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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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BA SCORE
56
awful

648 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 648
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 32 | 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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3/5  rDev +29.3%

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1/5  rDev -56.9%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

Sachsenfreude, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of Treath
3.93/5  rDev +69.4%
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.

Treath, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of spinrsx
2.48/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, bread/grains, and corn. There is also a bit of a corn syrup or apple sweetness. It ends with a grainy corn syrup slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Nothing offensive and yet nothing memorable. I suppose it's decent for the price, but nothing I would revisit any time soon.

spinrsx, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of Jerone
2.65/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Straw and gold color with a quickly fading head and lots of bubbles. Smell is of grain, corn and some grass. Taste is okay, with sweet grains and a bit of malt. Mouthfeel is light with lots of carbonation. Not my favorite, but would do at a party or a camping trip. Nothing bad at all about, just nothing that makes me wanna come back to it.

Jerone, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of mempath
2.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

for what it is and after YEARS since i had any and ALL those stellar real brews i've had, wow, it looks more than decent. big head that laces quite nicely and complexly. looks good just sitting there. it's a deeper straw color than many macros...actually looks better than the 'new' Schlitz gusto formula...so sure, i'm going through a bad retro phase (in other words, fasting on this and PBR and the like until the first day of Autumn when i start my own oktoberfest....)!

smell is....thankfully more like some sort of warehouse packing foam instead of corn...or canned veggies...if the warehouse was an acre away. nothing special. or horrendous.

taste is a solid AVERAGE....not too sweet, but i'd rather it not be sweet at all (go try Schlitz 60's formula!)...but pleasant enough and i am sure tastier after riding my rigid 29er singlespeed for 3 hours this weekend...mouthfeel is pretty neutral. not sure if counts for a beer like this....

overall, i think in longneck this would be a bit better. super cold on a summer day...late summer can poured into a tulip doesn't quite cut it, but then, i should've had the DFH punkin ale after not before i had this....

mempath, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of Converge
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into a 16oz pint glass.
Can is pretty dinged up, but it did come out of a shopping cart full of singles...

A - Big effervescent head. Fizzles out in no time. Transparent golden-yellow.

S - A lot of sweet grains and some skunk. Really tame.

T - Flat, musty grain. Not terrible, just really one dimensional. There's really nothing else going on here.

M - Fairly light feeling body, with medium carbonation. Once again, not a lot else to say.

D - Overall not terrible for the style, but not a great beer overall. Maybe I'll remember it next time I need to find 24 of something cheap.

Converge, Aug 20, 2011
Photo of jgurley
2.9/5  rDev +25%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with a thin head. Very small amount of lace. Smell is sweet malty yeast. Not much. Taste is thin, yeasty. A little sweetness and very slight bitterness. Fairly sweet finish with the same on the aftertaste. Bubbly, carbonated, thin mouth. runs toward the sweet side as adjunct lagers go. Above average for the style in my opinion. Less offputting flavors than some other AALs. With Bud being at the bottom for the style and maybe Schlitz at the top, this is a little above the middle.

jgurley, Jul 27, 2011
Photo of BEERME528
1.53/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This stuff is just nasty. It seems like anything that has Milwaukee on the label is just undrinkable. It has to be the worst of the value brands. I have to cringe in order to swallow it and I only do so when I have a strong desire to be drunk. Consider brushing your teeth after drinking one of these if you want anyone to talk to you.

BEERME528, Jul 21, 2011
Photo of DirtyPenny
1.15/5  rDev -50.4%
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.

DirtyPenny, Jun 30, 2011
Photo of Beejay
2.53/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice big white head. Very pale straw color. Crystal clear.

S: The smell is very light. A bit of a sweetness, some light grain and grass smells.

T: A touch of tartness, and some light grain notes. A little grass flavor, and overall watery with an odd aftertaste. There is almost a little bit of fusel flavor in there despite the low alcohol.

M: Watery, very high carbonation levels, almost unpleasantly active. The finish is certainly a little clingy.

O: Overall I am not impressed, lacks the characteristics better examples demonstrate.

Beejay, Jun 28, 2011
Photo of burgerandbeer
3.4/5  rDev +46.6%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why bother stating the color, head, feel and all that....hey it is OM. But I like it. It reminds me of what beer smelled like back in the 60s when if you opened a beer in a car with the windows up the smell filled the car. It reminded me of that...it is not that good but no beer is anymore in the U.S. with all the laws that have been enacted on the brewing process and preservation process. I remember when if you entered a room a few days after a beer party you could still smell stale beer. Now it is hard to smell a beer period....much less it leaving a lingering smell in a room. Back then a parent could walk into a room and if you had been drinking they could smell the beer. Now you can spill it on the carpet and 5 minutes later there is no smell. OM and a few others are the only mass produced beers out there that I can almost recapture that smell for just a few seconds after popping the top.

Ok it is cheap. It is not a boutique beer. It is for guys who don't make much money and work hard for what they do have. It, PBR, Bud, Miller, and so on really shouldn't be on this site...at least they should be separated from the Micros and boutique beers. they are everyday beers you order with pizza and burgers. They are working men and women beers and are not intended to be anymore than that.

burgerandbeer, Jun 06, 2011
Photo of brewerburgundy
3.03/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16oz can, nonic, 'JUN2011' on the bottom.

The color is a slightly deeper than usual yellow for macro and the head has pretty impressive retention for the same. There's a profusion of bubbles, the head is rocky, and you still know what it is.

Amazingly, the level of spicy, grassy hops is noticeable. Corn and a bit of DMS are as well.

Taste is heavy on sweet corn but a relatively pleasant little shop of hop oil is there, grassy and herbal.

Bubble, bubbles everywhere is what it feels like. Not quite as thin as some.

I think Old Milwaukee is definitely better than some others in the category and the price point, like PBR, is better than others as well. I suppose it doesn't really matter when you're drinking down on this level, and people who are not BAs and have a favorite macro to the exclusion of all others crack me up. Try Old Milwaukee if you need to drink down for some reason; I don't think you'll be especially disappointed.

brewerburgundy, May 21, 2011
Photo of fizzy
3/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When you can pick up a 30 can case of beer for $8.98 you know that that it just ain't going to "pack the punch" of the craft beer down the aisle that is selling for $8.99x6pk. But sometimes, SOMETIMES, quantity makes up for quality. The old "Old SWILLwaukee" of my college days is back with all of the gusto of a cheap beer. There just is no going back to college days, the ambiance of the frat house just doesn't exist in my computer "den". But, out in the garage, right from the old frig it goes down just right.

fizzy, May 07, 2011
Photo of beerprovedwright
2.2/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours with two fingers of soap suds looking head. Lace has mild cling. Color matches a 2 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is of wet corn. Flavor has hints of corn and other cooked veggies, maybe a little hint of malt, and very light on the hops. Mouthfeel is about the best part of this beer. It is full and sort of creamy, and lots of carbonation. I had this beer in my younger days and I seems like the flavor has changed for the not as good. I would drink this if someone offered as to not hurt their feelings, but I would not spend my money on it. Maybe it will taste better from a bottle.

beerprovedwright, Apr 08, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
2.23/5  rDev -3.9%
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

Knapp85, Mar 20, 2011
Photo of PintOHops
3.48/5  rDev +50%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Glass - Pint

A - Extremely clear yellow color with lots of visible C02. It produced a 2-3 finger fizzy white head that held a bit and then dissipated to a thin ring. It left a bit of splotches on my glass.

S - A touch of tart grape when swirled but otherwise I get clean grain aroma's with a bit of musky lager yeast. Nothing off putting to me like other Adjunct Lagers.

T - Hmm, clean grain with a slight artificial like bitterness throughout and a bit of dryness on the finish. I think I like the taste of this one over allot of the other popular BMC's because it doesn't have any off putting corny or musty lager yeast flavors that make me gag.

M - Lite-medium bodied with moderate crispness that doesn't burn off your tongue.

D - This has gotta be the best Adjunct Lager I've had since Schlitz and Olympia. It's very very easy to drink like most of em, and it didn't have anything offensive to it really. I would say give it a try and you might be surprised, I would probably pick it up again because it's so cheap.

PintOHops, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of JosiahS
1.95/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Glass: Pint glass

2-finger head, sticks are a little longer that Pabst. Body is crystal clear straw with tiny bubble streams. Splashy lacing is nice.

Smell is pretty typical, strong on the lager yeast, a little astringent and light roasted corn.

Taste has nothing going for it. It's watery, has a vegetable quality from the yeast and an off-putting tang.

This beer is extremely similar to most macro lagers. I'd prefer Pabst, or bud over this.

JosiahS, Mar 18, 2011
Photo of vikingstout
4.8/5  rDev +106.9%
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.

vikingstout, Mar 10, 2011
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 648 ratings.