Rainier Beer | Rainier Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Rainier Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
rainierbeer.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2003

BEER STATS
Ratings:
259
Reviews:
79
Avg:
2.8
pDev:
25.71%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
51
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 259 |  Reviews: 79
Photo of FreshYeti
2.82/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bright, clear yellow, with heavy carbonation streaming upwards long after the pour. A thin head persists, which is as good as can be expected of the style.

The aroma is on the musty side. A great light lager has a bright, crisp aroma with hints of flowers or freshly cut grass, but I detect primarily wet leaves and rain here.

Describing the flavor of a light american lager is a great challenge for a respectful beer geek. It’s tempting to describe the flavor as that of a light lager. It tastes like college house parties and beer pong. More seriously, you can detect corn, dusty/earthy flavors, dry wood, and just the slightest bitterness. The carbonation overpowers the flavor.

I wish I could give a better review, since I’m a Seattleite and this is my light beer of choice, but I gotta be honest - I choose Rainier for the brand, not the taste.

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Photo of Bosby
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of downhillpunk32
1.31/5  rDev -53.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Drank it out of the can during a long mountain bike ride. My friend had picked up a case and it was the only beer we had, so I figured I'd give it a try. That was probably a mistake. Smells like GMO corn and aluminum. The mouthfeel was equally bad, artificial carbonation at first that immediately subsides and feels like a mouthful of water. Awful aftertaste as well, almost like diluted club soda that's had loose change fermenting in it. Maybe just a tad bit more hoppy than your standard cheap lager. I was incredibly thirsty and still dumped it on the side of the trail after a couple of sips, just awful. I'll give it a two overall for what it is, though, a cheap beer for frat bros to play beer pong with. Honestly it's better than Natty and Keystone, but that's sort of like saying Pol Pot is better than Hitler; if you drink any of these beers you're probably not someone I'd want to interact with under any circumstances whatsoever. I hear this stuff is being brewed in Texas now, so even the PNW rednecks who pride themselves on drinking local have no excuse. Simply an awful beer. Stay away

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Photo of Tristanengine
1.95/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Zach122
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Lucaskowalik
2.54/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Originally purchased as a cheap beer for a party but I thought I might as review it.
Poured from a 355mL can into a Weiss glass.
L- Golden, apple juice like color with high carbonation and a thick white head which dissipated into a small layer on top.
S- Apples, sweet corn, grains. Not much going on here.
T- Same as smell except very mild flavor. Mostly tasting water.
F- Identical to club soda.
O- Didn't really expect much from this beer. Good for beer pong because it tastes like diluted apple juice but not something to be thoroughly enjoyed.

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Photo of TwoTrees
3.1/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of DallasK
3.32/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of SpaceBeagle
2.46/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of bundy462
2.5/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AnitaBrewski
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Nimbly_Bimbly
1.39/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Photo of duceswild
2.25/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of NWHopinator
2.77/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Branlott42
2.32/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of dar482
2.48/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

The beer comes in a crystal clear light gold color.

The aroma is generic adjunct lager for sure.

The flavor follows grainy maltiness, a bit of hoppiness, a crisp lager, lacking in off flavors, without being overly sweet.

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Photo of Elicoleman
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jwc215
3.41/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can - freshness date of Aug 29 16 stamped on the bottom:

The smell is of grain/cereal/husk, a small dose of lemongrass. Inoffensive.

While it has something of a cheap adjunct lager taste, it does have enough of a hop touch to give it an earthy/citric/lemony touch that makes it better than the average cheap lager taste.

It's rather fizzy, but not overly so and is crisp, refreshing and easy to drink.

Keeping the price and style in mind, it's not a bad brew - better than the typical cheap American adjunct lager.

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Photo of jgunther71
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerWithMike
2.76/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Kubishark
3.83/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For the style, this is an excellent beer. Probably the best cheap canned standard AAL I've had besides for Narragansett, which is of course not found in the same region as Rainier as far as I know. Bought a six pack for camping up in the Pacific Northwest. Tastes even better when looking at a big snow-capped mountain.

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Photo of krome
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MammothTarantula
2.95/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of MatthewWalters
5/5  rDev +78.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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Rainier Beer from Rainier Brewing Co.
2.8 out of 5 based on 259 ratings.
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