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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Added by winomark on 11-02-2003

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Photo of Thorpe429
1.76/5  rDev -42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Reviewed from notes. Thanks to jsh420 for this.

Pours a clear fizzy yellow color. White head is fairly decent. Nose brings some light grain and a bit of corn. The taste is really more like creamed corn and the grain character almost goes entirely away. Feel is light. Really not a good beer.

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Photo of sinstaineddemon
1.95/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A - as clear as yellow can be, with only thin the cirrus-esque wispy remnants of what could've been head, the carbonation is as scarce as the head, but present

S - the malty sweetness i'd epxect from a macro lager, uncomplex and basic, yet a stately simplicity

T - definitely among the unworst american macro lager, a quality malt big up front flavor, sweet almost appley, then...wait a that? is?....real hops in the back of the sip

M&D - smooth and easy down when cold, almost sickly sweet though, i could definitely see drinking this on the porch with my father, despite the cans 1970's nostalgia

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Photo of woodychandler
2.02/5  rDev -34.4%
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 Tone
2.18/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. Short head with slight retention and little to no lacing. Smells of adjunct in a lager. Fits the style. A crisp body with a dryness to the aftertaste. Low carbonation and tastes of adjunct in lager. Overall, not a real good beer.

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Photo of KACK1533
2.21/5  rDev -28.2%
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 winomark
2.23/5  rDev -27.6%
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 gerite
2.49/5  rDev -19.2%
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 ahking
2.59/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Paid 2 bucks for a can of this beer at a bar in Illinois. Had never even seen this beer before the other day (then I saw it again the next day in a market -- 12 pack bottles!). Pours a deep golden color. Zero head retention or lacing. Smells grassy. Taste is typical for a adjunct beer (corn and/or rice). Great can design, can with a 8 point (or so) buck on the front. Comparable to PBR, Milwaukee's Best, etc. Nothing special, but has an appeal to it....

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Photo of Vancer
2.66/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Well, a preface: this was leftover from my daughter’s grad party – some of the nephews are still living in the dark ages. But anyway, pour was same ol’ macro crap, wispy yellow with no head. No aroma but a touch of corn and the taste was weak and hop/maltless. Nothing real *bad* in the quaff, just an seltzer water reminder. <sigh> This beer used to be made next door in Belleville, IL. – but the brewery is now as forsaken as this beer.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.67/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden yellow with absolutely no trace of a head. Looks like watered down cider.

S - None really. Cooked corn mocro lager scent. I can't really smell much of anything.

T - Corn and maple syrup with an actual hop flavor that is very very light, but uncommon in macro lagers. Very sweet and corny. Not bad, but not good.

M - Watery macro lager mouthfeel. Not bad for the style. More carbonated than others.

D - Better than it's bretheren. This has a sort of infamous name around here (Springfield IL) and I must say that it is better than Bud or Miller. Than being said, this is not a good beer... but it is a good cheapo beer!

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Photo of Captain_Komamura
2.72/5  rDev -11.7%
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 AtLagerHeads
2.75/5  rDev -10.7%
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 WoodBrew
2.76/5  rDev -10.4%
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 kismet
2.82/5  rDev -8.4%
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 GeoffRizzo
2.92/5  rDev -5.2%
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 ChainGangGuy
2.93/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours out a clean, thin-looking, yellow body with a wispy, equally thin-looking, white head.

Smell: Faint aroma smelling only lightly of exceptionally pale malts and spicy hops. Again, it's all quite mild, mind you.

Taste: Lightly sweet, lightly watery cereal grains with a bit of grainy astringency to it. Fairly light hop presence with no more than a hint of bitterness. Finishes dry with a little snap of crisp carbonation.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: A simple, inoffensive lager, no more no less. Basic but sufficient, I suppose.

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Photo of TheSarge
2.94/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I had this beer at a 4th of July fest, and thought it was decent for the style. Today I partake in this buck of a beer.

I poured this in a half liter dimple glass. Pours good for a bright white fluffy pillow head that dissipates very quickly. The body is pale gold in color and is cleanly filtered.

In the aroma there is a faint hint of cereal grain and mainly corn.

Taste wise it is mostly corn husk with a lightened rice finish.

Mouth feel is crisp, clean, and refreshing. This is a decent lawn mower beer, or something to guzzle while out camping or bbqing.

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Photo of zeff80
2.95/5  rDev -4.2%
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 AlCaponeJunior
2.96/5  rDev -3.9%
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 Goliath
3/5  rDev -2.6%
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 JohnnyHopps
3.06/5  rDev -0.6%
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 DefenCorps
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can received from hwwty4 in the Good, the Bad and the Ugly BIF. Against his orders, this one's going into my Stone pint glass. This was the Bad

A: So light it may as well be water! Incredible! Light golden yellow with a ton of carbonation and a fleeting white head. Lace? Bah!

S: Mild hop aroma with some grassy notes. Mild biscuit malt aroma. Metallic

T: Starts off faintly hoppy with a grassy character followed by a mild sweetness, not unlike corn. Surprisingly clean with little in the way of buttery aromas. Finishes dry and metallic

M: Light and crisp with tons of carbonation, solid finish with a faint hint of hops to go with the metallic goodness.

D: This is surprisingly easy to drink for what it is! Thanks for sending two, Bill!

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Photo of RustythePelican
3.07/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I had a friend who is from outside Peoria, IL pick me up a 12-pack of Stag for a laugh. I was expecting a horrid, cooked-corn low-end macro, but was pleasantly surprised.

I drank this out of the can, naturally, accompanying an Italian beef-and-sausage combo, so I can't accurately gauge the appearance. The smell was inoffensive and lacked the sticky-sweet corn aroma of so many other low-end beers (ahem, Utica Club, I'm thinking of you . . .). Taste was refreshing, malty and well-balanced, if a little thin. This fits every "lawnmower beer" stereotype you can think of; it's cheap, quenches a thirst, and has a damn deer on the can . . . what else do you need?

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Photo of swamiswamu
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

I'm shocked to only see a few reviews of this. It is nearly ubiquitous here in STL. Nonetheless, there is nothing remarkable about this beer. It is a classic working class adjunct lager. It pours golden and clear, with a healthy, quickly dissapating corn-fueled head. The taste is grainy and largely metallic out of the can, go figure. It is a great thirst-quencher and that's about it. IMO a good pomo hipster alternative to the cliched PBR.

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Photo of hwwty4
3.08/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12oz bottle into my New Belgium globe. This beer pours a crystal clear pale straw with just a slight, wispy white head. The aroma is cereal grain, a bit of corn, and just a bit of pale malt. The flavor is very similar. It starts out with cornflakes, moves into just a slight maltiness, and finishes with just a hint of sulfur. There is very little hop presence to it. The most surprising thing about it is the mouthfeel isn't as nearly as dry as it is in the can. This is one of the most drinkable macro lagers there is. There isn't much flavor but there also isn't much wrong with it either.

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