Old German
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #218
Ranked #30,510
2.64 | pDev: 30.3%
Aug 24, 2022
Dec 25, 2002
Old GermanOld German
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev +36.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
16oz can stamped 0252 0211 poured into a tall pilsner glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on label. The beer pours bright light golden yellow with off white head. The head recedes to a thin uneven cap and leaves a little lacing. The aroma is pilsner malt and slight yeast. Maybe a hint of orchard fruit. The taste is semisweet pale malt with a noticeable sour corn finish. Maybe a hint of oxidation as well. Minimal bitterness. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Cleanly lagered. Overall, ok. This can is presumably 8 months old at this point, so it was bound to not be it's best. I would definitely try again as all the makings of a solid AAL are there.
Aug 24, 2022
Rated: 3.42 by RochefortChris from North Carolina

Aug 21, 2022
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Reviewed by RonaldTheriot from Louisiana

4/5  rDev +51.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
Old German has a thick, soapy head, and a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, with some fine white sediment, throughout. The aroma is of funky, wet grain. The flavor is of slightly-sweet cereal grain, with practically no hop bitterness. Old German has a medium body and a crisp finish.

Sep 21, 2021
Rated: 3.35 by heerboth from Pennsylvania

May 25, 2021
Rated: 2.95 by Zylod from West Virginia

Mar 26, 2021
Rated: 2.49 by MobBarley from Oregon

Feb 09, 2021
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.87/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Picked this up from the cheap foods rainbow foods outlet. Big 24 oz can I think.

Pours looking like your standard adjunct lager, straw yellow, fizzy white head 2/5". Aroma was corn and lager yeast. Little bit of those hydraulic fluid feels that adjunct lagers can get.

Taste, you can tell after the massive carbonation push, is mostly corn, grain and bittering hops to a lesser degree. Its light bodied enough. I dig the German guy on the logo though, I'm sure there is somehow some purple hair gape mouth selfie taker who finds it problematic. Kind of makes me think of this as more of a session like Country Club (malt liquor). Its not ever going to be a go to beer, but sure man, 100 degree weather, I'd crush one of these again in between other beers as a palate cleanser if you will.

I don't think there is anything offensive here, its largely one of those beers that tastes like a carbonated water boilermaker shot was dropped into a normal BMC like beer.
Aug 28, 2020
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Rated by GregoryP90 from Pennsylvania

4.84/5  rDev +83.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
It's BEER!
Taste like a beer should taste. If you like beer, you will like Old German. If you do not, you will not like Old German. Prost!
May 02, 2020
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Reviewed by joeagain from New Jersey

1.82/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2
Ok, right out of the starting gate you know this isn't going to be a beer of any real quality. It runs about 12 bucks for a 30 pack, so you know you're buying a beer to quench your thirst and probably nothing more.
Pours a very light yellow with a fizzy, short lasting head. No aroma, and a very weak body. Honestly, if I had tasted this blindfolded, I might have pegged it as a weak tasting cream soda!
The phrase used as their slogan, "The world knows no finer" is no small exaggeration, to be sure. But if you are looking for an inexpensive (ok, CHEAP) beer to have at a cook out, or something similar, this beer would do the trick... but barely.
Mar 13, 2020
Rated: 2.75 by cryptichead from Illinois

Jan 02, 2020
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Reviewed by Dillon325

3.06/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 1.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
I found this beer at my local distributor, 15 pack for $9.99. The marketing is nothing special, it's a silly german caricature with a red banner.

Let's be real, this is not gourmet beer, it's a cheap (really cheap) lager you get when you want a buzz without spending more than your spare change. For that class of beer, Old German is actually great. I wasn't expecting much for taste, but it has a decent carbonated hoppy flavor that beats anything Coors or Miller Lite. Personally, I love carbonated beer, so I may have a positive bias for the taste. I will say, though, this beer needs to be ice cold to enjoy. It's not a Bavarian import that tastes good warm, no sir. Put it in the cooler.

The best aspect of this beer, is that it isn't a headache in a can like natural ice or other dirt cheap beers out there. What I'm saying, is that it won't punish you the next day, so long as you don't go overboard.
Overall, a cheap, decent tasting light beer to go along with throwing football with the pals, or washing your motorcycle. I'd rather have Carlsberg Elephant, but I can't always justify 11 dollars for a six pack.
Nov 01, 2019
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Reviewed by daliandragon from Maryland

2.95/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3.25
I had never seen or heard of this before but as soon as I saw a cheap fifteen pack I was hooked. The ridiculous caricature of a Bavarian is probably too stupid to be culturaly insensitive, but its close. Stupidly light color and perfect clarity: this looks like store brand apple juice. Nose doesn't seem to exist.

A little bit of malt sweetness and a respectable bread note. Otherwise kind of watery and blah overcarbonated in the finish, but for the style it is inoffensive and drinkable, if generic and mediocre.
Oct 14, 2019
Rated: 2.58 by XsoldoutX from Pennsylvania

Sep 22, 2019
Rated: 3.67 by Boone757 from Virginia

Sep 20, 2019
Rated: 4.59 by Nrobs91 from Pennsylvania

Aug 03, 2019
Rated: 3 by caahare from West Virginia

Jul 14, 2019
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Reviewed by Vetbidder from Pennsylvania

2.54/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5
I saw this in my friend’s fridge the other evening and just had to try one. Never saw an “Old German Beer” before. Um, very light colored but hey it looks like beer. Smell...beery in a slight way. Taste, carbonated water with some slight malts. It’s really hard to pull a flavor out of this stuff. Feel...It had some suds to it. If you don’t want the underpowered flavor of some other junk adjunct light beer, then give this one a try.
Jun 12, 2019
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Reviewed by EZET from Oregon

3.28/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
This is a great beer for the money. $4.99 for a six pack of tall boys. There's nothing wrong with a good cheap honest American lager. Easily as good or better than Hamm's or Pabst depending on on your taste.
Feb 05, 2019
Rated: 1.76 by Rhettroactive from Virginia

Jan 25, 2019
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Reviewed by tone77 from Pennsylvania

2.96/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of corn, some malts. Taste is the same as the aroma, very mild, almost like a light lager. Feels light bodied in the mouth and overall, nothing offensive, but boring. I guess at $13 for a case, I shouldn't complain.
Aug 10, 2018
Rated: 3.7 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

Jul 21, 2018
Rated: 4 by Curtdcunningham from West Virginia

Apr 29, 2018
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

2.76/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
Old German pours exactly as you'd expect it to, yet even lighter. About as straw yellow as an AAL could be, with champagne bubbles and even a white champagne like head that bursts up, then falls back down. Light surface coverage, even lighter lacing.

An extra dose of skunk from the hops come along with bland cracked grain, honey and corn syrup. Not asking for an Oscar, that's obvious.

I didn't think it was possible, but it's even lighter than it looks. Carbonated water with just mentions of those aromas listed above transcending into the flavor.

Exceptionally light and dry, yet balanced. Leaves you kind of smacking your tongue to the roof of your mouth between sips. Did I mention it's dry?

Would I buy this again? Maybe not, but would I drink it again? Shit yeah, I'm easy. Throw some my way and I'll pound of few hundred with you. Uh oh... I think I'm getting a headache. Cheers!
Feb 22, 2018
Rated: 2.02 by devilmakesthree from Oregon

Jan 08, 2018
Rated: 2.74 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Oct 29, 2017
Rated: 1.37 by bubseymour from Maryland

Oct 22, 2017
Rated: 2.5 by Marvicsin from California

Aug 20, 2017
Rated: 1.95 by DOCRW from Washington

Jul 26, 2017
Rated: 2.7 by OregonGrown7 from Oregon

Jun 03, 2017
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Rated by DallasK from Oregon

3.18/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Water, but with alcohol.
Jan 25, 2017
Rated: 3.56 by Asics from Washington

Nov 04, 2016
Rated: 3 by mdt88 from Pennsylvania

Sep 01, 2016
Rated: 1.76 by Gabriel_Vaughn from California

Jul 13, 2016
Rated: 3.46 by tylerstravis from Colorado

Jun 24, 2016
Rated: 2.41 by Squire from Mississippi

May 25, 2016
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Reviewed by cjgiant from District of Columbia

3.17/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
An ok lager I had on tap. Not a sweet AAL as I expected, but also lacking a decent bitter pop.

Pours nicely light golden with a decent and fairly sustaining head.
Nose is mostly absent, but equally not off-putting.

Clean but somehow not crisp. There's a light lemony note that I wasn't expecting. To be honest, warmth wasn't a friend of this brew. It has a light soapy note to it which oddly didn't kill the beer for me. Unfortunately it took over the brew later into the taste.

Eh-I didn't enjoy this beer later as much as I found it ok early. Not gonna kill you, but not gonna rock your world either.
Apr 24, 2016
Rated: 5 by cchrink from Pennsylvania

Mar 06, 2016
Rated: 2.5 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania

Feb 28, 2016
Rated: 2.53 by BeerMeDrD from Oregon

Jan 07, 2016
Rated: 3.22 by brother_rebus from Maine

Nov 26, 2015
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