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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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4,869 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,869
Reviews: 1,631
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 51
Gots: 696 | 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: 4,869 | Reviews: 1,631
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

Photo of ArchimedesSox
2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

A: Crystal clear, golden straw color, nice 2 inch fluffy white head, decent lacing

S: Adjunct grains, little hop, crisp lager smell

T: Sweet adjunct grain, little hop to balance at the end

M: Light as you would expect, dry, crisp

O: Not bad for what it is. Picked it up from a gas station in the middle of nowhere on the way back from fishing in the gulf, so something has to be said for availability. I would take this over some of the other macros for sure.

Photo of TheBierdimpfe
2.11/5  rDev -28%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 1.75

Bright pale straw color. White 2 finger head lasting around 3 minutes. Average legs and activity.

Faint aromas and flavors of corn, citrus and sugar. A lot more bitter than sweet, slightly vinous.

Slick light body with prickly carbonation. Faint finish but quite long ending with a dry bitter smoky roasted corn aftertaste and fake sweetness.

Overall : Fresh but bland and overly accessible. Too bitter for a lager in my taste.

Photo of SenorElRaz
3.54/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

This is the best cheap adjunct lager. Pours a surprisingly thick and creamy head, and while it is watery it still has a nice, creamed corn taste. The only real complaint I have is the inconsistent feel. I've had this beer many, many times, and sometimes it's incredibly smooth, but it often has a stinging carbonation. Still, an excellent beer for what it costs.

Photo of xxxxxxxxxxxxx
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I purchased a can of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) for $1.79 USD in Glendale, CA/USA.
Look: I could not see the appearance of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) because it was in a can...
Smell: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) had the aroma of roasted corn.
Taste: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) had a taste of chemicals, grain, and faint malt flavours.
Feel: Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) lost its carbonation pretty fast.
Overall: People who seek cheap beer should try Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR).

Photo of Doonzman
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.75

Just not a very good beer imo

Photo of AfricanPete14
3.66/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A pretty decent beer considering how cheap it is.

Photo of Ysgramor
3.41/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

I can down one after the other of Pbr

Photo of fulcrumbs
2.3/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Just a run-of-the-mill lager brew that is a good filler/cleanser between craft brews. Give it a 4 on feel... purely because of the cost/quality affect of having fun with beer. Nothing overpowering in this beer... but clean. Love that it comes in pint cans to wet the whistle after a long day in the yard, at the lake, or coming off the slopes.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,869 ratings.