Old Style Pilsner - Molson Coors Canada
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Reviews by pootz:
3.1/5 rDev +8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
I feel I must come to the rescue of this timeless Western classic beer. It has been a staple in Saskatchewan and Alberta pubs since the 30s for good reason. I find it inconceivable to denigrate a product that stands the test of time and is completely unpretentious in what it attempts to be ..a light Canadian pilsner. Thats what it IS it is NOT German or Czech pilsner nor is it some pretentious micro brewed grog. Those of us that grew up with this beer remember the unique label depicting local historic landmarks and .. the seemingly ballooning rabbit population.
This is a staple light pilsner Alberta brew made with quality western barley and German hops in good balance in a modern brewing process. As an icon of western brewing history Pil naturally draws attacks from the novice connoisseur whose expertise only extends to trashing all traditional Canadian brews . but this is just ignorance of Canadian brewing processes speaking. Pil is a good representation of the classic Canadian brewers art all malt from conquest barley, clear, crisp and repetitive quality. Pil was originally brewed by Sicks Lethbridge Alberta brewery which was acquired by Molson in the 70s. I note there is now some variance in the taste of this beer as it is made in other Molson plants. I recently enjoyed a Pil at the Tilly Bar in Alberta after a Pheasant hunt .it hit the spot and added a unique regional taste to the occasion. Hasn't changed much.
Pil pours a pale straw color with a white head that quickly dissipates to a fine lace. Aromas of hop and grains are faint but present. There is quite a bit of carbonation since Molson took over the process. This beer starts light and crisp with pale malt grainyness then a pleasant Pils hopping takes over the palate, then the clean crisp finish with virtually no after taste. A very good light thirst quenching and drinkable summer beer to be served up frosty with pretzels after a hot day on the bald-ass prairie. Try it when you get out west, and come at it from the proper perspective ..youll appreciate what this beer is all about.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2003 23:13:38 | More by pootz
More User Reviews:
3.41/5 rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Purchased at The Beer Store approx. $2.20/ 473ml can. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass
A- Standard Canadian beer. Clear and foamy
S- Not much here but that is standard for this mass produced beer
T- Pretty good! Brings back a bit of nostalgia from visiting BC
M- Not much as usual but that's ok
O- Got to give this beer a passing grade
Pair this with anything you want at a BBQ.
Serving type: can
02-26-2014 00:52:06 | More by DaveBar
3.18/5 rDev +10.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This may be the most nostalgic beer of all for a Saskatchewan born fella such as myself ... One of my earliest memories is of rooting through this giant bowl of beer bottle caps my grandpa kept for who knows what reason, plucking out this beige-brown colored cap that said "Old Style" as my favorite. I guess I started early. The green, yellow, and red is more current and better known, but suffice to say this adjunct beer has been around for a while and any self-respecting Saskie drinks this instead of Labatt's or Bud (perish the thought). Anyhow, I will provide an unbiased and objective review. Pilsener is crazy-pale, almost clear, and smells grainy, with a bit of baker's yeast and green grass. The high level of carbonation makes the aroma a tad difficult to discern but realistically, who smells this chugger anyway? Flavor is muted, gentle, and smooth, with the thin watery body you'd expect and a sweeter than expected, slightly sour finish. I get some breakfast cereal, soda crackers, apples, weak lemonade, corn syrup, and a little coarse astringent rubbing alcohol in the finish. Some bias may creep in here, but I feel this brew has fewer flaws than many other macro-lagers (alright, the apple is probably acetyldehyde!), less DMS cooked character, and a pretty reasonable balance of sweet and dry. Obviously its a beer designed for mass consumption without too much in the way of mindful sensory analysis and I'd ratchet up the overall flavor intensity. Admittedly it was fun to try a Pils again, well aware that this is not a world-beater but able to enjoy some pretty good memories just the same.
Serving type: bottle
11-18-2013 02:44:41 | More by CalgaryFMC
2.94/5 rDev +2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3
Serving Type - 473 ml can poured into a pilsner glass.
Appearance - Crystal clear with n insane amount of carbonation visible. Beer is slightly darker than a pale straw, and was poured with 2 fingers of what may be the ugliest head I've ever seen. Perhaps my pour was off, but the foam is lopsided and clumpy, and the lacing that is left behind looks like soap.
Smell - Not much going on here. Smells like your standard macro. Some grains and a bit of wet grass. Faint metallic smell.
Taste - Grains, wet grass as well. But also the faintest bit of pilsner malt which surprised the hell out of me. Other than that there's some off flavours- metal for one, stale vegetables for another - likely adjunct garbage.
Mouthfeel - High carbonation...maybe a bit to high. But not so bad really. Body is extremely light. Finish is crisp and pretty dry.
Serving type: can
10-01-2013 00:34:04 | More by IdeaSpeeder
2.96/5 rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Well, it's this year's Banjo Bowl, and as a Ti-Cat fan, I'm rootin' for the Roughriders, so I thought it was time to review the beer know as "Saskatchewan Champagne"
Appearance: Solid finger and a half of head that retained well enough but did not lace. The body is a pale gold that has steady carbonation.
Smell: Has a bit of a mild swamp scent to it. Warmning doesn't help either way as vegetation and earthy note dominate the nose. It's not strong enough to call it offensive, but it rubs me a bit wrong.
Taste: A straw and corn malt with a bit of earthiness in the background which turns to an almost cabbage like taste and ends with a small dose of mild earth hops.
Mouthfeel: The sweeter malt dominates the aftertastes with only notes of the earthiness. The carbonation helps out the entire beer as well, but the transitioning is a little abrupt.
Drinkability: It seems a bit lighter and crisper then most adjucts, but I wouldn't call it a work of art. It's a summer. A Macro, but somewhat more tolerable then most.
Final Thoughts: I guess this is another part of the Roughrider fanbase I'll never understand, much like wearing watermelons for helmets, and I for one am grateful not to be one of their number if I had to drink this stuff at games.
Serving type: can
09-08-2013 20:44:02 | More by TheHammer
2.48/5 rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5
Can: Poured a light golden color pilsner with a nice pure white foamy head. Aroma of lightly sweet malt based with light cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet adjunct notes with light cereal notes and light sweet finish. Body is light with good carbonation. This was not as bad as I had expected but it is still a pretty bland offering.
Serving type: can
09-03-2013 18:54:53 | More by Phyl21ca
Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada
69 out of 100 based on 85 ratings.