Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ratings: 711
Reviews: 255
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.19%
Wants: 6
Gots: 58 | 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 ilovemacros
4.2/5  rDev +81%
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.

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

Poured from a bottle into a lager glass.

A - Pours a transparent yellow with a monster sized bubbly white head, standing four finger's in height.

S = Strong corn adjunct and sour grains. That's about it.

T - Strong rice adjunct. That's it. At least it tastes like something!.

M - Mouthfeel adds a slight cooked corn flavor and nothing more. Heavy carbonation, and an odd stickiness upon the tongue.

O - Overall, it's a cheap beer. Not impressive, but much better than that wrongly marketed flavored water know as Stroh's. But, it definitely doesn't hold up to it's lables claim as " America's best tasting beer ".

Photo of rderedin
3.42/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Fine adjunct, drinking with the guys beer.

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

AMERICAS BEST TASTING BEER™ ...lol.

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 TheQuietMan22
2.88/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Serving type: 12-ounce can. The freshness date on the bottom of the can is “SEPT 03 12.”

Appearance: Poured into a pilsner glass. The color is light straw. It is not too light to be suspect but has a decent color for an adjunct lager. About a finger of light, white, fluffy head dissipated to leave a ring around the edge and some streaks of lacing.

Smell: Light grains and sake-like rice adjunct. (It has that recycling-container-full-of-empties smell fresh from the can!) A little bit of lemon sneaks in, as well as some grassy hops.

Taste: Much like the smell, it offers light grains and sake-like rice. It is pretty sweet and has a little lemon touch. There is enough grassy hops to make it taste like a beer.

Drinkability: Though a little sweet for my taste (in regards to adjuncts) it is not bad. I would definitely buy this again for a camping trip.

Photo of acevenom
3.85/5  rDev +65.9%
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.

Photo of adjunctjonez
3/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Old Mill was as staple of the 70s and 80s. Everyone knows it simply "dont get no better than this", and if you can appreciate the grammar, you can appreciate old swill. In my area old milwaukee is only carried in one grocery and offered in 6 pack tallboy form only. The appearance is light straw colored, paler than either schlitz or pabst (old swill owned by pabst, sub-brewed by miller) with large white head that fizzes away. Surprisingly some lacing is left in the glass. The smell is rather neutral to weak, generic grains is about it, nothing offensive but nothing of note. Taste is similar, a bit weak with slight bitter, a cardboard papery taste as well. Mouthfeel is crispy and dry, is drinkable. Overall old swill is superior to other budget brands like natty, keystone, busch, etc but schlitz gusto is way better for slightly higher price.

Photo of startreker
3.67/5  rDev +58.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

No need to rate the appearance, as I drank it straight from the can. Before I review this beer, its been interesting for me reading about so many different beers, and how they rate on this site. One person may rate a beer close to a 5, and following that rating could be a 2 or lower. It truly does show, that taste is truly subjective. In other words, one mans paradise, can be another mans garbage indeed.

As much as I love a good craft beer, Samuel Adams being my all time favorite, closely followed by Highlands Gaelic Ale, Ive been searching for something that when funds are low, would make for a good go to beer. Genesee beer, is one that fit the bill for me (pardon the pun) But now Ive had the pleasure of trying Old Milwaukee. So now for my review.

S. Grains upfront, sort of sweet smelling. Not offensive at all.

T. Definitely what one would expect from a macro, and thats what I expected. Cereal grains, however a very nice malty taste as well. I realy enjoy the flavor of this versus a Budweiser, Miller, as this has much more of a bite with more flavor then the aforementioned.

M. Medium carbonation, not bland or watery but just right.

O. If anyone is feeling the pinch of how expensive things are getting these days, wich Im sure alot of folks are. I recommend giving Old Milwaukee a try. Its quite refreshing and quenching, a great working mans beer sure to satisfy!!

Photo of ElCommodoro
4.36/5  rDev +87.9%
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.

Photo of Douberd
2.64/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Reviewed from notes.

Can 710 ml, ABV 4.6%
I bought this in Mexico, at a local Walmart. The head of this beer is ridiculous, most of my glass was full of it, no matter how softly I was pouring it or the amgle. Light yellow colour.
Aroma is sweet and fruity, I am thinking apples or maybe is the corn syrup.Taste is also fruity sweet, pleasantly drinkable after all the head has finally gone off.Very thin on the body, almost watery, not much carbonation.

Photo of JoLight
3.74/5  rDev +61.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Very light straw colored body and a stark white soapy head, which retains as a small ring of foam.

The aroma reminds me a lot of Pabst, but less sweet and less hops - more adjuncts. But nothing off-putting or unpleasant. A very original, pleasant beer aroma.

For the taste, you get clean and carbonated water with a bite, then a generalized graininess from the corn; and short after that, you get some barley malt white breadiness, with a sweetness that does not linger or stick out much. And soon after comes the grassy hop bite, which is soon cleansed from your palate as soon as it hits.

There is no after taste to speak of. The flavor it pretty bold, and reminds me almost exactly of Pabst Blue Ribbon, except the barley malt is less present, with no bready after taste, and the hops have a little less character.

The finish is super dry, clean, crisp, refreshing.

I seriously doubt that if I hadn't seen the price, I would not have known this was a budget beer. This is much bolder, more flavorful, rich, and delicate than say, Miller High Life or Milwaukee's Best Premium.

Even though I would buy Pabst over this, I still think it is a very fine beer, and should continue to be available to anyone.

Photo of secondtooth
3.41/5  rDev +47%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow, with a huge head of carbonation. Boasts of a large and detailed crown of lace, even. Delightful.

Nose is creamy and malty, very corn and barley-oriented. Hops presence is negligible at best. Fairly average.

Taste is sweet and adjunct but balanced. Very thin and easy to drink. Still, pretty well your typical adjunct lager, but a perfectly acceptable one.

Photo of MirkoCroCough
3.5/5  rDev +50.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pounder can into pint glass.

Looks like beer. Clear and light gold.

Not bad. Malty and a whiff of alcohol. Beer smell.

Good. Not sugary or corny, just a muted beer flavor.

Nice carbonation. Not too much or little.

Very decent. Like a slightly boozier High Life but with less corn flavor and more malts. Absolutely worth the $18 for a flat of pounders.

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 Treath
3.91/5  rDev +68.5%
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.

Photo of spinrsx
2.47/5  rDev +6.5%
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.

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.

Photo of mempath
2.97/5  rDev +28%
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....

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.

Photo of jgurley
2.88/5  rDev +24.1%
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.

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.

Photo of DirtyPenny
1.16/5  rDev -50%
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.

Photo of Beejay
2.54/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

Photo of burgerandbeer
3.48/5  rDev +50%
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.

Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 711 ratings.