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Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

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680 Ratings

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Ratings: 680
Reviews: 239
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 3
Gots: 48 | 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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1/5  rDev -56.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -3%

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1/5  rDev -56.9%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of bort11
2.12/5  rDev -8.6%
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.

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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

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2.12/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of BierFan
3.75/5  rDev +61.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a tumbler glass. I'm reviewing this based against other macro lagers.

Appearance: It actually looks better in a glass than I thought it would. Pale clear golden yellow.

Smell: Good smell for a macro. Again better smell than I thought it would have. Grains and corn.

Taste: No skunkiness. Not much flavor but the style isn't known for big flavor.

Mouthfeel: Relatively thick feel. Very nice.

Drinkability: As far as American macro lagers go this is very easy drinking and might be my favorite.

Photo of AMCimpi
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

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

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.

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1.5/5  rDev -35.3%

Photo of Tballz420
2.15/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

This beer is one of those beers that comes in a can. Compared to those other canned brews it is on the sweeter, maltier side of taste. No bitterness. There must be a lot of great ingredients cause my head is ringing now and i didnt even drink that many of these. Better than some shitty macros, worse than the rest of the beers we love.

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1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

Photo of EagleTalon
2.96/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

This review covers the 3.2%ABW (4%ABV) Oklahoma version.
It looks very average for the style: sudsy head that dissipates to a ring around the glass. Pale yellow. Nothing too sad or impressive.
Smells (and tastes) of corn syrup tainted with malt extract. A hop character designed for people that ask "what's a hop?" Not too bad, but then again not exceptional.
Tastes like a beer that leans on adjuncts too much but is not too nasty either. This beer is a notch above the other beers in it's price class on the shelf in Oklahoma.
Mouthfeel is average and it is easy to guzzle when it is ice cold and you want a cheap thrill--or you are on a strict budget like I am right now. Judging from reviews from less oppressive regimes (states) the added water in the 3.2 version actually may help the flavor.

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

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2.25/5  rDev -3%

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2.75/5  rDev +18.5%

Photo of therica
2.35/5  rDev +1.3%
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?!?!?!?

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2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

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2/5  rDev -13.8%

Photo of Shiloh
2.45/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light golden with almost no head, has the appearance of being flat which the taste is quick to confirm..after a slight fizzy mouthfeel. Aroma is non descript and the taste is weak. Not a very good beer, but for the price it is acceptable.

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2.34/5  rDev +0.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16oz tallboy poured into a glass.

A- Pours a completely clear yellow/golden color with a billowy white foam head that slowly fades down to a ring. As far as adjunct lagers go, this one actually looks pretty good.

S- Sort of a residual sweetness with some light grain and grass in the nose. A bit of cooked corn maybe.

T- Solventy and sweet with just a touch of alcohol heat. No hops to speak of.

M- The carbonation is ok but this is even thinner than I was expecting.

D- Super low alcohol and barely any taste...I guess they would be easy to drink?

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1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

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1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
56 out of 100 based on 680 ratings.