Big Bear Premium Malt Liquor
Pabst Brewing Company

Big Bear Premium Malt LiquorBig Bear Premium Malt Liquor
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Style:
Lager - Malt Liquor
ABV:
7.5%
Score:
70
Avg:
2.46 | pDev: 26.02%
Reviews:
23
Ratings:
37
From:
Pabst Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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mparks11 from Colorado

3.54/5  rDev +43.9%
look: 5 | smell: 1 | taste: 5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

L: that big bear just pissed in this bottle but man does it look tasty

S: see above, bear urine is putrid

T: here's where the money was made, it's indescribably good. My friends Tom Jordan and Ellen couldn't stop raving about it.

F: how can something that's liquid feel like someone or something is running a belt sander over your face?

Overall, Pabst needs to sell this recipe and rights to someone with the creativity and ambition to make Big Bear relive it's past glory.

May 21, 2020
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woodychandler from Pennsylvania

1.9/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

An empty bottle for the pic?!? This Big Bear deserves to be shown in all of his 40-oz. glory!

From the bottle: "The Superior Malt Liquor".

Today was such an all-around success that I felt compelled to celebrate. My mayoral campaign is ramping up, I made my banner for my porch today, I visited with my uncle, laundry and dishes are both done, my weekend plans are cemented and I want to drink some beer. It is just too bad that they do not put more AMLs into CANs ...

I began with two fingers of fizzy french vanilla-colored head that hung in pretty well in the face of the humidity that is helping to keep me up tonight. Color was a deep golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity and suddenly Croesus and King Midas were back to their fighting. Knock it off! This is not worthy of your efforts! Nose smelled like a Minhas product and I do not mean that in a good way. Plastics, pink bubble gum, dry cleaning fluid were all perceived. Could it get any worse? Yes! The taste was burnt rubber and a metallic tang that made me wonder from what kind of glass the bottle was made. Whew! Finish was bone-dry and I was afraid to breathe near any open flames. Phew! I will NOT be allowing this to warm up. It might self-combust. M'man, Snoop Lion says that his jawnt "Works Every Time" and I would be willing to bet that this gem will work equally well. The best example of a really poor style. Do I now taste eau de cigarette ashtray? I knew I did not want this warming!

Jul 10, 2013
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atr2605 from New York

2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pours a yellow transparent color with a white head with average retention. sweet corn skunky aroma. More of the same in the taste. Pretty light body considering the abv. Fairly straight forward malt little with a bit of a funk to it. Not looking to drink this again

Dec 06, 2012
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jsisko01 from Michigan

3.2/5  rDev +30.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours a clear dark golden color with an inch and a half thick head (probably because I poured aggressively) and it lingers for a few minutes. Leaves a frothy layer on top and has pretty nice lacing.

Smell - Citrus, grains, corn, and a little bit of funk.

Taste - A lot better than I was expecting.. Creamy with caramel, corn, grains, a little bit of spice that I can't pinpoint, and a grassy bitter aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Love the creaminess. Medium body with mild carbonation.

Overall - This is definite a LOT better than most of the malt liquors I've tried.. So I give them props for that. Probably not something I would drink regularly though.

Feb 28, 2012
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emerge077 from Illinois

1.73/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why Pabst, why?

Pours a pale urine gold, slow rising carb trails feed into a clumpy, feeble skim on the surface. Random spotty lace, not enough to really qualify it as such though. Foam breaks, leaving a scab-like birds nest of foam floating on swill island. Transparent, dull coloration.

Smells like an old wet dishrag, minerals and soggy cereal grain.
Tastes like cream of wheat and corn starch. Odd toasty note of puffed wheat cereal.

It has a gross filmy slickness that is like glycerine, literally phlegm-like and utterly disgusting. Low carb levels makes it a chore to drink, with an astringent bite. Dumping the rest now. Nasty. A poor choice, even for a novelty 40 buy. Stay far, far away from this garbage. Calling this "crisp" or "easily drinkable" is laughable...

Feb 07, 2012
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TMoney2591 from Illinois

2.53/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Been a while since I tried a new malt liquor, so why not something random I found during my last visit to Kenosha? It pours a clear pale straw topped by over a finger of off-white froth. The nose comprises light hard water, light sweet flowers, and very light grass. Almost no smell going on here... The taste holds notes of corn, sour wheat, spicy hard water (I really hope that makes sense to someone other than me...), and grass. The body is a hefty light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, not much to see here. It isn't horrid, thankfully, but it's nowhere near good.

Dec 26, 2011
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surlytheduff from Tajikistan

2.91/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Chilled 40oz'er, drank from a swanky new Alchemist glass. Beer poured a translucent straw yellow with just under a finger of head that soon melted away into nothingness, leaving barely a hint of lace. Nose was sweet, grainy with a hint of corn and alcohol. The taste was much more pleasant than the smell. Sweet, light corn and grain, subdued alcohol, crisp finish. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Went down smooth, no aftertaste.

Oct 28, 2011
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biboergosum from Canada (AB)

2.88/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40 ounce behemoth, 8% ABV, more of that Silver Creek Brewery of La Crosse, WI shell company obfuscation crap. Anyways - ah, memories of bootlegging teenagers...

This beer pours a clear medium urine-yellow colour, with two fingers of tight foamy white head, which leaves some random arched lace around the glass as it quickly gets outta Dodge. It smells of corn grist, and sweet alcohol, redolent of nail polish remover. The taste is grainy, sugary creamed corn, soft, edgeless saccharine booze, and surprisingly perceptible weedy, almost skunky hops - hey, I'll take 'em. The carbonation is quite mild, the body medium weight, not as cloying as I had expected, and fairly smooth. It finishes clean, sweet, with a little heat.

For the low cost and the elevated strength, if you don't mind a bit of repetitive, albeit mild, soulless sweetness, this goes down none too shabbily. But if you just came from downing a Slurpee from the Mac's next door to the liquor store, then I can see why that wouldn't bother you in the least.

Mar 24, 2011
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tko741 from New Jersey

3.3/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'll preface this by saying I'm reviewing this beer among it's style, not as a beer in general.

Pours a bright gold, lots of big bubbles, and a rice-white head that dissipates into about a half-finger covering. Smells of grain, pilsner, and light alcohol.

What can be said about the taste, it's about the same. It has a nice grainy taste to it, which is hard to find in other malt liquors that simply smash your mouth with nail polish remover and alcohol.

Like most malt liquors, it starts off tasting horrible, but it's not hard to get used to it.

Jan 29, 2011
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crossovert from Illinois

1.69/5  rDev -31.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

40 oz bottle, was about 1.60.

It is a clear yellow gold with a fizzy bright white head.

The smell is corn syrup mixed with vodka and rootbeer.

The flavor is pretty mellow. It has a slight corn flavor, some tanginess, and metal.

It is cheap as hell, and it shows in the taste, I bought it more or less as a joke. And I only had 6 ounces of it, that was enough.

Jan 10, 2011
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CrazyMike from Canada (AB)

2.22/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Opaque orange appearance with head that disappears quickly. Smell is overwhelmingly sweet, picked up a hint of vegetables and malt.

Taste is alcoholic and sweet, has very strong hops. Very little carbonation, surprisingly this is medium bodied. Aftertaste has a sweetness that lingers.

Overall, this beer is nothing fancy, made to get you drunk for cheap. Although I prefer this over other malt liquors as it is fairly easy to drink. The label alone stands out from other 40's.

Dec 04, 2010
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Brad007 from Vermont

3.51/5  rDev +42.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Found this in Plattsburgh, NY.

Pours a light golden color with a frothy head that fades down quick into my pint glass.

Aroma is chock full of grainy malt and a light hint of cooked corn. Not too bad.

Taste is sweet and grainy with just a hint of cooked corn. Not bad. No alcohol burn, despite the 7.5% ABV.

Mouthfeel is full of lingering sweet, grainy malt. Easy-going.

Not bad at all. Cheap and easy to drink. Of course, what more do you expect? If I were in a pinch, I'd probably buy it again. The problem is, it's a ferry ride across the lake for it.

Aug 28, 2010
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BabyBastard from New York

2.68/5  rDev +8.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Drank from the 40, appears a pale straw color. Looks like the typical malt liquor. Light in appearance.

Smells a bit of grain, not much else to be picked up in the nose. A bit of alcohol twinge may be there.

Tastes light for a big malt liquor. Alcohol is disguised well with that typical adjunct corn/rice flavor. Overall, not bad, but not good, either.

Feel is also very light and crisp, most likely due to the temperature. As this warms, the nastiness comes out, making it hard to drink. I'd say it has average drinkability when cold, decreasing rapidly as this brew warms.

May 15, 2010
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jaylang from New York

2.36/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Never had it before, it was on sale. to be honest i wish i didn't spend the money.The beer left a funny taste in my mouth and and was a bit flat to begin with. As malt liquors go, this one is better then others i've had in the past. all in all....I've had better....

Mar 06, 2010
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berserker256 from Michigan

2.33/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I'm reviewing this beer from my memory of fourteen years ago. We all know that this is your typical cheap malt liquor that tastes shitty. That's not important here.
...It was 1994. We were on the Michigan State University Campus on a typical Saturday night party search. My buddy Anthony was old enough to buy beer so he did. He bought me a 99 cent 40 oz of Big Bear. I was only 19. Without getting into detail we had a great night that night. By the end of the night I had a huge cut on my right knee. Anthony taped a wad of napkins on my gushing bloody knee at Bell's Pizza on Grand River. It ws 4-20-94. I know that because I kept the bottle from that night and that date was scribed onto the bottle along with our signatures. My blood is still on the bottle. Anyway, I guess the purpose of this site is to review the taste of beers and not the memories behind beers. But in this case the memory is way better than the taste. The taste sucks. The beer sucks. What we did that night was great.

Jan 12, 2008
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pmcadamis from Illinois

2.49/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Cheesy growling bear on the label. This 40 was a little over a dollar at the Quick-n-Easy. The brew is a pretty honey-gold with a small foamy head and a surprising amount of lace. Pretty good lookin' for a malt liquor.

S - Acrid sweat and ripe armpit. Lots of corn and veggies too. This is one of the most foul smells I've encountered in a beer.

T - Nowhere near as bad as it's smells....thank God. This is really sweet, with some alcohol flavors that I actually like. It's got a stronger hop presence than other malt liquors that I've tried. This is pretty good stuff as long as it's kept cold. It has a ricey "cheap sake" flavor that I quite like.

M - Medium bodied and rich with a nice alcohol attenuation in the mouth. It's pretty solid and well built for a ghetto brew.

D - Not bad at all! Just try not to smell it! Heilman makes the best cheapo beer ever! PBR, Old Milwaukee, and now Big Bear!

Oct 28, 2007
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TennesseeHusker from Tennessee

2.88/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This malt liquor was a staple for me as a kid. I still like to have one now and again for nostalgia's sake. As always I drank the 40 straight out of the bottle. The smell of this beer is cooked corn. It tastes average for a Malt Liquor. It is clear and yellow like you would expect. I have never poured one so I can't speak to the head or the lacing.
Now for its good points. The label is one of the most awesome out there with a big mean bear. It is a little cheaper than other malt liquors at about a buck fifty. The gravity is just right, one forty on a summer day hanging out on the front porch will put you right were you want to be. It's a classic beverage if only for its low rent appeal. Not ghetto, strictly white trash. I always get one when I visit my old town and hang with my homies.

Sep 10, 2007
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kguyty from Missouri

3.18/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Everyone must remember that this is malt liquor... the basement bargain brand of beer. It is what it is, although this is one of the better tasting malt liquors that I have tried. It does not have the characteristic sweet taste from the alcohol that most malts have. It is easy to drink, and tastes great on a warm day with some bbq. It is also rdiculously cheap when compared to other malts.

Jul 22, 2007
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lmactans from New York

3.05/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Not bad. Not bad at all. Very easy to drink and it packs a punch. Not overly sweet like most malt liquors. Tastes the best when drank ice cold right out of the bottle. For a nice 99 cent buzz, you cant beat it. Oh yeah, and the bear's nice to look at.

Apr 14, 2007
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ReebShorts from Washington

2.2/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

decided to review this the way a "40" should be reviewed, straight out da bottle.

Aroma of malts corn, grain, mildew.

Sweet, not alot of flavor, and fairly easy to drink.

This 40 does what it sets out to do, gets ya drunk cheap, and let's you do it before it gets warm (if that's your objective). Better than most 40 oz's of malt liquor I've tried.

Apr 14, 2006
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Mebuzzard from Colorado

1.38/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Whew, 99 cents for a 40 oz.
drank from the bottle, no need to pour it in a glass.
Very light color, no head to speak of. Not really sure what it smelled like, cross between hops, socks, and malt.
If it didn't taste bad it would be tasteless. I did manage to down the 40 oz, but the bite was too much. And I don't mean bitter bite, I mean taste bite, my tongue hurt.
Bad beer....but cheap.

Jan 06, 2006
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Litterbean from New York

1.78/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Presentation: A big ol' forty with a "scary" bear on the label that is ready to eat your brain cells.

Appearance: Straw colored with a head that disappears in seconds. No lace to speak of.

Smell: Slightly offensive. Somewhat sweet smelling but overpowering in a way.

Taste: Very little carbonation. Tastes a bit stale, with no real characteristics to pick up on except its offensiveness. Leaves my mouth without a trace. Can't even smack my lips to get an aftertaste on this, unless I burb. The alcohol is slightly there.

Drinkability: Depends on your mindset. You wanna get tanked? This is wonderful, drinkability is a five. Sit back and guzzle and hoot and holler. Aside from that though, this is not the beer to be sitting around with, enjoying with friends. There is nothing to enjoy. It has very little redeeming qualities except it might actually strengthen your face muscles, as I recoiled and scrunched my face up after every sip. Ah well, a good choice for those who like to get bombed cheaply.

Feb 05, 2005
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Shiloh from Canada (ON)

2.43/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I find this to be one of the better malt liquors that I have tried, which does not make this an acceptable product, just better than most others of its kind.
Everything about this product is thin with the exception of the ABV.
What makes this product a little superior over others of its ilk is its lack of alcohol taste, alcohol nose and warming affect upon quaffing.
Cheap drunk if that's what you are looking for...but still kinda sad if you are.

Jan 08, 2005
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