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Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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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

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Photo of vikingstout
4.77/5  rDev +90%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

The boss needs beer...better make it the best.
Don't fool around when it's your turn to get the beer.

All that subliminal programming when I was a kid really paid off. OM is my favorite American Lager. Just a hint of hops, clean mouthfeel, goes down easy. This is a true American staple. Sure, if I have $9 to spend on a 6-pack, I'll pick up a specialty brew. Otherwise, it's OM for me.

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Photo of Avagadro
2.58/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Yellow in color, with little in the way of head or lacing.

S: Creamed corn, corn flakes, and cabbage.

T: More of the same...

M: Light body, well carbonated.

D: Not one of the best adjuncts out there. It's flabby, overly-dependent upon corn, and has a cabbage off-flavor.

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Photo of rrob311
3.42/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This beer looks like your average lager. It is a straw color. The head was impressive when I poured it into my glass.

The smell is consistently clean with this brew. It has kind of a spicy smell.

The taste is pretty clean. It has a bit of spicy kick to it which is better than nothing. There is not much flavor but for this style the flavor is good.

The mouthfeel is pretty thin with this.

I rate the drinkability high on this because it is pretty easy to drink a lot of these which is how I rate this particular style. It is a great cheap lawnmower beer. This is one of my favorite cheap summer beers.

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Photo of CrazyMike
3.03/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Straw yellow appearance with lots of head that disappears quickly. Smell is sweet with a vegetable/corn lace to it.

Has a grainy, corn taste with very little malt. Picked up a hint of sweetness. Very light bodied (watery) with high carbonation. Leaves a crisp, corn aftertaste.

Overall, this is a generic lager, however there is nothing overly offensive and it is very drinkable. There are better beers out there, but good for a cheap beer on a hot day.

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Photo of JDFish
3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is best on a hot summer day when the beer has been iced down for a few hours. Very refreshing in this capacity. Its not as bad as its reputation, however its obviously nothing special. Light, easy to drink with a routine flavor of corn and grains typical of cheap american beers.

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Photo of projectflam86
2.34/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

16oz tallboy poured into a glass.

A- Pours a completely clear yellow/golden color with a billowy white foam head that slowly fades down to a ring. As far as adjunct lagers go, this one actually looks pretty good.

S- Sort of a residual sweetness with some light grain and grass in the nose. A bit of cooked corn maybe.

T- Solventy and sweet with just a touch of alcohol heat. No hops to speak of.

M- The carbonation is ok but this is even thinner than I was expecting.

D- Super low alcohol and barely any taste...I guess they would be easy to drink?

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Photo of kilustration
2.45/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Attended a firefighter fundraiser raffle. The wife won a "romantic dinner for two"...this included 2 frozen ducks, a pint of peppermint schnapps and a sixer of OLD MILWAUKEE....(some romantic dinner huh?). Anywho, I looked at this as an opportunity to give Old Mill a whirl.

Looks like any other BMC beer out there
Smells like any BMC beer.
Taste slightly better than a BMC.
Watery feel in the mouth.

Bottom line it's not my choice to purchase (I'd rather have PBR, Hamms, Old Style)....but it is a better buy (cost v. taste) that the BMCs

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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 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 alabencki
3.28/5  rDev +30.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I was a little hesitant at first to try this beer. I had a bad experience with some Milwaukee's Best before and so I am always hesitant to try economy beers since...

I poured a pint can into a pint beer glass. Light foamy, almost soapy looking white head. A tiny bit darker than other economy brand beers, but still a pale yellow color.

Smelled of sweet grains and corn adjunct. Tiny, tiny, faint smell of hops is present in the smell.

Tasted better than it smelled. The sweetness that is present in the smell is hardly there in the flavor of the beer. Still has the taste of corn adjunct and pale malts. Still, it was surprisingly good tasting for an economy beer.

It has a crisp yet watery mouthfeel....

It is extremely drinkable for an economy beer. This Schlitz economy brand is quite good and I can see myself buying this in the future.

For being an economy brand it was good, and I'm rating it accordingly... I rate it for how it tastes with regards to what it is.

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Photo of mikesgroove
2.28/5  rDev -9.2%
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 TB2
3.2/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Every time I buy this beer at the corner store the clerk looks at me... then looks at the case of OM.... then back at me and asks: Why are you buying "Old Man Beer???". (I'm 28)

I figure its because the "Old Men" have figured it out! Good tasting beer at a rock bottom price. You can also enjoy several of these w/o getting filled up fast.

Even the beer snobs get this beer wrong on blindfolded taste tests! Funny stuff indeed.

A. Pour a can in a glass... wait, wait, nope.. no head.... little bit of lacing. Looks like beer thats been on the table for awhile but bubbles do rise fast.

S. Smells like a cornfield. Corn and Grain odors drift up into the nose.

T. Ice cold watery taste with hints of corn and bitterness after you swallow. Very crisp...

M. Is Average. Actually its prob. way above average for this beers price range.

D. VERY HIGH... you could drink a case of this after a long, hot day hanging dryway, paving roads, or hiking up & down trails building boardwalks. Plus its cheaper than dirt so you can buy beer for the whole crew.

OM is a Blue collar beer from the Rust-Belt BUT the "Old Men" who drink this continue to get the last laugh when this beer continues to suprise the beer snobs winning taste tests throughout Wisconsin, Michigan and Ohio.

Serve EXTRA COLD... almost freezing.
Great at cook outs, baseball games, after a long tough day at work or just chillin' in the ice shack or out on the boat.

You can find it for around $3 a sixer BUT straight from a bottle is best.

CHEERS "Old Man"

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

Never thought I'd try this one again after having tasted it in my youth, but when I saw it on sale for $5 for a 12 pack, I decided to give it a go...

Appearance: Who knows? Seriously, at this price range, who bothers with a glass? This is "pull it from the cooler and drink it from the can" material.

Smell: Oh the smell... I struggle to find a way to describe the smell in a way that will be taken seriously. It just doesn't smell like beer, even bad beer. More like rotten meat. As in a bacon wrapped bratwurst that's been sitting on a picnic table for three days. In July.

Taste: Not as bad as the smell, but still not great. Sort of an acidic taste. But not the good "hoppy / citrusy" acidity. More like a "stomach acid / vomit / bile" acidity. Very strong "fermented corn" flavor in the aftertaste, as well.

Mouthfeel: Sticky. Coats your tongue like honey and won't go away, no matter how much you want it to.

Notes: There's just no reason to buy this beer. I recently noticed the local Wal-Mart selling Miller High Life in a 12-pack of bottles for six bucks. I like High Life. It's certainly not my favorite beer, but it's much better than the "popular" Bud Light / Miller Lite type beers that sell for double that price. So, I've been giving some cheap beers another chance lately, after many years as a "beer snob".

Ol' Mil just doesn't fill a niche in the market. Its ABV is too low to be a good "cheap buzz" beer. And (oh god, I never thought I'd say this) Natty Ice tastes better.

If you want a cheap beer that will give you the most "buzz for your buck", then Steel Reserve is a higher ABV, lower price, and better taste than this stuff.

Stay away. Whether you're looking for "good beer" or a "cheap buzz", this isn't the beer you're looking for. There are better choices for both at the same price.

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Photo of IJReilly
3.4/5  rDev +35.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Not a bad macro, especially for about $6 for a 12 pack. It goes down easy and has a non-offensive, even moderately desirable, taste to it. Drink it ice cold, though. When it warms, its flavor diminishes rapidly. I would rather have Pabst, but not by much.

Plus, it was Steve McQueen's favorite brew. So that adds some cool points.

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

Poured into glass from can. Nice fluffy, foamy head on this one. Clear and yellow as expected. Smell is a bit stale and corny. Initial taste is suprisingly not terrible. Clean and bright american beer taste (corn) without much aftertaste. No hop taste or bitter finish. Just a straight-forward adjunct pale lager. Mouthfeel is nearly invisible for a ''heavy''. Not great but better than some of it's style mates.

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Photo of Spineypanda
2.65/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light straw and has almost no head.
Smells like a malt beverage... with the delicious delicious smell of good ol' beer.
Tastes like regular beer too, nothing special but it does remind me of the beer I had when I was younger that I would taste from my dad.

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Photo of hmk22
2.17/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Pretty nasty stuff -- it has only a tangential relationship with the way beer should taste. I'm well acquainted with low-cost American beers (as my reviews attest), and OM is really at the bottom of the list as far as I'm concerned. I don't even consider it frat-party material (a la Milwaukee's Best) -- it just doesn't even try. Will not be missed if and when it fades away (except by some of my buds who went to college in the upper Midwest, and maybe not even by them).

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Photo of soju6
2.7/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Another cookout at my neighbors. At least no light beers this time.

Poured a light yellow with a decent head and carbonation. smell is a generic stale odor, but not bad. Taste is clean with a slight grainy flavor. Goes down smooth & easy. Enough flavor to put it way ahead of any light beer. Good summer beer when served cold or session drinkers on a tight budget.

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Photo of rednrag
2.4/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is the cheap version of Schlitz. Used to come in 14 oz. cans.
Not bad, but it has a funk of an aftertaste that I cannot quite describe.
Creamed corn?
Will only buy again when financial concerns dictate. For some reason, I do not think of this when I think of really good cheap American macros.
It's OK though.

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Photo of Wasatch
2/5  rDev -20.3%
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 kingcrowing
2.66/5  rDev +6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz can poured into a pint glass.

Bought a 12 pack of this because they say this is Americas best tasting beer, and if you don't agree you'll get your money back. So I'm giving it a shot, if it's my best reviewed beer I won't ask for my money back.

Pours a very clear light yellow with a nice big fluffy white head. Nose is bad, it's a kind of stale hop lager nose that you get from all BMC beer.

Taste is actually not too bad for this style. It's not a great beer but it's got a nice malt character to it. The body strongly suffers from the adjuncts but there's still a nice hint here in the body. There's no hops to speak of. Mouthfeel isn't too bad, fairly creamy and thick - relatively speaking.

Overall I'd say it's a fairly easy drinking beer. Good for a game of beer pong or something like that, but if I'm going to sit down and relax with a good beer, I won't choose this.

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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.


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Photo of roddwolff
1.67/5  rDev -33.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Pale yellow color very bright, grows a huge and thick foamy head, like a fungus beers;

S: Aluminum and pineapple syrup;

T: Corn, fermented pineapple and mineral water, you must drink it fast because if heated tastes like root-beer;

M: Fizzy, dry, very sweet and light body;

D: Isn't true the slogan that says "America's Best Tasting beer"

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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 fakedelight
2.78/5  rDev +10.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from can into pint glass. Poured a very light staw color with a 3-finger white head which disappeared in minutes.

Smelled like wet cardboard.

Taste was of bitter hops. Thats about it. Very little malt, no hop flavor or aroma is detectable. Just enough bittering hops to make you want to keep drinking.

Thin, watery, and highly carbonated.

It is what it is. And for what it is (an adjunct lager) it is pretty damn good.

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