Old Style Pilsner
Molson Coors Canada

Old Style PilsnerOld Style Pilsner
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German Pilsner
Ranked #774
Ranked #47,609
2.89 | pDev: 23.53%
Molson Coors Canada
Ontario, Canada
Old Style PilsnerOld Style Pilsner
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Photo of HeyBeardMon
3.27/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

I brought some of this back from Ontario, solely because it was the beer they drink on FUBAR all the time. It isn't bad. Has an interesting taste, kind of piney and hoppy. It was fairly cheap, different from american beers but not as strong tasting as say a German beer.

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Photo of LocalBeerGuy
2.25/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

overall the simple easy drinking when cold on hot summer day nothing fancy buy in lager quantities enjoy by someone that likes there beer plain and cold.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.79/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

If there is ever a CANQuest (tm) Hall of Foam, then I think that my local, in-person trader, @tone77 should be in the first class of inductees. He brings CANs from his myriad travels & then apologizes for some of their quality (or lack thereof)! 8=O Hey, the origins of The CANQuest (tm) take us back to a far less enlightened time, when AALs were the norm & CANs were scoffed at in favor of bottles. Screw bottles! In fact, CANs are now screwing themselves!

From the CAN: "Total Satisfaction Guaranteed 1-800-MOLSON 1"; "After the famous Old Style formula".

This all begs the question, "CAN I get total satisfaction from this CANadian beer in/from a CAN?" The answer is forthCANming, following a Crack! of the vent & a slow, gentle Glug. This raised two-plus fingers of foamy, soapy, rocky, bone-white head with relatively good retention. Color was a gorgeous Golden-Amber (SRM = > 5, < 7) with NE-plus quality clarity, both allowing me to see into the future & calling forth The Gelt Gang of Mammon, Midas & Croesus to have a taste. Nose had a corn aspect, which was not particularly welcome, but nor was it overwhelming as so many have been. Pilsner? Okay, but avec adjuncts. Mouthfeel was medium-to-full, not quite creamy, but definitely big for a Lager of any Style. The taste was actually MUCH cleaner than the nose had led me to expect, but at the same time, it did not really strike me as a GER Pilsner. The maltiness was marred by a slight corn flavor & while I have loved Fritos since childhood, I do not really care for corn in my beer. 8=( Still, it was not as overwhelming as in some examples + this beer also had a light, grassy Noble hop bitterness which managed to assert itself in the face of the adjuncts. Finish had a light malty sweetness, a light hoppy bitterness & a light corn flavor. It really was not all THAT bad & it would be a great lawnmower beer. This is the kind of thing that filled 1950s to 1980s cooler until the Age of Enlightenment ocCANurred. Wanna drink nostalgically? Grab some CANs of this beer!

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Photo of tone77
3.31/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a pale straw color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is very mild, some malts. Taste is of grains, malts, some hints of cream at the finish. Feels medium/light bodied in the mouth and overall is nothing special, but would be a good summer thirst quencher.

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Photo of 6Bier6macht6
4.85/5  rDev +67.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

Old Style Pilsner - seriously, if you've grown up in Canada this beer is a staple.
To me, it is an ideal pilsner - pale, crisp, light and refreshing. I am always looking for beers similar to this one - as this is definitely my go-to purchase on the regular. It has set the bar in which I compare all other beers to. Go drink a few!

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Photo of beersnobington
4.68/5  rDev +61.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

One of the better beers offered by molson, it has a golden colour and rich flavour, with a hint of sweetness. I would definitely recommend trying this Pilsner.

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Photo of polloenfuego
2.34/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Not the greatest beer by any stretch of the imagination. I can't say much about it, except perhaps the look, which was okay. I mean, it's a utility beer after all.

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Photo of Derek
3.89/5  rDev +34.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I’ve had this a few times & it has always been flawed, but this can is really solid.

Pleasant hop aroma, slight residual sweetness so it’s not too dry, good bitterness, slight green apple tartness has a crisp finish.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.19/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

there are so many of these light euro type lagers around ontario, it seems everyone, big or small, craft or corporate, is making at least one of them, and that the differences between many of them are slight. this one is fairly well refined, but is a bit boring as they go. the lager yeast is flavorless, and in a pilsener beer, i always miss it when it isnt there. the grain is familiar and robust, both bringing more body and more flavor than a lot of these have, but staying extremely crisp and drinkable, as any middle sweetness is cleaned up before the finish. very very little hops here, none in the nose at all, and just the faintest grassy thing at the end, along with what might be a little corn. its macro lager, but dressed up just a little bit, and i actually think i prefer this to some of the american brands in the same style. fizzy carbonation, non watery body, pretty solid yellow beer. a lot of these i wouldnt want to drink a canadian 20 ounce pint of, but this is one of the few i would. before my recent tripto canada, i had never heard of nor seen this beer, must stay pretty local...

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Photo of MichaelGennings
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Molson Old Style Pilsner.

5% alc.

Thick white head that disappears rapidly, leaving behind some nice glass lacing.

The beer is straw coloured, very clear, with lots of ascending bubbles.

The smell is grain, some white bread, and that's about it. All of the attributes are quite light.

The taste is grain, white bread, and some mild hops.

The beer is light bodied, the finish dry and crisp.

I just love this beer. There is nothing spectacular about it but it's so deliciously refreshing and the quality is consistently top notch.

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Photo of Dean1139
1.93/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Eww, if you want cheap beer this isn't a good brew to buy as there are better tasting more refreshing ones out there. This is what mom and dad used to drink when I was little and as soon as I was old enough I tried and was greatly disapointed.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.77/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors:

Look: Yellow, light carbonation, nice white bright head.

Smell: Corn, not really much from it.

Taste: Like a Blue Labatt, Corn , maltiness a really dry finish

Feels: Like a soda water,

Overall would I recommend it ? Sure, I would pick it up over Pasts or Busch if I was on a budget

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

A Saskatchewan classic, enjoyed heartily by flat landers and stubble jumpers alike. This used to be my go-to for a long time. Easy drinking, easy price. I did enjoy it in excess at a large sports bar and the waitress happened to be Czech so I did catch earful after earful about how it's not a true pilsner and only the Czech Republic makes proper pilsners, blah blah blah. It's an okay beer, honestly. Not much for nose or taste, some graininess sure, but pretty bland. Something I might buy if I was in the mood for and not a beer I'd turn down if offered. I wish I could still find the little stubby bottles, but cans seem to be the most prevalent.

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Photo of VbolieuV
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Totally see-through. Really pale straw color with a surprisingly good foamy head and some carbonation. Smell of aluminum mostly, small malts smell too and a little fruity. Tastes of cereals and malt and fruity finish. Not bad actually for a macrobeer, I expected to hate it but it's not bad.

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3.3/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.25

Poured cold from a can into a pint glass. Very pale gold with little head or retention despite visibly lively CO2 within.

There isn't a whole lot on the nose of this one. A bit of wet grassy fields, a smidge of corn husk and just a tiny whiff of a memory of a Belgian wit.

Taste is light but what there is is good. Noble hops in the foreground and balanced well with malt. Not getting any off flavors aside from a slight, and not much out of character, metallic afterthought. Overall though the flavor is good per style but as said, it is subdued.

On pace with the dialed down flavor, as expected, this one is pretty light in the mouth. Carbonation toes the line of too much, although on the other hand, on a warm day it goes a long way towards slaking a thirst.

Overall...I like all variety of pilsners for a variety of reasons, at one time or another. This one is certainly light, but if you're in the mood for a generally light beer, this one will get the job done just fine.

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Photo of Bunman3
2.29/5  rDev -20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

I have a soft spot in my heart for this beer, having consumed it in copious quantities over the years. Let's be clear - Pil is no different than any other mass-produced Canadian beer. It's clear, with a foamy head and your standard macro lager taste. At one point, it was priced like a "budget" beer, but that's no longer the case. I'm not even sure if there are bunnies on the label any more. It's a sad state of affairs...

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Photo of Metalbrew
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%

Pilsner pours a light yellow, and has a soapy head. The taste is bizarre depending on what can you drink. I found that the beer tasted like melted glue and depending on the can, it has a harsh taste that leaves a bad taste in your mouth. Wouldn't recommend.

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Photo of taxandbeerguy
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%

473 ml can served cold into a Keith's pint glass. Purchased from LCBO for about $2 CDN.

Appearance - clear and pale golden color. Few bubbles but capped by a finger and a bit of white fluffy head that leaves a trace of lacing.

Smell - some grassy notes, but not terribly aromatic even for the style.

Taste - grassy up front, then more grainy on the back end. Slightly bitter aftertaste. Decent pils, but not terribly exciting.

Mouthfeel - medium body and carbonation is a bit low. Medium finish.

Overall - not a bad effort at a pils, but there are many other options available for about the same price.

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Photo of patre_tim
4.08/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Straw gold filtered, little carbonation, 4 fingers of fluffy white head.

S: Saaz hops, grainy, hay, spicy green hay, a touch of molasses.

T: Very balanced with a light sweetness right from the start, all the hops big spicy green hay and touch of molasses all coming through, wheatgrass. I think it’s a tribute to the freshness of this beer.

M: Medium almost syrupy bready body, medium low carbonation.

O: This one surprised me in a pleasant way. Cool old style can takes me back to old Germany, which is appealing if you want an old style beer. The smell and taste deliver in balance. The sweetness took me off guard a little, perhaps a little too much in this beer, but the freshness of it makes me want to keep drinking it. Really it’s a great beer.

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Photo of DaveBar
3.38/5  rDev +17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Purchased at The Beer Store approx. $2.20/ 473ml can. Served at 8deg C in a draught glass

A- Standard Canadian beer. Clear and foamy

S- Not much here but that is standard for this mass produced beer

T- Pretty good! Brings back a bit of nostalgia from visiting BC

M- Not much as usual but that's ok

O- Got to give this beer a passing grade

Food Pairing

Pair this with anything you want at a BBQ.


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Photo of CalgaryFMC
3.16/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This may be the most nostalgic beer of all for a Saskatchewan born fella such as myself ... One of my earliest memories is of rooting through this giant bowl of beer bottle caps my grandpa kept for who knows what reason, plucking out this beige-brown colored cap that said "Old Style" as my favorite. I guess I started early. The green, yellow, and red is more current and better known, but suffice to say this adjunct beer has been around for a while and any self-respecting Saskie drinks this instead of Labatt's or Bud (perish the thought). Anyhow, I will provide an unbiased and objective review. Pilsener is crazy-pale, almost clear, and smells grainy, with a bit of baker's yeast and green grass. The high level of carbonation makes the aroma a tad difficult to discern but realistically, who smells this chugger anyway? Flavor is muted, gentle, and smooth, with the thin watery body you'd expect and a sweeter than expected, slightly sour finish. I get some breakfast cereal, soda crackers, apples, weak lemonade, corn syrup, and a little coarse astringent rubbing alcohol in the finish. Some bias may creep in here, but I feel this brew has fewer flaws than many other macro-lagers (alright, the apple is probably acetyldehyde!), less DMS cooked character, and a pretty reasonable balance of sweet and dry. Obviously its a beer designed for mass consumption without too much in the way of mindful sensory analysis and I'd ratchet up the overall flavor intensity. Admittedly it was fun to try a Pils again, well aware that this is not a world-beater but able to enjoy some pretty good memories just the same.

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Photo of IdeaSpeeder
2.95/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Serving Type - 473 ml can poured into a pilsner glass.

Appearance - Crystal clear with n insane amount of carbonation visible. Beer is slightly darker than a pale straw, and was poured with 2 fingers of what may be the ugliest head I've ever seen. Perhaps my pour was off, but the foam is lopsided and clumpy, and the lacing that is left behind looks like soap.

Smell - Not much going on here. Smells like your standard macro. Some grains and a bit of wet grass. Faint metallic smell.

Taste - Grains, wet grass as well. But also the faintest bit of pilsner malt which surprised the hell out of me. Other than that there's some off flavours- metal for one, stale vegetables for another - likely adjunct garbage.

Mouthfeel - High carbonation...maybe a bit to high. But not so bad really. Body is extremely light. Finish is crisp and pretty dry.

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Photo of TheHammer
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, it's this year's Banjo Bowl, and as a Ti-Cat fan, I'm rootin' for the Roughriders, so I thought it was time to review the beer know as "Saskatchewan Champagne"

Appearance: Solid finger and a half of head that retained well enough but did not lace. The body is a pale gold that has steady carbonation.

Smell: Has a bit of a mild swamp scent to it. Warmning doesn't help either way as vegetation and earthy note dominate the nose. It's not strong enough to call it offensive, but it rubs me a bit wrong.

Taste: A straw and corn malt with a bit of earthiness in the background which turns to an almost cabbage like taste and ends with a small dose of mild earth hops.

Mouthfeel: The sweeter malt dominates the aftertastes with only notes of the earthiness. The carbonation helps out the entire beer as well, but the transitioning is a little abrupt.

Drinkability: It seems a bit lighter and crisper then most adjucts, but I wouldn't call it a work of art. It's a summer. A Macro, but somewhat more tolerable then most.

Final Thoughts: I guess this is another part of the Roughrider fanbase I'll never understand, much like wearing watermelons for helmets, and I for one am grateful not to be one of their number if I had to drink this stuff at games.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
2.48/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Can: Poured a light golden color pilsner with a nice pure white foamy head. Aroma of lightly sweet malt based with light cereal notes. Taste is also dominated by lightly sweet adjunct notes with light cereal notes and light sweet finish. Body is light with good carbonation. This was not as bad as I had expected but it is still a pretty bland offering.

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Photo of beerluvr
2.96/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from the colorfully labeled can into a Duvel glass. Fairly decent white head settling over clear deep yellow colored beer. Nose is unremarkable: some corn and weak maltiness with barely a hop flower to be found. Taste is light bodied with corn adjunct apparent, scant light malt and again nary any hoppiness. Finshes light and watery, seems like an 'old school' old man's beer. Glad I could only buy a single without having to put out for a six of this stuff. MIGHT go well with the hot Ottawa weather we've had of late but otherwise don't bother.

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Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada
Beer rating: 69 out of 100 with 165 ratings