VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 10, 2002
Clear yellowed straw. Tight, white foam. Light carbonation. Faint malt aroma with a touch of hop. Fairly clean smelling. Tingly, paper blandness with a dollop of sweetness. Sharp mouthfeel. Medium light body. Lemony bitterness. Soda syrup sweetness, although not oppressive. Finishes bland and a little rice-starchy but palatable. It's like watching porn through the scrambled signal, what little you get out of it ain't worth the migraine you suffer from afterwards. npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - AUG 1, 2001
This was my old man's beer of choice when I was a kid. For better or worse, Schaefer is basically what I think of when I hear the term 'beer' used generically. Realistically, it's not any worse than any other American megabrew, and maybe a bit better. Jine (903) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - DEC 24, 2004
12 oz can. #1 my father asks me what I’m drinking and couldnt believe it, he then starts half-singing "the one beer to have when you’re having more than one." as he walked away. #2 my brother tasted this and said "its like they made a light Coors Light". I don’t think anything else is necessary BeerVirgin72 (880) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2009
Drank from can while hanging at the Brother In Laws on Easter. He is a non beer person, so, you know. Gotta drink whats available. This beer was okay I suppose. For canoeing, camping, etc...A bit of a skunky taste going on that I didnt really care for, but not horrible grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2002
At first smell, it seems like it might be interesting. Alas, it is sweet and syrupy--kinda like malt liquor w/o the alcohol. Doughy taste.
garrison (812) - Cin. city, Ohio, USA - AUG 17, 2003
Cheap, cabbage-like skunkiness, and nasty, why does anyone drink this stuff? Oh, yeah... it's cheap! beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 5, 2004
A lot of hay has been made about ratings style, and I most recently heard and read some discussion about whether its proper to include discussion about family, friends, and certain situations in discussing the actual beer. I tend to tuck this into my ratings sometimes. The fact is, there are some beers that your experience of them is very much affected by the people and scene you have them in. Their value and your opinion of the beer is affected by how well it suited you in a particular situation, beyond its taste and other characteristics. Schaefer is one such beer. I drink this beer, as I did again this other night, and I see wheatfields. No wait, that’s just the can. But that symbol is a part of it -- I see heartland America, and I see bristly faced American men with trucker hats and three chins sipping these suds at a local bar. Places where the choice is not between Hefe-Weissen, Amber, or Stout, but between Beer and Lite. It’s true, its not the best of beers, and most macros aren’t be best of beers. But it’s evokative of America, and when I drink this I have good feelings that I’ve grown up to be a man drinking beer in this country. The whiffs of this type of stuff when I was a kid are remembered by my nose as I sip it, something I may have done much less as a kid, and it gives you a much more earnest feeling of completeness with adulthood. It strikes me as an excellent companion to pizza, but this is perhaps because of so many Friday nights I’d see my father drink it while we ate pizza and talked politics growing up. See, these external characteristics mean a lot here, and give more dimension beyond the flavor/aroma, so they also need to be factored in. This is one of those beers that is both tolerable to me, enjoyable to sip (when cold), and gives me feelings of adult Americana. Just as I wouldn’t order a Bud in Montreal when trying to experience true Canadien bar life, or shun a Snakebite when offered it by a student in England, I would feel out of place going into regular town bars in places like the blue collar towns of Massachusetts and asking for their house I.P.A. After all, drinking the same that the people around you drink gives a great sense of bonding, comraderie, even intimacy (gad!). It’s not so much I don’t recognize what comes with a good knowledge of beermanship, but I think that in rating beers, situational elements are relevant to the beer’s feeling and evocation. Schaefer gets a couple points up for such an impression with me. Pale color, dispensible head that does very little, slightly bitter taste, yet easy on the palate (when cold). Can. cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 19, 2002
Thick creamy head. Goes down smoothly, I didn't want to think about the nuances of this beer and didn't have to. A good, cheap party beer tillmac62 (756) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2015
One of the better variants of the style. Nothing offensive, nothing great either. Just a very well priced adjunct lager designed for mass consumption. If the Coneheads drank beer, this one would be it. ericnixon (746) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 2, 2004
Tasted from the nastiness that is modern swillish beer served "fresh" from a can. No comment on the aroma since I was too lazy to pour it in a glass (don’t want to contaminate my good beer glasses with the festering much that is typical boorish american piss beer). No initial flavor with a light crappy taste that isn’t offensive.