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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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1,619 Reviews

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Reviews: 1,619
Hads: 5,133
Avg: 3.01
pDev: 44.19%
Wants: 59
Gots: 963 | 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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Photo of plaid75
3.18/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On draft at Sweeney's, Garden City, New York.

Poured a clear light straw hue with a two finger foamy white head. There was goodretention and lacing.

The smell featured a lightly sweet adjunct grain with a mild floral hop.

The taste was rich for the style with a full adjunct graininess and balancing hop.

The mouthfeel was toward the fuller side of the style.

Overall tasty for a macro.

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Photo of JohnGalt1
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

According to my BA profile... this is review #1000... wow. Why review PBR? I was going to do something epic and "white whale", but generally, I am holding all of those cellar collection bottles to share with my Boise homeboys. Honestly, I am reviewing PBR, because bottle for bottle, can for can, I drink more PBR than any other beer. Sierra Nevada Pale and Jubelale probably outweigh it lately, but that's just because the Chevron near my house has screaming deals better than any place in town... so anyway... enough philosophizing.. on to the brew.

24 oz huge tall-boy can picked up at Maverick for about $2.... poured into my Delirium goblet. Surprising 2 finger head... slinks back to a pretty descent cap... leaving nice drapes of white lace... the brew is polished pale gold.

Nose is grainy pale malts.. very clean.. hints of spicy hops??? probably in my imagination.

Flavor is every bit what you expect, but still somehow good/great for the style... a touch of sulfur reminds me how hard really pale clean lagers can be to make.

Body is light and carbonation is medium high... drinkablility is only a notch or two below water... Really great on 100+ days pushing the lawnmower or hanging out at the Symposion and playing Golden Tee.. but really.. for the most part, I must stop drinking this crap at home.

For what it is... it is good.. that said, I always say that "I am done drinking Pabst." If I do drink it, I drink too much and I'm not sure, but my intestines might have an allergy to the blue ribbon. :-)

With out a doubt... this is my favorite Macro... is this all grain?? any adjuncts?


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Photo of jdhilt
2.27/5  rDev -24.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a four-fingered white head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is honey, very one-dimensional, hops are hidden, works as a lawn mower beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

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

(Served in a dimple mug)

A- This beer pours a crystal clear bright yellow body with a strong carbonation of tiny bubbles. There is a egg shell colored bubbly head that last for a short bit.

S- The smell of dry sulfury pale malt has a slight green hop aroma and a faint field corn note that comes through as it warms.

T- The taste of dry raw grain is crisp with a sulfur spice note that has a slight sweetness to it similar to the taste of a good Kolsch. That soft sweetness blends to the green noble finish.

M- This beer has a light mouthfeel and a tight fizzy finish.

D- Wow I was expecting this to be a punishment to my taste buds but it was actually refreshing. The smooth light flavor had some nice balance and some interesting notes to it. I would order this in a bar if they didn't have any better beer, as opposed to just going for the gin.

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Photo of LiquidAmber
3.13/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a shaker pint glass. Pours a pale yellow with a gold tint. A finger and a half of white head with good retention and lacing. Aroma of malt, cereal, light malt; light mineral and a hint of skunk (odd from a brown bottled beer). Pleasant flavor of biscuit malt, sweet wheat and light finishing hops. No evidence of mineral or skunk from the aroma. Flavor is light to moderate and well balanced for its style. Light bodied, as expected. A pleasant surprise for an adjunct lager. If I'm ever trapped in no-craft-beer purgatory, I will pick this up.

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Photo of flagmantho
2.88/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16oz pounder into a Pilsner glass. I've had plenty of PBR in my day, I'm glad I've finally gotten 'round to reviewing it.

Appearance: very light, pale golden hue with lots of effervescence and three fingers of fluffy white head. Not great, but middle of the road for the style.

Smell: your basic wet grain aroma. It is pretty light though, which isn't such a bad thing, and it is not terribly offensive as beers like this tend to be.

Taste: extremely light flavor, but again, not much to be offended by. There's slightly more malt than grain flavor, and there does appear to be a little bit of an earthy hop bitterness toward the end. It's light, but I feel like it's there. You could do a hell of a lot worse.

Mouthfeel: very light, watery body with not much to recommend it. Carbonation seems low and there's nothing interesting going on in the sensation area. Easily the worst part about this beer.

Drinkability: not half bad for an adjunct lager without a lot of flavor. I'm actually finding this beer rather refreshing; I'm sure I'll have still more tailgating tomorrow.

I know it's not advocacy to consider "cold" a good flavor in a beer, but it seems to go well with the one and only PBR.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.04/5  rDev +1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had a PBR recently at a party after not drinking this for years and years and I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. Has a decent head without a lot of retention or lacing. Clear and yellow colored. The nose was probably the worst aspect of this beer; there was just something unpleasant about it that I couldn’t quite put my finger on. Grassy, corn aroma, vaguely bitter, slightly skunky and rotten.

The taste was actually pretty good, much better than the standard AAL, BMC flavor by a good margin. Lightly sweet, a touch of bitter grassy hops, adjuncts aren’t too overpowering. Nothing too big or interesting but easy to drink and fairly pleasant to boot. Clean and crisp. Mouthfeel was light with a dry finish.

I’m not gonna grab a PBR if any sort of decent craft is offered instead but I’d definitely drink this one before a bud, coors, or miller to be sure. Hey, you could do worse!

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.76/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From tap to shaker glass at Fast Eddie's on 4/29/11
*From notes

A: Caffine induced urine in color. .5 finger head, zero lacing.

S: Boiled corn husk.

T: Sweet green apple, canned corn and cereal grains. Zero alcohol is detected by my palate.

M: Like butter - it's just slick and slides right on down my gullet.

O: When in Rome. While sitting in a pool bar next to the mechanical bull I figured, "What the hell?" I slipped into hipster mode and ordered up an ice cold PBR.

This certainly isn't the first macro I reach for, but it's one of the better session AAL's out there. If you're in the mood for an adjunct, you could certainly do a hell of a lot worse.

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Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.68/5  rDev -11%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours pale golden with a medium crystal-white light head that sonks quickly, leaving no lacings.

S: Rice and some bitterness. But this is light. Smells a bit like white soft bread.

T: Rice and artificial bitterness. Some citric notes. Candy-like sweetness, marzipan is usually not a quality sign.

M: Short and very sweet aftertaste, perhaps with some toasted notes. Body is light to medium, while carbonation is rich, but rather smooth.

O: An Adjunct lager is a light experience, this one is a little more interesting than most.

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Photo of tone77
3.06/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From a 12 oz. can . Pours a pale yellow color with a 1 inch head. Smells of corn and malts. Taste is crisp,some malts finishes somewhat bitter, not bad but not full of flavor. Feels watery in the mouth. It is fairly drinkable, good for drinking games. The best thing about this beer is the price tag.

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

24oz tallboy can obtained as part of BIF 13 from Qarre. Thanks for the opportunity, I think...

Gave it a shot at fame by pouring it into an imperial pint glass, where it formed a 1" white head over the clear light golden/yellow brew. Head is short-lived, but lasted longer than I expected, lacing is somewhat minimal, yet still better than I expected again. Aroma is minimal, and what is present is generic "beer", the lightest of malts with balancing nondescript hops. Nothing replusive, however, and that's always noteworthy.

Taste is upfront sweet adjunct presence, with the slightest of crispness at the outset. The main observation I am presented with is "watery". Mouthfeel and drinkability are both okay for the style. Fits the 3 average for me: the only negatives are lacks of positives. Good for mowing the lawn, which I will be doing momentarily.

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Photo of beertunes
1.87/5  rDev -37.9%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

I poured some Hipster Deluxe into a glass to evaluate the visual components, drank the rest from the can like one of the cool kids. Poured a clear urine yellow with a sharp white head that immediately dissipated, leaving no lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with grain and grass most prominent, not totally bad smelling. The flavor was very neutral, almost no flavor of any kind. I was expecting corn, grass or grain of some sort. Maybe that's why so many drink this beer, it has no flavor.

As expected the body was nearly non-existent. The beer was very drinkable, in the same way water is. Avoid this beer.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This is probably my favorite budget priced american adjunct lager to date, still it isn't something to get too excited about. Color is light golden, head is average-sized and foamy. The aroma is of sweet macro smell, very typical. The taste has more depth than other adjuncts I've had, grain and hops are more apparent. The overall strong point of the taste is a grainy sweetness. This is very drinkable and well worth the very low price for a 12 pack. Hands down this is my money saver beer choice.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.33/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

From the 24 fl. oz. can marked JUN1410-F08011537. Sampled on Aug. 30, 2010. Presentation: the omnipresent blue ribbon splashed across the can with a carbonated yellow pour and a good half-inch head that sticks around for a few minutes. The aroma is corny and grassy with a faint maltiness and fresh but thin hoppiness. The taste is a great traditional adjunct lager with corn, rice, and a faint bite of hops to perk your senses. When you want to have a BEER beer, PBR is the way to go.

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Photo of DrJay
3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Crystal clear and light yellow in colour, sort of a dull hue considering the clarity. Fizzy white foam dissipated quickly, but left a thin collar and skim of fine bubbles lingering atop the beer. Grainy, sweet aroma, a bit of creamed corn, no discernible hops. Low bitterness with a combination of sweetness and spicy hops throughout. Light bodied, ample carbonation, fairly dry. I have no complaints here - it's easy to drink, not complex, but with more flavour than most of its competitors. Overall, it's a good example of the style.

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

Best by May 23, 2011.

Straw gold pour with a small head of foam, initial lacing is okay.

Corny and grainy smell, some sweet notes but not much in the way of bitterness.

Corn is in the flavour with grain, mild sweetness, milder bitterness. Nothing offensive and surely quaffable. This is the first time I've had PBR in bottles in years. I think I prefer it in cans..

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Photo of cjgator3
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12oz can poured into a pint glass. Pours a faint straw yellow color with a large with head and lively carbonation rising to the top. Not much going on in the nose except for some grain and some faint hops. The taste is much like the smell in that it is pretty clean and crisp. Not much going on in the smell or taste, but it is one of the better macro lagers. I would take this over the "Big 3" any day on both taste and price.

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

355ml can poured into pint glass mar27 2011

A clear straw yellow with decent carbonation feeding a short lived finger of lace that leaves no lace

S sweet corny malt and not much else

T mimics the smell, not much going on but at least its not offensive

M slightly slick fairly thin and far from flat

O just you average brew, not much going on but easy enough to drink

a dirt cheap single what more can I say

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

Pours a pale yellow, very clear, small white head forms and goes real fast, no lacing. Smell is sweet and honeylike, with some grass and citrus. Taste is sweet malt up front, with citrus and grass hops in the finish. Mouthfeel is light and carbonation is high. Perfect swill beer for watching hockey.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.59/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Quite pale and transparant. Piss yellow. Clear. Thin ivory white head. Lacing is minimal. Nice nose on this beer for the style. Grainy and sweet. That's a given. But also some light bready malts and hay like tones in the background. Crisp and somewhat agressive carbonation. Light to light-medium in body. Sweet, grainy tones hit the palate first. Agreeable maltiness. Not a lot of depth, but a decent macro. And a good enough quencher in the summer.

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Photo of pat61
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

One of my first beers. Its an easy beer to start with because it clean and crisp and refreshing. Its fizzy with little flavor, little in to offend anyone and little to recommend it.

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Photo of Beerandraiderfan
2.94/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Consumed right in the heart of Milwaukee's East Side, the Skidmark, er Landmark Lanes. Pours all yellow like it has nobody to impress. Smell, more of that typical Miller old stale couch with beer spilled on it smell that is somehow getting kitcsch value points for memories or something.

Taste is enhanced by a decent yeast strain that is marginally sweet. Minimal hop presence, probably something like East Kent Goldings or Glacier. Those seem to be always used when you can't taste much hops. Mouthfeel, meh. But, hey this stuff is very drinkable, they get better the more you have.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

24 ounce can, best by date of April 25, 2011 printed on the bottom of the can. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a clear light gold color with an inch and a half frothy white head. Head retention and lacing are both OK. Aroma is mostly sweet and grainy malt, and a bit of corn and grassy hops. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, except that I don't pick up any hop flavors. No offensive aromas or flavors that I notice. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's thin and a bit watery. It's also well carbonated. Drinkability is good, it goes down pretty easy. For the style, it's a decent brew. I've certainly tried much worse! Not bad for $1.49 a can.

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

500ML can poured into a pint glass

Appearance - pours a pale golden yellow with a fair size head that can be achieved by an aggressive pour. Seems to have a fair amount of carbonation. Minimal lacing.

Smell - breads and grains, hops and yeast.

Taste & Mouth - Lots of carbonation comes through, some hops and barley. Slight citrus/floral notes.

Drink - For the price, this beer isn't half bad. Not something I'd drink all the time, but decent in a pinch.

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Photo of bark
3.23/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Labled as ”Export” at 4.5 % ABV. Brewed in Milwaukee.

The colour is straw yellow (4 EBC), the liquid is clear. The four finger head is white and airy. It sinks rather quickly leaving no lacing.

The smell is a bit sweet with artificial bitter hints. Quite a lot of French loaf.

The taste is surprisingly light. Some hints of almonds and marzipan. Perhaps some alcohol and a very delicate sweetness. Low body. The aftertaste is mild, almost nonexistent. I get some fragile bitterness and a hint of marzipan when I really force my taste buds.

The carbonation is strong; the bubbles large and sharp. The liquid is surprisingly smooth given how light this beer is.

Well. It isn’t much flavour here, but on the other hand there are on off-flavours either.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
70 out of 100 based on 1,619 ratings.