Old German | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States
pittsburghbrewing.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002

BEER STATS
Ratings:
106
Reviews:
43
Avg:
2.53
pDev:
30.83%
 
 
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Photo of DallasK
3.18/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Water, but with alcohol.

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Photo of Asics
3.56/5  rDev +40.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mdt88
3/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.76/5  rDev -30.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of tylerstravis
3.46/5  rDev +36.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Squire123
2.41/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of cjgiant
3.17/5  rDev +25.3%
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.

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Photo of cchrink
5/5  rDev +97.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Brew_ski
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of BeerMeDrD
2.53/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of brother_rebus
3.22/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.55/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Cheap as all get out @ the beer junction in Seattle, Wa. I think I paid $5.99 a six pack?

Anyways it has a pale straw color, with lots of frothy head on top. 2-3 fingers' worth, and it recedes to a ring leaving diseased and dense lace.

Smells of straw, barley malt, corn, spice, munich hop.

A pleasant flavor of freshly ground and malted barley; sweetness is met with a sting of hop; some grassiness; and a pasty finish.

Feel is great for a lager...it's crisp, clean, refreshing, and leaves a slight pasty parch at the end.

Overall personal thoughts : This is the German version of Pabst Blue Ribbon. Tastes remarkably like it. Great flavor and feel, and I'm looking forward to the other 5.

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Photo of seakayak
2.75/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of arini10
1.7/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Mister_Faucher
3.12/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of wattoclone
3.66/5  rDev +44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Finally decided to give this value brew a try. For the price I was not disappointed. Drinks like a BMC light beer with more flavor and character. One wonders, if this is truly brewed by the original German family recipe, do they use adjuncts or is it pure malt? Whatever the truth is, I would definitely go for this again as a hot summer day refreshment after yard work. The very faint yet enticing flavors of apple, citrus and caramel separate it from the other low calorie lagers.

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Photo of cambabeer
2.02/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Really bad beer... bought a case. ($10). I'll wash cheap pizza down with this beer, but if that's my goal, hand me a PBR. Too sweet, oddly so. Skunky fruit/vegetable aromas going on. Yeah, this is barely beer. But it does say on the can "America Knows no Finer" so it must be good.

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Photo of waddellc2
1/5  rDev -60.5%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

quite possibly the worst beer I have ever had

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Photo of rugyrl04
1.75/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

A fancier name for miller lite.

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Photo of JayKay412
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.24/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pittsburgh Brewing Co. "Old German Premium Lager Beer"
12 oz. can, $10.59/24 pack case at Javie's Beverage, Phila., PA

I was pleasantly surprised by how clean this lager now is, especially given it's rank as a super economy beer. I'd tasted it many years ago and it wasn't nearly as polished.

It's a basic American adjunct lager with a crystal clear straw gold to gold body beneath an average sized head of bright white that drops readily to just a collar and leaves very little in the way of lacing.

The aroma displays a touch of apple and a hint of grainy malt but nothing more.

In the mouth it's light to light-medium in body and gently crisp.

The flavor offers the same apple and light malt note that the aroma suggests with a surprising clear note of hoppiness, which is of course fairly 'generic' in its character - if I had to guess I'd go with Cluster, but I'd also be surprised if those are even being grown anymore. It's minimally bitter, but that's all that's needed to balance it as there's really not that much malt, and it's just about as flavorful as many light beers. In fact, Bud Light has 110 calories whereas Old German only delivers 95.

That gets me to thinking... is this the same beer I tasted all those years ago, or is it even lighter than it was then? Probably not, just better brewed.

Overall it's a decent 'light' lager. I'd personally categorize it as a camping/fishing/hunting/beach/boating beer as it's definitely a "lawnmower beer". It's crisp and clean and refreshing, and at just 4.2% abv you can have more than one.

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Photo of pep
2.48/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of irishevans
3.36/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Looking at this according to style, even if the style isn't my favorite, it's a damn fine example of an adjunct lager. Nice copper/bronze color as good a head retention as one can expect from this style. Nose is faint, taste is better than any big three brew, feel is smooth and easy to drink. Overall a damn fine palate cleanser, yard work brew. Saying again, this review is according to style. Same goes when it's IPA or Foreign Export Stout, or Dopplebock, or Gose. It's to be rated by it's style, not how a sour compares to your favorite Cascadian Dark Ale.

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Photo of Moose90
2.37/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of troobie
3.53/5  rDev +39.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Contract brewed by City Brewing Company in Latrobe, PA, for Pittsburgh (Iron City) Brewing Company of, wink wink, Pittsburgh, PA. Originally brewed by Queen City Brewing Company in Cumberland, MD.

I've never seen Old German, not even in PA, so of course I found this at a corner store in Medford, OR. You know, right where you would expect to find a regional beer from southeastern PA.

A: An aggressive pour gives a two finger head that dies quickly and leaves some patchy foam and a thin ring. Light to even moderate lacing. Slightly darker than expected but still resembles any macro lager. Held to some light you can see tiny particles floating around. Overall it's pleasing for this style.

S: Sweet grains. Banana and very light caramel. Some non-metallic bitterness, meaning the bitterness doesn't smell like iron or coins. Salty. Clean and inviting. There is nothing stale, artificial, or off.

T: Upfront grain sweetness transitions to mild hop bitterness. There is a slight earthiness in there. My definition of balanced. Simple and enjoyable.

M: Carbonation is perfect for this beer at a medium-high level. Density compares to water but has an enjoyable slickness. Moderate tea-like drying after swallowing. Everything about Old German's mouthfeel begs you to take another drink.

O: Pittsburgh (Iron City) Brewing has a winner on their hands with this beer. This would easily compete against any of the BMC light beers. I'm really impressed at, and surprised by, how clean this beer tastes. I would put Old German into my rotation and make it my go-to light beer if it was available near me.

"The World Knows No Finer"

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Old German from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
2.53 out of 5 based on 106 ratings.
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