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Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.78%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 05-28-2002

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271
Avg:
2.69
pDev:
43.12%
 
 
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Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

Best by 1/5/15.

Pours a clear gold with a foamy off-white head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, grain, cooked vegetable, and sugary aromas. Taste is much the same with grain, corn flake, and sugary flavors on the finish. There is a very mild amount of hop bitterness on the palate with each sip. This beer has a lower level of carbonation with a slightly crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a below average beer that is fairly drinkable, but there is definitely a strong element of sugar and corn flakes that I am getting from this one.

Serving type: can.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
2.82/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

you know, for a cheap and adjunct beer, this is one of the lesser of all evils. its consistent, its clean and light, and it is entirely devoid of the usual metallic and corny off flavors we are all accustomed to in these beers. no skunkiness, just boring bland yellow fizzy beer. i quite like the mouthfeel of this one, light and very active with the bubbles, good morning beer, beermosa stuff, and one of those beers you can just hammer all day and never get real messed up from. im not sure i could drink enough of this to get seriously drink, especially given all the carbonation, i might pop first. good as an afterthought beer, or a no thought beer, and frankly far better than the bud light of the world for this purpose. i see the appeal, and i think its better than most others in its class.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, the made in Canada, by 'Oly Brewing Company' version (aka Great Western Brewing, of Saskatoon) - so I don't see how the same claim to water superiority or consistency can still hold true.

This beer pours a crystal clear, medium golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly puffy, bubbly, and thinly soapy bone-white head, which leaves a few streaks of low-lying cloud lace around the glass as it rashly settles.

It smells of mildly sweet cooked corn, a touch of biscuity malt, middling warm plastic notes, and astringent dead grassy, weedy, and somewhat skunky hops. The taste is sweet corn and rice husks, a further tame graininess, weirdly perceptible saccharine alcohol, and mildly weedy, but not at all bitter, hops.

The carbonation is on the soft side, so only a rickety frothiness, the body fuller than the average light weight for the style, but that's mostly due to an airy, sugary cloyingness. It finishes still sweet, in the clammy sense, that lager-soaked barroom floor experience starting to tighten its unholy grip.

Hard to say how truly this local-ish version complies with the Cascadian original - this one is pretty blah, but serviceable enough for its place just above the canned 6-pack dregs at yer typical booze emporium, which seems about right, given the actual brewer here.

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Photo of zeff80
1.99/5  rDev -26%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

A - Poured out a bubbly, straw-yellow color with a large, pillowy, white head that actually left a little lace.

S - It smelled of corn and grain adjuncts.

T - It tasted like a macro lager. Corn, water, adjuncts with no hops or spices.

M - It was fairly crisp and somewhat sharp. A light-bodied beer.

D - Really got worse as I drank more of it. Not something that I would try again.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This can of Olympia Beer ('the pride of the states') will be going up against a can of Molson Canadian Lager ('the pride of the provinces') in today's Macro Smackdown XVI. I just made up those nicknames on the spot. I'm not even sure the brewers are proud of these two.

As is often the case, the colors are almost identical. Using sunshine as a backlight allows me to appreciate a little more banana yellow in this beer and a little more dark amber in the Molson product, but the difference is slight. The heads are close as well... and they're both impressive.

There's more of a difference when it comes to the aromas. Olympia Beer is more musky and its competitor is slightly sweeter. Really, though, I like the fresh graininess that is the base aroma of each beer. These two are putting on a good show so far.

As in the nose, the flavor of this Pabst product is slightly more musky and husky. I keep using the word 'slightly', but there isn't a huge difference between these two pale lagers. This beer has a more forceful personality (more hops, I wonder?) and is probably my slight favorite as a result.

The mouthfeels are virtually identical. They're both light and lightly fizzy. Actually, I'm not sure that I'd want them to be any more full and any more or less bubbled. If you don't like these mouthfeels, then you don't like macro lagers. And who could possibly have a problem with macro lagers?

I've had close calls in Macro Smackdowns before, but this is probably the closest call yet. It isn't that the beers taste the same, it's that I don't really prefer one over the other. It looks like I'll have to use drinkability to produce a winner. And the winner is... Olympia Beer. The caveat is that it must be kept cold at all costs.

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Photo of woodychandler
2.96/5  rDev +10%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I CAN't believe that this is still being made. When my server brought it out, I was suddenly transported to the mid-1980's in New London, CT and Annie Newsome's El 'n' Gee Club. Monday nights were Oly Night and she always had a local punk band playing (unless a band was touring and needed to fill a night between BOS and The Living Room in Providence).

I poured some into a bucket glass, producing a finger of bone-white head with poor retention. The color was a light lemon-yellow with NE-quality clarity. The nose had that cereal/ lightly sweet lager taste that is so prevalent in CANned beers. Mouthfeel was medium with a slight sweetness that I have grown to expect. Finish was lightly sweet, but overall just kind of pedestrian. I'll stick with my memories.

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Photo of jwc215
1.81/5  rDev -32.7%
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 Wasatch
1.5/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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Photo of Halcyondays
1.97/5  rDev -26.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.5

12 oz. can,

A: Pours a very pale yellow, with a soapy frothy sudsy head with very good head retention for the style, very limited lace.

S: Carbonic acid, very mild.

T: Very mild malt, with a hint of hops. Still very seltzery.

M: Light-bodied, light carbonation (though well overcarbonated on the first sip), very watery.

D: Really nothing going. One of the cheapest beers around, and I can see why.

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Photo of stevoj
2.5/5  rDev -7.1%
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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Photo of beertunes
3.13/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into 10oz glass.Poured a clean, clear yellow with a tall, fluffy, white head that had very good retention and moderate lacing.

The aroma was the expected grainy, grassy, scent typical of the style. The flavors were also grain and grass with a slight trace of hops at the back.

The body was typically thin. Drinkability was good, for a style that I generally find to be nearly undrinkable. Overall, a decent version of the style, if forced to, I would drink this over Peeber or Buttwiper.

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Photo of Bitterbill
2.68/5  rDev -0.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

120z can, best by June 7, 2010.

Pours a straw yellow with an inch of foam and no lacing.

Big nose of grain and corn that brings a nasty kind of smell.

The taste is actually kind of bitter but not in that good of a way. Some grain and corn though not big in the taste which is a good thing. The aftertaste is harsh and not enjoyable.

Usual body and carbo for the style and an ok drinker.

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Photo of wordemupg
2.43/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

355ml can poured into pint glass April22 2010

A clear golden yellow with lots of tiny bubbles floating up to a fingers worth of head that has surprisingly good retention and leaves a couple partial rings of lace

S honey a little lemon and some adjuncts

T a little sour with some skunk and some corn perhaps not very nice

M thin and well carbonated pretty average

D what can I say this beer leaves something to be desired, it's hard to enjoy a beer if you don't like the taste

I doubt I'll ever drink this again well I won't be paying for anyways

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Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +11.5%
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.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Served on tap in a pint glass

Appearance – The beer is served a light golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving almost instantly and leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass

Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a corn syrup sweetness mixed with just a hint of grass and a little bit of bread. Along with these aromas comes just a hint of paper and some light metallic smells.

Taste – the taste begins with a sweet corn syrup taste mixed with some other sweet tastes of caramel and a little bit of a bready taste. As the taste advances even more corn and caramel sweetness comes to the tongue and with it comes a little bit of a paper and grassy taste. These flavors take the taste to its end where they leave a rather sweet and moderately smooth taste to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average for an adjunct lager of 4.6 % with a carbonation level that is on the average side for the style. The moderateness of the thickness and carbonation are perfect for the style and make for an easy drinker overall.

Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse, but overall a very easy drinker at a low price. A decent cheap session brew.

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Photo of ZAP
3.35/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had to give this oldie but goodie (maybe?) a try after seeing it's strong silver place finish at the 05 GABF.

Light straw color....initial head fades quickly...nose is sweet cooked corn, just a hint of cheapness to it....medium bodied....I expected a lighter bodied beer from it's old reputation, (or at least that's what I thought it was supposed to be like.)

Nothing offensive at all about the taste...sweet...almost sugary sweet....adjunct notes abound but there is nothing wrong with the taste.

Overall I could drink this easily after playing hockey...I think this beer could surprise some people (particularly macro drinkers with an open mind)..no bad off flavors or bad finish...nice sweeter taste....not bad at all for the style...

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.02/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A tall boy orange can. Poured a big, foamy head... a bit too much. The body is clear, golden with lots of bubbles coming up.
The aroma is grain and metal, but less metallic than most for this style.
Well, it's vying for most tasteless beer. Watery through and through with the mildest bitterness.
The texture is crisp with moderate carbonation.
I'm not sure there's actually anything in it.

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Photo of Reidrover
1.87/5  rDev -30.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Ok bought in the 16 oz "tall boy"..another old time macro..which seems to have fallen by the wayside in recent decades.
The appearance of the bber when poured into a glass is not too appealing,,..a light golden yellow..with a head that lasted all of 2 seconds..little carbonation visible.
Smell is pretty boring stuff..typical macro hopping some malts but very weak hearted.
Taste is mostly of water..with a small amount of sickly sweet malts./.a bitter aftertaste , but it isnt hops.
Below average on the mouth watery yet cloying.
Not too drinkable for me now I might have tolerated this a few years back though.

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Photo of RonaldTheriot
4/5  rDev +48.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Olympia beer has a thick, white head, a clear, bubbly, straw appearance, and a nice amount of lacing left behind on the glass. The aroma is of sweet malt, grain, and a slight hop sting (stereotypical American-style lager). The flavor is likewise typical for American-style lager: sweet, mild malt, grain (corn), a kiss of the hops, and water. In other words, just "that beer taste". Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Olympia finishes crisp, clean, refreshing, and dry. Overall, I find it to be a good, pleasant beer.

RJT

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Photo of Vancer
3.08/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Farewell to Falstaff..

Well, now had the Olympia on 2nd Falstaff farewell at the Tin Can. MY college beer. Geez, actual more malty, sweet and drinkable than the Falstaff. Like a Schlitz, has no aroma at all. Used to buy it $3 for a 12 pack of bottles. This one wasn’t bad at all, I could see having a couple while cutting the grass, but I don’t think it’s even available anymore at store.

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Photo of harrymel
2.99/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Best by 04MAR13

Pale gold glass with a solid stream of bubbles from the bottom. No foam. Smells of light hay, lemon, grain and a little bit of apple. Taste is clean and corny, with some grain and a little light white grape juice. The feeling is light, crisp and moderately highly carbonated with a wet finish. All and all I'm not particularly disappointed.

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Photo of flexabull
2.86/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Leftover from a lake party. It's 109 degrees outside, so this could hit the spot... let's see.

Pours a crystal clear light gold color with a decent head.

Aromas are Macro Lager all the way. Smells like rice, crisp and dull. Not much there.

Taste is fairly creamy from the malts and other adjuncts. It's crisp, clean, rice like, and completely uninteresting, but also non offensive as well.

Mouthfeel is a bit over carbonated, but not that bad.

This certainly is easy to drink, and refreshing on a scorcher of a day we have here in NorCal, but it's not really something that I would say is enjoyable to drink. But not bad at all when compared to other big Macro Lagers.

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Photo of BigBry
3.05/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Great Western Brewing brews and distributes Olympia Beer in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba. Label lists Oly Brewing Company, Saskatoon. White can with golden horse shoe label that has been the same since the 70's.
The beer pours a gold yellow with a bit of foam, but no real head. There is not much smell at all, very mild grains. At least it's not sour or metallic. The taste was typical macrobrew, as expected. It is slightly sweet and nutty, nothing offensive, or adjunct flavors. Just as you expect for a easy to drink lager. Mouthfeel might be a bit watery, but true to style, good carbonation, not flat but not too fizzy either.
Drinkable, refreshing, great for a hot day after working in the sun (that was when I had it). Ok to drink straight from the can. An OK beer at a good price, better than many other 'buck-a-beer' choices.

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Photo of emmasdad
3.18/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the can light golden yellow color with the standard finger or so of fluffy white head. Pretty standard macro fare here, cereal, grains, corn, carbonation, drink ability, a whisper of hops (maybe?). This one was a tad darker than some of the other Pabst products I've had, and seemed to be a little more full bodied and flavorful; not a lot, but a little. Pretty decent.

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Photo of bditty187
3.23/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I bought a can of Olympia at a bar (in Lincoln); it was listed under “crappy” beers.

Olympia poured a simple, pale-gold with a ½ inch of head that was snowy-white. The bulk of the head only hung around for a moment or so, but a soapy-lace remained. The nose was of muted malt, grain, and water. But the taste was surprisingly satisfying! There were enough hops to give it a kick and minimal adjuncts, which made this BA happy. I thought the taste stayed fairly consistent from start to finish.

I wish Olympia were more readily available because I found it better than the best of its class (as in PBR, Old Style, and Falstaff).

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