American Lager
Straub Brewery

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Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #35
Ranked #50,180
3.21 | pDev: 17.13%
Straub Brewery
Pennsylvania, United States
American LagerAmerican Lager
Notes: 8 IBU
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Rhettroactive from Pennsylvania

4.49/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Having had thousands of beers, I don't write many reviews these days. But I feel that this one warrants it.

If you're like me and enjoy a high quality AAL, then look no further. This is easily one of the best I've ever had, and believe me when I say that I've had a few.

Everything you'd expect and more. It looks as it should, plenty of lacing and a clean presentation.

It smells of fresh summer corn and rich two-row. Slightly dusty, which is a real plus.

This 16oz refillable bottle tastes extraodinarily fresh. I'm not getting much if any hops. But that fresh summer corn and the malt spine are delicate yet provide a solid backbone. The finish lingers for some time, unlike the majority of AAL's. Plenty of flavor with a touch of sweetness.

It feels quite soft, yet it's crisp and easy to put back. It's not often I use luxurious and AAL in the same sentence, but I am with this one.

If you live in western Pennsylvania, do yourself a favor and pick yourself up some Straub American Lager. I waited far too long to do so myself. But now that I've found it, it'll be in my fridge on a permanent basis. I'm already looking forward to not only a trip to the brewery in St. Mary's, but my next glass of American Lager.

A true AAL classic.

Jun 23, 2020
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triman650 from Rhode Island

2.89/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

I buy this great drinkable beer whenever I'm in Western PA and bring a case back. Reminds of Coors when it was only sold to the seven western states....clean, smooth taste that doesn't get tiring. No after taste like some light beers. Pours golden yellow, with a nice head. Leaves a nice lacing on the glass. Smells of hops and flowers. Wish it were shipped to New England.

Sep 20, 2019
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npolachek from New York

3/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow pour a very light nose to this beer . Some slight graininess but very mild . Doesn’t taste that different from a regular non craft beer you’d buy from the supermarket.

Aug 20, 2019
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lastmango from Pennsylvania

2.87/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Poured a slightly hazy pale yellow with a one finger fizzy white head that quickly left just a film. Very light lacing was present. Nose was very light grain and cracker. Taste followed the nose with corn and a bit of seltzer water thrown in. Light medium body with a fizzy carbonation like seltzer. The description here says 4.3% abv. My pint bottle says 4.1.

Jan 19, 2019
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bret717 from Pennsylvania

3.79/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Look- pours clear pale golden with a 1/2 finger head that lasts and sheets of lacing

Aroma- grainy bread, slightly sweet corn, a little green apple and just a hint of herbal hops

Taste- follows the nose pretty closely with bready grain, sweet corn and green apple with the the green apple being dominant; just a hint of herbal hops and bitterness finish things out

Feel- light bodied, medium carb, dry finish

Overall- nice drinking AAL with a full malty flavor rounded out by the green apple tang and herbal hop bitterness

Jul 05, 2018
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WoodBrew from Ohio

3.28/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I tried this at the Wexford Ale House in Wexford, PA. It pour3d a clear golden with no head and no lace. The scent was slight grain. The taste was nicely balanced and easy to drink. The mouthfeel is lighter in body with good carbonation. Overall it's a good American lager.

Apr 11, 2018
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MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.02/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

part of a mix a six from the giant eagle outside altoona. bottled 7/7/17, so 4 months old.

pale watery yellow body, decent off white head leaving ok lacing

aroma is beery, nothing else.

although initially there is that off putting adjunct taste, it doesn't seem to last and just settles into a non offensive lagery taste.

mouth is thin, finish is neutral.

overall, for what it is, its better that the BMC crowd, but not up to yuengling lager taste

Nov 12, 2017
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johnnnniee from New Hampshire

3.12/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Bottle at the Legion in a dry town in Western PA
Crystal clear light yellow bubbly white head. Lightly sweet crackery grainy maltiness with just a hint of floral to counter. not horrible.

Jul 19, 2017
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Tucquan from Pennsylvania

3.41/5  rDev +6.2%
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.

Sep 21, 2016
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BeerBoss2000 from Pennsylvania

1.77/5  rDev -44.9%
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.

Apr 28, 2016
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bigdeuce from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Mar 06, 2016
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VABA from Virginia

2.75/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

A-Pours a straw color with a slight head and lacing
A-Aroma has slight malt hints
T-The taste follows the nose with a slight malt flavor
M-A lifht bodied decently carbonated beer
O-A decent lager

Aug 16, 2015
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Sipchue from Pennsylvania

3.11/5  rDev -3.1%
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.

Apr 26, 2015
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nicholas2121 from Ohio

3.06/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Aug 08, 2014
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RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

2.97/5  rDev -7.5%
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.


Jul 20, 2014
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klimoja from Pennsylvania

2.98/5  rDev -7.2%
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.

Nov 17, 2013
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DrDemento456 from Pennsylvania

3.64/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

Nov 05, 2013
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CurtFromHershey from Minnesota

3.3/5  rDev +2.8%
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

Sep 10, 2013
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BeerYoss from Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev -22.1%
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

Jun 06, 2013
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drtth from Pennsylvania

3.13/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

Sep 22, 2012
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JohnnyMc from Ohio

2.94/5  rDev -8.4%
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.

Sep 08, 2012
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cpolking from Iowa

3/5  rDev -6.5%
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.

Jul 14, 2012
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stevoj from Idaho

3.46/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Catch up rating from notes, 2012: Case picked up at brewery while rolling through Northern PA. Brewery tour also pulls one of the line for you prior to capping and labelling. How's that for fresh? Pale golden, but clear, foamy head sticks around for a bit. Aroma is sweet malts, but very fresh and crisp. Taste is also kind of sweet, big on the grainy flavor, hint of hops finishes it. That case disappeared fast,there are benefits to being super fresh.

May 30, 2012
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Jimmys from Pennsylvania

3.82/5  rDev +19%
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.

May 20, 2012
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BeerCon5 from Pennsylvania

2.88/5  rDev -10.3%
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.

May 07, 2012
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