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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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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 5,133
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 44.19%
Wants: 59
Gots: 963 | FT: 2
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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

- Pabst Blue Ribbon is brewed in the finest traditions of an American Premium Lager dating back to 1844. Brewed with a combination of 2 & 6-row malted barley, select cereal grains and American and European hops, Pabst Blue Ribbon is fermented with a proprietary lager yeast. Our unique fermentation and maturation process results in a smooth, full bodied beer with a clean, crisp finish with a fine noble hop aroma.
- ABV% 4.74
- Calories 144
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Reviews by squack:
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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz can with a white back ground, red and blue label colour. Hey red white and blue, how American. “Established in Milwaukee 1844” stated on the front, no freshness date.

Appearance: Head foams up quite big then quickly dissipates into a wispy white lace, brilliantly clear pale golden yellow hue seems a bit inviting.

Smell: Thin sweet malt and grain, touch of strained hops in the nose. Clean aroma slight grassiness from the grain also.

Taste: Light to moderate body, nice even crispness with a somewhat effervescent carbonation. The smooth mouth feel rides on the tail of the carbonation, thin malt palate. Kiss of hops, bitterness peaks after the crispness subsides and the dryness kicks in. Trace of alcohol hit the tongue and warms the mouth and throat. Hops stick to bitterness and provide no flavour other than a faint grassiness. Some corn grit flavour in the middle, not cooked grits but rather fresh milled grits. Clean palate throughout with a great wrap-up of dryness in the finish.

Notes: This is a great premium American lager, hands down beats the big three. About the same in the bottle but obviously better on tap. A perfect change up when things get a bit tedious and want to drink a simple beer.

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Photo of Whitey_from_Remedy
2/5  rDev -33.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I'm white trash and I'm in trouble

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Photo of Marty
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best cheap beer for the money.

With its recent surge in popularity, it seems they've started selling PBR in big ol' 30 racks, instead of the standard case. Maybe this is old news, but today was the first time I saw a 30 pack... and for $12!

Poured into a glass, this beer isn't exactly easy on the eyes. It really doesn't even smell that much better than your average crap beer (if anything, it smells more like BEER than most macro crap, which usually tends to smell like water). It's the taste that is so surprising... a macro brew with HOPS in it! What a concept! Very crisp and refreshing. The corn flavor isn't exactly my thing, but it's not overwhelming. This is a very smooth drinkable beer.

As a college student, I'll admit that I've done my fair share of heavy boozin / session drinking. But I'm proud to say that when the wallet's feeling light, I make mine a Pabst.

I'll say it again: Pabst is the best cheap beer money can buy.

NOTE: PBR is the official beer of geologists.

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Photo of MikeI
3.89/5  rDev +29.2%
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.

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Photo of DirtyMikeandTheBoys
4.4/5  rDev +46.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Good ole PBR! If you want a cheap beer that's better than bud, coors or miller then it's PBR. Golden Yellow with a nice foam head. Tastes like high school prom and finger banging Mary Jane rottencrotch in the back of my Trans Am on a backroad in Oklahoma. I'd recommend this beer to anyone. $9 for a 12 pack and surpasses every beer in it's class.

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Photo of slee196
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Don't be a pretentious beer snob, guys. PBR is actually decent for a mainstream adjunct lager. It's very refreshing and smooth. Granted, PBR is thin, light-bodied, lacks flavor and aroma, but it's not as watered down or horrible as the other macro lagers (i.e. budlight -sorry).
It has a slightly funny scent of metal, faint hop profile, and grainy (corn-like) note to it.
I still give this more points for being cheap and largely available. Also, the taste is clean and crisp. I don't mind drinking this.

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Photo of TheRougeBastard
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

In my opinion, PBR has an undeserved bad rap. I find this to be an extremely easy drinking and refreshing beer...and it's inexpensive, you won't bust the bank or spend a tank full of gas looking for it! Something else going for it is the lack of that horrible "corn-grain" aftertaste so common in every other macro- brewed lager. The only real "negative" aspect PBR has is it's smell. Not sure what's going on there, it's not horrific by any stretch of the imagination, it's just a little off. I had never tried a PBR in my "formative" years, thinking it was more to my grandfather's liking...goes to show ya, there may be a reason some things stick around.

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Photo of Antc2382
1.76/5  rDev -41.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

They won't be winning any blue ribbons with this one anytime soon. People will argue that this is an American classic. In reality- This beer is a watered down, flavorless turd.

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Photo of dcove979
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

It won a blue ribbon.

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Photo of Crosling
1.12/5  rDev -62.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Light yellow color. The head is very large initially and retains fairly well considering it’s a macro. Unbelievably disgusting oceanic aroma (sea water, salt, seaweed) along with light grains and corn. Watery, corny flavor with hints of light grains and sauvignon blanc. Terrifying.

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Photo of DarthVorador
3.9/5  rDev +29.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hands down the best AAL I've drank to date! I can actually drink this stuff...& when the money's tight, its become my go to cheap beer! Much the same feel of a traditional AAL, but with a definite hop aroma, taste, & character.

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Photo of Spacedog666
3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

This is my go-to "shitty beer". Tastes decent and for the price I can't complain. Found everywhere. Good for beer pong and getting sloshed, but still having some flavor.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint - $2.00 at Highlands Grill in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, yellowish body with a thin, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Very faint nose -- just a few hints of sweetish grain.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with some creamy corn hints. Slight, slight graininess. A tad watery, as expected. Faint floral hops and bitterness. Finishes dry, clean, and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable! A counter-culture classic that's super cheap and provides just a bit of flavor (without hittin' you up with foul flavors).

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Photo of ohhona94
3.46/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My favorite ski beer....load up your backpack, find a tree well, and stash those brews to keep em' ice cold and tap that "keg" throughout the day!

Standard cheap mass produced beer...little head if poured properly, but, more often than not, you're killlin this brew out of the can in less than a minute so no pouring involved.

Smells of standard corn and grain of all cheap, "lets race to see who finishes first" brew-ha.

Out of all cheap brews, PBR is BY FAR the best in terms of flavor and body....actually has a decent slight bitter aftertaste.

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Photo of Bigbadbudman
1/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why don't people understand that just because your dad and your dad's dad drank it doesn't mean its good. This beer shouldn't be shouldn't served, sold, or given away for free. This is pure butt pee in a can. Some one should petition congress and have there brewery shut down and burned. This a black eye on America's beer portfolio. I hate this beer.

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Photo of LeonardFournette
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Good, has a rich history, cheap at bars!

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Photo of xPrestigious
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.25

I can't believe I'm reviewing PBR, here goes....

L: Poured from 12 ounce can, into 24oz frozen mug. Atypical yellow corn body, AAL stark white head.
S: Maltodextrin, Dried corn flakes.
T: Carbonated syrup with a feint amount of grain/malt on the palate. This is refreshing, believe it or not.
F: Kinda soapy after a few but nothing to sneeze at. The price per oz ratio is unbeatable. Pabst Blue Ribbon certainly hits the mark.

Very few AAL's outshine PBR. On any regular day Pabst gets overlooked by some heavier micro pales/IPA's with more character, but sometimes you just have to revisit that end of the spectrum in order to appreciate microbrews that much more.

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Photo of SkullFission
5/5  rDev +66.1%

Reviewed for what it is, this is perfect. It's the best American adjunct by far in my opinion; far beyond Bud and its ilk. It's nothing when compared to craft beers, of course, but at $3.19 per 4-pack of 16 oz. tall boys, this is my go-to when I want to get messed up for cheap (cough cough I mean it's a great session beer). Perceptible hops, an okay malt body, and no gross aftertaste make this an excellent offering for the price, considering otherwise you'd be looking at Steel Reserve or something like that.

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Photo of DanielCrow
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

If you want a cheap, refreshing beer that doesn't taste like it was already drank once.. PBR is your go-to. Don't let hipsters ruin it. It's the drinkable alternative to B Light and Miller.

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Photo of El_Farto_Magico
2.03/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pretty much the only time you're going to "enjoy" one of these is at the end of the night when you've already had too much to drink. I read somewhere that every time a PBR is drank, a hipster gets his vintage bicycle.

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Photo of Burnthedevice
2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Better than most AALs I've tried. At least this beer has some body, and while it's not a masterpiece of flavor by any stretch, at least it doesn't taste and drink like seltzer. Worst thing about it is that corn syrupy sweetness at the end. Still.. when payday is a distant memory, you could do worse.

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Photo of JosephPowers977
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

The greatest beer at this price point.

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Photo of LT2
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

PBR is the best domestic lager you can buy and it is $7.99 per 12er. Enough said.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.1/5  rDev -30.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

how this beer has a better rating than budweiser i'll never understand. this is like budweisers ugly cousin. it's cheap and that's the only good thing about it. i remember a bar/concert venue selling pbr's in a can for 50 cents each back around 2007, so that tells you how cheap it really is.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.