Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.53/5 rDev +19.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Old friends are one of the great joys of my life. You're trudging along, living your life, and they drop in unannounced and surprise you. That's the best kind, the kind you just sort of pick right up where you left off, and it's just so natural you hardly realize how much fun you're still having. So it was the easiest thing in the world to say yes when Reggie Paul called me up out of the blue yesterday and said in that deliberate way of his "Why don't you come on over?" Reggie Paul is dying.
I had just moved back to the old farm in eastern Kentucky, and hadn't been there three weeks when R.P. - we always used to call him R.P but when he graduated he went back to Reggie Paul - anyway he got me on my cell and said we should catch up. Said he found me on the internet. I hadn't seen him in twenty-four years, not since my sister's second wedding. Used to be great pals in high school. He followed his dad down into the mines, worked his way up to a nice spot I guess; whereas I spent the better part of my life talking up politicians and lawyers. But the end result of it was, we ended up on his big porch last night, just the two of us BSing and drinking down a case of Pabst Blue Ribbon, right out of the can.
It just felt right, y'know... you ease back into your old ways of talking, of mumbling, the old jokes, that ice-cold, familiar can in your hand. It still doesn't taste like much - easy grain water, clean and crisp and simple. You could have turned the clock back thirty years and you could have found us doing the exact same damn thing, on the exact porch, with the same beer - PBR. Same beer our dads used to drink together at the bar, while they swore up and down it was superior to both Bud and Miller. It hasn't changed a bit, and to be honest, except for being a little heavier and only having 9 months to live, R.P. hasn't much either. Lung cancer though. Spread everywhere. He's accepted it, you know, but there's a part of you that never does... we're not that old. Sixty-two is not that old. Seemed old, when we were young. Couldn't imagine ever being as old as your pops. But it happens, and then you have to cope.
But you find ways. These are things that make life bearable, these old friends, these beers, that are just there for you: predictable, constant, steady. No real surprises, but you didn't want any, neither. You need these things in your life just as much as - hell maybe more - than the special ones. You go through cars, jobs, wives, you watch your kids grow up, you travel the world. You need stability; you need simplicity, once in a while. When you're young it's all speed and flavor and newness... when you grow up you want clothes that fit and a woman that doesn't get bored and a beer you can trust.
R.P. and I were going to change the world, but at the finish of it neither of us ended up making much difference. We have this ice cold brew on this July evening on the porch and we have each other. So we toasted to spending another evening like just like we used to. Slowly dying together as we watch the stars just beginning to shine. Steady.
Serving type: can
07-03-2010 03:06:17 | More by kkipple
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3.28/5 rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
My 1000th review! I tried getting Westvleteran 12, but since that failed, I decided to go Old School. Somehow, I had never had this.
Serving glass: Poured from can into Frankfurter.
Appearance: Clear straw color with good sized, bubbly head.
Smell: Straw, pepper and dried out apple. Dry and spicy overall, without much noticeable adjunct aroma. Much better than expected.
Taste: At first, it tastes pretty damn good, with straw, hay, pepper and spicy hops. Almost could be a German Pilsner, but then a lingering corn aftertaste makes it clear that this is the bastard child of the Pilsner - the Adjunct Lager.
Feel: Crisp and effervescent. Light bodied. Would be dry if not for the aftertaste.
Overall: Good for an Adjunct Lager, especially at the price. It is too bad that the corn aftertaste messes up what is otherwise a surprisingly good beer.
Serving type: can
04-19-2014 19:51:16 | More by bsp77
2/5 rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) 16 oz can $1.29(OH)
16 oz can poured into a stemless white wine glass. Drink before date printed on the bottom.
Pours a straw yellow color. A two finger white head that goes away with a quickness. Minimal to no lacing is left on the glass. An endless stream of bubbles shoot towards the surface. Just by looking this brew is way over carbonated.
The aroma is very light. light malts, and an adjunct smell of corn.
The taste is light and crisp, Kind of an apple taste. followed by a corny taste. finishes smooth with a dry grape like taste. Hardly any taste at all, so it is smooth.
mouth feel is very light. over carbonated. Any taste is gone seconds after i swallowed.
Overall this is Your typical adjunct lager. I normally don't review brews like this but after reading in some forums that PBR was a preferred cheap beer i thought i would try it. Waste of time. Its your typical corny american adjunct lager.
Serving type: can
04-19-2014 04:41:13 | More by Ohiolager
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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