Old Milwaukee Light | Pabst Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: Light Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 3.88%

Availability: Year-round

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Photo of hardy008
1/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I was given an Old Milwaukee Light at a get together when nothing else was available. This beer is pale in color, no foamy head, skunky and green both in taste and aroma. I don't think I got a bad can, I think this beer just flat out sucks. Who drinks this shit? This was so bad it gave me a headache. Cheaply made, by far the worst beer I have ever drank in my life.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1.4/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Tastes like regular Old Milwaukee after some ice cubes melted in it. Very clear color, absent of any hops that I could detect. I don't think they use any barley either. It is drinkable, but so is anti-freeze.

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Photo of rye726
1.43/5  rDev -47.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I went into this review not expecting much. Guess what I got in return... not much. A yellowish color under some fizzy river suds. Smells and taste like a hybrid between rice, corn and garbage water. Watery but fizzy body. Maybe someday I will find a light lager that does not give me bad dreams.

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1.76/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Picked up a 15 case of these naughty puppies in cans. If Old Mil itself is any indication, these aren't going to be much better. Tossed it in the fridge, kudos to my staff discount, and proceeded to pound one back with some leftover Chinese take out. Taste is of air. Nothing. A hint of hops that teases you and then withdraws completely like a hooker who realizes you've only got spare change in the ashtray of your car. That's about it. No smell, nada. This is a working man's beer, without a doubt. I sell a ton of Old Mil each day and mostly to contractors or site workers. This stuff only sells when someone comes in specifically looking for it. People are more than happy to take any number of light beers over this stuff.

Can is pretty righteous. The girl is a lot hotter than the regular Old Mil pinup so that's a definite plus. Easy to drink, hard to taste. I don't mind it. I'm not buying this for the taste. I'm buying it because if I don't, it'll hang around my cooler until it expires like all of my Labatt Blue. Let's all be honest here. Light beer is meant for those who don't want a beer gut and a stained, yellowed tank top as their main piece of attire. This cannot be rated as thoroughly as a craft beer. This is a domestic, light, canned beer produced for the masses, not small batch brewed to a 700 year old tradition or some nonsense. For what it is, it's still crap, though.

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Photo of woodychandler
1.9/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I CAN't believe that I have not reviewed this before. Well, here goes!

A finger of bone-white head that fell like the housing market. Color was a light straw-yellow with NE-quality clarity. Nose was lightly malty sweet with a cereal quality. Mouthfeel was thin with a light sweetness along with a slight cereal quality. Finish was thin, bland, unassuming. Fizzy yellow beer sucks (and a lot of it is in CANs)!

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Photo of scaliasux
1.94/5  rDev -28.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance - Light golden/yellow. Clear and bubbly. Tall white soapy head quickly dissipates. Pretty average for style.

Smell - Faint sweet malt. Something else kind of unpleasant.

Taste - Quite light. Begins candy sweet and finishes with just a hint of hoppiness. Pretty standard for a macro light - the finished product, though, its a little off-tasting.

Mouthfeel - Light and tingly.

Drinkability - A little more character than many macro lights, but not a flavor I would return for. Gets a bump for being reeealll cheap and for referring to that queen of cities - Milwaukee.

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Photo of garymuchow
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

Light pleasant malt aroma. Full bubbly head that leaves rather quickly. Pale straw color. Very light on flavor from start through the finish. No hop qualities. Light and quick dry finish, that lacks crispness. Mouthfeel very thin despite the full carbonation.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.02/5  rDev -25.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a 12oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is an extremely pale yellow color with a short white head that fades very quickly and leaves a very thin lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is very faint but contains light malts, some adjuncts and miniscule touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out some mild breadiness from adjuncts and a very thin malt character followed by a little bit of sweetness. The hops presence is almost nonexistent and what balance the beer has comes from the fact that there isn’t much of anything in the beer at all to conflict with anything else. The after-taste is slightly bready.

M: Crisp and a little smooth, very light body, medium-to-high carbonation, finish is clean.

D: This beer as about as bland as they come and as low of an ABV as you’ll find in a non-NA beer, but those traits also make the beer poundable, overall however there are several other inexpensive options out there that are better.

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Photo of cratez
2.05/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Was given one of these by a buddy last night after he criticized the Schneider Weisse I was drinking.

Pours a thin, piss yellow body with zero head. Smells literally like musty sweat. Somehow, some way there is a decent amount of lacing. Taste is surprisingly not bad, a bit of bite at the start and no apparent aftertaste, but nothing special. Mouthfeel is what all light macros feel like: watery. Definitely easy to drink if you're looking for a beer with almost no taste or alcohol content, or something to funnel at a party.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.11/5  rDev -22.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Served in an Ohio State shaker pint glass.

Now this is what Spelunky ordered... It pours a clear pale sallow topped by a finger of short-lived off-white foam. The nose comprises hard water, sweet corn, and light rice. The taste mirrors things nearly identically, though the hard water is definitely on display here. Yay. The body is quite light, with a moderate carbonation and a watery feel. Overall, if I were actually drinking this for the fun of it, I'd probably be even more unhappy than I am. This is best suited for quick alcohol-delivery systems, like beer pong or other drinking games. Sad.

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Photo of zeff80
2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

A - Poured out a straw yellow color with a foamy, white, two-finger head. No lace.

S - Smelled of some light malt and corn.

T - It tasted of light sweet malt with some bitter bite from hops.

M - Better than expected from a light beer. It is crisp, sharp and light bodied. Not thin and watery like some other light beers.

D - Not great tasting, but easy drinking. Makes a good lawnmower beer.

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Photo of Rifrafboy
2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This is a light version of a very cheap beer, so I wasn't expecting much. Pours with almost no head when ice cold. Taste is very weak and watered down. What taste you get is slight malted grain and only a very shadow of hops. A very poor example of a light beer.

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Photo of BigRedN
2.15/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

My inlaws came this last weekend and bought a new used Lexus SUV. They cleaned out their old vehicle in our garage. One of the items removed was an old Coleman cooler. Within this Coleman cooler were a can of Keystone Light, a Busch Light and three of these, Old Mud Light. They took home the Lexus, but forgot these gems, I guess they don't think they'll fit the image of a Lexus driver.
So I'm sitting down doing some reviews late tonight, as I don;t work tommorrow and I think what the hell, I'll toss those bad boys down. Not a good idea.

Appearance & Smell: Macro in every way, light golden, bubbly, sweet adjunct smelling.

Taste: Not totally foul, just not really there.

Mouthfeel: Light and watery.

Drinkability: NO! I'm going to pour the other two down the drain.

Final Thoughts: I remember when I was a senior in high school and got a job in the spring & summer in 1992 at the Husker CO-OP in Columbus, NE. (Anyone who has spent time on the farm will know what I'm talking about.) Every Friday was payday, and someone would run over to this little grocery store and pick up a case of this. The guys who worked there were all farmers or retired from farming, and in our area this is what the farmers drank (at the time, now its Busch Light). I would head up to the office to clock out and grab my paycheck and they'd always offer me a couple. I always said yeah, even though I didn't really like this stuff, but it always made me feel good, like the old guys repsected me enough to share their beer with. Aah good times, when things were simple. Just a random old beer memory.

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Photo of Beastdog75
2.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Old Milwaukee Light is simply a very average light beer. It's more tolerable than the regular version, and is actually quite easy to drink, however it contains the tastelessness that we all expect from a light beer.

OM Light pours a very pale straw color that doesn't look like beer all that much. A one finger foam disappears in about 30 seconds. The smell is grainy/adjuncty, maybe a little on the sweet side, mixed with some of that "cheap beer huskiness" smell. Watery mouthfeel. The initial taste is a little sweet, with hints of corn in there. Tastes adjuncty. Watery elsewhere on the palette. Miniscule amount of hop flavor is present. The aftertaste is clean, save for some grain taste. The beer concludes with no alcoholic warmth.

In conclusion, this beer actually reminds me of Schaefer Light, perhaps with a little less flavor. This beer is not outstanding in any way, but at the same time it doesn't offend my taste buds either.

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Photo of yen157
2.2/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured can into my glass to see a beer about as pale as I could possibly imagine. Very pale yellow and almost gray around the edges, like a burnt, dying lawn in the summertime. Head was forced, coarse, and very white, and it only hung in there long enough so the makers could claim it has a head. Terrible aroma, at least when first poured. It wreaked of rotten eggs. After that, odor dissipated the beer only had a slight sweet corn smell. It didn’t taste awful, just boring. It was very light tasting. A slight sweetness I couldn’t pin to any ingredient, I assume it was corn. I think I may have tasted a miniscule hoppiness on the third sip of the second can, but I can’t be sure. The beer had a mild husky finish.

This actually wasn’t a bad beer. If the folks who produce it could get rid of the egg smell and give it some color it would be a decent light beer. As it is right now it’s better than some because it is completely inoffensive.

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Photo of rodbeermunch
2.23/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Super light yellow aal light beer kinda thing going, solid white head, almost average retention. Aroma was just industrial beer smells, aluminum, corn.

Taste, super carbonated, light noble hop, almost no barley content. Super watery mouthfeel. Even though its really lightly hopped flavor wise, the lack of a malt body allows a distinct, soapy bitterness to jump around. High alpha acid hops and a super long boil = less hops to pay for.

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Photo of Raime
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Friend Craig just got out of jail and I guess a 30 pack of this is what he calls a celebration...

Look - Crystal clear yellow with a fast forming, huge white head that sits and bubbles for what seems like an eternity and doesn't lace up too well.

Smell - Corn adjunct and grapes.

Taste - Has a very odd dish soap kind of thing going on here. Sticks to your tongue. Corn adjuncts forever and a bit of a creamed finish.

Feel - Again, there is a definite dish soap deal going on here..otherwise, light bodied and carbonated to high hell.

Overall - Was a bit different than the rest in terms of taste and feel, but it still lives up to the namesake of its style.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Time to review a gold medal winner! Ok, obviously the beer doesn't look like it should win anything. Straw yellow, I mean, really super light, but it did produce a nice head and have adequate carbonation. Aroma was nothingness and watery beer.

Taste, barely any, super miniscule hop presence, super miniscule malt presence, mostly corn and six row. A decent cheap alternative to keith stone, and better in my opinion. Same demographic its peddaled too. At least if you're a somewhat responsible adult, you can just call it a lawnmower beer.

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Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.35/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Very thin, pale straw, a thin sheet of a soapy head, that evaporates quickly. Some light malty aroma, tough to pick up much on the nose. Thin, weak and a watery body, noted consistently through a few of these. Some delicate malts detected throughout. Nothing offensive, yet nothing to reel you in for more.

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Photo of Frozensoul327
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A straight forward light version of it's full flavored brother. Watery taste with medium / light carbonation, and weak flavor of corn and hops. Not bad on a hot day, but there are many other brews i'd much rather have first. Overall not bad, but once again, nothing special.

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Photo of TastyTaste
2.41/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

It was an old milwaukee that was my first beer when I was 15 years old, so when my buddy was drinking it last night, I asked him for a trip down memory lane. I drank it right out of the 12 oz. can. Smells was a little stale, with some corn and malt noticable. Taste was pretty watered down, not much in the hops department, or flavor department in general. This sample made me realize why I didn't make a point of having one of these in the past 6 years. Not that bad, but not many redeeming qualities, except it's price.

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Photo of giblet
2.47/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

well i am surprised. it was a hot humid day and i was thirsty. my daddy in law brought over a 12 of this and i thought - greaaat! well it sat for a week. i was low on beer so i poured one of these into my glass. more carbonation and good smell than i expected. the flavor was quite light but pretty decent. (it is a light beer)

drinkable especially in summer. better than anticipated.

suckem up and movem out!


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Photo of granger10
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Usually hot day out here in Michigan. Time for a lighter beer. Might as well finish off this 30 pack I "enjoyed" while camping last weekend. Very light in color, slight head, nicely carbonated. Aroma is almost nothing, slightly grainy but rather clean. Taste is very clean, almost too clean. No off flavors, nice long smooth body but not much else. Great camping beer, not too good of a tasting beer. Not as flavorful as the Miller Lite I had before this one. Well made, just weak and unflavorful in the end.

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Photo of Shiloh
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

For a light brew, this is pretty fair...not good but fair.
Nice colour of medium gold with a fast acting head, disapates quickly. The body is medium as well the carbonation.
Well balanced taste with a crisp and clear nose.
However, as well balanced it seems, it quickly stops. No lingering here..no personality either.

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Photo of puboflyons
2.58/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This came from a 16 fl. oz. can with a lot number on the bottom of the can of 03099-C50616 and it was sampled on the day of this rating.

The pour is pale yellow with little to no head but considerable carbonation that bubbles all through the session. The aroma is grassy and corny but if you take a deep enough whiff you might catch a little bit of hops. The mouthfeel is about average for a light macros but it doesn't seem quite as watered down. The taste also has some vague hops but little to no alcohol sensation. Actually it is not quite as bad as some of the previous reviewers have claimed.

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Old Milwaukee Light from Pabst Brewing Company
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