Old Style Pilsner: Kickin’ It Old School

Old Style Pilsner from Molson Coors Canada pours a pale golden colour with a soapy white head that leaves streaks of thick lace and is retained as a thin cap. This German pilsener smells of light, yet earthy toasted grains, honey, apple and it has a mild floral tone that reminds me of lilac as well as a sharp mineral note.

Old Style Pilsner
Go Riders!

The taste of Old Style Pilsner is grainy, grassy and fairly sweet with a tart acidic bite in the finish and an earthy aftertaste that also leaves a mineral-like bitterness on the back of the throat. The lager has a certain creaminess about it, is medium bodied and exudes moderate carbonation.

The packaging of Old Style Pilsner can best be described as kitschy. Imagery printed in yellow, green, red and white depicts a western Canadian scene from the early 20th century that includes a steam engine, a teepee and a horse drawn carriage set against the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

Though the beer is closely associated with Saskatchewan culture because of its ubiquitous popularity there and long-time sponsorship of the Saskatchewan Roughriders, it was originally brewed in 1926 by Sick’s Breweries Limited in Lethbridge, Alberta, which was purchased by Molson in 1958.

Old Style Pilsner may be a touch too sweet, but it is a solid pilsener considering the price point. Discount (or macro) beers don’t get much better than this. This beer is best served cold and in my experience has gone well with pizza, shawarma, cold cut sandwiches and roasted potatoes. Old Style Pilsner can be found in bottles and cans nationwide and at the LCBO and The Beer Store here in Ontario.

Type: German Pilsener
Country: Canada
Region: –
Brewery: Molson Coors Canada
Format Purchased: 473 ml
Price: $1.95
Alcohol Content: 5.0%

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