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Rainier Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #160
Ranked #30,425
2.78 | pDev: 26.26%
Sep 26, 2022
Aug 05, 2003
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Notes: Rainier beer brings together nature’s bounty from the great Northwest. Pure spring waters combine with golden barley and verdant hops to produce a beer rich in taste and texture. Fermented slowly with a pedigree yeast culture under tightly controlled conditions, Rainier comes forth with a satisfying malty flavor over a slightly fruity background, spiced with Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Willamette hop notes.
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Reviewed by Victory_Sabre1973 from Minnesota

3.25/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This is copied fromm my untapped review, with some edits. I had never had this before my Montana vacation. I will also say that for what it is, it is good. I will be getting more when I head out west next year. I gave it a 3.25 rating.

Clear golden pour with a white head.
slight biscuit nose.
Slightly skunky up front, but the back goes to a malty biscuit flavor. There's hints of banana.
Light body.
Good for what it is.
Sep 26, 2022
Rated: 3.4 by ssimpson89 from Illinois

Sep 19, 2022
Rated: 3.58 by Coronaeus from Canada (ON)

Aug 20, 2022
Rated: 2.81 by Connor56

Aug 13, 2022
Rated: 4.21 by Reilly620 from Washington

Aug 01, 2022
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

2.95/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
Poured from a 16oz can best by September 26, 2022

On thr pour a one finger fizzy head forms and dissipates as soon as it reaches the top of the glass. Once the head dissipated down to a surprisingly decent covering over top carbonation was still lively, in an average light straw body.

Aroma is reminiscent of PBR with a bit of that cheap lager, tart funk, sort of a weird combination of fermentation dryness and sweetness from grain and adjuncts. Very low hopping as expected, smells almost exactly like PBR.

Taste is a bit nicer with a surprisingly balanced barley to corn flavor ratio. Still quite sweet from adjuncts and has an overall corny vibe, but the cheap funk dekm the aroma is mostly gone. Pretty crisp and the aftertaste is actually of barley that has some character.

Feel is what this gets right, which honestly is just the mark of an above average AAL. Despite a relatively high carbonation bite and noticeable larger bubbles, it still maintains a soft yet present mouthfeel that is quite refreshing and easy to drink. Moderate finish that doesn't instantly disappear.

Overall this is a pretty good beer for the price. It's clear a few things were cheaped out on with the below average looks and smell, but surprisingly the feel and taste brought some redemption, and let's be honest that's where it really matters. I wonder what this tasted like before Pabst bought them out, and as an extention, before the russian guy bought them out and moved production from Cali to the Golden CO Coors brewery.
Jul 16, 2022
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.35/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75
Not too sweet but with a corn aspect that degrades enjoyment as it warms. Light herbal more than grassy bitterness, such that it is as a mildly successful attempt to balance things.
Jun 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Jsteez from Utah

2.47/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Not much going on with the flavor, maybe some slight malty/grassy undertones; on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Golden color, lots of carbonation with a white foamy head. It's just beer. It's good on a hot day, you can't go wrong.
Jun 06, 2022
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Reviewed by Stevedore from Oregon

3.1/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Acceptable. Clear golden yellow. Light crackery malt, a minimal floral presence, touch of skunk, relatively light flavor and finish. Lighter bodied. Similar to PBR, easy drinking with just a decent bit of flavor.
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 2.6 by 88caprice from Virginia

Dec 31, 2021
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Reviewed by DefenCorps from Oregon

2.96/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Thanks, Chris.

A clear straw yellow with a rapidly receding white head , this looks good. The nose is clean, lightly spicy with fruity, mildly lemony hops, light malt and straw. The palate opens crisp, clean, and bland, light honey and straw malt. Drying, clean, mildly bland finish. Solid.
Dec 11, 2021
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

2.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
Pours a crystal clear golden color with a fluffy white head that provides a bit of lacing. It looks pretty darn nice in the glass.

The nose ….. is not as nice. There’s a bit of grass, some grain (corn) and ….. not much else. I have a feeling I know where this is headed.

The taste has that bit of grass, definitely what is corn on my palate, and what’s present is a bit muted. The mouthfeel is a bit crisp, yet somehow watery. That’s an interesting trick.

I’d love to say that this is great, but it’s not - nor is it terrible. It’s certainly poundable, so it would make a decent lawnmower beer, but I’d probably go a different direction for that kind of experience.
Dec 03, 2021
Rated: 2.53 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 26, 2021
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Reviewed by WunderLlama from Massachusetts

2.34/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Can received in bif14 from @snaotheus

Thank you for letting me taste this PNW home brew, however….

Undated can

Brewers notes: Rainier beer brings together nature’s bounty from the great Northwest. Pure spring waters combine with golden barley and verdant hops to produce a beer rich in taste and texture. Fermented slowly with a pedigree yeast culture under tightly controlled conditions, Rainier comes forth with a satisfying malty flavor over a slightly fruity background, spiced with Chinook, Mt. Hood, and Willamette hop notes.

Can notes: “Rainier for Life” “Mountain Fresh” “ naturally brewed” “Beer”

the fertile minds of some marketing execs are hard at work to romance this beer

Beer advocate notes that it is brewed in San Antonio, Texas . I lived in SA, love the fresh mountains there. Used to climb to the top of Mount Alamo, the font of natural spring waters for beer of this ilk. BA also rates this as beer # 51,043 in their offerings. This generous rating is described by BA as “POOR”

Poured into a stemmed pilsener glass, fizzy one finger white foam cap immediately evaporates to a thin ring over a clear golden liquid with active carbonation streams

Aroma is faint , sweet, corny

Taste is …..not to my liking , tinny, metallic, and genuinely unpleasant , faintly corny

Thin watery mouthfeel , dry finish,

Blecch, this is a drain pour

I do not like Rainier beer in a can .

I do not like them, Snaotheus, Man!

A train! A train! A train! A train! Could you, would you, on a train? Not on a train! Not in a tree! Not in a car!

Snaotheus !

Let me be!

I would not, could not, in a box. I could not, would not, with a fox.

I do not like Rainier from this box!
Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by John_M from Oregon

2.79/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Living here in the NW, I feel as if it's almost obligatory that I review this beer (in much the same way that I felt it was required to review "natty boh" back when I lived in Baltimore).

Fresh out of a tall boy at my local sports bar, this beer is not the most attractive of beers. Poured into my pint glass, the beer looks distinctly like a urine sample 30 seconds after it hit the glass. The beer appearance is a solid gold color with virtually no head retention or lacing. On the nose, this is not a particularly attractive beer. I get some creamed corn, charcoal and seltzer aroma, which is not a particularly attractive combination of aromas. On the palate however, this beer is much better than expected (but then my expectations weren't particularly high). The beer is fairly sweet, with lots of creamed corn on the mid palate, but with a hint of underlying bitterness as well. Mouthfeel is fairly light, and there's considerable seltzer water on the finish, but not as much as I was expecting. The beer actually finishes pretty well, with no noticeable off flavors. Alcohol is pretty much unnoticeable, as you would expect with the abv.

Not as bad as I was expecting, though this isn't a beer I would go out of my way for. As is often the case with AAL's, I quickly lost interest in drinking this beer the longer it sat in my glass. Initially, I thought I might be able to polish off the can, but mid way through my glass I gave up. Oh well.
Nov 15, 2021
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Reviewed by REVZEB from Illinois

2.31/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
Had on tap. Clear golden body with a white cap, fizzy. Smells like someone dropped some lightly bitter leafy hops into macro lager with corn, macro bloated malt, and cereal. Tastes similarly, sweet then decently bitter, booze leakage makes it even worse, sloppy. It is typical macro light, fizzy, bloated and sweet feeling.
Sep 11, 2021
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Rated by NicktheBeerlock from Washington

5/5  rDev +79.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
A 30 pack is a must for any self respecting mans beer fridge
Sep 03, 2021
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Reviewed by PNWbeerlover from Oregon

4.04/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Let it Rain. Rainer.

Look, this isn't going to win any competition. You aren't going to smell whiffs of mango, or taste the bold magnificent flavors of new school hops. But of course you should know that. You're buying a 6 pack of pint cans for around $10 and you will slam them while grilling some cheap burgers or mowing your lawn. Sometimes you don't want to think about it too much and you aren't looking to impress the crowd. That's when you'll crack these open and no one including yourself will have anything to complain about.

Rainer is refreshing and sessionable and unless you're just looking to complain or critique that's what you should be expecting when you buy it in the first place.
Aug 02, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by madmax69

Jul 25, 2021
Rated: 3.43 by NickMunford from Wyoming

Jul 16, 2021
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Reviewed by philojones from Oregon

3.81/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
Alas, Rainier now is owned by Pabst and is brewed in Irwindale, CA (don't believe the Golden, CO address on the can). That being said, this is one of the better budget beers widely available in the Western USA. It has a crisp, clean taste that goes down smoothly. IMO, it compares favorably with such "premium" beers such as Corona and Modelo. Goes well with seafood, Mexican cuisine and steaks. This is more of a summer/warm weather brew, and, as such, tastes best when served ice cold in a frozen mug. At ~ $16 per case of 24, you can enjoy it without being concerned about your pocket book.
Jul 10, 2021
Rated: 3.97 by Ox8840bo from Illinois

Jun 23, 2021
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

2.61/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Rainier is crystal clear and as pale an amber as any lager you might have ever seen. The head is cloudy, white, and has only okay retention.

Smells like sugary, corn sweetness up front with hints of pale, bready malts lending support. I definitely noticed the aroma of soda crackers buried in towards the center. The finish was short and clipped, only giving the faintest hint of peppery hops.

Rainier's flavor is rounded and sweet up front, moving quickly into a soda cracker, sort of dryness. Rainier's dryness seems to come more from being well attenuated than grainy dryness, which is good. Mouthfeel becomes a little more rounded in the middle bringing back a very generic sweetness. All this leads into a finish that is short and only slightly dry in nature.

All things considered Rainier isn't really that bad by lager standards. It's crisp and refreshing and will quench your thirst on a hot summer day. Unfortunately, this is also the best I can say about this beer as there really isn't much else going on here.
May 19, 2021
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Reviewed by RedBalloon from Washington

3.02/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
24oz can with an Enjoy By date of 5/24/21 poured into a Teku on 2/7/21.

Pours 2" of white head. Translucent golden color.

A faint bready quality in the nose. A little alcohol and cold water.

The taste brings more faint bready yeast flavor. Lackluster and simplistic.

Light-bodied. A slight effervescence. Thin.

Rainier beer lacks in flavor and aroma, like water that someone poured a good beer into.
Mar 08, 2021
Rated: 1.98 by npendres from Wisconsin

Feb 14, 2021
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Reviewed by snaotheus from Washington

3.03/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz can served in a tulip. The best guess I have as to the stamp is Feb 22 21. Bought it as a single at a Whole Foods.

Pours clear light golden with an initially large head that collapses to a couple millimeter thick blanket, dense and creamy. Carbonation is there, but not a lot of it. Smell is grain, maybe corn, maybe honey.

Taste is far too sweet. Yikes. Honey / simple syrup. Definitely some corn here, some barley tea.

Mouthfeel is a little too thick, a little too sticky. Overall, it's too sweet to be good, but it's not terrible.
Feb 14, 2021
Rated: 2 by SkiBum22 from New York

Jan 18, 2021
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Reviewed by hreb from Washington

2.7/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Tallboy, elegantly served in a tapered pilsner glass. Crystal clear pale yellow in color, with giant bubbles, and a small white head. Neutral aroma, may a tiny bit grainy. Crisp, sharply carbonated, and almost completely bland. A little bit of corn syrup, maybe? The finish is mostly clean and nearly dry, so I can't complain too much of sweetness. But I also can't complain to much of flavor. Kind of like drinking a diet soda on account of the heavy carbonation. But as far as American adjunct lager goes, it's not nearly as offensive as it could be.
Nov 16, 2020
Rated: 3.25 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Oct 17, 2020
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Reviewed by BNSlums from Washington

2.57/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75
Look: a translucent golden yellow, almost as clear as water. A bubbly rambunctious foam sticks to the glass’s sporadically
Smell: Corn and sweat. Yakima valley hops dominant, quite dull
Taste: Grainy, corny but quenching. Nothing special
Feel: Flimsy yet abrasive for a second..
O: for a cheap beer to throw back, this is top notch. If you’re looking to contemplate the sensory sensation of beer, look elsewhere..
Sep 30, 2020
Rated: 3.47 by Mustela_Man from California

Sep 06, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.26/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
16oz can courtesy of @beertunes stamped JUL2020 poured into a nonic pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours a very bright gold with abundant nearly white head. The head recedes slowly to a thin cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is faint with some dusty, musty grain and a slight earthiness. The taste is slightly sweet corn & 2-row up front with some slightly buttery & vegetable notes on the end. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and an undry finish. Overall, ok for an AAL. I could do with less of the off flavors, but it's not wretched like some.
Jun 03, 2020
Rated: 3 by imperialking from Illinois

Apr 24, 2020
Rated: 1 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 10, 2020
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Rated by BleachOnMyTShirt from Washington

3.88/5  rDev +39.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5
all timer shit beer
Apr 06, 2020
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Reviewed by ChrisCage from Canada (AB)

3.13/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
A- Rainier pours a typical crystal clear light golden color and there is a substantial amount of carbonation holding onto the inside of the glass....both big bristly looking bubbles, alongside smaller fine columns that both swiftly rise to the top in aggressive fashion. The head starts out surprisingly thick and is super white....I'd say a good 2-3 fingers in thickness....of course, as expected, this dissipates rather fast into a cloying looking spider web like version of a film. The lacing is also surprisingly good, with plenty of small patches clinging to the inside of my glass, and they all hold too. Overall this is a decent looking BMC style lager.

S- Typically weak in smell, with lots of rice or corn adjunct to fill the nostrils with, but, I will say, there is more malt aroma than I would have imagined, and finishes with a clean crisp finish....slightly floral, slightly fruity. What else can I say about it in this department.....dry grass, very mild raw grain, slightly soapy, slightly of peppery spice. Not bad....not great either.

T- The flavors are actually quite good for what this style is, however, it mainly consists of cooked corn/maize, pale/crystal malt cleanliness, perhaps some rice and breakfast grits, and the finish is syrupy sweet, yet at the same time it is not truly offensive.....can you imagine that?!?! I still do get that buttery Diacetyl flavor that is there as much as I try to ignore it....lingering long after the taste.

M/O- Light/medium mouthfeel and moderate carbonation all things considered, which allows the cloying flavors to coat the palate. The alcohol is not really noticed and the drinkability factor is very high, this being a classic social beer that can be enjoyed any time of year and with no occasion needed. Value for the dollar is good, being just over a buck a beer here in Alberta and when I don't want to drink something I need to think about, this does the trick! Definitely not a beer to brag about, but I'll say that I've tasted worse and recommend this one to anyone who just likes a basic macro style lager!
Mar 30, 2020
Rated: 1.17 by TheWyatt from California

Mar 22, 2020
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Reviewed by MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.08/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3
12oz can

Pours two fingers of dense creamy head into my Heineken glass. Retention is wonderful, though there is a ridiculous amount of bubbles and nucleation. Body is golden yellow, crystal clear. Loos good so far.

Nose is noticeably hoppier than other adjunct lagers if memory serves. Though not what I would even call a hoppy lager, to be clear. Light sweet malt, corn. Smells cheap, but inviting.

Pretty damn flavorless, but nothing offensive I suppose. Some pale malt, not much else. We’ll go just below 3 here because I feel like it is lower in flavor than some comparable macro’s, but certainly not to the bottom tier.

Mouthfeel is pretty on point. Carbonation hanging in there at about medium, maybe medium-low. Body is incredibly thin. For not having much sweetness, and being dry overall, it is incredibly wet and refreshing on the tongue, brownie points there. Maybe just the smallest bitterness.

Drinkability is obviously very very high.

Appearance turned out woooonderful. Lacing was thick all the way down. Head hung on for a good 5 minutes, with a half inch going all the way down the glass.

Overall not as bad as some, but certainly light on flavor even given the category. This glass is surprisingly nucleating, which may pose a problem for lasting flavor with all those bubbles quickly leaving, hopefully not too much of a factor here, at least initially.
Mar 05, 2020
Rated: 2.58 by Ibucrek

Jan 18, 2020
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Reviewed by mynie from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +34.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Here's my theory: most of the old legacy brands currently owned by Pabst (Rainier, Natty Boh, Stag, Schaffer, Olympia) are just the same thing in different packaging. There's no easy way to prove this, of course, since there's very little overlap in distribution between the brands. But I'll be god damned if there's a scintilla of difference between any of them.

And, you know what, they're all pretty good. They're more balanced than Bud and Coors. Flavorful but not too flavorful. Sweet but not too sweet. And it seemed like everywhere I went in Seattle, a pint of Rainier could be had for 3-4 bucks--a welcome respite in a city that's otherwise pretty damn expensive.

So, yeah. You don't me to describe the flavor of Rainier. It's fine.
Jan 18, 2020
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