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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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4,917 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,917
Reviews: 1,655
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 52
Gots: 755 | 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: 4,917 | Reviews: 1,655
Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +70.6%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good, has a rich history, cheap at bars!

Photo of djchrismac
1.29/5  rDev -56%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.25

Not the worst beer in the world. Kinda refreshing.

Photo of DanielCrow
3.62/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you want a cheap, refreshing beer that doesn't taste like it was already drank once.. PBR is your go-to. Don't let hipsters ruin it. It's the drinkable alternative to B Light and Miller.

Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.25/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion, PBR has an undeserved bad rap. I find this to be an extremely easy drinking and refreshing beer...and it's inexpensive, you won't bust the bank or spend a tank full of gas looking for it! Something else going for it is the lack of that horrible "corn-grain" aftertaste so common in every other macro- brewed lager. The only real "negative" aspect PBR has is it's smell. Not sure what's going on there, it's not horrific by any stretch of the imagination, it's just a little off. I had never tried a PBR in my "formative" years, thinking it was more to my grandfather's liking...goes to show ya, there may be a reason some things stick around.

Photo of JasonMcDrinky
1.15/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.25

Proof that hipsters are just being ironic, or moronic. This is bad stuff, tastes like day old beer that sat in a pewter mug overnight. Rough metallic taste that demands this beer be drank extremely cold and really fast. It's a good candidate if you have a bunch of extra salt and lime laying about.

Photo of doktorhops
2.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pabst Blue Ribbon or “PBR” is one of the last big macros I am yet to wrap my gob around and also infamously known as a hipster beer - I am the actually the original hipster before being a hipster was pseudo-cool and then not cool again, i.e. the rise and fall of hipsterism. So it is only natural that I should be reviewing this brew with the various hipster powers at my disposal [hipster powers include: wearing an op-shop trilby and blazer from the 1940’s, knowing where all the best cafés with free Wi-Fi are, and hipster vision: the ability to spot the best value for money meal at any restaurant... essentially it means being cheap]. Let’s do this thing!

Poured from a 473ml (WTF kind of size is that???) can into a Stein.

A: Pale clear, dare I say: urine yellow, with a huge 2 inch foamy white head that doesn’t seem to want to recede. It’s very light coloured, lighter than most Lagers - and they’re one of the lightest of styles. 7/10.

S: Quite adjuncty with corn notes to the fore, hints of grain, cut grass, faint hops (in a Lager?! *spits*) and that classic metallic cheap Lager character which shines on through the aroma. It’s not the worst cheap Lager I’ve ever whiffed but likewise it ain’t winning any awards. 5/10.

T: Grainy up front on the palate, bit of dirty vegetal and cut grass hops, some sweet corn to balance it out... actually tastes more like an Aussie macro Lager than an American one (Carlton Draught springs to mind)... in that respect I’m not impressed and would easily take a cheap German Lager like Oettinger Pils over this. Finish is dry and the aftertaste has a slight cloying corn sweetness that reconfirms its status as a cheap Adjunct Lager pas cher. 5/10.

M: Mid to light body with that aforementioned slight cloying and a medium carbonation. 7/10.

D: PBR is one of the OK crap beers - a gold turd if you will. The cloy from the sweet corn is a tad overdone and it could be a bit crisper, otherwise this is one of those beers you’ll see in the cooler at a party [possibly a hipster party] and your bro says “help yourself to a beer” and it’s PBR, Miller Draft, Coors or any light beer (this is a party in the US BTW)... in this situation go with PBR. What if you want a decent Lager to drink at home? Kozel Premium, Löwenbräu and Stella Artois have you covered. 6/10.

Food match: Hot dogs and hamburgers - US style!

Photo of JefHarkay
1.19/5  rDev -59.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.25

Whenever I drink PBR, I can feel the hangover headache already setting in.

Photo of berkeleymaw
1.93/5  rDev -34.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Every time I encounter a huge PBR fan I wonder in the back of my head if I'm the unwitting victim of some kind of practical joke or social trolling. I swear that if you did a blind Pepsi-challenge style taste test most of PBR's ardent supporters would not be able to discern it from MGD or any other so-so Milwaukee adjunct.

Photo of Germanstylefan7896
1.07/5  rDev -63.5%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.25

Tried this for the first time the other day, I know its been around a long time. Light, water with an off flavor. Not a good taste at all. Awful choice with all the new beer out there. Marketed on sale very cheap often. Not worth it even for its low price.

Photo of Eagles_Foot
3.56/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This is a got to have a beer after dinner, and want it to be light. I always use this as a clear the palette while taking with friends beer. Crisp taste, not a bud.. Has a hint of bitter to let you know it is a beer.

Photo of blasass
3.87/5  rDev +32.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

It is good on a hot day

Photo of Vogelino
3.79/5  rDev +29.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Decent beer, made my stomach upset though. Found nothing wrong with it though.

Photo of JustLikeMyDad
1.28/5  rDev -56.3%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

I don't see why this is so popular, it tastes like any other cheap beer.

Photo of Inkedgator
2.26/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

It's cheap, it's hipster, and it'll intoxicate you. Sorta beer from our parents generation.

Photo of ducktoadecoy
3.32/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

You can't do any better when going for cheap beer. In a world of Keystone and Natty Boh, PBR is King. It actually taste like BEER and not dirty water like some of the other cheap beers. Yes, it isn't anything to write home about, and if you have the money, there's no reason to buy it, but if you're looking for cheap beer and actually want something that has a taste, this is where to go.

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 aftertaste. 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

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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