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Pearl Lager - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
67
poor

58 Ratings
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Ratings: 58
Reviews: 15
rAvg: 2.68
pDev: 24.63%
Wants: 7
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.73% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: pezoids on 07-09-2002)
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look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Damn, that's an old school can in that pic. pearl is one of those beers if you grew up in Texas you remember it well. One of my uncle's favorites. my cousins and I would sneak them out of his fridge in the garage lol. Its one of those beer i always go back to. especially if I'm having a BBQ and I know a lot will be consumed. Cheap and very drinkable.

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2.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Drank straight from the can.

A - honestly can't say since I enjoyed mine from the can. I am sure it is yellow and bubbly.

S - a little bland, slightly skunky

T - dry, a little sweet, citrusy metallic

M - watery and slightly dry with unpleasant after-taste

D - I drank mine because it was the cheapest of the light (only) beer available at a little back-woods bar in Jonestown, Tx. I give it this, it is cheaper than most, and it's tolerable, I question the alcohol content though...

Frosthazard, Feb 21, 2009
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3.9/5  rDev +45.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

NOTE: I bought this 12 pack of 12 oz. cans in Beaumont, Tx. Pearl beer is not sold in Louisiana. Pearl has a thick, white head and a very clear, highly carbonated, golden appearance. Aroma is faint. The taste is mild, but has a roasted aspect, which prevents this beer from being bland. Mouth-feel is light and watery. It finishes crisp and satisfying. Overall, this is a very pleasant and enjoyable beer. I recommend trying it, if it can be found.

RJT

RonaldTheriot, Apr 26, 2010
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4/5  rDev +49.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Really quite good for an adjunct lager. Pour was a pale gold with a thin carbonated head. Lively carbonation with a clean flavor profile. Faintly sweet grain notes up front with enough hops to be present. Finish was very tight, but not dry or astringent. This would be an excellent lawnmower, beach or lake beer and calls out for hot weather.

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2.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Clear light golden color with a small white head and profuse carbonation, the lacing is fairly good.

Aroma: Tart, sour aroma with some grain notes and a little attenuated hops.

Taste: Begins with tart malt flavors, these flow into a fairly strong citrus hop presence, which turns to a harsh and lingering metallic bitterness. The finish is somewhat dry.

Mouth feel: Sharp carbonation, the body is not as thin as would be expected, possibly the best characteristic of this beer.

Drinkability/notes: Hopefully, Pearl is not considered to be representative of Texas-brewed beer. Overall, it’s OK, but nothing great. I would also note that Pearl is despised among my macro-beer-drinking friends. It’s better than Natural Light, but who cares?

Pegasus, May 21, 2003
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The CANQuest continues ... CAN you dig it?

My pour created two fingers' worth of bubbly, bone-white head with decent retention. Color was a golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a lot of cereal qualities along with a faint lager sweetness. It would be interesting to see what some of these breweries could produce if they would just get away from the adjuncts. Mouthfeel was medium with a lightly sweet lager flavor on the tongue. This was better tasting than many others that I have been subjected to on this quest. Finish was kind of light, still on the sweet side, but not bad. Overall, it was kind of a middle-of-the-road beer, but for the style, it was slightly better than many others.

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SicemWT, Sep 17, 2013
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2.05/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Ahhhh, Pearl Beer....unfortunately, you just ain't what you used to be. Before the review, a little background is necessary. Back when I started drinking beer in the early 80's, Pearl was still a genuine Texas product, and a pretty darn good one at that. I'd never call Pearl a "great" beer by any known standard, but it was always a dependable brew, cool and crisp on a hot Texas day. But that was then...now Pearl is a lowly third-tier Pabst product which isn't even brewed by Pabst anymore (80% of Pearl is now brewed by the Miller Brewing Company). The original Pearl brewery in San Antonio closed it's doors in 2001, and the beer has definitely suffered. The real downfall began in the mid-90's, when Pearl Brewery sold out to the S&P Company. If you were lucky enough to have tasted Pearl pre-1995, then consider yourself to be lucky. Anything after that point wasn't the "real" Pearl beer as it was originally brewed.

So now we have this Pabst product masquerading under the venerable Pearl brand. I picked up a 6-pack and told myself to be objective. It poured ok, weak head, but not awful. The smell was overtly corny and a bit stale. It didn't taste awful, just bland, with no real body or finish to speak of. No bad aftertaste, but it did leave my mouth a little dry. Mouthfeel was watery and the overall drinkabilty was sad in comparison with what this old Texas favorite used to produce.

I'm afraid that I'll have to retire this brand for good. We had our fine days in the sunshine, old Pearl, but it's time to move on. At least there is still plenty of Pearl memorobilia to be found at the antique stores....I'd like to remember you as you were. Thanks for all of the good times...

Dubblebock, Sep 11, 2003
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2.5/5  rDev -6.7%

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Pearl Lager from Pabst Brewing Company
67 out of 100 based on 58 ratings.