Old German
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #218
Ranked #29,141
2.67 | pDev: 30.71%
Oct 17, 2023
Dec 25, 2002
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Reviewed by StonedTrippin from Colorado

2.61/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5
random gas station pickup in pendleton, classic can art caught my eye, i literally have never seen this in my life, a surprising find in the west, especially a not super beery town, had to snag it. its not real good, and i was glad to be sharing the can, an exceedingly cheap and cheap tasting brew, super thin and yellow, thinnest beer ive had in a long time, really watered down feeling, i perceive that before any real aroma or flavor, its minimal as they come. there are huge bubbles in this, and it puts out a big head but it falls fast. some metallic character, after a sip it builds a little into a not awful mineral profile, no hops here at all and the yeast is obviously a lager strain but boy its light and cheap to me in this. the grain is so pale, so watered down and mild, boring and also so subtle its almost flavorless, but it opens as it warms, unfavorably, into an adjuncty budget large format norm, par for the course, maybe slightly better than some of its peers, but really very little here, like beer flavored water, but i dont hate the lightness or the high carbonation, they kind of save this, add in just a bit of refreshment value. i like the packaging best of all, and will not be in a hurry to buy this again...
Jul 30, 2023
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Reviewed by LePugh from Oregon

3.17/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
When you want a beer but you've been working in the yard or you're outdoors fishing, camping, enjoying yourself, you're not going to want a high gravity terminal imperial double hazy founders edition beer, you're going to want something that hits the spot and goes down smooth. Beers in this category are not expensive, and not high ABV, which is good because it's going to be gone before you realize that you probably should have grabbed a water too.

Pours cleanly into a glass with a nice, though short lived head, faint grain aroma, a nice light fizz on the tongue, and a smooth light flavor and clean finish.

Don't look to this beer to impress you, look to this beer to be a nice beer at the dollar per 16 oz price point, similar to PBR and Olympia. This beer reminds me of Oly before they were sold.
Jul 23, 2023
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Rated by xnotx from Pennsylvania

4.76/5  rDev +78.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5
This reminds me of Olympia, but creamier. Taters gonna tate. There's WAY worse beer than this. Good price for 6 pounders under 6 bucks!
Jul 09, 2023
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.61/5  rDev +35.2%
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 +49.8%
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 +7.5%
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 +81.3%
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 -31.8%
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 +14.6%
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 +10.5%
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 SouthCrescent 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
Old German from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 65 out of 100 with 139 ratings