Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) - Pabst Brewing Company

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Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR)

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BA SCORE
68
poor

4,706 Ratings
THE BROS
84
good

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Ratings: 4,706
Reviews: 1,553
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 25.17%
Wants: 40
Gots: 496 | 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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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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2.38/5  rDev -19%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A: Clear, light golden with a thin white head that forms an dissipates quickly. Active bubbles abound

S: Light cooked grains and a trace of malt sweetness.

T: Corn, malt, and almost no hops.

M: Thin, watery, medium carbonation.

O: This is not a beer I would choose to drink. However, it is better that Bud, MGD, "Beast" and Miller.

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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2/5  rDev -32%

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

The PBR has long been my go-to cheapo beer. It's great for hanging out at the party after your tastebuds are spent on a few good ipas, or as a refreshing "nothing special" beer on occasion.. I hate pretty much every other cheap domestic or Canadian beer. I respect PBR for being what it is - a decent tasting, cheap grain lager. It tastes crisp and clean, with a slightly bitter (not skanky) aftertaste. I wish I knew all the fancy words to properly explain myself on Beer Advocate, but I haven't studied up. That's why I haven't reviewed my favorite double ipas yet. A couple years ago when I was in Brooklyn, it really upset me to discover this beer had become "cool" with the hipster crowd. Then I thought about it, and realized I appreciate so many poor bastards having good taste.

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

Photo of h20mbh
3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

appearance
light gold in color. medium carbonation.

smell
light corn, barley, and hops. nearly no smell.

taste
balanced taste between malt and hops. very light, but nothing bad. slightly bitter aftertaste is pleasureable.

mouthfeel
light and clean. standard lager.

overall
nothing bad about this lager. nothing outstanding either. one of, if not the best, adjunct lager on the market.

Photo of Beerme09
3.5/5  rDev +19%

Photo of tbern007
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear, yellow with a thin white head and actually a surprising lacing.
Scent is very grainy, corn-like, not that inviting.
Taste/mouthfeel: crisp, refreshing, dry, light bodied, a hint of hops, malt, grain, alcohol.
Of the big ones, this isn't bad.

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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2.5/5  rDev -15%

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4/5  rDev +36.1%

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3/5  rDev +2%

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3/5  rDev +2%

Photo of BrownNut
2.06/5  rDev -29.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 1.75

This is a bad beer. When I was out of work and things were looking pretty bad, I had to stop buying good beer. I even tried to stop buying beer period. But after a while I wanted a beer so bad. So at the grocery store there was a deal on two fourpack tallboy cans for $6. Pretty nice. The beers to choose from were Miller High Life, Icehouse, and PBR. The first time, they were out of PBR and I got High Life and Icehouse. I didn't even like High Life in high school when I was a devotee of such fine brews as Miller Genuine Draft and Bud Light. It was worse than I remember. That's a crappy beer. The Icehouse was fine for that sort of thing. Not great, but ballpark quality. So the next time I was happy to see they had PBR. All of my friends had been drinking it during the hipster revival and they liked it so I thought I was in luck. Ohhh no. Oh no. Bad. Bad beer. It was worse than High Life. I don't know what people are thinking saying they love this beer. This is a gross tasting beer. It's on a level with Natural Light or Keystone or something else awful. Big disappointment. Won't drink it again.

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3.5/5  rDev +19%

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4/5  rDev +36.1%

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,706 ratings.