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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 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 minute....is that?...it 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 msubulldog25
3.13/5  rDev +1.6%
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 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 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 xduderx
3.65/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A friend from work brought this back for me from Nashville, Illinois as he said it was one of the best american macros he'd had. I eagerly went home ahd put the 12-pk of stag in my fridge.

apperanace = drank from a bottle but I'm imagining it's the typical pale color with heavy carbonation

smell = very pleasant with a little bit og hops aroma

taste = surprisingly crisp and refreshing with some definite hops undertones. very inoffensive and very similar to pbr and lone star

mouthfeel = somwhere between light bodied and medium bodied

drinkability = very high. this beer goes down easy and isn't too filling. also, I drank one of these before it was very cold and it was still very drinkable. In my opinion that speaks well of any beer.

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Photo of Ricochet
3.12/5  rDev +1.3%
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 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 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, however....gold 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 dmowen
3.67/5  rDev +19.2%
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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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 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 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 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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