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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Brewed by Hop House Brews, La Crosse. WI and Rochester, NY for Walgreens Drug Stores.

Added by alcstradamus on 12-11-2010

BEER STATS
Reviews:
154
Ratings:
315
Avg:
2.6
pDev:
41.15%
 
 
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Photo of acmurphy696
1.66/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

They say an adventurous spirit is a way to know you're alive. So the idea of trying a beer that priced as $3.50 a six-pack struck me as a "what-the-Hell" kind of thing to try.
Well...
It's better than bud.

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Photo of Squire123
1.5/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Proof that the words "good" and "cheap" sometimes don't belong in the same sentence.

I can see how something likes this gets started. A major chain contracts for a house brand to sell at a low price and wants it to be just good enough to develop a following. Missed opportunity here, this stuff just doesn't cut it. Very light, watery brew that manages to be thin bodied yet medium flavored. Unfortunately the sweetish flavor isn't very good and makes finishing one a chore.

The appeal of this beer is it's cheap price but if they cut that low price by half I still wouldn't buy it again.

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Photo of KMillard
2.53/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Good cheap american beer. Made by Genesee and has less off flavors than Genesee lager, which has a copper-sweet, low carbonation problem. This is more uniform and less offensive, but still sweet. Worth the price and good cold.

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Photo of James954
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

To the point... at $2.99 +tax this beer is at the top of the American Adjunct Beer style. The price of this beer says more about the greed of big name brand breweries that have been selling beer that is of lower quality than this stuff. The only downside about this brew is a sweet aftertaste that gets stronger at the finish.

Start: sweet corn upfront
During: Sweet corn fades with more bread
Finish: more of the same.

Overall: Consistency is an issue that makes long term drinkability a problem. The sweetness really builds up on you and makes it hard to have anymore...still better than a buttwiper.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
2.71/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 fl oz. can, no canned on date or freshness information. Acquired a six pack of this, and a six pack of its brethren Big Flats 1901 Light from the local Walgreens for $6 plus tax.

Poured into clear tulip-ish stemware given to me as a gift from my brother.

A - Pours clear lager gold, lots of bubbles going crazy in the glass, nice clarity, and about two fingers of soft frothy fizzy white foam. Minimal spotty lacing. Doesn't look awful for what it is, in all honesty. Perhaps a bit pale, even for the style.

S - Aroma is cheap & dusty. Malty, corny, grainy, & husky. Slightly grapey & phenolic. Typical, but not pleasant.

T - Taste is the same : dusty, grainy, malty, papery. Notes of grapes, wet cardboard, and dusty corn / grain adjuncts.

M - Feel is thin & watery. Grainy, corny, & papery on the finish. Easy-drinking stuff.

Overall, in terms of what I paid for it, it's not half bad. A cheap affordable option, probably one of the best deals around.

Big Flats 1901 -----3/5.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.41/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

An unbelievable $2.99 for a six pack of cans. It was one of those rare occasions that it's EXACTLY what I needed for a particular situation. That will be considered into the final rating.

So with a few cans left, this pours as expected - a pale straw golden color...but a beautiful head forms on top, creating a display of 4 fingers, and not backing down for a good minute or two. Atop the beer is a creamy ring that's almost permanent, and lace is left on the glass. A solid 5 for the style.

Aroma is of stale grains, namely corn and barley; a touch of chlorine/clean water; and a slight phenolic character as well.

It's even better tasting out of the glass than out of the can. I get a bunch of pale malts, a snap of grassy hop, and then a bit of a skunky estery quality, finally fading out to almost nothing on a bread note. My first reaction trying this beer was that it tasted like a light beer, but out of the glass I'm noticing more of the flavors surface. If I had to closely compare it's probably about like a funky cross between Labatt Blue and Miller High Life.

Feel is what's expected - carbonated up front and then calming towards the rear, and a belly full of foam. Semi dry pasty parch at the end.

I think if price is considered - and really - whether we admit it or not consciously or subconsciously we factor price into these reviews (imagine if this was $9 a can), this beer is a knockout. Affordable, semi-tasty, and oh so poundable. I'll buy it again if I'm ever in need of a quick sixer for a special occasion.

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Photo of agarand
5/5  rDev +92.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

THIS IS QUITE POSSIBLY THE BEST BEER EVER CONCEIVED BY THE BREAST OF MAN. THE FOLLOWING REVIEW WILL BE ORGANIZED IN THE TRADITIONAL CATEGORICAL RATING SCALE DEVELOPED BY HOWARD FREDRICKSON OF WHALES IN 1863.

can feel: (7.46/13.71) IN HAND, THE CAN FEELS AS IF YOU ARE HOLDING A ONIX STONE FROM A GLACIAL RIVER OF THE NORTHEASTERN PORTION OF YUGOSLAVIA. CAN FITS WELL IN HAND WITH .43 INCH DENTING WHEN SQUEEZED WITH 73.7 NEWTONS OF FORCE. ASTONISHING. Although, CAN DID TAKE 23.78 NEWTONS OF FORCE TO CRACK. WHICH IS OFF THE INTERNATIONAL SCALE OF CRACKING BY 7. LACKLUSTER.

appearance: (3.2/3.8) IMAGINE YOU ARE DORTHY FROM THE WIZARD OF OZ AS YOU SKIP DOWN THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD. SUDDENLY THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD TURNS LIQUID. YOU, DORTHY, FALL INTO A RIVER OF YELLOW GOLDEN LIQUID. THIS IS A SIMILAR EXPERIENCE YOU GET WHEN POURING A CAN OF BIG FLATS INTO A PINT GLASS. AMEN.

bouquet: (-11.567/-12.22) AN ENCHANTING BLAST OF SMOOTH EXOTIC ROBUST SUDDLE AROMAS WHICH TICKLE THE BIPOLAR CELLS OF THE OLFACTORY SYSTEM IN A SENSUAL WAY. VERY SENSUAL WAY. SPECTACULAR.

taste: (.0001/.00015) THIS BEER, MUCH LIKE JACK SPARROWS COMPASS, GUIDES THE DRINKER TO THE TASTE AND DESTINATION OF WHICH HIS (THE DRINKERS) HEART DESIRES MOST. REWARDING.

mouthfeel: (12.32/10.112) IMAGINE THERE ARE MILLIONS OF LITTLE TINY ANTELOPES DANCING ON YOUR TOUNG. SUDDENLY, THE ANTELOPES METAMORPHOSE INTO UNICORNS. BUT ALAS, AS SOON AS THE ANTELOPES HAD BECAME UNICORNS, THE UNICORNS TRANSFORM TO PEGASI. 51 PEGASI TO BE EXACT. THESE PEGASI PASSIONATELY BREED WITH YOUR TASTE BUDS. EMACULATE.

final impressions: IN HIENSIGHT, I DEEPLY REGRET DRINKING ANY FLUID THAT IS NOT BIGFLATS. I AM NOW A NEW MAN. I LOVE THIS BEER AND THIS BEER LOVES ME THEREFORE VICARIOUSLY YOU LOVE it.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
3/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Leftover can from last night. Didn't consume any of them and my buddy left one for me..or he forgot, who knows he was pretty damn schwasted. $2.99 for a six pack of cans and I'm not sure what to expect.

Look - Pourd into a pint glass. Beer is a crystal clear straw yellow with a large frothy white head with soapy esque popping bubbles. Head drops fairly quickly and eventually settles to a cloud formation on the top of the beer. Carbonation appears to be about medium with this one as expected. Lacing is not a factor.

Smell - Really smells more like a euro lager than an adjunct. Bready and even slightly lemon like on an initial whiff. Grain bill is heavy though not stale like so many others in the category.

Taste - This beer is all grain and minimal adjunct. Immediate notes of wet white breads with justa touch of flax in the finish. Crustyness comes through as the beers warms up a bit but it never becomes unpleasant.

Feel - lightly bodied and a bit watery with a moderate amount of carbonation. Spritzy and poppy in the mouth.

Overall - A perfectly fine AAL that is a steal at $3 a sixer. Better than the more expensive AAL options. Not a beereligious experience by any means but fine to fill the fridge on the cheap.

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Photo of SoulFroosh
4.52/5  rDev +73.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

--- Reviewed in context of the style and price point ($3.50 for 6pk) ---

This is a really good alternative to the big macro beers.
I think actually it's one of my favorite adjunct lagers right now.
It beats everything else at this price point.

No off corn smells or flavors.
It almost has the taste of a good Euro pilsner.
Really refreshing.

It's almost like Walgreens went to a craft brewer and asked them to make an adjunct lager -- and they just f**ing nailed it and showed all the big guns how it's done.

Cheers

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Photo of MichaelProcton
2.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Extremely clear, and though the head fades rapidly, there is active carbonation that leaves a bit of a lace collar. The tint, however, is quite yellow: apple juice-y. Smell is bland malt, but no skunkiness detected [this changed as the beer warmed anywhere past really cold.] There are actually a lot of hops in the taste for the style. They dominate, to the detriment of anything else you might be able to detect. The carbonation gives a sharp mouthfeel before fading as the beer sits. Not a special beer by any means, but at $3.50 for a sixer, you weren't expecting much, were you?

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Photo of tillmac62
2.39/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It's cheap, and that's the best I can say about it. Think poorly made beer and you'll have a pretty good idea what waits for you in the can. Save the 3 bucks for a sixpack and buy a single of a good beer instead.

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Photo of creepinjeeper
2.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

12 oz. can poured into a Libbey pilsner glass. This can says "Brewed by World Brews, Rochester NY".

Look - Straw yellow. Fluffy head that settles into whispy. The lacing lingers on the glass.
Smell - Cooked vegetables and plant matter.
Taste - Again with the cooked vegetables, little bit of rice water. Sadly, not much going on here. Beer needs to be ice cold.
Feel - Watery mouthfeel. Decent carbonation.
Overall - Drinkable, but not something I would go out of my way to get; even at a $2.99 price point. I am going to use the rest as a marinade for chicken, beef and pork. (Sadly, that is what I originally bought it for. I had hoped for a little more.)

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Photo of RVerduin
2.8/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

The can itself doesn't tell much more than that it's a Lager Beer brewed by Hop House Brews (La Crosse, WI or Rochester, NY). A quick internet search told me that it was a 50 cent a can beer from Walgreens. Needless to say, my expectations weren't high. I decided to give it a fair chance nonetheless.

I poured it into a standard pint glass. What I saw was a clear golden colored beer, topped with a white head that dissipated (too) quickly. The amount of bubbles told me that it was decently carbonated.

Sweet malts dominated the smell, at the cost of the hops. It reminded me of wheat beers.

The taste was watery, and followed the beer's scent: sweet malts, and not a lot else. Only a slight amount of bitter hops. It left an aftertaste that was unpleasant and sour.

The feeling was a bit course, but still refreshing, and the beer was decently carbonated.

Overall this is not a beer I would enjoy on a Sunday afternoon. It's too watery and too malty for that. However, it's great for a warm day, with some spicy food, and its low price makes it a great choice for parties as well. Just keep drinking to avoid the unpleasant aftertaste!

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Photo of BusterSufo
2.38/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I almost pissed my pants reading these reviews. God bless the guys that give it a five. Generally you get what you pay for. So keeping that in mind, this is some cheap ass beer. It costs 2.99 here in Chicago at Walgreens. It is drinkable. When my budget is fatter than I drink better beer. When I gotta scrape some bread together, this is the cheapest option and its better than no beer. Quit yer bitchin'.

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Photo of Lahoi
2.35/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For what it is, a cheap AAL, this is as decent a beer as any. $2.99 a six pack...what does one expect? Golf course, beach, yard-work beer. Most of the time I'd prefer a $9.00 six pack of good beer to 3/4 of a case of this stuff, but most of the time isn't all of the time.

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Photo of lmactans
1.08/5  rDev -58.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

PROS: Very cheap beer for the buzz - $2.99 a six-pack at Walgreen's, and the artwork on the can is ok.

CONS: The taste and smell makes me want to puke. Seriously, I have a hard time keeping it down. The only way to drink it is to plug your nose and chug it down as fast as possible.

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Photo of TomVelvetPaws
3.76/5  rDev +44.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Not bad all around really.Great beer to take Fishin,Work out in the Yard,Camping,buzz maintanence after all the good stuff is gone and nothing is open like Sunday mornings lol.It's 2.59 a sixer here.Ya just cant beat that price especially on a hot summer day.About the carbonation.I have bought some that was as described very bland on the carbonation almost damn flat but at the same time Like as I write this the Carbonation is very high and even more bite colder (Love that carb bite).It doesnt tend to have that sour aftertaste more of a sweet fruity aftertaste actually.Which can lend tothe "Maintanence factor as anyone knows that sour aftertaste we dont want it when we been drinking all weekend the sweet is much easier to handle.Think about it Wallgreens the Drug store has the PERFECT BUZZ MAINT BEER :)

This Beer also does well served in a ice cold mug yum yum yum

However I think that TRANSPORTATION could be a factor in the quality of the product once it reaches its point of sale.

Am I wrong?

Walgreens should handle with care lol and not transport just with everything else its a sensitive material

They could probably buy a couple of big rigs and send them across america promoting and delivering the Product and triple thier money wallgreens can affod it

*Slides Leonard a cold one since he gave it 5

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Photo of berkeleymaw
2.03/5  rDev -21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Meh. Watery and bland. Can't really say that it tastes bad since it largely has no taste at all other than a corn adjunct aftertaste. Not highly carbonated, so I imagine this would be a good choice for some frat party's beer bong: cheap, tasteless, and with only average/medium light carbonation.

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Photo of suckydog
3.33/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Wow, lots of beer snob reviews about this beer. First thing I thought when I tried this beer was Yuengling, not too bad of smell and taste. Good for a hot summer day, and not bad for the price, $2.99 a 6 pack at Walgreens.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.74/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Can from Walgreens at 3.33 per six pack.
Crystal clear light golden color with a bubbly frothy white head and moderate sticky lace. Grainy cereal aromas with a touch of pomme fruitiness. Crisp grainy maltiness with a touch of green apple and lots of carbonic bite. Medium body with a spirited level of carbonation. Well the price is right, and it doesn't suck. I wouldn't go out of my way to pick this up, but its a decent drinker. I might see if I can shotgun one of the remaining 5 cans.

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Photo of hophugger
2.64/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Ok, Walgreens beer, but I need to be objective. Color and head needs not be discussed. Aroma is malty and smells like any of the cheaper, mass produced low end beers. Taste, well, not as crappy as I thought it would be. Definitely malt forward, but I would put it up there with the bud, bud light and cheaper beers. It is not as bad as people say for what it is. Not much hop flavor here, but a good beer for the yard work days, and make sure you drink it very cold..

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Photo of end374
1.43/5  rDev -45%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

The worst beer I have ever had. Tastes like someone watered-down a PBR and then threw corn meal into it. I was unable to choke down a single can even after a couple different beers and ended up pouring 10 cans out of a 12 pack down the sink.

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Photo of GeneralBees
2.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Defiantly not the worst thing I have drank. This might not be something I would sit down to enjoy or serve with any sort of meal. However, I could see this being a perfect cheap beer to bring fishing or camping.

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Photo of UnicornProfessor
2.25/5  rDev -13.5%

There's barely any flavor, but what little there is...well, it's not all bad. If the object of the game is simply getting drunk on the cheap (or buzz-maintenance after drinking much better beers), then here you go.

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Photo of Cactus_Ron
5/5  rDev +92.3%

Quite possibly the perfect beer. I see all you beer snobs out there turning your nose up at it because it's 50 cent beer, but the truth is, it has a great taste, is light and refreshing, and is perfect for those not wanting to spend their whole paycheck on Bud or Coors or Tecate or the more expensive craft beers. This is an every day beer, and although I can afford any beer I want, I choose this one.

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2.6 out of 5 based on 315 ratings.
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