Olympia Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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From:
Pabst Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
Style:
American Adjunct Lager
ABV:
4.78%
Score:
62
Avg:
2.59 | pDev: 27.41%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
190
Status:
Retired
Rated:
Nov 24, 2021
Added:
May 28, 2002
Wants:
  17
Gots:
  46
SCORE
62
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Rated: 2.22 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota

Nov 24, 2021
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Reviewed by BNSlums from Washington

3.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
L: Pours as a classic lager, golden and translucent. Solid inch head fades after several minutes
S: Smells slightly juicy, definite hops and hints of citrus- aroma reminiscent of a hazy IPA
T: less hops and more malt than the aroma would suggest
F: Gentle on the palate, light and thin
Overall: A water of a beer but one of the better waters out there. Quite a bang for your buck if you seek macro-cheap beer
Sep 28, 2020
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Reviewed by jkblr from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
12oz can stamped JUL 1320 poured into a Pabst thumbprint chalice at fridge temp, no ABV listed on can. The beer pours bright gold in color with nearly white head. The head recedes to a thin ring and single layer of bubbles. The aroma is faint with just a hint of unmalted grain and dry ground corn. The taste is slightly sweet and tangy grain with a little dried corn and barely there sulphur & diacetyl on the mildly bitter finish. The mouthfeel is thin bodied with average carbonation and a somewhat dry finish. Overall, ok to good. Not a lot of taste or flavor here, but what's there is pleasant if you're just looking for something to wash down food or drink with friends.
Jun 04, 2020
 
Rated: 2.73 by Kolb from Montana

Mar 31, 2020
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Reviewed by elNopalero from California

1.77/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
Continuing to run through macros...

Is this really “better” or “worse” than the other adjunct lagers? I supposed. At least its drinkable. Some must. Some grain and corn. Finish the job!
Nov 29, 2019
 
Rated: 2.65 by Wrigfen from South Carolina

Jul 09, 2019
 
Rated: 2.06 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania

May 23, 2019
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Reviewed by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
It's been a little bit of a while since the last time I had this brew. Would rate it just a touch above half way between poor and average. Was an ok tasting beer, but not one that I would seek out.
May 04, 2019
 
Rated: 2.78 by DarrellK from Florida

Apr 21, 2019
 
Rated: 2.5 by JWG53 from Kansas

Mar 11, 2019
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Reviewed by Col from Washington

3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Olympia can vs Bud bottle

Both poured in standard pint glass before best buy date. They have similar aggressive carbonation and clear pale appearance. Oly a shade darker than bud and has about half a finger more of head and better lacing

Not alot of smell for either, mainly pale malt & corn with hops for oly and the other smells like sweet grain with no hops

Easy drinking AALs one rice the other corn for adjunts. Oly's hop profile is definitely more pronounced which makes sense as head retention is better. Bud is sweeter but not so sickly sweet as other chepos, still refreshing which is surprising that it has no corn. Even tho, olys better bitter nearly outweighs buds malt rice and hops.

Between these two macro lagers pabst brewed olympia has a little more to offer than Bud. It's got a noticeable hop bite where for any AB product you almost cant even imagine any hops. Questions come into ingredient quality, who has the cleaner barley, water, etc?
Feb 23, 2019
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Rated by hugh4765 from Washington

1.57/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
Looks like piss, somehow it’s worse than coors.
Feb 22, 2019
 
Rated: 2.44 by hophead37 from Alabama

Jan 31, 2019
 
Rated: 2.58 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2018
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Reviewed by Burly from California

2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
I bought a 12-pack in Berkeley for $7.99, which is a good price here. It's not good beer, but it's drinkable and the price is right. I'd rather drink Olympia than Bud, if only because the price is lower.
Sep 05, 2018
 
Rated: 2.43 by Mustela_Man from California

Aug 26, 2018
 
Rated: 2.5 by Jsteez from Utah

Aug 20, 2018
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Rated by IceBerge12 from Washington

3.46/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
For what it is, a cheap, drinkable lager. It's delicious compared to beers like Rainier, PBR and the like.
Jun 21, 2018
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.17/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Purchased a single 24 oz. can in Seattle on the last night of our 8 day trip to NW. Had spent a pleasant day adjacent to the old Olympia Brewery in Trumball Falls last Thursday.
Now brewed by Pabst.
This poured a pale straw yellow with a full all white head that did not last long.
AROMA: Grain, grass perhaps a faint not of resin hops.
TASTE: Decent, along the lines of a PBR.
It's an economy beer and is better than a lot of the low priced beers out there.
Jun 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Sauron13 from Utah

2.99/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
It's my parents beer, trips to the brewery in Olympia with samples. With it stayed true to the original, and the brewery is shut down? What happened to the malt?
May 13, 2018
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Reviewed by Schmidtysentya2490 from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
As far as cheap beer goes, I would say it's my favorite. By no means would I call it craft beer, but for a nice cheap simple beer, it leaves others like Budweiser or Miller in the dust
Apr 20, 2018
 
Rated: 2.48 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota

Mar 06, 2018
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Reviewed by OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
I could get this around here, back in the day, though even then, I had to hunt it out. Better than average AAl for a decent price. I wish to find it again, hello, Pabst!
Dec 13, 2017
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Reviewed by Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Olympia pours slightly darker than straw. Just about as gold as the horse shoe on the label itself, shining brilliantly clear, and capped off by a foamy bone white head that lingers on the surface and coats the sides of the glass in sheets of lacing from top to bottom.

There admittedly isn't much going on in the aroma. A bit of corn, a floral note, maybe a blade of grass or two to cover up a minute dried piss like scent.

Similar lack of flavor present. Again with the lightest notion of a blend of rice and corn, and perhaps another blade of grass was sacrificed for the sake if the taste.

A burst of carbonation runs champagne like through the mouth. It favors sweetness and persists in clingy fashion before giving itself up to a very dry and mouth foaming finish.

This is surprisingly better than I had remembered. It's very easy to drink, and it is quite beautiful looking. I can totally imagine pounding these all day in the sun, or hanging around a dive bar catching some good old live punk rock tunes. For people to give this 1's and 2's, hell even 3's across the board clearly doesn't give a shit about reviewing to style. That said, this is a pretty damn decent AAL. Cheers.
Nov 08, 2017
 
Rated: 2.49 by brewnme from Maine

Nov 07, 2017
 
Rated: 2.68 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts

Oct 06, 2017
 
Rated: 2.6 by pistol_pete from South Dakota

Aug 01, 2017
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Rated by davidward from Florida

1/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
Watered down Cascade piss.
Jul 12, 2017
 
Rated: 2.45 by BellinghamBiker from Connecticut

Jun 18, 2017
 
Rated: 2.52 by mnine from California

Jun 11, 2017
 
Rated: 1.75 by fthegiants from California

May 25, 2017
 
Rated: 3 by sharpski from Oregon

May 24, 2017
 
Rated: 2.69 by Sound_Explorer from Washington

May 03, 2017
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Reviewed by rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
I call this fun time beer, because every time I drink it I'm usually having a fun time outdoors and not thinking about beer or attenuation or ibus or whatnot.

Pours a straw yellow, good clarity, but weak appearance, good 1/2" white head. Aroma of grain.

Taste, highly carbonated sugar and grain, mild hops, decent bitterness. I mean, for adjunct lager, its pretty decent, mild corn notes. Good palate cleanser or just hot weather active outdoors type of stuff going on here.
Dec 01, 2016
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Reviewed by BeerBobber from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Pours a very pale golden color with a thick foamy white head that actually stuck around. Not a lot of visible carbonation.
Smell was sweet, bready and corn like.
Taste is similar to the nose with a very light white bread flavor. There is a bit of sweetness in the flavor as well with some corn flavors.
Mouth feel is actually very light and has a somewhat wet finish in the back of the mouth.
This beer actually was leaving some lacing on my glass! I liked this one for one of those beers that would be served ice cold on a hot day. I can really see this as being quite refreshing.
Nov 14, 2016
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Reviewed by buschbeer from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
12 FLUID OUNCE can
Served in a Busch goblet

This beer pours a brilliant golden color and is topped with an inch of white head that settles quickly to a thin layer leaving little lacing.

It doesn't have a lot of aroma. It has typical sweet grain aromas albeit subtle.

It has a mild sweetness with some grain and floral hops.

Thin to moderate

This is an easy drinker. Does Pabst just can all these regional rust belt beers and slap different labels on the same beer? They all taste pretty much the same.
Oct 27, 2016
 
Rated: 1.94 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington

Sep 11, 2016
 
Rated: 2.5 by sjrider from California

Jul 20, 2016
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Reviewed by Kubishark from Maryland

3/5  rDev +15.8%
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.
Jul 02, 2016
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Reviewed by CJanders from California

3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
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.
Jun 09, 2016
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Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 308 ratings