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Old Style Pilsner - Molson Coors Canada

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Old Style PilsnerOld Style Pilsner

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BA SCORE
68
poor

114 Ratings
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Ratings: 114
Reviews: 43
rAvg: 2.81
pDev: 23.49%
Wants: 6
Gots: 11 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Molson Coors Canada visit their website
Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
German Pilsener |  5.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-05-2002)
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2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -11.7%
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.

Photo of biboergosum
2.85/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of biegaman
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
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!

Photo of liamt07
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of wordemupg
2.73/5  rDev -2.8%
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

Photo of WoodBrew
3.38/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Was able to try this fine beer prior to departing Calgary International Airport. The beer was golden in color with decent carbonation. The scent was rather bland with grain tones. The taste was good....for me there was a bit of sweetness, which then was followed by grain/wheat taste. The beer came off the pallete quite nice and didnt linger. I thought this to be a very good beer.

Photo of spinrsx
2.68/5  rDev -4.6%
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.

Photo of barnzy78
2.5/5  rDev -11%

Photo of tbeckett
3.34/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

YES! So happy to see this available at the Beer Store. A classic prairie pilsner that has a serious cult following and a disgusting association with the Riders. From notes.

A - Light apple juice coloured pour with good carbonation. Bright and had a two finger fluffy white head that left good lace rings and a finger of retention.

S - Sweet grain, apple, pear, corn.

T - Sweet grain again, mild hope note, honey. Not all that unpleasant.

M - Strong carbonation, medium body, sweet finish. Good for the style.

O/D - I've had this a couple times out West and never felt it was too bad for the style. I could definitely have a few of these in a night and consider it one of the better adjunct lagers around. Avoids the DMS assault most examples of the style carry with them.

Photo of tpd975
2.65/5  rDev -5.7%
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

Photo of andrenaline
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of kwjd
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of IronDjinn
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of schopenhauerale
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of bumchilly25
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of peensteen
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

'Pil' - the beer of every small town in the prairies. Your very average macro product that is reasonably priced and is available everywhere. Pours a pale straw color with a white head of small bubbles, that quickly flattens out and disappears. Some smell of grain, slight hops (but you have to really lookfor it). Light flavor, with a clean finish. Lots of carbonation give a crisp mouthfeel. Thirst quenching on a hot day. Just don't let it get warm or the taste will burn you. Enjoy the Saskatchewan way - straight from the bottle.

Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Straw gold filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Saaz hops, grainy, hay, spicy green hay, a touch of molasses.

T: Very balanced with a light sweetness right from the start, all the hops big spicy green hay and touch of molasses all coming through, wheatgrass. I think it’s a tribute to the freshness of this beer.

M: Medium almost syrupy bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: This one surprised me in a pleasant way. Cool old style can takes me back to old Germany, which is appealing if you want an old style beer. The smell and taste deliver in balance. The sweetness took me off guard a little, perhaps a little too much in this beer, but the freshness of it makes me want to keep drinking it. Really it’s a great beer.

Photo of pootz
3.1/5  rDev +10.3%
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. That’s 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 Sick’s 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…..you’ll appreciate what this beer is all about.

Photo of TerryW
2.46/5  rDev -12.5%
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.

Photo of Danielr26
3/5  rDev +6.8%

Photo of ZachT
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%

Photo of thehyperduck
2.33/5  rDev -17.1%
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.

Photo of DaftCaskBC
3.2/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: 1" white head that receded over 3 minutes and left a slight lacing over straw coloured liquid with excellent clarity.

S: Musty, yeast and citrus hops.

T: Citrus hops upfront, bitter in the middle and a slight malt finish.

M: Thin viscosity and a low level of medium carbonation.

O: Better than average macro-brew that is surprisingly more drinkable than I remembered...

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Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada
68 out of 100 based on 114 ratings.