Old Style Pilsner - Molson Coors Canada

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Old Style PilsnerOld Style Pilsner

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69
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Reviews: 44
Hads: 118
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: 17.67%
Wants: 8
Gots: 20 | FT: 0
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Molson Coors Canada visit their website
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 CrazyMike
3.32/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Straw yellow appearance with lots of head. For the smell, I picked up grass, bread and floral hops.

Taste is sweet and malty, it is also crisp and grainy but nothing very distinct. Light bodied with lots of carbonation. Aftertaste is bitter but quickly disappears.

Overall, this is a pretty generic Pilsener. Definitely made to shotgun like on FUBAR. Yet for some reason (maybe because it's simple and easy to drink) I keep finding my self drinking this at bars. (465 characters)

Photo of ChrisCage
2.97/5  rDev +4.9%
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)

Photo of tpd975
2.65/5  rDev -6.4%
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 wordemupg
2.74/5  rDev -3.2%
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 harley101
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

FUBAR is all i can say watch the movie. and you will know what i am talking about. i am just rambling because of the word limit. and jesus tappdancing christ it is here. oo. wow i dont know what else to say. well sir i am drunk etseeras, wow what else to say . hi i am harley (275 characters)

Photo of EsoxLucius
2.77/5  rDev -2.1%
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 biboergosum
2.83/5  rDev 0%
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 nighthawk
2.34/5  rDev -17.3%
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 barleysandwich
3.3/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of the better "cheap" canadian beers. Not something I drink all the time, but if I had a choice of this or any of the other canadian beers, kokanee, canadian, lucky, black lable, wildcat, etc. I would drink this without much hesitation.

It is a fairly typical "german pilsner" style beer, but lets not be fooled, it's not as good as most beers from Germany. (363 characters)

Photo of GrimmReaper
2.8/5  rDev -1.1%
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 vanrassel
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
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 mrmanning
1.71/5  rDev -39.6%
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 RJLarse
2.98/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up an 18-pack of Old Style (cans) on a family adventure to Penticton BC last summer. I remembered Old Style from 25+ years ago, when a bunch of used to trip across the Canadian border to drink Old Style, and escape the oppressive 21-year old drinking age in Washington.

This beer pours a pale gold color, with a thin white head. It is very fizzy, and actually looks a little like champagne.

The smell is faint, and not particularly distinct. It smells a bit of malted grain, hops maybe some adjuncts. Nothing special.

The taste is mild, typical of a macro beer, a little hoppy, again nothing special, but it’s not bad.

The mouth feel of this beer is light crisp and clean. An excellent thirst quencher especially ice cold.

This is a nice beer, and very drinkable, but perhaps a little too common. For all I know this is the “Bud” of Canada. I probably like it more out of nostalgia than anything else, but I do enjoy the Pilsner style, which is becoming harder to find, at least in the western US. (1,029 characters)

Photo of BigRedN
1.64/5  rDev -42%
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 BigBry
3/5  rDev +6%
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. (533 characters)

Photo of Noxious26
2.63/5  rDev -7.1%
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 3Vandoo
2.2/5  rDev -22.3%
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 pootz
3.1/5  rDev +9.5%
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. (2,116 characters)

Photo of IronDjinn
2.3/5  rDev -18.7%
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)

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Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada
69 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.