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American | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): not listed

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 02-07-2002

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2.58/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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2.5/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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2.51/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of Ozzylizard
3.01/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Undated can at 42 degrees into a shaker; a defunct beer from a defunct brewery into a glass from another defunct brewery
Aroma of disulfide
Head large (>8 cm, aggressive pour), white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to two mm ring and partial layer
Lacing - none
Body light yellow, clear, lots of floaties, or maybe floaters
Flavor sweet with some acetic acid and some copper – or am I having a heart attack – surprisingly good for a 10/11 year old adjunct lager which was shitty even then
Palate light, syrupy, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2, Flavor 3.5, Palate 3.5, Overall 3

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3.25/5  rDev +45.1%

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2/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.25/5  rDev +0.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -33%

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2.75/5  rDev +22.8%

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2/5  rDev -10.7%

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2/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.5/5  rDev +11.6%

Photo of brewsadedotcom
1.92/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: pours with no head very pale straw yellow color

S: strong corn aroma. Smells like a beer that should be used for beer pong

T: Watered down and bland as expected but not offensive. As long as they're super cold I could drink a few of these. I've certainly had worse.

M: Low to moderate carbonation. Again very watery.

O: If your looking for a super cheap beer for a college party or a game of beer pong this is a viable option. It is what it is.

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2/5  rDev -10.7%

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2.75/5  rDev +22.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ktrillionaire
3/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to Local Option's Tony for hooking up everyone at Delilah's with a can of American.

A - I can't see inside the can, but the packaging screams American. And adjunct lager, too.

S - The nose is beery, with hints of minerals, de rigueuer triple-hops brewing, and smells also like it has a vortex-neck (though it is actually in a can.)

T - If they sold this at Moe's in Springfield, Duff would possibly go out of business. Litmus test: passed.

M - Average, but better if you make a dent in the front of the can by the mouth hole, thereby reducing agitation of the beer as it enters one's gullet.

O - While it is no Blatz, it is also no BL. Pretty decent stuff.

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Photo of Brad007
2.4/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a whitish-gold color with a thick head that fades down to lacing on the sides of my glass.

Aroma is full of hints of adjunct (corn and possibly rice?) with just a tiny amount of hops in the nose. Seems right for the style.

Taste is watery and grainy with the adjuncts giving way to a residual sweetness. Very bland. Almost no carbonation.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering residual sweetness, which dominates here. Not much else to be detected except for a watery feel to it.

Well, it is the cheapest 6 pack around here and the quality reflects it. $3.69 a 6 pack. You won't enjoy it but there are worse things that you can drink. I'd like to think that the name of the beer is a jab at other producers of adjunct lagers, especially A-B, which is no longer an independent American brewrey.

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Photo of erikm25
1.93/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Pours a crisp golden straw yellow. Head rises up with a mound of white fluff but quickly disappears leaving minimal lacing at best. The appearance of this beer in the glass is no where near as inspiring as the graphics on the can.

S: Aroma was sweeter then the usual of this style. Grainy and tortilla corn like.

T: The most positive thing I can say about the taste is that I think there was a hint of hops. Apple sauce like finish.

M: Thin and low end.

D: This was a terrible deal for a six pack but I will finish them off to at least so my money won't have gone to complete waste. No offense to the brewery but at the end of the day, if cash flow is an issue, just go ahead and pick up some PBR instead.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.6/5  rDev -28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

How appropriate is this? AmeriCAN beer for an AmeriCAN CANned beer drinker and the day after an AmeriCAN holiday!

Well, the celebration was off to a slow start when the finger of foamy white head that I got from the pour decided to rain down like last night's fireworks. The color was a nice golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was very sweet, lager-like, but really sweet. Mouthfeel was medium with a sugary, cereal/taste on the tongue. I began to wonder if I was going to go into diabetic shock off of this beer. The finish left me gasping for air, reeling from its intense sweetness. I rarely pull a Drain Pour, but this one came mighty close. Oof.

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2.36/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured out of can into pilsner glass.

Appearance: looks like every other "old Man" Beer. Yellow fizzy. Not much of a head, what was there disappeared quickly. Not much lacing to speak of.

Smell: maybe sweet corn,

Mouthfeel: not much to speak of.

Drinkability: Not bad at all can drink plenty of these on a hot summer day, flavor is a bit bland, but lends to the drinkability.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
1.99/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A. Drank a cold can with a friend as payment for mowing a lawn. We got ripped off. Anyway, being that I drank from a can, I have to be fair and rate it average like I do for other canned/bottled beers I did not have a glass at the time.

S. Light and watery. Mineral water and corn. No hops. None.

T. Astringent but light enough to water that down. Corn and cooked veggies. Slight DMS. Strangely better than Iron City, the flagship beer of this brewery. Though it is better than IC, this is still not a good beer.

M. For the style the mouthfeel is fairly typical. Light, light bodied. Watery. There you have it.

D. Low to mid grade swill. Obviously it must be consumed as cold as possible. Better than some, worse than most.

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Photo of clayrock81
1.95/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I went to college at IUP in Indiana, Penn. One of the people I met there was a towney (grew up in Indiana) and went to the college, living with his parents to save money. His dad drank this and had no problem if we drank it when I came over. W/o a doubt a college beer. It is a very light, airy taste w/ almost pure water going down your throat. Perhaps it is so smooth because I swear there can be no alcohol in it. One night we just stayed up for awhile and made beeramids with a case. I know I was in college, but I couldn't handle killing a case like that w/ a normal brew. Oh, memories.

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Photo of PittBeerGirl
1.9/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

The main appeal to American is the cost. Its really cheap and something that poor college kids have no trouble sharing with their friends. Its inexpensive and its not terrible. It looks and smells like most other macro lagers and it is relatively drinkable.

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Photo of ZAP
3.03/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Story behind this beer:

So I stopped by West Side Liquor in St. Cloud while the wife shopped across the street. With a stocked cellar and fridge at home and a good beer store in my neighborhood now I wasn't in a big buying mood...so after looking and passing over many beers I settled on this 40-cent can of American lager...made by Pittsburgh Brewing I figured it had to be worth 40 cents to try. I am not adverse to drinking some macros and even cheap macros from time to time so I gave it a whirl.

A-Light golden...1/8 inch white foamy head...

S-Cooked corn....smells a little like the remaining ounce or so at the bottom of your old mil returnables in college after they sat for awhile....not saying that is bad but just describing the smell.

T-Lighter flavored...leans sweet with the cooked corn...no off flavors...just not a lot of flavor overall...pretty unoffensive but basic for the style.

M-Medium to low carbonation...almost a creamy texture in the mouth...nothing nasty about it.

D-This is not a bad low budget macro...I guess it's best characteristic is that it doesn't suck....and I mean that....a lot of these cheaper macros have bad off tastes and are hard to drink. This is no GABF winning beer by any means but at least it is drinkable. Would be able to drink several of these at a sitting at the right time (college party). It's not a boatload of flavor but I'm guessing for the people who will drink this beer that is not a priority.

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