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Stag Ice | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.90%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by emerge077 on 06-29-2012

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2.76/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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3/5  rDev +10.7%

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look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Stag Ice
24 fl. oz. can, coded "SEP2313 B08011647"

I recall hearing stories of Stag beer in my younger days, "brewed specifically for stag parties", and jokingly produced by "Greasy Dick" Brewing. Well... the actual name of the brewery was Griesedieck, and "Stag" simply referred to a male deer - or did it? Before 1907 (that goes way back to simpler times!) it was called Kaiser beer. Unfortunately World War I didn't help that real well, so the brewery ran a competition to rename the beer. The winner, supposedly coming up with the name following his own bachelor party, deemed it "Stag". But regardless of the name, it did have a part in brewing history, although it's more associated with its cousin-brewery Falstaff (which it merged with) which was much better known.

So what is "Stag Beer" today, and I guess, more importantly, what is "Stag ICE"?

At just 5.9% alc./vol. it can hardly be considered a true "ice" beer, it's just "chill-filtered". Regular Stag Beer is 5.2% abv./vol, and I'd guess they actually make that from a base of "Stag ICE" or something else just by watering it down.

Both versions are simply American adjunct lagers brewed with limited use of hops, and probably hop oils (as opposed to whole or pelletized hops). It's cheap golden lager that's slightly sweetish but still balanced, yet completely lacking in hop flavor. Is there an upside? Is there anything at all unique? No, not really, but there is a nice note of apple to it. But there aren't really any defects either (unless you count some yeasty sulphur and a slight imbalance towards malt sweetness). It's not hot with alcohol, and it's not cloying - it's just boring. If you like Pabst Blue Ribbon you'll probably like this.

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Photo of vw72
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -7.7%

Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Stag Beer Ice has a thick, white, quickly-dissipating head, some lacing, and a clear, bubbly, golden appearance. Upon close inspection, one can see an enormous amount of fine particulate matter floating about. The aroma is of paper, metal, musty grains, and grain husks. Taste is of sweet and sour grains, light-to-medium-roasted barley malt, a dash of hop bitterness, paper, and some metal. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Stag Ice finishes pretty crisp, refreshing, and mild. Drinkability is rather high with this beer. Overall, it’s average.


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2.28/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Sampled at the PRF BBQ tasting soiree, full pour into a tasting glass. Thanks to Arson for repping STL and Peppers/EmpireStateTroopers for hosting! I'll just come right out and say it, the can itself is way better than the contents.

Pale anemic straw yellow color with an angry hornet swarm of carbonation rising to the surface. Thin head of white foam that ebbs away after a minute and dots the glass with spotty flecks.

Smell is fairly tame, soggy grains and a light floral note from the can that seems to indicate an addtion of hops in there at some point in production.

Tastes like your average swill, wet manila folders, soggy apple flavored cereal. Flaccid and watery with a slickness that the palate can't escape. Chug and rinse, repeat. Nothing to see here folks. Give me a bottle of fresh Stag any day over this, but only if marooned in 'oh so provincial' southern Illinois ;)

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Stag Ice from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.71 out of 5 with 7 ratings
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