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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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4,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,744
Reviews: 1,567
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 546 | 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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Photo of scooter231
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4.5

Ah, PBR. My first legal drink in the states- and I don't regret it. I haven't seen it outside a can often, but I recall a light golden color. Smells and tastes... like not much. A watery beer, best served ice, ice cold. Slightly sweet, but nothing special. Still... this beer is close to my heart. It's one of those beers you associate with good cheapness at a bar.

Mouthfeel is a bit watery, not heavy, nothing great, but I've definitely had worse. Still, you can have several at one sitting without a problem. This is a great cheap bar beer- there are SO many better beers out there, but everyone should partake in a pabst every once in a while- just for the memories to be associated with it. I salute you, PBR.

Photo of PintOHops
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz can into a mug.

Appearance/Smell - Appears ultra clear gold/yellow with more than an inch of outstanding frothy head. Pretty poor retention though, and lite carbonation with very large bubbles escaping rapidly. Doesn't leave any lacing, and carbonation dies down quite a bit leaving a dull appearance. Smells of rice, grains, citrus aromas and some mixed vegetables. All very clean aromas, very lite and not much to detect at all. Smells a little sweet as it warms.

Taste/Mouthfeel - Tastes of watered down flavors consisting of rice, grain, corn husk, hints of malt and mixed vegetables. Overall very watery and clean, as in the smell. Not much flavor at all! Mouthfeel is watery, thin and lite bodied with some lively carbonation on the palate. Not a very desirable body for the style.

Drinkability/Final thoughts - I remember having a more flavorful (PBR) in the past. What happened? This time around, no flavor, watery, to lite, and no aroma. It definitely left something to be desired, and I'm frankly a little disappointed. On the other hand, this beer is highly sessionable, easy to toss back a few on a warm day, or drink all night. I think I might go with Bud over this though, just wasn't impressed with this one. I'd pass.

Photo of TheKingofWichita
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Its one of those beers that some people hate and some people love. I'm really in the middle on this one and I can't really choose either way. If I have to drink it I will only drink it cold. If it warms too much it tastes like piss. Some people despise it, but I think they are truly missing the point of it -- its meant to taste the way that it does because it is the 'blue collar' beer. Its not supposed to be the BA beer or the 'rich guys' beer. It is a simple brew and if you don't like it, don't drink it. If you do, then cheers!
Pours a clear yellow color with a two finger white head and a little lacing. Smells of corn, grain, and some sweet malts. Has a pretty good malt character to the taste as well as the slightest undertone of hops. Mouthfeel is fairly thin but the carbonation backs it up and adds a certain smoothness. Drinkability is average.
Bottom line: A pretty cheap average beer.

Photo of Boca-X
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of hurshybear
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of goalie33
2.93/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz can into 15oz mug.
A) Crystal clear, pale straw in color. Large, fizzy, white head quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation.
S) Lager yeast, adjuncts and some malt. Not a bit of hops. Very sweet smell.
T) Sweet taste, but nothing really off-putting. No skunkiness at all. What little taste there is is very light, very watery. A bit of a bubblegum flavor.
M/D) Very light mouthfeel. Slight prickle of carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking beer.

A very non-offensive adjunct lager with slight hints of good flavor. A good beer to have after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, but so is a hefeweizen, and that has a lot more flavor.

Photo of cantfindme
1/5  rDev -65.9%

Photo of Waveoff
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of HoustonTX
3.43/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pale yellow, streams of carbonation flow towards the top of the glass, light frothy head, and small traces of lacing.

S - Smell is ceral malts, and a bit of alchohol pokes through.

T - Taste for an American Macro lager is excellent. Clean malt flushes against the palate, then slight hop bitters pronounces itself halfway through. Ends with a crisp bitter taste. Quite refreshing.

M - Perfectly carbonated and light on the palate.

D - Very drinkable on a summer day.

Definitely one of the best American Macros. Nothing offensive about this beer at all, and much better than 90% of BMC offerings. Give this one a try.

Photo of JohnnyK
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of TheTrevor
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This beer poured alight yellow with a single-finger head that didn't last long with a lot of visible carbonation. The smell is grainy malt that's very typical of the style. The taste is slightly sweetness that doesn't last long with a pretty clean finish. The mouthfeel is watery, but crisp due to the fairly aggressive carbonation. This is a very drinkable beer by design. Not the worst six-pack you can get if you only have $4, but there's definitely a reason it hasn't won an award since 1893.

Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as most everyone knows is a golden yellow like most macros and has a thin white head that quickly disappears leaving some lacing and little retention. I could hardly get any smell from this beer, so not much to be impressed with. The taste starts out with some corn and sweet malts and later get some hops that nicely balance the malts out. A very smooth, crisp and clean finish that makes this one of the very few AAL beers that is tasty and is also satisfying at the same time. A good beer to drink when low on money and in need of one.

Photo of Xzfgiimtsath
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of green_plastic
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of Jesse13713
2.63/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - Two fingers of head atop a clear musty yellow lager. Very transparent and a dirty golden look to it. Decent lacing.

Smell - Light floral notes and hops here. Not much else going on.

Taste - Strong hints of banana. Quite watered down but surprisingly tasty hops.

Mouthfeel / Drinkability - Medium bodied. A very crisp and refreshing taste. Not bad for an American Adjunct Lager. I would prefer Molson Canadian over this, but it is still decent.

Photo of JakeBarnett
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of JohnnyDuvel
2.5/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I don't find anything here that would rate this any better than Bud or Coors. Typical macro-adjunct sweetness, thin and watery. Actually, both Coors and Bud have a more distinctive taste. I would still rank Miller high life as the best of the macros. After two of these, I could feel a headache brewing, and I felt bloated. On to something else, right now!

Photo of dradair
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Arch578
2/5  rDev -31.7%

Photo of zerk
3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours translucent light gold, with a pretty impressive white foam. The foam dissapates and leaves a lace around the glass. Smell leaves something to be desired... mostly corn adjuncts, and a tiny bit of malt. Taste is actually somewhat complex... corn, malt, a little fruity flavor... no hops to speak of. Has a thin mouthfeel, as one would expect, with high carbonation. Not a bad choice if you need a $3 six pack... and better than most American Macro Lagers.

Photo of milkbone_underwear
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of ZachRusk
2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of GoGators
3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Anaxagoris
3.56/5  rDev +21.5%

Photo of slvrmon82
3.88/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I love this beer. This is my hands down cheap beer pong beer. It's not the high quality but the consistency .

a - very crisp and clear with millions of bubbles.

s - Smells sweet with lots of malt hints.

T - Definitely this is sweeter and more enjoyable than the other big 3.

M - Light and easy to drink,

D - I love this beer. This is my party beer of them all. Almost 5 % and only 11.00 a 30 pack.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,744 ratings.