pkbites (950) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - JUL 11, 2005
The aroma and initial taste hit you like a slap in the face with a wet mop. Had this in Seattle, Washington on June 25, 2005, though the label said in was made in California. I have never seen this anywhere in Milwaukee, or anywhere in Wisconsin. Strong taste of corn and lighter fluid. Thick, sticky marshmellow head that screams artificial ingredients. Pours a somewhat dark yellow. Thick, syrupy feel in the mouth. Burns a bit going down. Most malt liquors suck. This one burned the inside of my nose. Actually painful to drink. I winced everytime I swallowed. Stick to cough syrup over this! drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - FEB 20, 2005
Okay, I’ve done a lot of lobbying for Rainier because even though it was bought out by miller it still has ties to the Northwest, but the Ale is just terrible. I suppose some people may be attracted to its high alc%, but the fact it’s in a can rather than a 40 oz. bottle might confuse some people. The main difference here is the abolutely revolting sweetness that is a byproduct of the alchohol increase. Horrible...I can’t warn you enough: when this thing warms it will be undrinkable. Tastes like your typical malt liquor without the ghetto flair. JoeMcPhee (9427) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 15, 2005
Swillfest ’05. 40 oz bottle. Pale golden colour, grainy aroma but there is a bit of fruitiness in here. Maybe my favourite of the night. BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
An Ale? Come on Miller. This is a typical malt liquor with corn aroma and nasty ethanol burn. This one needs to be air cared. Oakes (17831) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 13, 2005
wxman (1824) - O’Fallon, Illinois, USA - FEB 12, 2005
Donnez-moi le mort vert, monsieur. Merci. Le couleur est d’or. L’arome n’existe pas. Le saveur...sacre bleu! C’est terrible.
UPDATED: APR 8, 2006 Used to drink this stuff back in the late 80s in Montana. I’m originally from the midwest and had never heard of Rainier Ale. I was amazed at how good and faithful to the ale style this brew was. It was a dark amber with a decent head for a macro brew and quite malty, and it was dirt cheap. I understand it was a favorite back in the day with college students in the NW. Unfortunately, I haven’t had it since Rainier went out of business. I suspect it found the same fate as others that fell to the contractor’s ax during a macro takeover. It’s been 15 years since I last tasted Rainier Ale, I’m certain that it has been reformulated into some weak image of it’s former self. That would account for the recent negative reviews. Too bad, it truly was good (see 1st rater’s comments).
UPDATE: I recently had a Birzieciu Alus (Ale) brewed in Lithuania. This IS the Rainier Ale of 20 years ago! It tastes the same as the Green Death during it’s prime. Ratman197 (14974) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - JAN 17, 2005
Pale industrial swill, beats AB budweiser but thats not saying much. Would be a great beer for couch potatoes who watch football all day. rajendra82 (1095) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2004
The cream of the crop (pun intended) among the constituents of the BIF 13 – From Hell package from BeerAdvocate drewbage, this baby came in a green 16 oz. can that broke the record for overuse of a word by mentioning that this Quality Brewed Rainier Ale is a Mountain Fresh Ale and that the can holds One Pint Ale, and then repeating this on the other side of the can just for good measure. Pouring it in a standard Pilsner glass revealed an ultra pale straw colored body with a fizzy artificial head. The aroma was sugary sweet, and the taste confirmed the adjunct laden origin of the alcohol here. Taste was basically fermented sickly sweetened water passed over corn flakes. This thin and mineralized tasting malt liquor had a mouthfeel like a bad headache waiting to happen. Thank God, the old college days of drinks like this are a distant foggy memory thanks to the blackouts induced by the alcohol. THIS IS NOT AN ALE. Sham (1844) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 21, 2004
Okay, Jordan had a six pack of this on poker night. I find this to be an affront to all of my senses. The aromas were horrible with a sickly sweetness like overripened ass fruit. The flavor on the other hand was like licking a used bandaid caked in blood, dirt and neosporin. Ugh. celogan (204) - Oroville, California, USA - OCT 16, 2004
What an utter dissappointment. I got a can of this at the "general store" in Yanke Hill; since they’ll sell you any single for about 1.29, I thought I’d try it.
About the only good thing I can say about this crap is the appearance. It poured dark yellow with a very thick foamy head that hung around for a while leaving decent lacing. The carbonation started out with massive bubbles, but quickly diminished to near flat tasting. Very smooth and Un-satisfying mouth feel and the taste not too good - reminding me of sweet corn, as you might imagine by smashing Green Giant Niblets into a paste and carbonating it.
IF it was Free, I might; and i stress the word "might" drink it again if I was Really Really Thirsty, Had a " have to drink a beer - any beer thirst", it was Ice Cold, and was miles away from another selection,
Trust me, this is one of those beers you want to pass up.