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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): 4.72%

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.

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Photo of boilermakerbrew
2.75/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

$5 pitcher at Harry's in West Lafayette.

This is the Cubs' beer, so as a Reds fan, it's everything I despise. That being said, if you're looking for an adjunct lager to drink, it's not bad. Appearance is typical AAL....light golden, little head retention, and little lacing. Smell is all rice and other adjunct grains. Taste is pretty smooth, light, and all adjuncts. Nothing terrific here as far as cheap, shitty beers go, but better than Coors or Miller.

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Photo of TTAmod
3.42/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. can poured into pint glass.

This one is a midwest classic!

A: Clear yellow liquid and a thick, white head. Plenty of carbonation.

S: Honestly hard to get much of a smell out of it. A bit of grain and cereal.

T: Taste is thankfully better. Not offensive at all. Some cereal, grain husks, little bit of hop bite and some malts. When I'm drinking AALs, I'm looking for beers that are not offensive rather than groundbreaking, amazing taste. Many macros are just horrible, so the further away from horrible, the better.

M: Mouthfeel is actually thicker than you'd think.

O: There's something about this beer that makes it better than many other macros. Maybe it's the mouthfeel? Maybe it's the pleasant taste?

Go into any small town pub and you'll find Old Style in every one. A classic to have while chilling out and watching a football game or while at the ball park enjoying a hot dog.

One of the better macros out there.

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Photo of Shibbykaiyai
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Nothing says summer baseball more than a can of Old Style. The beer is horrible on tap...and that is because that isn't the way that this beer is supposed to be served.

And for a non craft beer, it actually isn not all that bad. Taste is decent, goes down well, and is an easy beer to drink.

A very good summer beer. I would imagine most persons who are consulting beeradvocate might choose to go with a more expensive or refined beer, but for an American Style lager, it's pretty good.

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Photo of secondtooth
3.35/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear, clean pale yellow in my glass, with a sizeable head of foam and only a hint of lace.

Nose is creamed corn with yeast. Mostly sweet and adjunct in feel.

Taste is creamy and sweetly malty, with a definite lack of hops presence. Really, a typical adjunct, though with much more flavor and character than it's big brother, PBR, or the bigger boys. A step above the aforementioned, but not outstanding.

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Photo of brewyou2
3.55/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

What can I say, it beats the hell out of Budweiser, Coors and all the other "frat" beers. Definitely my session beer of choice. I love the richness the krausening process adds to this light, flavorful beer. Hardley bitter and far from malty, kinda like chicken soup when your sick.

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Photo of projectflam86
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can.

A- Pours a clear golden yellow color with a thin sudsy white head that fades away to nothing.

S- Faint sweet malt and corn aroma. Not really much going on.

T- A bit more happening in the taste. Light toasted biscuit and sweet malt in the finish. Some cooked corn and a very light spiciness in the finish which I gather may come from the hops.

M- Light bodied and well carbonated. No lingering unpleasant aftertaste.

O- One of the better Adjunct Lagers as far as flavor is concerned. Worth a try.

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Photo of SDtastentune
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A - Light yellow/thin/clear. No head/no lace/no sediments.

S - Smell is bread and biscuits, but not much there at all. Kinda a baby beer.

T - Tate is very one dimensional. Watery bread.

M - Thin, watery, fizzy yellow beer.

O - Overall this one has little taste and smell, probably meant for people who don't like beer to much. Very thin, watery, and has no taste. Water beer, very basic and easy drinking.

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Photo of fx20736
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a Pilsener glass. Pored yielded a very pale golden yellow with a modest white head that left no lacing. There is an amazing amount of carbonation going on here with hundreds of pearly bubbles everywhere.

Aroma is sweetish corn with a touch of malt & hops, not alot but it is there.

Mouthfeel is thin.

Taste: virtually tasteless up front with a slight whisp of bitter hops on the back. The beer finishes very dry and clean with virtually no aftertaste.

Notes: This is not light your socks on fire beer, but it is an immensely drinkable American Adjunct Lager that has no off taste or impurities. It is sooo easy to drink. If you are in a mood where you don't need to be challenged or surprised this beer drop kicks Bud, Miller & Coors and is a cheap, quaffable Lager that anyone could drink. It is a step better than PBR and two steps ahead of Schlitz. It is too bad that it is not distributed in the Northeast as I would keep a case of it on hand at all times.

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Photo of cagocubs
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Finally getting around to reviewing Old Style. After all the Wrigley Field bleachers, college dorm rooms, and barbecues it is time.

A: Pale gold, bubbly white head, dissipates and doesnt lace much.

S: Grain, corn, nothing much.

T: The grain/corn/adjuncts with some moderate sweetness.

M: Crisp, carbonated, good coating.

O: If reviewing this against similar beers from the macros, it is good. In the grand spectrum of beer this would be on the low-low end. That being said, it is consistent and traditional beer.

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Photo of tone77
3.09/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Thanks to woodychandler for yet another canned beer. Poured from a 16 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of grains and corn. Taste is rather mild, some grains and malts are present. Feels light in the mouth and overall is a mediocre beer.

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Photo of LWG1970
4.33/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color: Golden Yellow

Smell: Nice and clean, Light Citrus

Taste: Nice Smooth taste, Nice Balance of sweet and smooth.

Bought a 12 pack of bottles in Chicago for $5.99, it's more expensive here in Ohio. Here a 6 pack of 16 OZ cans is 7 Bucks.

This is one of my favorite beers. Wish we could get bottles in Ohio. But next trip Chicago I am stocking up.

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Photo of chicagoabbot
2.08/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle, straight out of the bottle, handed to me by a friend at The Continental at about 4:30 in the morning. Don't pour this in a glass, it's a waste of water to wash the glass after...this beer doesn't deserve it. Tons of corn flavor, some hop flavor. Better than Budweiser and Miller and Coors (the worst of tasting of all beers). Went down pretty easy anyway and quenched my thirst.

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Photo of BeerLover99
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: golden pale yellow body, 2 finger fluffy head, no lacing

S: mild whiff of corn and grain

T: big sweet corn and grain, very mild bitter dry finish

M: light body, dry crisp, big carbonation

O: Retro American adjuct lager with a hipster/yuppie feel. Hugely popular in Chicago and especially on the North Side.
Ok session beer for some, but the sweet corn/grain flavor was not much fun for me.


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Photo of regionrat37
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Appearance: Didn't feel like pouring it
Smell: Very Clean
Taste: Slight Maltiness, hoppines with no bite, and a little corn
Mouthfeel: Moderate to high amounts of carbonation
Drinkability: Very Drinkable

It is very crisp and refreshing. You could easily drink these all day long.

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Photo of SSJPhatMatt
1.88/5  rDev -36.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

this beer is anything but intricate, aromatic, and complex. Friends, this is simply beer. It pours from a cheap, 20 oz. can into my beer mug. It is highly carbonated and therefore boasts an enormous head, if you want it to. But this head fades within a minute or so, leaves almost no lacing at all (since there isn't much in this beer). It barely embodies the yellow hue of a light lager, and is crystal clear. It smells faintly (and by faintly I mean, "I'm so used to smelling beers that actually have an aroma, that I can't be sure my brain didn't just fabricate the faint malt aroma all on its own) of malt.

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Photo of OttoPeeWee
3.08/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured into my 1979 Old Style mug beneath my Rush 2112 poster, while sitting on my "new" lazy boy, watching an episode of "All in the Family" on my Zenith 32 inch.

Does it get any better? Yes, the answer is yes, but this beer is noticably better than it has been since the recipe has been updated.

This is definately your choice at a Cubs game or north side rat's nest with three beers on tap, one that ran out, and the other being Bud.

Don't get me wrong, I have drank from the artesian wells and seen the glory of the largest 6 pack in the world, and I will continue to buy this beer, but until they go real "old style" and get the unessecary grains (corn) out of the brewing process I will be critical.

Because, I want to drink a beer as cool as Old Style with the taste of Heileman's real receipe, not a barley flavored corn drink.

Smell is a bit skunky and grain-sweet. Taste is clean and dry with a non-offensive aftertaste. There is a head to this beer that is somewhat sticky. Far from awful, but not awfly good.

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Photo of CuriousMonk
3.56/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A Chicago Cub favorite! I have this everytime I visit Chicago especially at a Cubbie game. This brew pours a large head of mostly diminishing white mediumly sized bubbles and a carbonated transparent yellow rice beer colored body. It had a very very mild malt aroma and a smooth almost unnoticable malty and hop flavor with no bite. Medium bodied and good carbonation.

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Photo of womencantsail
2.46/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Thanks for the tick, Bobby.

A: The pour is an extremely light yellow color with a white head that dissipates quickly.

S: An incredibly sweet and sugary nose, much more so than most adjunct lagers. Lots of metallic notes though, almost like a faceful of coins.

T: Not quite as metallic flavor-wise, but still there. Very sugary and sweet with a moderate amount of corn. Not really any hop flavor to speak of, but I'm not at all surprised.

M: The body is incredibly light, but not really watery. The carbonation is moderate.

D: Too metallic on the nose and really, really sweet. But the flavor isn't as offensive as it could have been. Score one in the moral victory column.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Michael Shea's shaker pint glass.

If I hear one more commercial about how kraeusening makes things better, I'm gonna freak out. Deep breath. This bit pours a clear jaundice topped by a quickly-dying half-finger of white foam. The nose comprises light flowers, grass, fake coriander, and what may or may not be wheat. (I honestly can't tell...) The taste holds notes of mild wheat and hops, lemon zest, and a lot of rather hard water. The body is very light, with a fizzy carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, a fizzy weakling of a beer, but very easy to down quickly (if one so desires).

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Photo of Star80
3.39/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Beer is dated NOV 10, pulled from the back of the fridge at the gas station. Pours out a crystal-clear golden macro lager yellow - you know, the classic piss beer color. Actually has some head retention on the top, very effervescent with lots of active carbonation. Smells clean with some herbal hop notes in the background, with some sweet adjuncts thrown in there. Smell is so clean it reminds me of fabric softener, and I swear I am get a floral whiffs. That smell has to be coming from somewhere else. Anyway, smells interesting for such a beer. Taste is somewhat clear and crisp too, and dry. Picking up an unpleasant corn syrupyness in there, but that is no surprise. This is the first beer I ever tasted, my Dad would very occasionally drink one of these, IF he ever drank beer, and I just remember how awful beer tasted, and it kinda still does, all do respect, this one is better smelling believe it or not than tasting, and it is smooth and not as carbonated as it appears which begs the next question. I was tasting this beer a few years ago before the kreusening, and I honestly cannot taste much difference. I always have wondered, why in the world would anyone kreusen an adjunct lager? Why polish a turd?

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Photo of soonerferg
3.62/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clean and crisp, finishing smooth with just a little bite.Aromas of roasted corn. This is a beer that would make me feel snobbish for putting it in a glass, but if you do the color is a nice bright light golden amber. Perfect for pounding down hot wings, pizza, a hot dog, or a burger. There's a reason they sell this at Chicago Cubs games. Great in the summer, but I wouldn't imagine craving one in December.

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Photo of BeerAdvocate
3.65/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From BeerAdvocate Magazine Volume III, Issue II:

Retooled, reinvented, resurrected. Call it what you want, but this Retro Lager has been revived.

Fluffy two fingers of head stands hard for a while; filtered, pale golden-yellow color. A duo of DMS (cooked corn) and cereal graininess in the aroma--to be more specific, creamed corn. Big smoothness with a quick bite from the hop bitterness. Light bodied. Cooked corn on the palate with a clean graininess throughout. Thin but pleasant layer of dry maltiness from middle to end. Finishes dry with some residual cereal graininess.

Tasty and clean for a Retro Lager. Great for when you are not looking for something exotic or extreme and just want a plain beer. A perfect beer for that greasy slice of pepperoni pizza or that ballpark dog slathered with chili.

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Photo of EwaldEichstaett
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

poured from can to glass while staying with a friend in Chicago
A: for an adjunct this looks rather delicious. Decent head but it was really fluffy and did not last long. Big carbonation bubbles.

S/T: This beer is nothing more than an adjunct lager so I can't say that there is much to note here. That being said, Old Style is much better than most American Adjunct lagers... more body, more flavour and a little less ass taste.

M/D: There is some body here but the carbonation is nasty. Too big of bubbles or something. The beer kind of makes you feel full like your stomach is going to explode.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
1.99/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 oz can in a pilsner glass. May0310 printed on the bottom. No info.

I got this can from my friend Damon after sharing a bottle of Inferno Ale with him. His response to my "thank you" was, "Seriously? This is the worst trade you've ever done." He's right.

A - The tall pour into the pilsner glass lets off a tall white head of about three fingers. Loosely packed but retained pretty well, the head leaves some serious lace on the glass. Like a typical adjunct the beer is a clear light pale yellow.

S - Plain husky straw and corn graininess with minimal malt presence and no hops at all. Yep, a typical adjunct lager aroma.

T - Water, grainy pale malts barely even make an appearance through the dry straw and lame corn.

M - Thin and almost completely watered down, Old Style is bland, over-carbonated, and slick on the palate.

D - The only excuse to ever consume Old Style is when you must, with no exceptions, have a beer at a Chicago Cubs game. Sure, But is available but who would chose that?

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Photo of cudmud
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear, golden color with a white head tha tbreaks down quickly. Slight carbonation and no lace.

Smell: Slight grass scent.

Taste: Crisp, clean flavor with a slight hint of malt and hops.

Mouthfeel: Thin.

Drinkability: It's a nice beer to drink at the ballpark with hotdogs.

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