Olympia Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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Style:
Lager - Adjunct
ABV:
4.78%
Score:
63
Avg:
2.6 | pDev: 27.31%
Reviews:
118
Ratings:
308
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Pabst Brewing Company
 
Texas, United States
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Retired (no longer brewed)
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63
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BNSlums from Washington

3.4/5  rDev +30.8%
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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jkblr from Indiana

3.53/5  rDev +35.8%
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
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elNopalero from California

1.77/5  rDev -31.9%
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
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Buckeye55 from North Carolina

2.6/5  rDev 0%
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
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Col from Washington

3.08/5  rDev +18.5%
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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Burly from California

2.73/5  rDev +5%
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
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jadpsu from Georgia

3.17/5  rDev +21.9%
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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Sauron13 from Utah

2.99/5  rDev +15%
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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Schmidtysentya2490 from Washington

3.94/5  rDev +51.5%
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
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OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

3.9/5  rDev +50%
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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Lingenbrau from Oregon

4.06/5  rDev +56.2%
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
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rodbeermunch from Nevada

2.91/5  rDev +11.9%
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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BeerBobber from Nevada

3.82/5  rDev +46.9%
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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buschbeer from Ohio

3.61/5  rDev +38.8%
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
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Kubishark from Maryland

3/5  rDev +15.4%
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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CJanders from California

3.1/5  rDev +19.2%
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.

Jun 09, 2016
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kittycatsnake from California

4.9/5  rDev +88.5%
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!!!!

Jun 07, 2016
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Squire from Mississippi

2.23/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Apr 14, 2016
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jwc215 from Arizona

1.81/5  rDev -30.4%
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.

Apr 10, 2016
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constantine_272 from Oregon

3.32/5  rDev +27.7%
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.

Mar 02, 2016
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stevoj from Idaho

2.5/5  rDev -3.8%
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....

Jan 21, 2016
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InsideLiquorMan from Canada (AB)

1.2/5  rDev -53.8%
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.

Nov 23, 2015
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TheSixthRing from California

2.89/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

Aug 18, 2015
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MissYa from Washington

2.81/5  rDev +8.1%
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.

Aug 10, 2015
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pat61 from Minnesota

3/5  rDev +15.4%
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.

Jul 14, 2015
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Beer rating: 63 out of 100 with 308 ratings