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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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3,703 Ratings

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Ratings: 3703
Reviews: 1468
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 24.41%

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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Photo of KYGunner


2.74/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Perhaps the most pathetic, i.e. wimpy, beer I have ever witnessed. The color was golden fair enough, but the head was thin soapy and died quickly. Despite the bubbles that lined the glass, the beer gave a very stale, boring appearance.

The scent was relatively weak with some adjunct like qualities. Corny and metallic it was not particularly pleasant.

The taste was corny adjunct as well but it lost the metallic tone. It appeared to be well carbonated and gave an easy crisp feel. I had PBR in a can months ago and found it much better than this. I may try it again and reassess.

Serving type: bottle

06-09-2013 01:01:37 | More by KYGunner
Photo of drmystery

North Carolina

3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

all rating s are based on the style, in this case american adjunct lager, keep that in mind.

after needing a break from paying $8 per six pack of local craft beer (foothills hoppyum ipa..mmm) i went to the bmc section of the beer aisle and saw the typical bud, bud light, michelob ultra (which is hardly beer), natty, etc. then i saw pabst blue ribbon in a 6 pack-all the bmc's were in multipacks-for 5 dollars, thats ~84 cents a bottle and i thought thats a good deal for an adjunct lager thats not bmc.

i spent my 5 bucks and had me some pbr.

the appearance is typical of an adjunct lager-straw pissy yellow with snow white head, about average for this style of beer.

the smell is pretty average, malts and beer. zero hops.

taste is just malts and sweet corn syrup (pbrs adjunct), which is kind of good...i get that sweetness and kind of tang of corn syrup on the back of my throat which invites me to have more. however the lack of hops is to be expected, but its disappointing, this beer actually tastes good for an adjunct lager, and i was half hoping for some hops. i guess im just naiive.

mouthfeel-fizzy water, nothing too impressive, except for the goopy corns syrup on the back of the back of the throat, which i liked.

overall, this adjunct american lager is not bad. it has an interesting corn syrupy characteristic which i personally find enjoyable. obviously this beer isnt a craft beer and its not going to be loaded with hops-its a flavorful and enjoyable macro adjunct lager that i will drink again when the IPAs and pale ales get old. PBR is a refreshing and cheap way to enjoy a macro beer that has a little bit more going than the bmc's when you need a break from kickass craft beers. above average ratings in nearly all categories for this style of beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-17-2013 18:50:04 | More by drmystery
Photo of Maxwell


3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

The PBR pours like a kellerweizen, piss yellow with a nice fluffy eggshell white head, though that skims down to a quarter of a fingers width quite quickly. The beer’s body is water clear with a torrent of bubbles working to the top of the glass. In truth, the beer looks a little like ginger ale in the glass. The beer’s head leaves a lacing of medium sized and tightly packed bubbles on the sides of the glass in sparse scraggly lines. On the nose, the beer smells weakly of sweet grassy malts with a touch of caramel. That stale grain smell that is found in most cheap lagers is also present here. It actually smells better than some of the other cheap lagers I’ve reviewed. It’s not amazing, but it doesn’t turn my stomach either, and it doesn’t have a completely bland character. On the tongue, the beer tastes sweetly bready with a touch of acid and the faintest touch of salt. The beer’s flavors begin with water, slowly opening into stale bread and grassy hops that turn hay-like. The finish is clean and quick, giving that slightly vegetal chemical sweet taste that all cheap lagers have. On the mouth, the beer feels thin, with a medium light carbonation that does fluff the tongue. The mouth is left wet after the beer passes. This beer is supremely drinkable, which is why it still exists today. It also leaves the mouth in flavor soon after it travels down your throat. Overall, this is PBR. It is cheap beer, but it is not offensive. It’s just pretty flavorless. To PBR’s credit, I find more flavor in it than in other comparable cheap lagers that I’ve reviewed (i.e. Red Stripe…). Buy a thirty if you want to cheaply drink yourself stupid. It is not the worst thing you could drink.

Serving type: bottle

02-25-2013 21:08:30 | More by Maxwell
Photo of kismet


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

bready, slightly sweet, lots of grain in the flavor. a bit of lemony hop bitterness on the tail end of the swallow. very drinkable... when served very cold, it goes great with pizza, wings, mexican food, etc. also pretty refreshing as a relaxing beer after a day of labor. no bells and whistles, but definitely solid for the pricepoint...$5.50 for 12 bottles.

Serving type: bottle

01-16-2013 03:17:12 | More by kismet
Photo of LiquidAmber


3.13/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a gold tint. A finger and a half of white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of malt, cereal, light malt; light mineral and a hint of skunk (odd from a brown bottled beer). Pleasant flavor of biscuit malt, sweet wheat and light finishing hops. No evidence of mineral or skunk from the aroma. Flavor is light to moderate and well balanced for its style. Light bodied, as expected. A pleasant surprise for an adjunct lager. If I'm ever trapped in no-craft-beer purgatory, I will pick this up.

Serving type: bottle

01-12-2013 05:00:00 | More by LiquidAmber
Photo of Winston_Smith


3.83/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Where do I start...

Appearance: It's straw-colored, but in a different way than other macro cheapos...nicer, more refined looking. Little head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Hoppy. Cereal and grains a bit as well.

Taste: This is the hops master of light, cheap beer. Granted, that isn't saying much, but man, do I enjoy this beer more than any other cheap blonde swill. I can't say what it is really... a certain intangible... that makes this beer just more enjoyable than your usual domestic piss. Great hoppy, semi-dry aftertaste for blonde piss as well. ;)

Mouthfeel: Perfect carbonation, and not too watery.

Overall: As a reader of this review will no doubt have noticed, I have an affinity to this beer. When I found it in college, it was all "Wow... there's a cheap alternative to BMC mainstream that actually tastes alright? Sign me up!" Cans are good, but in a bottle, it shines a bit more. If you haven't had it, you live under a rock.

Serving type: bottle

11-26-2012 01:55:47 | More by Winston_Smith
Photo of dhannes


2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

So after PBR won a Gold Medal (and my sister-in-law swears by it), I ordered a chilled bottle at a local restaurant. Poured into a standard pint.

A=A very, very light yellow...just a shade darker than water. Blinding white head of about 1/2".

S=A very, very faint hops aroma...but nothing else. Not appealing.

T=I admit I had somewhat high expectations, having not had one in over 20 years. Was extremely disappointed--very faint taste of hops and creamed corn, but that was it. Not bad, just almost no flavor at all.

M=Rather nice body, but, perhaps, a bit lighter than most. Slightly above average carbonation, with a sweet, smooth finish.

O=Not unpleasant, but almost no taste...the perfect example of "sex in a canoe."

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2012 23:30:02 | More by dhannes
Photo of GoBruins

5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Beer starts and ends with an ice cold PBR. Yeah we all like a nice micro brew from time to time. Or having a nice stout or IPA when the mood strikes. But lets be honest there is nothing better than turning on the game, sitting back and cracking a Pabst Blue Ribbon. My only gripe is that Miller has chosen to skyrocket the price of this once working class beer. PBR is the best, hands down.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2012 06:15:32 | More by GoBruins
Photo of Bertman


3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

nice head holds up well in glass

nice color rich amber, crystal clear

big nose, smells like a much more expensive beer

big American flavor, very easy drinking, balanced with a little bitter finish

thick and rich in the mouth.

this is my favorive saturday law mowing, game watching, chicken eating beer. nothing, made in America, is better on a hot day!

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 20:58:13 | More by Bertman
Photo of mschind


3.63/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I don't drink this style much anymore but this was the one I grew up with in WI. Most folks in my family had a case of shorties around.

A- Clear bright straw color with a two finger foamy white head that leaves a little coating before quickly disappearing.

S- Grainy corn and mild grassy hops. Not much depth.

T-Clean mild malt. Bland and undemanding.

M- Fizzy, watery and light boidied.

O- This is exactly what it is supposed to be. I don't think I care to do enough comparisons to determine if this is the best of the style. As a homebrewer I know how difficult it is to consistently produce a clean light lager. Taste is good and it goes down easy.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 23:22:49 | More by mschind
Photo of ryantaussig

New York

3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

If you need a nicely priced beer for just everyday drinking, this is the one to choose. It's got a nice clear color, a decent lace after the head dissipates, a slight smell of hops, smooth feel, and a pretty good flavor to boot. It isn't going to win any contests—well not since 1893—but that's not what it's about. It's a simple beer for when simple is good. In cans or in bottles it'll always be refreshing. Makes an excellent session beer and pairs well with burgers, dogs, and BBQ. At less than $10 for a 12-pack it won't make you cringe at the register either. PBR puts the big names to shame.

Serving type: bottle

08-24-2012 23:12:59 | More by ryantaussig
Photo of TheBigLebrewski


4.18/5  rDev +41.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (from prior experience) is as expected for the style; drinking this one out of the bottle, also per the style.

Smell is not this beer's strong point. Smells like wind coming in off the Great Lakes on one of their less beautiful days. Again, as expected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Here's why I decided to write a review. In rating this beer according to it's style ('Shitty' American Ultralight), it is unrivaled. When served cold, the beer fills the mouth with a crisp and expanding frothiness and tickles the sides of the tongue in a way that says two things : 1) This is Beer. 2) This is refreshing. It is, indeed, impressively lacking in flavor. Every swallow is satisfying in the aforementioned criteria, and these criteria alone.

My fridge is always full of beer. The homebrews, the favorite sixpacks, the fancy bombers rimming the back.... and last but not least the drawers and door - overflowing with beer intended drink mindlessly and without concern. Such responsibility lies with PBR.

PBR lacks the corny taste of three hops brewed miller lite, the drop in the ocean taste of the buds, and rarely tastes poorly or stale in the way that coors often does. PBR compares more to Blatz (which is more sweet), and less so to Shlitz (less consistent/often stale tasting), in the coupling of hyperconscious simplicity and standard beerishness. It's position as a sort of cult classic in certain cities/subcultures seems to maintain it's consistent, albeit low, standards. It is not produced and sourced to the degree that many similar beers are, but it is certainly widely known and accessible. In sum, it's the go to beer when I feel dehydrated.

Serving type: bottle

08-04-2012 05:12:51 | More by TheBigLebrewski
Photo of AgentK

1/5  rDev -66.1%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

I've tried this beer in the bottle and in the can. I've tried this beer so many times I could make a Dr. Seuss style book out of it (Not suitable for children).

I cannot figure out why my friends drink this. My best guess is that it's a joke. It's kind of like "icing." If you lose the game, you have to drink a PBR as punishment. Beer should never do that. Beer should enrich your life, not punish it.

The taste was mediocre, at best. It's just not worth it. It has a weak head, boring taste, and a sad little color. It's drinkable, if you're looking for a quick fix, but if you're looking for something to enjoy after a hard day's work, to relax, or to have a nice chat with your buds, this is not the beer for you.

Serving type: bottle

08-01-2012 23:41:09 | More by AgentK
Photo of Polecat41


1.5/5  rDev -49.2%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I see that the reviewers gave PBR a 72 rating & the Bros an 80 rating. And the reviewers gave Beck's a 67 rating & the Bros a 62 rating. Are you all nuts?!! Beck's now may be owned by InBev & brewed in St. Louis, MO. But I recently called Beck's brewmaster & he assured me that they were still brewing to the German Purity Law, which means they're only using water, barley malt, hops & yeast. I'm sure Pabst isn't doing the same. I know why all of you are rating Pabst higher than Beck's. It has nothing to do with PBR's quality. Rather, it's the "pseudo-hipster's" rating, i.e. "PBR is 'cooler' than Beck's because it doesn't advertise & has the patriotic U.S. colors of red, white & blue." C'mon everyone - get real. No way is PBR better tasting than Beck's. And no, I don't work for Beck's & I'm not German. However, I've brewed my own beers & know a bit of what I'm talking about.

Serving type: bottle

07-28-2012 19:36:29 | More by Polecat41
Photo of rarbring


2.43/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear light straw colored brew, a low white head with no lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of corn flakes and boiled maize.

Sweet white bread, maize and a dash of lemon.

Little carbonation, fresh and a small body, slightly dry.

A rather run-of-the-mill American lager.

Serving type: bottle

07-24-2012 21:12:37 | More by rarbring
Photo of netrioter


5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rating this from a 40oz bottle....due to movies like Gran Torino making this beer hip...that said 40oz bottle was $3.79 in Kokomo Indiana at Soupleys Liquors and they cant keep them on the shelves. the same bottle here in Durham NC is $1.89

oddly enough that same liquor store had 12oz cans x 6 for $5.29 but i wanted to try it from glass for a change and only 25 miles away...12.99 for a 30 pack??? Indiana is weird..they have extreme regional pricing schemes

easily the best "adjunct" lager sold in the US...can version rates slightly lower...like a 4+ because the can does add a bit of a metallic bite,which is NOT present in the 24 oz can...weird

I drink this when i want flavor and a slight hop bite, and since i moved to a better pricing area...its also fairly affordable here...10 bucks an 18 pack....highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

Serving type: bottle

07-20-2012 09:35:31 | More by netrioter
Photo of Slatetank


3.5/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked a six pack up at the new Giant beer section in east york. Enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

The color is very pale golden apropos for the style with thick white cap which holds well with tiny bead and little lace. Nose is mostly sweet with a slight hint of grain and perhaps a tinge of spice if you try to find more when swirling. The feel is good with some spice and grain sweetness with malt body farily gentle and carbonation moderately high with clean finish.

This is a very standard yet pleasant American pale lager with slight adjunct sweetness but not so overboard that it infiltrates the taste completely it has a tinge of hop to balance the grain and slight yeast tinge in the taste. The finish is very clean and a crisp experience if every I had one. This is very good for the style and the overall value is high since this is the 2nd cheapest beer available at this location yet still is worth drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2012 14:12:59 | More by Slatetank
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.3/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon...The ultimate party beer. Bought a 6 pack for $4.97 at my local Meijer. It basically looks like your average American beer, Smells the same, But has a better flavor. Pabst is probably the easiest " Cheap " beer to drink. And at less than $18 for a 30 pack, You really cannot go wrong with it unless you're an uptight Aristocratic beer reviewer, In which case you should probably avoid it. The taste simply reminds me of Labatt Blue, However with a slight grape aftertaste, And somewhat less smooth

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:17:11 | More by SometimesIfart
Photo of beerscience

2.25/5  rDev -23.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember drinking this a while back when i got into my phase of only drinking imported beer i knew nothing about and i thought heineken was the greatest..so anyways i bought this beer and thought wow! what a great american beer! fast forward to me experiencing what stone had to offer and i was hooked on hops! well needless to say my quest for great beer has been getting quite expensive so i decided i would drink on a budget last week so i picked up a 12 pack of pbr..for about the same price i pay for stones black ipa..the pbr tasted like shit! and i cant believe i ever drank..i wanna love it for nostalgias sake and to feel patriotic but it just isnt worth it!

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 01:47:25 | More by beerscience
Photo of MusicPlusBeerPlease

3.08/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Clear and Golden with a fairly thin head, typical of 'budget lagers.' Poured while rotating the glass and finished, like I said, with a poor carbonation.

Smell - nasty, stale antiseptic smell. Hits the nose with what I'd imagine to be the stench of an uncleaned beer bong at an abandoned frat house. In all seriousness, the smell is terrible.

Taste - Contrary to the smell, Pabst Blue Ribbon tastes pretty good. I knew it was "cheap" and therefor did not have high expectations, and yet I was surprised at the medium body and somewhat pleasant after taste. Kind of Dry, kind of grainy.

Drinkability - Goes down relatively smooth and surely beats other lagers in the price range.

Serving type: bottle

04-30-2012 00:05:43 | More by MusicPlusBeerPlease
Photo of mzablocki


4.2/5  rDev +42.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not going to get into the appearance, taste, mouthfeel, etc. etc. I mean its Pabst Blue Ribbon for god sake. Light, crisp and clean; a great beer to quaff down after mowing the lawn or at a picnic. Also a nice break from the uber-hoppy beer I typically drink Beats the big three by a long shot.

Serving type: bottle

04-27-2012 12:42:15 | More by mzablocki
Photo of bier_uber_alles

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

smell comprises corn. tastes sweet, strong corn taste, some maltiness and a nibble of hops. the beer is very easy to drink. perfect on hot days while working the yard or while playing darts with buddies. for the quality, the price can't be beat.
and hey, if it's good enough for clint eastwood, it's good enough for me.

Serving type: bottle

04-12-2012 19:42:47 | More by bier_uber_alles
Photo of StJamesGate

New York

3.23/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pale gold with streamers of bubbles and a loose white head that fades before it's even formed. Metallic nose with hints of grain sack and cut hay.
Doughy sweetness and sharp corn stalks with mild grass and ground coriander hit at the end.
Dusty end and lingering cheesiness. Crisp, fizzy, light tending towards watery.

If there was ever a beer to rate to a C average, this is it. There is just enough shape of a German lager, in broad strokes, to say that this is not a bad beer, but there is nothing to tempt me at all to call it good.

I'd love to sit this next to a full malt like Full Sail Session Lager, and put my money where my mouth is, but I'm pretty sure I'd notice corn syrup in my beer.

Serving type: bottle

04-08-2012 16:19:25 | More by StJamesGate
Photo of Sunnanek


2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours pale golden with a medium crystal-white light head that sonks quickly, leaving no lacings.

S: Rice and some bitterness. But this is light. Smells a bit like white soft bread.

T: Rice and artificial bitterness. Some citric notes. Candy-like sweetness, marzipan is usually not a quality sign.

M: Short and very sweet aftertaste, perhaps with some toasted notes. Body is light to medium, while carbonation is rich, but rather smooth.

O: An Adjunct lager is a light experience, this one is a little more interesting than most.

Serving type: bottle

04-05-2012 15:20:24 | More by Sunnanek
Photo of Brand

5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Pabst Blue Ribbon is a straight ahead beer. When that's what you want, this gives you top of the line quality for that. It has a 'pure' refreshing light flavor, and sometimes that's exactly what I want. And it does it superbly.

It's a basic beer, what more can anyone say.
My body's senses indicate the ingredients are good.
Some cheap beers I don't get that sense, - with how my body responds.

Serving type: bottle

03-31-2012 02:12:42 | More by Brand
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 3,703 ratings.