Lone Star Light | Pabst Brewing Company

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Lone Star LightLone Star Light

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.85%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
- Lone Star Light mimics its full-bodied counterpart with an award winning premium light taste. This beer retains the complimentary ratio of barley, cereal grains, and hops of its parent brand, but offers this taste profile at a reduced alcohol by volume percentage. For maximum flavor and zest, this beer retains the level of hopping and carbonation found in the full-calorie version. Heck, we like our light beers big and bold, just like the state of Texas.
- ABV% 3.85
- Calories 111

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 11-02-2002

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Reviews: 24 | Ratings: 85
Photo of Shmallory0
1.6/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

These are cheap and easy to drink. Mostly because it's water and can hydrate you better than Gatorade on a hot summer day. I believe you can only purchase the light version of this beer in Texas.

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Photo of TX-Badger
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pretty much the same as the regular version, only taste is lighter and seemed watered down; cereal grains but not much else. Light bodied. Not much too it.

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Photo of ChestSplitter
1.8/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 5

A somewhat retrospective review.
Drunk straight from the can in September, 1984. Purchased a 24pk case for $4.99. This beer was, and presumably still is, the epitome of the cheaply produced, cheaply priced American adjunct light lager. Taste is water and musty bread and cardboard. Mouthfeel is non-existent. This beer gets a 1.0 on all the objective measures but a 5.0 overall because it achieved its one objective -- an alcohol-delivery system for broke college kids -- flawlessly.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +54.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Lone Star Light has a medium, white head, a clear, bubbly, golden appearance, and thin lacing left behind. The interesting aroma is initially of a strong grain husk character, but this fades to a pungent, sweet, grainy, beer smell, which is more pronounced than what one typically encounters in light lagers. The flavor is also stronger and tastier than what is typical for this style- sweet grain, some corn, barley, and a touch of balancing hops all work together for a nice presentation. Mouthfeel is mostly light, and Lone Star Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and enjoyable. This is a mellow, good beer. Light beer enthusiasts should love it!


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Photo of kojevergas
1.69/5  rDev -28.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

6 pack purchased 4 minutes ago for $6.99. 165 calories per 16 fl oz can. "Brewed in Texas." "The National Beer of Texas" - my ass; Lone Star itself is also labelled this, so which is it, Pabst? 16 fl oz aluminum can served into a Spaten stangenglas in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are extremely low. Reviewed as a light lager because the name and label imply it is such. I don't see an ABV listed on the can. Best before 10/21/13.

Served cold, almost straight from the store's fridge. Side-poured with standard vigor as no (under)carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as I pour.

Pours about a four finger wide head of white colour. Okay thickness. Pathetic lack of creaminess and frothiness. Zero lacing/legs as the head recedes. Head retention is average - about 2 minutes - which seems decent, but is made more unimpressive when you consider the beer's low ABV.

Body colour is a clear pale watery yellow, and is fairly dull. Transparent/translucent. No yeast particles are visible.

It looks pretty weak. Definitely a subpar appearance. I'm not really looking forward to this one.

Sm: Harsh crystal malts, straw, and barley. Grainy and weak. Any hops are minimal in presence and generic/floral in character. Hints of metallic character. Corn adjunct. Somewhat unpleasant. Lacks character overall; far from evocative. I'm not looking forward to trying this.

No alcohol or yeast character is detectable. A pathetic aroma of average strength.

T: Stale barley, flavourless malts, generic grains, corn adjunct, and straw. It'd be a real reach to say this has any hop character. As generic as can be, this beer lacks any complexity or subtlety whatsoever. Poor balance. There's a bit of cohesion. By no means a gestalt beer. Weak and pathetic. Built poorly, even for the style - which doesn't usually garner high expectations. The entire third act is just dead - empty of any flavour at all.

Low intensity, depth, and duration of flavour. Actually, beers don't get much more shallow than this. There's very little going on here. Watery and vaguely metallic.

No yeast character comes through. Plenty of off-flavours, but to its credit alcohol isn't one of them - but then why buy this? At least other crappy lagers in this price range get you inebriated.

Overall, it's pretty shit.

Mf: Thin, watery, and sort of crisp. I guess it's smooth, but I don't mean to indicate any positive connotation whatsoever. Wet, sure. Unrefreshing. Water hardness is weird. Horrid presence on the palate. Lacks body. Doesn't suit the flavour profile well. Weak and pathetic - that's a running motif here.

Not oily, harsh, gushed, hot, or boozy.

Dr: Its crowning achievement is its drinkability; it's practically water and drinks like it. But its low quality makes one reticent to consume it in mass quantities. This is not a beer for beer drinkers. As a "student brew," it has its place - and that may be the nicest thing I can say about it. To be fair, it didn't disappoint; in fact it was exactly what I anticipated - shite.

Don't get me wrong; I'll be killing the remaining five cans - maybe even tonight. A true beer lover resists drainpours. It'd be unfair to call the flavour "bad" or "off" per se; it really doesn't have much flavour. It's just bland and boring. But then, at least badly executed beers tend to try for something or exhibit some inspiration. This is just massly produced crap for the hoi polloi.

Not recommended. I won't be purchasing this again.

High F

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Photo of lanechaffin
3.3/5  rDev +40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

This is a darn good light beer. It compares favorably with Coors Light, imo. It is very similar to Natural Light. Has a surprisingly clean, fresh taste. This is the light beer I've been drinking lately- it is significantly cheaper than Coor Light, and you know why pay a lot for a light beer?

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Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is also of corn, a good bit of sweetness to it. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall, as far as light beers go, this one is not so bad.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Big thanks to swalden28 for sharing this gem.

Pours a very pale clear yellow with a white head. The aroma is strong corn and wheat. The flavor is more corn and more wheat. Very adjunct tasting, not appetizing at all. High carbonation and a thin mouthfeel.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.42/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I'm just doing the CAN-CAN because I CAN, said the CANdy Man.

I am really excited to be closing in on CAN # 200! There was a time when 150 was in doubt, then once that milestone was breached, 200 became the next goal. It has slowed down considerably since the start of the CANQuest, but leads and requests for trades are continuing, plus if I were to lay hands on everything on my Wants, I would be close to 300!

A good pour resulted in two fingers' worth of bone-white head exploding with CO2 bubbles. I CANnot say much for the color, however - it was a pale yellow with NE-quality clarity but really pale compared to its Un-Light brother. Nose was mildly lager-sweet, actually not too bad. Mouthfeel was quite thin with a fizzy effervescence on the tongue, accompanying that same mild sweetness that I noted on the nose. Finish was semi-dry, lacking in any kind of appreciable flavor. Bland, really, and watery. I would not reach for it over regular Lone Star, but on a hot day? Perhaps.

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Photo of kimcgolf
2.55/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Actually followed up a Lone Star with this (Hey, when in Rome..). While the aroma was actually a little skunkier than the Original, the mouthfeel/finish was a little better, so the two of these evened out.

That being said, been there, tried these..done.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.03/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a perfectly clear pale yellow color with a continuously bubble fed fluffy white head. The foam actually sticks around nicely, 20+ seconds or so, not too shabby.

Nose is of faint maltiness and carbonated mineral water. Not much else, certainly no hops or specialty malts. At least is smells clean and non-skunkified.

I reviewed Lone Star regular the other day and did not think anything could be more flavorless. I was wrong. This beer takes the prize for "Most Closely Related to Water" award. To be fair, there are no off-flavors present and the high carbonation level lends some refreshing qualities. At 3.9% is it possible to catch a buzz? I liked the regular Lone Star offering better, kinda like preferring mosquitoes to roaches.

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Photo of kbutler1
2.13/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had at the bar in a bottle, no glass was served nor did I see the point in really pouring this into a glass.
Appearance: Light in color
Smell: sweet, no real hop smell
Tate: sweet like the rice you get with sushi
Mouthfeel: extremely light in the mouth, as expected
Drinkability: Yeah, you can drink it, but really why would you?
I had this after drinking several SN Pale Ales at the bar. This beer makes me understand why I love craft beers. Lone Star Light certainly has its place in the ber world, but for me, it isn't something I wold really like to drink again.

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Photo of 1fastz28
1.98/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

well, it has a cool can.... this beer is probably one of the weakest i've had in a long time. pours a pale yellow color with some white fizzy head that dissipates quick. smell is of corn and adjuncts, no real positive attributes. taste is not that great, it isn't awful, but its close to awful. drinkability is the only thing that is decent and i think thats just me being really thirsty on a steamy texas evening.

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Photo of roddwolff
1.67/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Well, the national beer of Texas isn't good, but the price adds good points. The taste is smooth, with apples and fizzy; very refreshing; its ok to drink with snacks; the look is awful with a distilled yellow color; in the smell are essences of corn; very little body; i would drink it again only as a gift.

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Photo of BeanBone
2.08/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Paler than pale yellow, crystal-clear and fizzy with a white head that recedes rapidly. In a bizarre twist, it looks a lot like champagne.

Aroma: Thin, sweet hints of "malt"with no real hops to speak of, just some crisp apple.

Taste: The body is composed of a thin, sweet, rather corny (no pun intended) twang; the same crap you're used to from this style. Hardly any bitterness whatsoever, just more of the apple.

Mouthfeel: Thin, watery, and fizzy. Simple as that.

Drinkability: Think of the drinkability of water, then imagine one notch less drinkable than that. The only thing holding you back is the bland taste.

Verdict: Essential indistinguishable from the national brands, Texas certainly deserves a better "National beer" than this. Luckily, the Lone Star State is home to a whole slate of brilliant breweries, including Saint Arnold, Independence, Spoetzl (makers of Shiner beers), & Rahr. At least Lone Star has the awesome puzzles...

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Photo of 1099
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is Lone Star's lighter little brother...This is seemingly more popular in my neck of the woods than the original, but after tasting it, I dont see how or why

A: Very clear yellow in the can. I didnt even bother dirtying up my glassware for this

S: Smells like a very watered down original Lone Star-mostly corn hits my nose

T: Once again, like the original, only more watery. Corn, corn, and more corn. It is pretty smooth, however, and like I've said I like corn, so this wasnt too bad at all

M: Water is more filling

D: Not very impressive. Its almost too watery to be enjoyable

I had to try this, seeing as how popular it is in this area. After diving in, I think I'll just buy the original from now on...this really wasnt worth my time or $4 for the sixer

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Photo of JDV
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Out of the can at a crawfish boil. Pours very pale yellow. Smell is very faint, but of light malt and not very clean. Not quite skunky, but a touch stale-ish perhaps. Watery, thin flavor. Pretty bland, but lightly bitter, and drinkable when ice cold. blah.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
1.83/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

For Macro Smackdown XII I've decided to go with a couple of light macro lagers. This bottle of Lone Star Light will go mano a mano with a bottle of the Steel City's finest, I.C. Light. I liked Iron City Beer better than I liked Lone Star Beer. Let's see if things shake out any differently when it comes to their light counterparts.

Lone Star Light is a deeper, richer, more attractive shade of amber. In fact, its competitor isn't amber at all, but is faded straw yellow. I don't like the head on this one nearly as well however. It's small, dingy white and has very little character. A clean glass doesn't help.

Neither nose really jumps out of the glass. This nose is the weaker of the two and is the less pleasant. It doesn't smell much like grain and is metallic besides. There isn't a whole lot here to get excited about. Texas had better get its ass in gear.

Unfortunately, the flavor takes after the aroma. Lone Star Light tastes like stale grain that has sat too long in a stainless steel drum. In fact, it tastes like a low-alcohol beer more than a light beer. So much for carbs. This offering has 8.3 gm compared to I.C. Light's paltry 2.8 gm. Surprisingly, it's the inferior beer.

The mouthfeels are pretty similar all the way around. They're both light (natch) without quite making it to watery. And they both possess enough carbonation to keep things lively without the beer becoming too buzzy in the mouth. A dead heat.

MacSmack XII has turned into a rout, something that I wouldn't have predicted. It's now official (if anyone cares; I know I don't): Iron City Beer and I.C. Light are superior to Lone Star Beer and Lone Star Light. Well, that's one BA's opinion anyway.

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Photo of fido
1.9/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Lone Star Light pours a poor yellow color with small head and no lace; Not much for smell but is malty and weak; Taste of corn and rice; Mouthfeel is watery and thin, light body, highly carbonated; Refreshing; Drinkable but nothing else.

A typical light lager.


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Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The much-ballyhooed “National beer of Texas” now has a “light” version. I could say that it needs to be reviewed in the proper context, that this is not craft beer, nor does it portend to be.

But its “light” beer and while regular Lone Star is an inexpensive, generic macro lager meant to be drunk in the Texas heat, at a BBQ/Pachanga, chili cook-off, tubing on the Guadalupe, etc. This is further watering down a macro lager.

If it’s free and/or there’s nothing else available, buckle up.

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Photo of tesguino
3.52/5  rDev +49.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another national beer of texas; i buy in HEB stores, they named this beer "the official beer of HEB", this is a little better than its sister, malt an hops are presentin its smell, low fermentation, taste is equilibrated and wide, a little yeast, aromatic aroma, mouthfeel is over the average. try with most of mexican food, direct from the can or in a pilsner glass; 90% recommended.

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Photo of wailingwench
2.73/5  rDev +16.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Under 3 bucks for a twelve pack at Ft. Bliss (El Paso), TX. A good cheap beer. Slightly refreshing in the Texas heat. Better than than a macro light, but leaves something to be desired.

Poured an interesting straw color with carbonation bubbles.No smell noticed. Taste of roasted corn and minimal hops. Sweetness from malts. Finishes crisp. Impressed by lack of beer in the can taste.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.6/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear light golden color with a half-inch off-white head that fades to nothingness in a couple of minutes. Lively streams of effervescent carbonation rise to the surface, but cannot maintain any semblance of a head; the lacing is poor.

Aroma: Rather sweet with notes of cooked corn and faint washed out hops.

Taste: Begins with an aggressive surge of carbonation, followed by lightly sweet malt. Finishes with tired slightly bitter hops and a faint note of alcohol.

Mouth feel: Rather thin and watery.

Drinkability: Refreshing and easy to drink, rather like slugging down Gatorade on a hot Texas summer afternoon. There is no substance or style here, to be sure, Lone Star Light is better than many other light macros.

Presentation: Packaged in a twelve-ounce aluminum can, served in a standard tap glass.

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Photo of BeerAngel
2.27/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Well here it goes!....Pours an ultra-clear pale yellow with a thin snow-white head that disappears rapidly. The common American Lager smell of a sweet corn is there along with a near black-peppery smell (?). The taste is similar to the smell although the sweetness is not there. Fairly crisp and very clean finish with no hop or carb bite at all. Whew!...is this light or what??? This stuff makes me want to ride a mechanical bull. Yeehaw! This stuff goes down like water! Seriously...this is a "not much happening" light!

Although I couldn't find the 5's in this brew like keystonecowboy, to each his own! Cheers!

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Lone Star Light from Pabst Brewing Company
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