Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Reviews: 255 | Ratings: 791
Photo of Stinkypuss
2.55/5  rDev +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 Harrykennedy
3.03/5  rDev +21.2%
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 kevin3046
3.08/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Clear yellow typical to AAL. Head quickly dissipates after pouring and little lacing. Light corn smell. Ever so subtle creamy mouth feel, a pleasant surprise for an AAL. Sweet grainy taste with 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%
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 -5.2%
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 +3.6%
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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Photo of dacrza1
2.23/5  rDev -10.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.25

DATE: August 21, 2016... OCCASION: saying goodbye to the Olympics, I celebrate 120 medals with an American original... GLASSWARE: Browns pilsner.... crystal clear, tawny yellow body--as light as could be while still considered gold--with large, sparse bubbles jetting upward... white head is filmy, hazy, and clinging unevenly to the glass... fresh bread malts combine with corn to make for a beefy, tangy inhalation... some off-center funk is prevalent... flows as swiftly as water, with only a slight brackishness... refreshing, but flirts with apology as it exits swiftly with a light body.... taste is as expected--corn, honey, malted barley, and water, with water as the predominant factor... a mouth rinser, but having read the the excellent Ambitious Brew, this former Schlitz product is a solid American creation that gave the People what they wanted--a beer that could be slammed at serious rates without residual.... good for what it's meant to do...

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Photo of cuttlery
2.09/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Very yellow. Barely any head. Tastes like a very bitter cheap beer. To be fair I purchased these not with the intention to drink any of it but to mix with beer batter for a fish fry. I bought it because it was cheaper to buy a 6 pack of 16oz cans than it was to buy a single bottle of New Glarus beer in Wisconsin. I unfortunately drank the other 4 after using 2 for the fish. This brought me back to college, and drinking whatever was cheapest at the liquor store. Bad things.

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Photo of 1beerlover2
4.26/5  rDev +70.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

i like this beer cause of its cool old taste and strong brewing , but i think i will like it better if they had it in bottle presentation to conserve that brewing well fit

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Photo of beergoot
2.48/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pale yellow body infused with lots of carbonation; thick, frothy, white head. Faint aroma mostly of light grains and the barest suggestion of grass. Weak grain flavor with a light metallic, bitter aftertaste. Thin, watery body; crisp and dry.

Perfect beer for a cheap, inexpensive brew but with little going for it as far as smell, taste, or mouthfeel. If economics versus quality is what you seek, this is a fine beer to fit those needs.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Lots of yellow, almost no head can be held. Aroma of mass production and grain.

Devoid of hop, yeast and malt flavors for the most part. A high bitterness quotient to malt ratio. Corn sweetness. Lots of water everywhere, not a drop to drink.

Its an AAL, and it fits exactly in that category. Lots of carbonation, minimal flavor in the positive sense. Seems like they tried to use the least amount of high alpha acid hops, long boil, minimal barley (and if so, comes off as 6 row) creates an off bitterness lacking desired beer flavors.

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Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.88/5  rDev +55.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I have been wanting to try Old Mil since I turned 21. It has been impossible to find in my one horse town in Michigan. Today at the gas station I finally found it. it was a risk considering it was a 30 pack, but I had to buy it 13.99$. Not a bad price. I was pretty excited to finally try it, and (luckily) I was not disappointed.
Look-Big white head with lots of lacing. Lots of carbonization bubbles sticking to side of glass. Nice light straw color beer. Normal looking lager.
Smell-The beer smells of grain, bread, and corn. The smell reminds me of a carbon copy of Labatt Blue Light.
Taste- It's a nice taste. It's a little watery. Up front you taste the grain, bread, and corn. I can also taste a light hint of hops during the finish. It tastes kind of sweet as it's going down. It's a very smooth beer. Overall the taste is a very nice pleasant transition from start to finish. Nothing really jumps out at you as being an over powering ingredient. Very nice blend.
Feel- The beer leaves your mouth with a very dry taste.
Overall- Im giving this beer a 4 out of 5. It was a lot better then I expected. For a cheap beer it is defiantly in my top 10 now. Hopefully my local gas station keeps this beer around for awhile. Try it it's a lot better then people say it is. For the price you can't go wrong.

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Photo of Squire123
2.59/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Small beer in a tall can.

Years ago this brand was a cut above average. Alas, it's light has dimmed. Not the worst AAL out there, just no longer the stand out it was 40 years ago when it placed first in a blind tasting I hosted. Light color, light tasting, fizzy basic beer that will get the job done when there's nothing better around.

Buy it if you're ticking through the AALs, otherwise leave it on the shelf as there are better ones in the price range.

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Photo of billdove5
2.85/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Real beery taste that keeps you coming back for more. I haven't run the numbers but great value beer. Much better than the others in its class on the far end of the beer case. Will not disappoint even the snobbiest of beer snobs. More than just a palate cleanser. Serve straight up and unfruited. A well stocked beer fridge should always have some on hand. No nonsense man beer.

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Photo of TuMadre
1.79/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours like water with the color of urine. Careful with the pour or you will get a very fluffy white head that lingers for an eternity. The smell is reminiscent of the frat house floor the morning after an all night bender, and the taste is of corn and socks. Yes It really is that awful.

There are drinkable college budget beers, but this is not one of them. Look to Yuengling or PBR.

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Photo of jw4free
2.67/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into pint glass from a 12 oz can. Part of 12 pack. L: copious white head. Fades slowly. Limited lacing. Nice effervescent. S: Ricey, weak. T: watery, slight yeast. F: does not linger in the mouth. Needs another gulp quickly. O: here's were this beer shines. It is so cheap.

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Photo of mark5692
1.03/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I'm very surprised that this is rated higher than Busch and almost even with Labatt Blue. Of all these cheap, macro beers, this is the worst. Undrinkable. Tastes like garbage. Literally, like a skunked, metallic, just awful. It's one of the beers that I find undrinkable.

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Photo of Absolut
1.34/5  rDev -46.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

'enjoyed' at a BBQ from the bottle. pulled out of a ice water cooler.

it's very cold.

smells of corn, and an arena restroom.

taste is what you would expect. watery, wet grass, corn.

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Photo of kevofficiel
2.18/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Old Milwaukee Beer

The look of it : A finger of head that quickly goes away. Yellow golden color. Light carbonation. Nothing special about it.

The smell of it: Sweet grain and some corn

The taste of it: Taste like a newspaper.

So overall would I recommend it ? NO ! Wanna have a cheap beer, go get a Pabst !

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Photo of DodgeStealth93
1.88/5  rDev -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Pours very clear almost straw color into a mug or glass! Smells absolutely horrible like cooked vegetables and stale corn! No surprise the taste is not much better! Can hardly choke these down even on a hot day! If i were you i would spend the extra few bucks and get a PBR or any BMC beer over this one!

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Photo of Mike_Aguirre
3.57/5  rDev +42.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

This is a nice macro lager, easy to get in Mexico and very affordable. Doesn´t show any problems like metal taste or sunkiness. Large can presentation is great for outdoors activities.

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Photo of Nitwits
1.68/5  rDev -32.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

So I went to my local liquor store looking for some "throwback" beer and I tripped across a 12 pack of Old Milwaukee. I am currently in that vein and have been drinking alot of PBR over these last couple weeks but am also looking to branch out to try as many beers from my pre-legal days and Old Milwaukee was a staple back then. I will go on to rate it a little bit later but I have to say the moment I popped the can and poured it into my glass, as I do with all beers...yes, I can be a bit of a beer snob at times, it brought back memories of cornfields, hay and barn parties as I grew up in the south central farm country in Illinois. I sort of smiled a bit as the aroma brought back memories as this literally was my first Old Milwaukee since high school. But, to the beer, I didn't smile for very long as the aroma brought those other memories as to just how bad this beer is. Now, the appearance is the best thing about it. The color is a clear, refreshing gold with a decent head, not a good head as it does disappear a little faster than I would like but the smell...total grain, well, not totally but grain/corn is the first aroma that you will notice. But, and here is the part where it can get a little repulsive...the grain taste is overpowering. It is very crisp when you first drink it but it goes south from there very fast. The crisp start finishes with an almost burnt corn aftertaste and the more of these you drink the more prominent it gets. I just polished off my third since I work from home so I can do that and that is as many as I could choke down as this aftertaste just keeps growing. It was good to try it but this one time is all that I need for now...I'm good for a few more years as it relates to Old Milwaukee. As beer goes, OMW is about as bad as it gets, but if you have very little $$, it's still beer as it is very cheap.

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Photo of berkeleymaw
2.79/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Apparently brewed in Cali these days, but nobody ever serves it here. Had it on tap at a bar in Milwaukee. I guess a vacation to Milwaukee would be the time and place to have my one and only Old Milwaukee on tap. The irony of when and where I had my only Old Milwaukee from a tap is the only thing worth mentioning about it. Not as terrible as its rating, but not a good beer either.

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Photo of asyriuscorolla
2.09/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Do cans, not bottles. Its really not that bad as far as adjunct beer goes. I'll take this over a Bud light any day. Definitely a bit heavy which sucks cuz its also very weak (like 4.5ABV I think?) but when I'm not feeling adventurous I'll grab a sixer of this (for $3.30 hahaha) and drink em nice and cold.

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Photo of ordybill
3.32/5  rDev +32.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 OZ can into a pint glass.
Aroma- Grain, barley and corn!!!
Appearance- A pale clear yellow color with a large white head.
Taste- Typical AAL but not bad, consider the price and the total disdain most have this is better than what most people make it out to be.
Palate- A light bodied beer with moderate carbonation, has a smooth crisp finish
Overall- This brought me way back to my days in the Marines, "Old Milwaukee" beer tents out in the field. It tasted better back then, but hey it isn't horrible now.

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