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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
Ranking:
#44,660
Reviews:
86
Ratings:
279
pDev:
26.1%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
56
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Ratings: 279 |  Reviews: 86
Reviews by woemad:
Photo of woemad
2.47/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12-pk of 12oz cans picked up for $7.99 at a Rosauer’s in Browne’s Addition about 10 minutes walk from my apartment. Yeah, I’m slummin’ it old school. This beer was a Northwest staple but now it’s contract brewed for the current owners of the name in Irwindale, California, many hundreds of miles from the Rainier Brewery, a true Seattle landmark, which is now home to Tully’s Coffee. I’m still pissed they took the famed giant “R” down that once greeted drivers on I-5.

Pale clear straw color. Moderate white head that dropped at high speed, yet left a small ring of foam that endured for the duration of this beer’s time in my Boundary Bay pint glass (which will probably have to go into counseling).

The smell is of sweet malt, corn (inevitable with this style of beer) and a crude, earthy, grainy scent. Not skunky at all, however, which already puts it ahead of many of it’s style-mates.

The taste of this, like the smell, is a cut above the BMC crowd. Just not a whole lot above. It's a pleasant yet unremarkable malty, corny beer that isn't bad but isn't good either. It just tastes like what most people think beer is supposed to taste like. There is a slight dry note at the end that can make one think of hops if one tries really hard.

The mouthfeel is again typical for the style. Moderate carbonation with a somewhat watery mouthfeel. I've certainly had much more water ("Paging messrs Keystone and Tsingtao...") than this.

If you are looking for a cheap warm weather beer or something to mindlessly consume while watching a game, you could do a lot worse than this, even if it is essentially a corpse of a one-time regional staple.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of ivegot3Dvision
3.62/5  rDev +33.1%
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.

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Photo of RoyalT
1.11/5  rDev -59.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Appearance – Light yellow in color with a JB head.

Smell – The grain and cheap sweetness are there, as I suspected, but there’s something else in this can. It’s not skunk. It’s something more sinister. Whatever it is, it is big. This aroma lit up half my house. I think the best way to describe it is straight horse sweat. If you’ve every smelled a horse after he/she has had a good workout, this was it.

Taste – The grainy horse gallops out in the taste as well. There’s a hint of orange sweetness here, as is Pabst tradition, but it’s kind of hard to enjoy when you’re licking horse hair out of your rice.

Mouthfeel – The cheap carbonation was annoying. The word “light” doesn’t even begin to describe how close to water this felt in the mouth.

Drinkability – I could probably use this as a chaser after beer-bonging a case of HOTDs, but other than that it’s not fit for consumption.

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Photo of dimitrov
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of NWer
4.2/5  rDev +54.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Warm sunny afternoon quaffing a cold beer and watching the world go by.
Strictly a thirst quencher but what adjunct beer isn't?
Ratings are based on how it is within its style. Certainly much better than Coors, which is piss.
Of course they would be much lower if compared to a quality craft beer.
In its place, it's not bad and more flavorful than most adjunct lagers. You can even taste some hops.
I would definitely enjoy another. And another. And another.

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Photo of chossboss
2.6/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of chadjulius
3.09/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I always enjoy this beer, but as usual, it is far better from the bottle than from the can. Plus, the bottles are a significant part of experiencing Rainier Beer; each bottle cap has a "puzzle" on it. These are fun, but sometimes difficult to figure out. The more Rainier's you have had, the harder the puzzle, showing how alcohol does impair the brain.

The beer itself is yellow, and fairly straw-pale. It tastes fantastic; like a light beer, but with flavor. My only complaint is a faintly odd aftertaste. The bottle says hops from the Yakima Valley, which is, from what I hear, a great place to grow hops. It shows in this beer.

It's not exotic, but it is a safe, inexpensive option.

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Photo of dankjohn
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of wattoclone
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of doremite
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of Seattle_Suds
3/5  rDev +10.3%

Photo of takusan1000
2/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of HoppySeb
2.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Photo of Beerandraiderfan
3.23/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw yellow, but lively with a nice pristine white head on it. Cool. Nice corny aroma that is pleasant and not chock full of alcohol.

More light corn taste, light bitterness, above average hopping for an adjunct lager. Light body, light on the palate, good stuff for the outdoors. Pretty enjoyable for what it is. Went well with wiffle ball.

Yo thanks to john for bringing this to the cabin 2 weeks ago, really hit the spot after a long drive.

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Photo of dabone
2.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a can. Golden yellow and clear with a white head. Aroma is stale and malty. Pick up some metallics. Taste is skunky, sweet and metallic. Has a hoppy bitterness to it without the flavor. Overall bitter and sweet, not to pleasant. Texture is normal for a lager. Not a great beer, and not high on my list for lagers.

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Photo of Beer21
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of downhillpunk32
1.31/5  rDev -51.8%
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 PnwJimmies
3/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can into a heidelberg mug
Look is golden yellow with 1 finger white head. VERY little lacing down glass.
Smell is of corn and alcohol.
Tastes like its smell, tastes corny with hint of alcohol and small sweetness.
Feel is crisp and light bodied, easy drinking.
Overall its a decent beer, its drinkable. Better than bmc, great for going camping with friends and drinking a shit ton of beer.
Thanks for reading..CHEERS!!

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Photo of nhirsch04
2/5  rDev -26.5%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +28.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, the Canadian version distributed by Stroh, and 5% ABV. Just saw a fair bit of Mt. Rainier as it looms over the greater Seattle area last month, and it is a holiday weekend, so time for some cabin-worthy bevies.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with a multitude of thinly puffy, foamy, and fizzy dirty white head, which settles more slowly than expected, leaving some splotchy lace around the glass.

It smells quite metallic and skunky, with some sweet corn graininess and fusel alcohols lurking below. The taste is thankfully mostly removed from the aspects of the nose, for better or for worse - this is one neutrally flavoured beer - with some very light, and difficult to typify adjunct malt, and a slight drying character - perhaps the full complement of alcohol asserting itself - it sure ain't the hops, baby.

The carbonation is quite sedate, just a meek frothiness abounding, the body a certifiable light weight, and smooth, but rather cloying, even though the sugar quotient remains fairly low. It finishes off-dry, bland, and yet pretty clean.

If you don't take a big whiff of this, you too can enjoy its cheap, more or less inoffensive, and easy 'drinkability'! Uh huh. Very much like tainted river water flowing down from the titular peak, you don't know until you taste it, and even then, cognitive dissonance can screw you over, i.e. this offering no longer has anything whatsoever to do with the Pacific Northwest's outdoor splendour.

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Photo of mdaschaf
2.98/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a slightly hazy golden color with a two finger, foamy white head on top with low retention, but some decent lacing for style.

S: Light grain and a slight sweetness. There is some faint grassy hops at the end.

T: Again, a slight malty sweetness with some faint grassy/lemon flavor from the hops.

M: Light to medium bodied with high carbonation.

O: Not a bad adjunct. Not a beer I will likely get again, but glad I tried it. I guess.

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Photo of appenzeller
2.78/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Figured I should give this a try after a decade of living in the Pacific Northwest. Since I'm not a native, however, I have no nostalgic emotional attachment whatsoever to this brew, so I'll call it like I see it.

Pours light yellow, modest white head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is slightly sweet and malty, surprisingly pleasing. So far so good.

Taste is bland, some nice malts but not very perceptible. Fair bitterness and balance. Sort of an unpleasant metallic aftertaste, goes down watery.

I expected this one might get the old "flunkeroo" but honestly, it's not that bad. Far better than some of the cheap midwestern swill I quaffed in college. If I were sentenced to drink macrobeer this might not be a bad choice.

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Photo of Magpie14
3.1/5  rDev +14%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a tall 6-pack for under $5.00...can't go wrong. Also new can with classic/vintage feel for the "Vitamin R"

A: surprisingly a little more depth than I was expecting for AAL. The color has some shine of deep golden versus the usual glowing pale straw colors. Coarse bubbles right after the pour and one of the quickest foam vanishing acts around, no lace

S: grains, light vegetables, a blade or two of grass with a sweet sugary whiff all around

T: dried cut corn and thin malted barley with a few teaspoons of honey. Some grassy/vegetable flavors might be pulled out of the mix, mostly towards the finish. Finishes clean, which is pretty nice
This beer has me happy. It hit 90 today and this beer was in order, it did the trick. One of the more satisfying Adjuncts I have had in a while

M: the usual macro-adjunct-type of feel. Maintains a fizzy caliber with light airy body. For the style it hits right

D: man, this is a decent Adjunct Lager. I will get this again when I am short on cash or throwing the Frisbee on warm day like today. One of the "betters" on my short list of light beers

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Photo of AKBelgianBeast
2.4/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 4

Rainier and PBR are basically the only macros i buy, and only when I am really poor (now). This brew pours a clear yellow piss color with white head that lingers for about a minute. Smells of grain and some corn. Taste is watery and grainy with some slight crispness on the finish. grains linger in the aftertaste. mouthfeel is ridiculously thin, very light feeling. Drinkability is good, because it tastes and goes down like water. It usually takes me about 12 of these babies to get buzzin hard. Obviously there are about 780,459,997,748,097 beers I would prefer to be drinking, but i will take this one time Seattle staple over Budmilloors.

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