Rainier Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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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
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Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  7.30% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2003)
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Photo of troobie
4/5  rDev +70.2%

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.

Photo of raizin
3.75/5  rDev +59.6%

Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of my favourite higher alcohol "malt liquor" types - it is fairly robust, warm, and pungent, yet exceedingly smooth and drinkable, and it goes really well with food.

It's slightly deep gold with a thick, dense white head that lasts and slowly shrinks to a thin, wispy top that leaves some weak lacing.

The aroma is sweetish grainy malt, a little flowery with a hint of herbs.

The taste is lightly but consistently malty with a lot of grain, a hint of pine, light fruitiness, a warm pungency, and a spicey grain finish. It is lightly sweet with faint bitterness, while the alcohol mostly adds to the body and spicy warmth without any off-putting odd, moldy fruit or vinegary wine qualities that such beers sometimes have. It's very smooth and satisyfing in its pungency.

Photo of SargeC
3.5/5  rDev +48.9%

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 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.

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 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 Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've got to say this is more of a malt liquor than a cream ale. Anyhow, it pours out to a medium yellow color with a small head of white foam that held up pretty well. Aromas of fresh, young hops and mild adjunct and malts. Taste was fair for a brew with such a high ABV; Medium bodied malts and sharp grains, with corn and hops blending in to give the notion of "malt liquor". Alcohol is noted. Mouthfeel is slighlty smooth, and has some consistancy. Drinkability is average at best. Special thanks goes out to dubbercody for the 40 oz sample.

Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
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.

Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev +27.7%

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 Asics
3/5  rDev +27.7%

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 Beermazter310
2.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of 2beerdogs
2.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of acdcsmith22
2.75/5  rDev +17%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev +16.2%
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.

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 hurdjg
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of sjanowiak
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of idResponse
2.5/5  rDev +6.4%
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!

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 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.

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