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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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BA SCORE
68
poor

4,358 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,358
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 348 | 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 t0rin0
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

t0rin0, Dec 05, 2012
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of corn flakes, sugar, and slight cooked veggies. Taste is of sweetened corn flakes and other grains. This beer has a high level of carbonation and is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and my favorite macro beer I have tried thus far in my life. A nice go to beer when you are looking for something cheap.

UCLABrewN84, Jun 15, 2011
Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev +2%

djrn2, Nov 23, 2011
Photo of Thorpe429
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A:pours golden with a decent white head. Not too much carbonation.

S: grainy and slightly sweet.

T: sweet and grainy.actually has some taste.

M: medium-ish mouthfeel; definitely heavier than light beers.

D: drinkable. Much better than standard adjunct lagers.

Thorpe429, Apr 19, 2009
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +36.1%

nmann08, Nov 28, 2011
Photo of acurtis
2.5/5  rDev -15%

acurtis, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: The beer is clear light yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high bright white head that died down but consistently left a thin head covering the surface.
S: There are moderately strong aromas of adjunct malts in the nose-corn seems to stand out in particular.
T: The taste is similar to the smell and has flavors of corn adjuncts and a light amount of bitterness.
M: It feels light-bodied (but not watery) on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is very easy to drink and has no offensive flavors. It's noting special, but pretty good when compared to other beers in the style.

metter98, Dec 14, 2012
Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This review is part of Macro Smackdown X, in which this can of Pabst Blue Ribbon will be going up against its brewery stablemate, Stroh's. PBR has the distinction of being the first beer I ever drank. The summer I was 13, my friend stole a can out of his dad's basement fridge. We rode our bikes up to the local Little League field and drank it in the dugout. I remember that I didn't think much of it then and I'm pretty sure that I haven't had it since. Decades later...

Perfectly clear yellow-gold, a lighter and brighter version of Stroh's. I like darker, richer looking macro lagers so I'll have to give a very slight edge to the other beer. The head is where this beer really shines though. It's bright white, lightly creamy and sticky enough to leave a respectable amount of watery, sudsy lace. Overall appearance edge to PBR.

I've smelled them both multiple times now and my conclusion is that they might as well be the same beer. In addition to the usual graininess of the malt, the hops have a mildly pleasant fruitiness to go along with their usual muskiness. I hope that I'm able to discern some difference on the palate.

There's very little difference between the flavor of the Stroh's and the flavor of this beer. I can tell that I'm drinking two different beers, but I'm not sure why they taste different. I think it comes down to the fact that the Stroh's is (very) slightly more sweet and the PBR is (very) slightly more hoppy. I like them equally however.

Again, there isn't a dime's worth of difference in terms of body/mouthfeel. There is, however, a nickel's worth of difference. The Pabst has an ever so slight edge in terms of heft and is slightly creamier as well. It's just enough to earn a better score.

Both Stroh's and PBR have come through with flying colors in the tenth iteration of the MacSmack series. It's a shame that there has to be a loser. By virtue of its superior head and slightly creamier mouthfeel, Pabst Blue Ribbon takes the much-coveted crown. Really though, either one of these venerable American beers would be a good choice for reliving the good old days of one's youth.

BuckeyeNation, Jul 01, 2006
Photo of Phyl21ca
1.5/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Can: Poured a very light yellow color beer with a medium white bubbly head with average retention. Aroma of corn and adjunct is not surprisingly dominating. Taste is as bland as it can be done with no aftertaste at all (which is probably the purpose but does not provide me with any satisfaction.

Phyl21ca, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

01-02-09
Revisited this beer last night as I enjoyed some chicken wings and watched the football games at the local B-dub's.

This beer is picking up the pace in the Central Kentucky area since the In-Bev purchase of Anheuser Busch. The bar manager's take is that a lot of his Budweiser clientelle is put off by the acquisition and have turned to this American classic instead.

I actually think that this is a better beer than Bud. It has equal amout of pilsner malt flavor, but maybe a bit more robust if using less adjuncts. This beer also veers away from the acetaldahyde and sulftery flavors of Bud. Ceaner, bolder, and fresher make me a beleiver.

07-31-06

Went to pick up some beers to take to the lake and finally took up the recommendation from Kmpitz2 and purchased a sixer for the trip. The good thing about the beer is that there is nothing wrong with it. The look is a crystal clear and hightly carbonated canary yellow. Could have better head retetion. The flavors are grain, adjuncts, and vegetable-like. Nice tones of green apples and a light lemon-zest. Very light and playful in the body, with a very clean finish. A little dry and a little watery, but it is to be expected. Though there are no real standout characters, the flaws are what you'd expect for the style. Not bad stuff.

BEERchitect, Jul 31, 2006
Photo of mikesgroove
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Ok, so I was at Hooters and had to drink something, had never, and I mean that never had a PBR, so what the hell. was actually very impressed. Poured a dull, unremarkable pale golden yellow, lots of carbonation and a white fizzy head that faded immediatly. Smell was non descript and uneventful, nothing really to discuus to here. The taste was actually quite pleasent. Now dont get me wrong, it was not complex and full of flavor, but for the style it was superb. Light corn/grain taste, but mostly fizzy water. Very smooth and well carbonated and easily poundable all night long. I would have to say, hands down thi is the best Macro lager I have ever had, not that that is saying alot, but this was nnot actually that bad with some wings!

mikesgroove, Jun 23, 2007
Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev +2%

Texasfan549, Dec 29, 2011
Photo of kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -15%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
Photo of womencantsail
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

A: I usually just drink it from the can, but it's pale yellow with white foam.

S: The smell is not one of the finer points of PBR. It's got a slight grain smell to it and (surprisingly to some) a bit of hop character. However, it's also got a bit of a tinny/metallic twang to it.

T: A decent flavor of grain, which is a lot more than you can say for most American Light/Adjunct Lagers.

M: Very light and quite fizzy.

D: You can definitely put down a lot of them, and PBR is a lot better tasting than most beers in this style.

womencantsail, Aug 15, 2009
Photo of ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -66%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of spycow
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

spycow, Jan 17, 2013
Photo of kylehay2004
2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

No head or lacing with this one. Clear golden body. Neither interesting or exciting. Aroma is mild and mosty smells of fresh picked sweet corn. Some light malt. Flavor is more on the malt side and less on the sweet corn side. Light body and medium to high carbonation. Refreshing and very drinkable but not a good beer.

kylehay2004, Jan 14, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Nov 07, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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 Knapp85
2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

An American Classic of a beer. Although this beer doesn't have very much to offer it's still standing the tests of time. This beer is you typical American style Lager with a Fizzy white head that fades into a flat yellow liquid. The mouthfeel isn't as light as a "light" beer but but it's not even close to being heavy either. This beer keep it simple.

Knapp85, Apr 01, 2011
Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

westcoastbeerlvr, Jan 10, 2013
Photo of largadeer
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Looks like a fizzy yellow lager. Extremely clear and pale with fairly poor head retention.

Smell: Very grainy with subtle sweetness. Not the most aromatic beer out there.

Taste: Mildly sweet and a bit bready. Very lightly flavored with no discernable hop character. Has an ambiguous graininess to it - hard to tell if the flavor is coming from barley, corn, rice, or a combination of the three. Regardless, it's clean and relatively pleasant, if completely unremarkable.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied and over-carbonated.

Notes: Not a bad little macro lager. It's cheap, inoffensive and fairly drinkable, though not something I'd ever seek out. Still, it has more flavor than most.

largadeer, Nov 27, 2007
Photo of zeff80
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 16 oz can into a glass. Straw yellow color. It had a descent head, but it didn't last long. It smelled grainy and of corn. It tasted very malty. The mouthfeel was dry. It's drinkable if you're looking to get a buzz.

It was better than I expected. Somehow I had never had PBR while I was a poor/college student beer guzzler. I had to try it and see how it tasted.

zeff80, May 29, 2006
Photo of biboergosum
2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

355ml can, 4.9% ABV, on the patio at the Sugar Bowl. Heresy, I know - I am certainly no hipster.

This beer pours a clear, super-pale golden yellow colour (like what one's piss might look like after downing a sixer of these), with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random islet lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of slightly acrid pale grain and corn syrup for yer unintended sugar fix, which is more or less overshadowed by some funky phenols, sour apple, and fairly skunky, dead grassy hops. The taste is a very mild rice/corn pithy breakfast cereal sweetness, a watery, weed-infested stoniness, stale apple peel, and a minor amount of weakly husky, grassy hops.

The carbonation is light, but perhaps a bit too frothy at times, the body so-so, both in its weak-ass weight, as well as its expected, um, 'smoothness' - but not too bad, I guess, for the style. It finishes off-dry, some mealy sweetness and plastic astringency carrying on as ever was.

Maybe a touch better (all things being relative) than many of the other adjunct lagers that I've had from south of the border, or here, for that matter, but it may very well be time to cut, or just plain give up that God-damned ribbon already.

biboergosum, Jul 02, 2009
Photo of NeroFiddled
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

After drinking gallons and gallons of this on draft and in cans and bottles, I'm finally ready to give my review.

It has a nice appearance with a crystal-clear golden body and short head of creamy bright white froth that holds well and even leaves some nice lace.

The aroma, however, is not quite a shining example of the brewer's art, displaying a little bit too much yeasty sulphur, and a distinctly adjunct-laden malt sweetness. There are some very minor hops present in the background, but they're not really discernable.

It's crisp in the mouth with a medium-light body and median carbonation.

The flavor is as might be expected - "generic". The yeasty sulphur at least helps to balance the sweetness of the malt, although there is a decent amount of bitterness there. I'd call it firm. Not unlike its aroma, the flavor is also hop-challenged, and there's more sulphur in the finish than anything floral, spicy, or grassy.

It is, however, fairly cheap; and a throwback to what I used to think beer tasted like as a kid. Recommended? Not really, but you can do far worse!

NeroFiddled, Jun 25, 2006
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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,358 ratings.