Olympia is another old-school brand revived by Pabst (and brewed by Miller); it was one of the most popular Pacific Northwest beers back in the day. The brewery was located in Tumwater, Washington, and their big claim to success: "It’s the water."
This is a classic, for sure, but they don’t package it in 24-ounce cans. Instead I picked up a six-pack of 16-ounce cans (like the Rainier I bought).
The beer is 4.73% alcohol by volume. "Oly" for short.
Appearance: Light "dirty gold" color, very clear and still after initial pour. White head is choppy and breaks apart quickly.
Smell: This is the first I’ve noticed a prominent hop aroma… at its base is a beery smell, slightly stale, moderately corny.
Taste: Swear to god, this tastes like 70′s Americana! Soft water profile accentuated by sweet corn notes and toasted cereal. The nose of hops I noticed is absent in the flavor.
Mouthfeel: A little rough on the palate, but it has a satisfying body even though it’s light.
The verdict: Another American/Pacific Northwest classic, this is the beer my father drank and that I have fond memories of… seemed like it disappeared for awhile, but you know what? I’m glad it’s still around. It’s a little rough, sure, but there are no pretenses here… it’s quite frankly better than most of the rest of these, and I’d place it near the top of my list.