are lot of regional adjunct lagers that are beloved in their area of
origin, but nowhere else since they’re all essentially the same.
Pittsburgh has Iron City, Baltimore has National Bohemian and Texas has
Lone Star Beer. This really doesn’t have any qualities (or demerits)
that none of the other beers of its ilk don’t have. It’s a standard,
familiar and rather boring lager.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a mug. It had a best before date of 9/1/15 and cost $1.39 ($0.12 per ounce).
Appearance: Pure golden color with near crystal clarity and carbonation
visible. Pours to a small, white, soapy head which mostly evaporates and
leaves no lacing.
Smell: Initially quite skunky like a green bottle import, but eventually
becomes that of generic adjunct lager. Some cereal grain sweetness, but
no distinctive traits. No noticeable flaws, either.
Taste: Not too many beers aside from Budweiser use rice as an adjunct,
though I think that’s what Lone Star uses as it’s noticeably sweet up
front but doesn’t have the raw corn flavor often found in beers and malt
liquors of this type. No discernible hop presence in the form of flavor
or bitterness. A bit of a metallic tang on the finish and a slight
vegetable character in the aftertaste. Mostly, this palette is
inoffensive and unexciting once you get used to it. That’s not intended
to be a compliment, though.
Drinkability: You want a fizzy yellow lager? That’s what you get with
this: though not so much “fizzy” as it is genuinely crisp and controlled
rather than spastic. The mouthfeel is paper thin, though the texture is
clean as is the aftertaste (many brews like this tend to be oily). At
4.65% ABV, Lone Star Beer is arguable sessionable; though I wouldn’t
particularly recommend it considering how mild the palette is.