Olympia 95% Malt | Pabst Brewing Company

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Olympia 95% MaltOlympia 95% Malt

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.78%

Availability: Year-round

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Added by MNJR on 03-18-2011

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3.95/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a brilliant amber-straw in color, topped with a frothy head which is just a shade tanner than off-white. Carbonation is exemplary. Lacing is good -- definitely good for the style.

Pale and crystal malts here, along with an addition of Vienna and Munich or Carapils. Quite bready, somewhat earthy, and with a very minimal hop character. Reminds me of a classic Helles Lager.

A light sweetness and a bit of a sharp hop tang start the palate off on the right track, and a dry, bready character takes over from the midpoint onward. Dry finish, and with an exemplary lingering bitterness -- this is an AAL?

The sweetness here is -again- somewhat reminiscent of a Helles, and never takes center stage much less is overwhelming. Approaches medium bodied which -considering the style- I typically find is true of heavier, boozier AALs, Ice beers and malt liquors, which are almost always sweeter. A very clean beer, good mouthfeel, and with a very minimal adjunct aftertaste.

Overall --and for the style-- Oly 95% is exceptional. 95% malt and 5% adjunct -- very interesting. I've enjoyed two cans over the past two nights, and while it compares favorably to 'classic 1960s / Gusto" recipe Schlitz, I prefer this one : )

This is one of the best pale American lagers I've had in years, and I'd go so far as to call it an exceptional buy (12pack for under $8 after tax). Worth seeking out if you like a nice, easy-drinking mostly-malt pale lager!

Served chilled, in a vintage Olympia Pilsener glass.

Note: Best before: July 04 2011

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3.88/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has the Olympia label, basically, but the color scheme is orange and tan, and it says "All Natural 95% Malt." I can find no reference to this product anywhere on the web. It is a true mystery. I bought a 12-pack at Mandy's Liquor on Lawrence in Chicago, and this is the only place I have ever seen this beer. It tastes very good, and the price is right. Pours a dark lager/amber color, smells clean, and tastes like a solid, medium-priced beer should: crisp and refreshing, with the added benefits of slight spice and round grain flavors expected from a microbrew. I emailed Pabst to find out what is going on here. Stealth test marketing in Chicago? Who benefits from this? This is very odd: a new beer with no advertising, marketing or promotion of any kind suddenly appears out of nowhere at an obscure liquor store in Chicago. Go figure.

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Olympia 95% Malt from Pabst Brewing Company
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