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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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4,805 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,805
Reviews: 1,597
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 619 | 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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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

Photo of BoitSansSoif
3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A-Poured into snifter (probably overkill for a PBR). Nice straight golden hue. Very little head and no retention to speak of.
S-Sweet corn, faint hops, clean malt. Not too interesting, but simple with nothing wrong.
T-Corn w/light malt and faint hops in finish.
M-Very light body...carbonation puckers the taste buds. Nice dryness and very clean.
D-Hands down favorite macro. There is nothing impressive about this beer, but it's just plain decent, and delivers a solid,simple taste that sates the palate when you don't want anything complicated.

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

Photo of Ian_B
2.58/5  rDev -11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Photo of Blueribbon666
3.7/5  rDev +26.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed many, many times over the years and formally reviewed here for the first time as it is my king of the cheapy's IMO and I've been going back and reviewing some of my favorite old man brews of yore that I've put off while reviewing craft and import beers. Poured from 12oz can into pilsner glass for the purposes of this formal review for an informal brew. Pale straw yellow color pours a fluffy head of about and inch or so if you let it and you enjoy that sort of thing. Usual suspects smell wise for an american adjunct lager, corn mostly and mild sourness of yeast and bread. Taste is sweeter then most and goes down easy and finishes clean though their is that bit of aal funk to it as well. An obvious choice for a session beer, good and cheap no matter if it's can, bottle or draft and IMO creates a better buzz then High Life over the course of a session/night out. This was the standard american adjunct lager I came to enjoy over the usual BMC stuff thanks to dive bars, rock clubs and using it as the main ingredient in flaming Dr. Pepper shots at parties and not wanting to throw away the rest of the can when no one else would volunteer to finish the remains not used in the shot. Also great for making up beer bread and beer can chicken. I prefer the can to the bottle or the draft, both of which seem a bit more watery and rather tasteless where the can seems to have a bit more and the metallic taste IMO adds something as crazy as that sounds. Snobs and hipster's be damned, I enjoy this blue ribbon devil of cheapness.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Carpentiere
1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

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1.75/5  rDev -40.3%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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!

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.01/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Hmm, is this beer or water? I wonder...

Pours like seltzer, with the slightest tinge of pee. Smells like seltzer, with the slightest tinge of pee as well. Taste is rather nonexistent. It is impressively smooth, no skunk from this macro. But, the smoothness is so easy to create if there is no TASTE. However, I could down probably 2x the number of these than any other beer. Overall, I'd pick this over all the other macros if I'm playing beer pong.

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of BBP
3.07/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- A very clear gold to pale color with high carbonation. Head is at par. Looked bland from the lack of color or depth.

S- Cereal grains and wheat lead the way. Bready malts as well.

T- Mostly the same as the smell. Somewhat crisp. I'm not fond of the aftertaste though.

M- Watery and smooth. Goes down easy.

D- Inexpensive and easy to down enough. Worth the money and a good choice for cheap beer.

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1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

Photo of Luigi
3.15/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Straw yellow color and a small bubbley head. Lots of bubbles from carbonation. Smells like grassy grain and some faint hops. Has a very clean grainy malt with a faint hop background. Some sweetness from malts, but over all very thirst quinching. Very clean finish.This beer is a much better pick over the big three. A better quality American lager for a much less of a price. Pairs well with any kind of red meat!

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,805 ratings.