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Rainier Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

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64
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159 Ratings
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Ratings: 159
Reviews: 60
rAvg: 2.64
pDev: 26.89%
Wants: 3
Gots: 13 | 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: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2003)
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Photo of spycow
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of biboergosum
2.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

biboergosum, Aug 01, 2011
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.33/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

NeroFiddled, Aug 05, 2009
Photo of GClarkage
2.83/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

06/20/05- Purchased at The Red Door in Billings, MT.

Presentation- 12oz bottle, undated, poured into a typical pint glass.

Appearance- Decent golden color with a 1/2 inch foamy head and light lacing.

Smell- Cardboard stinky corn or malt....whatever...

Taste- Hmmm, much better than expected. A tad watery, but decent amount of fair tasting malt and grain. For a macro....not bad.

Mouthfeel- As said before, a bit watery and moderate carbonation.

Drinkability- If you don't smell it, this would work out pretty decent for a lawnmower beer or something. I knew I liked Rainier as a kid for some reason.

GClarkage, Jun 23, 2005
Photo of InspectorBob
2.75/5  rDev +4.2%

InspectorBob, Oct 22, 2013
Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I CAN't believe that they are still making Rainier Beer! I had some as a young sailor in the late 1980's and if memory serves, even toured their Seattle plant. Now, it is made in Irwindale, CA and who knows if it the original recipe or not. Nothing like nostalgic beer drinking, though.

From the CAN: "Made with Yakima Valley hops", "Naturally brewed Mountain Fresh Beer", "All Aluminum Recyclable CAN"

Following the Crack & Glug action, I was looking at a rapidly fading finger of rocky, bone-white head. Color was a pale sunshine yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had the typical scent of lager sweetness overlain with cereal. Mouthfeel was medium with a typical AAL sweetness on the tongue. Finish was semi-dry and quite refreshing on a hot, humid afternoon in late September. Really, it was an average beer for the style, not much more, but no less, either. I have drank enough AALs on The CANQuest (TM) than I care to think about, but this was not bad. I am glad that I got to try it, but it would not be worth actively seeking out unless you have some strange desire to drink CANned beers.

woodychandler, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of jdhilt
1.78/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Served as a 12oz bottle ($2.50) at The Derby Steakhouse & Casino Butte, Mt. Pours with four-finger white head that goes slowly leaving some lace. Pale amber color. Very light carbonation and light bodied. Starts with a bland hoppy corn flavor, finish is insipid, good lawn mower beer.

jdhilt, Jun 12, 2006
Photo of Mebuzzard
1.5/5  rDev -43.2%

Mebuzzard, Jul 04, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev +12.9%
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.

mdaschaf, Nov 13, 2012
Photo of plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On draft at the Tug Boat Brewery, Portland, Oregon.

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a touch of adjunct sweetness and subtle grassy hops.

The taste consisted of an adjunct sweetness, grainy malt and flowery hop.

The mouthfeel was full for the style.

Overall a good macro.

plaid75, Dec 24, 2009
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.25/5  rDev +23.1%
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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 04, 2011
Photo of harpus
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

harpus, Feb 26, 2014
Photo of beertunes
3.48/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured enough into a small glass for the visual components, drank the rest straight from the can. Poured the bright, clear yellow that was expected. A bright, white head was fuller than expected and had better retention, although almost no lacing.

Not much aroma, what there is, is the sweet corn scent usual for the style. The flavor was surprisingly good for the style, but without any standout aspect.

Typically thin and smooth body, and of course this beer has the drinkability of water.

Overall, an above average example of the style, if you're going for fizzy, yellow beer you could do worse than Vitamin R.

beertunes, Jun 23, 2009
Photo of HuskyinPDX
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

HuskyinPDX, Jan 26, 2014
Photo of dirtylou
3/5  rDev +13.6%

dirtylou, May 14, 2013
Photo of wordemupg
2.08/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into pint glass 14/10/11

A very pale straw yellow with lots of bubbles that feed a short lived thumbs width of foam that leaves no lace

S not much really some sweet grains

T I'd complain about the flavor but there would be nothing to complain about, some soggy rice cakes and hay maybe, quite faint for sure

M watery and over-carbonated, I'd say it had a clean aftertaste but that would imply flavor of some kind to begin with

O there's just nothing going on here, it's a lawnmower thirst quencher and nothing more

this is cheap beer good for one thing

wordemupg, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of LiquidAmber
2.8/5  rDev +6.1%
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.

LiquidAmber, Jul 05, 2013
Photo of Bitterbill
3/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz can, brewed in Irwindale CA...Miller

A clear straw coloured pour with about an inch of foam and no lacing to speak of.

The smell has some grain and some hop bitterness.

The taste has some slightly lemon like zest up front but that turns down somewhat replaced by a grainy note and plain hop bitterness.

Usual body and carbonation for the style, light and brisk, repectively.

Drinkability? It's been many years since I had this last and though it is pretty drinkable and not really offensive at all, it'll probably be more years before I have it again.

Bitterbill, Apr 17, 2010
Photo of tone77
2.85/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smell is mild, a bit of grains. Taste is also very mild, some grain and malt, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre beer.

tone77, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
1.1/5  rDev -58.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a JB head.

Smell – The grain and cheap sweetness are there, as I suspected, but there’s something else in this can. It’s not skunk. It’s 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 you’ve 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. There’s a hint of orange sweetness here, as is Pabst tradition, but it’s kind of hard to enjoy when you’re licking horse hair out of your rice.

Mouthfeel – The cheap carbonation was annoying. The word “light” doesn’t 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 it’s not fit for consumption.

RoyalT, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of EgadBananas
2.65/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the CAN!

Clear, yellow, bright white head that goes in an instant. Pretty typical.

Crisp, cold, wet grains and dried corn.

Slight corny sweetness, hints of malts and some aluminum aftertastes.

crisp, light in body, not much substance, and pretty plain overall.

Naturally, easily chuggable, but not something to search for.

EgadBananas, Jan 27, 2011
Photo of smartassboiler
2/5  rDev -24.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 22, 2012
Photo of cdwil
2.5/5  rDev -5.3%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of Reidrover
2.45/5  rDev -7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Ok bought at the local cheapo canned food warehouse 99 cents for a 24 oz can..nice enough can..Mt Rainier all in silvers and white
The appearance is not great just above average for a macro..least its golden ( pale) in colour..and has a small white head.
Smell is sort of weird..like rainwater..and some chemicals..hard to place.
I have to say the taste ain't all that bad really for a cheap macro..sort of Like Miller High Life but a little less sweet.. a lot of corn..but I believe i taste a ghost of some hops in the end.
Mouthfeel is not so hot..too carbonated and watery.
Overall not a good beer but ok if you want a cheap beer to wash down the dust after some strenuous physical work.

Reidrover, Sep 27, 2003
Photo of beerpadawan
2/5  rDev -24.2%

beerpadawan, Aug 25, 2012
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Rainier Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 159 ratings.