1. The wait is over! Download the BeerAdvocate app on iTunes or Google Play now.
  2. Get 12 issues / year of BeerAdvocate magazine for only $9.99!

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

Not Rated.
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
BA SCORE
69
poor

4,690 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

(view ratings)
Ratings: 4,690
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 38
Gots: 479 | 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:
- 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

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
View: Beers (56) | Events
Beer: Ratings & Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | Likes | High | Low | Top Raters | Read the Alström Bros Beer Reviews and Beer Ratings of Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) Alström Bros
Ratings: 4,690 | Reviews: 1,545 | Display Reviews Only:
Photo of Oshi
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of Caesarr
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of jscheuf
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of OldSmaug
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of screamking
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

16oz tall boy can poured into pint glass.

How does one of the absolute cheapest beers on the market fair in a craft world, not so well. However, taken in context it's a underdog that might surprise. It's not the best looking brew, pale yellow with a thick white head. It smells like a typical macro lager with corn and bread in abundance. The taste is also similar to the other macros, however I feel PBR is the bitterest up front. Really, the thing that seperates this the most is being a couple bucks cheaper than the already dirt cheap macro world.

Photo of Frobot13
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of gatorlove
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of brocktune
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of tmm313
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of mlefebvre7
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of NoBeerSnob
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Feeling rather nostalgic, I ordered a longneck at the local watering hole. Having not had a PBR in about 30 years, I was surprised at the familiarity of the first sip...nothing special here, just a very average brew you can pound-down on the cheap. It definitely helps to have it ice cold, and be really thirsty.

Photo of Scott17taylor
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tommy5
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of rowingbrewer
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of no8
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of JohnBender
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of jtennyson99
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of MJ63
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of Gonzo08
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of beermeister9
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

Photo of ratfink2099
1.86/5  rDev -36.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

Pours that crystal clear pale straw color, with a slight, fizzy head that diminishes instantly with minimal lacing.

I cannot detect much in the nose. A hint of pale malt, and what I can only describe as metallic, starchy corn. There may be a hop in there...

Taste follows suit. This may sound silly, but I feel like I'm drinking Old Style brewed with softened water.

Mouthfeel is exactly what you would expect from an adjunct lager: Fizzy and seltzer-watery.

Overall, this is just another cheap lager that fills the "I can slam a bunch quickly" bill that justifiably lets the rest of the world make fun of American beer. I'm prepared to get flamed for this truth.

Photo of Tthekraut
4.16/5  rDev +41.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pabst has a light blond color that most beers of this type have.

It has a very nice smell. It is not to strong buy smells like your typical grain or hops beer. It is very sweet in smell and is slightly sweet in taste. It has a small head when poured and quickly dissipates.

The mouthful is a tad bit thin and not overly carbonated.

Overall it is a sweet beer that is a very good deal. A 18 pack will run you around 14 or 15 bucks. It's well worth the money and stands out as one of the best cheaper beers. P.B.R. is best on draft or bottle but is just fine out of a can but can have a different taste to some due to the can.

I took a chance when I bought this for the first time but I have made it my favorite "regular" beer. Give the beer its fair chance and you will be surprised.

Photo of Hanby
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bsm80x
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,690 ratings.