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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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

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3,717 Ratings

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Ratings: 3717
Reviews: 1469
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 Mebuzzard


2.8/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

For April Fool's Day Vine Street Pub had this on nitro...and I had to try it.

Looks great. Clean, clear, nice foamed up white lace. For the style it's pretty.

Then it goes down hill. The stale grain and rice smell just...smells. Old socks. At least it is dumbed down a bit

Flavor, again, is dumbed down. Weak, but still not good. Just stale, old and a 'bad' sweetness.

The promising thing is that it is pretty darn smooth (and cold). I got to about 4/5ths through before I had to stop for the love of all that is holy. The carbonation would do well towards the end. It's just flat feeling now.

Serving type: nitro-tap

04-01-2012 23:59:29 | More by Mebuzzard
Photo of phartman133


2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer is a quality beer if you aren't looking for anything special. A two finger head when poured, but that quickly disappears. When you drink it is tastes alright, but you will quickly discover that the after taste is the biggest downfall of this beer.

Serving type: can

04-23-2014 14:49:33 | More by phartman133
Photo of bsp77


3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

My 1000th review! I tried getting Westvleteran 12, but since that failed, I decided to go Old School. Somehow, I had never had this.

Serving glass: Poured from can into Frankfurter.

Appearance: Clear straw color with good sized, bubbly head.

Smell: Straw, pepper and dried out apple. Dry and spicy overall, without much noticeable adjunct aroma. Much better than expected.

Taste: At first, it tastes pretty damn good, with straw, hay, pepper and spicy hops. Almost could be a German Pilsner, but then a lingering corn aftertaste makes it clear that this is the bastard child of the Pilsner - the Adjunct Lager.

Feel: Crisp and effervescent. Light bodied. Would be dry if not for the aftertaste.

Overall: Good for an Adjunct Lager, especially at the price. It is too bad that the corn aftertaste messes up what is otherwise a surprisingly good beer.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 19:51:16 | More by bsp77
Photo of Ohiolager


2/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) 16 oz can $1.29(OH)

16 oz can poured into a stemless white wine glass. Drink before date printed on the bottom.

Pours a straw yellow color. A two finger white head that goes away with a quickness. Minimal to no lacing is left on the glass. An endless stream of bubbles shoot towards the surface. Just by looking this brew is way over carbonated.

The aroma is very light. light malts, and an adjunct smell of corn.

The taste is light and crisp, Kind of an apple taste. followed by a corny taste. finishes smooth with a dry grape like taste. Hardly any taste at all, so it is smooth.

mouth feel is very light. over carbonated. Any taste is gone seconds after i swallowed.

Overall this is Your typical adjunct lager. I normally don't review brews like this but after reading in some forums that PBR was a preferred cheap beer i thought i would try it. Waste of time. Its your typical corny american adjunct lager.

Serving type: can

04-19-2014 04:41:13 | More by Ohiolager
Photo of hoffhin2


3.33/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Clear pale gold with a head that disappears quickly.

Smell: Slight grassy smell, some hops and floral.

Taste: Sweet, then some simple bitterness with a lemony flavor, medium body.

Overall: I had this beer at a concert because the venue only served it. Found it to be average and was sort of a tough critic because I paid way over the top for a small 12 ounce can. But I was not a huge fan and if I am at picking up a cheap 12 pack, I will probably get something else.

Serving type: can

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 13:08:21 | More by hoffhin2
Photo of itsscience


2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

When poured into a tulip (the way absolutely nobody drinks this), it comes out clear yellow with a fluffy two finger head that dissipates quickly. Carbonation streaming up the side of the glass lends a champagne look to the beer. When first poured, there's a nice banana smell from a few inches away, but as you get closer, notes of creamed corn and wet cardboard come out, along with clean pale malt. At the front of the tongue it's pretty sweet with malt flavor, then it goes down watery without much flavor at all. There's a bit of corn on the back end but it's inoffensive compared to some other adjunct lagers. This isn't the worst choice you can make when on a tight budget. I still prefer to grab a Yuengling, which is in the same price range but isn't available everywhere.

Serving type: can

04-07-2014 05:41:40 | More by itsscience
Photo of illpass78


3.86/5  rDev +30.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pint on tap at West-Port Bowling Lanes in Westbrook, Maine.

Appearance: Pours a clear, bright, golden straw color with a thick white head that sticks around a while. Some observable lacing down the inside of the glass. Looks crisp and clean.

Smell: There isn't much in the nose, but there's also nothing bad. It definitely doesn't have that corny, junky smell a lot of domestic lagers are infamous for. Smells mostly of barley.

Taste: Tastes like what most big domestic lagers claim to taste like. Clean, crisp, and easy, with some light hop bitterness and a solid malt backbone. The adjuncts are nowhere near as pronounced as they are in most lagers in this price range. It's pretty much the perfect budget American lager.

Mouthfeel: It's watery, but shouldn't it be?

Overall: PBR takes a beating because it's the official beer of annoying people, and a lot of folks treat it like it's the beginning and end of beer. But it's perfect for what it is: cheap, all-purpose American lager. You're not drinking this because you want to agonize over its hop profile; you're drinking this because you're in a bowling alley and it's $2.25 a pint on draft and that's a square deal.

Serving type: on-tap

04-05-2014 03:12:33 | More by illpass78
Photo of barnzy78


2.33/5  rDev -21%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

24oz can, date stamped MAY2614 on bottom of can
L - pale golden, fizzy white head
S - yeast, vegetal corn, biscuit, grass
T - grassy, vegetal, lager yeast
F - lighter body, smooth, carbonation fizzles over the tongue, finishes crisp and clean
O - in trying to keep style in mind, I still had a hard time enjoying this one. I wouldn't buy this again; the only reason I bought it was to make a cheesy potato soup that required a light bodied beer...

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 01:46:00 | More by barnzy78
Photo of nota


2.78/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I want to like this beer so much, but can't. Poured into a pilsener glass, PBR looks light yellow. The head is quite large, but dissipates quickly. Carbonation is lively which aids the overall positive mouthfeel. The taste is sweet malt and oats and cooked corn. It's the cooked corn aftertaste that just make this beer unpleasant to my palate. The body is light. I'm not going to rave about how much better PBR is compared to other adjunct lagers because it's not. IMO it's the cheapest beer for a reason (besides not spending any money on advertisement).

Serving type: can

03-24-2014 01:21:49 | More by nota
Photo of rlamoy


3.34/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Presentation: 12 oz can, with the classic blurb about PBR being #1 close to the end of Reconstruction and using nature's choicest products.

Appearance: Semblance of a head and some lacing (!) when poured into a glass; pale golden-yellow hue.

Smell: Sweet corn and malts; slight touch of booze.

Taste and Mouthfeel: Crisp and carbonated; a bit grassy and slightly bitter; pinch of sweetness in the middle and a dry and satisfying finish.

Notes: My go-to "cheap" beer. It gets the job done and can stand on its own, even if it is generally revered for being better than the other adjunct lagers out there. Recommended.

Serving type: can

03-16-2014 17:02:29 | More by rlamoy
Photo of SmashPants


3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can: a standard-looking white macro can. Pretty much what you expect from a major macro.

Appearance: pours a standard adjunct lager - clear yellow-amber with a fair ol' whack of head that fizzles away to a white half-finger. Decent.

Aroma: smells of the usual grain and light hop aromas, but with a small amount of fruits.

Taste: pretty much follows the nose - standard grains and hops with a small amount of fruit behind. A refreshing and decent lager.

Aftertaste: drops away fairly quickly as is standard for the adjunct lager style. Quite drinkable.

Mouth feel: plenty of carbonation as expected - a decently refreshing beer for a hot day.

Overall: I'm not entirely sure why this beer scored 'poor' - it's a decent, refreshing lager as good as any other standard macro, for a much lower price than many others. It isn't going to blow your socks off if you're after something special, but as an every day lager, it's pretty much unbeatable.

Serving type: can

03-13-2014 11:25:08 | More by SmashPants
Photo of ONUMello


3.29/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

16oz can poured into a pint glass
A: Crystal clear yellow and a surprising two-finger head
S: Light malt, rice/corn. Simple but clean
T: Light malt, here a touch of butterscotch comes into play rather than the adjunct grains
M: Light-bodied but crisp & refreshing
O: Sure this may lack the complexity of the smaller production brews we're more familiar with but I don't understand its 'poor' overall rating. It's refreshing and not a flaw to be found, and I haven't had any BMC in forever but it tastes better than I recall those being

Serving type: can

03-10-2014 00:31:35 | More by ONUMello
Photo of kcrosson492


3.56/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

PBR is the staple of my drinking life. I have always enjoyed the smooth flavor and found it goes great no matter what I am doing. I have had some deep conversations over this beer but I've also found great comfort in watching TV and sipping one.

A-It is about what you would expect in a glass. However, to be fair, I will review the bottle. It is like an American flag to me. Every single time I see one I think Amuuurica!

S-The smell is a little nonexistent. It is made up for in flavor.

T-The taste is delicious and very crisp.

M-It has a nice refreshing feel in the mouth.

O-I love this beer and would recommend it for anyone!

Cheap and delicious!

Drink on!

Serving type: bottle

03-03-2014 01:15:47 | More by kcrosson492
Photo of DagenhamDavis

New York

4.26/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

I really love this beer. I can't tell you how many pounders of this I've drank over the years, but this time I tried it in a bottle and liked it even better. I guess it's that special occasion and time to review! It holds a special place in my heart, and my wallet. The legend also holds that my great grandfather would leave his on the stove and drink it hot like tea. Anyone else ever heard of this?

It's certainly my "economy" beer of choice, and being a senior in college, I'm often in economy mode. I'm not going to make pretensions and say it's the best beer I've ever had, but I don't get all of the hatred. It's a flavorful, rather consistent standby.

I drank it straight from the bottle, but I know it to be a pale yellow and very clear. Also pours a soapy, foamy head. Smells sweet for the style.

It tastes like American beer. Grainy, malty, not too many hops in there. I love a good IPA, but this is simply another thing altogether, and cannot be compared as such. Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a bit of fizz. Overall it's my old standby. What can I really say?

Serving type: bottle

02-27-2014 04:30:20 | More by DagenhamDavis
Photo of Demon_Lung


2.15/5  rDev -27.1%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Come on, it's PBR, anyone expecting anything other than what they get has to be completely delusional.

appearance - the pee of someone who doesn't drink anything other than PBR
smell - ditto, plus maybe the additional aroma of someone who hasn't showered in about 10 days.
taste - cheap beer. this is silly; again, it's PBR. it tastes like your high school weekends in your friend's basement, pretending you're an adult.
mouthfeel - smooth-ish, i guess.

this is what you reach for when you're strapped for cash, this is what you recommend a friend brings over in huge quantities because you don't wanna be the guy who forces your friends to shill out $50 for 4 6 packs of microbrewed beers. probably the best of all the "down and out" beers, honestly.

Serving type: can

02-24-2014 20:40:46 | More by Demon_Lung
Photo of Brewsome

New Jersey

2.1/5  rDev -28.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Taste - corn/some maltiness/cardboard. An oxidized mess. No need to go into further details here. Appearance is pretty good, which all the large commercial breweries excel at, but this tastes like old wet newspaper. churn'em and burn'em.

I would not recommend this beer.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 22:35:11 | More by Brewsome
Photo of FLima


2.88/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Yellow color with a thin fluffy head with low retention.
Aroma of corn, pale malt, lemon, booze and floral hops.
Refreshing and crisp taste with notes of sweet malt, some corn and a bit of spices. No off-flavors besides a low diacetyl that does not bother at all.
Light to watery body with good carbonation.
Above average Adjunct Lager, hops are mild but they are there and it has a nice mild spicy touch. I should’ve given a higher rate if were to measure it just against its style.

Serving type: can

02-22-2014 00:35:15 | More by FLima
Photo of titty_mcbitty


2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A: Yellow with big bubbles. White head.

S: Malt, nuts, sweet corn.

T: Sweet corn, simple syrup, popcorn, nuts, butter, malt.

M: Light and thin. Ew.

O: Pretty gross, to be honest. I like to stand up for some of the less appreciated lagers when I can, but this isn't that great. Won't try it again.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 06:17:29 | More by titty_mcbitty
Photo of BeerWithMike


4/5  rDev +35.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Sampling right now on 2/17/14. Of course had this one in the past just a couple of times but never did a review on it.. Bottle chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner flute glass.

Pours a pale golden yellow in color with a 1-finger white head that settles down to just a small layer on top. A good amount f lacing is seen actually. Lots of tiny bubbles but good carbonation. The aroma is of sweet corn and grains. the taste is about the same with no bitter aftertaste. Actually this isn't bad and so much better than regular of Bud. A old beer that has been around a while also. Overall, I like it.

Serving type: bottle

02-18-2014 00:43:00 | More by BeerWithMike
Photo of Badger6


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

Only out of a can, 473 mL of rice goodness.

This is a pretty decent example of an American adjunct lager. If I'm feeling like slumming, this is as low as I go, which really isn't that low. This beer clocks in with a better rating than many crafts. Despite the hipster obsession with how ironic it is to drink PBR, this stuff really is just working man's beer...no pretentiousness, nothing fancy, just water, malted grain, and hops. It has a light bready flavor, slightly sweet, with a medium mouthfeel.

Serving type: can

02-12-2014 01:26:00 | More by Badger6
Photo of Bone53


3.4/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Served from a tall boy into a pilsner glass at around 45°F.

Appearance: Clear, pale golden color. Your typical adjunct lager look.

Smell: Corn, a slight touch of grains. Clean, but nothing special.

Taste: This is where PBR sets the bar from other adjuncts in my opinion. Very crisp and refreshing. Sweet corn, grains, and ever so slight hop bitterness. No off flavors.

Mouthfeel: Light, crisp and very drinkable.

Overall: No off flavors that I find in most adjuncts. Crisp and very drinkable. My favorite American Adjunct Lager, but that's not saying much.

Serving type: can

02-11-2014 06:27:01 | More by Bone53
Photo of mike83


4.83/5  rDev +63.7%
look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

This beer actually tastes like BEER. Not some lousy, fruity elixir. I thoroughly enjoyed every sip of this beer and I have no doubt that, based on taste and price, that this beer will be one of my regular beer brands for decades to come. It had a very nice flavor, but it was in no way overpowering like some beers. I highly recommend this beer to anyone who likes the taste of beer and likes to save money.

Serving type: can

02-01-2014 08:47:47 | More by mike83
Photo of MarkSmith86


3.6/5  rDev +22%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

In my opinion this is one of the better american adjunct lagers out on the market. it is crisp, clean tasting and refreshing. I didnt bother to pour in a glass and inspect color and to release its smells because it smells like a american adjunct lager without the burnt vegetable smell like you would get with a miller high life. I believe that pabst has a one of a kind unique flavor and for what it is. Its worth trying, even though it is $5.99 a 4 pack of 16 ounces.

Serving type: can

01-31-2014 05:51:55 | More by MarkSmith86
Photo of jazzyjeff13

United Kingdom (England)

2.81/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

A 473ml can with a BB of March 2014. ABV is stated as 4.6%. Picked up a little while back as a 6-pack from a B&M store. 'Nature's choicest products provide its prized flavour' - oh yes.

Poured into a tulip pint glass. A clear golden colour with faint floating sediment and medium carbonation. Forms a large head of creamy white foam that lasts for a while before subsiding to a patchy surface layer. Aroma of faint malt with hints of sweet grain, stewed leaves and a whiff of overdone veg. Bland.

Tastes of ultra-light malt with a mild, dry finish. Notes of weak grain, faint stewed leaves and a twinge of overcooked veggies. Highly attenuated with little bitterness to speak of - a crisp dryness upon swallowing. Mouthfeel is smooth, dry and tingly, with effervescent carbonation and a thin, watery body that is about par for the style. Slightly astringent, followed by an aftertaste of faint stewed leaves and a whisper of malt.

Meh - characterless and watery. Looks about right, while the aroma and flavour are virtually absent. Average body for a macro. I'll damn it with faint praise and state that there weren't any obvious off-notes or flaws; it's just weak as hell. Thirst-quenching but no need to hunt it down.

Serving type: can

01-27-2014 23:30:06 | More by jazzyjeff13
Photo of berkshire413


2.35/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

near beer at its finest. I mean who doesnt like to slug a few pbrs at the family picnic. this beer reminds me of the old days watching my uncles and pops throw horseshoes and tip em back at the family parties. American beer at its finest. Union Made!

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 19:55:37 | More by berkshire413
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 3,717 ratings.