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For nearly 110 years, the secret of this Great Northwest beer hasnít been a secret at all: ďItís the Water.Ē This and a whole lot more. Since 1896, our famous brewing water, superior ingredients and unsurpassed skill as brewers have combined to make ďOlyĒ an affordable beer with a particularly satisfying taste.

95% malt.


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1.8
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
pootzboy (1597) - Hawgville, Ontario, - MAY 26, 2004
Ahhh yes an old friend revisited...Lessee now...got the "Tumwater" logo on the can....got the weak,pale straw highly carbonated look...got the same weak taste punctuated by barely detectable hopping and the harsh finish of green beer...yup this is "Oly" as I remember it as a thirsty kid crowding Montana and Idaho bars on the Victoria day week end. The locals dubbed it "headache beer" but to get a headache from this brew, one must guzzle so many your kidneys will scream as they ocify. >:-0 A great icon of weak US standard mega brews but still a thirst buster for many who toil in the concrete mines.


0.6
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jsporrer (24) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 14, 2014
My first experience with this was in the late 70s while I was in Panama. It was one of the cheapest beer around and all of the local San Blas Indian workers on base drank it. I tried it and hated the taste. It felt like drinking a can of yeast flavored water. Even ice cold it was intolerable to drink. I actually thought it was a local beer until I read the label. I didnít believe that something this bad was actually made in the US. It wasnít quite as bad as Hamms but it wasnít much better.

1.9
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
exeter (362) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
The first time I had this beer was back in the late 1970ís. In our closed world then, this was a special beer because it was American and I was Canadian. Although I lived only 50 miles from the border it was a tough beer to find. When I finally hit the age to drink in the USA, I finally got to taste this beer. I found that it was crisp and refreshing with a nice sweet cereal taste. The 2014 version is made here in Canada, and itís shit. Hole ~ When I went to school in Olympia Well everyoneís the same What do you do with a revolution?

1.2
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
BeerAndPonies (29) - Medicine Hat, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 30, 2014
355 ml can purchased from Sobeys Liquor outlet, and served in an undimpled mug. Pours bright yellow, akin to corn oil, with a large white head that vanishes quickly, with plenty of carbonation. Aroma is very sweet malts and corn oil; flavor is the same obnoxious malt and corn medley. Slightly slick body. Any hop presence is masked by all the corniness. The malt and corn lingers long enough to make you want to staple an eviction notice to your tongue and a reminder to never buy this bilge-brew again to your eyelids. Canadian Olympia is made in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, so tasters who found it more palatable must be getting American-sourced Oly, with its vaunted artesian spring water, or something. I managed to finish the supply, albeit unhappily. Iím certain this is an emulsion of corn oil and Regina tap water.

2.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ARH (563) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2014
16 oz can poured into a shaker. The aromas of corn, grain, and cereal are most notable. It pours an oily yellow with a white foam head. The taste is medium sweet. The texture is oily with fizzy carbonation and light body. Flavors of corn bread and cereal dominant. It has a slight astringentcy with a syrupy aftertaste. Slightly above average corn adjunct lager.

1
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 4/20
slowrunner77 (6088) - Reno, Nevada, USA - SEP 25, 2014
"Mouthfeel akin to a Keystone light...otherwise your standard crappy american cheap lager. I must put in a disclaimer - I did not pay for this swill, it was given freely. Still sucked, though.

0.8
   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
bpreo (1761) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - SEP 11, 2014
Similar to Rainer, a cheap Pacific Northwest Lager. First tried May 22nd, 2013.

0.5
   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 1/20
Travlr (13411) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2014
Itís an amazing feat of modern technology when you can take pure water, add some ingredients, and end up with something lighter and less flavorful than the original water.

3
   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
BlackEyePA (573) - USA - JUL 19, 2014
This is a good brew for an american light beer. Clean, refreshing and smooth. No funk or lingering aftertaste. It actually does seem that the water is higher quality than typical light beers. It may be all in my head and its made in the back of the bud factory, but it is my new go to cheapo brew. Golden amber in color, a little head and lacing, not too carbonated. Just go get some, you will enjoy it. Get the Orange box!

2.5
   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
beertholomeus (891) - California, USA - JUN 5, 2014
Pours yellow with a thick white head. Grass, grain, light floral hop and malt aroma. Corn, grass, grain, light floral hop and malt flavors. Light body and average carbonation. Grain and grass finish.

3.1
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Bulk_Carrier (2269) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - MAY 16, 2014
UPDATED: MAY 28, 2014 Stamped on the bottom of the can, it reads "July 28, 2014." I poured this into a pint glass. The appearance was an extremely clear yellow color with fast rising carbonation feeding into the head. A vast amount of carbonated foamy clingy lacing sticks nicely to the glass as the head dies. The smell has the cooked corn and rice but actually doesnít come across as disgusting as some other AALís. The taste is sweet through the previously mentioned smells. There is no aftertaste nor is there any finish. On the palate, it sits fairly light and shows an exceptionally well sessionability. The carbonation sits fairly well for the style and comes across fairly smooth. Overall, whoah, where did this come from? Finally, an AAL I can get behind. In my opinion, this blows Budweiser outa the water. I was a little surprised about this, but say to the AAL crowd seek this over Budweiser and youíll be surprised.


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