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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
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4,132 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 4,132
Reviews: 1,489
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 260 | 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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TwinSox33

New Hampshire

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

Poured From a 16oz tallboy:

A: Clear bright yellow, small wispy head that fades quick. (as expected)

S: Smells of clean milled grains, and a light whiff of hops.

T: Tastes of freshly milled grains, a small barely detectable hint of adjunct (corn or otherwise) and there is a mild astringent sweetness. The beer is followed off by a nice crisp hop presence, with a fade of yeasty dryness.

D: Very much so. You could pound these all night for the price.

As a man who's proud to come form a long line of workin' stiffs, this is the stuff of legend in the working stiff community! Better than Bud, Miller, Or Coors, and at about half the price, why the hell Not:)

Serving type: can

11-26-2008 05:53:07 | More by TwinSox33
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allergictomacros

Ontario (Canada)

2.45/5  rDev -16.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Pours a clear gold. Weak white head.

S - Vegetal and somewhat lemony. I think I detect some malt.

T - Kind of a light but coarse bitterness. Malt is light as well, but with a hint of grain.

M - Astringent. Fizzy.

D - Basically astringent bitter water. Overall, substandard macro. Bitterer than the average, but without any flavour.

Serving type: can

11-25-2008 23:30:12 | More by allergictomacros
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jeffthecheff

Connecticut

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

My go-to lager. I don't care what anyone says but this is the best of the style and I never get sick of it. After drinking this for a while, going back to other macro lagers is about impossible.

Appearance is clear gold with a quick fizzy white head. Doesn't stand out against any other lager, but it is good enough for me to want to drink it.

Smell is not spectacular. Same grainy smell as any other of the style. It smells like beer but not as strong as the "others"

Taste is very inoffensive. It has that light crisp taste that fits with the style, but surprisingly more clean than its competitors. There is only a light adjunct flavor here. This tastes good, without considering the price...but when that factors in you must be crazy to have any other preference.

Carbonation is on the heavy side, but its not too bad. It is perfect to go along with the flavors but doesn't contribute to a great mouthfeel. Oh well, thats a sacrifice thats ok with me. Drinkability is incredible. This is my choice
"party beer" for that reason. Taking big sips of this is great, and sessioning this all night is great.

This beer might not be my favorite as a beer and compared to crafts, but its the perfect beer for the most occasions. Chases most food really well, good party beer, and something to drink while watching sports/TV/movies. I'm also broke right now so this is always in my fridge.

Serving type: can

11-25-2008 04:35:17 | More by jeffthecheff
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germanbeer1

Maine

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

I respect PBR for trying to do something different, but that in no way excuses the bad taste. Pours a golden body and is extremely carbonated. The taste is overly metallic, but thankfully it is not as watery is many other cheap beers. There is a noticeable increase in taste however when drinking this from a bottle.

Serving type: can

11-24-2008 15:07:22 | More by germanbeer1
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MTNboy

Germany

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

I am not even going to lie. I am a big fan of PBR. It is really a beer that you cannot go wrong with. Yes, I know that it is a cheap American macro but to be honest it is one of the purest and less adjunct. Most of all it is a classic. I have had this in the can, on tap, and in the bottle and it still remains to be a versatile beer. It has a golden hay color to the body with usually some moderate carbonation bubble. It has usually a moderate head and just a little lace. For a cheap beer you can taste the hops and the malt. OK and some minor adjunct but no worse than a lot of the micro's people rave about. It is very crisp and refreshing. The body is light but not too light. You still know you are drinking a beer. It goes with almost any food and any occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

11-23-2008 05:53:08 | More by MTNboy
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DavidSeanNJ

New Jersey

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

PBR! Yes! Hey man, when economic times are rough, this is the beer that I turn to. 3.99 for a six pack? Hells yes! Happy hour 2 dollar pints? YESSS.

A- Light straw golden color. Some thin white head, no lace, carbonation bubbles abound...looks refreshing in the glass.

S- Not much going on here. Clean smelling, fresh water, grains, malts.

T- Exactly what I look for in a macro lager. Big malty taste with some bitter hops on the back end. Really clean and refreshing.

M- Light bodied but not super paper thin. Crisp. Easy drinker.

D- This is a beer that will go down all night. GREAT stuff. I'll take a shot of Jim Beam with this one...yes!

Serving type: on-tap

11-22-2008 14:24:36 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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irishman06

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This beats all the other lagers in the mainstream market. My choice for a simple, refreshing American Macro Lager. I'd choose this over a Bud of Coors any day. Crisp, clean, and refreshing. Perfect for a large outdoor gathering or BBQ. Easy on the wallet as well. A winner.

Serving type: can

11-14-2008 19:55:18 | More by irishman06
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steeler

Ontario (Canada)

4.05/5  rDev +37.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Once again the Sleeman version of the beer, i wish i could get the real McCoy tho, onto the review!

Apperance - Light yellow colour, not very appealing.

Smell - No off smells, hints of metallic, smells fresh. A hint, HINT of hops.

Taste - Very smooth, little hop prescence, carbonated. Crisp finish.

Mouthfeel - Velvety smooth, full.

Drinkability - Through the roof. Honestly this beer is very poundable. Very easy to suck 12 back. Nuff said.

Hands down, for a buck a beer in Ontario, this is the ultimate buck a beer, and my favorite discount macro. Whether it be out of a can or a bottle it simply is, the best cheap beer you can get! Give this one a try, don't listen to the fools.

Serving type: bottle

11-11-2008 05:46:47 | More by steeler
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philipquarles

Connecticut

2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear gold with a decent head that disappears quickly. Slight bubbling.

Smells faintly of grassy malt and just a hint of hops. The taste is also pretty straightforward and similarly lightly malty. No noticeable bitterness really, just a "clean" taste. I guess that's what a lager like this is meant for?

Overall, a pretty uninspiring beer. Certainly unoffensive (which can't be said of a lot of other macros) and the price is hard to beat.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2008 00:18:11 | More by philipquarles
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olegv40

Ohio

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

Comes in a "man can" (24oz can) You cant beat that. Much better than its macro lager brethren, and surprisingly drinkable, it compares very favorably with its hoppy flavor and a smooth finish. Ultimately a very average beer, but my go-to when stuck in a bar with a small offering.

Best from a tap, but more fun to drink out of an outrageously large can, see if you can finish it before it gets warm.

Serving type: can

11-02-2008 01:14:20 | More by olegv40
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RblWthACoz

Pennsylvania

3.55/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a very clear yellow gold with a thin white head. Nose is grainy and smells like pee. Flavor is actually quite smooth. Slight sweet tone. Grainy kind of earthy tone. Feel has a thick carbonation that really makes me burp. Liquid feel is typical. This is an easy drinking lager IMO. For what it is, I don't think you can go wrong with it.

Serving type: can

11-01-2008 16:45:40 | More by RblWthACoz
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spike882

New York

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Generous amount of foamy white head the dissipates relatively quick. Leaves behind a think amount of even lacing around the glass. Color is medium straw and clear.

Smell is rather light with a slight sweetness and grain notes. Very crisp aroma with almost no hop presence.

Taste is light but very crisp and refreshing in that their is a healthy amount of carbonation. A very slight malt finish that is also dry.

Overall a great Amercian lager that is better than any of the other big macro brews of the same style. Also, price is amazing. This beer holds a special place in my heart and in my fridge as an easy drinking standby. Also, would never schedule a grill out or BBQ without at least a 12 pack or two on hand.

Serving type: can

10-29-2008 02:25:49 | More by spike882
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Magpie14

Michigan

3.13/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

A: pale yellow, with rustling bubbles all around and a thin soapy ring at the top.

S: husky grains and sulphur, gotta love it

T: dry, crisp, and very faint bitter hops. Grains lead way to corn, barley and such

M: light body and consistently dry throughout

D: man, got to be! I love this one and it always finds a place in my fridge. It is a toss up between PBR, Strohs, and Old Style for me...but I always go back to the Blue Ribbon when in need. Great price and for its kind a great adjunct Lager

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2008 05:18:42 | More by Magpie14
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Hojaminbag

Colorado

2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

My apartment has finished several kegs of this in the past few months, so I decided to just review the stuff. I feel like I am unfair to Macro's a lot in reviews, but I'm trying.

Extremely clear and pale yellow body with just a bit of white head. Nearly no retention and no lacing left behind.

Smells really sweet. Rice and corn.

There are definitely lots of worse Macros. Lots of sweet corn and rice type flavors up front. At the finish I detect just the smallest bit of hop bit.

Very dry mouthfeel. Light, carbonated.

Pretty drinkable, not a whole lot different than funky (just slightly) funky water.

Serving type: on-tap

10-24-2008 04:12:26 | More by Hojaminbag
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BeerConnoisseur

Louisiana

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

Saw this one at a local convenience store and decided to give it a try. Cheap, simple beer but all in all its not bad. Beats Bud, Miller and Coors for sure and for a macro-style lager it doesn't get much better. Would definitely make a great thirst quencher on a hot summer day.

Serving type: can

10-20-2008 18:25:14 | More by BeerConnoisseur
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adamparker05

California

2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured a pale yellow, dirty gold color with a sickly, broken head.

Nose is full of dead grass, oxidized metal and drunk piss on an alley wall on a Saturday night.

Taste is borderline intriguing and foul. Over-ripe zucchini, rotten mushrooms and stale roasted almonds, with a sharp bitter finish.

It's pretty much really drinkable because it's gulpably light and super cheap. I would drink lots of it if I was uber poor, and tonight, I was at the bar. So there you have it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-17-2008 02:39:14 | More by adamparker05
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jdhilt

New Hampshire

2.23/5  rDev -24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pours a four-fingered white head that quickly fades to a thin layer leaving some lace. Crystal clear, very pale amber color. Light carbonation and light bodied. Malty nose. Flavor is honey, very one-dimensional, hops are hidden, works as a lawn mower beer. $1.75 for a 12oz bottle from Barb's Beer Emporium Concord, NH.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2008 22:24:36 | More by jdhilt
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EatsTacos

Yukon (Canada)

2.2/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Pours a straw yellow with a small one finger head that quickly dissipated

Aroma was lightly corn and pale pilsner malt, some cardboard and aluminum in the nose too

taste followed the nose with a dry malty backbone with a light adjunct flavour. nothing too offensive

Pretty thin with a high and sharp carbonation

Drinkibility 3/5

Serving type: can

10-16-2008 04:30:01 | More by EatsTacos
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biggred1

Indiana

3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pale yellow with a big fluffy head that fades quickly into a thin collar of foam. Smell is of corn and grain with a faint hop in the background. Tastes like it should, no frills but light and pleasant like a macro lager should. Medium creamy mouthfeel with a faint citrus in the finish. Par for the style. It's at least priced right, a good session beer that I could easily crush all night long.

Serving type: can

10-15-2008 22:42:18 | More by biggred1
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TheDeuce

New York

2.55/5  rDev -13.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pabst Blue Ribbon....

Appearance-poured out of a can into the glass, leaves a fizzy head that trails downward, muddled color as well.

Smell-tinny smell, lots of metal, some alcohol as well. Other things come up but not noticably strong.

Taste/Mouthfeel-again metallic, grainy up front and in the finish, heavily carbonated. Wouldn't go so far as to call it enjoyable but it is different.

Drinkability-Light beer, not that enjoyable though, easy to drink if you want to.

Overall-This beer has a cult following, I'm not that sure why. Didn't really enjoy it and I don't even think it's better than BMC.

Serving type: can

10-15-2008 01:23:07 | More by TheDeuce
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Gambrinus1184

Connecticut

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

Poured on-tap at the Red Door in Watertown, Conn.

A: Poured a clear, straw yellow with a thin veil of carbonation which left a bit of soapy lace but disappeared less than 5 sips into the beer.

S: Smells like sweet cooked corn and a bit of zesty grains.

T: Taste is presented with a quick flash of sweet grains followed by a little acrid bitterness before finishing slightly sweet and sticky, but causes a bit of afterburn.

M: Mouthfeel is light-medium bodied and not to hard to drink a few.

D: Sessionable ABV, usually pretty cheap and no out of whack flavors make it a decent macro lager, but nothing I'd pick up or store in my fridge.

No frills but not bad for a cheap-o lager. As iconic as the beer is, it's tough to see the price go up as the cult following emerges after this classic. Better than BMC, but still not a great choice at the fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

10-13-2008 03:43:06 | More by Gambrinus1184
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erikm25

Washington

3.65/5  rDev +24.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A: Pours a golden straw color. Sits clear and faint pale yellow. Unremarkable head and minimal lacing.

S: Malt and grain aromas. Very slight hops. Compared to any other macros there is something noticeable in the aroma that sets it apart.

T: Grassy with with some cereal malts. Goes down easy and has even a minor hoppy quality with some minimal bready undertones. Nothing amazing with PBR but when compared to other macro lagers it is far superior in my opinion.

M: Light to moderate body with rather high carbonation.

D: When push comes to shove and I am short on a dime I will drink PBR first, foremost, and only. Like many others, good times over the years have been had with PBR. I plan to have a lot of great beers at my wedding and an ice chest of PBR will be there as well. It is a steal for the price and there is no reason to even consider drinking any of the other macros.

Serving type: can

10-12-2008 23:09:12 | More by erikm25
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electricfields

Idaho

3.08/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Okay, I can't be terribly serious with a review of Pabst Blue Ribbon. I can just be honest (hence the inclusion of this disclaimer). It holds a lot of memories and sentimental value for me and for everyone else who's been involved in any music scene for about the past 10 years. So... uh... up the punx, I guess! My point is, you really can't deny the cultural impact of PBR on certain social groups, including many of the ones to which some might say I belong.

So on to the review!

A: Well, you know. Yellow with a fizzy white head. It's 50 cents a can here. Do you really expect anything else?

S: Smells corny and malty. No noticeable hoppiness or anything to speak of. For this kind of beer, that's kind of to be expected. So it's average. So there.

T: Corn, sweet bready malts, and a hint of wet dog hair. Fun fact: the older a can of Pabst gets, the more like hair it tastes! Drink 'em quick! Before that, though, it's definitely pretty tasty, considering it's 50 cents a can.

M: Feels nice, actually. Not thick, at ALL, but carbonated enough to be pleasant. I like it.

D: This is the quintessential "punk rock" beer. Also the quintessential "hipster" beer. Also the quintessential "get drunk with your dad and shoot beer cans in the woods" beer. There's a reason for that: because it's really easy to drink a lot of it, and it doesn't cost much to get a lot of it to drink. It tastes good enough to just pound one after another without giving it much thought. That said, its superior drinkability is what makes it the venerable institution that it is.

Serving type: can

10-12-2008 08:46:15 | More by electricfields
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Blake

California

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an okay beer. Red White and Blue can = Patriotic. But I think budweiser takes the crown for that category.

Pretty boring taste although very smooth and easy going down. Not too many hops, most beer lovers I think would not love this beer but it is better than other more common lagers.

Serving type: can

10-09-2008 03:52:26 | More by Blake
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itcomesnpints

New York

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

Golden, clear and OK head. No real lace.

Not much smell overall, very light hops, little bit of malt.

Slight hoppiness and that's about it.

Mouthfeel is very light, but OK. Doesn't add anything, but doesn't take much away either.

A classic beer for drunken college parties and nostalgic reunions. Great for shotgunning and beer bonging. Not so good for sipping.

Serving type: can

10-07-2008 23:59:41 | More by itcomesnpints
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,132 ratings.