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Pearl Light - Pabst Brewing Company

Pearl LightPearl Light

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BA SCORE
65
poor

20 Ratings
THE BROS
-
no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 20
Reviews: 10
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 32.91%


Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  2.10% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2002)
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jayrod20

Texas

2.73/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

BOOO YYYAAA

pours a straw yellow and is bursting with flavor. This beer has taken me on many wild nights and crazy adventures through the college years. It is cheap. It is beer. and has rock and roll persona about it that in my book give it more respect than any Budweisers.

Serving type: can

05-06-2008 03:28:58 | More by jayrod20
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08-30-2012 07:24:33 | More by wreckem8010
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2.3/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can served in a Sam Adams Perfect Pint glass.
A random fisherman gave me this when I was in Del Rio, TX.

A - Crystal clear pale body with 2 finger of fleeting white head that settles into a thin cap. Nice lacing.

S - Strange vegetal aroma right off the bat. Slight grainy aroma.

T - Lager yeast, very light dry malt flavor. No sweetness and finishes very crisp and dry.

M - Medium prickly carbonation, super light body, crisp and very dry.

This is hot summer thirst quencher. Very dry and not much going. Almost taste like seltzer water.

Serving type: can

03-09-2012 01:09:09 | More by StaveHooks
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2/5  rDev -14.5%

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3.5/5  rDev +49.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The ultimate outdoor beer.

A: Pale straw color. Lots of bubbles. Foam disappears quickly.

S: No smell at all.

T: Very mild. Very refreshing. Tastes like energizing potion while bicycling or playing tennis.

MF: Beautiful. Mellow. High Carbonation. Ultra-refreshing. Revitalizing.

Overall: A cheap beer that you can literally drink all day as a refreshment. No fear of getting sloppy on the court or waking up with a headache. Needless to say, this is a very weak beer. But for what it is, it's best in class.

Serving type: can

12-08-2011 01:16:31 | More by eye2
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Texas

2.75/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale straw and crystal clear. Moderate white head with little lacing.

S: Not much of anything. A hint of corn and cereal grain.

T: Again, not much to go on. But what is there is balanced. No off flavors.

M: Very light and dry. High carbonation.

O: About as light as it gets. And sometimes that's a good thing.

Serving type: can

09-07-2011 16:28:59 | More by GrayHam
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.73/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is, uh, non existent. Nothing there. There are really no characteristics that come to mind. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall there is nothing to recomnend about this beer.

Serving type: can

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Engineerrock

Arkansas

3.63/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

A - Very light color. If you pour it fast into the glass (if you bother) you might get a finger of head.

S - Not a lot of aroma-a little bit of crispness.

T - Primary flavor is seltzer water. Second flavor is a crisp, subtle hops, and last a little bit of sweet-but not from malt-maybe corn?

M - Seltzer water.

D - IT'S ALL ABOUT TIMING. If you are looking for something with intense, complex flavor, or to go with spicy food, forget it. If you are looking for a beer after mowing the lawn on hot summer's day, there's nothing better. Why? Bubbles. Clean, no aftertaste. Just enough alcohol to get in your pores and cool them down. $9 a 12/pk.

Drink it and enjoy.

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Serving type: can

04-18-2010 03:14:37 | More by Engineerrock
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woodychandler

Pennsylvania

1.9/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

CAN you dig it? I get home from work and all of a sudden, things turn into Chanukah! It's a festival of Lights! Here goes nothing.

I started with an aggro pour that produced a fizzingly explosive finger of bone-white head that fell like an anvil onto Wile E. Coyote's head. Have I used that pop culture allusion/simile before? I apologize, but it becomes difficult to remain creative with some of these beers. Well, if the head wasn't all that, the color definitely ain't. Geez-O, man, I thought that Lone Star Light was a pale yellow, but this is paler than my redheaded alabaster-skinned girlfriend in Oxnard, CA many years ago. It was cool dating her because both of us were like vampires despite living right at the beach. I digress ... Nose had an extremely light lager-sweetness to it, but I really had to inhale to catch much at all. Mouthfeel was super thin, approaching wateriness, with a mighty mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish was so unobtrusive that I began to wonder if I had even drank anything until I noticed that the liquid level in the glass was going down. Coupled with its ABV (2.1, is that for real?!?), this could give Michelob ULTRA, as opposed to MK-ULTRA, a run for its money. Now, if only I liked Michelob ULTRA ...

Serving type: can

01-15-2010 21:48:35 | More by woodychandler
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beerdiablo

Texas

3/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The black sheep of "light" version of the "National beer of Texas" has no need to be reviewed in the proper context. This is not craft beer, nor does it portend to be.

This is an inexpensive, generic macro lager meant for mass consumption whose only redeeming factor may be the picture games on the underside of the caps of those adorable chubby, short bottles - if you can find it in that offering. Now its usually just in a can.

Even if it were free, I'd say that sparkling water would give this beer a run for its money in the alcohol content. You might be better off going with the water.

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karst

Missouri

1.43/5  rDev -38.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The Pearl Brewing Company in San Antonio started in 1881 as the J. B. Behloradsky Brewery (1881-83). The brewery was renamed the San Antonio Brewing Company (1883-88) and began producing Pearl Beer in 1886. The name was changed to the San Antonio Brewing Association and then in 1952 it was changed to the Pearl Brewing Company.

Pearl from the land of 1100 springs, the Original Texas Brew, Pearl! Nature’s finest ingredients and pure water allows the delicate flavor of Pearl to sparkle through, creating pearl-like bubbles that rise in a freshly poured glass of beer, hence the name PEARL BEER!

Was this what I was thinking when I picked up a 6 pack from a gas station near La Vernia, Tx.? Or was it the old brewmeister, Dan Koening, with his feet scarred to mid calfs from wading through hot wort to save the Pearl brewery back in the 50's. By the time my wife's uncle Kenneth knew him and we came to San Antonio in the late 60's he still was always barefoot trying to recover the callus for the souls of his feet.

Pearl acquired the Goetz Brewing Company of St. Louis in 1961 and merged with the Southdown Corporation of Houston in 1970. The acquisitions allowed Pearl to move into national markets and IMHO it lost its soul as surely as one on Dan's scalded feet.

In 1995 S&P Company of Mill Valley, California, purchased Pearl. They made Pearl, Pearl Light, Jax, Falstaff, and 900 Malt Liquor. In 1998, Pearl Brewing purchased the Stroh Brewing Company, who had recently acquired the Lone Star Brand. To much hoopla, Pearl brought the Lone Star brand home to Texas.

In June 2001, S&P Company closed the Pearl Plant in Texas and Pabst brewing took over the Pearl brands. Production of Lone Star and Pearl beers, along with other Pabst brands was moved to the Miller Brewing Company in Fort Worth where Miller is brewing 80% of Pabst beers.

In November 2003 the brewery in San Antonio burned. Not very much fire damage, lots of smoke damage though. The walls are filled with cork (insulation) and that was the majority of what burned. The part that burned is the original 1898 belfry structure. Pearl is no longer brewed in S.A. but the tours go on.

Meanwhile somewhere in an old F-150 pickup in cooler, there are 5 cans of Pearl light. R.I.P. Thank God for O.P. Beer (Other People's). Carpi Brewum -sieze the beer!

Serving type: can

04-09-2005 09:24:36 | More by karst
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Pegasus

Texas

1.35/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a pale straw gold with a decent snow-white head that lasts for but a moment, lace is quite poor, heavily carbonated. Faint aroma of overworked hops and cooked grain. Taste begins with a bit of stinging carbonation, rather faint malts, finishes with weak residual hops. Taste and mouthfeel are not that different from a sparkling water. Perhaps Thomas Mann had Pearl Light in mind when he wrote of "a chemistry of the insubstantial".

This beer is noteworthy for its caloric content, only 68 calories per can. However, I would just as soon skip the potato chips and have a real beer instead.

Thanks to Johnny-Boy for this sample.

Serving type: can

07-03-2002 18:14:32 | More by Pegasus
Pearl Light from Pabst Brewing Company
65 out of 100 based on 20 ratings.