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Old Style Pilsner - Molson Coors Canada

Not Rated.
Old Style PilsnerOld Style Pilsner

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BA SCORE
68
poor

104 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 104
Reviews: 42
rAvg: 2.87
pDev: 21.95%
Wants: 7
Gots: 5 | 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.

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Vandelayindustri

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

11-23-2011 06:21:12 | More by Vandelayindustri
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ozmodium

British Columbia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +16%

I will do my absolute best to review this subjectively...however I have a soft spot for this beer, deep rooted in my soul. It is hands down my favourite macro git r done beer.

A: clear straw yellow, white 1/2" head disipates quickly, no lacing.
S: sweet bready light malt and sour hop extract.
T: taste is light and refreshing. It's not what this beer has but what it hasn't that makes it so great. Most macro lagers have that adjunct funk to them. This does not. Theres nothing remarkable to say about this beer. It is pretty simple, but its clear, clean and crisp.
M: lightly carbonated. Goes down smooth. Designed to be swilled quickly. When it warms it gets a bit boozy...
O: in my opinion THE best party get drunk beer. I never drink this and tell myself "oh this is really good, I like this and that about it" But everytime I drink it I like it enough to think "I could drink 15 of these"

11-05-2011 02:35:20 | More by ozmodium
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DaftCaskBC

British Columbia (Canada)

3.2/5  rDev +11.5%

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...

08-24-2011 04:14:48 | More by DaftCaskBC
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Converge

Alberta (Canada)

3.13/5  rDev +9.1%

355 ml can poured into a 16oz pilsner glass.

A - Couldn't have poured it any softer, and still ended up with a giant three finger head, slightly off-white in color. The beer is a rich golden-yellow hue, and with the head on-top, it doesn't look too bad (although the head was rather short-lived)..

S - Light, but distinct grassy hops and sweet grains. Not a lot going on, but not half bad.

T - Starts out with bitter hoppiness and adjunct grains, and finishes rather watery with some bready malt. Piney hops in the aftertaste. After the initial hit of hops and bitterness in the first taste, the beer settles down a lot and the hops and grainy malt feel well balanced. It is a bit watery, however.

M - The carbonation feels full and bubbly, and it has a medium-bodied mouthfeel. Feels clean and refreshing without tasting boring.

D - Not nearly as bad as I remember. It has a certain bite in the taste that most macro-brewed beers like this sorely lack.

07-17-2011 00:42:14 | More by Converge
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evlu1441

Alberta (Canada)

3.03/5  rDev +5.6%

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!

07-12-2011 23:28:17 | More by evlu1441
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WoodBrew

Illinois

3.38/5  rDev +17.8%

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.

06-23-2011 01:22:15 | More by WoodBrew
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thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

05-29-2011 16:20:10 | More by thehyperduck
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marty21

Manitoba (Canada)

3.35/5  rDev +16.7%

A: Pours a clear yellow with a finger and a half worth of bubbly head. Settles to a thin cap and left a lot of lacing at the top of the glass and progressively less the further down the glass it went.

S: For the most part I just get some wet grains. There isn’t much there for aroma.

T: More grains but it also has some grassyness as well. Nice light taste that doesn’t make me cringe like some macro beers.

M: Light fizzy carbonation with a light body.

O: I’ve always seen this beer and I think it’s almost a bit odd that I haven’t had it until now. But anyways I was pleasantly surprised by this beer. It was very easy to drink and there was nothing bad about it. I could easily see myself drinking this beer if I’m going to be drinking macro.

05-14-2011 22:50:04 | More by marty21
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biegaman

Ontario (Canada)

2.75/5  rDev -4.2%

'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!

01-24-2011 21:25:24 | More by biegaman
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marcusR111

Alberta (Canada)

2.17/5  rDev -24.4%

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

01-04-2011 06:43:16 | More by marcusR111
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.3/5  rDev +15%

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.

01-02-2011 04:00:54 | More by CrazyMike
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ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

2.98/5  rDev +3.8%

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!

05-27-2010 22:05:21 | More by ChrisCage
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tpd975

Florida

2.65/5  rDev -7.7%

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

02-13-2010 15:44:29 | More by tpd975
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wordemupg

Alberta (Canada)

2.73/5  rDev -4.9%

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

10-21-2009 05:49:14 | More by wordemupg
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harley101

Manitoba (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

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

08-30-2009 02:11:27 | More by harley101
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EsoxLucius

Saskatchewan (Canada)

2.8/5  rDev -2.4%

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. ;)

08-01-2009 04:46:59 | More by EsoxLucius
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.85/5  rDev -0.7%

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.

06-07-2009 06:27:27 | More by biboergosum
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nighthawk

Nova Scotia (Canada)

2.33/5  rDev -18.8%

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.

05-17-2009 21:27:43 | More by nighthawk
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barleysandwich

British Columbia (Canada)

3.33/5  rDev +16%

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.

01-14-2009 08:53:26 | More by barleysandwich
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GrimmReaper

British Columbia (Canada)

2.83/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

10-05-2007 16:38:02 | More by GrimmReaper
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vanrassel

Alberta (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -8.4%

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.

03-10-2007 00:45:32 | More by vanrassel
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mrmanning

Ontario (Canada)

1.68/5  rDev -41.5%

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.

12-14-2006 12:52:32 | More by mrmanning
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RJLarse

Washington

3/5  rDev +4.5%

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.

01-30-2006 04:43:27 | More by RJLarse
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BigRedN

Nebraska

1.63/5  rDev -43.2%

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.

10-05-2005 04:32:17 | More by BigRedN
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +4.5%

'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.

07-16-2005 21:54:55 | More by BigBry
Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada
68 out of 100 based on 104 ratings.