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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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4,132 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,132
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 260 | FT: 1
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.

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Photo of umustdrink


2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A - Pours a fluffy head and actually retains longer than I thought it would have. Clear urine color with not much going on in the glass in terms of carbonation. No lace.

S - Smell is very faint but to me it smells a little bit like chlorine, minus the burn.

T - Light taste of corn and a little malt, slightly sweet.

M - Light and crisp.

D - This has always been my macro of choice.

Serving type: can

01-14-2007 00:57:37 | More by umustdrink
Photo of danipp

New Jersey

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

07-15-2012 20:40:45 | More by danipp
Photo of jadpsu


3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Head foams up quite big then quickly dissipates, a glass swirl brings little or no head replenishing. Clear pale golden yellow hue.

Smell: Nothing sweet nothiced but maybe there are some grassy hops to note along with a touch of strained hops.

Taste: Light body and thin, somewhat crisp with etectable carbonation. Just a touch of hops, with a dry finish. .

Notes: Back in 1974 to 1977 I lived in Meadville Pa. My next door neighbor had the area distributorship for PBR and for those three years that was my beer. Have only had it a few times in the last two decades. I have been buying some of the more expensive brews lately (to both enjoy and rate on this site)and my wallet needed relief so I saw this at $10.99 a case and grabbed one.
Jason said:
A perfect change up when things get a bit tedious and want to drink a simple beer, (well put).

Serving type: can

03-29-2008 22:20:15 | More by jadpsu
Photo of moulefrite


2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

One of this countries stellar cheap and good mass produced brews. The can ssssuuuuckssss-but, in the bottle, this fella can do you proud-especially if on a budget. The only problem is if you drink more than three, get ready for a headache that will take you back to high school in a hurry! Worth a retry, but I'm not going to strain to come up with more info as I think the beer would get mad at me.

Serving type: bottle

07-07-2003 18:14:58 | More by moulefrite
Photo of SpecialK088


2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass

Typical american macro nothing of suprise here

Same as the look except for the fact that I dont get that funky skunked nose out of it that i get from alot of others

This is the suprise, while you can tell fully its a macro it has more flavor, hell you can even taste a little of the hops and barly

Mouth is pretty good as well good carbonation level and a little heavier for a macro, about a medium body

Lawn mowing and golfing i could drink this anytime, OH! and floating on the river in need of some good cheap beer to bring along

Serving type: can

07-19-2009 00:19:54 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of mttdls

New York

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

09-19-2012 17:57:26 | More by mttdls
Photo of scaliasux


3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - About average. Good golden color, but the head is fizzy and excessively short-lived. No lacing.

Smell - Light sweet, adjuncty odor. Nothing too off, nothing too distinctive.

Taste - Quite sweet. Very crisp and watery. Just a touch of adjuncty malty beer flavor. Because the taste is noticeable and not overly poor, this beer ranks slightly better than most macros.

Mouthfeel - Light but very highly carbonated, i.e. tangy and fizzy.

Drinkability - Smooth and light. If I were only choosing beers from this particular group, PBR would come before most. Probably not a bad choice for a night of heavy drinking.

I'm pretty sure that it's time for the folks at Pabst to move on. If the label on my beer is to be believed, Pabst was selected as "America's Best" in 1893. (Was there some sort of great beer shortage that year?) Now tradition is all well and good, but food quality awards were never meant to be bandied about over 100 years after given.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2005 00:48:54 | More by scaliasux
Photo of dbalsock


2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

App: Large white head sits upon a pale straw body. Looks to have huge carbonation, but the head doesn't stay long.

Smell: Ligh corny smell, maybe a note of hops. There's a sharp smell too, like funky yeast, but it's all light despite not being very attractive.

Taste: Very corn based in sweetness, like it was brewed entirely with corn. A little yeast biproduct in the taste that I try not to smell as I take a sip.

Mouthfeel: Crisp and boring.. but at least it's crisp.

Drinkability: This could be drinkable if it was less funny tasting, but it's not very drinkable even for a macro lager, becuase it tastes funny.

Serving type: can

01-28-2008 05:43:50 | More by dbalsock
Photo of MouthfulOfchris


3/5  rDev +2%

05-07-2012 14:54:35 | More by MouthfulOfchris
Photo of edwardkersh


1/5  rDev -66%

01-17-2012 20:09:33 | More by edwardkersh
Photo of gutbuster


3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

05-13-2012 02:47:48 | More by gutbuster
Photo of MikalMick


2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

07-06-2012 02:54:13 | More by MikalMick
Photo of JuliusCaesar

New Hampshire

2/5  rDev -32%

06-24-2014 19:06:29 | More by JuliusCaesar
Photo of Jho3325


3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

11-20-2013 04:47:58 | More by Jho3325
Photo of DESTRO


3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer is cheap. dirt cheap. whenever i go skating, to the sand dunes, or i am doing yard work this is my beer. it tastes damn good, is light and crisp and is easy on the wallet. great for beating the las vegas heat and a great way to wash down bbq.

Serving type: bottle

06-29-2003 23:41:34 | More by DESTRO
Photo of McStagger


2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hipster-tastic. Always imitated, often duplicated.

A: According to the can, this beer was America's best in 1893. Oh, and it expires on November 11th. Hard pour leads to two and a third (estimate) finger of slightly off white foam. The foam is not long of this earth and rapidly dissipates. Carbonation is lively. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Cereal goodness. Touch of grassy hops in the nose as well.

T: To be honest, I don't find the flavors to be all that impressive. There's the adjunct cereal, a touch more of the grassy hops and maybe a tiny bit lemon citrus on the end. The finish is all adjunct. Everything seems very muted. The flavors are thin and watery. Not to the level of BMC, but not a whole lot better.

O: The flagship retro lager pales in comparison to other examples of the style. Punch the next hipster you see in the grill and ask why his kind couldn't have made Schlitz their beer of choice.

M: Middle of the pack.

M: Standard adju

Serving type: can

10-03-2011 06:50:52 | More by McStagger
Photo of diamondc


3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Found a 12 pack for $5. Figured what the hell ...

A: Typical AAL appearance .. with some nice head and lacing! I'm surprised.

S: Smells like white bread and faint whiffs of canned corn.

T: Some hints of honey in there, can't taste any hops. Its very close to water.

M: Refreshing when drunk cold.

O: Decent swill to pound back when you maxed out your credit card, find some change inside your couch and find the pack in the clearance aisle of your favorite supermarket.

Serving type: can

04-30-2011 06:34:19 | More by diamondc
Photo of brewmudgeon


3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

head is the fluffiest and merangueiest of any macro lager i've seen, although there are of course some bubbles in there the size of your fist. persistent cap, some lace. the usual pale golden color, similar to old mil, darker than bud.
smell is of dank barley malt (almost like barley soup), some alc, maybe some rice? not detecting corn at the moment. suggestion of grassy/possibly spicy hop in very small amounts.
taste, well what it isn't is as important as what it is, especially when you want a beer you can buy cheap by the case and use in just about any situation without getting sick of it. it's not corny (e.g. old mil), not too sour (e.g. bud can be), not crazy carbonated (e.g. a lot of them). the finish is crisp and short, and the aftertaste and afterburp are neutral, barleylike, and oh so slightly bitter. pretty nice really.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2008 00:54:17 | More by brewmudgeon
Photo of beerprovedwright


3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

One finger head of frothy white foam which stuck around for about 1.5 minutes, leaving a broken but cling lace. Color is a 4 on the SRM beer color chart. Smell is muted, corn, wheat, barley. Taste is a little harsh, flavors of corn, and wheat in the forefront, with a sweetness and citrus lingering. Better than water in my mouth, quite a bit of carbonation. Good for a party where you don't have lots of funds to buy better beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2010 23:45:59 | More by beerprovedwright
Photo of Sachsenfreude


3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance; clear pale yellow with active carbonation and a nice white head theat dissipates to a thick film, leaving no lacing.

smell; some metallic, bitter hops with a solid malty backbone with a hint of sweet corn.

taste; not bad, pretty watery at first but some slick hops pop up, a little bit grainy with a solid malt finish. Some sweeter notes of corn in there blend nicely with the malts.

mouthfeel; very smooth and drinkable with a crisp finish. Cleanses the palate leaving little to no residual feeling on the palate.

overall; I must start by saying that I don't care much for this beer but considering the style, I am more than impressed...

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2011 02:50:54 | More by Sachsenfreude
Photo of jkn09


2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-08-2013 19:39:25 | More by jkn09
Photo of fullsweep

United Kingdom (England)

2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Had to try this one when I went to see Southern Culture on the Skids in Dayton, OH. It just seemed like the thing to do. It's not the worth beer I've ever had, but it's not the best either. It's not really even good. Just a watered-down American lager.

Serving type: can

12-05-2008 22:21:06 | More by fullsweep
Photo of ScubaSteve00


3/5  rDev +2%

01-02-2012 17:44:40 | More by ScubaSteve00
Photo of Klebe


2/5  rDev -32%

06-20-2014 16:30:07 | More by Klebe
Photo of Jacob007

New Hampshire

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

07-04-2013 13:05:17 | More by Jacob007
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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