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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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4,002 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,002
Reviews: 1,482
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 201 | 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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3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer is an instant classic. I love that it is now associated with hipsters. I was having a conversation the other day with someone, and we were trying to build the perfect hipster. I said start with glasses… with no lenses. Then add skinny jeans, a flannel shirt, and a scruffy beard. Of course one hand needs a cigarette and the other a PBR. That is why I am SO happy that everywhere I go, whether online or in the 1001 Bottles book, I find hipsters being referenced. It just solidifies my point.

I have had this beer time and time again. I was initially worried that we wouldn’t be able to find it in a bottle. I have never seen it in a bottle, only cans. And most of the time it’s “tall boy” cans. Birdy’s Bar & Grill, one of my favorite live music venues, sells it and every time I am there I have to have one. It’s just the hipster thing to do!

(Please note that I am going to try a new style of writing these reviews. I will break down what it looks like in the glass, the smell (the nose on the beer), the mouthfeel, the flavor, and the after taste. I will then recap everything with a conclusion. Notice that I started this one with an introduction? Look for that in the future as well. So… here we go.)

In the Glass: In the glass, this looks like just another lager beer. Most lager beers, especially European lager beers, all tend to look the same. They have that crisp and clean apparel to them, and sit in the glass with a weak head and obvious carbonation. Nothing stands out on this beer while it sits there waiting to be sipped.

Nose: You get a TON of carbonation on the nose, and a lot of aroma. More aroma than expected for a beer that is so cheap. This beer is actually one of, if not the cheapest beer in production today. The bottle that we bought was less than $1! We bought this at the Liquor Barn while out of town for the weekend… anyway, moving on.

The aroma on this beer is exciting. It has a lot of corn character. As it sits there and I smell it, I can’t wait to taste it. (I say that having had this beer countless times before. Every time I have had it in the past, it has been based solely on the price. This time, however, I am taking the time to appreciate it.

Flavor: It’s not bad… it has a quick trip across the palate, and then settles on the back of your tongue for a second. This beer would obviously taste better the colder it is, and will in fact get gross as it heats up. I know that from personal experience. The flavors are solid, though, and once you get past that carbonation you are settled into a warm, malty character. It’s good, and one that you could drink a lot of.

Mouthfeel: Holy carbonation… this beer is packed with it from the get go. It doesn’t stand on your tongue for a long time, and as it slides down your throat it is light enough to not stick around into the aftertaste. It’s crisp, clean, and refreshing but that carbonation is almost enough to make me leave it on the shelf.

Aftertaste: The aftertaste is solid. That corn character… the malts continue throughout. It’s not a typical lager aftertaste, and it sticks around longer than expected. It’s enough to keep me going back for more.

PBR is cheap… it’s intended for hipsters… but I will order this all day long. I would prefer this over any other domestic beer you throw at me. Well done for such a cheap crappy beer. (I say crappy in the nicest way possible, and from the reputation that this beer has been given over the years.) Bottoms up people.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 18:33:55 | More by rickyleepotts
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2013 Pabst Blue Ribbon - Reviewed 2/17/2013

Unheard of to the my branch of the hipster nation, this format of PBR (40oz bottle) flows freely in the mythical land of "Richmonde".

Pabst Blue Ribbon, first brewed in 1844, dominated the beer market for almost a century. Its appeal to the blue collar workers of this great nation made it a household name for generations of true Americans. After hitting a slump in the 80's and 90's, the brand was revived by skinny men in tight shorts who date white women with dreadlocks. Today, Blue Ribbon is one of the most recognizable and most accessible names in the cheap beer industry.

When approaching a 40oz bottle of beer, a connoisseur will grade the vessel based of the 3 C's: Color, Connectivity, and Completeness. The classic Blue Ribbon label beautifully adorns the 40. While the color palate may be unimaginative, I can never give the Red, White, and Blue any thing less than a perfect score. Color: 10/10- would 'merica again. The label is well connected to the bottle with the same glue that holds american families together. The left-hand side of the obverse label is a bit ragged with a 1/4 inch separation on the bottom corner. Connectivity: 7.5/10 well adjusted and firm on the right, loose and ragged on the left side. Thanks Obama. This particular 40 is a shining example of a complete label. With just a few tears on the leftern edge, I do believe that this label is quite nearly complete. Completeness: 9/10. The dark brown bottle hides what may lie inside. Does a pale cheap beer reside within, or is it the spirit of irony that drives the hipsters to achieve their goals?

The bottle cap releases with a defining "crack," releasing the sweet odors trapped within. A Sweet floral aroma greets the tasteful drinker inviting another whiff. Astringent notes clear the sinuses and prepare you to imbibe. Take a sniff, smells life old stock freedom.

PBR's unparalleled flavor is perfectly preambled by its scent. Light and flavorful, notable bittering hops compliment the adjunct malts. Notes of floral hops, cream, roastiness, bread, and just a hint of barnyard cat seductively beckon for closer analysis. This beer is the pinnacle of hipster indulgence, and for good reason.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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