Stroh's | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of beergoot
3.57/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

After many years, I've found this beer again while visiting Ohio.

It has the look and smell of many adjunct lagers. The taste actually is a couple of notches above most examples of the style, a little maltier and grainy with a nifty hop presence.

And if I'm not mistaken, the current offering is small batch brewed in Detroit (the bottle label address reflects this) and is only distributed around the Michigan and Ohio area.

Welcome back, old friend...

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Photo of Tbill1993
2.91/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Let's be honest. If you are drinking Strohs, you know what you are getting into. It's not the best, but it's great as a easy drinking beer that can get the job done after 10. Plus it tastes way better than bud light.

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Photo of bwood06
2.9/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Decided to pick this one up just to relax around the campfire while on a trip to Michigan. I just wanted something simple, light, and no-fuss for once. This beer features a pale straw hue that showcases a very high dose of carbonation. The head is bright white, frothy, and dissipates very quickly to nothing. 3/5 The aroma is very simple and no-fuss with grainy cereal playing the major role and being backed up by very light herbal hops. 3/5 The taste is very much like the aroma in that the malt and cereal notes play the leading role with just a hint of sweetness from the grains. There is a bit of light herbal hops on the back end before a metallic and green apple finish that is a bit off-putting. The metallic note lingers for a bit. 2.75/5 The high carbonation from the appearance comes out just a strongly in the mouth with a quite substantial carbonation burn. Light body and crisp with a very light drying but the dryness does not really linger. 3/5 This beer was essentially what I was looking for at the time in that it is very simple, straightforward, and easy to drink. The main issue that I have with the beer is the metallic finish. Green apple doesn't both me unless it is over the top, but the metallic is never welcome in my world. 3/5

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Photo of SteveJeremy
2.26/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Would be a perfectly acceptable, cheap American beer if it wasn't offset by a pungent metallic quality that I guess is supposed to be the hops coming into play (kind of like how Pabst Blue Ribbon is offset by a sunky, almost ghastly aftertaste). Light offering might be better, but this one is disappointing even by the low-grade standards it sets.

Could definitely believe that back in the day this was a more premium offering, but this one has suffered the fate the same way Old Milwaukee, Pabst, and Rolling Rock have in that they suffer from mass-production and sub-premium/budget beer stigmas in the face of the more "premium" offerings.

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Photo of Rock_Glenn
1.53/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Like many of these American lagers I wonder what Stroh's tasted like back in the day. Either everyone's tastes matured or the recipe changed. Tastes of grain, corn and cereal, with a slightly metallic hops bitterness. Colored that ugly straw yellow no-one wants to see in their glass.

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Photo of Squire123
2.45/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

They retired a race horse and brought in a plow mule.

Back in the 70s this was a good one, above average. Unfortunately it has fallen victim to the times being relegated to a stable of brands which are so much alike once poured they are indistinguishable. Light fizzy yellow, more adjunct forward than hop or malt, just not much there to speak of.

All that's left is a nostalgic label.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.81/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Feels like I should be playing "Do You Remember?" from E40 & Too $hort while I write this review. Dem feelz.

Yellow adjunct beer, a little more hearty of a yellow appearance than most adjunct lagers. Or is it an adjunct lager? Perhaps not. Anyways, looks like you'd expect for the most part. Aroma was mostly neutral. A little sweet, a little bitter. You're not going into this for lots of malt or hops, and they're downplayed appropriately for their demographic.

Easy drinking corporate beer. Is what it is. Kid Rock was right.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.4/5  rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Appearance – The beer was straw yellow with a big white head.

Smell – The nose closely resembles dried grains.

Taste – My initial reaction is to suggest this tastes like dried grass. The high level of carbonation quickly brushes away any sweetness, so the dry grains dominate. The dry aftertaste has the effect of actually making me want to drink more.

Mouthfeel – The very visible carbonation brushes away the taste quickly. The carbonation is downright aggressive.

Overall – It is beer. This adjunct lager runs on the dry side.

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Photo of WestmontStorm
1.54/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

When I was a youngster, this is the beer my dad kept in the fridge. It was a good beer in the 80's. Fire-brewed. Served at Comiskey. It may have been the first 30-pack beer I ever saw. We drunked a ton of it. My dad shook his head when the stock disappeared, but he still bought more.
Picked some up recently to be nostalgic. Awful nasty crap. I'm pretty sure this beer has gone through some new ownerships along the way. It ain't the same.
You can't go back...

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Photo of leantom
3.35/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Not as bad as I had been anticipating. Here goes:

A: Clear yellow, OK head, very little lacing. Carbonation is also somewhat lacking. Meh.

S: Not as bad as other AAL's. Sure, there's corn, but there are also substantial amounts of grassy pilsner hops and barley. Good.

T: Follows the nose. More hops than most AAL's. Corn is actually not very robust relative to most AAL's. Not bad.

F: Smooth and crisp, but very watery.

O: OK beer. Would have over Bud, Miller, or Coors.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My first taste of beer was a Stroh's and it has a little more character than many of the other BMC beers and PBR but not a lot more. I use it for boiling brats.

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Photo of RonJensen
3.06/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Well, Pabst BC owns Stroh's, but Strph's is better tasting than PBR, in my opinion, and costs a few dollars less than PBR, for a 12pk. Also, it beats any of the BMC beers.

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Photo of secondtooth
2.32/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: Pours from the can a pallid yellow, with an abundance of white foam and an attractive lacing.

Aroma: Simply put, sweet and creamy corn and cereal grains. Very average and unremarkable for the style.

Taste: Mild, watery, thin, and sweet. Not offensive per se, but certainly a completely average American adjunct lager. Perhaps a tad better than the similar Budweiser or MillerCoors junk beer, but not by much. In a word, forgettable.

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Photo of Lovethemhopps
2.43/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you are embarking on a 16 hour day drinking adventure, this is the beer for the job. Mild flavor, low alcohol, and does taste too bad out of an icy cooler.

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Photo of Misflt
2.51/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Okay, Instead of the same old adjectives and rant's against this beer I will let you folks know about Stroh's. I worked there for 22 years. Its a macro-brew. Nuff said? Its like expecting Forest Gump to give a Nobel Prize winning dissertation on the Quark and its relevance to String Theory. Anyway....

As for the flame brewing..... All I can say is Bwahahahaha!! Our brew kettle's, the big beautiful beasts they were, were far from flamed up like our banjo burners at home. No, we had one single, laughable little burner under the kettle. It's flame was the equivalent of 10-15 candles. That was the extent of the fire brewing. 99.999% of the cooking process was steam injection.

On to the claim of ingredients on the can/bottle. Yes it was Traditionally fire brewed with malt, barley, water and hops..... catch that.... Traditionally, meaning past tense. No, it is not still brewed with ONLY Malt, Barley, water and hops, it USED to be. That's called "Market Speak" It is made with Corn Syrup, malt, water and hops. I know, I used to hook up steam hoses to rail cars and pump the sticky mess into storage inside the plant's Brewing Department.

It was good beer for the price. In today's market, the home brew people would love Stroh's, It used Cascade hops and kents Golding. It is hoppy for a macro brew with heavy citrus notes, think grapefruit, in the back end. It is a world better than the watered down water AB puts out as light beer.

I will be letting a few more secrets out about other Stroh's Beers in other reviews. ;)

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Photo of EverettHervey
1/5  rDev -64.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

True story: In college, I purchased a 12 pack of Stroh's. I could only drink three of them. I gave the next six away to one person at a time (because no one would take a second one). I ended up pouring the last three down the drain after a year in the fridge. Make of that what you will.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
2.65/5  rDev -5%

Used to tend bar 30 yrs ago, and still carries the same taste and characteristics today. Was a very popular pour in the 'rust belt' region, mainly used to chase the after shift 'shot and a beer'. The price is about the same today as it was 30 yrs ago (I bought a 15 pack of cans for $8.49 in October 2014). Given that, it has weathered inflation better than most beers.

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Photo of Stinkypuss
2.25/5  rDev -19.4%

Light corn grist, faint hops, near toffee like malt. Light bitterness, coupled with corn cob. Ever so faint diactel but not too bad, I've had dirtier lagers but can't call it clean. Light bodied watery brew. Overall, this is an ok adjunct lager.

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Photo of emerge077
2.29/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

It's probably been a few decades since I last had Stroh's, sneaking sips off of adult's beers at some backyard bbq function in the early 80's. There are still a couple old Stroh's signs around town, a relic of the past at neighborhood corner taverns like Mickeys.

Pale anemic gold, racing carb trails, feeble head that fades after the first sip to a broken patchy skim on the surface.

It doesn't smell bad, but it doesn't smell good either. Swilly wet grains, manila folders.

Taste is astringent and watery, slightly harsh. Papery grainy "flavor" that's extremely hard to pick up. Bland and only slightly offensive. Has little redeeming value, it's not one of the better nostalgia macros out there, PBR is far better for a generic macro.

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Photo of joe12pk
3.44/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a coke glass.

A - Straw. Half- inch head goes away fast. Spotty lacing.

S - Barley and bread.

T - Lightly carbonated with sweet barley malt, grains, and faint hops. Crisp with no aftertaste.

M - Light.

O - Tastes much better than I remember 20 years ago. Quite refreshing! I think I'll have a couple more tonight. Cheers!

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Photo of smptenor
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

appearance. Has a yellow pilsner look with a 1 finger white head.

smell.- has a cheaper beer smell but the light wheat smell kind of makes me like it a little bit.

taste.- tastes like a heavier wheatier pilsner beer. is a bit heavier in the wheat taste than PBR.. Kind of tastes like a cheap thirty pack but really isn't that horrible. is a good session beer to get drunk on.

mouth feel- a little bit of carbonation but feels great on the tongue and mouth.

Overall this is a great beer to get drunk on. It is not a horrible thirty pack like a natural light but it is not a fantastic beer either. I do like Milwaukee's best ice better but this is god for the price and I'll buy it again because I definitely like it better than bud light.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.3/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Stroh's is a Fire roasted hops brew. This brew has a nice golden amber Color. Has a rich taste and smooth. A taste you will not find anywhere else. It is your everyday American Larger Beer. This is a good drinking brew. Goes down smooth. Priced right. I will be getting this brew to change up on other main stream brews out on the market.

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Photo of Hergestridge
3.4/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

If you all could understand Stroh's before Pabst.. Fire-Brewed.. In Detroit.. Michigan!!! Before Detroit was Bankrupt... A magical time when craft was a union term and beer was guzzled... opened with a can opener... with no special flavour vents,.. or whatever they call beer can openings these days.. God Bless Bernhard Stroh!!!

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Photo of thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

355 mL can, pulled from a 15-pack picked up at The Beer Store. This version is brewed for the Canadian market, listed at an even 5% abv and made by Sleeman at their Guelph brewery. Served ice cold.

Pours a familiar pale golden-yellow colour, bright and clear, topped with one finger of fizzy, bone-white head that wastes no time fizzling away. The aroma is bland, and typical of cheap lagers - grainy pale malts and corn husk, with maybe a faint whiff of grass. The adjunct is detectable, but this brew manages to avoid the sweet, corn syrupy aroma found in some lower-quality examples of this style. Pretty standard stuff so far.

As far as flavour goes, this actually tastes pretty good for what it is. Grainy barley malts come through nicely; a little sweet, with a light brushing of adjunct corniness. Weak hint of grassy hop dryness toward the finish. Surprisingly full-flavoured and clean-tasting for a cheap pale lager. Light-bodied and watery, with fizzy, high carbonation levels typical of macro lagers that give it a crisp, refreshing mouthfeel. Smooth and easy to toss back.

Final Grade: 3.14, a passable C+. Stroh's obviously isn't the greatest beer I've ever had, but as far as cheap adjunct lagers go, you could do worse - far, far worse. This is a serviceable macro brew that will get the job done; I could pound these all night, and - thanks to the relatively clean taste and lack of cloying adjunct notes - never get tired of it. One of 3 or 4 'value brand' lagers available in the Ontario market that I would consider worth re-purchasing. Stroh's floats above the rest of the cream of the crap, and I hold it in roughly similar esteem as the likes of PBR, Miller High Life, and other 'upper tier' domestic US macros. Bottoms up!

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Photo of Wendysd
1.79/5  rDev -35.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured into pint glass. Foamed and quickly went to thin layer. Slight stickness to glass. High carbonation. Very light, watered down flavor,pale yellow. Better then bud or coors for a cheap beer. Not bad for just a plain basic no frills beer. I will buy a case again for river float trips. A good river,fishing kinda of beer.

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