Stroh's | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Stroh's American Lager is a full-bodied beer that upholds the Stroh family's rich brewing tradition and the Detroit spirit. Brewed in Milwaukee, WI with American grown Galena and Cascade hops, Stroh's American Lager delivers an excellence in taste that is balanced to perfection.

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Reviews by patpbr:
Photo of patpbr
2.73/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Strohs is a light colored beer with a quickly dissipating head. For the style it goes down nice and simple if you get a nice batch. Not a lot to talk with the taste. Really like that you can buy a 15 pack. made by pabst better then the bud or miller offerings

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Misflt
2.51/5  rDev -2.7%
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 proc
3.45/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Re-rate: 1/18/03: Hands-down my favorite, cheapie, macro-type beer. There is actual taste to this one. Pours out to a darker than usual gold for this style with a light aroma of grain. Taste is very refreshing and their is some actual hop and malt taste, albeit light, here. A staple of my 'fridge, next to Bell's Stout/Two-Hearted/Oberon.

12-14-01: When this beer was made in Detroit, it was hands-down better than other U.S. macros. When production shifted out of state, the taste suffered. Pabst has done a decent job of reviving it in recent years, but it is still a notch below what it was years ago. I still have a soft spot for this beer, but it isn't as widely available as it used to be. Good old Detroit Strohs was a very good American Lager.

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Photo of OhioLimoncello
2.65/5  rDev +2.7%

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 Squire
3.54/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear light gold color with white cap.

Aroma of mild malt with just a touch of floral hops.

Clean, simple flavors of good malt without sweetness rounded out by the hint of hops. Somewhat like a light beer in it's approach yet fuller bodied without any rough edges.

Medium texture with balancing carbonation.

This is a good round with enough character to deserve respect. It's not a high tone beer nor does it pretend to be. Actually the lack of expressive language is refreshing on the rather plain yet slightly old fashioned label. A beer for a quick lunch when all you want is a beer with lunch.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.64/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This was my go-to beer while is was available in my locality. Cheap, as a beer should be, smells like a beer, tastes like a beer, and so on. Yes, the fire-brewed gimmick is probably not something that contributes to the taste, but the blue can is cool, and I have never regretted cracking one open. Perfect with a three-dollar frozen pizza for us poor folks, or for when you are hosting a big party and don't want to spend too much on the beer. I wish I could have one now. The last time I saw these is when I was in Michigan ten years ago. Glad to know that it is still around.

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Photo of dcotom
3.81/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This is a surprisingly good pale lager! Poured from 12-ounce can into a stemless wine glass. Clear pale yellow in color, with a nice soapy white head that hung around for a few moments before settling to a thin cap leaving some sticky lacing. This is well balanced, light, and easy on the palate. Light malt backbone, with grassy, herbal, and fruity notes. Low bitterness. Finish is mostly clean, with a hint of lingering fruity sweetness. Quite flavorful and refreshing. Pick up some for your next barbecue or beach party.

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Photo of EverettHervey
1/5  rDev -61.2%
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 Tbill1993
2.91/5  rDev +12.8%
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 leantom
3.35/5  rDev +29.8%
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 98green
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

It's no worse than anything else at the price. Why not drink the Detroit version of Bud?

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Photo of DanGeo
2.31/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JudgeRoughneck
3.36/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Left this one in the can because these beers all look more or less the same and I have decided the can is the proper serving vessel for the macro lager. Aroma is faint and barely existant. Woah, taste is not though! This stuffs actually good!

This is a very malty brew for the style and has a slightly buttery wheat bread taste balanced by a zippy bitter that slides in smoothly and leaves a crackery finish. It is mid bodied with a soft carbonation that slowly creeps in intensity, and drinkability is limited only by a full feeling in the gut. This may be the best macro lager I've had.

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Photo of Greenmosheen
3.5/5  rDev +35.7%

Photo of SuomiHobbit
1.5/5  rDev -41.9%

Photo of BK2084
2.75/5  rDev +6.6%

Photo of smptenor
3.4/5  rDev +31.8%
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 jakester
3.6/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I got this in a trade with a buddy of mine. (Abita Turbodog)

Pours a crystal clear straw yellow with a one finger head of white foam after a strong pour. Looks kind of fizzy. The head eventually drops to islands and a ring with decent lacing on the glass.

Aroma is on the grainy side, with definite DMS right there. In a beer like this, though, that is a common trait and kind of pleasant. Smells crisp and clean, with some light spicy hops way in the back.

Tastes like it smells; crisp, clean, light pilsner malts, and some residual sugar. For the style, this is pretty damn good. There is a light hop bitterness to this to balance the sweetness. Aftertaste is slightly grainy and pleasant.

Mouthfeel is crisp and tingly from carbonation. There is a sweetness here, but the beer is definitely crisp. The finish is crisp and on the dry side.

If you review this beer objectively, according to style, this is pretty damn good. No off flavors whatsoever, and one of the tastiest "macros" I've ever had. Maybe the fact it's an all barley malt beer has something to do with it, but if you're looking for a good macro, this would be the one.

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Photo of Spotupfor3
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%

Photo of magictrokini
2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yikes. The fire-brewed disaster. Nearly clear, with a hint of yellow. Paper, metal, ash, and bum urine in the nose. Bizarre sour/metallic taste throughout (must be the fire-brewing). Just terrible. You are high if you think this beer is anywhere above a "D-"

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Photo of jiffymon
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%

Photo of wattoclone
3.75/5  rDev +45.3%

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +16.3%
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 Cynic-ale
2.25/5  rDev -12.8%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.69/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

New a guy back in the day that swore by this stuff, all he drank. I have a bar light up in my place of this stuff. Yellow beer, sudsy white head, more than your average adjunct, but it goes the way of the dodo right quick. Lager yeast, corn aroma, smelled worse.

Not much going on here, barely a malt and hop presence, balanced in terms of its sweetness. Maybe a little more bitter than most in its style. Seems like the stuff gets sold over brand loyalty moreso than uniqueness of the product, most comparable to Coors banquet beer I'd say.

A decent mass produced beer, dependable for some mass drinking where you don't want to bother wasting your $ and palate on high end brews after you're already trashed.

I wonder how many people referenced '30 pack of Stroh's, 30 pack of ho's' in their review?

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