Stroh's Light | Pabst Brewing Company

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Stroh's LightStroh's Light

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.82%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-08-2001

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Reviews: 30 | Ratings: 92
Photo of Beastdog75
1.37/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

To quote Homer Simpson: "Hello taste? Taste? Where are you?" Regular Stroh's is a pretty good economy macro in my book, but its light counterpart is very weak. I don't expect too much out of light beers, but I was somewhat expecting this to at least taste like a watered down version of regular Stroh's, but it fails at that.

Stroh's Light pours a pale straw color with noticibly active carbonation. It formed a decent foamy white head that disappeared very quickly. The smell is sugary sweet, with some mixed grains and husks (typical light beer smell). The mouthfeel is very thin, fizzy, and seltzer-like. The taste had some mild grainy sweetness at first, but is extremely bland. Make that Coors Light bland. What makes this fouler than Coors Light is that this stuff has the added distinction of having a wet paper like taste to it that heavily reduces the drinkability. There is almost no aftertaste, although some cooked veggie taste arises. Absolutely no alcoholic warmth to this one, as well.

If you want a Stroh's, stick with the full flavored version and avoid this stuff. This is a light beer that is actually quite difficult to chug down because of the paper taste. (BTW, this tastes a little better directly out of the can, for reasons I can't explain).

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Another bad purchase by mistake. Tastes unbelievable watered down. It still gives you diheara, but without the calories. I think the water used in the brewing comes from a bad stream in Mexico.

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Photo of Raime
1.5/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Strohs Light.

If I remember correctly, the original strohs was one of the blandest beers to have ever crossed my lips long ago when I was still in college and actually had friends who were off getting engaged and crawling up their fiances ass to die until the inevitable divorce. Anyway, this joins the story as the last beer. Not sure it's even brewed anymore, but it's here and in front of me right now so it shall get a drinkin'.

Look - Crystal clear yellow with a big ass heavily frothy white head that splits like a wanna be gangsta dad finding out his one night stand is knocked up. Carbonation looks cripplingly high and painful. No lacing as the head didn't retain for long enough. 1.5.

Smell - Rice like adjuncts all over the place with a dosage of seltzer and mineral water. 1.5.

Taste - Prettttyyyy much the same. Rice adjuncts and seltzer water. 1.5.

Feel - Heavily carbonated with a very watery, nearly unbearable body. 1.5.

Overall - How can you take something like Strohs and make it even lighter..I really didn't see a difference between this and the original. Both painfully bland and not worth the cool labels on the can. 1.5.

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Photo of 1fastz28
1.52/5  rDev -30%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

my cousins came to town from indiana and brought this filth, here we go!!!

it looks about as close to water as any beer i've ever seen, hardly has any color to it and a head that looks like dawn dish soap, just barely anything

smell is pretty bad, just an overload of corn and water, no presence of hops and or malt, what did they make this out of?

taste is awful. or rather the lack thereof, just a watery, mess of corn just avoid, good lord

the only possible positive i can see, is was near broke, and needed to a beer on a super hot day, i could drink these, because i'd be avoid dying of thirst.

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Photo of roddwolff
1.68/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

GOOD: In the flavor there is not a lot to say, simply is not very bad, with a marked consistency of corn and fizzy; with the food is acceptable.

BAD: The color is a ugly yellow; the smell is evil, refreshing on one hand, but with old essences and carbonation; have little body with a current and common foam.

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Photo of proc
1.73/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Unlike its big brother, regular Stroh's, which is a good American macor, I found Stroh's Light to be a rather bitter tasting, watery beer. It doesn't have the caramel taste present in its big brother. I'll stick with the regular Stroh's as my chepie.

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Photo of mothman
1.87/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into pint glass.

Pours about 1 finger of fizzy white head. Fades down instantly. No lace. Color is a ultra clear straw yellow.

Aroma: Hardly anything but some grain and corn.

Taste: Pretty much the same as the aroma but with some grassy hops. Very light flavored.

Mouthfeel: Crisp, bland. Very light and not a ton of carbonation. Ends with a dry grainy aftertaste.

Overall, nothing I would every buy. This is not a winner. There is hardly any flavor to this beer at all. Light, so I could drink a lot... if I was forced to.

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Photo of emerge077
1.91/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

DEC09 2013 printed on the can, possibly a "born on" since Miller brews this.

Very pale dull canary yellow color, bright clarity and rapid carbonation.
Clumpy soapy foam with some dish soap lacing. Looks boring.

Smells like a musty old dishrag, just nasty.

Tastes better than that thankfully, some apple from the yeast, vague crackery malt. Dry aftertaste, thin and watery, bland. A real dumbed down lager, no structure or nuance at all, cheap buzz is all it is, at least it's not pretending.

As an aside, i've only spotted a couple old Strohs signs around town, but they're pretty cool actually, if you are into old breweriana.

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Photo of tesguino
1.93/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Good for the noon, bad for my stomach,

i try this with my favorite mexican snack "botanas", and is the worst combination that i do;

cheap, beer, 2.59 dlls the sixpack;

try from the direct from the can, its color is like piss;

40% recommended.

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Photo of mfnmbvp
1.96/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 fl oz. can, best by date on the bottom reads April 01, 2013, so I'm a few days late here, but that's nothing to cry over. Just learned from BeerAdvocate that this is a Pabst product, with a dismal 3.00% abv, not listed on the can anywhere, which is probably for the better. Landed the random bundle 15 pack on sale for $4.99 at the local beer store.

Poured into a Firestone Walker pint glass.

A - Pours a clear, see-through, faint yellow colored glass of water with about two fingers of fizzing white head that settles down to a layer of foam covering the top. One of the palest sickest yellow colored beers that I've ever beheld.

S - Smell consists of cheap dusty malted barley, carbonation, and corn adjuncts.

T - Thin & light-bodied. Some corn kernel, wet cardboard, and water.

M - Feel is clean, light, smooth. Virtually nothing here.

Overall, you already know what you're getting yourself into with this one before you even pop the top. This is quite possibly the "lightest" or, the lowest abv lager that I have tried yet. On the path to becoming a non-beer, or beer flavored water. With that said, it isn't nearly as foul or disgusting as heavier malt liquors like Steel Reserve 211 High Gravity. A fairly inoffensive, light lager that achieves what it is trying to do. I've got 14 more cans of this swill to mull it over also.

Pabst Stroh's Light ---2/5.

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Photo of woodychandler
2/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

CAN you believe it? Yet another beer to add to the CANQuest!

I got an easy finger-and-a-half of foamy bone-white head that actually looked like it might hang in briefly until it suddenly collapsed like a souffle. Wow! Color was a pale lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a light cereal sweetness but not much beyond that. Mouthfeel was light, kind of effervescent, but without much flavor at all. Finish had a slight dryness, but not much flavor. This was blah and ho hum. I remember disliking original Stroh's as a kid, but here there was nothing to like or dislike. It was too light and airy for my taste.

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Photo of granger10
2.03/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This just doesn't match up to the regular offering from Stroh's. Nice billowy head but the color is very light. Everything here seems to be a muted version of the regular, which has somewhat muted characteristics itself. Watery and a bit bland. Slight grainy notes and not sweet or dry. Drinkability is decent but this beer makes me belch a lot. More than any other macro. Odd. Stick to the regular.

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Photo of beerprovedwright
2.07/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Poured with a two finger head which dissipated within 30 seconds to a very thin pale white ring. Just a little blotched lacing around the side of the glass when tipped. Color is light yellow a 3 on the SRM chart. Not a whole lot of flavor, so not good, but nothing displeasing. Maybe a good beer to slam back after an afternoon of yard work. I can't complain too much as the price is good n cheep. I would not recommend it to any serious beer drinkers, but after a few of the good stuff, this would pass for beer.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.08/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Out of a can this beer was a pale golden color with lots of rising carbonation and a short-lived, eggshell white head. The retention and lacing were little to speak of. The aroma was of pale malt, corn and rice and a hint of aluminum. The flavors were quite similar with the adjunct grains being dominant and the aluminum wrapping it up. Not very pleasant and hardly anything to write about. The body was light, the carbonation medium/high and the mouthfeel frothy. Meh.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.11/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very pale yellow color and as close to clear as I’ve ever seen in a beer, with a large white head that fades very quickly and leaves a spotty lace on the glass.

S: The aroma contains adjuncts, light malts and a very faint touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out bready with flavors of adjuncts. Then some light malt sweetness comes in with a very mild hops presence in the background. The after-taste is lightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

O: Not very flavorful, goes down very easily and not filling at all since there is not much to the beer, very mild kick, it’s exactly what you would expect of the style, this is a poundable beer because it’s so light but it would not be the first light beer I would choose.

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Photo of garymuchow
2.24/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Light slightly sweet malt aroma that is somewhat pleasant. Small head that is very short lived. Light yellow gold in color. Initial taste is somewhat bitter and that goes from front through back, but additional malt taste comes through in middle and end. The bitterness combines with dryness in the finish, which isn't all that enjoyable. Overall lacks smoothness, although does contain some lager crispness. Excessive carbonation to mouthfeel. If you have to drink it drink it cold.

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Photo of budgood1
2.3/5  rDev +6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

very clear pale straw yellow. minimal head and adjunct smell. taste is somewhat crisp and clean with a very light body. not much to the hopping. goes down easy like light swill should.

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Photo of ahking
2.38/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Light, pale gold color with a good pillowy head that dissapates quickly. Aroma is sweet like candied apple, flavor is similar. Husky and tanins up front but finishes a sweet sour combo. Drinkability is low because of the finish in my opinion. I much prefer a Miller Lite if I had to a macro light somewhere. Probably tasted better when it was brewed in Detroit, eh?

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Photo of mentor
2.4/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Bottle obtained from the discount bin of a local liquor store. Pours a one-finger white 'melting styrofoam' head. Crystal clearn and really really light straw colored. Smells very very faint. Hallertauer-type hop floral and sweet tart sugar. Tastes of carbonation and corn over an even fainter honey malty sweet. With searching, I do get some hallertauer-like hop flavor in the back of the throat and in the aftertaste. Wow, there is nothing to this beer. Some hot summer day, after mowing my lawn...when I want something water-like, but not water...this is it. No, I'm not being fasicious, I honestly can see a time and place for this beer. Super thin body and heavily much so, as the carbonation was the primary flavor characteristic.

Edit: Well, well. I swirled the beer to release some carb and the beer tastes MUCH better. The hop flavor is quite noticable and some sweet is even present. Raising the taste from 2.0 to 2.5 (I would have raised it to 3.0, but some cardboard is also detectable) will increase the score from 2.25 to the score you see now.

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Photo of tone77
2.44/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some corn. Taste is virtually non-existent. Maybe some mild notes of beer, extremely week. Feels light in the mouth and has poor drinkability. Overall I was unimpressed with this beer.

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Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.45/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Stick to the real Stroh's beer. This one is a lightweight beer that really doesn't satisfy. The color is pale straw. The head is OK on the pour but backs off quickly with little lacing left behind. The taste is a waste of the legend of "America's only fire brewed beer." Watery and over carbonated it is yellow and fizzy, leaving the drinker wanting something smooth and full-bodied. Take a pass.

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Photo of happygnome
2.5/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

a: pale golden color with about an inch of white head that dissapears much faster than the not light version, little lacing
s: watery corn grains, some hop presence not very strong
t: corn grains, kinda sweet little hop presence
m: light to medium bodied fairly highly carbonated not overly though

overall i recommend sticking with the not light version it is much better than the light

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

The Spelunky spree continues, along with the seemingly endless stream of deaths. Figures. This stuff pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises light corn, grassy wheat, and light hard water. The taste brings in more of the same, with a grassy, corny sweetness pervading the proceedings. The body is pretty light, with a moderate carbonation and a decidedly watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad little beer, one that seems to lean closer to water than beer, but one, considering the circumstances, that really isn't quite as bad as it theoretically could have been.

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Photo of Jerone
2.66/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light straw color, quickly fading white head and lots of bubbles.

Smell is faint but of grain, corn and some hops.

Taste is grainy in the middle and finishes with a bit of hops. Nice to actually have hops in there, finishes slightly dry. Mouthfeel is light and highly carbonated, refreshing.

An okay beer, worse than a regular Stroh's but better than the average macro but not better than anything else.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.73/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This stuff is not all that bad. I had a six pack last night and although it does have a watered down character it's not overwhelmingly terrible. There is no head when poured, and has a mild gold color. Reminds me of Bud Light, but a helluva lot cheaper and more flavor.

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Stroh's Light from Pabst Brewing Company
2.17 out of 5 based on 92 ratings.
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