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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

44 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 44
Reviews: 37
rAvg: 2.35
pDev: 29.36%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | 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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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.

WVbeergeek, Oct 23, 2011
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.

bewareOFpenguin, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Suds
1.02/5  rDev -56.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale yellow, completely clear, with an unstable white head. This brew is highly carbonated and lowly flavored. It’s watery, thin, and tasteless. There may be a hint of grain, but no notable presence of hops or malt. Tinny, almost metallic off-taste. Since my wife started buying NA beer (from time to time), my tolerance for them has increased. This one, however, has got to be the worst example of the style. There is no joy in drinking this brew.

Suds, Jun 13, 2005
Photo of tesguino
1.33/5  rDev -43.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Beer for a select consumers, very very low in alcohol, well that say the brewer, is down in the light beer segment, a beer for womens too, good for mexican and american food, smell like a cheaper beer, smell too, mouthfeel a little of hops and malt, drinkability not recommendable.

tesguino, Oct 12, 2005
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!

woodychandler, Aug 06, 2010
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?

RichieS2, Apr 25, 2010
Photo of spycow
1.5/5  rDev -36.2%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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.

crossovert, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of MinorThreat
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%

MinorThreat, Aug 17, 2013
Photo of wrightst
1.75/5  rDev -25.5%

wrightst, Jul 12, 2014
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.

roddwolff, Jan 15, 2010
Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.85/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Never thought I'd drink a non-alcoholic beer, not to mention review one, but after browsing through the website and stumbling acrossed it, it reminded me of when I drank one of my roomates old milwaukee n-a when he was on his little kick of drinking it quite frequently, so I figure if its on here, why not.

To me it really seemed like something was missing, obviously that would be alcohol, and anything that happens in the fermentation process. It tasted grassy. Plant-like and green. It didnt seem to taste like hops, but maybe that was the flavor, and I'm just not used to tasting hops before theyve been turned into real beer. But anyways, it actually wasnt an awful of an experience as I thought it would be, its not a good flavorful drink, but its not terrible either. Grassy, not-quite-done, watery. That pretty much rounds things up.

jasonpeckins32, Oct 10, 2007
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.

puboflyons, Jun 26, 2013
Photo of JonathanDP81
2/5  rDev -14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I tried this as I've been drinking regular Old Milwaukee lately as think it's fine and I wanted something for my weekly alcohol-free day. This near-beer is very poor in comparison. Very watery and a bit nasty with acres of foam. Throwing out the rest of the case.

JonathanDP81, Jul 22, 2014
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.

NeroFiddled, Apr 14, 2007
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.

nicksta, Apr 17, 2006
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.

TMoney2591, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.2/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours up a clear, light yellow body with a thin, fizzy, white head.

Smell: Whew! This is about as faint as you can get in terms of sweetish malts, friends. And that's all she wrote on the nose.

Taste: Just a mere hint of light pale malts with maybe, say, maybe a whisper of premeditated sweetness. Extremely fleeting hop character and almost nil bitterness. Very empty, very quick finish. Where some beers ride out layers upon layers of flavors on the palette, this "beer" is up and out in mere milliseconds.

Mouthfeel: Exceedingly thin-bodied. Medium carbonation. Watery mouthfeel.

Drinkability: Hard to adequately critique as there was hardly anything there. Sure, there's almost no alcohol, but there's almost no resemblance to actual beer, so I don't really understand the appeal.

ChainGangGuy, Aug 13, 2009
Photo of rgille2
2.25/5  rDev -4.3%

rgille2, Jun 29, 2013
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.

metter98, Mar 30, 2014
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..

Shiloh, Feb 22, 2003
Photo of AtLagerHeads
2.35/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is not a bad example of non alcoholic beer. Although this brew is fairly typical of the American pale lager style, that is not to say that it does not look and taste any worse than the average of that style. As expected, this has a pale gold body with a white head that is minimal and quickly receding. Still, the lace effect from the residual is not bad. The aroma is mostly malt with only a small adjunct sense and the taste is of a sweet malt base. A bit thin and overly carbonated on feel. Limited drinkability due mainly to lack of any strong taste qualities.

AtLagerHeads, Jul 22, 2003
Photo of tgbljb
2.38/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a very pale yellow with large white chunky head, that rapidly dissapeared.
Smell is sweet and notable for unfermented malt.
Taste is also typical of non-alcoholic beers, being very light and on the sweet side.
Exrtremely thin mouthfeel.
Drinkable, but there are better ones out there.

tgbljb, Nov 29, 2006
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.

tone77, Feb 08, 2012
Photo of 1099
2.4/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

My best friends girlfriend is pregnant, and she wanted a beer. So, I went to the store and bought a 12er of OM NA for about $8. I figured since I was buying, I would sample one.

A: Very clear yellow. Looks like a regular beer

S: Non-existent. I can smell pretty much only water, and the very faintest hint of malt

T: Water with, once again, a small hint of malt. This beer is kind of funny, though, it seems like the more I drink, the thirstier I become, and the more I salivate. I wonder why?

M: Like water

D: Very high. Since it tastes like water, its like drinking water, and water is always refreshing.

This is the only NA I've ever had. It's not bad, but I'll stick to regular beer

1099, Jun 24, 2008
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Old Milwaukee Non Alcoholic from Pabst Brewing Company
62 out of 100 based on 44 ratings.