Old Style Light - Pabst Brewing Company

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Ratings: 71
Reviews: 33
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 23.69%
Wants: 0
Gots: 7 | FT: 0
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California, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.80% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: brewdlyhooked13 on 08-26-2002

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Reviews by emerge077:
Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev +30.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$0.50 can from Rudy's in La Salle IL.
Bottom of can is inkjetted SEP10, so I'm confident its fresh enough. "Authentically kraeusened" and 113 calories on the can.

This is a rare bird in Chicago, you wouldn't think so, but it approaches wale status. For those wanting a lighter incarnation of swill, Old Style light fits the bill.

Pale gold, traces of carbonation, about a quarter inch of foam in the glass. A few minutes later there's just a faint skim and ring of foam at the edges.

Husky grain and apple aroma that carries over into the flavor. Yeast contributes significant apple notes, coupled with a barely there malt profile. There's more to it than 'light, skunk, derp'. A clean lager with not much in the way of distracting adjuncts.

Mild astringency, otherwise smooth. Dare I say superior to Old Style. A banquet beer of epic proportions.

More User Reviews:
Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Left the night shift early to hit the casino with a coworker. He had a case of Old Style Light in his backseat. We shotgunned a few of them in the parking lot each. I then walked in like I owned the place, put $100 down on red, and lost. After we each lost a little more money, we laughed about the whole thing over some more Old Style Lights and an illegal cigarette.

Overall: Old Style Light isn't Weihenstephaner Original, but it's now the traditional casino beer.

Photo of Rifrafboy
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought regular and light at the same time. Needless to say, the light is a completely different concoction. The appearance is pretty average, smell is of grains, slightly chemical in nature. Taste is pretty harsh. You get a substantially watered down, grainy taste which is difficult to swallow. The regular is better, of course.

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.78/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Old Style regular minus the carbonation.

Smell: Sweeter than the original.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. Not as metallic as original. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and well-balanced and hits the spot on a hot day.

Drinkability: Nice on a hot day. Maybe a bit too sweet.

Overall: Stick to Old Style regular.

Photo of WoodBrew
2.46/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old Style Light an off-shoot of a Chicago favorite. Sitting at the Cubs game downing some OSL and it tastes F'ing fantastic....but who are we kidding? As a beer....not so much...mix in the nostalgia of Wrigley...golden. This beer is like anyother American macro light beer. Its great during the situations that call for an all-american beer!

Photo of bditty187
2.63/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale-gold with a white head that disappears quick, leaves a soapy trace. The only odors detected were a faint sweetness and a little graininess. Overall, it has a very plain smell and a very plain taste… low carbonation, very water-like. This light beer doesn’t strain the tastebuds. This beer would be hard pressed to offend anyone, then again it would be equally hard pressed to wow anyone either.

I could not taste the can, always a plus.

It got kind of sugary at the end.

Picked up a 6-pack of 16 oz. for under $4.00 with tax.

Stick with the “heavy” Old Style.

Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the skunky side. Taste is light, very mild, really nothing coming through, rather bland. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

Photo of bgreg3
2.99/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love drinking old school beers , the shit my dad and grandpa got fucked up on haha

this one is very light gold pale , can see through very easily, foam stays around the rim for a little not long

Smells of sweet corn malt, and some grain not much depth to the smell or taste. The taste is almost completely absent, just corn malt , thats about it to this one , drink this one out of the can , I can't explain it , it just taste better out of the can opposed to my pilsner glass, I drank the first one from the can this is my second that I poured into the glass and the first one was much better like a 3.0 this one is like a 1.5 , so I'll average it out

Mf is incredibly light and it has a very crisp finish , this is a beer to enjoy by the dozen. very refreshing, very dry. not bad, what I expected

Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +40.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heileman’s Old Style Light beer has a thick, stark-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of faint, sweet, indistinguishable grains, and the flavor is the same, with a hint of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Heileman’s Old Style Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. It’s an excellent light beer.


Photo of heissebier
2.76/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this beer from a keg at a tailgate before watching my Wildcats get destroyed by Penn State.

Appearance- Surprisingly not bad. A transparent straw-yellow color. The white head is surprisingly robust, although it dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell- Almost no smell to speak of other than a little Corn.

Taste- Nothing too complex, but then again it's a light lager. Watery and uninspired, but not terrible.

Mouthfeel- Fairly crisp due to a good deal of carbonation, but the crispness feels forced

Drinkability- Goes down easy, and very light. Could drink these all day, but if given a choice I'd prefer something else.

Photo of woodychandler
2.86/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I CAN hardly wait to try this beer as part of The CANQuest (TM), thanks to its causing me to get smarter about an old beer term that was new to me. CAN you dig it?

From the CAN: " In your neighborhood since 1902."; "Old Style is returning to the time-honored German tradition of kraeusening first used by G. Heilman in 1902 when he created Old Style beer."; "Think Local, Drink Local."; "Authentically Kraeusened."

Greg Koch CAN pooh-pooh "fizzy yellow beers" all he wants, but there is something aesthetically pleasing about them to my vision. Following the Crack & Glug, I had two finger's worth of foamy bone-white head to keep me company. The beer itself was a light golden-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose was faintly lager-sweet underlain with a mild amount of cereal. Pretty typical, if you ask me. Mouthfeel was medium with a light bitterness on the tongue along with some cereal flavors. Finish was slightly dry, mostly unobtrusive, sort of bland overall. I am not a proponent of the style, Old or not. It just does not have enough Ooomph for me and leaves me wanting the regular version of the beer. I am really glad to have been able to get some in a trade because a 30-cube would have left me with buyers' remorse. A definite once-and-done.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a plastic cup at Wrigley Field.

When seeing a Cubs game, there should be no other beers allowed than Old Style and Old Style Light (unless you want something that has flavor...). Get some. It pours a clear jaundice topped by a barely-alive half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises light flowers, grass, a vague sense of mild citrus, and what may or may not be wheat. The taste holds notes of mild wheat, milder hops(yeah, it tastes as vague as it sounds), lemon zest, and hard water. The body is rather light, with a mildly fizzy carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, there really ain't much difference between normal Old Style and this light counterpart. I guess that's what they were going for, though, right...?

Photo of Tone
2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. Short 1/4 inch head with little retention and no lacing. Smells of adjunct in a lager. Fits the style. More sour than Bud Light, but still as crisp and smooth. Tastes of adjunct and has low carbonation. Overall, not real great.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.03/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Another Chicago domestic favorite of mine. Poured clear pale color with a large frothy white head that mostly diminished with virtually no lacing. Light grainy aroma. Light body with a watery texture and soft carbonation. Light sweet flavor with a sweet finish of short duration. Worth having once at Wrigleyfield!

Photo of Frozensoul327
2.95/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not a wonderful light beer, but better than alot out there. Very mild color and flavor, with notes of corn and smooth hops. I am sad to say that this brew is a sorry excuse for a light version of the excellent Full Flavor Old Style. In any case, if you are a light beer drinker or on a budget, this brew may be right up your alley.

UPDATE: After a few more of these, I have to say I feel I was a bit hard on this brew. It's actually not all THAT bad, but it is simply nothing all that special. I still feel it's an average light brew, but better than the evil A-B products that saturate the market.

Photo of Redrover
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer pours a light yellow. Large head and surprise surprise, a bit of lacing on the glass. Lots of small active bubbles here.

Smell is of faint hops & perhaps a little malt. Some corn in there as well.

Taste is not great, except when compared to Bud or Miller lite, than it is not to shabby. Hints of hops and lots of corn. Great Carbonation and the beer is pretty smooth.

If you had to choose between this beer and most macro lights, I think Old Style light would be your best choice of a bad bunch.

Photo of SteveJeremy
2.28/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Painfully average, but heavier a light beer than I expected. I thoroughly enjoy Old Style, despite a lot of the divided and often negative opinions it merits (my father cites it and Miller High Life as the two worst beers he has ever had), and this light alternative is almost the same in terms of matching how filling its brother beer is. Other than that, it brings a middling taste to the table, but after Miller 64, everything seems so exquisite in flavor.

Photo of zeff80
2.67/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured out a clear, straw yellow color with a thin, fizzy, white head. It did not last long nor leave any lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grains. Not much else.

T - Taste was not bitter. Like the aroma, it tasted mostly of corn, grains and adjuncts. No hop flavor present.

M - It was crisp and fizzy. Light bodied and a little watery.

D - This is what it is, a light lager. Not something I'd take to a friends house, but it was great to drink while doing yard work on a hot spring day.

Photo of Lemke10
2/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I had this in a can for a whopping $1 at Wedges in Janesville, WI in late 2011.

Is a very light yellow color. Scent is quite weak of grassy grains which is about all you can taste in the beer. Basically this is what I call beer flavored water. Very thin and ordinary, something you can easily pass up. There’s a reason a 12oz can only cost $1.

Photo of BigRedN
2.85/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Why bother to review a light lager one might ask. Well, because it's in my fridge, and unbelievably this one has only 11 reviews to date. So, my input does count for something I guess.

Appearance: Poured from the can into a pilsner glass a pale straw yellow. Nice fluffy white head, at least one inch. Quickly collapses though to a ring around the glass. No lacing. Typical for the style though.

Smell: Nothing, really. Faint aroma of grain, perhaps a touch of barley malt, no hop or hop like aromas to speak of. Again, while for many beers this is definaitely lacking, but for a style where it is best to not have any offensive aromas this one passes the test.

Taste: While a light beer is light in taste, this one has a touch of grainy, malty flavor as it warms, but I can still stomach it, its not repulsive. No offensive metallic tastes, which I sometimes seem to get from a canned product. I also can not say that this is sweet as some of these beers seem to me.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery, as expected. Not overly fizzy which is good.

Drinkability: Ridiculously easy to consume and not have to think about it. A good, cheap, pound'em down beer for the game (whatever game that may be, baseball, football, hockey).

Photo of Tballz420
1.7/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This beer is a clear color with some possible yellow/gold coloring dye added in. Big white fluffy head. Smell is slight grain/corn/piss, not appealing. Taste is water with some slight grain flavors hidden in. Also a extremly small amount of hops detected. I would say that this may be slightly better than a couple lights like coors, but damn its bad. Run away!

Photo of giblet
2.35/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

lawnmower beer. ok to quench the thirst on a blistering summer day. i picked this up in Iowa. i have had the regular many times so i decided to try the "light". pours pale with quick head that settles quickly. moderate carbonation of big bighty bubbles. typical macro style light lager. grainy smell and taste. no lace. other than that, if you want a cold quencher it is cheap and ok. if you want nice tasty beer...move on.

suckem up and movem out.


Photo of dmowen
3.64/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

When first poured it has nice golden color and a nice but fast dissappering foamy head with small bubbles rising up though the beer. As far as smell goes all I detected was a slight alcohol smell.
Detected a slight tinny after-taste.
I'll admit this is my " every day beer" mainly because of the great thirst quenching ability and price. (12.95 a 30 pack here!)

Photo of cagocubs
2.75/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I love this beer. Not because it is a good beer. Only that it has been with me through thick and thin. As a Cubs fan I find myself at Wrigley Field with a decision between Old Style and Bud Light. As a college student I found myself chossing between this and Keystone and Busch light. As you can imagine I have drank alot of Old Style in my life.

It pours a straw yellow with a head that neither retains or laces. Doesnt have much smell maybe some grain. The taste is more flavorful than other light lagers with a similar watery flow. It is crisp and easy to drink especially on those warm summer days on the North Side of Chicago.

Photo of BeerBob
2.83/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Old Style Light pours a standard macro light amber from a 12oz can. Head goes to about two fingers then dissipates to just a broken ring.

Nose is a damp grain with alcohol. Palate has some slight sweet notes followed by an astringent bite of an hops like bitter, then ends with the sting of carbonation.

All in all, Old Style Light Beer has some taste, even though its a “light” Beer. The price was right at $8.99 for a 24 can case before tax. If you are looking for bargain basement budget priced Beer, Old Style Light should be a contender for your consideration.

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Old Style Light from Pabst Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 71 ratings.