Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by Foxman:
2.25/5 rDev -24%
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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3.38/5 rDev +14.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Can: a standard-looking white macro can. Pretty much what you expect from a major macro.
Appearance: pours a standard adjunct lager - clear yellow-amber with a fair ol' whack of head that fizzles away to a white half-finger. Decent.
Aroma: smells of the usual grain and light hop aromas, but with a small amount of fruits.
Taste: pretty much follows the nose - standard grains and hops with a small amount of fruit behind. A refreshing and decent lager.
Aftertaste: drops away fairly quickly as is standard for the adjunct lager style. Quite drinkable.
Mouth feel: plenty of carbonation as expected - a decently refreshing beer for a hot day.
Overall: I'm not entirely sure why this beer scored 'poor' - it's a decent, refreshing lager as good as any other standard macro, for a much lower price than many others. It isn't going to blow your socks off if you're after something special, but as an every day lager, it's pretty much unbeatable.
Serving type: can
03-13-2014 11:25:08 | More by SmashPants
3.29/5 rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Crystal clear yellow and a surprising two-finger head
S: Light malt, rice/corn. Simple but clean
T: Light malt, here a touch of butterscotch comes into play rather than the adjunct grains
M: Light-bodied but crisp & refreshing
O: Sure this may lack the complexity of the smaller production brews we're more familiar with but I don't understand its 'poor' overall rating. It's refreshing and not a flaw to be found, and I haven't had any BMC in forever but it tastes better than I recall those being
Serving type: can
03-10-2014 00:31:35 | More by ONUMello
5/5 rDev +68.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
I rated this all 5's across the board because of the style. This beer has nothing that a Beer Advocate should search for or ponder. This is the ultimate, inoffensive, find-anywhere brew that you end your night with or drink at parties. It's cheaper and tastes better than the less cost-efficient alternatives (Budweiser, Miller, or Coors). It's hard to defend macro-lager once you've tasted the grass from the greener side, but this is my end-all cheap beer. All hail the Blue Ribbon (I always joke when I drink this beer, "Selected as America's Best in 1893...and never again"). My ancestors knew what they were talkin' about.
Serving type: can
03-07-2014 06:28:04 | More by TastefulNudity
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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