Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company

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Old StyleOld Style
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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
691
Reviews:
205
Avg:
2.99
pDev:
25.75%
 
 
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40
Gots:
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Photo of BellinghamBiker
2.49/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Prager62
3.35/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A twelve ounce can dated best by Jul 17/17 poured in a pint style glass.

Look- Pours a very transparent pale gold leaving a finger of soapy white foam behind. It settles in quick fashion yielding no lacing. Tiny carbonation bubbles can be seen surfacing through this uber clean liquid.

Smell- Wet corn flakes, grass, mild perfume and malt.

Taste- Grass, floral/perfume esters, malt and a pleasant hop bite in the finish.

Feel- Crisp, clean and light with a slightly bitter finish.

Overall- I haven't had one in years and I'm pleasantly surprised how good it is. It's clean and easy drinking feel is punctuated by a slight hop bitterness that offsets the malt. No overt corn flavor or sweetness. This reminds me more of Schlitz Gusto which I really enjoy. I may have to grab the occasional six pack when my palate is burned out from the heavy hitters.

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Photo of braican
2.39/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of MinerBob
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

The beer of "Better Call Saul" so I had to give it a try it's the typical lager not much to say about it it's crisp and clean with the regular lager look and feel. Every bit as good as Bud.

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Photo of dbrauneis
2.96/5  rDev -1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.82/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hophead98
3.91/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

one of my go to beer over the years.

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Photo of jscheuf
5/5  rDev +67.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sexmortus
3.78/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.32/5  rDev -22.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

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 Dools9
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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 FatRoz
2.76/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Wasted_Youth
2.79/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of beagleyx2
2.25/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Photo of atlbravsrno1
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of WCKDVBZ
3.05/5  rDev +2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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 miwestcoaster
3.29/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

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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