Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company

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752 Ratings
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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#46,529
Reviews:
223
Ratings:
752
pDev:
25.8%
 
 
Wants:
48
Gots:
134
Trade:
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Ratings: 752 |  Reviews: 223
Photo of Bear1964
3.4/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Buck89
3.36/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A clear pale straw color with a modest white head that promptly departed. Aroma was mostly modest notes of bread and corn. Clean tasting with a modest bready malt flavor that was balanced by a floral hop presence. Nothing earth shattering, but IMO better than most cheap AALs out there.

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Photo of aatazebeats
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of hophead37
2.74/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Buckeye55
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A Midwest staple back in the day. I do recall liking this one a good bit. Spent some time around Chicago and remember watching plenty of Cubs games in bars, that always seemed to have this one on special. A good average rated beer. GO CUBS, not really I'm a Bronx Bomber fan.

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Photo of brent516
4.18/5  rDev +47.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Love Old Style. Loved it for 45 years in fact. First heard about it in college from WLS 89 in Chicago.
I like lots of diffrrent beers, but there's nothing like slammin' a few OS's over summer barbecues or just shootin' the bull on a hot, humid August night.
Crisp, balanced, and brewed in God's country.
What more could you ask for?

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Photo of beersampler6
3.35/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is not too shabby at all! A nice easy drinking AAL which goes down very clean and crisp. Enjoyed a pint on draft at a local gastropub. Clean clear golden color with a little white head and no lacing. Smells of corn, grain, a little hoppiness and a good hit of malt. Taste follows the nose, but much cleaner than the usual AAL offerings. No skunkiness and no bitter aftertaste. Smooth thin mild mouthfeel, good carbonation. Definitely sessionable and would be great in the backyard during a BBQ or hot summer day. Reminds me a lot of PBR, which is no surprise.

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Photo of Bshaw22
2.78/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of steinhauser10
3.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KMcGrath
2.85/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of labisch
2.99/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is like a crisper less sweet PBR and it's everything I want it to be for the price.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
3.12/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of howieagle
4.57/5  rDev +61.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

I go out of my way to find it . Made only in Lacrosse Wisconsin.

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Photo of Vestlake
3.03/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Mpcronin
2/5  rDev -29.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of darkfalz
3.04/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I like cheap beers. While not the greatest it's not so terrible that I won't ever buy it again.

A light yellow color. Smell has a hint of skunkiness. However it is very easy to drink. Not overly carbonated and the taste is very light.

This is a good backyard cookout or after mowing the lawn beer. Also works great as a chaser.

While not my favorite, it has earned a spot in my regular beer fridge stock rotation.

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Photo of neckescaper
3.64/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Alchemistbbc
4.25/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Not a darn thing out of place with this. EASY drinking (yes, boring) beer. Smmovvvve. I mean, there’s not really a “nuanced” balance of flavors here, but who wants to struggle through a bunch of weird flavors? It doesn’t taste “bad” it tastes like an AAL. Will definitely drink again. Looks like this is physically brewed in LaCrosse, WI, although the P/O Box is Milwaukee & the name is owned by Pabst. Whatever, doesn’t really matter. Will drink the 12 just purchased, will purchase again.

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Photo of DrewSnyc667
3.08/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of tonyf315
4.12/5  rDev +45.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Photo of meanmutt
3.13/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of gatornation
3.55/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Had a pour of this today at soon to be closed Vadnais Inn, pours are only $1 here Typical AAL clear yellow color with corn and barley. mouth fell had slight crispness . For the style it good its an AAL would have again for sure.

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Photo of Chilmer
2.4/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of cardfan212
4.28/5  rDev +51.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Drank from a 12 ounce can. Scores based on the style.

Look - I love the Old Style crest, it just looks great. Also, unlike other AALs, the can isn't cluttered with a bunch of words. Instead, some nice etching drawing things are spread across the can and look really nice. I love this can.

Smell - A strong malt sweetness with some resiny hops hidden in there. For once, an AAL doesn't just smell like the adjuncts.

Taste - Sweet malts with a bit of corn bolstering in the beginning, a nicely bitter finish. Doesn't stick around too long, it's a quick taste. Rather balanced and enjoyable.

Feel - The usual thin body with an appropriately moderate carbonation. Drinks nice and easily.

Overall - My personal favorite macro lager. It's just a well-rounded beer that really has no bad aspects. Can sometimes be tough to find, but when you do find it, it is usually pretty cheap.

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Photo of Greasy
3/5  rDev +6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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Old Style from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.83 out of 5 with 752 ratings