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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

4,474 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,474
Reviews: 1,522
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 393 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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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 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 kjkinsey
2.5/5  rDev -15%

kjkinsey, Dec 19, 2011
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 ygtbsm94
1/5  rDev -66%

ygtbsm94, Jan 15, 2012
Photo of jaydoc
3/5  rDev +2%

jaydoc, Nov 07, 2013
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 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 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 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 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 SocalKicks
3/5  rDev +2%

SocalKicks, Mar 07, 2012
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
Photo of StonedTrippin
2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

for a cheapo, i dont hate a pbr. its become the beer of choice for the indie/hipster crowd, which i guess is a turnoff, but the beer isnt awful. it pours clear and yellow and soda-like, watery for sure, but not ugly like a coors light. it smells like a can of crap beer honestly, some aluminum, some stale malt, and that patented adjunct malt stink. the flavor isnt bad, because it doesnt taste like anything. really, scarecely a trace of anything that would make this a beer, hops? no. yeast? nope. i could be drinking a carbonated water beverage here. however, its lightness lends to its drinkablility, and probably its incredibly low price. i know bars where these cost just a buck, and most of a time its no more than two bucks. its certainly a decent budget beer, but it takes about a 12er to catch a buzz. oh well, thought id chuck in my two cents on this one while im having one.

StonedTrippin, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Jason
3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 16 oz can with a white back ground, red and blue label colour. Hey red white and blue, how American. “Established in Milwaukee 1844” stated on the front, no freshness date.

Appearance: Head foams up quite big then quickly dissipates into a wispy white lace, brilliantly clear pale golden yellow hue seems a bit inviting.

Smell: Thin sweet malt and grain, touch of strained hops in the nose. Clean aroma slight grassiness from the grain also.

Taste: Light to moderate body, nice even crispness with a somewhat effervescent carbonation. The smooth mouth feel rides on the tail of the carbonation, thin malt palate. Kiss of hops, bitterness peaks after the crispness subsides and the dryness kicks in. Trace of alcohol hit the tongue and warms the mouth and throat. Hops stick to bitterness and provide no flavour other than a faint grassiness. Some corn grit flavour in the middle, not cooked grits but rather fresh milled grits. Clean palate throughout with a great wrap-up of dryness in the finish.

Notes: This is a great premium American lager, hands down beats the big three. About the same in the bottle but obviously better on tap. A perfect change up when things get a bit tedious and want to drink a simple beer.

Jason, Oct 12, 2002
Photo of WVbeergeek
3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Yeah, at 12.50 for a 30 pack of cans it's hard to beat this for a lawnmower macroswill selection. I prefer the bottles in overall taste, but poured out of the can this one has a very smooth creamy mouthfeel. Fizzy yellow with a frothy white going on, this beer is designed for people like me. In college and broke, so as far as aroma goes it's has a cereal grain adjunct based aroma but it's actually not that bad kind of pleasant in fact. I can definitely get down with this beer, for it's taste, price, and flavor can't go wrong. Taste is sweet with some balancing hop bitterness to create one of the best shittiest beers in the world. An American classic that is designed to be drank in high capacity.

WVbeergeek, Apr 29, 2003
Photo of TheManiacalOne
2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 16oz. can into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep yellow color with a short white head that fades quickly and leaves a decent lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of light malts, corn, grain and a touch of hops.

T: The taste doesn’t seem to have much to it and contains mostly grain and corn. It has the usual macro sweetness but it’s very faint. The malt character is thin and there’s very little hops presence.

M: Smooth and a little crisp, light-to-medium body, medium carbonation, clean finish.

D: A little tasty, goes down ok, not too filling, it’s all right for an inexpensive beer but there are certainly much better beers out there even within the style.

TheManiacalOne, Jun 21, 2007
Photo of RblWthACoz
3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Nose is grainy and smells like pee. Flavor is actually quite smooth. Slight sweet tone. Grainy kind of earthy tone. Feel has a thick carbonation that really makes me burp. Liquid feel is typical. This is an easy drinking lager IMO. For what it is, I don't think you can go wrong with it.

RblWthACoz, Nov 01, 2008
Photo of Slatetank
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I picked a six pack up at the new Giant beer section in east york. Enjoyed from a willybecker chilled.

The color is very pale golden apropos for the style with thick white cap which holds well with tiny bead and little lace. Nose is mostly sweet with a slight hint of grain and perhaps a tinge of spice if you try to find more when swirling. The feel is good with some spice and grain sweetness with malt body farily gentle and carbonation moderately high with clean finish.

This is a very standard yet pleasant American pale lager with slight adjunct sweetness but not so overboard that it infiltrates the taste completely it has a tinge of hop to balance the grain and slight yeast tinge in the taste. The finish is very clean and a crisp experience if every I had one. This is very good for the style and the overall value is high since this is the 2nd cheapest beer available at this location yet still is worth drinking.

Slatetank, Jun 08, 2012
Photo of feloniousmonk
2.17/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I had been reading with interest the many newspaper and magazine articles relating the chic-ness that this lager enjoys within the cool and cultured set, and sought out to try one of these myself and find out if I can hang with the hipsters and quaff their brew. So I elbow-jabbed that mumbling, shaggy Bohemian-type, made off with his cold tall one, and absconded to a faraway booth in this desolate rock club, pen light in hand, to shine on my notebook as I search to divine the secrets of this mystical, magical beer.

Okay, I'm lying.
In truth, well, I'm a fraud. This is my beer. If I ever praised a beer before for it's flavor, taste, or character, well, that was bull. I don't think they should have anything to do with any beverage, especially beer. Yeah, if you ever catch me without a whole case of PBR in the fridge, I must be having a bad day.

I lie again. I sample this in the spirit of honoring that adage of not knocking it if you ain't tried it. Actually, I must have tried it at some point, but how could I remember? So, here we go...
Appearance: sickly pale yellow color, very clear, just the way beer is supposed to be, dammit! Head is bone-white, fluffy, and quite prodigious, slowly, softly setling.
Aroma: very spare, bone-dry, but not terrible. Typical plain lager-y smell, without skunk or trace of adjuncts. A bit of sweetness, too, just a bit.
Taste: wetness. Nothing. The nadir, nada. Zilch. If it exists at all, it comes and goes without saying hello. Actually, again, not BAD, per se, but not really anything, either.
Body, light as can be, texture, none, finish? F'geddaboudit!
Really, there's nothing to recommend and no pleasure to be found, if you a seeker of taste in any form.
I'll quote beer scribe Stephen Beaumont's #1 reason to drink PBR, from his webite:
"You just don't care anymore."
Time spent with this beer is time wasted indeed.
This does the opposite of what a beer should do, in that it makes me more thirsty! For a real beer!

feloniousmonk, Nov 02, 2003
Photo of drabmuh
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Beer poured from a can into a pint glass. Beer is yellow and completely clear. Forms a thin white head of small bubbles and there is a lot of carbonation. No lacing.

A little sweet in the nose, smells a little of cereal grain or corn.

Medium to low body, there is a strong aftertaste, mild sweetness up front. Aftertaste negatively affects drinkability. Overall not as good as I remember.

drabmuh, Dec 25, 2009
Photo of oline73
1/5  rDev -66%

oline73, Apr 08, 2014
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,474 ratings.