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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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BA SCORE
68
poor

4,367 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,367
Reviews: 1,508
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 30
Gots: 355 | 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.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001)
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Photo of meerkat2
2/5  rDev -32%

meerkat2, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of TEAMHOLT
4/5  rDev +36.1%

TEAMHOLT, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of azorie
3/5  rDev +2%

azorie, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of beerme411
3.5/5  rDev +19%

beerme411, Nov 14, 2011
Photo of joemcgrath27
2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - crystal clear pale golden, two fingers of head quickly dissipated to a thin covering with some whispy lacing
S - strong adjunct with grainy aromas and leafy hops
T - mostly corn and grainy flavours, metallic and leafy finish
M - thin and watery, building dry finish
O - the problem I have here is rating according to style, but the adjunct style is generally no favourable .... so is a good adjunct lager an A within the style OR is it a C or less given that the style is generally crap? Average either way

joemcgrath27, Nov 12, 2011
Photo of Sachsenfreude
3.68/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

appearance; clear pale yellow with active carbonation and a nice white head theat dissipates to a thick film, leaving no lacing.

smell; some metallic, bitter hops with a solid malty backbone with a hint of sweet corn.

taste; not bad, pretty watery at first but some slick hops pop up, a little bit grainy with a solid malt finish. Some sweeter notes of corn in there blend nicely with the malts.

mouthfeel; very smooth and drinkable with a crisp finish. Cleanses the palate leaving little to no residual feeling on the palate.

overall; I must start by saying that I don't care much for this beer but considering the style, I am more than impressed...

Sachsenfreude, Nov 11, 2011
Photo of SouthLoopSuds
3.95/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love this stuff! Cheap, but a hella lot better than any other American Lager! (i.e Buttwieper) I just picked up a 30 pack (times are tough) and was pleasantly surprised by the familiarity from my college days. It's been a while, but I have to say for a cheap beer, this stuff delivers....

SouthLoopSuds, Nov 09, 2011
Photo of match1112
3.23/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

dumped from the can into a pint glass. pours a clear golden straw color. a white head quickly disappears to leave a faint ring around the glass. smell and taste are both made up of faint grain and corn syrup. has a light to medium body. better than average carbonation and a smooth non bitter aftertaste. overall this is slightly better than most adjunct lagers, does not feel as watered down and thin as the others.

match1112, Nov 07, 2011
Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Into a pint glass and a pilsener at different times (no change):

A: light yellow body with a small white head that quickly diminishes to barely nothing, no lacing

S: faint grains, light sweet corn syrup, no hops

T: sweet through previously mentioned flavors

M: light, sessionable, watery sweet aftertaste and finish

O: good for the style, decent to me, however, I admit I tend to have this one in the summer backyard BBQ, nothing like pourin' it over the pig roastin' over the firepit

BeerKangaroo, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Kloug
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is one of the cheapest beers in Quebec, but better than most Canadian beers.

There is some hop bitterness in the PBR, something unknown in Canadian beers, cheap or not.

PBR is a very simple and enjoyable beer, a good friday treat beer. There is better beers, of course, but at a much higher price.

Kloug, Nov 05, 2011
Photo of Jerone
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Straw colored beer with a quickly fading head and lots of little bubbles going to the top.

S - Grain, some malt and maybe some sweetness.

T - Malt and grain, a bit of sweetness, very smooth and drinkable. Decent taste but nothing special.

M - Light body with high carbonation, very refreshing.

O - A better than average american lager, but still only good for getting drunk.

Jerone, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of dankster
3.43/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

What can i say, i have always had a pabst in the fridge for those rainy days!

Looks like any other lager from america but has more flavor and body than anything that bud or coors puts out. smell is very much grain and corn but still pleaseing on a hot day. taste and mouth are one in the same smooth and easy. overall this is the budget beer of choice for my fridge every time needed to save a little green for the rent. ( or whatever bill needed)

dankster, Oct 22, 2011
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3.1/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is one of those beers that is good for the younger crowd, one because its cheap and two when your young you really dont care that much about taste you just want to get drunk. but in my opinion this beer really isnt awful, but not the nectar of the Gods either. the smell of it isnt a good beer smell what so ever but the taste is right above average in my book

EmericaMoon, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Bigbadbudman
1/5  rDev -66%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Why don't people understand that just because your dad and your dad's dad drank it doesn't mean its good. This beer shouldn't be shouldn't served, sold, or given away for free. This is pure butt pee in a can. Some one should petition congress and have there brewery shut down and burned. This a black eye on America's beer portfolio. I hate this beer.

Bigbadbudman, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of ahq514
2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from 16 oz can into shaker pint glass.

Pours a decent sized head that diminishes pretty rapidly to almost nothing, barely a film on top of the beer. Pours a pale golden color that you can see straight through. Seems a lot less carbonated than I would have imagined. Surprisingly impressed with the moderate lacing.

Doesn't have much aroma. Faint grains and light, sweet corn syrup. Can't detect any hops.

Tastes about the same as the aroma. Very lightly toasted grains, a touch of sweet corn syrup. Hops are almost not detectable. After having just read an article about how carbonation affects taste, I can taste a slight acidity from the carbonation. Very light profile.

Has very light body, slightly more body than water. Higher carbonation.

For what this is, its not bad. I barely ever drink AALs, but it seems that PBR is one of the only I can stomach. Would say its better than other AALs. Can only drink these every once in awhile.

ahq514, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Monk0383
3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

I'm trying to to find that perfect party/summer/lawnmower beer, with value and taste in mind. I Re-tried budweiser recently and I have to say I enjoyed it, for what it is. But thats gonna be different review. Also enjoy Shlitz, making it my first review, but on to the Pabst! I'm gonna do this review while dinking the beer.

Serving style can poured into a frosty beer mug.

A: Straw yellow, one fingers worth of head, which stuck around for about a minute. Slight lacing

S: Not much of a smell, slighty grassy. Nothing offencive

T: Grassy, not malty at all, dry and crisp. Finshes clean with a lil' hop in there

M: Dry and bubbly, clean finsh

O: I like this beer, there's only a few I would say I dislike. It was quite refreshing, I wonder if my guest would mind enjoying Pabst at my next event? I'm gonna continue my quest for the perfect party/summer beer. Any sugestions are welcome

Plus I think a cooler full of Pabst, Shlitz, and maybe Blatz, would be a hit at a retro pool party or something

Monk0383, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of shortbus7
3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Hay yellow with a 1 finger white head.

S: Malt and corn.

T: Malt with a slight hint of hops. A little bit of corn.

M: Good amount of carbonation. Nice and crisp.

O: A very good macro, most likely the best one out there. There is always a few of these floating around in the back of the fridge.

shortbus7, Oct 10, 2011
Photo of kilustration
3.48/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Another easy winner if choosing an domestic macro brew.

This is a no brainer - easily obtainable, affordable and not offensive.

Pours much the same as any other macro with a much more pleasant taste and aroma.

This is not in the running to claim the title of "best in the world", but can compete for "best mass produced" and it has earned reserved shelf space in my fridge.

kilustration, Oct 09, 2011
Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.05/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Ah...finally got to reviewing PBR.
Pours a clear light straw/golden color with a massive white foamy head from a 24 oz can, with freshness date on the can.
Aroma is grainy, sort of wheat husk, with hints of bready yeast and malt.
Crisp, pale, grainy, malty lager. Easy to drink and kinda refreshing too. A very good lager, especially for the price that it is sold.

CaptDavyJones, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of McStagger
2.58/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Hipster-tastic. Always imitated, often duplicated.

A: According to the can, this beer was America's best in 1893. Oh, and it expires on November 11th. Hard pour leads to two and a third (estimate) finger of slightly off white foam. The foam is not long of this earth and rapidly dissipates. Carbonation is lively. Mild to moderate lacing.

S: Cereal goodness. Touch of grassy hops in the nose as well.

T: To be honest, I don't find the flavors to be all that impressive. There's the adjunct cereal, a touch more of the grassy hops and maybe a tiny bit lemon citrus on the end. The finish is all adjunct. Everything seems very muted. The flavors are thin and watery. Not to the level of BMC, but not a whole lot better.

O: The flagship retro lager pales in comparison to other examples of the style. Punch the next hipster you see in the grill and ask why his kind couldn't have made Schlitz their beer of choice.

M: Middle of the pack.

M: Standard adju

McStagger, Oct 03, 2011
Photo of ColdPoncho
2.95/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Expires December 19 2011

Can into pint glass

A - A very light yellow, but crystal clear body with some white head that has impressive staying power and lacing. That said, it's a very ugly head, looking a bit like contaminated bleached sea foam. The color of the beer seems about right for the style.

S - Neutral grains, vanilla, nutty, touch of apple tartness. I don't particularly like it, but it seems about on-par with most AAL's I'm aware of.

T - Pretty much like a watery version of the smell. Light grainy flavors. Superbly boring, pretty inoffensive, but not good.

M - thin, smooth, a bit dry.

O - I drink this once in a while because it's cheap and not BMC.

ColdPoncho, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of Blueribbon666
3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed from notes. Enjoyed many, many times over the years and formally reviewed here for the first time as it is my king of the cheapy's IMO and I've been going back and reviewing some of my favorite old man brews of yore that I've put off while reviewing craft and import beers. Poured from 12oz can into pilsner glass for the purposes of this formal review for an informal brew. Pale straw yellow color pours a fluffy head of about and inch or so if you let it and you enjoy that sort of thing. Usual suspects smell wise for an american adjunct lager, corn mostly and mild sourness of yeast and bread. Taste is sweeter then most and goes down easy and finishes clean though their is that bit of aal funk to it as well. An obvious choice for a session beer, good and cheap no matter if it's can, bottle or draft and IMO creates a better buzz then High Life over the course of a session/night out. This was the standard american adjunct lager I came to enjoy over the usual BMC stuff thanks to dive bars, rock clubs and using it as the main ingredient in flaming Dr. Pepper shots at parties and not wanting to throw away the rest of the can when no one else would volunteer to finish the remains not used in the shot. Also great for making up beer bread and beer can chicken. I prefer the can to the bottle or the draft, both of which seem a bit more watery and rather tasteless where the can seems to have a bit more and the metallic taste IMO adds something as crazy as that sounds. Snobs and hipster's be damned, I enjoy this blue ribbon devil of cheapness.

Blueribbon666, Oct 02, 2011
Photo of tdm168
3.5/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a pale gold with 1/2" of dense, foamy head. Good retention. The smell has notes of grains, pale malts, straw, and earthy, grassy hops. The taste is straw and grains with grassy hops. There's a slight bitterness, but overall well balanced. The mouthfeel is light, smooth, and crisp.

Of all the adjunct lagers this one probably comes closest to actually duplicating a pilsner.

tdm168, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of DannyDan
3.35/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer as most everyone knows is a golden yellow like most macros and has a thin white head that quickly disappears leaving some lacing and little retention. I could hardly get any smell from this beer, so not much to be impressed with. The taste starts out with some corn and sweet malts and later get some hops that nicely balance the malts out. A very smooth, crisp and clean finish that makes this one of the very few AAL beers that is tasty and is also satisfying at the same time. A good beer to drink when low on money and in need of one.

DannyDan, Oct 01, 2011
Photo of Paincane
2.75/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Pale golden colr with thin white head that leaves little lace.
S: Grain, corn, malt, musty.
T: Tastes like its aromas, but weaker.
M: Thin, watery like most American adjunct lagers. Moderately carbonated.
O: Not bad, but far from great. On a hot summer day, this would do a good job of cooling you off. However, as a beer, it is largely simple and uninteresting.

Paincane, Sep 30, 2011
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,367 ratings.