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Lone Star Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Lone Star BeerLone Star Beer

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210 Reviews

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Reviews: 210
Hads: 706
Avg: 2.48
pDev: 50.4%
Wants: 22
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 brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a decent light gold color, though void of any serious character. One finger of fizzy white head which disappears fairly quickly.

Aroma - grainy, plain, not much to write about.

Taste - very macro-like, slightly sweet, rather grainy. Nothing great, but decent, nothing wrong either. Spritzy, salty (soda water) finish.

Mouthfeel - thin, crisp, highly carbonated, clean.

Drinkability - a good thirst quencher that offers nothing outside of a plain, easy-drinking beer, which is sometimes just what ya' need.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I certainly have to give Pabst credit for remaining totally invisible with regard to this beer. The label is a monument to hyperbole of Texas mystique (not that I don't think Texas is a fine state, but enough is enough). The only brewery identification is "Lone Star Brewing." The beer - well, it's your basic, old-style slightly grainy yellow lager. Solid body, workmanlike in a rough around the edges sort of way. An okay thirst quencher. I had this in the airport at Dallas (waiting for a connection, I did what I could to spend the time), perhaps if the setting had been a bit more pleasant, I would have appreciated the beer more.

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Photo of Foxman
1.71/5  rDev -31%
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.

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Photo of Dubblebock
2/5  rDev -19.4%
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.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.94/5  rDev -21.8%
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.

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Photo of Ave
2.05/5  rDev -17.3%
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.


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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 chilidog
3.16/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't have a bad experience with this brew, its just its like alot of others in the macro market. Brewed by the same folks that bring us pabst & stroh's, there isn't much more to expect. Its a straw colored lager that for me poured clear gold with a nice white head that laced all glass long. I thought the body was alittle fuller than the pabst. The aroma was grassy, the taste grainy and malt with very little hop to balance. It is drinkable because there isn't nothing big about this Texan. Picked it up vacation because it had that Texas only thing going for it.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an ultra-clear pale straw color with nearly no head to speak of. There is a massive amount of carb action racing to the top, but still no head. It has a sweet corn and a fresh-cut grass smell to it. The top of the taste is a carb bite that nearly burns like a Coke product and has a twangy lemon and earthy grain taste with hops nearly being uninvited to this ill-fated party. It is thin and watery and aside from that carb bite, it has no character. Could have been an easier drinking swill, but the bite burns so it takes away from the only thing this beer could have had going for it. I’m embarrassed that this is called what it is. Cheers anyways!

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Photo of slitherySOB
2.55/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Cheap beer meant to cool you down on a hot day. But, for it's price, I like it. In University, their was a roommate who watched ths weid show called Hot Springs Hotel. Mainly, Baywatch with nudity. Anyways, all the girls were drinking this. Funny how the mind works. I tasted this beer and thought of that stupid show. Now for the actual rating, instead of rambling. As a note, this is the Sleeman brew. Poured out a very faint, yellow colour. Kind of like sand. The head was about 1/2 and lasted, but was grey. A grey head is a turn off, especially considering I've never seen beer foam that shade of grey before. Light barley husk smell. That's it. Tasted a little sweet, malt and corn adjunct evident. But, it wasn't too artificial. Little mouthfeel and drinkable for what it is. Basically, swill. Tolerable swill, perhaps even good swill, but swill nonetheless. A lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.51/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The national beer of Texas as brewed under licence by Stroh Canada and purchased by Sleeman Breweries in '99 which marks their entry into the value priced category.
This may be an economically sound product but the brew itself is very weak.
Appearance is OK, medium golden hue, one finger head when poured disapating to a large island lace.
Nose is lightly of yeast.
Carbonation is full as is the body.
The taste is semi sweet but not lingering. Not overly impressive but worth the price the day before payday.
Nuff said...hohum

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.2/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Round up yer little doggies and bring 'em on over to the trough for some corn water. One of the great fizzy yellows so successful at the bank and not so successful in the tasting room, this is one of the pale yellow, white-headed beers that we admired in our youth. Typical macro lager with not much to offer but price and great advertising. Watch out for the corn silks!

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Photo of BeerResearcher
1.63/5  rDev -34.3%
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!

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Photo of JISurfer
3.15/5  rDev +27%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I like this stuff. Sure, it's not Olympia, but it's not bad. I thought I would try it, because I've had bros suggest it for a cheap thrill. Cheap? Kind of. $5 a sixer. It was the usual yellow color with a white head. The taste was very hoppy! No, not like a rabbit. Har har! The smell was hoppy too. Not much out of the ordinary for mouthfeel. I may come back to this rhinestone cowboy.

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Photo of mickstepp
1.65/5  rDev -33.5%
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.

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Photo of Beastdog75
1.91/5  rDev -23%
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.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
1.92/5  rDev -22.6%
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.

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Photo of feloniousmonk
1/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The label states, "Pure Texas Beer" and "Don't Mess With Texas". If "Texas" is as weak as this "beer", I can kick "Texas"'s butt with hands tied!
No head, dull pale "color". Dry vegetal aroma. Nothing. Tainted water. There is nothing remotely resembling beer here! Why would anyone want to drink this? It doesn't even try to be beer! Finish? None! Body? None! Hops, malt? Nope! Texture, there is none!
Given to me as a sample by a beer salesman. I don't quite trust him anymore.
Worst Beer. EVER!

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Photo of BeerBob
2.95/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Lone Star “The National Beer Of Texas” pours an amarillo from a russet glass bottle with a twist off cap. Head was about two fingers with a firm pour, then settling down to a thin cover of foam. Lacing was slight but very much in evidence.

Nose is a damp grain with some hops along with a whiff of the alcohol. Palate is a light malt, light corn, and a weak bitter hops. No steam roller here, just good old American lager.

Lone Star, a beer that a lot of people in Texas drink each and every day, so “Don’t Mess With Texas!"

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Photo of bditty187
2.43/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The nose is foul, stale, like cardboard and old gym socks. When “fresh out of the refrigerator” cold the flavors are subdued, mainly malt, the hops are absent. Awfully pale, light gold in color, artificial-looking white head… disappeared rather fast. The adjuncts don’t seem that out of control. Overall, really bland, simple… no need to drink it again.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.83/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very pale in color. Pours with a dry white head which exits quickly. A very dry beer. Hop taste is strong, with a pronounced aftertaste. Faint hints of burnt corn. This is not bad for a cheap beer. Serve ice cold if possible.

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Photo of Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of ADR
1.98/5  rDev -20.2%
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.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A Texan beer, unfitting for Texas. Often seen empty cans in dead Armidillo's claws. An all right beer if you are very hot in Texas, but it still tastes like Armidillo urine. Or maybe El Paso runoff.

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Photo of EagleTalon
2.4/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Very clean! Virtually no aroma, very little taste, except for a dry american lager bite. Easy to drink! The bottle says "serve Texas-cold". OK...what is that? Texas is damn hot, so I take it that this beer is supposed to be served ice-cold to cool you down. This beer is made to do one thing: cool you off. It doesn't stray from it's mission by trying to have any discernable beer "character". Oh, yeah...the bottle also says "don't mess with Texas".

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