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Old Milwaukee Non Alcoholic - Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee Non AlcoholicOld Milwaukee Non Alcoholic

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BA SCORE
62
poor

46 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 46
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 28.94%
Wants: 0
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
Low Alcohol Beer |  0.40% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: EagleTalon on 08-27-2002)
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Reviews by dhannes:
Photo of dhannes
3.05/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Served chilled from a can and poured into a Perfect Pint and let warm up to about 40º.

A=I was initially put off by the very light, pale straw color, but after a few minutes, it looked a bit darker. The white foam lasted around a minute...but it dissipated sporadically--in other words, there were small spots of foam left near the middle.

S=Surprisingly decent aroma--malt, bread, and honey smells.

T=The typical NA skunk flavor was there, along with a light bread flavor...perhaps a hint of clover?

M=Body was light and carbonation rather low...despite feeling flat, it was rather drinkable.

O=It has been years since I drank a lot of NA beers, and my recollection was that the German beers were far superior to the domestic offerings...still, I recall O'Doul's being undrinkable, and this is a bit superior...I still have half the 12-pack left, which will be reserved for snakebites and mixing with the On Tap additives to see if I can find a better flavor. I won't buy this one again.

More User Reviews:
Photo of Rifrafboy
3.23/5  rDev +37.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Looks and pours like an regular American lager. Taste is surprisingly smooth and malty. Lots of carbonation. I'm drinking this right now and I can't believe how good it tastes. Definately above average for the type. The best N/A I have come across so far.

Photo of WVbeergeek
1/5  rDev -57.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Spotted at a local dive bar I was inclined to try something shitty...I thought it was the red label but it was the NA. Here it goes pours a pale fizzy yellow golden color with a bright white head quickly dwindling away. Aroma has a pale malt sweetness with no real hop or spice to it just simply cooked vegetables at the basic meaning. Flavor is horrid cooked corn basically the worst tasting anyting creamed corn related in liquid form I will never go NA when it comes to beer I would rather cut out alcohol than go NA. This is horrible tasting liquid, horrible rancid finish high uncomfortable carbonation light bodied fizzy beer. Sorry I usually try to enjoy these types of reviews this one just isn't enjoyable in any sense.

Photo of NeroFiddled
2.15/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old Milwaukee NA pours a crystal-clear and very light straw-gold body beneath a finger-thick head of frothy bright-white foam. The head retention is fair, and it even leaves some partial walls of tiny, sticky spots at the beginning of the glass. The aroma offers a bit of harshness, which is odd for a light beer or non-alcoholic, and it seems almost like a note of acetone... perhaps it's from high fermentation temperatures. It's light bodied and gently crisp in the mouth. The flavor displays a nice malt base, but again has some odd character beneath it. The only hops present are way in the background; and it's not particularly bitter, either, but still balanced. It leaves the mouth dry, and borderline astringent, with a dull, residual note of cereal.

Photo of ordybill
2.8/5  rDev +19.1%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.02/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Had to try this, why not? The light version is pretty aweful too. Has a malt taste, but does not taste like beer. It tastes like someone swirled bad kool-aid into a pitcher of carbonated water.

Photo of HalfFull
2.98/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours a deep straw/light golden in color with a half inch of head. Brief retention given the large bubbles but does offer some regeneration if needed.

Smell is odd, mostly of condensed cooked vegetables and grains and with a metallic shallowness.

Fights its way back in the flavor department. Touch of cereal texture and with a light sweetness that isn't nearly as overpowering as some of the style. Feel and drinkability are good as well, more akin to a Bud Light than an N/A.

Aside from the smell, this brew drinks OK. Just leave it in the can.

Photo of EagleTalon
3.03/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I tried ths beverage in the early 1990's when NA's hit the mainstream market in earnest and was impressed with it's authentic "beer flavor". It tasted the most like alcoholic beer among the offerings of the time (Sharp's, O'douls, Coors Cutter). I just found it again in the grocery store and thought I'd give it a try again. It was even better than I remember it. It has less of a mineral water mouthfeel now. It has a slight hop nose and corn sweetness with hints of malt. It still has a bit of that NA "weird" flavor, but not as bad as some B/M/C nonalcoholic brews.

Photo of tone77
2.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a light golden color with a 1/2 inch head, very highly carbonated. Smell is mild, some corn and grains. Taste is very mild, some light hints of corn, a touch of grain, lacking in flavor. Feels light in the mouth and overall left me wanting a beer.

Photo of puboflyons
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

From the 12 fl. oz. can stamped on the bottom with NOV1913-B07061928. Sampled on June 26, 2013.

For my 1,250th review I figured I would do something I do not routinely drink. It pours a pale yellow that looks almost as clear as water with an extraordinary foamy head.

It has the typical biscuit and barley malt nose of an L/A-N/A but no alcohol or hops for that matter.

Thin to nearly watery body.

Grainy and biscuit malts in the taste but no lingering anything. It is only 58 calories so that is a good thing.

Photo of Spikester
3.38/5  rDev +43.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Nice looking red can pours pale gold into a pint shaker glass. One finger of white head and a fair amount of lacings.
Smell is malty grains. Maybe a touch of hay.
Taste is malts, some barley, a tiny bitterness on the back end.
Mouthfeel is quite good for the style, plenty of carbonation.
Overall much better than I expected. Tastes a lot like Schlitz only much lighter.
Date on bottom of the can Dec 0213.

Photo of vwbus7
3/5  rDev +27.7%

Photo of metter98
2.31/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: The beer is clear straw yellow in color and has a moderate amount of visible carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but generally left a thin layer of bubbles covering the surface and some lacing down the sides of the glass.
S: Moderate aromas of cooked corn are present in the nose.
T: The taste is similar to the smell, but has less in the way of vegetal flavors and more in the way of bland mineral water. No sweetness or malts are really perceptible because of a slight amount of hop bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer seemed a little more drinkable compared to some of the other non-alcoholic beers that I've tried because it didn't have any astringent chemical-like aromas or flavors.

Photo of MTNboy
2.53/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

As a whole no matter how close to a nonalcoholic beer resembles an alcoholic beer people are going to be hard on it when they rate it.

Appearance- Average looking for an N/A American Pilsner. It has a gold color and lots of fizz that comes to form an average one finger and some change white head.

Smell- Crisp but for the most part bland.

Taste- This tastes of cheap hops and mass produced adjunct flavor. On the other hand it does taste like beer. Cheap but close to real beer all the same.

Mouthfeel- Watery and a lot of fizz bite.

Drinkability- Alright when you are craving a beer but aren’t aloud to have alcohol.

Photo of MinorThreat
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%

Photo of Pegasus
3/5  rDev +27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Medium golden color with a small white head, modest lacing, and moderate carbonation.

Aroma: Pleasant, slightly sweet malt aroma, with very little hop presence.

Taste: Slightly sweet malt characteristic, quite similar to unfermented wort, this being familiar as I have consumed wort samples after taking specific gravity tests at the start of fermentation. There is only a faint hop presence at the finish.

Mouth feel: Decent and relatively full, with mild carbonation, overall, pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Not a bad choice wherever beer consumption is inappropriate, however, there are better non-alcoholic beers to be had. Might be a good choice if you want to drink beer while working outside on a hot summer day, but avoid the "buzz". It is certainly more refreshing than a soft drink.

Photo of roddwolff
1.83/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Yellow urine color, excessive carbonation, bubbles never leave the bottom of the glass, the foamy head is poor and handicapped;

S: Very sweet, corn syrup;

T: Corn with little malt;

M: Watery, fizzy and sweet, no body;

D: Very good only if you have to drive cars.

Photo of DarkerTheBetter
3.68/5  rDev +56.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

With a big old "OM" on the side of the can, I'm already whisked off into a trance. How could I pass this up?

This one is a washed-out gold with a brown tint to it. There is a furious torrent of bubbles streaming up from an imperfection in the bottom of my pint that sustains a frothy eggshell head. This leaves clumps of thin lace up and down my glass. Looks rather nice actually.

Smells of fresh wort, much like grape nuts, with a pasty white flower to boot. There's a slight floral character that helps hide a faint raw sugar sweetness.

Tastes quite similar with the raw grains, but now there's a crisp snap to it consisting of celery and birch bark that suggests a pilsner, but most of this dryness seems to taste more like CO2 than an actual hop variety. Either way, this makes me feel like I'm drinking a soda and not a beer.

Feels very light and exceptionally clean with a rough explosion of soapy bubbles that rise and fall instantaneously.

Not a bad beer for when you want a beer, but don't want the alcohol. A really easy drinker. I look forward to my other 5 cans.

Photo of Shiloh
2.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

This near beer pours a light golden colour, little head but has some serious glass cling,,the body is light/medium and the aroma is very crisp and clean..The taste is a little sweet but not over powering..
This NA is a nice alternative to gingerale on a night out with the keys in your pocket..

Photo of RichieS2
1.4/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Quite possibly the worst "beer" I've had ever. Drank straight from a 12 oz can.

Appearance - Your basic American lager, yellow and fizzy.

Smell - Had an odd bread like scent, no detectable hops.

Taste - Awful, absolutely awful. It was the taste you get when your eating Wonder Bread and it gets stuck to the roof of your mouth.

Mouthfeel - Very watery

Drinkability - You have to be kidding me, why would anyone even finish this one?

Photo of 67cuda
2.93/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This beer had a far larger head than I was expecting, and it was a clear golden yellow color. It didn't have an especially strong aroma, but smelled a little sweet, not very hoppy. I really didn't think it had much of a taste, just a small hint of malt, otherwise it was like yellow carbonated water, for the most part. As for mouthfeel, it was alright, slightly carbonated, really felt fairly similar to water in my opinion. It's a very drinkable beer, it certainly goes down smoothly, but there are definetly better non-alcoholic beers out there. If you wanted to drink beer but had to drive somewhere, this might be a decent choice.

Photo of woodychandler
1.35/5  rDev -42.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There are not many N.A. beers in a CAN remaining for me to try, if you CAN believe it. O'Doul's Amber and Old Style L.A. are the only two that I am still aware of that have not been part of The CANQuest (TM).

My pour produced two fingers' worth of rocky, bone-white head with moderate retention. Color was a pale straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose had a foul rankness, like rotting vegetable matter. No kidding, it would have gagged a maggot! Ooof. The mouthfeel was thin, kind of watery and the taste remninded me of Wheaties, albeit fermented. Not a pleasant taste. The underside of the CAN read "SEP 27 2010" so freshness was not a factor in this gag-a-thon. Finish left me with buyer's/drinker's remorse and not much beyond that. I believe that this was my seventh or eighth N.A. beer on The CANQuest (TM) and it was hands-down the worst!

Photo of nicksta
2.17/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 4

A: It is a beautiful clear blonde with a light fluffy head and carbonation on the glass.

S: The smell is your typical macro with cereal adjunctness ringing through.

T: The taste is very slight. It is so light that it is almost not there. I could pull any random light lager off the shelf and it would have more flavor than this. A hint of cereal malts, that is it.

D: The drinkability is good, but since it is NA does it have a point?

M: The mouthfeel is thinner than water.

Photo of crossovert
1.7/5  rDev -27.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

This is the stuff legends are made of. 12 oz can best before Jan 2012.

It pours a clear gold with lots of carbonation bubbles and a non-receding bright white head. Typical industrial macro lager look.

It smells like squash, bread, sugar, and hop "extract".

The flavor is pale malt extract and metal. Simple, not extremely offensive. The mouthfeel is thin.

It is what it is.

Photo of TMoney2591
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Funny, something tells me the whole Spelunky drinking challenge isn't gonna work all that well with a non-alcoholic offering... Oh well. This stuff pours a clear sallow topped by a finger of lightly off-white foam. The nose comprises malted barley (fresh from the sack, baby) and lightly-funky water. The taste mostly resembles water, though a twinge of funky, stale "beer" tossed in for appearances' sake. Honestly, I have no other way to describe this stuff. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a very watery feel. Overall, I find it difficult to refer to this as beer, even a non-alcoholic one. It seems more like beer-flavored water than anything. I can't imagine why anyone would ever drink this stuff purposely.

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Old Milwaukee Non Alcoholic from Pabst Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 46 ratings.