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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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4,010 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,010
Reviews: 1,483
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 20
Gots: 204 | 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 axfelix


3.6/5  rDev +22.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't help it; I really, really like PBR. It blows every other similarly priced macro lager pretty far out of the water for taste, and its spectacularly average beeriness is really tough to beat when you want one of something reliable on a weeknight. I can't in good conscience call it "underrated," but if I only had one beer to drink in all seasons for the rest of my life, it just might be this one.

Serving type: can

06-22-2011 23:05:09 | More by axfelix
Photo of o19


3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a red cup at a BBQ.

A: Typical american lager yellow.
S: Strong "oaty" lager smell.
T: A single note without much depth, but robust none the less.
M: Lots of carbonation to match the strong taste character.
O: The old fall back. Nothing complex about it, which is sometimes desirable.

We as beer snobs sometimes forget that simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing.

Serving type: can

06-19-2011 16:38:02 | More by o19
Photo of LaymanReviews


3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBR is a pretty solid beer. It's becoming one of my favorites. Moving through a six pack is pretty easy with its clean taste and easy finish. $15 bucks for a case of 30 is just a phenomenal deal which makes this a great beer pong beer. No one should be offended by the taste (or lack there of) this beer. If I had a friend that was just starting to drink beer, this would be one I'd introduce them to (because its better than most of the BMC crap thats out here).

Serving type: can

06-17-2011 20:28:12 | More by LaymanReviews
Photo of SeaOfShells


2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz. can into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: pours a crystal clear pale yellow with about 1/2 fingers of bright white head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Adjuncts up front with a sweet kind of grassiness behind it. Actually, a decent hop presence as well. Far superior to any of it's contemporaries. Smells clean, and refreshing.

T: a nice hip profile keeps this one from being poured down the drain. Sweet grassy malts, and a decent hop profile are dominant. Adjuncts are in full force. Clean and refreshing.

M: light bodied and moderaty carbonated. Zero alcohol presense. Tastes like carbonated corn water, and goes down as easy as the best of them. This is, by far, the best AAL out there.

Serving type: can

06-16-2011 00:33:40 | More by SeaOfShells
Photo of UCLABrewN84


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

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of corn flakes, sugar, and slight cooked veggies. Taste is of sweetened corn flakes and other grains. This beer has a high level of carbonation and is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and my favorite macro beer I have tried thus far in my life. A nice go to beer when you are looking for something cheap.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 16:30:30 | More by UCLABrewN84
Photo of jmdrpi


2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can, poured into pint glass. best by date of Aug 01 2011 printed on bottom of can.

appears pale straw color, with bone white head. crystal clear. aroma is grainy. as with most adjuct lagers, aroma is definitely off putting. taste has some sweetness, pale malt, and a bit of corn. body is thin and fizzy, but easy to drink with fairly clean aftertaste.

overall, it's better than the "big three", and probably one of the better adjuct lagers. but that's still a back-handed compliment, and not saying much.

Serving type: can

06-15-2011 01:44:50 | More by jmdrpi
Photo of neliam24

New York

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

This is hands down the most underrated and unappreciated beer in American history. In most places you can purchase a 30 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon for about the same price as a 30 pack of keystone light. And not only does it taste better than cheap college party beers, it tastes much better than many of its fellow American Lagers. I personally think that this beer blows Budweiser out of the water, and at about half the price, I'm not sure how you could argue that.

Serving type: can

06-14-2011 19:30:25 | More by neliam24
Photo of notchucknorris


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

A: Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head.

S: I'll admit, it's not the worst out there. This smell is far better than Bud and Coors, but that still doesn't put it ahead of much. Mostly just a sweet, graininess here.

T: Again, it's not undrinkable. It doesn't have a dirty or metallic taste, it just has a taste that I don't particularly think is appealing. Grain, corn and a hint of pale malts. Develops a bit of a yeast flavor as it warms, but remains drinkable.

Serving type: on-tap

06-06-2011 02:36:04 | More by notchucknorris
Photo of BeanBone


2.6/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by a little over two fingers of bubbly white head that burn off quickly and leave no lacing.

Aroma: A thin pale malt body with just a whiff of flowery hops.

Flavor: Grainy pale malt makes up the bulk of the profile, and unfortunately brings an off metallic flavor to the party. There is a thin wave of hops if you go hunting, and if you happen to catch them, you’ll find bare notes of lemon, grass, and banana. Pale malt and a hint of dark fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with medium-high carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinker, perfectly suited for a summertime Dashboard Confessional show.

Verdict: While the hipsters may be more interested in the can design than the beer inside, PBR is actually not too terrible of a beer. I suppose the highest compliment I could pay this beer is that I could easily believe this was a poor attempt at an easy-drinking lager from a mediocre craft brewery.

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 21:48:20 | More by BeanBone
Photo of JoLight


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

Light golden in appearance, with s stark white and soapy head that doesn't retain.

The aroma is sweet. There's some generalized grains, a little barley malt, but mostly just grains, and some grassy/floral/earthy type of hops. There is a sweetness, like a corn syrup type deal.

As for the taste, you get the hop bite, then comes the carbonation bite, then some general grain flavors, and then it ends very smooth, with a nice white breadiness from the barley malt. The aftertaste is almost non-existent. A little watery.

The mouthfeel is carbonated, thin and watery; it finishes dry, crisp, refreshing, and not filling.

Serving type: can

06-04-2011 00:34:27 | More by JoLight
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly

New York

3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

16oz can

L - I drank this straight from the can but we all know it's a fizzy yellow beer with a short-lived white head when poured in a glass.

S - sweet, grainy aroma.

T - sweet and grainy.

F - light and refreshing, easy to drink and it goes down really smooth when ice cold.

O - better than a lot of other beers in the style.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 17:18:37 | More by JoeyBeerBelly
Photo of MattyG85


3.38/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 16 oz. can into a Sam Adams pint glass.

Appearance: Pale golden yellow with a huge amount of rising bubbles. Has a big two and a half finger head that actually has pretty good retention and lacing.

Smell: A slightly sweet aroma that is very heavy on corn and grains. Also some light hints of earthy hops in the background.

Taste: A sweet mixture of grains and corn with a little bit of malt. Light hints of grassy hops in the finish. Pretty decent taste for an adjunct.

Mouthfeel: Light body with a medium level of carbonation. Very crisp.

Overall: A good step up from BMC. One of the better adjunct lagers out there.

Serving type: can

06-03-2011 01:21:03 | More by MattyG85
Photo of Rifugium


1.48/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

First had: can from some dude's cooler.

Yay! Cheap beer!

Pours a pale yellow with a foamy white head that dissipates to a fizzy layer of bubbles. Weak aroma of corn and grains, memories of pitchers and cheap dates. Tastes the same: corn, grains, watered down grass juice with the possibility of a hop sneaking in. Light mouthfeel, and goes down eeeeaaasssyyyy and ends with regret, but a still-full wallet. Should be avoided unless absolutely necessary and/or you're broke.

Serving type: can

05-24-2011 17:47:24 | More by Rifugium
Photo of EricCioe


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

This pours pale gold with a two finger, rocky white head rising and falling to nothing at all with no lace. On the nose it smells like wet grain husks with maybe a little bit of sweet something, corn maybe, and weak bright fruit. In the mouth there is more of the same, grain husks with some slight florality mixed in. I hesitate to use the word hops, but they're in here, just a bit. The body is light, not overly carbonated as these types of beers often are. The finish is short with just a little bit of grain hanging on, but not for very long at all.

Overall, this is exactly what I picture an adjunct lager to be. The biggest bonus for me is that the carbonation is manageable, making this actually drinkable as opposed to extremely gas-inducing. Beyond that, it's pretty bland but not bad.

Serving type: can

05-22-2011 01:08:41 | More by EricCioe
Photo of RoamingGnome


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

Poured out of a 12 oz can into a pint glass. I do feel compelled to state that under normal circumstances, I would not pour a PBR into any type of glass. I have found this does not enhance the experience.

A) Straw yellow with 1/2 inch of foamy head.

S) A well balance combination of corn, rice, water and headaches.

T) You know what.... When the PBR is ice cold, I don't mind it at all.

M) Pretty high carbonation. It's light, crisp and fairly refreshing.

O) It may be my Milwaukee roots, but when it comes to drinking macro brews, which I generally avoid, I do prefer PBR.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 21:00:03 | More by RoamingGnome
Photo of Bartrash


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

served in my garage into a plastic cup. Smells Like the good ol' US of A! corn, malt, with something sweet. Looks like nothing special and tastes the same too but these puppies all but drink themselves. Make sure you mow the lawn with a push mower or a zero turn or you will be a sixer deep quick. Great American beer should be kept in the back yard next to the horseshoe pits. It is the moped of beers fun to drink just don't let your friends catch you with one. Overall not a bad offering for the style.

Serving type: can

05-21-2011 12:51:08 | More by Bartrash
Photo of ChugginOil


2.15/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Served on draft at Pub 222 in St. Charles, IL

This one pours a clear straw color and ends up the same way. Less than a fingers worth of white head dissipates at a moderate rate. Not too much lacing

The nose is pretty unpleasant. Grainy with some wheat and a stale scent.

The taste is quite similar to the nose. Tasting rather grainy and yeasty, with just a bit of a wheat taste. No hop bitterness.

The mouthfeel is very thin and watery. A ton of carbonation helps to mask to unpleasant tastes of this piss-like classic.

Overall, great frat beer, or maybe one to be used for a beer bong or a chugging contest. Not for me.

Serving type: on-tap

05-17-2011 19:27:03 | More by ChugginOil
Photo of iwantmorehops


2.78/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A light straw color with lots of carbonation, very average looking as with most adjunct largers. Smells like corn syrup and faintly of bread. The taste is pretty similar but with that metallic tinge that makes you pause to ponder how long its been sitting in that can. If I'm low on funds there's pbr in my fridge.
EDIT: no longer true since I've found Narragansett Lager.

Serving type: can

05-16-2011 14:02:47 | More by iwantmorehops
Photo of WoodBrew


2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pabst has made a come back in main stream taverns here in Chicago. So I went throwback and tried it again for the first time. The color is golden clear with decent carbonation. The smell and taste are grainy. The mouthfeel is simple which makes it perfect for after lawn mowing type activities.

Serving type: can

05-10-2011 00:05:44 | More by WoodBrew
Photo of bnes09


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

Transparent straw colored lager. Generous white head forms and recedes quickly leaving a thin layer of soda-like froth. Plenty of visible bubbles.

Smell is pretty clean with some grains, corn and rice. Nothing special.

Pretty smooth flavor. Bread grains and some corn adjunct. Crisp hop character comes to life with earthy and leafy notes.

Lighter body, lots of bubbles and crisp feel.

Served cold, this stuff is actually pretty refreshing. Flavors are not very complex but it has a clean simplicity which makes it tasty. Slightly above average for the style.

Serving type: can

05-08-2011 03:36:02 | More by bnes09
Photo of GreenJetta912


2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Corn and malt in the nose.

Malty sweet to the taste and good carbonation. Very chugable. Faint hop character

Finishes off a bit sweet.

Better than most adjunct lagers. Nothing to impressive here but nothing nasty either.

I don't usually drink a lot of PBR but my landlord offered me a beer so I'm reveiwing it.

Serving type: can

05-07-2011 19:17:09 | More by GreenJetta912
Photo of Rhettroactive

District of Columbia

2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

From tap to shaker glass at Fast Eddie's on 4/29/11
*From notes

A: Caffine induced urine in color. .5 finger head, zero lacing.

S: Boiled corn husk.

T: Sweet green apple, canned corn and cereal grains. Zero alcohol is detected by my palate.

M: Like butter - it's just slick and slides right on down my gullet.

O: When in Rome. While sitting in a pool bar next to the mechanical bull I figured, "What the hell?" I slipped into hipster mode and ordered up an ice cold PBR.

This certainly isn't the first macro I reach for, but it's one of the better session AAL's out there. If you're in the mood for an adjunct, you could certainly do a hell of a lot worse.

Serving type: on-tap

05-05-2011 23:38:31 | More by Rhettroactive
Photo of spitInTheOcean


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

bjcp lists a number of commercial examples for the classic american lager style 1b. pbr is one of them.

for me this is the perfect representation of the style

overall impression is stated as "thirst quenching" i could not put it better myself. i would describe it as "goes down like water" if i were asked

the "sting" that is suggested is not so present in this beer as other examples of this given style.

the one draw back is the corn note present in the finish. more prevalent than if i were to make the beer for myself.

Serving type: can

05-05-2011 14:01:44 | More by spitInTheOcean
Photo of bradcochran1234


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

Ok, so this was this was the 1st beer I ever had. I stole it out of the crisper of my gran dads beer fridge and then ran under a coastal bridge in Tampa and took a sip. I hated it! But I knew that this was my first beer and I MUST drink it, so I did. For this reason alone is why I say PBR IS the beer of all beers.
A-looks like a beautiful sunset over the Gulf of Mexico
S-smells like a wonderful night out on the town with all the guys while Jason Heyward is hittin' some homers
T-Like Winning!
O- I am biased to this one so please don't hate the review.

Serving type: can

05-04-2011 05:28:34 | More by bradcochran1234
Photo of chocosushi


2.3/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 3 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

16 oz Can left in my fridge, thought I'd give it a serious review...
Poured into a Spaten Octoberfest Pint

A ~ Pale as hell. Straw that has been soaking in water and dried in the sun.

S ~ Worst part about adjuncts is the smell. Metal and watered down corn.

T ~ Dead, dead Hops. Rice and Corn. Lots of water and that damn stale/dead hop bite that all of these non-bud adjunct lager's have.

M ~ Cloying. Metallic. Alcohol lingers even after just one.

D ~ Better than B/M/C but still pretty shady stuff. Fine for a cookout with many friends.

Overall ~ If your gonna drink PBR, get it on Tap. Can's are bogus and impart too much on the flavor. Or just don't don't drink it at all, either/or...


Serving type: can

05-04-2011 04:35:20 | More by chocosushi
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,010 ratings.