Old Milwaukee Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
63
poor

235 Reviews
THE BROS
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Reviews: 235
Hads: 714
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 26.82%
Wants: 6
Gots: 62 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.60% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

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? (541 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
2.35/5  rDev -10%
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." (527 characters)

Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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. (309 characters)

Photo of Gagnonsux
2.72/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 32 ouncer at Circle K because I was feeling like something simple and cheap. Color is pale yellow with a fizzy head. Aroma is typical of cheap macro lagers, I've smelled a lot worse than this within this style of beer. Taste isn't very flavorful, which actually may make Old Milwaukee better than some of it's counterparts; there aren't any bad flavors to complain about. Seeing how cheap and unoffensive this is, I would consider this a good choice for a lawnmower beer. Still OM will never compete with my craft brew choices. (541 characters)

Photo of spinrsx
2.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, bread/grains, and corn. There is also a bit of a corn syrup or apple sweetness. It ends with a grainy corn syrup slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Nothing offensive and yet nothing memorable. I suppose it's decent for the price, but nothing I would revisit any time soon. (634 characters)

Photo of clayrock81
2.35/5  rDev -10%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't pour it out of the can to be honest. Had a metallic smell. This is a decent, watery cheap beer to buy when you're reliving the ol' college days and playing drinking card games with some buddies. Has a quasi-sweet malt taste and the use of adjuncts is minimal. Very light hop presence but is not at all bitter or going to nuke your taste buds/stomach like other cheap American macros. Goes down light-bodied and smooth because of the wateriness, but this isn't horrible. (476 characters)

Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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. (731 characters)

Photo of ZAP
2.35/5  rDev -10%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

here's my issue with this beer....it is supposed to be a "price" lager but up in my neck of the woods it's priced damn near the Buds, MGD, and Coors....It's of lesser quality than those...hasa hint of cheap beer taste to it...very corny and sweet...body is thin almost fizzy..finishes a little tart....OK...not worth buying though (330 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
2.79/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a big billowy white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, slowly fading to give a quite nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is a mix of corn sweetness, some grainy aromas as well as a light citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy smell mixed with flavors of a corn and rice. While lightly sweet initially, some more sweetness comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. At the end of the taste a light citrus hop and a tiny bit of paper flavors comes to the tongue giving a rather simple and mild, but mostly clean (beyond the light paper taste) and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. The light body and the higher carbonation level are very fitting for the simple flavors and crispness of the brew, accentuating the drinkability of the brew.

Overall – Simple and highly drinkable with no highly offensive off flavors. With its cheap price, it makes for a decent party/session brew. (1,168 characters)

Photo of mynie
1.73/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Telling people that it doesn't get any better than this is just plain mean.

Smells like grain and adjunct metal. Tastes like grain and adjunct metal with a hint of fruit. Nothing impressive. Sits in my stomach like a rock. Seriously. It feels like I've been punched.

Not bad tasting, but way too fizzy. Avoid. (315 characters)

Photo of Brent
1.06/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mineral and salty, with a harsh finish that passes for hops. Tastes like some sort of medicine to clean out your colon (which is does pretty effectively, too). (160 characters)

Photo of tgbljb
3.05/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

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. (278 characters)

Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.48/5  rDev -5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - poured a very bland and pale yellow, but with a big zesty head, lots of white snowy froth which bubbles down and holds at a semi-solid cover.

Aroma - very plain, macro grain/adjunct sniff, nothing more.

Taste - basic grainy taste, but with a splash of hops at the back mixed in with some soda water saltiness. Wasn't expecting that, a little speck of personality there, alright. Finishes cleanly if unspectacularly.

Mouthfeel - crisp, bubbly, right for the style , but it's a style without much to it, IMO. Thin and watery, lots of bubbles as intended, I'm sure.

Drinkability - for the price and the taste, it's a decent value, I doubt if most macro swillers could tell the difference between this and the rmega-lager. (743 characters)

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Milwaukee has a thick, creamy white head and a clear rich golden color. Carbonation is high. Aroma is metallic, grainy, and faint. The taste is stereotypical American lager, but with more boldness and sweetness than others of its ilk. Mouthfeel is medium. OM has a good bite to it. Finish is crisp and clean. Overall, it is a good product and holds its own against even higher-priced competitors.

RJT (405 characters)

Photo of buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is sweet malt and a bit grassy. At least it has some flavor to it, not much, but as least something. The mouthfeel is watery. The drinkability is limited to a mood when I need something watered down and cheap. (333 characters)

Photo of Pegasus
2.56/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden color with an astonishing amount of fizzy carbonation that, nonetheless, fails to prevent the small white head from quickly fading to a paper-thin layer. The lacing is negligible.

Aroma: Faint smell of cooked vegetables and washed out hops.

Taste: A touch of carbonation, followed by faintly sweet thin malts that turn grainy in the middle, then a bit of alcohol and weak hops at the finish. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Not unpleasant, but somewhat thin and watery.

Drinkability/notes: This beer has only availability and a cheap price to recommend it, most American malt liquors have more to offer for the money. Interestingly enough, the can copy reads "The Great American Beer Festival - 1999 Gold Medal Winner, American-Style Lager". This fact seems quite extraordinary, considering the relative mediocrity of this beer. (873 characters)

Photo of Redrover
2.37/5  rDev -9.2%
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. (732 characters)

Photo of ADR
2.15/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the can into a Pilsner glass...

Transparent lightest gold color, wide-bubbled head of a very thin character but better duration than some. Partial ring laces. Aroma is all sweetness, corn and cane sugar. Mouthfeel is thinnish but the carbonation is adequately done. No real sense of hops, malt is sweet and neutral without nasty qualities. Aftertaste is lightly honeyish without the overdone fizziness and mineral water taste of some macros. Cheap and forgetable, but not the worst of drinkabilities in the beer world. (528 characters)

Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +14.9%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of bditty187
1.1/5  rDev -57.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sickly gold, white head, minimal retention, no lace. Lightly sweet nose, adjucts I assume. Harshly metallic taste. Almost impossible to drink... it brought pain to my throat. I really can't tolerate "Old Mud". Frankly this is one of the worst beers I have had. Please stay away from it. (286 characters)

Photo of thekevlarkid
2.51/5  rDev -3.8%
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. (628 characters)

Photo of TastyTaste
2.52/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear yellow color, small white head. Slightly malty, not a lot in the hops department. Not skunky, metallic, or musty like many beers in this price range. This beer, when judged against other American Macros, is actually somewhat of a standout. It's drinkability, affordablity, lack of off flavors, and wide availabitlity add up to a cheap beer that won't make you gag, at least. (380 characters)

Photo of armock
1.4/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that quickly goes away

S - Typical cheap macro bad grainy malt hint of alcohol

T - Of the macros that I've drank in the name of science this is one of the worst

M - No surprises here medium carbonation

D - I'll never drink this again not even on a dare this stuff it that bad there are better cheap as dirt beers out there (369 characters)

Photo of Onenote81
2.6/5  rDev -0.4%
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. (470 characters)

Photo of hardy008
1.03/5  rDev -60.5%
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. (308 characters)

Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 235 ratings.