Rainier Lager - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by DoctorStrangiato:
2.78/5 rDev +4.9%
Poured a 355-ml can into a pint glass.
Appearance - pale yellow with a bright white 1/2-inch head that reduces to a thick sustaining surface foam. Heavily carbonated, this beer has a decent and unexpected ring of lace that creeps up the side.
Smell - faint grainy smell with a tinny/skunk aroma. Ultra-light malt/hop/alcohol aroma. I anticipate it will be sweet.
Taste - very rounded taste with minimal flavour, seems to be all flushed out. A very sweet adjunct taste comes up the back before the mediocre finish.
Mouthfeel - I will give it to this beer that it is very smooth. Fairly active carbonation, but not really an issue - quite neutral.
Drinkability - this is a very cheap beer and at a low cost one could put away quite a few of these if on a budget. On the other hand the quality is lacking so to go through a night of a number of these would fall short.
03-12-2011 05:27:11 | More by DoctorStrangiato
More User Reviews:
1.1/5 rDev -58.5%
Appearance Light yellow in color with a JB head.
Smell The grain and cheap sweetness are there, as I suspected, but theres something else in this can. Its not skunk. Its something more sinister. Whatever it is, it is big. This aroma lit up half my house. I think the best way to describe it is straight horse sweat. If youve every smelled a horse after he/she has had a good workout, this was it.
Taste The grainy horse gallops out in the taste as well. Theres a hint of orange sweetness here, as is Pabst tradition, but its kind of hard to enjoy when youre licking horse hair out of your rice.
Mouthfeel The cheap carbonation was annoying. The word light doesnt even begin to describe how close to water this felt in the mouth.
Drinkability I could probably use this as a chaser after beer-bonging a case of HOTDs, but other than that its not fit for consumption.
09-25-2003 01:39:49 | More by RoyalT
4.25/5 rDev +60.4%
Warm sunny afternoon quaffing a cold beer and watching the world go by.
Strictly a thirst quencher but what adjunct beer isn't?
Ratings are based on how it is within its style. Certainly much better than Coors, which is piss.
Of course they would be much lower if compared to a quality craft beer.
In its place, it's not bad and more flavorful than most adjunct lagers. You can even taste some hops.
I would definitely enjoy another. And another. And another.
07-15-2010 03:14:04 | More by NWer
3.09/5 rDev +16.6%
I always enjoy this beer, but as usual, it is far better from the bottle than from the can. Plus, the bottles are a significant part of experiencing Rainier Beer; each bottle cap has a "puzzle" on it. These are fun, but sometimes difficult to figure out. The more Rainier's you have had, the harder the puzzle, showing how alcohol does impair the brain.
The beer itself is yellow, and fairly straw-pale. It tastes fantastic; like a light beer, but with flavor. My only complaint is a faintly odd aftertaste. The bottle says hops from the Yakima Valley, which is, from what I hear, a great place to grow hops. It shows in this beer.
It's not exotic, but it is a safe, inexpensive option.
09-09-2010 22:52:36 | More by chadjulius
3.25/5 rDev +22.6%
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.
11-04-2011 00:00:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
2.43/5 rDev -8.3%
355ml can, the Canadian version distributed by Stroh, and 5% ABV. Just saw a fair bit of Mt. Rainier as it looms over the greater Seattle area last month, and it is a holiday weekend, so time for some cabin-worthy bevies.
This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of thinly puffy, foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which settles more slowly than expected, leaving some splotchy lace around the glass.
It smells quite metallic and skunky, with some sweet corn graininess and fusel alcohols lurking below. The taste is thankfully mostly removed from the aspects of the nose, for better or for worse - this is one neutrally flavoured beer - with some very light, and difficult to typify adjunct malt, and a slight drying character - perhaps the full complement of alcohol asserting itself - it sure ain't the hops, baby.
The carbonation is quite sedate, just a meek frothiness abounding, the body a certifiable light weight, and smooth, but rather cloying, even though the sugar quotient remains fairly low. It finishes off-dry, bland, and yet pretty clean.
If you don't take a big whiff of this, you too can enjoy its cheap, more or less inoffensive, and easy 'drinkability'! Uh huh. Very much like tainted river water flowing down from the titular peak, you don't know until you taste it, and even then, cognitive dissonance can screw you over, i.e. this offering no longer has anything whatsoever to do with the Pacific Northwest's outdoor splendour.
08-01-2011 03:05:20 | More by biboergosum
2.98/5 rDev +12.5%
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.
11-13-2012 04:33:20 | More by mdaschaf
2.75/5 rDev +3.8%
Figured I should give this a try after a decade of living in the Pacific Northwest. Since I'm not a native, however, I have no nostalgic emotional attachment whatsoever to this brew, so I'll call it like I see it.
Pours light yellow, modest white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly sweet and malty, surprisingly pleasing. So far so good.
Taste is bland, some nice malts but not very perceptible. Fair bitterness and balance. Sort of an unpleasant metallic aftertaste, goes down watery.
I expected this one might get the old "flunkeroo" but honestly, it's not that bad. Far better than some of the cheap midwestern swill I quaffed in college. If I were sentenced to drink macrobeer this might not be a bad choice.
06-05-2010 06:48:18 | More by appenzeller
3.1/5 rDev +17%
a tall 6-pack for under $5.00...can't go wrong. Also new can with classic/vintage feel for the "Vitamin R"
A: surprisingly a little more depth than I was expecting for AAL. The color has some shine of deep golden versus the usual glowing pale straw colors. Coarse bubbles right after the pour and one of the quickest foam vanishing acts around, no lace
S: grains, light vegetables, a blade or two of grass with a sweet sugary whiff all around
T: dried cut corn and thin malted barley with a few teaspoons of honey. Some grassy/vegetable flavors might be pulled out of the mix, mostly towards the finish. Finishes clean, which is pretty nice
This beer has me happy. It hit 90 today and this beer was in order, it did the trick. One of the more satisfying Adjuncts I have had in a while
M: the usual macro-adjunct-type of feel. Maintains a fizzy caliber with light airy body. For the style it hits right
D: man, this is a decent Adjunct Lager. I will get this again when I am short on cash or throwing the Frisbee on warm day like today. One of the "betters" on my short list of light beers
07-17-2009 03:09:42 | More by Magpie14
2.45/5 rDev -7.5%
Rainier and PBR are basically the only macros i buy, and only when I am really poor (now). This brew pours a clear yellow piss color with white head that lingers for about a minute. Smells of grain and some corn. Taste is watery and grainy with some slight crispness on the finish. grains linger in the aftertaste. mouthfeel is ridiculously thin, very light feeling. Drinkability is good, because it tastes and goes down like water. It usually takes me about 12 of these babies to get buzzin hard. Obviously there are about 780,459,997,748,097 beers I would prefer to be drinking, but i will take this one time Seattle staple over Budmilloors.
03-10-2008 08:01:30 | More by AKBelgianBeast
3.33/5 rDev +25.7%
Who can venture west to the Pacific Northwest and not enjoy a Rainier at least once? I comes in pounder cans, which are great for camping and hiking; and when you wander into a small town with just one even-smaller bar (that offers only video poker, T.V. Keno, three menu items... all deep-fried!, and a 'limited' selection of beers) what are you to do???
So... golden, crystal clear, "mountain fresh", and pretty much just as you'd expect it to be. Smooth and clean with no rough edges. There's some obvious use of adjunct but it's not overdone, and there are at least a few hops involved in the brewing process. It's an average mass produced beer.
08-04-2009 23:49:48 | More by NeroFiddled
3.11/5 rDev +17.4%
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.
03-11-2013 02:37:41 | More by Fatehunter
2.9/5 rDev +9.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. can into a pilsner glass.
A - straw/golden color w/ a one figure head that dissapates quickly. Leaves a ring around the edge of the glass and a bit of froth on the top. Nothing too exciting but, hey, it's a cheap beer.
S - corn and cereal grain - some malt, but not much. Some strong sweetness to the smell for sure. Definitely the strong part of this beer.
T - again strong on cereal grains, a bit of malt, and some slight hops. Nothing complex or overly intereesting, but at the same time, nothing offensive either. This is a good beer if your just in the mood for a straightforward adjunct lager, which can really hit the spot on a hot summer day.
M - medium for an adjunct lager, can be at syrupy when it warms up. Ok.
D - ok, full disclaimer, I have a sentimental attachment to Rainier beer - as a Pacific Northwest transplant to the Midwest, I can't every come by this beer (relatives brought it out to me on a roadtrip). So, I find it hard to be objective. I really do enjoy drinking in it, but it's not a great or even a good beer when viewed objectively. But I love it all the same and I could drink it for hours. Also, it was featured in the Twilight movies.
04-08-2011 00:55:41 | More by lawlerj
Rainier Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 153 ratings.