Olympia 95% Malt | 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 MNJR on 03-18-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
58
Reviews:
27
Avg:
3.36
pDev:
18.75%
 
 
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14
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1.25/5  rDev -62.8%

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1.5/5  rDev -55.4%

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2.25/5  rDev -33%

Photo of ch473
2.47/5  rDev -26.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

This is a totally average beer in almost every way: which is to say, it's better than many macro lagers and some of it's liquor store neighbors but just as easy to swig.

I have to comment on the design. The can is awesome. Classic gold, black and pumpkin orange with a nice layout of river rapids, a giant horseshoe for luck and iconic northwestern evergeens in the back. One of the best can designs out there, which is what got my attention in the first place.

The color is surprisingly impressive, it's a nice bright amber orange with a big fluffy head that drops fast. It looks much better than its piss-colored competitors it shares a shelf with.

BTW, it was $7.99 for 12.

The smell is pretty blah. Slight sugary maltiness, but really it smells just like every other cheap beer Pabst owns, which is to say, it's like walking into an old barn full of hay. Cereal. Actually the scent gets slightly more malty as it warms (it's 95 degrees right now and I don't have the A/C on) but just barely. The scent has a hint of the heavy, sweet air that surrounds the AB brewery in my little town. But even half a mile away, the Bud plant exhaust is more interesting than this.

For all its great color there is not a lot of flavor here. It tastes just like it smells. It's very thin and watery, more than I expected from the flavor present. The sweetness lingers on the tongue. It's not as crisp as say Budweiser or Pabst, but I could chug 12 of these just as easily.

I'm glad to see a classic every-man's beer like this coming back; even though it's not exactly a standout, it's still something different for folks like me who can't afford to pay $6/six pack or $12/twelve pack. I could easily confuse this with Stag except Olympia's a bit thinner. It's like a cheaper, slightly watered-down Michelob; not bad at all and more interesting than most other Pabst productions.

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Photo of bwgassman
2.5/5  rDev -25.6%

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2.52/5  rDev -25%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of misternebbie
2.73/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

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2.75/5  rDev -18.2%

Photo of chocosushi
2.76/5  rDev -17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Bought from The Corkscrew in Norman
12oz can -> Marshall pint

A ~ Medium Pale gold. Nice head for an adjunct.

S ~ Wheat and sweet corn.

T ~ Fresh baked bread. Dead hop bite. Tastes similar to
Lionshead but not as sweet. i definitely taste metal at the end.

M ~ The mouthfeel actually isn't that bad. Pretty smooth, not too much graininess.

D ~ Definately drinkable, but i don't like this style. All in all it's executed well for what it is, though.

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Photo of dertyd
2.78/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of chugalug06
2.95/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Clear yellow with orange tint, lots of white foamy head.

Lots of earthy grains, slight rotten aroma, smells like keystone light.

Light, crisp, slightly buttery, lighter carbonation, wet, refreshing. No bitterness or sweetness. Very balanced and mild.

Highly recommend for a shitty beer; it was $5.09/6pk of 16oz cans. I'm ok with this beer. It's very welcoming and inviting.

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

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3/5  rDev -10.7%

Photo of industrialswill
3.06/5  rDev -8.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Anxious to try this new version of a beer I drank 30-40 years ago.
Bright yellow with a thick head.
Smell is faint
The flavor is non-descript. It doesn't have as much flavor as any of the AALs that I usually drink. It's not bad, just nothing special.
This was the last 12 pack on the shelf at the supermarket, so maybe I got to this one a little bit late...?

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Photo of Foyle
3.08/5  rDev -8.3%

Poured from 12 oz can into pint glass.
Appearance: pours a thick, frothy white head which gradually recedes leaving mild lacing. Clear, light golden appearance with plenty of streaming carbonation.
Aroma: white bread dough, yeast, maybe a little corn.
Mouthfeel: light bodied and fairly fizzy with a pleasant dry finish.
Flavor: lightly toasted barley malt, yeast roll, corn and some grassy hops in the finish.
Overall: pleasant and easy drinking. Well done to the style

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Photo of McStagger
3.13/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

From my understanding, all Olympia is now 95% malt. So I'm reviewing it here.

A: Pours a fairly golden color. Moderate to high carbonation. Finger of white head. Rapid dissipation. Can hear the bubbles. Not much in the way of retention. Looks fairly typical.

S: Smells fairly typical, as well. Some small malt bill. Hops are sorta soapy and metallic. Little bit of straw in there. Some adjunct is coming through, but it's not an overpowering mess of cornflakes. Smells clean and straightforwad, if not a little watered down.

T: Light, crispy and easy. Up front is thin malts, transitions into a mild apple/grain that has just some adjunct in it. Hops are much more prevalent on the end. Slightly spicy finish.

M: Light bodied and carbonated like a BMC. My biggest complaint about this beer. Bubbles are vigorous to the point of being seltzer like.

O: I'm not so sure this is the 95% percent after drinking it. Has enough of a corn element to make me wonder.. Still, no "off" flavors and a fairly clean finish. Not a Schlitz by any means, but also 3 dollars cheaper a twelver.

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Photo of Reidrover
3.2/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Found at Winco, Salem. $7.58 a 12 pack.
Having read the two reviews i was intrested in trying this. I had Olympia a few years back and it was dreadful.
Here goes.
Appearance typical American lager..yellow,clear body small white head..big difference this time was the copious and thick lace.
Aroma, biscuity,papery malts,,with a hint of lemon zest..not offensive
Taste is were this is different from the original..much bigger malt profile,not too sweet though and leaves a noticable bitterness at the end..maybe even a kiss of hops .Way better.
Mouthfeel is also way better..much more substantial.
Overall an average lager really..but thats a huge inmprovment from the Oly i had 4 years ago.
Im guessing this is a reversion to an older recipe..way older.
Nice for the price.

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Photo of flexabull
3.21/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My brother likes good beer, but he also likes cheap stuff too (so do I from time to time) so when he came over last night, I went beer shopping, and picked this up for $6 for 12, 50 cents a can!

95% malt, I guess that leaves 5% rice?

Here goes, pours a bright yellow color with a very nice big white head, I see some lacing too. This actually looks good!

Aromas are about non existent. I smell maybe some sugars and minerals, but nothing else. Not bad though.

Taste is much like the nose, hard to find. Taste is pretty clean, some bready flavors, light spice, and a crisp mineral like finish.

Mouthfeel is not bad, fairly full, with good body, smooth too.

Overall, a pretty decent adjunct lager. It lacks aromas and a lot of flavor, but it's refreshing and thirst quenching.

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Photo of Dsutterfield
3.24/5  rDev -3.6%

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Olympia 95% Malt from Pabst Brewing Company
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