Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) | Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Pabst Brewing Company
California, United States | website

Style: American Adjunct Lager

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.74%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
- 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

Added by BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

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Reviews: 1,651 | Ratings: 5,270
Photo of thebeerman25
3.99/5  rDev +32.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 4.5

appearance-clear, carbonated, golden

smell-smells alot different than the budweisers or coors banquets and i really like it. doesnt smell hoppy at all but smells pretty good

taste-best tasting beer ive ever had. even when warm this beer tastes good. no noticable hops or anything like that but i think the corn gives it a good taste as well.

feel- feels like any other big corporate beer.

overall-best tasting beer ive had. definatly recomend anyone to try it.

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

Listen--this isn't a great beer. BUT, it is the best of its breed. American Macro Lagers are expected to be light-colored and virtually flavorless, with little-to-no hop aroma. And this dive-bar classic does it without making you feel like you're drinking a Men's-Room Special. The body is slightly more full, more malt-driven than your Bud or Miller varieties, and it delivers a surprisingly complex (albeit slight), clean, almost-citrus like finsh that at least gives you some indication that you've just taken a sip of something other than water. Add in the nostalgia factor (which is no small part) and you're looking at a classic American brew that definitely has a time and a place to be enjoyed. Appreciate it for what it is, my friends.

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

Average.threes across the board. is that bad? nope. not to me.
most of the offerings from B/M/C wouldn't get a two out of me.
as mass produced canned lager goes, PBR is still one of the best of a bad bunch. it won't make you do backflips for joy at the wonder of it, but it's a good cheap drinkable cookout beer.

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Photo of Blake
2.25/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an okay beer. Red White and Blue can = Patriotic. But I think budweiser takes the crown for that category.

Pretty boring taste although very smooth and easy going down. Not too many hops, most beer lovers I think would not love this beer but it is better than other more common lagers.

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Photo of Ryanthebear
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz can while watching football on a Sunday afternoon.

Appearance - Pale yellow, with a white head that fades quickly.

Aroma - Not much there, some corn and mild grassy hops.

Taste - Clean, some bitterness.

Mouthfeel - Light, crisp, and refreshing. Definitely the highlight of this beer.

Overall, nothing complex here. But it is one of my favorite American adjunct lagers, and you can't beat the price ($2/can at this game day spot).

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Photo of runesead
2.96/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Good cheap beer.

APP: Light yellow with decent head retention for a light beer

SML: There is no unique smell. It smells like any other light beer, subtle and bland.

TST: Surprisingly tasty. Despite cheap and light, it has a deeper and more complex malty taste than most light beers.

MTH: Decent aftertaste that does not invade the senses. Refreshing.

DRK: As good from the first sip to the last.

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Photo of KJay1408
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a nice straw color, with about a fingers worth of head that disappears way to soon. In my opinion it looks good for an Adjunct Lager.

S: Pretty typical malt and cereal grain smell

T: A bit of a let down, A bit of sweetness, a hint of malt and grain, I think I tasted a hop...one hop in a Sixteen ounce can. It's just a hair above Bud for flavor.

M: Light bodied, very light bodied, just a hair above water.

O: I'm rather disappointed, don't get me wrong I wasn't hoping for craft brew quality, but I was hoping for a decent beer. PBR is barely above Budweiser as far a brews go. Oh well pretty average for an adjunct lager.

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Photo of josh692
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

For the price you could definitely do much worse. It's easy to drink, with a sweet malt flavor and a slightly bitter after taste. Not the most flavorful beer, but not as bad a many beers in the same price range. Not bad for a hot summer day or if u are planning on consuming at least several beers in one siting,

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Photo of Brodirt
3.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rediscovered this old friend on tap at a new local BBQ place and I have been enjoying it in cans with BBQ since. Average american canned lager that somehow tastes better then Bud or Miller. Maybe it is just warm memories of my good old high school days.

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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.

Notes:
-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

appearance
light gold in color. medium carbonation.

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

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

mouthfeel
light and clean. standard lager.

overall
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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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,651 ratings.