Falstaff | Falstaff Brewing Company

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Falstaff Brewing Company
Texas, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-28-2002

This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

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Ratings: 21 |  Reviews: 12
Photo of Wudro
3/5  rDev +24.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -6.6%

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2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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2/5  rDev -17%

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3/5  rDev +24.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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1/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of biggmike
2.17/5  rDev -10%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This was one bad beer. Another cheaply made American lager. They finally put it out of its misery in June05. I have no idea what it looked like, because this was drunk only from the can. If its like most pale lagers, it looked suspiciously like urine, only colder. If you never tried it, consider yourself blessed.

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Photo of swid
2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I had the opportunity to have the last Falstaff at George's Red Pepper Grill (a Tex-Mex/Cajun place in the Haymarket), and it could very well have been the last Falstaff in Lincoln. The staff laughed when I asked for a glass; I told them that Falstaff should go out in style. Nostalgia aside, on to the review...

Falstaff pours a clear yellow color into my pint glass. A 1/2", white head forms, and quickly dissipates. Moderate carbonation, no lacing. The aroma is full of adjuncts, some malts; overall, the overall effect is a very generic, yet restrained, sweetness.

The taste of this beer is grainy and sweet initially, with the sweetness changing to being slightly more malty after a second or so. A very slight hint of hop bitterness is present, barely. The mouthfeel is light without being thin, and is fairly wet and slick on the tongue. Finish is crisp, clean, and with virtually no aftertaste.

Overall, I was pleasantly surprised with Falstaff; it was a step above the run-of-the-mill BMC lager. However, in this segment, marketing is much more important than taste, so that's why it has become a beer of the past.

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Photo of Vancer
3/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Farewell to Falstaff. Went to Mangia’s for a final can or two since they no longer will be made. In the 60s-70s, one uncle would drink Falstaff, another Hamms (God rest their souls). Dad would work on Schlitz. I was in my early teens, and would always be sent to get them beers. Back then, ya needed a church key to open them – so I would also get a small pull from each, for my troubles.

Oh, the beer. Guess it doesn’t matter too much, but too much corn and not enough grain/malt. Didn’t matter.

Farewell to Falstaff and my youth <sigh>

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.6/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Falstaff is typical macro yellow color. Very little carbonation. The head is initially average-sized, but is quickly long gone. The aroma is also typical, just your normal sweet adjunct smell. The taste is a little bit better than the aroma indicates. No doubt this is an adjunct product. Sweet adjunct taste figures prominently here, and no grain flavors are noted. Fortunately there isn't too bad of an aftertaste. This is drinkable as a hot weather beer, but you can find better macros for the same price. Just buy Pabst or Schlitz instead.

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Photo of BigRedN
3.68/5  rDev +52.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of about four beers that I try to rotate and have on hand at all times. I just picked up a 12 pack of cans (less than 6 bucks) and realized that I have not given this one a proper review. The ratings are against other beers in this style.

Appearance: Straw in color, I'm going to have to just start referring to this as "macro". Fluffy, 1/2 inch head, that dissipates quickly, did leave a little white dollop on top of the liquid, no lacing. Plenty of bubble.

Smell: Slightly sweet, malty, grainy, sweet smell from corn?

Taste: Very little in the way of hops. Definitely sweet and grainy. Again, compaired to a Pale Ale or any other beer where big flavor is a must, this is typical macro. However, for the style it is very good.

Mouthfeel: Light, lively, carbonated. No aftertastes. Its gone in a flash.

Drinkability: Quite high. For some reason some macros I just can not stomach, but I keep coming back for more of this.

A Falstaff fan website claims that Nebraska is the number one state for sales of Falstaff. Is this a good or bad thing? Nebraskans are fiercely loyal to things that are Nebraskan, and this beer was once brewed in Omaha. I know this is a reason a lot of people in my hometown of Columbus still drink it. I drink it cause I like it.

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Photo of BarrelBrother
4.13/5  rDev +71.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Falstaff was an excellent beer back in the 60's when you have to figure Bud was King (YUCK). Compared to today's excellent micro brews and outstanding imports, Falstaff pales rather badly I'll admit. But I want to give this brew it's props for having some character back when choices were few and most beer tasted BLAND. Compared to Schlitz, Bud, PBR, Blatz, Black Label, Miller, ect.. of the day, I'll take Falstaff anytime. A beer with character was hard to find (by today's benchmarks) in the 60's, but Falstaff was the best back then (IMHO). This beer is almost dead with limited contract brewing and very few distributors handling it. Give it a try if you can find it and compare it to America's volume beers (Bud, MGD). Think you'll be impressed...

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Photo of winomark
2/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I did not know this beer still existed!!!

Appearance: Meduim straw color, with a meduim white head and some streaming bubbles.

Aroma: Metallic nose due to the can, with some malt and grain smell.

Taste: Sweet malt and maize/rice flavors. Dry, crisp, but short finish.

Mouthfeel: Quite mild on the palate, with excessive carbonation.

Drinkability: A nice novelty beer fro people who remember when this was a big St. Louis beer. Won't be trying this one again.

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Photo of bditty187
2.85/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Translucent golden hue with hints of amber, the brilliant white head had minimal retention and produced no lace. The nose was limited with soft grainy notes, sweet adjuncts (corn & rice)… rather clean and not offensive, it is rather typical for the style. The palate is slightly sweet but pleasant, kind of grainy (very mild though). The malt influence is minimal… the body is thin but not watery. Minimal hops persuasion. The finish is crisp enough, ideal carbonation. Seems to lack chemical “contamination.” This is a very simplistic beer, when cold it is enjoyable on occasion and if you factor in the price, it is hard to beat… after all Falstaff is the beer that made South Omaha famous!

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2.63/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very much of the standard American macro template for pale lager beers, perhaps a notch above. Not anything to be overly excited by, and it probably wouldn't overly impress you except through the the fact that may be better than the average example of the template. Straw colored brew with the standard white head, a bit of the smell and taste of adjuncts, and a somewhat light-bodied, watery mouthfeel.

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Photo of BeerAngel
1.15/5  rDev -52.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a very clear, very pale yellow with a small white head that disappears very quickly. The smell is that of pure adjuncts revealing corn, corn, and then corn in the background. This stuff is foul, moreso than most macros even. It has a very odd sweet musty corn taste with no hop or carb bite at all. Not sure why anyone would contract this stuff out. Very watery mouthfeel and nothing else to talk about. I'll somehow muster up a 'Cheers' anyways!

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The only reason I drank this crap is because my sister gave it to me for free. It poured well into a large 24oz wax cup. Light and lifeless, it was as though someone squeezed a bar rag into a cup and then added water.

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Photo of BeerBob
3.18/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Falstaff Beer “The Choicest Product Of The Brewer’s Art” pours a nice amber from a 12oz can. A white fluffy head forms nicely at about two fingers then leaves rather quickly leaving a broken wisp of a ring.

Nose is a light damp grain with out anything else. Palate is a crisp grain, corn, rice, and a bit of barley malt. The carbonation levels are on par with the level of bitter hops, leaving the palate clean and refreshed.

No off balance or off taste (chemical or metallic) here, just a good old American macro Beer that you should sit back and have a few, with friends or a good meal.

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Falstaff from Falstaff Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.41 out of 5 with 21 ratings