Old German | Pittsburgh Brewing Co.

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Old GermanOld German

Brewed by:
Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
Pennsylvania, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.20%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 12-25-2002

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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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Photo of colbster92
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Photo of themind
3/5  rDev +18.6%

Hey for the price and when it's ice cold, this beer is good. You could play softball all day and drink this, no aftertaste, refreshing beer.

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

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1.28/5  rDev -49.4%

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

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2/5  rDev -20.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

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1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +48.2%

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2.25/5  rDev -11.1%

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1.25/5  rDev -50.6%

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2/5  rDev -20.9%

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4/5  rDev +58.1%

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

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2.75/5  rDev +8.7%

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3/5  rDev +18.6%

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2/5  rDev -20.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

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1/5  rDev -60.5%

Photo of KnNashua
3.26/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Straight from Can

All you expect a cheap American Adjunct Lager to be but slightly better than bud et al as a little more maltyness.

Enjoy it more as it is a nostalgic choice as not available in my current area or where I lived when first drank as it was the best cheap get drunk stuff in the mountains of West Virginia when rock climbing, caving and drinking by cabins years ago.

So when outdoors in the sun and you plan to drink a bunch while doing nothing or holding one while playing frisbee - this is a good choice.

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Photo of InspectorBob
2.5/5  rDev -1.2%

Old German from Pittsburgh Brewing Co.
2.53 out of 5 based on 108 ratings.
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