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

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

BEER STATS
Ratings:
281
Reviews:
107
Avg:
2.71
pDev:
26.94%
 
 
Wants:
12
Gots:
38
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0
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Photo of Burgz
1.33/5  rDev -50.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.5

Photo of GCB68
1.75/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Photo of Hawkfish
3.1/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Photo of seakayak
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.89/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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Photo of MissYa
2.81/5  rDev +3.7%
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.

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Photo of jpuetz
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Kevbot
3.79/5  rDev +39.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of pat61
3/5  rDev +10.7%
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 jgunther71
2.5/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of AdmiralOzone
2.17/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of SuperMario
2.21/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of zaraspook
2.38/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

Photo of markgugs
2.49/5  rDev -8.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Photo of TrilliumFan
2.13/5  rDev -21.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.25

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

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

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Photo of Bendavid_walker
2.75/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 3

Photo of Phi_Psi_OR_Beta
2.98/5  rDev +10%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

"It's the water" and not much more.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.25/5  rDev +19.9%
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 colingaiser
2.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz can into a tulip...

L: It's a hazy yellow, bordering on light amber, and I managed to achieve a very delicate 2-finger head with no lacing to speak of.

S: The yeast takes control of the aroma -- it's bready and biscuity, though there's a faint note of maybe unripe pear. Unfortunately there's a distinctly metallic undertone that throws the whole thing off.

T: The flavor is light, and doesn't differ much from the smell. It's grainy, bready, biscuity, and again that off-putting metallic flavor rears its ugly head. The finish is unpleasant, kind of like your mouth is coated in yeast.

F: The high carbonation makes this crisp, fizzy, and drinkable, and it actually has a fuller body than other popular adjuncts. The mouthfeel reminds me of a decent amber.

O: This is one of the better mass-produced adjunct lagers, in that it's actually tolerable. The mouthfeel helps mask some of the unpleasantness in the flavor profile. If you need a cheap "party beer", this isn't a terrible choice.

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Photo of HoppySeb
2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

The beer is light and crisp as you'd expect for an adjunct. Flavors and aroma's are very faint and the finish for the beer is poor (unlike those AAL with bready/caramelly malt finish). Way better options for the price range.

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Photo of Gabriel_Vaughn
1.88/5  rDev -30.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

A soft white lace, not much there. Pale golden hue
S scent actually jumps out at me gets the attention
T taste declines quickly, not too much flavor just dull watery..
M feel is fine at first more and more I sip, the more I feel the water
O

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Photo of Moose90
2.25/5  rDev -17%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Olympia Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
2.71 out of 5 based on 281 ratings.
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