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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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4,611 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,611
Reviews: 1,537
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 37
Gots: 446 | 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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4/5  rDev +36.1%

nosavingsaccount, May 24, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

brianplatt, May 24, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Shineonsolar, May 24, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

Jmick28, May 24, 2012
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1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

mcneels, May 23, 2012
Photo of DerekP
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

24 oz can poured into a Long Trail Brewing Co nonic pint glass. "JUN042012" best before date printed on the bottom of the can. An unsurprising yellow-gold appearance with a head that leaves quick. Rim sticks around. Carb bubbles rising. 3/5

Vegetal and subtly sweet in the nose. Generally unoffensive, but nothing real enjoyable or attractive in the aroma category. Maybe a hint of herbal hops. 3/5

Taste is much like the smell with canned vegetables, light malts/adjuncts (rice, corn), obligatory bittering hops and a mild sweetness in the finish. 3/5

The mouthfeel is appropriate for this pale adjunct lager standard bearer. 3.5/5

Overall: 3

Notes: Could have had this fresher, but this is pretty much it. At best, the hops are more floral and pronounced.

DerekP, May 23, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

nothunder, May 23, 2012
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1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

toolg, May 22, 2012
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4.5/5  rDev +53.1%

rjl910953, May 22, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

ByMySword, May 21, 2012
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3.5/5  rDev +19%

pebbs, May 21, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

boomer3, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

vichy, May 21, 2012
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

carlitosbronson1, May 21, 2012
Photo of InIBUsWeTrust
3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hot Summer days are almost here folks! As our palates shift from monstrous DIPA's and deep complex stouts, we willingly reach for the lighter side of the brewing spectrum to quench our thirst!

Pabst Blue Ribbon is timeless - it's flavor caters to the weekend warriors in the garage, cookouts on the patio, etc.

With PBR, you get a solid, carbonated, non-offensive lager. From the can, and into a frosty mug
with lots of malt, with great flavor. - It tastes better than anything in price comparison. ($3.79 - 16oz 4pk)

There are really just a few styles perfect for the summer days ahead. (Yuengling, SN Pale Ale, Warsteiner Verum)

Pabst Blue Ribbon is an above average adjunct beer.

InIBUsWeTrust, May 20, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

dubljj, May 20, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

callahwj, May 19, 2012
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4/5  rDev +36.1%

x35068, May 19, 2012
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1.5/5  rDev -49%

RS3Sport, May 19, 2012
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

atone315, May 19, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

ksiazewski, May 19, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

Mikecap, May 19, 2012
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2.83/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pint can poured into a giant Italian-style mug.

I've been drinking beer for about 15 years now, and this is my first can of PBR. I was a BMC/Sam Adams guy for about 10 of those years before moving on to the good stuff (still a big fan of Sam Adams) so I guess it's understandable.

Well it definitely looks like a standard macro lager - clear golden color with minimal head. But it tastes considerably less offensive than BMC lagers. In fact, it doesn't taste offensive at all. It just has very little flavor. Very thin mouthfeel with a subdued grainy flavor.

I'm checking out Radiohead in Mansfield, MA on 5/29 and I was looking for something cheap that goes down easy to go along with some good tailgate food. PBR it is. If you ask me, a tailgate party is not the place for double IPAs and Imperial Stouts.

Celtics76, May 17, 2012
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3/5  rDev +2%

ale207, May 17, 2012
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

jeffoatess, May 17, 2012
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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