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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
poor

4,696 Ratings
THE BROS
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good

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Ratings: 4,696
Reviews: 1,547
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 39
Gots: 487 | 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:
- 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of Shaurya
2.59/5  rDev -11.9%
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 APH
2.59/5  rDev -11.9%

Photo of madeofsteel
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a pale straw color with about two fingers of head, some decent lacing but no retention.

S - Corn, slight booze. Not much going on at all, really.

T - Sweet, corn, slight malts. Mostly filler, and not really anything good. Kind of bitter finish.

M - Medium body and carbonation, watery.

O - To me, this epitomizes shitty American beer, the kind drank from coozies and sporting events and the like. Cheap. Not good. Honestly, if you're going for a cheap drunk, malt liquor is worlds better.

Photo of Thrasher
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This beer has cultivated quite a mystique in recent years, and it's a bit difficult to see why. It's ordinary yellow lawn-mower beer, and a decidedly average one at that. Still, it's become the beer of choice for the current working-class-chic trend. It's absolutely EVERYWHERE in Portland, Oregon, even at barbershops like Bishops. It usually goes for $2 a pint, often less than that, so I suppose I can understand its appeal from a cost standpoint. But from a local pride standpoint, in this city of breweries, it's confounding and disheartening that this is the number one beer. Taste-wise, it is certainly nothing special. Pouring a clean, clear platinum with a rising head that disappears quickly, it offers a slight metallic fragrance with the faintest musty wisps of yeast. The flavor is primarily of sweet malts and corn, a definite vegetable undercurrent. Hops are non-existent and the water quaility is off-puttingly metallic. As the beer warms, it seems particularly sweet, so I guess I can see why people who don't like beer tend to like this one. I'll be happy when the trend dies down, though, just because this beer has gotten way more attention than it deserves.

Afterthought #1:
The chief criteria of the fans of PBR seems to be: "Well, it doesn't SUCK." No, it doesn't suck. But it's not GOOD, either. How can not sucking be an acceptable reason to laud a brand of suds?

Afterthought #2:
Not to dis anyone, but a review below says "This is the beer of punk rockers." A common sentiment that I've come across more than once, especially around these parts. Yep, that pretty much sums it up. Blindly follow the trend and choose a beer that's produced by a major brewing monolith (Miller), in order to maintain one's indie cred. WTF?!?

Afterthought #3:
I can get a 6-pack of Portland Lager (from MacTarnahan's) for $3.75. PBR is not much cheaper than that. How about some local beer, eh, Portland paupers?

Photo of Goldorak
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A rare find here in Québec...

Appearance: Straw-yellow, a light, frizzy head that was thick from out of the can, but died down quickly.

Smell: A very discreet grassy, malty with barely enough hops to register on the scale. I've smelled worse.

Taste: Pretty light, a bit too watery with a slight metalic twang, some corn, but with a little more malt than the usual macros. I don't want to start off the debate over drinkability as in "chugability" versus drinkability as in "I would go out of my way to drink this again", so I'll give it a average 3. In the world of D- macros, this one gets a C-.

Photo of tcayiajr
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah yes the good old PBR. It's been quite the staple of my College life always finding it's time honored place in our refrigerator. It's a good beer for a nice cold shower after a day in the muggy New Orleans summer heat. However, this is by no means a good beer. I do prefer a Pabst Blue Ribbon over any Bud/Miller product any day, but this is only when I'm too broke to get a quality craft brew. After having an assortment of Abita and Sierra Nevada Kegs over the last month or so we got a little pour and decided to toss in a $59 keg of PBR into the kegerator. The PBR pours a light pale yellow and has a repulsive smell. After a night of drinking I woke up to find some beer stains on my shirt which were emitting quite a repulsive odor. However, the beer does go down smooth and is very very easy to drink. PBR, not the best of beers, but maybe one of the best of the cheap domestics.

Photo of pbrian
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I had to see what all the fuss was about...

Sampled straight from the can. How else are you supposed to drink a PBR? This beer is no better or worse than any other macro American light lager, but it has a serious advantage of being $2.69 a six. The only problem with it is that holding a can of it makes you want to have sex with your cousin.

Photo of DanielCole
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of BeanBone
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
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 Peanutbutterthumb
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of Neehan
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pale, light, straw-colored with virtually no head. Shades of carbonation. A sweet, grassy smell and taste. Complexity is the last thing this offers, which leads to a subtle smoothness. Not the most highly pleasant sour aftertaste remains in the mouth, which is a strange blend between that and the carbonation.

Photo of Portertime
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ah yes, good old dollar-a-can PBRs. The cheapest beer you can find in a bar. I didn't bother pouring this one into anything just chugged it from the can. Tastes like any other mass produced lager. Drink it with your buddies and don't forget to tip your bartender for having to get you so many!

Photo of shererjt
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured an effervescent yellow clear with moderate carbonation and an average head. Aroma was strongly like cooked corn. Not awful, but not your normal hops and malt either. Possibly some astringency as well. Body was light-to-medium. Some malt there and leans to the sweet side. Mostly corn flavor; not bad but not what I'd call a great beer, either. Mouthfeel was okay; nothing to write home about.

Really not a bad beer, and pretty good by macro standards. I'd prefer High Life or Schlitz, but would do nicely in a pinch.

Photo of riversider76
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a light golden. Fluffy head quickly disappears. Not much lace,but lots of bubbles.Smell is of light malt. Body is light and carbonated.Taste is sweet with a hint of hop. This beer is by no means offensive,and it's cheep. I'm sure that's why the college kid's love it!

Photo of xnicknj
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass

A - Clear golden yellow with a fading think head which leaves plenty of spotty lacing around the glass.

S - Steely and grassy with fading hops

T - Somewhat bitter hops with grassy tendencies. Run-of-the-mill malt attempts to break through, leading to a steely, citrus zest finish.

M - Medium body, although most of the beer tasted like the inside of a can.

D - Smoother than most beers of the same style.

PBR is my favorite adjunct lager. End.

Photo of beerbill
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I can't really put my finger on it, but there is something off with this beer. The taste is just odd, and I can't exactly say why. It is not as rough going down as say, natural ice, but it is a far cry from most other pilsner beers. I picked it for two reasons. One, I wanted to get another review under my belt. Two, it's cheap. 11 dollars for a 30 pack is a good deal, but I would drink strohs first.

Photo of CharlesRiver
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

What can I say about the PBR. It always fits the mood. Pours golden yellow in color with a small white head that does not last at all. There is no smell that I can pick up. The tast is small, short and crisp. Smooth with a touch of creamyness that you can't find any where else. I like it and I keep going back to it.

Red, white and blue. You can't go wrong.

Photo of HeavyDandtheGirls
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%

Photo of snpub540
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Have them on tap at work for $2.50 so why not?

Came a pale yellow with almost no head at all. Very fizzy.

Smelled of grains but most notably corn.

Taste was of rice and cereal grains, slightly dry bitter finish.

Was a thin bodied beer with alot of carbonation. I could put alot of them down though with out feeling them.

Photo of aaronxsubaru
2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Meh, its PBR. its not very good but thats not why you buy it. since i'm pretty sure everyone has had this or knows someone who has, all i'll add is i prefer high life for the price point. Something in the flavor just didn't apeal to me, perhaps i'll try this on tap one day and see if its any better. but for the can.... don't bother trying.

Photo of PvtSnowball
2.61/5  rDev -11.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes of rare earth and fresh harvested maize..

Who am I kidding, it's cheap swill and 12$ for an 18.

As a cigar smoker, I am well aware of the absurd pretentiousness
of most reviewers.

It's cheap swill that is better than most cheap swill.

Slightly orange golden with a "head" that disappears
before you can toss the can in the recycling bin. The
flavour is that of cheap, mass produced, American lager.

Not the worst and far from the best. Not bad for what
it is though.

Photo of thatruth
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into pint glass.

poured second half vigorously to arise a good head. pours two finger snow white head with moderate, slippery lacing. crystal clear champagne color into a sparkling pale yellow with gold tint.

smells of straw, rice, and hops. rainy forest day aroma.

not much to note on taste here. tastes like water, hops, and barley.

crisp, clean on-bringing to quick, watery finish.

heineken? fuck heineken. PABST BLUE RIBBON!

Photo of GeoffRizzo
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
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 Jesse13713
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Two fingers of head atop a clear musty yellow lager. Very transparent and a dirty golden look to it. Decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral notes and hops here. Not much else going on.

Taste - Strong hints of banana. Quite watered down but surprisingly tasty hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied. A very crisp and refreshing taste. Not bad for an American Adjunct Lager. I would prefer Molson Canadian over this, but it is still decent.

Photo of dbalsock
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

App: Large white head sits upon a pale straw body. Looks to have huge carbonation, but the head doesn't stay long.

Smell: Ligh corny smell, maybe a note of hops. There's a sharp smell too, like funky yeast, but it's all light despite not being very attractive.

Taste: Very corn based in sweetness, like it was brewed entirely with corn. A little yeast biproduct in the taste that I try not to smell as I take a sip.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boring.. but at least it's crisp.

Drinkability: This could be drinkable if it was less funny tasting, but it's not very drinkable even for a macro lager, becuase it tastes funny.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,696 ratings.