Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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61
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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
799
Reviews:
258
Avg:
2.52
pDev:
32.14%
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
117
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 799 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.24/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of davidward
1/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A bad American institution.

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Photo of bigedal60
1.52/5  rDev -39.7%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of cknoch
2.84/5  rDev +12.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KMillard
3.13/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear, crisp and inoffensive. In this price point having very little off flavor is a big deal. Schlitz Hop bite, very little malt. Less sweetness than Bud, less funky flavors than PBR. Light for a full bodied AAL. Must drink this beer alongside other AALs to appreciate. Depending on personal preference this will beat or be close the more expensive beers in this category, for me including PBR and Bud. This is the same price as Milwaukee Best in my area, and Old Milwaukee is a different level, blows Beasts doors off.

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Photo of Premo88
4.43/5  rDev +75.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

16 oz. can poured into pilsener
(July 24, 2017 best-by date)

L: yellow, maybe just a hint darker than "pale yellow", clear, pushes up huge thick head of white foam that's sticky; some activity in the glass but not nearly as much as the style sometimes affords ... enough though to keep most of a skin a thickish collar of white foam that laces a little; beautiful brew

S: dusty peach ... the dust reminds me of an abbey ale; bread malt and cracker under that ... the amount of sweetness is shocking; as it warms, peach kolache or apricot kolache; as it warms, just a hint of that house paint thing AALs often have; if you did know any better, you'd think this was an all-malt brew based on the nose ... loads and loads of malty aroma

T: smooth sweet bread malt and grain, a slight earthy note way in the background; enough malty flavor to make you think of a peach ... the flavor's not quite there, but much like the nose, there's plenty of sweetness; grain in the aftertaste

F: a little heavier than lightweight, loads of carbonation ... perfect

O: as good as I've come across in AAL land and so good it's going in my regular rotation of drinkers; better than lots of craft-brewed blonde ales and cream ales

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Photo of 18dgbd
5/5  rDev +98.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

How can pbr be rated so highly but not old Milwaukee? Shows the guys at beer advocate are a bunch of chums.

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Photo of KeiferJennings
2.41/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

We've all been there... it's late and the party's winding down... but you aren't ready to call it quits just yet! You hobble off the couch where you've been firmly rooted for the past thirty minutes and by some miracle make it to the fridge. Unfortunately to your dismay you discover that your roommate Chet has been bogarting your delicious craft brews all night... there is nothing left in the fridge.

Surveying the room you discover what appears to be a can of crisp suds on top of the dirty Ping-Pong table. You pick it up. It's a lukewarm, half full can of Old Mil.

In most circumstances any respectable person would set the brew down and walk away... but not today. Attempting to salvage what remains you peel a sticky, used solo cup from the table and pour the remainder of the can. There is no head, only the clear clarity of filtrated piss water.

You raise the cup to you nostrils and inhale. Nothing... nothing apart from the stench of a freshly manured cornfield. From the moment the lager hits your lips you are instantly filled with regret.

What am I doing here?

Why am I drinking this?

I'm actually going to strangle Chet tomorrow?

Every now and then we need a shitty beer to remind us where we came from, so don't be afraid to crack open this (surprisingly crisp) cold one with the boys. Cheers!

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Photo of DarthVorador
1/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Ko_bossy
4.17/5  rDev +65.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Go to cheap beer. Refreshing after a 14 hour shift. Real mans beer.

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Photo of DerwinWentworth
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Docksidebars
3/5  rDev +19%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.55/5  rDev +1.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.25

Pounder can.
Aroma is full of corn.
Taste has lime, possibly from spent hop and some corn and grain. Almost tastes like lemon lime soda mixed with a light beer. Weird.
Light bodied, crisp seltzer feel. Pretty bad beer.

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Photo of Oidmoe
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Harrykennedy
3.03/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Not a bad chugger on a hot day. At six dollars a twelve pack, I occasionally enjoy. They're also not bad in Micheladas. Cool looking can. BUY IT. TRY IT.

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Photo of Chackman151
1/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BarrelAgedG
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JLK7299
2/5  rDev -20.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Bogdawg
2.78/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.25/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of mikr
1/5  rDev -60.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of kevin3046
2.86/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear yellow typical to AAL. Head quickly dissipates after pouring and little lacing. Light corn smell. Ever so subtle creamy mouth feel, but somehow, still a bit watery. A pleasant surprise for an AAL. Sweet grainy taste with very slight hops. I was pleasantly surprised by this as I always heard this was cheap nasty beer, but it is way better than Budweiser.

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Photo of Schlitz74
1.25/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

This is just an overly carbonated cheap macro lager, with very little going for it, below average for taste, even Will Farrell can't save this one from mediocrity.

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Photo of FBarber
2.37/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Pours a clear crisp effervescent pale gold color. So pale in color that its almost clear at the bottom of a pilsner glass. Thick pillowy head dissipates quickly leaving nothing by a think slick of white foam on the top of the beer.

Smell has notes of corn, slight skunk, bit of bread-y malts and a hint of tang? Interesting, and unique, but ultimately pretty bland.

Taste has notes of light white wonder bread, corn, and a hint of grain. Flavor is rather watery and very very sweet. Must have tons of corn. As it warms it tastes like sweet yellow corn.

Feel is light, crisp with decent carbonation. Very quenching and refreshing. Easily drinkable (other than the taste).

Overall this just isn't a great AAL. The flavor is too watery and its so corn forward that its overly sweet. Meh.

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Photo of dcotom
2.59/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

If you're drinking this out of a can, you're missing out on the best feature of this beer. Poured from 16-ounce can into a flute. Clear pale amber color with a voluminous snowy white head and lots of nice lacing. Beyond that, not much on the nose or the palate. Thin and watery mouthfeel and just a slight touch of lingering sweetness on the aftertaste. I can't imagine a light version of this, because this is about as light as it gets. YMMV.

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
2.52 out of 5 based on 799 ratings.
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