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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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4,837 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,837
Reviews: 1,617
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 49
Gots: 665 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

- 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
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Ratings: 4,837 | Reviews: 1,617
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3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 16 ounce can into a mug. Pours the color of straw with a thick white head. Plenty of bubbles stream up from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of lightly toasted barley malt, sweet corn, and hops greet the nose. It tastes much like it smells. It's a well-balanced flavor of lightly toasted barley malt, corn, and hops. It's crisp and clean. The carbonation is abundant, but not supercharged. The mouthfeel is light. It's very easy to gulp this down. It's a solid adjunct lager and one of my old go to session beers. PBR me, ASAP.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.1%

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2/5  rDev -31.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +28%

Photo of mrfrancis
3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pours a clear gold with a thin, fizzy white head that quickly settles into a ring of white lace. Compared to many American adjunct lagers, the head retention is pretty good.

S: Typical of the style, PBR is bland and inoffensive. Subtle aromas of grain husks, grass, lemon, and minerals are just barely detectable on the nose.

T: Compared to many other macro lagers, this is pretty tasty. Notes of lemon, grass, hay, straw, chalk, minerals, and grain husks wash across the palate. The finish is fleeting with a combination of grain and lemon notes.

M: Light-bodied, but somewhat heavier and fuller than many adjunct-laden lagers. Carbonation is very heavy, resulting in a bloating, but more filling and substantial beverage.

O: For the style, PBR is pretty hard to beat. It may not be exciting or interesting, and it certainly is nowhere near complex, but this is a solid, simple beer than one can return to time and time again. It's definitely better and more satisfying than the likes of Bud, Miller, and Coors.

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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1.5/5  rDev -48.8%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

Photo of jimmah120
2.77/5  rDev -5.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

24oz big can

Pours a watery gold with a thin sudsy covering that passes as a head. Smell is corn, water, and some hops. Emphasis on the water. Taste is corn-water up front, with a slightly malty hop aftertaste. A little banana in there, too. Mouth is water with a creamy malt-like aftertaste.

Overall, this is my go-to cheap beer. Inoffensive, watery(obviously), but not without flavor. It gets a pass.

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.25/5  rDev +10.9%

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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3/5  rDev +2.4%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +19.5%

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2.25/5  rDev -23.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -14.7%

Photo of avalon07
2.15/5  rDev -26.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

A: Had this on-tap, at Mellow Mushroom Avondale, poured into a pint glass. Had a pale yellow color and a clear consistency. There was a thin foamy head that quickly dissipated. No real lacing to speak of.

S: Not a whole lot of smell, but a slightly sweet quality was apparent.

T: Tasted of light malt, light hops, and some lemon (or some kind of citrus. Mainly, this is just a thin, watery, tasteless macro brew with no real character to it.

M: An average amount of carbonation with a surprisingly dry and lively finish. Light-bodied.

O: I tried this beer simply because I'd never had one before. It is simply undrinkable and inexplicably popular.

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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