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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

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of babaracas
3.07/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear straw with fast fading dense white head and spotty lacing. Smell: cereal grains, sweet malt, quite crisp (hops?). Taste: cereal grains, touch of alcohol, slight hop and dms. Mouthfeel: overly crisp and thin. Not bad for a cheap macro lager.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.41/5  rDev +36.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow, with a huge head of carbonation. Boasts of a large and detailed crown of lace, even. Delightful.

Nose is creamy and malty, very corn and barley-oriented. Hops presence is negligible at best. Fairly average.

Taste is sweet and adjunct but balanced. Very thin and easy to drink. Still, pretty well your typical adjunct lager, but a perfectly acceptable one.

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Photo of thekevlarkid
2.51/5  rDev +0.4%
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 Beejay
2.54/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A: Nice big white head. Very pale straw color. Crystal clear.

S: The smell is very light. A bit of a sweetness, some light grain and grass smells.

T: A touch of tartness, and some light grain notes. A little grass flavor, and overall watery with an odd aftertaste. There is almost a little bit of fusel flavor in there despite the low alcohol.

M: Watery, very high carbonation levels, almost unpleasantly active. The finish is certainly a little clingy.

O: Overall I am not impressed, lacks the characteristics better examples demonstrate.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.52/5  rDev +0.8%
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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Photo of hardy008
1.03/5  rDev -58.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pours a pale yellow color. There was a one finger head which disappeared quickly. The smell and taste are both somewhat musty with a lot of corn on the nose. It is thin and watery without much flavor or character. I don't know how anybody drinks this. It was free to me, so I didn't lose any money buying it.

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Photo of armock
1.4/5  rDev -44%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A - Poured a straw color with a white head that quickly goes away

S - Typical cheap macro bad grainy malt hint of alcohol

T - Of the macros that I've drank in the name of science this is one of the worst

M - No surprises here medium carbonation

D - I'll never drink this again not even on a dare this stuff it that bad there are better cheap as dirt beers out there

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
2.93/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Why Old Milwaukee Light is rated so high and this one isn't is beyond me. Anyways, 16 oz pounder poured into a glass for appearances' sake.

Appearance (3.5) : Dusty, fluffy white cap about 3 fingers tall, receding to a stout two fingers and staying there. Impressive. Body is typical pale straw colored with almost no opacity.

Aroma (3.5) : Sweet grain, musty barley, some corn, roses, and the faintest whiff of a ghost of a hop leaf. Typical lager smell, a bit more floral and clean than others.

Flavor (3.25) : Malt, buttered corn, cereal grains, faint ripe banana, more corn. Some 2-D hop going on, not exactly palatable but it's there. This one isn't too bad, it's not real great either.

Mouthfeel (3) : Carbonated, crisp, very faintly smooth but not enough to classify as smooth. On par for the style.

Overall (3.06) : Hey, it's not all that bad. It's a bottom shelf beer, sure, but I've had way way way way worse. For $8 a 12 pack, or $4 a 6 pack...it's a cheap beer and great with beef sticks (which I opted for as a combo, instead of buying a bar beer at $2 a pop while I went to waste $10 at the vid lot machine. Seemed much more economical to spend $4 on a six pack.)

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Photo of JISurfer
3.06/5  rDev +22.4%
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 JuicesFlowing
3.99/5  rDev +59.6%
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 mentor
2.76/5  rDev +10.4%
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 budgood1
3.07/5  rDev +22.8%
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 Drew966
1.58/5  rDev -36.8%
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 pootz
2.63/5  rDev +5.2%
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 soju6
2.7/5  rDev +8%
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 Mdog
2.94/5  rDev +17.6%
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 Phatz
2.5/5  rDev 0%
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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Photo of IntriqKen
1.3/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I need to finish this review fast because I can't finish the beer.
Pours a light golden yellow with a big white head that disppeared by the time I had turned around to close the refridgerator. No lacing.
Aroma is 'old man beer'...honest that is what I smelled...something very reminiscent of my dad and grandfather and the smell of beer at a ball game.
Taste is sweet cloying malts and corn. Nothing else
Somehow it manages to be both weak and watery leaving you wondering where the flavor is and sticky with an aftertaste that won't go away.
While the American Macro isn't one of my favorite style, this one is one of the worse I've tasted.

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Photo of granger10
1.42/5  rDev -43.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Very pale color with a fizzy head. Head is large and dies instantly. Smells cereal grainy with a touch of corn. More taste than many macros but the taste is downright bad. A very strong metallic flavor lies in there combined with an adjunct corn flake flavor. Once the corn flake flavor leaves, the metallic flavor dominates and lingers in the finish. Body is a touch fizzy but a bit more substantial than some in its category. Maybe this used to be good, but I got a headache after drinking this can. Terrible.

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Photo of pmcadamis
2.44/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Extremely clear and pale yellow brew that almost looks like perry in the glass. A one finger head rises and falls within the span of about three seconds. Absolutely no lace is left on the glass, and swirling produces nothing but a hissing sound like a pissed off snake. But, then again you aren't really supposed to see this stuff are you?

S - Corny and ricey with some vibrant fruit notes that are nice, but barely there.

T - Sweet and corny. I tend to dislike macro lagers that are sweeter, and I tend to like the ones that are tart and twangy...this one leans toward the sweet, but there is a nice hoppy taste in the finish that is more assertive than a lot of other macros. A big metallic flavor is really putting me off though... it tastes like a nickel.

M - Quenching and refreshing. Nice carbonation bite and a slightly dry finish and a really nice flavorful aftertaste.

D - Not bad. For cheapo shit-beer, Heileman's is about the best in the buisness....but they also make PBR and Stag, which are much better beers IMO, but I might buy this again....who knows.

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Photo of Squire123
2.59/5  rDev +3.6%
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 Frozensoul327
2.68/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not a special beer, but for the money, a good beer. Straw yellow color and odors of grain and alcohol. Short lived white head. Strong flavors of corn dominate this brew, with a watery finish. If you are a fan of the typical pabst brews, this one won't dissapoint.

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Photo of kingcrowing
2.66/5  rDev +6.4%
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 DaPeculierDane
3.45/5  rDev +38%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

$1.50 12 oz bottle at Old Fashioned in Madison, WI. Ugly new label tries to court nostalgic but ends up offending them. Pours light yellow with some bubbles and a nice white lacing. Ultra transparent. Smells like…not much. Maybe a little corn and some veggies but really not a whole lot. Smooth and creamy with almost no taste. There could be malt and/or hops in this beer but its difficult to tell. There could also be corn or rice but again, I can’t taste much of anything. Drinks well though. Goes right down. Tastes clean. No noticeable adjuncts at least. Not overly sweet or carbonated. Just perfectly balanced, balanced…on nothingness. I’ll take a PBR over this but it beets most of the other cheap swill out there.

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Photo of BeerBelcher
1.31/5  rDev -47.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I had a really tough time getting past the smell of this beer. It is just unpleasantly cereal-y and reminds me of everything I don't like about bad beer. Combine that with a rather unimpressive appearance and a light yet unpleasant cereal flavor, and you have yourself a real winner here...I'd rather have a Miller Lite any day.

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