Rainier Ale | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-13-2003

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62
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2.3
pDev:
46.52%
 
 
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Photo of sockeye101
1.5/5  rDev -34.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Oh man....where do I start.

Rainier Ale aka "Green Death", is perhaps one of the most, ummm how shall I put it, 'unique' beers I've ever had.

I remember having some this back in college and it was so repulsive that me and my buddy couldn't even finish off a 6 pack. So, when I thought I'd embark on a Rainier Ale journey years later I was expecting the worst. And well, it's not as bad as I remember, it's by no means even slightly good, but just not that bad.

Fist of all, I'm not sure how this got in the Cream Ale category, but whatever. It's cheap, malt liquor that is excellent in the alcohol to dollar ratio. $4 for a six pack of 16 ouncers which are 7.3% abv.

On with the review...the color is golden with a very, very small white head that lasts about 2 seconds and left no lacing whatsoever. The smell is suprisingly unoffensive, kind of sweet but not overpowering at all. Then comes the taste....good lord. It is indescribable. I have never before, or will ever in the future taste a beer like the Green Death. At first there's a hint of sweetness, then you get clubbed by something that is not of this world, and then you're slammed by the alcohol and it gives you a nice warming sensation. Overall this is a very difficult beer to just sit back and drink. Some tips for consumption are drink it ice cold, drink it as fast as you can (the high abv will help mask the other unsavory things going on in your glass) and perhaps have some spicy nachos, or hot wings to give you a real reason to want to drink something.

Rainier Ale is not for the faint of heart, the beer geek or someone that isn't in the mood for a challenge. So, if you find yourself in the great Northwest grab this NW classic that is now brewed in TX.

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Photo of DogFood11
2.31/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

It has been years and years since my last Rainier Ale. Used to suck these down at my brothers band practice in the late 80's. It pours a frothy silky head that laces well, straw color, heavy carbonation supports the suds.

Taste and smells like baked corn/grain. Fairly sweet but not near the sugar I get from most malt liquors. I know this is labeled a cream ale but its a malt liquor in every way except the title. I got a hint of some actual quality in the aftertaste, finishing with some burnt malt and just a touch of sugary sweetness.

All in all not one I'll jump back into, If I only have 2 bucks in my pocket and want a decent malt liquor this would be up for consideration....

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Photo of RootedFool
1.03/5  rDev -55.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Dumped from a twelve ounce can into a standard beer mug, the head rises assertively and has the color and consistency of Cool Whip. The body is straw yellow, translucent. Smell: Opens with a wad of cotton candy that has perhaps been mysteriously lingering in a corpulent person's back pocket for an afternoon -- a musty sweetness. The middle pulls out some wacked weed earthiness, some hints of hop activity, and finishes with a waft of water-logged garbage: dank, sickly sweet. Taste: Cheek-clenching (all four of them) at first, due to an extreme pinch of spoiled powder sugar sweetness, worse than that, it's like taking a shot of Equal straight on the tongue. The middle has an old orange pulp bite, like sucking a wedge that has already been sucked and left to sit for at least an entire day, not that I've ever done that! Towards the end, the alcohol heat takes over, warming the throat to the point where I think "yes, yes, warmth! take over the taste!" However, the alcohol heat has the reverse effect of reinforcing the saccharine sweetness and the painfully thin and rusty hop presence, if you can even call it a "presence." Mouthfeel: Well, imagine having a cold, a sinus drip...

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Photo of chrisms86
2.01/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

At 3.99 a six-pack and 7.3% abv I'm sure it is easy to imagine what this will taste like. Imagine a weaker Steel Reserve, that's basically all Rainier Ale is. Starts off tasting sweet like your normal macro, but as it goes down you taste the extra alcohol on the back of your tongue. Not as evident as in Steel Reserve but it tastes as if they just poured some everclear into the batch to raise the ABV. Not bad if you're going for a hobo brew but stick to normal Rainier if you're looking for a cheap, decent tasting beer.

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Photo of rajendra82
1.88/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

The cream of the crop (pun intended) among the constituents of the BIF 13 – From Hell package from BeerAdvocate drewbage, this baby came in a green 16 oz. can that broke the record for overuse of a word by mentioning that this Quality Brewed Rainier Ale is a Mountain Fresh Ale and that the can holds One Pint Ale, and then repeating this on the other side of the can just for good measure. Pouring it in a standard Pilsner glass revealed an ultra pale straw colored body with a fizzy artificial head. The aroma was sugary sweet, and the taste confirmed the adjunct laden origin of the alcohol here. Taste was basically fermented sickly sweetened water passed over corn flakes. This thin and mineralized tasting malt liquor had a mouthfeel like a bad headache waiting to happen. Thank God, the old college days of drinks like this are a distant foggy memory thanks to the blackouts induced by the alcohol. THIS IS NOT AN ALE.

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Photo of drewbage
2.26/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Bought as a part of the Hell BIF and as an occasional dip back into the world of "normal" beer. Of course.. this at 7.3% abv isn't really a normal beer. More like a Malt Liquor. Heck.. even comes in the tall boy can!

Sampled in my nice 12 oz Falcons Tulip.

Beer pours light gold yellow with sparkling clarity and a low white head that disappears quickly.

Aroma is lightly alcoholic with a grainy corn sweetness wafting off a CO2 burn.

Flavor to the brew is candy corn sweet with a pricking of CO2 that evidences in the background a mysterious heretofore unknown presence in a beer from the Miller plant in Irwindale.. hops! Light and spicy with just a touch of green to them.

Overall.. meh.. way way too sweet to my taste without anything to balance, but it's cheap if that's where your thrill lies. As for it being a cream ale, not quite. Much too big, too much alcohol burn and too much residual sweetness to match the likes of Little Kings or Genesee in that style.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.2/5  rDev -47.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance – Very light yellow in the body with a giant head that went down slowly and laced the glass. Looks good.

Smell – Doesn’t smell good. The funky sweaty horse aroma from the beer is back. This is raunchy.

Taste – Egad! It’s a horseskunk! This is unbelievable. The soft grain and cheap sugars are dwarfed by the mating of an overworked mare and skunk road kill.

Mouthfeel – Surprisingly flat and uneventful.

Drinkability – A prose, if I may:

The ale,
is pale,
and boy does it stink.

This horse,
of course,
belongs in the sink.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.18/5  rDev +38.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ok I had heard about this semi-legendary beer up here for a while..but had not seen it for a year, when I spotted it in a 40 oz green bottle in Albertsons.
Ok its actually quite a nice looking beer in the glass..a nice solid golden colour with a good sized white head..that went down but a small semblance persisted to the end of the beer.
Nice fresh smell..mostly malts..nothing exciting but reasonable.
This is pretty thin and malty..but i cant really taste the 7.3% alcohol..well hidden, until you feel it later half way down the throat but its not unpleasant.
Feels rather "different" on the palate surprisingly creamy and smooth.
This is actually a very good deal for $1.70 a 40 ozer..a step above many macros..its not great but I can see why many used to like this before the dawn of the micro beers.

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