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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

4,020 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,020
Reviews: 1,484
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 210 | 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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iSip

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3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PBR: Summer is here, and it is time to cut back on the Double IPA’s and Imperial Stouts in favor of lighter fare. I will admit, I have not sampled many adjunct American Lagers, whatever an adjunct lager may be. Beer Advocate rates the PBR highly, so here goes. Light golden color, clear as a bell with a thin snow white head, this beer is light on aroma and flavor. Slightly malty with no hops to speak of, this drink goes down easily and hits the spot on a hot day when you need a cold one. I usually drink wheat beers during the summer, but now will add PBR to the mix. Refreshing and a nice change of pace. Who would think it would take a journey from my standard Odell 90 Shilling through a long list of ultra hoppy IPA’s, big Stouts, varied Belgian beers to finally come around to trying a PBR, probably one of the most popular beers out there. So it goes.

Serving type: can

06-27-2012 20:40:48 | More by iSip
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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.

Serving type: can

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,020 ratings.