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Rainier Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 68
Hads: 209
Avg: 2.78
pDev: 45.68%
Wants: 9
Gots: 33 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2003

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.
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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 biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -13.3%
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.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.3/5  rDev +18.7%
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.

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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 GClarkage
2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
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.

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Photo of woodychandler
3/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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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 plaid75
3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
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.

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Photo of jdhilt
1.81/5  rDev -34.9%
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.

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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 beertunes
3.43/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

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Photo of tone77
2.87/5  rDev +3.2%
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.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.98/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.09/5  rDev -24.8%
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

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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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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 RoyalT
1.11/5  rDev -60.1%
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.

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

Appearance. Pours a pale yellow with a finger of white bubbly head.

Smell. Some grassy hops, light grains and corn.

Taste. Slightly sweet light grains and a little grassy hops. Corn in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel. Light body with medium, bubbly carbonation.

Overall. Not as bad as I was expecting. Light and easy to drink but not too much going on.

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Photo of EgadBananas
2.64/5  rDev -5%
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.

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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 Reidrover
2.43/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

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Photo of woemad
2.47/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12-pk of 12oz cans picked up for $7.99 at a Rosauer’s in Browne’s Addition about 10 minutes walk from my apartment. Yeah, I’m slummin’ it old school. This beer was a Northwest staple but now it’s contract brewed for the current owners of the name in Irwindale, California, many hundreds of miles from the Rainier Brewery, a true Seattle landmark, which is now home to Tully’s Coffee. I’m still pissed they took the famed giant “R” down that once greeted drivers on I-5.

Pale clear straw color. Moderate white head that dropped at high speed, yet left a small ring of foam that endured for the duration of this beer’s time in my Boundary Bay pint glass (which will probably have to go into counseling).

The smell is of sweet malt, corn (inevitable with this style of beer) and a crude, earthy, grainy scent. Not skunky at all, however, which already puts it ahead of many of it’s style-mates.

The taste of this, like the smell, is a cut above the BMC crowd. Just not a whole lot above. It's a pleasant yet unremarkable malty, corny beer that isn't bad but isn't good either. It just tastes like what most people think beer is supposed to taste like. There is a slight dry note at the end that can make one think of hops if one tries really hard.

The mouthfeel is again typical for the style. Moderate carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. I've certainly had much more water ("Paging messrs Keystone and Tsingtao...") than this.

If you are looking for a cheap warm weather beer or something to mindlessly consume while watching a game, you could do a lot worse than this, even if it is essentially a corpse of a one-time regional staple.

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Photo of mentor
1.78/5  rDev -36%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Can provided amid a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering at 2005 GABF. Uhm, thanks guys, I really appreciate the opportunity. Stamp on the bottom of the can reads 12195 B41029. "Mountain Fresh Taste" by " Rainier Brewing Co., Milwaukee, WI" and brewed in Texas. They've pretty much got the US triangulated with this one.

Pours a one finger white soda pop head, yet it does have some stickiness. This beer is light in color. Wow, about the least color I've ever seen. Clear and dull very very pale straw colored. Smells weakly of wet cardboard and a hint of malt sweet that can be found with some searching. The absence of aroma is amazing. Tastes mostly of acrid carbonation with a malt sweet way below. Some floral hop flitters on the border of detection in the aftertaste, but the flavor is too weak for me to get an idea of which hop. If I had to guess, I'd say tettnanger. Thin body and highly carbonated. The carbonation burn is definitely the most distinct characteristic of this beer. Not much to this beer. Not an afront, just nothing to it.

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Photo of pootz
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is not the same Rainier I had in Seattle many years ago. The gauntlet of the Stroh-Pabst-Miller purchases has done something to the unique brewing recipie/process of this beer... it was a pale, tart, well hopped standard US lager without adjuncts. The Rainier I had in Glacier Park yesterday was weak tasting and the tart hop quality was nearly undetectable plus I detected something like a rice or corn sugars in the flavour. The aroma was weak....what a let down. I had been looking forward to this trip to the western US to reacquaint myself with their old standards (like Olympia, rainier Coors etc) and this was a foreboding start. All in all this New Rainier is probably one of the best US standards but it certainly has lost it's distinct character since miller bought the brand.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.19/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A fair macro offering from Pabst. Pours out to a medium yellow color with a head that looks like someone spit in my beer. Aroma of corn and hay mixed with sweet hops. Not bad. Taste is your typical middle of the road macro; light malt, adjunct corn and grain, sweetness is a touch on the strong side, little if any hops. Mouthfeel was refreshing and zesty. Drinkability is average. Special thanks again goes out to Dubbercody for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: Both hounds enjoyed this one immensely. These dogs identified this as a positive choice for cheap beer on a hot summer day.

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Rainier Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 68 ratings.