Stag | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of PFDR0054
4.53/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I have been lurking on this site for years and never have rated a beer, so I figured my home town beer would be the most fitting beer to use to post my first review.

Look-Golden, this beer looks like Friday night family movie night watching my father slam them back because he worked all week in the strip mines and he deserved this golden easy drinking beer.

Smell- Nothing over powering, some cereal, a hint of sweetness even if this is one the most diabetic friendly beer out there.

Taste- This is an easy drinking beer that actually has flavor. It is certainly not an IBU 90 but it isn't the typical cheap tasteless water down adjunct beer either.

Overall- This is the beer of our fathers where I am from. It is available on tap in every bar, you can buy a 12 pack for $8 or less at every gas station so when I go home to the St Louis area this is always my go to beer.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

this is much better than a lot of its peers, i wish i was a little more prevalent out there. nothing wrong with it at all. a pretty appearance of bright golden, perfectly clear, and softly heady, with great carbonation, although dont waste your time pouring it, this one is best served right from the can, ice cold. no metallics in here at all, no copper penny thing, to tinge, no stale, no sweet, even if there are adjuncts in here, its pretty dry and clean compared to the field. just a shade stronger than is customary in the style, and really pretty easy drinking overall, refreshing, even a little malty in the center. for all the bad beers in this style, this is the least of a number of great evils i reckon. more body than most too, this isnt the least bit watered down tasting, and i appreciate that. not sure why the can says its from wisconsin if its being made in california, but i dont really care about the business behind this one. a long way from craft lager, but a nice middle ground between that and the worst of the worst out there. if its been awhile, i implore you to give it another chance...

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Photo of KACK1533
2.21/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

This beer reminds me of that one guy who says you'll like something, even when you know it's complete shit. I've run into that guy. That guy told me that this was the best beer in the world. Sheepishly I took his advice and drank this. That first sip tasted like broken dreams. By the middle of the beer, regret had taken its place. By the end of the beer I saw my dreams collapse, lying shattered and broken; crying out to be held. Only nobody would hold them, so they died of loneliness. I feel bad for those dreams, because they will never come back. My god, I've driveled on too long. Overall, this beer wasn't that bad.

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Photo of ordybill
3.49/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear golden color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is big on grain and rice(?). The flavor is your basic AAL with grass, grain and some mild hops. Overall, a fair AAL.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
3.06/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance - Where did I misplace that urine sample? Oh, that's just Stag. It's pale yellow like a bodily fluid.

Smell - Cereal grain are noted in liquid form.

Taste - At first, I am made to think of sparking water as there is nothing bold about this one. Cereal grains make an impression. There is a little grass that dries up quickly. It is neither bitter or sweet.

Mouthfeel - The carbonation brush the "taste" off of the tongue.

Overall - This is a pretty middle of the pack American Adjunct Lager. I have had better.

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Photo of DL2449
4.2/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Can't add anything to prior reviews. For what it is, it's very good - not merely drinkable/tolerable but actually enjoyable. I moved from Illinois some years back and always grab a few cases on my way back east. Because that never lasts long, I welcome any recommendations from those who enjoy Stag of of nationwide beers that are comparable.

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Photo of bearrunner44
3.51/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Look: It took a very hard pour to produce a decent head, and it didn't last for very long. Negligible lacing left behind. The color is a clear, pale gold- pretty much what you expect with this style.

Smell: Lightly sweet grain aroma, with a very slight touch of grassy hops.

Taste: Middle of the road grain and corn flavors, not overly sweet or dry. Finishes with a tight dryness. A very slight hint of grassy hop flavor lingers on the tongue. I started drinking it nearly ice cold, but it actually tastes better as it warms a bit. The sweetness of the grain and the dryness of the finish seem to be more balanced at higher temperatures.

Feel: Medium-bodied, with a bright and tingly carbonated bite.

Verdict: A fine enough no-frills lager. It doesn't leave a lasting impression, but it gets the job done- and I really like that you don't have to drink it at ice cold temperatures to enjoy it. It'd be perfect for a summer cookout.

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Photo of Tuck_leepulin
3.73/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I traveled to the wonderful city of St. Louis over the 4th of July weekend for a wedding and upon arriving me and some buddies decided to hit up a gas station in search of some local brews. We found this incredible gem for only $7 a 12 pack. You can even get a 4 pack of tallboys for only $2.97.

Needless to say this became the beer of the weekend and a hit at the bachelor party. It doesn't try to be anything more than it needs to be. A simple label that describes just what this is: Beer.

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Photo of Jimshappyfridge
3.71/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Had this in a bottle, poured into a pilsner glass awhile back and enjoyed it.

Stag used to have a bad reputation around these parts when I was a kid. But I needed a cheap lawnmower beer, and this caught my eye. Glad it did !!!

Appearance is exactly what you expect from an AAL. Pale yellow, with little lacing on my glass.

Smell was not as offensive as most AALs. Lacked the chemical smell, for one. Pleasant.

Suprisingly fresh taste. Not as corny as PBR or Schlitz. Nice finish, as long as it stayed cool. Very clean for the style.

Mouthfeel fits the style. Not too fizzy. Not too slick. It didn't get lost in the carbonation like so many other AALs. Bud comes to mind... By the time the fizz leaves, there's nothing left to enjoy.

Over all, this and PBR make the top of my lawnmower list. Not my favorite by any means, but when rated to style, it holds its own very well. $7.00 for 12 bottles doesn't hurt much either !!!!

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
2.72/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Appearance - had mine in the can, but I can guess what the color would be.

Smell - It smells really sweet.

Taste - the typical AAL taste, with that weird corn/rice aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - A decent body and carbonation.

Overall - this beer taste just like PBR, without that sweet taste.

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Photo of tito42
3.57/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed in a can, you're not supposed to pour Stag into a glass. Best by 07/22/2013.

A: Awesome gold can with a retro feel. "Golden quality since 1851" Retro in a manly way.

S: Malt, corn, grassy hops.

T: Very malt forward for an AAL. Much more of a malt presence than just about any I've had. No metallic or corny off-flavors. Clean malt flavor with a bit of corn syrup and a light, grassy hops finish. Great for the style.

M: Light-bodied but not watery. A tang of carbonation and just a slight hops bitterness.

O: A very solid AAL. This was going to be my new go-to 'cheap' beer, but I'm being told it's not going to be distributed in my area much longer. Will have to pick some up whenever I'm in St. Louis or pay a premium to get it from someone who may still be stocking it here in KC.

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Photo of kismet
2.82/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

possibly the lightest beer in color i have ever seen...nearly clear. hardly any aroma, slightly metallic, slightly bready, maybe a bit of corn. taste was light with a slight lemon citrus aspect. it had a bit of a mineral water taste to it that kept showing up. carbonation was low and close to watery, and it slid down with little effort. not bad overall, but not memorable. i was a little underwhelmed...not that i was expecting a lot, but it was just kinda blah.

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Photo of samj
4.36/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A really good beer but nothing fancy. It's a thirst quencher perfect for hot days or for watching a game. Beer snobs may not appreciate it but I'd be willing to bet that in a blind test against other lagers it would do quite well. It's shame it's only available in three states these days - MO, IL, and AR. Closest place I can it is in Joplin, MO so I always bring a case back when go through there to see relatives.

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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sometimes we get so caught up in looking for the next great beer we forget to slow down and smell the roses. Sometimes its OK to drink an "ordinary" beer.

Can poured into a pint glass. Best by Aug, 6th of 2012.

A- Pours an extremely clear light colored straw yellow with 2 fingers of fizzy white head that quickly goes away leaving no lacing whatsoever.

S- Very litte in the aroma dept. Kinda yeasty, bready, some canned corn.

T- Taste is crisp, probably from the adjuncts in it, but theres something about it that is refreshing on hot summer days.

M- Thicker than most American Adjunct Lagers. Not near as high carbonation as some either.

O- If you want an easy drinker that is around 8 bucks for a 12 pack, and not the Macro Light Lagers that everybody else buys. Pick this up. Like I said before, sometimes it's OK to drink "ordinary" or "regular" beer.

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Photo of TheWhiskerReview
5/5  rDev +61.8%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

One of the little delights in my life: driving around the Belleville area, the original home of Stag, and seeing the large billboards that exclaim Stag is 'not for beginners'. And being one of the more diabetic-friendly beers, it certainly is for people who spent their entire lives drinking and eating midwestern food.

Pours a faint yellow with lots of fizz- a 3 finger white head that recedes about as quickly as it forms. Nose gives off that typical adjunct character- stale malt, touch of lemon and touch of booze- while the light-bodied palate showcases a flavorless interplay of dry grain and bread crust flavors. There's a faint corn-like sweetness and a big carbonation, while the bitterness comes in on the finish bring a bit of booziness and leaving a bit of dryness and juiciness.

There are beers out there that, no matter how bad, still leave you with the impressions of your first few years drinking, forming friendships that last a lifetime yada yada blah blah. For some people, its Bud. Could be PBR. I don't give a shit. For me, it's Stag. This is a matter of hometown pride, and this beer can't get any better.

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Photo of gerite
2.49/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I ordered this beer only because I had never had one before and wanted to try something new. I knew I was in trouble when the waiter brought a can of beer that just said "Stag Beer". Can't get any more generic than that. No indication of any specific style of beer, just plain ol' beer. I later found out it was made the PBR people which explaines why it taste like a PBR. The beer did have good color and lots of impressive white foamy head when poured into a frosted pint glass. Unfortunately, this beer is all looks and no taste. In fact, it tastes like someone waved some hops over carbonitated water and called it beer. If you like PBR, you will love this beer. If you like beer, don't order this beer.

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Photo of AlCaponeJunior
2.96/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw colored and clear, fizzy with a poofty white head and not much lacing, lots of rising bubbles.

Very little smell. Some adjuncts and grains.

Taste ain't half bad really, some light malts, a bit sweet with some corn, grains, grasses and maybe a touch of hops.

Light bodied, slightly dry, plenty of carbonation.

Overall it's an easy to drink, but unimpressive beer.

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Photo of kilustration
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is by far the best domestic pale lager out there. Grabbed a 12 pack while passing through St Louis. Worth the stop, shudda picked up more.

Would take a warm Stag over a cold BMC any day.

Pour is pale, slight head and lace. Crisp and refreshing, kinda hoppy.

This is something to add to the Hamms, PBR, Old Style summer outdoor beer rotation - just have to get near St Louis to retrieve.

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Photo of Goliath
3/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours an extremely clear pale yellow color with a thin fizzy bright white head. There is little head retention.

The aroma is basic. Pale malt, sweet bread, and a faint floral hop.

The taste is about what I expected. Pale malt, gives a bit of a sweet bread taste, and outside of that not much more. It's definitely more sweet than I had anticipated it being.

The mouthfeel is thin, dry, and nicely carbonated.

Overall it's par for the course. It's everything you expect it to be when you see it sitting on the shelf. Quite simply, it's a college party beer.

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Photo of soju6
3.15/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a good head and no real lacing.

S: has a clean, fresh grain aroma.

T: Has a mild sweetness, a bit grainy with a dry finish.

F: Fairly light body, crisp and refreshing. This is a beer with a little meat on the bone , so to speak.

O: Easy drinker after a hard days work. A real beer for people who do real work. Nothing wrong with a retro beer.

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Very pale, very clear beer. Three inch white fizzy head with quite a bit of effervescence. Hey, there's even some lacing and a little head retention.

S- Smells "clean".

T- Crisp, off putting flavors. Hint of pale malt sweetness...hops are hard to find.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Mid to low carbonation.

D/O- Damn, this is easily the best AAL I've ever had. Nothing offensive, just easy drinking. I'd take this any day over the common lager swill that's everywhere. Graded to style.

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Photo of mynie
3.42/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

There is a substance to this beer.

It's the kind of thing that could be easily overlooked, if you're used to drinking other, more substantial beers. But when held against other American Adjuncts... this one has something going on.

It's thicker, for one. The pour is weak but the body is creamy.

And it's got a more pronounced cereal grain taste. The flavor is of thickness. And so's the smell.

But here's the thing: this don't taste like an especially good adjunct, cus there's not enough hops. And it don't taste like a good all-malt, because the malt ain't that complex. As a matter of fact, all I can taste is smoothness, like I'm drinking exceptionally pleasant air.

It's nice, but bizarrely unclassifiable. What original Coors is to Bud, this is to PBR. Neither beers cares that much about anything that most BA's care about, but at least Stag pays attention to mouthfeel. And, well, when mouthfeel is the only thing you pay attention to, you wind up with a completely drinkable, oddly pleasant retro brew.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Neighbor brought this beer up from southern Illinois. Stag never made into Chicago stores that I know of. This beer is typical like its sister Pabst. The color is golden clear with a thin white head. The smell and taste lean towards grainy. the mouthfeel is simple and quenches one's thirst for standard american beer.

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Photo of DCon
3.2/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

My buddy Anthony from Summit Distributing bought me this beer @ the Tower Pub in Saint Louis, MO. Poured from a bottle with no B.O.D. into a Pint glass.

Appearance- Pours a Golden Color, has a clear body and 2 fingers of light head. No retention on the head and left no lace on the glass either..

Smell- There is a strong rice smell, but this is all I could make out. There might be a yeast scent here or there as I smell over and over again.

Taste- Very light and the rice/grain taste comes out huge here. Not a bad with its ingredient list but can't make out much or that there is more of hop or malt than the other or any flavors. Just an average lager.

Mouthfeel- Light-Medium bodied but a huge carbonation level. Very crisp as well.

Overall- Stag isn't as bad as people say in St. Louis. I say this lager is very similar to PBR and is actually not bad. I could drink one after the next until this $1 special isn't there anymore on Tuesday Nights @ the Tower Pub.

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Photo of bnes09
3.3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pale golden lager. Thin head. Poor retention and no lacing. Lots of visible bubbles.

Aroma is clean. Some bread grain with just a hint of Euro lager skunk.

Flavor is mostly refined grain sugar. Lots of corn adjunct also. Moderate hop flavor though with an herbal, grassy tone. Slightly more interesting than expected.

Light-bodied and highly carbonated. Crisp texture.

Nothing offensive about this brew. Fairly drinkable. Not what I would call a good beer but it's good for the price.

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Stag from Pabst Brewing Company
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