Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company
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3.03/5 rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4
Poured from 24 oz. "tall boy" can into a mug. Can has freshness date of Jan. 2011. I took notes on this beer while drinking just as a second measure.
Appearance - Pours that ever familiar golden straw color with a bright white head. The head was about 2 fingers thick had a pretty sudsy/soapy character and dissipated at a regular rate, eventually leaving a thick white film on top of the beer going down the glass. There's also some spotty lacing going down the glass, but it eventually fades.
Smell - Not much to speak of here. It smells like a typical American beer, but much more subdued. For what smell there is, the hints of corn are the most obvious. Later on there's some slightly sweet malt, but overall a pretty generic but mediocre smell. Also a very slightly astringent alcohol smell, but well masked by the corn and malts.
Taste - First thing I noticed was the coarseness of the combination of malts and corn. It's not a bad combo, though; it's fairly refreshing and crisp and would probably go well with pizza or burgers. There's just a hint of hop bitterness as the beer goes down, but it's very watered-down and palatable; I would go so far to say that it's "weak." This brew has all the makings of a standard American lager and displays each of them well, but overall, it's just a very "meh" type of taste. There are no particular developments in taste as the glass continues; goes down nearly the same with every gulp, but I did notice that the bitterness gets slightly more pronounced as the beer warms up and the coarseness is more pronounced, but it finishes fairly clean.
Mouthfeel: Thin, fizzy, watery. Not a bad thing though. The mouthfeel makes the flavors a little more digestible and pleasing. A friend of mine describes this as "beer-flavored water - in a good way" and I think that hits the nail on the head. It finishes dry and clean to compliment the crispness of the beer.
Drinkability: Now I see why some people have this as a last resort beer. You could drink this all night and barely feel anything because of its thinness and fairly inviting flavor. I could have continued with another one but couldn't do it because of the flavor.
Overall, not bad but not fantastic by any means. I would get this if I was in a bind for beer and had no other choice, and it's probably one of the better mass-produced lagers out there; it will always serve as a better option than any BMC brews.
Serving type: can
10-30-2010 07:41:24 | More by Groomsy
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