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Old Milwaukee Light - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee Light
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164 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 164
Reviews: 56
rAvg: 2.52
pDev: 32.54%
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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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

02-02-2012 06:20:29 | More by jtnelson40
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2/5  rDev -20.6%

01-26-2012 06:51:01 | More by Whiskeydeez
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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-19-2012 22:56:52 | More by alcoholinside
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2.5/5  rDev -0.8%

01-18-2012 22:08:36 | More by TrojanWheels
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1/5  rDev -60.3%

01-09-2012 19:08:20 | More by Kahlerbock
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South Carolina

1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

01-02-2012 00:09:32 | More by buckyp
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2/5  rDev -20.6%

12-30-2011 17:27:06 | More by cdwil
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Rhode Island

2.03/5  rDev -19.4%

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.

12-25-2011 00:48:19 | More by TheManiacalOne
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2.65/5  rDev +5.2%

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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1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

12-24-2011 00:18:49 | More by gatornation
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3.5/5  rDev +38.9%

12-22-2011 04:32:07 | More by marshrat63
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1/5  rDev -60.3%

12-21-2011 01:40:54 | More by kmckinnon87
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2/5  rDev -20.6%

12-05-2011 02:15:55 | More by Brown120
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1.5/5  rDev -40.5%

12-04-2011 03:31:58 | More by bigred89
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New Jersey

2/5  rDev -20.6%

11-23-2011 01:19:53 | More by djrn2
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3.8/5  rDev +50.8%

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.

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

3/5  rDev +19%

11-22-2011 01:39:07 | More by Burt
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2/5  rDev -20.6%

11-21-2011 23:52:51 | More by KC9LDB
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2/5  rDev -20.6%

11-17-2011 04:20:31 | More by ROGUE16
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3/5  rDev +19%

11-16-2011 23:39:35 | More by chcfan
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2.38/5  rDev -5.6%

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 +34.9%

"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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3.93/5  rDev +56%

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.

11-01-2011 22:09:07 | More by rangerred
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3.2/5  rDev +27%

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.

05-05-2011 04:03:26 | More by chicagoabbot
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3.85/5  rDev +52.8%

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.

05-04-2011 15:02:58 | More by PapillonJohn
Old Milwaukee Light from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 164 ratings.