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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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BA SCORE
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4,887 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,887
Reviews: 1,639
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 717 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.74% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

- Pabst Blue Ribbon is brewed in the finest traditions of an American Premium Lager dating back to 1844. Brewed with a combination of 2 & 6-row malted barley, select cereal grains and American and European hops, Pabst Blue Ribbon is fermented with a proprietary lager yeast. Our unique fermentation and maturation process results in a smooth, full bodied beer with a clean, crisp finish with a fine noble hop aroma.
- ABV% 4.74
- Calories 144
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Ratings: 4,887 | Reviews: 1,639
Photo of BigAl18
1.04/5  rDev -64.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1

A real two-hander. One to hold the beer and one to plug your nose while choking down.

Photo of Norica
2.18/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

I honestly don't get it, even in the style subpar. Most people like it for what it isn't rather than what it is. One of my least favorite AALs which is a style that I still gravitate to.

Photo of bakkerman1
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

yüs better than Bud

Photo of Davidstan
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Better than Bud,Coors,Corona etc. classic AAL taste that has some taste at least. Beer buzz comes quickly for some reason and maybe that's why it has a weird allure in popular culture. 9 bucks for a twelver is good value and will finish/share till gone.

Photo of RonJensen
1/5  rDev -65.9%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This beer is so overrated. Too sweet, overly carbonated and has a weird chemical after taste. In your face and up yours, you silly hipsters!, you just go on and keep on drinking this crap, you and your shitty PBR are so pathetic.

Photo of Extol
3.29/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Grainy corn flakes sort of taste. It's aight.

Photo of JebBeerFish
2.83/5  rDev -3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Was at a chain restaurant, tap selection was horrid. Hadn't had PBR since high school, was cheapest beer.

Beat my very low expectations. Would I ever buy again? No, unless in a similar situation.

Photo of dukeandduke
2.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

4/16/15 (Can) - Light pour, no carbonation, head or aroma. Very thin texture and minimal taste. Smooth going down.

Photo of Gajo74
2.81/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

The taste is ok; clean and crisp, if not very basic. This is however one skunks and funky smelling brew. I know it has a cult status amongst hipsters, but I fail to see the appeal besides the cheap price. You get what you pay for I suppose.

Photo of Beeeeeerman
2.25/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Still find these in the bars

Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.4/5  rDev +50.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good ole PBR! If you want a cheap beer that's better than bud, coors or miller then it's PBR. Golden Yellow with a nice foam head. Tastes like high school prom and finger banging Mary Jane rottencrotch in the back of my Trans Am on a backroad in Oklahoma. I'd recommend this beer to anyone. $9 for a 12 pack and surpasses every beer in it's class.

Photo of BubblyTime
2.46/5  rDev -16%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Reviewing solely on taste, not value, since I've never personally bought PBR.
PBR isn't terrible, but it's agreeably bland and tasteless. Like an economy towel you buy at a department store or an aging housewife with no hobbies.
Not interesting, and nothing special. I'd pick it up at the right dive bar over other light / stock beers any day of the week, but I also would normally be drinking something better.

Photo of Absolut
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

smelled and tasted like apple juice.

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Underrated. At least it has flavor.

Photo of dikebrewery
2.03/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This beer reminds me of the time I licked Stacie Andersons azz hole (my high school sweetheart) it looked good, smelled okay but of coarse it tasted like crap.

Photo of Aliiyoob
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I can't be too hard on PBR. For the price, its the best cheap beer out there, and definitely the beer of choice if I just want to get drunk with friends. Definitely outcompetes Nattie Light, Busch Light, and all that other stuff

Photo of CellophaneJesus
3.06/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I like it as a session beer. It's not something to sit there and appreciate, just drink it. As a good friend of mine said, "It goes great with punk rock shows and smoking cigarettes."

Photo of penguin66
2.2/5  rDev -24.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I wanted something cheap and drinkable (Steel Reserve need not apply), and this was the best the gas station had to offer. I should have spent the exorbitant mark up and got something else. 6 tall boys were 5 too many.

Photo of Kyseber
2.82/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Light and crisp American macrobrewery lager, smells faintly of apples.There's a time and a place for this beer.

Photo of KenFolk1269
1.75/5  rDev -40.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

It'll get ya drunk, won't taste good until about 9.

Photo of Crthurston33
1.6/5  rDev -45.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Will only drink it if its free

Photo of Piploop
1.72/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 1.75 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I would never pay to drink this beer, it better be free..

Photo of cabelgabel
2.28/5  rDev -22.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It's like Budweiser but a little better.

Photo of TBCE
1.66/5  rDev -43.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Never understood its popularity other than being dirt cheap. Bad beer should be cheap.

Photo of priwen
3.79/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Clear, straw appearance with a foamy, white head. Nice carbonation. Aroma of corn husks with maybe a slight hint of malts. Faint whiff of citrus. The citrus is a little more prominent in the flavor. There is also some sweetness from the malts with the corn showing up on the finish. The mouthfeel is a bit watery, but substantial enough to let you know what you're drinking is something more than H2O. Clean finish. Overall, It's a classic. No frills. Just an enjoyable beer perfect for someone looking for a nice refreshment on a hot day.

16 oz can
Best by: May 11, 2015
Served in a Pint glass

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,887 ratings.