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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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4,016 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,016
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.49%
Wants: 20
Gots: 205 | 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.

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Photo of TrouserSneeze

New York

3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Paid $4.49 for a 6er of ponnder cans at a Wegmans. Tired of my "old man" beer (Genesee) and couldn't resist the price. BA reviews also made me curious.

I like this beer. I'm 66, so does this make me an aging hipster?

Drink by date(?) 11/14/11; odd smell; nice carbonation (bubbles not visible) & mouthfeel; head disappears quickly w/no lacing; not sweet, but not a lot of hop bite; no alcohol taste even after many; pleasant aftertaste & finish.

Minor guilt pangs as I'm a Rochester resident and somewhat loyal Genny drinker, but "How do you keep them down on the farm after they've seen Paree?"

Serving type: can

08-18-2011 22:14:31 | More by TrouserSneeze
Photo of brokennedy120


2.7/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

This beer has always been my standard go-to when I need the least crappy cheap-o lager for a party. It is better than the rest of the swill you can buy for this price.

Obviously, this is not the type of beer you drink to savor the flavor profile and inhale the heady smells with subtle undertones...this is a "get drunk" beer, and there is no shame in that.

So, compared to other bad adjunct lagers, its decent. Smooth taste with no nasty sticky feeling, and not overcarbonated. Smell is a little nasty though, of cheap dry grains.

Serving type: can

08-16-2011 19:16:13 | More by brokennedy120
Photo of startreker

North Carolina

1.35/5  rDev -54.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Im stunned that this beer has been getting decent reviews! I decided to give PBR a go When I was dead broke, and could afford little else. This is the only beer, I repeat, Only beer that has ever made me feel nauseated from the get go. Its also the only ever beer, that I ever poured down the sink, and felt sorry for the fish that were about to recieve it. I`d never drink it again even if I were facing poverty! Pours a pale straw color that I anticipated given that its a macro. Mouthfeel was below average. Drinkabilty simply felt horrible from the onset.

Avoid at all costs!

Serving type: bottle

08-14-2011 02:08:12 | More by startreker
Photo of Gordito

New Mexico

3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Light and clean with just enough hop flavor to give it more character than the competition. Light on malt sweetness and when cold adjunct dms flavors are almost non-existent. Cult following is justified..Especially on a hot day. This is one of my favorite beers, and one of those that is as good out of the can as on tap. Enjoy.

Serving type: can

08-13-2011 20:34:16 | More by Gordito
Photo of rdub


3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the can into my new Williamsburg Alewerks pint. Clear golden and fizzy with one half inch quickly disappearing foamy head. Smell was of light grains. Taste was upscale adjunct lager. Drinkability was easy. Good for what it is - a union made macro lager.

Serving type: can

08-10-2011 18:36:12 | More by rdub
Photo of angusdegraosta

New York

3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Finally had one of these - sure, it is better than a Bud! It has average head retention for its style, nothing distinctive in the color or smell (go figure), but it's crisp, and you can actually taste some hops. Nice malt character - almost robust even. I had one on a hot day, so that must account for my impression of the mouthfeel. This is a good clean thirst quencher and a good American brew.

Serving type: can

08-08-2011 03:57:21 | More by angusdegraosta
Photo of thebrood1987

New Jersey

2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Definitely that typical beer smell I guess because of the adjuncts (even though that isnt true quality of beer go figure) that they put in it. I do get a slight hint of floral hop and sweet corn syrup. The best part of this beer is right when you take a sip and you get the crisp carbonation bite. The finish isnt that great though and ends like any other typical big 3 with that dry yeasty very light mouthfeel aftertaste.

As for the malts and hops goes the malt is just that corny graininess which doesnt really turn me off from beer it tastes nice if done right. They do it right here. The hops also give off a kiss of bitterness that mixes in with the carbonation bite. On hop flavor maybe a touch of grassy notes but thats it.

For the style its dead on. Its better than the big 3 but actually a step below for me when it comes to the other beer this company brews which is Ballantine...which has more of hop bite and flavor. This is their answer to the big 3 and they do it well. Definitely a pick over any of them but definitely not a Samuel Adams.

Drink this cold! not because of hiding the taste but when it warms it loses some of that bite which makes the entire beer in my opinion. At 7.99 a 12 pack its a definite solid cheap beer though.

Serving type: can

08-05-2011 23:33:21 | More by thebrood1987
Photo of barrenbane


2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: typical AAL appearance -- see-through golden, quickly dissipating head, and a decent amount of carbonation.

S: less corny than other "flagship" AAL brands. Grains and malt permeate the air.

T: once again, typical for its style. Has a generous amount of malt and grain, with negligible hints of corn.

M: nothing special here. Has a decent body for the style.

This is a good, less-expensive alternative to full-priced American lagers. If a bottle, pint, or can is $2 -- or less -- at a dive bar, I will usually drink one or two.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:52:54 | More by barrenbane
Photo of Sensaray


3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Pours a clear light golden color with a bubbly fizzly white head that dissipates quickly.

Smells like grains

A nice spice leads to a grainy corn taste that finishes with a crisp hop i guess. Sometimes a light light sweetness, not huge flavors but easy to drink

Smooth mouth, light body, somewhat dry close.

Overall very drinkable beer. I'll drink this when low on cash, or just outside, or anytime I just feel like drinking.

Serving type: bottle

08-05-2011 00:27:35 | More by Sensaray
Photo of angrybabboon

Rhode Island

3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Review adapted from notes taken 7/28/11

Appearance: It's honestly strange to see this out of the can - pale, urine-like yellow - starts off with a nice head, fades into lacing that is about par for the style

Smell: Light pilsner malts, light pilsner hops, lots of corn - not a whole lot in the nose, really

Taste: Lightly sweet, but not too bad - some corn flavor, some dryness, some pilsner flavors, some grassiness - nothing remarkably good, but nothing really bad (at least when it's cold)

Mouthfeel: Light, but not too light - there is some body to this, which makes it above-average compared to other macro lagers - carbonation is appropriate

Overall: Really not that bad

I've had more cans of this than I am often willing to admit. It's certainly not a great beer, but it's not a bad beer. Considering how ridiculously cheap it is, it's worth having once in a while. It's certainly better than the "heavy" BMC beers.

Serving type: can

08-03-2011 04:20:42 | More by angrybabboon
Photo of Converge

Alberta (Canada)

2.48/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

355ml can poured into a 16oz Pint glass.

A - Just under two fingers of fizzy, off-white head that fizzles down to a respectable cap. Light, transparent golden yellow in color. Surprise!

S - Light adjunct grains. Slight sweetness, kind of like honey-nut cheerios to be honest. Not much else. Maybe burnt toast.

T - I have almost nothing to write here. Extremely mild malt. Some thin tasting grains. Water, and lots of it. Unoffensive at least.

M - Grossly over-carbonated with a slightly thicker feeling mouthfeel than expected. Still pretty thin though.

D - Not quite as bad as I remember it being (out of a can), but still rather unpleasant. I guess if I had to pick up a 12-pack of something to drink in one night this might not be last on my list...

Serving type: can

07-30-2011 01:50:02 | More by Converge
Photo of BEERME528


2.88/5  rDev -2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I like to order/purchase PBR somewhat as a joke but I truly do enjoy it a little. I often get it when I see it on tap because it is the cheapest in the house. It goes down fairly easily and isn't as wattery tasting as most value brands. There's something about the can that just makes me feel good when I'm holding it on a hot summer day. Still, this beer is drinkable at any time of the year.

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 19:14:18 | More by BEERME528
Photo of rpardon7


3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Well lets be honest here, it seems that PBR always gets a leg up over all the BMC products. I would definately take this over a bud any day, appearance is pale yellow clear with a small frothy head that dies quickly after an aggressive pour. Smell is light buscuit malt some hint of sweet malt and a tiny wiff of hops. Taste is similar not much to talk about a buiscut malt with a tight carbonation that brings the small amount of hops out. Mouthfeel is thin and slick but not watery due to the high carbonation that affronts it with some fullness. Overall this is my go to super light lager, I can drink it and enjoy it and dammit that is what you are supposed to do with beer!

Serving type: can

07-21-2011 19:08:30 | More by rpardon7
Photo of gabedivision

New York

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 24 oz big boy to a Kronenbourg 1664 big glass.

This pours a clear pale piss colored straw of yellow. Forms a big bubbly 2 finger head that turns to a small lace around the glass. Smells of sweet boiled corn, wet hay, maybe some olives (i could be reaching) the way an AAL should. Tastes like corn water, sweet sugary, a tad lemon bitter on the finish. Mouthfeel, hmm, well its not bad its like all beers of its style light easy to gulp up, however PBR doesnt not become offensive to me as it warms up as is with most Macro AAL's. Overall its ok, its cheap, and it taste like the way you remembered beer to taste... which is why you dont buy it anymore.

Serving type: can

07-19-2011 01:54:19 | More by gabedivision
Photo of Tundruth

New Hampshire

3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours out a clear, golden yellow color topped by a 2 finger or so high head that dissipates quickly. Leaves behind a thin layer of lacing.

In the nose I can pick up on hints of grain, malt, and maybe even a bit of grassy hops.

Taste is where this beer comes in the highest for me, it is clean and smooth tasting. Its definitely tastes like an adjunct lager, but it seems to have a sense of purpose that most all of the others are lacking. It beats all those other BMC lagers with a superior flavor that is spot on in my opinion.

MF is average, it is highly carbonated and light.

Overall this beer is not anything too special, but at the same time it does stand out from most other lagers of the style. I would certainly recommend giving it a try.

Serving type: can

07-18-2011 21:30:51 | More by Tundruth
Photo of MadCat

New Jersey

2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance: Pours a very pale yellow, with a decent white head, leaves no lacing

Smell: Light grains and fart. Yes, you read that right, it smells of fart. Not a big nasty wet one, just a light fart.

Taste: Light grains and adjuncts. Not a whole lot of flavor there. A little bit bitter. Thats about it.

Mouthfeel: Light body, crisp carbonation.

Overall: If it weren't for the fart smell, this wouldn't be half bad. If you're in the mood for something cheap without a whole lot of flavor, its not a bad way to go. Hard to beat the price too.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 20:31:23 | More by MadCat
Photo of iluvBA4life


3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amazing beer to be certain. Nice levels of carbonation, no head, clean refreshing taste. Best served ice cold. It won a blue ribbon you know. Don't drink it warm, it will be extra nasty. Also, they put a best buy date underneath the can, so check for that if you are able to.

Serving type: can

07-17-2011 15:37:11 | More by iluvBA4life
Photo of TheQuietMan22


3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is straw leaning toward gold. One finger of white head dissipated very quickly to leave a thin nebula shaped film in the center and a ring around the edge.

Smell: I cannot say I have ever taken the time to really study PBR, so here we go. Lightly (very lightly) toasted grains, a little barnyard hay, and corn. It also exhibits a hint of strawberry-perfumed-hair-burning-on-a-curling-iron.

Taste: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. It has a nice, though slight, bite — one you would associate with a higher end adjunct. (Golly, Wilbur! There may actually be a few hops in there!). The flavors mostly mirror the scents: grains (though the light toast is absent), a little hay, and corn. Just as the smell, the taste also has a hint of strawberry-perfumed-hair-burning-on-a-curling-iron.

Drinkability: I like PBR, but it is what it is: an adjunct. There is nothing really special about it; it is just another mass produced, cost efficient American lager. But it is one of the better ones.

Serving type: bottle

07-17-2011 04:12:02 | More by TheQuietMan22
Photo of AlCaponeJunior


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

More of the barbeque summer beer specials, this time in a can. Honestly, regardless of the taste, bottles are better with this beer because they come with the playing card bottle tops. But I digress...

Tan and clear with a moderate though short lived head, but nice lacing for an AAL.

Smells and tastes grainy, lightly sweet, with plenty of corn husk. There's not a whole lot else to say on this one.

Body is very light and somewhat watery although not really too bad for the style. Drinkable at a barbeque no doubt.

Well it's not super impressive, but for the style it's acceptable. And cheep, don't forget cheep.

Serving type: can

07-16-2011 21:51:36 | More by AlCaponeJunior
Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed

New Jersey

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

When it comes to domestics, mass-market, and cheap beers, this is by far the best of the bunch. Higher in alcohol content and beer flavor than the comparable beers, PBR is a great go to session beer that won't even remotely break the bank. The only downside is that hipsters have recently discovered the beer and claimed it as their own.

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 17:57:49 | More by Ahoyhoyindeed
Photo of ChrisCage

Alberta (Canada)

3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the Canadian version, stated as "Strong Beer", and is 5.9% alc/vol....

A- Pours a clear, albeit slightly chill hazed, dry grassy color. Carbonation is typically big and aggressive looking. The head is very white, fizzy, and settles down to a thin bubbly patchwork of foam. Lacing....it looks like it might stick to the glass, but then slowly slides back into the beer. Overall, this doesn't look like anything special....

S- Surprisingly, I actually smell a mild malt profile, and no, there isn't really any adjunct laden aromas hidden in there either. The finish has a modest hop character too. I'm actually kind of impressed with the aromas here!

T- The flavors for the most part follow what the aromas promised, mild malt sweetness mixed in with a finish that actually has a moderate hoppiness! I will say that there is just a touch of alcohol noticed on the palate as well, but oh well!

M- Clean, light bodied, and fizzy, yet there is enough flavor after the swallow to remind me that I just had some beer in my mouth! I can actually appreciate what the brewer was going for here....

O- For the style of adjunct lager, PBR is a bar setter! Not a perfect beer, but for something that isn't all malt, you don't notice it and there is some decent flavor and mouthfeel. I recommend this for sure and will definitely seek it out again....great price for a sixer and great beer for the style!

Serving type: can

07-14-2011 00:45:29 | More by ChrisCage
Photo of patpbr


3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A college staple, and a long running favorite of mine when drinking meant needing plenty of beers to slam in a night. It sets itself apart from most in that style. A good case of pbr is great and rough when bad. That means hit or miss for this cheap adjunct.

Serving type: can

07-11-2011 22:07:23 | More by patpbr
Photo of bondjedi


3.8/5  rDev +29.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to drink my beer from a glass whether it comes in a can or a bottle but there is something about a bottle of PBR with the red white and blue and the no BS nature of what is inside that is akin to a P51 Mustang or a Stratocaster or the Chrysler Building that I can roll with it. Anyone who gives this beer less than at least a B should have his or her citizenship revoked before being told to go F himself.

Serving type: bottle

07-10-2011 02:08:07 | More by bondjedi
Photo of thehyperduck

Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Canadian version, which I'm fairly certain is contract brewed in Ontario by Sleeman (same as Old Milwaukee). First time having this; I've generally heard good things about it, but I don't know a lot of other craft beer drinkers so their standards are probably different than mine.

Pours a rather pale straw colour with a half-finger of head that doesn't last very long before turning into patchy islands of foam. Very non-descript smell, basically the same as any other adjunct lager; grainy malts, some rice or corn-type vegetal odours and that's about it.

Taste is mostly pale grain malts mixed with corn adjunct. A little sweet at the start but some stale hop bitterness cleans it up in the finish. Nothing really lingers on the palate; very crisp and clean. Thin-bodied and heavily carbonated, this stuff is as easy to drink as water.

I think I see why this stuff is so highly recommended, it's actually pretty good for what it is. I don't think I'm hip enough to go out and buy a Mac or wear aviators without looking like a turd, but if someone hands me a PBR in the future I'll happily drink it. Within the style, I think it would be difficult to find something of comparable quality and price.

Serving type: can

07-07-2011 04:09:53 | More by thehyperduck
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2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A nine of clubs under the pristine cap and a clear pale pee gold in the bottle. The foam on top is gone in an instant despite the constant stream of bubbles. I like the packaging but you can't be impressed by the pour.

The smell is slightly better then the appearance but not by much. The nose is light grains and a touch of hops but with a hint of solvent that is alarmingly not disturbing. Pleasant.

The taste is in the family of other macro lagers but PBR has a little more grain taste to it. It's awesome when it's ice cold but tends to get a little rotten as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a plus with sharp carbonation that really digs it's spurs into your tounge. Light body and so far the only real redeeming quality of this beer. All that being said I like the flavor of PBR and find it useful on hot dry summer days to quench a thirst for a brew. Not my first pick but not a bad one to have a full cooler of by the lake.

Serving type: bottle

07-03-2011 20:30:08 | More by jbphoto88
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