Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company

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70
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687 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.

Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 09-11-2001

BEER STATS
Ratings:
687
Reviews:
203
Avg:
2.99
pDev:
25.75%
 
 
Wants:
40
Gots:
115
For Trade:
1
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Photo of bigchiquilin
2.57/5  rDev -14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TangoJuliet
2.84/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerDocT
2.97/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Saw a four pack of 16 oz cans of these and could not resist. Haven't seen these since I was in Chicago many years ago.

Appearance 3.0: Pours out a translucent yellowish gold. Poor head and lacing.

Smell 2.75: Smells like a macro lager. Little more to distinguish it than that.

Taste 3.0: Front is slightly sweet. Middle is slightly yeasty and somewhat vaguely sweet. Finish is pleasant enough with a slight stone fruit taste. Just joking! It tastes like an old-fashioned, boiled veggie lager. Aftertaste is not that bad, with hints of bubblegum and creamed corn.

Mouthfeel 3.25: Watery, but not that bad. Not that special, either.

Overall 3.0: Not that bad. A reliable macro lager that you can pound one after the other and get blitzed out of your mind, or enjoy with a spicy meal, or use it for some type of cleanser. I don't know. It's a good, reliable American lager. Great with hockey, football and fatty foods. If you drink too many you may find yourself digging out your old Loverboy LPs and wanting to grow a mullet. I enjoyed my 4 pack!

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Photo of brewmudgeon
3.15/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

exceedingly transparent yellow with a frothy white head proportionate to how violently it fell into the glass, with four fingers' worth being a district possibility. a ring is left to show for the initial display along with widely scattered dabs of foam (can't properly be called lace) on the sides of the glass.

the aromatics are old cigarettes, corn and cheap white bread that was thrown away yesterday after a picnic, and an old bar without windows, so definitely above average.

taste is where things arguably turn into a bit of a letdown, though not horribly so. the flavor pedal has imagined eggshells beneath, and it seems like someone was afraid to let anything hang out. maybe it started with more and then got stripped somehow, like the performers at one of the types of bars this beer smells like. in any case (and the cases of this are stuffed with 30 cans), it goes down quite willingly and easily, again arguably inviting colorful comparisons.

amazingly, it is not a "light"beer although it feels lighter than water at times. that means the punch is more powerful than the initial impact would suggest, and caution may be needed. there is apparently some controversy over whether the revival of fully krauesened (sp?) Old Style continues or was silently dropped somewhere along the way. if anyone has solid evidence one way or the other, i'd appreciate a beermail about it.

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Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.59/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
2.5/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of aussiebeer
2/5  rDev -33.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Josholson666
3.5/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of EricLiverpool
4.25/5  rDev +42.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Good beer, especially for the price. A bit on the lighter mouthfeel side, but an overall good example of an American lager. Don't be afraid to buy a beer just because it's not expensive.

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Photo of firkingroovin
3.18/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of sweemzander
1.5/5  rDev -49.8%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Matthew_Phoenix
2.26/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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

Photo of hozersr
3.27/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of johnklotter
3.76/5  rDev +25.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

Photo of DrJones
2.75/5  rDev -8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

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

Photo of Waveoff
3.63/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of JohnnyHopps
2.99/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Appearance – It is yellow with a white head

Smell – It smells like the aroma of a dive bar, musty and Earthy.

Taste – One really understands cereal grains after drinking this adjunct lager. This is grain forward with modest Earthiness and sweetness. All tastes a fairly faded by choice. It is like a lager with the taste mute button activated.

Mouthfeel – The carbonation is high enough to brush away the cereal grains.

Overall – It is a cheap beer for mass consumption. Also, it is a beer for grandparents since it lacks taste like nursing home food. Even in the world of adjunct lagers, this is low.

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Photo of XmnwildX12
1/5  rDev -66.6%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Photo of bowzer4birdie
2.53/5  rDev -15.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of calais8587
2.74/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of BrianLC1990
3.46/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Jcrampton94
3.53/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Style from Pabst Brewing Company
2.99 out of 5 based on 687 ratings.
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