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): 4.64%

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 garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Tastes like 1979. Grainy aroma and taste with a sharp carbonic bite. Fully cabonated with a very white cap and clear gold hay color. Light feel except for all the damn carbonation. Head settled down rather quickly.
Tastes very close to a Grain Belt Big Friendly (as this sample was also a 16oz can), but less sweet, which is a good thing overall. Hints of hops with a slightly green/grassy aroma and taste, but well into the background. Corn is rather subdued.
This is actually a pretty damn drinkable Am. lager.

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Photo of GrumpyGas
3.26/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Pale yellow clear bubbly body consumed directly from the 16oz can as it was designed.
Aroma is a lager yeast that is deeply ingrained in my DNA, but my nose still winces at it.
Flavor is carbonation bite and malt.
Mouthfeel is light and tingly.
I can only think of a push mower over 200 square feet of lawn in the sweltering heat of a Chicago July when I enjoy this.

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Photo of Gobearswalter34
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A classic that is a throwback favorite of mine. Its tough to beat this served on a hot day at Wrigley Field. Actually, one of the best macros up there with PBR and Moosehead for me.

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Photo of Jon_G
3.93/5  rDev +31.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

As Old Style recently switched back to their "Classic Can", I feel they've earned a review (as if it matters to them whether or not I review them).

I may be a little bit biased, as Old Style was always my grandpa's beer, and for a while my dad's. I always always a little bummed after they (hopefully it was a temporary thing) switched their can to the somewhat more "modern" look that Old Style was sporting for 7 or 8 years there, but it's back to the classic can which brings a touch of that nostalgia back -- but out of fairness, I'm trying to leave all bias at the door and review this beer for what it is -- an inexpensive macro beer.

A: 4.0/5 -- A pale to medium yellow beer. Healthy carbonation. Pearl white 1.5 finger foamy head that dissipates rather quickly. Very little lacing, what remains is soapy. Not a bad looking beer when comparing it to other beers of this variety.

S: 3.5/5 -- Sweet corn, maybe slightly roasted. Has a bit of rice to it. Actually does have some faint hop notes to it. This beer also does have a couple tinges of your standard adjunct scents -- a little tinny, a sweetness that's hard to pinpoint. Overall, fairly pleasant.

T: 4.0/5 -- Comparatively speaking, the taste really quite nice. Very bright initial flavor, strong rice punch that quickly fades into a small hop snappiness and finishes with a buttered corn taste. Very mellow lingering aftertaste, just a corn/rice/sweetness.

M: 4.5/5 -- This is what truly sets the beer apart, in my opinion. It's crazy refreshing. They actually found something of a yin-yang in this beer -- it has almost a watery like quenching feel to it lead by very subtle/light carbonation, but fades into a moderate dryness that makes you want another sip... like right now. It's super drinkable.

O: 4.0/5 -- This is the ultimate "working" beer. I almost can't imagine working on the car, mowing the lawn, working around the house without a few Old Styles. This beer probably is earning higher points than it may deserve, because I'm reviewing it compared to it's direct competition, the budget beer. I don't know if it's because I'm a Chicago native, or because it's something my pops and grandpa drank as I grew up, but for what this beer is, it's a front runner for me. If I had to choose between Old Style, High Life, Bud, Busch, and PBR -- the choice is extremely easy, and I don't think nostalgia has brainwashed me into making the easy choice.

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Photo of tucson_brewson
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

12-pack for $8.99, decided to try something other than PBR and Rolling Rock.

L - Pours a clear-as-day yellow with about an inch of head that remains. Very typical lager appearance.

S - Corn, wet grains, light malt, fresh cut grass, a little metallic, skunky sulfur, and slightly hoppy at the end.

T - Much like the smell, this has a classic bready malt flavor with a nice bitter bite of hops at the end. For what it's worth, it's actually a great-tasting beer, comparable or better than Miller Lite and PBR. Out of the can, you get more of the skunky hop flavor with a metallic tinge.

F - Light, crisp, high carbonation partially in thanks to their so-called "krausening" process, which adds more carbonation by adding beer to beer (huh?). I guess the beer that's added to the finished batch is fermented beer and then CO2 is captured into the liquid producing more bubbles. In other words, very drinkable, expect the beer belches. There's something to that special process that hits the spot.

O - Very impressed by this cheap lager. Best drank ice cold during a game. I like that they label it "Union made" and actually produce a halfway decent AAL. Good for you, Wisconsin/midwest.

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Photo of Bitterbill
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Can, best by January 2nd 2017.

Typical straw yellow colour? Minimal head of foam, short lasting

Corny grainy smell

Same for the taste but hells, I appreciate it for its simplicity and quaffability.

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Photo of Caveworm
3.65/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a pint glass, thod brew's head is three fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a clear medium gold body.

Smells pretty much like Busch Bavarian.

Tastes like an expired Busch.

Medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll give Old Style Premium a 3.75 rating. Not a brew I'd grab again, but it was for free.

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Photo of nicholas2121
3.82/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Old Style brewed by Pabst Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.72% This brews pours out a nice golden amber color with a nice white head. There is a nice amount of lacing to this brew. It sticks to the pint glass really well. The smell of Old Style is rich with corn, grains and malts. You also pick up on some hops in the smell of this brew. This brew has the look and smell of most American Adjunct Lagers on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, sweet with grains and malts. There is a lot of corn in this brew, an a bitterness. There is a lot of sweetness in the taste of this brew. I was hoping for something different but it is good. There is nothing overpowering about this brew, if you can get past the after taste. The month feel of Old Style is bold bitter sweet, and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Old Style , a 4 out of 5. I would drink this brew again. Pabst Brewing Company, did a decent job with this brew.

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Photo of Bito24
3.68/5  rDev +23.1%
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 +34.8%
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 +0.3%
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 -2.3%
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 -7.4%
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 +0.3%
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 +15.7%
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 -0.7%
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 +5.4%
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 +42.1%
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%
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 +6.7%
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 +22.4%
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%
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 +24.7%
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 +0.3%
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 +17.1%
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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