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

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Added by Mitchster on 08-24-2001

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4.69/5  rDev +83.9%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75


Sad to say, it appears that Strohs has changed the formula for the beer for the worse. Much of the excellence that I've itemized below is nearly gone. At least at the present moment, the beer tastes like a cheap beverage with a cloying sweetness when its temperature rises.

I'm hoping that it's only a temporary blip. perhaps due to season variations in grains, etc. If that's true, then we may expect a return of the previous excellence of the beer, and all will be right with the world.

On the other hand, stores can't sell the giant 30-pack cases. They sit and sit, aging way past their freshness end date. So, why spend all of that money to brew an excellent product when nobody buys it and nobody cares? The company may've finally concluded that they may as well just produce it as cheaply as possible, since that's how it's marketed and sold anyway. Tragic if true.

June 2016 UPDATE:

The Pabst Brewing Company, who make Stroh's Beer, have tweaked their recipe in the right direction. Stroh's is now the hopiest macro-brew on the market of which I know. Sure - that's not saying much when compared to whatever black-tar micro-brew you're guzzling at the moment, but it's a massive leap for all of those who don't particularly care for unfiltered petroleum viscous liquid alleged to be beer.

Stroh's also heavier than most macros by a long shot, while packing a lot of barley flavor. To test the veracity of my contentions, just compare it to any macro you happen to have on hand. Budweiser? Sweet and light; no hops. Miller? Same thing. Busch? A watery joke. Coor's? No flavor; no hops. And so on.

Compared to the macro fav of the moment - PBR? Well, take note of the fact that Pabst brews Stroh's. They're almost identical, except for the following:

* PBR has less than a fraction of the hop level of 2016 Stroh's. Basically, no hops in PBR. A lot in Stroh's
* PBR has a minute fraction of barley/malt flavor that Stroh's packs in like a speeding Mack truck
* PBR is lighter, with less body

One way of looking at Stroh's is that it's a super-hopped, heavy, barley-packed, flavor-rich version of PBR.

So, what about all of the smart-assed nit-picking below? What about all of the "metallic" this, "cheap" that, corn/urine/grass, blah, blah, blah?

It's simple. The guys who think that way aren't happy with anything short of carbonated diesel fuel, and some of them may think that even that's too weak for them.

But, if your looking for an above average American beer in bottles or cans - beer - not ale/porter/stout - than IMO there is none finer than this super-flavorful wonder.

I just hope they don't stop making it, which would be a loss to humanity.

Stroh’s is now my favorite beer. Is it the best beer there is? Of course not. But, as an American style lager, it’s really, really, really good. Let’s have a look at what makes it so good.

As I’ve noted elsewhere, it’s important to realize that we’re talking about an American style beer. Why? Because Stroh’s isn’t a European brew, nor is it an ale, porter, stout, etc. If you’re approaching it expecting some wet-cement-thick, black-colored, insanely hopped stout, you’re going to be disappointed. A moment’s thought reveals why: because it’s not that. Get it? You either appreciate American style beers for the beers [not ales/porters/stouts/etc.] they are, or you move on to something else.

And, IMO, this is a really outstanding example of American beer [not ale/porter/stout/etc.]. What’s so good about it? Flavor. Flavor. Flavor. Stroh’s is little hoppier than the average macro brew. It’s about average in thickness. But, as in music, it’s the all important midrange that counts – the flavor. And, to me it tastes just as an American beer should taste. If you sample it with an open mind, you’ll find that the flavor is multi-dimensional. It gives you a bouquet of flavors, rather than a one-note, undistinguished quality. It’s the rich complexity of flavors that make Stroh’s so special. Rich complexity isn’t something you normally associate with most beers of any provenance. That’s not to say that Stroh’s is at the level of, say, Daisy Cutter or Hopilicious, but it is something special in its class.

All of the goodness I’ve just described depends on several factors. As with any beer, you’ve got to get it fresh. Don’t drink it after drinking some strongly hopped beer. I’ll assume that everyone here is experienced enough to understand that if you sample a milder beer after drinking a more pungent one, the milder beer will seem to have utterly no flavor. So, don’t do that.

Stroh’s is the one to which I continue to return. It’ll always bring a smile to your face.

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4.59/5  rDev +80%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

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4.5/5  rDev +76.5%

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4.5/5  rDev +76.5%

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4.3/5  rDev +68.6%
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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4.26/5  rDev +67.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

I picked up a 30 pack of this beer at the local supermarket. It's delicious. The throwback yellow can is a nice touch, but the magic happens when the can is open and this savory nectar is poured down your arid gulch. It's the everyman's lager, but how can a person not love such a beer? So filled with Americana and pride was I that finishing this beer made me all misty.

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4.19/5  rDev +64.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A wonderfull beer for the price, and overall. Much more, and better flavor than most.

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4.07/5  rDev +59.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yes, yes I'm definitely not a beer connoisseur as of yet. I'm a bloody 19 year old kid, so at least I'm somewhat prone to drinking this, right? Pabst this, Pabst that. I like PBR too, but for the price and taste, this really is the best American Macro lager out there. No questions asked. I too think most products from Pabst (well Miller) taste similar, but Stroh's really is in a league of its own, even though I acknowlege this isn't the premier league when it comes to beer. Actually this tastes similar to Pabst, except that this seems to have a little more taste going down, and it has a more bitter, but cleaner aftertaste when compared to PBR. Really, be grateful that this is still being sold in some parts of the country. If you're gonna get a macro American lager, check out Stroh's. It really is the most earnest in price and taste. Keep it alive!!

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4/5  rDev +56.9%

Photo of Dodt
4/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

picked up a six pack of this beer on a whim.
poured from the can into a pint glass
appearance pale yellow with a wispy head that goes away
smell is a bit grainy
taste wonderful not off putting .
for me this is another beer i can add to list of fridge beer for my none craft friends.

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4/5  rDev +56.9%

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4/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

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4/5  rDev +56.9%

Photo of 67cuda
3.93/5  rDev +54.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer poured a nice golden yellow, kind of similar to honey, with a small and short-lived white head. It smells nice and malty, much better smelling than say, a Budweiser. The taste is good and malty, much like the smell, with a bit of hops to balance it. Very, very good tasting for this style. The mouthfeel is nice and crisp, not too carbonated. This is a very drinkable beer, and at $7 for a 15-can suitcase, it's just about unbeatable in terms of value, especially considering how good it tastes.

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3.88/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I have two different standards for evaluating beer. The first involves new or interesting brews and is not applicable to Strohs.The second applies to older brands and American mass brews, and it is to ask whether the beer in question tastes and feels like the first beer I sipped from a crockery mug while sitting on my mother's knee many, many years ago. Does it have"beer flavor" More tha any American beer I know Strohs gets high marks for"beer flavor" and I rate it highly.

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Photo of jamesdr1968
3.85/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Me and my friends used to drink this during our college days in Pittsburgh (the fine years of '88 to '90 - I think Stroh's was the first to do the 30-pack, please correct me if I'm wrong). What brought me back was a few years ago Consumer Reports rated all of the domestic beers and Stroh's won. I was like WTF??? Really? So I bought a 30-pack of cans, and wow, was I surprised. Not the crap beer that I remembered, but a decent, smooth, American lager. My friends laughed in my face when I told them I was drinking it again - ah well. Pours a nice, deep golden color, good foam and lacing. Taste is above average for a macro. A great session beer. And the price? $15 for a 30 pack? Tough to beat. This is a great one to just have on hand for whenever you need a good, after a long workday beer.

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3.85/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz. can purchased at local VFW for 75 cents poured into standard beer mug.

Golden straw color with supreme clarity.

Smells like beer of this kind.

Light and beery, with a faint hint of hops in the finish.

Very smooth. More still than carbonation sting.

Not filling at all. Good for when you want to get drunk for little money or play flip cup or whatever.

Never had this beer before actually. Tried it because it was extremely cheap, but mostly because at the end of the Stooges live album "Metallic KO", Iggy says "Hey man, somebody threw a Stroh's!". I had to try it and glad that I did.

Don't expect much and you won't be disappointed. It's cheap beer after all.

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3.85/5  rDev +51%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A good beer. Excellent for mowing, yard work, and hanging around. Certainly not like Bigfoot. Decent head, minimal lacing, crisp smell with just a hint of hops. The hops are more noticeable in the taste. Really nice American Lager. Makes Bud look like the crap it is. A bargain wherever you buy it. My only macro beer(maybe amber bock, too)

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3.84/5  rDev +50.6%

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3.82/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From a can to a pint glass. Decent head that disappears. No lacing to speak of. Dark-gold yellow coloration.

Smells like American Macro Lager, but without the obvious corn scent.

Taste is well above average for its style. Minimal hop presence but the malt is pretty good. Not sweet, not bitter. It tastes "heavier" than BMC and has a pleasant finish.

Mouthfeel is good for the style. It has a "roundness" to it that makes it a very drinkable beer.

There was a recent discussion thread on "best bad beers," or something like that. I voted for Stroh's based upon years of service. This makes a good picnic beer. It goes well with hot dogs and hamburgers and is a solid choice for those places you can't take bottles, like pools and state parks. I picked up a 15 pack to keep around for when I don't feel like cracking open one of my Stone bombers or the like. And as a bonus, it's cheap.

Bottom line: beats the hell out of BMC.

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3.77/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThirstyBird
3.77/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Ah Stroh's. My first beer back in 1979.

Well It pours a pale gold with plenty of carbonation resulting in a modest one finger head which doesn't stick around for a minute.

It smells slightly sweet along with a typical macro lager smell.

Taste is quite pleasing. A delicate lager with slight malt taste and sweetness. I could see drinking this with sushi, a burger maybe pizza.

Mouthfeel. Decent for a macro. The carbonation is a little course for my liking but it's not atypical for an American Macro.

Overall, I feel that this beer is underrated amongst it's American macro lager peers. A nice addition to any cook out or to quench your thirst after chasing your dog around the neighborhood.

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3.76/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Stroh's has a medium, white head and a very clear golden appearance. Carbonation is medium to high. The aroma is typical for an American-style lager (subdued to nonexistent). The taste is more delicious, fuller, and balanced that others in its style class. A relatively higher hop bitterness is noted. Mouth-feel is light and watery. Stroh's finishes crisp and refreshing, with a nice bite to it. Overall, I'd say this is a well-made ASL lager, and I'd recommend giving it a try. Stroh's is NOT sold in Louisiana. I bought this six-pack on a road trip in Maryland in June, 2010.


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3.75/5  rDev +47.1%

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