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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
68
poor

4,134 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,134
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 261 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Reviews by Foxman:
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Foxman

New Jersey

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

It pours a pale straw yellow. The single finger of bright white head falls back to nothingness almost instantly.

What little real aroma there is, is dominated by a corn adjunct character. Sweet and thin, there's little if any hop presence.

The first sip brings a grain sweetness, certainly more adjunct than malt. A mild yeasty note pops up, then gives ground to a rather unpleasant metallic bite that lingers too long at the finish. Overall, it's again thin, and the sweetness will put off most palates with a bias against macro McBeer flavors.

Very light bodied, it drains away without leaving any real note of its presence.

Yes, it's basically better than most macros, but that's like saying Queen Elizabeth is hotter than Eleanor Roosevelt. I'm not touching either one of them. This beer is too sweet, too thin, and too indistinct to be any more than just another mass-produced brew. While about as drinkable as water, in theory, I wouldn't have another unless it was the only thing I could get hold of, and then I'd have to consider something non-alcoholic. I know some folks will take umbrage with this, but I just can't hop on the PBR bandwagon. However, I do use it often for beer-can chicken. It's a tradition. Don't ask.

Serving type: bottle

05-03-2004 16:17:16 | More by Foxman
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,134 ratings.