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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Photo of 18dgbd
5/5  rDev +100%
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 -3.6%
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 -60%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of Ko_bossy
4.17/5  rDev +66.8%
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 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Docksidebars
3/5  rDev +20%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 Oidmoe
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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 Chackman151
1/5  rDev -60%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of BarrelAgedG
2.5/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of JLK7299
2/5  rDev -20%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Bogdawg
2.78/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Benjolovesbeer
1.25/5  rDev -50%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.25 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Photo of mikr
1/5  rDev -60%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

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 Botulizard
2.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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 54V4G3
2.04/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

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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