Lone Star Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #426
Ranked #50,590
2.53 | pDev: 28.85%
Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
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Notes: - Lone Star Beer uses the finest hops from the Pacific Northwest with hearty grains from the Central and Northern Plains. Malted barley and corn extract combine to provide Lone Star with nature's finest ingredients for brewing. Lone Star's ingredients give this beer its full natural flavor. The choicest hops lend complexity and aroma to this beer, and its proprietary mashing regimen creates the perfect balance of alcohol, body, and character.
- ABV% 4.65
- Calories 136
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RaulMondesi from California

3.21/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I think we have a nice and fine perfectly good beer here. No, it’s not Steve McQueen as Jr. Bonner; and no it’s not Mrs. Texas posing next to a steer. It just does the trick like the Rangers couldn’t in the 2011 World Series.

Giddy up.

May 20, 2021
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Realmens from Texas

3.43/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Despite what the retail may portray its a surprisingly tasty beer. This is a beer that makes craft heads say at least it aint bud light. With a great price point it's hard to have a negative standpoint. Has more flavor than your average lighter beer so expect a little more calories than a michelob

May 16, 2021
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Sigmund from Norway

1.81/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

12 fl. oz. bottle, in the Houston tent at the ONS 2008, Stavanger. Golden colour, low head. Moderate sweetish fruity aroma. The flavour is very bland, slightly sweetish with minimal hops. Poor.

May 07, 2021
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JPB1231000 from Georgia

4.08/5  rDev +61.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Ever heard sumthin like ... 'the WHOLE is better than the sum of it's parts"??? The last lone Star I had was VERY enjoyable!!! I had drunk it before YEARS ago and enjoyed it but this LAST one was GREAT....
My Local Package Store now features a "$1 " rack with some at 2 for 1... I saw the 12 OZ bottle right next to a couple of dented BUD cans so I bought all three for $ 2.50 ... the Lone Star was missing part of it's LABEL....
I had a few of my "go too's", Bud Picante Cheladas in 25oz and later I popped the top on "THE PRIDE OF TEXAS" and lit a Punch Classico cigar....

Feb 05, 2021
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1009 from Massachusetts

1.17/5  rDev -53.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This beer is appalling. Seriously just atrocious. Pure Texas corn water. You could literally tase the corn syrup. Nothing natural going on here. I mean, my god after one sip I got a headache. Mass produced macro lager beers can be good. This just isn’t one of them. We are striking out in the state of Texas. Nothing but steers and shit beers!

Jan 20, 2021
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.21/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a nice gold with a three finger head. Smell is familiar adjunct lager...grainy and malty. Taste is also familiar with some corn sweetness and an unwanted hint of citrus but not totally unpleasant. Easy drinking and inoffensive.

Oct 16, 2020
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Brook82 from Ohio

3.22/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Golden yellow color, crystal clear, white, fluffy head that doesn't hang around. Smell of earthy grain, no depth. Taste was non offensive, not too sweet, somewhat dry and balanced finish. Overall, a touch above average for the style. Colder the better. 6 pk bottle $6.99 + tax, best by 12/31/20.

Oct 10, 2020
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IPAs_for_days_13 from Texas

1.59/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Pours a classic pilsner yellow, kind of paler than most, little to no head. Smells like grain, bread & grass. Tastes pretty much follows the nice, has a nasty aftertaste to be honest. Very high carbonation, thin feel to it. There's far better beers to drink out there than this one.

Sep 26, 2020
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singletary from Mississippi

3.09/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I was finally got to try one, kind of regional thing living in the south, It pours a straw yellow color with very little head that is white. Not much of a smell of anything maybe some yeasty bread to it. The taste is fine about what I though, watery yeast with a mild hop finish. Overall it was what I call a middle of the road beer, not great but a decent one to have on a hot afternoon.

Aug 10, 2020
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dcotom from Iowa

3.29/5  rDev +30%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured at fridge temp from a 12-ounce bottle into a stemless wine glass. Aggressive center pour yielded a finger of sudsy white head atop a pale straw-colored body. Minimal head retention, no lacing. This is MUCH better cold. Aromas of corn, light grainy malt, and wet straw carry over to the palate. Light mouthfeel that becomes watery as the beer warms, due to low carbonation. A hint of tart green apple creeps in at the finish, which is mostly dry. Overall, about what you'd expect from a mass-produced adjunct lager.

Aug 02, 2020
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joeagain from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +30.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer has changed a lot over the years. My first Lone Star was had in the Armadillo World Headquarters back in the 70's when I was stationed out in Texas.
It was malty, but with a good hop bite, and overall, quite a damn good beer for your "average" beer in those days.
Living in New Jersey, I'd see LS come by every now and then over the years, but it always seemed to be getting lighter and thinner each time.
My most recent tasting was on 7/12/20, and the bbdate on the beer was Sept 2020, so it was still quite fresh.

Poured a light yellow, with a head lasting a short time, at which point it resembled a cream soda in appearence.
Nose was mostly sweet malt, with a hint of corn and fresh mowed grass. The malt and corn also appeared in the flavor, and the hops became more subdued than what was experienced in the aroma. The overall taste wasn't bad, just too light overall.
I was hoping for better. The Lone Star beer I had back in the 70's is just a memory now, and I doubt it'll get any better.

Jul 12, 2020
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Nicholas660 from Kansas

3.84/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

It kinda reminds me of a traditional German pilsner.
Mostly due to the higher hop profile as well as a fairly refreshing crisp flavor.

Being enjoyed from a fridge temp 12oz can dated apr 2020. In Houston Texas

Apr 14, 2020
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JoeMurphy from Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +77.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Appearance—Goldenish straw; lots of bubbles; white, soapy head that does not last; no lacing.

Aroma—sweet white bread crust; some adjunct, maybe; and a tiny bit of grassiness.

Taste—sweet white bread crust; some saltine cracker; a bit of sour dough; a little grassy hop note on the back end as beer warms. Round and smooth.

Light-to-medium finish and mouthfeel. Crisp and refreshing overall. This is an exceptional American adjunct lager:

Mar 13, 2020
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2.76/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Probably one of my favorite beers. I can look past the fact that Pabst owns it now. I usually just drink from the can or the bottle but for this review I poured into one of those plastic mugs with a handle. Little or no foam. Golden appearance. faint whiff of something I could not put my finger on. It tasted like beer. Lol. Nothing out of the ordinary but still good. It went down easily and pairs well with bbq, burgers, pizza. You name it.

Feb 20, 2020
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3.86/5  rDev +52.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A very easily drinkable, tasteful beer that should be more widely accessible. I would prefer to drink a Lone Star over other similar type beers. I prefer bottles over cans, but the cans seems to be more prevalent if the product is found. From what I drank it has a mid-heavy lacing, good aroma, and goes down smooth. I enjoy it year round.

Jan 02, 2020
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cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

2.79/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours golden yellow with a small white head. Smells of corny grain, not much else. Tastes of grainy malt, not much else. Beer is heavily carbonated and easy drinking. Overall, a slightly below average beer.

Oct 13, 2019
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ArchimedesSox from Georgia

3.72/5  rDev +47%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Crystal clear golden straw color, 1/2 inch white head, little lacing
S: Smells malty but the hops are present as well
T: Sweet malts, hops there to balance, really malty aftertaste. Can definitely get the sweet adjuncts in there.
M: Light
O: Classic american lager, great for the warm weather. Love this beer, Ill have it every chance I get.

Sep 11, 2019
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Darkmagus82 from Texas

3.42/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass
Appearance - The beer pours a golden color with a one finger head of white foam. The head fades fast leaving a tiny bit of lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - The aroma of the beer is a bready and grainy nature with a little bit of herbal and grassy hop.
Taste - The taste begins with a clean malt flavor that is composed of a bready and light grainy taste. As the taste advances it seems to sweeten a little bit with some caramel coming to the tongue. Toward the end a little bit of herbal hop meets the flavors to create a slightly sweet (for a lager) but crisp taste to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel - The body of the brew is on the slightly lighter and thinner side with a carbonation level that is average. The feel is good overall and creates a very easy drinking summer style feel.
Overall - A rather easy drinking american lager. Nothing out of the ordinary, but pleasant none the less. A good summer style sessioning brew.

Aug 10, 2019
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RegeesC from Texas

4/5  rDev +58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I think the picture of a Lone Star in a can prejudices the reviews. Bottled Lone Star, or any beer for that matter, isn't the same canned Lone Star, For the life of me I don't know why anyone would drink beer from a can unless that was all that was available and you were dying from thirst. Then, yeah, I can see looking past the metallic taste of aluminum.

Lone Star is a decent American Lager and the only American beer I buy on occasion from what I normally consume which is pretty much any Mexican beer. Well, I'll have Shiner every now and then and a Celis White on tap whenever I run into it, but at the convenience store and if Im a little short on cash, Lone Star is the go to beer. Drink it ice cold especially on hot Texas summer days....like right now. *Ahhhh* hits the spot mi amigos.

Jul 14, 2019
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BoiseBoiseBop from Texas

2.43/5  rDev -4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 3

Don't miss the point of this beer. It's cheap ( < 10 bucks a 12 pack bottles), and its from Texas, which means it has mojo. This is the beer you wanna drink Ice cold ( actually, it's much better closer to freezing point) while trying to bag some old wreck at a South Texas ice house while an out of tune crummy band plays "Amarillo by morning".
But drink it in bottles as close to freezing as you can..I think QC isn't get so it's hit or miss, I think it's a dregs beer they use as factory run out for other beers..sometimes you get a good batch,other times not so much, but thats a guess.
I like the musky charahter as a change of pace when you can't taste other beers like Bud or Coors( which sometimes really have a very clean crisp ricey taste on a hot day). I give it a 3.5 as far as american macro lagers go.
Side note, they used to brew Lonestar from time immemorial in San Antonio Texas ( anyone rememeber Pearl beer brewery San Antonio, Tx?). I'm sure Lone Star was much better then back 75 years ago, and that the formulae has changed to to cost economics. The stuff I get is brewed in Ft. Worth Tx., and shippd to south centl Tx. where I stay, and is relatively fresh according to the date label. It may taste better in winter not having to sit on the broiling hot texas trucks for distibution.

Jul 12, 2019
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thehyperduck from Canada (ON)

2.7/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

473 mL can from the LCBO; dated Mar 28 2019 and served well chilled. Picked a few cans of this up (on sale) a while back for a mere $2 each, which is as cheap as tallboys get around here. Listed at 4.9%, brewed by Sleeman (in Guelph) for "Stroh Canada", so this one's in a similar boat as PBR and the other Pabst-owned labels that are sold in the Great White North.

Pours clear, effervescent and straw-yellow, producing one finger of foamy white head that evaporates within the next minute or so. A filmy cap and frothy collar remain in place; looks fine to me. It smells of grainy, cereal malts, cardboard and corny sweetness, more or less nailing my expectations for the lower end of this style.

A proper cheapskate adjunct lager, in that it's bland and very nearly inoffensive. Grainy malts, corn husk and wet cardboard come to mind, with some corn sugar sweetness and hay towards the finish. More corn husk and hay in the aftertaste. Light-ish in body, with below average carbonation levels that gently prickle the palate, providing a bit of frothiness to the mouthfeel. Not very crisp, and I wouldn't want another one after this, but it's just inoffensive enough to be tolerable when served cold as intended.

Final Grade: 2.7, a C minus. I've got just over a dozen lagers queued up for review, and I sincerely hope the rest aren't as lame as Lone Star, because this is one of the least impressive beers I've had in a while. Don't get me wrong - there's nothing astoundingly bad about this beer, at least as far as macro lagers go... and if it were always $2 a can, I think it would actually sell quite well in this market. As it stands, this is basically interchangeable with PBR, or any number of similar so-called "value" brands - yeah, you could do worse, but that's not much of an endorsement.

Jul 11, 2019
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76239Eddie from Pennsylvania

3.2/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

It is basic beer meant for drinking for a decent price...therefore the highish rate... If you got a batch that was temperature abused then it may have sour taste. Just basic beer no more no less...if you are a fan of Pabst products or Heilman this fits right into that stable.

Jun 16, 2019
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FriedichVonostrowo from Brazil

1.63/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My 473ml can says Stroh Canada, Guelph Ontario. Is this brewed under license by the Sapporo owned Sleeman Brewery in Guelph?? I decided to try it again because we drank it when my brother got his Masters degree (in engineering) in Austin Texas and when we visited Chicago's Blues Festival in the mid to late '80s and because It cost $1.45 per can for the May 24 weekend, it hasn't improved.
Pale piss yellow, with a quick diminishing white head that leaves no lacing.
Smells like the inside of a cheap tavern, simply stale beer and tastes like every other cheap American beer. No true malt, no discernible hops
Like Brazilian swill beer, it should be drunk as cold as possible, at about-3C if possible for the best flavour!.
I won't be buying this again.

May 18, 2019
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gvickery from Texas

3.16/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Crystal clear medium gold color with an average white head. Smell is a little sweet but faint. Taste is what you expect beer to taste like. This taste like what your dad and uncles drank. It’s not pretentious or uppity, it’s a good bargain as well, a sixer of pints for $4.65. I must also say that this beer needs to be drank as cold as possible. It starts to taste pretty bad after it starts to warm a little. The notes above says it’s from Los Angeles but the cans I have say brewed in Fort Worth. I remember when it was brewed in San Antonio. I went on the brewery tour several times.

May 10, 2019
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Drank a fair bit of this on while I was working in the TX, OK, AR area. Wasn't the best beer. Was kind of sweet and bitter at the same time. Did have some body to it also. About halfway between poor and average.

May 06, 2019
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