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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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2.89/5  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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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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2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Jack_H_91
3.59/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of daliandragon
2.91/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

I have drank this many times, always while slumming it through the midwest. It is classic macrononsense, and not very good, but somehow inoffensive (the pee yellow color is pitch perfect) and silly poundable. That is basically the word here.

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2.41/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Brief impressions from a can purchased as part of a sixer at a Mariano's supermarket in Chicago, IL for $4.99 USD:

Clear pale copper body with a thin white cap atop. Head retention is above average - ~3-4 minutes.

Aroma is grainy with a cheap bend, hitting on 6-row but also adjunct...corn not rice in this case methinks. A blip of grassy hop character brings a bit more balance to it judging by the aroma. I'm not getting any diacetyl, DMS, acetaldehyde, brettanomyces, or (even) metallic off-flavour. I dig the graininess and I'm looking forward to trying it. Aromatic intensity is average. Suggests a full-bodied beer with sufficient flavour.

Taste is simple and shallow, with a nice grainy emphasis helping to cover the obvious adjunct (corn, I'd say), malt extract, and cheap 6-row. Grassy hops (I'd wager Noble) bring a blip of balancing bitterness into the mix, but for the most part this is a sweet lager. Could be better attenuated, but it's inoffensive and approachable for what it is. Not the most intricate or balanced beer, but it boasts better (i.e. less worse) depth of flavour than many beers in the budget lager category.

Smooth, wet, unrefreshing, medium-bodied, crisp, overcarbonated. Not oily, gushed, hot, boozy, astringent, harsh, rough, or scratchy. But it's overly thick on the palate, flirting with a syrupy feel but not quite committing.

Old Style is an inoffensive lager with more body/less of a watery feel than many American adjunct lagers. It doesn't suffer from the syrupy sweet flavour observed in many of the budget beers (including, especially, malt liquors) it competes with, nor is there any overt off-flavour (not even the metallic note often found in budget canned beers). Within the budget beer category, Pabst's own Ballantine XXX would be my go-to, but comparing it more rigidly to other beers in the adjunct lager style, it's pretty middle-of-the-road, offering more balance and body at the expense of refreshment and drinkability. Schlitz Gusto is certainly preferable, as might be even Trader Joe's Simpler Times, but this is - for better or for worse - your typical expression of the American adjunct lager and I'd take it over many expressions thereof.

Not a bad ballpark, barbecue, or spicy pizza night brew, but it won't interest discerning drinkers and I doubt I'd willingly buy it again unless it was the only affordable option when out on the town.


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Photo of HabaJohn
2.35/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.13/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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2.49/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.75

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3.35/5  rDev +19.2%
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 -14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Photo of MinerBob
3.63/5  rDev +29.2%
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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2.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chuckdiesel24
2.82/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of hophead98
3.91/5  rDev +39.1%
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 +77.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of Sexmortus
3.78/5  rDev +34.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of iRun2Beer
2.32/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of garymuchow
3.64/5  rDev +29.5%
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 +16%
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 +25.6%
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 +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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