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Rainier Ale - Pabst Brewing Company

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Rainier AleRainier Ale

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62
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48 Ratings
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Ratings: 48
Reviews: 29
rAvg: 2.39
pDev: 33.89%
Wants: 2
Gots: 0 | FT: 0
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2003)
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AllisonWunderland


1/5  rDev -58.2%
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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stephendr

California

1/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Sixteen ounce aluminum can- color of pale yellow, with a thin white head - nose of skunk , and metal – taste of bile, and skunk- body is watery, and with high carbonation – aftertaste of bile- just horrible I could not finish this so called liquid claiming to be “beer”

Serving type: can

01-04-2008 05:12:00 | More by stephendr
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pootz

Ontario (Canada)

1.02/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Like no other "ale" I've ever tasted. This is even a poor attempt at a brown bag park bench buzz bomb...no ale character at all... no head to speak of...corney...boiled corn in the aroma, sweet corn dextrose and alcohol in the taste....weak pale gold color, no aroma of grain to speak of...just a sweet vegetal taste (filled with adjuncts) and a half hearted attempt at an astringic hop flavor. I got stuck buying a sixpack to sample this and I feel cheated.

Serving type: can

04-07-2006 23:15:58 | More by pootz
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RootedFool

California

1.02/5  rDev -57.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dumped from a twelve ounce can into a standard beer mug, the head rises assertively and has the color and consistency of Cool Whip. The body is straw yellow, translucent. Smell: Opens with a wad of cotton candy that has perhaps been mysteriously lingering in a corpulent person's back pocket for an afternoon -- a musty sweetness. The middle pulls out some wacked weed earthiness, some hints of hop activity, and finishes with a waft of water-logged garbage: dank, sickly sweet. Taste: Cheek-clenching (all four of them) at first, due to an extreme pinch of spoiled powder sugar sweetness, worse than that, it's like taking a shot of Equal straight on the tongue. The middle has an old orange pulp bite, like sucking a wedge that has already been sucked and left to sit for at least an entire day, not that I've ever done that! Towards the end, the alcohol heat takes over, warming the throat to the point where I think "yes, yes, warmth! take over the taste!" However, the alcohol heat has the reverse effect of reinforcing the saccharine sweetness and the painfully thin and rusty hop presence, if you can even call it a "presence." Mouthfeel: Well, imagine having a cold, a sinus drip...

Serving type: can

08-27-2005 04:18:37 | More by RootedFool
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RoyalT

Ohio

1.18/5  rDev -50.6%
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.

Serving type: can

09-25-2003 02:12:26 | More by RoyalT
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

1.25/5  rDev -47.7%

05-12-2014 01:13:52 | More by Georgiabeer
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sockeye101

Washington

1.43/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Oh man....where do I start.

Rainier Ale aka "Green Death", is perhaps one of the most, ummm how shall I put it, 'unique' beers I've ever had.

I remember having some this back in college and it was so repulsive that me and my buddy couldn't even finish off a 6 pack. So, when I thought I'd embark on a Rainier Ale journey years later I was expecting the worst. And well, it's not as bad as I remember, it's by no means even slightly good, but just not that bad.

Fist of all, I'm not sure how this got in the Cream Ale category, but whatever. It's cheap, malt liquor that is excellent in the alcohol to dollar ratio. $4 for a six pack of 16 ouncers which are 7.3% abv.

On with the review...the color is golden with a very, very small white head that lasts about 2 seconds and left no lacing whatsoever. The smell is suprisingly unoffensive, kind of sweet but not overpowering at all. Then comes the taste....good lord. It is indescribable. I have never before, or will ever in the future taste a beer like the Green Death. At first there's a hint of sweetness, then you get clubbed by something that is not of this world, and then you're slammed by the alcohol and it gives you a nice warming sensation. Overall this is a very difficult beer to just sit back and drink. Some tips for consumption are drink it ice cold, drink it as fast as you can (the high abv will help mask the other unsavory things going on in your glass) and perhaps have some spicy nachos, or hot wings to give you a real reason to want to drink something.

Rainier Ale is not for the faint of heart, the beer geek or someone that isn't in the mood for a challenge. So, if you find yourself in the great Northwest grab this NW classic that is now brewed in TX.

Serving type: can

01-11-2006 05:18:29 | More by sockeye101
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

1.45/5  rDev -39.3%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-03-2011 23:55:41 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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DOCRW

Washington

1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

02-23-2014 20:30:39 | More by DOCRW
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spycow

Illinois

1.5/5  rDev -37.2%

01-17-2013 06:40:13 | More by spycow
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magictrokini

California

1.6/5  rDev -33.1%
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.

Serving type: can

12-10-2008 19:28:05 | More by magictrokini
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OMPH

California

1.75/5  rDev -26.8%

04-15-2013 03:41:57 | More by OMPH
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andyfrancis

California

1.83/5  rDev -23.4%
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.

Serving type: can

04-30-2010 00:40:23 | More by andyfrancis
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rajendra82

Georgia

1.85/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The cream of the crop (pun intended) among the constituents of the BIF 13 – From Hell package from BeerAdvocate drewbage, this baby came in a green 16 oz. can that broke the record for overuse of a word by mentioning that this Quality Brewed Rainier Ale is a Mountain Fresh Ale and that the can holds One Pint Ale, and then repeating this on the other side of the can just for good measure. Pouring it in a standard Pilsner glass revealed an ultra pale straw colored body with a fizzy artificial head. The aroma was sugary sweet, and the taste confirmed the adjunct laden origin of the alcohol here. Taste was basically fermented sickly sweetened water passed over corn flakes. This thin and mineralized tasting malt liquor had a mouthfeel like a bad headache waiting to happen. Thank God, the old college days of drinks like this are a distant foggy memory thanks to the blackouts induced by the alcohol. THIS IS NOT AN ALE.

Serving type: bottle

11-18-2004 04:58:56 | More by rajendra82
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chrisms86

Washington

2/5  rDev -16.3%
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.

Serving type: can

05-07-2005 20:41:33 | More by chrisms86
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warpedrevolution

Washington

2/5  rDev -16.3%

10-24-2013 17:20:59 | More by warpedrevolution
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neckbeered

Montana

2/5  rDev -16.3%

05-12-2014 16:49:19 | More by neckbeered
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Zorro

California

2.15/5  rDev -10%
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.

Serving type: can

07-16-2007 00:19:52 | More by Zorro
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drewbage

California

2.23/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought as a part of the Hell BIF and as an occasional dip back into the world of "normal" beer. Of course.. this at 7.3% abv isn't really a normal beer. More like a Malt Liquor. Heck.. even comes in the tall boy can!

Sampled in my nice 12 oz Falcons Tulip.

Beer pours light gold yellow with sparkling clarity and a low white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is lightly alcoholic with a grainy corn sweetness wafting off a CO2 burn.

Flavor to the brew is candy corn sweet with a pricking of CO2 that evidences in the background a mysterious heretofore unknown presence in a beer from the Miller plant in Irwindale.. hops! Light and spicy with just a touch of green to them.

Overall.. meh.. way way too sweet to my taste without anything to balance, but it's cheap if that's where your thrill lies. As for it being a cream ale, not quite. Much too big, too much alcohol burn and too much residual sweetness to match the likes of Little Kings or Genesee in that style.

Serving type: can

09-27-2004 01:12:14 | More by drewbage
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Jameswoody

Montana

2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

04-01-2013 19:46:41 | More by Jameswoody
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rab53

Washington

2.25/5  rDev -5.9%

08-26-2013 07:24:54 | More by rab53
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DogFood11

California

2.28/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It has been years and years since my last Rainier Ale. Used to suck these down at my brothers band practice in the late 80's. It pours a frothy silky head that laces well, straw color, heavy carbonation supports the suds.

Taste and smells like baked corn/grain. Fairly sweet but not near the sugar I get from most malt liquors. I know this is labeled a cream ale but its a malt liquor in every way except the title. I got a hint of some actual quality in the aftertaste, finishing with some burnt malt and just a touch of sugary sweetness.

All in all not one I'll jump back into, If I only have 2 bucks in my pocket and want a decent malt liquor this would be up for consideration....

Serving type: can

09-17-2005 23:39:10 | More by DogFood11
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Fatehunter

Oregon

2.3/5  rDev -3.8%
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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jeffjeff1

California

2.35/5  rDev -1.7%
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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hurdjg

Iowa

2.5/5  rDev +4.6%

04-21-2013 14:20:26 | More by hurdjg
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Rainier Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.