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Old Style Pilsner - Molson Coors Canada

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Reviews: 45
Hads: 119
rAvg: 2.84
pDev: 17.61%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002

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Photo of Metalbrew
1.5/5  rDev -47.2%

Pilsner pours a light yellow, and has a soapy head. The taste is bizarre depending on what can you drink. I found that the beer tasted like melted glue and depending on the can, it has a harsh taste that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Wouldn't recommend. (257 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
1.64/5  rDev -42.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

From Notes from Calgary Trip 9/27 - 10/1, consumed at The Garage. Some beers I had were good, some where bad. This falls into the latter category. When I was trying to decide what beer to try, I asked the bartender about this one, as its green tap handle that just read "Pilsner" left a lot to the imagination. The bartender called it redneck beer (I didn't know Canada had rednecks) and tried to steer me clear of it. I should have listened to him.

Appearance: Poured into a pint glass golden yellow, like any other macro. This one had a big foamy head (which like a macro style fell to nothing). Moderate streams of carbonation bubbles evident.

Smell: Bad. A foul aroma, hot dirty socks, some adjuncty sweetness also, but I don't think its supposed to have any adjuncts.

Taste: Just not good either. It was a little bitter indicating some hops, but nothing else outstanding. Left an aftertaste in my mouth.

Mouthfeel: Light and lively, but somewhat soapy. And that dang aftertaste...

Drinkability: If I was at home I would have dumped this, just not worth my time. But I was at a bar and felt obligated to suck it up and battle through this. I know it wasn't a bad tap line either, they had two taps of this and a small sample pulled from the second tap was just as bad for me. Skip this one. (1,310 characters)

Photo of mrmanning
1.71/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Thanks Josh. Pale straw with a foamy white cap, leaving scads of lacing. Faint malty and corn aromas, tin and bread also present. Sweet malt flavours, corn and grain/hay/grass? Strange creamy mouthfeel, almost unpleasant. Odd bitter tin finish. Not in my top 100. (263 characters)

Photo of marcusR111
2.18/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

A- Light piss yellow, with a fairly decent head

S- Not a whole lot of scent but hints of grass are in there.

T- I can taste a little corn, with the dry grassy taste, slight hop bitterness.

M- Lots of carbonation

D- Cheap and a generic pilsner, so i can easily down 12 in 1 sitting. Good for a backyard BBQ with lots of people.

Serving type: Can (349 characters)

Photo of 3Vandoo
2.2/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My ex girlfriend made me took that beer(she's from Saskatchewan), well first I bought that beer after 1800, so the price went quite high and end up for 21$ for a 12 packs, oh yeah added that it took me 2 hours to drive forth and back to the nearest village, God bless her sense of humor!

What can I say about that beer, nothing much, it is a quite average beer, with average everything. Unfortunately I only drank up from the bottle so I cannot really comments on the smell and look. I felt it to be very drinkable but with a particular bitter taste not leavin me easilly.

Anyway that beer reminds me that my ex father in law, rejected 6 bottles of Unibroue for his Molson Canadian, what a bugger eh. (706 characters)

Photo of Bunman3
2.29/5  rDev -19.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I have a soft spot in my heart for this beer, having consumed it in copious quantities over the years. Let's be clear - Pil is no different than any other mass-produced Canadian beer. It's clear, with a foamy head and your standard macro lager taste. At one point, it was priced like a "budget" beer, but that's no longer the case. I'm not even sure if there are bunnies on the label any more. It's a sad state of affairs... (424 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.3/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

True, this is the can you associate with finding in the gutter, it's a timeless classic in Alberta since before I was born, a fall back for the majority of the population. I however, found this particular can in my dad's beer fridge (well, at least he replaced the Old Milwaukee).

It pours out of it's very familiar green, red, gold and white landscaped can depicting the average day out in the West back in the day (tongue in cheek). Pale cidery straw in appearance, the head puts up a fairly decent fight and lingers for a bout a minue. Smells of sharp corn husks, slight biscuit. Has a bit more flavour than the average macro that I've been used to (although for many it's been a while). The mouthfeel is fuller than the average macro as well. The only problem with Molson Pilsner is that it makes me sleepy after a couple of them, which totally reduces its drinkability points. A possible substitute for a sleeping pill, but that doesn't say much. (955 characters)

Photo of thehyperduck
2.33/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Pours a pale golden adjunct lager colour, with a half-finger head that dies down over the next few minutes, leaving behind some modest lacing. The smell is uninteresting - malts and corn - confirming my suspicion that this is just a regular macro labelled as a pilsener.

Taste is actually not that bad. There is a bit of a diluted bread malt sweetness at first, followed by a very mildly bitter finish. There is a bit of an adjunct flavor, but compared to other Molson products it is very subdued. Of course, all of the flavors are subdued; if I didn't know better I would think this was a light beer for that very reason. Very watery and thin, with heavy carbonation. I feel a little bloated after drinking half of this.

For an adjunct lager, Pilsner is quite drinkable due to the lack of any serious off flavours. However, if they are going to call it a pilsener they should at least have the decency to use hops. Taking this as a macro lager, the score above would likely be at least a full letter grade higher (C+). Pilsner is to pilsener as Alexander Keith's is to IPA - but regardless of style interpretation, they're both good campfire/hockey/mindless inebriation beers.

[Updated Oct. 23 2013]

I did a bit of a double-take when I saw this tallboy at my local Beer Store - Vitamin P available in Ontario? When did this happen? I haven't seen this stuff since I was out working in Alberta. It looks great in the glass, but other than that there's not much I can add to this review. Molson's Old Style Pilsner is a passable adjunct lager that might get a halfway decent grade if they'd just call it that, but it's a piss-poor pilsner with no detectable hop bill. Maybe I'm being anal retentive, but other than the low price this one really doesn't have much going for it - if I'm trying to get drunk then James Ready is more abv at the same price, and if I'm trying to enjoy a tasty lager then there are plenty of vastly superior German/Czech imports at surprisingly comparable prices.

Final Grade: 2.33, a D+. (2,020 characters)

Photo of nighthawk
2.34/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ML can with no freshness date poured into pilsener glass.

Pours a pale yellow body showing lots of carbonation with a foamy white head. Retention's not bad, but no lacing left behind.

Aroma is corn.

Taste is a light corn and sweet malt that gets a bit stronger on the finish. I can't taste anything that might be construed as a hop. It's all pretty watery-tasting.

Mouthfeel is light to medium, low carbonation and almost creamy.

It's not a terrible beer, though it's not particularly tasty, nor to style. Goes down easily enough I guess. (546 characters)

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -12.7%
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. (353 characters)

Photo of TerryW
2.51/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Pale, pale yellow brew under and big, big bright white soapy head. Settles to a bubbly cap before giving way to a ring. Reasonably

Nose is typical pilsner-type hops and malt, nothing particularly exciting or offensive. Corny sweet to drink up front, slightly redeems itself with some proper graininess up the middle before giving way to a sweet sticky finish. Ends with a doughy bitterness. Not crisp in any way, just big and puffy sweet on the palate.

Not particularly fun to drink. Cheesy looking can as a bonus. That's done. (530 characters)

Photo of vanrassel
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Ahh, Pil . . . nostalgia dictates my buddies and I slug a bunch back whenever we attend a Grey Cup in western Canada — but how would it stand up to the scrutiny of a BA review?

All things considered, not too bad. Its appearance is a pale straw gold with a compact white head that quickly dwindles to a ring. The smell? Not much there: some bready malt when it's really cold, but a less-pleasant grain husk adjunct funk as it warmed.

Taste-wise, there's a flash of bitter hops at the beginning but it's crowded out all too soon by a corny adjunct flavour that dominates the finish and lingers in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Nevertheless, it's easy to put a few of these back without it seeming off-putting. Tarting it up in a pilsener glass — rather than drinking from the can — redeemed it a bit. (830 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
2.63/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

355ml can poured in a mug.

Clear, straw yellow in colour. Huge frothy white head is 2 inches high at the pour. Head retains about 1/4 inch until half the glass is done, then a thin layer remains. Some lacing present.

Aroma is slightly sour, mild skunk hops. Not unlike most macros.

Resonably bland. Not strong enough to be offensive, but not enough there to really enjoy it either. Mild bitterness at the swallow. Aftertaste is acidic then fades to an off-veggie/adjunct taste.

Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied. Moderately carbonated and smooth.

While there isn't alot to write home about in terms of flavour (like most macros), the mouthfeel is pretty nice which makes this quite drinkable. Overall, not dreadful, but take a pass.

Note: Although this beer is called "Old Style Pilsner" I would hardly put it in the pilsner style. It's definitely a macro lager. (883 characters)

Photo of tpd975
2.65/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to jdubfl for bringing this one to a local tasting.

A: Pale yellow with a small fizzy head.

S: Corn bread, honey, and light grass.

T: Very grainy, overly sweet with a bit of bitter herbal grass.

M: Light in body, fizzy, meh.

D: Not really (250 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.7/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Can from the Ottawa LCBO for $2

Appearance - Clear yellow colour with a massive size fizzy white coloured head. There is a high amount of carbonation showing and there is some great lacing. The head lasted for around 5 minutes.

Smell - Corn, apples, grains

Taste & Mouth - There is an above average amount of carbonation and I can taste corn, apples, and grains. There is also a slight cardboard type flavour. It ends with a stale adjunct aftertaste.

Overall – Pretty much what I was expecting I guess.. just another poor adjunct from Molson Coors. It did have a nice appearance, I will give it that. (606 characters)

Photo of biegaman
2.73/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

'Old Style Pilsner' is an ironic name for a beer that looks so modern: deliberately antiseptic, filtered to within an ounce of its life, spot-on yellow with cartoonishly large bubbles and a head that, like most every hitter in baseball circa the late 1990s, is obviously benefiting from some sort of steroid in the form of an added stabilizing agent.

It is also an ironic name for a beer that probably contains at least a half-dozen additives that weren't yet invented half a century ago. The smell of it would suggest an ample use of corn syrup, or some kind of corn-derived fermentable. A malt extract at the least. Two of the style's most distinguishing features - hops and bitterness - are both notably absent.

Let's call a spade a spade here: this is less an "old style" pilsner than it is a contemporary, mass-produced adjunct lager like everything else in the Molson portfolio. But let us also be fair: it isn't quite as offensive as the majority of other beers in that portfolio and, relatively speaking, can get away with being considered a fairly neutral, acceptable beer.

Provided, of course, you're the type who prefers light-bodied, lightly-flavoured beers. I'll reaffirm that the lack of bad tastes is more important to me than the presence of good ones, but some flavour would have been nice. This presents a stale breadiness and a faint tinge of corn kernel and, less you consider water to have a flavour, not much else.

Old Style Pilsner was a beer that I didn't have much interest in trying and, despite having drunk it in an historic old-timey Wild-West saloon in the badlands of Alberta, is one that I certainly have no interest in trying again. Sure, it may be one of Molson's less offensive brands, but assessing that as a positive is like calling petty theft ok because it's "merely a misdemeanor" - a minor offense is still a crime nonetheless.

...And considering how much I was charged for this, I'd say petty theft is a fitting analogy! (1,972 characters)

Photo of wordemupg
2.74/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

500ml can poured into pint glass oct20 2009

A clear straw yellow with a nice two finger head with better then expected retention and a fair amount of lace and lots of bubbles.

S a little skunk floral hops, grass, and a little bread

T as it smells with a metallic flavor from the can perhaps. maybe a little cooked veggie taste too, nothing special

M lots of carbonation almost makes up for how thin this beer is

D overall this is as average as they come, a staple for all teenage Canadian's and football fans from Saskatchewan

this beer is slightly better from a bottle but that's saying very little, just another mass produced Canadian beer that lives off the brand loyalty of people that don't know any better (718 characters)

Photo of EsoxLucius
2.77/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

well, this beer is the main advertised beer on billboards in the province i live in, they sponsor our football team... i've been pissed so many times off this beer when i was younger that i had the review it once i 'matured' a little...

A: i will be blunt, it's piss yellow with a wack of fizz and a thin white head.

S: its not offensive, but there's nothing there to characterize it as being special or distinct.

T: average at best. it's a bit grainy with some hop taste, not much there offensive, nothing worth noting though, so it's average.

M: watery and thin, it's best nearly frozen, which is good because it's usually shoved in a snowbank in the wintertime to cool.

D: good when you 'need' a beer, that being, at football games, playing hockey, etc. i dont bring it in my boat, but for most social events it passes.

side note: Pil as it's called here almost always comes with freebies which makes it not bad, + you can play games with counting the little rabbits on the bottle... if you drink it long enough and in quantity, there's a rabbit flying the plane and manning the train. ;) (1,097 characters)

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.8/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This one is out of the bottle and i must say it is a little better than the can.Pours the same pale yellow with white foamy head that probably lasts a few seconds more than the can version.Nose is still faint malts,some light corn.Taste is refreshing,mild grass and corn,the difference here compared to the can is the metallic taste that lingers in your mouth is gone.Easy to drink,lots of carbs,got the bubbly feel like sparkling wine.Good beer,i enjoy it once in a while. (473 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

20oz pint, at Hudsons Canadian Taphouse. Pil, along with Canadian, was the de facto beer choice amongst my peers for well into our early 20s. I recall having to buy a two-four of this when it was my turn to buy the beer for my men's league hockey team a while back, under strict instruction, no less.

This beer arrives at the bar, and appears a clear, very pale golden yellow colour, with a single finger of puffy, loosely foamy, and kind of wispy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of sticky forest foliage lace around the glass as it quickly settles.

It smells of gritty rice/corn grain, a rather uninviting plastic acetone essence, dry spent yeast, and faint, yet still rather skunky, grassy hops. The taste is more sweet than the aroma let on - the malt displaying its rice and corn heritage in all its lurid glory - with some subtle, yet still skunky herbal notes, still evident yeast, and soft, stale green grassiness, the kind with just a kiss of Roundup applied.

The carbonation is a bit on the high side, which appears to cut through some of the overwrought sweetness, the body fairly light, weight-wise, and quite thin, with a certain clammy pithiness. It finishes off-dry, with an emphasis on that sweet adjunct corn row, um, heartiness.

Normally, I'd give this one a wide berth, but tonight, with the weather acting like it's still April, and hockey still on multiple LCDs in the pub, this went down just fine with a sweat-inducing (by my own silly order) category 5 hotness bison burger. The real problem with ordering this on tap is, of course, the missed opportunity for searching for the hidden white rabbits. (1,641 characters)

Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2.95/5  rDev +3.9%
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. (851 characters)

Photo of beerluvr
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the colorfully labeled can into a Duvel glass. Fairly decent white head settling over clear deep yellow colored beer. Nose is unremarkable: some corn and weak maltiness with barely a hop flower to be found. Taste is light bodied with corn adjunct apparent, scant light malt and again nary any hoppiness. Finshes light and watery, seems like an 'old school' old man's beer. Glad I could only buy a single without having to put out for a six of this stuff. MIGHT go well with the hot Ottawa weather we've had of late but otherwise don't bother. (554 characters)

Photo of evlu1441
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has a cult following in the Canadian Prairies, and especially Saskatchewan. It's never been my generic beer-of-choice.

It has a medium straw colour typical of many lagers, but certainly not so pale as to be unappealing. There was a nice foamy head, but now it has settled down to almost nothing.

The aroma is almost non-existent. It can barely discern anything short of a vague "beer" smell.

The flavour is quite a lot better than the aroma (as seems to be the case with many macro lagers). There is some nice hoppy bite to start out that is accented a bit by the carbonation. It leads into some full bready malt flavours that linger. I quite like it. It has a bit more flavour than your average macro brew.

Overall, I'm rating this as a macro-lager, and not so much as a German Pilsner. It is pretty decent. I wouldn't mind drinking a few of these around a campfire! (882 characters)

Photo of TheHammer
2.96/5  rDev +4.2%
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. (1,259 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
2.97/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

A- I've had enough of these to know this isn't the best looking beer out there, but it doesn't look bad either! It pours with a decent foamy head that actually retains decently, settling to a thin layer of foam over the beer. The color is lighter than a typical Pils style, being a clear grassy tone, and there's lots of big carbonation that clings to the glass within the brew. There is some moderate lacing that sticks to the glass as well. The label is classic so there's points for that!

S- This is where the macro quality of this beer starts to show. The aroma is fairly mild, primarily being of grass and dry dusty grain. There is some sweet corn aromas and not very much for hop bitterness...bland overall in my opinion.

T- More of the same here, there being a distince grassy flavor, some sweetness from the malts....subtle honey and corn comes to mind. The hop bitterness is there slightly on the finish, but not enough that someone would know that this is a true Pilsner style beer. Not offensive and a small notch above the average macro, but nothing special here.

M- This has the typical macro wateriness that I would expect from Molson. The carbonation scrubs the palate well and it delivers a thirst quenching quality.

D- The relative lack of flavor, watery feel, and amount of carbonation lead me to say that this is a great beer to have many of. This is a great patio beer....it doesn't cost a ton and it can be enjoyed by the majority of beer drinkers. I would have no problems having many of these over an evening! (1,536 characters)

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Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada
70 out of 100 based on 45 ratings.