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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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1,638 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,638
Hads: 5,205
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 24.58%
Wants: 62
Gots: 1,002 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

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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Photo of DrZarkov
2.65/5  rDev -12%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

OK here's my real question about PBR....Is it beer-flavored water or water-flavored beer? It looks about like water too! I guess the one up side to PBR is that it is very light and I could see it being pretty refreshing compared to most other brews. I wouldn't bother to spend my money on it though—if you're going to drink beer drink something that you can taste.

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Photo of jimboween
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

hello: ah, pbr! it's just one of those things. this is the beer you conspire with when you do bad things on a friday night. this is the beer you lose track of how many you've had because the 16oz. cans are only two bucks. this beer is as much a drinking buddy as your actual drinking buddies are. its not trying for world class, its trying for honesty. this beer is no ferrari, but it is a totally sweet jeep.

appearance: nothing special, just golden ameri-beer. but it's got great cans, so i gave it a 5.0 anyway.

smell: hay? kinda skunk? meh, im not here to sniff it, im here to drink it.

taste: the first impression is just like the smell, kind of hay-ish. the middle of the taste has the tiniest kick of hops to midtounge. and the finale dries right off the back of your mouth. not a loud talker, just inofensive beery refreshment.

mouthfeel: could drink it forever. smooth as a lake in the morning. not a trace of stickiness.

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Photo of loveingminor
3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: pours a clear straw-colored liquid. clearly a newtonian lquid.

smell: has a generic "beer" smell. i wouldn't be able to pick this out of a sample of other generic beers based on smell alone

taste: while not offensive, this beer leaves plenty to be desired for my palate (seeing as how i'm accustomed to stouts and IPAs)

mouthfeel: nice and crisp. this would be excellent for a hot summer

overall: probably worth the $20 i dropped on the case.

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Photo of Milestone221
2.81/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Good 1" head. Piss yellow color. Lots of carbonation. Good lacing.

S- Ah just like BMC. Not what I expected. Lacking.

T- Refreshing. Definitely not bad. Hint of corn syrup that's about it for me.

M-Like water.

D-Very high. I could pound these back all day and plan on it. Goes down like water and has a little more taste than the rest of the field field PBR is in. If I need something cheap, this would most likely be it.

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Photo of brewpig
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

due to recent economic factors i have been
forced to look into 'cheap' beers.

have been drinking ,on occasion, shitty light beers and saw a few reviews for PBR that were decent so thought i would buy a case ($17).

im not gonna get into any of the typical taste,smell crap w/a beer like this.

this beer is not a craft beer. but its a hell of a lot better than the light beers out there.

its also better than the miller,bud,coors etc.

its got a full mouthfeel that is smooth and malty. not bad for the money.

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Photo of clayphilly
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Have this on the regular for drinking games, and when funds are low. Best of the rest, this beer doesn't quite taste like beer, but also doesnt quite taste like piss like the big 3.

Part of the Philly "City Special", which is a shot of Jameson and a PBR. Hipster? Yes? Also for normal people? Yes.

-Pounder cans, 16oz
-Everywhere in Philly

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Photo of akk101
3.63/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

24oz can. Drank from can just as a beer like this should be consumed. Decided to try it out to see what the hipsters find so appealing about it. Labeling is traditional american lager styling. Smell was very faint; what I did pick up was just like what any other adjunct lager smells like. Typical beer flavored water taste. Not as much corn in the flavor as some of the other cheap lagers out there. Lots of carbonation. overall refreshing if you drink it as cold as possible. Hardly any flavor. A good choice if you are looking for something cheap, fizzy, low abv, and don't want strong flavor.

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Photo of h20mbh
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

light gold in color. medium carbonation.

light corn, barley, and hops. nearly no smell.

balanced taste between malt and hops. very light, but nothing bad. slightly bitter aftertaste is pleasureable.

light and clean. standard lager.

nothing bad about this lager. nothing outstanding either. one of, if not the best, adjunct lager on the market.

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Photo of Cheesy_McDuck
1.96/5  rDev -34.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I am not a hipster, you are not my beer, and you no you will not enjoy this review. This beer has made a resurgence among people that like to drink it ironically, but my apprecation for satire does not go as deep. This is a bush league beer.

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Photo of WolfmanK
3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

$0.62 a can, in his economy, you just can't get a better beer for that price.

It's the classic American Beer. you really can't go wrong on a hot day with a cold can of PBR.

I've only ever had it in cans, but I hear it's even better on tap.

You can pay more for a macro brewed lager, but you won't get a better example than this.

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Photo of stephadelphia
2.05/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this in a chilled can.

A: From the looks of it, appeared to be a light gold color with some visible air bubbles. Barely had any head.

S: Light, wheaty with a little malt.

T: No bitterness, light taste. I'm not trying to dog on this beer, but its finish reminds me of a gym sock. I don't quite know how else to describe it.

M: Light, watery... nothing special.

D: If you can get past the odd after-taste, you can definitely put these back (and I've seen it done). There's not much that entices me about it, though, and the aftertaste is enough to keep me from wanting more of these unless I'm already... well, drunk. I will never buy it and bring it home for myself, but if it's a special at a bar somewhere, I might entertain the idea of drinking a can.

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Photo of kjritt
2.85/5  rDev -5.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

served from a bottle into a glass.

a. clear yellow with a thin white head which dissipates quickly. no lacing.

s. slighly metallic and grainy. college parties.

t. grainy with a bit of hop in the after taste.

m. watery and light. very refreshing no matter the season.

o. favorite of the yellow standard. a go to when i am simply in the mood to enjoy a good beer without having my taste buds challenged too much. even better because of the lack of awful gimmicks and hyper mass marketing. if only it were not so popular amongst hipsters i would be bolder about consuming in public. never shy in private though. quality.

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Photo of Khad
4.67/5  rDev +55.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.5

Look you have to put everything in perspective. Obviously this is not the high quality handcrafted beer you would expect from this rating, however when compared to all in it's class this is far superior.

I find the best way to enjoy this beer is can poured into a glass. The appearance is a little nicer than most American style Lagers. Smell is a little grassy but it's not bad at all it's really kind of pleasant and refreshing scent not as skunky as most in it's class. The taste is very surprising with it being very crisp. You can pick up some grain but not overpowering. Very drinkable and no horrible after taste...the mouth feel is better than typical without the carbonation ruining your taste buds for the duration of the session. I think it's the best in it's class, definitely very drinkable, I liked it!

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Photo of Shaurya
2.55/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Pretty good for the price.. Not much else to write home about..

Doesn't really have a distinct smell or anything.. but tastes malty.. hints of corn.

Mouthfeel - pretty non existent body, carbonated a bit on the higher side.

Much better than its similarly priced peers, like Bud, Coors, Natural etc.

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Photo of Jeph222
3.84/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

The only adjunct I'll buy. Just glad the Russians didn't get their hands on this brew. I feel it's our duty as BA'ers to promote this to the younger/cheaper set so that they avoid lining the pockets of BMC. You see a college kid with a bud lite, dope slap him and give him a PBR. It's American dammit!

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Photo of beerfan82
2.87/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is a really good beer when you wanting something cheap and okay. I recently went to a bar and this was better than Bud Light. It's one of the easier beers to drink. It goes down in a smooth taste, but that is about it. There is not much else to go home about with this beer.

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Photo of les1721
3.83/5  rDev +27.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearence is a beautiful straw with a slight orange hew. Smell is clean, a little sweet with fresh corn. Taste is very clean. A slight straw and corn flavor. A little sweet at first but the hops give it a clean, crisp finish. The carbonation is almost perfect for this style. Drinkability is great, you can drink this beer all day especially when its hot.

A very refreshing and good American lager. And the fact you can find a tall 6pack for $4 is awesome. A good everday or session beer. A little cleaner in the bottle than in a can, and even cleaner on tap.

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Photo of 7thInningSuds
4.25/5  rDev +41.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Looked good.

S - Smelled good.

T - Good lager taste. A little on the malty side, but pretty good balance for a macro. Was not disappointed

M - Good Stuff

D - Good beer for the price, and of the macros I've had it's the best. No wonder Clint was kicking so many of these back in Gran Torino.

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Photo of Canibacea
3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Good ole PBR

a good staple. Good for sharing, and never leaves you feeling cheaped out.

Taste is balanced, and slightly on thebitter side for some macros. although corn might be present, there is a malt presence as well, and the hops leave a good solid bittering, as well as a slight grassy skunkyness that works for the beer, strong hints of (Banana)

Drinkability is out of this world. I could sip or chug 12 in a night easy, as long as I eat a good meal and stay hydrated. Good for having drinking competitions which you beer snobs out there might not be familiar with.

I could go on but I'm sure most of you have had PBR before.


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Photo of JamieWeisen
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Probably the best (in my opinion) Adjunct Lager there is. I'd rather one of these than a Bud Light or whatever any day. It's very refreshing, and tastes good for what it is. Overall, it's pretty decent as a beer, especially when you realize it's competition being the other adjuncts. Definately my go to beer.

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Photo of Pigs
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pabst Blue Ribbon, Pabst, Blue Ribbon, PBR, Pibber, whatever you wanna call it. This beer used to be cool. Weird right? Now this shit is everywhere and it drives me nuts. I can't stand the mega branding of it with it's hipster "street cred". It's alright to drink but now I just get headaches and feel like donkey dump the next day. It sucks when a bar sells tallboys for so cheap and Buds are a dollar or more for a regular bottle because then I drink these durn thangs and feeeel it, man. I used to drink it a lot on tap but I don't think that will really happen anymore. It's good but gives me pain.

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Photo of Dave_Sutula
3.41/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I poured a 12oz can into a pint glass. Not surprisingly, this beer pours to a crystal-clear shade of straw gold with some bubbles at first although it quickly dies down. It does generate a somewhat fluffy, bright-white, soapy head, but it dissipates down to a tiny layer of suds rather fast.

There isn’t much aroma to speak of. Adjunct macro lagers, and especially "economy" versions like this are often off-putting or straight-up foul in the nose, but PBR is rather neutral. I detect a touch of metal and corn, but these notes are light to be sure.

Up front it’s very watery, thin, and bland - which makes it surprisingly refreshing. As it finishes there is an odd flavor combination of cereal grain sweetness and a touch of tin or aluminum. I’ve had this beer on tap and in the bottle and noticed these flavors as well, so it’s clearly not the can. Don’t get me wrong, these are definitely not appealing flavors. In fact, if this beer is consumed warm they become off-putting, but drank cold it’s tolerable at best.

With its flat, bland body and noticeable wateriness, PBR is actually a highly drinkable beer. The palate here really doesn’t satisfy, but it does work well as a thirst-quencher on a hot day or when accompanying some ball park-style foods or during similar situations. I was surprised how well it paired with beer brats and could envision beer drinkers of virtually all calibers slugging it down at a BBQ or picnic.

At 4.74% ABV, this truly is a sessionable beer.

Every time I see a bottle or can of Pabst Blue Ribbon, I feel like I'm time-traveling to the days of the Grover Cleveland administration (the first one), since the recipe probably hasn’t changed since then.

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Photo of cowboy1962
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

This is clearly an American Lager. As is the case with so many "cheap" American Lagers it is now a better beer than the BMC beers. Is it great beer? No. It is easy to drink and doesn't need to be chilled to 32 degrees to be drinkable. If you are looking to get drunk and don't want to drink water all night, it's not that bad. For the specifics: Straw colored. Doesn't have much in the way of smell. It has a light malty taste without much in the way of hops. Not bitter at all. Light bodied. Only thing bad is it's a hipster beer.

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Photo of mcerka
3.68/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Ahh what can you say about good ole' PBR. For the cheap price it is the best beer you can get. Easy to drink. You can pound multiple of them if that is what you're feeling or you can relax and enjoy a couple. Like I said before it definately is the best cheapest beer out there. Try it out.

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Photo of BasementBrewerSF
3.58/5  rDev +18.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 5

There is not much to a PBR. Classic American Pilsner, as light as water with about as much taste, but unlike water, PBR is 5%. A great beer for a buck in a can at almost any bar around town. Personally I find myself spending money at beer stores rather than bars due to the mark up. So PBR is nothing to rave about but it is cheep, drinkable and gets the job done. As I say to my beer snob friends, "it is the best of the worst". And now Pabst is the oldest American owned brewery in the country. "America! Fuck Yeah!"

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,638 ratings.