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Olympia 95% Malt - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
78
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51 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 51
Reviews: 27
rAvg: 3.39
pDev: 20.35%
Wants: 10
Gots: 3 | 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: MNJR on 03-18-2011)
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Photo of Foyle
3.08/5  rDev -9.1%

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a thick, frothy white head which gradually recedes leaving mild lacing. Clear, light golden appearance with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: white bread dough, yeast, maybe a little corn.
Mouthfeel: light bodied and fairly fizzy with a pleasant dry finish.
Flavor: lightly toasted barley malt, yeast roll, corn and some grassy hops in the finish.
Overall: pleasant and easy drinking. Well done to the style

Foyle, Sep 12, 2014
Photo of ScooterScott541
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

ScooterScott541, Aug 08, 2014
Photo of Spikester
3.58/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The Oly from the 1960s era was a bit too hoppy for my young taste buds. Brewed in Tumwater, Wa. the catch phrase was "It's the Water" and this new can captures all the great label art with some flashier colors. This new version 95% malt is a very good AAL but not quite up to the 1960s version. That could be the haze of 50 years obscuring my vision and tastes. Suffice it to say that the 95% malt version is a big cut above most AALs. The latest versions of OLY do not display the 95% malt any longer and some say it is the same. I had a 24 ounce "Bigfoot" 24 oumce can recently and to me it did not taste special at all. So I guess I will take one for the team and review another Bigfoot can soon. I will soon have a definitive answer for you.
Edit: Still not sure it is the 95% malt but if you drink it ice cold from the can it tastes like the 1960s recipe. Brewed in Milwaukie, WI.

Spikester, Jul 25, 2014
Photo of Mheider
4.25/5  rDev +25.4%

Mheider, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of McStagger
3.14/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From my understanding, all Olympia is now 95% malt. So I'm reviewing it here.

A: Pours a fairly golden color. Moderate to high carbonation. Finger of white head. Rapid dissipation. Can hear the bubbles. Not much in the way of retention. Looks fairly typical.

S: Smells fairly typical, as well. Some small malt bill. Hops are sorta soapy and metallic. Little bit of straw in there. Some adjunct is coming through, but it's not an overpowering mess of cornflakes. Smells clean and straightforwad, if not a little watered down.

T: Light, crispy and easy. Up front is thin malts, transitions into a mild apple/grain that has just some adjunct in it. Hops are much more prevalent on the end. Slightly spicy finish.

M: Light bodied and carbonated like a BMC. My biggest complaint about this beer. Bubbles are vigorous to the point of being seltzer like.

O: I'm not so sure this is the 95% percent after drinking it. Has enough of a corn element to make me wonder.. Still, no "off" flavors and a fairly clean finish. Not a Schlitz by any means, but also 3 dollars cheaper a twelver.

McStagger, May 30, 2014
Photo of ifixufly
3/5  rDev -11.5%

ifixufly, May 15, 2014
Photo of DOCRW
1.25/5  rDev -63.1%

DOCRW, Feb 23, 2014
Photo of MinorThreat
3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

MinorThreat, Feb 10, 2014
Photo of archyquaffer
3.83/5  rDev +13%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I'm reviewing this beer from abundant "notes" stored in my brain from drinking this stuff off and on all summer.

I usually just drink it straight out of the can, so I have no clear idea what it looks like- but I know it has more color to it than most AALs. You can smell and taste the hops- it has a west coast imprint for sure. It also contains some malt, and has a nice bit of body for an AAL, with just a wee bit o corn mash, along with some pleasant sweet-bitter-sour and a kiss of metal. It's frothy with a good mouth feel. I don't find myself getting burnt out by it to the same degree as other AALs out there.

Oly is actually sort of hard to find around here. Some of the more trendy, cosmopolitan locations have it- the Albertsons in Livingston, the C-store in Montana City, and odd places like the Three Bears in Butte. If this beer was more available, I would drink it even more than I do now (hint hint, marketing people).

archyquaffer, Aug 26, 2013
Photo of valleytrash
3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

valleytrash, Jul 27, 2013
Photo of chugalug06
2.99/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear yellow with orange tint, lots of white foamy head.

Lots of earthy grains, slight rotten aroma, smells like keystone light.

Light, crisp, slightly buttery, lighter carbonation, wet, refreshing. No bitterness or sweetness. Very balanced and mild.

Highly recommend for a shitty beer; it was $5.09/6pk of 16oz cans. I'm ok with this beer. It's very welcoming and inviting.

chugalug06, Jul 19, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

BubbleBobble, Jul 16, 2013
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2.25/5  rDev -33.6%

Adamostella, Jul 03, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.44/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Best by 7/8/13.

Pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head that settles to a film on top of the beer. A foamy latticework of lace coats the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, and some subdued grassy and herbal hop aromas. Taste is much the same with grain and citrus zest flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer with a surprising hop presence I am getting in the aroma and flavor.

UCLABrewN84, Apr 17, 2013
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4/5  rDev +18%

MadeInOregon, Mar 11, 2013
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5/5  rDev +47.5%

dertyd, Jan 18, 2013
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
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3.25/5  rDev -4.1%

grubefresh, Nov 15, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

Chucker17, Oct 26, 2012
Photo of TheRealBigC
3.33/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

We all just want cheap beer sometimes. Surprisingly, with Olympia it's like you're not even on a budget. It really isn't that bad of a beer. I mean, you know what you're getting into, but you don't have to cringe every time you take a sip. It's a great alternative to the major American adjunct beers.

TheRealBigC, Jul 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev -11.5%

warpedrevolution, May 17, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

THEOPTIMATOR88, May 12, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -18.9%

MammothTarantula, Apr 27, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +10.6%

DMc8ride, Mar 20, 2012
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4/5  rDev +18%

67cuda, Mar 19, 2012
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Olympia 95% Malt from Pabst Brewing Company
78 out of 100 based on 51 ratings.