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Big Bear Premium Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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Big Bear Premium Malt LiquorBig Bear Premium Malt Liquor

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 7.50%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 10-20-2004

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Ratings: 36 |  Reviews: 22
Reviews by atr2605:
Photo of atr2605
2.33/5  rDev -3.3%
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

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Photo of woodychandler
1.9/5  rDev -21.2%
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!

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Photo of Jackalope1977
1.82/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of biboergosum
2.88/5  rDev +19.5%
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.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.49/5  rDev +3.3%
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!

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Photo of k47k
2.52/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of beergorrilla
2/5  rDev -17%

Photo of warpig372
3/5  rDev +24.5%

Photo of lmactans
3.05/5  rDev +26.6%
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.

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Photo of emerge077
1.73/5  rDev -28.2%
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...

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Photo of kurtulbricht
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of leprechaunandfatman
1.25/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of Shiloh
2.43/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

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Photo of CrazyMike
2.22/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

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Photo of kguyty
3.18/5  rDev +32%
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.

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Photo of crossovert
1.69/5  rDev -29.9%
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.

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Photo of ADA32
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

Photo of beerhaver
2/5  rDev -17%

Photo of TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev +5%
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.

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Photo of surlytheduff
2.91/5  rDev +20.7%
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.

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Photo of Gtg642
3.5/5  rDev +45.2%

Photo of Mebuzzard
1.38/5  rDev -42.7%
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.

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Photo of Brad007
3.51/5  rDev +45.6%
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.

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Photo of mitch3114
1/5  rDev -58.5%

Photo of JVoyager
2.5/5  rDev +3.7%

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