drowland (6771) - Georgia, USA - AUG 1, 2009
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Had from a 12oz. can from a friend. I was curious to try this since they’ve went back to the older version. Honestly, it’s not great, but it’s not nearly as bad as Old Style was before they went back to this recipe.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - APR 18, 2010
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 7/20
A few cans killed on the balcony with friends. Been awhile since I did a "Slumming it" rating. 12 oz can pours a pale straw, transparent, bubbly bright white carbonation driven head that dies to a small ring, laces minimally. Aromas are cereal grains, corn, hulls, a bit watery and a touch dirty. Simple. Initial is similar, light bodied and a mix of watery grains, corn, cereal malts, and no real hop presence to be found. Goes down very easy, very forgetful, but it would be hard to find too many outward offensive flavors in this beer. A light lager that lacks character and gets a bit vegetal through the watery thin body.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5402) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 8, 2011
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Sampled from a 12 oz can this beer poured a medium yellow-gold with a medium sized soapy whit head that faded quickly. The aroma was sweet, tangy, corny and industrial. The flavor was dryish, tangy and had a touch of cardboard. The finish was short, tangy and vaguely bitter. Thin body. Not much to this one. Bland and inoffensive.
Skyview (5296) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2009
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Purchased from Cellars Wine & Spirits in Shorewood, MN and sampled from 12-oz can, pours a clear golden straw brew with a decent white head that slowly dissipates to a thin white ring and film top. A little more golden grain malt and citrus hop aroma than the previous version with a hint of corn. Taste is smoother and not as gritty as the previous version, light bodied, some carbonation with a nice balanced flavors of golden grain malt, corn, citrus hops and a hint of white bread dough. Finish is light, crisp and clean cut with very little aftertaste. Definitely a smoother and easy drinking light beer compared to the previous version but not as semi-sweet as the historical Heileman product of the 1970s and 1980s. A decent session beer for hot summers and mass market light beer drinkers but not a beer geek caliper beer. Along with the recent Schlitz 1960s formula revival I am happy to see another historical brand returned with a decent light beer formula.
JPDIPSO (5045) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 30, 2009
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Can. Straw color and a nice tall off-white head. Decent steady flow of bubbles regenerate the head. Corn and grain aromas, no real change detected. Hints of pale malt in the front. Decent feel, not as spritzy as it looks. Some grains in the middle, but really quite thin flavor-wise. HInt os floral hops in the finish. I’ll say it does seem to be a bit smoother, but still quite lacking in flavor.
badgerben (4598) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - APR 26, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to Skyview for sharing! Yellow color with a medium head. Light grain and corn aroma. Pretty much the same flavor. Cleanly fermented, nothing offensive at all. Certainly drinkable.
Nuffield (3819) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2013
1.9 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Side by side with the "regular" Old Style. This retains evidence of head much longer, though the color is basically the same. I would agree that there is a slightly smoother texture to this--less carbonation on the finish and a sensibility that it is like a hand-pull vs. a pressurized tap. But the flavor is also less distinctive--more watery, less grain. Probably a notch better than the regular, but tough to say when you’re making judgments in this league of beers. Can.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 25, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the can at Wrigley Field. Pours a pale yellow/gold with fluffy white head. Nose is musty and grainy, light corn notes. Beer smell. On taste, very quenching on a hot day. Pretty reasonable beer and clean. No off flavors. Tasty enough.
Frank (3299) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JUN 27, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
So Old Style changed its recipe to an old one and RateBeer thinks it’s a different beer. Having drank plenty of both versions I can tell you that it’s not much different and I have no idea why as of June of 2010 it’s listed as a separate beer. That being said, I love my ticks so here goes... This is as classic an example you can get of an American lager brewed w/ corn. From it’s yellow golden color to its crisp, light flavor it is pretty much exactly what you expect from this style. The possible exception to this is I find it has somewhat less carbonation than many of its cousins which makes it a bit more drinkable but a bit less crisp. There are examples of American lagers I like better but that is mostly personal preference. This is about as good as it gets for the style and was before they changed to the old recipe too.
shigadeyo (3246) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - SEP 22, 2009
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
9/06/2009: Old Style "Authentically Kraeusened"... I used to drink quite a bit of the "regular" Old Style when I was in college. It was decent but not really that great even then, so I was a bit reluctant to buy this now. But alas, we ran out of beer at our little cookout and the grocery store was the closest place to get some beer that was still opened. Anyway... I was quite pleased with the "new" (old?) Old Style that is "authentically kraeusened" (I know this because it is plastered all over the box and label!). The aroma and flavor are quite similar in that they are malty, slightly sweet, and don’t have an abundance of cereal grain characteristics coming through. There is actually a really mild, but definitely there hoppiness that is just enough to keep everything in balanced. This beer is feel soft in the mouth and goes down extremely smoothly. The alcohol seems like -5% though since I grank 6+ other beers before putting down 6 of these over a 2-3 hour period and felt really quite well! In the end, I was glad that we pulled the trigger on the Old Style and would buy it again in the future.
12 fl. oz. bottles Ɩ) from a 12-pack purchased at Fred Meyer in Aurora, IL and shared by Jason. Rating #19 for this beer.