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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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4,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,491
Reviews: 1,524
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 30
Gots: 398 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of jasonpeckins32
1.7/5  rDev -42.2%
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!

jasonpeckins32, Feb 15, 2005
Photo of TommyW
3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

My beer of choice for this category. Really an easy drinking and tastes much better than some of the other adjunct lagers out there. Of course, if you can get it on tap, it's always nice and it usually tastes a little fresher, but I like it even out of the can.

TommyW, Nov 02, 2009
4/5  rDev +36.1%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of cwreay90
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

cwreay90, May 31, 2013
Photo of visualmartyr
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

visualmartyr, Apr 24, 2014
Photo of Jesse13713
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.

Jesse13713, Feb 28, 2011
Photo of rob99er
3/5  rDev +2%

rob99er, Jun 29, 2014
Photo of Carpentiere
1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

Carpentiere, May 07, 2014
Photo of hsus0225
3/5  rDev +2%

hsus0225, Dec 10, 2012
Photo of Hockey_Fan
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Hockey_Fan, Oct 07, 2013
Photo of zestd
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

zestd, Feb 04, 2014
Photo of Arch578
2/5  rDev -32%

Arch578, Aug 02, 2014
Photo of JohnnyK
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

JohnnyK, Aug 30, 2014
Photo of gkunkle
2.35/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale yellow color with a white head that quickly recedes to a ring around the glass. Smells of weak malts and alcohol. Taste is very easy going, balanced between a touch of hops and a touch of malt with a little bit of corn thrown in there. It is pretty refreshing and has a clean finish. Has a thin mouthfeel with medium carbonation. Overall, its a fine party beer, but not something I'll choose to drink for taste.

EDIT: Still not sure why this is the official drink of hipsters...

gkunkle, Oct 31, 2010
Photo of Buttermilk
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Buttermilk, Jun 13, 2014
Photo of yokken
2/5  rDev -32%

yokken, Feb 27, 2012
Photo of jmw4437
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

jmw4437, Dec 15, 2012
Photo of Johnroby
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Johnroby, Aug 15, 2013
Photo of BrooklynPanch
2/5  rDev -32%

BrooklynPanch, Jan 21, 2014
Photo of BWH999
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

BWH999, Nov 29, 2013
Photo of Kingcurio
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Kingcurio, May 21, 2013
Photo of dubmax
5/5  rDev +70.1%

dubmax, May 28, 2012
Photo of cam12
1/5  rDev -66%

cam12, Aug 04, 2013
Photo of jeffthecheff
3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

My go-to lager. I don't care what anyone says but this is the best of the style and I never get sick of it. After drinking this for a while, going back to other macro lagers is about impossible.

Appearance is clear gold with a quick fizzy white head. Doesn't stand out against any other lager, but it is good enough for me to want to drink it.

Smell is not spectacular. Same grainy smell as any other of the style. It smells like beer but not as strong as the "others"

Taste is very inoffensive. It has that light crisp taste that fits with the style, but surprisingly more clean than its competitors. There is only a light adjunct flavor here. This tastes good, without considering the price...but when that factors in you must be crazy to have any other preference.

Carbonation is on the heavy side, but its not too bad. It is perfect to go along with the flavors but doesn't contribute to a great mouthfeel. Oh well, thats a sacrifice thats ok with me. Drinkability is incredible. This is my choice
"party beer" for that reason. Taking big sips of this is great, and sessioning this all night is great.

This beer might not be my favorite as a beer and compared to crafts, but its the perfect beer for the most occasions. Chases most food really well, good party beer, and something to drink while watching sports/TV/movies. I'm also broke right now so this is always in my fridge.

jeffthecheff, Nov 25, 2008
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,491 ratings.