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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
69
poor

4,627 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,627
Reviews: 1,539
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 454 | 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)
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3/5  rDev +2%

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1.5/5  rDev -49%
look: 1.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

I see that the reviewers gave PBR a 72 rating & the Bros an 80 rating. And the reviewers gave Beck's a 67 rating & the Bros a 62 rating. Are you all nuts?!! Beck's now may be owned by InBev & brewed in St. Louis, MO. But I recently called Beck's brewmaster & he assured me that they were still brewing to the German Purity Law, which means they're only using water, barley malt, hops & yeast. I'm sure Pabst isn't doing the same. I know why all of you are rating Pabst higher than Beck's. It has nothing to do with PBR's quality. Rather, it's the "pseudo-hipster's" rating, i.e. "PBR is 'cooler' than Beck's because it doesn't advertise & has the patriotic U.S. colors of red, white & blue." C'mon everyone - get real. No way is PBR better tasting than Beck's. And no, I don't work for Beck's & I'm not German. However, I've brewed my own beers & know a bit of what I'm talking about.

Polecat41, Jul 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

OBMM1, Jul 28, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

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shade13, Jul 27, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

bergdj, Jul 26, 2012
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2.43/5  rDev -17.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A clear light straw colored brew, a low white head with no lacing and small curtains.

Smelling of corn flakes and boiled maize.

Sweet white bread, maize and a dash of lemon.

Little carbonation, fresh and a small body, slightly dry.

A rather run-of-the-mill American lager.

rarbring, Jul 24, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Jazztrumpet439, Jul 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

5lat5ive, Jul 24, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%

sevenshubby, Jul 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

kobeer, Jul 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

H0rnedFr0gs, Jul 23, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

bluntedboywonder, Jul 22, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32%

Mtkimes, Jul 22, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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1/5  rDev -66%

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3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Overall, this is among my favorite cheap beers. As a recent college graduate, I have had my share of these low end brews and I have found that this has much more flavor than many of the other macro brand names. With higher income comes better beers, but I will will always look to this beer with a certain fondness.

JZ77, Jul 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

ktanner99, Jul 21, 2012
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5/5  rDev +70.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

rating this from a 40oz bottle....due to movies like Gran Torino making this beer hip...that said 40oz bottle was $3.79 in Kokomo Indiana at Soupleys Liquors and they cant keep them on the shelves. the same bottle here in Durham NC is $1.89

oddly enough that same liquor store had 12oz cans x 6 for $5.29 but i wanted to try it from glass for a change and only 25 miles away...12.99 for a 30 pack??? Indiana is weird..they have extreme regional pricing schemes

easily the best "adjunct" lager sold in the US...can version rates slightly lower...like a 4+ because the can does add a bit of a metallic bite,which is NOT present in the 24 oz can...weird

I drink this when i want flavor and a slight hop bite, and since i moved to a better pricing area...its also fairly affordable here...10 bucks an 18 pack....highly recommended from the bottle or on tap.

netrioter, Jul 20, 2012
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4.8/5  rDev +63.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

What we've got here is a red, white and blue can of goodness. I remember 20 or so years ago I bought this in pounders out of fiscal necessity.

I thought it was great then and I stand up and shout out of the window to everyone still living in Benjamin Franklin Village(NOBODY) "I LOVE PBR"

Mannheim Germany

goatuscrow, Jul 20, 2012
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
69 out of 100 based on 4,627 ratings.