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Straub American LagerStraub American Lager

Brewed by:
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.30%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 03-19-2002

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Photo of Tucquan
3.41/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Had this on 2016-09-21 in Columbia, PA from a 12oz can.

A - Clear gold with a 1-finger white head that fades quickly with little lace

S - Corn, lightly toasted white bread, light floral

T - Corn, apple, lightly toasted bread. A bit more bitter than the Amber.

M - Light-medium body and carbonation.

O - On the high-end of cheap adjunct lagers, probably because mashed barley is used in addition to the flaked corn.

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Photo of BeerBoss2000
1.77/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

After being raised on the nectar of the Gods, Yuengling Amber Lager and Troegs Nugget Nectar I decided to try a Straub, which was free thanks to our local 105.9 QWiK Rock. Some mixed feelings remain.

The pour leaves you with a crisp golden color with a thin head and minimal lacing. There was not a noticeable amount of force carbonation as is common with macro breweries, which is a wonder change of pace.
This however for me, BeerBoss2000, is the sad end of the pleasantries. Moving onto the mouth-feel or the real meat of the beer... The taste is very thin and predictable aside from the ending note. Now it is possible that the 6 pack that I had was possibly skunked, however if this is so it was a unique blending of my dad's underarm sweat and beaver musk. This factor alone, for me is a fairly strong deterrent. Definitely not a session beer in my honest opinion. Although, to each their own. Personally though I will pass on a beer with a predictable skunkiness being consistently present.

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Photo of bigdeuce
3.47/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I've been living here for ten years and because of my snobbery, have never had a Straub. It's a sin. I actually got 16 oz returnable bottles. How about that? Those were the days of good macro brew production.

Pours a yellow color with a little head on it. Not overly carbonated like most macros. A bit of a thin body and not much detected on the nose. A bit of corn and some slight sweet malt detection.

Very smooth, although a bit thin. It's hard to not like the taste. No skunkiness at all, which is a relief! A bit watery but extremely drinkable and a good beer to bring to a gathering to keep one's senses in tact. No aftertaste but a bit drier than expected. Not sweet, either, which is a new trend of hop elimination by InBev and the likes.

I liked this beer and it may become my new macro go to beer. Just remember to return the bottles because Straub is a dinosaur in that regard and I hope they can get other breweries to extend the returnable bottle tradition.

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Photo of Sipchue
3.11/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

"An honestly fresh American premium lager". This beer is, for me, the perfect summertime lawnmower lager. It's beautifully clear and clean, not a whole lot of aroma other than the fresh grains, tastes pretty much the same as the aroma. There's nothing about this one to turn me off for an adjunct lager. For me, the translation is an inexpensive and refreshing brew. Buying from a smaller brewery and spending about $20 for a case makes this my 2015 pick for a backyard winner.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straub American Lager brewed by Straub Brewery with an ABV of 4.3. This brew pours out of a green bottle with a nice amber color. There is a small white head that goes away fast. The smell is skunky , but you pick up on some malt and grains. Not really big on the smell of this brew. The taste is skunky with a hit of grains. Straub is a light brew. After you get 1/2 way down it is a smooth brew. Overall I'm giving this brew a 3 out 5. I was expecting more out of this brew.
You got to give this brew a chance. After drinking two of these this brew goes down smooth. You have to get over the skunkyness of this brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
2.97/5  rDev -8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Straub American Lager has a thin-to-medium, white head, a rather hazy, yellow-gold appearance, noticeable white sediment suspended throughout, lots of streaming bubbles, and some splotchy lacing left behind. The aroma is of sweet, biscuity malt and grassy hops. The flavor is of those elements, with a tiny hop bitterness at the end. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Straub American Lager finishes crisp and refreshing, but a little flat on flavor.


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Photo of klimoja
2.98/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

ok A church function in Western Pa. Parson Wilson brings out a tray of bottled Straub and some glasses. "Would you care for a beer sir?"...I reply, "Well, I don't mind if I do." I get strange looks when I ask for a second then a third. I'm almost embarrassed to ask where the bathroom is in their 110,000 square foot mansion but I finally do and on my way I pass through the porch which has a paper back of some bird watching reference manual.

Its a fine beer. Might be spectacular marketed as a light lager.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.64/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Wow I had no idea it was such a low ABV. Still for 16 dollars a case of cans it's a pretty nice lager. Appearance is nothing to gloat at, just your typical bright yellow color with just a 1/4 inch of head that fizzes out a bit but the head stands pretty good. Smell is light bready malts, sweet corn, and a touch of bittering hops. Mouthfeel I expected this to be at least a 4.7% lager but it is a touch light, so the "light" american should be almost water.

Overall I prefer the amber lager mostly but this is a pretty good second banana.

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Photo of CurtFromHershey
3.3/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Pours a pale straw color with fizzy carbonation and minimal head

Smell is basically non-existent - par for the course of aal's

Taste is pleasant. Mild bready malts and a hint of citrus. I could throw a few of these back.

Could use a bit more carbonation in my opinion. Otherwise pretty standard.

Overall not a bad beer given the style. A significant upgrade over the competition, but still something I could pass on

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Photo of BeerYoss
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: light yellow. short, very white head recedes to almost nothing very quickly. a lot of carbonation

S: quite sweet. florals and lots of grains. straw. almost smells like a white wine

T: bread and maybe corn... lots of grain. sweet and a touch of bitterness

M: light body. moderate to high carbonation

O: one of the better cheap American lagers out there. There is some unpleasantness in there but overall it doesn't taste too bad and it does have some balance

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Photo of drtth
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

The beer pours out into a Duvel glass a clear light golden color with a 1" thick bright white head that recedes very quickly leaving little or no lacing or foam other than a small ring.

The aroma is filled with malt and a touch of hops.

The flavors include some very light sweetness from the malt with a bit of hop in the background

The mouthfeel is on the light side of medium bodied and smooth with the light carbonation. The finish begins as the light malt and sweetness fade leaving that hint of hop bitterness to end the show.

On the whole a well made beer for the style but not one I'll be seeking out on purpose since I prefer more flavorful beers.

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Photo of JohnnyMc
2.94/5  rDev -9%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This pours out a pretty golden yellow with 2-3 fingers of fluffy, white head.

The aroma has a touch of grains followed by some malt and slight sweetness.

The taste also has a good deal of grain, malt and a slight bitterness from the hops. It's not as flavorless as a lot of traditional Lagers. There is a little bit of sweetness and some earthy notes as well.

The mouthfeel is light, but not watery. Overall, not a bad beer, but definitely not a favorite.

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Photo of cpolking
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a golden yellow in color. There is a tall half-inch of thick, white head.

The aroma is grain and corn with a light lager funkiness.

The taste is golden grain and corn, a touch of sweet, a touch of green apple tart with a smooth finish, very little bitterness.

The beer is nicely carbonated and tingles in the mouth. This is a basic American adjunct lager.

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Photo of Jimmys
3.82/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. bottled on 04/10/12.

A: very clear, golden yellow brew. plenty of carbonation can be seen ripping towards the surface. head is bubbly and bright white. retention is reasonable.

S: little bit of hop presence on the nose combines with a boatloads of pils goodness. a mild touch of acidity.

T: doughy, bread-like flavor. maybe a little bit of corny flavor. finish has a little bitterness that lingers, but is otherwise dry.

M: average/zesty carbonation on a very light bodied brew.

D: i really enjoy this brew from Staub and try to pick up a case when i travel through PA. tasty shit and super poundable.

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Photo of BeerCon5
2.88/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear straw color with one finger of white bubbly head with decent retention.

The scent is of grains and faint notes of yeast.

The taste is similar with grains and yeast.

Light body, smooth and thin, very low carbonation.

I didn't really enjoy this beer all too much. It was thin and watery even for the style.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.39/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from bottle into pint glass while watching the super bowl.

Appearance - A pale golden color with a white head. The head fades rather quickly leaving very little lacing.

Smell - Sweeter malt of corn and a bit of caramel is most predominant at first. A bit later however, some hop aroma works its way in with some floral and more earthy aromas.

Taste - A sweet corn maltiness first meets the tongue. The more subtle flavor then of comparable priced american lagers is quite pleasant and not overbearing. Toward the end of the taste, some of the hoppiness that is present in the nose comes into the taste as well. Really not too bad.

Mouthfeel - Very average turbidity and carbonation level. Very drinkable, but nothing exceptional.

Overall - A very easy drinking session beer. Nothing to be savored, but a good brew for football tailgating and/or watching the game. Somehow it just seems right for it.

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Photo of AMiz602
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can't say it'll blow your pants off, but it is not the worse thing to be offered at a bar. Overall it has a very weak head, and is very lightly colored. It looks like every other pilsner out there, and has just the faintest sweet smell of hops.

It is a smooth lager, , and has a pretty velvety, creamy mouthfeel. The taste is a lite creaminess with a grassy, sort of earthy undertone that is actually refreshing. It tastes a little more German than American, as it is not as hoppy as some, and reminds me more of a German Pils than some of the local American lagers I have had. It looks very, very light, but in all actuality, is a little more full-bodied, lightly carbonated lager that tastes a little better than it looks.

Overall, a decent lager that us Pennsylvanians can use to either get something other than the norm, or is just really cheap on special.

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Photo of jifigz
3.2/5  rDev -0.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint.

A: This beer is a light and fizzy clear yellow. The head was pure white and died quickly. Th beer left no lace throughout the drinking process.

S: The beer smells sugary sweet and slightly ginger ale like.

T: Very sweet on the tongue and, as well as with the aroma, it is somewhat ginger ale like. The flavor is, as expected, extremely light and almost nonexistent. While there isn't much flavor, there are also no bad or off flavors.

M: Thin, crisp, carbonated, and watery.

O: A pretty standard macro lager. Nothing great but nothing bad. Since I am a Pennsylvania boy and this is a Pennsylvania brew I would choose to drink it over a lot of other comparable lagers.

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Photo of tdm168
3.46/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale golden yellow with 1/4" of foamy white head that quickly fades to a thin frothy lacing. There are carbonation bubbles that can be seen rising to the top the entire time this beer is in the glass. The smell is purely grainy. The taste is a light graininess, smooth pilsner malt, and light grassy hops in the finish. The mouthfeel is well carbonated, clean, smooth, and light.

This is an easy drinking, lawnmower beer. I grew up on this beer. Every time I go back to PA I pick up a six pack for nostalgia before leaving.

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Photo of nukem5
2.92/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Pours a golden color with a thick white pillow which dissapears rapidly.

S: Aroma is of light corn fragrance with some malt and slight hop.

T: Sweet malts and corn pretty typical lager flavor.

M: Light bodied and surprisingly the head clings nicely to walls of glass.

O: Overall ok beer would have it again not the worst tasting beer ever consumed and not the best. For its class and price not a bad lager.

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Photo of BARFLYB
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A month old bottle.

Straub comes looking light bronze with some golden highlights. Head comes up, than goes down very fizzy like, no lace. Smell is very corny(no pun intended) with some caramel and just adjunct, you know it when you smell it. Taste is of some pilsner malt taste with caramel and a aftertaste of lime. Reminds me of mexican beer with lime. Feel is below medium with adaquate carb per style, fizzy and mild aftertaste. I drank a few, I got through them. Not a go to, but if in a pinch trapped in nowhere, PA , i'll grab A Sixer.

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Photo of ONUMello
3.23/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Crystal clear pale yellow; one-finger head that quickly dissipates.
S: Aromas of corn and sweet malt.
T: Sweet corn, just a touch of citrus and floral flavors.
M: Light, but not hollow. I wish the macro-brews were this good.
O: For being a similar style, this is far better than all of the macros. Nothing earth-shattering going on whatsoever, but for a hot summer day, very enjoyable to drink.

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Photo of rdub
3/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the bottle into my Otto's pint. American clear corn color. Minor head retention. Aroma of corn and green bottle funk. Just what I expected. Refreshing on a hot summer day. The brewery is about an hour from my house. Easy choice now that Rolling Rock is contract brewed.

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Photo of dogfishandi
3.13/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

12oz twist of bottle out of my neighbors cooler poured into a glass. i was chillin on my back porch and my neighbor brought this over for me to try. Thanks Phil!

pours out a crystal clear golden yellow color with a decent looking white head. just a little lace and some pretty average retention.

not much of an aroma, typical for the style. corn and maybe a touch of mineral water.

almost a creamy cooked corn taste with some mineral water flavored lager yeast. the faintest kiss of herbal and floral hops and just a hint of cereal grains.

light bodied and crisp, carbonation is definatly high, but not super fizzy like most macro lagers.

overall: this is definatly a nice summer session lawn mower beer. easy to put back, refreshing, thirst quenching and nothing offensive. much better than anything BMC.

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Photo of Slatetank
2.51/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I picked this up at Quick six Mt Rose -poured chilled ina willybecker.

Teh color is golden like apple juice with a thick rocky cotton white cap, the bead is average and lace clings lazily like streaks of wet paint. The smell is overpoweringly skunky - just not pleasant -I wish my bottle was brown as the one pictured here on BA, but mine came in green glass and the light struck aroma is all I got. The feel is highly carbonted and slightly thin with a sugary accent and mild creamy middle -it finished semi-sweet with bland overall feel.

The taste is not the best, it has a little DMS and creamy corniness with mild malt in the taste. I found the flavor to thin out as the fizziness wears off, the corn-pop fades out and you are left with a very mild malt finish, but really diminished taste except for the adjuncts. I think this beer is pretty middle of the pack overall, I think the experience suffers greatly from the light struck, skunky aroma I just couldn't get past -they really should just put it in brown bottles and it would probably be half decent.

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