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Blatz Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ratings: 167
Reviews: 76
rAvg: 2.41
pDev: 30.29%
Wants: 5
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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Photo of diabecktic


3.08/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This translucent, pale-gold beer forms a lot of head very quickly (~2 fingers). However, the retention is minimal, as it dissipates very quickly (~1/2 fingers) and leaves little lacing. There is plenty of quickly-rising carbonation.

The aroma is overwhelmingly grainy with hoppy and metallic accents. I suppose this is what you would expect from your average American Adjunct Lager, though the sweetness and metallic character are not overpowering.

The beer matches the nose pretty well, but the flavor is a bit "sweeter" than the smell would have you believe. It's largely grainy, with a little bit of hop character and minimal maltiness.

This is definately on the lighter end of the density spectrum, so I will label the body as "light" for my purposes. In the aftertaste, there is a bit of a dry sweetness. The finish doesn't turn you away, but it does just (barely) enough to keep you interested.

If this beer has a characteristic to laud, then this is it. With a light body and little flavor to savor/enjoy, it's quite easy to just pound Blatz after Blatz. This is a beer best enjoyed cold, as the temperature increase doesn't reveal any flavors worth discovering.

I picked up a 12 pack of this while on vacation in central Wisconsin. My dad remembered when his friends' fathers used to drink this stuff when he was younger, so we decided to pick up something cheap to use for the bratwurst. As my review will suggest, there really isn't a whole lot "going" for this beer. However, when compared to some modern macros, I would rather drink this stuff. It tastes a bit better and it's pretty cheap; I think the 12 pack was ~$5.50 or so. I wouldn't go out of my way to try this, but if you're looking for somenthing to drink on a hot day, then I would suggest trying this over most modern macros.

Serving type: can

07-16-2009 01:07:13 | More by diabecktic
Photo of Pauly2X


2.98/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- Very pale straw yellow, one half finger head maintained by effervesence from below.

S- Mostly grainy sweetness, faint floral hop note is way in the background.

T- Light grainy sweetness is the main flavor start to finish. This is also augmented by notes of corn which become more evident as the beer warms. A very faint floral hop note towards the end serves to check the grainy malt, albeit barely.

M- Light and fizzy, the finish is a little watery.

D- Nothin special but I can put back a few.

One of the classics... for it's style anyway. Marginally better than the big names today. Plus it's just cool to drink "the beer that made Milwaukee famous"

Serving type: can

05-04-2009 22:45:18 | More by Pauly2X
Photo of JesseP09


3.03/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Blatz is a pretty straightforward beer with not much complexity. It certainly doesn't have a bad taste, but it is nothing too spectacular. It smells kinda funky, but not too off-putting. For it's price, however, Blatz is worthwhile. It is an easy-drinking cheap beer that is really a conversation starter when you roll up to a party or a social occasion with it due to its distinctive name and history.

Serving type: can

04-16-2009 01:48:25 | More by JesseP09
Photo of thebarnesbomb


2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Had on-tap at the one-and-only Wolski's in Milwaukee, WI. Cheapest beer per pitcher, so we were looking forward to getting "Blatz-ted" on something cheap. With all of the offerings that Milwaukee has to offer, this one's pretty low (lowest?), so no high expectations. To be honest, it wasn't too terrible, with good drinkability, not to mention a ridiculous name. Not so fun- the hangover this thing causes is no joke

Serving type: on-tap

03-16-2009 03:39:44 | More by thebarnesbomb
Photo of Mardukk


3.23/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I finally found this stuff after years of wondering what it tasted like. I remember as a kid seeing this odd named beer in stores.

It pours a suprisingly deep golden color (was expecting a more light beer light yellow color).

No smell.

It has a grainy sweet taste, with little to no hops or malt to speak of. As sweet a tasting beer as I've had.

Very smooth drinking, no off putting crazy flavors or bitterness. Considering what it is I'm fairly impressed at it's drinkability. Most of the beers in this category have at least one really horrible flavor that makes it undrinkable.

Pleasant suprise, even though I'd never seek it out again (too much good beer out there).

Serving type: can

01-21-2009 22:26:00 | More by Mardukk
Photo of johnd513


3.98/5  rDev +65.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a glass. This beer pours a straw like color with a fizzy white head that quickly disappears. The taste is a little better than your typical macro. By far my favorite "cheap beer" I'll take this over a Bud or Miller anyday.

Serving type: can

09-15-2008 01:38:53 | More by johnd513
Photo of BeerBelcher


2.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I did not think this beer was very good, even by the standards American Light Lagers. I am no macro-hater, and to be honest find most average, but this one is definitely below that mark. It is not tremendously different from other typical light lagers, but this one has a sort of nasty-sweet corn aroma and flavor. Appearance is (as you might expect) light yellow, clear, and fizzy.

Serving type: can

09-07-2008 01:50:14 | More by BeerBelcher
Photo of bushbeer75


2.6/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Brewed by Heileman in Milwaukee - 12 oz. can

Blatz poured a clear yellow [straw like] color with a fizzy white head that dissipated rather quickly. Aroma and taste is of very light corn, adjuncts and malt with very light bitterness. Mouth feel is light, thin, crisp and finishes with a clean dryness. I reviewed Blatz remembering that it is in the American Macro Lager category so the "standards" are not as high as other categories [i.e., American Ales, German Ales, Belgian/French Ales, Scotch Ales, etc].

Blatz is another American Macro Lager that I haven't had in years and years. The lager is about the same as I remembered. Drink it cold. Not bad for an inexpensive lager.

Serving type: can

08-17-2008 22:47:46 | More by bushbeer75
Photo of NOOGIE


1.95/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Now this is really ironic, I had no intention no doing this! The ironic part is that at our church picnic this would be one of three beers for a long time.

Apperance: Poured 12 oz can into my mug, fast pour, 1 finger of foam appears then quickly disappears. Carbonation throughout, dark golden yellow color.

Smell: Like beer poured through steel. Not very pleasant. Also grains and alcohol in the smell.

Taste: Beer poured through steel, with a burger meaty taste. Doesn't have a grainy taste like other Pabst beers.

Mouthfeel: There is none! You drink it and it goes straight down. Also it tastes warm? If that sounds weird its like you have to slam it to stay cold?

Drink: Well if you like metal mixed with meat this beer is perfect for you. For the rest of us not so good. Two stories, then I'm done.

1) I used to drink this, Steel Reserve, and various bum wines (Thunderbird, Nightrain, MadDog) for a whole summer.

2) I hear that this beer was bigger than Bud, any truth to that?

Serving type: can

07-21-2008 06:32:19 | More by NOOGIE
Photo of detters


2.35/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally found this after months of looking. I firmly believe that everything that comes from Pabst is the same beer, but they put it in different cans for nostalgic purposes. That being said, hell, it's not that bad. Beats the holy hell out of BMC. There ARE hops in it! I'll never buy it again, but my conscience is now clear.

Serving type: can

05-20-2008 23:45:24 | More by detters
Photo of botham


2.13/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass. pours a pale straw color with a half finger of loose white head that lasts a few seconds. no lacings.

aroma is lightly malty, with a grainy and metallic character. not well balanced.

taste is grainy, with a metallic and stale character. finishes with a stale aftertaste. not impressive.

mouthfeel is ultra light bodied with a sparkling texture and a less than smooth finish.

drinkability is not good. this brew could be refreshing after mowing the lawn, but there are much better macro lagers out there. easily passed up.

Serving type: can

05-03-2008 23:55:12 | More by botham
Photo of elmore


2.38/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Imported from Wisconsin on a recent trip. Had this in college a few times, because it is dirt cheap. Paid 3.99 for a 12 pack this go-round. Poured pale golden color into a lager glass. Average, bright white, 1 finger foamy head with a little lace. Not really much smell or taste. All I can say is it is a typical macrobrew, no worse or better than most AB or Miller products. Nothing special, nothing terrible. Wouldn't seek it out again.

Serving type: can

01-06-2008 02:45:34 | More by elmore
Photo of giblet


2.48/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

saw this at $6.99 for a 12 and was surprised when i saw it was a 15 pack...bonus. i bought this cheap beer cuz we had a cookout for the college football games. the first was poured in a glass the rest were from the can.

not a bad cheap beer. pours decent with decent carbonation. flavor is grains with a mild hint of hop...very mild. good bbq and lawnmower beer. and good value for the cheap tailgate parties.

worth a try.

suckem up and movem out.


Serving type: can

09-17-2007 11:37:19 | More by giblet
Photo of dstc


3.58/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden yellow typical macro lager color. Full white head with good retention and nice lacing.

Smells again like a typical macro lager. Grainy and a bit metallically.

Good taste. One of the finest macro lagers. Clean, crisp with sweet corn flavors.

Smooth in the mouth, light and well carbonated.

If you want something light this is a great beer. Nice flavor. I'll admit I have a soft spot for this beer and it may not be everyone's cup of tea but give it a shot. Especially if you can find the long necks with the real bottle top before they move to the twist-off type (which is rumored to be soon).

Serving type: can

07-11-2007 19:16:14 | More by dstc
Photo of happygnome


2.83/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

a: average macro lager golden color with eigth inch of head that dissapears fast leaving no lacing
s: macro corn malts very little hop presence metallic aroma as well
t: clean and crisp flavor nothing too offensive
m: light to medium bodied with average amount of carbonation

overall for its price this isnt a bad beer, nothing offensive in the taste or anything. I know the reputation of this beer, a cheep beer that can remove the paint from walls, but i was pleasently surprised that this repuation was not an accurate description of the actual taste

Serving type: can

06-27-2007 17:38:45 | More by happygnome
Photo of berserker256


2.9/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I found a six pack of long necks and I couldn't pass it up. I haven't seen Blatz in ten years or so. It's rather water-like. Yellow and foamy like pee. It didn't taste bad... It just didn't taste like much of anything. At $3.99 for six long necks, I'd buy it again. They're good to drink after drinking thick dark beers all night.

I think the thing that I like most about Blatz is my memories of my up north Michigan relatives. They always drank Blatz. And they were great fun to hang around with. A lot of swearing and laughing took place. And occasionally they'd blow shit up with explosives. They had fun. And even though I was quite young I knew that those stubby bottles of Blatz had a lot to do with the fun-filled activities that we partook in. We had a Blatz.

Serving type: bottle

06-26-2007 01:59:27 | More by berserker256
Photo of plaid75

New York

2.73/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a medium straw hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet husky grain with hints of cooked corn.

The taste consisted of a light grainy malt, some sweet corn and a smattering of flowery hop. Overall clean and light.

The mouthfeel was light with a slight slickness.

Overall a good and drinkable macro. Nothing great here, but a nice alternative to the big boys. Thanks to czoch75.

Serving type: can

05-22-2007 00:58:35 | More by plaid75
Photo of Rennpferd


2.5/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Served on tap!

It was crystal clear, very pale with a tinge of yellow. It had a foamy white head that quickly shrank down to a lacing. Massive amounts of carbination could be seen rising to the surface. As I drank it, it left a slightly cling lacing of head on the sides of the glass for a short while.

It really didn't have any smell. I was very disappointed.

It was crisp and refreshing. No real malt or hops taste. Just crisp light and smooth.

I could drink this stuff like water. It is drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

04-28-2007 14:04:11 | More by Rennpferd
Photo of Beerman420


2.78/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Best beer for the money. For $4.50 a 12 pack it can't be beat.
A - Looks like budweiser. Head disapears quickly, but when you're poor who cares about the head. The gold/brown can is pretty cheap though.
S - Not any worse than Budweiser, unless Bud is in a bottle.
T - Not the best, aluminum barley. After a few it starts to gain on you.
M - No complaints for a cheap beer.
D - Very good drinkability, especially after 5 or so.
Hangoverability - Very good. McDonalds never tasted so good.

Serving type: can

03-12-2007 10:07:47 | More by Beerman420
Photo of badturtle


2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I picked this up because it was the cheapest beer on the shelf. It certainly isn't the worst, though. It looks like common fizzy yellow beer. My wife commented that it doesn't look like beer. She is used to seeing better beer. Hops are more noticeable than I've come to expect from Pabst. It is much more balanced than PBR. The mouthfeel is light and watery with lots of fizz. It finishes with a brief, but strong hint of apple. Overall, while I'm not a huge fan of the style, I'd have to say I have a new favorite American macro lager. Very drinkable. If the intention is to get drunk, this is the ideal beer. If the intention is to enjoy some good beer, look elsewhere.

Serving type: can

01-14-2007 03:27:40 | More by badturtle
Photo of xav33


1/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

12 oz bottle
Medium pour in a shot glass
Recent brewing, splatzed 12/06

Poured a clear light yellow with an average fizzy quickly diminishing head.

Smelt of moderate cooked corn and metal.

Taste was upfront moderate sweet cooked corn and stale grain followed by crap. Palate was light bodied, watery to dry, fizzy, and grossly metallic.

Overall, it's cheap and the name is funny. If you think these are good points, then you are an underage easily susceptible underage drinker or a dimwit who shouldn't be reading this, not only by their ability to read, by by their lack of tastebuds.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2006 08:26:38 | More by xav33
Photo of dedrinker


2.58/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked up a 40 on a road trip and saved it to wash down some chicken biscuit sandwiches. There is nothing offensive here, nor is there anything distinctive either. Fizzy yelow stuff that scrubs the grease off my teeth. Used to be available in my area in stubby bottles, but no more - hence the road trip. Basically all the G. Heileman schwag beers are pretty much the same.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2006 23:51:27 | More by dedrinker
Photo of granger10


2.1/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Got a case of this for around $5. The best thing about Blatz is the appearance, which most people wouldn't notice given they don't pour it into a glass. Anyways, bright golden color with a larger creamy head. Head fades but the lacing is really nice. Smells of nothing, tastes of nothing. Very minimal in all regards. Easy to drink only because it's like water. A bit grainy and adjunct filled but really nothing. If you want a good cheap beer just get Schlitz.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2006 14:27:02 | More by granger10
Photo of aforbes10


2.4/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

so i;m finishing up my night of good beers, which has included founders breakfast stout and victory storm king...with Blatz. ive never heard of Blatz, but we found some so we thought, why not? and why not indeed, since Blatz holds it's own up to the other terrible macros out there. its clear and thin looking, sure...and it smells like rice and corn water...but its got a flavor that's...uh...present, and its drinkable. actually, its making me a bit sick, but i feel that if i had had just Blatz tonight, all night, i'd be golden.

edit: i just looked at the picture on this page...this comes in BOTTLES!!??

Serving type: can

08-15-2006 00:56:10 | More by aforbes10
Photo of gunnerman


2.25/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Drank from the bottle so the appearance from what I remember is like every other american Macro Lager, pale piss yellow with no head. Taste is not to bad for a macro it does have that same corn taste but it is a bit malted as well. I rember drinking a few of these back in the college days and waking up with the worse hang over possible, that was my experience with this Blatz beer, I would avoid at all costs these days.

Serving type: bottle

08-06-2006 12:36:03 | More by gunnerman
Blatz Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
59 out of 100 based on 167 ratings.