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Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company

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Old StyleOld Style

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.72%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally called Golden Leaf Lager in the 1890’s, Old Style first appeared in local stores in 1902 and quickly became one of the region’s most widely enjoyed beers. It’s heritage and popularity are proudly displayed throughout Wisconsin and Illinois — one can’t go far without seeing a historically protected Old Style sign hanging on the side of a barn or in a tavern window.

Old Style first crossed state lines into Illinois to capitalize nationwide bottlers strike and subsequent product rationing by the competition. It wasn’t long before Old Style became Chicago’s beer – served from the North Side to the South Side and everywhere in between. Being accepted as a true local, Old Style began sponsoring the Chicago Cubs in 1950. With Old Style still being served at Wrigley Field today, the partnership is one of longest standing in the country.

In 2009, Old Style revived the centuries-old German brewing tradition called “Kraeusening.” This double fermentation process increases carbonation and richness, ultimately leading to a better tasting beer that has since been won medals at the Great American Beer Festival and World Beer Cup.

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Photo of Bito24
3.68/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

I just retired and have been going back to my roots and trying beers from "back in the day". Pabst, Black Label, Genny Cream, Gansett etc. With all the new rages in brewing, lager get treated like poor second cousins to the IPA's, Micros and the like. Well ladies, a good lager can stand toe to toe with any other. And Old Style is near the top of the list. Nice fall feel, great taste and nice finish. So you wheat drinking snobs, take off you skirt, put your jeans on and reintroduce yourself to a real beer

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Photo of ordybill
4.03/5  rDev +35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 OZ can into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear light yellow color with a medium sized white head. The aroma is grain and corn. The taste is surprisingly good, made up of malt and grains. Overall, an excellent lager.

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Photo of OldStyle29
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a 12oz mug.

L- Light golden in color, not to much head after being poured.
S- Hints of corn/grain in the aroma, nothing besides that really stood out.
T- Smooth taste that's a bit weak. No harsh aftertaste.
F- Not a bad beer for a party or if you happen to be at a ball game. Average beer that I doubt many would object to.

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Photo of emerge077
2.92/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

20 oz. plastic cup at Wrigley, thanks Aaron!

Pale gold, thin skim of foam and some lacing as it's sipped.
Aroma is swilly, wet grains with that unmistakeable lager yeast tang.
Taste has a light bite, fairly tasteless with wisps of cereal grain.
Crisp finish, somewhat watery feel. Overall it's average to below average.
Still a classic staple of Chicago nostalgia, memories of dive bars, backyard bbq's, Cubs games etc.

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Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.77/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a nice yellow color upon pour with a foamy head that fades pretty fast. Taste is of grain and corn. Overall feel is light and easy to drink on a really hot day or watching a game. As far as commercial beers go this is my go to over the others, if you want an easy to drink simple beer for a hot afternoon this is not so bad. I prefer from a keg when it can be found just a personal like but to me has better taste than from can/bottle.

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Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear golden yellow.

Sweet corn and lightly toasted grains.

Corn and grainy sweetness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a crisp and refreshing lager. Great for a baseball game.

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Photo of mlockman
3.46/5  rDev +16.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Infinitely better than the alternative macro beers on draft; light enough to be refreshing but much more flavorful than Bud Light and preferable in flavor to even 312 wheat in my opinion. Then again, I might be slightly biased by the fact that the first time I had this beer was at Wrigley Field.

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Photo of BeerDocT
2.97/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Saw a four pack of 16 oz cans of these and could not resist. Haven't seen these since I was in Chicago many years ago.

Appearance 3.0: Pours out a translucent yellowish gold. Poor head and lacing.

Smell 2.75: Smells like a macro lager. Little more to distinguish it than that.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet. Middle is slightly yeasty and somewhat vaguely sweet. Finish is pleasant enough with a slight stone fruit taste. Just joking! It tastes like an old-fashioned, boiled veggie lager. Aftertaste is not that bad, with hints of bubblegum and creamed corn.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Watery, but not that bad. Not that special, either.

Overall 3.0: Not that bad. A reliable macro lager that you can pound one after the other and get blitzed out of your mind, or enjoy with a spicy meal, or use it for some type of cleanser. I don't know. It's a good, reliable American lager. Great with hockey, football and fatty foods. If you drink too many you may find yourself digging out your old Loverboy LPs and wanting to grow a mullet. I enjoyed my 4 pack!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.15/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

exceedingly transparent yellow with a frothy white head proportionate to how violently it fell into the glass, with four fingers' worth being a district possibility. a ring is left to show for the initial display along with widely scattered dabs of foam (can't properly be called lace) on the sides of the glass.

the aromatics are old cigarettes, corn and cheap white bread that was thrown away yesterday after a picnic, and an old bar without windows, so definitely above average.

taste is where things arguably turn into a bit of a letdown, though not horribly so. the flavor pedal has imagined eggshells beneath, and it seems like someone was afraid to let anything hang out. maybe it started with more and then got stripped somehow, like the performers at one of the types of bars this beer smells like. in any case (and the cases of this are stuffed with 30 cans), it goes down quite willingly and easily, again arguably inviting colorful comparisons.

amazingly, it is not a "light"beer although it feels lighter than water at times. that means the punch is more powerful than the initial impact would suggest, and caution may be needed. there is apparently some controversy over whether the revival of fully krauesened (sp?) Old Style continues or was silently dropped somewhere along the way. if anyone has solid evidence one way or the other, i'd appreciate a beermail about it.

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Photo of EricLiverpool
4.25/5  rDev +43.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, especially for the price. A bit on the lighter mouthfeel side, but an overall good example of an American lager. Don't be afraid to buy a beer just because it's not expensive.

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Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.99/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance – It is yellow with a white head

Smell – It smells like the aroma of a dive bar, musty and Earthy.

Taste – One really understands cereal grains after drinking this adjunct lager. This is grain forward with modest Earthiness and sweetness. All tastes a fairly faded by choice. It is like a lager with the taste mute button activated.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is high enough to brush away the cereal grains.

Overall – It is a cheap beer for mass consumption. Also, it is a beer for grandparents since it lacks taste like nursing home food. Even in the world of adjunct lagers, this is low.

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Photo of bwood06
3.19/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12 oz brown bottle into Pilsner Glass

A - Straw in color, almost golden. Clear. Fast rising carbonation. Tall, frothy, white head that dissipates moderately quickly. Top of head has a cotton candy-like appearance to it. 3.25/5

S - White bread and light grains. Maybe some rice and corn. Herbal hops. Simple aroma that fits the bill for this style. 3/5

T - Main tasting note is of light grains. Perhaps a bit of rice. Slight spiciness up front. Light bitterness on the back end from seemingly herbal hops. No off flavors to speak of. Simple and well executed adjunct lager. 3.25/5

M - Somewhat creamy up front transitioning to bubbly carbonation. Very crisp and clean. No real drying astringency. Light body but creaminess brings it a slightly heavier body than most beers of this style. 3.25/5

O - Simple and straightforward lager. Perfect drinking with a meal or having one on its own while watching a ballgame. Nothing surprising or shocking to speak of, just a simple and well executed lager. 3.25/5

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Photo of PhilHeinricke
3.66/5  rDev +23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Surprisingly Good

This is being marketed as Chicago's Beer since 1902. After a long day of crunching numbers and reviewing financial reports, I knew I needed something to take the edge off. On the way back to the hotel I slipped into a 7-11. They had the standard Bud, Miller, Corona and a couple of IPAs which I love, but I saw this. I figured when in Chicago, drink as Chicagoans drink. Plus it's pretty cheap.

I didn't expect much. I thought it might taste like tin. It's cheap. It's made by Pabst. I mean, come on. But it's great. I'm drinking the second can right now. It's has that beautiful uriny color. The smell is not too fabulous. But it has a great lager taste not too strong. So I'm going to cut this review short and relax, watch the daily news and drink this surprisingly tasty beer.


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Photo of ONUMello
3.02/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

12oz can best by 8/3/15 poured into a pint glass
A: Pale transparent yellow with a one-finger head that quickly settles
S: Mixed grains, some wheat, a hint of spice and hops
T: Typical adjunct. Corn, grain, simple & light
M: Light, crisp, refreshing, light carbonation
O: An easy one to enjoy on a hot day. Not a lot going yet somehow pleasing to drink

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Photo of ValpoExpo
3.73/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A very solid "cheap" beer from Pabst. I live in Ohio and Old Style is not regularly distributed here, so whenever I can get my hands on an Old Style I am more than pumped. Great flavor, awesome can and reasonable price. $6.99 for sixer of pint cans

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Photo of Foyle
3/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On tap in pint glass.

Appearance: standard light lager appearance-- clear pale straw, thin white head, scant lacing, plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: some corn and lightly toasted barley
Mouthfeel: light, crisp, refreshing
Flavor: light barley sweetness, plenty of corn, maybe a tiny bit of hop bitterness
Overall: it is what it is. It paired well with my burger and fries. Not exciting, but not offensive in any way.

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Photo of BeerWithMike
3.5/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sampled this evening on 4/1/15. Comes in a 16 ounce can and a 6-pack was $6.89 that I bought today. First time I ever tried this old-time brew. From the "G. Heileman Brewing Company in Milwaukee, Wisconsin" on the side of the can. Can chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured in to a vintage thumb-print handled-glass stein.

Brew pours a straw-yellow in color with a thin white head. A decent amount of lacing is seen when sipped that stuck to the sides of the glass. The aroma is of some yeast and grassy hops. Pretty much is said for the taste also. Goes down easy and a semi-dry finish. No harsh or bitter aftertaste. Lighter-bodied with good carbonation. Overall, I actually liked this one as I never had it before. Refreshing and would be even better for the warmer months.

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Photo of priwen
3.63/5  rDev +22.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Very light straw appearance. Crystal clear. Thin, white head. Shows very good carbonation. Bready aroma with some grassy hops. Mild taste with a little bitterness from the hops. Watery mouthfeel. Semi-dry finish. Smooth. Refreshing. Overall, a decent beer. Nothing special about it, but at the same time there is nothing off-putting about it either. Enjoyable. Good one for hot weather.

12 oz can
Best by: May 11 15
Served in a Pilsner glass

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Photo of WestmontStorm
2.29/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I was raised on the Southside of Chicago. In high school, in the 80s, this was THE brew. I didn't know any better and I loved it. Nothing tastier on a hot summer day than one of those ice cold little round bottles. Dare to dream. Now I'm old and can afford better beer and I buy better beer. Every now and then I have an Old Style and I'm young and stupid again.

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Photo of BeerRunner
3.41/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The look of the beer is pretty good for the style(no pun intended). The main reason I enjoy this beer is the location and circumstance under which I am drinking it. It is almost always in Chicago at Wrigley Field. How could you not enjoy almost any beer on a nice day at Wrigley? So, yeah, the beer isn't that great, but the beer and the experience together take it up a couple notches!

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.87/5  rDev +30.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I remember being introduced to this beer at a friend's house. Said friend said, "this beer is the beer I keep telling my friends to try, but they just won't. And the ones that do, they're converts." Well, so was I. So I finally found it again in my area and here we are.

Just so we're clear - this beer is a fantastic brew, but it feels weird reviewing it. One should honestly just drink it without thought...but I digress.

Serving style : 12 oz bottle poured into glass

Appearance (3) : A pale blonde color with a fluffy one finger head, receding quickly to a ring. Bubbles line the surface of the glass.

Smell (4) : A hint of maple syrup, some sweet roasted corn, some oats, fresh grass, and a little orange. I'm serious, this is a pretty knock-out-of-the-park smell for this type of beer.

Taste (4.25) : Carbonation hits first with a smooth oat lager taste. Within the body are soft corn notes, some wheat, dried and toasted grain, and an orange sweetness. A damp, soft blanket of smooth and fruity grain lies underneath. The finish is simply sweet and refreshing. A top notch taste in an American adjunct lager.

Mouthfeel (3.5) : Heavily carbonated, which is normal for the style. Finishes almost perfectly semi-dry.

Overall : I didn't think pouring this one would help much, but it actually did. I can't speak for others but Old Style is one of my top favorite lagers bar none. It's miles above PBR, and rivals my current favorite Hauenstein. These beers are both cheap (Hauenstein and Old Style), and I can't imagine finding a better lager for the price. Do yourself a favor and try this beer - if you can find it.

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Photo of SteveJeremy
3.75/5  rDev +26.3%

With my father condemning Old Style as "the worst beer ever made" and referring to it as "Dog Style" since I was a kid, I was skeptical about the quality of the beer. However, my father - who holds Miller Lite and Coors Light as his go-to brews - and I drastically differ with our beer tastes, so I was considering that as I popped the tab on the can of Old Style.

Given the price and the ubiquity of this brand, you can't expect the style and complexity of craft beers. Yet Old Style is a healthier, heavier-body brew, not too watery, not too grainy, and not too reliant on one particular bitter or unappetizing flavor. It has a light drinkability to it and favorable qualities that make it a solid beer all around.

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Photo of Beric
3.25/5  rDev +9.4%

Serving: 24oz can into pint
Served: 19 August 2014

Appearance: 3.25/5. Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with massive carbonation streaming up from the bottom constantly. Head kind of looks like dish soap, and dies pretty quickly. No lacing.

Smell: 3.25/5. Sweet and grainy, with no off flavors or notable notes to speak of. Smells like 'beer'.

Taste: 3.25/5. Again, very standard American beer flavor- lots of sweet grains, no bitterness to speak of, no hop or assertive malt notes.

Mouthfeel: 3.75/5. Lively, high carbonation makes this one extremely quaffable, as you would desire for this style.

Overall: 3/5. I tried this because it was one of my grandpa's favorites and I grew up new Chicago so I figured I had to by mere association. Glad I tried it, but I probably won't feel the need to ever have one again.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
5/5  rDev +68.4%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Old style beer is a Chicago staple and basic lager. The price for 6 pack of pounders is 4.50. For inexpensive lager a 5 !

Appearance: light yellow with small carbonation.

Smell : like a American style like corn and grains.

Taste: old style has a taste of light grains with some small malt to it.The end of the taste you get a small bit at the end. Nice crisp dry finish makes you want to drank more . For the price is a great beer !

Mouthfeel: light to medium mouthfeel

Overall : Old style is good lager with more taste then 85 percent of lagers on market. Old style beats out High life, modello , Bud ice, Busch , Natural Ice and all of light beers on the market.

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Photo of TX-Badger
2/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a light golden color with white head. Cereal grains on the nose; follows onto the palate. Light bodied. Finishes with more cereal grains. One dimensional.

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