Pearl Light | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pearl LightPearl Light

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 2.10%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 07-03-2002

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Ratings: 31 |  Reviews: 14
Reviews by Pegasus:
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1.35/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a pale straw gold with a decent snow-white head that lasts for but a moment, lace is quite poor, heavily carbonated. Faint aroma of overworked hops and cooked grain. Taste begins with a bit of stinging carbonation, rather faint malts, finishes with weak residual hops. Taste and mouthfeel are not that different from a sparkling water. Perhaps Thomas Mann had Pearl Light in mind when he wrote of "a chemistry of the insubstantial".

This beer is noteworthy for its caloric content, only 68 calories per can. However, I would just as soon skip the potato chips and have a real beer instead.

Thanks to Johnny-Boy for this sample.

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Photo of eye2
3.38/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

The ultimate outdoor beer.

A: Pale straw color. Lots of bubbles. Foam disappears quickly.

S: No smell at all.

T: Very mild. Very refreshing. Tastes like energizing potion while bicycling or playing tennis.

MF: Beautiful. Mellow. High Carbonation. Ultra-refreshing. Revitalizing.

Overall: A cheap beer that you can literally drink all day as a refreshment. No fear of getting sloppy on the court or waking up with a headache. Needless to say, this is a very weak beer. But for what it is, it's best in class.

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Photo of MarioH
3.06/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of tone77
2.79/5  rDev +13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to woodychandler for the trade.Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a small head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is, uh, non existent. Nothing there. There are really no characteristics that come to mind. Feels light in the mouth and has decent drinkability. Overall there is nothing to recomnend about this beer.

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3.5/5  rDev +41.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.37/5  rDev -4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pearl Light has a very thick, spongy, white head, and a clear, bubbly, straw-gold appearance, with low-to-moderate lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of faint, but pungent grain. Taste is of watery grain, with a lemon note. Mouthfeel is very watery, and Pearl Light finishes dry and easy drinking. This is dull, as one would expect for 68 calories.


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3/5  rDev +21.5%

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3.28/5  rDev +32.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of woodychandler
1.9/5  rDev -23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

CAN you dig it? I get home from work and all of a sudden, things turn into Chanukah! It's a festival of Lights! Here goes nothing.

I started with an aggro pour that produced a fizzingly explosive finger of bone-white head that fell like an anvil onto Wile E. Coyote's head. Have I used that pop culture allusion/simile before? I apologize, but it becomes difficult to remain creative with some of these beers. Well, if the head wasn't all that, the color definitely ain't. Geez-O, man, I thought that Lone Star Light was a pale yellow, but this is paler than my redheaded alabaster-skinned girlfriend in Oxnard, CA many years ago. It was cool dating her because both of us were like vampires despite living right at the beach. I digress ... Nose had an extremely light lager-sweetness to it, but I really had to inhale to catch much at all. Mouthfeel was super thin, approaching wateriness, with a mighty mild sweetness on the tongue. Finish was so unobtrusive that I began to wonder if I had even drank anything until I noticed that the liquid level in the glass was going down. Coupled with its ABV (2.1, is that for real?!?), this could give Michelob ULTRA, as opposed to MK-ULTRA, a run for its money. Now, if only I liked Michelob ULTRA ...

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Photo of karst
1.43/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

The Pearl Brewing Company in San Antonio started in 1881 as the J. B. Behloradsky Brewery (1881-83). The brewery was renamed the San Antonio Brewing Company (1883-88) and began producing Pearl Beer in 1886. The name was changed to the San Antonio Brewing Association and then in 1952 it was changed to the Pearl Brewing Company.

Pearl from the land of 1100 springs, the Original Texas Brew, Pearl! Nature’s finest ingredients and pure water allows the delicate flavor of Pearl to sparkle through, creating pearl-like bubbles that rise in a freshly poured glass of beer, hence the name PEARL BEER!

Was this what I was thinking when I picked up a 6 pack from a gas station near La Vernia, Tx.? Or was it the old brewmeister, Dan Koening, with his feet scarred to mid calfs from wading through hot wort to save the Pearl brewery back in the 50's. By the time my wife's uncle Kenneth knew him and we came to San Antonio in the late 60's he still was always barefoot trying to recover the callus for the souls of his feet.

Pearl acquired the Goetz Brewing Company of St. Louis in 1961 and merged with the Southdown Corporation of Houston in 1970. The acquisitions allowed Pearl to move into national markets and IMHO it lost its soul as surely as one on Dan's scalded feet.

In 1995 S&P Company of Mill Valley, California, purchased Pearl. They made Pearl, Pearl Light, Jax, Falstaff, and 900 Malt Liquor. In 1998, Pearl Brewing purchased the Stroh Brewing Company, who had recently acquired the Lone Star Brand. To much hoopla, Pearl brought the Lone Star brand home to Texas.

In June 2001, S&P Company closed the Pearl Plant in Texas and Pabst brewing took over the Pearl brands. Production of Lone Star and Pearl beers, along with other Pabst brands was moved to the Miller Brewing Company in Fort Worth where Miller is brewing 80% of Pabst beers.

In November 2003 the brewery in San Antonio burned. Not very much fire damage, lots of smoke damage though. The walls are filled with cork (insulation) and that was the majority of what burned. The part that burned is the original 1898 belfry structure. Pearl is no longer brewed in S.A. but the tours go on.

Meanwhile somewhere in an old F-150 pickup in cooler, there are 5 cans of Pearl light. R.I.P. Thank God for O.P. Beer (Other People's). Carpi Brewum -sieze the beer!

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2.5/5  rDev +1.2%

Photo of Davepoolesque
2.66/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Drank out of a can. So light, you almost forget you're drinking beer. Light corn, sweet malt and subtle cardboard. Somewhat dry and obviously very easy drinking.

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Photo of AggieOso
2/5  rDev -19%

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2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -8.9%

Photo of CorbinB
3.05/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

For a sub-70 calorie 2 percenter, this is everything you want it to be. Refreshing, crisp, clean, and easy drinking. There's no off flavors or heavy malt tones. This is a great beer to pack for day drinking at the river or yardwork.

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1.75/5  rDev -29.1%

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1/5  rDev -59.5%

Photo of beerdiablo
3/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The black sheep of "light" version of the "National beer of Texas" has no need to be reviewed in the proper context. This is not craft beer, nor does it portend to be.

This is an inexpensive, generic macro lager meant for mass consumption whose only redeeming factor may be the picture games on the underside of the caps of those adorable chubby, short bottles - if you can find it in that offering. Now its usually just in a can.

Even if it were free, I'd say that sparkling water would give this beer a run for its money in the alcohol content. You might be better off going with the water.

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3/5  rDev +21.5%

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1/5  rDev -59.5%

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2.73/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jayrod20
2.77/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5


pours a straw yellow and is bursting with flavor. This beer has taken me on many wild nights and crazy adventures through the college years. It is cheap. It is beer. and has rock and roll persona about it that in my book give it more respect than any Budweisers.

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2.5/5  rDev +1.2%

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Pearl Light from Pabst Brewing Company
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