Rainier Lager | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Rainier beer brings together nature’s bounty from the great Northwest. Pure spring waters combine with golden barley and verdant hops to produce a beer rich in taste and texture. Fermented slowly with a pedigree yeast culture under tightly controlled conditions, Rainier comes forth with a satisfying malty flavor over a slightly fruity background, spiced with Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Willamette hop notes.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2003

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Photo of stevoj
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

These ratings are all over the board. Understand that this is not a craft beer, its a mass market lager, it is what it is. Sweet grain dominates the taste, aroma is corn, decent pour with small airy head, very pale golden body with lazy carbonation. Not much of a finish, sort of evaporates. NW cheap lager, nuff said

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Photo of PnwJimmies
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can into a heidelberg mug
Look is golden yellow with 1 finger white head. VERY little lacing down glass.
Smell is of corn and alcohol.
Tastes like its smell, tastes corny with hint of alcohol and small sweetness.
Feel is crisp and light bodied, easy drinking.
Overall its a decent beer, its drinkable. Better than bmc, great for going camping with friends and drinking a shit ton of beer.
Thanks for reading..CHEERS!!

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Photo of rodbeermunch
3.12/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Weak yellow pour, virgin white head. Aroma is corny, but not abrasive like a lot of rubbing alcohol and metal lagers.

Light bitterness, metal and corn, easy to drink, it is what it is. Warmer the weather the better. Probably more hops than your average AAL.

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Photo of quaybr
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Standard golden body with white bubbly head. Leaves a short trail of lacing that doesn't last too long.

Smells like slightly skunked malt with a faint whiff of corn and alcohol. The very front-end of the nose has just a bit of citrus.

Taste is crisp and simple with an obviously light body.

This is a tasty adjunct that easily beats the big three.

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Photo of dabone
2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. Golden yellow and clear with a white head. Aroma is stale and malty. Pick up some metallics. Taste is skunky, sweet and metallic. Has a hoppy bitterness to it without the flavor. Overall bitter and sweet, not to pleasant. Texture is normal for a lager. Not a great beer, and not high on my list for lagers.

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Photo of vkv822
3.64/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

16oz tall boy into a nonic pint.

Pours a clear golden yellow with a thick foamy white head.

Grainy, sweet adjunct aroma and taste.

Medium body, foamy carbonation.

A solid American adjunct lager. Nothing fancy, nothing upsetting, easy drinking.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

another northwest macro come home here to roost in colorado. its a fine brew for what it is, again, better than its peers, but with a little sweetness from the grain running through it, and its always odd to have a sweet lager. blonde and sunny looking, with a lasting summit of white snowy head on it, clinging to the glass. it smells and tastes like what it is, and adjunct lager, but it has a crispness even with the sweetness, and i think lacks a lot of the tinny off flavors so many of these have. its refreshing when cold, very cold, and for the price, might be the leader of its class. how much can you say about these beers? not a lot, corny and tangy in the wrong ways, but has some hops, has a clean watery base, and drinks light. no real issues with this for what it is.

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Photo of doom_deluise
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

it's cheap and refreshing.

ps: i'm only writing this review because it's making me. granted, it's how i feel, but i don't think this qualifies as a review. more like a blurb related to my opinion. beer blurb.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.29/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden color with a small fizzy white head. The head fades very fast leaving only a trace of lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the brew is light overall, but consists mainly of corn and a little bit of a caramel smell. Along with these smells comes some lighter notes of a citrus smell as well as some lighter fruity aromas.

Taste – The taste begins with a mix of a caramel and fruity sweetness with a hint of a corny taste. As the taste advances the corniness fades all while a little bit of grain and some hop of grassy nature come to the tongue. These flavor tastes take the flavor profile to the end, and leave a somewhat crisp and easy drinking mildly sweet taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer on the slightly lighter and crisp side with a carbonation level that was average. For the style it was rather decent but a little higher of a carbonation may have been a bit better for the style.

Overall – A pretty nice American style adjunct lager with an easy drinkability and a rather nice flavor overall. Nothing fantastic, but nothing really all that bad.

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Photo of archyquaffer
3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 ounce can decorated for the holiday season with a retro look (I'm a sucker for these old timey cans). A moderate pour into a stolen PBR shaker glass produces a brief one inch head that reduces to a thin lace coating. The beer is an extra pale golden with moderate carbonation.

The aroma has a strong DMS character, suggesting cooked corn. The taste is a bit more mellow, with a slight note of lemon. Light malt flavors suggest crackers. Light and spritzy on the tongue. A little sourness is detectable in the after taste, but not bad.

Overall, this is a flavorful enough beer and easy to drink. I would pick this over most of the so-called "premium" macro lagers out there. I would say it compares favorably with some of my other macro favorites, such as Oly, PBR, Hamms, and Coors Banquet. I paid $5.99 for a six pack of pint cans, and am enjoying this during the Lions-Cowboys playoff game, which seems appropriate somehow.

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Photo of hoppytobehere
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%

16 oz tallboy. Holiday packaging so you know this baby is fresh.

I'm going to dim the lights in the room so it feels like I'm in a dive bar in the Pacific Northwest. Set the mood a little bit.

Good carbonation. Has that cereal medley taste like wet cardboard that you'd expect. Chinook hops? Sure. I guess.

All in all a pretty non-offensive brew, which is exactly what I wanted. For an AAL, this one is fine and damn cheap. I'd pick it up again in a heartbeat.

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Photo of Zorro
2.44/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white colored head.

Smells mildly sweet and floral.

Starts out dry with a mineral water flavor and a slight bitterness. Slight sour taste.

Mouthfeel is watery.

Overall just a pale yellow American macro brew.

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Photo of Foyle
3.37/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: 3" sudsy white head recedes slowly. Moderate lacing, clear straw appearance. Significant carbonation present.
Aroma: Corn husks, lightly roasted barley, clean water, a hint of hop spice.
Mouthfeel: crisp, light, and watery. Has a dry finish.
Flavor: corn and lightly roasted barley sweetness, a bit of hops in the middle and finish.
Overall: excellent and refreshing.

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Photo of utopiajane
2.74/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours pale and with exceptional clarity. A fate white head that falls fast and leaves a bit of lace. Nose is just a hint of sweetness. That's it. Really no nose. The taste is very close to water. It had a bit of cereal grain in it and a touch of sweetness but it's very thin and even though it uses three varieties of hops, there's no grass and no taste form hops. It finishes dry and with no aftertaste. The carbonation does not bite until the finish.

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Photo of evergreen_machine
2.24/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Tasted in an East Coast/West Coast Narraganset vs. Rainier taste off.

Pours a clear straw color with a thin white head that vanishes completely, no lacing.
No discernable smell.
Light hops taste predominates over the malt body, somewhat off-tasting.
Mouthfeel is light and pleasing, the carbon dioxide effectively cleanses the pallet.

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Photo of BVukelich
2.8/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Yes, being from Seattle, this is a NW icon...too bad it is so mediocre. Gold color, ok on aroma, taste and mouthfeel. My grandpa always drank this beer when he took us fishing on his boat. For some reason I still feel compelled to always bring a 6-pack of the 16 ouncers on my boat too. I guess it is tradition at this point. So happy they put the big, red, neon "R" back on top of the old Rainier Brewery (Tully's Coffee now) building. Please don't judge Seattle brews on this old school beer but it's worth a try for nostalgia-sake. Raaaiiiniiieeer Beeer....

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Photo of chugalug06
2.97/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Rated to style - Best by: 7/22/13

Piss yellow in color. Head rises fast and falls almost just as fast.

Extremely light and corny. Next to zero hops and tons of sweaty yeast. Dry, crisp, refreshing, with a easy finish. Slightly fruity.

I'd like to know what "Yakima Vally Hops" are added...? It serves as an easy drinking, affordable, "4th of July party" type beer. Recommended for the price point.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
2.81/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured into a Seattle Beer Week pint glass. Pours a pale golden amber with a thin film with ring around the glass. It's been a long time since I had an adjunct beer and forgotten how sad these look. Aroma of light sweet malt with faint grassy hops. Flavor follows with very attenuated sweet malt and a slight hint of hops in the finish. Lots of carbonation, giving the impression of sparkling water with light sweet malt added. Hints of biscuit malt in the finish. Very light bodied. Well, fairly close to expectations, very light and innocuous. Thought I was going to tick a brewery; forgot Rainier was bought out a long time ago by Pabst. Uninteresting but harmless.

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Photo of Fatehunter
3.06/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Formed a finger and a half of head, but quickly down to a covering. The body is golden with lots of bubbles coming up.
The smell has a good dose of grain, but too much metallic comes through too.
The taste is mildly bitter with some honey sweetness in the middle. Descent flavor for the style.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
Not too bad.

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Photo of Braz
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Crystal clear gold color. I can't remember seeing a clearer beer. Sudsy snow white head that sustains for some time. Stale metallic skunky smell. Slight malt sweetness at first, then kind of taste like old coins smell. Very dry with an abrupt finish. Overall it's drinkable and certainly better than some beers in the same class. Can says Rainier Brewing Co. (Irwindale, CA) on it. Not sure if this is supposed to be listed under Pabst.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger, foamy white head on top with low retention, but some decent lacing for style.

S: Light grain and a slight sweetness. There is some faint grassy hops at the end.

T: Again, a slight malty sweetness with some faint grassy/lemon flavor from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Not a bad adjunct. Not a beer I will likely get again, but glad I tried it. I guess.

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Photo of DCon
2.75/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bought a 16 OZ. ONE PINT can of this from The Trap Bar & Grill in Alta, WY for $3. Poured from the White labeled can w/ Red/Gold writing into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has APR 09 12 on the bottom of the can.

Aroma- A good amount of malt and grain hang out in this one. Nothing else happening... Average for the style.

Appearance- Pours a 3 finger, bubbly head that has average retention. A golden, clear colored body is in here. Leaves barely suds behind.

Flavor- A crisp, nicely malty flavor starts this one out. Then without warning, an overpowering grain taste stirs up commotion. Not very favorable and has no hops or bitterness (of course).

Mouthfeel- Light Bodied, Medium-High Carbonation, Smooth, but then finishes a bit rough with a slight carbonic bite on the palate.

Overall Impression- After coming off the slopes, refreshing but would rather go for a PBR or better yet one of the Grand Teton brews on-tap. I have NEVER seen this brew before, so sought it out and didn't mind. Put down 3 more after this first one (can't be that bad of an adjunct!).

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Photo of velosuds
2.28/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My son brought a few 12 oz. cans home from a bender last weekend. Been a long time, probably more than 30 years, since I last had this beer. Just loved the old TV commercials from when this was brewed just south of downtown Seattle, especially the motorcycle ad where the shifting of gears corresponded with the three syllables of Rai-neer beer. Enjoyed this much more in my youth when I didn't respect beer, or myself, than I do now.

A-Pours a clear, pale golden hue with a two finger bright white foamy head that slowly recedes into a scant lacing.

S-Grainy malt, corn, slight grassiness, and sake.

T-Revolting actually. Tastes like what I remember from the last time a dog's drool met my lips. Bitter and bland with a nasty, adjunct lager aftertaste.

M-Extremely thin, almost watery, but the bad aftertaste lets you know it is not water.

O-Not worth drinking again, and not nearly as good as I remembered it from my youth. But, how many things are? I loved Quisp cereal as a kid, but it was not nearly as good when it was reintroduced. Rainier lager was a better choice 30 years ago than Olympia or Hamms. Very glad there has been a micro-brew Renaissance the last 20 years.

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Photo of kickapoodude
3/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Many people hate on this beer, but if you know what you're getting yourself into, this beer will present no suprises. It clearly falls into the genre of shwill. Straw colored and bubbly, it is your classic american lager. Milder than PBR or Hamms, it is great for a day of ice fishing and lawn mowing when you want to drink several brews without getting drunk. Or even a buzz for that matter. Up here in Alaska it's one of the cheaper choices, so it will forever be popular.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow, but lively with a nice pristine white head on it. Cool. Nice corny aroma that is pleasant and not chock full of alcohol.

More light corn taste, light bitterness, above average hopping for an adjunct lager. Light body, light on the palate, good stuff for the outdoors. Pretty enjoyable for what it is. Went well with wiffle ball.

Yo thanks to john for bringing this to the cabin 2 weeks ago, really hit the spot after a long drive.

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Rainier Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
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