Lone Star Light | Pabst Brewing Company

Lone Star LightLone Star Light
BA SCORE
2.33/5
85 Ratings
Lone Star LightLone Star Light
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,038
Reviews:
24
Ratings:
85
pDev:
28.76%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
3
Gots:
17
Trade:
0
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1/5  rDev -57.1%

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1/5  rDev -57.1%

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1/5  rDev -57.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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1.25/5  rDev -46.4%

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1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

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1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of TX-Badger
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%
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 Shmallory0
1.6/5  rDev -31.3%
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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1.67/5  rDev -28.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of roddwolff
1.67/5  rDev -28.3%
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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1.69/5  rDev -27.5%
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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1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

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1.8/5  rDev -22.7%
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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1.83/5  rDev -21.5%
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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1.9/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

¡Salud!

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1.91/5  rDev -18%
look: 1 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Photo of 1fastz28
1.98/5  rDev -15%
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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2/5  rDev -14.2%

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2/5  rDev -14.2%

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2/5  rDev -14.2%

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2/5  rDev -14.2%

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Lone Star Light from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.33 out of 5 with 85 ratings
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