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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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618 Ratings

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Ratings: 618
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 26 | 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.

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Photo of pmcadamis


2.48/5  rDev +6%

A - Extremely clear and pale yellow brew that almost looks like perry in the glass. A one finger head rises and falls within the span of about three seconds. Absolutely no lace is left on the glass, and swirling produces nothing but a hissing sound like a pissed off snake. But, then again you aren't really supposed to see this stuff are you?

S - Corny and ricey with some vibrant fruit notes that are nice, but barely there.

T - Sweet and corny. I tend to dislike macro lagers that are sweeter, and I tend to like the ones that are tart and twangy...this one leans toward the sweet, but there is a nice hoppy taste in the finish that is more assertive than a lot of other macros. A big metallic flavor is really putting me off though... it tastes like a nickel.

M - Quenching and refreshing. Nice carbonation bite and a slightly dry finish and a really nice flavorful aftertaste.

D - Not bad. For cheapo shit-beer, Heileman's is about the best in the buisness....but they also make PBR and Stag, which are much better beers IMO, but I might buy this again....who knows.

08-01-2007 06:33:23 | More by pmcadamis
Photo of giblet


1.53/5  rDev -34.6%

"best tasting beer in america" i suppose you can quote anyone you want. i promise that is not my quote. this is bad. granted i came out of a can or maybe THE can. very metallic. sharp carbonation. pale color, wierd smell and bad taste. this has to be ice cold and your mouth has to be Sahara dry to want it.

it is cheap that is about the only good thing i can think to say.

suckem up and movem out.


07-27-2007 10:37:23 | More by giblet
Photo of mattsone


3.6/5  rDev +53.8%

Yeah - Old Milwauke is not a "premier" beer, nor does it try to be. But being someone from the upper midwest who appreciates a good beer, I can tell you that in most establishments up there you cannot get much beyond Miller Lite or Bud Light. What you are left with is domestics, and if you are going to drink a domestic beer, make it an Old Milwaukee. It has an unusual flavor at first, but it is distinctive and fulfilling. I personally find myself preferring an Old Milwaukee to any other mass-produced domestic beer, if a high quality beer is not available.

In short - Old Milwaukee is a solid American beer and can take care of you in a pinch.

07-11-2007 04:31:10 | More by mattsone
Photo of Bitterbill


2.08/5  rDev -11.1%

This pours in glass a yellow gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving a fine layer.

The smell is a mix of malt and corn.

The taste is semi sweet; there's some malt and grain going on with some hop character that bitters it but the flavours are light on the palate. I haven't tasted this for years and I'm sure I'll not taste it again for many more years to come. Just too damn common and bland.

06-14-2007 22:18:21 | More by Bitterbill
Photo of Drew966


1.58/5  rDev -32.5%

Old Milwaukee Beer pours a very pale yellow with an enormous white head from a sixteen ounce can. The aroma starts out being sweet but then something chemical seems to pop up to the front. Bland, grainy, and unfortunately a chemical taste too. I have bad memories of this beer as a youth, instant hangover no matter how little imbibed. Avoid.

04-27-2007 00:50:08 | More by Drew966
Photo of CFbeermaker


2.58/5  rDev +10.3%

My father in law always has his mini fridge stocked with bottles of Old Mil. Since every time I'm over there I have 3 or 4 I figured why not review it. It poured a very light golden color. Not much head and what there was went away fast. It had a corn and grainy smell with no hop odor. Although the smell wasn't the best, it brought back some great memories of the "party days" so I bumped it up to 3.5 Taste was nothing much to get excited about. Carbonation was ok, maybe a little too much but not bad. I normally wouldn't say this but drink this stuff cold and fast. It’s a quantity over quality product.
A "must have" for any beer bong.

04-09-2007 13:26:58 | More by CFbeermaker
Photo of happygnome


1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

a: pale yellow with about a quarter inch of white head that dissapears rather fast leaving no lacing
s: corn grains no noticeable hop presence
t: corn taste and along with the aroma there isnt really any hop bitterness just kind of a gross sweet taste
m: light bodied beer with a lot of carbonation

overall its a cheap beer i believe a "dirty thirty" was only around $10 but i would much rather have passed on this

03-31-2007 19:02:45 | More by happygnome
Photo of zeff80


2.25/5  rDev -3.8%

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.

03-19-2007 22:45:29 | More by zeff80
Photo of scarletfire79

New Hampshire

3.43/5  rDev +46.6%

pours a clear golden yellow. white head that vanished in less than a second. no real smell. the taste is smooth, actually some kind of flavor. no real aftertaste. it is what it is...but it isn't a pabst...
i might try this again, but only if left with very few options.

03-02-2007 17:25:55 | More by scarletfire79
Photo of DaPeculierDane


3.45/5  rDev +47.4%

$1.50 12 oz bottle at Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Ugly new label tries to court nostalgic but ends up offending them. Pours light yellow with some bubbles and a nice white lacing. Ultra transparent. Smells like…not much. Maybe a little corn and some veggies but really not a whole lot. Smooth and creamy with almost no taste. There could be malt and/or hops in this beer but its difficult to tell. There could also be corn or rice but again, I can’t taste much of anything. Drinks well though. Goes right down. Tastes clean. No noticeable adjuncts at least. Not overly sweet or carbonated. Just perfectly balanced, balanced…on nothingness. I’ll take a PBR over this but it beets most of the other cheap swill out there.

03-01-2007 20:01:43 | More by DaPeculierDane
Photo of rkuhnel


2.33/5  rDev -0.4%

This is cheap, and not much of a brew. It pours a nice light gold and actually has a nice head. If you could make it on appearance alone we would on our way to a decent rating,. But the nose is a sour fermeted rice aroma, and the flavor is not much better. It has a very fizzy mouthfeel and has excessive cabonation. In a world with so many great beers to select from there is no reason to choose this one.

02-27-2007 05:32:32 | More by rkuhnel
Photo of Shadman

Alberta (Canada)

2.42/5  rDev +3.4%

Pale yellow beer with a smallish, fizzy, white head that disappeared quickly. Very little lacing of note. Smells of sweet grainy malts. Taste is surprising decent given the price of this beer. Unoffensive if a bit on the sweet side. A tad too fizzy in the mouthfeel department. An average macro brew at best

02-24-2007 02:28:22 | More by Shadman
Photo of MrHurmateeowish


3/5  rDev +28.2%

24oz can. Very VERY light yellow translucent body (almost water colored). Smells like many other macro lagers, with hints of hop, malt, and corn. Light watery taste with a little corn sweetness and hints of DMS. Very light watery body with only moderate carbonation. The good news is that it's drinkable enough considering the non-offensive flavor and watery mouthfeel. Otherwise, this beer isn't good for much other than when you don't have much money I guess.

02-02-2007 02:20:36 | More by MrHurmateeowish
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

2.9/5  rDev +23.9%

Quite a lot like PBR
which makes sense seeing as how it's the same company.
Cheap, non-threatening, mild all around and tastes better out of the can than when poured into a glass.
In the glass the experience is much like drinking cheap champagne without the added sweetness and the impending doom of a skull shattering headache. I think I can taste the rice in here.
The less appealing characteristics are definately masked when consumed straight from the can. That's what this beer is made for.

01-27-2007 20:03:54 | More by ommegangpbr
Photo of ski271


3.03/5  rDev +29.5%

Pale golden-yellow with a medium-large, white, foamy head that quickly diminishes to a thin film. Smell is grain, yeast and light corn with a little stink to it. The taste is actually rather good for a macro cheapo. Bready, lightly sweet and some very light berry in there. It has a thin body, lightly dry texture (about the only sign of hops in this beer) and moderate carbonation. This beer was refreshing and satisfying. It’s not all that good, and the smell isn’t too pleasant, but overall it’s not bad. You could do a lot worse in the realm of macros.

01-26-2007 13:31:56 | More by ski271
Photo of Phyl21ca

Quebec (Canada)

1.13/5  rDev -51.7%

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.

12-14-2006 15:45:53 | More by Phyl21ca
Photo of tgbljb


3.05/5  rDev +30.3%

Poured a pale yellow color with initial large white chunky head., that rather quickly dissapeared.Smell is slightly sweet, but little else. Taste is very light with some mild sweetness found. Finishes very thin in the mouth. Very freshing when ice cold, but less so as it warms.

11-26-2006 13:08:22 | More by tgbljb
Photo of bedford


1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

$5.99 for a 12-pack. That should tell you how crappy this beer is. This is the palest beer I have ever had. The pure white head is at first quite impressive, but soon fades to nothing. The only thing that distinguishes this glass from a glass of cold piss is the slight carbonation. The smell is of grain and not much else. Corn comes out the strongest. Taste is the same, that tangy grimace-inducing flavor common to macros. Corn. Aftertaste is no better. If you try, you can taste a little alcohol, which so far is the only reason to ingest this substance. As for mouthfeel, this beer somehow seems thinner than water. Very slight carbonation. Very drinkable if you have a cold. Don't try this at home.

11-12-2006 02:54:36 | More by bedford
Photo of Adamthome1


2.88/5  rDev +23.1%

Pours pale, mildy carbonated into beer glass. Head foams up and fizzles out quickly but some lacing remains throughout and sticks a bit. Smell is very corny about that's about it. To no surprise tastes like corn but has a unique sweetness, goes down easily, is very crisp, refreshing, and leaves an almost pleasant aftertaste in the mouth. Malt flavor is not present and some hop contribute to the bittersweet flavor in the back of the mouth.

Overall a fine macro as far as macro's go. You may find yourself reaching for a second can of this stuff. A close 3rd to PBR and Schlitz for ne for cheap macro's.

11-03-2006 15:18:46 | More by Adamthome1
Photo of Jimbo07


3.25/5  rDev +38.9%

Yellow. Low carbination. Head is weak, but it doesn't go away completely. Smell is pretty bad; heavy weat/grain? Taste is watery but has a sweet tasting aftertaste.

Definately a good beer for the buck. Also, it's great to have during the summer, outside, when you just want to relax and get drunk.I would buy again, but only in the summer time. Just a very casual drinking beer when I don't really care about quality.

10-18-2006 21:49:01 | More by Jimbo07
Photo of granger10


1.38/5  rDev -41%

Very pale color with a fizzy head. Head is large and dies instantly. Smells cereal grainy with a touch of corn. More taste than many macros but the taste is downright bad. A very strong metallic flavor lies in there combined with an adjunct corn flake flavor. Once the corn flake flavor leaves, the metallic flavor dominates and lingers in the finish. Body is a touch fizzy but a bit more substantial than some in its category. Maybe this used to be good, but I got a headache after drinking this can. Terrible.

10-15-2006 23:15:20 | More by granger10
Photo of Redrover


2.35/5  rDev +0.4%

24 oz can with no freshness dating, but it does inform me that Old Milw is carefully brewed with genuine malted barley, pure water, cereal grains and selected hops.

The beer is a very pale yellow with a large chemically looking head. Not much lacing.

The smell is not that bad. I get some sweet cereal and a bit of grass. This smells much better than the Buschs and other cheapo beers.

The taste is very one-dimensional. It is sweet and slightly grainy. It tastes a bit drawn out. No real hop or bitter notes. I’m guessing the IBUs are about 7. The flavor is watered down, but it does not have the harsh flavors some cheaper beers have.

The mouth is thin and unassuming. Drinkable only in the most dire circumstances.

10-11-2006 00:17:56 | More by Redrover
Photo of therica


2.38/5  rDev +1.7%

Having taken on a late-night quest to find anything non-Anheuser-Busch in our area, I was barely successful in buying a 12-pack of this in cans for $5.99. There's a reason they sell it so inexpensively.

Appearance-- about like it will look in half an hour or so. Plus a huge white foamy head which at first seemed impressive, but lacked much in quality.

Smell-- hardly any; very light scent which reminded me of walking down a country road along drying wildflowers, the day after the road had been tarred.

Taste-- not much here. Water plus some weak flavor of mild hops and malt. Less taste than most of the herbal tea's that I drink.

Mouthfeel-- a flat slightly syrupy finish and the same lingering but getting more and more flat as the minutes passed.

Drinkability-- for iced tea, very drinkable. For beer, how can they make this claim?!?!?!?

09-21-2006 03:42:18 | More by therica
Photo of veech


3/5  rDev +28.2%

I remember somewhat hazily that this beer, years ago, was a staple for myself and my fraternity brethren. Also that it required a special draft system as the keg taps were different from all the other swill beers we we were copiously imbibing on a daily basis. It also came in smaller diameter cans like coors products at the time(late 80's/early 90's). We drank enough of this stuff to float a battleship esp. during our annual beer olympics(a la Beerfest the movie). Because of the speed of intake, I really don't remember much about the taste. Ergo, I picked up a $5.00 12 pack to stumble down amnesia lane. A: Standard macro color, straw yellow, but with more carbonation and head than most BMC products with a surprisingly enduring lace. S: Sweet corn and grains, no real hops to speak of. T: Not bad with a mild smoothness and slight corn sweetness. It also doesn't worsen as the beer warms like Budweiser. M: Standard macro, watery with lack of viscosity D: Very drinkable and a nice choice if cash is low and the plan is to obtain a buzz which was always the plan in college. OM and esp OM light are very nice choices for cheap macros when selection is limited and volume consumption is the main objective.

09-19-2006 23:46:29 | More by veech
Photo of hunteraw


2.08/5  rDev -11.1%

Appearance: Pours a very very pale gold color, with a big dense head that shows good retention and surprisingly good lacing.

Smell: not appealing at all, macro-y in the worst sense. Adjuncts, a hint of hops.

Taste: Watery at the front of the palate. Harsh bitterness in the middle. Cloyingly sweet at the finish. Bad aftertaste.

Mouthfeel: Watery, but with less than typical carbonation for the style that doesn't make up for it.

Drinkability: Do I have to finish the glass? Tastes better when chugged - that says something.

08-18-2006 00:14:21 | More by hunteraw
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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