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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

612 Ratings
THE BROS
58
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Ratings: 612
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Billolick

New York

2.1/5  rDev -10.3%

OK I know I'm scrapin the bottom of the barrel here, but we all need to consume some mass produced crap to keep us honest and keep us abreast of what is out there. This stuff is, suprise, piss yellow with a large bubble, short lasting head. Not much nose to speak of. Ditto for malt and hops. It is cold and wet and did help me wash down my dinner.

06-24-2004 01:52:34 | More by Billolick
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Georgiabeer

Georgia

2/5  rDev -14.5%

05-12-2014 00:50:22 | More by Georgiabeer
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Zorro

California

2.6/5  rDev +11.1%

Poured from a screw top 32 OZ Bottle that I bought for $1.19 at Vons.

Pours an ultra clear yellow brew.

Smell is sweet and corny with a cracker smell to it. No skunking or off smells to it.

Taste is fairly dry with just a trace of sweetness and a bit of grain flavor. Taste is pretty neutral it doesn't offend or wow you.

Mouthfeel is OK this isn't a brew that pretends to be anything other than a cheap lager.

Drinkability is equal to or superior that which the macrobrews have.
This is a brew that claims to only be a cheap yet drinkable and non-offensive brew and in that capacity is succeeds fully. I have drunk a lot of this with dinner when I hit the supermarket deli for dinner and just wanted a beer to go with say fried chicken. Which is exactly why I am even reviewing this brew here.

05-02-2004 01:26:30 | More by Zorro
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Wasatch

Utah

2/5  rDev -14.5%

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

03-16-2010 01:05:03 | More by Wasatch
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ejimhof

Pennsylvania

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

05-25-2014 18:47:33 | More by ejimhof
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BillRoth

Maryland

3.25/5  rDev +38.9%

12-07-2013 21:51:40 | More by BillRoth
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Mebuzzard

Colorado

1.25/5  rDev -46.6%

07-04-2014 18:26:03 | More by Mebuzzard
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plaid75

New York

2.53/5  rDev +8.1%

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet corn and a smattering of hop spice.

The taste was upfront sweet corn, with a thin graininess. The sweetness was heavy and enduring, as it lingered well after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was typical of a macro lager - thin and well carbonated.

Overall your average macro. May be sweeter than most however.

08-04-2007 00:19:12 | More by plaid75
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Latarnik

New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

05-27-2014 20:52:23 | More by Latarnik
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LXIXME

New Mexico

2.5/5  rDev +6.8%

02-15-2014 19:26:34 | More by LXIXME
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beerthulhu

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev +14.5%

A: Poured a very pale straw color, clear, with a moderate strong and steady stream of carbonation. The initial head was fizzy, about 1 finger high before it quickly settled to a thin frothy layer. Visible carbonation was moderate.

S: The nose was soft, with some fresh lemons, pale grains. Fairly neutral which was to be expected.

T: The initial flavor was sugary sweet cereal grains while a lemony tang is found on the finish. Overall some malt sweetness, lemons and dry honeycombs and was pretty much non-offending.

M: light, a little watery and with a fizzy effervesce detected on the tongue.

D: While wont blow you away it wont totally turn you off. A tad sweet, but fairly clean. Would drink if the greater of lesser options at a party but wouldn't spend my money at it. Average for what it is.

08-22-2008 22:54:25 | More by beerthulhu
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Viggo

Ontario (Canada)

1.2/5  rDev -48.7%

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.

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

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev +26.1%

Looks like white apple juice. Decent sized white fizzy head. Carbonation rises aggressively. Aroma is sweet and malty (in a macro kind of way) and a little grainy. Mouthfeel is fizzy. Body is medium. Taste has some decent maltiness to it for a macro. Just a splash of hops evident in the dry finish. Not too bad. I'd place it just about in the middle of my spectrum of Macro brews.

04-03-2005 03:12:56 | More by Bighuge
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.63/5  rDev +12.4%

Faint yellow, no head. Smells like Milwaukee in the morning (the city).

Taste, eh, I almost wanna say don't go there, but this is a beer review. Hops, malt, yeast, nothing, but there's lots of water in it. Kind of a weird aftertaste and mouthfeel to it, I have no idea what it is, other than not pleasant for the most part. Very cheap, hence, drinkable.

I shit you not this stuff was $29.99 for a 1/2 barrel at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee when I was going to Marquette. How many kegs did we kill of this during the 2003 Final Four run?

09-29-2010 00:04:37 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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dmorgan310

Panama

1/5  rDev -57.3%

02-03-2012 09:33:57 | More by dmorgan310
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wrightst

Maryland

2/5  rDev -14.5%

07-12-2014 16:04:28 | More by wrightst
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Brad007

Vermont

2.9/5  rDev +23.9%

Pours a very light yellow with head that fades fast.Aroma is very light and somewhat bland. Somewhat sweet as well. Taste is very sweet, corny and light on aftertaste. Not offensive. Goes down easy. Just not impressive at all. It's not the worst beer I've had though so I'm going to give it an average rating.

08-21-2007 01:54:58 | More by Brad007
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harpus

Alabama

2.25/5  rDev -3.8%

02-26-2014 20:18:44 | More by harpus
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Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

1.75/5  rDev -25.2%

05-03-2013 15:35:49 | More by Rhettroactive
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Bitterbill

Wyoming

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
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Hopheadjeffery

Illinois

2.25/5  rDev -3.8%

08-14-2013 16:21:39 | More by Hopheadjeffery
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev +11.1%

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.

10-07-2009 21:42:23 | More by tone77
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twiggamortis420

Texas

3.05/5  rDev +30.3%

16 oz tallboy can with a freshness stamp of JAN0410 on the bottom. Pours a crystal clear pale gold color with a large airy white foam that displays pretty good retention and leaves a few flecks of lace here and there. Not a bad looking AAL here.

Nose has more in common with pure seltzer water than beer, but there is a little bit of grainy malt on the nose. CO2 is by far the dominant scent though.

Taste is pretty clean with some husky grain coming through. A touch of stale cardboard flavor can be found along with a mild sparkling water taste. Not a whole lot here, but I can see this being refreshing when thirsty. Not bad for an AAL, pretty average actually. Has a pretty cheap price tag to boot, I got 6 tallboys for 4.99.

12-30-2009 00:31:14 | More by twiggamortis420
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Cynic-ale

Ohio

2/5  rDev -14.5%

08-04-2013 08:37:25 | More by Cynic-ale
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WOLFGANG

South Carolina

1/5  rDev -57.3%

07-08-2013 23:10:05 | More by WOLFGANG
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 612 ratings.