Country Club Malt Liquor | Pabst Brewing Company

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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:
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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 04-03-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
96
Reviews:
43
Avg:
2.5
pDev:
32%
 
 
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6
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Ratings: 96 |  Reviews: 43
Photo of InspectorBob
2.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of tone77
3.19/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn and malts. Taste is like the smell, malts with some corn and a touch of alcohol. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall not bad as far as malt liquors go.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

From the 40 ounce bomber stamped: OCT2912-EO5112020. Sampled on June 26, 2013.

The Granddaddy of Malt Liquors! Great double crack on the twist-off cap. It pours pale yellow with a tremendous milk shake-like white head that takes a good 2-3 minutes to dissipate. Hey! It looks like a malt liquor should but not golden like Colt 45.

The malt aroma is much more sweet and buttery than cloying. That's considerably better than I expected after reading earlier reviews. Even some yeast. Hops in the background are clean and crisp.

The body is light to medium.

The taste is malt forward but not sharp or biting like so many malt liquors can be. It does not make me grit my teeth when I drink it. Actually it is smooth and on the sweet side. Not really dry at the end but a vague lingering bitterness. I find it to be a decent malt liquor and nowhere near as gut-clearing as others I have had.

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Photo of Zorro
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a clear dark yellow brew with a bit of white head to it.

Smell is sweet corn and biscuit with a mild but discernable hop scent.

Taste is less sweet than expected and mild flavor with an easy to taste note of alcohol. You can taste a hint of corn in this and a bit of biscuit flavor with a detectable amount of hop.

Mouthfeel is average.

More drinkable than you would think, flavor is mild and the adjunct flavors subdued. This is no good German Lager but it is better than a Budweiser flavor wise. If you want to try this brew DEFINATELY get the cans, the clear bottle version will be skunked like crazy.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.53/5  rDev +1.2%
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 Beerandraiderfan
2.54/5  rDev +1.6%
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 mynie
3.06/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I am a gross fat monster and so I've been looking for Country Club for years.

I read somewhere once that it was the first high-ish ABV beer that was directly marketed a malt liquor, and I've come across more than a few old print ads showing fifties-era frat boys pouring this stuff out of what look like pudding cans while coeds stumble in the background. It would be another decade plus until ads came along that were brazen enough to directly implicate malt liquor with date rape (thanks, Billy Dee Williams!), but we still got Country Club to thank for that trend. Needless to say, this beer has long been on my must-try list.

Forties were just sitting at the bottom of the cooler in some gas station in the middle of upstate New York. I jokingly told the clerk that I thought they stopped making it in the 70s. He said they might have, considering how poorly they sold at this particular location, so that didn't bode too well for its freshness.

Untwisting the cap, however, I pick up only a faint whiff of skunk, which is actually kinda complimentary in a weird way (some green bottle Euro saisons milk this effect quite well). The skunk is almost exclusively aromatic, however, as the flavor is neigh indistinguishable from MIckey's. Trust me, I've drank a lot of MIckey's, and this is just a skunked Mickey's.

Which isn't bad, in my book, even if it's not exactly good. I wouldn't drink Mickey's so goddamn often if I truly disliked its flavor. It's not for beer geeks, yeah. But as a malt liquor served in 40s, it gets the job done and is absolutely inoffensive.

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Photo of mrfrancis
1.56/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: From the can, this beer pours a clear yellow with a big, rocky white head. Head retention is much better than I would normally expect from a beer of this style.

S: Very sterile on the nose, with aromas of roasted corn, grain husks, and an odd fruity smell reminiscent of green apple. The aromas present are a bit repellent, but I don't think that any malt liquor is designed to smell good, so it doesn't really matter.

T: This beer starts off sweet with definite fruity accents. I'm picking up green apple, as well as grain husks, roasted corn, minerals, wet straw, and a touch of grassy hops. As the beer warms a bit, cooked vegetable, lemon, and alcohol notes creep out of the woodwork. The finish is short and simple with grain husk and corn notes.

M: Light bodied and dry. The beer has a flabby, lethargic feel to it despite the presence of relatively active, crisp carbonation. Not drinkable at all.

O: Well, it is a typical American malt liquor, which is to say that this beer was probably never intended to be all that great. Compared to other examples of the style, it's not absolutely wretched, but it is extremely close. Actually, scratch that. It's wretched.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.7/5  rDev +48%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Its been a little while since Ive last hopped on the fo-tay train. 40 oz clear bottle pours into a mason jar a clear gold color with a decent cap of fluffy white head. Actually has some pretty decent retention, no lacing.

Nose is definitely corn-a-licious, but it is surprisingly unoffensive. For a forty, you really cant ask for much more. Maybe a touch of hops would be nice, but none are to be found here.

Hmmm, not bad. Clean and fairly crisp. It is not as sweet as most Malt Liquors and there is actually a little bit of dryness on the finish. Its on the low side ABV-wise and that probably is why it feels lighter than most of this style. I actually prefer mine in the 6-7% range, otherwise I just feel like I might as well be drinking a Coors. But I must say that of all the Malt Liquors I have had, this one tastes the lightest, most crisp and is probably the least offensive. Dare I say that I wont have much trouble finishing the bottle? Something about drinking out of a 40 oz bottle soothes the soul!

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Photo of rderedin
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of dertyd
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of ROGUE16
3/5  rDev +20%

Photo of illidurit
1.38/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

My housemate bought me this because it was literally the cheapest beer per ounce at Safeway.

Appearance is like post-asparagus urine. A slimy white froth sits atop the column of liquid.

Doesn't smell really like anything, maybe a bit mealy and corn syrupy.

Taste is pretty clean but still unappealing. Standard malt liquor corn sweetness with no hops whatsoever. Towards the end it degrades into basically sugary spritzer water.

Mouthfeel is too carbonated, paper thin, dirty.

This gave me a headache. Even for novelty's sake I won't be drinking this again.

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Photo of SonictheBeerhog
2.25/5  rDev -10%

Photo of Falcone
2.75/5  rDev +10%

Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
3.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

40, served in a 40oz bottle, screw cap included.

clear golden color, smells sweet and grainy, sweet tasty malt and corn, thin and smooth, the last few swigs on a 40 are tough, but if you breath out of your nose while you drink it gets down.

ABV is unknown, but sucking down 40 ounces of this beer in 15 minutes or less gets you 'nice'.

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Photo of ordybill
2.46/5  rDev -1.6%
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 Pegasus
2.96/5  rDev +18.4%
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 misternebbie
2.63/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Floydster
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
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 Overlord
1.5/5  rDev -40%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Now this is one atrocious beer, even for its type.

Pours the same sickly yellow color we come to expect. Not much head.

Just a disgusting skunky corn taste. No redeeming quality. I used to reject this regularly in favor of more palatable malt liquors.

Cool name, and that's about it.

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Photo of beerpadawan
2/5  rDev -20%

Photo of Offa
3.36/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is clearly among the better malt liquors out there to me.

Golden, it has a medium white head that is unusually dense and long-lasting, shrinking very slowly to a small permanent head and leaving beautiful, long-lasting lacing in even rings.

The aroma is grain with hints of alcohol/wine and hint of feed grain.

The taste is much better, similar to a pleasant basic pale lager but with good sweet-bitter balance, decent fullness, well-rounded grain, a faint nuty hint and a light, crisp, spicey finish of apple cider, with a light alcoholic warmth and spice. It's light and smooth, but still tasty and interesting without being unpleasant.

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Photo of Durandal_777
1/5  rDev -60%

Photo of JISurfer
3.76/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Sometimes I get tired of the "complex" beers and want something that is just plain beer. Nothing meaty, nothing nutty, nothing fruity, just plain beer. Well, looks like I found another gem. Something about this can just drew my attention. It could have been the golden crown with the XXX in it, the name County Club Malt Liquor, or the little slogan "America's Premium Malt Liqour". Whatever it was, it was intreagueing.

Now, to the actual review.
The apperance was suprisingly nice. It was a pale straw color with a nice white head. The head was one of the creamiest heads I had ever seen. That was definately a highlight in my book. The smell was nothing special, just the average balanced malty/hoppy smell. The taste was a little better than the smell. Sure it had elements of malts and hops, like most, but it was unusually smooth. Along with the balance, it had hints of citrus in the end and aftertaste. The mouthfeel wasn't too shabby either. It was smooth and creamy, not bubbly and burny-like. Drinkability, well, this is just another great brew for pocket change. I got it for $2.39 for a sixer.

Da Skinny.
This is one cheap brew that shames the big macro types, ie Bud, Coors, and Miller. It's just another good product pumped out by the guys and gals at PBR. Since this is Country Club, I guess this is what the rich folk drink.

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Country Club Malt Liquor from Pabst Brewing Company
2.5 out of 5 based on 96 ratings.
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