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Rainier Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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61
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51 Ratings
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 34.47%
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2003)
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Reviews by Halcyondays:
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pint can, says brewed in Irwindale, a trite 35 miles away along the 10, Vitamin R, Green Death, whatever you call it, it's a classic beer in the West, as a so-called "grandfather beer," I wanted to try it, my cans say 7.3%,

A: Pours gold with a firm soapy fizzy macro lager head, very good retention for the style.

S: Corn, with a bit of fusel alcohol/malt liquor booze smell.

T: Light corn flavour, mild booze. There are some good bready notes which were enjoyable and even a hint of hops.

M: Surprisingly very smooth and not boozy at all. Clean, very good.

D: $6.79 for a 6-pack of pint cans, a de facto 8-pack, so around a fiver for a sixer. A hell of a lot better than Bud in this price range, not too bad at all. I'd probably put this more in the Cream Ale category than malt liquor, as macro as it is it does show a bit of an ale yeast character, think Genesee, but a little worse, but cheaper.

More User Reviews:
Photo of RoyalT
1.18/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance – Very light yellow in the body with a giant head that went down slowly and laced the glass. Looks good.

Smell – Doesn’t smell good. The funky sweaty horse aroma from the beer is back. This is raunchy.

Taste – Egad! It’s a horseskunk! This is unbelievable. The soft grain and cheap sugars are dwarfed by the mating of an overworked mare and skunk road kill.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly flat and uneventful.

Drinkability – A prose, if I may:

The ale,
is pale,
and boy does it stink.

This horse,
of course,
belongs in the sink.

Photo of andyfrancis
1.83/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bought the sixer while drunk, only because it looked comically bad. The can says copyright Rainier Brewing Company, Irwindale, CA, but I'm 0% surprised to discover an association to G. Heileman. It looks ok in a glass, but smells like my grandparents' old recycle bin, full of Special Export empties. Or a derivative of any of their other swills. It claims to be an ale, but definitely has a malt liquor taste and feel. If you really like Mickey's or Steel Reserve, but are on a budget, grab yourself an ice cold Rainier. Otherwise, stay away.

Photo of magictrokini
1.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Oh Lord, the green death. Light yellow with a fizzy head. The smell is quite pleasant, kind of like a forest with a lot of wet leaves on the ground. Then you actually taste it. Sugary sweet corn and cereal with the taste of rotting wood. And when I say rotten wood, I can only imagine it is that log you see lying in the mud that breaks apart when you touch it. Ugh.

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.45/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Golden color, actually produced a reasonable amount of head. Lacing? Fuggetaboutit.

Wicked alcohol and corn aroma. Awful really describes it, and if you're a masochist, smell it (and drink it) when it warms up substantially.
More corn and rubbing alcohol in the taste. Decent hopping, pretty bitter, but unfortunately, the taste of rubbing alcohol and an old ashtray is tough to overcome.

From the 40oz tasting with elrogish back in the day. Yeah man, that one. Ugh.

Photo of chrisms86
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

At 3.99 a six-pack and 7.3% abv I'm sure it is easy to imagine what this will taste like. Imagine a weaker Steel Reserve, that's basically all Rainier Ale is. Starts off tasting sweet like your normal macro, but as it goes down you taste the extra alcohol on the back of your tongue. Not as evident as in Steel Reserve but it tastes as if they just poured some everclear into the batch to raise the ABV. Not bad if you're going for a hobo brew but stick to normal Rainier if you're looking for a cheap, decent tasting beer.

Photo of Brenden
2.66/5  rDev +13.2%
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 AllisonWunderland
1/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

"Green Death" is what we called Rainier Ale when I was a kid, too young to legally drink. But we drank it anyway, because it was potent. Hard to know if we got sick from drinking it because we were kids and unaccustomed to consuming alcohol, or if it's just really heavy, sweet, and sick tasting which leaves you holding your head, or your friend's head while they toss their cookies.

But a lot of serious memories tied up in this stuff!

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of Fatehunter
2.3/5  rDev -2.1%
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 DOCRW
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%

Photo of pleasewearpants
3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer's best quality is its attractive green sixteen ounce can. HOWEVER! This is one of the better malt liquors ol' Montell has had for a long time.

Medium golden color, light ethanol nose (but also pleasantly bready if you don't inhale too hard). Best served cold and not held on the palate for too long. The alcohol aftertaste is there but not as pronounced as say Mickey's or 211. At 7.3% it does the job.

If you have to drink malt liquor this is a fantastic way to stand out in a crowd and still get nasty. Mountain fresh!

Photo of Spikester
3.39/5  rDev +44.3%
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!

Photo of jeffjeff1
2.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I found this today at Travis AFB.

Poured into a pint glass

Appearance- gold color, no head

Smell- adjunct grains mostly corn, made me turn my head away

Taste- corn mostly

Mouthfeel- light to medium bodied

Drinkability- I didn't like it very much. It would be better colder and that's what I will do with the rest that I got.

Photo of Seattleman
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of warpedrevolution
2/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

White head, golden ale, cut grass, sweet, thin taste. All delectable adjectives when describing this watered down pabst. I enjoyed it and felt deliciously white trash drink it. Also, for 1.39 it's hard to beat the price. So put on your mesh beer drinking hat, bust out your skoal, and throw down a tall can.

Photo of DrMindbender
1/5  rDev -57.4%

Photo of Zorro
2.15/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured in my glass there seems to have been a recipe change since the early 1990s when I had this. It used to be a red colored ale.

This current version is a clear gold colored beer with a tall but fast fading white head.

The smell sweet and a little herbal and soapy smelling. There is a clear ethanol scent here.

The flavor begins sweet and corny with an alcohol burn to it. Not much beyond that, not the beer I remember from my proto beer geek days. At best it is the best tasting malt liquor, better than crap like Elephant for instance.

The mouthfeel is thin.

Either the formula has changed, which I do believe based upon the color, or my taste buds have grown immensely. I used to hold this beer in such high esteem, I no longer do. This is pretty much easy to drink Hooch at this point.

Photo of Jameswoody
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok I had heard about this semi-legendary beer up here for a while..but had not seen it for a year, when I spotted it in a 40 oz green bottle in Albertsons.
Ok its actually quite a nice looking beer in the glass..a nice solid golden colour with a good sized white head..that went down but a small semblance persisted to the end of the beer.
Nice fresh smell..mostly malts..nothing exciting but reasonable.
This is pretty thin and malty..but i cant really taste the 7.3% alcohol..well hidden, until you feel it later half way down the throat but its not unpleasant.
Feels rather "different" on the palate surprisingly creamy and smooth.
This is actually a very good deal for $1.70 a 40 ozer..a step above many macros..its not great but I can see why many used to like this before the dawn of the micro beers.

Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This was claimed by Rainier BC of Irwindale, CA, further, if it was an ale, I was disappointed.

Nose had a cereal sweetness. Oof. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Hmmm.
Mouthfeel was medium with a very sweet cereal-like taste. Finish was too sweet to distinguish it from other beers. Man, I CANnot get in front of this one.

Photo of Mister_Faucher
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

Photo of hurdjg
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of zacgosteli
3.85/5  rDev +63.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

Its better than drinking steel reserve or a similar beverage.
and you definitely feel like your drinking a beer that is 7.3%
I do agree the taste isn't the best, but if you buy it when you're already drinking (why would you buy it sober?) it tastes fine.

Plus the can looks sweet.

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Rainier Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.