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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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701 Ratings

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Ratings: 701
Reviews: 249
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 56 | 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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Ratings: 701 | Reviews: 249
Photo of YippieitsRyan
3.76/5  rDev +62.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Drank this ol girl many a time and I'm sure I will again! Makes your farts and breath smell terrible!

Photo of ALC82
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Just not very good at all

Photo of joe12pk
3.67/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A solid lager that is woefully underrated.

Photo of asyriuscorolla
2.09/5  rDev -9.9%
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.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Never liked any of these I drank.

Photo of tillmac62
2.57/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

One of the better lower cost offerings. Lots of corn, little hops. A less flavorful version of PBR basically.

Photo of hophugger
2.37/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

rated from previous tasting notes

Photo of ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +43.1%
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.

Photo of tkanedc
2.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

I'm not a lager guy but if I don't have a choice and I have to pick one, I will pick this one

Photo of bendukes86
2.24/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

For the price ...actually not bad lol

Photo of Bigmrred
1.21/5  rDev -47.8%
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.

Photo of CIBoy10
3.23/5  rDev +39.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Very Similar to PBR. As with PBR, I'd say avoid bottles and go with cans. Cheers!

Photo of rden4654
1.06/5  rDev -54.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Could it get any worse!!!

Photo of Dools9
2.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Middle of the road AAL, have had worse. Ice cold, it gets the job done.

Photo of hoppy13
3.7/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Good lawnmower type beer. Lite, crisp and refreshing.

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev +26.3%
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.)

Photo of Urk1127
3.24/5  rDev +39.7%
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

Photo of Dougology
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

Parties in college. I paid the 5 dollars entrance fee before I knew what they were serving.

Photo of diablo14
2.75/5  rDev +18.5%

For what it is, OM comes in just behind PBR as the dirt cheap ajunct ale of choice.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +72%
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.

Photo of FrozenJoe
2.88/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Mild. Sweet malt. Light floral hops.

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

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

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.

Photo of Andco924
3/5  rDev +29.3%
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....

Photo of cervezango
3.25/5  rDev +40.1%
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.

Photo of Foyle
2.21/5  rDev -4.7%
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.

Photo of nicholas2121
3.06/5  rDev +31.9%
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.

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 701 ratings.