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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 Todd
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember drinking this when I was trying to get a 25oz mug at Bukowski's in Boston. We had to drink 99 beers. This was one of them. Everytime I went in there I would procrastinate, dreading the day that I would have to drink it. My thoughts were confirmed when I did. Hard to swallow and ultra-bland.

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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 Wasatch
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of JMad
2.01/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

From a bottle to a pint glass...
Pours a golden yellow color with a white one finger had that disappeared pretty quickly.
Smells of corn , malt and a little alcohol.
Tastes kind of like corn too and is a litlle boozy.
This beer is way too carbonated. Drinks ok I guess.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light golden color with a snow white, artificial looking head - though a decent layer remained to the bottom of the glass. Lots of swirling carbonation, actually quite pretty, modest lace. Very slight aroma of grain and faint hops. Taste is very smooth, begins with mild sweet malt flavors, which then fade to very mild hops and a clean finish. Overall, this beer seems rather weak; the type of beer that European visitors are wont to complain about. There is nothing terrible about Lone Star, but its not much more than water.

Package reviewed was a 16 oz can.

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Photo of elniko
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass. The national beer of Texas that I sadly have never had before. A buddy left a few in the fridge so I figured I would review.

A: Typical light lager coloring, very little to no head. Carbonation apparent.

S: Sweet malt on the nose, slightly skunky, not very good at all.

T & M: Ugh, not good. I've had light lagers that had more flavor. Just not much there at all. Some twinges of sweet maltiness. Mouthfeel incredibly watery.

D: Not offensive, but there are definitely better macro options out there.

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Photo of jwc215
2.04/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

"Serve Texas cold" on label. Is that different than any other state's cold? Whatever...

It pours pale golden yellow with a fizzy head that eventually vanishes. Typical of style.

The smell is of corn adjuncts. Sulfurish/chemical with only a vague hint of grain.

The taste is of sweet grain and cooked corn. Not unlike so many macro-brews, but lacking even compared to so many others. Watery finish.

This is watery and has quite a bit of a fizzy character.

Even in style, this is pretty bad, though not the worst. Still, why bother...

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

How could I go to Texas and not at least try Lone Star? It met my expectations in that it really wasn't that good. It was a fairly typical macro lager. It poured a star-colored yellow with a thin white head that dissipated quickly. Smell was light a bit of malt, some corn, and that was about it. Taste followed suit. A bit of malts, corn, adjuncts most likely, and that was about it. Maybe a tiny hint of hops, but not much more. It was clean and crisp to drink though, and went down very smoothly. Still, I wouldn't exactly recommend drinking this, though, you'll find there are some places where it really is your only option.

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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 Gusler
2.06/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer pours a clear straw or gold color, the head is off white, average in size and the lace adequate. Nose is clean and crisp, dominated by the malts. Front is malt and somewhat sweet, the top thin, the finish is pertinently acidic, passably hopped, dry aftertaste. Beats dying of thirst, but just barely, not a beer I fancy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.06/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

One of those super weak looking super watery pro clarity straw yellow beers with a soapy white head that fades into oblivion like nothing at all in a rushed manner. Aroma was sweetener, corn syrup, rice plain-ness.

Taste was metallic bitter, but otherwise relatively easy to drink. It is what it is.

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Photo of videofrog
2.06/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Obtained as a leftover at the office. 12oz bottle with what I'm assuming is an expiration date of 4/10/11, based on Pabst bottle dating. So, on to the "National Beer of Texas". Poured into a pilsner glass.

A: Light yellow. As close to transparent without being water. White fluffy head that stays around for a few and leaves some sticky lacing down the glass.

S: Barely anything going on here. Touch of husky grain. A bit sweet.

T: Follows the nose exactly. Guess any hops have faded after one year of "aging".

O: Guess it's not totally fair since I tried an expired bottle. After trying 100+ Texas beers, I would say this beats Shiner's Ruby Redbird and that's about it. Well worth the money I spent.

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Photo of ebraun
2.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is my dad's favorite beer. Poor bugger. He can drink it all day long and seemingly never even get a mild buzz. The best thing you can say about this beer is that it's cheap. Even better for me, it's always free at the folks' place. It's always a choice of a Star or a Miller Lite... Lone Star gets the vote from me ... for what its worth.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This beer pours an ultra-clear pale straw color with nearly no head to speak of. There is a massive amount of carb action racing to the top, but still no head. It has a sweet corn and a fresh-cut grass smell to it. The top of the taste is a carb bite that nearly burns like a Coke product and has a twangy lemon and earthy grain taste with hops nearly being uninvited to this ill-fated party. It is thin and watery and aside from that carb bite, it has no character. Could have been an easier drinking swill, but the bite burns so it takes away from the only thing this beer could have had going for it. I’m embarrassed that this is called what it is. Cheers anyways!

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Photo of Dongregorio
2.12/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Appearance: Red, white, and gold aluminum can.

Smell: Musty and beige. No interesting olfactory notes.

Taste: I finally figured out what that sweet Lone Star aftertaste reminded me of- those awful orange marshmallow "peanuts" we ate as kids. It also leaves an unpleasant stale residue in your mouth after a couple of cans.

Mouthfeel: Loose, watery, elevated CO2.

Overall: On the positive side, it is cheap and no worse than other mass produced beers. The excessive sweetness can amplify the hangover. If you're visiting in Texas go for a Shiner instead.

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Photo of Johnston
2.14/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Gave it a 2.5 based on nostalgia only. Probably a 2.0 beer. Nothing at all stands out. Kinda musty, almost spoiled tasting. It's like buying Ocean Pacific brand at Walmart. Not real. You are paying for the label only.

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Photo of brandoneast
2.16/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

The 1.5" white foam quickly disappears from the transparent, pale yellow liquid. At first draw, Lone Star brings strange aromas of processed canned chicken broth, corn adjuncts, and wet grain sack...better drink this from the bottle. When the fizzy brew hits the lips, alcohol is most prominent with a slight metallic tinge which allows flavors of purple grape peel, canned cream corn, and bran cereal to dominate - zero hop profile. Thin carbonation somewhat creamy from the adjuncts. If I was at a bar and they had $1 Lone Star, I could drink a few of these - from the bottle.

Now I know why I never sampled Lone Star from a pint glass before this review. The saving grace of this beer is the price and ultimately the picture puzzles beneath each cap. Lone Star winning 2 gold medals at GABF is beyond me.

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Photo of Jason
2.18/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz twist brown long neck bottle, the word “Texas” is on the bottle six times. No freshness date.

Appearance: Crystal clear yellowish straw colour, thin white lace struggles to stick around.

Smell: Clean and grainy aroma, not much else at all in the nose.

Taste: Tremendously crisp with a lightened down smoothness, light bodied. First of is a mildly cloying sweet maltiness is thrown on to the palate, what little hop there are have a hard time keeping it in balance. Even though it is sweet the malt profile is weak so that shows the hops are just there to balance. Graininess is throughout and lingers far into the finish.

Notes: Bland lager, same as any other macro brew in the US. No need to recommend this beer being that the big three in the US do a fine job of making beer just like this and selling it for less.

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Photo of BeardedBoffin
2.18/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Lone Star is a yellowish brew with a little white head. The aroma, to the extent that you can detect it, is sweet with adjunct. More of the same on the light bodied palate. I believe corn is the culprit here. Very little bitterness to counteract the sweetness. As I drink more, the sweet residue builds producing almost a syrup-like coating of the mouth. Cloying appropriately sums this one up.

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Photo of keeganfrank
2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light gold color with little head which dissipates quickly. Lacing doesn't stick around long either. Odor is faint but comes across as dry and grainy. Tastes like watery grains with a very slight hop bitterness. Not the worst brew I've ever had but far from the best.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Round up yer little doggies and bring 'em on over to the trough for some corn water. One of the great fizzy yellows so successful at the bank and not so successful in the tasting room, this is one of the pale yellow, white-headed beers that we admired in our youth. Typical macro lager with not much to offer but price and great advertising. Watch out for the corn silks!

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Photo of fido
2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Lone Star pours a very clear golden yellow color with some head that dissipates quickly and almost no lace, Nice carbonation; Smell is grainy and some corn; Taste is a little bit malty; Mouthfeel is clean and crisp; Very drinkable and refreshing.


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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.22/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

These are readily available all over the Lone Star State. Is it a worthy flag bearer of Texas? Well.... Out of the can this one poured a bleached yellow with a thin white head. Minimal retention or lacing. The nose was cereal malt and pale malt with some lemony sourness. The flavors were washed out and similar, mostly pale malt with some lemon from the hops and a little bit of butter. Watery, light body and medium carbonation. This is a getting wasted at the lake kinda beer and nothing more. Let's be honest, it's really Pabst in the south. Love it or hate it, Texas deserves a better brew.

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Photo of riversider76
2.24/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours straw in color. Frothy head,with little retention,and minimal lacing. Smell is grainy, and metalic. Body is thin,and carbonated. Taste like the smell has a nasty metalic edge.Grain flavored water maybe. I've tasted better from Pabst. This was not good.

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Photo of prototypic
2.25/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: It's very clear and light golden in color. Head is foamy and about a finger deep. Poor retention and no lacing to talk about.

Smell: Traditional for the style...very light on the nose. There are some grainy/earthy notes. Very light caramel malt aroma. No hops or alcohol are noticeable.

Taste: It's predominantly grainy. Caramel malts add some sweetness. Very watered down and it has a very slight metallic taste. Again, hops and alcohol are nowhere to be found.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability: It's light bodied. Carbonation is decent. Slightly crisp. Drinkability is low due to its blandness and lack of flavor. Overall, it's not a good beer.

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Lone Star Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
2.5 out of 5 based on 762 ratings.
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