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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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4,755 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,755
Reviews: 1,575
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 45
Gots: 557 | 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 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 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%

Photo of blitheringidiot
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Clear golden straw hues with a ring halo.

Scents barley eek out a malt scent.

Me tongue can barely detect grain and some adjunct additive of perhaps corn or rice.

Light to medium body with plenty of carbonation, although this could be due to the religiously cleaned lines at Grey Lodge.

Decent to wash down some pub grub, but, seriously, PBR is ok at best, even on a good clean draught line.

Beer is good. Happy beering.

Photo of BadBadger
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A Pabst Blue Ribbon, can be a refreshing beer, under the right circumstances. IY pours a clear lihky golden color into the glass. THe head is nice and foamy. The smell is reminiscent of an bar you have been into. It makes your think of stale beer, and sloppy floors. The taste is pretty much nonexistent. The mouthfeel is crisp. This is not necessarily an achievement, considering the absence of flavor to begin with. Not the macro lage I would reach for again: don't get got up in the fad. I would recommend a Miller High Life instead.

Photo of tenaciousp65
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Just popped a can of this classic. While this beer is certainly nothing to write home about is is probably my favorite american adjunct lager. I'd take a pbr any day over a bud, miller or coors. Its cheep and doesn't taste awful, while still getting the job done on a weekend night. I would definitely recommend this as an alternative beer for casual beer drinkers.

Photo of TheDeuce
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon....

Appearance-poured out of a can into the glass, leaves a fizzy head that trails downward, muddled color as well.

Smell-tinny smell, lots of metal, some alcohol as well. Other things come up but not noticably strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again metallic, grainy up front and in the finish, heavily carbonated. Wouldn't go so far as to call it enjoyable but it is different.

Drinkability-Light beer, not that enjoyable though, easy to drink if you want to.

Overall-This beer has a cult following, I'm not that sure why. Didn't really enjoy it and I don't even think it's better than BMC.

Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

88 cents for a pint can, not bad price for macro stuff. Pours a piss yellow, smells quite grainy and sweet. Tastes sweet with an unusual citrusy flavor but it's kind of weak. Mouthfeel is watery as normal for macros i've had. Very drinkable as this is supposed to be for a mass market. It won't win any awards except best in redneck category!!

Photo of rodrot
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

PBR poured a clear golden color with a one inch head that went away rather quickly. Aroma was citrusy and fruity with a faint whiff of corn. Taste was very fruity and spritzy with a slight hop bitterness and some malt character in the finish, but not much. This beer had an incredibly thin mouthfeel. It was pretty bland and watery tasting, which is the standard for most macros I guess. I could see this as a refreshing drink after mowing the lawn in 90 degree temperatures.

Photo of giblet
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

this is the brand that my grandpa used to drink. i am sure it was much better than it is today. this was cheap. it worked very well for our cookout. it was 90 degrees out and we had some grilled pork. this beer was well iced in a cooler and it was very good for that.

i had maybe 10 of them and it was refreshing.

not bad for a macro.

suckem up and movem out!
giblet

Photo of kylehay2004
2.57/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head or lacing with this one. Clear golden body. Neither interesting or exciting. Aroma is mild and mosty smells of fresh picked sweet corn. Some light malt. Flavor is more on the malt side and less on the sweet corn side. Light body and medium to high carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable but not a good beer.

Photo of Thrasher
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
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 tcayiajr
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
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 Amalak
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

I went for a hot dog at Crif Dogs in NYC. And for a dollar extra I got myself a PBR. To be honest, it wasn't as sour as I had expected. It really lacked any real taste. It was almost like a beer version of vitamin water, sans the health kick. What ever. For a buck, you get what you get.

Photo of Jesse13713
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
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 begforme4484
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Light godlen yellow, plenty of head.

Smells plenty bland. Very faint hint of grassy hops, and def some corn in there.

Taste has some corn/malt sweetness up front. Very slight bitterness, and what I can only describe as a mechanical/unnatural flavor.

Mouthfeel is watery and carbonated.

Drinkability is not so good. It's cheap, and it will get you drunk. Speaking of that, this beer was my staple in college. lol

Photo of ktrillionaire
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Big thanks to Robby Bobby (Ricky's bro) for the brew.

A - Basically just as clear as urine the day after drinking 12 cans of this stuff. I expected more color. I guess I've never really seen it out of a can. From now on, can-only for PBR. Never again a glass.

S - Mineral and metallic and mixed grain. I want this to be measurably better than BMC, but it really isn't. Boo hoo.

T - The taste is basic beer. Tastes like cheap swill in an ostensibly novel sense. The outright crappiness doesn't hit home like it does with, say, Bud Light. Instead, it is like dressing up as a hobo or a NASCAR fan, or, like saying we're not really scumbags, but we play them on TV; it's all in good fun... But if this PBR is a habit for you, I would recommend you institute a 6-month moratorium on PBR, Wal-Mart, Hardee's/Carl's Junior, and Redman or Levi Garrett; use your free time to reform your backwoods ways.

M - Cheap and fizzy.

D - Statistics show that 7.5 out of every 13 trailer-park domestic disputes begin over quarrels concerning the ownership of "that there last can of PBR."

Photo of DogFood11
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

My choice for "Golf" beer. Forms a fizzy 2 finger head that falls to ring style, leaving behind sliding lace. Massive amounts of carbonation that is common to the style, nothing earthshattering here. Light Yellow color.

A bit maltier than its cousin's, and a bit more hops, not much more but enough to make a difference. Usual adjunct, corn syrup, rice lager. you just get the feeling its so highly filtered that its filtered itself out of taste. Very crisp and clean, leaves me desiring something to make it interesting.

Notes: I'm in....Pabst and Budweiser are the two macros that see time in my fridge. They know how to make a fairly tasteless beer without any "edges" or something to possibly send you to another brand. It is what it is....a cheap brew that doesn't offend.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,755 ratings.