Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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61
poor
799 Ratings
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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:
12
Gots:
118
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 799 |  Reviews: 258
Photo of dacrza1
2.23/5  rDev -11.5%
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 Botulizard
2.54/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of cuttlery
2.09/5  rDev -17.1%
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 54V4G3
2.04/5  rDev -19%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of 1beerlover2
4.26/5  rDev +69%
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 -1.6%
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 Griphon
2.4/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Yeldarb92
1.7/5  rDev -32.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of _ascags
2.25/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of WVbeergeek
3.49/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of forshamegetit
1.08/5  rDev -57.1%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev 0%
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 Rollmeaway2loadout
2.67/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of dmadsen
2.97/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Mcawood1312
1.56/5  rDev -38.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

Photo of IckyT2012
1.9/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.88/5  rDev +54%
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 rdub
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PsenicnoCRO
2.59/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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

Photo of Beginner2
2.5/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of PUbeer
1.88/5  rDev -25.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Photo of Turbo
2.06/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Photo of beerOclock71
5/5  rDev +98.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

I love everything about this Beer. Been Drinking it for over 20 years. And here is to 20 more.. CheerZ!

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Photo of beertraveler08
2.57/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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