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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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600 Ratings

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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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1/5  rDev -57.3%

07-08-2012 01:25:09 | More by od_sf
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

02-03-2012 09:33:57 | More by dmorgan310
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

12-21-2011 01:40:46 | More by kmckinnon87

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -57.3%

07-08-2013 23:10:05 | More by WOLFGANG
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

03-07-2014 03:16:55 | More by ParkbrauFan
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

01-23-2014 22:15:22 | More by jimmy13
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

12-14-2013 00:13:05 | More by pisomojado8
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

12-20-2013 14:06:58 | More by HRamz3
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South Dakota

1/5  rDev -57.3%

01-06-2014 06:19:57 | More by mrjbrown27
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

11-29-2011 01:47:13 | More by ZinFanDave
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1/5  rDev -57.3%

11-28-2011 05:36:03 | More by barnzy78
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1.02/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a pale yellow color. There was a one finger head which disappeared quickly. The smell and taste are both somewhat musty with a lot of corn on the nose. It is thin and watery without much flavor or character. I don't know how anybody drinks this. It was free to me, so I didn't lose any money buying it.

Serving type: can

05-31-2009 23:13:14 | More by hardy008
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1.05/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mineral and salty, with a harsh finish that passes for hops. Tastes like some sort of medicine to clean out your colon (which is does pretty effectively, too).

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2001 23:24:24 | More by Brent
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New York

1.05/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not much say here. Looks lighter and dirtier than piss. Almost sweet smell. The taste is nasty metallic horses ass. It might make you cry. The mouthfeel is that of getting stabbed in the face. Incredibly not drinkable. I would rather drink my own urine.

Serving type: can

08-29-2005 02:44:51 | More by kbnooshay
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1.1/5  rDev -53%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sickly gold, white head, minimal retention, no lace. Lightly sweet nose, adjucts I assume. Harshly metallic taste. Almost impossible to drink... it brought pain to my throat. I really can't tolerate "Old Mud". Frankly this is one of the worst beers I have had. Please stay away from it.

Serving type: bottle

07-19-2002 13:16:55 | More by bditty187
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Quebec (Canada)

1.13/5  rDev -51.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a lightly carbonated golden yellow color lager with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of corn adjunct is way too powerful and gross. Taste is also dominated by the adjunct with too much sugar. Another bland offering from this awful brewery.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2006 15:45:53 | More by Phyl21ca
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1.15/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

It's been a little while since I had my first, and last, Old Milwaukee. I wouldn't normally review from memory, given that time can dull some perceptions or muddle others, but OM made a pretty big impression on me.

I had a can of this one Thanksgiving at a relative's house. It smelled of corn and the flavor was lousy with corn. The watery mouthfeel was the least offensive part of it. OM is where cobs go to die. Can't speak as to it's appearance as I drank right from the can.

There are better options out there, even in the category of cheap beer. Lesson learned: if you see the world "Milwaukee" on the container, odds are you should run for the hills.

Serving type: can

06-30-2011 19:22:53 | More by DirtyPenny
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Ontario (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

710 ml can. Pours a clear straw yellow, really pissy looking, strange fluffy loose white head, no lace or retention. Smell is sweet, honey, metallic, maybe citrus. Taste is nasty, really pissy and sweet, strange metallic flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. One of the nastiest beers I've ever had and not what I would expect the Pabst Brewery.

Serving type: can

02-19-2006 02:24:59 | More by Viggo
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New Jersey

1.2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Old Milwaukee
Not Pabst best beer ,light yellow tone little head empty taste
I paid $3.50 for one of these in the city and it was work to get it "and keep it" down. you aint missing anything here. I don't know
why they evenmake this crap!

Serving type: can

11-23-2002 10:57:48 | More by Kwak
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1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

02-26-2014 19:22:05 | More by JIMTRK16
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1.25/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I need to finish this review fast because I can't finish the beer.
Pours a light golden yellow with a big white head that disppeared by the time I had turned around to close the refridgerator. No lacing.
Aroma is 'old man beer'...honest that is what I smelled...something very reminiscent of my dad and grandfather and the smell of beer at a ball game.
Taste is sweet cloying malts and corn. Nothing else
Somehow it manages to be both weak and watery leaving you wondering where the flavor is and sticky with an aftertaste that won't go away.
While the American Macro isn't one of my favorite style, this one is one of the worse I've tasted.

Serving type: can

06-16-2006 01:31:20 | More by IntriqKen
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1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

02-23-2014 20:31:07 | More by DOCRW
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1.25/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Never thought I'd try this one again after having tasted it in my youth, but when I saw it on sale for $5 for a 12 pack, I decided to give it a go...

Appearance: Who knows? Seriously, at this price range, who bothers with a glass? This is "pull it from the cooler and drink it from the can" material.

Smell: Oh the smell... I struggle to find a way to describe the smell in a way that will be taken seriously. It just doesn't smell like beer, even bad beer. More like rotten meat. As in a bacon wrapped bratwurst that's been sitting on a picnic table for three days. In July.

Taste: Not as bad as the smell, but still not great. Sort of an acidic taste. But not the good "hoppy / citrusy" acidity. More like a "stomach acid / vomit / bile" acidity. Very strong "fermented corn" flavor in the aftertaste, as well.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Coats your tongue like honey and won't go away, no matter how much you want it to.

Notes: There's just no reason to buy this beer. I recently noticed the local Wal-Mart selling Miller High Life in a 12-pack of bottles for six bucks. I like High Life. It's certainly not my favorite beer, but it's much better than the "popular" Bud Light / Miller Lite type beers that sell for double that price. So, I've been giving some cheap beers another chance lately, after many years as a "beer snob".

Ol' Mil just doesn't fill a niche in the market. Its ABV is too low to be a good "cheap buzz" beer. And (oh god, I never thought I'd say this) Natty Ice tastes better.

If you want a cheap beer that will give you the most "buzz for your buck", then Steel Reserve is a higher ABV, lower price, and better taste than this stuff.

Stay away. Whether you're looking for "good beer" or a "cheap buzz", this isn't the beer you're looking for. There are better choices for both at the same price.

Serving type: can

08-14-2010 18:21:29 | More by subliminalurge
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1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

09-28-2013 01:38:16 | More by Bill69
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1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

10-30-2012 02:48:34 | More by Jebus1309
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 600 ratings.