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Olympia Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
63
poor

188 Ratings
THE BROS
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no score

(send 'em beer!)
Ratings: 188
Reviews: 84
rAvg: 2.62
pDev: 27.48%


Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.78% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002)
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BeerManDan

California

2.23/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Back in the OLD days, this was the beer to drink on the West Coast and Alaska. It was brewed in Tumbwater, Washington. But that was before we had the Micro Brews we have today. Now, it tastes very thin and watery. The only reason I gave it this high rating is because it was my first beer!

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2003 08:15:10 | More by BeerManDan
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ParkbrauFan

Iowa

1/5  rDev -61.8%

03-28-2014 03:37:52 | More by ParkbrauFan
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Spikester

Oregon

3.48/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't know if this is 95% malt any more but they are using a can similar to it. No 95% malt label though. From a 24 ounce can labeled as "The Bigfoot" 24 oz.
Pours clear gold with a huge long lasting white head and plentiful lacing.
Smell is pungent spicey earthy hops with more than enough bready malt.
Taste is a bit too sweet for the OLY of memory but a tasty but less crisp than the beer of old. I think the older version used more of a Cascade hop flavor where this has some type of euro hop character now. More malt or malt + corn syrup than I like in a macro style beer.
Mouthfeel is medium and a slightly wet finish. Carbonation is robust or flaccid depending on how it is poured.
Over all if you want a good tasting malty macro beer for the hot weather give it a try. It was $1.79 for the 24 oz. can at a local gas station. Plus it has a shaded Bigfoot walking through the fir trees!

Serving type: can

03-14-2014 05:26:39 | More by Spikester
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Alabama

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

02-26-2014 20:19:35 | More by harpus
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Furlinator

California

2.9/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours translucent hay colored gold with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is dominated by bready malt with just a hint of citrus hops and faint honey.

The flavors are somewhat muted and consist of biscuit-like malt and some faint citrus accents.

Texture is light bodied with high carbonation.

This beer makes no pretensions and has no delusions of grandeur. It is a refreshing, light bodied lager that is ideal for warm weather drinking sessions.

Serving type: can

02-25-2014 01:52:39 | More by Furlinator
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Eighty

Washington

1/5  rDev -61.8%

02-24-2014 22:10:30 | More by Eighty
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DOCRW

Washington

1.25/5  rDev -52.3%

02-23-2014 20:35:10 | More by DOCRW
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skydogpenn

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev +14.5%

02-23-2014 16:18:01 | More by skydogpenn
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Jordyn

Washington

3/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love this beer when I am just hanging around friends and just having a good time. A lot of my friends, myself included, drink this beer because it tastes like home. (Well kinda, more psychological if anything) You see a lot of my friends parents and grandparents, as well as mine, worked at the both original breweries. We all live within a 10 minutes radius, and now that Pabst bought Oly, when I was in middle school I think, there are just 2 empty structures that used to proudly show the Olympia beer signs. I can only hope that one day the slogan "Its the water" can come to mean something again by using the Deschutes river water to brew the beer. You can see, the art used on the can and everything, that is the Tumwater Falls park, where the brewery sat right next too. Its just too bad that a big box office brewery bought out our lovely hometown brew. Anyway.
ABOUT THE BEER ITSELF:
Not much too it. Super light in every way; color, taste, smell. Doesn't hold its head for more than a minute. Like I said above, this beer is a beer to not worry about. Kinda like Bud Light, you dont drink it to tell everyone about the amazing qualities. You drink it because its refreshing and you can drink a lot of it and you can have a good time with the buds.

Serving type: can

02-19-2014 07:49:40 | More by Jordyn
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California

2.75/5  rDev +5%

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Pitcairn

2/5  rDev -23.7%

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RevCraig

Ontario (Canada)

1.5/5  rDev -42.7%

01-27-2014 00:11:47 | More by RevCraig
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DaveRinn

Washington

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

01-13-2014 01:06:47 | More by DaveRinn
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bbluemzbeer

California

4.3/5  rDev +64.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a yellow lager beer.

Smell: Smells like a lager beer , which smells of grains. It does not have a foul smell like some lagers have.

taste: Taste of grains and malts with a lemony zest to it. then some bitterness at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. It is well rounded lager with no off putting taste. It is a summer time and lawnmower beer which is refreshing.

Mouthfeel; It has medium carbonation and it is not over done like some american adjunct lagers are.

Overall: Olympia beer is good beer for price , drank ability high , refreshing with lemon taste to it. which make it different then regular lagers on market.

Serving type: can

01-09-2014 16:23:24 | More by bbluemzbeer
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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3/5  rDev +14.5%

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Florida

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3/5  rDev +14.5%

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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev +5%

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3/5  rDev +14.5%

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2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2/5  rDev -23.7%

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New York

3/5  rDev +14.5%

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Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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Alberta (Canada)

3/5  rDev +14.5%

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Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 188 ratings.