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: 790
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

pretty rotten gear here, but still better than some crappy 30 pack stuff. pours pale and yellow, but who pours an old milwaukee right? this is a right out of the can product for sure. it smells a tad metallic, but mostly just watery, not much of a nose at all, which i guess is better than a repulsive aroma. boring. the flavor is about as exciting as the nose, maybe a touch of pale pale malt, but thats about it. this is flavored water to me, but the feel isnt horrible, great carbonation, maybe even too much, and a real light body. very drinkable if you like, but dont plan on getting drunk on this stuff and feeling very good. not bad when its freezing cold, but i will never ever ever buy this.

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Photo of Knapp85
2.2/5  rDev -12%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Couldn't get much flavor out of this beer after drinking a Schmidt's right before it. I couldn't believe that the Schmidt's was a stronger flavored beer than Old Milwaukee.
Color - yellow
Mouthfeel - Watery with some Bubbles
Taste - very light, almost water
Aroma - Not much of one

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Photo of Phyl21ca
1.13/5  rDev -54.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a lightly carbonated golden yellow color lager with a small foamy head with minimal retention. Aroma of corn adjunct is way too powerful and gross. Taste is also dominated by the adjunct with too much sugar. Another bland offering from this awful brewery.

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Photo of emerge077
2.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

That's that Old Milwaukee. I just finished myself an Old Milwaukee. o_O http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uUc5ZWAsLPo


Not getting much of that "insane lacing" you hear about on the internet from the experts. Looks like any other cheap swill... pale anemic urine gold, racing streams of carbonation, feeble broken skim on the surface.

Smells faintly like tea and crackers.

Tastes bland and insipid, like soggy saltines and watery tea. Corn, barley, and hop extract. Astringent feel (not bitter, so many confuse the two) with a carbonic bite from high CO2 levels. If you want to get bloated, here is the beer for you. Smoother than Stroh's but that's not saying much. Not something i'm inclined to finish, especially as it warms up in the summer heat. Best thing going for it is the nostalgia/throwback brand appeal and the Will Ferrell commercials.

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Photo of zeff80
2.21/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 16oz. can.

A - Poured out a pale, yellow color with a two-finger head. Actually leaves a little lacing.

S - It smelled mainly of corn.

T - It tasted mainly of corn and barley. It also has a little bitterness, maybe from a hop or two.

M - The mouthfeel is a little thin and very light bodied.

D - This wasn't as bad as I expected. However, it was not as good as PBR.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.21/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A crystal clear, straw-gold body is capped by a creamy bright-white head that holds well. Its retention is surprisingly good, and it leaves some nice lace to boot! The nose is exceptionally clean; with just a light touch of sweet malt. The body is light, and it's crisp in the mouth due to a fine-bubbled, median carbonation. Sweet malt makes up the entirety of the flavor, coming on strong at the start and slowly fading through the swallow. It's quite clean and devoid of any yeast characteristics. Adjunct is obviously being used at a high level as there's no real "grain" character present. It finishes drying with a dollop of sweet malt that receeds shortly. Very well made, but lacking in character.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.55/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a very light gold color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, adjuncts and the slightest hint of hops.

T: The taste starts out with bready flavors of adjuncts and a thin malt character followed by a mild sweetness. The hops presence is extremely mild even for the style. The after-taste is slightly bready and slightly sweet.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, light body, medium carbonation, finish is clean.

D: Poundable but not very flavorful, goes down easily and not too filling since there isn’t much to the beer, mild kick, it’s very typical of the style but there are better inexpensive beers out there.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This review is part of Macro Smackdown III, a ongoing competition between various macro lagers. Old Milwaukee is going up against Budweiser today and may the best beer win. For the first time in the series the serving types are different, but that couldn't be helped. Will glass give OM an advantage? Let's find out.

There's very little difference in color between the two, but this beer has a slight edge in that it's a quarter-shade darker, almost achieving amberness. The head is clearly superior to the head on the Budweiser. It's bone white with a semi-creamy consistency and much better persistence. Not only that, but it actually has some character (humps, pits, etc) as it falls. While there isn't a huge amount of lace, a few meaty chunks do manage to stick.

The noses are very similar, smelling primarily of untoasted grain/husk. The aroma on this beer is slightly more musky and spicy (and I do mean slightly). The floral Bud nose wins by a nose, but again, it's not a clear enough victory for different scores to be granted.

First of all, Old Milwaukee has more flavor than Bud. Second of all, it's better flavor. I didn't say good, I said better. I'm not sure what adjunct Stroh/Pabst uses, but it seems to me that corn (OM?) is a superior grain to rice (Bud). There's a little more sweetness on the palate with this beer and a little more personality.

The mouthfeel is still pathetically thin, but it's less pathetically thin than Bud's. It also holds its carbonation for a longer period of time and keeps the mouthfeel lively, even if the flavor doesn't impress.

Old Milwaukee isn't good beer by any stretch of the imagination. It is good enough though to have bested one of America's favorite beers, beechwood-aged Budweiser. Even though this is one of the more lopsided MacSmacks so far, I'm still not interested in ever having this stuff cross my palate again.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

So he goes for another mixed sixer of the best of the worst from the grocery store this weekend. I grabbed six more "gems" and did my best to get them all down. served cold and poured into a pint glass, this one was consumed on 08/22/2010.

i feel like i keep repeating myself but they all really do look the same when they pour out. this seemed to have a bit more retention then the others, but still just a light golden color with tons of carbonation coming up through the glass.

aroma of light grains, a touch of faint caramel, but then the skunked nose came though an killed it. same of the flavor, just not at all what i was looking for it. it might have had it for a second, but the wet hay, cardboard flavor just waved it all off. i coul imagine on a hot day you coul drink a ton, but not tonight, this just did not come across the way i needed it too.

overall, not my favorite at all.

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Photo of Jason
2.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Presentation: 40 oz cheap brown glass bottle with a twist off soda pop-like cap. No freshness date.

Appearance: Very pale yellow in colour, the clear clarity of a beer that was ultra filtered. White lace surprisingly stays for a while and sticks a bit.

Smell: Cooked corn in the aroma, an off smell of DMS (cooked veggie) also.

Taste: Very smooth with a feigned medium body that actually turns out to be light as the crisp carbonation unfolds. Corn grit flavour is all over the place. Malt? Very little malt on the palate, just some grainy flavours. Hops are light and seem to let a bit of cloying sweetness in the middle. Hint of alcohol flares out with a clean presence.

Notes: As close to not having much flavour at all, oddly it was not that bad going down compared to other cheap American lagers. This is the stuff to get when you only have a couple bucks in your pocket … good to have every once in a while to get the flavour of cheap lager and realize that there are so many great beers out there other than this.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.38/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Hoping to finish this Spelunky spree soon, as one can only take so much death before it starts to grate... Anyway, this stuff pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of white foam. The nose comprises corn, wheat, and light grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with some added sweet corn and some funkier wheat. The body is a hefty-leaning light, with a light moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad little adjunct lager, one that hardly seems suitable for drinking on its own without some effort (read: beer ping and the like). Oh well, back to dying pathetically and not learning from my mistakes...*drink*...

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Photo of woodychandler
2.9/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

A pint can, actually! On the pour, my first thought was, "Wow, the color is virtually non-existent. I just put a stream into the urinal that had more color than this!" Not a good start. I will, however, say this for the cheapies: they create a big, foamy, bone-white head with tremendous retention throughout. It was very impressive, actually. The nose was grainy, sweet, silage-like. On this last, if you have done any farming, you will get my drift. The mouthfeel was full and approaching creamy. There was a light sweetness in the mouth and on the finish. Did I get my $2.00 worth? Sure, but it was not something that I would scrounge for again.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
2.72/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I picked up a 32 ouncer at Circle K because I was feeling like something simple and cheap. Color is pale yellow with a fizzy head. Aroma is typical of cheap macro lagers, I've smelled a lot worse than this within this style of beer. Taste isn't very flavorful, which actually may make Old Milwaukee better than some of it's counterparts; there aren't any bad flavors to complain about. Seeing how cheap and unoffensive this is, I would consider this a good choice for a lawnmower beer. Still OM will never compete with my craft brew choices.

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Photo of jwc215
2.31/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

16 oz. can:

Pours light straw yellow with a white head that soon becomes a thin cover.

The smell is very mild - some husk - maybe.

The taste is - nothing much. Only the lightest hint of malt and maybe a dab of cluster hops. This really doesn't taste like much more than carbonated water. Doesn't taste "bad" mainly because it doesn't taste.

Light and fizzy, though there are macros that are worse.

The blandness and fizziness, however, do start to make it a real drag before the 16 ounces are finished. However, it does have a surprising smoothness to it and isn't undrinkable. Not "America's best tasting beer", but it's drinkable enough if you want an iced-cold chugger on a hot day. Whatever...

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Photo of feloniousmonk
2.58/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

16 ounce limited edition can, which advertised a country music festival, enjoyed in lovely Buffalo, MN...the ring around the can's top reads, " it doesn't get any better than this"...and I must beg to differ, but...also, I quote the bottom, where we learn of this beer, that it is "carefully brewed with genuine malted barley, pure water, cereal grains, and selected hops." Glad they selected them!

Very typically pale yellow hue, nice head, stays awhile...

aroma is typical, again, very nothing...slightly malty, but not by much...

Taste? grain, assorted, some better than others...a mingling mush of rice and barley, and not much else..it drinks okay, if you don't give a care.
...bit of a harshness in the carbonation, which affects the mouthfeel some...a bit too bubbly...
My nephew, who I had trained to choose better beers, was as confused as I about what beers were on-the-house at my niece's wedding reception, and we both befuddledly went with Mich Golden Light, until he learned there were others at our disposal. He sipped my OM and conferred upon it a superior status above MGDL...but not by much...and went with Samuel Adams as his next choice...

This is not bad, but not recommended by any means.

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Photo of Billolick
2.08/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

OK I know I'm scrapin the bottom of the barrel here, but we all need to consume some mass produced crap to keep us honest and keep us abreast of what is out there. This stuff is, suprise, piss yellow with a large bubble, short lasting head. Not much nose to speak of. Ditto for malt and hops. It is cold and wet and did help me wash down my dinner.

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Photo of tempest
2.16/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I hadn't had this in years, and now I won't have to drink it again for several years - I hope. There's little about the flavor that resembles an all-malt beer. It relies heavily of yeast character, which is just a bit like the green apple found in Budweiser, but watered down and gone rancid. Avoid this one at all costs. Yes, it could have been more offensive, but it was still no treat to drink.

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

The beer pours a very pale yellow color with a towering white head that quickly fades to lacing. The aroma is below average. It has a very light pale malt scent along with adjuncts and a dry lager yeast aroma. It has a metallic aroma. The hops are light and it has a musty quality. The taste is average. It has a dry and musty pale malt flavor that goes down slow due to overcarbonation and finishes clean with some lingering hops. The mouthfeel is average. It is a low bodied beer with too much carbonation. This is a decent macro lager. It has little flavor or aroma, but on a hot day this would go down easy.

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Photo of tone77
2.64/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a small head. Aroma is mild, some notes of corn. Taste is greatly lacking. Not much flavor at all here. Feels light in the mouth. Drinkability is fairly good. Overall there is not much to say, or like about this beer.

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

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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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 plaid75
2.51/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured a light straw hue with a three finger pillowy white head. There was decent retention and lacing.

The smell featured a sweet corn and a smattering of hop spice.

The taste was upfront sweet corn, with a thin graininess. The sweetness was heavy and enduring, as it lingered well after the swallow.

The mouthfeel was typical of a macro lager - thin and well carbonated.

Overall your average macro. May be sweeter than most however.

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Photo of Zorro
2.6/5  rDev +4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a screw top 32 OZ Bottle that I bought for $1.19 at Vons.

Pours an ultra clear yellow brew.

Smell is sweet and corny with a cracker smell to it. No skunking or off smells to it.

Taste is fairly dry with just a trace of sweetness and a bit of grain flavor. Taste is pretty neutral it doesn't offend or wow you.

Mouthfeel is OK this isn't a brew that pretends to be anything other than a cheap lager.

Drinkability is equal to or superior that which the macrobrews have.
This is a brew that claims to only be a cheap yet drinkable and non-offensive brew and in that capacity is succeeds fully. I have drunk a lot of this with dinner when I hit the supermarket deli for dinner and just wanted a beer to go with say fried chicken. Which is exactly why I am even reviewing this brew here.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured from a 16 fl. oz. can marked 02029-D50621. This is one of those rare instances where the brand's light beer is tastier than its regular old stand-by. This pours pale yellow into the pint glass with about 1/2 inch of white, foamy head. Typical beer aroma of American pales with that sort of metallic, grassy, and lightly hopped scent. Lots of bubbling carbonation. Watery for the most part. There's something grassy with a slight hint of hops in the taste. Nothing exciting. Their slogan is "America's Best Tasting Beer."

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Photo of clayrock81
2.35/5  rDev -6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Didn't pour it out of the can to be honest. Had a metallic smell. This is a decent, watery cheap beer to buy when you're reliving the ol' college days and playing drinking card games with some buddies. Has a quasi-sweet malt taste and the use of adjuncts is minimal. Very light hop presence but is not at all bitter or going to nuke your taste buds/stomach like other cheap American macros. Goes down light-bodied and smooth because of the wateriness, but this isn't horrible.

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