Pabst Brewing Company

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American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #56
Ranked #48,084
3.05 | pDev: 25.9%
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
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Reviews by Dogstickfetch:
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3.5/5  rDev +14.8%

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Photo of Duff27
3.98/5  rDev +30.5%
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 Tuck_leepulin
3.73/5  rDev +22.3%
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 mynie
3.42/5  rDev +12.1%
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 msubulldog25
3.13/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 'wide-mouth' 12 oz. can to a pint glass; dated: 09177 on the bottom. The can itself is a tribute to another era, with a simple "Stag" lettering surrounded by white and gold, centered beneath a small drawing of an antlered buck. I can imagine many a dad and grand-dad chugging a few of these in the day - including (perhaps) my own dad, who spent a couple years of college in west-central Illinois. Thanks to jpm30 for sending this along...

A: Pale yellow (the can's golden color is darker than the pour) and crystal clear, with many streams of rapidly-rising carbonation. Starts with a big (2-finger) head of fizzy whiteness, which is gone within 30 seconds or so. The only remnants are a thin circle of larger bubbles, clinging like a strand of pearls.

S: Light, dry breadiness mixed with some corny adjuncts. Just a hint of hop spiciness tickles the nose. Nothing 'off' nor out of the ordinary.

T: Not bad...decent malt flavor touched with cereal grain/corn sweetness. A slight lemony sourness midway, with a lasting dry, clean finish of mildly spicy hops.

M: Crisp at first sip, but with each subsequent taste seems to get weaker and more watery. A little lemon zest and hop bittering hangs on the tongue, but fades cleanly. Gassy/burp inducing.This beer could have a more substantial mouthfeel & body, but then it wouldn't be the 'average' Macro Lager, would it?

D: Ya know, I could drink this again. Nothing about is much above average, but it's a simple and easy to drink lager that could be a summer session beer I suppose. Judging against the style of beer this is, it's a solid 3.5 on drinkability. Would I choose this over another more flavorful style? 99 out of 100 times - no. Thanks again, James, for the try and the trip in the time capsule...

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Poured out a pale gold color with a small, fizzy head. No lacing.

S - Smelled of corn and grains.

T - It tasted of corn and a little malt. It also had a slight hop presence.

M - It was fairly crisp and light-bodied.

D - Overall, this is a pretty good AML. Certainly a bargain in terms of price.

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Photo of BeerAmbassador
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 5

My favorite cheap American lager of all time. Moved to Southern Illinois five years ago and had never heard of it. Look, its nothing special, just a super clean easy cheap beer that just happens to taste better to me than all the others. I'm gonna miss it when I move away.

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Photo of orangemoustache
3.63/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-pale straw yellow with thin white head and no lacing

S-hardly a trace of anything,just a tiny hint of grassy hops

T-grains and malts upfront with good hops not far behind,nice blend of sweetness(not sugary)and earthy dry goodness

M-a bit thin,but good body for a light macro(diabetics beer of choice"as sugar free as beer can be")

D-I will choose this over a BMC anyday

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Photo of jake2112
4.45/5  rDev +45.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I used to think this beer was a joke, until drinking it at the bowling alley. I tried it along with budweiser, and realized it was much much better. usually I like the craft beers,but this beer holds its own. Its also one of the cheapest.

I poured it into a pilsner glass from a bottle. It had a 1 finger head that dissapeared after about 25 seconds leaving nearly no trace on the edge.

the smell at first was very distintive, a slightly fermented apple smell followed by an earthy grape. the smell only lasted the first min.

the taste is slightly fruity at first followed by seltzer with a pleasant very light tangy desert after taste

has a pleasant tingly feel especialy after (it goes down way too fast to notice during!!)

excelent drinkablity sometimes even quenching

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.68/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Stag has a thick, white head and a very clear, yellow to golden color. Carbonation is very high. Aroma is faint, but typical for an American-style adjunct lager. The taste is nice, with a tad more hop character than one normally gets with these types of beers. Mouth-feel is light and watery, and Stag finishes crisp and refreshing. Overall, this is a good, solid lager, and I recommend giving it a try. It is not sold in Louisiana.


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Photo of rfbenavi80
3.35/5  rDev +9.8%
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 DCon
3.2/5  rDev +4.9%
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 StonedTrippin
3.08/5  rDev +1%
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 DL2449
4.2/5  rDev +37.7%
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 Harrison8
3.22/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear yellow with a finger and a half of stark white head. Good head retention with no lacing left behind. Aroma is apple, yeast, rice, and pine and herbal hops. Flavor profile is herbal, pine, and floral hops with a hint of apple and yeast. Mouth feel is medium in thickness with a crisp finish. Overall, a solid AAL that drinks smooth and crisp with a good amount of flavor.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 16oz can.

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Photo of FBarber
3.43/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours crystal clear light straw color. Thin bubbly white head dissipates instantly leaving nothing but a ring of foam along the outside of the beer. Beer is extremely effervescent at first, but continues to have bubbles course upwards.

Aroma has notes of grains, a touch of sweetness, a hint of pine betrays the hops in the beer.

Flavor is very light - almost non-existent. Hints of grain, a light sweetness, with some subtle piney hop notes on the finish. Almost no bitterness whatsoever.

Feel is light, crisp and vivaciously carbonated.

Overall this is a solid AAL. When fresh it does offer a nice subtle hop character that provides a depth of flavor not often seen in AALs. For the style, I will happily enjoy a few of these.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.78/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Drank from a 12 ounce glass bottle. Scores are based on the style.

Look - A fantastic classic and classy looking logo. Looks exactly like a beer should.

Smell - Sweet grains with a mild earthiness beyond it. Not much, but more than nothing.

Taste - Starts off worryingly sweet, but quickly transitions to a pleasant and mellow bittersweet.

Feel - A nice creamy mouthfeel that I don't think I've ever gotten from an AAL before. This is a great beer to drink.

Overall - For a beer I've never heard of before tonight, I'm incredibly surprised and pleased. This is honestly really good, and I hope I can find it more easily around my area.

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Photo of Chaz
3/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.92/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A yes, the half-quart can, an early 70's throwback, with the gold coloring and intimidating deer presence staring you in the eye - an opaque yellow hue, with a champagne appearance - absolutely no head, yet tons of carbonation. A very delicate grainy aroma. Malts are definitely in the body, with a metallic and grassy body. Very thin bodied, yet un-offensive, in fact a bit of a thirst quencher. Some hop detection in the background. Very little character and weak bodied, but one that definitely does not offend, a half-way decent lager when you compare it to those in its class.

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Photo of winomark
2.23/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, pale yellow with a nice frothy white head.

Aroma: Quite bland, with a maize/rice nose that is slightly sweet.

Taste: Lots of carbonation, but almost no flavor. Somewhat metallic.

Mouthfeel: Dry and unimpressive. Leaves an unpleasant "canny" flavor.

Drinkability: This is the beer I cut my teeth on, so I try to keep this one around whenever possible. Thanks to my dad for all the memories surrounding this beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.75/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally brewed by the Stag Brewery in Belleville, Illinois, this rebirth under the Pabst/Heileman banner is true to the original. As noted it is the ubiquitous working class beer that once was a major alternative to the Busch-branded beers in the STL region.

A deep yellow body is surmounted by a qucikly disappering white foam head. Lots of adjunct in the nose and flavor; not objectinoable, just unimppressive. A good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of ironstein
4.5/5  rDev +47.5%

Photo of woodychandler
2.02/5  rDev -33.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Wow, a near-miss for The CANQuest (TM)! I got several of these, passed one onto tone77, drank one and somehow did not review it and fortunately had one in reserve. No time like the present, especially as CAN # 400 looms on the horizon.

From the CAN: "Golden Quality Since 1851".

The Crack & Glug was a stunning success, netting better than two fingers' worth of foamy bone-white head with good retention. Man, but I could smell cereal adjuncts immediately! No need to lean in for a sniff, but I did so anyway, just to stay in practice. The smell of adjunct-driven lager is becoming old hat to me now, but it is still not the most pleasant of odors. It makes me think of the bad old days, sitting in smoky bars, drinking cheap draft beers, getting into bar fights, picking up loose women ... Well, that last bit wasn't too bad, but some of them were improved by copious amounts of cheap draft beers. Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Mouthfeel was medium with a fruity, grape candy-like taste on the tongue. Wow! Is this beer THAT cheaply made?!? I got this from some real disasters early on and was surprised to taste it here. Finish was slightly sweet, but the combination of cereal and grape made this one a beer that I would not slip into my worst enemy's cooler when he was not looking, let alone put it in mine. MUCH better AALs out there, believe me.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.12/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A friend of mine in Champaign Ill, when I visited him, took me to a small neighborhood bar, that had to close at 11pm because it was between to residences. He bought me a Stag. When I'm in Ill now, I'll always want to have a Stag. It's cheap and "not that bad". Heh. It poured from the can with a typical head, typical yellow color but did have a little more of a hop scent that made it better than average. I had just finished a Ballantine, so clearing the palette with Stag, I didn't find much difference in mouthfeel, it seemed a little better with the alcohol sticking present. Flavor, corn, corn, corn, there is some hops, yes there does have a taste of alcohol, and it is mildly bitter. Stag is not that bad. That's the slogan.

Since I only have this in Ill, and I can't get it anywhere else, I'll say, average drinkabity for me, kind of like Falls City or other "burp beers" that I like to have from time to time.

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Photo of dmowen
3.67/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

For Me this beer is a blast from the past. Stag dissappered from our area about 30 years ago. Found it on a recent road trip to the STL MO. area; just had to buy some and bring it home. I found that it pours with small head of foam that rapidly dissappers. Goes down real good and seems be a great thirst quencher; something that would be great to enjoy after a hot afternoon of yard work or ect. It does have a slight metallic taste that lingers but not unlike that I have experianced in other like beers. Would love to try Stag in a bottle Over-all I enjoyed the case I brought home and look forward to my next trip to STL.MO. I will indeed buy more.

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