Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9% - Sleeman Breweries Ltd.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9%Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9%

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Ratings: 8
Reviews: 2
rAvg: 2.83
pDev: n/a
Wants: 1
Gots: 4 | FT: 0
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Ontario, Canada

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  5.90% ABV

Availability: Year-round

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Beer added by: thehyperduck on 09-12-2013

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Ratings: 8 | Reviews: 2
Reviews by thehyperduck:
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2.71/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355 mL can from TBS; packaged July 18 2013. A new offering from 'Stroh Canada', aka Sleeman - I've always been a little fond of PBR, but I'm a little skeptical of this amped up imitation. Is it just malt liquor in disguise, or is it actually worthy of its namesake, which is (IMO) one of the better adjunct lagers available? Served well chilled.

Pours a pale golden-yellow colour, topped with one finger of frothy, soapy white head. It hangs around for at least a few minutes, and even manages to leave behind a few strands of lacing - all in all, a pretty good looking lager. Weak aroma; I can't fairly say it smells terrible, because it barely smells like anything at all. There's a whiff of gritty corn, but it's not particularly grainy, sweet, or even anything off-putting - just empty and bland.

My first sip leaves me a little disappointed... this is tolerable, but it has none of the clean drinkability of its progenitor. While not cloying or gross, it's a lot sweeter than the aroma let on, with a strong dose of corn husk starting us off. Faint hints of grainy malts and hay are soon drowned out by a syrupy hit of ethanol toward the finish - leaving a slick, rather unenjoyable feel behind on the palate. A little thick/slick for the style, but overall not much more than light bodied. Nothing about this is so offensive that I couldn't throw a few back, but it's not something I'm in a hurry to re-purchase.

Final Grade: 2.71, a C-. PBR 5.9% - which I suspect is actually just a re-branded version of the 'PBR Dry' that Sleeman recently took off the market - performs fairly strongly when compared to its real competition. I'm of course referring to ice beers, malt liquors, and the other dregs at the bottom of the 'value brand beer' barrel. I consider this a slightly more hardcore version of James Ready - drinkable if you're broke and not very picky, but probably not something most people would want as a staple.

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2.67/5  rDev n/a
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

355ml single can, as produced at the Sleeman facilities in Guelph, Ontario, and represented by Stroh Canada. Let the fun begin - oh, and nice blurry image here - suitable for this unnecessary release.

This beer pours a clear, bright pale golden yellow colour, with three fat fingers of puffy, quite loosely foamy, and mildly bubbly off-white head, which leaves some sparse streaky and sudsy lace around the glass as it steadily blows off.

It smells of sugary pale malt and corn grist, faint nail polish remover, tainted drupe fruit notes, and a bland earthy bitterness, which is probably the booze. The taste is acrid grainy Frankenmalt, acetone, overripe pear and stale apple, weak hay bale notes, and a growing alcohol astringency.

The carbonation is quite light and effervescent, and not really interested in tickling my palate as such, the body medium-light in weight, but to no one's real benefit, and sickly in its plebeian attempt at smoothness. It finishes too damned sweet, too damned astringent, and too damned hipster malt liquorish (holy shit, that's a word?).

Blah - I'm sure this will play to the subset of the Pabst brand's target market that steps out more than once and a while to the likka store on the corner (around from the trendy pub) and grabs a forty of whatever's on the bottom shelf. It's pretty much no different than Black Ice, TNT, or Lucky Extra, but, y'know it'll be embraced more lovingly by a less than worthy culture as soon as word gets out. Fuck.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon 5.9% from Sleeman Breweries Ltd.
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