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Old Milwaukee Light - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee Light
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BA SCORE
61
poor

179 Ratings
THE BROS
86
very good

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Ratings: 179
Reviews: 58
rAvg: 2.49
pDev: 34.14%
Wants: 1
Gots: 10 | 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 cratez:
Photo of cratez
2.13/5  rDev -14.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Was given one of these by a buddy last night after he criticized the Schneider Weisse I was drinking.

Pours a thin, piss yellow body with zero head. Smells literally like musty sweat. Somehow, some way there is a decent amount of lacing. Taste is surprisingly not bad, a bit of bite at the start and no apparent aftertaste, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is what all light macros feel like: watery. Definitely easy to drink if you're looking for a beer with almost no taste or alcohol content, or something to funnel at a party.

cratez, Jul 08, 2006
More User Reviews:
Photo of SD-Alefan
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

SD-Alefan, May 23, 2014
Photo of Jason
3.78/5  rDev +51.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Aug 12, 2003
Photo of Rifrafboy
2.15/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Rifrafboy, Mar 15, 2003
Photo of briandaube
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

briandaube, Nov 11, 2014
Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

Beerandraiderfan, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

"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.

WVbeergeek, Nov 08, 2011
Photo of BadJustin
4/5  rDev +60.6%

BadJustin, May 11, 2013
Photo of brianplatt
2/5  rDev -19.7%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
1.5/5  rDev -39.8%

IchLiebeBierZu, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of Mtooman
4.75/5  rDev +90.8%

Mtooman, May 22, 2013
Photo of JamesStreet
2.25/5  rDev -9.6%

JamesStreet, May 28, 2013
Photo of secondtooth
2.65/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

secondtooth, Dec 24, 2011
Photo of norinco
3/5  rDev +20.5%

norinco, Apr 14, 2014
Photo of Mpenders
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

Mpenders, Jul 01, 2014
Photo of avisong
1.75/5  rDev -29.7%

avisong, Apr 18, 2012
Photo of jtnelson40
2.5/5  rDev +0.4%

jtnelson40, Feb 02, 2012
Photo of BigAl18
1/5  rDev -59.8%

BigAl18, Oct 02, 2014
Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.4/5  rDev -43.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

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.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of nicholas2121
4.46/5  rDev +79.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.75

Old Milwaukee Light brewed by Pabst Brewing Company with an ABV 3.88. This brew pours out a nice light amber color with a small white head. This is a filtered brew you can see right though it. The smell is nice with some grains and malt. The taste is light, but rich. There is a lot going on in this brew. For being a light brew it has a lot of flavor and body. There is nothing overpowering in this brew. Old Milwaukee Light has a real nice balance it. The mouthfeel is nice, clean, and refreshing. Pabst Brewing Company did a nice job with this one. I would buy this brew again. Overall I'm giving this brew a 4.75 out 5.

nicholas2121, Oct 03, 2014
Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.38/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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.

GeoffRizzo, Jul 12, 2003
Photo of Eaglefan344
2/5  rDev -19.7%

Eaglefan344, Oct 23, 2012
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2/5  rDev -19.7%

fishmich, Jul 29, 2013
Photo of tone77
2.6/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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.

tone77, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
2.58/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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.

puboflyons, Jan 06, 2009
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Old Milwaukee Light from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 179 ratings.