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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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4,274 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,274
Reviews: 1,496
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 29
Gots: 315 | FT: 1
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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

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).

12-30-2008 18:14:08 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of MikeI


3.9/5  rDev +32.7%

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.

07-26-2014 20:25:32 | More by MikeI
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3.65/5  rDev +24.1%

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.

10-12-2002 00:00:01 | More by Jason
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New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-28-2014 23:19:31 | More by muskiesman
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3/5  rDev +2%

08-28-2014 03:36:54 | More by Michaelgregovich
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2.8/5  rDev -4.8%

08-28-2014 01:05:56 | More by misternebbie
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-28-2014 00:12:46 | More by brungl
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

08-27-2014 23:59:29 | More by ktenneydenver
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Manitoba (Canada)

2/5  rDev -32%

08-27-2014 20:55:13 | More by pharmerdoc
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

08-27-2014 17:06:27 | More by hlyons
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Ontario (Canada)

3/5  rDev +2%

08-27-2014 01:31:40 | More by JasonThaler
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

Reviewed for what it is, this is perfect. It's the best American adjunct by far in my opinion; far beyond Bud and its ilk. It's nothing when compared to craft beers, of course, but at $3.19 per 4-pack of 16 oz. tall boys, this is my go-to when I want to get messed up for cheap (cough cough I mean it's a great session beer). Perceptible hops, an okay malt body, and no gross aftertaste make this an excellent offering for the price, considering otherwise you'd be looking at Steel Reserve or something like that.

08-27-2014 00:44:47 | More by SkullFission
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4.5/5  rDev +53.1%

08-26-2014 18:38:30 | More by furburger69
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1/5  rDev -66%

08-26-2014 02:19:15 | More by The_fevre
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

08-25-2014 23:32:47 | More by Jtscragg
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

08-25-2014 23:20:00 | More by Co365030
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

I find this beer to be surprisngly good for it's price. The first time I was introduced to it was at a poolside beach bar in Daytona Beach for $2 for a 16 oz. can. Amazingly it wasn't half bad!. I ordered several that day since it was hot and a cheap high.

Would i trade it for a better beer? Of course not! But for the money spent and the nice cold beer at the beach factor it was money well spent.

This is now my "go to" beer when I want something quick, cheap, and refreshing!

08-25-2014 21:41:04 | More by absoluteze
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

08-25-2014 21:29:32 | More by santomark
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3.24/5  rDev +10.2%

08-25-2014 13:42:46 | More by ChaseG12
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3.8/5  rDev +29.3%

08-25-2014 11:04:32 | More by Elvisuede
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3/5  rDev +2%

08-25-2014 04:54:29 | More by Dinobambam
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

08-25-2014 04:15:34 | More by a_beckman25
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Alberta (Canada)

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

08-25-2014 02:52:27 | More by Corson
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3.76/5  rDev +27.9%

08-25-2014 00:15:27 | More by Malone47
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2.92/5  rDev -0.7%

08-24-2014 20:27:31 | More by Kent0529
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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