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 corey0212
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/yellowy color, slightly darker towards the edges, with a foamy white head which doesn't last too long and leaves some thin lacing behind. It's got that grainy/generic beery smell, but there's a bit of something else going on...maybe a touch of lemon. Nice, crisp taste, a little hop bitterness detected, grainy, sweet aftertaste. It's got a good mouthfeel, not too watery at all. A real easy drinker, especially in the warmer weather. I also got this out of my grandfather's beer/cigar fridge, which makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable!

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Photo of RedneckChemist
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What is there to say about PBR? According to style, it is among the best Am. macros out there.

The appearance is pale, the smell is of sweet corn and perhaps a hop or two, but the taste is classic. I didn't drink PBR for years, but since I tried it for the first time, it has become my regular. I love a good micro-brew, but PBR has a permanent spot in my fridge. Whether cooking out or just finished mowing the yard, PBR is a welcome sight.

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Photo of beersensei305
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I've had this lager in a can, bottle, and off of a tap. It pours a pale yellow with a big head that disaptes quickly and leaves some light lacing. The smell is a sweet malt and grain with a slight hint of hops. This lager tastes light and clean. Has a smooth mouthfeel and quick refreshing. This lager beats out any of the big three in taste and it works well for those on a budget.

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Photo of johnd513
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A good fallback that I order frequently at the wooden nickel in Marquette MI. This beer pours a golden straw color with a two finger head that quickly disappears. Tastes a little less watered down than your average American macro. I'll take this over Bud or Miller any day.

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Photo of MP72
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This beer has all the downsides of the regular macros as far as no smell and being a fizzy yellow,,,, but it stops there.

The taste is far more beerlike than the others and I've been a bud man when drinking a macro beer for years.

This is a great tasting American macro , I'm glad i listened to the Alstrom Bro's review this may be a new summer/simple ,BBQ beer for me over bud.

Try it.

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Photo of MurphyMacManus
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. longneck into pint glass.

A: Pale straw/ golden with a 1-inch white head that's somewhat sticky.

S: Average macro smell: grain, a bit grassy, little in the way of hops.

T/M: mild grain, less adjunct-y than others. Bit of hops in the finish, and less watery than other macros. Refreshing.

D: Designed to be consumed in mass quantities, and very appropriate for doing so.

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Photo of PBRstreetgang
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear straw, producing a two and a half finger head of white soap bubbles. Good retention and lots of spotty lacing. Husky grain and adjunct nose, with some stale german hop aromas. The taste is slightly sweet with grainy adjuncts and mabye a bit tannic but no ester or off-flavors; very nuetral. Semi-dry aftertaste with a hint of saaz hop bitterness. Medium carbonation and light mouthfeel that finshes clean and very sessionable. A cut above other american macros.

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Photo of justincolts
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a pale golden color, with an frothy evaporating head. Has a decent look to it. Doesn't have much aroma or really any hints or subtleties but it isn't supposed. I'm a big fan of things succeeding at exactly what they aim for. Not a great mouthfeel, but drinkable. It isn't a micro brew, it isn't something with a lot of extra accents, but it is a quality, old style American brew that is cheap and does its job.

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Photo of ljbrisson
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Pours a straw yellow color with a fizzy, sudsy white lacing which quickly dissipates. Aroma is pretty one-dimensional with light grain, corn, hay, with the faintest whiff of some light fruit and hops. Mouthfeel is accurate for the style, light and loose with lots of spiky carbonation. Taste is like the nose, although there is a little bit more evidence of the hops (although still negligible). Not overly sweet, finishes a little dry. Drinkability is high, since I basically use this beer as a substitute for soda. Overall, this beer exemplifies its style very well. It is not totally devoid of flavor. And it also doesn't smash you over the head with sweetness like Yuengling Traditional does. $6.50 a 12-pack doesn't hurt either.

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Photo of rob167
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is a clear beer with a white head with good retention. Smells of corn. Taste is sweet. Mouthfeel is thin. This is a good go to beer cheap and easy to drink on a hot summer day. Drink it, get refreshed and forget about it.

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Photo of Midnight1700Warrior
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion: Pabst is a traditional, from the beginning of "time" beer. It's countless years of stand out design labeling, Quality reassured, tasting spot on every case given the handlers from brew to purchaser have done their best to keep it below 50 degrees F. PBR is a true, American Ale with a light, refreshing, more than crisp taste that hides the higher Alcohol content. Over the years, prices have hopped up like anything else, but PBR still personally seems to be the easiest pour for the cheapest price.
It's a drink of Pride, Flaunting your flag in can form, drinking what your WWII vet grandparents drank. There's days other beers flow better, but PBR is truly an everyday beer, always consistent, always pleasant.
Thank you!

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Photo of gueuzeonhigh
3.66/5  rDev +21.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On first thought I'd lump PBR in with all the mass production (as opposed to craft brews) American style lager beers. A friend likes PBR and so I just had to give it a try.

It's flavor isn't complex, it's not a beer that's exceptional or made me do a double take- I think I'll call it a "commodity beer".. it's one that you pour when you want just "a beer".

It's very typical of the American "commercial" lager style-- I gather it uses adjunct ingredients.

It's a light flavor that's not particularly robust or unique, but curiously it's not disagreeable. This beer does have a bit of it's own character-- as a lager it's not so light that it flirts with the flavor of bottled water. Although if you're expecting something above and beyond the other big American brewers-- ah yes, it's missing the birchwood dowel flavor-- you'll be disappointed.

Looks- produced a nice fluffy but short lived head.

A teensy weensy nose- a bit of hops just squeaking out.

Flavor is very light-- a bit of hops and not really much else... a short clean finish.

Mouthfeel-- very light flavor and effervescence.

Drinkability-- I give it a plus because of the ABV level..

I consider this beer as a warm weather refresher-- served cold
it's so mild that it's actually a nice drink with a hint of "beer" in it.

Now the big question is if I were blind folded could I identify it as PBR and not one of the other big commercial brews?

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Photo of jackndan
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

The best American macro lager. It has a clean taste, with good body. It pains me to see that this classic American beer is not beating the pants off BUD. I respectfully suggest that, when the need arises (warm weather) you find it in long neck bottles, chilled down cold, and enjoy. Please tell your establishment to buy it, now, before it's too late.

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Photo of Tom_the_bomb
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Surprisingly full of character, and not like other American lagers. Much better - and plenty of history to boot ! I love the retro renewal - goes great with a sandwich, hot dog, at the ball park, picnic, Sunday afternoon on the driveway, whatever. Great stuff!

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Photo of LaymanReviews
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBR is a pretty solid beer. It's becoming one of my favorites. Moving through a six pack is pretty easy with its clean taste and easy finish. $15 bucks for a case of 30 is just a phenomenal deal which makes this a great beer pong beer. No one should be offended by the taste (or lack there of) this beer. If I had a friend that was just starting to drink beer, this would be one I'd introduce them to (because its better than most of the BMC crap thats out here).

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Photo of scarletfire79
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

pabst is an old stand by. for the price it can't be beat. it ties schlitz for my american macro number one. super smooth. it's definitly way too easy to put a bunch of these boys away. nothing spectactular. but absolutly no off flavors, smooth pure watery american goodness. pbr is where it's at when the money is tight and drinking is in order. great with spicy foods and bbq. always in my fridge for those sundays off.

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Photo of LordChesterfield
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I got PBR because I heard that it might be a decent macro brew. Well it is. It pours extremely pale with a frothy head that quickly dissipates. I can smell corn before even puting might nose near the glass, but this subsides into a flowery sweet aroma. It tastes almost as light as it looks and leaves light sweet taste on the toungue. Imminently refreshing this is with a drinkability that would embarass any other beer I can think of. And what's more? It's cheap as hell! Apparently it's a classic though I would never know. This gets a five for drinkabilty for the ease with which it is drunk and for the ease with which it is purchased.

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Photo of misterdork
3.67/5  rDev +21.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pretty good for my "go to" beer. Nice and light, good cold on a nice hot summer day. I used to drink Busch, but this shit is way better. Great color on tap or even out of the can. Had a sweet keg of it on July 4th, doesn't get much more American than that. Enjoy with a nice veggie burger.

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Photo of Spikester
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 ounce can into a glass tumbler.
Nice 3 inch head with good retention and moderate lacing.
Light hop and cracker malts some corn grits.
Nice balance of malt and hops. More of each than typical.
Good mouthfeel, slightly bitter aftertaste.
Better than average macro-brew.
Actually has some beer flavor.
Can says brewed in Milwaulkie, WI. Is this now brewed by Miller? Very close to Miller High Life in flavor profile.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I swear the can just hissed at me when I opened it! Pours an ultra clear yellow color with a loud fizzy white head that fades quickly into nothingness. Surprisingly leaves some decent looking lace in its wake.

Smells like adjuncts baby! Not quite canned corn, more like a freshly boiled ear of corn with some sweet corn syrup and freshly sliced tomatoes. Not unpleasant, but the smell of PBR is the least attractive attribute.

The taste is...well...quite good actually. The hops are noticeable and the beer goes down extremely smooth. It is light tasting and the adjuncts are most certainly there, but shit, I'd take this over any BMC any day. For what it is, macro adjunct lager, it's one of my favorites. I could pound a good number of these.

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Photo of dstc
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with a big pure white head that falls fast with little lace behind.

Smells like a US lager. Grains, clean & slightly metallic.

Taste is good, clean. Slightly sweet, of grains and corn.

Thin yet smooth on the tongue. Clean, crisp and highly carbonated.

My go to beer (since Schlitz came and went again) for when you just need a beer. Something light and refreshing.

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Photo of dustylong
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light golden yellow color with pretty much no head (poured from a can into a mug). Average macro lager smell to it, with a hint of corn. The taste matches the smell, a typical macro lager with a hint of corn. Has a slightly sour taste to it. Very easy to drink, with a good amount of carbonation, making it nice, light, and crisp. Feels very light in the mouth, with a lot of carbonation. Very good for a cheap beer...very good for the style...

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Photo of 65dos
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

PBR is a very inexpensive beer. Yet for the price, it is the best of its class. A cheap drinkable beer. The lightness of a PBR is its downfall. They tend to go down like water for the first few. There is the tiniest hint of hops that linger around after a swallow. The texture left in the mouth is very dry. With no flavor too strong, PBR is a nicely balanced average beer. Its a wonderful drink for someone not looking to spend too much money on a night of drinking.

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Photo of Cubsfan1087
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I've been drinking PBR quite a bit at our local Bierstube, can't pass up the cheap special. PBR is your typical light beer, but I find it to be a better option at times than Bud Light or Coors Light if you're out at the bars (always a better option than Miller Lite). PBR is a light golden color. There isn't a great deal of taste or smell with this beer. You get exactly what you pay for. It is easy to drink several in one sitting. Everyone should try PBR at least once.

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Photo of mrkc
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Oh poor maligned Pabst Blue Ribbon, how times have changed. It used to be drinking you made one elitist, and a snob. Now, it makes one common, and unrefined. Time has not been kind to you, Blue Ribbon, and your red, white and blue can, while elegant in its simplicity, has become much derrided. I applaud you for not slipping into becoming mindlessly hip, as others have tried to do.

You're fine in your can, but when you're sold for 3 dollars a glass on Tap, you really shine. Fresh, clean, with a clear filtered liquid, it's easy to see where the comparisons to urine came from, but this is the derision of mob which has turned against you. You smell of sweet grain, faint and not overpowering. This is where your can fails you, as it isolate our nose from the drinking experience.

Your light body compliments most food one would eat in a bar perfectly, from the burger, to the chicken strips. A joy of my own is using you to cook noodles, an idea that came to me when I had too little water to finish a dish. You have not given in to the hops-ridden madness that is in vogue today, and instead you focus on having a pure grain taste, with a light body and a crisp mouthfeel. The yeast leaves just a slight feeling of bread. You do not overwhelm, but complement. You are the coda of a symphony. You are the perfect session drink, capable of being consumed for hours, both to your lighter alcohol content, as well as your other qualities. Raphael's masterpiece you are not, but you are worth for what you aspire to be.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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