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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Added by Mitchster on 08-24-2001

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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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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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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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