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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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

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3,718 Ratings

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Ratings: 3718
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 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
Photo of Fatehunter


2.23/5  rDev -24.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours one finger on a clear light straw colored body.
The aroma is grain and rice. Boring.
The taste is sweet through and through.
The texture is fizzy, light body and sticky with moderate carbonation.
It's not the worst... but it has it's place..

Serving type: can

01-25-2014 06:24:35 | More by Fatehunter
Photo of DenisKolkin

Ontario (Canada)

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

473ml can pored into a pint glass. Served cold and purchased from LCBO for $2 CDN. Advertised as 4.9% ABV.

Appearance - Clear, pale golden yellowish color. Aggressive pour yielded about 3 fingers of white, but quickly diminishing head. Lots of bubbles floating to the top. The head is large and white but looks thin and that it won't linger (which it didn't)

Smell - Not much at all, very few adjuncts detectable. Slightly metallic with some cereal grains.

Taste - Bland, with a slight fleeting sweetness that tastes a bit a syrupy. Other than that not a whole lot else other than some standard "beer" flavor". Nothing unpleasant here either.

Mouthfeel - Fizzy, but thin flavor and medium-thin body.

Overall - As far as AAL's go, it's pretty respectable, overall slightly below average. Not my favorite, but definitely wouldn't turn one down if in the right frame of mind.

Serving type: can

01-23-2014 03:58:28 | More by DenisKolkin
Photo of FrozenJoe


3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

PBR pours with a large head. As the head deflates it leaves good lacing that sticks around. Many lively bubbles. Clear. Straw yellow color. A fluffy, inviting brew.

Some corn and bread. Faint floral hops. A little harsh and tangy. Not terrible, but not that good either.

The flavor profile of PBR is heavy on corn. Its sweet. There are mild floral hops in this beer! It tastes like a higher quality version of Miller High Life. Too much corn. But the hops are a very pleasant surprise.

Good carbonation. Almost medium bodied. Satisfying. Mild dry finish that lingers with the floral hops and sweet corn.

Pretty good. It tastes like there is a lot of corn in here. But its done in a way that is not harsh or really that bad. The mild floral hop flavor really sets this beer apart from its peers in this category. This is a decent beer at a great price.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 23:28:27 | More by FrozenJoe
Photo of iheartmyTHO


3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon has a beloved spot in my heart. Are there far better beers out there? Sure. But when I want something that is just super easy to drink and is readily available, PBR works perfectly. It was my go to beer when I was in college. I could get a 12 pack of bottles for $4.99 at CVS, which is a fantastic deal.

As far as cheap beers (Miller, Budweiser, Coors, etc) are concerned, it's probably one of the better ones. There is some flavor and slight bit of hops in PBR and it doesn't just taste like watered down beer.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 18:57:42 | More by iheartmyTHO
Photo of MarkoNm


3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Finally got this one.
Poured out with a clear and golden color. It was topped with about two fingers of white head which immediately set down to a small lacing.
There is some grainy hops aroma present, but it's very gentle.
The beginning was somewhat bitter-sweet (hard to pinpoint really), followed by a pleasant and light body. It finished with a just a slight bitterness.
A very nice, drinkable and refreshing beer, that also offers enough taste. One of the better one from its homeland.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 12:42:33 | More by MarkoNm
Photo of Aaron_Ramson


3.61/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw in color with a foamy, frothy white cap. Nose is vegetal, corn husk, barely discernible noble hop aroma detected. Goes down extremely smooth with sweet corn being the dominant flavor, graininess is smooth and soft, no hops in flavor but then again I didn't expect any. Highly carbonated with a medium thin mouthfeel. Let's be real; this is damn tasty beer that snobs refuse to credit. If you're part of the crowd that only responds to Heady Topper, Founder's Breakfast, or Bourbon County, then enjoy your craft beer supremacy. As for me, I'll take a PBR any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The best cheap all-American lager on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:52:06 | More by Aaron_Ramson
Photo of LordBeardman


2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I just want to say straight off the bat that PBR is my favorite of the cheap beers. I feel like a lot of the lighter cheaper bears really lack any flavor at all while PBR at least has a little bit of flavor.

That being said PBR pours a watery yellow. Like a pee after a night of drinking. (Not the morning after, that would be much to dark. The smell is that of a beer smelling beer. The flavor is like that of a light beer, but you add the taste of the aforementioned urine to the lager, to flavor. The mouthfeel is that of a a PBR. I don't see why you need me to tell you this. Who hasn't had a PBR at one point or another?

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 04:38:23 | More by LordBeardman
Photo of utopiajane

New York

3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with plenty of bubbles that flourish and create a soapy head of white foam that falls quickly but leaves splotchy lace. Leaves a ring and thin cap throughout the drink and has pristine clarity. Nose is sweet grain and grass. A faint sweetness from corn syrup and a bit of a sour smell from yeast.. There is soft powdery sweetness on the nose of this beer as it warms.Hops are floral but very modest.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Cornflakes, grits. Sweet in the back but dry int he finish with a resonance form the corn syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium. It has a grainy texture at first but smooths out to a thinness in the drink. It’s crisp and finishes pretty clean except for that sweetness. Hops stay shy until the back end where they show a faint bitter and maybe hint at lemon. Slick.

An easy beer to drink. Drinkable and fabulously dry. That is my only complaint. It is drier and drier and leaves the mouth dry without any citrus to refresh it. Light overall and a light bitter to keep the palate engaged. A touch sour in the middle as it warms. The worst you can say about this beer is that it becomes a bit bland after a while.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 00:59:20 | More by utopiajane
Photo of JamieWeisen


2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best (in my opinion) Adjunct Lager there is. I'd rather one of these than a Bud Light or whatever any day. It's very refreshing, and tastes good for what it is. Overall, it's pretty decent as a beer, especially when you realize it's competition being the other adjuncts. Definately my go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 22:10:33 | More by JamieWeisen
Photo of BastardKing24


3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer more than once and It's always been much better than BNC offerings.

Appearance is light yellow and fizzy, head doesnt retain

Smells kinda malty but thats about it

Taste about average but theres no weird off flavors

Feel is good, ok carb

Overall a decent beer if all you have is a gas station to buy from.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 22:26:47 | More by BastardKing24
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 3,718 ratings.