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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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4,834 Ratings
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Ratings: 4,834
Reviews: 1,616
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 49
Gots: 661 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

- 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
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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.7/5  rDev -42%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

At first I was somewhat surprised that this beer seemed drinkable. I wasnt expecting much, but the first few drinks werent that bad. It kind of reminded me of a Miller High Life Light at first. But as I went on, this beer got worse and worse. It gradually started tasting just awful. I found that strange as beer usually tastes better and better the more I drink. Anyways, it looked like piss, did not have hardly any smell, and the only noticable tastes were a bit of bread and a few grains. Nothing special at all. This is not even worth picking up if its the only thing you can afford. Better off sticking with Busch Light or even Natural Light. This beer flat out sucks!

Photo of thegodfather2701
3.73/5  rDev +27.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A-Poured into a frozen mug. It has a thick fizzy white head that is lasting much longer than expected. As for the color of the beer itself, typical pale straw color.

S-Grainy/corn adjunct notes. It smells somewhat musty. Overall generic beer smell the style is famous for.

T-The slightest of hop bitterness followed by malty sweetness. Grain flavor is present as usual but finishes clean. Not much flavor but what does exist is good for the style.

M-Thin and watery.

D-Great session beer alongside of non-craft friends or when you just want to drink something cheap.

Overall, I prefer this is bottle form and straight from the bottle at that.

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of brewerburgundy
3.75/5  rDev +28%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, pilsener glass, dated 10/25/10.

Pale straw with a glorified AAL flash in the pan head. In all honesty, the head is better than some others in the style.

Soap, minerals, grassy hops.

Minimally sweet corn or Pilsener malt, grass, a slight white pepperiness, and saltine. To me, PBR has a hop edge that no other macro lagers I've had, have.

We all know what average for the style is; fizzy, thin, but redeemingly refreshing at the right times.

Sure, better than most other AAL in my mind, so golf, beer pong is usually when I'll suck this one down.

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of gabedivision
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz big boy to a Kronenbourg 1664 big glass.

This pours a clear pale piss colored straw of yellow. Forms a big bubbly 2 finger head that turns to a small lace around the glass. Smells of sweet boiled corn, wet hay, maybe some olives (i could be reaching) the way an AAL should. Tastes like corn water, sweet sugary, a tad lemon bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel, hmm, well its not bad its like all beers of its style light easy to gulp up, however PBR doesnt not become offensive to me as it warms up as is with most Macro AAL's. Overall its ok, its cheap, and it taste like the way you remembered beer to taste... which is why you dont buy it anymore.

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of ngandhi
2.88/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PBR draft is based around nice honeyed malt and a dry finish. Some adjuncts come out, but are washed away by the very pure liquid quality of this beer. To me, this is what people mean when they say they want a "cold one." PBR is a lot sweeter, smoother, and complex than its macro competitors. The malt is as flavorful as any Czech pilsener and the hops, though dull, are appropriate in their bitterness and serve to dry out and close this beer on the finish. In its class, it is one of the best.

Relax, relax.
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Photo of UDbeernut
2.65/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had Bottle at the Map Room Bar in Cleveland

Poured into Pint Glass

a: light straw color fair amount of caronation. Little Head that reduces very quicly

s: smells ok, malt not much hops. One of the better smelling macros

t: not as watered down as other macros. Nothing that stands out too much in my mind, just a average solid beer that is better than Bud or MGD.

m&d: medium bodied beer with a good amount of carbonation. Easy to drink and a great session beer. A good choice over the other BMC crap.

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2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer was tasted in a Pilsner Glass from a can.

The beer pours a golden color with a thick white head that dissapated quickly and does not lace. The smell is dominated by corn but there is some bitterness. The taste is just a little bland. Kind of your average beer taste. The is good carbonation and thickness. Its a decent beer to just sit around and drink.

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Rudgers73
2.44/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Ok listen.

I know that when you pour this beer into a glass the head foams up and disappears before you can set the can down. And I know that it leaves a fruity, skunky aftertaste in your mouth. And when you look at the color of it you think of some crap beer like budweiser watered down by half.

BUT.

When you are in college and you go to the grocery store and see a 24-pack for $11 with a $4 mail in rebate, what do you want from them?

You have to remember that this a beer coming from the makers of Colt 45, Big Bear, Stroh's, Silver Thunder Old Milwaukee, and Schmidt's.

We had a saying when I was in college. "$4 rebate? You can't afford not to drink it."

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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