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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

657 Ratings
THE BROS
58
awful

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Ratings: 657
Reviews: 229
rAvg: 2.32
pDev: 33.62%
Wants: 2
Gots: 35 | 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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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.

tone77, Oct 07, 2009
Photo of Lare453
1.25/5  rDev -46.1%

Lare453, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of twiggamortis420
3.05/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

twiggamortis420, Dec 30, 2009
Photo of spinrsx
2.48/5  rDev +6.9%
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.

spinrsx, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of ZEB89
2/5  rDev -13.8%

ZEB89, May 06, 2013
Photo of WOLFGANG
1/5  rDev -56.9%

WOLFGANG, Jul 09, 2013
Photo of ZAP
2.35/5  rDev +1.3%
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

ZAP, Dec 10, 2004
Photo of barnzy78
1/5  rDev -56.9%

barnzy78, Nov 28, 2011
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."

puboflyons, Jan 16, 2009
Photo of mrfrancis
2/5  rDev -13.8%

mrfrancis, Jun 25, 2013
Photo of ROGUE16
2/5  rDev -13.8%

ROGUE16, Nov 15, 2011
Photo of clayrock81
2.38/5  rDev +2.6%
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.

clayrock81, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of smartassboiler
1/5  rDev -56.9%

smartassboiler, May 13, 2013
Photo of outoffocus
2/5  rDev -13.8%

outoffocus, Jan 13, 2013
Photo of thatoneguymike
2.25/5  rDev -3%

thatoneguymike, May 11, 2014
Photo of mynie
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%
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.

mynie, Feb 25, 2005
Photo of Darkmagus82
2.78/5  rDev +19.8%
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.

Darkmagus82, Dec 31, 2012
Photo of Gagnonsux
2.73/5  rDev +17.7%
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.

Gagnonsux, Jan 22, 2005
Photo of Brent
1.05/5  rDev -54.7%
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).

Brent, Aug 25, 2001
Photo of Whiskeydeez
2/5  rDev -13.8%

Whiskeydeez, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of tommy5
1.75/5  rDev -24.6%

tommy5, Oct 31, 2013
Photo of cdwil
2/5  rDev -13.8%

cdwil, Dec 30, 2011
Photo of deapokid
2.5/5  rDev +7.8%

deapokid, May 22, 2014
Photo of gtermi
2/5  rDev -13.8%

gtermi, Nov 14, 2012
Photo of tgbljb
3.05/5  rDev +31.5%
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.

tgbljb, Nov 26, 2006
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
57 out of 100 based on 657 ratings.