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Old Milwaukee Light - Pabst Brewing Company

Old Milwaukee Light
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BA SCORE
61
poor

144 Ratings
THE BROS
85
very good

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Ratings: 144
Reviews: 55
rAvg: 2.5
pDev: 33.6%


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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chicagoabbot

Illinois

3.2/5  rDev +28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz straight out of the can, although I've had it in a glass too. Slightly orange-water color. No smell. Clean. Not much in the taste, not much hops or malt. Goes down as easy as...well, as easy as water. Seriously one of the better light beers around.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2011 04:03:26 | More by chicagoabbot
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Tone

Missouri

2.8/5  rDev +12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, pale yellow. 1/4inch head of a clear color with poor retention and no lacing. Smells of adjunct in a clean lager. Fits the style of a light lager. Has a smooth and crisp mouth feel. There's a high carbonation level present. Tastes of adjunct mostly with a strong lager characteristic. Slight malt background is noticeable in the aftertaste. Overall, another light lager which is definitely not my favorite style.

Serving type: bottle

01-23-2009 00:50:25 | More by Tone
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rye726

Colorado

1.4/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I went into this review not expecting much. Guess what I got in return... not much. A yellowish color under some fizzy river suds. Smells and taste like a hybrid between rice, corn and garbage water. Watery but fizzy body. Maybe someday I will find a light lager that does not give me bad dreams.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2008 04:22:31 | More by rye726
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BeerManDan

California

3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The last time I tasted this beer, it wasn't to bad. It had an average flavor and the taste was also average. Although, I was drinking this beer as I was playing horseshoes in 100 degree weather. At that time, I would say anything would have tasted good. Before then, I tried it once and have tasted worst.

Serving type: bottle

01-10-2003 13:43:17 | More by BeerManDan
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bewareOFpenguin

Massachusetts

1.4/5  rDev -44%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2002 11:12:00 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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proc

Michigan

1.23/5  rDev -50.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Metallic. This beer actually has a cold metal taste to it. Very water and highly carbonated. Not a good beer at all.

Serving type: bottle

05-15-2002 05:14:36 | More by proc
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garymuchow

Minnesota

1.9/5  rDev -24%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Light pleasant malt aroma. Full bubbly head that leaves rather quickly. Pale straw color. Very light on flavor from start through the finish. No hop qualities. Light and quick dry finish, that lacks crispness. Mouthfeel very thin despite the full carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

12-12-2001 22:54:56 | More by garymuchow
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bigboyroy

New York

4.45/5  rDev +78%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nothing like a can of fresh toilet water to make your day shine but to be serious I have had many great times hanging with friends while drinking this beer so out of respect for old mil light and all the great times and memories I have been given I wanted to give this beer a good review.

Serving type: can

04-17-2014 06:02:14 | More by bigboyroy
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Hergestridge

Illinois

3.43/5  rDev +37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Old Milwaukee Light... A very long time ago, the Stroh Brewery used to own Old Milwaukee... When Stroh chose to compete with the Bud and Miller breweries, they chose to make Stroh's a Premium style lager.. and put it in Funky Blue cans to symbolize the upgrade to sudsy royalty.. Bad plan. Bad Beer.. Great company basically gone.. sigh.. Well for the old formula.. from my taste-bud perspective, OM took on the Golden Canned Brew's persona.. And I still love this light lager.. To me, this is the real Stroh Beer!! God Bless Bernhard Stroh.. my hero and great-great-Great Uncle.. (well.. maybe not..).. but OM is the Stroh I used to drink in the last century..
Amen to Beer!!!
Carry On Citizens!!!
sMc

Serving type: can

10-08-2013 23:37:15 | More by Hergestridge
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zombiecrat

Nebraska

4.01/5  rDev +60.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight out of the can. FIRST REVIEW!!!

A: I've poured it before and the beer is very piss yellow with a decent short lasting head.

S: My beer smell abilities are not great but to me this smells like opening a can of sweet corn and taking a big whiff.

T: The first thing I taste is the familiar macro brew corn taste with a hint club soda. The middle of the taste has a bit of caramel and hops but it's very low key. The beer finishes with a clean trip back to the club soda and corn flavors.

M: Very clean and crisp. Perfect for humid summer nights and consumed in mass quantities.

D: This beer is one of my go-to lazy night on the couch beers. It's no craft beer and is priced as such, but it is great at giving you what you expect to get in a light, cheap macro brew. It goes down easy and leaves little to no after taste. I do prefer a nice craft beer but when the funds are low and the mouth just wants old fashioned dad-type lawnmowing beer, Old Mud will do the trick!

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

07-17-2013 07:46:06 | More by zombiecrat
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Pegasus

Texas

2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

05-02-2013 02:43:39 | More by Pegasus
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Darkmagus82

Virginia

3/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance –Pours a light straw color with a big billowy white head. The head has a surprisingly nice level of retention slowly fading over time to leave a rather decent level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is quite basic and consists mostly of some sweet corn malt smells as well as some light bready aromas. Mixed with the rest is also a very light papery smell.

Taste – Overall the taste is very light and watery. The taste begins with a lighter corn and bready flavor. The corn flavor is actually quite a bit lighter then would have been expected from the nose. As the taste advances these two flavors remain relatively constant but are, at the end, joined by a light caramel sweetness, a light papery taste, and a tiny bit of citrus. Overall it leaves a rather dry and crisp taste on the tongue.

Mouthfeel –The body of the beer is very low in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is average to above average. Quite appropriate for the style, although even more carbonation may have been better for the very light flavors and drinkability of the beer.

Overall – If you are looking for something light then this is your choice. It’s flavors are super mellow, it is very watery,highly drinkable, and decently refreshing.

Serving type: can

01-02-2013 02:40:01 | More by Darkmagus82
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.1/5  rDev -16%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Now this is what Spelunky ordered... It pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises hard water, sweet corn, and light rice. The taste mirrors things nearly identically, though the hard water is definitely on display here. Yay. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, if I were actually drinking this for the fun of it, I'd probably be even more unhappy than I am. This is best suited for quick alcohol-delivery systems, like beer pong or other drinking games. Sad.

Serving type: can

12-27-2012 22:14:10 | More by TMoney2591
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.88/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Milwaukee Light has a thick, stark-white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and a surprisingly good amount of residual lacing. The aroma is faint sweetness and grain, and the flavor is the same, and it has almost no hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Old Milwaukee Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and ultra drinkable. Overall, for what it is, it's a very good beer.

RJT

Serving type: can

09-30-2012 18:45:54 | More by RonaldTheriot
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AdaDiaz


4.13/5  rDev +65.2%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I tasted this beer and the flavor and taste are just awesome. But I search for light beer for my grandfather. I like its smell. Hope you can help me in my search "lists":http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-tasting-light-beers .

Serving type: on-tap

09-24-2012 11:12:53 | More by AdaDiaz
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TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an extremely pale yellow color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, some adjuncts and miniscule touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out some mild breadiness from adjuncts and a very thin malt character followed by a little bit of sweetness. The hops presence is almost nonexistent and what balance the beer has comes from the fact that there isn’t much of anything in the beer at all to conflict with anything else. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, very light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: This beer as about as bland as they come and as low of an ABV as you’ll find in a non-NA beer, but those traits also make the beer poundable, overall however there are several other inexpensive options out there that are better.

Serving type: can

12-25-2011 00:48:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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secondtooth

Indiana

2.65/5  rDev +6%
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.

Serving type: can

12-24-2011 19:21:55 | More by secondtooth
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syrupjoe

Minnesota

3.8/5  rDev +52%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz can into pint glass.

Pours a pale straw color with an almost perfectly white one finger head. No particulates, clear as crystal.

Not going to take a typical review format with this one because there's not much to it... adjuncts, a light amount of hops, and some malted barley. In a great combination though. This is my go-to light beer. It's well balanced and actually offers hints of flavor compared to its competitors. Not tinny or metallic like lots of other beers of this caliber. Enjoyable for what it is.

Serving type: can

11-22-2011 05:40:45 | More by syrupjoe
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Beerandraiderfan

Nevada

2.38/5  rDev -4.8%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +36%
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.

Serving type: can

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

Tennessee

3.93/5  rDev +57.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Drank straight out of the can.

No appearance this time but I've poured this beer before and it is a light yellow typical of light lagers.

The smell is light corn and grain and I swear I smell a little bit of hops in there.

Taste is much like the smell. A light cereal grain with just a hint of corn on the back end. There is very little hop presence but it is there a tiny bit. The finish is completely clean and leaves you wanting another drink.

A friend turned me onto this beer and I'm very glad he did. It is a step above other mass produced light lagers and is one of the best values out there.

Serving type: can

11-01-2011 22:09:07 | More by rangerred
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PapillonJohn

Pennsylvania

3.85/5  rDev +54%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Consumed from the can on 5/2/2011

My dad use to drink regular Old Milwaukee back in the 90s when I was but a young lad. I stopped at my local distributor; Armstrong Distributors in Kittanning, PA to pick up a case. I had it over the summer but did not remember much about it. When I got there, I decided to just go ahead for the Old Milwaukee Light.

Appearance: It's a light beer, you know? I didn't really pour too much out, just enough to get a color and good smell. This is a can beer, made to be consumed by the can. It's just one of those beers.

Smell: Not too shabby. The smooth smell of malts, creamed corn, a whiff of alcohol and a bit of lemony hops.

Taste: A little bit of malt up front with a quick shot of creamed corn and other adjunct...rice? Follows through with a bit of a lemony hop twang and finished very, very clean and a bit dry. I like it. Very good for a light beer.

Mouthfeel: Very carbonated, but not so much a bad thing. can burn the tongue a bit. A very light beer, crisp going down.

Overall this is THE best light beer I have ever had. I am not going to just rate this as a premium, or craft beer because it's unfair and fails the test. I reviewed this compared to others for what it is, a light beer. I can say that If I am ever in a light beer mood I will gladly seek and buy this one again.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 15:02:58 | More by PapillonJohn
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CrazyMike

Alberta (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pale yellow appearance with fizzy white head that quickly disappears. Smell is very light, some hops and grain, but nonetheless clean.

For the taste, I picked up some malt, grain and hops, but overall hard to pick up. Light bodied with medium-high carbonation. Aftertaste is almost nonexistent, slightly bitter.

In conclusion, this makes you realize that light beer is not about an exotic blend of tastes, but clean and refreshing taste. This beer accomplishes that, for a light beer it's not bad. Still, it's a little to watery. I can foresee this being chugged at American frat houses.

Serving type: can

03-17-2011 05:32:56 | More by CrazyMike
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samyoung

Michigan

3.45/5  rDev +38%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a case at Meijer in Brighton, MI on the road trip back to Brooklyn. We enjoyed many a can on New Year's Eve 2010.

A - Very, very pale yellow...to be expected
S - Nice hoppy-wheat smell.
T - Stale grain taste up front that slowly dissipates into nothingness.
M - Not much.
D - Had about four in really fast succession.

Serving type: can

01-14-2011 23:44:25 | More by samyoung
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tone77

Pennsylvania

2.6/5  rDev +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.

Serving type: can

10-17-2010 23:52:02 | More by tone77
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Old Milwaukee Light from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 144 ratings.