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Average: 2.32 | pDev: 34.05%

Reviews: 279 | Ratings: 857

Ranked #447 American Adjunct Lager and #47,470 overall.

ABV: 4.60% | Availability: Year-round

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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Photo of rypkr
3/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

There's a taste to this beer that I cant recognize in any other macro lager, or even craft beer for that matter. It tastes like a corn adjunct with a mild roastiness to it.

Or it might not be that at all.

It's entirely possible I'm solely tasting the nostalgia of my first beer I when my mom let me have a sip at 9 years old at a family reunion.

It was all down hill from there.

Beer #1207 logged on BA.

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Photo of Nicholas660
2.82/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

It's your typical Grandpa hard day of work come home drink a cold beer that doesn't taste great but it's drinkable and cheap but hey you get what you pay for

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Photo of Buckeye55
2.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Oldmillwater, another cheap beer option during college. Was never our first choice, you'd go to this one when you needed to make a beer run before the stores closed and funds were limited. Below average but not terrible.

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Photo of Harrison8
3.27/5  rDev +40.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Pours a translucent yellow with a finger of white head. Head retention is good, leaving behind splashes of lacing. Aroma is corn, rye, and bready, pale malts. Hints of herbal, floral, spicy hops add a little zest. Flavor profile is bready, pale malts with spicy, floral hops and straw and corn. It's simple, but has a little zest via hops in the latter portions. Mouth feel is crisp with a thin consistency. Overall, small and easy to slam, and yet still a decent flavor profile.

Served in a 12oz snifter from a 12oz can.

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Photo of daliandragon
2.54/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I haven't seen this in Maryland before but took my son up to an orchard for apple picking today and found it in a liquor store next to a candy shop in Frederick county. Was common in my old stomping grounds in Ohio.

Super pale color with no head and just a touch of grainy nothingness in the nose. Flavor is similar. Not too carbonated and goes down super easy, if not super pleasantly. Hard to believe it is more than 3% abv. $3.99 for a sixer is about right.

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Photo of JamieDuncan
3.37/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

You know what, this was not that bad. Better than most of the adjuncts and was drinkable which surprised me. I cannot remember drinking this when younger, and can't say I would want to drink again, but would not turn it down.

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Photo of RichardLeahy
2.8/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

From 473 ml can. Branding different to that shown but it appears to be the same product. L. Can't see but appears to be appropriate. S. Slight grain but little else. T. Follows the smell, light grain/malt up front with little flavour at the back. No sweetness discernible. F. Light and very drinkable. O. Drinkable and not unpleasant. But the sort of beer that gave American beer its reputation as light, easily drinkable swill.

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Photo of bubseymour
4.06/5  rDev +75%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Old Milwaukee is a actually a pretty tasty cheap beer. Falls in line with my top ones. For $3.99 a sixer, its cheaper as a sixer than many of the single shelf craft beers that aren't as good.

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Photo of cardfan212
3.64/5  rDev +56.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores are based on the style.

Look - A simple and nice looking can. The pinup girl is a little weird, but whatever.

Smell - Simple straight up sweet grains. Pleasant smelling enough.

Taste - Slightly too sweet, but mild and enjoyable. Again, quite simple.

Feel - Typical thin body and moderate carbonation you'd expect from the style.

Overall - A simple beer that is enjoyable enough in its own right. Slightly below my favorite AALs, but better than most.

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Photo of Cholla
3/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just kind of average. Not a bad beer. It’s really cheap. 8.99 for a twelve pack around here. Just a beer for when you want a beer. I pick it up every now and then. Cheers.

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Photo of jkblr
2.86/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16oz can bb 7/23/18 poured into a willibecher glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. It retains a film of head and a bit of lacing. The aroma is creamed corn and maybe soap. The taste starts a little sweet and grainy, then gets a slight bit tangy and ends with a weird metallic aftertaste. Mouthfeel is thin bodied, adequately carbonated and undry in the finish. There is a significant oily/soapy aftertaste that is there in quantity enough to actually fault it, even in a discount AAL. Overall, not so good. Many better options for your bargain AAL dollar.

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Photo of thebadone24
2.25/5  rDev -3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Old Milwaukee is a solid beer to use for cooking (a few cans in a pot of chili actually do well to make the other flavors come out.) In terms of a standalone beer, it's ahead of the budget beer class, but it's not an overwhelmingly amazing option, either. Still, it should be experienced once and if you need a cheap beer for cooking, it at least gets the not from me in that regard.

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Photo of Edani95
2.21/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Closer to the taste of a Pabst (not saying much) but feels fuller and leaves me refreshed while cold. It's a great throw away for the cost if you're on a budget.

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Photo of Eric_Forman
2.11/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This was the beer my uncles and grandpa drank. Always from the can too. It soon became my go to brew. The review. Not much to say actually. Old Milwaukee poured into a glass looked straw/golden. The head of foam always seemed to be perfect. The beer smelled of grains which was what I expected. The taste was a little watery but thirst quenching. There was virtually no after taste. Over all a decent cheap beer.

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Photo of TigerSweat
2.91/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

This is actually a decent beer. It doesn't present a 5 star aroma or taste but it is what it is... Just sweet enough (thanks adjunct) without being cloying and goes down smooth. It's a beer. I've been drinking craft for over a decade and have enjoy every bit of it. What I haven't enjoyed is witnessing the beer community evolve into someone that resembles the wine-snob bunch. There are really shit*ty beers out there that deserve to be scoffed at (Bud light, Coors light, beast light, etc) but Old Milwaukee isn't one of them. After drinking so many crafts for so long, I've actually came to appreciated these American classics that much more. You guys who are looking down your noses at beers like this will eventually come to this point too. Bank it.

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Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.26/5  rDev +40.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

It is what it is. Cheap AAL. Nothing awful about it, nothing special about it. Nostalgic for me as one of the beers I latched onto when I came of age. I have never been disappointed with the overall quality, unless I got a six-pack that had been sitting around for too long. I bet that if I poured a cold one into a tall glass, offering it to those who prefer Bud or Coors, without divulging the brand, the reviews would generally be good. Not great, but good enough for garden-variety AAL.

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Photo of Kelby777
2.38/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Old Milwaukee - the beer that I saw my grandpa crack open everyday after a long hard day working construction and concrete. I was always curious as to what it tasted like, and I vaguely remember him letting me drink his beer in the garage when I was just five years old. Lets begin.

Appearance - It has a typical straw- yellow, almost gold-yellow color to it with a small soapy head. It appears highly carbonated.

Smell - Instant breadiness/graininess hitting the nose. Not a bad-smelling beer. It has a slight smell of booziness.

Taste - I noticed it was very watery right off the bat. It had kind of a metallic aftertaste. I tasted notes of breadiness, followed by an overpowering metallic taste. The taste is very average and poor. I am not a fan of the metallic taste.

Mouthfeel - Very watery. Not a good feel. Carbonated.

Overall - Being generous, I will rate the overall a 2. I would not buy this beer again.

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Photo of Vinman29
3.42/5  rDev +47.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Old Milwaukee is a fine American beer. Fine as in good and reliable, like a Ford Econoline van. But cheap ish. It has a light caramel flavor and goes down pretty smooth. The branding is retro but so is the flavor. It has a very old style taste. This beer is like something you'd get served in a stein at a German restaurant in 1978. It tastes fresh, but not modern. It would be a little embarrassing to order in a bar, but would be fun to drink lots of at an Oktoberfest with some chicken schnitzel. To me, Old Milwaukee has always been consistent over 20 years of drinking beer. If I get bored, it's fun to pick up a 6 or 12 pack every once in a while. It's a lot like PBR, but more old school. The people who grew up on this beer are already dead. But their memory lives on. This is a good beer for hunting or fishing, to bring with the boys. When it's cold, it tastes good. It is not a good beer unless it's really cold, because the maltiness comes through pretty strong. If this beer was a woman she would be your grandma. But she makes the best mac and cheese ever. Sort of a weird beer to still be around, because it's from another era. It isn't timeless like Budweiser, etc., but reminiscent of a certain specific time after WWII and before cell phones and pcs. Beers of this type were all over the place back in the day. Like when they came in short bottles and steel cans with the little opener thing before pull tabs.

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Photo of PhillyB
3.52/5  rDev +51.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I wasn't expecting much from this brew to be honest. $4 for a six pack of 16oz cans, so really I bought this just because it was so cheap.

Here I am, 2 cans in, and fully expecting to enjoy finishing off the 6 pack! If I'm ever somewhere in need of a beer and have just about no money, this is hands down what I'll be grabbing if it's available.

Oh, what's the actual beer like? Nearly clear with massive bubbles (just drink it from the can and don't worry about the looks), tastes slightly better than your average AAL. Think Pabst but with just a little more oomph.

A welcome break to the palate from my usual hop monsters.

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Photo of KMillard
3.13/5  rDev +34.9%
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 +90.9%
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 KeiferJennings
2.41/5  rDev +3.9%
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 Stinkypuss
2.55/5  rDev +9.9%
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 Harrykennedy
3.03/5  rDev +30.6%
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 kevin3046
2.86/5  rDev +23.3%
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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