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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
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4,805 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,805
Reviews: 1,598
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 613 | 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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Photo of Hojaminbag
2.52/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of jwhancher
2.52/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of jettjon
2.52/5  rDev -14%
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.

Photo of Mora2000
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to bman1113vr for sharing this silver can of goodness.

The beer pours a very light yellow color with a white head. The aroma is not good with lots of corn and wheat. The flavor is full of adjuncts with tons of corn, rice and wheat. Overall the aroma and flavor are incredibly bland. Light mouthfeel and medium carbonation. This is a beer with nothing positive going on.

Photo of packetknife
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Up until recently I didn't know PBR truly came outside of cans (its natural habitat). Pours golden with bubbles throughout and a big broken foam head that faded slowly and smeared (glass not quite clean?). Feable attempt at malts, some hops, a slight artificial sweetness. Some citris hit my nose each time I pulled the glass up. It reminds me more of old Grain Belt than anything else. Much more tolerable off tap, not too bad actually if the heat is on.

Photo of Wasatch
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of BEERZILLA
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of 1fastz28
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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

Photo of VncentLIFE
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of MikeBrandman
2.53/5  rDev -13.7%
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.

Photo of Shaurya
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good for the price.. Not much else to write home about..

Doesn't really have a distinct smell or anything.. but tastes malty.. hints of corn.

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

Much better than its similarly priced peers, like Bud, Coors, Natural etc.

Photo of dippy
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Had on tap at the Pourhouse in Boston.

Poured gatorade yellow and a thin, white head. Head disappeared quickly, must have taken most of the flavor with it.

Sweet smell of corn. Not much else.

The taste is all grain and corn. Tastes like it is made from horse feed. Not a Bad thing.

Decent Macro with good drinkability. Tastes great with Cornbread. Mellow flavor that doesn't dominate the food you are eating.

Photo of mdfb79
2.55/5  rDev -13%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

From 10/21/12 notes. Have had this many, many times, and had a few 16 oz. cans at Brother Jimmy's watching the Giants game. Poured into a pint glass to review it. Review #2300!

a - Pours a clear bright yellow color with one finger of fluffy white head and high carbonation evident.

s - Smells of grains, corn, a little sweet, cereal, biscuit malts, and bready malts. Not offensive but not much going on.

t - Tastes of grains, corn, water, wheat, bready malts, and lightly sweet. Matches the nose pretty closely; again, just not much going on.

m - Light body and moderate to high carbonation. Easy to drink for sure, though a tiny bit overcarbonated.

o - Overall not a good beer by any means; was actually surprised the overall rating was so high. I find it better than all other Miller products and better than Coors, and about on par with Bud Light, though slightly less watered down. Given the choice between this and a Bud Light I'd probably take a Bud Light, but I wouldn't really care either way. Not really sure why this is super popular with hipsters with so many better, also affordable options out there, but whatever.

Photo of beerluvr
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've read alot about PBR here on B.A. & thought, what the hell...so here goes:

Pours out with a decent-sized white head over very pale gold liquid. Nose is stereotypically "adjuncty", mainly corn, with a light, light, light wisp o' malt & slight grass. Taste is alright for a cheap macro, decent mouthfeel with notes of light malt sweetness and a brief swirl of hop bitterness. Finishes with a quick fruity note, very slight dryness. There, I've done it! Nice "lawnmower" brew, but given the choice I'd cough up the extra sawbuck for a sixer of Ballantine XXX.

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Presentation, the classic 12 ounce can with the recognizable Pabst Blue Ribbon logo. Pours a faint yellow, thin head which quickly disappears. Slight husky and corn aroma, but was very difficult to detect. A little malt and somewhat of a grassy or hay taste. Very light body. Pleasant to drink based on the undetectable adjuncts, I won't let the six pack go to waste, but still only slightly above average. PBR is difficult to find in eastern S.D., no joke!

Photo of BeanBone
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by a little over two fingers of bubbly white head that burn off quickly and leave no lacing.

Aroma: A thin pale malt body with just a whiff of flowery hops.

Flavor: Grainy pale malt makes up the bulk of the profile, and unfortunately brings an off metallic flavor to the party. There is a thin wave of hops if you go hunting, and if you happen to catch them, you’ll find bare notes of lemon, grass, and banana. Pale malt and a hint of dark fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with medium-high carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinker, perfectly suited for a summertime Dashboard Confessional show.

Verdict: While the hipsters may be more interested in the can design than the beer inside, PBR is actually not too terrible of a beer. I suppose the highest compliment I could pay this beer is that I could easily believe this was a poor attempt at an easy-drinking lager from a mediocre craft brewery.

Photo of ZorPrime
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

It was a hot summer days and was going to the park for a family lunch, stop at the grocery store and bought a 6 pack of this. The color is very pale yellow. Nice looking head with a soapy looks. Clear color beer. The aroma shows some citrus notes with cereal (mainly corn). Pretty simple/ordinary aroma. The taste is watery... I would guess this is water except for the slight bitterness at the end. Not impressive at all, I would have guess that this one had more punch than the ordinary BMC beers. This is a simple beer, however it is refreshing (but not interesting). Drinkability is high, however after 2-3 of this beer, it is starting to get a little dull...

Photo of greasyrunner
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Captain_Komamura
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a PBR in the can.

Appearance - It is a hay-colored beer, with a bubbly head that goes flat very quickly.

Smell - It has a sweet, metallic smell to it.

Taste - It tastes how it smells: sweet, metallic, and watered-down.

Mouth feel - Not over-carbonated like some BMC beers, goes down like bottled water.

Overall - Well after trying other BMC's this is pretty high up.

Photo of legod
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of mcb1987
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Great for the price..That's about it..

Smell: Very little smell of anything particular

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

For one of the cheapers beers to buy, its not bad, and does its job.

Serving type: can

Photo of hoppaddict-barleypatch
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%

Photo of engagechad
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Buddy of mine left some bottles over at my house so i figured what the hell. Poured into a pint.

Looks like yellow water, however the head is good with good lacing and it is very clear.
Smells like old corn and tastes kind of like old corn but the taste isn't really terrible. it is a very drinkable beer. good pizza beer.

Overall. It's an AAL which is just meh.. but It's not the worst that is out there and it's not a terrible brew to have around.

Photo of mschofield
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Golden yellow, well carbonated with a (tall for style) two finger frothy stark white head.
Clean, sligthly metallic light malt and corn flake aroma.
Slight lemon taste, a little bitterness than stands out in contrast to most beers of the style.
The flavor is noticeably malty, slight sulfur, actually comes across as a light lager, and not a macro "pilsner". Light feel overall, but compared strictly to the style I'd go so far as medium bodied.
Good drinkability, and a great lawnmower, tailgate, BBQ beer.

Photo of Yeldarb92
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,805 ratings.