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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Lone Star BeerLone Star Beer

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541 Ratings

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Ratings: 541
Reviews: 197
rAvg: 2.46
pDev: 27.64%
Wants: 10
Gots: 21 | 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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1.53/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

06-14-2009 03:59:29 | More by nlmartin
Photo of DeathbySexyBT


1.53/5  rDev -37.8%
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.

Serving type: can

08-04-2009 20:17:02 | More by DeathbySexyBT
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1.58/5  rDev -35.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-19-2009 05:18:33 | More by Rayek
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1.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

On tap at the Broken Spoke, ATX.

From a choice of Shiner Light, bottled Stella, or this. Poured into a red Solo cup, so I never got a clear view of the color; in the dim light of the Spoke, it was a washed-out yellow. A fairly thick head of small bubbles that dissipated quickly. The aroma was simply stale beer. No true malt, no discernible hops. An inauspicious beginning.

The taste followed the aroma. Flat, watery and lukewarm, this cup was like one of Proust's madeleines, taking me back my first encounter with beer, a keg of this at a family reunion as a grade-schooler in the late 70's. Some things haven't changed.

Serving type: on-tap

02-19-2012 07:15:21 | More by elcatan
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1.6/5  rDev -35%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Aroma is - well, crisp and malty, but lacking complexity. At least it smells like a beer, albeit an industrial brew. It pours a typical clear straw yellow, not much head. Flavor is - meh, a little malty, that’s all. I’ve had "lite" beers with more flavor. Texture is fizzy but rather watery. I had to try it, and at least now I know.

Serving type: can

07-10-2012 02:31:55 | More by Cyberkedi
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1.63/5  rDev -33.7%
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?

Serving type: bottle

12-10-2008 19:57:50 | More by magictrokini
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1.63/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I mean...it is what it is. Had this at Atlantic Beer Garden in Boston. It's got a sweet but musty smell to it. A little dull. This hails as the "National Beer of Texas". Come on Texas, you can do better than that! I'd probably rather go with a PBR if this is the genre of beer that is called for.

Serving type: bottle

05-08-2013 00:27:51 | More by MarkQ617
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1.63/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I'm sure Texas has its strong points but beer sure doesn't seem to be one of them. On a recent visit to the northern suburbs of Houston I was forced to drink many a bad beer, this one included. The choices were the usual national macro swill and local macro swill. I went local but gained nothing for the experience. The same yellow fizzy crap that I associate with AB, Miller and Coors. Utterly lacking in taste and character. Texans apparently think of themselves as rugged individualists but their beer is wimpy.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2003 19:05:51 | More by mickstepp
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1.63/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

This is the Budweiser of Texas...in fact it was founded by Adolphus Busch in 1883. Light straw yellow and light flavorless body. The seltzery texture is hardly distinguishable from the hop taste. Am I tasting hops or seltzer? Weak, dry and stale tasting with an odd stale aroma. The head disappears as quickly as the flavor. I don't think the defenders of the Alamo would approve. Prime example of Cheap Beer!

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2003 20:31:14 | More by BeerResearcher
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1.65/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours with a medium sized white head, a well carbonated beer. Unfortunately that's the best thing about this beer. Clear bright yellow color. Smells slightly sour and cidery. No skunk thanks to the low hopping rate and brown bottle. Light body. Not much flavor beyond some faint watery maltiness. Finishes with a brief sour aftertaste. There might be a hop in there but I couldn't find it. Might be okay if you've just mowed an acre of lawn during a Texas summer and there's nothing else available.

Serving type: bottle

03-25-2002 14:45:07 | More by htomsirveaux
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New York

1.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Don't be fooled by the implication that this a premium beer. This compares to any other swill, and it's not as good as some at that. Harsh and astringent flavor.

Serving type: bottle

04-02-2002 08:37:28 | More by John
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New Jersey

1.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a pale straw yellow with a quick, epemeral white head that leaves virtually no legacy of itself.

The aroma is dry, and more vegetal than malty. It comes off as flat, and has no hop character that I could note.

The flavor brings cooked corn to mind, with a fleeting sharp sweetness that promptly drops off and lets a shallow and featureless bitterness come through at the finish. There is virtually nothing here to recommend it.

It's light bodied, and just short of water. What does come across as notable is the dry bitter glow on the tongue.

My aunt sent me this from San Antonio. Had I known what I was facing, I'd have sent it right back. Thin, flat of flavor, and pretty much devoid of any real identity, the vegetal notes played too strong a role to allow the otherwise crisp emptiness to make this drinkable. It'd been in the back of the DBF for about a month, and I just kept putting off trying it. But she spent the shipping costs, so I was guilted into it. Silly me and my conscience.

Serving type: bottle

03-17-2004 18:30:04 | More by Foxman
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1.7/5  rDev -30.9%
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.

Serving type: can

08-22-2009 10:40:15 | More by cracgor
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1.7/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I need to thank Hard Target for this one. He tried to give me a primer on many of the finely crafted Texas brews. Although this hails from Texas, I don't classify it in the same arena as the other quality brews that he sent me.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a clear white head.

Smell: None.

Taste: carbonated water. Almost like a perrier. A bitter aftertaste with acidic bite to it. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: thin and very watered down.

Drinkability: I'm sure it would quench your thirst on a hot Texas day.

I'm thankful for the Texas primer but seriously, "you shouldn't have".

Stick to the summary of the beer at the top of the page and "AVOID".

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2004 22:21:01 | More by mattcrill
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Ontario (Canada)

1.73/5  rDev -29.7%
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
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1.73/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The label on Lone Star contains the following: 'Texas: Born and Brewed', 'don't mess with Texas', 'the National Beer of Texas', 'Pure Texas Beer', 'Pure Texan', 'serve Texas-cold', the star from the Texas state flag (two on the labels, one on the cap), two depictions of the state itself and a row of longhorn logos atop the main label. Excuse me while I check to see where it was brewed. Says right here 'Lone Star Brewing Co., Ft. Worth, Texas'. Why do they make it so hard to discern this beer's state of origin?

Transparent light gold with a moderate amount of big-bubbled carbonation. The head is dirty white, soft, and insubstantial. In other words, it looks cheap. To add insult to injury, it falls to a thin film in minutes and leaves almost no lace. The nose is of slightly sour grain, cooked veggies and a hint of (admittedly decent) lemon peel. Like attempting to smell good by dousing oneself in cologne rather than bathing?

Lone Star is yet another substandard adjunct lager. Or is that a redundancy? A serious shortage of malt leads to a thin, watery mouthfeel and a harsh, metallic flavor that's all kinds of unpleasant, but stops just short of spit-it-out bad. Like many macro lagers, there's a certain corny sweetness, and like a few others, there's a chemical flavor that is unlikely to impress anyone who knows what good beer tastes like. My drinkability rating assumes that it's consumed ice cold. Subtract 0.5 for every 5 degrees of warming.

Lone Star (where is it brewed again?) is lackluster at best. I would hope that its brewers would either go back to the drawing board and come back with some decent beer or make every attempt to hide its origins, not trumpet them from the highest mountaintop.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2004 14:13:41 | More by BuckeyeNation
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

06-19-2012 04:38:28 | More by IrishGermanAmerican
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

08-17-2013 19:55:02 | More by MinorThreat
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

07-28-2013 19:35:03 | More by martyl1000
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

08-10-2012 00:49:19 | More by leagr
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New York

1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

06-05-2013 18:55:31 | More by DuffmanSaysALotOfThings
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

04-15-2014 18:47:36 | More by JLGWMU97
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

07-09-2014 04:49:23 | More by wesley777
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

03-20-2013 05:26:14 | More by CoryR
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1.75/5  rDev -28.9%

10-27-2012 04:43:25 | More by Pammywham
Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
59 out of 100 based on 541 ratings.