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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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533 Ratings
THE BROS
58
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Ratings: 533
Reviews: 223
rAvg: 2.36
pDev: 33.47%


Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
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nicholas2121

Ohio

3.03/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Milwaukee beer is classic brew. It pours a golden Amber color. This brew has a little white head. Old Milwaukee has a sweet taste, it not bad. Mouth feel is that of an american style beer, nice and smooth. Over all I give this beer a 3 out of 5. it is nothing special but it is not a bad beer.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 03:45:30 | More by nicholas2121
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Badger6

Virginia

2.18/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pale yellowish-amber color, clear with no cloudiness, lots of carbonation. Malty aromas, but not from barley- corn? rice? Tastes of sweet maltiness, can't really discern any hops. Feels robust, but the carbonation balances it out a bit. Look, this is just not a great beer...but, I had to go grab one and review it for a couple of reasons. (1) Takes me back to golfing with the boys in college, and (2) reminds me of my Grandfather, a man's man who took it to the Nazis back in '44 in a B-24, got shot down, and walked 200 miles to the Adriatic sea to be rescued.

Serving type: can

02-12-2014 01:33:59 | More by Badger6
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illpass78

Maine

2.25/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Taken straight from the (12 oz.) can.

Appearance: It looks like what it is: sub-sub-premium beer. The can is a nice throwback design, at least.

Aroma: Smells very much like a macro lager. You know what you're getting into here. Moreover, you know why you got here in the first place. It smells like a way to make yardwork slightly more enjoyable on a humid day.

Taste: The adjuncts dominate the taste, which is more or less classic American lager. As the style goes, it's not overly watery. Again, you know why you're drinking this, and you won't be surprised by it. Classic cheap beer that's a fine compliment to a backyard cookout if your guests aren't highbrow types.

Mouthfeel: Decent body for an economy macro.

0verall: This was the first beer I ever had, and it's very average. It fulfills its purpose.

Serving type: can

01-12-2014 03:15:24 | More by illpass78
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workingclassbrew

Wisconsin

3.23/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a hunting season commemorative can, camouflage with blaze orange inlay. It really caught my eye this deer hunting season.

The color pale wheat, aroma, dry wheat, malt. Hard to pick up much if any aroma.

Easy drinking light lager. Nothing to write home about, but enough malt presence to keep it interesting. As with the smell, if I swish it around a dry wheat taste holds in my mouth. Perfect with a shot. Slightly sweet as it warms, but not overly. Needs a little more weight, and it could be a good everyday beer. This was the beer I remember my mom always drinking, and she kept it in the garage, no fridge.

"It doesnt get any better than this"...if this is all you got it isnt that bad.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 00:27:06 | More by workingclassbrew
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PvtSnowball

Florida

2.58/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Pint can, into my Leffe chalice. (thanks leffe, for the
"free" glass)

Bogus, almost clear yellow coloration, with a head that recedes almost as fast a Ted T's
hairline.

Smell: Holy carp!! It actually has a smell! Grain. To much, but at least
it's something.

Taste: Well.. Grain and alcohol. Ok.

Mouthfeel: Best part, moderate instead of water. pleasantly surprised by this.

Not bad for what it is. Better than most.

Serving type: can

12-09-2013 23:59:50 | More by PvtSnowball
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

2.36/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I typically wait to try mainstream American/Canadian adjunct lagers if they happen to show up at various social functions or restaurants where there are few other (better) beer options. Too fizzy and weak flavor-wise as a general rule, although these beers can be nostalgic and are great if you really are just in the mood to drink socially without constantly taking tasting notes or analyzing everything else going on with the brew. Old Milwaukee is very, very pale straw colored with the requisite level of mouth-numbing carbonation and white foam. Also classic is the muted, tenuous flavor profile and aroma. This example is corn-forward and fairly sweet, corn meal and boiled dough along with some subtle off-flavors (the sweetness tastes a bit artificial like aspartame) ... Chalky and dry body keeps the sweetness lower than in some other adjunct lagers but the corniness and cooked flavors do add a little nuance I suppose. Mellow and largely unoffensive.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 19:14:23 | More by CalgaryFMC
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MarkSmith86

Wisconsin

3.05/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Typical american adjunct lager, straw color, no lacing, tastes like every other adjunct lager. Cheap but better than a light beer. Id recommend this if your going to a party and want to bring alot of it for cheap. this is a way to go! Its crisp/carbonated/ and you can drink alot of these before you feel it!

Serving type: can

11-27-2013 09:14:04 | More by MarkSmith86
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bbluemzbeer

California

4.54/5  rDev +92.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

One of the best cheap AA Lager of there. Beats out Dos esquis, Coors light , bud light , miller high life, Busch just name a few.

Appearance: Looks like a straw beer. Yellow

Smell : Like American adject lage should smell like grains

Taste: Some grains and malts with little bite at the end. It very smooth old school beer taste.

Moutfeel: " Is medium to light

Overall : One of the best discounted American Adjunct Lagers out there. Old Milwaukee has that old school beer taste which you real can not find in many beers today.

Serving type: can

10-31-2013 18:57:19 | More by bbluemzbeer
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Clydesdale

District of Columbia

1.91/5  rDev -19.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

A: Pours a perfectly clear golden color with some big, perky bubbles of carbonation. The white head is initially tall, with a thin, foamy texture. Retention is below average, as the head dissipates fairly quickly. Minimal splotches of lace stick to the glass.

S: Faintly grainy and corny. There's some light herbal/grassy character, along with some light sourness. Really not much here to work with.

T: Thin, crackery malt flavor up front, with a firm dose of corny adjunct flavor. Hop bitterness adds a drying touch and some mild grassy flavor. There's a faintly sour twang with very light fruit punch notes towards the finish.

M: Thin body. Any malt heaviness quickly fades into a seltzery, dry finish.

O: No surprises - this is pretty bad. If you dropped a shot glass of PBR into a cup of club soda, it'd be pretty close to Old Milwaukee.

Serving type: can

10-26-2013 21:42:23 | More by Clydesdale
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ElijahRivera

New York

2.31/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can into my Duvel tulip glass. Consumed on 8/21/13.

A – Big, foamy, white head. Carbonation clings all over the inside of the glass. Pale, straw yellow in color, and as clear as the glass it's in. Head dies down fast and leaves lacing.

S – Slight cooked corn, skunky grain, but still mostly clean. Not much there, and no hops aroma. Mildly off putting, but clean enough to not be too offensive.

T – Very clean and crisp. Not much going on, but what little is does have going on is very agreeable. A little sweetness transitions into some mild bitterness in which the slightest hop flavor can be detected in the dry aftertaste.

M – Very light bodied. Low to medium carbonation. Pleasantly dry in the finish.

O – This is a very cheap beer with a bad rep, and I would argue a bad rap as well. I think it is great for the price point, which is $3.99 for a sixer of pounders by me. That makes it just about the cheapest, not-on-sale beer I can buy. However, it is light years away from great or even good, and I would likely be telling a completely different tale if it wasn't just out of a cold fridge.

Serving type: can

09-24-2013 02:56:47 | More by ElijahRivera
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BeerBateo

Ontario (Canada)

2.49/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Aight, ..this was my son's fave, cheap beerverage , and i'm pleased to say, if this got him through his 1st year at university, i'm ok with that.

Straight out of the can.. fellas, because this may be the closest you'll ever get your lips on someone that looks like that!

See: Platinum head with little memory, soft shoulders with a sheer layer overtop, blonde nectar, bubbly throughout and rising from the greatest little shoes.

Hear: I've heard this beer is great on price but you get what you pay for.

Smell: Sweet nothingness... but slight spice, as well.

Taste: In style and good on it's own.

Feel: Fresh, clean & satisfying. Stevia sensation teases.

Blanket: "And if you can't be with the one you love, honey...Love the one you're with".

AKA: Still's Swill

P.S: I have just been informed by my son that he no longer has to drink Old Mill as he can now afford better beer.

Serving type: can

07-22-2013 23:09:54 | More by BeerBateo
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Masivodano

Saskatchewan (Canada)

3.04/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I bought these in cans and poured it into a glass.

For a cheap beer, this is a pretty safe bet. Has a slight sweet, corn taste, decent head, and while not terrific it is quite drinkable. I have had way worse beer and not all of them were as low cost.

It's a great beer to buy in bulk if you are supplying free beer for a BBQ or something.

Serving type: can

07-01-2013 01:25:45 | More by Masivodano
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cambabeer

Florida

2.39/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Well it says on the top of the can "America's Best Tasting Beer." If that was true, I'd move, now. This is one of those beers you should only drink if its free and even then, not always. It's your average watered down, nothing to it beer. Heavily carbonated. There's a hint of hoppiness which is nice but there's a weird sweet/metalic flavor that just shouldn't be there. It's a little malty and is drinkable. The bad tastes that are there aren't overbearing, but that's probably because simply everything about this beer is not overbearing. It smells like someone spilled beer on your couch three days ago, but to it's credit it also smells crisp and grassy, like a corn field. Aftertaste is nonexistent, which is nice, because as bad as this beer is, at least it doesn't stick around.

Serving type: can

06-20-2013 00:04:32 | More by cambabeer
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MikeAAL

Wisconsin

3.45/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

A lighter beer, that's good on price.

Light, pale straw color. Fizzy, very carbonated. The head doesn't last very long.

Mostly smells like hops.

The taste is almost all hops and carbonation, a little bitterness. Everyone complaims how bitter this beer is, but it's not that bad. I like bitters though.

Light, carbonated and fizzy.

It's a good beer, cheap price. If it's cold, it's very refreshing. I'll pick it up once in a while.

Serving type: can

02-08-2013 20:56:47 | More by MikeAAL
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EricTheJew

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been beer slummin' lately; trying out various cheap beers. $11.99 for a 24 pack of this stuff. This will end up being either and incredible value, or a case of you get what you pay for. How bad can a fifty cent beer be? I can still remember fifty cent draws, afterall.

Okay, I am rating this beer according to its style. It is an American adjunct lager, intended for the working masses who don't have much green to throw out for "quality" beer. The first thing, serve this cold. Second, drink it from the can. The smell can be off putting if you pour it into a glass; sour grassiness mixed with a faint odor of...pee? As long as you drink it from the can so that you don't involve the olfactory organ, it's okay.

I was actually surprised by this beer. Rather than being a flavorless, watered down version of something claiming to be beer, it actually had flavor. Not great flavor, mind you. But flavor. It tasted of sweet grain with just a tad (a tad, mind you) of hops. The finish was nothing to get excited about; very short, but very dry. High amount of carbonation gives the illusion of more mouthfeel than is actually present. Served cold, it is very refreshing.

Overall, this is a nice beer, given its low price. I'm not a huge fan of this style of beer, but when I do drink it, I don't want to pay a lot of money for it. Lawn mower beer, yard beer, whatever you want to call it, it has its place. Old Milwaukee, served up cold, is a nice refreshing lager at a great price. When do you buy it? When it's on sale, and you've got a cookout that necessitates a large quantity of beer. Overall, very average,but sometimes that's all you need. Why eat steak when a burger will do?

This

Serving type: can

01-25-2013 03:48:14 | More by EricTheJew
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Bertman

Florida

3.2/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

we had this the other night at our beer tasting club for our great american beer. it was offered in a blind taste test and overall it was recieved well. our goal is to get peolpe to try these old classics and not be detered by public opinion or the advertisment of big beer companies.

and if i recall this beer won 5 gold medals from 2003 - 2007 at the great american beer festival?

Serving type: bottle

01-11-2013 20:39:39 | More by Bertman
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Tomhet

Illinois

2.23/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Cheap swill my friend unexpectedly brought by when picking up a CD he left during a previous night of heavy metal and drunken revelry. Appearance is clear golden straw with no head; I can actually see the label of the book behind it through the glass, haha. Smell is nonexistent; maybe a little bit of corn and adjunct grains. At least it doesn't have the dirty crotch smell of shit like Bud Light.

Tastes like corn and water, just like all of the other unexciting American macrolagers. Surprisingly, the carbonation is somewhat subdued in comparison to other adjunct pale lagers, and I kind of wish it wasn't. Mouthfeel is incredibly slick. This is bad, but not horrible, especially for the price.

Serving type: can

01-06-2013 06:47:00 | More by Tomhet
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

2.78/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a big billowy white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, slowly fading to give a quite nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is a mix of corn sweetness, some grainy aromas as well as a light citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy smell mixed with flavors of a corn and rice. While lightly sweet initially, some more sweetness comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. At the end of the taste a light citrus hop and a tiny bit of paper flavors comes to the tongue giving a rather simple and mild, but mostly clean (beyond the light paper taste) and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. The light body and the higher carbonation level are very fitting for the simple flavors and crispness of the brew, accentuating the drinkability of the brew.

Overall – Simple and highly drinkable with no highly offensive off flavors. With its cheap price, it makes for a decent party/session brew.

Serving type: can

12-31-2012 03:32:46 | More by Darkmagus82
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Hoping to finish this Spelunky spree soon, as one can only take so much death before it starts to grate... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, and light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with some added sweet corn and some funkier wheat. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad little adjunct lager, one that hardly seems suitable for drinking on its own without some effort (read: beer ping and the like). Oh well, back to dying pathetically and not learning from my mistakes...*drink*...

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 15:50:09 | More by TMoney2591
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ilovemacros


4.23/5  rDev +79.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Why didnt I try this sooner. I guess I listened to the stereotypes about this beer. Picked up 2 6-packs of the 16 oz. variety at Wal-Mart in San Antonio. It was only $3.45 a 6-pack. well worth every penny. i should have bought more. We dont have it in my lil hole in the wall town. It goes down so smoothly. Has a hint of a sweet taste to it. I will definitely buy this the next time I head to S.A.

Serving type: can

12-20-2012 04:16:36 | More by ilovemacros
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StonedTrippin

Colorado

2.38/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty rotten gear here, but still better than some crappy 30 pack stuff. pours pale and yellow, but who pours an old milwaukee right? this is a right out of the can product for sure. it smells a tad metallic, but mostly just watery, not much of a nose at all, which i guess is better than a repulsive aroma. boring. the flavor is about as exciting as the nose, maybe a touch of pale pale malt, but thats about it. this is flavored water to me, but the feel isnt horrible, great carbonation, maybe even too much, and a real light body. very drinkable if you like, but dont plan on getting drunk on this stuff and feeling very good. not bad when its freezing cold, but i will never ever ever buy this.

Serving type: can

11-23-2012 22:03:21 | More by StonedTrippin
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SometimesIfart

Michigan

2.03/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass.

A - Pours a transparent yellow with a monster sized bubbly white head, standing four finger's in height.

S = Strong corn adjunct and sour grains. That's about it.

T - Strong rice adjunct. That's it. At least it tastes like something!.

M - Mouthfeel adds a slight cooked corn flavor and nothing more. Heavy carbonation, and an odd stickiness upon the tongue.

O - Overall, it's a cheap beer. Not impressive, but much better than that wrongly marketed flavored water know as Stroh's. But, it definitely doesn't hold up to it's lables claim as " America's best tasting beer ".

Serving type: can

09-04-2012 05:43:41 | More by SometimesIfart
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emerge077

Illinois

2.38/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

That's that Old Milwaukee. I just finished myself an Old Milwaukee. o_O http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUc5ZWAsLPo

AMERICAS BEST TASTING BEER™ ...lol.

Not getting much of that "insane lacing" you hear about on the internet from the experts. Looks like any other cheap swill... pale anemic urine gold, racing streams of carbonation, feeble broken skim on the surface.

Smells faintly like tea and crackers.

Tastes bland and insipid, like soggy saltines and watery tea. Astringent feel (not bitter, so many confuse the two) with a carbonic bite from high CO2 levels. If you want to get bloated, here is the beer for you. Not something i'm inclined to finish, especially as it warms up in the summer heat. Best thing going for it is the nostalgia/throwback brand appeal and the Will Ferrell commercials.

Serving type: can

08-06-2012 23:06:05 | More by emerge077
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TheQuietMan22

Iowa

2.9/5  rDev +22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The freshness date on the bottom of the can is “SEPT 03 12.”

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is light straw. It is not too light to be suspect but has a decent color for an adjunct lager. About a finger of light, white, fluffy head dissipated to leave a ring around the edge and some streaks of lacing.

Smell: Light grains and sake-like rice adjunct. (It has that recycling-container-full-of-empties smell fresh from the can!) A little bit of lemon sneaks in, as well as some grassy hops.

Taste: Much like the smell, it offers light grains and sake-like rice. It is pretty sweet and has a little lemon touch. There is enough grassy hops to make it taste like a beer.

Drinkability: Though a little sweet for my taste (in regards to adjuncts) it is not bad. I would definitely buy this again for a camping trip.

Serving type: can

06-29-2012 03:58:14 | More by TheQuietMan22
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +64.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This was an old favorite of mine because I used to purchase six packs of Old Milwaukee or Old Milwaukee Light after I turned 21. I liked it more than some of the other adjunct lagers at the time, but I haven't had this beer in years. The can says, "America's Best Tasting Beer." I liked this beer a lot when I was younger, but I'm going to review this as if I had this for the first time. Let's see if this lives up to the slogan.

Poured into an Old Milwaukee chalice. Pours pale yellow with a two-finger length white head that quickly dissipears. A small amoung lacing remains on the top of the beer with a thin white ring around the side after the head recedes. Very little lacing is left alongside the glass during consumption and the cap atop the beer disappears. However, that ring of lacing on the side of the glass atop the beer remains throughout consumption. There are a lot of bubbles visible rising from the bottom of the glass. This looks like the typical adjunct lager. There are aromas of barley malt, maybe a little corn and some hops. The smell conjures up memories of Schlitz, which is only natural because this beer was the budget alternative to Schlitz. The aroma is mild, but still pleasing.

The taste is bready from the malt and that flavor comes through very well. There is some sweetness in the background from the corn and the hop flavor is very mild. It has a little bite to it that you don't get with BMC, but it's not quite as strong as Schlitz. It is very clean tasting and well balanced. The flavor is excellent. The body is light and the mouthfeel is watery. The finish is crisp and dry, which is typical of adjunct lagers. It's very easy to drink like you would expect from an adjunct lager. It's very refreshing.

It's pretty easy to understand why this beer wins gold medals when you try it. It is a solid beer with good flavor and it is also very refreshing. This is a very good beer. If you are looking for an adjunct lager on a budget, but also want some flavor, you can never go wrong with Old Milwaukee. It may not be America's best tasting beer, but it is a very good beer.

Serving type: can

04-27-2012 22:54:34 | More by acevenom
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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 533 ratings.