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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
57
awful

601 Ratings
THE BROS
58
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Ratings: 601
Reviews: 227
rAvg: 2.34
pDev: 33.33%
Wants: 3
Gots: 23 | 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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bedford

Tennessee

1.25/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

$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.

Serving type: can

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

Nebraska

2.88/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

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

Hawaii

3.25/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Wisconsin

1.38/5  rDev -41%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

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.

Serving type: can

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

Illinois

2.35/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

Maryland

2.38/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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?!?!?!?

Serving type: can

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

Tennessee

3/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

Serving type: can

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

China

2.08/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

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.

Serving type: can

08-18-2006 00:14:21 | More by hunteraw
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Erdinger2003

Iowa

1.98/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Pours a little head that's not dense and goes away fast. A lacing is almost there, but not very strong. Color is like golden water.

Smell is sweet and bready with a slight hoppiness that's refreshing.

Taste is watery and sweet. There's not much there.

Mouthfeel is slightly smoother than water.

Overall I wouldn't drink this again unless it was given to me on a hot day as a cool down beverage.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2006 04:29:57 | More by Erdinger2003
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rodrot

North Carolina

1.93/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Ah, this beer brings back fond memories of my underage drinking days in high school and college. Hanging out by the river with my buddies and some half naked women while guzzling six packs of this stuff and then waking up in the morning next to a girl that I don't recognize. Now on to the review. As expected, this beer pours a pale yellow color with a large one inch head that dissipated quickly. Aroma was very strong of corn/adjuncts along with a cooked vegetable smell. Not very good. Taste was slightly better as long as the beer was very cold. I could taste the ever present corny flavor with some malt character way in the backround. There was also a lemony/citrusy taste that was thirstquenching and pleasant in the 94 degree heat of the afternoon. Hop flavor was not present. The finish was very thin and watery in the mouth. As the beer warmed, I was unable to finish the can and had to dump it. Oh well. My memories will always be there, but I will not be drinking OM again. My tastes in beer have matured too much since then.

Serving type: can

06-21-2006 14:54:23 | More by rodrot
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IntriqKen

California

1.25/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I need to finish this review fast because I can't finish the beer.
Pours a light golden yellow with a big white head that disppeared by the time I had turned around to close the refridgerator. No lacing.
Aroma is 'old man beer'...honest that is what I smelled...something very reminiscent of my dad and grandfather and the smell of beer at a ball game.
Taste is sweet cloying malts and corn. Nothing else
Somehow it manages to be both weak and watery leaving you wondering where the flavor is and sticky with an aftertaste that won't go away.
While the American Macro isn't one of my favorite style, this one is one of the worse I've tasted.

Serving type: can

06-16-2006 01:31:20 | More by IntriqKen
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BigD1972

Rhode Island

4.38/5  rDev +87.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

For the price, Old Milwaukee is a great beer.

It pours a light amber color. Smell is good. very drinkable.

mouthfeel is good, and it tastes great. On a hot day, mowing the lawn, this beer hits the spot better than the big 3 (bud, coors,miller).
Give it a try. dont let the price scare you, This cheap brew is pretty good.

Serving type: can

06-09-2006 02:48:41 | More by BigD1972
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bigdeuce

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

You know what, it isn't bad. No worse than any other macro out there. I mean, it's skunky, but doesn't taste bad and is extremely drinkable. It's a thirst quencher. If you are going for a macro, no reason to spend any more money than is necessary.

Serving type: can

06-06-2006 22:44:57 | More by bigdeuce
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -48.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

710 ml can. Pours a clear straw yellow, really pissy looking, strange fluffy loose white head, no lace or retention. Smell is sweet, honey, metallic, maybe citrus. Taste is nasty, really pissy and sweet, strange metallic flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. One of the nastiest beers I've ever had and not what I would expect the Pabst Brewery.

Serving type: can

02-19-2006 02:24:59 | More by Viggo
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Phatz

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing interesting or special American Macro Lager. It is just like the rest of 'em... Pours an apple juice color. A musty malt characteristic in the smell and taste and clear evidence of the adjuncts (grain). The hop characteristic is minimal but present. This is an average Macro. But the Average macro is pretty poor so ... Ice cold, after a long day of yard work and it maybe an acceptable choice but WHY?

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Serving type: can

02-14-2006 08:05:28 | More by Phatz
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BigBry

Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +28.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red 473ml can, celebrating the 71 Anniversary. Limited edition can set with 4 different 'pin up' girl pictures. I bought it for the cans, not the beer. "Brewed in Canada, by Stroh Canada, Guelph, Ontario".
Very typical Macro Lager, pours yellowy/golden color, white head that is here one minute, gone the next. Smells like beer, tastes like beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing bad either. Thin, but not watered down. Doesn't have that sour finish like some other macros. Easy to drink on a hot day, and it is priced right. Average.

Serving type: can

02-11-2006 21:26:41 | More by BigBry
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MrHolland

South Carolina

1.83/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pours a clear yellow color. With little head thats gone within 30 seconds.
Do not get a very nice smell or any at all. Taste like water with some malt added in. Very little and I mean very little as about non at all. This is not really the best tasteing brew. But what else can you expect for five dollars a 12 pack. Ultimate budget beer.

Serving type: can

02-09-2006 01:45:34 | More by MrHolland
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Manosbeeroffate

Maine

1.68/5  rDev -28.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

"It doesn't get any better than this" is the motto on the can. REALLY?? Drinking carbonated water? Pours quite fizzy, the head disappears quickly. The clearest yellow coloring you've ever seen. Taste? Well I can detect the slightest grainy malt flavor and that is it.Nothing but water. Granted this makes it very easy to drink, but how can you really call this beer. I wonder what a light version of this beer would be like.

Serving type: can

12-13-2005 00:08:48 | More by Manosbeeroffate
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jasonpeckins32

Michigan

2.4/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

So I broke down and bought a couple of 24oz. cans of this stuff a little earlier. As empty as my pockets are, good beer just isnt accessible. Thought I might as well rate it. At first it tastes just like any other american macro brew, only with a little touch of sour/bitterness during the aftertaste. But maybe thats just a tin-can flavor. The closer you get to the bottom of the can, the more watery it begins to taste. Almost like the little flavor that is there is all at the top. I do notice that this beer actually smells fairly nice. The nose is quite mild, but the smell I get almost reminds me of stella. I'm not sure how thats possible, and I'm going to assume there must be something wrong with my smelling senses tonight. Weird. Mouthfeel is alright I guess. A little thin, but what can you expect? Drinkability is decent if you're broke and in need of a cheap buzz.

Serving type: can

11-23-2005 02:35:49 | More by jasonpeckins32
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mentor

Colorado

2.78/5  rDev +18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can obtained in a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Reviewed from detailed notes taken a week ago. Stamp on the can reads 12125 D80359. Pours a one finger sticky white head over a plae straw colored liquid. Crystal clear. Smells of corn, mild sweet, and some dark hops. Tastes thin and mild. A hint of sour and iron. Floral hops in the aftertaste are weak and easy on the tongue. Corn and cardboard are other main players. Light body and md carbonation. Hurray!, a macro where carbonation isn't a dominant flavor. Scored to style, not my preferences.

Serving type: can

11-04-2005 06:19:26 | More by mentor
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tesguino

Mexico

3.3/5  rDev +41%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Most of my family dont like this beer, is piss water, said; but for me is good, better i say than the anheuser busch family beers (macro´s of course), its palate is wide, smell like broiled hops, little herbal too; taste had a touch of yeast, rice and very soft for me; try direct from the can or serve in a pint glass; 85% recommended.

Serving type: can

10-26-2005 17:00:19 | More by tesguino
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nekronos

Mexico

4/5  rDev +70.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For being a Macro Lager, it was ok, and I think it is the best among the Old Milwaukee variety. The colour is not green at all, and it is very goldy, very good and the foam is nice, very bubbling and it is what it counts for a lager, at least for me.

Serving type: can

10-24-2005 14:45:18 | More by nekronos
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TheDeuce

New York

1.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Old Milwaukee...

I can't even follow my normal criteria for this one, Old Mil is your everyday normal adjunct-filled American lager with fans reminiscent of beast or Pabst looking back at it as if it were the greatest beer in the world. Well it's far from it!!! Flat taste, not so great appearance and minimal recollection soon after drinking of any difference from other mass-produced beers. Avoid if your at all a serious beer drinker, for beers with mass fan clubs though you could do worse.

Serving type: can

10-06-2005 06:29:59 | More by TheDeuce
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nicksta

Michigan

1.5/5  rDev -35.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

At my days working in a grocery store I see a lot of people, mainly the elderly, buy this beer. People would come in 3 even 4 times a week and purchase 18, 24, and/or 30 packs of Old Milwaukee. After witnessing this I had to at least give it a shot. I obtained a 24 oz. can, cracked it open and took a swig. The taste was plain and flat, reminiscent of an Anheuser-Busch product. As sick as it was I thought at the very least, due to the lack of flavor, I could drink it quickly and move on. However, a terrible, extremely bitter aftertaste followed, as if overcompensating for the original weak taste. Overall the taste was grainy with a hint of corn. The aroma was unappetizing. It had little frothy head to get in the way, and the color was a thicker yellow than most. The only reason I finished it was because I spent my own money on it and by time I was done I was barely buzzing. If there was a beer worse than the swill Anheuser-Busch siphoned from the sewers, this would be it.

Serving type: can

09-21-2005 21:10:40 | More by nicksta
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kbnooshay

New York

1.05/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Not much say here. Looks lighter and dirtier than piss. Almost sweet smell. The taste is nasty metallic horses ass. It might make you cry. The mouthfeel is that of getting stabbed in the face. Incredibly not drinkable. I would rather drink my own urine.

Serving type: can

08-29-2005 02:44:51 | More by kbnooshay
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
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