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Black Label Beer - Pabst Brewing Company

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Black Label BeerBlack Label Beer

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122 Ratings

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Ratings: 122
Reviews: 53
rAvg: 2.3
pDev: 30%
Wants: 4
Gots: 3 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.00% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-23-2001)
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Reviews by puboflyons:
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New Hampshire

2.83/5  rDev +23%

Poured from 12 fl. oz. can no. B82-82355C. It pours a pale yellow with bubbly carbonation that keeps trickling up the side of the pint glass. I note an aroma of grass, corn, and maybe some hops. Watered down on the mouth. The taste is somewhat metallic. I don't rate it quite as bad as other BA raters.

11-23-2008 20:36:46 | More by puboflyons
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3/5  rDev +30.4%

04-01-2012 04:27:11 | More by CaeserTits
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2/5  rDev -13%

Presentation: 16 oz can or better know as a half quart, red back ground with the traditional black label. No freshness date to be found.

Appearance: Crystal clear pale yellow brew, white head forms as quickly as it disappears, virtually no head is left after 15-20 seconds.

Smell: Sweet grain, smells a bit of raw cane sugar. Slight hop twang in the nose, pretty clean smelling.

Taste: Light bodied with a well placed smoothness, a light smoothness with just enough crispness. Thin malt mouth feel, a bit watered down though clean on the tongue. Malt sways from a touch of residual sweetness to a crisp biting semi astringent grain. Faded hop bitterness easily balances out the weak malt character. Some cooked corn grits flavour with more grain in the dry finish.

Notes: Nothing to write home about, decent when it is ice cold, when it warms up it becomes unpalatable. Produced for mass consumption ...

10-29-2001 11:05:14 | More by Jason
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West Virginia

2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

02-09-2013 04:34:45 | More by williamjbauer
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West Virginia

1.1/5  rDev -52.2%

One of my housemates jokingly said bring him back some back label when I asked what kind of beer I should get, and at 5.00 for a 12 pack I figured it was worth the novelty to try it. Wow, was I wrong after pouring my first one and realizing this is one of the sadest looking beers around with a yellow fizzy and thin white head this is the most boring beer I have seen. Aroma is full of cooked vegetables and smells like the burp after drinking a shitty beer, and when it comes to taste it had some sweetness there but it also had this unbearable harsh finish to it just horrible nothing good or positive to say about it. Weak carbonation thin body this beer sucks, and the drinkability you would think at least you could get drunk off of this one right??? Well, I only had a couple of 'em, however my friend who requested drank about five or six and he said he had a mild buzz but he threw in the towel because he said it felt like someone hit him in the head.

08-25-2003 14:17:29 | More by WVbeergeek
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1.63/5  rDev -29.1%

When a man goes to the store and buys himself a 40 of OE, he is looking to get drunk and is willing to sacrafice the taste of the beer to save the money in his wallet.

But there is no excuse for the taste of Black Label.It is carbonated apple cider with some everclear poured in. Starts off sweet, but the only other flavor you get on top of that sweetness is the bitter taste of pure alcohol in the back your throat.

I can tolerate such a disgusting beer so long as it is done in the name of alcohol by volume and low cost. But to have a beer with about a 4.3% abv be not even easy to drink, I see no reason to ever purchase this brew (I use the word loosely) again.

I drink cheap beer frequently, as I am poor. But one thing I expect of my low abv cheap beer is that it be easy to drink, almost like water. Don't even look at this stuff.

05-31-2005 05:52:25 | More by chrisms86
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New Jersey

1.1/5  rDev -52.2%

Black Label was introduced to me by a friend who brought it to my Bad Beer Party/Ping-Pong Tournament! Basically whoever brought the cheapest beer per can/bottle would win a prize ( $5 chotchke) Anyway, My friend who brought the Black Label ( $1.99 six-pack) won 1st place. Obviously I didn't think this Bad Beer Party through very well because at the end of the day I was stuck with a fridge full of Black Label, Piels, Meister Brau, the Beast, & Schaefer! (actually Schaefer's not THAT bad)

So, with a fridge full of swill I eventually made it to the Black Label. (Don't want to pour it out my lawn didn't do anything to deserve such treatment)

Black Label is the WORST beer I have ever had the displeasure to let slither down my throat!!
It was a typical piss color and had no head! The smell was of piss too. (Hey is someone playing a joke on me!)

The taste was of pure skunkness! NO hoppiness, no maltiness, no sweetness, no nothing, just plain rot gut. Honestly the beer tasted like the smell of old rotting beer! I could not believe it so I tried another! Well, I got what I deserved another punch in the gut!

Black Label is beyond description. It is that bad, honestly stay away. It's not even worth experimenting or even as a joke.
Just give the $2 as a tip to the Paerboy!

11-11-2003 21:53:42 | More by NJpadreFan
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2.5/5  rDev +8.7%

03-04-2014 19:30:35 | More by LeeW
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3.13/5  rDev +36.1%

Carling Black Label brewed by Heileman in Milwaukee. Although it was once a premium beer, this is now a price-point lager. It pours a straw gold body beneath a full head of bright white foam that drops shortly to an average collar and thin surface covering. Minor splashes of lace are present throughout the first half of the glass but they don't hold. Still, it's bright and clear; and the effervescent, fast-rising bubbles add something to its appearance. Surprisingly, some very light hops are muddled up with the malt in the nose, taking it just slightly beyond a generic beer aroma, and there's the typical lager note of sulphur as well. The body is light and its median carbonation leaves it delicately crisp and then smooth in the mouth. The flavor delivers a perfectly balanced combination of lightly sweet, adjunct enhanced malt and mildly spicy and herbal hops over a sublime bitterness. If only there was just MORE flavor to it. Still, there's just enough character and flavor here to make this a "drinkable" beer. It finishes dry with a swirl of malt and underlying hop, but no bitterness; and some delicate malt lingers in the mouth. Still, this is not bad at all, and I'd gladly quaff this instead of most light beers anyday. Of course, it's not really much more than a light beer as it is.

07-11-2004 15:56:35 | More by NeroFiddled
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New Jersey

3/5  rDev +30.4%

08-10-2013 02:58:01 | More by EBeckett3
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New Jersey

1.75/5  rDev -23.9%

07-04-2013 12:42:20 | More by erialbill
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2.95/5  rDev +28.3%

Poured from a 12 oz. can. Has a very pale yellow color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is mild, some notes of malts and corn. Taste is crisp, mild, some bitterness at the finish, nothing offensive just not a lot going on. Feels light in the mouth and has average drinkability. Overall this is a mediocre brew.

02-19-2011 15:06:51 | More by tone77
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New Jersey

1/5  rDev -56.5%

08-17-2012 01:03:04 | More by jeddis1
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2.35/5  rDev +2.2%

Back in college, we used to stock our vintage Coke machine(the kind where you pull the bottles out sideways) with Black Label bar bottles, $5.99/case. Thank god that Coke machine was ice cold. Not a terrible beer, though.

10-24-2001 13:41:18 | More by pbrian
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2/5  rDev -13%

06-27-2014 17:33:13 | More by Hendrick24
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1.25/5  rDev -45.7%

04-01-2012 20:54:35 | More by rogerthegill
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North Carolina

2.5/5  rDev +8.7%

06-26-2014 01:50:43 | More by vwbus7
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2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

04-01-2013 05:40:10 | More by bigbeers84
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2/5  rDev -13%

10-31-2013 02:44:14 | More by tommy5
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2.58/5  rDev +12.2%

I bought a case on a whim as "lake beer." It pretty much took the whole season to polish it off, as this became the "last beer in the cooler" choice on most outings. It is a cheap beer, not a terribly bad cheap beer, but you get what you pay for here. Lots of corn and a whiff of hops. A bit tart with a tolerably grainy finish. Fine for a hot day - when it is the last beer you have.

10-17-2006 21:46:02 | More by Brent
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2.25/5  rDev -2.2%

12-31-2012 04:16:05 | More by johnnydicfore
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New York

2.5/5  rDev +8.7%

05-05-2013 13:41:29 | More by Noelito76
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3/5  rDev +30.4%

11-22-2011 05:11:04 | More by RepMichigan
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New York

1/5  rDev -56.5%

03-30-2014 18:25:38 | More by ZOSO2192
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3.35/5  rDev +45.7%

Poured out of a 40oz into a Pint Glass

A- Crystal clear light yellow tint with a pearl white two finger head. Couldn't believe the lack of color in this beer.

S- Not much to it, sweet grainy smell with slight hops.

T- Once again not to much there, just a sweet malty, grainy taste with a slight hops backround which is suprising. Was kind of pumped to actually taste hops in a malt liquor. Definitely IMO the best tasting 40 beer.

M- Excellent mouthfeel. Real light and smooth with a decent amount of carbonation, enough to tickle the throat as it goes down. Nor does it leave the mouth dry by any means.

Overall if your looking for a good 40 and something to just relax with, i'd recommend this beer over all the others. No foul alcohol taste or trouble getting this one down, it's actually worth getting every now and then when you don't have much to spend.

02-05-2010 17:56:29 | More by Arenbeer
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Black Label Beer from Pabst Brewing Company
58 out of 100 based on 122 ratings.