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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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4,020 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,020
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 209 | 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 Groomsy:
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3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
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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I poured a 12oz can into a pint glass. Not surprisingly, this beer pours to a crystal-clear shade of straw gold with some bubbles at first although it quickly dies down. It does generate a somewhat fluffy, bright-white, soapy head, but it dissipates down to a tiny layer of suds rather fast.

There isn’t much aroma to speak of. Adjunct macro lagers, and especially "economy" versions like this are often off-putting or straight-up foul in the nose, but PBR is rather neutral. I detect a touch of metal and corn, but these notes are light to be sure.

Up front it’s very watery, thin, and bland - which makes it surprisingly refreshing. As it finishes there is an odd flavor combination of cereal grain sweetness and a touch of tin or aluminum. I’ve had this beer on tap and in the bottle and noticed these flavors as well, so it’s clearly not the can. Don’t get me wrong, these are definitely not appealing flavors. In fact, if this beer is consumed warm they become off-putting, but drank cold it’s tolerable at best.

With its flat, bland body and noticeable wateriness, PBR is actually a highly drinkable beer. The palate here really doesn’t satisfy, but it does work well as a thirst-quencher on a hot day or when accompanying some ball park-style foods or during similar situations. I was surprised how well it paired with beer brats and could envision beer drinkers of virtually all calibers slugging it down at a BBQ or picnic.

At 4.74% ABV, this truly is a sessionable beer.

Every time I see a bottle or can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, I feel like I'm time-traveling to the days of the Grover Cleveland administration (the first one), since the recipe probably hasn’t changed since then.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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