Olympia Beer - Pabst Brewing Company
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Ratings: 206 | Reviews: 86 | Display Reviews Only:
Reviews by wordemupg:
2.38/5 rDev -8.8%
355ml can poured into pint glass April22 2010
A clear golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles floating up to a fingers worth of head that has surprisingly good retention and leaves a couple partial rings of lace
S honey a little lemon and some adjuncts
T a little sour with some skunk and some corn perhaps not very nice
M thin and well carbonated pretty average
D what can I say this beer leaves something to be desired, it's hard to enjoy a beer if you don't like the taste
I doubt I'll ever drink this again well I won't be paying for anyways
04-22-2010 23:29:30 | More by wordemupg
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1.53/5 rDev -41.4%
Pours with very little head retention. Smell is like grass, a little burnt. Color is light pale straw. Taste is bitter, with only a slight hint of hops. Taste is mostly played out grains (corn/oat). Not a very pleasant beer but very cheap. I could get a 12 pack for $3.99 in California. Overall, I would avoid this in cans. I have heard on tap it's quite a bit better.
12-17-2002 18:11:23 | More by Rifrafboy
3.19/5 rDev +22.2%
This is ridiculous. This beer goes down like water, yet has a good taste that goes great with any meal. It tastes good regardless of the season, temperature, weather, or people around you. It always goes down with a chew in, or just as a pure beer to get you drunk. Its not flawless, but it's the jack-of-all trades that always works.
It's definitely not a fancy beer, nor is it particularly impressive. But it is a solid beverage at a "cheaper" price.
01-29-2010 08:21:04 | More by chadjulius
1.9/5 rDev -27.2%
After years of being a loyal Rainier drinker, I had only seen Olympia in Clint Eastwood movies. Ever since the Pabst takeover both brands have lost their appeal, but I saw a half rack of this at the market the other day and couldn't resist.
First of all, don't expect the finest beer in the world to come from a $7.99 half rack of cans. With that in mind, Olympia is not a bad beer for the college student on a budget. A bit watered down, Olympia still feels like beer in the mouth (same can't be said for other Macros), and the taste is not completely revolting.
The alcohol content leaves a bit to be desired, but beggars can't be choosers as they say.
06-06-2005 02:34:21 | More by chrisms86
2.43/5 rDev -6.9%
355ml can, the made in Canada, by 'Oly Brewing Company' version (aka Great Western Brewing, of Saskatoon) - so I don't see how the same claim to water superiority or consistency can still hold true.
This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, bubbly, and thinly soapy bone-white head, which leaves a few streaks of low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it rashly settles.
It smells of mildly sweet cooked corn, a touch of biscuity malt, middling warm plastic notes, and astringent dead grassy, weedy, and somewhat skunky hops. The taste is sweet corn and rice husks, a further tame graininess, weirdly perceptible saccharine alcohol, and mildly weedy, but not at all bitter, hops.
The carbonation is on the soft side, so only a rickety frothiness, the body fuller than the average light weight for the style, but that's mostly due to an airy, sugary cloyingness. It finishes still sweet, in the clammy sense, that lager-soaked barroom floor experience starting to tighten its unholy grip.
Hard to say how truly this local-ish version complies with the Cascadian original - this one is pretty blah, but serviceable enough for its place just above the canned 6-pack dregs at yer typical booze emporium, which seems about right, given the actual brewer here.
02-04-2011 02:46:59 | More by biboergosum
1.35/5 rDev -48.3%
"It's The Water" -- "Oly" as it's called is famous for it's water source, artesian wells, which are aquafers first named in Artois, France. Olympia itself carries the name of the town it's brewed in -- Olympia,
WA. The standard joke is that "it's the water" that makes you pee, and pee, and pee . . . along with the other jab, "You don't buy beer, you only rent it."
This stuff is pretty generic, unremarkable, macro-brew. Way back in the day (1950's) it was the women who drank Oly, and the men drank something with more body. It's as close to water as you can get and still be carded for proof of age.
On the bottles the labels used to have "dots" on the back. A "four dot" label was traditionally viewed as a sort of coupon for sexual favors. That's the tradition. Actually, the dots note which bottling line the bottle in the brewery rolled off of. There were four bottling lines.
Now, some family history:
ALL my relatives, and there were a lot of them, drank Oly. There was once the remark at a family gathering, circa 1964, that when my family stops drinking Oly, the brewery will go out of business. Ironically, most of my family has passed on, and the Olympia brewing company was bought out by Pabst.
When I was in the military, 1960's, Oly was offered at the PX on the west coast bases. I associated it with "home" and so my brand loyalty grew out of family association and nostalgia.
It's still nostalgic. The brewery in Olympia, WA actually has preserved and maintained the waterfall and bridge depicted on the label.
It passes for beer. But mostly it's all tied up in a lot of family memories.
08-18-2012 22:27:39 | More by AllisonWunderland
2.75/5 rDev +5.4%
I found a can of Olympia "It's the Water" beer in the way back of the fridge at my ski condo at Big Sky, Montana. I have heard about this beer "the PBR of the Pacific Northwest" but never before sampled it, so this was quite an exciting find. The beer pours into my mug a pleasing, clear yellow amber with a fat white had which rapidly falls.
It's hard to find much to say about this beer. It has a pleasant sharpness in the carbonation, which helps to counteract the slightly caramelly malt adjunct flavor. It's not particlarly dry, but it's not so sweet that it doesn't serve its purpose as a refreshing beverage.
As macro / adjunct lagers go, it's relatively inoffensive. Not as good as the Japanese lagers to drink with sushi, but better than most American macro.
03-20-2009 02:33:39 | More by hreb
2.68/5 rDev +2.7%
Cheap and after that first sip that seems like this beer was left in the sun will taste like water. Don't know if it was because this was served ice cold so their couldn't be a taste or really if that's what they were going for. You know what you are going to get even before you try this one.
10-18-2010 21:30:46 | More by brewnic
1.98/5 rDev -24.1%
A tall boy orange can. Poured a big, foamy head... a bit too much. The body is clear, golden with lots of bubbles coming up.
The aroma is grain and metal, but less metallic than most for this style.
Well, it's vying for most tasteless beer. Watery through and through with the mildest bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
I'm not sure there's actually anything in it.
03-12-2013 03:56:25 | More by Fatehunter
2/5 rDev -23.4%
When I first heard of this beer I thought it was Greek. Much too my surprise, a west coast friend of mine brought some back east. I thought it tasted skunked, but he assured me it was not. I consider this just a local macro, like Narragansett, etc.
10-24-2002 12:28:05 | More by bewareOFpenguin
3.05/5 rDev +16.9%
come on who even poors this stuff out of the can. this is 4.99 a 12er, hell yea! this and hamm's is the beer for bbq backyard skate sessions on the ramp. its cheap, when its ice cold it has a pleasent semi sweet taste and goes down like nothing. when its 120 degrees outside, expensive strong man beer isnt always the most appealing idea. olympia will do me fine when im thirsty.
10-01-2003 21:03:13 | More by DESTRO
3.28/5 rDev +25.7%
I bought a can of Olympia at a bar (in Lincoln); it was listed under crappy beers.
Olympia poured a simple, pale-gold with a ½ inch of head that was snowy-white. The bulk of the head only hung around for a moment or so, but a soapy-lace remained. The nose was of muted malt, grain, and water. But the taste was surprisingly satisfying! There were enough hops to give it a kick and minimal adjuncts, which made this BA happy. I thought the taste stayed fairly consistent from start to finish.
I wish Olympia were more readily available because I found it better than the best of its class (as in PBR, Old Style, and Falstaff).
09-22-2002 18:46:16 | More by bditty187
Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
63 out of 100 based on 206 ratings.