Olympia Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States
pabstbrewingco.com

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.78%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#47,087
Reviews:
112
Ratings:
291
pDev:
27.8%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
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14
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Ratings: 291 |  Reviews: 112
Photo of IceBerge12
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.

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Photo of jadpsu
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.

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Photo of Sauron13
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?

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Photo of Schmidtysentya2490
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

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Photo of Richie_C_Johnson
2.48/5  rDev -4.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Photo of OldSchoolMike
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!

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Photo of Lingenbrau
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.

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Photo of brewnme
2.49/5  rDev -3.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.68/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pistol_pete
2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of davidward
1/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Watered down Cascade piss.

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Photo of BellinghamBiker
2.45/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mnine
2.52/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of fthegiants
1.75/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sound_Explorer
2.69/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
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.

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Photo of BeerBobber
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.

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Photo of buschbeer
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.

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Photo of Superheatnsubcool
1.94/5  rDev -25.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sjrider
2.5/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Kubishark
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.

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Photo of CJanders
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.

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Photo of kittycatsnake
4.9/5  rDev +89.2%
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 mikr
1.46/5  rDev -43.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

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Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.59 out of 5 with 291 ratings