Big Flats 1901 | World Brews

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
World Brews
California, United States
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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
Ratings:
317
Reviews:
154
Avg:
2.6
pDev:
28.85%
 
 
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8
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Photo of WickedBeer
2.6/5  rDev 0%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Determined_021
1.31/5  rDev -49.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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's 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 ChiefHowlers
2.76/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Thing is, it's better than natty ice or your other cheap lagers and tastes just as good or better. When I want a cheap beer, it's big flats or bust.

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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 jgunther71
2/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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 dcotom
3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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 DKHNOVA
3.86/5  rDev +48.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Zazzi82
2.02/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Icampbell17
1.21/5  rDev -53.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of Cocomojoe81
2.24/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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 pixarnick
2.42/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Fargrow
2.01/5  rDev -22.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Angerhaus
1/5  rDev -61.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This is what my cat's sweat would taste like if he drank energy drinks all day

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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 JDW4195
3.75/5  rDev +44.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Raime
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 sparx1100
2.67/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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 Skelton
1.06/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Makes Natty Light taste like a double IPA.

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Big Flats 1901 from World Brews
2.6 out of 5 based on 317 ratings.
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