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 pezoids on 10-19-2001

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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 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 John
1.73/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Don't be fooled by the implication that this a premium beer. This compares to any other swill, and it's not as good as some at that. Harsh and astringent flavor.

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

Bottle- Pale, pa,e, sparkling gold with a short lived white fizz. Very faint aroma of pale malt and wet paper, a whiff of grains. Slightly sweet grain and vegetal flavour with strange bitterness and watery palate. Not offensive, just doesn't smell or taste like much. Because nothing says Texas like Wisconsin.Thanks David for the bottle!

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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 cracgor
1.76/5  rDev -29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This beer tastes like a mix of an american adjunct lager and a malt liquour. It has the normal pale yellow color, tinny smell, and watery mouthfeel. It is really only worth drinking once since it is the National Beer of Texas, but it does not taste very good and is not worth pouring into a glass. The flavor of the beer is bland with metalic undertones. Not my favorite beer for sure.

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Photo of Tarzan1
1.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

Lets not kid anybody. This isn't very good beer. It used to be back in the early 70's but a lot of things have changed since then. When I can find it, and that's not very often, I drink it because of the nostalgia effect. I put on some Jerry Jeff , close my eyes and imagine myself 40 years younger driving my 56 Chevy Sedan Delivery around Texas listening to AM radio and going into Austin on occasion to hear some good music at the Armadillo. For that alone its worth the price and the hangover.

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Photo of Dogbrick
1.8/5  rDev -28%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer is a pale yellow-gold color with a thin and short-lasting white head. Specks of lacing on the glass. Mild aroma of hops and grainy malt. Light-bodied with an unappealing flavor profile of grain, corn and weak hops. The finish is moderately bitter and not very flavorful. Slight lingering grain flavor. Overall this beer doesn’t know when to fold ’em.

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Photo of mdunman
1.83/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Plain clear amber with a decent head and no linger

S: Stale malt and some sour hops

T: Tastes just the same as Bud/Miller/Coors. Not much flavor other than bad malt and water.

M: Light body with little carbonation

I had to try this at some point now that I live in Texas. It pretty much lived up to its reputation, which is a pretty poor beer.

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Photo of Fatehunter
1.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured almost a finger of head on a light straw colored body.
The aroma is an unattractive metallic and vomit smell.
The taste has a bitter and sweet note with a lot of metallic overtones.
The texture is crisp with a high carbonation.
Avoid this beer.

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Photo of Ike_Potter
1.84/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty bad, but I didn't really expect it to be good. We tasted it in a blind taste test with 5 other cheap beers. This was the worst beer we tasted. No smell, weak color, off putting taste, overall pretty poor, but again you get what you pay for with this beer.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
1.86/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Yellow beer, thin, fizzy. Nothing beneficial or positive to say about the appearance. Smell was industrially sweet, nothing special or existant in terms of hops or malt.

Taste, relatively easy to drink, off putting bitterness, grittiness to the beer, which takes away from its alleged drinkability, or thirst quenching properties. Almost entirely corn based I would guess.

At some point, these retro beers re-emergence jumps the shark. Maybe it was long ago.

Why is Lone Star made in Illinois these days?

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Photo of TooGood
1.86/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a lighter yellow with minimal head and no lacing.
Smells slightly bitter with no other discernable aroma.
Taste is off putting to say the least, no real flavor except bitter.

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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 Beastdog75
1.91/5  rDev -23.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I was quite surprised to see this stuff in New Jersey. The label says "Lone Star Brewing, Ft. Worth, TX." The stuff used to be brewed in San Antonio at the Pearl brewery, but now that Miller brews Pabst's brands, they moved it to their Ft. Worth facility. The label has all different kinds of Texas sayings on it, almost in a way that it is being marketed to non Texans. Texas is a great state with a proud people and rich history, but I don't see how this stuff fits into it.

Lone Star pours a light gold color with a thin fizzy head that disappears very quickly. To be blunt, the smell reminded me of animal urine. Some grain and a hint of alcohol in the nose as well. The mouthfeel is watery. The taste struck me as very odd. Sweet in a way, but I could best describe the malt and grain profile as: 1. Burnt orange (as if somebody threw an orange in a BBQ pit) 2. Burnt corn or 3. The burnt plastic container containing the above two things. Some mixture of those 3 things is the best I could describe it. Little bit of hop dryness in the finish. Aside from the initial "burnt" motif, this beer is on the bland side. The aftertaste is definately of burnt corn and a little bit of alcohol. The beer finishes with minimal alcoholic warmth.

My suggestion is that if you follow the label and drink this "Texas Cold" and quickly, it is somewhat tolerable. I had to try this seeing how it is somewhat of a novelty seeing it in central NJ, but I won't be rushing to buy this one again.

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Photo of SixpointJMH
1.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

an every so slight step above stuff like bud and corona. looks and tasted watered down. no flavor or character here. not a very good beer, but if i have to suck back garbage on a hot summer day, i'd rather this than the afforementioned bud or corona.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
1.92/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

One finger head of pure white, dense foam, which lasted less than a minute, leaving a few bits of lace on the side of the glass. Color is a 3 on the SRM beer color chart. Clear with lots of micro bubble action. Smell is of cereal grain and that is about it. Taste is not much there, flavors of corn, wheat and a touch of sweetness from the malt. Mouthfeel is almost water, save the zing from loads of carbonation. Cheap beer for days working in the yard, but there are a lot of those with more flavor and less cost.

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Photo of Nascartailgatefa
1.93/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle poured into pilsner glass. Smells like corn but kind of stale. Dark yellow in color, head almost non-existent.

Taste sour and stale. Not pleasant at all. Served ice-cold which didnt help mask the taste. No aftertaste and very light. I will stick with the other American lager standards in the future.

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Photo of corby112
1.93/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bottle served at the Menger Bar which is the oldest bar in San Antonio. Teddy Roosevelt recruited and started the Roughriders here. Anyway, back to the beer.

Pour a very clean pale golden yellow color with a thin white frothy head that quickly fades Ito a thin lasting ring. No lacing.

Very bland aroma with subtle hops, hints of grass, pale malt and sweet grainy corn.

Fuller bodied than I expected with a subtle dry hop presence up front that lingers throughout over the pale malt and sweet grainy corn notes into a long mettalic dry finish. This beer is about what I expected except fir mouthfeel and since it's 95 degrees here today I wS able to pound this down pretty quickly

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Photo of Applesauce1
1.93/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Found this interesting looking beer at the Party Source in Newport, KY. I like the "Don't Mess With Texas" written on the label. The beer, however, as I expected was not impressive.

Appearance: gold with a small head, transparent
Smell: skunky, typical marco lager smell
Taste: not good, cereal grains with some nice skunkiness like most macro lagers
Mouthfeel: thin, easy to drink though
Drinkability: ehhhh, didn't want another

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Photo of Bitterbill
1.93/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Purchased at Liquor Shed in Casper.

Poured from 16oz can a pale gold with a large head of foam that sharnk quickly to almost nothing by the end of the glass.

The smell is a typical macro lager smell...corn and sweetish malt.

The taste is nothing special..big surprise. Weak malt character that's mostly sweet and sticky, hop character is very subdued. There's just some slight tartness that weakens the sweetness a tad but not enough for my liking. Blah. Once is enough for this one. Can't recommend.

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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 zeff80
1.96/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Poured out a clear yellow color. Highly carbonated with a white, one-finger head.

S -It smelled of corn, grains and some malt.

T - It tasted of corn and not much else. There was a hint of malt.

M - It was rather dull and bland. A light-bodied beer.

D - Not so good. As far as inexpensive American lagers go, I'd rather have a Stag or PBR.

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Photo of ADR
1.98/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Clear yellow, a little darker than a Budweiser. Ivory Dish Detergent head that doesn't last longer than a 15 second TV commercial. An odd aroma that's similar to old socks. The foot wear theme continues in the malt impression, other than that, corn syrup. Typical macro hops, an afterthought. Drink this stuff cold and thirsty, its unpleasant at warmer temperatures.

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Photo of Brenden
1.98/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Well, this isn't all that much different from any other macro. It's even worse from the can, though.

The color is the clear, pale yellow one would expect. There's a thin film of a head that still comes back if it's moved around in the glass but doesn't even bother with even the tiny amount of thin lacing I got from the bottle.
The aroma's very faint and all I can get is some grains, perhaps a little corn husk and a musky something. There's an astringent / metallic funk that wasn't in the bottle.
Watery, of course, with most of the flavor being corn husk and grains. Malt is there struggling to be tasted and the hops is just barely perceptible way in the back.
Mouthfeel isn't bad, but not even as good as from the bottle. It's pretty crisp with some smoothness. It's very thin and watery. Body is very light.

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