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RATINGS: 318   WEIGHTED AVG: 1.84/5   EST. CALORIES: 144   ABV: 4.8%
For nearly 110 years, the secret of this Great Northwest beer hasn’t been a secret at all: “It’s the Water.” This and a whole lot more. Since 1896, our famous brewing water, superior ingredients and unsurpassed skill as brewers have combined to make “Oly” an affordable beer with a particularly satisfying taste.

95% malt.

pootzboy's rating

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 7/20
pootzboy (1671) - 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.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
dekester1 (346) - Neenah, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 4, 2015
Poured a mid gold with light head and lacing. Slightly sweet aroma of malts and light hops. Taste is very smooth with al light maltiness and hoppiness. Does not have the typical slightly noxious taste associated with most grain laden lagers. Palate was decent. One of the better pale lagers I have tried. Too bad it’s not available in my area...

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
stevoj (3112) - Boise, Idaho, USA - JUN 15, 2015
Can at The Lift. It is what is. Cheap, quenching, with a smidge of flavor. Malt makes an appearance in the taste. Drink cold for best effect.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 5/20
xuqi (11) - Nevada, USA - JUN 9, 2015
not bad, caramel, bread, hay, toast, chocolate, hay, leather, bubblegum, bubblegum, citrus

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 3/20
bpar73 (773) - Bellaire, Michigan, USA - MAY 3, 2015
Another oldie from way back when it was a novelty to get beer from the west coast. As I recall it held it’s own against the Bud I was drinking back then.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
ajnepple (4074) - Colorado, USA - APR 27, 2015
12 oz via can. Pretty bland pale lager that tastes like most domestic sludge, perhaps some corny grains in there somewhere. Light bodied and pretty easy to chug.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkmagus82 (2089) - - APR 3, 2015
Served on tap in a pint glass Appearance – The beer is served a light golden color with a one finger head of fizzy white foam. The head fades super-fast, leaving almost instantly and leaving almost no lace on the sides of the glass Smell – The aroma of the beer is strongest of a corn syrup sweetness mixed with just a hint of grass and a little bit of bread. Along with these aromas comes just a hint of paper and some light metallic smells. Taste – the taste begins with a sweet corn syrup taste mixed with some other sweet tastes of caramel and a little bit of a bready taste. As the taste advances even more corn and caramel sweetness comes to the tongue and with it comes a little bit of a paper and grassy taste. These flavors take the taste to its end where they leave a rather sweet and moderately smooth taste to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is average for an adjunct lager of 4.6 % with a carbonation level that is on the average side for the style. The moderateness of the thickness and carbonation are perfect for the style and make for an easy drinker overall. Overall – Not a flavor powerhouse, but overall a very easy drinker at a low price. A decent cheap session brew.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - APR 3, 2015
Classic pale lager from the days when beer was uncomplicated. Is it great beer? Certainly not. Is it drinkable? Yep. Not only is it tasteless, it doesn’t even have an aftertaste. Now that’s an accomplishment! If this were vodka we’d rate it very highly for its smoothness. What can you expect from a beer that has "It’s the Water" as its label? They’re telling us up front that it’s water.

   AROMA 1/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 1/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 2/20
jsporrer (216) - 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 didn’t believe that something this bad was actually made in the US. It wasn’t quite as bad as Hamms but it wasn’t much better.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 6/20
exeter (482) - calgary, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 13, 2014
The first time I had this beer was back in the late 1970’s. 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 it’s shit. Hole ~ When I went to school in Olympia Well everyone’s the same What do you do with a revolution?

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 2/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 2/20
BeerAndPonies (128) - 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. I’m certain this is an emulsion of corn oil and Regina tap water.

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