Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company
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Reviews by kkipple:
3.53/5 rDev +20.1%
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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3.9/5 rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Ok. This is not a top shelf beer. This stuff is cheap, corn-heavy adjunct lager. That being said, it's dang tasty when it's hot out, has a little more ABV than your run of the mill 3.2, and I love that when I bust one out, very few people swarm around to get their hands on one, making it an even better value! Pale yellow in color, It's got enough malty body to separate it from the miller/coors/bud barley pop, while still being easy to drink in quantity. No real discernible hoppiness, especially compared to my standard IPA/DIPA fare. Refreshing, but not a light beer. Taken for what it is, I believe it to be a great beer, when limited to class-comparison. I'm drinking one right now, as it's 85, sunny, and I'm grilling. Boom.
Serving type: can
07-26-2014 20:25:32 | More by MikeI
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,110 ratings.