementioned bud or corona.

Serving type: bottle

12-26-2002 18:00:47 | More by guinness33
Photo of Beastdog75

New Jersey

1.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was quite surprised to see this stuff in New Jersey. The label says "Lone Star Brewing, Ft. Worth, TX." The stuff used to be brewed in San Antonio at the Pearl brewery, but now that Miller brews Pabst's brands, they moved it to their Ft. Worth facility. The label has all different kinds of Texas sayings on it, almost in a way that it is being marketed to non Texans. Texas is a great state with a proud people and rich history, but I don't see how this stuff fits into it.

Lone Star pours a light gold color with a thin fizzy head that disappears very quickly. To be blunt, the smell reminded me of animal urine. Some grain and a hint of alcohol in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is watery. The taste struck me as very odd. Sweet in a way, but I could best describe the malt and grain profile as: 1. Burnt orange (as if somebody threw an orange in a BBQ pit) 2. Burnt corn or 3. The burnt plastic container containing the above two things. Some mixture of those 3 things is the best I could describe it. Little bit of hop dryness in the finish. Aside from the initial "burnt" motif, this beer is on the bland side. The aftertaste is definately of burnt corn and a little bit of alcohol. The beer finishes with minimal alcoholic warmth.

My suggestion is that if you follow the label and drink this "Texas Cold" and quickly, it is somewhat tolerable. I had to try this seeing how it is somewhat of a novelty seeing it in central NJ, but I won't be rushing to buy this one again.

Serving type: bottle

02-06-2003 23:26:49 | More by Beastdog75
Photo of Applesauce1


1.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2006 04:49:22 | More by Applesauce1
Photo of Bitterbill


1.93/5  rDev -21.2%
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.

Serving type: can

06-09-2007 15:06:44 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of corby112


1.93/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served at the Menger Bar which is the oldest bar in San Antonio. Teddy Roosevelt recruited and started the Roughriders here. Anyway, back to the beer.

Pour a very clean pale golden yellow color with a thin white frothy head that quickly fades Ito a thin lasting ring. No lacing.

Very bland aroma with subtle hops, hints of grass, pale malt and sweet grainy corn.

Fuller bodied than I expected with a subtle dry hop presence up front that lingers throughout over the pale malt and sweet grainy corn notes into a long mettalic dry finish. This beer is about what I expected except fir mouthfeel and since it's 95 degrees here today I wS able to pound this down pretty quickly

Serving type: bottle

05-28-2010 21:44:45 | More by corby112
Photo of DrunkMcDermott


1.95/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really terrible, just the same standard megabrew. Corny taste, some malt, very little hops. Slightly more complex than, say, a Coors, but otherwise just another cheap beer. I started undoing the screw tops to drop in a dried chile to test my chile beer recipes.

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2003 16:51:09 | More by DrunkMcDermott
Photo of Dubblebock


1.98/5  rDev -19.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lone Star, much like it's Pabst stablemate Pearl, is no longer brewed in San Antonio at the old Pearl Brewery. It is now contract brewed in Dallas by Miller. So much like Pearl, we have a beer that was never great to begin with, but now it's lost whatever charm it might have possessed due to it's connection with a historical brewery. Maybe it's the change in water, maybe there are other factors, but Lone Star has become yet another faceless, remarkably tasteless, tourist-trap brew. Out-of-towners come to Texas, drink this, and believe that this is all that we have to offer. Sad, sad days.

The Dallas-brewed Lone Star pours like a sodapop, small head, fizzy yellow coloring. Smells corny and slightly off.

Tastes weak and sour. It's smooth, but that's from a lack of flavor and character. Much more malty than hoppy, it settles poorly on the tummy. Overcarbonated and bland, it never lets taste get in the way of the easy, uncomplicated drinkability. Lack of a distinctive finish and poor mouthfeel make this version of the Lone Star beer one to pass up.

This irritates me. Lone Star was drinkable back in the day. It wasn't the greatest beer ever by a long shot, but it carried the state's nickname with some semblance of pride. No longer. Tip to visitors: put the Lone Star down and try something else. The state of Texas has plenty of better beers to offer.

Serving type: bottle

01-13-2004 18:43:50 | More by Dubblebock
Photo of zeff80


1.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

03-24-2007 01:18:51 | More by zeff80
Photo of JMad


1.98/5  rDev -19.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 23:22:11 | More by JMad
Photo of Todd


2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember drinking this when I was trying to get a 25oz mug at Bukowski's in Boston. We had to drink 99 beers. This was one of them. Everytime I went in there I would procrastinate, dreading the day that I would have to drink it. My thoughts were confirmed when I did. Hard to swallow and ultra-bland.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2001 08:24:08 | More by Todd
Photo of ADR


2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow, a little darker than a Budweiser. Ivory Dish Detergent head that doesn't last longer than a 15 second TV commercial. An odd aroma that's similar to old socks. The foot wear theme continues in the malt impression, other than that, corn syrup. Typical macro hops, an afterthought. Drink this stuff cold and thirsty, its unpleasant at warmer temperatures.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2002 06:02:52 | More by ADR
Photo of Brenden


2/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Serving type: can

06-27-2009 13:30:09 | More by Brenden
Photo of Wasatch


2/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

Serving type: can

03-16-2010 01:03:25 | More by Wasatch
Photo of Pegasus


2.03/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden color with a snow white, artificial looking head - though a decent layer remained to the bottom of the glass. Lots of swirling carbonation, actually quite pretty, modest lace. Very slight aroma of grain and faint hops. Taste is very smooth, begins with mild sweet malt flavors, which then fade to very mild hops and a clean finish. Overall, this beer seems rather weak; the type of beer that European visitors are wont to complain about. There is nothing terrible about Lone Star, but its not much more than water.

Package reviewed was a 16 oz can.

Serving type: can

05-30-2002 18:11:27 | More by Pegasus
Photo of Gusler


2.05/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear straw or gold color, the head is off white, average in size and the lace adequate. Nose is clean and crisp, dominated by the malts. Front is malt and somewhat sweet, the top thin, the finish is pertinently acidic, passably hopped, dry aftertaste. Beats dying of thirst, but just barely, not a beer I fancy.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2002 06:52:03 | More by Gusler
Photo of Ave


2.05/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

had one of these for the first time last night. I was seeing Captured! by Robots last night & thought I would give it a try. drank right out of the bottle in the bar, its wasn’t the ideal tasting saturation, but one I imagine the PBR people are fine with.

Ice cold, crisp fizzy malt sourness. ever so slight hop presence, just enough so you guess there might be some there. feels like flat stale club soda in your mouth, & what flavor there is gone almost immediately upon swallowing.

is inoffensive enough to be palpable. is bland enough to be forgotten.

would pair well with camels & NASCAR.


Serving type: bottle

10-22-2003 16:04:05 | More by Ave
Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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