Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
63
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235 Reviews
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 714
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of Nitwits
1.68/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

So I went to my local liquor store looking for some "throwback" beer and I tripped across a 12 pack of Old Milwaukee. I am currently in that vein and have been drinking alot of PBR over these last couple weeks but am also looking to branch out to try as many beers from my pre-legal days and Old Milwaukee was a staple back then. I will go on to rate it a little bit later but I have to say the moment I popped the can and poured it into my glass, as I do with all beers...yes, I can be a bit of a beer snob at times, it brought back memories of cornfields, hay and barn parties as I grew up in the south central farm country in Illinois. I sort of smiled a bit as the aroma brought back memories as this literally was my first Old Milwaukee since high school. But, to the beer, I didn't smile for very long as the aroma brought those other memories as to just how bad this beer is. Now, the appearance is the best thing about it. The color is a clear, refreshing gold with a decent head, not a good head as it does disappear a little faster than I would like but the smell...total grain, well, not totally but grain/corn is the first aroma that you will notice. But, and here is the part where it can get a little repulsive...the grain taste is overpowering. It is very crisp when you first drink it but it goes south from there very fast. The crisp start finishes with an almost burnt corn aftertaste and the more of these you drink the more prominent it gets. I just polished off my third since I work from home so I can do that and that is as many as I could choke down as this aftertaste just keeps growing. It was good to try it but this one time is all that I need for now...I'm good for a few more years as it relates to Old Milwaukee. As beer goes, OMW is about as bad as it gets, but if you have very little $$, it's still beer as it is very cheap. (1,858 characters)

Photo of berkeleymaw
2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Apparently brewed in Cali these days, but nobody ever serves it here. Had it on tap at a bar in Milwaukee. I guess a vacation to Milwaukee would be the time and place to have my one and only Old Milwaukee on tap. The irony of when and where I had my only Old Milwaukee from a tap is the only thing worth mentioning about it. Not as terrible as its rating, but not a good beer either. (383 characters)

Photo of asyriuscorolla
2.09/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Do cans, not bottles. Its really not that bad as far as adjunct beer goes. I'll take this over a Bud light any day. Definitely a bit heavy which sucks cuz its also very weak (like 4.5ABV I think?) but when I'm not feeling adventurous I'll grab a sixer of this (for $3.30 hahaha) and drink em nice and cold. (306 characters)

Photo of ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Grain, barley and corn!!!
Appearance- A pale clear yellow color with a large white head.
Taste- Typical AAL but not bad, consider the price and the total disdain most have this is better than what most people make it out to be.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a smooth crisp finish
Overall- This brought me way back to my days in the Marines, "Old Milwaukee" beer tents out in the field. It tasted better back then, but hey it isn't horrible now. (525 characters)

Photo of Bigmrred
1.21/5  rDev -53.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Absolutely awful. The taste of Old Milwaukee is so repulsive, I would only drink it if the life of another human being depended on it. Worst. Macro. Ever. (154 characters)

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why Old Milwaukee Light is rated so high and this one isn't is beyond me. Anyways, 16 oz pounder poured into a glass for appearances' sake.

Appearance (3.5) : Dusty, fluffy white cap about 3 fingers tall, receding to a stout two fingers and staying there. Impressive. Body is typical pale straw colored with almost no opacity.

Aroma (3.5) : Sweet grain, musty barley, some corn, roses, and the faintest whiff of a ghost of a hop leaf. Typical lager smell, a bit more floral and clean than others.

Flavor (3.25) : Malt, buttered corn, cereal grains, faint ripe banana, more corn. Some 2-D hop going on, not exactly palatable but it's there. This one isn't too bad, it's not real great either.

Mouthfeel (3) : Carbonated, crisp, very faintly smooth but not enough to classify as smooth. On par for the style.

Overall (3.06) : Hey, it's not all that bad. It's a bottom shelf beer, sure, but I've had way way way way worse. For $8 a 12 pack, or $4 a 6 pack...it's a cheap beer and great with beef sticks (which I opted for as a combo, instead of buying a bar beer at $2 a pop while I went to waste $10 at the vid lot machine. Seemed much more economical to spend $4 on a six pack.) (1,182 characters)

Photo of Urk1127
3.24/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from the can. Can see light yellow some little lace. Smell is yeast and adjuncts. Dry smell. Taste is dry and yeasty and adjuncts. Almost like PBR but boozier to me. Makes my face hot fairly quickly. I like it as much as my go to PBR (239 characters)

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +52.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A clear golden colored body with a lot of rising bubbles. A white fizzy head disappears quickly. No lacing.

The aroma is slightly metallic, with notes of corn and cereal grains.

Thankfully, the taste is slightly better than the aroma. Slightly metallic, maybe a hint of corn adjuncts. Not much else.

Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated.

Overall, I rated this in comparison with other adjunct lagers, and quite frankly this beer tastes as clean and refreshing as all the others at a cheaper price. This will be my cheap go-to beer when needed. (580 characters)

Photo of FrozenJoe
2.88/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Appearance
Large fluffy white head. Decent retention. Some lacing. Clear, light golden body. Active carbonation.

Smell
Mild. Sweet malt. Light floral hops.

Taste
Stale corn and malt. Not as sweet as expected. Dry and stale.

Mouthfeel
Body is somewhere between light and medium. Dry stale finish lingers. Strong carbonation.

Overall
Maybe this beer was not stored properly or was abused somehow? I was expecting more. This beer is pretty smooth. The appearance and aroma are inviting. But it just doesn't taste that good. (525 characters)

Photo of Andco924
3/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not bad brew very similar to PBR but not as good....still rather have an ice cold Old Mil than a Budweiser or Coors any day....Old Mil has decent hops for a cheap beer and it is excellent for mixing with stouts and porters to make cheap amber lagers. For $6.99 a 12 pack it is hard to beat and much better than it's main competitor on the shelf Milwaukee's Best. This beer actually won some awards back in the day so give it a break and evaluate it for what it is.... a cheap American Style beer.... (499 characters)

Photo of cervezango
3.25/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Comparable to pbr, I don't know why theres so much hate for this beer. Its a good alternative to bud light, highlife, nat light, or keystone.

Its not going to challenge or excite your tongue. But it dosn't bother mine at all. I think pbr is better but this one is better that high life in my opinion. (301 characters)

Photo of Foyle
2.21/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Appearance: pours a thick white head which recedes quickly. Light lacing. Pale straw color with much streaming carbonation.
Aroma: corn husks, lightly toasted barley, not much else
Mouthfeel: light and watery, a little papery. Finish is quite dry.
Flavor: white bread, corn sweetness, maybe a hint of hop bite.
Overall: ok, especially at the bargain price, but nothing to get excited about. (394 characters)

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | 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. (297 characters)

Photo of Badger6
2.19/5  rDev -16.1%
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. (563 characters)

Photo of workingclassbrew
3.22/5  rDev +23.4%
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. (709 characters)

Photo of PvtSnowball
2.68/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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.

For some reason I actually like this karp. The best of the style imo. (491 characters)

Photo of CalgaryFMC
2.35/5  rDev -10%
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. (962 characters)

Photo of MarkSmith86
3.06/5  rDev +17.2%
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! (308 characters)

Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +91.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

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 is 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. (532 characters)

Photo of Clydesdale
1.92/5  rDev -26.4%
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. (849 characters)

Photo of ElijahRivera
2.29/5  rDev -12.3%
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. (1,134 characters)

Photo of BeerBateo
2.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (889 characters)

Photo of Masivodano
3.04/5  rDev +16.5%
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. (340 characters)

Photo of cambabeer
2.4/5  rDev -8%
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. (786 characters)

Photo of Acforster2
3.12/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Milwaukee from a can, poured into dimpled mug. Appearance is light yellow, fizzy with huge white head that dissapates quickly. Smell is harsh and grainy. Taste is smooth. Drinkability is very high. Mouthfeel is thin and a little watery. Old Milwaukee is a great lawnmower beer and one of my favorite cheap beers. (316 characters)

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.