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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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69
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4,616 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,616
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 448 | FT: 2
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:
- Pabst Blue Ribbon is brewed in the finest traditions of an American Premium Lager dating back to 1844. Brewed with a combination of 2 & 6-row malted barley, select cereal grains and American and European hops, Pabst Blue Ribbon is fermented with a proprietary lager yeast. Our unique fermentation and maturation process results in a smooth, full bodied beer with a clean, crisp finish with a fine noble hop aroma.
- ABV% 4.74
- Calories 144

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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3.01/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

1B
Pours a medium straw to yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Light sweet grainy malt aroma with just a hint of corn and light fruitiness. Small bit of floral hops aroma. Sweet almost honey like malt flavor with a bit of fruity bready graininess. Very little hop flavor but a firm hop bitterness. Light to medium body with a spirited level of carbonation that pricks the tongue with every sip, and a sweet slick watery mouthfeel. Worlds above the last beer, decent enough and probably close to style, but a bit boring.

johnnnniee, Sep 29, 2013
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3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Light golden, almost like cider. Nice head, though it seems to die down pretty quickly, leaving faint lacing. I would have liked the head to stick around a bit more.

Smell: Reminiscent of cider again. Light notes of toast and hops. There is a mild solvent-like note, but it is not terrible.

Taste: Blend of mild hop bitterness, fresh bread, and faint fruity notes. Tasty, but too sweet. Very little taste of alcohol--you can tell it isn't a strong beer.

Mouthfeel: Thin and not bubbly enough. An American adjunct lager needs more carbonation, in my opinion. It goes down like water.

Overall, this beer is good, but not great. If you buy it fresh, in a 30 pack, for under $20, you're getting a fair deal.

It's about the same price as most of the Trader Joe's cheap lagers, but better--very little of the "bubblegum" taste that plagues most sub-premium lagers.

That is to say, the bubblegum note is there, but it's faint enough that I can ignore it.

I'd be interested in comparing PBR to "premium" lagers like Heineken (from a can) or Budweiser.

RalphSMouse, Sep 29, 2013
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2.13/5  rDev -27.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

12 oz. can with a freshness date of Nov 11 2013. Consumed and reviewed on August 26 2013.

A- Poured a transparent dark gold. Big, creamy off-white head. Lots of lively carbonation with some bubbles clinging to the Duvel tulip glass. The big head receded quickly, but left a respectable layer of foam that stuck around for the long haul.

S- Grains, boiled corn, not clean and not great, but the expected aroma for a macro lager. No hops.

T- Sweet with a mildly bitter finish. Not very dry or crisp. A bit of a lingering sweetness. It mostly tastes like it smells, but comes off a bit better on my palate. The very slightest amount of hop flavor can be detected, but it is mostly covered up by bad adjunct flavors.

M- Lots of carbonation which is a refreshing plus, but the mouthfeel is a little full for the style, which I'm not fond of. Again not as crisp as I would like it to be.

O- I thought PBR was one of my favorite American Adjunct Lagers. I'm glad I sat down and analyzed it, because now I realize I need to move it down in my cheap macro rankings.

ElijahRivera, Sep 26, 2013
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,616 ratings.