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Straub American Light | Straub Brewery

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Straub American LightStraub American Light

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Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States | website

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by NeroFiddled on 08-03-2002

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Reviews: 33 | Ratings: 62
Photo of nicholas2121
4/5  rDev +37%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Straub American Light brewed by Straub Brewery,with an ABV of 3.20% First off I like the name of this brew "Straub American Light". Now for the review , the brew pours out a nice golden amber color. There is also a nice bright white head to this brew. The smell of this light lager is rich with malts and grains. You also pick up a hit of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is light grains and malts. Not a bad tasting brew. There is not much to the taste of this brew. The mouth feel of Straub American Light is , light , smooth, and refreshing. There is nothing overpowering about this brew. It is a bit on the light side, but that is to be expected with a brew of 3.20% ABV. Straub Brewery, did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving Strain American Light a 4 out 5.

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Photo of DrDemento456
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Pretty much the same as the regular but almost water color yellow like pee. Had fizzes out to nothing quickly too.
S - Again pretty close to the original with corn adjacent, some hops faint if any and bready malts.
T - Well it drinks rather well for a light beer hops hidden, kind of watery but decent beer body. Corn isn't skunky.
M - Way to easy to pound I had like 12 in a night and it didn't even get me drunk. What is the allure of light beer?

Overall the price is right and it taste 50% better than BMC light beers but with such a low ABV I will never split a case again. OK beer I guess...

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Photo of nukem5
3.33/5  rDev +14%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a nice golden hue with thin layer of foamy head resting on top.

S: Aroma is sweet malts, light grassiness, and a touch of bittering hops.

T: Taste is basically the same as above, sweet malts adjunct light bittering hops.

M: Mouthfeel is fuller than typical light beer, usually I turn down light there are about 3 exceptions this is one of them.

O: Overall a good beer for its class,always fresh and tasty.

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Photo of tdm168
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I haven't had this beer since I moved from Ridgway back in 2003. I appreciate my father bringing a case down on his recent visit.

A - bright yellow gold with a thin, fizzy, white head that has little retention; a lot of carbonation rising to the top

S - grainy, corn sweetness, maybe some grass

T - grainy, grassy, slightly bitter

M - light bodied, smooth, well carbonated

This is a decent light lager. There are just enough hops to keep the palate slightly interested. It's a bit sweet, but it doesn't have any of the offensive notes that often plague this style. It's a very light, easy to drink, refreshing lawn mower beer.

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Photo of cpolking
3.35/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a pale yellow golden, with effervescent carbonation. There is a half-inch of pure white head.

The aroma is fresh and dry golden grain in a dusty galvanized metal bucket.

The taste is very light grain, with a touch of grassy bitterness.

There is a crisp sting from the carbonation, but some creaminess from the head.

For a light American adjunct lager, this is really quite good, one of the best in its category.

Thanks to tone77 for this beer, I guess I liked it better than he did.

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Photo of tone77
2.65/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, grains, a touch of corn is present. Taste is also mild, some grains, a malt or 2, just a faint hint of hops. Feels light in the mouth and overall, while not the worst light beer I have had, it's nothing special.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.95/5  rDev +1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass

Appearance - A very pale straw yellow color with white head that fades very fast. Not a great look for a brew, but standard for a light I would say.

Smell - Not a whole lot of odor, but a it of corn sweetness followed by a bit of maltiness.

Taste - The taste was actually more pronounced then what would have been originally expected. A sweetness from the corn and a bit of maltiness, but again more pronounced then the average light beer.

Mouthfeel - Much thicker then expected for the 3.2 % abv with a good level of carbonation.

Overall - A bit better for then the average light beer.

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Photo of ZenAgnostic
2.7/5  rDev -7.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12oz bottle poured into mug. No stamped date.

Appearance - White 3 finger head after a high pour. Super pale yellow body. Good retention and lace.

Smell - Very corny. Sweet muskiness. Smells like an Oktoberfest beer.

Taste - Water. Thin artificial sugar. Very light corn.

Mouthfeel - Some effervescence. Just water, really.

Overall Drinkability - Decent for its style. Horrible for a beer. Not bad as a seltzer.

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Photo of MirkoCroCough
4/5  rDev +37%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Can into pint glass. Drank the rest straight from the can.

Not your typical yellow fizzy beer. Very clear and bright but golden. Not a strange yellow.

Smells good. Muted pilsner malt smell and apple juice sweetness.

Surprising amount of malt flavor for a light beer.

Nice and smooth with good carbonation. Creamy maltiness. Not too thin and watery.

Amazing for the style. With the low abv, you can drink many, wake up, hit the gym and go to work no problem. Far superior to any macro light beer.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
2.52/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a light yellow color with a nice tight foam head that quickly dissipates to a film. There is some spotty lacing.

S: Nothing happening here, some light toasted grains and bread. Very faint smells.

T: Some light toasted grains hit the palate first. The middle is when the small amounts of corn flavors come through. It ends with more of a buttered cracker and bread taste.

M: Thin and water, but with the right amount of carbonation.

O: One of the better light lagers I have had. Easy to drink. The bread and cracker taste was not expected but it was a pleasant surprise.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.52/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I enjoyed this on tap at Al's of Hampden in a Nonic

This came with a lightly chill hazed golden color with a semi quick dropping snow white cap with tiny bead. the smell is good with some bready grain notes and slight sweet ester. the feel is really just highly carbonated and light (go figure) not too sweet or really any obvious flaws, though.

I enjoyed the way the flavor was gentle with malt-pilsner flavor with light toastiness, a slight bready effect from the yeast and mild hop tinge in the finish which is very clean and crisp. The drinkability was high for it was good for scrubbing the oils of the bacon cheese fries and cheesesteak I was enjoying. I think it would also go well w/ light fare like a salad.

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Photo of JunkYardJake
2.85/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into pint glass.
At 3.2% abv and weighing in at 96 calories, this is a seriously light beer. Color is palest of pale yellow. Head starts big and fizzles quickly. Smells grainy with a hint of lavender or something. Taste is suprisingly decent for what it is. Noticeable malt flavor with little to no adjunct flavor. Very smooth and slick mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation zip. Not a world-class beer but is a nice alternative to BMCs light offerings.

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Photo of loveingminor
2.58/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into my official Wilkes University beer glass on a Snow Day.

Appearance: Beer appears crystal clear (clearly a newtonian liquid). Has a golden hue to it.

Smell: The beer does not have much of a smell to me.

Taste: not much flavor, but that is kind of the point. I'm using it as a spacer beer after my Yards India Pale ale. But what taste I do get isn't too skunky like other light beers I've had. But could be a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: Feels more like a soda than a beer.

Drinkability: I could drink five of these today and think nothing of it.

Good beer for a spacer, or if theres nothing better to drink.

On a side note: I had this in a bottle many times over the summer. I remember it being a lot better. Maybe my tastes have improved.

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Photo of kartoffelsalat
2.98/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light with decent head retention. crystal clear

Smell: biscuity but not much aroma

Taste: Balanced for a light beer

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Feels like cabonated mineral water due to lack of body. I would only have 1 and move on to something with more body and malts.

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Photo of Buggies
3.1/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Pours a clear straw yellow color. Nice booming head diminishes to a thin one that leaves random chunks of lacing. The aroma is real faint. Faint aroma of citrus, corn and very faint malt aroma. The taste follows the nose pretty much. It really does taste like a light version of the regular Straub.

There is nothing really amazing about this beer. Simply, it is a nice refreshing light beer that's drinkable when you just want a dam beer. Straub is a staple in my house. The fact that it comes in cans is a bonus in my book. It is always nice to support the locals.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.68/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

CAN you believe that they only recently began putting this beer in a CAN? Thanks to the good people of Straub who brought some to the Millvale Fest yesterday and gave me a CAN each to review.

I got a finger of bone-white head with low retention. Nose was very light, lightly sweet. Color was a pale-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was thin-to-medium with a very dry taste on the palate. Finish was slightly dry, somewhat light, not bad for a Light beer. Still, this version or Leaded (Regular)? Straub Green in the new neon CAN, baby!

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.91/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow body with a finger and a half of white head that leaves some nice lacing behind on the glass.

Some adjunct sweetness but also some pilsner-type malt aroma.

The taste follows the smell. This one really does taste like a lighter version of the original Straub. It's like Straub's little brother. Some light malts, some sweetness, both of which are well-watered down.

Light, carbonated, not much to say.

Ok drinkability here. I'm a Straub fan, but I can see no reason to grab this one instead of the original.

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Photo of WesWes
3.65/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a pale gold color with a thick frothy white head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a pilsner malt scent that's light and dry along with an equally light hop aroma. The taste is decent as well. It has a standard light lager flavor of pilsner malts and light hops. It's extremely smooth and easy drinking. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a low bodied beer with good carbonation. This is a good light lager. It's all malt and perfect for those hot days in the hills of St. Mary's.

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Photo of jkaufman
2.49/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz. bottle into a thistle glass.

A: Pours light straw colored with a one-finger thick fluffy white head. Has decent lacing.

S: I tried real hard to smell something...anything...but there is nothing here to smell.

T and M: A (single) corn-like malt flavor weakly dominates the palette. Goes down smooth, well-carbonated, and watery; finishes clean and a little crackery.

D: Very drinkable, but there’s not much at all to enjoy.

I’ve had worse light beers.

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Photo of BEERchitect
2.66/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Sampled in a recent beer analysis tasting. Good news: the flaws are light. Bad news: all the good flavors are lighter. Not much to this beer. It's a watery, grain flavored and textrued, light-bread tasting brew with moderate amounts of sulfer and grassy hops. Colored a modest pale, clear, and a fleeting head retention. Efforvescent to the mouth, masking most flavors, good or bad. Basically, if you aren't chasing bar food with it, it's probably not worth having.

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Photo of plaid75
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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

The smell featured a mostly light corn aroma. Some doughiness was detectable.

The taste consisted of a light flaked corn and mildly biscuity non-adjunct grain.

The mouthfeel was clean.

Overall an easy drinking light beer. Low ABV makes drinking one or two of these negligible.

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Photo of Dogbrick
2/5  rDev -31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Clear straw color with a medium thin white head with fair retention. Minimal lacing. Aroma of light grassy hops and a hint of malt. Light-bodied and crisp at first but becomes watery right away. Mild grassy hops flavor, along with a bit of sweet malt. The finish is carbonated with very little flavor aside from a touch of hops. Although boring, it is decent for a Light beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.81/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Light yellow with decent head, seems like every other burp beer made and smell was cooked veggies, and actually seemed more like Old Milwaukee NA, almost to the tee. This is a alcoholic beverage? Bad news was going to follow I'd guess.

I was suprised at the mouth, a little foamy, a little bitter, washed like a better than average beer. So be it. How did it taste?

It actually has some flavor, more than BMC products, really had the cooked corn thing down, it wasn't as prominent as Miller for instance. It was just a tad bitter, had a bit of a odd "trix" sweetness and was a pretty good drink.

Not a bad light at all, but not a big light beer fan.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.16/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Unfiltered, acid-washed gold with the occasional bubble meandering up to the attractive, bright white head. The beer isn't much to look at, but the cap makes up for it to some extent. Eventually I spy a thick collar of lace, above which is displayed a flurry of little blips of lace that, for some reason, remind me of tiny birds on the wing. The short collar becomes a thick, extended collar with drinking. Nice.

There's nothing special where the nose is concerned. Lightly sweet barley coexists with an aroma that, while not offensive, doesn't smell entirely natural either. The label chastises me, however, for daring to think that anything other than pure, natural ingredients went into the brewing of this beer. Whatever. The least they could have done was to make it smell appealing.

The flavor starts off no different from any other dumbed-down light lager, but it can't even maintain that minimal standard of acceptability. After its initial blush with mediocrity, the flavor flattens out, loses whatever minor spark it held and nearly descends to what I'd call vegetal. It doesn't taste quite as bad as an alcohol-free 'beer', but the 3.16% ABV ain't helping.

The beer is mildly sweet, with grain as the only recognizable flavor. Hops are pretty much a no-show. The finish is abrupt and is as welcome as the end of a beating. Needless to say, the mouthfeel has more in common with water than it does with beer. The relative lack of carbonation doesn't help in terms of mouth interest. Pathetic, even for the style.

Straub Beer was an okay drinker if I remember correctly. This light version is not okay. No how, no way. At least I've maintained my baseline level of health since the brewery has informed me that Straub Light contains no sugar, no salt, no fat and no cholesterol. They forgot no flavor and no body. Pass.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
3.03/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A quaffable light lager, but nothing special. Pours out to a light yellow color with a head like a Dr. Pepper. Medium high level of carbonation. Aromas are weak to the point of nearly being absent, but traces of sweetness and light hops could be observed. Taste? Not much, some sweet cereal grains, and that's about it. Somehow, this beer is still better than any other light lager i've had that's mass produced. Mouthfeel was slighlty zesty, with the carbonation giving the beer a refreshing kick. Drinkability just north of average. Wish stuff like this was available in MI. Special thanks to MaltyGoodness for the sample.

THE BLOODHOUND FACTOR: The muts took a liking to this, but as I found it quaffable as well, their portion was rather limited.

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Straub American Light from Straub Brewery
72 out of 100 based on 33 ratings.