Old Milwaukee Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

Old Milwaukee BeerOld Milwaukee Beer
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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

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

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Ratings: 807 |  Reviews: 260
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1/5  rDev -57.1%

Photo of Sellen
1/5  rDev -57.1%

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +71.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a shaker pint glass.

A clear golden colored body with a lot of rising bubbles. A white fizzy head disappears quickly. No lacing.

The aroma is slightly metallic, with notes of corn and cereal grains.

Thankfully, the taste is slightly better than the aroma. Slightly metallic, maybe a hint of corn adjuncts. Not much else.

Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated.

Overall, I rated this in comparison with other adjunct lagers, and quite frankly this beer tastes as clean and refreshing as all the others at a cheaper price. This will be my cheap go-to beer when needed.

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Photo of freewill35
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%

Photo of Phigg1102
2.55/5  rDev +9.4%

Photo of JISurfer
3.06/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I had this beast out of a 40oz bottle. I was drinking it during one of Radford's infamous "card games" that they play to get wasted. I actually did get to critique this beer, so all was not wasted. the appearance wasn't mind bending, like the WWStout that I divulged myself in earlier, but it was nice. Straw colored with a frothy white head. The smell was of citrusy and corn proportions. The taste was similar, but not too strong. All in all a good cheap one.

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Photo of MinorThreat
2/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of generallee
3/5  rDev +28.8%

Photo of polopaul20
1.25/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of pootz
2.63/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

The sample I tasted came from a Canadian Pabst franchised brewer; Sleemans of Guelph Ontario. If you know Sleemans, they make some of the best mega Canuck brews going; Sleemans cream ale and steam lager. The key to their meteoric success is quality control and uncompromising standards in ingredients.
This OM tasted reminisant of the ones I've tasted in the US but there was a distinct difference....this had taste and was at Canuck strenght - 5%. I'm not saying I like the taste of corn and alcohol in beer but this beer certain had flavor that it's US counter parts didn't.

It poured a medium yellow color with a good head that lasted through half the glass. The aroma was punctuated with cooked corn and CO2 with just a slight hint of hop. The taste was light with the corn overpowering the hops 10-1 and the malt 5-1, a distinct sharp alcohol finish. Not unpleasant but certainly there are better beers.

This is marketed as a cost reduced beer in a Canadian market where you pay $38 for a 24 flat of premuim mega beer. OW costs $30. Certainly a good enough beer and value for thirsty beer drinking Canucks.

Sleemans did this beer the best it has probably ever been done just as they did Blue Ribbon. This offering was a testament to Sleeman's QC and not neccesarily the original OM recipe

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Photo of SLeffler27
1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of Mdog
2.94/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light yellow, initially decent head that fades out.

Smell: Moderate corn aroma.

Taste: Mild sweet corn, a little bit of bitterness to keep it from being too sweet.

Mouthfeel: Somewhat heavy feel for a cheap lager.

Drinkability: The sweetness and (relative) heft knocks this down a little.

Picked up a cheap 12 pack for a campout. This was a family friend's #1 and only beer when I was growing up. It's not too bad for a "sub-premium" lager.

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Photo of Squire123
2.59/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Small beer in a tall can.

Years ago this brand was a cut above average. Alas, it's light has dimmed. Not the worst AAL out there, just no longer the stand out it was 40 years ago when it placed first in a blind tasting I hosted. Light color, light tasting, fizzy basic beer that will get the job done when there's nothing better around.

Buy it if you're ticking through the AALs, otherwise leave it on the shelf as there are better ones in the price range.

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Photo of mpalestino
1.75/5  rDev -24.9%

Photo of mentor
2.76/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can obtained in a bunch of stuff given to me for volunteering for 2005 GABF. Reviewed from detailed notes taken a week ago. Stamp on the can reads 12125 D80359. Pours a one finger sticky white head over a plae straw colored liquid. Crystal clear. Smells of corn, mild sweet, and some dark hops. Tastes thin and mild. A hint of sour and iron. Floral hops in the aftertaste are weak and easy on the tongue. Corn and cardboard are other main players. Light body and md carbonation. Hurray!, a macro where carbonation isn't a dominant flavor. Scored to style, not my preferences.

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Photo of Drew966
1.58/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Old Milwaukee Beer pours a very pale yellow with an enormous white head from a sixteen ounce can. The aroma starts out being sweet but then something chemical seems to pop up to the front. Bland, grainy, and unfortunately a chemical taste too. I have bad memories of this beer as a youth, instant hangover no matter how little imbibed. Avoid.

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Photo of budgood1
3.07/5  rDev +31.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

old mil has a bit more body and character than typical mass produced lagers....it doesn't have that awful adjunt odor and has some malt body and a bit of restrained hop flavor...it goes down well and i'd rather drink it straight out of the bottle rather than pour it into a glass. all that said.....reviewing american lagers is boring and more time should be spent pounding them rather than reviewing them so i'm off to do my duty.

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Photo of Shawner
2.25/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ffshore545
3.33/5  rDev +42.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of FBarber
2.37/5  rDev +1.7%
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 soju6
2.7/5  rDev +15.9%
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 Abbbp
2/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of lucasj82
2/5  rDev -14.2%

Photo of DaveMiller
1.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of Phatz
2.5/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Nothing interesting or special American Macro Lager. It is just like the rest of 'em... Pours an apple juice color. A musty malt characteristic in the smell and taste and clear evidence of the adjuncts (grain). The hop characteristic is minimal but present. This is an average Macro. But the Average macro is pretty poor so ... Ice cold, after a long day of yard work and it maybe an acceptable choice but WHY?

Hope this is helpful.

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Old Milwaukee Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 4.6% out of 100 with 807 ratings
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