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Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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61
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248 Reviews
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.60%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

BEER STATS
Reviews:
248
Ratings:
773
Avg:
2.51
pDev:
56.18%
 
 
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Photo of Bitterbill
2.08/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This pours in glass a yellow gold with a small head of foam that shrinks quickly leaving a fine layer.

The smell is a mix of malt and corn.

The taste is semi sweet; there's some malt and grain going on with some hop character that bitters it but the flavours are light on the palate. I haven't tasted this for years and I'm sure I'll not taste it again for many more years to come. Just too damn common and bland.

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Photo of spinrsx
2.47/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

473ml Can

Appearance – Clear light yellow colour with an average size fizzy white coloured head. There is an average amount of carbonation showing and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Grains, bread, corn, malts

Taste & Mouth - The beer has an average amount of carbonation. I can taste malts, bread/grains, and corn. There is also a bit of a corn syrup or apple sweetness. It ends with a grainy corn syrup slightly sweet aftertaste.

Overall – Nothing offensive and yet nothing memorable. I suppose it's decent for the price, but nothing I would revisit any time soon.

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Photo of Brad007
2.9/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours a very light yellow with head that fades fast.Aroma is very light and somewhat bland. Somewhat sweet as well. Taste is very sweet, corny and light on aftertaste. Not offensive. Goes down easy. Just not impressive at all. It's not the worst beer I've had though so I'm going to give it an average rating.

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Photo of Viggo
1.23/5  rDev -51%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

710 ml can. Pours a clear straw yellow, really pissy looking, strange fluffy loose white head, no lace or retention. Smell is sweet, honey, metallic, maybe citrus. Taste is nasty, really pissy and sweet, strange metallic flavour. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation. One of the nastiest beers I've ever had and not what I would expect the Pabst Brewery.

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Photo of Bighuge
2.95/5  rDev +17.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Looks like white apple juice. Decent sized white fizzy head. Carbonation rises aggressively. Aroma is sweet and malty (in a macro kind of way) and a little grainy. Mouthfeel is fizzy. Body is medium. Taste has some decent maltiness to it for a macro. Just a splash of hops evident in the dry finish. Not too bad. I'd place it just about in the middle of my spectrum of Macro brews.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.65/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 2 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

Faint yellow, no head. Smells like Milwaukee in the morning (the city).

Taste, eh, I almost wanna say don't go there, but this is a beer review. Hops, malt, yeast, nothing, but there's lots of water in it. Kind of a weird aftertaste and mouthfeel to it, I have no idea what it is, other than not pleasant for the most part. Very cheap, hence, drinkable.

I shit you not this stuff was $29.99 for a 1/2 barrel at Discount Liquors in Milwaukee when I was going to Marquette. How many kegs did we kill of this during the 2003 Final Four run?

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Photo of Darkmagus82
2.79/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from can into a pint glass

Appearance – Pours a straw color with a big billowy white head. The head has a pretty good level of retention, slowly fading to give a quite nice level of lacing on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The smell is a mix of corn sweetness, some grainy aromas as well as a light citrus hop smell.

Taste – The taste begins with a grainy smell mixed with flavors of a corn and rice. While lightly sweet initially, some more sweetness comes to the tongue more toward the middle of the taste. At the end of the taste a light citrus hop and a tiny bit of paper flavors comes to the tongue giving a rather simple and mild, but mostly clean (beyond the light paper taste) and crisp flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is quite light in terms of its creaminess with a carbonation level that is rather high. The light body and the higher carbonation level are very fitting for the simple flavors and crispness of the brew, accentuating the drinkability of the brew.

Overall – Simple and highly drinkable with no highly offensive off flavors. With its cheap price, it makes for a decent party/session brew.

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Photo of ZAP
2.35/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

here's my issue with this beer....it is supposed to be a "price" lager but up in my neck of the woods it's priced damn near the Buds, MGD, and Coors....It's of lesser quality than those...hasa hint of cheap beer taste to it...very corny and sweet...body is thin almost fizzy..finishes a little tart....OK...not worth buying though

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.04/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz tallboy can with a freshness stamp of JAN0410 on the bottom. Pours a crystal clear pale gold color with a large airy white foam that displays pretty good retention and leaves a few flecks of lace here and there. Not a bad looking AAL here.

Nose has more in common with pure seltzer water than beer, but there is a little bit of grainy malt on the nose. CO2 is by far the dominant scent though.

Taste is pretty clean with some husky grain coming through. A touch of stale cardboard flavor can be found along with a mild sparkling water taste. Not a whole lot here, but I can see this being refreshing when thirsty. Not bad for an AAL, pretty average actually. Has a pretty cheap price tag to boot, I got 6 tallboys for 4.99.

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Photo of mynie
1.73/5  rDev -31.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Telling people that it doesn't get any better than this is just plain mean.

Smells like grain and adjunct metal. Tastes like grain and adjunct metal with a hint of fruit. Nothing impressive. Sits in my stomach like a rock. Seriously. It feels like I've been punched.

Not bad tasting, but way too fizzy. Avoid.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.52/5  rDev +0.4%
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 buschbeer
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I poured into a pint glass to a couple inches of white head. It is pale yellow in color. The aroma is sweet malt. The taste is sweet malt and a bit grassy. At least it has some flavor to it, not much, but as least something. The mouthfeel is watery. The drinkability is limited to a mood when I need something watered down and cheap.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.71/5  rDev +47.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Old Milwaukee has a thick, creamy white head and a clear rich golden color. Carbonation is high. Aroma is metallic, grainy, and faint. The taste is stereotypical American lager, but with more boldness and sweetness than others of its ilk. Mouthfeel is medium. OM has a good bite to it. Finish is crisp and clean. Overall, it is a good product and holds its own against even higher-priced competitors.

RJT

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Photo of Brent
1.06/5  rDev -57.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Mineral and salty, with a harsh finish that passes for hops. Tastes like some sort of medicine to clean out your colon (which is does pretty effectively, too).

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Photo of beergoot
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
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 tgbljb
3.05/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow color with initial large white chunky head., that rather quickly dissapeared.Smell is slightly sweet, but little else. Taste is very light with some mild sweetness found. Finishes very thin in the mouth. Very freshing when ice cold, but less so as it warms.

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Photo of brewdlyhooked13
2.48/5  rDev -1.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - poured a very bland and pale yellow, but with a big zesty head, lots of white snowy froth which bubbles down and holds at a semi-solid cover.

Aroma - very plain, macro grain/adjunct sniff, nothing more.

Taste - basic grainy taste, but with a splash of hops at the back mixed in with some soda water saltiness. Wasn't expecting that, a little speck of personality there, alright. Finishes cleanly if unspectacularly.

Mouthfeel - crisp, bubbly, right for the style , but it's a style without much to it, IMO. Thin and watery, lots of bubbles as intended, I'm sure.

Drinkability - for the price and the taste, it's a decent value, I doubt if most macro swillers could tell the difference between this and the rmega-lager.

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Photo of Redrover
2.37/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

24 oz can with no freshness dating, but it does inform me that Old Milw is carefully brewed with genuine malted barley, pure water, cereal grains and selected hops.

The beer is a very pale yellow with a large chemically looking head. Not much lacing.

The smell is not that bad. I get some sweet cereal and a bit of grass. This smells much better than the Buschs and other cheapo beers.

The taste is very one-dimensional. It is sweet and slightly grainy. It tastes a bit drawn out. No real hop or bitter notes. I’m guessing the IBUs are about 7. The flavor is watered down, but it does not have the harsh flavors some cheaper beers have.

The mouth is thin and unassuming. Drinkable only in the most dire circumstances.

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Photo of BigBry
3/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Red 473ml can, celebrating the 71 Anniversary. Limited edition can set with 4 different 'pin up' girl pictures. I bought it for the cans, not the beer. "Brewed in Canada, by Stroh Canada, Guelph, Ontario".
Very typical Macro Lager, pours yellowy/golden color, white head that is here one minute, gone the next. Smells like beer, tastes like beer. Nothing out of the ordinary, but nothing bad either. Thin, but not watered down. Doesn't have that sour finish like some other macros. Easy to drink on a hot day, and it is priced right. Average.

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Photo of Pegasus
2.56/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pale golden color with an astonishing amount of fizzy carbonation that, nonetheless, fails to prevent the small white head from quickly fading to a paper-thin layer. The lacing is negligible.

Aroma: Faint smell of cooked vegetables and washed out hops.

Taste: A touch of carbonation, followed by faintly sweet thin malts that turn grainy in the middle, then a bit of alcohol and weak hops at the finish. The finish is clean and dry.

Mouth feel: Not unpleasant, but somewhat thin and watery.

Drinkability/notes: This beer has only availability and a cheap price to recommend it, most American malt liquors have more to offer for the money. Interestingly enough, the can copy reads "The Great American Beer Festival - 1999 Gold Medal Winner, American-Style Lager". This fact seems quite extraordinary, considering the relative mediocrity of this beer.

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Photo of ADR
2.15/5  rDev -14.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured the can into a Pilsner glass...

Transparent lightest gold color, wide-bubbled head of a very thin character but better duration than some. Partial ring laces. Aroma is all sweetness, corn and cane sugar. Mouthfeel is thinnish but the carbonation is adequately done. No real sense of hops, malt is sweet and neutral without nasty qualities. Aftertaste is lightly honeyish without the overdone fizziness and mineral water taste of some macros. Cheap and forgetable, but not the worst of drinkabilities in the beer world.

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Photo of bditty187
1.1/5  rDev -56.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Sickly gold, white head, minimal retention, no lace. Lightly sweet nose, adjucts I assume. Harshly metallic taste. Almost impossible to drink... it brought pain to my throat. I really can't tolerate "Old Mud". Frankly this is one of the worst beers I have had. Please stay away from it.

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Photo of Onenote81
2.6/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Had a few cans of this at a buddy's house. Poured into a mug. Pours a pale yellow with a big bubbly white head on top. No retention, and little sticky lace globs on the glass. Smells of cheap grains and sweet malts.

The mouth is thin and wet. No carbonation bite at all. Flavor is muted grains, light bread, and finishes slightly buttery and sweet. This is a decent cookout brew, but that's about it. Honestly, if you must, there are better macros than this out there.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.51/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Out of a 16 0z can this brew was a very pale yellow color with perfect clarity. The head was pure white, two fingers large and displayed average retention and moderate lacing. The aroma was slightly stale, pale malt, macro lager malt, dry grains, corn and minerals. The flavors were very dry and grainy, pale malt and some light hops. Clean and simple. The finish was a little off, however, bitter but not in a hoppy way. The mouthfeel was rough and foamy, the body medium/light and the carbonation high. If the finish and the body were worked on this one could be pretty good, but as is, even for the style, I found it sub-par.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.52/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Clear yellow color, small white head. Slightly malty, not a lot in the hops department. Not skunky, metallic, or musty like many beers in this price range. This beer, when judged against other American Macros, is actually somewhat of a standout. It's drinkability, affordablity, lack of off flavors, and wide availabitlity add up to a cheap beer that won't make you gag, at least.

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
61 out of 100 based on 248 ratings.
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