Lone Star Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Lone Star BeerLone Star Beer

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 psugrad98
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Medium yellow in color with thin head. Crackery fresh tasting. Very crisp and average in flavor and mouthfeel. Goes down very easily. Tasty on a hot day with a big T-Bone!!

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Photo of armock
3.1/5  rDev +24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Little Woodrows in Rice Village Houston, TX during happy hours

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that leaves lacing behind

S - Is of grainy malt and corn

T - Like it smells grainy malts and corn

M - This beer has a medium body with medium carbonation to it

O - Yeah its cheap macro beer but while in Texas on a hot day this beer hits the spot when its cold its refreshing and light enough to be pretty enjoyable a good everyday sort of beer that you don't have to think about just enjoy it

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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 JISurfer
3.15/5  rDev +26%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I like this stuff. Sure, it's not Olympia, but it's not bad. I thought I would try it, because I've had bros suggest it for a cheap thrill. Cheap? Kind of. $5 a sixer. It was the usual yellow color with a white head. The taste was very hoppy! No, not like a rabbit. Har har! The smell was hoppy too. Not much out of the ordinary for mouthfeel. I may come back to this rhinestone cowboy.

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

I grew up drinking Lone Star as a kid back in San Antone. Back then it was locally owned, locally brewed and a superior product to the current edition. I still like the smell and the after taste of Lone Star, but overall it's just not something I'd go out of my way to purchase. I had a friend come into town and bring me a case of long neck bottles. I'll certainly drink them all, probably with chili and or barbecue. It's not my favorite drink anymore, but it still reminds me of home. This is still a pretty good session brew, lower in alcohol than a lot of other lagers.

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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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Photo of bort11
3.18/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. There is a one inch head that drops down immediately to leave little evidence that it was ever there. No lacing at all. Body color is a clear pale straw yellow with a few active streamers of carbonation.

Smell has an initial DMS corn aroma. Either is settles down as it breathes or I have just gotten used to it. After a few minutes there is more of a dry grain and cereal aroma. No hops that I could detect.

Mouthfeel is a smooth light body that finishes clean. This is a beer for hot weather. Not just warm weather, hot weather. I'm talking about a heat index over 100 degrees.

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Photo of ad5os
3.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok.. so as a native San Antonian and Texan and I think people would be really interested in the history of LSB.


If you don't live in TX you are probably unaware of the 'National Beer of TX" advertising... but you should know this beer does kick ass.

It was formulated back in the blond "girly" beer days of the late 40s after WW2... but the history of brewing in San Antonio is a long proud tradition with the Lone Star Brewery and the Pearl Brewery. There is a large German population in San Antonio that wanted to brew beer on the scale of their homeland. Ed Friedrich in SA developed a method of air conditioning that enabled these breweries to brew beer year round.

The beer is a light lager with a decent amount of carbonation. The light sweet flavor is reminiscent of German brews and Pilzners. Very clear sparkly light yellow. Very rich head when poured vigorously. Taste is more malty and sweet then bitter and hoppy. Smells like beer.

Beer is better colder than warmer.

Very cheap beer. I buy 6pack of 24 oz cans for $3.88.

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Photo of dherling
3.3/5  rDev +32%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Had this in a bottle today at Joe Tejas in NJ. This ber looks like it's probably going to get a better score out of me than it really deserves. Here's the thing, there's nothing to it. It smells like a very light beer, it astes like a very light beer. There's a decent amount of carbonation to it, not much in terms fo the head, a VERY basic nose. It goe down really easy and is super drinkable. I'd ather have this than a bud, if you're in the market for that sort of a beer,but here was nothing bad or offensive about it, it just doesn't have anything gret about it either.

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Photo of ordybill
3.31/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. Aroma- Has a strong grain and wheat smell Appearance - A nice murky yellow color that had a small white head. Taste - A grain driven brew, not bad, but I do remember it tasting better 25 years ago. I did notice it is made by a different brewer. Palate- Light-bodied with light carbonation and a semi-dry finish Overall - Not a bad AAL, I preferred the older version but not a bad beer to quaff down

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Photo of rallyr32
3.31/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

A surprisingly drinkable beer from the Lone Star State. One could easily knock down a six-pack in a sitting without batting an eye. All my exes are from Texas.

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Photo of Mitchster
3.33/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I had no idea this was brewed by Pabst. Interesting. I thought the label was just cheezy enough to try. "Celebrating 65 years of Pure Texan Beer". Nice. Pours out to a sparkingly clear pale straw golden, requiring a firm pour to achieve a modest soapy white head with average retention and minimal lacing. The aroma is interesting....sweet cereal grains and floral hops like Heineken but with this interesting perfumy/cologne nuance, like somebody put a drop or two of Drakkar Noir in there. Carbonation is moderate. The mouthfeel is brisk and crisp with a light body. The taste is like a blend of Euro Lager and Domestic Macro Pils with a touch of lingering corn sweetness, but not irritatingly so. Some metals in the middle. Bitterness is mild. Not harsh, astringent or tainted by off-flavors or fusels as most domestics in this beers league are.

Actually, this isn't too bad. I would drink this again, especially if it were ice cold. I drank this little guy down in about 3 minutes. Much better than most domestic macro's. Sure, it's nothing exciting, but at this price point you're really looking for what's least offensive. Give it a try.

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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 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 chillmunity
3.35/5  rDev +34%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

As a Texas I want to point out that Lone Star even gets a bad rap in the lone star state, snobbishly looked down upon by Texans who prefer Bud and Miller (which I find pretty hilarious.) I started drinking Lone Star in high school, mostly due to its low price at the time, and it has become sort of a comfort beer for me. I know its not the best beer on the market, but if you want a cold one while mowing the yard in 100 degree Texas summers or to wash down brisket at a backyard barbecue, you cant go wrong with a Lone Star.

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Photo of ColdPoncho
3.37/5  rDev +34.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Looking to get to 500 Beer Karma...so close. This is the only thing in my fridge to review right now...Lame.

The neck of the bottle says something about April 04 2011...like it really matters.

The cap twists off quite easily with a quiet and quick fizz.

A - The pour yields a very loose white head that dissipates almost immediately. There is some depth to this fizzy yellow beer, but only the smallest amount.

S - a light smell, malty, touch of green apple - do they use Budweiser's yeast for this?

T - Very light again, no lingering effects on the palate to speak of, enters with a lightly tart apple flavor and leaves with a light malty finish.

M - light and smooth, a touch dry on the swallow.

O (D) - well It's better than I expected. I don't think it's very good. Attempting to review to style.

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Photo of acevenom
3.38/5  rDev +35.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The slogan reads The National Beer of Texas on the can. Poured into a pint glass. Pours the color of straw with an abundant, quickly dissipating white head. Plenty of bubbles can be seen streaming from the bottom of the glass. The smell is the typical adjunct lager smell. There is barley, corn, and faint grassy hops.
The taste follows the nose. The barley and corn are detectable and typical of the adjunct lager taste. The hop flavor is mild. The body is light with plentiful carbonation. The finish is crisp and dry. The drinkability is very good. Overall, this is a good beer. It's unoffensive and accomplishes what it sets out to do.

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Photo of russpowell
3.39/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on draft at the buckhorn saloon in San Antonio

Pours very light golden & effervescent. Zero head retention or lacing

S: Slight grainy & sweet amlt scents

T: Sweet malt & some grainyness. A little iron & honey follows. Finishes crisp & a little grainy

MF: Medium bodied & slightly over cabronated, go figure

Drinks pretty easy, I could 2-3 on a warm day, way better than BMC, a pleasant suprise; went well with my chopped beef bbq sandwich & jalapeno

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Photo of CaskofFlyingDog
3.4/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I found this on the Tennessee/Kentucky border. I'm a fan of obscure old beers and so this was a must.

App: pretty decent. I mean it's quite pale straw but it's got somoe effervense. The anemic head goes away after a few minutes.

Smell: Corn, alot like MGD but less potent

Taste: It's whiskey beer but it ends surprisingly smoother

Mouthfeel: Graininess then it mellows out

Drinkability: an easy drinker by far. It's just a bit too boring for me though.

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Photo of heath1agnew
3.4/5  rDev +36%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance- golden in appearance. what you would expect from the style

smell- corn husk and a hint of sweet smell

taste and mouthfeel- good flavor the style, very mild hops and a nice clean dry finish.

mouthfeel- pretty watery but at the same time maybe it's really not for the style

drinkability- very drinkable.

enjoyed it and i will buy it again.

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Photo of joshuadlight
3.41/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Had a couple while waiting around for a table at a restaurant last night. Clear and yellow with a fizzy head. Whaddya know? Its exactly what I was expecting. Not a lot in the nose, but the taste isn't offensive. This beer is fizzy and refreshing. Makes its name for being very cheap and very drinkable. There is a time and place for a beer like this. It is what it is.

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Photo of boblog
3.42/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Good American Lager. Not great. Not awfull. Fairly cheap. Clean aftertaste. Not as bad as many people think. It is worth its price. The most intresting part is how many times the bottle mentions Texas."Dont mess with Texas" "Serve Texas cold" Texas bla bla. Oh well pretty decent beer.

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Photo of goochpunch
3.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Don't mess with Texas.

Poured out Texas-cold into a pint glass. Typical light golden color with a thin, hardly lasting head. The main thing I smell here is corn, with a little bit of grain. Taste is an overall sweet. Not a whole lot to this. Kind of a good thing considering some bad flavors that can be had from a macro lager. Some grain flavors, but the palate is washed clean relatively quickly and there is no aftertaste to speak of. Very clean and refreshing. Mouthfeel is light and the carbonation is relatively mild for its style. Considering the fact that this is so damned clean and the mouthfeel is relatively mellow, this has excellent drinkability.

Pure. Texan. Beer.

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Photo of Damian
3.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 fl oz. (355 ml) bottle purchased at Hillside Wine & Spirits, Medford, MA
Served in a pint glass

The beer poured a crystal clear, deep golden yellow. A frothy, bright white, one-finger crown topped the liquid, but it quickly fell to a thin ring. Tiny streaks of lacing trickled down the glass.

Dry, powdery, lager yeast notes dominated the aroma. Grainy with mild adjunct notes. Pretty ordinary and fairly non-descript, but decently clean and crisp.

Pale malts and cereal grains were noticeable in the flavor profile. Lemony, wheaty and somewhat tart in the center. A hint of grassy hops appeared in the crisp, dry finish. Overall, surprisingly tasty for the style.

The mouthfeel was solid. Medium bodied. Smooth, creamy and fluffy with a lively, finely beaded effervescence.

Lone Star Beer is a refreshing and relatively flavorful American adjunct lager. All in all, definitely a notch or two better than most beers of this style.

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Photo of xduderx
3.45/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

We just recently started getting this beer again in Nashville so I ordered a longneck at my local bar.

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 of hops aroma

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

mouthfeel = very light bodied and refreshing

drinkability = very high. this beer goes down easy and isn't too filling. it won't win any awards, but it's definitely one of the better american macros.

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