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Rainier Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

Rainier AleRainier Ale

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43 Ratings
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Ratings: 43
Reviews: 28
rAvg: 2.4
pDev: 34.17%

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2003)
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Reviews by idResponse:
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As a cream ale, Rainier Ale fails miserably.

When drinking this beer keep in mind that it's gargantuan alcohol content (as far as cream ales go) is rather easy to miss as it compares to malt liquors of similar or slightly stronger alcohol contents. Around the northwest especially in my town it's less than $2 for a 40oz bottle of this, and this is the way this beer was meant ot be consumed. It is the cheap drunk heaven send of beer. It is meant to be guzzled swilled and inhaled at a furious rate when the necessity of getting completely wasted has arisen.

Do not mistake this for a decent beer, it is simply something that is easily inhaled quickly when in need of a quick bout of blacking out. It beats the pants off of malt liquor 40oz beers and should be heralded as king of 40'z!

Serving type: bottle

05-04-2006 01:13:30 | More by idResponse
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2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

07-02-2013 02:57:59 | More by sjanowiak
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2.66/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

Serving type: can

06-04-2013 18:59:33 | More by Brenden
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3.75/5  rDev +56.3%

06-03-2013 01:24:09 | More by raizin
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3/5  rDev +25%

05-18-2013 21:49:40 | More by Asics
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2.3/5  rDev -4.2%
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.

Serving type: can

04-29-2013 03:20:54 | More by Fatehunter
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2.5/5  rDev +4.2%

04-21-2013 14:20:26 | More by hurdjg
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2.73/5  rDev +13.8%
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.

Serving type: can

04-17-2013 02:06:52 | More by UCLABrewN84
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1.75/5  rDev -27.1%

04-15-2013 03:41:57 | More by OMPH
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2.25/5  rDev -6.3%

04-01-2013 19:46:41 | More by Jameswoody
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3/5  rDev +25%

03-03-2013 06:24:21 | More by dertyd
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4/5  rDev +66.7%

02-16-2013 10:16:35 | More by troobie
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1.5/5  rDev -37.5%

01-17-2013 06:40:13 | More by spycow
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1/5  rDev -58.3%
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!

Serving type: bottle

08-18-2012 22:37:19 | More by AllisonWunderland
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2.35/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Serving type: can

02-06-2012 00:33:23 | More by jeffjeff1
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3.5/5  rDev +45.8%

12-30-2011 09:21:39 | More by SargeC
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1.45/5  rDev -39.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:55:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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3.38/5  rDev +40.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-22-2010 04:43:34 | More by Halcyondays
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3.85/5  rDev +60.4%
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.

Serving type: can

08-01-2010 02:24:57 | More by zacgosteli
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3.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into 10oz glass. Poured a clean, clear, bright yellow with a tall, fluffy white head that had good retention and light-to-moderate lacing.

The mostly benign aroma did have some grain and sweetness in it. There was some corn taste to with the grain and a slight bit of hoppiness at the back.

The body was typically thin. Drinkability is dependent on your taste for this style. Overall, for a cheap, strong fizzy yellow beer, this isn't totally terrible and pretty average for the style.

Serving type: can

06-07-2010 22:06:33 | More by beertunes
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Rainier Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
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