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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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BA SCORE
69
poor

3,703 Ratings
THE BROS
83
good

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Ratings: 3703
Reviews: 1468
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 24.41%


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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FrozenJoe

Arizona

3.48/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance
PBR pours with a large head. As the head deflates it leaves good lacing that sticks around. Many lively bubbles. Clear. Straw yellow color. A fluffy, inviting brew.

Smell
Some corn and bread. Faint floral hops. A little harsh and tangy. Not terrible, but not that good either.

Taste
The flavor profile of PBR is heavy on corn. Its sweet. There are mild floral hops in this beer! It tastes like a higher quality version of Miller High Life. Too much corn. But the hops are a very pleasant surprise.

Mouthfeel
Good carbonation. Almost medium bodied. Satisfying. Mild dry finish that lingers with the floral hops and sweet corn.

Overall
Pretty good. It tastes like there is a lot of corn in here. But its done in a way that is not harsh or really that bad. The mild floral hop flavor really sets this beer apart from its peers in this category. This is a decent beer at a great price.

Serving type: can

01-22-2014 23:28:27 | More by FrozenJoe
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iheartmyTHO

Georgia

3.53/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon has a beloved spot in my heart. Are there far better beers out there? Sure. But when I want something that is just super easy to drink and is readily available, PBR works perfectly. It was my go to beer when I was in college. I could get a 12 pack of bottles for $4.99 at CVS, which is a fantastic deal.

As far as cheap beers (Miller, Budweiser, Coors, etc) are concerned, it's probably one of the better ones. There is some flavor and slight bit of hops in PBR and it doesn't just taste like watered down beer.

Serving type: can

01-18-2014 18:57:42 | More by iheartmyTHO
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MarkoNm

Slovenia

3.38/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Finally got this one.
Poured out with a clear and golden color. It was topped with about two fingers of white head which immediately set down to a small lacing.
There is some grainy hops aroma present, but it's very gentle.
The beginning was somewhat bitter-sweet (hard to pinpoint really), followed by a pleasant and light body. It finished with a just a slight bitterness.
A very nice, drinkable and refreshing beer, that also offers enough taste. One of the better one from its homeland.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2014 12:42:33 | More by MarkoNm
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Aaron_Ramson

California

3.61/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pale straw in color with a foamy, frothy white cap. Nose is vegetal, corn husk, barely discernible noble hop aroma detected. Goes down extremely smooth with sweet corn being the dominant flavor, graininess is smooth and soft, no hops in flavor but then again I didn't expect any. Highly carbonated with a medium thin mouthfeel. Let's be real; this is damn tasty beer that snobs refuse to credit. If you're part of the crowd that only responds to Heady Topper, Founder's Breakfast, or Bourbon County, then enjoy your craft beer supremacy. As for me, I'll take a PBR any day of the week and twice on Sundays. The best cheap all-American lager on the market.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2014 19:52:06 | More by Aaron_Ramson
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LordBeardman

Michigan

2.95/5  rDev 0%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

I just want to say straight off the bat that PBR is my favorite of the cheap beers. I feel like a lot of the lighter cheaper bears really lack any flavor at all while PBR at least has a little bit of flavor.

That being said PBR pours a watery yellow. Like a pee after a night of drinking. (Not the morning after, that would be much to dark. The smell is that of a beer smelling beer. The flavor is like that of a light beer, but you add the taste of the aforementioned urine to the lager, to flavor. The mouthfeel is that of a a PBR. I don't see why you need me to tell you this. Who hasn't had a PBR at one point or another?

Serving type: can

01-10-2014 04:38:23 | More by LordBeardman
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utopiajane

New York

3.19/5  rDev +8.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours golden yellow with plenty of bubbles that flourish and create a soapy head of white foam that falls quickly but leaves splotchy lace. Leaves a ring and thin cap throughout the drink and has pristine clarity. Nose is sweet grain and grass. A faint sweetness from corn syrup and a bit of a sour smell from yeast.. There is soft powdery sweetness on the nose of this beer as it warms.Hops are floral but very modest.

Taste follows the nose all the way. Cornflakes, grits. Sweet in the back but dry int he finish with a resonance form the corn syrup sweetness. Mouthfeel is medium. It has a grainy texture at first but smooths out to a thinness in the drink. It’s crisp and finishes pretty clean except for that sweetness. Hops stay shy until the back end where they show a faint bitter and maybe hint at lemon. Slick.

An easy beer to drink. Drinkable and fabulously dry. That is my only complaint. It is drier and drier and leaves the mouth dry without any citrus to refresh it. Light overall and a light bitter to keep the palate engaged. A touch sour in the middle as it warms. The worst you can say about this beer is that it becomes a bit bland after a while.

Serving type: can

01-08-2014 00:59:20 | More by utopiajane
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JamieWeisen

Louisiana

2.96/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Probably the best (in my opinion) Adjunct Lager there is. I'd rather one of these than a Bud Light or whatever any day. It's very refreshing, and tastes good for what it is. Overall, it's pretty decent as a beer, especially when you realize it's competition being the other adjuncts. Definately my go to beer.

Serving type: bottle

01-04-2014 22:10:33 | More by JamieWeisen
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BastardKing24

Oregon

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I've had this beer more than once and It's always been much better than BNC offerings.

Appearance is light yellow and fizzy, head doesnt retain

Smells kinda malty but thats about it

Taste about average but theres no weird off flavors

Feel is good, ok carb

Overall a decent beer if all you have is a gas station to buy from.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 22:26:47 | More by BastardKing24
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cambabeer

Florida

3.03/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

PBR is nothing groundbreaking for sure. It's pretty simple. Light, drinkable, hoppy and fresh with just a little maltiness, this is a great go to when you want something cheap but drink worthy. Much better than the big three for sure and when it's often in the same price range and even the only other option given some places, it's the obvious choice.

Serving type: can

12-28-2013 21:45:04 | More by cambabeer
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CalgaryFMC

Alberta (Canada)

2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Sampled on tap at a Calgary pub. Another "big name" adjunct lager in the US, brewed by Sleeman's here in Canada. Slightly darker in color than many of its contemporaries, the color of well-cured hay with a lot of white foam. Smells of boiled grains with a corn sweetness, and tastes much the same ... Bland breakfast cereal, perhaps a hint of apple or other sour fruit. Less corny than many other adjunct lagers though, tilted towards a grain husk astringency and highly carbonated. The bubbles provide a crisp and dry finish that actually gathers steam as one proceeds through a pint. Standard macro-lager watery body; overall effect is that of a bitter and slightly sour grainy soda. Flavors are mellow but the carbonation is not. Fewer off-flavors than many of its peers (e.g., little DMS that I could taste) but some metal does emerge as the beer warms. Drink it quickly, if at all. In all honesty its not terrible and should probably be deemed a decent example of the style. I actually like more corn sweetness when I drink this style. This one gets astringent after a while, as is the case when more rice is used.

Serving type: on-tap

12-16-2013 03:54:53 | More by CalgaryFMC
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Numba1Stunna

North Carolina

2.65/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Found a can of this golden nectar under my couch while looking for my ferret. Poured the majority of the beer on my girlfriend in the heat of passion (she asked me to). Left a sticky residue all over my ninja turtles pillows. I cleaned them though and they are good as new.

Serving type: can

12-14-2013 02:00:23 | More by Numba1Stunna
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caper1

Maine

4.79/5  rDev +62.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 5

honesty for the price, you cant beat it. Better than miller, bud light, Coors, and the others. Taste is some bitterness, smell is a bit grain like, and some hops. Nothing that would blow you're socks off. Pretty mild body. Nothing bad to say in the brew I had. You must give it try.

Serving type: can

12-10-2013 01:03:58 | More by caper1
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PvtSnowball

Florida

2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes of rare earth and fresh harvested maize..

Who am I kidding, it's cheap swill and 12$ for an 18.

As a cigar smoker, I am well aware of the absurd pretentiousness
of most reviewers.

It's cheap swill that is better than most cheap swill.

Slightly orange golden with a "head" that disappears
before you can toss the can in the recycling bin. The
flavour is that of cheap, mass produced, American lager.

Not the worst and far from the best. Not bad for what
it is though.

Serving type: can

12-07-2013 05:23:40 | More by PvtSnowball
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bsonk

Oregon

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

PBR out a 40oz bottle for $3, not because my local 7-11 wanted to appeal to an "urban" demographic but because of the percentage of privileged white hipsters around here wanting to act like the urban demographic, if you catch my drift. Poured into a pint glass that used to hold a better beer. The first glass kind of tasted like the IPA I was drinking before I got too drunk to taste things and switched to the Nectar of the Gods. It's Monday, by the way, and yes, I am a lazy college student. This ish is pure Americana, which is to say that it's owned by international businesses and produced as cheaply as possible out of genetically modified ingredients. I fucking love it. Cheap, gets me kinda buzzed with 4.7(?)ish percent ABV and it's really not too bad tasting if you chill it a lot and pour it into a Kolsch glass/narrow-mouthed mug to concentrate the very mild hop nose it bears, and to distract from the corn/rice/whatever the hell adjunct grains they are putting in it. It's either the kind of beer you should drink after you polish off the good shit, or it is the good shit if you are impoverished. PBR is a timeless, shite drink that I imagine average Joes will quaff until the end of time. I anticipate talking to my grandkids about the times I've had with this beer and inadvertently turning them into Pabst-swilling lushes like myself.

P.S. Yes, I do live in Portland. I am a walking stereotype, so fucking sue me.

Serving type: bottle

12-03-2013 10:17:07 | More by bsonk
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michiganminer

Michigan

3.7/5  rDev +25.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is my go to beer. I try a bunch of beers and always come back to PBR. Its already one of the better AAL's out there. The mouthfeel is decent, it's not strong and does the job. no chemical taste or weird flavors. It's on par with Budweiser and you get a free 6 pack for the same price. Can't say anything bad about Pabst.

Serving type: can

11-28-2013 05:13:57 | More by michiganminer
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Kyle_Hanson

North Dakota

2.7/5  rDev -8.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

This is one of the better adjunct lagers I've had. It's a little too sweet, probably because the adjunct ingredient happens to be corn syrup. Not as carbonated as BMC beers and looks a tad better. Still not great smelling though. Not as much of a corn, skunk, metal flavor like you'd expect.

Not a bad beer if it's found cheap.

Serving type: can

11-09-2013 07:33:32 | More by Kyle_Hanson
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brewbattles

California

3.2/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

We did a blind taste test with this beer against five other light american lagers to objectively determine which one is best. The beers were Coors Light, Bud Light, Miller Light, Natural Light, and Pabst Blue Ribbon. You can check it out here:

http://youtu.be/zpsOvIx_jEg

Serving type: bottle

11-08-2013 05:41:58 | More by brewbattles
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screamking

Ohio

3.11/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Serving type: can

11-04-2013 03:08:24 | More by screamking
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NoBeerSnob

Maryland

2.75/5  rDev -6.8%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2013 13:11:41 | More by NoBeerSnob
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ratfink2099

Illinois

1.86/5  rDev -36.9%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 07:08:16 | More by ratfink2099
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Tthekraut

Florida

4.16/5  rDev +41%
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.

Serving type: can

10-25-2013 02:09:43 | More by Tthekraut
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Captain_Komamura

Illinois

2.55/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Had a PBR in the can.

Appearance - It is a hay-colored beer, with a bubbly head that goes flat very quickly.

Smell - It has a sweet, metallic smell to it.

Taste - It tastes how it smells: sweet, metallic, and watered-down.

Mouth feel - Not over-carbonated like some BMC beers, goes down like bottled water.

Overall - Well after trying other BMC's this is pretty high up.

Serving type: can

10-23-2013 03:36:10 | More by Captain_Komamura
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archyquaffer

Montana

3/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I've been drinking this beer for years, but this is my first review of it. I carried home a 12 ounce bottle from a local bar after seeing my team pummeled on MNF. My impressions upon drinking this from the bottle is that it is ultra smooth, which is something I don't get from the can. Usually there's a bit of sourness and metal (which I actually like and expect). However, in the bottle this beer is almost too smooth- like a Miller lite or something.

A moderate pour produces a 1/2 inch head that dissipates really fast, leaving a bubbly and a bit over carbonated beer that is very pale in color. Maybe just a touch of stickiness apparent on the sides of the glass. Not much of a smell- just an overall graininess with a kiss of hops. The bit of sourness that I expect becomes more apparent as this beer warms.

This is a very simple beer with more flavor than you get with Bud, Bud light, Miller lite, etc. It goes down easy, but has at least a modicum of flavor, and is well worth the money if gotten on sale. I think I prefer it in the can though.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 04:13:55 | More by archyquaffer
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MTfish

Montana

5/5  rDev +69.5%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Golden clean color in the glass and smells like a good cold crisp PBR should. It tastes like a good day on the river or getting face shots with ur bros and the mouthfeel is thirst quenching and refreshing. Overall its the best cheap canned beer you can buy and the can says nothin but freedom!

Serving type: can

10-17-2013 04:43:09 | More by MTfish
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johnnnniee

New Hampshire

3.01/5  rDev +2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

1B
Pours a medium straw to yellow color with a smallish bubbly white head that slowly dissipates. Light sweet grainy malt aroma with just a hint of corn and light fruitiness. Small bit of floral hops aroma. Sweet almost honey like malt flavor with a bit of fruity bready graininess. Very little hop flavor but a firm hop bitterness. Light to medium body with a spirited level of carbonation that pricks the tongue with every sip, and a sweet slick watery mouthfeel. Worlds above the last beer, decent enough and probably close to style, but a bit boring.

Serving type: can

09-29-2013 19:48:47 | More by johnnnniee
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