Lone Star Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.65%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
- 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

Added by stirgy on 10-19-2001

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Photo of tesguino
3.83/5  rDev +53.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

The national beer of texas, the slogan of this beer give honour its name appearance and taste is good , smell low in the average, but easy drinkability and special for bbq and buddies meeting, in sunday, or soccer game with any snacks; very recommendable.

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Photo of mentor
2.98/5  rDev +19.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Bottle obtained from the discount rack of a local liquor store. Pours like a ginger ale...with a tiny fizzy head of white carbonation that quickly settles to nothing. Appears crystal clear straw yellow with several streams of bubbles and many miscellaneous bubbles rising to the top. Smells of an oily hallertauer hop with a ting of saaz tiny zing. Malt sweet is nearly absent. Tastes of carbonation and sweet hop floral with a touch of honey. The carbonation flavor is a sting that lasts only a moment, the most of the flavor is the hops. It's rounded and oily floral in a way similar to hallertauer. Late is a malt sweet that somes across as honey, but then the hops make a return to dominate the aftertaste. Light body and highly carbonated. Simple and drinkable (once I swirled to get rid of the overbearing carbonation)...much better than I expected.

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Photo of Ricochet
2.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

What the hell, figured I start the beer reviewing this weekend with a generic "burp beer" and see how well this does up against Falls City.

Smell, average for yellow beers. Nothing distinctive. Average yellow color. Mouth was , average again. See where this review is going? It had average carbonation. Taste was grain belt. Period. You don't get more ordinary than this, but there was a metallic note in the end, probably from the water. I didn't think much of this brew, it lacks the special "oomph" that makes Falls taste just a little different. I could have had this and several other similar beers, and would be hard pressed to tell which is which. Plenty of other beers out there...

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.3/5  rDev -8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Lone Star is exactly what you expect from a bargain-priced adjunct lager. The color is pale yellow with a weak head. Aroma is sweet adjuncts and taste is about the same. The flavor has a notable cereal grain quality, with no attempts to hide the adjuncts. Fortunately, this doesn't have any nasty off-flavors and remains drinkable. You could probably buy worse at the price they sell Lone Star, but you could also do better by picking up some PBR, Stroh's, or Schlitz.

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Photo of jdm
2.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the only beer I buy in a can. It is dirt cheap here in the lone star state and is my everyday beer. It is a great thirst quincher and good with a meal. It is the water of my beers. I always pour into a glass as I cannot be reduced to complete beer barbarism. It pours a one finger head that speeds away in two minutes. It is a medium yellow that leaves the faintest hints of lace on a glass giving away its cheap manufacture with a healthy dose of corn sugar. I enjoy a grainy flavor in any beer and that is fortunate because that is about all that can be detected in the taste and aroma of a lone star. There is an ample amount of carbonation but light on the malt which is why the head doesn't stick around long after poured. This is about as predictably macro in its characteristics as can be expected but there is nothing unpleasant here, just nothing to savour. Quite drinkable.

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Photo of Pepeton
1.9/5  rDev -24%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Bought a six pack in the supermarket: Dirt cheap.
I live in México and beer down here is cheaper than in the US.
I didn't understood how this American beer was almost half the price of the local brews.
After tasting it everything was crystal clear.
Typical macro lager.
Clear light yellow color, some short living head and no lacing.
Smell was also faint, with some grain.
Taste was crisp, with little to no maltiness and even less hops.
Bland, some carbonation aftertaste.
You might drink a lot of these in a hot afternoon.


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Photo of karst
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Standing over a hot mesquite charcoal fire the icy oil can of Lone Star is shared only with the wild pig quickly seared in the fragrant smoke and then slowly baked in it double foil wrapper. We have worked out a deal. This little piggy gets a splash of Lone Star and I get to remove a nice tender strip of meat as the hams slowly roast. Its a slow process and a big can but hey! "What's time to a pig?"

Rick and Rayna invited us to their Catholic Wedding in the early 70's and the old german San Antonio "Bechtold" and Chicago imergrant czech catholic families celebrated in S. Texas as the Lone Star flowed. Still revered by many in S. Texas as the only non-rice beer. It is now brewed in Ft. Worth and still dry hopped with Hallatau hops. Followed by Bush (another oil can) I was suprised!

Your choice - but for me and the pig it's Lone Star born / brewed in Texas, as much part of Texan culture: rodeo, two-steppin, or The Alamo. Lone Star maintains its place in Texas lore by supporting today’s Texan musicians, outdoorsmen and our friend, the armadillo. (humm. . . I have not seen an armadillo since I left Missouri and now Rich only drinks Bush nothing stays the same.

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Photo of Backer2004
3.15/5  rDev +26%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

So I'm at a Crawfish Boil/Rehearsal Dinner in Orange Texas where the only beers left were Miller and Bud Light. However, I found a case on a bench with this brew. After "borrowing" one, I thought this was the best choice of the night. Nothing real special, other than a nice after taste. Would not have had a chance to try this otherwise.

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Photo of Rootdog316
2.97/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After reading quite a few reviews, not to many people apparently like this beer. I personally thought it was great. I'd never heard of Lone Star before, especially in the state of Virginia. I bought one not too log ago, served in a bottle, and I gotta tell ya, I really liked it a lot. I think its a perfectly substitute for a Budweiser any day.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.56/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As I was driving home from work I heard that the State of the Union Address was to be on TV. Ah, back in the college days we used to play drinking games to this speech (take one drink every time the presidents party gives him a standing ovation, etc.). An inidvidual could get plowed in an hour sometimes. I decided I needed something approporiate for the occasion. Then I remembered, the local grocery has six packs of Lone Star. Macro (or regional?), Texan, much like the Pres., perfect.

Appearance: Your typical American macro lager. Clear, light gold/yellow. Thin white head, disapeared in about a minute. Plenty of carbonation.

Smell: Little smell, hint of grain, sweet adjuncts (corn?).

Taste: I laste had this while in Ft. Worth last summer. I thought it was better. Slightly grainy, limited sweetness, not much else. My memory must be bad, cause this used to taste like Pabst.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied, lively, yet watery.

Drinkability: Not quite what I remember, and at $6.99 a six-pack, definitely a rip off here. I thought this was a little better than this, but I could only stomach two, and half of a third is in front of me and I may just forget to finsh it. It may be that this is old. In Nebraska we have a pretty strong dislike for all things, Texan, and the three sixers that were on the shelf may be part of the original case the store got in stock.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.8/5  rDev +12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A typcial American lager. A smooth, light aroma of corn that is not unsimilar to Pabst, but a bit less overpowering. Pours out with medium light carbonation and a short lived head. Mildly rich golden colour. Refreshing flavor of a straight forward lager - a touch on the watery side, but none the less tolerable. This is supposed to be THE beer of Texas, and if that is so, I wouldn't mind living there all that much. Recommended for those who like macro-regional brews.

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Photo of far333
3.34/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Straw colored with a lumpy white head of tight bubbles. Aroma is corny, a little sweet. Mouthfeel is a bit watery, but bubbles tingle the tongue. Flavor is also corny, a little biscuity, but not so far as to say malty (probably because there is little or no malt). Difficult to tell if there is a fine hop presence, or if it's just the tingle of the carbonation. Finishes pretty clean. Not too complex, but not offensive.

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Photo of danieltothemax
3.55/5  rDev +42%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer was cheap! I like that when I buy some beer. It tasted alot like Budweiser. Cheap beer is usually terrible, but this wasn't that bad. I drank a 6pack tonight and I'm glad that I did. I found out my girlfriend was ex-girlfriend had been f---ing me over with some metal-head kid, and i was depressed. The Lone Star solved my problems at least for a short period of time. I will buy it again when I am depressed and feeling suicidal. Thank you Lone Star.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.42/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Eye Candy: Clear light golden-yellow. Thin head upon pour that gave way to some thin lacing.

The Nose Knows: Slight sweetness there, but mostly adjunct corn and what I would describe as flour (wheat). Nothing offensive.

Tongueland: Crisp lager-like feel without the typical cheap ass brew taste. Slight corn, light malt, clean and crisp. No gagging aftertaste. Refreshing in the summer heat of El Paso.

Bender Factor: This was cheap as hell on post. I would try it agin, just for S and G.

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Photo of SteveP
2.85/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle. The stuff on the side which says "Don’t Mess With Texas!" That’s so cool. The beer, unfortunately, is slightly unpleasant. Lots of stewed corn flavours. Yellowish appearance. Normal smell. A cheap lager. Fizz. Pasteurised. Mostly pointless.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.75/5  rDev -30%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

The label on Lone Star contains the following: 'Texas: Born and Brewed', 'don't mess with Texas', 'the National Beer of Texas', 'Pure Texas Beer', 'Pure Texan', 'serve Texas-cold', the star from the Texas state flag (two on the labels, one on the cap), two depictions of the state itself and a row of longhorn logos atop the main label. Excuse me while I check to see where it was brewed. Says right here 'Lone Star Brewing Co., Ft. Worth, Texas'. Why do they make it so hard to discern this beer's state of origin?

Transparent light gold with a moderate amount of big-bubbled carbonation. The head is dirty white, soft, and insubstantial. In other words, it looks cheap. To add insult to injury, it falls to a thin film in minutes and leaves almost no lace. The nose is of slightly sour grain, cooked veggies and a hint of (admittedly decent) lemon peel. Like attempting to smell good by dousing oneself in cologne rather than bathing?

Lone Star is yet another substandard adjunct lager. Or is that a redundancy? A serious shortage of malt leads to a thin, watery mouthfeel and a harsh, metallic flavor that's all kinds of unpleasant, but stops just short of spit-it-out bad. Like many macro lagers, there's a certain corny sweetness, and like a few others, there's a chemical flavor that is unlikely to impress anyone who knows what good beer tastes like. My drinkability rating assumes that it's consumed ice cold. Subtract 0.5 for every 5 degrees of warming.

Lone Star (where is it brewed again?) is lackluster at best. I would hope that its brewers would either go back to the drawing board and come back with some decent beer or make every attempt to hide its origins, not trumpet them from the highest mountaintop.

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Photo of mattcrill
1.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

I need to thank Hard Target for this one. He tried to give me a primer on many of the finely crafted Texas brews. Although this hails from Texas, I don't classify it in the same arena as the other quality brews that he sent me.

Appearance: Pours golden yellow with a clear white head.

Smell: None.

Taste: carbonated water. Almost like a perrier. A bitter aftertaste with acidic bite to it. Not much going on here.

Mouthfeel: thin and very watered down.

Drinkability: I'm sure it would quench your thirst on a hot Texas day.

I'm thankful for the Texas primer but seriously, "you shouldn't have".

Stick to the summary of the beer at the top of the page and "AVOID".

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.83/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - pours a decent light gold color, though void of any serious character. One finger of fizzy white head which disappears fairly quickly.

Aroma - grainy, plain, not much to write about.

Taste - very macro-like, slightly sweet, rather grainy. Nothing great, but decent, nothing wrong either. Spritzy, salty (soda water) finish.

Mouthfeel - thin, crisp, highly carbonated, clean.

Drinkability - a good thirst quencher that offers nothing outside of a plain, easy-drinking beer, which is sometimes just what ya' need.

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Photo of Brent
2.7/5  rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I certainly have to give Pabst credit for remaining totally invisible with regard to this beer. The label is a monument to hyperbole of Texas mystique (not that I don't think Texas is a fine state, but enough is enough). The only brewery identification is "Lone Star Brewing." The beer - well, it's your basic, old-style slightly grainy yellow lager. Solid body, workmanlike in a rough around the edges sort of way. An okay thirst quencher. I had this in the airport at Dallas (waiting for a connection, I did what I could to spend the time), perhaps if the setting had been a bit more pleasant, I would have appreciated the beer more.

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Photo of Foxman
1.71/5  rDev -31.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours a pale straw yellow with a quick, epemeral white head that leaves virtually no legacy of itself.

The aroma is dry, and more vegetal than malty. It comes off as flat, and has no hop character that I could note.

The flavor brings cooked corn to mind, with a fleeting sharp sweetness that promptly drops off and lets a shallow and featureless bitterness come through at the finish. There is virtually nothing here to recommend it.

It's light bodied, and just short of water. What does come across as notable is the dry bitter glow on the tongue.

My aunt sent me this from San Antonio. Had I known what I was facing, I'd have sent it right back. Thin, flat of flavor, and pretty much devoid of any real identity, the vegetal notes played too strong a role to allow the otherwise crisp emptiness to make this drinkable. It'd been in the back of the DBF for about a month, and I just kept putting off trying it. But she spent the shipping costs, so I was guilted into it. Silly me and my conscience.

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Photo of Dubblebock
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lone Star, much like it's Pabst stablemate Pearl, is no longer brewed in San Antonio at the old Pearl Brewery. It is now contract brewed in Dallas by Miller. So much like Pearl, we have a beer that was never great to begin with, but now it's lost whatever charm it might have possessed due to it's connection with a historical brewery. Maybe it's the change in water, maybe there are other factors, but Lone Star has become yet another faceless, remarkably tasteless, tourist-trap brew. Out-of-towners come to Texas, drink this, and believe that this is all that we have to offer. Sad, sad days.

The Dallas-brewed Lone Star pours like a sodapop, small head, fizzy yellow coloring. Smells corny and slightly off.

Tastes weak and sour. It's smooth, but that's from a lack of flavor and character. Much more malty than hoppy, it settles poorly on the tummy. Overcarbonated and bland, it never lets taste get in the way of the easy, uncomplicated drinkability. Lack of a distinctive finish and poor mouthfeel make this version of the Lone Star beer one to pass up.

This irritates me. Lone Star was drinkable back in the day. It wasn't the greatest beer ever by a long shot, but it carried the state's nickname with some semblance of pride. No longer. Tip to visitors: put the Lone Star down and try something else. The state of Texas has plenty of better beers to offer.

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Photo of DrunkMcDermott
1.94/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Not really terrible, just the same standard megabrew. Corny taste, some malt, very little hops. Slightly more complex than, say, a Coors, but otherwise just another cheap beer. I started undoing the screw tops to drop in a dried chile to test my chile beer recipes.

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Photo of Ave
2.05/5  rDev -18%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

had one of these for the first time last night. I was seeing Captured! by Robots last night & thought I would give it a try. drank right out of the bottle in the bar, its wasn’t the ideal tasting saturation, but one I imagine the PBR people are fine with.

Ice cold, crisp fizzy malt sourness. ever so slight hop presence, just enough so you guess there might be some there. feels like flat stale club soda in your mouth, & what flavor there is gone almost immediately upon swallowing.

is inoffensive enough to be palpable. is bland enough to be forgotten.

would pair well with camels & NASCAR.


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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.35/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear, straw gold body is capped by a frothy head of bright white foam that holds well and leaves some limited, but nice, lace. The aroma is welcoming with a sweet, grainy and lightly floral nose. The body is light-medium and it's quite crisp in the mouth. The flavor delivers a combination of sweet, semi-grainy malt and floral hops balanced by a low-key bitterness that's bolstered by it's crisp carbonation. Some sweet malt lingers in the aftertaste, but it's basically crisp and dry.

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Photo of chilidog
3.16/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I didn't have a bad experience with this brew, its just its like alot of others in the macro market. Brewed by the same folks that bring us pabst & stroh's, there isn't much more to expect. Its a straw colored lager that for me poured clear gold with a nice white head that laced all glass long. I thought the body was alittle fuller than the pabst. The aroma was grassy, the taste grainy and malt with very little hop to balance. It is drinkable because there isn't nothing big about this Texan. Picked it up vacation because it had that Texas only thing going for it.

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Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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