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Old German - Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Old GermanOld German

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76 Ratings
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Ratings: 76
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.45
pDev: 30.61%
Wants: 0
Gots: 1 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co. visit their website
Pennsylvania, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002)
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1/5  rDev -59.2%

smartassboiler, Apr 23, 2013
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1/5  rDev -59.2%

mattreitz49, Jan 21, 2014
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1.18/5  rDev -51.8%

Have mercy! This one really pushed me around before pushing me down. It was so crummy tatsing that I didn't know what to say. I talked to my friend's dad who said even he wouldn't touch it back in the day (and he regularly drinks Stroh's and PBR). It gave me a horrible physical and spiritual hangover that lasted two days. I cried. No lie. Still, if you want to talk about paying your dues, you better start out by battling the huns.

dedrinker, Oct 25, 2006
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1.25/5  rDev -49%

DaveRinn, Jul 02, 2014
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1.25/5  rDev -49%

Knapp85, May 29, 2014
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1.4/5  rDev -42.9%

Appearence: Poured into my St. Bernardus Goblet (probably the first time this beer has ever graced a goblet) a very light yellowish gold with no head at all.

Smell: The smell is an actually bearable smell of malts with faint hop bitterness.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Wow. That is really bad. Honestly, I don't understand why people drink something that tastes this awful. Why would you drink beer that doesn't even taste like anything? You'd think people would want something flavorful or interesting or even high proof. But, no. People flock to this garbage like flies flock to fresh dog shit on a hot day. And you know what? I bet what they're eating tastes better than this horrible mixture of fake malts, no hop bitterness, and a horrible, horrible cereal aftertaste that lingers on forever.

Drinkability and Overall: Um, I think I summed it up already.

santoslhalper, Apr 17, 2005
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1.4/5  rDev -42.9%

Old German, found you in the bottom of a cooler at a house party...where did you come from, no one knows, but alas, you are free to me, so why not?

OG reminds me of High Life, mild taste, silght sweetness and little to no hop character to speak of. But you were cold, and that night, you were mine. Probably the best cheap brew I've yet had, which is not a recomendation, nor a reason to buy it, but if your hand findsone of these in a cooler somewhere sometime, why not?

Dubbercody, Sep 11, 2006
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1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

BlackBelt5112203, Feb 01, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

edwardkersh, Jan 17, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -38.8%

GennyCreamAle, Nov 17, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
1.58/5  rDev -35.5%

A forty of Old German as old Herman flaunts his chalice full of godly nectar at us he forms a grin full of smug audacity toward us...his patrons while realizing that his joy is related to the fact that we are imbibing upon this piss that passes by his presence as he enjoys his favorite Belgian specialty served in proper glassware...fuck Herman. Anyway now that I've stated my peace...let's look at it as it forms an apple juiced tone golden body with a large bubbled overly carbonated artificially carbonated foamy white head dwindles almost instantly upon the pour leaves behind specks of scarce lacing. Aroma cooked veggies, cereal grains corn and rice some sweetness and no hop character leaves me wanting so much more. Flavor full of a crazy gag inducing sweetness with so much offness that it deserves no warning to the silly consumer (myself)...yep I knew what I was getting myself into. No clean crispness as a coating layer of grotesqueness enters my palate literally all of the undesireable flavors simply camp out on your palate no smooth or crisp characteristics to this one high carbonation that tickles the throat with each sip...sorry folks keep bottling it for the novelty it was worth my $1.59 plus tax. Drinkability...let's just say it was fun drinking this legendary western PA brew that I could definitely see why it's rep has followed it.

WVbeergeek, Jun 13, 2006
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1.63/5  rDev -33.5%

A: Pours a yellow-straw color with some irregular bubbles of carbonation. The white head is initially medium-sized and foamy, although retention is lacking and the cap fades quickly. There's a light smattering of lacing, but mostly the head doesn't stick around long enough to make an impact.

S: Rough, cereal graininess in the nose. A slight herbal hop presence, but significant notes of corn and cooked vegetables keep things mostly unappealing. Also a bit of a metallic edge.

T: Cooked cereal grain flavor up front, with a mild sweetness. Definite corn and veggie character. A light kiss of herbal hops. A twangy, musty flavor is also present - sort of a club soda sourish note. Quite watery.

M: Medium-light body. Carbonation is perky and club soda-esque, which would almost make this beer refreshing if it weren't so watery and lacking in flavor.

D: This is pretty rough, even for a $2.50 sixer of cans. Too much of a funky vegetal character alongside a beer that is otherwise mediocre at best. There are better bargain-basement macros out there; I suspect this survives only out of a combination of nostalgia and novelty.

Clydesdale, Apr 14, 2010
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1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

Nothing like seeing a beer you bought 6 of with a D+ rating, hope it is better than that.

Clear yellow colored beer with a small white head.

Smell is strongly vegetables with a very slight hop scent. This really does smell like hell!

Taste is nothing, maybe a very slight lemon flavor from hops. Club soda with lemon and that is all that is here. But unlike the smell this doesn't taste bad.

Club soda with lemon deserves a 1 for mouthfeel.

Yeah you can swallow it. I have 5 more of these damn things! Might dump them down the drain to get the Aluminum back.

Zorro, Feb 08, 2009
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1.75/5  rDev -28.6%

A - Typical adjunct lager appearance. Yellow beer, white fizzy head with little retention, no lacing.

S/T - Nose is acrid with cereal grains and hints of fecal matter and a bit metallic. Taste is a little less offensive than the nose, but that's not saying much.

M - Light body, very highly carbed. Finishes with a nasty residue coating the mouth.

O - Just another adjunct lager.

garuda, Jul 22, 2011
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1.83/5  rDev -25.3%

Presentation: White 12 oz can, Famous Herman the German graphics pictured

Appearance: Not willing to pour this into a glass, but it appears to be a crisp, clear yellow

Smell: Grains, alcohol, very sharp

Taste: Better that a Natty, but not much. Induces slightly less grimacing

Mouthfeel: Too much carbonation, very thin also

Drinkability: Extra points for smoothness! It beats some of the bargain-barrel competition here.

Notes: Dirt-cheap, and has a certain charm to it. The world knows no finer?!

mjc410, Feb 17, 2005
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1.88/5  rDev -23.3%

For some reason, my fancy beer store started carrying this last week, so I figured for 75 cents I could take a can home and try it out for educational purposes. Note to my customers: if I recommend this to you, it's because you have somehow severely wronged me at some point in the past.
Pours a startingly clear pale yellow, topped by a fizzy white head that promply retreats to nothing. Aroma of adjunct malt and corn, with a faint whiff of cooked veggies. Palate is not as bad as others have claimed, but by that I mean only that it's not totally offensive. Slightly sour, slightly skunky, with adjunct malt providing the only character. Body is thin and fizzy. Won't be trying this again.

ElGordo, Aug 04, 2006
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1.93/5  rDev -21.2%

6 pack 16 oz cans from Fred Meyer, Wilsonville. $4.59 Have never ever seen this before but i was attracted b the odd,kitchy 1930s style label art. Not even going to attempt a pour but ts just fine and dandy from the can. Aroma is typical cheap American macro-lager cereal,paper,slightly sour. Taste pretty bland, some cereal, a touch of lemon then seltza water basically Very thin..just water really on the palate. Its drinkable but barely beer..i was actually expecting more seeing the old style can

Reidrover, Nov 08, 2011
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

Sheva, May 09, 2013
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

shoretaxi, May 25, 2014
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

dhep16, Mar 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

rowyn, Dec 19, 2012
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

slimntubbs, Jan 30, 2012
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

billbeers, Jun 22, 2013
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

Toth67, May 12, 2012
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2/5  rDev -18.4%

HRamz3, Feb 20, 2014
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Old German from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
61 out of 100 based on 76 ratings.