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Old Milwaukee Light - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee Light
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163 Ratings
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Ratings: 163
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 2.51
pDev: 32.67%
Wants: 0
Gots: 6 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Light Lager |  3.88% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 12-12-2001)
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Reviews by Pegasus:
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2.93/5  rDev +16.7%

Appearance: Medium golden body, with an off white, coarse head which fades rapidly., despite blizzards of carbonation. The lacing is thin and scattered.

Aroma: Lots of cooked cereal and cooked vegetables, a slight mineral note and faint hops.

Taste: Very restrained malt notes and faint hops vie with mineral water notes. As the taste progresses, the impression of mineral water is strengthened. Finishes clean with a faint herbal hop flavor.

Mouth feel: Thin and seltzer-like.

Drinkability/notes: Not as bad as one might think. It would surely be refreshing on a hot summer day. Old Milwaukee Light is a quintessential "lawnmower" beer. Its surely not craft beer, but no one ever said it was. For what it is, its not bad.

Presentation: Packaged in a sixteen fluid ounce aluminum can, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

05-02-2013 02:43:39 | More by Pegasus
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South Dakota

2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

05-23-2014 13:37:29 | More by SD-Alefan
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3.78/5  rDev +50.6%

Presentation: 12 oz can, no freshness date. I love the boasting on the can; 1999 GABF Gold medal winner … America’s Best Tasting Light Beer.

Appearance: Translucent very pale yellow, perfect clarity with a minimal yet sticky lace on top.

Smell: Very clean nose with hints of grain and a smidgen of hops.

Taste & Mouthfeel: Super smooth with a spot on crispness, watery malt and cereal grain flavour. Very little hops at all, just a small amount of bitterness and not flavour. Very clean on the palate with little to no off flavours … I could not detect any. Clean and dry.

Notes: This is what a light beer is supposed to be, If I was a light beer drinker this is the one I would go for time and time again.

08-12-2003 22:15:32 | More by Jason
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2.15/5  rDev -14.3%

This is a light version of a very cheap beer, so I wasn't expecting much. Pours with almost no head when ice cold. Taste is very weak and watered down. What taste you get is slight malted grain and only a very shadow of hops. A very poor example of a light beer.

03-15-2003 14:45:27 | More by Rifrafboy
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2.38/5  rDev -5.2%

Time to review a gold medal winner! Ok, obviously the beer doesn't look like it should win anything. Straw yellow, I mean, really super light, but it did produce a nice head and have adequate carbonation. Aroma was nothingness and watery beer.

Taste, barely any, super miniscule hop presence, super miniscule malt presence, mostly corn and six row. A decent cheap alternative to keith stone, and better in my opinion. Same demographic its peddaled too. At least if you're a somewhat responsible adult, you can just call it a lawnmower beer.

11-08-2011 22:29:28 | More by Beerandraiderfan
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West Virginia

3.4/5  rDev +35.5%

"America's best tasting beer" well that's what is says on the can...World beer cup gold winner in 2008 for American style light lager...really it's a good light beer. Pours a fizzy yellow color, with white head that dwindles quickly. Flavor wise there isn't anything wrong with this beer, especially when served cold. Smell is some cooked veggies with even a hint of herbal hop notes, really vintage old school beer like this isn't bad compared to the masses it's just as good or better. Plus a 12 pack of this runs $6.49 since that is rediculously cheap, it's a bonus to this light lager. Mouthfeel is light bodied sturdy carbonation nothing exciting but it's cold and wet. Overall an affordable good beer that's good for beer geeks to try to appreciate what we have in craft beer and have an option amongst bigger brewers to justify not drinking BMC.

11-08-2011 22:05:15 | More by WVbeergeek
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New York

4/5  rDev +59.4%

05-11-2013 00:53:21 | More by BadJustin
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2/5  rDev -20.3%

05-24-2012 02:53:01 | More by brianplatt
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1.5/5  rDev -40.2%

09-22-2013 20:57:14 | More by IchLiebeBierZu
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4.75/5  rDev +89.2%

05-22-2013 00:37:34 | More by Mtooman
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2.25/5  rDev -10.4%

05-27-2013 23:52:53 | More by JamesStreet
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2.65/5  rDev +5.6%

Very pale gold, with large head, and thin but ornate lacing, even. Surprise!

Nose is corny, adjunct, rice. Quite average.

Taste is light (no surprise) and watery. The only real flavor is a corny maltiness, and little (if any) hops presence. Maybe this one has won recent GABF awards, but it's still a typical American Adjunct lager. Average at best. Wouldn't buy again.

12-24-2011 19:21:55 | More by secondtooth
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

04-14-2014 01:03:55 | More by norinco
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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

07-01-2014 00:05:29 | More by Mpenders
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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

04-18-2012 02:03:27 | More by avisong
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2.5/5  rDev -0.4%

02-02-2012 06:20:29 | More by jtnelson40
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1.4/5  rDev -44.2%

Tastes like regular Old Milwaukee after some ice cubes melted in it. Very clear color, absent of any hops that I could detect. I don't think they use any barley either. It is drinkable, but so is anti-freeze.

10-22-2002 11:12:00 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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2.38/5  rDev -5.2%

Very thin, pale straw, a thin sheet of a soapy head, that evaporates quickly. Some light malty aroma, tough to pick up much on the nose. Thin, weak and a watery body, noted consistently through a few of these. Some delicate malts detected throughout. Nothing offensive, yet nothing to reel you in for more.

07-12-2003 04:31:06 | More by GeoffRizzo
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2/5  rDev -20.3%

10-23-2012 18:27:44 | More by Eaglefan344
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2/5  rDev -20.3%

07-29-2013 19:10:07 | More by fishmich
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2.6/5  rDev +3.6%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some grains. Taste is very mild, really nothing here at all, a slight bitterness at the finish. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall this is a low quality beer.

10-17-2010 23:52:02 | More by tone77
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New Hampshire

2.58/5  rDev +2.8%

This came from a 16 fl. oz. can with a lot number on the bottom of the can of 03099-C50616 and it was sampled on the day of this rating.

The pour is pale yellow with little to no head but considerable carbonation that bubbles all through the session. The aroma is grassy and corny but if you take a deep enough whiff you might catch a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is about average for a light macros but it doesn't seem quite as watered down. The taste also has some vague hops but little to no alcohol sensation. Actually it is not quite as bad as some of the previous reviewers have claimed.

01-06-2009 23:28:27 | More by puboflyons
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1.75/5  rDev -30.3%

10-11-2013 21:00:45 | More by GDPete
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

05-23-2014 14:03:40 | More by Sconi_tom
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3/5  rDev +19.5%

06-30-2012 02:19:46 | More by Bighorn
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Old Milwaukee Light from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 163 ratings.