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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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675 Ratings

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Ratings: 675
Reviews: 236
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 44 | 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 fakedelight
2.83/5  rDev +22%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Poured a very light staw color with a 3-finger white head which disappeared in minutes.

Smelled like wet cardboard.

Taste was of bitter hops. Thats about it. Very little malt, no hop flavor or aroma is detectable. Just enough bittering hops to make you want to keep drinking.

Thin, watery, and highly carbonated.

It is what it is. And for what it is (an adjunct lager) it is pretty damn good.

Photo of tone77
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Aroma is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is greatly lacking. Not much flavor at all here. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly good. Overall there is not much to say, or like about this beer.

Photo of beerera4
3.7/5  rDev +59.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

I was a little scared to try this but being a huge Pabst Blue Ribbon and Schlitz fan I said what the heck...So here we go.

Drank right out of the red, gold and white 16 oz can.

A: Drank out of the can.

S: Maybe some burnt corn, METAL, typical cheap amercan adjunct canned lager smell.

T: Taste was surprizingly refreshing and um, Good!. Definitly serve very cold on a hot summer day. Sweet beginning and finished up a little sour but not unpleasantly sour.

M: Decent mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, definitly a sessionable pounder.

D: Like I said, I can pound this brew. Much better than any BMC product in my opinion.

Overall, for $5.39 a sixer of 16oz cans, this will be my go to when PBR or Schlitz isn't available or if I'm not in the Micro mood or um, BROKE :)

Photo of alkemy
3.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to admit, I've always had a soft spot for Ole Mil. Pour is typical of beers of this style in both color and head. It also has the slight corn aroma associated with adjunct lagers. As far as taste, I'd much rather have one of these than a host of other macros. Real easy drinking as long as you get it drank while its nice and cold. I would say this is under appreciated as far as American macros go.

Photo of WJVII
3.03/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass this brew is a pale straw color with a fast white head (aggressive pours) that was gone as quick as it came. No lacing, no retention, thin corn and malt smell. Thin mouthfeel with some slight malt taste and a little grainy in the finish. Lets be honest, on a hot day at the lake fishing or boating, I could drink a lot of these, and for the cost, why not compare to some others (you know what I am talking about). Not something to give to guests, but for a refreshing brew on a hot day it is tolerable.

Photo of Onenote81
2.58/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a few cans of this at a buddy's house. Poured into a mug. Pours a pale yellow with a big bubbly white head on top. No retention, and little sticky lace globs on the glass. Smells of cheap grains and sweet malts.

The mouth is thin and wet. No carbonation bite at all. Flavor is muted grains, light bread, and finishes slightly buttery and sweet. This is a decent cookout brew, but that's about it. Honestly, if you must, there are better macros than this out there.

Photo of Rddymk
3.53/5  rDev +52.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Smeone once told me I had to try Old Milwaukee when I couldn't afford a case of Bud. So here I am drinking my 4th one on Monday afternoon. Tricky beer. Couldn't discern any hops or grains, mainly water. However, it does promote a nice mouthfeel. Some beers in this category ring a bitter taste on the sides of the tongue but this one does not. I think my 30 pack was on the shelf for a while because it has a definate hint of age. I will call this one Old Mildue, but will buy again for the second fridge when things are desperate.

Photo of Mdog
2.95/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellow, initially decent head that fades out.

Smell: Moderate corn aroma.

Taste: Mild sweet corn, a little bit of bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy feel for a cheap lager.

Drinkability: The sweetness and (relative) heft knocks this down a little.

Picked up a cheap 12 pack for a campout. This was a family friend's #1 and only beer when I was growing up. It's not too bad for a "sub-premium" lager.

Photo of FlannelAvenger
2.6/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$11.49 a case, 12 ounce cans. I actually poured one into a pint glass so I could see the color and stuff for the review. This is one of the quintessential old school American adjunct brews. It isn't great, but it is definitely drinkable. Pale gold, a decent bit of head that goes poof quick. Taste is "beer" as imagined by that machine that makes Arthur Dent some tea in the Hitchhiker's Guide, I recognize corn, a bit of malty sweet up front, and a teeny tiny bit of hops on the back end of the deal. At this price point, nothing I've tasted is better. And anyways, What's Chewbacca's favorite beer? Old Milwookie!

Photo of hardy008
1.02/5  rDev -56%
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.

Photo of greengorilla
3.48/5  rDev +50%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I poured a 16 ounce can into a pint glass.

The beer is pale yellow in appearance with a fair amount of white head that dissipated quickly.

The smell was a typical macro corn scent.

The taste was okay.

The mouthfeel was okay too.

It goes down real easy. This is one of my favorites to drink after mowing the lawn, but not exactly an award winner.

Photo of Vito
3.9/5  rDev +68.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Old Milwaukee. Five dollars for a twelve-pack at the drugstore down the street from my house. How cool is that?

Appearance: Normal yellow/gold macro beer color. Pouring it into a chilled mug brought forth a fairly thick one-inch head that quickly vanished. Minus one point because my girlfriend says the red-and-white pattern on the can looks "ugly".

Smell: The smell is above average. If there was an air-freshener with a "beer" fragrance, it would smell like Old Milwaukee.

Taste: Really not bad, quite a bit better than I expected. I had expected it to be a thin and watery brew, but it's actually full-bodied and a little on the rich side. There seems to be more than a hint of corn in the flavor; not as strong as Miller High Life, but the corn is definitely there.

Mouthfeel: This beer has medium carbonation, but it lacks crispness. As it warms to room temperature, the texture can become a little unpleasant, like a mouthful of soapy water.

Drinkability: Despite it's flaws, Old Milwaukee is pretty drinkable, although a little on the heavy side. If you're looking for a tasty and light session beer, I would recommend Hamm's instead.

Overall: Old Milwaukee is a decent adjunct lager at an incredible price, probably the best beer value on the market. Go for it if you want an inexpensive brew that gets the job done.

Photo of hooverw1
2.98/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Had a Schlitz and decided to try and Old Milwaukee, same company, not the same beer. Schlitz is far superior. It was almost like drinking a flat Schlitz. Nothing exciting, rather dull, not bad, no aftertaste, just kind of boring. Fairly drinkable and probably as good as Miller, maybe better, but nothing to make me run out and buy it.

Photo of lanechaffin
3.2/5  rDev +37.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

About on par with PBR and Miller. I'd say its better than both of them, slightly, but certainly it is not "America's Best Tasting Beer". Not as good as Coors or Budwesier, for comparison.
I actually find the smell fairly delightful, it smells a somewhat like plum blossoms.
It doesn't taste like much, but it doesn't taste bad. To me, cheap beer exposes itself when drank with food, and Old Milwaukee's flaws are evident, but its okay.

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a 16 0z can this brew was a very pale yellow color with perfect clarity. The head was pure white, two fingers large and displayed average retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was slightly stale, pale malt, macro lager malt, dry grains, corn and minerals. The flavors were very dry and grainy, pale malt and some light hops. Clean and simple. The finish was a little off, however, bitter but not in a hoppy way. The mouthfeel was rough and foamy, the body medium/light and the carbonation high. If the finish and the body were worked on this one could be pretty good, but as is, even for the style, I found it sub-par.

Photo of climax
3.05/5  rDev +31.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

"dont hate it til ya drank it", i enjoy good beers and i enjoy getting trashed off of cheap beers, this is a GOOD cheap beer. when i drag a case of this into a shindig, most budlight drinkin AE visor wearin preps look at me like i'm a freak and ask me what i'm thinking... i have converted several people to this beer, all they have to do is set aside the stereotype and drink it

A - appearance was as expected, mostly clear, a little darker than budweiser's shade of yellow, a finger of head faded to the rim, i enjoyed the old-school can, made me feel patriotic

S - smell was more complex than i had initially expected, warm grainy and corn malts, with ripened fruit, a bit tinny, and dare i say "fishy" which probly wasn't intended but didn't turn me off

T - taste was malty and grassy and cornish with a slight hop cameo, not much stands out. lot of carbonation

M - nice bite, but not too much, creamy if you let'er slide around a little, feels light in the mouth, aftertaste is a dash of hoppiness and a grainy finish

D - this beer's price makes it incredibly drinkable, $17 for 30. there are several worse decisions if you dont have cash or your looking to get pied. infact, it's now a big player in what i buy (poor college career chasing student), however it's lighter sibling is an even more drinkable choice and won't leave you with as bigga spare tire if your worried about that sort of thing

BOTTUM LINE: the slogan "americas bet tasting beer" may be a bit ambitious, but for 50 cents a can it may as well be

Photo of Rhynes2
2.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a brew that holds a nostalgic place in my heart. Had a case of these at about 45-50 degrees the day before my and my friends left for college. Stayed in the can so I can't say much about the color but the taste was decent considering the cost of the beers. Once again, considering cost, I would buy this beer. Great party stocker if you're expecting a lot of people.

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

Poured from a 16 fl. oz. can marked 02029-D50621. This is one of those rare instances where the brand's light beer is tastier than its regular old stand-by. This pours pale yellow into the pint glass with about 1/2 inch of white, foamy head. Typical beer aroma of American pales with that sort of metallic, grassy, and lightly hopped scent. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Watery for the most part. There's something grassy with a slight hint of hops in the taste. Nothing exciting. Their slogan is "America's Best Tasting Beer."

Photo of brewbucker
3.1/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Originally tasted on October 31, 2007

It doesn't get much cheaper than this. ( Old Mil in a can ). A light clear golden with a large white head and big carbonation. Aroma is corn, grains, light citrus and soapy hints. Flavor is mild bitter malts, hops, corn, wheat. It is just a typical cheap macro swill but I find it refreshing and I sort of like cheap swill from time to time.

Photo of TheTrevor
2.55/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

There was a can in the fridge, so I decided I might as well review it. The beer poured a a yellow-tinted clear with a two-finger head caused by a vigorous pour that didn't last long. The smell is all corny malt adjunct. Taste-wise there's not a whole lot going on, it starts off with some sweet corn taste and then that goes away and that's it. The only thing this beer has going for it is how drinkable it is. It's slightly-alcoholic carbonated corn-water, but goddamn if it isn't crisp and refreshing after something like mowing the lawn or putting a new different colored door on the IROC-Z sitting up on blocks in the yard.

Photo of youngleo
2.75/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured crystal clear and light yellow. Had a snow white head that didnt last long. Did leave some white head and bubbles around the edges. Actually had some lacing. Not a lot of lacing but a little. Smelled very light. No hops to speak of, just a little grain and corn. Tasted very light. Nothing there really, maybe some corn. Not much of and aftertaste.
Felt good in the mouth. I thought the carbonation was actually pretty good. I saw these at the store and thought, what the hell. Its been a long time since Ive had one, and thought I would give it a try. Actually not bad. Would make a good lawnmower beer.

Photo of reppertmr
1.98/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

First mistake, I bought a 12 pack of this. Bought it cause it was cheap, I was going to my buddies house, and I'm on college student wages.

It pours a light pee color. Small head. Tastes terrible and I'd rather spend the extra 2 dollars for a 12 of miller lite. I'm not a big cheap beer drinker I go for the more microbrewed beer so I might not be so good at judging these beers. But I didn't like it.

Photo of steeler
3.68/5  rDev +58.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Once again I get the Sleeman, Canadianized version of this beer, on to the review!

Appearance - Looks better than your average macro, a very nice golden yellow color.

Smell - Smells like stock beer, but not fresh, metallic. Just what you'd expect from a macro.

Taste - Nice, full bodied smooth stock beer taste. No hop bite, just smooth and the perfect carbonation level. Really good for a macro.

Mouthfeel - Surprisingly full, carbonated, and definitely satisfying.

Drinkability - This is high, cold or warm this beer just tastes good, and goes down easy. For the price, one of my go to beers for the weekends.

For the price, this beer is one of my overall favorite discount macros, very well done, a simple beer that gets the job done. I like this one.

Photo of brewmudgeon
2.78/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

came back to this beer an hour or two after enjoying a weyerbacher pumpkin, and it tasted and smelled like absolute swill this time. made me nauseous. dumped after slowly struggling through the first 1/3.

head fizzes up to 1 1/2 fingers, then down to a ring that has a bit of trouble sustaining itself in a pint glass--in a narrower glass the cap can be impressively long lasting and leave more lace. the course bubbles are plentiful and even make an effort at leaving bits of lace, mostly failing.
smells of a meek, humble sweetness and some bland grain, cooked corn. hints of grassy hop. classic soon to be stale beer smell.
the taste is like the smell so far as the malt/corn is concerned. not a great deal going on, but not too bad. pretty hard to find the hops.
the body is light and the coarse carbonation doesn't always aid the cause, but a few cans later the carbonation actually seems much better. maybe i poured that first one wrong.
working on a 12-pack. so far don't really mind drinking it except at first for the seltzer qualities (followed quickly by a slight sense of flatness) and after a while the corn seems more and more emphasized. but hey i like corn flakes so why not have this sometimes? mmm beer on a cob.

Photo of bort11
2.13/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

"America's best tasting beer." Yeah, right.

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass. Thin fizzy head that quickly recedes to nothing. No lacing at all. Color is a clear light straw yellow. Moderate amounts of bubble activity.

Smell is a husky grain aroma and slightly astringent. Taste isn't much better. Slightly metallic and a hint of hops bitterness.

Mouthfeel is very thin and the carbonation has a scrubbing effect. Goes down easy enough, but I don't think I'll go back to this one.

Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 675 ratings.