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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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4,625 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,625
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 454 | 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 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!

thatruth, Sep 17, 2011
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!

GeoffRizzo, Mar 22, 2003
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.

Jesse13713, Feb 28, 2011
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.

dbalsock, Jan 28, 2008
Photo of acrawf6
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours out an typical macro straw color with a small white head.

Smell. I think it is quite neutral. small nuttiness to it.

Taste. Small sweet maltiness to it. i get no hop presence. good for what it's going for. aftertaste is sweeter.

Mouthfeel is ok. decent carbonation, body is average for the style, light.

Overall, it's one of those cheaper beers worth getting over miller light (milwakee and all). For cheap beers, i'd prefer Shlitz anyday, but i know a lot of people loving this. good for them.

acrawf6, Jun 16, 2006
Photo of Manosbeeroffate
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
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!!

Manosbeeroffate, Mar 10, 2006
Photo of vitesse
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

not a bad super-cheap beer on tap. it tasted nice and fresh to me. color was straw straw straw. little head. smell was slightly metallic, but not awful. taste was decent. little evidence of adjunctiness. some slight slight hop bite in it, and some pale maltiness that comes through. not a lot of flavor, but what is there isn't offensive at all.
very drinkable cheapo beer. won't ruin your tastebuds or wallet. now as for the trendiness....go figure.

vitesse, Jul 07, 2003
Photo of mltobin
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Purchased at the Beer Drinkers` Tavern in Philadelphia, PA.
At the BDT, you have 2 options when you buy a PBR, you can pay $2 and open to can yourself or you can pay $1 and the bartender will proceed to puncture a hole in the side of the can for you to shotgun the beer. As I was with a group, we all chose the latter option.
Light, clear, small head.
The smell is decent but lacks depth.
The taste is a little bitter, with some grains bouncing around the mouth.
MF is so-so, nothing really stands out.
The drinkability gets an average since this is what it is: a decent tasting, inexpensive lager. With one of the longer histories of a U.S. Lager, it is neat to drink the beer that your great grand dad probably had a few times.

mltobin, Dec 30, 2007
Photo of mithrascruor
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. can poured into a mug.

Appearance: Pours a light golden-yellow color. Very clear, and with an airy white head that turns into a lace. Laces the glass a bit too.

Smell: Light malt aroma with some grains (including a slight bit of corn). Slight metallic accent.

Taste: Malts and grains infused with metallic flavors. Generic and not bad, but way less than impressive.

Mouthfeel: Very light-bodied with ultra-minimal carbonation. Rather smooth, however.

Drinkability: Easy to drink; no problems here. Goes down fine, though it can get a tad boring.

One of the more decent of widely available American macro-lagers; nothing objectionable, but far from impressive. More affordable than BMC too. But not something to even consider getting for enjoyment at home.

mithrascruor, May 27, 2007
Photo of kylehay2004
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

kylehay2004, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of Vengeance526
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale yellow golden color with a small sudsy white head that fades away quickly and leaves a little bit of lacing.

Smells of corn husk and sugar but not a very pronounced aroma so its not too offensive.

Tastes of sweet corn with some light grassy notes, but is realyy watered down. Again the taste is very lightly evident, almost like drinking water so at least its not horible, just neutral.

Light bodied with lots of fizzy carbonation. Overall, pretty inoffensive and makes for a good cheap guzzler on a hot day.

Vengeance526, Aug 18, 2009
Photo of bigjohn
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

By far my favorite of the American "swill" beers. I personally try to support smaller beers in favor of bud, miller, coors, if I am going to be drinking that style. Pabst is the transparent golden color that is typical of an American macro. The taste is smooth, with a little bite at the end. Nothing particularly special about this one, but it is easy to drink and a perfect alternative to most macros if the occassion should necessitate drinking them.

bigjohn, Mar 09, 2004
Photo of mobyfann
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Roommate paid: $15 even for a 30 pack of cans...

The appearence of this beer is pretty standard: A clear golden base with a medium semi-fluffy head with signs of lacing and average retention. The aroma is of typical American macro-quality - yeast & corn mixture... eh

The taste is alright but not even into average level. It isn't bad however so a 2.5 is what it gets... The mouthfeel is pretty decent and the beers' best quality in the 5-point scale. The drinkability is average... folks it's PBR, a decent beer, the best macro beer in America...

Final Thought: This is the second best beer for price per quality (Honey Brown), definately a session beer when taste is irrelevant to your state of drunkeness...

mobyfann, Oct 01, 2004
Photo of Spider889
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

PBR from a can, the way it's meant to be...

This is of late the "hipster cheap beer of choice" for some reason. Honestly, the only thing I can think of is that Pabst is not one of the big 3, and so the perception that this beer is more underground, less appreciated, even craft, is prevalent.

I really don't get it. PBR is HUGE compared to craft standards, and in the flavor department it is no better than any other American Adjunct Lager. In fact, I think I'd rather have a regular old Budweiser over this...

Smells like an AAL, typical beery bitterness - watered down barley or rice... whatever it is - and nearly no hops.

The taste is watery. Bitter, but not hoppy in any way. Doughy, like semi-sour, soggy Wonderbread.

Very light bodied and tons of carbonation. A few of these would give me heartburn.

Extremely drinkable if you like this kind of thing. But I see myself reaching for a coke, or water, over this if I'm paying to be honest. Sorry to offend the hipster crowd, but this kind of beer is the whole reason I got into craft - so I'd never have to taste beer like this again...

Spider889, Sep 07, 2010
Photo of UDbeernut
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had Bottle at the Map Room Bar in Cleveland

Poured into Pint Glass

a: light straw color fair amount of caronation. Little Head that reduces very quicly

s: smells ok, malt not much hops. One of the better smelling macros

t: not as watered down as other macros. Nothing that stands out too much in my mind, just a average solid beer that is better than Bud or MGD.

m&d: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink and a great session beer. A good choice over the other BMC crap.

UDbeernut, Sep 25, 2009
Photo of DrZarkov
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK here's my real question about PBR....Is it beer-flavored water or water-flavored beer? It looks about like water too! I guess the one up side to PBR is that it is very light and I could see it being pretty refreshing compared to most other brews. I wouldn't bother to spend my money on it though—if you're going to drink beer drink something that you can taste.

DrZarkov, Nov 19, 2005
Photo of Duhast500
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint glass

The color was a completely clear yellow/gold with a slight thin band of whit foamy head with no lacing

The smell was a little sweet with some pilsner malt. There was also a touch of bitterness as well. The beer was pretty cold and was hard to detect much in the nose.

The taste was a bit sweet like the nose. Pilsner malt with a light barley flavor. Some small bitterness toward the end.

This beer had a bit of a thin body. There was a good easy drinking feel to it and did go down easy. A beer with a purpose, this beer makes for a cheap beer when there is nothing but macro on the bar tap list.

Duhast500, Jan 24, 2011
Photo of beertaster13
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Okay so Pabst isn't what I remembered, look at original can review and you will see that I didn't mind it. Pours a very light yellow with little to no head at all. Not much lacing to speak of either. Smell is grain and earth tones, slight metallic. Taste is of grain and very watered down, not bad for the price but still not good. Metallic hints as well. Feels light and flat in mouth, drinkable only on those sweaty days doing yard work.

beertaster13, Jun 06, 2004
Photo of UpNorthLager
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

30 pack of inexpensive beer. Carries with it a couple of intangibles - a certain underground cachet, and a personal connection with the aroma (as the sense of smell is closely associated with memory). The smell of PBR reminds me of the softball fields of my parents' leagues when I was younger, and of fishing with my Dad.

I should be able to separate myself from these attachments to make a fair judgement of this brew.

Pale color, faint aroma. But it does have a good mouthfeel and a passable taste.

UpNorthLager, May 01, 2011
Photo of Numba1Stunna
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Found a can of this golden nectar under my couch while looking for my ferret. Poured the majority of the beer on my girlfriend in the heat of passion (she asked me to). Left a sticky residue all over my ninja turtles pillows. I cleaned them though and they are good as new.

Numba1Stunna, Dec 14, 2013
Photo of jhawth
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Poured into a shaker. Pours a crystal clear very pale straw color with a soapy two finger head that quickly disappears almost completely.

Aroma: Not much, but what is here is not that appealing. Unexciting grains coupled with a metallic note.

Taste: Much better than the smell would suggest. Sweet, unobjectionable grainy malts, followed by distinct notes of rice. Little to no perceptible hop bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Light, lively carbonation. A bit too watery.

Overall: My go to AAL. While I think that Grain Belt is probably a better take on a somewhat woeful style, PBR is more readily available now that I no longer live in Minnesota. I can definitely appreciate a cold PBR with some barbecue on a hot summer's day.

jhawth, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of DrewSnyc667
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

From a can into a tasting glass, not going to dirty a pint for this...

A - Pale yellow, tons of activity, pours to a 1 in fizzy head that leaves quickly, no lacing

S - pretty bland and metallic, some corn and maybe a hint of sour apple

T - Somewhat sweet on the palate, get a lot more of that apple I smelled. Corn and other adjucts kick in in the finish

M - Some what heavy and dirty

O - You get what you pay for. At 8.99/12 pack in NYC that's a steal, and something I'd still take over a lot of things

DrewSnyc667, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of njthebestofme
2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A- The normal yellow pee like coloring

S- Nothign stands out.. maybe some malts i guese..

T- Goese down quick .. mild carb to easy to throw them back

M- Got to love that PBR taste

D- Buy a 30 its so cheap and see how many ou can throw back haha not recomended .. gave my a killer hangover

njthebestofme, May 14, 2009
Photo of FadetoBock
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%

FadetoBock, Sep 15, 2014
Photo of ehammond1
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Can

A clear, golden highly-carbonated beer with a quickly forming but a quickly disappearing white head. Little to no lacing down the glass.

A slight sweet aroma with some corn elements. At least nothing smells off or foul here.

A clean and crisp flavor with a touch of sweetness and some grainy corn elements throughout.

Thin to medium mouthfeel with plenty of carbonation. Crisp and clean.

It is what it is, and it isn't much.

ehammond1, Sep 06, 2011
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,625 ratings.