Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Old Style Review

Name: Old Style
Brewed by: Pabst/Miller
Style: Adjunct Lager
ABV: 4.72%

What can I say about Old Style? Well for starters, if you've ever been to Chicago, you would know that there is an Old Style sign on virtually every block in the city proper. I'm not making this up either, you literally cannot wildly swing a bat anywhere in Chicago without hitting at least 2 Old Style signs. (Note: Please don't actually try this...)

Every bar in Chicago has it in stock, even places like The Maproom. And it is the official beer of the Chicago Cubs. In fact, it is probably the reason why attendance for Cubs games are as astronomically high as they are now, though that could be due to the fact that whenever I went to a Cubs game, the price of a Tallboy was around $3-4 a can. It is worth noting too that it is the very reason why the Red Line L-Train smelled like booze whenever I was unfortunate enough to be on there the day a Cubs game was happening.

Yet during my time in Chicago I never once had it. By that point, I was drinking nothing but craft beer and had moved along from macro-lagers. That changes today! So let's take a look at the beer that Chicago loves to call it's very own (despite no longer actually being brewed in Chicago.)

Appearance - Clear pale yellow color with a mild amount of visible carbonation. The head starts out foamy but fades away after a couple minutes and the lacing is on the spottier side

Aroma - Pale malts, cardboard, metallic rust & cereal grains with a light amount of skunkiness but otherwise uneventful.

Taste - Pale malts & light cardboard upfront with some cereal grains in the middle and back. In the back of the palate there's a strange bitterness but it's not a hoppy bitterness. It's almost like a rusty metallic bitterness. At the same time, it also tastes very watery.

Old Style reminds me of this one time I left a plastic bottle of water in a hot car for a few days then decided to take a swig of it once it cooled down, all the while not knowing how long it had been in there for. That's pretty much the flavor of Old Style in a nutshell.

Listen to me, Chicago; This isn't the beer you should call "Chicago's Beer" because this is absolute crap. I mean, you literally cannot get much crappier than this! It's watery, metallic & bitter (Not in the good way either!) Frankly the only thing that saves it from being bottom of the barrel god-awful is that there is no skunky taste that was present in the nose.. In any case, avoid this at all costs!

Old Style - 1.5/10

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