Dismiss Notice
Extreme Beer Fest:Los Angeles

Join us December 9th in Los Angeles for the ultimate throwdown of craft beer creativity!

Learn more...
Dismiss Notice
Introducing: Project Extreme Brewing (a Dogfish Head + BeerAdvocate project)

Old Style | Pabst Brewing Company

Your Rating: None

Want it   Got it 
Old StyleOld Style
704 Ratings
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

Bros Score:
View: Beers | Events
User Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Ratings: 704 |  Reviews: 209
Photo of OldStyle29
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a can into a 12oz mug.

L- Light golden in color, not to much head after being poured.
S- Hints of corn/grain in the aroma, nothing besides that really stood out.
T- Smooth taste that's a bit weak. No harsh aftertaste.
F- Not a bad beer for a party or if you happen to be at a ball game. Average beer that I doubt many would object to.

 348 characters

Photo of emerge077
2.92/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

20 oz. plastic cup at Wrigley, thanks Aaron!

Pale gold, thin skim of foam and some lacing as it's sipped.
Aroma is swilly, wet grains with that unmistakeable lager yeast tang.
Taste has a light bite, fairly tasteless with wisps of cereal grain.
Crisp finish, somewhat watery feel. Overall it's average to below average.
Still a classic staple of Chicago nostalgia, memories of dive bars, backyard bbq's, Cubs games etc.

 424 characters

Photo of AZBeerDude72
2.77/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Has a nice yellow color upon pour with a foamy head that fades pretty fast. Taste is of grain and corn. Overall feel is light and easy to drink on a really hot day or watching a game. As far as commercial beers go this is my go to over the others, if you want an easy to drink simple beer for a hot afternoon this is not so bad. I prefer from a keg when it can be found just a personal like but to me has better taste than from can/bottle.

 439 characters

Photo of Eman17
2.66/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Squire123
2.95/5  rDev +5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of larryarms847
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a bright and clear golden yellow.

Sweet corn and lightly toasted grains.

Corn and grainy sweetness.

Light-bodied, high carbonation.

Overall, a crisp and refreshing lager. Great for a baseball game.

 207 characters

Photo of warpedrevolution
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Ebmahoney
3.04/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Beginner2
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of mlockman
3.46/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Infinitely better than the alternative macro beers on draft; light enough to be refreshing but much more flavorful than Bud Light and preferable in flavor to even 312 wheat in my opinion. Then again, I might be slightly biased by the fact that the first time I had this beer was at Wrigley Field.

 296 characters

Photo of Nat1975
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of nrml
2.58/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Bryan12345
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Botulizard
3.12/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KarlHungus
3/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
2.86/5  rDev +1.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of SMH_NWI
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of bigchiquilin
2.57/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TangoJuliet
2.84/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of BeerDocT
2.97/5  rDev +5.7%
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!

 1,064 characters

Photo of brewmudgeon
3.15/5  rDev +12.1%
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.

 1,399 characters

Photo of DrAnnaNemis
2.59/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Iamjeff6
2.5/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of aussiebeer
2/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Josholson666
3.5/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Old Style from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.81 out of 5 with 704 ratings
  • About Us

    Founded in Boston in 1996, BeerAdvocate (BA) is your go-to resource for beer powered by an independent community of enthusiasts and professionals dedicated to supporting and promoting better beer.

    Learn More
  • Our Community

    Comprised of consumers and industry professionals, many of whom started as members of this site, our community is one of the oldest, largest, and most respected beer communities online.
  • Our Events

    Since 2003 we've hosted over 60 world-class beer festivals to bring awareness to independent brewers and educate attendees.
  • Our Magazine

    Support uncompromising beer advocacy and award-winning, independent journalism with a print subscription to BeerAdvocate magazine.