Old Style
Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Lager - Adjunct
Ranked #130
Ranked #30,780
2.85 | pDev: 25.96%
May 21, 2022
Sep 11, 2001
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Notes: 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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3.43 by Lucnifter from California on May 21, 2022
2.76 by eluvah from New York on May 18, 2022
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2.98/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by cyclonece09 from Wisconsin

Poured from a can into a pint glass. Pours straw yellow with a fluffy white head. Smells of cereal grain, not much else. Tastes of plain cereal grain. Beer is light bodied and easy drinking, good carbonation. Overall, an average beer.

Apr 25, 2022
2.83 by CisPiece88 from Nebraska on Apr 07, 2022
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2.64/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75
by jimmah120 from Minnesota

12oz can

Looks beautiful, clear, golden, commercial beer. Smells like corn and garbage can. Tastes like PBR-lite, just very mild corn, garbage juice, playdoh, and hops, in that order

Feb 01, 2022
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1/5  rDev -64.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by lagrluvr

Really, this is a zero beer. It's all gmo ADM corn and nothing else but nostalgic memories of midwestern fatsos who don't know what real lager beer actually is. hint: it's not this swill. This is cornfield garbage juice in a can. Loserville

Jan 20, 2022
3.79 by superwho24 from Arkansas on Jan 16, 2022
3.4 by TwilightBeerCareer from Illinois on Nov 06, 2021
2.71 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Oct 23, 2021
3.21 by Raime from Korea (North) on Sep 11, 2021
3.67 by Luscious_Malfoy from Illinois on Aug 13, 2021
3.64 by Hefsbeercaps from Ohio on Aug 11, 2021
2.89 by zoolou from Iowa on Jul 29, 2021
3.25 by MatthewJW from Wisconsin on Jul 19, 2021
3.73 by Phoodcritic from Michigan on Apr 10, 2021
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3.92/5  rDev +37.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.25
by Caldwan123 from Iowa

All around a solid beer as the description of the beer gives that they use the double fermentation process. A drinker can tell that there is the additional richness. Reminiscent of imported German beer. for 9 bucks a 12 pack bottles or 30 pack cans for 15 are actually a solid been. I am having an issue finding Old Style Light but that is also good.

Apr 01, 2021
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3.54/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

This is a fairly good bargain beer for filling a summertime cooler.
Taste is not unlike that of most AAL's but a bit more body and no real bad aftertaste.
It's a beer you buy for the price, not the taste.

Feb 17, 2021
3.25 by AndrewFord666 from Illinois on Feb 05, 2021
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3.3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3
by BourbonForBeer from Illinois

Good/ solid / summer crusher. Great for fishing, outside, and yelling at baseball games.

Jan 18, 2021
2.83 by Carl_R from Oklahoma on Jan 07, 2021
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3.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
by TedHead from Illinois

Pours a standard gold with a a fluffy head. It smells like wet grain with not much hop scent other than a slightly bitter and spicy finish. The taste is surprisingly better than most macro's and has a solid malt character that's backed by enough hoppy bitterness to keep it from being too sweet. Overall much better than other popular lagers in my opinion.

Jan 03, 2021
2.19 by BeerBeast from Florida on Oct 15, 2020
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3.58/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5
by jkblr from Indiana

12oz can stamped AUG 1720 (sampled three days before) poured into a pint glass at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright light straw yellow with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles leaving a few spots of lacing. The aroma is faint with yeast and dusty grain. The taste is barely sweet, barely tart grain with a barely bitter, movie theater popcorn butter finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with above average carbonation and a mostly dry finish. Overall, ok AAL. Drinkable now, but might have been much better several months ago fresh. Not as sweet as Pabst, more nuetral.

Aug 14, 2020
3.73 by tristanrussell36 from Illinois on Apr 29, 2020
5 by henry_lansing from Illinois on Mar 30, 2020
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1.28/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
by GelloPudding

Something worse than Pabst? Yes, this is it.

Mar 20, 2020
3.58 by SargeC from California on Jan 20, 2020
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3.44/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by backintime

Once deemed as 'Chicagoland's finest beer' Old Style was the beer of the Chicago Cubs for many years. This beer can be found in different places throughout the Midwest in 30 packs or less. I've only had this in cans and have never seen a bottle. Would love to try it on tap. I've noticed in some cans you will get a heavier bready/yeast smell than others. I do like the bready smell which makes me think of a bakery. The lacing is mid to none, but the taste will be basically the same which is corn, malt, and just a little morsel of hop. Overall, Old Style is very easy to go down and a good choice if available.

Jan 02, 2020
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1.12/5  rDev -60.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25
by ASKasten

If you want cheap, bottom of the barrel, and/or something to drink when you’ve lost your tastebuds then this is for you.

FYI this beer’s origin is Chicago, not California. So drink it for nostalgic purposes, not for taste.

Dec 27, 2019
3.31 by JustLikeMyDad from Michigan on Nov 03, 2019
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3.82/5  rDev +34%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75
by Sip_n_Slam from Minnesota

God, what a beer. For much less than the price of your run of the mill AALs, this over delivers with a creamy mid-palate (due to double fermentation), doughy adjunct character, and just the perfect amount of hops (or maybe that tangy corn bite) to keep it refreshing and inviting of another or three. Only have access to cans where I am but can't wait to try from glass and tap. Cheers.

Oct 19, 2019
2 by JimboBrews54 from Michigan on Sep 30, 2019
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2.39/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
by RichardWeed from Illinois

This is the beer we drank as kids in Maryland in the late 70's. You got thirty six bottles for the price of 24. It was netter than Red, White and Blue. Barel, but it did what we needed it to do. You and two friends could get in trouble with your parent or parents depending on your home life for less than $10.00. What is better than that when you are twelve?

Sep 22, 2019
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3.52/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by HeyBeardMon from Michigan

Its basically PBR in a different can. Its not bad. I can't find it in Michigan so I assume they don't sell it here.

Jul 22, 2019
3 by DFred from California on Jul 06, 2019
3.26 by Jarlfonzie from Illinois on Jun 16, 2019
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2.26/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25
by Brook82 from Ohio

Had some after many years and it will be many more years until my next one. Little aroma, quick vanishing head, high carbonation. A bit watery feel, taste was shallow, unoffensive, perfect for slamming one after another on a hot day. Lacks any hop character or aftertaste. It's your run of the mill AAL, nothing more, nothing less.

Jun 15, 2019
3.15 by DougT from Ohio on Jun 15, 2019
2.75 by craigbelly from Iowa on Jun 15, 2019
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