Rainier Brewing Co.

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #318
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2.75 | pDev: 26.55%
Rainier Brewing Co.
Texas, United States
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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jkblr from Indiana

3.26/5  rDev +18.5%
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
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ChrisCage from Canada

3.13/5  rDev +13.8%
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
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MaltsOfGlory from Oregon

3.08/5  rDev +12%
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
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mynie from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +36.4%
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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elNopalero from Texas

2.07/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Crisp, solid, goes down easy. I don’t get much of a hop character on this, and I don’t think I’m here for anything that requires much thought, either. A staple of the pacific northwest.

Nov 29, 2019
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Phyl21ca from Canada

2.52/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle: Poured a golden color lager with a medium size white foamy head with limited retention. Aroma of adjunct notes with light residual sugar notes. Taste is also dominated by adjunct notes with some residual sugar notes. Body is about average with good carbonation. Another adjunct based lager but still refreshing after a long day of hiking.

Oct 04, 2019
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2.5/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Is this beer a World-Renowned brew that has hundreds of awards from many beer rating publications? Nope.
Is this beer a small, limited-run beer that people take weeks-long treks to make it to the brewery to drink? Nope.
Is this beer going to earn respect form the craft beer nerd you run into at your next party? Nope.
So, what is this beer good for?
Being able to talk with other humans for more than 10 minutes and not bringing up the tasting notes in this limited edition IPA from Participation Trophy Brewing Company.

Sep 13, 2019
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Augiedogie23 from Iowa

3.66/5  rDev +33.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An old American classic Pilsner. Full bodied and classic. I like this style of beer though it’s a near similar taste to Hamms or Pabast. I guess that’s why I like it!

Jul 21, 2019
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Jarph0821 from Washington

4.37/5  rDev +58.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

Say what you want about Rainier, but it is a great cheap beer. Don't be snobby about it, this beer is crisp and refreshing. A solid "go to" beer when you are worn out of IPAs.

Hands down this is a solid cheap beer. I won't say it is amazing, but for the price you really can't beat it. Very easy to drink and very crisp. Rainer all day long.

Apr 28, 2019
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kojevergas from Louisiana

3.11/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear filtered vibrant golden copper. Head is ~1cm in height and doesn't stick around past the 3 minute mark, but it's soft, white in colour, and appealingly foamy.

Tastes like corn/maize adjunct, 6 row, and cereal grains. Very simple but quite pleasant, lacking any watery or syrupy notes as is often found in other adjunct lagers.

Smooth, creamy, coating, soft, wet. Refreshing.

A solid adjunct lager that would make a great lawnmowing beer and would pair well with pizza. Probably bests Schlitz Gusto as my favourite adjunct lager to date.


Dec 25, 2018
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Sundodger from Washington

2.76/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Rainier beer is the comfort beer of anyone from the northwest. Brewed in Seattle until 1999 and sad to say in Texas now. At least the use Yakima hops.

Aug 09, 2018
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

3.69/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Rainier has a thick, white head, a mostly clear, straw, bubbly appearance, and decent glass lacing. The aroma is of mild, sweet grain, with some paper. Taste is similar, and bitterness is herbal. The mouthfeel is light to medium, and Rainier finishes crisp and easy going. Too bad, but my can was over one month past the "best by" date. RJT

Jul 24, 2018
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.16/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

In the state of Washington and on a day that we went up to Paradise on Mount Rainier I purchased this Beer.
What, it is brewed in San Antonio, TX?
Characteristics of the inexpensive macro brews with:
AROMA: Just grass, mabe some corn husks.
TASTE: Same, same.
Nothing offensive and a beer that will go down well on a hot summer day.

Jun 10, 2018
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zeff80 from Missouri

2.74/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

24oz can. Poured out a clear, straw-yellow color with a large, white head of foam. Smelled of corn, cereal and an odd bitterness. Tasted sweet with caramel and a bitter aftertaste.

Jun 01, 2018
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Lingenbrau from Oregon

3.79/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Raaaaaaaaaaain-ieeeeeeeeeeerrrrrrr Beeeeeeeeeeeerrrrr...


The clear light golden straw liquid is capped by an impressive white foa....wait. where the hell did it go? All well. Some spotty lacing is left on the glass. Should have poured it into a frozen shaker I guess...

Well, it smells appropriate enough. Sweet corn flakes, white rice, a little pissy. I don't know what Yakima Valley hops they're getting fresh in Irwindale, CA, but I sure as hell can't smell them!

Can't taste them either. More of the same. Corn syrup and rice. If I concentrate hard enough, there's a touch if dried grass on the end.

The true reward of these styled beers right here. Bubbly, crisp, refreshing. Sure as hell could drink twenty of these in a row. Goes down smooooooth and refreshing like.

Don't see this taking over my AAL real estate in the beer fridge, but as usual I'd never turn one down. Truly wish I could have tried the original brewed in Washington. Cheers!

Mar 03, 2018
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JakeSIX75309 from Washington

3.47/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is a solid American lager from a macro brew standpoint. Ive had much better lagers from home brewers and micro brewers. But Rainier is a good choice for an easy drinking, affordable beer. Especially on a hot day when you are thirsty.

Mar 01, 2018
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Old_Frothingslosh from Ohio

3.18/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the better of the "cheap beers" out there. 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. We'll, maybe at one time when brewed in Tacoma. Pretty funny when you consider it is now brewed in San Antonio Texas using their "nature's bounty from the great Northwest

Dec 02, 2017
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Cthulhusquid from Washington

4.26/5  rDev +54.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Look: Two finger white head, clear yellow body.

Smell: See below.

Taste: Mild grains, corn, mild noble hops. Slightly more hop presence than other adjunct lagers or malt liquors I've tried.

Feel: Medium-light body, medium carbonation, mildly dry with a hint of upfront sweetness.

Oct 13, 2017
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Parmesan from Colorado

2.17/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

L: Straw gold with hints of copper with a creamy white head and nice lacing.

S: Hints of grain and sweet Apple.

T: Grain and water, very watery not much flavor.

F: Medium body and creamy feel.

O: Not very flavorful.

Aug 25, 2017
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jmdrpi from Pennsylvania

2.83/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can

clear, light golden yellow in color, white head. sweet grain aroma, but not very enticing. the label boasts Yakima valley hops, but they're ain't much in here. taste is watery, thin, but as it warms it is slightly off-putting.

Aug 04, 2017
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Blackop555 from Michigan

3.53/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours yellow. Bubbly, white, short head fades fast.

Smells corn, grain, light appley fruit, grassy and citrus hints.

Tastes grainy, corn and light fruit. Followed by light citrus and grassy. Finish is dry with citrus and grain linger. Light body and fizzy medium carbonation.

Jul 19, 2017
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poisoneddwarf from Idaho

1.45/5  rDev -47.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.5

2009 backlog. 12 oz can. Initial aroma is of skunk and corn gone bad. These bad smells go away once it settles for a bit, leaving an unremarkable macro aroma. Surprisingly it pours a thick head which lasts longer than any other macro I’ve reviewed so far.

Jun 07, 2017
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ivegot3Dvision from Oregon

3.62/5  rDev +31.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok ok ok, I get it, your overdeveloped palate doesn't like a nice, refreshing AAL. While I do enjoy big, strong flavors in beer, there are times that a beer like this fits the bill.

It's 95 outside and I'm on a boat, do I want a Black Tuesday? No.

I just got done mowing the lawn, do I want an Iris? No.

I just got home from work/school and I'm exhausted, do I want that $100 bottle of (enter Vermont brewer here)? No.

When rating this, I took into account that it's an AAL, it's not trying to be anything else. Simple, refreshing, highly carbed, light taste with a mild hop presence. Plus, I can drink like 8 of these without getting drunk.

May 28, 2017
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FreshYeti from Washington

2.82/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

May 23, 2017
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downhillpunk32 from Oregon

1.31/5  rDev -52.4%
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

Mar 18, 2017
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