Old Style Light | Pabst Brewing Company

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Old Style LightOld Style Light

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.12%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by brewdlyhooked13 on 08-26-2002

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Ratings: 78 |  Reviews: 36
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3/5  rDev +18.1%

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Photo of offthelevel_bytheplumb
3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Left the night shift early to hit the casino with a coworker. He had a case of Old Style Light in his backseat. We shotgunned a few of them in the parking lot each. I then walked in like I owned the place, put $100 down on red, and lost. After we each lost a little more money, we laughed about the whole thing over some more Old Style Lights and an illegal cigarette.

Overall: Old Style Light isn't Weihenstephaner Original, but it's now the traditional casino beer.

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Photo of nicholas2121
4.18/5  rDev +64.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Old Style Light brewed by Pabst Brewing Company, with an ABV of 3.80% This brew pours out a golden amber color with a small white head. There is a nice amount of carbonation to this light brew. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass nice. The smell of Old Style Light is rich with grains and malts. Lots of corn and other malts in the smell. You pick up a hint of hops in the smell of this brew. This light brew has the look and smell of most light brews on the market, not saying that is a bad thing. Now for the taste, light and crisp with grains and malts. For the style this brew is pretty decent. Not the best but it is smooth. I like how smooth this brew goes down. There is nothing overpowering about this light brew, Old Style Light has an decent balance to it. The mouth feel of Old Style Light is Light, crisp, clean, smooth,and refreshing. Overall I'm giving Old Style Light a 4.25 out of 5. Not a bad drinking brew, it would go down good on a hot summer day. I would buy this brew again. Pabst Brewing Company, did a nice job with this light brew.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
3.5/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Heileman’s Old Style Light beer has a thick, stark-white head, a clear, bubbly, golden-straw appearance, and minimal lacing. The aroma is of faint, sweet, indistinguishable grains, and the flavor is the same, with a hint of hop bitterness. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Heileman’s Old Style Light finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, dry, and highly drinkable. It’s an excellent light beer.


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Photo of ThePostmaster
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I bought regular and light at the same time. Needless to say, the light is a completely different concoction. The appearance is pretty average, smell is of grains, slightly chemical in nature. Taste is pretty harsh. You get a substantially watered down, grainy taste which is difficult to swallow. The regular is better, of course.

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Photo of bpfrush
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of IchLiebeBierZu
1.75/5  rDev -31.1%

Photo of tjsdomer2
2.78/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Old Style regular minus the carbonation.

Smell: Sweeter than the original.

Taste/Mouthfeel: See smell. Not as metallic as original. Mouthfeel is pretty smooth and well-balanced and hits the spot on a hot day.

Drinkability: Nice on a hot day. Maybe a bit too sweet.

Overall: Stick to Old Style regular.

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Photo of WoodBrew
2.46/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Old Style Light an off-shoot of a Chicago favorite. Sitting at the Cubs game downing some OSL and it tastes F'ing fantastic....but who are we kidding? As a beer....not so much...mix in the nostalgia of Wrigley...golden. This beer is like anyother American macro light beer. Its great during the situations that call for an all-american beer!

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Photo of BigAl18
2.28/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

Photo of DOCRW
1/5  rDev -60.6%

Photo of bditty187
2.63/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Clear, pale-gold with a white head that disappears quick, leaves a soapy trace. The only odors detected were a faint sweetness and a little graininess. Overall, it has a very plain smell and a very plain taste… low carbonation, very water-like. This light beer doesn’t strain the tastebuds. This beer would be hard pressed to offend anyone, then again it would be equally hard pressed to wow anyone either.

I could not taste the can, always a plus.

It got kind of sugary at the end.

Picked up a 6-pack of 16 oz. for under $4.00 with tax.

Stick with the “heavy” Old Style.

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Photo of Eaglefan344
2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of tone77
2.84/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to resi for the trade. Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is a bit on the skunky side. Taste is light, very mild, really nothing coming through, rather bland. Feels light in the mouth and has good drinkability. Overall there is nothing special about this beer.

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Photo of beersdmf17
2.5/5  rDev -1.6%

Photo of Basoos1
2.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of emerge077
3.26/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

$0.50 can from Rudy's in La Salle IL.
Bottom of can is inkjetted SEP10, so I'm confident its fresh enough. "Authentically kraeusened" and 113 calories on the can.

This is a rare bird in Chicago, you wouldn't think so, but it approaches wale status. For those wanting a lighter incarnation of swill, Old Style light fits the bill.

Pale gold, traces of carbonation, about a quarter inch of foam in the glass. A few minutes later there's just a faint skim and ring of foam at the edges.

Husky grain and apple aroma that carries over into the flavor. Yeast contributes significant apple notes, coupled with a barely there malt profile. There's more to it than 'light, skunk, derp'. A clean lager with not much in the way of distracting adjuncts.

Mild astringency, otherwise smooth. Dare I say superior to Old Style. A banquet beer of epic proportions.

Last time I had this was at Mickey's Tavern, RIP.

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Photo of Caveworm
4/5  rDev +57.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Old Style Light | Pabst Brewing Company. Poured from the can into a pint glass, this brew's head is two fingers thick, with spotty lacing, and a rather pale light golden clear body.

Smells like corn with a touch of other full-bodied grains.

Lighter on the corm/malt than others, but still enjoyable nonetheless. At least it actually has a flavor to it.

The mouthfeel is medium-light with mild carbonation.

I'll give Old Style Light an overall rating with a solid 4. I could chill on these on a nice hot day.

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Photo of bgreg3
2.99/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I love drinking old school beers , the shit my dad and grandpa got fucked up on haha

this one is very light gold pale , can see through very easily, foam stays around the rim for a little not long

Smells of sweet corn malt, and some grain not much depth to the smell or taste. The taste is almost completely absent, just corn malt , thats about it to this one , drink this one out of the can , I can't explain it , it just taste better out of the can opposed to my pilsner glass, I drank the first one from the can this is my second that I poured into the glass and the first one was much better like a 3.0 this one is like a 1.5 , so I'll average it out

Mf is incredibly light and it has a very crisp finish , this is a beer to enjoy by the dozen. very refreshing, very dry. not bad, what I expected

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Photo of elkinbrown
3/5  rDev +18.1%

Photo of fx20736
2.4/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Photo of heissebier
2.76/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Drank this beer from a keg at a tailgate before watching my Wildcats get destroyed by Penn State.

Appearance- Surprisingly not bad. A transparent straw-yellow color. The white head is surprisingly robust, although it dissipates fairly quickly.

Smell- Almost no smell to speak of other than a little Corn.

Taste- Nothing too complex, but then again it's a light lager. Watery and uninspired, but not terrible.

Mouthfeel- Fairly crisp due to a good deal of carbonation, but the crispness feels forced

Drinkability- Goes down easy, and very light. Could drink these all day, but if given a choice I'd prefer something else.

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Photo of MinorThreat
2/5  rDev -21.3%

Photo of Dba1125
4.24/5  rDev +66.9%

Photo of JJFordick
3.5/5  rDev +37.8%

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