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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of thehyperduck
3.14/5  rDev +12.9%
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 -35.6%
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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Photo of Jordan1985rec
1.1/5  rDev -60.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I had this beer during a stag party in DC. This beer was simply gross. It tasted like milk.

It really didn't have any redeeming qualities except for the fact that it was cheap, and since I was on the hook for the groom-to-be's tab, that counted for something.

We switched to National Bohemian as a step up from this - not a great night for good beer.

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Photo of Huffs
2.63/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

From my old 1984 Beer Ratings Book.
Gold in color, clear in appearance, developed a weak, light head. Aroma was light and yeasty / hoppy. Taste was fruity and sweet with a mild, dry aftertaste.
I liked this beer as compared to the American Lagers of the time. Was a good price and tasted better than Bud or Miller, at least to me.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Oh, you'd better believe this is part of a Spelunky fest! It pours a clear yellow topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises corn and very light wheat. The taste holds notes of corn, flowers, and a slightly odd and vague sweetness. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, one of the better adjunct lagers I've had in a while, though still a good distance away from a truly good beer.

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Photo of MikeP
4.69/5  rDev +68.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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. In the Chicago area, it's almost impossible to find nowadays. If it disappears from the shelves, the alternatives are either some ultra bland, zero-flavor macro, or some wacked-out, semi-lethal micro. In other words, a major loss to humanity.

MY ORIGINAL 2013 REVIEW
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 as does, say, Corona Extra. 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. Firstly, as with any beer, you’ve got to get it fresh. 5 weeks out from its expiration date, and its already lost much of its special flavor, and just a hint of skunkiness may even have crept in. If that’s what you’re sampling, then you’re not getting the beer at its best. Ideally, you should be getting it at least two months out from expiration. Secondly, there seems to be some slight variation from batch to batch. The batch which I sampled early in the summer was outstanding. The present batch isn’t quite as stupendously stellar, though still very good.

Thirdly, if you do decide to try it, 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.

I’ve tried many different beers, ales, etc., over the last few years, making an effort to visit breweries to sample their products at their freshest. While there are certainly many wonderful brews available today, Stroh’s is the one to which I continue to return. It’ll always bring a smile to your face, and the certainty that it tastes the way beer should.

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Photo of SerialTicker
2.78/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had this one at Green Dot Stables in Detroit -- you gotta check this place out if you're in the area.

As I had this from a bottle, I can't judge the appearance -- though I have seen pictures. Typical, average looking BMC-like beer. Not much to be said. Very average, indeed.

Smell: You get that adjunct smell. Corn. Weak, cheap malts. Nothing too appealing or special.

Taste: I got this expecting it to maybe be like a Blue Ribbon, but Stroh's pales in comparison. This is a drinkable, better-than-BMC macro that I wouldn't mind having again, but I'd definitely take a PBR over this one. PBR's hint of sweetness and seemingly better quality makes me choose that one over Stroh's.

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Photo of SometimesIfart
1.45/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A - Pours the brighest transparent yellow I have ever seen from a beer with a two finger bubbly white head. The head disappears within 2 seconds, and the beer has no lacing.

S - Smells of extremely light corn adjunct and some kind of funky sour mash? Smells kind of like a Foster's.

T - For the first time ever, I can honestly say that I have had a beer with absolutely no taste. This beer literally has nothing in the taste department other than extremely slight seltzer water far off into the background.

M - The mouthfeel brings virtually nothing new to the table other than a faint amount of rice adjunct. But overall it remains very flavorless.

O - Overall, this beer wins an award in my opinion. The award for blandest beer I have ever had. They shouldn't even brew this stuff, it actually has less flavor than Bud Light. Luckily, I didn't pay for it, as I had it at a party. The party was definitely some fun after knocking back 10 of these though!

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Photo of AleWatcher
2.39/5  rDev -14%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Can into tulip pint.

A vigorous pour yields 3 fluffy white fingers of head. Those three fingers fizzled down to a light film and a collar around the rim after a short time. The film faded, but the rim held on for some time.
Very clear, bright straw-gold. Really fizzy.

Smells lightly grainy with a light bitterness. The taste is pretty dry with a slight sour-mashy grainy tart note.

Watery, thin, light, and highly carbonated. This is pretty much spot on for the style.

Overall-- not a very good beer, even for the style. I didn't know this was brewed by Pabst... Personally I'd rather just have a PBR.

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Photo of beerme420
2.2/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

this beer is good for when you want to still drink abunch of beer then be completely fine to drive. Ive drank this all day and had buddies call me at night to go get a bite to eat and do some real partying afterwards so if anything its a good warm up beer i suppose.

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Photo of CFHMagnet
3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by date code of Mar0512 was checked because the store I picked this up from had other beers that were outdated.

A moderate pour netted half a finger of gossamer white head that rushed itself into a disappearing act. In less than 30 seconds I was left with nothing more than a ring around the top of this beer. Body is a light straw yellow with a weak stream of bubbles floating lazily from the middle of the bottom to the top. No lacing to speak of.

Smells of grain, corn and hops with a slight metallic tinge.

Corn starts off the flavor and quickly transitions to grain. It took me a few sips to notice it, but you can taste grassy hops in this beer. Gladly, the metallic odor does not translate over to the taste. It has a sweetness throughout the whole flavor tour.

Light bodied, this is a lawn mower beer or weekend party through and through. It's slightly sticky and coats the tongue a little going down. Also slightly drying.

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Photo of Jerone
2.83/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color, quickly fading white head and lots of bubbles.

Smell is faint but of grain, corn and some hops.

Taste is grainy in the middle and finishes with a bit of hops. Nice to actually have hops in there, finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, refreshing.

An okay beer, better than the average macro but not better than anything else.

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Photo of tdm168
3.2/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank this from the can at a Christmas Eve get together. Usually I wouldn't review under these circumstances, but when else am I going to have a Stroh's handed to me.

The nose was grainy and a bit metallic, but there's a noticeable hop aroma. The taste is mildly grainy with a really nice grassy, earthy, bitter hop characteristic. There are also some fruity notes, but not necessarily off flavors. This is a very crisp, light beer that's a little heavily carbonated.

Surprisingly, I enjoyed this. For the style the hops were impeccable. The grainy qualities were kept to a minimum and it was easy to drink.

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Photo of SteveGus
3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Along with Miller High Life and PBR, I think this is one of the better American macro lagers.

Not sure how macro the brand is, anymore, but this is a Grandpa beer. It no longer has much of the caramel notes that it had when it was "fire brewed."

What it's got going for it now is bittering hops. For an American macro lager, all I really ask of it is that it taste like beer. This tastes like beer. There is a mixed barley and corn grainy dryness here as well, but it has a clean hop bitterness and a slight sourness in the finish.

It succeeds at being all that it's trying to be. And how many of us can say that?

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Photo of patpbr
2.73/5  rDev -1.8%
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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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Yellow to straw and clear, fizzy, but the head was surprisingly decent and left some decent lacing too. Tons of rising bubbles.

Grains and grassy aromas, maybe a touch of hops, adjuncts round out the smell.

Taste followed the smell, lots of corn and grains with a little bit of hops and nothing too special.

Feel is light and well carbonated, fizzy.

Overall it's quite unimpressive but not entirely undrinkable.

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Photo of Tone
3.44/5  rDev +23.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, straw color. 1/4 inch head of a white color. Slight retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight sweet malt, pale malt, grain, and slight citrus hops. Fits the style of an American Adjunct Lager. Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. Tastes of grain, pale malt, hint of sweet malt, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, decent aroma, blend, and body for an American Adjunct Lager.

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Photo of Dodt
4/5  rDev +43.9%
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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Photo of SamN
2.85/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Quite a pale yellow beer, typical macro looks. Decent head, a little thicker than most and lasts about as long as any mass-produced AAL; that is, not very long. Not much visible carbonation, glass like clarity. Boring looks. Smell is grainy, a faint hops nose, subtle metallic aroma, wet grass. Taste has a brief flash of grainy sweetness, fades quickly to adjunct/barley lager tastes. Minimal hops bitterness, clean finish. About average tastes. Light, bubbly carbonation, a little too much for my tastes, but not bad overall.

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Photo of MrOH
3.38/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

In the interest of not trashing a beer I love, this review will be a bit more "to-style".

Brilliant light yellow with a single finger, quickly receding, white head. Some lace, but not much.

They must do a short boil on this, cause I get that corn smell. A hint of earthy hops, grain.

Brisk. Cheap grain taste, but has the slightest hint of citrus and pine. More bitter than most beers of the style.

Light-bodied and effervescent, what else?

Overall, I definitely think that Stroh's is one of the best, if not THE best, of the macro adjunct lagers. The fact that the price is right only makes it better. While I would still rather have a well down craft ale, sometimes you just want a simple, cheap beer, and this fits the bill.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.69/5  rDev -3.2%
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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Photo of buschbeer
2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can
Served in a pint glass

A - It pours straw yellow with plenty of white head that, of course, disappears almost immediately.

S - The aroma is sweet malt. No surprises here.

T - There is actually more taste than most adjuncts. Some malt and, I may be stretching here, but some ever so feint hops.

M - Damn near water.

O - It just doesn't have that Detroit River water taste anymore.

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Photo of bryehn
2.56/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Review of the 5% version brewed in Canada by Sleeman. 15 pack of 355 mL cans for about $20...

Pours a pale straw yellow with a moderate foamy head that burns off after a few minutes and leaves a thin colour. Lots of visible carbonation. Very average-looking adjunct lager.

Smells typical, which is to say not good. Corn syrup, a rice-like graininess and the faint smell of rubbing alcohol.

The taste fares alright at first and it's got a very surprising bitter bite on the tongue. Unfortunately, after that it's all corn syrup and a slight sour astringent note.

Mouthfeel is crisp and watery with practically no body. It sure goes down easy. Too easy, it makes me gassy.

The wife has me on a beer budget this week and I needed something to last me a weekend. Its really no worse than most premium-priced domestics in the same vein and actually better than most comparably-priced beers. It's still pretty gross though.

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Photo of epiinephriine
3.62/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

If what you're looking for is a cheap beer to keep your fridge full, this is my first suggestion. It's not much different from others in this category, ie. macro brew adjunct lager, yet the one thing that sets it apart is hops. Granted it's no IPA (I'm no noob, I'm a certified hop head) but I swear to you, there is an essence of hop oil in this beer; certainly more than can be found in High Life. Oddly enough, I find it to be most present when imbibed directly from the can and not so much from the bottle or glass. Put it in a keeper-cooler on a hot day and get it before those annoying hipsters do (this'll be the next PBR on campus).

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Photo of richkrull
3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Got this one out of a mystery beer machine at the bowling alley in Evansville, WI.

Took it down straight from the can. Not a ton of flavor, some corn and grain. Nothing overpowering. Light bodied beer with plenty of carbonation. Went down smooth. Could drink a lot of these without a problem.

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