Country Club Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

Country Club Malt LiquorCountry Club Malt Liquor
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2.37/5
96 Ratings
Country Club Malt LiquorCountry Club Malt Liquor
BEER INFO

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

Style: American Malt Liquor

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.86%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,957
Reviews:
43
Ratings:
96
pDev:
32.91%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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Photo of Pantalones
3/5  rDev +26.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Second can picked up from the cheapo bin at Kroger. Best-by date on the bottom says December 21st, 2015.

Poured into a standard pint glass; very pale yellow while pouring, a tad darker in the glass. It's very clear, with lots of bubbles rising up constantly. Actually has a decent-looking head of foam on it at first, and though it shrinks away somewhat quickly it does leave behind a ring around the edge of the glass and some "islands" of thin foam on top.

Smell upon first cracking open the can was a pretty strong blast of corn and funkiness, though it wasn't nearly as flat-out *bad* as the smell from the first can, which I remember being by far the grossest smell I'd ever gotten from a beer (it was much more sulfurous than what I got this time, I'd almost describe it as "farty") -- I wonder why there was such a difference? Either way, the smell fades once it's in the glass for a bit, but taking a sniff gets you some corn and a bit of some not-so-pleasant sweetness. Fortunately, that weird sweetness does fade away after a while so you mostly smell just a bit of corn. It's not the worst smelling beer I've had, but definitely not all that great either, and I have to count the initial nasty smelling blast upon opening the can against it even if it is a bit more pleasant afterward.

Taste is actually a good bit nicer than the smell. It's pretty pleasant overall, actually -- certainly not what I expected going by what I've heard about malt liquor in general. The primary flavor is sweet corn, and there's also a bready, grainy malt kind of thing going on in there. There's also a bit of a not-so-pleasant sweetness which reminds me of the similar flavor I picked up in Busch Signature (just a bit more than in this one) and Foster's Ale (so strong it was overpowering and, when I got to the second half of that giant can, a drain-pour.) That kinda-gross sweetness seems to come out more if you drink bigger gulps, but even then it's still not quite strong enough to make the overall flavor outright *bad.* On a positive note, that weird sweetness (much like the smell) seems to be "tamed" more and more toward the bottom of the glass, Maybe this actually benefits somewhat from being allowed to warm a bit, contrary to all I've heard about lighter-colored cheap beers being best when ice cold.

Mouthfeel is actually pretty nice -- I was pleasantly surprised by this aspect of the beer. It's not super fizzy and prickly, but it's not at all watery or thin-feeling at all, it actually feels somewhat substantial which makes it easier to drink smaller amounts at a time to prevent the nasty sweetness from building up too much. Leaves an interesting slick/sticky sort of feel on the lips and tongue after drinking a bit, haven't had many beers that did that but I kinda like it. No complaints here.

Overall -- is this a great beer? Nah, not really. But considering the horror stories I've heard about how bad malt liquor is in general, I was honestly pretty surprised by this one -- it may not be anything super amazing, but it's definitely not anything super awful either. I've actually found it pretty pleasant to drink both times I've had it, the only real negative is the smell and even that's not so bad after the initial blast upon opening the can. If you can't afford the prices of most "craft" six-packs but still want something that tastes halfway-decent and feels like more than just light fizzy beer-water, this really wouldn't be all that bad of a choice -- I'd certainly take it over something like Bud Light, especially considering that this is 2 dollars cheaper for a six-pack!

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Photo of Pegasus
2.96/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Clear medium golden color with a moderate white head, which retains quite well, and thick, glass-coating lecing. The carbonation is modest, an occasional bubble rises to the surface.

Aroma: The skunk characteristic is quite pronounced, no doubt due to the clear glass bottle, but there are also present notes of cokked vegetables, and harsh alcohol.

Taste: Opens with a mild corn malt note, afterwards there is a slight alcohol note, but quite restrained, at least for the style. The corn malt and alcohol carry to late in the taste, whereupon a mild herbal hop presence appears. The finish is clean and dry, with just a hint of hop bitterness. Overall, the taste was surprisingly insubstantial, more like a light lager, certainly not suggestive of a high alcoholic gravity.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Surprisingly mild, with little that could be called character, inoffensive, but also indistinguished. As with all examples of this style that I have tried, the price paid was sufficiently low as to make any compliant seem somewhat churlish.

Presentation: Packaged in a forty ounce clear glass bottle with a screwtop crown, served in a Pilsener glass.

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Photo of LumpyGuitar
2.86/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I can't even believe I bought this, however, I am a firm believer that every beer has some redeeming value, however small, so for the sake of knowledge and experience I dropped a WHOLE DOLLAR on a 40 oz. bottle of this liquid beast.

For one, it comes in a clear bottle, bright yellow, a bubble or two at the top but thats it. I didn't even bother to pour it, however, the little that I did had no head whatsoever.

Smells like beer and a faint hint of corn, not much else.

Taste was, I have to say, better than I expected. I am NOT a fan at all of malt liquor, it gives me a nasty gut cramp, so I aproached this one with trepidation. The taste was a bit sweet, malty and a mix of corn and grain. Not really any strong tastes, and it went down pretty smooth with little to no aftertaste.

Mouthfeel was very smooth, went down much like water. Almost no detectable carbonation and no aftetaste. Weight was really light.

Drinkability here is a bit above average. In the event that I ever want a cheap ( and seriously, it's only a damn dollar) malt beverage, this is a viable option. I'll probably get a few more.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
2.84/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A brilliant, golden body sparkles with hundreds of fast-rising, tiny bubbles. It's frothy bright-white head holds surprisingly well for the style, and it maintains a thin but solid cap of creamy foam throughout the entire serving. Surprisingly for a malt liquor, it also leaves some sheets of lace that stand a half-inch or so above the level of the beer as it drops with each sip. The nose is limited, offering only alcohol over a note of sweet malt. The body is medium and it's gently crisp in the mouth. Not unlike the aroma, the flavor delivers a dull, semi-dry malt that expresses very little grain flavor and a noticeable amount of alcohol. Still, it's well balanced by an underlying bitterness and it's not as sickly sweet as some examples of the style tend to be. It finishes clean and dry with just a mild note of residual, lightly sweet malt, a touch of fruitiness that's not really noticeable while in the mouth, and a gentle wash of drying alcohol. Well-balanced and clean; but I'd expect a little more character in a beer that displays its alcohol content so readily.

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Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev +16%

Photo of MarkBlackout
2.75/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah, Country Club, how close we've gotten over the past several months. Strangely, this beer actually was marketed towards middle-class whites when it first came out. The ads showed classy folks having a classy time with this new "malt liquor" product. It was one of the very first malt liquors, in fact, and appear to have been sold largely in small, maybe 8oz. cans? This was marketed and sold to improve white people's lives. Those days are over, and "the Club" as I like to call it is now mostly available in lower-income areas in order to poison the poor and keep them sedated and content. It's working for me. And I got a dollar left! Here in Brooklyn, it's often the cheapest choice in the store, whether you opt for a 12oz can or a full "half quart" Forties also can be fucked with (for a mere $1.59). Still has a touch of class; it'd be a dollar-fifty even if it was really bottom-shelf. As we all know.

But enough history and value considerations. Onto the beer. I chose a single cold 12oz. can for this review. Unlike some other malt liquors, the Club is best in the can. You want it to be cold, very cold while you drink it, and I find the cans have a crisper taste. Has a sort of strange, corny, medichemical(?) stale beer smell. I'm finding this sample to be not nearly cold enough, as sour, off flavors invade immediately as it cools. At this point, one must go for broke and pound the fucker. It ain't going to get any better. The mouthfeel is OK, too 'fizzy' and scalds the throat like most lower-end malt liquors (yes, there is a lower end to the lower end of this beverage we call 'beer'). Tastes like cheap, folks.

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Photo of Falcone
2.75/5  rDev +16%

Photo of troobie
2.75/5  rDev +16%

Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Avryle
2.68/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- Poured into Piraat tulip (This is an entropic attempt based on my expectations of this consumable.) Clear, pale golden in color with a suprisingly fluffy white head. Hmmm... Not a bad start.

S- Sweet adjucts & corn. I mean, sweet corn and adjuncts. Smells like a frat party.

T- I'm told this is one of the better malt liquors on the market, but I didn't grow up in Section 8 housing, so I can't verify that. Just tastes like corn and adjuncts. There is a pleasing sweetness to the finish that's a bit shocking. I kinda expected it to taste like poverty.

M- Thin and nasty. Astringent-y. Eww.

D- Review's done. The remainder's going down the drain unless aerozeppl wants to finish it.

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Photo of Floydster
2.68/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

40 ounce bottle from Food 4 Less in Redlands

Poured a golden color with a pretty thick foamy head due to a lot of carbonation and a little rolling around on the way home

Smell was real weak and had a little yeast and nothing else

Taste was bitter and sweet kind of like an Olde English

Could drink a lot of this if you wanted to

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Photo of Bouleboubier
2.66/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

(40oz, twist-off, bottle date Feb1516 - poured into a Chouffe tulip)

L: crystal-clear, light gold liquid... foam sizzles away immediately, leaves a thin, spit-y collar...

S: in my memory, never have I smelled skunk as rank on a beer as I did with this as soon as I opened it - it was crazy how powerful... once that stench wafts off, what's left is some actually nice, beer-y maltiness - but not enough to cover up the stank

T: a wash of malty, beer flavor followed seconds later by a wave of nasty skunk - Heineken, first thing that pops into mind... the aftertaste is certainly maltier than said Dutch lager, and in a weird way it sort of almost balances the skunk lingering on the palate... dull, bitter cardboard flavor builds on the palate - might actually be the hops... overall, malt flavor at its minimum, flat and crumbly on the back end

F: light (but not thin) and delicately silky on the flow... little bit of acid and sizzle on the back end... strange sort of plaster-y film builds on the tongue if you wait too long between sips... this is definitely packing suds... it's making my nose run - is that normal?

O: the foundation seems okay - nothing distinctive stands out in its taste (aside from skunk ass)... why oh why don't all macros use hop extract for clear-bottled hard lagers... this one gives the genre a bad name - it's a shame, as it's probably not much less well-made than its market counterparts... curious to get the canned version, if one exists

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Photo of Squire123
2.66/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of aerozeppl
2.64/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

40oz bottle into my Molson pilsner glass and drank from the bottle to the dome.

A: Crystal clear olden color. Pours with a finger of fluffy white head. Hints of lacing.

S:Sweet malt and corn. No real big surprise there.

T: Not too bad for the style. The sweet corn really does dominate. Fairly bland really.

M: Sex in a canoe. Carbonation is decent. Mouthfeel finishes very dry.

D: For what it is not too bad. Had not drank a 40 in a long time. I did feel dirty buying it and it was the first time I got carded in a while.

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Photo of ramrod666
2.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of misternebbie
2.63/5  rDev +11%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Purchased across from the cop shop in Weed, CA. Rough yellow appearance. Looks like the return on rented beer. Mild sweet, corny aroma, not offensive.

Sweet, stale alcohol breath flavor to it, no hopping, might be an all corn beer, or at least a substantial portion of it. I've had worse. A little gritty, reminds me of grain belt. Doesn't seem all that alcoholic taste wise. Does seem oxidized what is there.

Wasn't bad to have before lunch. Poured a tad of it out for Macho Man, who died the day before.

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Photo of k47k
2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.53/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

When you drop that beer in the return slot the next day. That's the appearance. Sweet, corn aroma, nod bad for what it is.

Woof, this gives the big fusel alcohol feels. Not even that strong, but it amps it up on your breath. Its some high bitterness low hops, high alcohol, corn malt bill type of malt liquor, but without the punch, even though its mouthfeel kinda makes you think maybe otherwise.

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Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of BabaBeer
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of 31Sam13
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of t0rin0
2.5/5  rDev +5.5%

Photo of ordybill
2.46/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Wow, a blast from my teenage years in Florida. I bought this on the wrong side of the tracks at a gas station in southern Virginia. When I cracked this quart bottle the first thing I noticed was the skunky aroma. the flavor was traditional ghetto malt liquor. which I grew up on. with that said, the brew was ok, but lacked carbonation to match the flavor. not completely horrible; but you get what you expected with this beer. A cheap buzz with little complexity.

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Photo of nlmartin
2.41/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One more daring trip down the gas station beer cooler. The beer was served cold and poured in a glass.

Appearance: The beer has a straw yellow coloration. The head is about 1 finger high. Fairly good retention noted on the head.

Smell: The beers aroma smells like a sack of wet grain.

Taste: The flavor is sweetened corn. The alcohol gives it a slight twang to break the sweetness. Nothing unexpected to the flavor. No off flavors noted.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability: The beer has a light body. The carbonation is high. The drinkability is ok as long as the beer is ice cold and drank fast.

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Country Club Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.37 out of 5 with 96 ratings
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