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Rainier Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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Rainier AleRainier Ale

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BA SCORE
61
poor

53 Ratings
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Ratings: 53
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 33.47%
Wants: 3
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2003

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Photo of gefinley
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of misternebbie
2.72/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Mister_Faucher
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of mr-jj
2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of DrMindbender
1/5  rDev -57.6%

Photo of Seattleman
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of Spikester
3.37/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From a 24 oz. can brewed in Irwindale, CA. Huge white head that lasts about ten minutes and as the head recedes it leaves foamy rings of lace. Clear gold body.
Smell is where we drop below the 3 level. Usual corny grain husks some spice and then a pungent aromatic that reminds me of nail polish remover. Faint but there.
Taste at first it was way too sweet. Second sip reminded me of a cream ale. A slight bit of spicey hop bitterness shows up on the back of the tongue. Some apple skin starts creeping in as it warms. Mouthfeel is medium with plenty of carbonation. If tasted from the can the carbonation is really big. Overall this is the first time I have seen this beer in many years. The 24 ounce can is really handsome.
I used to drink this on occasion back in the 1960s. I can't be sure but this reminds me of the "Green Death" of old. I didn't think it was that high an abv. But that might explain the crazy behavior of the young folks that drank it!

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2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.25/5  rDev -47%

Photo of DOCRW
1.5/5  rDev -36.4%

Photo of acdcsmith22
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

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2/5  rDev -15.3%

Photo of rab53
2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

Photo of 2beerdogs
2.75/5  rDev +16.5%

Photo of sjanowiak
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of Brenden
2.69/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Classic older generation beer...obviously not drunk by the guys who say Mickey's had the highest alcohol content in their day.

Clear medium gold with an orange-tinted fizzy white head, the look doesn't hold any surprises. Retention is reasonably decent, and some light spotting clings to the glass.
Fusel alcohol and some corn husk with the weird sweetness that sometimes accompanies it, Rainier actually does show some pale malts along and even a little grassy and floral hops bitterness. A little.
The taste has the grassiness, the malts, the fusel notes, and the corn husk, only with an unpleasant creamy sweetness coming alongside it and a more strongly vegetal note.
The body is very light and carbonation isn't as high as I would expect. It's a little flat as well as thin. With a beer like this, you at least expect some crispness. This has a bit, but not enough.

Photo of raizin
3.75/5  rDev +58.9%

Photo of Asics
3/5  rDev +27.1%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from the pounder can. A finger and half of head on a golden colored body.
The aroma is honey mixed with metal and lemon.
The taste is super sweet without a hint of bitterness. A long sweet finish too, in case you hadn't had enough.
The texture is sticky with moderate carbonation.
Just a really sweet ale with no redeeming quality.

Photo of hurdjg
2.5/5  rDev +5.9%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.76/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.5

Best by 4/15/13. 7.3% ABV per the label.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy orange-white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. Small streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some fruity and grassy aromas. Taste is much the same with sugary, chlorine, and vegetal flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a low level of carbonation with an almost flat mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty poor beer with a decent aroma but it's not very drinkable with the odd flavors I am getting.

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1.75/5  rDev -25.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -4.7%

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3/5  rDev +27.1%

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Rainier Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 53 ratings.