Old Milwaukee Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
American Adjunct Lager
Ranked #280
Ranked #30,202
2.4 | pDev: 34.17%
May 28, 2023
Aug 25, 2001
Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer
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Rated: 4.05 by mngermanshepherd from Minnesota

May 28, 2023
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Reviewed by detgfrsh from Texas

3.61/5  rDev +50.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
16oz can best by 7/31/23. Pours a clear golden color with a finger of foamy white head. Grainy, wet cardboard smell. Light body with plenty of carbonation. Sweet corn flavor with a strong floral hop finish. Not understanding the low ratings, this is pretty much a classic AAL. You don't have to like the style, but this is good for what it is.
May 14, 2023
Rated: 2.48 by blissfulNemo from Michigan

Apr 24, 2023
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Reviewed by JZH1000 from Colorado

3/5  rDev +25%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 16oz can, best by June 5th, 2023

On the pour about a finger of head that quickly recedes to a thin cap. Body is light straw yellow. High carbonation.

Aroma is very dry, but there is a slight skunky sulfur note that isn't very pleasant. Hops are present but they add to the smell in a strange skunk boosting way. Like a lower quality Mexican lager. Maybe some light alcohol is on the nose.

Taste loses a lot of the hop character except for right up front with a slightly spicy or zezty and herbal but cheap hop note. Immediately malt and corn character build in a crackery and popcorny way while maintaining a dryness.

Feel is surprisingly full bodied, with a slight dryness, but medium long grainy moutcoating finish.

Overall this is an interesting beer. The aroma made me think it was going to be worse than it was, but surprisingly refreshing once on the palate. the hop notes also make this beer unique for a pabst product.
Apr 02, 2023
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Reviewed by miwestcoaster from Michigan

3.14/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25
L- Light straw color. Nice white top that disappears quickly.
S- Corn syrup. Not much else.
T- I drank many of these years ago and Old Mil had a distinct flavor that set it apart from other aal. Not anymore.
F- Very light, smooth. Nothing to report.
O- Sub par aal. I picked up a 30 pack and I am having trouble finishing over many weeks. I would suggest Hamm's or Modelo Especial or Stroh's over this beer.
Feb 17, 2023
Rated: 1.73 by Beergod420 from Michigan

Feb 04, 2023
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Reviewed by LagerMan_US from Maine

3.03/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
Way Underrated ! Especially considering the style, which, I suppose, is 'Classic old style Milwaukee adjunct Lager'. *Accept it for what it is ! Extremely drinkable, kind of creamy, easygoing, moderately light, tho' with OK taste and body . AND, worth mentioning: sold in a six pack of 16 oz cans, the cost 2/3 of a six pack of 12 oz. of the usual AAL's. It's a find.
(And, if you're lucky . . . you get the 1940's pin-up girl on the label . )
Jan 31, 2023
Rated: 2 by carolinabeerguy from North Carolina

Jan 06, 2023
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Rated by Eriepa76 from Minnesota

3.6/5  rDev +50%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5
Could be worse . Could be bud light Miller lite or shudder to think Coors light!
Dec 09, 2022
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Reviewed by Hat_Fulla_Beer from Canada (AB)

2.92/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
355ml can poured into kitchen glass. I don't intend to let it warm up.

Might be the palest beer I ever poured. Pours a pale straw yellow with one finger of sudsy white head that leaves some decent chunks of lace as it recedes.

Smells of white bread, crispy corn flakes, faint flowers and a bit of veggie hops.

Tastes of more bready malt, corny adjunct and more faint veggie, floral hops.

Feels Light and fizzy. Light bodied with bubbly carbonation. Finishes off-dry. It's warming a bit and the taste of corn is getting more annoying.

Verdict: Not recommended. Not very good, but I can't really complain. Probably good after mowing your lawn, but then again, so is Weihenstephaner.
Nov 01, 2022
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Reviewed by datstankadank from New Jersey

3.38/5  rDev +40.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5
found a 12 pack of cans for under 11 bucks in a ghetto liquor store after work. It's NJ remember, they pull your pants down, check to see if your socks match and may as well stick a gun in your face for how expensive everything is in this dump state. Drier than a high life, possibly better than a PBR. Fine lasting head, great lacing, dry finish. Recommended. - brewed in latrobe, pa
Oct 07, 2022
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Reviewed by Brook82 from Ohio

3.26/5  rDev +35.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
This beer is the epitome of an adjunct lager. If you like this style, I can't see why you would rate this beer poorly, or "awful" as BA reviewers did. It's crystal clear, highly carbonated. Color leans more yellow than gold. Taste follows aroma, nothing out of the ordinary. Does lack depth and finish is a bit course, but overall easy drinking, good hot weather beer. 6 pk 16 oz was $4.99 + tax. If you like adjuncts, this is a good choice.
Jul 25, 2022
Rated: 3.01 by bigpoppa67 from Wisconsin

Jul 15, 2022
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Rated by Hatchel from Minnesota

3.19/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Doesn’t deserve the “awful” rating. A lot better then most of the mass-produced pig vomit that is out there. Perfect summer fun beer.
Jul 04, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by hybridnoisebloom from Wisconsin

Jun 26, 2022
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Reviewed by tekstr1der from New Hampshire

3.29/5  rDev +37.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Well revisiting this old high school standby. Not as inexpensive as it used to be, so that's not a bonus. However, while it's got nary a head to speak of and looks watery, it's got a faintly malty grain presence in the smell and more so in the flavor, which is not off-putting at all. Mouthfeel is a tad thin, and there comes an oddly dry note toward the end of the sip that lingers. Perhaps by design to make one take another sip. I worked!
Mar 31, 2022
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Reviewed by hankp59 from New York

2.24/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25
It pours light yellow, lots of bubbles and a white foamy head. There is a hint of everything, malt, and hops. This is the seltzer of adjunct lagers. No off flavors just not enough of anything to make this worth the low price, $4.99 for a 16 oz six pack near me.
Jan 02, 2022
Rated: 3.6 by Brockstar from Kansas

Dec 19, 2021
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Rated by Kevinski from Ohio

3.4/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
If consumed ice cold and in the appropriate situation and / or atmosphere its quite enjoyable.
Dec 08, 2021
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Reviewed by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

2.94/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz can best before: Sept 7, '21 into a tall lager glass.
L: Pours a lightly pale light corn yellow with a thin white head with a bit of retention, well carbonated with thin random scattered lacing.
S: Malt, flowery, white bread.
T: Semi-sweet and flowery, a bit rosey, grains, corn, thin sweet caramel malt and very lightly hopped. Overall fairly sweet.
F: Crisp, fizzy, light-bodied mouthfeel that has a fast and relatively smooth finish and a nice flow. It is not drying.
O: A decades old classic American pre-craft beer era adjunct lager. It is pleasant to drink and doesn't challenge one's taste buds. It is crisp, light, sweet, fresh and today was 0.55 cents per can. Drink it ice cold. It is good in it's style.
Aug 05, 2021
Rated: 2 by DownyIsHungry from Minnesota

Jul 31, 2021
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Reviewed by BPVandenbroek from Canada (AB)

2.56/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
I think this may be the palest lager I've had yet. It's notably lighter in color than the ripe hay you usually get from a beer of this style. Thin streams of CO2 support a cloudy, bone white head with surprisingly good retention.
Old Miilwaukee's aroma starts off dryer than I expected. Aromas of soda cracker and fresh baked biscuits come through in the front. Just the barest hint of earthiness gives the nose a little depth. Coming through in the center, I catch a whiff of creamed corn, announcing the predictable presence of adjunct. The finish gives me a brief note of generic, leafy hops before fading into the distance.
Initial impression is of a smooth, rounded, refreshing profile. Slight flavors of cereal grain in the beginning. The mouthfeel definitely builds towards the rounded sort of center that can be a good thing in a refreshing lager. Sadly though, this is where flavors of corn adjunct come through. Adjuncts are accompanied by flavors of sulfur that are a little more present than they should be. Finish is dry and grassy.
Old Milwaukee has the same corn, sulfur, and adjunct flavors of so many mainstream lagers. If it weren't for these same issues, beers like Old Milwaukee might be bordering on decent beer.
Apr 05, 2021
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Reviewed by Caldwan123 from Iowa

3.54/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Old Mil has a beer I drank when I was in college because of the price when I was in college was 9 bucks a case and as I have got older its made a resurgence in my area after being on a single case stack at the local beer store they now carry it by the pallet. This beer is extremely smooth and to many drinkers tastes like beer nothing offensive but does not blow you away. EDIT after 1 year. Old Mil is one of the best overall premium beers I have had. it is smooth and heavy. While I do prefer Old Mil Light which has replaced Busch Light as my go to light beer.
Jan 03, 2021
Rated: 3.16 by Eman17 from Illinois

Nov 20, 2020
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Reviewed by ewpass from Canada (PE)

3.14/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Clear pale yellow with good head for style. Sweet corn nose, also standard but unappealing. Very mild, light malt taste with a little dryness on finish. Lively effervescence. Unremarkable in style. Brewed under license in Canada by Sleemans in Guelph, Ontario.
Oct 05, 2020
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Oct 05, 2020
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Reviewed by Yaroslav from New York

1.73/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
You must drink it ice cold and very quickly. If that's the way you like to drink you can enjoy Old M, Pabst, Bud, Miller, Corona (with the lime) etc. Any of them will do. you cannot let it get even a little warm it becomes exponentially more awful with every degree rise.
Sep 13, 2020
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Reviewed by EricForman from Wisconsin

2.11/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
Drank this right out of the can. Very faint smell. It didn't taste that bad. I picked up some grain and cereal notes, The mouthfeel was very watery with a slight odd aftertaste that I could not readily identify. Best drunk cold and on a hot day it is thirst quenching. The retro cans would make a good collectable. Overall as a gas station beer I'd give it a C. In all honesty at a party or just relaxing I'd reach for this over some of those "snooty" craft beers.
Jul 09, 2020
Rated: 2 by Demi from Minnesota

Jun 18, 2020
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Reviewed by fluxcore from Illinois

4.22/5  rDev +75.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75
This is a crisp beer you drink cold in a frosty mug. No head, not a lot of smell, some bubbles, minimal lacing. Feels watery and goes down smooth which is perfect for the hot summer days ahead. Cheers
May 27, 2020
Rated: 2.25 by mamaraza from Texas

May 07, 2020
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Reviewed by joebrazil3 from Illinois

3/5  rDev +25%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
Last week the family and I tested this with Miller High Life side by side, as both cost $3.19 for a six at our local joint. My wife and daughter preferred the High Life, as it's smooth--and no disrespect! I'd choose the high life gladly on special at the bar. But, the first thing I thought when I tasted Old Milwaukee is: "they're using hops, not extract." I looked it up--the page I saw said that they use two varieties of hops. The taste was a tiny bit more like a premium than I expected, and I appreciated that. Consider this a gentle nudge while something like Beck's is a slap in the face. I still believe Hamm's is the top of the list for super-cheap beers. But I put Old Milwaukee second! I wish I could find Schlitz and test it against Old Milwaukee.
Apr 26, 2020
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Reviewed by tedstriker from Ohio

5/5  rDev +108.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
First of all, you don’t have the right can pictured. The pin-up series with Stars & Stripes featuring Natalie Portman’s trashy sister Trish is an American icon.

Anyone who hasn’t cracked a cold Trish after jumping off the lawn mower in August simply hasn’t lived a life of redeemable value, in my opinion.

This beer is baseball, apple pie, and fireworks in liquid form. (No, not literally you snarky bastards ready to reply).
Apr 21, 2020
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Reviewed by Bsimpson91 from Georgia

4.9/5  rDev +104.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
Yet again, Here I am defending the Beer of the common man. Is this the best Beer you can get? Why hell no. In no way shape or form is this the greatest Beer I've ever had. This is just a average drinking beer for those that don't want to think about what they are drinking. Its cheap, it's in a Tall can and it ready for you to wash down that questionable hot dog you just ate. lets get started with the look. Pale Yella' stuff. Clear bright and bubbles like champagne. No head of foam. Now, moving on to smell. Hot dang, it took me a second to regain my thoughts after I cracked the top. In your face Cheap beer smell. Right off the bat smelling like that loud ass party going on next door. Yeasty, White bread. Smells like I plowed my face into some rising pizza dough. Now for the flavor. Actually, I must say it starts off good. Upfront Bold Yeasty goodness. Sweet white Bread, with a slight ever so eluding butter character. Middle gets a little nasty as those hops try their best to come through. A failed attempt with the trace amount of herbal notes. finishes poorly with zero hop cleanup. a absolute disaster. A finish amount of deli Bread. French White bread Loaf to be exact. The nasty finish is liken to that of Coors and Miller. Moving on to the feel. The texture is the redemption for this beer. nice and thick, creamy with not much bite from the carbonation. I'd say this beer has a perfectly medium body. Overall, a Beer you choose because you have nothing but $5.00 in your pocket and the worlds gone to hell anyway.
Mar 14, 2020
Rated: 1.1 by TheIPAHunter from California

Jan 18, 2020
Rated: 2.59 by Mister_Faucher from Washington

Jan 07, 2020
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Reviewed by hottenot from North Carolina

2.32/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25
Old Milwaukee!
What we drank when we were poor.

Looks pale
Smells faintly like beer
Feels like water
Tastes ok as long a it's ICE cold.
And it has very little flavor thank goodness.
Anything above 34 F is a disaster.
Yucky is a good word to sum this up.
Dec 12, 2019
Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 58 out of 100 with 900 ratings