Old Milwaukee | Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Old MilwaukeeOld Milwaukee

Brewed by:
Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Ontario, Canada

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.00%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
A crisp, refreshing lager, light in body and texture with a smooth finish and no after taste.

Added by wordemupg on 09-06-2009

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2.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of biboergosum
2.16/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, a gift/leftover from a recent hipster party I was dragged to by my uni-adjacent girlfriend.

This beer pours a clear, very pale golden straw colour, with two skinny fingers of weakly bubbly, thin soapy dirty white head, which leaves not a speck of lace in the vicinity of the glass as it quickly melts away.

It smells rather weakly of a gritty rice/corn sweet graininess, hard water, and mildly skunky, dead leafy, herbal, er, 'hops'. The taste is sweet husky rice grain, pithy corn mash, a touch of faintly skunky and herbal bitterness, and well, bumpkis else.

The carbonation is average, as in weakly frothy for a spell, and then more or less absent, the body quite lightweight, and somewhat clammy in its workaday smoothness. It finishes on the sweet side, moderated only by a mildly harsh, drying, nondescript acridity.

As this was exchanged with a fellow party-goer (the beer I gave him was certainly better than this, ah well), in the interest of sharing beer knowledge - I'm duly glad that I got only the one. An average Canadian re-brewed version of average American swill. However, minor extra points are indeed due for the retro-style T & A on the can's label.

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1.75/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of woodychandler
2.92/5  rDev +39%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This came to me courtesy of BigBry and mine is the photo that accompanies the entry on the site. The CANQuest (TM) just CANtinues in its search for new and different beers in a CAN. CANadian beer is a CAN is the penultimate!

The Crack & Glug produced two foamy fingers of bone-white head with limited retention. Color was a VERY pale golden-yellow, really washed out, especially for a non-Light Lager. CAN't our neighbors to the north do better than this? It seemed kind of sad. Nose was about what I have come to expect from the style - lightly lager sweet and overlain with adjuncts. Forgive me as I stifle a yawn. Mouthfeel was medium at best, not really thin, but not much past it, either. It had a light sweetness accompanied by a corn-like overtone on the tongue. Finish was kind of on the bland side, slightly watery. It wasn't one to be outright avoided, as the previous scores would indicate, but it would not be cooler-worthy or something I would even bother looking for, unless it were for the limited-edition CAN. It was simply another run-of-the-mill example of the style. Onward!

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Photo of fthegiants
1.25/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

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1.75/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of wordemupg
2.63/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

473ml can poured into pint glass sept5 2009

A clear straw yellow with little head and no lace

S sweet grain, some grass, very mild floral hops and very little else

T As it smells,very bland, i really don't taste much of anything.

M like water with carbonation

D its like drinking water enough said?

Not finding this already listed is a bit of a surprise, far as I could tell this was different from the others. I understand why now, I feel I wasted my time drinking this one. It's not that its offensive there's just nothing too it

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Photo of papat444
2.24/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Poured from a big bottle.

Very clear pale yellow color. Strong white head that disappears in no time. Sweet corn adjuncts dominate then blandness follows. Nothing truly offensive but it`s a bore and belongs at the low end of the spectrum.

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Photo of Spaceman_Jer
1.8/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of DaPan
2/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of ZachT
1.65/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Pretty much the same as all the other macro-lagers

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Photo of user785335
1.5/5  rDev -28.6%

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2.02/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of thehyperduck
2.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473 mL can from the LCBO; packaged July 5 2012. #1 in my new series, "Cataloguing the cheap pale lagers I wouldn't bother with if I weren't a broke-ass student living in a town of 3,000 people with terrible beer selection." Yeah, yeah; I'll come up with a better title later. This is one I've never bothered trying for various reasons - but hey, Sleeman's version of PBR isn't all that bad, so maybe they can do another American classic some justice?

Pours a pale straw yellow colour, topped with about 1.5 fingers of frothy, white head that fizzles away completely over the next minute or so. It leaves behind a thin, soapy cap on the surface and foamy collar - no lacing, though. Looks decent for what it is. The aroma is weak and uninspiring; mostly corny and sweet, with some pale grain malts. A lame odour, even given the style.

Unfortunately, the flavour doesn't stray far from that theme. The taste is highly one-dimensional and rather diluted; if I didn't know better I'd have guessed this was a light beer. The only flavour that I can confidently identify is adjunct sweetness - whether it's corn, rice or both, I can't be entirely sure, but the point to take home here is that there is very little barley malt to be found. There are essentially no hop traits either, besides perhaps a passing hint of grass toward the finish.. Light-bodied and watery, with heavy carbonation. Definitely makes me feel more bloated than the average AAL, which really hurts the drinkability.

This is not a clean-tasting lager - it is an annoyingly sweet, bland, adjunct-laden brew that would be very unpalatable if it weren't so watery. Yes, it seems strange to say it, but the diluted nature of this stuff is probably what saves it from being grade-F swill. I consider myself quite lenient when it comes to reviewing this style, but there are really no positive traits to speak of here, besides the price.

Final Grade: 2.43, a D+. Old Milwaukee demonstrates perfectly the accuracy of the old adage "you get what you pay for". This is drinkable (in that it isn't completely disgusting), but even within this price bracket there are several choices that would be more preferable. PBR, for instance, is basically the same price, and far less terrible. This stuff falls more along the lines of Lucky Lager, or a bad knockoff of Carling - cheap, fizzy, yellow swill that just isn't worth drinking, because there are other cheap, fizzy yellow beers that best it in every category. Sadly, the best part of this can of beer is probably the pin-up girl on the label.

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Photo of BigBry
2.97/5  rDev +41.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red 473ml can, celebrating the 71st Anniversary. Limited edition can set with 4 different 'pin up' girl pictures. I bought it for the cans, not the beer. "Brewed in Canada, by Stroh Canada, Guelph, Ontario".
Very typical Macro Lager, pours yellowy/golden color, white head that is here one minute, gone the next. Smells like beer, tastes like beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing bad either. Thin, but not watered down. Doesn't have that sour finish like some other macros. Easy to drink on a hot day, and it is priced right. Average.

$10.99 / 6 x 473ml cans

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1.75/5  rDev -16.7%

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2.25/5  rDev +7.1%

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2/5  rDev -4.8%

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2.5/5  rDev +19%

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2/5  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -4.8%

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2/5  rDev -4.8%

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1.25/5  rDev -40.5%

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2.5/5  rDev +19%

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2.25/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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Old Milwaukee from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
Beer rating: 2.1 out of 5 with 82 ratings