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Olympia Beer | Pabst Brewing Company

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2.58/5
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286 Ratings
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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

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#44,795
Reviews:
109
Ratings:
286
pDev:
27.52%
Bros Score:
0
 
 
Wants:
14
Gots:
38
Trade:
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Ratings: 286 |  Reviews: 109
Photo of OldSchoolMike
3.9/5  rDev +51.2%
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
3.78/5  rDev +46.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

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 -3.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.68/5  rDev +3.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of pistol_pete
2.6/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of davidward
1/5  rDev -61.2%
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%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mnine
2.52/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of fthegiants
1.75/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Photo of sharpski
3/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Sound_Explorer
2.69/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of rodbeermunch
2.91/5  rDev +12.8%
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 +48.1%
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 +39.9%
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 -24.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of sjrider
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Kubishark
3/5  rDev +16.3%
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 +20.2%
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 +89.9%
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 -43.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Rollmeaway2loadout
2.83/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Squire123
2.23/5  rDev -13.6%
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 -29.8%
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 +28.7%
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.

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Photo of stevoj
2.5/5  rDev -3.1%
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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Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
Beer rating: 2.58 out of 5 with 286 ratings
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