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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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687 Ratings

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Ratings: 687
Reviews: 242
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 5
Gots: 51 | 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 Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -51.3%
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.

Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Couldn't get much flavor out of this beer after drinking a Schmidt's right before it. I couldn't believe that the Schmidt's was a stronger flavored beer than Old Milwaukee.
Color - yellow
Mouthfeel - Watery with some Bubbles
Taste - very light, almost water
Aroma - Not much of one

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.03/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review is part of Macro Smackdown III, a ongoing competition between various macro lagers. Old Milwaukee is going up against Budweiser today and may the best beer win. For the first time in the series the serving types are different, but that couldn't be helped. Will glass give OM an advantage? Let's find out.

There's very little difference in color between the two, but this beer has a slight edge in that it's a quarter-shade darker, almost achieving amberness. The head is clearly superior to the head on the Budweiser. It's bone white with a semi-creamy consistency and much better persistence. Not only that, but it actually has some character (humps, pits, etc) as it falls. While there isn't a huge amount of lace, a few meaty chunks do manage to stick.

The noses are very similar, smelling primarily of untoasted grain/husk. The aroma on this beer is slightly more musky and spicy (and I do mean slightly). The floral Bud nose wins by a nose, but again, it's not a clear enough victory for different scores to be granted.

First of all, Old Milwaukee has more flavor than Bud. Second of all, it's better flavor. I didn't say good, I said better. I'm not sure what adjunct Stroh/Pabst uses, but it seems to me that corn (OM?) is a superior grain to rice (Bud). There's a little more sweetness on the palate with this beer and a little more personality.

The mouthfeel is still pathetically thin, but it's less pathetically thin than Bud's. It also holds its carbonation for a longer period of time and keeps the mouthfeel lively, even if the flavor doesn't impress.

Old Milwaukee isn't good beer by any stretch of the imagination. It is good enough though to have bested one of America's favorite beers, beechwood-aged Budweiser. Even though this is one of the more lopsided MacSmacks so far, I'm still not interested in ever having this stuff cross my palate again.

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.35/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty rotten gear here, but still better than some crappy 30 pack stuff. pours pale and yellow, but who pours an old milwaukee right? this is a right out of the can product for sure. it smells a tad metallic, but mostly just watery, not much of a nose at all, which i guess is better than a repulsive aroma. boring. the flavor is about as exciting as the nose, maybe a touch of pale pale malt, but thats about it. this is flavored water to me, but the feel isnt horrible, great carbonation, maybe even too much, and a real light body. very drinkable if you like, but dont plan on getting drunk on this stuff and feeling very good. not bad when its freezing cold, but i will never ever ever buy this.

Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

i feel like i keep repeating myself but they all really do look the same when they pour out. this seemed to have a bit more retention then the others, but still just a light golden color with tons of carbonation coming up through the glass.

aroma of light grains, a touch of faint caramel, but then the skunked nose came though an killed it. same of the flavor, just not at all what i was looking for it. it might have had it for a second, but the wet hay, cardboard flavor just waved it all off. i coul imagine on a hot day you coul drink a ton, but not tonight, this just did not come across the way i needed it too.

overall, not my favorite at all.

Photo of emerge077
2.54/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

That's that Old Milwaukee. I just finished myself an Old Milwaukee. o_O http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUc5ZWAsLPo


Not getting much of that "insane lacing" you hear about on the internet from the experts. Looks like any other cheap swill... pale anemic urine gold, racing streams of carbonation, feeble broken skim on the surface.

Smells faintly like tea and crackers.

Tastes bland and insipid, like soggy saltines and watery tea. Astringent feel (not bitter, so many confuse the two) with a carbonic bite from high CO2 levels. If you want to get bloated, here is the beer for you. Smoother than Stroh's but that's not saying much. Not something i'm inclined to finish, especially as it warms up in the summer heat. Best thing going for it is the nostalgia/throwback brand appeal and the Will Ferrell commercials.

Photo of zeff80
2.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 16oz. can.

A - Poured out a pale, yellow color with a two-finger head. Actually leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled mainly of corn.

T - It tasted mainly of corn and barley. It also has a little bitterness, maybe from a hop or two.

M - The mouthfeel is a little thin and very light bodied.

D - This wasn't as bad as I expected. However, it was not as good as PBR.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Hoping to finish this Spelunky spree soon, as one can only take so much death before it starts to grate... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, and light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with some added sweet corn and some funkier wheat. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad little adjunct lager, one that hardly seems suitable for drinking on its own without some effort (read: beer ping and the like). Oh well, back to dying pathetically and not learning from my mistakes...*drink*...

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.21/5  rDev +38.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear, straw-gold body is capped by a creamy bright-white head that holds well. Its retention is surprisingly good, and it leaves some nice lace to boot! The nose is exceptionally clean; with just a light touch of sweet malt. The body is light, and it's crisp in the mouth due to a fine-bubbled, median carbonation. Sweet malt makes up the entirety of the flavor, coming on strong at the start and slowly fading through the swallow. It's quite clean and devoid of any yeast characteristics. Adjunct is obviously being used at a high level as there's no real "grain" character present. It finishes drying with a dollop of sweet malt that receeds shortly. Very well made, but lacking in character.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and the slightest hint of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of adjuncts and a thin malt character followed by a mild sweetness. The hops presence is extremely mild even for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Poundable but not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn’t much to the beer, mild kick, it’s very typical of the style but there are better inexpensive beers out there.

Photo of Jason
2.44/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 40 oz cheap brown glass bottle with a twist off soda pop-like cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Very pale yellow in colour, the clear clarity of a beer that was ultra filtered. White lace surprisingly stays for a while and sticks a bit.

Smell: Cooked corn in the aroma, an off smell of DMS (cooked veggie) also.

Taste: Very smooth with a feigned medium body that actually turns out to be light as the crisp carbonation unfolds. Corn grit flavour is all over the place. Malt? Very little malt on the palate, just some grainy flavours. Hops are light and seem to let a bit of cloying sweetness in the middle. Hint of alcohol flares out with a clean presence.

Notes: As close to not having much flavour at all, oddly it was not that bad going down compared to other cheap American lagers. This is the stuff to get when you only have a couple bucks in your pocket … good to have every once in a while to get the flavour of cheap lager and realize that there are so many great beers out there other than this.

Photo of Slatetank
2.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of feloniousmonk
2.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 ounce limited edition can, which advertised a country music festival, enjoyed in lovely Buffalo, MN...the ring around the can's top reads, " it doesn't get any better than this"...and I must beg to differ, but...also, I quote the bottom, where we learn of this beer, that it is "carefully brewed with genuine malted barley, pure water, cereal grains, and selected hops." Glad they selected them!

Very typically pale yellow hue, nice head, stays awhile...

aroma is typical, again, very nothing...slightly malty, but not by much...

Taste? grain, assorted, some better than others...a mingling mush of rice and barley, and not much else..it drinks okay, if you don't give a care.
...bit of a harshness in the carbonation, which affects the mouthfeel some...a bit too bubbly...
My nephew, who I had trained to choose better beers, was as confused as I about what beers were on-the-house at my niece's wedding reception, and we both befuddledly went with Mich Golden Light, until he learned there were others at our disposal. He sipped my OM and conferred upon it a superior status above MGDL...but not by much...and went with Samuel Adams as his next choice...

This is not bad, but not recommended by any means.

Photo of jwc215
2.31/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can:

Pours light straw yellow with a white head that soon becomes a thin cover.

The smell is very mild - some husk - maybe.

The taste is - nothing much. Only the lightest hint of malt and maybe a dab of cluster hops. This really doesn't taste like much more than carbonated water. Doesn't taste "bad" mainly because it doesn't taste.

Light and fizzy, though there are macros that are worse.

The blandness and fizziness, however, do start to make it a real drag before the 16 ounces are finished. However, it does have a surprising smoothness to it and isn't undrinkable. Not "America's best tasting beer", but it's drinkable enough if you want an iced-cold chugger on a hot day. Whatever...

Photo of InspectorBob
2.25/5  rDev -3%

Photo of WesWes
2.85/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a towering white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has a very light pale malt scent along with adjuncts and a dry lager yeast aroma. It has a metallic aroma. The hops are light and it has a musty quality. The taste is average. It has a dry and musty pale malt flavor that goes down slow due to overcarbonation and finishes clean with some lingering hops. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a decent macro lager. It has little flavor or aroma, but on a hot day this would go down easy.

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 687 ratings.