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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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4,088 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,088
Reviews: 1,486
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 233 | 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 HockeytownBrew


2.85/5  rDev -3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear straw yellow with a finger width head that dissipates quickly. A small amount of lacing left behind.

S: A malty graininess and ever so slight hops. Typical American adjunct lager here.

T: Not bad for the style. As with the scent, malt graininess and slight hops, the usual adjuncts, ect.

M: This one's highly carbonated, light to medium bodied.

D: Could drink it all day.

Basically what I expected. This typical American Adjunct lager gets a passing grade.

Serving type: bottle

02-15-2011 05:17:53 | More by HockeytownBrew
Photo of perrymarcus


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

(review from notes, sampled on draft 02/06/11)

pours a pale straw yellow with a towering white/off-white head that quickly recedes (unsurprising - wasn't expecting much in the way of retention); no lacing to speak of.

nose offers light notes of barley/corn/rice. no real hops presence.

flavor fall right behind the aroma. you get that vague grainy/barley character. a touch of hops hiding in there somewhere. not particularly good, but better than most mainstream macros IMO.

light-bodied mouthfeel with above average carbonation - more or less in line with my expectations. crisp and refreshing. fairly high drinkability.

Serving type: on-tap

02-10-2011 22:52:14 | More by perrymarcus
Photo of dafizzif


2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass.
Look: Pours with a very thin white head that dissipates quickly. Very light golden color. Surprisingly, left some lacing down the glass.
Smell: Loads of yeast and no hops.
Taste: Gains a few points back here. Not water-tasting like like many AALs though. A little hops manages to get through.
Mouth: Pretty heavily carbonated. No flavors really linger after swallowing.
Drinkability: Very drinkable. Could sling them back all night.
Overall, the best AAL I have had, but certainly lacking when compared to many other non-BMC brews. That said, PBR is my go to "party beer" and one cannot beat the value. I will always have a soft spot for the peebs.

Serving type: bottle

02-10-2011 00:40:41 | More by dafizzif
Photo of bboelens


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

Had on-tap at lazy moon near UCF, at $0.25 a pint with a slice of pizza it's hard to beat, poured into a pint glass.

A-Liquid gold with a decent 1" stark white head that dissipated rather quickly, and... o my... is that lacing on my glass. Good for you PBR.

S-Corn, and grain, with a slight sweet smell, exactly what one would expect from an AAL.

T-Not bad at all, the corn certainly takes over along with the malt but there's a certain sweetness to it that makes this a decent beer.

M-Crisp, clean, a little watery with great carbonation.

D-This is pretty damn drinkable and went fantastic with my pizza, I'd say this is the best AAL I've ever had, and you can't beat the price, my pop would be proud.

Serving type: on-tap

02-09-2011 16:04:16 | More by bboelens
Photo of goalie33

New York

2.93/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 24oz can into 15oz mug.
A) Crystal clear, pale straw in color. Large, fizzy, white head quickly dissipates. Lots of carbonation.
S) Lager yeast, adjuncts and some malt. Not a bit of hops. Very sweet smell.
T) Sweet taste, but nothing really off-putting. No skunkiness at all. What little taste there is is very light, very watery. A bit of a bubblegum flavor.
M/D) Very light mouthfeel. Slight prickle of carbonation. Smooth, easy drinking beer.

A very non-offensive adjunct lager with slight hints of good flavor. A good beer to have after mowing the lawn on a hot summer day, but so is a hefeweizen, and that has a lot more flavor.

Serving type: can

02-09-2011 04:41:45 | More by goalie33
Photo of BerkeleyBeerMan


2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Appearance: Light straw yellow color body with a weak head. Heavily carbonated.

Smell: Pale mellow malted barley notes. Hints of rice and corn. It smells cheap and the hops are insignificant. A bit balmy and sudsy. This would definitely be very inviting on a hot day.

Taste: The malts are insubstantial. A taste a lot of weak quality low quality grain. A slight liquor taste. There is hardly any finish. This beer provides little in the way of character. It's fairly easy to drink.

Mouthfeel: Very watery. Hardly any body. The beer isn't harsh but it also isn't memorable.

Drinkability. I've drank more of this beer than any other kind in my life mainly because it used to be cheaper and even though they raised the price it's still pretty affordable. It's a party beer and it always taste okay on tap. At the same time it's the perfect representative of drinkable generic american light lager which has been the mainstay of the American beer industry for decades. My verdict is that PBR is drinkable but boring.

Serving type: can

02-07-2011 01:09:37 | More by BerkeleyBeerMan
Photo of CuriousMonk


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

Poured a pale yellow with a decent head. The appearance was the highlight here. Aroma was slightly sweet and mainly of corn and malt. Taste was similar with corn/adjuncts dominating with slightly sour bite just prior of a mild to mid hop bitterness finish. Palate was decent although a bit on the thin side. Overall, a typical American style lager that is mass produced and loaded up with corn/adjuncts. Perfect to sip on while you do yard work on a hot day or when hanging with buddies at a dive bar that doesn't serve craft beer!

Serving type: bottle

02-04-2011 15:46:58 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of HeeNalu


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

I'm getting classy today, guys. PBR tall boy, in it's infinite glory, poured into the appropriate glassware.... a pint sized plastic cup.

A - Pours a clear, light, yellowy gold. A quick 1 fingerish head that dissipates almost instantly with the tiniest hint of lacing. The epitome of eye twinkling glory for the flat broke college student.

S - Pretty clean on the nose. Not a lot to detect. Some light notes of roasted corn with the coarseness of corn husk, and a touch of aluminum type metal. It's enough to make your mouth water.... if you can smell it over the Marlboro smoke.

T - Coarse grains, and corn husk - much like the smell. Same metallic sensation with a a hit of hops almost trying to break through. Not sweet, not bitter, just coarse grain and corn husk. A nectar of that gods that sets your tongue ablaze.... if you can keep your mullet hair out of your cup.

M - Fairly noticeable carbonation at first which, strangely, falls flat on the tongue pretty quickly. Fairly thin, but enough to know it's there.

D - Drinks like water. You could have at it all day, and many do. Pairs wonderfully with that Ballpark frank, fried bologna sandwich, or pimento cheese.

For what it is, it's a good, easy drinking beer for those lazy summer days. Definitely better than BMC.

Serving type: can

02-01-2011 20:31:46 | More by HeeNalu
Photo of obrendano


3.33/5  rDev +13.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

ahhh, the hip classic. tastes ok, gets the job done, what else can you say?

A - unsurprising American lager look, clear straw gold, foamy head

S - grains and a hint of the can it was poured from

T - better than most of its mass produced colleagues, burst of grainy malt, a flash of hops towards the end, finishes with a warm tone in the back of your throat. thankfully devoid of the over-riced dip in quality that regular Bud has towards the middle

M - the definition of average. enough body to keep the flavor in your mouth

D - being that it's probably impossible to find this for more than a buck or two on tap or more than 3 or 4 bucks for a 6 pack, you can't go wrong if you want to do some cheap, working class drinking. bottoms up

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 21:35:10 | More by obrendano
Photo of foogerd

New York

3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear golden yellow body, nice foamy head webbed lacing, classic.

S- Grain and slightly offensive smell of metallics.

T- Crispy fresh hops bite at your tongue, malty straw balance.

M- Good solid mouthfeel, exactly how it should feel.

D- Tasty and drinkable this is Lager how it should be.

Serving type: can

01-31-2011 03:43:24 | More by foogerd
Photo of mattkoon

South Carolina

3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

im just sayin- if i gotta go regular american beer i go pabst. i mean it won a blue ribbon forcryin out loud. this stuff is about the same price as pepsi. as far as i am concerned its about the best beer for the money out there. it has more flavor than bud and is 1/2 the price. even at my locaql bar bud light=$2.75 pbr=$1.50. thats a no brainer.

Serving type: can

01-30-2011 15:22:38 | More by mattkoon
Photo of TheLegendaryGary


3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

PBR, my favorite budget friendly beer, a beer you can get all over and not brake the bank. I also have say I'm very sick of people bad mouthing Pabst just because it's not a "premium" beer. The fact is it's a fine beer with a lot of drinkability.

I can't really say there was any thing special about the smell or the color, but the taste is quite good and easy on the mouth. My favorite quality is it's drinkability, in the middle of summer or the dead of winter, I can pound that shit down until the second coming of crist and not get really hung over.

All I'm saying is give Pabst fighting chance, who knows you might like it.

Serving type: can

01-29-2011 03:56:52 | More by TheLegendaryGary
Photo of Jimmys


3.98/5  rDev +35.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A: pale golden, yellow with a huge forthy white head. a select few trails of CO2 escape to the surface.

S: tin, bready pils malt. some mild hop bitterness on the tail end.

T: sweet and bready. alcohol, a little bit of hoppy herby/pepperness on the end. a decent amount of complexity for an adjunct.

M: good carbonation on a style that calls for a solid mouthfeel.

D: like most people, i have been drinking this stuff for a while without really considering what's going on inside the can. overall, it is a solid beer for the style it represents. with the pricetag that goes with it, it's hard not to have any in the fridge.

Serving type: can

01-26-2011 01:50:17 | More by Jimmys
Photo of heebes

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

355 ml can. 4.9 abv.
An old staple, time for it's just review.

Pours a pale very light yellow with a finger white head that dissipates quickly. Aggressive pour, damn cold from being in the porch during winter. (Boring stuff doesn't need proper storage)
Nose is wheat, grain, phenol and a pilsner like auroma. Tase is quite similar; light tasting malts and weak pils like flavour, grassy grain. Light, watery mouthfeel. Very easy to consume several, and honestly having not had one since joining BA and trying so many stlyes, it tastes pretty decent right now. One to drink at a gathering of non appreciate craft friends or as a summer grass cutting refresher.

Serving type: can

01-25-2011 22:21:36 | More by heebes
Photo of FosterJM


2.5/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

213th review on BA
Can to pint

App- See through yellow with a nice foamy 2 finger head. Wasn't expecting that. Never poured this into a glass when I had over a decade ago as a teenager

Smell- Not much going on. You can slightly detect a corn by product in there with some pilsner malt.

Taste- An American Staple. Downplay your ingredients to take away the flavor so its more acceptable to the masses. A corn flavor with some malt undernotes.

Mouth- Thin, Watery and crisp. Normal AAL feel.

Drink- Well its better than Bud Light.

Serving type: bottle

01-25-2011 05:03:51 | More by FosterJM
Photo of Duhast500

Rhode Island

2.65/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 16oz. can into a pint glass

The color was a completely clear yellow/gold with a slight thin band of whit foamy head with no lacing

The smell was a little sweet with some pilsner malt. There was also a touch of bitterness as well. The beer was pretty cold and was hard to detect much in the nose.

The taste was a bit sweet like the nose. Pilsner malt with a light barley flavor. Some small bitterness toward the end.

This beer had a bit of a thin body. There was a good easy drinking feel to it and did go down easy. A beer with a purpose, this beer makes for a cheap beer when there is nothing but macro on the bar tap list.

Serving type: can

01-24-2011 01:09:37 | More by Duhast500
Photo of chinchill

South Carolina

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

served in chilled mug

Clearly not a high quality beer. Not interesting. Not bold. But really, not too bad. I've been surprised the last couple of times I've had this on draft. No significant off-aromas or offensive taste components. IMO, PBR in a can is a different story.

PBR has a light malty aroma with no off-notes and detectable hops. Looks and tastes like a generic macro-brew. Better than the average American macro-brew for the price.

Serving type: on-tap

01-23-2011 01:58:45 | More by chinchill
Photo of aficionado224


1.9/5  rDev -35.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

To say this beer is uninspired is to put it mildly. It has so many off flavors and peculiar aftertastes, it's a wonder how they manage that in such a watery brew. There is nothing to recommend Pabst Blue Ribbon for any reason. I wouldn't buy it for myself, and I wouldn't offer it to anyone else.

Serving type: can

01-19-2011 16:02:02 | More by aficionado224
Photo of rmolledo


3.58/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A: Crystal Clear Golden Straw with frothy white head. excellent lacing.

S: Pilsner Malt, Lager Yeast, feint fruity hop aroma, corn.

T: slightly sweet malty pilsner flavor, sharp corn bite, no hop flavor. after taste is of fresh barley malt, good stuff.

MF: high carbonation, moderate-light body. dry finish

D: this is a great session after work american lager. The best American Light Lager IMO.

Serving type: can

01-18-2011 20:34:49 | More by rmolledo
Photo of z3niMAGiNE


2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

I bought a 12 pack for New Years and nobody drank a single one. Now I'm stuck with them. Go figure.

Yesterday I poured my peeber into a glass. I was about to do the same just now and figured why bother.

Pretty much the same as any other mass market lager. Straight up corn water.

It's not awful. Just uninspired and mostly flavorless.

Serving type: can

01-17-2011 00:41:25 | More by z3niMAGiNE
Photo of stephadelphia


2/5  rDev -32%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Had this in a chilled can.

A: From the looks of it, appeared to be a light gold color with some visible air bubbles. Barely had any head.

S: Light, wheaty with a little malt.

T: No bitterness, light taste. I'm not trying to dog on this beer, but its finish reminds me of a gym sock. I don't quite know how else to describe it.

M: Light, watery... nothing special.

D: If you can get past the odd after-taste, you can definitely put these back (and I've seen it done). There's not much that entices me about it, though, and the aftertaste is enough to keep me from wanting more of these unless I'm already... well, drunk. I will never buy it and bring it home for myself, but if it's a special at a bar somewhere, I might entertain the idea of drinking a can.

Serving type: can

01-14-2011 03:31:40 | More by stephadelphia
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.53/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pabst is one of those beers, you can get completely smashed off of it, but you can also enjoy it watching some football, eating pizza, etc. Since I've only poured a PBR into a glass maybe two times I am going to reference the most recent time, which was a few days ago, WHICH was the best pabst I have ever had. I poured it into a standard pint glass, got a little head that didn't last too long, never disappeared 100% though which was nice. The appearance was that of a normal lager accept for the head and lacing, I got the best lacing out of this pbr that I have gotten in at least two months of drinking craft beer. I was BLOWN AWAY. unbelievable to get that from a pabst. The smell wasn't anything special, neither was the taste, the taste was light light hops, light malt sweetness, but nothing bad about it. There really aren't any bad flavors to speak of in this beer, it's not offensive in any way. Personally my favorite cheap beer hands down.

Serving type: can

01-13-2011 15:03:42 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of OneLowChevy


3.85/5  rDev +31%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

This is one of those beers i notice people either love it or hate it. i personally love it. It goes great on a hot summer day and while im spending some alone time in my garage. It goes down very smooth and the price cant be beat. PBR always has a home in my fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

01-12-2011 06:44:22 | More by OneLowChevy
Photo of obrike


3.03/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

My go to summer cheap beer in the heart of Texas. Nothing special about PBR at all. Just very easy drinking. I guess the best thing about it is the fact it doesn't have any ill aftertastes like bud light, coors light, or the numerous other lighter lagers available. It's actually quite refreshing during a hot summer day....and at under 7 bucks a 12-pack, it's a no-brainer.

Serving type: can

01-10-2011 01:13:38 | More by obrike
Photo of DrinkingDrake


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

Very light yellow with lots of carbonation and a puffy head.

Smells very light. Some light hop zest but mainly dominated by corn/wheat.

Light and crisp. Grassy malt and a slightly sour metallic taste. The hops carry up the back more than anything leaving a very astringent feeling.

Drinks really smooth and quick. Good cheap bar beer.

Serving type: on-tap

01-08-2011 15:56:45 | More by DrinkingDrake
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