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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: 2.38
pDev: 34.03%
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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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.73/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 17, 2013
Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -37%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of Halcyondays
3.38/5  rDev +42%

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.

Halcyondays, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of woodychandler
2.8/5  rDev +17.6%

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.

woodychandler, Aug 03, 2009
Photo of Georgiabeer
1.25/5  rDev -47.5%

Georgiabeer, May 12, 2014
Photo of Zorro
2.15/5  rDev -9.7%

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.

Zorro, Jul 16, 2007
Photo of rab53
2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

rab53, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.45/5  rDev -39.1%

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 03, 2011
Photo of beertunes
3.03/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

beertunes, Jun 07, 2010
Photo of RoyalT
1.18/5  rDev -50.4%

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.

RoyalT, Sep 25, 2003
Photo of Brenden
2.66/5  rDev +11.8%

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.

Brenden, Jun 04, 2013
Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev +33.6%

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.

Reidrover, Aug 21, 2003
Photo of Offa
3.68/5  rDev +54.6%

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.

Offa, Apr 23, 2008
Photo of 2beerdogs
2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

2beerdogs, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of Fatehunter
2.3/5  rDev -3.4%

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.

Fatehunter, Apr 29, 2013
Photo of DogFood11
2.28/5  rDev -4.2%

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....

DogFood11, Sep 17, 2005
Photo of pootz
1.02/5  rDev -57.1%

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.

pootz, Apr 07, 2006
Photo of magictrokini
1.6/5  rDev -32.8%

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.

magictrokini, Dec 10, 2008
Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +27.3%

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.

Frozensoul327, Jun 20, 2006
Photo of rajendra82
1.85/5  rDev -22.3%

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.

rajendra82, Nov 18, 2004
Photo of dertyd
3/5  rDev +26.1%

dertyd, Mar 03, 2013
Photo of Spikester
3.39/5  rDev +42.4%

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!

Spikester, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
1.5/5  rDev -37%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of Murchmac
3/5  rDev +26.1%

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.

Murchmac, Oct 24, 2008
Photo of neckbeered
2/5  rDev -16%

neckbeered, May 12, 2014
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Rainier Ale from Pabst Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 48 ratings.