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Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Reviews: 245 | Ratings: 764
Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Lots of yellow, almost no head can be held. Aroma of mass production and grain.

Devoid of hop, yeast and malt flavors for the most part. A high bitterness quotient to malt ratio. Corn sweetness. Lots of water everywhere, not a drop to drink.

Its an AAL, and it fits exactly in that category. Lots of carbonation, minimal flavor in the positive sense. Seems like they tried to use the least amount of high alpha acid hops, long boil, minimal barley (and if so, comes off as 6 row) creates an off bitterness lacking desired beer flavors.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.88/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try Old Mil since I turned 21. It has been impossible to find in my one horse town in Michigan. Today at the gas station I finally found it. it was a risk considering it was a 30 pack, but I had to buy it 13.99$. Not a bad price. I was pretty excited to finally try it, and (luckily) I was not disappointed.
Look-Big white head with lots of lacing. Lots of carbonization bubbles sticking to side of glass. Nice light straw color beer. Normal looking lager.
Smell-The beer smells of grain, bread, and corn. The smell reminds me of a carbon copy of Labatt Blue Light.
Taste- It's a nice taste. It's a little watery. Up front you taste the grain, bread, and corn. I can also taste a light hint of hops during the finish. It tastes kind of sweet as it's going down. It's a very smooth beer. Overall the taste is a very nice pleasant transition from start to finish. Nothing really jumps out at you as being an over powering ingredient. Very nice blend.
Feel- The beer leaves your mouth with a very dry taste.
Overall- Im giving this beer a 4 out of 5. It was a lot better then I expected. For a cheap beer it is defiantly in my top 10 now. Hopefully my local gas station keeps this beer around for awhile. Try it it's a lot better then people say it is. For the price you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Squire123
2.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Small beer in a tall can.

Years ago this brand was a cut above average. Alas, it's light has dimmed. Not the worst AAL out there, just no longer the stand out it was 40 years ago when it placed first in a blind tasting I hosted. Light color, light tasting, fizzy basic beer that will get the job done when there's nothing better around.

Buy it if you're ticking through the AALs, otherwise leave it on the shelf as there are better ones in the price range.

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Photo of billdove5
2.85/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Real beery taste that keeps you coming back for more. I haven't run the numbers but great value beer. Much better than the others in its class on the far end of the beer case. Will not disappoint even the snobbiest of beer snobs. More than just a palate cleanser. Serve straight up and unfruited. A well stocked beer fridge should always have some on hand. No nonsense man beer.

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Photo of TuMadre
1.79/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours like water with the color of urine. Careful with the pour or you will get a very fluffy white head that lingers for an eternity. The smell is reminiscent of the frat house floor the morning after an all night bender, and the taste is of corn and socks. Yes It really is that awful.

There are drinkable college budget beers, but this is not one of them. Look to Yuengling or PBR.

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Photo of jw4free
2.67/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from a 12 oz can. Part of 12 pack. L: copious white head. Fades slowly. Limited lacing. Nice effervescent. S: Ricey, weak. T: watery, slight yeast. F: does not linger in the mouth. Needs another gulp quickly. O: here's were this beer shines. It is so cheap.

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Photo of mark5692
1.03/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm very surprised that this is rated higher than Busch and almost even with Labatt Blue. Of all these cheap, macro beers, this is the worst. Undrinkable. Tastes like garbage. Literally, like a skunked, metallic, just awful. It's one of the beers that I find undrinkable.

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Photo of Absolut
1.34/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

'enjoyed' at a BBQ from the bottle. pulled out of a ice water cooler.

it's very cold.

smells of corn, and an arena restroom.

taste is what you would expect. watery, wet grass, corn.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.18/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Old Milwaukee Beer

The look of it : A finger of head that quickly goes away. Yellow golden color. Light carbonation. Nothing special about it.

The smell of it: Sweet grain and some corn

The taste of it: Taste like a newspaper.

So overall would I recommend it ? NO ! Wanna have a cheap beer, go get a Pabst !

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
1.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours very clear almost straw color into a mug or glass! Smells absolutely horrible like cooked vegetables and stale corn! No surprise the taste is not much better! Can hardly choke these down even on a hot day! If i were you i would spend the extra few bucks and get a PBR or any BMC beer over this one!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.57/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice macro lager, easy to get in Mexico and very affordable. Doesn´t show any problems like metal taste or sunkiness. Large can presentation is great for outdoors activities.

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Photo of Nitwits
1.68/5  rDev -32.8%
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.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
2.79/5  rDev +11.6%
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.

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Photo of asyriuscorolla
2.09/5  rDev -16.4%
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.

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Photo of ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +32.8%
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.

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Photo of Bigmrred
1.21/5  rDev -51.6%
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.

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
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.)

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Photo of Urk1127
3.24/5  rDev +29.6%
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

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Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +59.6%
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.

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Photo of FrozenJoe
2.88/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

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Photo of Andco924
3/5  rDev +20%
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....

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Photo of cervezango
3.25/5  rDev +30%
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.

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Photo of Foyle
2.21/5  rDev -11.6%
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.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.3/5  rDev +32%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Old Milwaukee beer is classic brew, That is brew by Past brewing company. This brew has an ABV of 4.60%. Old Milwaukee pours out a nice a golden Amber color, with a small white head. The smell of Old Milwaukee, is rich with grains and malts. You pick up a hit of of hops in the smell of this brew. Now for the taste, it is sweet taste, it not bad. You pick up grains and malts in the taste of this brew. There is nothing overpowering about Old Milwaukee, it has a nice claen balance to it. The Mouthfeel of Old Milwaukee is clean, smooth and refreshing. This brew has the look smell and taste of most american style brews on the market today. I'm no saying that is a bad thing. Old Milwaukee is a Classic brew with a lot of history behind it. This is one of the more milded brews on the market. However it is a nice brew to drink with you are in the mood for a american larger. Overall I'm giving Old Milwaukee a 3.5 out of 5. This is a nice smooth drinking brew with no bad aftertaste. I would buy this brew again. Pabst Brewing Company did a nice job with this one.

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Photo of Badger6
2.19/5  rDev -12.4%
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.

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 245 ratings.