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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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4,351 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,351
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 344 | 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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Photo of ChainGangGuy
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).

ChainGangGuy, Dec 30, 2008
Photo of Jason
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.

Jason, Oct 12, 2002
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.

MikeI, Jul 26, 2014
Photo of Marty
3/5  rDev +2%

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
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1/5  rDev -66%

Demian, Today at 08:42 PM
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3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

dagubna, Today at 06:04 PM
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2/5  rDev -32%

UlfAndreas, Today at 05:34 AM
Photo of 8BaconBits
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

24 oz can

It's perception seems to be worse than it is. Went in with really low expectations and was pleasantly surprised. Probably won't get it often, but it's decent.

Tastes more like "it's hot out" than a "I need a drink with flavor."

8BaconBits, Today at 01:50 AM
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2.8/5  rDev -4.8%

BrandonJones, Today at 01:43 AM
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

goforbrian, Today at 11:58 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

BeccaH, Monday at 04:43 PM
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3.08/5  rDev +4.8%

skubas86, Monday at 01:42 AM
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2.68/5  rDev -8.8%

FadetoBock, Monday at 01:40 AM
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

BeerRunner, Monday at 01:36 AM
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

arini10, Monday at 01:09 AM
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Curlybash, Sunday at 03:35 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

It's good. It's cheap. Deal with it.

bhammett, Sunday at 01:28 AM
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2.4/5  rDev -18.4%

Uncledoobz, Saturday at 08:58 PM
Photo of diablo14
3/5  rDev +2%

My go to cheapo beer. You get what you pay for generally, but PBR is the best bang for your buck among the dross

diablo14, Saturday at 08:08 PM
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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

Basoos1, Saturday at 06:15 AM
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,351 ratings.