Olympia Beer
Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
Texas, United States
Lager - Adjunct
2.59 | pDev: 27.41%
Nov 24, 2021
May 28, 2002
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Ratings by CJanders:
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3.1/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
by CJanders from California

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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2.22 by LesDewitt4beer from Minnesota on Nov 24, 2021
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3.4/5  rDev +31.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by BNSlums from Washington

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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3.53/5  rDev +36.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by jkblr from Indiana

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
2.73 by Kolb from Montana on Mar 31, 2020
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1.77/5  rDev -31.7%
look: 2 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75
by elNopalero from California

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
2.65 by Wrigfen from South Carolina on Jul 09, 2019
2.06 by chicagoish from Pennsylvania on May 23, 2019
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2.6/5  rDev +0.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Buckeye55 from North Carolina

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
2.78 by DarrellK from Florida on Apr 21, 2019
2.5 by JWG53 from Kansas on Mar 11, 2019
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3.08/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by Col from Washington

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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1.57/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5
by hugh4765 from Washington

Looks like piss, somehow it’s worse than coors.

Feb 22, 2019
2.44 by hophead37 from Alabama on Jan 31, 2019
2.58 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
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2.73/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75
by Burly from California

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
2.43 by Mustela_Man from California on Aug 26, 2018
2.5 by Jsteez from Utah on Aug 20, 2018
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3.46/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by IceBerge12 from Washington

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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3.17/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
by jadpsu from Georgia

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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2.99/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Sauron13 from Utah

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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3.94/5  rDev +52.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
by Schmidtysentya2490 from Washington

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
2.48 by Richie_C_Johnson from Minnesota on Mar 06, 2018
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3.9/5  rDev +50.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by OldSchoolMike from North Carolina

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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4.06/5  rDev +56.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
by Lingenbrau from Oregon

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
2.49 by brewnme from Maine on Nov 07, 2017
2.68 by DrewSnyc667 from Massachusetts on Oct 06, 2017
2.6 by pistol_pete from South Dakota on Aug 01, 2017
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1/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1
by davidward from Florida

Watered down Cascade piss.

Jul 12, 2017
2.45 by BellinghamBiker from Connecticut on Jun 18, 2017
2.52 by mnine from California on Jun 11, 2017
1.75 by fthegiants from California on May 25, 2017
3 by sharpski from Oregon on May 24, 2017
2.69 by Sound_Explorer from Washington on May 03, 2017
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2.91/5  rDev +12.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75
by rodbeermunch from Nevada

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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3.82/5  rDev +47.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by BeerBobber from Nevada

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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3.61/5  rDev +39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by buschbeer from Ohio

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
1.94 by Superheatnsubcool from Washington on Sep 11, 2016
2.5 by sjrider from California on Jul 20, 2016
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3/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
by Kubishark from Maryland

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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Beer rating: 62 out of 100 with 308 ratings