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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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57
awful

600 Ratings
THE BROS
58
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Ratings: 600
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 22 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Indiana

5/5  rDev +113.7%

10-18-2012 00:18:39 | More by WonderWaffles
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Michigan

5/5  rDev +113.7%

10-20-2013 19:58:34 | More by GrizXTKEX519
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New York

5/5  rDev +113.7%

12-30-2011 00:45:21 | More by RheinSchaefer85
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Wisconsin

5/5  rDev +113.7%

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Kentucky

5/5  rDev +113.7%

03-12-2014 00:44:22 | More by bawipk
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vikingstout

New Hampshire

4.8/5  rDev +105.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The boss needs beer...better make it the best.
Don't fool around when it's your turn to get the beer.

All that subliminal programming when I was a kid really paid off. OM is my favorite American Lager. Just a hint of hops, clean mouthfeel, goes down easy. This is a true American staple. Sure, if I have $9 to spend on a 6-pack, I'll pick up a specialty brew. Otherwise, it's OM for me.

Serving type: can

03-10-2011 03:17:57 | More by vikingstout
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bbluemzbeer

California

4.54/5  rDev +94%
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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SpursfanJD


4.5/5  rDev +92.3%

01-19-2013 23:54:02 | More by SpursfanJD
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mdt88

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +92.3%

09-13-2013 23:40:58 | More by mdt88
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BigD1972

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the price, Old Milwaukee is a great beer.

It pours a light amber color. Smell is good. very drinkable.

mouthfeel is good, and it tastes great. On a hot day, mowing the lawn, this beer hits the spot better than the big 3 (bud, coors,miller).
Give it a try. dont let the price scare you, This cheap brew is pretty good.

Serving type: can

06-09-2006 02:48:41 | More by BigD1972
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ElCommodoro

Texas

4.38/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I enjoyed this one straight out of the can, the way it's meant to be enjoyed, so no appearance notes here. Smell is grains and corn syrup. Very pleasant though. It has a delicious "old man beer" smell. On the sweet side, for sure.
Taste is classic "old man beer." Which is a term I use to refer to a that taste that is present in many of the older beer labels that got bought up by Pabst. I honestly enjoy that "old man beer" style. It's refreshing and cheap and way more enjoyable that most of BMC's shit. This is no different, except surprisingly one of the best I've had. It's a perfect classic. It's EXACTLY what I want when I look at the can. It may not be fancy, but it is just so positively dead-on-target for what I'm looking for in a cheap adjunct lager. And it's cheap as all hell, too. This may be a new frontrunner for the "best beer for your money," which is important to me. I like to spend money on fancy over-priced beers when I have it, but nothing is more important to me in a beer than economy x quality. Either of those alone is fairly useless information to me. This has tied Big Flats and Schlitz Gusto for economy x quality. It's not amazing, but it's a lot better than you'd expect at $8.41 for a 12-pack.

Back to more useful tasting notes though:
It's got all that delicious wet grain and corn syrup flavour that was on the nose, but it's not as sweet as the smell would suggest. It's really fairly dry. And as obviously cheap as the flavour is, it's really just indescribably pleasant. It's hard to put into words. The ingredients just taste good and natural. It doesn't have any weird flavours you don't want in there like Budweiser, Coors, MGD, or any light beer. It's just a regular old, easy-drinking beer-man's beer. Well, impoverished beer man, anyway. This is quite possibly the best ADJUNCT lager I've ever had, not including higher alcohol brews like euro strong lagers. It may be the only adjunct lager I need to buy from now on, but I will keep trying new ones when I find them. This one is so damn cheap, though.

Serving type: can

04-07-2012 06:38:06 | More by ElCommodoro
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ilovemacros


4.23/5  rDev +80.8%
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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dsnyder61

Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +70.9%

06-11-2013 18:02:54 | More by dsnyder61
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KevinB

New York

4/5  rDev +70.9%

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JeffSuttonTX

Texas

4/5  rDev +70.9%

03-11-2013 01:44:29 | More by JeffSuttonTX
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ShepardCommander

Virginia

4/5  rDev +70.9%

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kybluemoon

Kentucky

4/5  rDev +70.9%

02-15-2014 16:01:21 | More by kybluemoon
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ben-kebereek

New York

4/5  rDev +70.9%

02-14-2014 19:06:57 | More by ben-kebereek
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nekronos

Mexico

4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For being a Macro Lager, it was ok, and I think it is the best among the Old Milwaukee variety. The colour is not green at all, and it is very goldy, very good and the foam is nice, very bubbling and it is what it counts for a lager, at least for me.

Serving type: can

10-24-2005 14:45:18 | More by nekronos
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marshrat63

California

4/5  rDev +70.9%

12-22-2011 04:31:48 | More by marshrat63
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.99/5  rDev +70.5%
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.

Serving type: can

06-29-2014 02:00:09 | More by JuicesFlowing
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Treath

California

3.93/5  rDev +67.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Golden yellow, with a big frothy head that dissipates but leaves a slight layer of foam. Leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Smells kind of tinny and slightly of alcohol if sniffed heavily.

T- Corn, malt, slight tin, No Bitterness. Finishes very clean with some aftertaste of corn cobs.

M- Watery, thin, bubbly. Very easy to drink.

O- Overall, it's a good beer when it's very hot outside or if you want a beer that goes down easily. Pretty good for a AAL.
No hangover.

Serving type: can

11-11-2011 19:49:15 | More by Treath
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Vito

California

3.9/5  rDev +66.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Old Milwaukee. Five dollars for a twelve-pack at the drugstore down the street from my house. How cool is that?

Appearance: Normal yellow/gold macro beer color. Pouring it into a chilled mug brought forth a fairly thick one-inch head that quickly vanished. Minus one point because my girlfriend says the red-and-white pattern on the can looks "ugly".

Smell: The smell is above average. If there was an air-freshener with a "beer" fragrance, it would smell like Old Milwaukee.

Taste: Really not bad, quite a bit better than I expected. I had expected it to be a thin and watery brew, but it's actually full-bodied and a little on the rich side. There seems to be more than a hint of corn in the flavor; not as strong as Miller High Life, but the corn is definitely there.

Mouthfeel: This beer has medium carbonation, but it lacks crispness. As it warms to room temperature, the texture can become a little unpleasant, like a mouthful of soapy water.

Drinkability: Despite it's flaws, Old Milwaukee is pretty drinkable, although a little on the heavy side. If you're looking for a tasty and light session beer, I would recommend Hamm's instead.

Overall: Old Milwaukee is a decent adjunct lager at an incredible price, probably the best beer value on the market. Go for it if you want an inexpensive brew that gets the job done.

Serving type: can

04-11-2009 04:18:19 | More by Vito
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acevenom

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +65.8%
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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linc6

New York

3.75/5  rDev +60.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Down here (SC) everything is Bud.... so OM isn't that bad !!! Goes down cold nicely. I used to drink this beer back in the early 70's, quantity over quality, and after drinking Bud Light and Miller Lite it's pretty good. Does Bud make anything worth while??

Serving type: can

08-17-2007 23:16:24 | More by linc6
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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.