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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
68
poor

4,349 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,349
Reviews: 1,506
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 344 | FT: 1
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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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3/5  rDev +2%

thebornotaku, Apr 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32%

Andrew4321, Apr 08, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32%

ncworster, Apr 08, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

mikepcarney, Apr 08, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

JeffTheJuice, Apr 07, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

Jwix, Apr 07, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

Archemedies, Apr 06, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

JimmyP, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of DocG
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%

DocG, Apr 06, 2012
Photo of Evil_Pidde
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

Evil_Pidde, Apr 05, 2012
Photo of bilbo2012
1.5/5  rDev -49%

bilbo2012, Apr 04, 2012
Photo of Falcone
3/5  rDev +2%

Falcone, Apr 04, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

traumaqueen, Apr 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

espijosh, Apr 03, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Dokteravalanche, Apr 03, 2012
Photo of adjunctjonez
3.08/5  rDev +4.8%

PBR has always been a decent, but not great, adjunct lager. Appearance is light yellow with soapy head that lingers a bit, active carbonation. Smell has grain dominance but also slightly sour. Taste is grain/corn flavor with mild hops on the back. Mouthfeel is good and crisp, when cold very drinkable. I like to drink pabst from time to time usually in tall boy form straight from the can. Flavor seem weaker than I remember 20 years ago. The hipsters drove prices of pabst steadily up as the brand has rebounded over the last decade so stopped buying it for awhile. Post 2010 acquisition the prices seem to have dropped so the brand may be heading back to budget pricing.

adjunctjonez, Apr 02, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32%

squarebottle, Apr 02, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

Beezee, Apr 02, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

TubbyDullard, Apr 02, 2012
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3.65/5  rDev +24.1%

I know it's not usually done but I poured this one into a snifter glass.
I got a one and a half inch head that swiftly receded to a mere skim. The body is typical clear light straw colored as most in this style.

Slightly sweet malt notes come out along with the grainy, bready, yeasty aroma.
It tastes like white bread with a hint of sweetness that fits just right. It also has a real gentle hop finish that works great if your eating something spicy or just quenching your thirst on a hot day.

The mouthfeel is perfect for the style.

Overall this is a decent American Adjunct Lager. Nothing fancy and nothing to poo-poo either.

godlessape, Apr 02, 2012
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2.8/5  rDev -4.8%

For April Fool's Day Vine Street Pub had this on nitro...and I had to try it.

Looks great. Clean, clear, nice foamed up white lace. For the style it's pretty.

Then it goes down hill. The stale grain and rice smell just...smells. Old socks. At least it is dumbed down a bit

Flavor, again, is dumbed down. Weak, but still not good. Just stale, old and a 'bad' sweetness.

The promising thing is that it is pretty darn smooth (and cold). I got to about 4/5ths through before I had to stop for the love of all that is holy. The carbonation would do well towards the end. It's just flat feeling now.

Mebuzzard, Apr 01, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -49%

RighteousBastard, Apr 01, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

skyturnedgrey, Apr 01, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

rogerthegill, Apr 01, 2012
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2/5  rDev -32%

jds8411, Apr 01, 2012
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,349 ratings.