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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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4,073 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,073
Reviews: 1,485
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.49%
Wants: 20
Gots: 227 | 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 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
Photo of CMOrak


3/5  rDev +2%

01-19-2013 21:09:16 | More by CMOrak
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
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Alberta (Canada)

3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

05-25-2014 16:49:47 | More by Beervana
Photo of WiserBud

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

05-08-2014 02:04:59 | More by WiserBud
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2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a pale straw color with a small white head.
Smells like grainy sweet corn syrup and surpisingly, a whiff of hops.
Grainy sweet flavor, but more in an adjunct way. There was a hop bitterness, albeit a mild one. Finishes crisp and tangy.
Light bodied with a thin, pallid mouthfeel. The carbonation level wasn't bad.
The light, crisp finish leads to decent drinkibility in the right circumstances, i.e. real hot weather and not a lot of beer choices.
This is actually the first PBR I've ever had. Can't say whether I like it better than the big three or not because I haven't had them in eons and don't really remember what they taste like. Maybe one day I'll try them all again just for kicks...but probably not!

Serving type: bottle

05-01-2004 00:30:56 | More by rkhaze
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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
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

04-15-2012 23:44:12 | More by tln13
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North Carolina

3/5  rDev +2%

12-11-2011 02:05:03 | More by VaterRoss
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

08-05-2012 03:54:53 | More by Doyle
Photo of SometimesIfart


3.3/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon...The ultimate party beer. Bought a 6 pack for $4.97 at my local Meijer. It basically looks like your average American beer, Smells the same, But has a better flavor. Pabst is probably the easiest " Cheap " beer to drink. And at less than $18 for a 30 pack, You really cannot go wrong with it unless you're an uptight Aristocratic beer reviewer, In which case you should probably avoid it. The taste simply reminds me of Labatt Blue, However with a slight grape aftertaste, And somewhat less smooth

Serving type: bottle

06-04-2012 04:17:11 | More by SometimesIfart
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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
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2.63/5  rDev -10.5%
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.

Serving type: bottle

02-28-2011 18:48:18 | More by Jesse13713
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

06-29-2013 01:39:16 | More by tabascosigned
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

05-30-2013 23:37:16 | More by cwreay90
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New York

2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Want a good beer for a great price?

Bulls eye

This badboy offers light carbonation with a good soft taste

A good classic beer. Hardly a snell. But the smell is nasty. But the beet does deliver a good bold taste.

It is still weak and a bit soapy, but good to go

Serving type: bottle

06-25-2013 00:14:28 | More by longisland1983
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3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 24 ounce can into a Pilsner glass. Very tasty on a hot day. Sweet, corny taste. Nice and cold this is a favorite. For the price it is a classic. Don't look for anything special just expect a solid great American made classic. This beer flows down on a hot day.

Serving type: can

08-10-2009 21:17:40 | More by mtnbikerpa
Photo of Dools9


3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pint Can into a Tumbler...

A: Pale gloden yellow, finger of soapy, bright white head that fades quickly. Lots of active carbonation, typical for the style.

S: Sweet corn, grains, very light floral hop whiff. Slightest skunk and metallic smell.

T: Sweet cereal grains, corn and a bit metalic. Faint floral hop bitterness, dry, clean finish.

M: Light bodied, prickly carbonation. Smooth, a little watery and refreshing, very good drinkability.

O: Better than anything BMC puts out, a classic american lager. A good sessioner and not half bad tasting. Local watering hole has this for a buck a pint so when im low on dough, I guzzle a few and feel patriotic.

Serving type: can

03-02-2012 20:13:07 | More by Dools9
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

06-21-2012 21:13:04 | More by Chrixsus
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3/5  rDev +2%

05-21-2014 01:23:02 | More by sebaastionb
Photo of Southernbrew


3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Usual macro yellow.

Smells like you would expect, some corn, a little grain.

Smooth taste, medium body. Do I detect hops? Maybe a little. Slight sweetness but very crisp. A little bitterness in the finish.

This is my second big name lager of the night, and to be honest, I really enjoy it. This beats Bud, Miller, whatever hands down. If you're looking for easy drinking, cheap beer, give one a try. Or if you're on a college budget like me.

Serving type: bottle

04-22-2004 02:03:25 | More by Southernbrew
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

01-03-2012 08:34:41 | More by Antnyd82
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,073 ratings.