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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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BA SCORE
69
poor

4,690 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,690
Reviews: 1,545
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 38
Gots: 480 | 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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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of bigpoppa67
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of MrJolly
3.11/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Appearance: Yellow; almost clear. It reminds me of rock candy. The super-carbonation keeps bubbling--tiny and speedy bubbles contributing to a head that poured two fingers but quickly shrunk to a half finger, where it remains after many minutes.

Smell: There's not much to the smell accept a lingering crisp sweetness.

Taste: The flavor is very light. There's creamy sweetness, here, and also a very subtle bitter and sour in the finish. The aftertaste sits up on the back of the tongue as a corn sweetness.

Mouthfeel: The carbonation makes this feel bright in the mouth, and this compensates for a very thin beer. The first sips produce a lot of foam, but this naturally becomes less pronounced as time passes.

Overall: When I want a summertime beer, easy to drink, maybe for a picnic or a game, this is my first choice, even over Corona.

Photo of jik18
2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Photo of JamesMN
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Translucent golden straw. Very thin white head. Didn't expect that to stick around.

Aroma: Not much in the nose. A little bit corn or adjunct. Really not much happening in the aroma department.

Taste: Much better than the aroma, though still watery. There is corn in there but also some sweet malt in the middle of the palate. Definitely not blowing me away, tastes like most macro-lagers.

Mouthfeel: Possibly it's best attribute. Good level of carbonation and highly drinkable. Smooth finish.

Final Thoughts: Meh. Basically a slightly above average macro-lager that has some sort of cult following.

Photo of MN_Beerticker
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Photo of leagr
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of BabyBastard
3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Can poured to standard pint glass. Pours the expected light yellow, with a small, fizzy head that dissipates rather quickly. Looks like any other standard macro lager, nothing special.

Smell has a grainy, slightly metallic twinge to it. Corn and not really much else in the nose. Taste is about the same as the nose, has a metallic note to it, which I assume may be attributed to the packaging. Other than that, this brew has the standard macro flavor, which isn't much of anything. Corn and rice I suppose.

Mouthfeel is light and airy, carbonation is good. Very bubbly. Seems to be another standard macro, though this might be slightly above average compared to other BMC swill.

Photo of pooogy
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of bigdog3838
4/5  rDev +36.1%

Photo of HammerHHI
4.55/5  rDev +54.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I decided to reacquaint myself with this beer after discovering this wonderful website. The American Adjunct Lager category is the most popular in the US and this beer, after tasting side by side to the most popular- Bud, Miller and the always stale Coors, stands the tallest. It is thirst quenching. I am sure that the high water content has something to do with it but who cares, I mean how many beers even pass this important threshold? Notes:

A: pale, golden, clear, bright white froth

S: wet bread, alcohol, slightly sweet

T: refreshing, immediate surprise of non-bitterness or staleness,it tastes fresh!, beer properties of muti grains including corn and quick hop finish

M: carbonated, crisp, non offensive

Overall: This beer stands above any AAL in terms of value to quality. Many other beers may tout finer quality ingredients and may follow intricate recipes, but thier results do not add up to the taste of this beer. Each beer type has a style that has a standard bearer. For American Adjunct Lager, Pabst Blue Ribbon is that standard bearer.

Photo of ng85
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of craigmj7
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of zapx
1.5/5  rDev -49%

Photo of harrylee773
3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of Doyle
2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.18/5  rDev +42.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance (from prior experience) is as expected for the style; drinking this one out of the bottle, also per the style.

Smell is not this beer's strong point. Smells like wind coming in off the Great Lakes on one of their less beautiful days. Again, as expected.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Here's why I decided to write a review. In rating this beer according to it's style ('Shitty' American Ultralight), it is unrivaled. When served cold, the beer fills the mouth with a crisp and expanding frothiness and tickles the sides of the tongue in a way that says two things : 1) This is Beer. 2) This is refreshing. It is, indeed, impressively lacking in flavor. Every swallow is satisfying in the aforementioned criteria, and these criteria alone.

My fridge is always full of beer. The homebrews, the favorite sixpacks, the fancy bombers rimming the back.... and last but not least the drawers and door - overflowing with beer intended drink mindlessly and without concern. Such responsibility lies with PBR.

PBR lacks the corny taste of three hops brewed miller lite, the drop in the ocean taste of the buds, and rarely tastes poorly or stale in the way that coors often does. PBR compares more to Blatz (which is more sweet), and less so to Shlitz (less consistent/often stale tasting), in the coupling of hyperconscious simplicity and standard beerishness. It's position as a sort of cult classic in certain cities/subcultures seems to maintain it's consistent, albeit low, standards. It is not produced and sourced to the degree that many similar beers are, but it is certainly widely known and accessible. In sum, it's the go to beer when I feel dehydrated.

Photo of rcjennings
3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Photo of Blind
2/5  rDev -32%

Photo of mcouillard
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of M_Burkey
1.5/5  rDev -49%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I find of all the "American Shit Beers" this one is the best and most enjoyable. I poured from a can into a pint glass.

Appearance: Clear Yellow in color with a overwhelming and over flowing white head. Spotty lacing left on the glass.

Smell: Sweet smelling, and some smell of alcohol. But I could smell some grains like rice and wheat maybe?

Mouthfeel/Taste: Very smooth and light bodied. Taste sweet with hits of rice and other cereal grains. Hint of bitterness on the after taste and leaves a sweetness, but a sugary sweetness.

Overall: It is an enjoyable beer on a summer day while doing some yard work or something. I would certainly drink this over others like Bud, Miller or Coors.

Photo of phishinNYC
1/5  rDev -66%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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