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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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4,082 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,082
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.49%
Wants: 21
Gots: 232 | 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.

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Photo of sajaffe1


3.24/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the 12oz can into a pint glass

A- Brassy color, clear, bubbly with a good but short-lived head

S- Grains, namely corn and some barley, touch of grassy hops

T- A bit bland yet refreshing. Hints of hops and corn

M- Thin, but well carbonated

O- It is a decent budget beer and beats out many of the other major adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

04-11-2013 19:12:13 | More by sajaffe1
Photo of harpo111


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I have to say that this is the first beer I have tried because of a movie. We watched "Grand Torino" last night...Clint Eastwood kept drinking PBR's and I was in Winn Dixie tonight getting a Chicken...why not I thought! And Clint..you were right.
I had heard that they had went back to a more traditional recipe for this beer. It is actually not bad for a cheapo. A serious rethiinking is require here...yes I love stouts and porters..but this is better that miller lite in a heart beat.
A: golden yellow
s: malty and nutty
T: smooth...corny, but not sweet like high life...which i also think is a good cheapo beer. not much hops...but creamy.
m: creamy, rather full...
d: not bad...i could drink several of these...am really surprised..no bad after taste like some cheapo beers...very nice for 4.00 per 6

I had not had a pbr in years....i shall purchase another 6! good slammer beer...good for bbq....spicy food, etc.. cheap too!! For sitting and chillin...heavy beer....serious eatin of greasy, spicy working mans food....bingo!

Serving type: can

06-17-2009 02:10:42 | More by harpo111
Photo of DwnTwnBwn


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Bright clear adjunct lager. Carbonation produces large head that falls fast with little to no lacing.

S - Smells sweet. There is a slight off smell like pool water to it. Only draw back to this beer.

T - Not to bad for a cheep lager. It resembles a pilsner. Its pretty sweet, it has a light malt profile to it. There are just enough hops to help the beer finish dry.

M - Very light mouth feel. Lots of carbonation.

O - When I want a cheep beer. I go and pick up a case of PBR.

"its a beer for modern livin"

Serving type: can

07-31-2009 22:38:01 | More by DwnTwnBwn
Photo of bluejacket74


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

24 ounce can, best by date of April 25, 2011 printed on the bottom of the can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is mostly sweet and grainy malt, and a bit of corn and grassy hops. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, except that I don't pick up any hop flavors. No offensive aromas or flavors that I notice. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin and a bit watery. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it goes down pretty easy. For the style, it's a decent brew. I've certainly tried much worse! Not bad for $1.49 a can.

Serving type: can

03-05-2011 00:36:00 | More by bluejacket74
Photo of KieranValla

New York

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Poured from a 16 oz can into a pint glass.

A - A slight head on the beer that dissipated rather quickly. Slight lacing remained throughout. A good amount of carbonation present throughout tasting. A pale yellow with not much body.

S - Rice or wheat.

T - Somewhat plain. A bit bitter and some grassiness.

M - Fairly thin. Carbonation helps the overall feel, although sometimes I don't like the feel of carbonation on my tongue.

D - Goes down smooth. A good gulping beer or to wash down a meal with.

A mediocre brew, but a standard of mine, especially in this economy. You can get 12 oz cans at two for a dollar at some bars. That's what I call the "perfect date" beer.

Serving type: can

01-29-2009 03:13:16 | More by KieranValla
Photo of alexmpino

New Mexico

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 5

this beer might not be the best beer but at the same time, it is always a good choice. very light in any flavor except that it is a delecious "lawn mowing" brew...even though we do not have conventional lawns here in northern New mexico. great lager. maybe not as great as it was in 1893, when it was "selected America's Best". still less than $1 a beer. if you have not tried this beer. go out right now and buy some and drink it...cold or warm...

PBR or DIE!!!

Serving type: can

05-01-2008 22:06:59 | More by alexmpino
Photo of miket163


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A really decent macro lager. Poured from a 1 pint can into pint glass--two inch seltzer head. A golden straw colour.

The nose was like fresh cut grass, slightly sweet, and with a touch of citrusy hop.

The taste was rather nice--grass, a touch of hop bitterness, green apple, and a touch of corn husk.

Very refreshing macro lager.

Serving type: can

04-10-2011 02:40:03 | More by miket163
Photo of liquidsunshine


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Where do we begin. The memories abound in my mind of wonderful times and this satisfying beverage. I drink this when I'm rich, sober, poor, and drunk. It has never failed to satisfy me. She never tastes as nasty as fish, given bad head, or failed to pleas. Three important ways this beer is better than other beers. While not spectacular in any specific way, as a total experience it proves to be more than the sum of its parts. This beer is my best friend, always there to console me. I know people who hate it, and those who love it. It is the beer for the open-minded, just as is the bud light for the closed.

Hail to Pabst!

Serving type: can

02-10-2009 07:53:01 | More by liquidsunshine
Photo of JunkYardJake


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

On-tap at TJ Rockwells.
Served to me in a mason jar as their current throwback beer. Pale yellow with very little head by the time it hit the table. Smells clean and a little sweet. Taste follows the nose with a malt and adjunct sweetness. Again, very clean with no off flavors. Crisp and refreshing with a good amount of carbonation. A solid representation of the classic fizzy yellow American lager.

Serving type: on-tap

08-07-2010 16:01:40 | More by JunkYardJake
Photo of BeerCon5


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear golden color with about 1 1/2 inch of quickly receding white head.

The taste is mostly corn, maybe some grain.

Corn is most notable, watery and kind of skunky.

Very light bodied and thin, very fizzy carbonation.

Easy to drink. Not bad for a cheap macro. Very easy to drink a bunch of these

Serving type: can

10-07-2008 18:02:07 | More by BeerCon5
Photo of JonnieC


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I agree with most of these reviews. Perhaps I've been too affected by the recent comeback. In Milwaukee (I don't know if it's the same in other cities) it's the new trendy thing and has a good deal of advertising around, but I find it surprisingly satisfying, for a cheap macro-brew of course. It is pretty light, so it is very easy to drink and the mouth-feel is just ok. The flavor is what makes this beer worth my while. It is crisp, balanced and not too bland.

Serving type: can

07-23-2010 17:18:00 | More by JonnieC
Photo of objectivemonkey


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

So I was at a bar, and didn't feel like anything but a thirst quencher, and as I'd never had PBR, I thought I'd give it a go, not expecting anything except a cool, boring liquid. Well, it pours a nice golden color with a surprisingly long lasting head. Really, little smell to it, just a thin grassy, grainy malt. Good medium body and nice carbonation up front, with a grainy malt through the middle, and if I remember, a slightly bitter ending. Basically, pour this and don't give me the name, and I'd mistake it as a micro. maybe. Pretty drinkable beer though, a real thirst quencher.

Serving type: can

04-10-2006 23:28:50 | More by objectivemonkey
Photo of Andreji


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

So the famous PBR finally in my hands randomly at some venezuelan arepa joint in the lower east side.

Yawn, indeed. what's the hype by which some defend this lazy lager? pour? guess. straw clear toned. sure, small whitish head. no magic to it. and i even took the time to ask for a glass to pour it.

smell....guess again. slightly malty...somewhat skunky. again, no magic, nothing out of the common.

maybe the taste being rather bending toward the sweet side merits it some credit but not too much either. and a macro-bent not too hoppy finish. pfffft what a boring way to end my night.

Serving type: can

03-23-2010 04:47:56 | More by Andreji
Photo of zeff80


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 16 oz can into a glass. Straw yellow color. It had a descent head, but it didn't last long. It smelled grainy and of corn. It tasted very malty. The mouthfeel was dry. It's drinkable if you're looking to get a buzz.

It was better than I expected. Somehow I had never had PBR while I was a poor/college student beer guzzler. I had to try it and see how it tasted.

Serving type: can

05-29-2006 12:25:25 | More by zeff80
Photo of SamN


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 4

"Not gonna lie to ya, I'm down to drink some Pabst."

Darn tootin'.

A- Clear yellow liquid in a dimpled stein. A little more robust color than most adjunct lagers. A modestly impressive head forms from a moderately aggressive pour; thick, rich and creamy looking. However, it quickly fades to nothing. Mildly lively, some visible carbonation visible.

S- Behind the corn huskiness is a sweeter aroma of cheap barely. The hop aroma is the best feature of the aroma; twangy and crisp. A brighter smelling beer.

T- Starts of with watered down barely tastes, moves to slightly harsh adjuncts and finishes on a mellow hops taste. Almost a creamy lingering adjunct finish. While not totally absent, PBR lacks that harsh metallic taste in a lot of AAL's.

M- Quite thin, of course. Lacking body but not overwhelmingly carbonated.

D- Drinkability is high, due to a better flavor profile than the others and a overall more laid back drinking sensation to me. Easily my favorite of all the "big" adjunct lagers.

Serving type: can

11-30-2009 23:08:39 | More by SamN
Photo of GClarkage


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

07/25/09- Had on tap at Windy City Pizza in San Mateo, CA.

Presentation- Via the tap into a pint glass. $2.25 every day..

Appearance- Pale golden color. Looks a bit watery. Had a solid 3/4 inch head which fades quickly. Leaves slight spots of fading lace behind.

Smell- Light notes of corn with a bready note carrying the beer.

Taste- Corn comes through, but not as much as in most macros. Heavy bready malt flavor. Hops..not really, but good flavor considering.

Mouthfeel- Pretty clean and crisp. Solid medium carbonation level.

Drinkability- Has always been my go to macro when I have one...the only one I stock on a semi-regular basis in my own home. Drinkable any day.

Serving type: on-tap

07-26-2009 19:42:14 | More by GClarkage
Photo of jifigz


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass.

A: A decent 1 inch head appeared a lingered a little. Pale yellow/golden in color.

S: Sweet. The smell is very sweet and tempting.

T: The taste is sweet with a tiny bit of bitterness. Very mild tasting compared to my usual brews.

M: Perfect amount of carbonation for a mainstream macro American Lager. At times a little too harsh, as if you just chugged a bunch of soda (you all know the feeling).

O: My favorite readily available macro lager that can be had just about anywhere. It is cheaper than Bud, Miller, and Coors and has a better flavor. It is very quaffable and refreshing on a hot summer day. For what it is (American macro lager) its an A, but in the world of beer a C at best.

Serving type: can

04-04-2011 15:40:21 | More by jifigz
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with streamers of bubbles and a loose white head that fades before it's even formed. Metallic nose with hints of grain sack and cut hay.
Doughy sweetness and sharp corn stalks with mild grass and ground coriander hit at the end.
Dusty end and lingering cheesiness. Crisp, fizzy, light tending towards watery.

If there was ever a beer to rate to a C average, this is it. There is just enough shape of a German lager, in broad strokes, to say that this is not a bad beer, but there is nothing to tempt me at all to call it good.

I'd love to sit this next to a full malt like Full Sail Session Lager, and put my money where my mouth is, but I'm pretty sure I'd notice corn syrup in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 16:19:25 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of pheurton


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

clear dark golden in color. foamy white head that completely disappears. no lacing or collar to speak of. lively carbonation lends a crisp, light mouthfeel. mild toasted grain on the nose. light body, spritzy, clean slightly sweet maltiness. lacks the overbearing adjunct flavor of the more popular macros...this is a good thing. faint light hops there only for balance make this beer quite refreshing.

though i admit the cult following this beer has developed is annoying, it is the best tasting macro i have come across. great summertime beer when you're in the mood for something simple and refreshing. better on tap than out of the can.

Serving type: on-tap

02-28-2004 16:37:06 | More by pheurton
Photo of Scrapss


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

C'mon, it's PBR. Gotta love retro beer, even if it's adjunct lager. It's light beer night, and now that the Peroni has been measured and weighed...onward.

Appearance is slightly better than some adjunct lagers. There's something to this one, little more color. Pour results in a nice frothy head that dies down a little too quickly.

Smell is not the usual adjunct lager, there's definitely something going on here too. Kind of some hops, a little bit of that filler maybe? Almost a metallic smell, if that makes any sense?

Taste is actually not as blah as you'd think. It's got a little bit of hop, little bit of bitter on the finish. The funny part is that there is a hint of lemongrass thing going on about 15 seconds after I swallow it.

Mouthfeel is so-so, not heavy and not light. It's got a good dry finish.

I like the drinkability of it in light of the dry finish. It's definitely something I could have a nice night out, pacing it and drinking without getting all out of shape and spending a ton.

Serving type: can

11-07-2009 02:51:19 | More by Scrapss
Photo of match1112


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dumped from the can into a pint glass. pours a clear golden straw color. a white head quickly disappears to leave a faint ring around the glass. smell and taste are both made up of faint grain and corn syrup. has a light to medium body. better than average carbonation and a smooth non bitter aftertaste. overall this is slightly better than most adjunct lagers, does not feel as watered down and thin as the others.

Serving type: can

11-07-2011 01:52:23 | More by match1112
Photo of youngleo


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I actually grew up drinking PBR. Then moved on. But anyway, I havent had this brew in over 20 years. I thought I would give it a try. Pours a two fingered white head. Head hung around for a little while. Not much lacing going on. Brew itself is a light yellow and very clear. Had a lot of bubbles spewing from the bottom of the glass. Not a lot of smell going on. Just of maybe some grain and grass. Again very light. The taste was very light also, and I mean very light. I dont know how to describe it. Maybe a hair of sweetness. It didnt really taste bad, it actually tasted good. Felt good in the mouth, not to much carbonation. The old PBR would make a good session beer. Easy on the wallet and doesnt fill you up. Sunday afternoon doing lawnmowing and garden work, perfect.

Serving type: bottle

05-05-2010 19:50:52 | More by youngleo
Photo of Vancer


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Farewell to Falstaff. Went to Mangia’s for a final can or two since they no longer will be made. And after couple, switched to PBR for ol’ time sake. From a bottle, these weren’t too bad. Actually could taste a bit of grain with decent amount of hops. Still over filtered, over carbed – but a decent summer session brew if nothing else is around.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2005 14:59:57 | More by Vancer
Photo of cagocubs


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One of my favorite "bowling alley beers". I could pound these back like Clint Eastwood in Gran Torino...

A: Pours a yellowgold color with very little head retention or lacing.

S: The smell is weak, but better than other macro lagers. Slight smell of hop but the usual macro lager skunk is present.

T: Some grain/malt and some corn taste.

M/D: Very drinkable especially when you only have the selection of macro lagers.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2009 23:04:56 | More by cagocubs
Photo of perrymarcus


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(review from notes, sampled on draft 02/06/11)

pours a pale straw yellow with a towering white/off-white head that quickly recedes (unsurprising - wasn't expecting much in the way of retention); no lacing to speak of.

nose offers light notes of barley/corn/rice. no real hops presence.

flavor fall right behind the aroma. you get that vague grainy/barley character. a touch of hops hiding in there somewhere. not particularly good, but better than most mainstream macros IMO.

light-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation - more or less in line with my expectations. crisp and refreshing. fairly high drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 22:52:14 | More by perrymarcus
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