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
Ratings:
280
Reviews:
107
Avg:
2.71
pDev:
26.57%
 
 
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12
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1.5/5  rDev -44.6%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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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2/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of StonedTrippin
2.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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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2.25/5  rDev -17%

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2.25/5  rDev -17%

Photo of biboergosum
2.41/5  rDev -11.1%
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 largadeer
3.06/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of zeff80
1.99/5  rDev -26.6%
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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1/5  rDev -63.1%

Photo of BuckeyeNation
2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
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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3.25/5  rDev +19.9%

Photo of woodychandler
2.96/5  rDev +9.2%
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 InspectorBob
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%

Photo of jgunther71
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of jwc215
1.81/5  rDev -33.2%
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 -44.6%
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 stevoj
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
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 Mebuzzard
1.48/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Photo of Whiskeydeez
2/5  rDev -26.2%

Photo of Georgiabeer
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%

Photo of BillRoth
3/5  rDev +10.7%

Photo of wrightst
2.25/5  rDev -17%

Photo of Halcyondays
1.97/5  rDev -27.3%
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 fthegiants
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

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Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
2.71 out of 5 based on 280 ratings.
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