Lone Star Light | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American 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

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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 26
Reviews by Premo88:
Photo of Premo88
3.86/5  rDev +62.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into tulip
(Feb. 12, 2018 best-by printed on bottle neck)

L: clear yellow, SRM 2-3 tops and so clear it looks like air in the glass, yellow-tinged air; pushes up quickly-dissipating head of white foam that eats at itself like a gose head; bubbles everywhere, and they push up a constant fluffy collar and most of a skin; fun to watch; not stick or lace

S: stale grain, sour grain, yeast everywhere ... loads and loads of dusty yeast; as it warms, hints of cracker malt show up, subtle and lightly sweet

T: grain, stale grain, big corn note midswallow through the finish and it's not creamed corn but real live corn; lots of yeast; over time it gets some of that American adjunct lager housepaint note many of them have ... hard to describe ... might the yeast mixing with other notes

F: that lightweight/heavy carbonation combination us soda drinkers grew to love; it's over carbed of course, but I still like it a lot ... helps cleanse the palate

O: the grain flavor is much, much more prominent than I expected, and while the nose isn't worthy of worldwide acclaim, every now and again you can pick up a pinch of barley malt sweetness; for the genre and at 3.85% ABV, it's fantastic. I don't expect much from an American light lager, and this one easily surpasses those expectations.

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Photo of Mora2000
2.35/5  rDev -1.3%
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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2/5  rDev -16%

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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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2/5  rDev -16%

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2/5  rDev -16%

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2/5  rDev -16%

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2.75/5  rDev +15.5%

Photo of tone77
3.07/5  rDev +29%
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 GDPete
1.75/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of BeanBone
2.08/5  rDev -12.6%
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 XicanoBeerRun
4/5  rDev +68.1%

Photo of mintzmeet
2.2/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.25

Out of can in austin Texas. Not as bad as I thought it'd be. Tastes like it's hydrating? Definitely cheap grains, maybe corn? Kinda thicker texture, a tiny bit metallic.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.63/5  rDev +52.5%
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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2.25/5  rDev -5.5%

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3/5  rDev +26.1%

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3.5/5  rDev +47.1%

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2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of lanechaffin
3.3/5  rDev +38.7%
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 Volsdawg10
3/5  rDev +26.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Standard light beer. Not much taste.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
2.03/5  rDev -14.7%
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 Shmallory0
1.6/5  rDev -32.8%
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 blastoderm55
2/5  rDev -16%

Photo of 54V4G3
1.67/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Pegasus
2.6/5  rDev +9.2%
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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Lone Star Light from Pabst Brewing Company
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