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Country Club Malt Liquor - Pabst Brewing Company

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39 Reviews
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Reviews: 39
Hads: 87
Avg: 2.48
pDev: 49.19%
Wants: 7
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Malt Liquor |  5.86% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 04-03-2003

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.86/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't even believe I bought this, however, I am a firm believer that every beer has some redeeming value, however small, so for the sake of knowledge and experience I dropped a WHOLE DOLLAR on a 40 oz. bottle of this liquid beast.

For one, it comes in a clear bottle, bright yellow, a bubble or two at the top but thats it. I didn't even bother to pour it, however, the little that I did had no head whatsoever.

Smells like beer and a faint hint of corn, not much else.

Taste was, I have to say, better than I expected. I am NOT a fan at all of malt liquor, it gives me a nasty gut cramp, so I aproached this one with trepidation. The taste was a bit sweet, malty and a mix of corn and grain. Not really any strong tastes, and it went down pretty smooth with little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, went down much like water. Almost no detectable carbonation and no aftetaste. Weight was really light.

Drinkability here is a bit above average. In the event that I ever want a cheap ( and seriously, it's only a damn dollar) malt beverage, this is a viable option. I'll probably get a few more.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.96/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and thick, glass-coating lecing. The carbonation is modest, an occasional bubble rises to the surface.

Aroma: The skunk characteristic is quite pronounced, no doubt due to the clear glass bottle, but there are also present notes of cokked vegetables, and harsh alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a mild corn malt note, afterwards there is a slight alcohol note, but quite restrained, at least for the style. The corn malt and alcohol carry to late in the taste, whereupon a mild herbal hop presence appears. The finish is clean and dry, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Overall, the taste was surprisingly insubstantial, more like a light lager, certainly not suggestive of a high alcoholic gravity.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Surprisingly mild, with little that could be called character, inoffensive, but also indistinguished. As with all examples of this style that I have tried, the price paid was sufficiently low as to make any compliant seem somewhat churlish.

Presentation: Packaged in a forty ounce clear glass bottle with a screwtop crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark yellow brew with a bit of white head to it.

Smell is sweet corn and biscuit with a mild but discernable hop scent.

Taste is less sweet than expected and mild flavor with an easy to taste note of alcohol. You can taste a hint of corn in this and a bit of biscuit flavor with a detectable amount of hop.

Mouthfeel is average.

More drinkable than you would think, flavor is mild and the adjunct flavors subdued. This is no good German Lager but it is better than a Budweiser flavor wise. If you want to try this brew DEFINATELY get the cans, the clear bottle version will be skunked like crazy.

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Photo of TheDeuce
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Big ass 22 oz. bottle.

Appearance-pale golden color with a fizzy white head that is rather large and sticks around, no lace being left. Just a fizzy beer.

Smell-lots of grain, toasted barley, biscuity malts, some discernable hop lingerings.

Taste-effortlessly smooth, smooth malt profile, not really much hops and fairly bland but no worse than any other macro. Decent.

Mouthfeel-not too overbearing, alcohol is hid really well, goes down really smooth, minimal aftertaste.

Drinkability-really smooth and decent for a malt liquor, hides it's alcohol level really well. I'm shocked.

Overall-by far the best malt liquor I've had, even better than Colt 45, tastes like a normal lager but higher alcohol and insanely poundable. Don't drink too many of these, but at least I've finally found a decent malt liquor.

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Photo of Pantalones
3/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Second can picked up from the cheapo bin at Kroger. Best-by date on the bottom says December 21st, 2015.

Poured into a standard pint glass; very pale yellow while pouring, a tad darker in the glass. It's very clear, with lots of bubbles rising up constantly. Actually has a decent-looking head of foam on it at first, and though it shrinks away somewhat quickly it does leave behind a ring around the edge of the glass and some "islands" of thin foam on top.

Smell upon first cracking open the can was a pretty strong blast of corn and funkiness, though it wasn't nearly as flat-out *bad* as the smell from the first can, which I remember being by far the grossest smell I'd ever gotten from a beer (it was much more sulfurous than what I got this time, I'd almost describe it as "farty") -- I wonder why there was such a difference? Either way, the smell fades once it's in the glass for a bit, but taking a sniff gets you some corn and a bit of some not-so-pleasant sweetness. Fortunately, that weird sweetness does fade away after a while so you mostly smell just a bit of corn. It's not the worst smelling beer I've had, but definitely not all that great either, and I have to count the initial nasty smelling blast upon opening the can against it even if it is a bit more pleasant afterward.

Taste is actually a good bit nicer than the smell. It's pretty pleasant overall, actually -- certainly not what I expected going by what I've heard about malt liquor in general. The primary flavor is sweet corn, and there's also a bready, grainy malt kind of thing going on in there. There's also a bit of a not-so-pleasant sweetness which reminds me of the similar flavor I picked up in Busch Signature (just a bit more than in this one) and Foster's Ale (so strong it was overpowering and, when I got to the second half of that giant can, a drain-pour.) That kinda-gross sweetness seems to come out more if you drink bigger gulps, but even then it's still not quite strong enough to make the overall flavor outright *bad.* On a positive note, that weird sweetness (much like the smell) seems to be "tamed" more and more toward the bottom of the glass, Maybe this actually benefits somewhat from being allowed to warm a bit, contrary to all I've heard about lighter-colored cheap beers being best when ice cold.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice -- I was pleasantly surprised by this aspect of the beer. It's not super fizzy and prickly, but it's not at all watery or thin-feeling at all, it actually feels somewhat substantial which makes it easier to drink smaller amounts at a time to prevent the nasty sweetness from building up too much. Leaves an interesting slick/sticky sort of feel on the lips and tongue after drinking a bit, haven't had many beers that did that but I kinda like it. No complaints here.

Overall -- is this a great beer? Nah, not really. But considering the horror stories I've heard about how bad malt liquor is in general, I was honestly pretty surprised by this one -- it may not be anything super amazing, but it's definitely not anything super awful either. I've actually found it pretty pleasant to drink both times I've had it, the only real negative is the smell and even that's not so bad after the initial blast upon opening the can. If you can't afford the prices of most "craft" six-packs but still want something that tastes halfway-decent and feels like more than just light fizzy beer-water, this really wouldn't be all that bad of a choice -- I'd certainly take it over something like Bud Light, especially considering that this is 2 dollars cheaper for a six-pack!

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Photo of Spikester
3.18/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is a nostalgia review. When I was a kid (About 40 years ago) this product was sold in short 8 ounce (?) cans in a six pack. We used to refer to it as CC. One of it's pluses was a sixer was easy to conceal and the high (at the time) alcohol content. (5.5%) This was daring stuff for a young person in an era of 3.2% beer!

The six pack slid right down into a golf bag and was readily accessible once on the course. I used to go golfing with a buddy of the same age and we would split a sixer on the links with declining results on our golf game. We always had a good time anyway.

I remember this brew had a too-sweet taste compared to the macro-brews of the time but was satifying on a hot day as long as it remained cold.

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Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is like the smell, malts with some corn and a touch of alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not bad as far as malt liquors go.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +29%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 40 ounce bomber stamped: OCT2912-EO5112020. Sampled on June 26, 2013.

The Granddaddy of Malt Liquors! Great double crack on the twist-off cap. It pours pale yellow with a tremendous milk shake-like white head that takes a good 2-3 minutes to dissipate. Hey! It looks like a malt liquor should but not golden like Colt 45.

The malt aroma is much more sweet and buttery than cloying. That's considerably better than I expected after reading earlier reviews. Even some yeast. Hops in the background are clean and crisp.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is malt forward but not sharp or biting like so many malt liquors can be. It does not make me grit my teeth when I drink it. Actually it is smooth and on the sweet side. Not really dry at the end but a vague lingering bitterness. I find it to be a decent malt liquor and nowhere near as gut-clearing as others I have had.

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Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev +29%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40, served in a 40oz bottle, screw cap included.

clear golden color, smells sweet and grainy, sweet tasty malt and corn, thin and smooth, the last few swigs on a 40 are tough, but if you breath out of your nose while you drink it gets down.

ABV is unknown, but sucking down 40 ounces of this beer in 15 minutes or less gets you 'nice'.

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Photo of Offa
3.36/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is clearly among the better malt liquors out there to me.

Golden, it has a medium white head that is unusually dense and long-lasting, shrinking very slowly to a small permanent head and leaving beautiful, long-lasting lacing in even rings.

The aroma is grain with hints of alcohol/wine and hint of feed grain.

The taste is much better, similar to a pleasant basic pale lager but with good sweet-bitter balance, decent fullness, well-rounded grain, a faint nuty hint and a light, crisp, spicey finish of apple cider, with a light alcoholic warmth and spice. It's light and smooth, but still tasty and interesting without being unpleasant.

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Photo of therica
3.38/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a case of this stuff as a joke, once. I was rather surprised! It's got a nice clean smooth taste, hiding a hefty alcohol-level punch that will quickly track you down! I believe it used to be made by a brewery in New York State when I bought it, so I'm not sure whether my experience is consistent with the current owner's froth, but after reading some of the other reviews, they seem consistent with my own experience.

The flavor is a bit over-average on the malt taste, and a bit of a yeast flavor. The carbonation is good, not overdone.

It sure left a good headache, though.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev +49.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its been a little while since Ive last hopped on the fo-tay train. 40 oz clear bottle pours into a mason jar a clear gold color with a decent cap of fluffy white head. Actually has some pretty decent retention, no lacing.

Nose is definitely corn-a-licious, but it is surprisingly unoffensive. For a forty, you really cant ask for much more. Maybe a touch of hops would be nice, but none are to be found here.

Hmmm, not bad. Clean and fairly crisp. It is not as sweet as most Malt Liquors and there is actually a little bit of dryness on the finish. Its on the low side ABV-wise and that probably is why it feels lighter than most of this style. I actually prefer mine in the 6-7% range, otherwise I just feel like I might as well be drinking a Coors. But I must say that of all the Malt Liquors I have had, this one tastes the lightest, most crisp and is probably the least offensive. Dare I say that I wont have much trouble finishing the bottle? Something about drinking out of a 40 oz bottle soothes the soul!

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Photo of JISurfer
3.76/5  rDev +51.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes I get tired of the "complex" beers and want something that is just plain beer. Nothing meaty, nothing nutty, nothing fruity, just plain beer. Well, looks like I found another gem. Something about this can just drew my attention. It could have been the golden crown with the XXX in it, the name County Club Malt Liquor, or the little slogan "America's Premium Malt Liqour". Whatever it was, it was intreagueing.

Now, to the actual review.
The apperance was suprisingly nice. It was a pale straw color with a nice white head. The head was one of the creamiest heads I had ever seen. That was definately a highlight in my book. The smell was nothing special, just the average balanced malty/hoppy smell. The taste was a little better than the smell. Sure it had elements of malts and hops, like most, but it was unusually smooth. Along with the balance, it had hints of citrus in the end and aftertaste. The mouthfeel wasn't too shabby either. It was smooth and creamy, not bubbly and burny-like. Drinkability, well, this is just another great brew for pocket change. I got it for $2.39 for a sixer.

Da Skinny.
This is one cheap brew that shames the big macro types, ie Bud, Coors, and Miller. It's just another good product pumped out by the guys and gals at PBR. Since this is Country Club, I guess this is what the rich folk drink.

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Photo of smooth925
4.25/5  rDev +71.4%

very malty taste. taste almost like a soggy paper bag or cherrios. i miss this brew, one of my favorite 40 oz.'s Great memories of being 21 and reckless. This has been hard to find in northern cali, but a must try, much more pleasant than the traditional 40 oz. out there.

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Country Club Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
64 out of 100 based on 39 ratings.