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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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2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

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Photo of Hutchmo
3.33/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sponberg
3.05/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Sampled: 16 oz. bottle, in pint glass. Bright amber/gold, with a reasonable head.

Aroma: Could be the prototypical American lager, in a good way. The taste is inoffensive - yeah, there's corn in here, but there's a husky malt graininess to counter the corn flavor and just enough hops (way) in the background to keep things happy. Finishes remarkably clean.

Millions of Pennsylvanian lawns have been mowed with this beer riding along. Eerily similar to the first bottle of Koch's Golden Anniversary beer I ever tried back when it was still brewed in Dunkirk. Entirely drinkable when ice cold, and not all that offensive when it warms up a bit. If in the area, I'd take this over IC or Rolling Rock in a heartbeat.

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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 WVbeergeek
3.28/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Hey this is a solid all grain brew that definitely reserves some props for staying true to it's original recipe. It pours a nice golden hue with a real head not all artificial carbonation. It is really light in body, and relatively light in taste. The taste consists of a mellow sweetness from the grain along with corn adjuncts plus the perfect amount of hops for bitterness. The aroma is full of nothing but a light scent of two row barley malt. Very simple, yet completely refreshing and drinkable. Better than any macro on the map.

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Photo of Putter
3.5/5  rDev +8.4%

Photo of dcbeers
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of brewQ
2.7/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Let me start with the Good side- any brewery that has survived as long as these guys must be doing something right. You just can't buy the history and heritage these guys have. I understand that they close the brewery at deer hunting time so all the employees can get out!

The beer? It is certainly drinkable. However, very light in appearance, grain/grassy aroma, not much taste or finish.

The label reads No sugar, no salt, all grain beer- so I guess they are going for a healthy positioning. I wish small brewers would leave that crap to Aspen or MichUltraWeak.

Anyway, a piece of PA history.

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Photo of BittRnessabounds
3.38/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyable, slightly sweet lager. Fine choice if you enjoy the guilty pleasure of an occasional macro lager. Especially if you'd rather get something relatively small and local.
Nice straw color with a wee bit of head, and nice sustained carbonation. Malty, sweet nose, maybe a hint of apple cider. Taste is also mostly malty, with what i believe is the taste of corn. It just doesn't taste like a true all malt lager.
Nice mouth feel with the sweetness balanced by a bit of hop bitterness. Also very drinkable, you can easily enjoy one or two of these on a hot summer day in central PA.
Truth be told, i bought this beer only for the case of 1 pint bottles for homebrewing. That being said, i've more than enjoyed consuming the contents of the bottles. Certainly an above average macro lager.

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Photo of brother_rebus
2.06/5  rDev -36.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

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 NeroFiddled
3.32/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The label says "All Grain Beer", which I guess means they're using corn as an adjunct (it's still a cereal grain). Nice appearance. Light straw gold with a foamy, bright white head - which unfortunately dies almost immediately. Malty nose with some hops present. Good, creamy mouthfeel with a mellow maltiness and exceptional balance - teetering on being a touch sweet but not quite there. Good finish with malt and hop. Very refreshing. A well made beer except for the head retention.

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Photo of seakayak
3.25/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of tempest
2.9/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Comes a green bottle with a touch of skunk, which melts away after a few minutes. Maybe I'm missing something here. This beer is rated very highly for the style, but I don't find it to be any better than your typical, inoffensive macro or Euro pale lager. There's no DMS or cooked corn aroma, but at the same time this beer doesn't smell like much of anything and tastes just as good. The term watery comes to mind, there's just plain malts and with a little lager character for slight kick at the end. Not bad for lawnmower beer I suppose.

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Photo of cliff1066
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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

Photo of jheberle
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of lumpy1126
2.5/5  rDev -22.6%

Photo of DerekP
3/5  rDev -7.1%

Photo of Dvesilly
3.58/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EBeckett3
3/5  rDev -7.1%

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 Caddant
2.75/5  rDev -14.9%

Photo of elsinore
3.07/5  rDev -5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

After reading some positive reviews, I decided to give Straub a try, picking up a case of the brown pint bottles. (No freshness dates on mine, unless I missed 'em somehow.)

Won't win any awards for appearance -- pours a pale apple-juice gold.
Yields a small head that's nice for a minute or two, but ultimately doesn't last, save for a few resolute shreds of lace.

The beer does not overflow with flavor. But the taste is a small notch above the macros, I'd say, with pleasant light touches of malt and hops.
Mild flavor and gentle carbonation make this an easy beer to drink a lot of.

Bottom line: The main reasons to buy this beer have little to do with what's in the bottle.
It's brewed by local guys with a long tradition in Nowhere, Pa., using (they say) only pure ingredients, and that's something to be respected and supported.
But the beer itself really doesn't rise above the level of lawnmower status ... and if you can't get it at PA prices (I think I paid $16 a case), it's probably not worth it.

Incidentally, I'll also add that I hate the labels, which inform me at least three times that "no salt, no sugar, no preservatives" were used.
As I said, I respect it, but I don't need to be hit over the head with it.

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Photo of woodske1
2.68/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very nice mouthfeel and aftertaste. The actual taste isn't much. It throws you off cause it is a microbrewery but their beers aren't very edgy at all...they taste very mainstream.

They do have a nitch with the no preservatives but the beer is just average.

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