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Olympia Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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Olympia BeerOlympia Beer

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.78%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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Photo of Kubishark
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Visited the Pacific Northwest so I had to get one of these just to say I tried it. Well, it's virtually indistinguishable from Natty Boh, the Pabst owned "regional favorite" from where I'm from. Is it literally the same beer in different packaging? Is that what Pabst is doing here? Possibly. (Though the other Pacific NW AAL, Rainier, is different and considerably better.) Oh well, this beer is probably not like it was decades ago, but it's still pretty ok, and if you want a big 24 oz can of it for a couple bucks you can't go wrong.

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Photo of CJanders
3.1/5  rDev +15.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

More of a malt taste than most adjunct lagers, not as dry as Pabst, but without the full taste of Schlitz. I'd rather have a Schlitz or Miller high life, but this will due when they aren't available.

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Photo of kittycatsnake
4.9/5  rDev +82.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Funky Butt loving this Beer has changed my life. I used to only drink ALES now its all about the bottom fermented beers. Stop wasting your time on IPAs and thick stouts... lagers is the way to go!!!!

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Photo of Squire123
2.23/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Loved the stubbies.

Another standard Pabst product. One hopes they will eventually start differentiating between brands but that hasn't happened yet. Light color, mild flavor, just mild everything. Use this one for mixing with fruit juices, melon, etc, if you care to experiment along those lines.

It won't hurt the beer, I promise.

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Photo of jwc215
1.81/5  rDev -32.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

12 oz. can:

Pours straw yellow. A thin head becomes wispy. A little lacing sticks.

The smell is of moldy corn husk.

The taste is of tonic water with a chemical-ish sweetness. Some moldy husk.

It's fizzy and watered down even for the style.

Even for a cheap adjunct lager this is really bad. I really was thinking pour the rest down the drain half-way through, but was able to chug the second half. At least there's no aftertaste.

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Photo of constantine_272
3.32/5  rDev +23.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Dark urine color but with a good carbonation.

Smells of steel and copper mineral. Also there is a sweetness of wheat and juicy fresh oats.

Taste like white bread and rice crackers up front. A sweetness builds but doesn't bring much flavor, just a small amount of candy sugar. There is also a hint of cream from the Malt. Ends tangy, tingly and crisp with a minor aluminum can aftertaste. The crisp carbonation makes up for the lack of hops.

Finishes both sweet and sour. A little wide one the palate.

Of all the adjunct beers, this is one of my favorites. It finishes cleaner and sharper than most. It doesn't have too much through the midsection, but this is an adjunct and that's all it is. I'm a sucker for higher carbonated beers too.

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Photo of stevoj
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Can at The Lift. It is what is. Cheap, quenching, with a smidge of flavor. Malt makes an appearance in the taste. Drink cold for best effect.Ice cold, even better....

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Photo of InsideLiquorMan
1.2/5  rDev -55.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

The very image of deep self-loathing and crushing sadness. Another camping beer to be warned about. This stuff is a can of hatred. Picked it up at the usual store I stop in on the way to the site. Every year, without fail, I swing in, grab the Colt 45, a case or two of Mountain Crest (Damn you, Minhas!) and something else I like the look of. One year it was Cezch absinthe and I swear that what didn't come out my nose was slowly seeping through my pores for the next 4 months. This past year was a 6 pack of Olympia. I had heard whispers from the dark corners of society about such an item, but the temptation was too great and through me, it wielded a power greater than I could comprehend.

I don't quite remember the rest of that night, but I distinctly remember the taste of hops when drinking this beer, despite me not expecting it. Easy to drink, yes, but it tends to come up a lot rougher for some bizarre reason. Metallic and joy-killing. Despite what you all may think, I do enjoy good beer, just not when I go camping.

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Photo of TheSixthRing
2.89/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance - Pours crystal clear and straw yellow in color with a white, one finger head that fizzes away to leave a mostly barren surface save a few suds clinging to the edge.

Smell - Typical adjunct aroma with malt and vegetal sweetness; slightly grainy.

Taste - Follows the nose. Bland malt, corn-like sweetness, and just a touch of hop spice in the finish. Nothing completely off-putting, except the boring flavor profile.

Mouthfeel - On the heavier side of light-bodied with crisp, bitey carbonation. If there's one plus to this beer, it's that it's an easy drinker.

Overall - Drinks like your average adjunct. Not much for flavor but easy to chug if one so chooses. Nothing I'd buy again, but there are worse adjuncts out there.

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Photo of MissYa
2.81/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Again, I only drink beers with a dash of bloody mary mix. Alone, I would not drink this, but as a red beer, bloody mary mix makes all beers taste yummier! Being from Olympia, I had to try this at least once in my life, which I finally have at the age of 30. One of the cheap beers available.

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

L: Brilliantly clear straw, white ½” head, multi-sized bubbles, low head retention, delicate, light lacing.
S: Slight apple and corn sweetness, no hops
T: Dry, slight apple and corn sweetness, no hops, crisp, grainy corn sweetness, no fruitiness, no alcohol warmth, dry finish.
F: a little slickness on the tongue, lightly carbonated, light body
O: Refreshing but bland. I first had this nearly 50 years ago when it was brewed in Tumwater Washington and I remember it as much better, but then 50 years ago I probably was too.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving almost instantly and leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a corn syrup sweetness mixed with just a hint of grass and a little bit of bread. Along with these aromas comes just a hint of paper and some light metallic smells.

Taste – the taste begins with a sweet corn syrup taste mixed with some other sweet tastes of caramel and a little bit of a bready taste. As the taste advances even more corn and caramel sweetness comes to the tongue and with it comes a little bit of a paper and grassy taste. These flavors take the taste to its end where they leave a rather sweet and moderately smooth taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average for an adjunct lager of 4.6 % with a carbonation level that is on the average side for the style. The moderateness of the thickness and carbonation are perfect for the style and make for an easy drinker overall.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse, but overall a very easy drinker at a low price. A decent cheap session brew.

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Photo of colingaiser
2.53/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip...

L: It's a hazy yellow, bordering on light amber, and I managed to achieve a very delicate 2-finger head with no lacing to speak of.

S: The yeast takes control of the aroma -- it's bready and biscuity, though there's a faint note of maybe unripe pear. Unfortunately there's a distinctly metallic undertone that throws the whole thing off.

T: The flavor is light, and doesn't differ much from the smell. It's grainy, bready, biscuity, and again that off-putting metallic flavor rears its ugly head. The finish is unpleasant, kind of like your mouth is coated in yeast.

F: The high carbonation makes this crisp, fizzy, and drinkable, and it actually has a fuller body than other popular adjuncts. The mouthfeel reminds me of a decent amber.

O: This is one of the better mass-produced adjunct lagers, in that it's actually tolerable. The mouthfeel helps mask some of the unpleasantness in the flavor profile. If you need a cheap "party beer", this isn't a terrible choice.

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Photo of HoppySeb
2/5  rDev -25.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer is light and crisp as you'd expect for an adjunct. Flavors and aroma's are very faint and the finish for the beer is poor (unlike those AAL with bready/caramelly malt finish). Way better options for the price range.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.88/5  rDev -30.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A soft white lace, not much there. Pale golden hue
S scent actually jumps out at me gets the attention
T taste declines quickly, not too much flavor just dull watery..
M feel is fine at first more and more I sip, the more I feel the water

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Photo of ryanopfer
2.11/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

This beer seems promising (for what it is) when purchased, a cheap $6 pack of tall boys that should be better than your typical rolling rock or High Life cheap sixer. It unfortunately isn't at all. This beer has very dirty undertones. It's actually the most prominent flavor there. If their motto is "It's the Water", maybe they should invest into Brita filters. Not recommended.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

you know, for a cheap and adjunct beer, this is one of the lesser of all evils. its consistent, its clean and light, and it is entirely devoid of the usual metallic and corny off flavors we are all accustomed to in these beers. no skunkiness, just boring bland yellow fizzy beer. i quite like the mouthfeel of this one, light and very active with the bubbles, good morning beer, beermosa stuff, and one of those beers you can just hammer all day and never get real messed up from. im not sure i could drink enough of this to get seriously drink, especially given all the carbonation, i might pop first. good as an afterthought beer, or a no thought beer, and frankly far better than the bud light of the world for this purpose. i see the appeal, and i think its better than most others in its class.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Best by 1/5/15.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, cooked vegetable, and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, corn flake, and sugary flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable, but there is definitely a strong element of sugar and corn flakes that I am getting from this one.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of EHopkinsi
3/5  rDev +11.5%

Sentimental value ups its score; it reminds me of the five months I spent in Oregon. Not a great beer, but highly drinkable when you aren't feeling (beer)snobbish.

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Photo of Unclebuck70
3.93/5  rDev +46.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a great American lager. I just picked some up today as Pabst is now marketing it more widely. I remember drinking this in the 80's and it seems to have the same great taste now as it did then. I wonder where this is brewed now since Miller-Coors owns this label after buying Pabst a few years back. There should be a lager beer drinking forum because it is obvious the beer snob crowd of micro-brews will not like this no matter how good and refreshing it is. Seriously it tastes good and is on par with Budweiser, Coors banquet, Pabst, and the like. Now I'm waiting for Hamms to make a comeback. Ill buy this again, but just so you know my favorite beer for the money now is Miller High Life.

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Photo of Spikester
3.48/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Don't know if this is 95% malt any more but they are using a can similar to it. No 95% malt label though. From a 24 ounce can labeled as "The Bigfoot" 24 oz.
Pours clear gold with a huge long lasting white head and plentiful lacing.
Smell is pungent spicey earthy hops with more than enough bready malt.
Taste is a bit too sweet for the OLY of memory but a tasty but less crisp than the beer of old. I think the older version used more of a Cascade hop flavor where this has some type of euro hop character now. More malt or malt + corn syrup than I like in a macro style beer.
Mouthfeel is medium and a slightly wet finish. Carbonation is robust or flaccid depending on how it is poured.
Over all if you want a good tasting malty macro beer for the hot weather give it a try. It was $1.79 for the 24 oz. can at a local gas station. Plus it has a shaded Bigfoot walking through the fir trees!

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Photo of Furlinator
2.88/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours translucent hay colored gold with a 1/4 inch white head that quickly fades to a thin ring on top and leaves faint spotty lace.

Smell is dominated by bready malt with just a hint of citrus hops and faint honey.

The flavors are somewhat muted and consist of biscuit-like malt and some faint citrus accents.

Texture is light bodied with high carbonation.

This beer makes no pretensions and has no delusions of grandeur. It is a refreshing, light bodied lager that is ideal for warm weather drinking sessions.

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Photo of Jordyn
3/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I love this beer when I am just hanging around friends and just having a good time. A lot of my friends, myself included, drink this beer because it tastes like home. (Well kinda, more psychological if anything) You see a lot of my friends parents and grandparents, as well as mine, worked at the both original breweries. We all live within a 10 minutes radius, and now that Pabst bought Oly, when I was in middle school I think, there are just 2 empty structures that used to proudly show the Olympia beer signs. I can only hope that one day the slogan "Its the water" can come to mean something again by using the Deschutes river water to brew the beer. You can see, the art used on the can and everything, that is the Tumwater Falls park, where the brewery sat right next too. Its just too bad that a big box office brewery bought out our lovely hometown brew. Anyway.
Not much too it. Super light in every way; color, taste, smell. Doesn't hold its head for more than a minute. Like I said above, this beer is a beer to not worry about. Kinda like Bud Light, you dont drink it to tell everyone about the amazing qualities. You drink it because its refreshing and you can drink a lot of it and you can have a good time with the buds.

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Photo of bbluemzbeer
4.26/5  rDev +58.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Looks like a yellow lager beer.

Smell: Smells like a lager beer , which smells of grains. It does not have a foul smell like some lagers have.

taste: Taste of grains and malts with a lemony zest to it. then some bitterness at the end. This is a very drinkable beer. It is well rounded lager with no off putting taste. It is a summer time and lawnmower beer which is refreshing.

Mouthfeel; It has medium carbonation and it is not over done like some american adjunct lagers are.

Overall: Olympia beer is good beer for price , drank ability high , refreshing with lemon taste to it. which make it different then regular lagers on market.

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Photo of Murrhey
2.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12oz can into a pint glass in high elevation Kalispell, Mont. Reviewed live.

A- Three-finger white head with a nice slow descent. Clear-golden color with small but active carbonation.

S- Watery malts, some golden malts and muted hops. Not much here. Kind of expected that.

T- Savory golden malts, slight buttery hoppiness. Kind of strange. Not bad.

M- Medium bodied for the style. Smooth and creamy.

O- One of the best adjunct lagers I've had. Easy to drink several.

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