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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.74%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
- 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a light yellow color, nice carbonation, small white head, with some sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some hops, slight caramel. The taste is slightly sweet, malty, slight hop note. Light body. Not drinkable, would not buy again.

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2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

I tried this once a few years ago in a tall boy and thought it was the worst,then the other day had on tap at the bowling alley and was suprised at how different it tasted.This is really one of those beers that tastes different out of a can than on tap or bottle.Pbr has become a "hipster beer" in houston,so more people are drinking it now and more bars are offering it now on tap because its "cool".

Hey for an american lager its pretty good,goes down smooth with little after taste.A cheap decent beer thats good for drinking when your smoking a brisket or pork butt in the texas heat,best paired with country music.

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Photo of 1fastz28
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

has a nice pure golden color to it but no foam at all. smell is of corn and water very little if any real malt or hop presence..
taste is pretty boring it isnt bad just a generic lager without alot to it.overall not a real exciting or different beer but not a bad one

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Photo of VncentLIFE
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bright yellow with soda pop fizz. right in line with other AALs. It smells better. Floral hops are there, with that usual AAL base. What separates this from other bad lager is what seems to be hops. Its like a floral thing going on, and I like it. not the worst, but no great by any means.

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Photo of MikeBrandman
2.53/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - Very transparent straw yellow color that leaves a trace amount of head. Pretty good lacing.

S - Not much of a smell here. Some grains and cereal. No hops or alcohol.

T - I just had this out of a bottle, and I have to say, it's much better from the bottle. All the lemony freshness from the bottle is gone and left with a heavy cereal taste. It's better than most macro brews, but it's not nearly as good from the can. No hop taste.

MF - Light and crisp. Heavier than most macros.

D - Very drinkable. Smooth and easy. Great session beer.

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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My apartment has finished several kegs of this in the past few months, so I decided to just review the stuff. I feel like I am unfair to Macro's a lot in reviews, but I'm trying.

Extremely clear and pale yellow body with just a bit of white head. Nearly no retention and no lacing left behind.

Smells really sweet. Rice and corn.

There are definitely lots of worse Macros. Lots of sweet corn and rice type flavors up front. At the finish I detect just the smallest bit of hop bit.

Very dry mouthfeel. Light, carbonated.

Pretty drinkable, not a whole lot different than funky (just slightly) funky water.

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Photo of jwhancher
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

Needed a cheap beer to drink over the ensuing week, so I picked up a case last Saturday. Have had this one what seems like a million times or more. Oh well....here's my review:

A: Very clear beer with frothy, 3-4 fingers white head. Lots of carbonation. Looks a light golden, almost a light piss yellow color. For what it's worth, it doesn't look quite bad.

S: Not one of the better qualities. Smells grainy. Maybe like rice, but most likely corn adjuncts. I get no noticeable aroma of hops. I do pick up the metallic can aromas.

T: Very bland tasting lager beer. Likely do to the adjuncts. Makes it very easy to drink, but definitely not something you want to savor and sip. For obvious reasons, this one is geared for the pounding session to get hammered. This is actually more like a seltzer water.

M: Very light tasting but with excellent carbonation (hence the seltzer reference). This one is more to wet you whistle, not one to sip and marvel at the complexities.

D: A very drinkable beer mostly because it does not offend or challenge any expectations, preferences, or real intriguing taste qualities. This one is good for tailgating or for the occasion when the wallet is light or the credit card balance is too high. I grew up with this one through college, so I do give it props in this category.

Final note: I wish all of the "hipsters" didn't try and make this beer their own. This was definitely one of my fallback beers....the one I turned to when I was poor and didn't know anything about craft brews. I actually would drink this one a tad more, but the damn hippies, posers, and alternative/emo crowd had to come along and ruin it.

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Photo of jettjon
2.52/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz bottle with no freshness date into a pint glass. Pale golden color with little carbonation beneath a thin spit head that fades faster than you can say “retro coolness.” Thin wisps of cap are all that remain. Nose of quite sweet grain, though no off-scents detected. Tastes of corn adjunct, grainy-sweet with a very faint bitter end. Mouth is watery and a bit thin, on the flat side. Drinkability is OK as a guzzling or lawn mowing brew. It’s certainly inoffensive, and the hop-averse possibly would enjoy the weak sugar water flavor.

Overall: I fail to understand the cult fascination with this brew. It’s a merely acceptable macro. Not recommended.

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Photo of tweeder263
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured out a crystal clear yellow gold brew with a 1 finger head.Moderate carbonation.Has a corn\grainy smell.Taste is hmm a little rough.Very sweet up front,with that corny lingering taste ,,nothing in the way of hops. Crappy feel. In the battle between this or high life,,high life definitely wins.

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Photo of FosterJM
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

213th review on BA
Can to pint

App- See through yellow with a nice foamy 2 finger head. Wasn't expecting that. Never poured this into a glass when I had over a decade ago as a teenager

Smell- Not much going on. You can slightly detect a corn by product in there with some pilsner malt.

Taste- An American Staple. Downplay your ingredients to take away the flavor so its more acceptable to the masses. A corn flavor with some malt undernotes.

Mouth- Thin, Watery and crisp. Normal AAL feel.

Drink- Well its better than Bud Light.

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Photo of ahking
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Don't let retro lovers convince you that this is a good beer. Sure it may be cleaner tasting than Bud, but it is still a macro adjunct lager. So speaking of adjuncts, aroma is of sour corn mash and yeast. Pours a nice golden color, brilliant to the light. For a macro, nice amount of hops bitterness, zero hop aroma. Fairly light bodied for a non light beer.

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Photo of goblue3509
2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a yellow color which is very light with a small one finger head. The smell is of cheap grains. The grain smell is of rice and corn, not as faint as other macros. The taste is of grain, rice and corn. The mouthfeel is of very high carbonation. The drinkability is average for a macro, not too bad not too good, more flavor than most macors.

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Photo of biboergosum
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, 4.9% ABV, on the patio at the Sugar Bowl. Heresy, I know - I am certainly no hipster.

This beer pours a clear, super-pale golden yellow colour (like what one's piss might look like after downing a sixer of these), with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random islet lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of slightly acrid pale grain and corn syrup for yer unintended sugar fix, which is more or less overshadowed by some funky phenols, sour apple, and fairly skunky, dead grassy hops. The taste is a very mild rice/corn pithy breakfast cereal sweetness, a watery, weed-infested stoniness, stale apple peel, and a minor amount of weakly husky, grassy hops.

The carbonation is light, but perhaps a bit too frothy at times, the body so-so, both in its weak-ass weight, as well as its expected, um, 'smoothness' - but not too bad, I guess, for the style. It finishes off-dry, some mealy sweetness and plastic astringency carrying on as ever was.

Maybe a touch better (all things being relative) than many of the other adjunct lagers that I've had from south of the border, or here, for that matter, but it may very well be time to cut, or just plain give up that God-damned ribbon already.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

My favorite low grade beer. Can not beat the price. It does not have that over manufactured taste that most macros have. Smooth and easy going, a kegger favorite. Must be consumed in a plastic cup.

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Photo of TCgoalie
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

I found one of these in the back of my fridge, so here goes.

A: The aggressive pour was not too bad for a lager. The bubbly head lasted all of 25 seconds. Bubbles dominated the pour making it look a lot like Champagne.

S: I tried and tried but could not find a smell to this beer...no wait, cought a whiff of dirty-sugar-malt.

T: My taste is overwhelmed by bubbles, then leads to sugary bubbles. I can actualy taste the water in the beer. There are suble hints of grapes in the aftertaste.

M: Very thin mouthfeel, there is equal presence in hard-water tap-water.

D: I think I could drink a few of these;)

(On a side note, no other beer retains its flavor like PBR whether it is warm or cold...the taste is the same. Excellent camping beer.)

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Photo of shadow1961
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pabst Blue Ribbon pours a big loose head over a clear light
yellow brew. Nose is lager yeast, a little corn, and a little rice.
Flavor is slightly sweet mild malt and grain adjuncts up front,
and the tiniest bit of boiled vegetal hop in the finish. Mouthfeel
is kind of thin, not really crisp, with a bit of rice in the aftertaste.
This is a simple, unpretentious Old Man Beer like Old Milwaukee,
Grain Belt, Schlitz, or Hamms. It's swill, but swill free of stupid ad
campaigns or attitude. You want to mow the lawn, or get fucked
up on a budget, you get a suitcase of this stuff.

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Photo of DarkBeerSux
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Like many others I used to drink this a lot when I was younger. I decided to try this again to see if I still liked it. I didn't. Watery with a bad aftertaste. Not the worst cheap beer out there, I will finish the six pack eventually.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Pours a pale yellow with a fizzy head. The smell is faint but I do get some grain and mild hops aromas. The taste is clean, yet not a whole lot there. For a beer priced very cheaply it's not as bad as I thought it was going to be.

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Photo of ommegangpbr
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not a good beer. Not a bad beer. Often my choice for quantity over quality. Lots of fond and fuzzy memories are associated in my mind with this here beer. For the money you're going to spend on it, it's actually pretty good. What I think is funny is that it seems to be becoming almost fashionable to drink which is the worst thing that can happen to a beverage. Pabst is for drunk and divy nights and it should stay that way.

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Photo of Ag-Hag
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

PBR was my first swill!

My dad would give me a "sip" from his stubby PBR bottle back in the 60's, and we had a Pabst brewery right in our town. (Whoo-hoo, when they were malting that barley, LOOK OUT. Stunk to high-heaven and there was nowhere to hide.)

Fast forward to 2014 and PBR has enjoyed a revival of sorts with the "hippster" crowd who want a cheap beer that isn't your Bud/Miller/Coors offering. Sadly, it's really only a fraction of what it used to taste like, as it has the same flavor profile but much less strength. It's kind of a PBR "near beer."

It's not bad, but I can't really ever buy this these days - not with Yeungling sitting right next to it, (Are you crazy?) PBR has to take a down-market seat next to the Busch Ice and Milwaukee's Best. In it's day, it had a solid seat next to Hamms, Falstaff, and Schlitz. (At least it hasn't suffered the fate of those labels.)

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Photo of jpinkard
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Well, It's PBR and up North it has quite the cult following, and being from up north i've had my fair share of PBR

A: Typical Mass produced American Lager, Clear yellowish color, head dissipates faster then a blink of an eye

S: Old Hops, a little sweet maybe...

T: Well, for a Mass produced, I mean you know what your drinking when you get it, I don't mind a PBR. Out in the woods, ice fishing, a PBR sits quite well

M: Water when room tempature, overly carbonated when cold

D: Depends on the situation, if your going out to camp or hitting up a college party PBR is my choice over any Mass produced, might be the cultish thing but, it does the job I suppose. If your a poor college kid. get a 24 oz Sam Adams and some PBR and your set eh?

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Photo of allergictomacros
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear gold. Weak white head.

S - Vegetal and somewhat lemony. I think I detect some malt.

T - Kind of a light but coarse bitterness. Malt is light as well, but with a hint of grain.

M - Astringent. Fizzy.

D - Basically astringent bitter water. Overall, substandard macro. Bitterer than the average, but without any flavour.

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Photo of cokes
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Sampled at a concert. It was a matter of finance.
Staw yellow bodied. Served in a plastic cup, so it was hard to actually view, though I doubt too many people give a shit as to how PBR stacks up in the appearance dept.
Nose is free of adjuncts. Free of malts and free of hops as well. Tiniest bit of unknown sweetness and maybe a hint of grain. Hard to smell anything over the potent maryjane the surrounding patrons were indulging in. (Ratdog concert...aka Bob Weir from the Dead).
The taste is, to be kind, clean. To be less than kind, virtually non-existent. Very small malt-esque sweetness. A little grassy, with impotent hops towards the finish. Scores points for being free of anything offensive.
Light bodied, but does not fall apart in the mouth. Several of these had no impact on sobriety. But much of that damage was already done.
I'll take this over most other macros.

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Photo of Erdinger2003
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Apperance isn't impressive in any respect. The head is all but dissapered and the lacing almost dissapears right away. The color is the clear yellowish color you would find in many macros.

I can barely smell anything, but I do smell a little something without malts and no hops, but a funny off flavor is in the smell.

Taste isn't horrible for a macro, it doesn't leave a crap taste in your mouth and the nose isn't crappy tasting.

Mouthfeel reminds me of ice water even though it was warmed. Not impressive, but not off-putting.

I will keep this one as my session beer.

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Photo of Wisconsinality
2.48/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A- poured a light golden color from a can, pretty heady but receded rather quickly.
S- not much to the nose on this one, maybe some hops but that is about the extent of it
T- a very non offending beer, you can taste a little hops and basicaly nothing else, maybe water haha.
M- very thin with a fair amount of carbonation. This beer is made to be drank at large quantities.
D- again this is made for mass consumption and that is about all, it is a better than most mass produced beers but is still lacking. Enjoy though if you are a hipster

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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