Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer
BA SCORE
4.6%
Liked This Beer
2.33 w/ 807 ratings
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
Ranking:
#43,726
Reviews:
260
Ratings:
807
Liked:
37
Avg:
2.33/5
pDev:
33.48%
Alströms:
2.44
 
 
Wants:
13
Gots:
125
Trade:
0
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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 260
Photo of Vinman29
3.42/5  rDev +46.8%
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 bushwack
2.53/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of baldy00
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of kojevergas
2.92/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Impression from a can:

C / AVERAGE

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Photo of choll
3.02/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Cheap beer for when you want to have a few after work. Nothing special. Just beer.

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Photo of kraut6363
2.15/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of PhillyB
3.52/5  rDev +51.1%
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 jasadewi
2.89/5  rDev +24%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Thomas_Wikman
2.24/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of davidward
1/5  rDev -57.1%
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 -34.8%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of cknoch
2.84/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of KMillard
3.13/5  rDev +34.3%
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 +90.1%
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 +114.6%
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 +3.4%
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 -57.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Ko_bossy
4.17/5  rDev +79%
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 +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of OriginalWayOut
3/5  rDev +28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Stinkypuss
2.55/5  rDev +9.4%
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 +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Harrykennedy
3.03/5  rDev +30%
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 -57.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BarrelAgedG
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6% out of 100 with 807 ratings
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