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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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4,626 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,626
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 MikeI
3.9/5  rDev +32.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Ok. This is not a top shelf beer. This stuff is cheap, corn-heavy adjunct lager. That being said, it's dang tasty when it's hot out, has a little more ABV than your run of the mill 3.2, and I love that when I bust one out, very few people swarm around to get their hands on one, making it an even better value! Pale yellow in color, It's got enough malty body to separate it from the miller/coors/bud barley pop, while still being easy to drink in quantity. No real discernible hoppiness, especially compared to my standard IPA/DIPA fare. Refreshing, but not a light beer. Taken for what it is, I believe it to be a great beer, when limited to class-comparison. I'm drinking one right now, as it's 85, sunny, and I'm grilling. Boom.

MikeI, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

16 oz. pint - $2.00 at Highlands Grill in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Clear, yellowish body with a thin, very short-lived, white head.

Smell: Very faint nose -- just a few hints of sweetish grain.

Taste: Sweet light pale malts with some creamy corn hints. Slight, slight graininess. A tad watery, as expected. Faint floral hops and bitterness. Finishes dry, clean, and crisp.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.

Drinkability: Acceptable! A counter-culture classic that's super cheap and provides just a bit of flavor (without hittin' you up with foul flavors).

ChainGangGuy, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz can with a white back ground, red and blue label colour. Hey red white and blue, how American. “Established in Milwaukee 1844” stated on the front, no freshness date.

Appearance: Head foams up quite big then quickly dissipates into a wispy white lace, brilliantly clear pale golden yellow hue seems a bit inviting.

Smell: Thin sweet malt and grain, touch of strained hops in the nose. Clean aroma slight grassiness from the grain also.

Taste: Light to moderate body, nice even crispness with a somewhat effervescent carbonation. The smooth mouth feel rides on the tail of the carbonation, thin malt palate. Kiss of hops, bitterness peaks after the crispness subsides and the dryness kicks in. Trace of alcohol hit the tongue and warms the mouth and throat. Hops stick to bitterness and provide no flavour other than a faint grassiness. Some corn grit flavour in the middle, not cooked grits but rather fresh milled grits. Clean palate throughout with a great wrap-up of dryness in the finish.

Notes: This is a great premium American lager, hands down beats the big three. About the same in the bottle but obviously better on tap. A perfect change up when things get a bit tedious and want to drink a simple beer.

Jason, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of Crosling
1.1/5  rDev -62.6%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Light yellow color. The head is very large initially and retains fairly well considering it’s a macro. Unbelievably disgusting oceanic aroma (sea water, salt, seaweed) along with light grains and corn. Watery, corny flavor with hints of light grains and sauvignon blanc. Terrifying.

Crosling, May 22, 2006
Photo of Marty
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the best cheap beer for the money.

With its recent surge in popularity, it seems they've started selling PBR in big ol' 30 racks, instead of the standard case. Maybe this is old news, but today was the first time I saw a 30 pack... and for $12!

Poured into a glass, this beer isn't exactly easy on the eyes. It really doesn't even smell that much better than your average crap beer (if anything, it smells more like BEER than most macro crap, which usually tends to smell like water). It's the taste that is so surprising... a macro brew with HOPS in it! What a concept! Very crisp and refreshing. The corn flavor isn't exactly my thing, but it's not overwhelming. This is a very smooth drinkable beer.

As a college student, I'll admit that I've done my fair share of heavy boozin / session drinking. But I'm proud to say that when the wallet's feeling light, I make mine a Pabst.

I'll say it again: Pabst is the best cheap beer money can buy.

NOTE: PBR is the official beer of geologists.

Marty, Apr 30, 2003
Photo of barryweiser
3.9/5  rDev +32.7%

barryweiser, Yesterday at 09:55 PM
Photo of MegaTimX
2/5  rDev -32%

Pabst Blue Ribbon is the perfect beer for stumbling down the street while discreetly sipping from within a brown paper bag. PBR is the drink of choice for NYC hipsters and classy hobos alike.
I usually grab PBR when I only have a few dollars left to my name and I desperately need to forget my problems with a drunken stupor and horrific hangover.
It has a very mild taste with no distinguishable hops, and it goes down smoothly. It is best to drink PBR while laying in the darkest corner of a subway stop.

MegaTimX, Yesterday at 08:47 PM
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3.76/5  rDev +27.9%

Herze, Yesterday at 03:49 AM
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1.56/5  rDev -46.9%

Lifit, Yesterday at 01:16 AM
Photo of rogerthat
3.5/5  rDev +19%

dont knock it till you try it... then go ahead and knock it. its cheap, so it tastes cheap. good for a day on the lake around the 4th of July.

rogerthat, Yesterday at 01:10 AM
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

mamaraza, Tuesday at 03:47 AM
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Wer34truh, Tuesday at 12:23 AM
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

tylermac92, Monday at 06:09 PM
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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

olradetbalder, Monday at 01:31 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Keananmichael5, Sunday at 11:27 PM
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3.48/5  rDev +18.4%

shoosta78, Sunday at 07:35 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

awesomea, Sunday at 07:08 PM
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

thefluker, Sunday at 06:21 PM
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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

Indydoc, Saturday at 09:31 PM
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

bigotecircus, Saturday at 02:04 AM
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3/5  rDev +2%

nrml, Saturday at 12:59 AM
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,626 ratings.