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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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

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3,698 Ratings

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Ratings: 3698
Reviews: 1466
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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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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 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 cambabeer


3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

PBR is nothing groundbreaking for sure. It's pretty simple. Light, drinkable, hoppy and fresh with just a little maltiness, this is a great go to when you want something cheap but drink worthy. Much better than the big three for sure and when it's often in the same price range and even the only other option given some places, it's the obvious choice.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 21:45:04 | More by cambabeer
Photo of Numba1Stunna

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Found a can of this golden nectar under my couch while looking for my ferret. Poured the majority of the beer on my girlfriend in the heat of passion (she asked me to). Left a sticky residue all over my ninja turtles pillows. I cleaned them though and they are good as new.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 02:00:23 | More by Numba1Stunna
Photo of caper1


4.79/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

honesty for the price, you cant beat it. Better than miller, bud light, Coors, and the others. Taste is some bitterness, smell is a bit grain like, and some hops. Nothing that would blow you're socks off. Pretty mild body. Nothing bad to say in the brew I had. You must give it try.

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 01:03:58 | More by caper1
Photo of PvtSnowball


2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes of rare earth and fresh harvested maize..

Who am I kidding, it's cheap swill and 12$ for an 18.

As a cigar smoker, I am well aware of the absurd pretentiousness
of most reviewers.

It's cheap swill that is better than most cheap swill.

Slightly orange golden with a "head" that disappears
before you can toss the can in the recycling bin. The
flavour is that of cheap, mass produced, American lager.

Not the worst and far from the best. Not bad for what
it is though.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 05:23:40 | More by PvtSnowball
Photo of michiganminer


3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer. I try a bunch of beers and always come back to PBR. Its already one of the better AAL's out there. The mouthfeel is decent, it's not strong and does the job. no chemical taste or weird flavors. It's on par with Budweiser and you get a free 6 pack for the same price. Can't say anything bad about Pabst.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 05:13:57 | More by michiganminer
Photo of Kyle_Hanson

North Dakota

2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the better adjunct lagers I've had. It's a little too sweet, probably because the adjunct ingredient happens to be corn syrup. Not as carbonated as BMC beers and looks a tad better. Still not great smelling though. Not as much of a corn, skunk, metal flavor like you'd expect.

Not a bad beer if it's found cheap.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 07:33:32 | More by Kyle_Hanson
Photo of screamking


3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16oz tall boy can poured into pint glass.

How does one of the absolute cheapest beers on the market fair in a craft world, not so well. However, taken in context it's a underdog that might surprise. It's not the best looking brew, pale yellow with a thick white head. It smells like a typical macro lager with corn and bread in abundance. The taste is also similar to the other macros, however I feel PBR is the bitterest up front. Really, the thing that seperates this the most is being a couple bucks cheaper than the already dirt cheap macro world.

Serving type: can

11-04-2013 03:08:24 | More by screamking
Photo of Tthekraut


4.16/5  rDev +41%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pabst has a light blond color that most beers of this type have.

It has a very nice smell. It is not to strong buy smells like your typical grain or hops beer. It is very sweet in smell and is slightly sweet in taste. It has a small head when poured and quickly dissipates.

The mouthful is a tad bit thin and not overly carbonated.

Overall it is a sweet beer that is a very good deal. A 18 pack will run you around 14 or 15 bucks. It's well worth the money and stands out as one of the best cheaper beers. P.B.R. is best on draft or bottle but is just fine out of a can but can have a different taste to some due to the can.

I took a chance when I bought this for the first time but I have made it my favorite "regular" beer. Give the beer its fair chance and you will be surprised.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 02:09:43 | More by Tthekraut
Photo of Captain_Komamura


2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a PBR in the can.

Appearance - It is a hay-colored beer, with a bubbly head that goes flat very quickly.

Smell - It has a sweet, metallic smell to it.

Taste - It tastes how it smells: sweet, metallic, and watered-down.

Mouth feel - Not over-carbonated like some BMC beers, goes down like bottled water.

Overall - Well after trying other BMC's this is pretty high up.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 03:36:10 | More by Captain_Komamura
Photo of MTfish


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

Golden clean color in the glass and smells like a good cold crisp PBR should. It tastes like a good day on the river or getting face shots with ur bros and the mouthfeel is thirst quenching and refreshing. Overall its the best cheap canned beer you can buy and the can says nothin but freedom!

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 04:43:09 | More by MTfish
Photo of johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 19:48:47 | More by johnnnniee
Photo of RalphSMouse


3/5  rDev +1.7%
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.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 17:54:59 | More by RalphSMouse
Photo of ElijahRivera

New York

2.13/5  rDev -27.8%
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.

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 03:21:20 | More by ElijahRivera
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 3,698 ratings.