Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by searsclone, Jan 8, 2013.

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  1. searsclone

    searsclone Initiate (0) Sep 7, 2006 Arizona

    I was just checking out the news thread about Tom Long, and quality, and it made me think about a time I did a blind taste of Stella Artois against Pabst Blue Ribbon. There was a difference in flavor, but none of us could tell which was the "better" beer. So, I just checked out the reviews of both, and surprisingly, PBR is rated higher. I have not reviewed either beer by itself, but ever since then, I have referred to both of them as PBArtois. Most places I have been consider Stella to be "good" and PBR to be "crap". Anyone else done this with Stella, or any other "good" beers with similar results?
  2. BrewStew58

    BrewStew58 Initiate (0) Mar 29, 2011 New York

    I prefer PBR to both Stella and Heineken
  3. devlishdamsel

    devlishdamsel Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2009 Washington

    pbr gives the worse hangover known to man. Stella does not. Taste wise, i think pbr might have a bit more carbonation. that would be it.
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  4. marquis

    marquis Champion (812) Nov 20, 2005 England

    It's called the "wife beater" here because people treat it as a session beer and it's far too strong for that. Perhaps it's because it's so light in taste that they can sink dozens of pints at a sitting.
    We once ran up a tab for 17 pints of Stella at a CAMRA meeting. The reason for buying it was that we needed a bland beer for a tasting training course ; we doped it with chemicals to emulate specific brewing faults. It was the least flavouful beer in the pub.
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  5. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin

    I think both had a nice clean crisp refreshing flavor. Definitly my go to beers when no real craft is available. To me PBR is miles and miles ahead of the Millers and Buds of the world.
  6. Tut

    Tut Initiate (0) Sep 23, 2004 New York

    They're all crap and you're delusional if you think PBR is superior. Pabst hasn't existed as a brewery in ages - the rights to the name were purchased and it's contract brewed by Miller-Coors. Only kids who buy the retro-cool image the hipsters have of it think it's any better than Bud, Miller, etc. It's not the beer your grandfather drank, and even if it was, it would still be just as shitty as all the rest of those type of beers. I drank plenty of it in the late 60's and my memory is fine!
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  7. beercanman

    beercanman Initiate (0) Dec 17, 2012 Ohio

    I will always have a soft spot for PBR.
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  8. marquis

    marquis Champion (812) Nov 20, 2005 England

    Although it was the blandest beer in the pub it was also the strongest and most expensive.Go figure.
  9. Derranged

    Derranged Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Hahahahahaha.. Awesome. Looks like the hipsters will have to find something else to drink now.
  10. ggwheeler

    ggwheeler Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2011 California

    The only thing that I don't like about PBR is how it leaves foam on my ironic mustache.

    CORKSCREWFISH Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2011 Illinois

    A nice cold Stella on a hot day isn't too bad at all.
    Nothing wrong with Pilsner Urquell either!
  12. Schwantz

    Schwantz Initiate (0) Dec 16, 2012 Florida

    Both underwhelming.
  13. Providence

    Providence Champion (802) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    PBR gets ripped for being the hipster beer here on BA, but in Rhode Island the hipster beer is Narragansett by far.

    Speaking of Gansett, to the OP, I'd like to do a side by side with Gansett and Stella, PBR and Heineken. Gansett gets a lot of love, but I have a sneaking suspicion that up against those other crappy (in my opinion of course) beers it could be hard to pick out. I am not saying Gansett sucks, I definitely drink my fair share of it. However, I don't think it's head and shoulders above those other three as some make it seem.
  14. Crooks40

    Crooks40 Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2006 Rhode Island

    Hi neighbor! Gansett is definitely a notch better than any of the other lagers & pilsners referenced above...especially on tap. It's coming on strong in NYC too...
  15. sjverla

    sjverla Disciple (397) Dec 1, 2008 Massachusetts

    I guess I could fall into that category. I wear skinny jeans, have tattoos, ride a bike (geared, no fixie), own too much plaid, and have a beard (but keep it trimmed). And I'll take Gansett over PBR most days, but I'll drink either unashamedly, and occasionally enthusiastically. I've never done a side-by-side, but I think I could pick the Gansett out of the PBR, Miller, Bud, etc, but I probably couldn't tell what each remaining one was.
  16. johnavt

    johnavt Initiate (0) Jan 8, 2013

    Gansett currently is brewed by NAB out of Rochester, another brewery without a "home" brewery...
  17. wafels_and_schnapps

    wafels_and_schnapps Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2013 Massachusetts

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  18. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (250) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    I live in Cambridge, ride a fixed gear, but work in an office and am clean shaven. If I'm feeling cheap or don't feel like a real beer, I'll go for a Gansett. If the only options are BMC, I go for water or a whiskey and soda. Gansett does taste a bit better than those others, plus it's the only reasonably priced option in any bar in the Cambridge-Boston area. Gansett Summer, on the other hand, is a very refreshing and solid beer, and Gansett Octoberfest is up to snuff with many other American Octoberfests.
  19. wafels_and_schnapps

    wafels_and_schnapps Initiate (0) Jan 6, 2013 Massachusetts

    ...there are different STYLES of Gansett?!
  20. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    it makes me happy to see people have love for PBR in a community that seems, more often than not, made up of people would shun those who enjoy it.
  21. Crusader

    Crusader Disciple (364) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    I've noticed that I find that Stella Artois and Pabst Blue Ribbon Export (the 4.5% version they sell here via the monopoly) share alot of their taste profile, with the difference that Stella Artois has a more noticable bitterness which is to be expected from a European lager. The shared corn adjunct would be the obvious source of these similarities but I don't find that every corn adjunct lager tastes like those two, MGD tastes different to them and a bunch of southern European lagers with corn adjuncts do not taste the same as those either. There's a Thai budget-beer called Leo which I find is similar to Pabst in taste, it's even more similar to it than Stella Artois is, which is probably due to a lower bitterness and a more similar type of carbonation contributing to a similar mouth feel.
  22. jesskidden

    jesskidden Poo-Bah (2,491) Aug 10, 2005 New Jersey
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    Eight of them, so far - Narragansett Brewing Co.
  23. jcb7472

    jcb7472 Zealot (525) Jul 13, 2011 Florida

    IMO Gansett tastes way better than Stella & PBR. I also enjoyed a couple Gansett Bock during the spring time that I thought were pretty tasty.

    I'll take PBR over Bud or Miller any day.

    I think Stella is the most over-hyped, average-tasting beer ever. I know so many people (not craft beer drinkers) that call this their favorite beer and will pay $7 per beer at a bar or restaurant for it. They think it's one of the best beers out there. It must be the name that makes it sound sophisticated. I have tried to tell some of them that it's crap but most of the time I resist the urge to be an overt beer snob.
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  24. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    This is one beer where I have to fight that urge also. I have a friend, who is more sued to the better things in life, and swears by Stella. praises it in all its Stella glory and even has compared it to some of the things I drink and has deemed it leagues better.

    I don't argue, because I don't want to be "that guy," but sometimes I want to grab him by his fucking face and scream into it that his favorite beer, is a skunky puddle of goat piss.
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  25. bramsdell

    bramsdell Aspirant (250) May 27, 2011 North Carolina

    There sure are. I saw you're new to Boston...lots to learn. In fact, Gansett Lager is probably the weakest of their line up, believe it or not.
  26. HipsterBrewfus

    HipsterBrewfus Initiate (0) Jun 3, 2012 Maryland

    I wish I could have their summer all year
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  27. BigCheese

    BigCheese Defender (680) Jul 4, 2009 Massachusetts

    Gansett Lager to me is the worst of any (out of a can atleast). And I really like their seasonals (Summer and Porter especially). I'm convinced people buy it only because its the cheapest available at a bar/concert or for hipster factor. I'd definitely take a High Life or even PBR over Gansett.

    Stella (and to a lesser extent heineken) both have a little bit more bitterness I believe. I'm confident I could tell the difference between them when tested against PBR, Bud, ect. IMO Stella is definitely the most overhyped/overpriced option available though, people drink it because they want to think there drinking a nice beer.

    Personally I find the taste/price ratio of High Life best for me (the minimized hipster factor is an added plus). Only problem is its a BMC product, but that doesn't bother me.
  28. TheLostGringo

    TheLostGringo Initiate (0) Dec 7, 2011 Connecticut

    Gansett Porter is probably my favorite Bargain Beer.
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  29. leedorham

    leedorham Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    Discussions like these make me wonder if people go on artisan baking websites and discuss which Jiffy muffin mix tastes the best.
  30. dortenzio1991

    dortenzio1991 Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2011 Connecticut

    They make a DIPA too...
  31. harrymel

    harrymel Initiate (0) Dec 15, 2010 Washington

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  32. otispdriftwood

    otispdriftwood Initiate (0) Dec 9, 2011 Colorado

    Although it was the blandest beer in the pub it was also the strongest and most expensive.Go figure.[/quote]

    Aaaah. The power of marketing!
  33. leedorham

    leedorham Initiate (0) Apr 27, 2006 Washington

    I just sift out the little blueberry pellets and eat them like candy.
  34. BrownAleMale

    BrownAleMale Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2011 Wisconsin

    Anyone who mentions hipster in their argument is automatically dq'd in my book. I gave it a fair shot and going by taste and mouthfeel through objectional eyes and it is miles and miles ahead of of the other macros.
  35. StubFaceJoe

    StubFaceJoe Aspirant (285) Nov 24, 2011 Colorado

    Saying hipster to me is like hearing someone say Youngin'! As in "Those darn youngin's are trampin' through my yard again. In my day, we didn't do that." Just say hipster so you don't feel old.
  36. frazbri

    frazbri Initiate (0) Oct 29, 2003 Ohio

    One of the big reasons for the growth of craft beer is the fact that there is so little difference between Bud, Miller, Coors, Heineken, Stella, Pabst... We needed real alternatives to the light lagers and thankfully, there are many options now.
  37. Providence

    Providence Champion (802) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island

    Some of them are actually solid too. The Bock, the Cream Ale and the Summer are all solid options in my opinion. Many like the Porter as well.
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  38. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (5,566) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Do the American Lagers arrive in Sweden in good shape (not too old or beat up in transport)? I am always a bit reticent to purchase imported German Pilsners since I have been ‘burned’ several times; the beers taste ‘tired’ from being too old and/or beat up via transport.

  39. TinCup69

    TinCup69 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2012 West Virginia

    If those are my choices I will drink bourbon.
  40. Crusader

    Crusader Disciple (364) Feb 4, 2011 Sweden

    The only American adjunct lager that is actually imported from the US nowadays would be the PBR Export. MGD is imported from Italy and produced in a SABMiller brewery there and Budweiser is brewed in the UK in an ABInbev brewery. I haven't noticed any difference in percieved freshness inbetween the PBR, MGD and Budweiser (whom I taste side by side from time to time). All three are bottled and not beat up.

    I have never experienced the type of problems with old tasting beers or skunky beers that is often discussed here and elsewhere by American beer drinkers, and I've often wondered why that is. In the monopoly the 33cl 11.2oz (or 12oz for PBR Export) imported lager beers are kept in closed 24 packs for the most part, stacked on top of each other, with new packs being opened as the top ones are emptied. They thus don't sit exposed to the store lights for very long. That's one thing which might make a difference.
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