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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

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2.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of losthusker
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Sick of the Bud miller coors bs, but not in the craft mood either? This stuff right here is the antidote. Smells and tastes like the end of a long day, and a dimly lit neighborhood dive bar. Thankfully, this does not have the sickly sweet taste of PBR (which is kind of a concern because they do brew this) but rather leans toward bitter which is sort of how beer should be in my world anyway. Oh and it's savor-able cold, and poundable before it gets to warm. The quintessential working mans libation. Cheers!

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.05/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of Foxman27
2.81/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SaxmanRick
2.98/5  rDev +6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Photo of ChainGangGuy
2.87/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

16 ounce can - Charlie's Beer & Wine in Marietta, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours a crystal clear, light yellow-hued body with a fizzy, white head that steadily recedes to near nil.

Smell: Lightly grainy cereal nose with some scattered corny hints. With some warmth, a faroff hint of loose change retrieved from a car cupholder.

Taste: A light lingering graininess throughout, it never gets particularly sweet, though there's a slight corny muskiness about it. Minute bitterness. As it warms, it picks up some metallic, industrial-type tastes, so don't fiddle around with drinking this thing, people - cold and fast - don't do what I did and lose focus, goofing around with Spotify, playing with (Ohio) the dog and scoping out online recipes to determine the viability of making your own pickles. Again, cold and fast! Thinning, watery finish.

Mouthfeel: Thin-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Overall: All told, it's pretty bland (and once it warms, starts to become a bit bleagh), it does not beat my cheap-o beep-o option, Hamm's.

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Photo of WickedBeer
1.81/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Had to seize this opportunity, my first and maybe my only chance to drink like Franks Gallagher.

A wonderful carbonated piss yellow with frothy white head and thin lace. So far so good.

Typical light lager aromas of pale malts, slight bitterness, and corn. Super mellow, grainy.. I’m not even sure I know how to rate beers so 1-dimensional. But I love it. Not the beer, the experience.

Ahhh, yes. Imagine you ordered a club soda from the bar. You walk back to your table and don’t notice the drunken fellow walking toward you with a bottle of Natural Ice. He bumps into you, spilling a little bit of his beer into your glass. Unknowingly, you apologize and take a sip of your beer. Voila! You just tasted Old style! Sweet, corny, pale malts present, slightly tinny... delish.

The one consistently redeeming quality of light lagers. They’re crushable. Crisp, light, overly carbonated. Nothing more to add.

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Photo of blissfulNemo
2.55/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AyatollahGold
2.78/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of R11415
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of sparx1100
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of ADKbeerguy
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of SiepJones
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.58/5  rDev +27.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

I tried this one on draft, at a sandwich joint, while sniffing out graduate schools in the early 1990's in Illinois. Ended up going to Purdue, another story. But I wish this one, an Illinois favorite, was more widely distributed. Not as awful as some suggest. Good for what it is: a classic AAL

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Photo of tvenne
4/5  rDev +42.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Octoberist
3.28/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of NorthernMichiganLogan
3.43/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I got a canned 12 pack of this at my local grocery store in my quest to try all the "old school" beer brands that Pabst now owns. I'm a big fan of lagers, so I figured this was going to be at least drinkable. Poured into a pint style beer mug. Pours with a big thick soppy looking head. The beer itself is a dark yellow color. Maybe a little bit darker than most other lagers but still very typical. Left a little bit of lacing in the glass. The beer smells very very sweet. I can smell sweet fruit, corn, sugar, light hops, and mash. It's a very pleasant smell overall. The taste of the beer is nothing special. It's very typical of other lagers. Lots of corn, malt, bitterness with a light touch of hops. The first one I drank I thought the ending was a bit like a corn whisky taste. As I drank the second beer that feeling went away. I realized that the beer had a very sweet and smooth finish. Overall, this is an easy drinking beer that goes down very smooth. Very typical of these style of lagers. Nothing special, but very poundable on a hot summer day, and thats what it's all about.

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Photo of DoctorRobert1969
3.25/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

One of the better old school macros. Tastes like Chicago to me. Goes just fine with a dog or burger or nachos.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.76/5  rDev -1.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Woof. Pours a weak AAL/malt liquor like stale yellow appearance and creates a head around 1/4" that has no realistic retention. Aroma of like, not much. Some feint cereal corn pop.

Taste, woof again, not much here. Not a real off flavor, but just not a lot of flavor in the way of hops, malt or yeast. Its mostly watery and this is one of the lower carbonated ones. Corn is the big driver. Has a metallic edge to it that gets even more pronounced the warmer and flatter the beer gets. Drinking the end of these gets dare worthy. Some mild sweetness from the corn usage methinks.

Ultimately its the Midwest cheap option american adjunct lager. That's what it is, and that is what it does. I got no expectations, much like the Rolling Stones said. Let's drink one at a sporting event Dr. Carroll.

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Photo of PatrickCT
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This has been on my list for a while. Thanks to Joe for making dreams come true. Old Style is exactly what one would expect. However, it is in the top tier of AAL's, right up there with Narragansett and Coors. Peace out, Grabowski's.

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2.89/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of LucMcD17
3.41/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Hackattack
2.75/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

This is not that bad...what do you expect for an adjunct? It IS better than most in that class for sure.

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Photo of Ri0
2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of acurtis
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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