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Olympia Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Olympia Beer
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63
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205 Ratings
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Ratings: 205
Reviews: 86
rAvg: 2.61
pDev: 27.97%
Wants: 11
Gots: 5 | FT: 0
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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Reviews by idResponse:
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idResponse

North Carolina

3.25/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olympia Beer is something I am biased on. I have grown up in the town of Olympia and thus have watched it go from a decent local beer to absolutely nothing.

Old olympia beers were much much better.

Miller purchased the Olympia Brewery and then shut it down. 400+ people became unemployed. Olympia's slogan was "It's The Water!" modeled after the artesian springs from where the water used to brew the beer is from. The artesian springs here are no joke. Simply some of the best most pure and tasty water known to mankind. You simply cannot compare.

Now that olympia beer is no longer being brewed with this water, the beer quality has dropped significantly, and the trademark "oly subby" bottle has been discontinued.

A local restaurant used to serve "Pasta A-La Oly" which was spinach pasta in a tasty butter sauce surrounding an Olympia Stubby bottle. It had class and character and local heritage written all over it. Now it is no longer possible.

Miller has been served right by being bought out by South African Brewing Company.

Overall, Olympia beer even through it's horrible new production value has still managed to usually reign as king of beers to me. It beats the crap out of PBR, Miller, Budweiser, Coors, Etc... anything else in that american domestic pisswater class.

It's the baby piss I choose to drink regularly when on a budget, and so should you, just to maintain heritidge.

Okay, a Rainier once in a while is okay...

and honestly, sessions is a pretty mean olympia stubby knockoff...

Serving type: can

05-04-2006 01:20:25 | More by idResponse
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This is a great American lager. I just picked some up today as Pabst is now marketing it more widely. I remember drinking this in the 80's and it seems to have the same great taste now as it did then. I wonder where this is brewed now since Miller-Coors owns this label after buying Pabst a few years back. There should be a lager beer drinking forum because it is obvious the beer snob crowd of micro-brews will not like this no matter how good and refreshing it is. Seriously it tastes good and is on par with Budweiser, Coors banquet, Pabst, and the like. Now I'm waiting for Hamms to make a comeback. Ill buy this again, but just so you know my favorite beer for the money now is Miller High Life.

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Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 205 ratings.