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Blatz Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Reviews: 76
Hads: 203
rAvg: 2.67
pDev: 24.72%
Wants: 9
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 03-11-2002

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.53/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blatz Beer is a great drinking beer. This brew has an ABV of 4.90% The brew pours out a nice amber color with a small white head. Blatz is brew I get ,when I want something old school. The smell is rich with flavor, you pick up on, grains and malts. There is hit of hops in this brew. Blatz is your typical American Style lager beer. Not saying that is a bad thing. The taste is light , but bold with flavor. This brew has a nice balance to it, there is nothing overpowering about Blatz. This beer in my opinion this brew has fallen off the wagon if you will. Blatz is hard to find in stores. Has the taste and smell is an american classic, the way brew should taste. The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and bold. Overall I'm giving Blatz a 3.50 out of 5. I would buy this brew again. (785 characters)

Photo of MikeP
3/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I'm revising my original assessment of Blatz having since that time sampled many more flavorful beers. However, I stand by the gist of my original post; specifically, provided that you get the beer fresh [at least 2 months away from the expiration date], you'll get a pleasant, mildly flavored beer which gives you unassuming but clean flavor. It's not a highly flavored beer, falling more into the mild camp; but, at least it tastes like a decent quality beer.

Note that Blatz is an American beer. That's significant. It's not a German pilsner, nor an Irish stout. And, it's a beer; not an ale. Coming to it expecting some molasses-thick, black gel with lethal hop levels is unrealistic. The worst thing about Blatz is that it lacks strong flavor, but it has more than some, and there's nothing wrong with being mild for those who prefer their beer as such. (860 characters)

Photo of workingclassbrew
3.42/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Good Ol' Blatz. Blatz was the 1st beer I had ever purchased at drinking age. My dad said the family tavern carried 2 beers, Blatz, and Schlitz. Blatz was my hands down choice for many years, and many returnable bottles in the early 90's.

Bought a 24 pack of cans. Poured into my usual small lager stein. Light straw color, quickly dissipating head.

Aroma, peppery slightly sweet easy drinking classic beer smell.

Taste light, slightly bitter hint of hops, actually more hoppy than most big name American style lagers. Even as the beer warms the taste stays consistent, light, grassy, little sweetness, hops present.

Light on the tip of the tongue, then carbonation comes through on the back of the tongue.

This is my go to beer at my local go to bar. I love the old Blatz brown triangle label, wish they would go back to the white background. This is truly one of the best working class brews. (904 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
2.99/5  rDev +12%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

12 ounce can
Served in a pilsner glass

A - It is light straw colored with plenty of carbonation rising from the laser etchings in the bottom of the glass. It is capped with about three inches of white head.

S - The aroma is sweet grain and lemon grass.

T - I used to think this beer tasted like shit. Now I find it lacking in flavor. It has slightly more taste than a Bud. It almost reminds me of a PBR.

M - Thin

O - This is a cheap beer with little taste. The only reason it is unpopular with college kids is marketing. (525 characters)

Photo of MikeAAL
4.14/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

This is a really good beer for the price.

Light, pale straw color, plenty of carbonation. Quickly dissipating head.

Smells mostly of malts, but also you can really smell the hops.

It has a very malty taste and some delicious hops follow. Very carbonated, but that gives it a crisp taste.

Crisply carbonated, light and tingly. Refreshing.

This is a good beer. A lot of people might pass it up by looking at the price and the name and even review it based on that, but don't turn your nose to this stuff and give it an honest taste. You can't judge a book by it's cover. (573 characters)

Photo of BigH75
3.13/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

It is thin with mediocre head retention and straw color. Smell of adjuncts. Lets face it, this is a cheap American lager, nothing more nothing less. Better taste an lower price than any of the products from MillerCoorsAnhueser. Similar to its sister beer PBR. Am I proud to drink it? Not really but I am proud to not waste money on mass marketed swill. (352 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.49/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes.

Straw yellow with a respectable looking foamy white head. Poor retention and not much lacing. Smells and tastes like grain and corn. Somewhat sweet and musty. Feels thin and watery. Not something I care to try again. (238 characters)

Photo of Bertman
3.6/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

small head, gone rather quickly.

light amber color, cystal clear.

very light nose, some grain/corn.

light taste, smooth and dry. finished with minimal bitterness.

thinner than ice water in the mouth.

overall i would say for the price it was above average beer. i would buy it again and not be afraid to share it with friends. (330 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.73/5  rDev +39.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Blatz has a thick, white head and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with minimal associated lacing. The aroma is of sweet, musty grains, and the flavor is of grass, sweet grain, and a touch of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Blatz finishes crisp and dry. Overall, this is very good, and I recommend giving it a try.

RJT (341 characters)

Photo of scaliasux
3.17/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pale yellow. Clear and bubbly. Short and short-lived white fizzy head.

Smell - Moderately strong sweet pale malt. Corn.

Taste - Somewhat sharper than usual, but light, pale malt sweetness. Lemony and watery. Light and refreshing, but hardly distinctive.

Mouthfeel - Watery and crisp.

Overall - One could easily spend more on a worse beer. An adequate beer for the style. (387 characters)

Photo of Carlton1964
2.22/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

OK...the head (or lack of) in pretty much a non factor. The 3mm of foam evaporates before you set the can down after pouring it into glass.

The smell is like that of any cheap commercial beer we all drank in our college days.

The taste....not all that horrible for what it is really. It has more flavor than a lot of the ghetto brews out there. If I get real poor...I'd probably pick this over the other budget beers out there. (429 characters)

Photo of dhannes
2.9/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Update (11/13/11): Using a Perfect Pint, I was able to get the head to reach three fingers for about a minute. Flavor is a bit more present than before, so I'm bumping up appearance to 2.5 and taste to 3.5, as it is better than old school stablemate Schlitz and close to Hamm's.

A few years back, I recall being able to get $2 bottles of Blatz at a chic bar downtown...prompting me to revisit Blatz. Having not being able to locate any bottles, I picked up a 12-pack of cans for $6.99 at Woodman's the other evening.

A=Really awful, light, greenish yellow...not at all appetizing. One finger of foam lasted 30 seconds, tops.

S=Not much nose to speak of...maybe corn.

T=Not the flavor I recall...the corn presence came out, and this is much more of a cream lager (if there is such a thing). Sweetness abounds, but more hops than barley presence.

M=Watery, not much too it.

O=Not awful, but not one I'll likely buy again...even in bottles. (943 characters)

Photo of MrMcGibblets
2.58/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a: clear straw gold with a fleeting white head .
s: corn, maybe buttered corn dominates with possibly a hint of earthy hops?
t: sweetish corny adjuncts, manages to finish crisp despite a lack of perceptible hop bitterness.
m: not as thin as others of the style, perhaps being ontap helped here.
o: more tolerable than most aal's. (330 characters)

Photo of ktrillionaire
3.43/5  rDev +28.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Whilst drinking some admittedly fantastic beer (Double Trouble, Panzer Wolf, Port Mongo) at Haymarket in Chicago, I suddenly spied this long-time 'want' of mine; jubilation ensued.

I used to have a Blatz t-shirt, and was also a fan of the East Bay punk band of the same name. I had never had a Blatz beer, however, until now.

The beer is basic fizzy adjunct lager, really. It has a bit more grainy sweetness than most, akin to Old Milwaukee in that regard, and is expectedly light and watery. There is an unusual creaminess to the feel, as if the bubbles are smaller than normal. For what it is, it is pretty good. I am crushing the whole can as an (effective) palate cleanser between hop-bomb DIPAs. (702 characters)

Photo of richkrull
1.78/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Poured a very pale yellow color with quite a bit of fluffy white head on it. Smell is a little funky. Could definitely be better. Taste is pretty bland, kind of skunky with a weird aftertaste. Very light mouthfeel. Overall not a good tasting beer but it's cheap so it's got that going for it. (292 characters)

Photo of PapillonJohn
3.65/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

3/21/2011

Served from a can into a pilsener glass.

I happen to love the can design.

Says: Established Milwaukee 1851
Brewed by G.Heileman Brewing Co.

Appearance: a light golden hue. Very little head is produced and what is, sticks around for only a minute.

Smell: Grainy. A little adjunct, almost no malt, and a tad bit of spicy hops.

Taste: Not too shabby actually. A little malt up front. A quick taste of cereal graininess and then the hops come in for a quick hit. The longer I let it sit and warm the more the floral hops show their presence. I'm quite impressed on the hops note. I'm a huge fan of hops and i'm glad to get a pretty mild hint of them in a cheap beer.

Mouthfeel: Mildly carbonated. Kind of like a light soda. Goes down very easy.

Overall I do enjoy Blatz. I can only compare it to Schlitz at this point. Better than any other macro out there.
I would recommend it if you were on a budget and truthfully I am. I will probably pick this up some time down the road again.

Schlitz may give you the shits. But i'm sure that Blatz will probably give me the shats. (1,088 characters)

Photo of LWG1970
3.32/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Good easy to drink beer.

A lot like the 60's Schlitz (Both beers brewed by Pabst).

Looks a nice yellow color, smells like grain and corn (Not a bad smell) Taste is very Smooth, more sweet than bitter. VERY easy to drink. Slightly sweet aftertaste.

Bought a 15 pack of cans for 7 bucks, so very reasonably priced.

Not a GREAT beer, but a very GOOD beer. (359 characters)

Photo of shoney
2.87/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard to find in C-bus but found a 15 pack at a Krogers, and decided to give it a shot. I was honestly surprised by it. In my opinion it's better than the big macros on the market and a hell of a lot cheaper.

A: Light pale yellow with a head that dissipated in seconds
S: Smells of grain and corn
T: What the style should be. Easy to drink slightly sweet with a corn taste in the finish.
M: Heavily carbonated but not overly harsh
D: Easily put down a few after a hard day (472 characters)

Photo of ForWhatAlesYou
1.36/5  rDev -49.1%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A: No head. Heavy carbonation. Pale-depressing yellowish.

S: Surprisingly only smells a little bit like malt. Reminds me of the inside of a macro-brewery.

T: Mildew, old canned corn.

M: Ultra carbonated with no other enjoyable aspects.

D: Didn't finish it. Not good. (270 characters)

Photo of schwanda
3.67/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Found a place in Rhinelander Wisconsin that sells Blatz cases in Bottles. Decided to buy this retro in give it a try. I was very surprised at how good it was out of the bottle. In fact we still had some of the Schlitz 60's that everyone is raving about (myself included)formula beer so we decided to do a blind taste test. To our surprise the 2 beers were almost identical, with the Blatz a little smoother, in the end the Blatz beat out the Schlitz, will keep this on my summer beer list. (489 characters)

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.3/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Hey Blatz beer, all super clear and super straw yellow. Aroma of the faintest degree of downtown Milwaukee.

Taste, no hops, malt was warmed, nowhere near roasted, but a yummy sweet presence with the corn does the trick in this guy. Great fishing beer in Northern Wisconsin. Goes down super easy, nothing more to think about, decent price, though slightly rising. (364 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
2.46/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a slightly darker-than-normal yellow-straw color. The somewhat dense, foamy head is medium sized, and it manages decent retention. A few wisps of lace stick to the glass.

S: Light, sourish grainy notes in the nose. Mainly clean - a little adjuncty corniness but it's pretty bland overall. A mild soapy/lemony tartness accompanies a faint trace of nondescript herbal hop.

T: A light, one-dimensional grainy maltiness up front. Sweet, faint corn notes are also present. Mild herbal hop bite into the finish. Overall, a bit sour and slightly sulfury.

M: Body is more thin than straightaway light. Carbonation is a bit on the perky side, lending a decent refreshing quality.

D: Fairly inoffensive, but so faint and nondescript that there's very little to recommend even over its other Pabst-brewed ilk. Moderately, mindlessly refreshing when cold, but there's no reason to turn toward this beer. (908 characters)

Photo of emerge077
3.06/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Three "pint" mugs in rapid succession at Miller's Pub.

Crystal clear, pale yellow, feeble head, visible carbonation.

Skunky aroma at first, sulfur, corn... ehhh. Nothing too exciting going on here. At least it's reined in and somewhat passable...as long as it's super cold. The skunk seemed to fade after a little while.

Flavor is similarly average, dry with the barest indication of bready malt and some minimal white grape. Sort of crisp, not that offensive really. Not getting much in the way of hops, but that seems to lend to the whole "inoffensive" thing. Somewhat watery and gassy, yet it dries up on the palate quickly. Pretty bland, but it gets the job done. I'd proudly drink this over Old Style. There, I said it. (730 characters)

Photo of 88blkiroc
3.5/5  rDev +31.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Blatz. The official beer of Vintage Snowmobile riding. When its 10 below and you screaming across the lake at 30mph on a 40 year old snowmobile, Blatz is the beer for you. Another great throwback from G. Heilmann, keeping the memory of a bygone era where clear yellow lager was the ONLY choice alive. An american tradition and not a bad beer. (342 characters)

Photo of biggred1
2.48/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow with a steady stream of rising bubbles and a snow white head that actually leaves some lace behind on the glass. Untoasted grain, grits and a touch of grain alcohol make up the nose. This brew is pretty lacking in the flavor department, raw musty graininess with a touch of honeyed sweetness. Light and fizzy, finishes squeaky clean. Blatz is a pretty lousy beer but not any worse than the most popular macro lagers out there. (439 characters)

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Blatz Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.