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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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4,295 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,295
Reviews: 1,497
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 29
Gots: 326 | 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 SpecialK088


2.88/5  rDev -2%

Poured into a pint glass

Typical american macro nothing of suprise here

Same as the look except for the fact that I dont get that funky skunked nose out of it that i get from alot of others

This is the suprise, while you can tell fully its a macro it has more flavor, hell you can even taste a little of the hops and barly

Mouth is pretty good as well good carbonation level and a little heavier for a macro, about a medium body

Lawn mowing and golfing i could drink this anytime, OH! and floating on the river in need of some good cheap beer to bring along

07-19-2009 00:19:54 | More by SpecialK088
Photo of civilizedpsycho


2.7/5  rDev -8.2%

Poured bottle into mug.

Appearance: Clear and gold with little to no head. No real lacing either.

Smell: Perhaps a mild hop smell, but nothing too special.

Taste: Although it's a fairly standard adjunct beer, it does have a small but decent kick to it.

Mouthfeel: Thin and watery. Not impressed.

Drinkability: This isn't bad. It's not the best thing I've ever had, but it has its charm.

07-18-2009 21:00:11 | More by civilizedpsycho
Photo of admiralcrunch

New York

3.53/5  rDev +20.1%

On tap in the kegerator.

A) Pours with a big fizzy head that doesn't linger. Looks like you'd expect one of these lagers to look.

S) Smells slightly corny, slightly hoppy.

T) Taste is very similar to smell.

M) Very carbonated; feels a bit too sweet later on through the glass.

D) It's PBR!

07-15-2009 00:59:34 | More by admiralcrunch
Photo of tatoodkelt


3.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Normally I wouldnt go near this type of beer but I was at a wedding over the weekend and the reception was a macro-fest and this was the best offering. No glass-ware to be had so I had it straight from the can. Very muted smell, not as grainy as I expected given the type. Slight metallic aroma and taste which is to be expected. Pretty watery but very easy to drink on a hot day. Over all I was surprised by this one, not sorry I had it but wont look for it again.

07-14-2009 18:48:54 | More by tatoodkelt
Photo of awester462


2.8/5  rDev -4.8%

This is a very cheap beer. You get what you pay for. But out of all the cheap beers this isn't a horrible choice, especially when you compare it to the bud's or miller's, it is actually better. While anyone would prefer a better quality beer...this is not a horrible cost effective way to go for those on a very tight budget.

07-14-2009 08:18:26 | More by awester462
Photo of Amalak

New York

2.58/5  rDev -12.2%

I went for a hot dog at Crif Dogs in NYC. And for a dollar extra I got myself a PBR. To be honest, it wasn't as sour as I had expected. It really lacked any real taste. It was almost like a beer version of vitamin water, sans the health kick. What ever. For a buck, you get what you get.

07-12-2009 19:50:40 | More by Amalak
Photo of beertunes


1.85/5  rDev -37.1%

I poured some Hipster Deluxe into a glass to evaluate the visual components, drank the rest from the can like one of the cool kids. Poured a clear urine yellow with a sharp white head that immediately dissipated, leaving no lacing.

The aroma was slightly sweet, with grain and grass most prominent, not totally bad smelling. The flavor was very neutral, almost no flavor of any kind. I was expecting corn, grass or grain of some sort. Maybe that's why so many drink this beer, it has no flavor.

As expected the body was nearly non-existent. The beer was very drinkable, in the same way water is. Avoid this beer.

07-11-2009 21:11:00 | More by beertunes
Photo of oldpinecone

New York

3.35/5  rDev +13.9%

poured into a pint glass.

Its poured a very yellow golden color with little white head and too much carbonation. The smell was what you expect from and adjuct...corny and grainy. It tasted very differetn from the usual BMC beers though. A bit sweeter? Maybe? Im not sure how to nail it, not bad though. It felt like water in the mouth with a bit of carbonation. Drinkability was great. Awesome session beer for the price. Not bad at all.

07-08-2009 03:17:25 | More by oldpinecone
Photo of thekevlarkid


3.28/5  rDev +11.6%

Out of a can this infamous hipster beer was a bleached gold color with one finger of white head. The retention of a thin layer of foam and a collar was good and the lacing was in bands at first then streaks later on. The semi-sweet aroma was of macro grains, sweet corn, pale malt and a touch of alcohol. The flavors were dry and semi-sweet. Pale malt, a little bright citrus, grains, lots of acidity and a crisp finish. Clean and refreshing; definitely a step above its comparable cohorts. The mouthfeel was good but a bit slick and oily, the body was medium and the carbonation medium/high.

07-07-2009 13:25:14 | More by thekevlarkid
Photo of VTaler


3.88/5  rDev +32%

Poured from a can into a clear plastic cup

A - Pours like any bright lager to a clear bright yellow color. Nothing special here

S - Sweet corn and rice smell. It doesn't have great floral hoppy or malty aroma but I cant expect much

T - Tastes like sweet corn and rice. It actually tastes pretty good unlike most of the adjunct beers out there. The hops are actually present here. The malty flavor tastes similar to a real pilsner. Has a taste that makes you happy

M - Pretty light on the mouthfeel. Recommended putting in a glass or cup

D - Very drinkable. This beer is like a potato chip. Once you pop the top you cant stop

07-07-2009 03:37:47 | More by VTaler
Photo of BarrelO


3/5  rDev +2%

12oz bottle poured into a pilsner glass. File this under "I'm slumming because I'm broke."

A: Ghostly pale. Head soon fades to nothing.

S: It's fairly distinctive, but I'm not really sure how to describe it other than generically beer-y.

T: Grainly malt. A bit of corn. Next to no hops. Bready aftertaste.

M: Thin, pretty close to water.

D: I have to admit, this has some nostalgic appeal for me because my grandmother drank this religiously. But it's actually fairly decent on its own merits. Definitely the best of the super-cheap beers. I hate to admit it, but the hipsters might be on to something.

07-06-2009 01:25:27 | More by BarrelO
Photo of nomomentwasted


3.2/5  rDev +8.8%

I've had a case of this for when some friends come over to offer them a beer that isn't too "beery" (whatever that means). I also pick it up since for a beer that isn't expensive and really easy to find, PBR is about the best choice. Way, way better than Miller/Coors/Bud, and actually pretty refreshing served very cold.

For this review, 12oz can poured into a frosted mug (say what you will, but the colder the better for this non-crafted brew).

Appearance: Well, it's yellow with lots of carbonation and simple white head that dissipates pretty quickly.

Smell: Light and not a whole lot of hops or malt, but a little corn and faint hops come after it opens up a bit.

Taste: When this is cold, it's a great brew for a hot day. The corn and hops are pleasant enough for the brew style, and certainly much better than MGD, Bud, or the Banquet Beer.

Mouthfeel: Especially when cold, it's crisp, light, and very bubbly. Goes down no problem, with palate being relatively blank afterward.

Drinkability: On a hot summer day, and this is cold, it's a really nice choice to have around if other brews aren't available. For the price, it's tough to beat for a barbecue. Certainly there are better beers (read: much, much more flavor and complexity), but I won't knock on PBR with everything else that's out there.

07-03-2009 20:14:53 | More by nomomentwasted
Photo of biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

2.5/5  rDev -15%

355ml can, 4.9% ABV, on the patio at the Sugar Bowl. Heresy, I know - I am certainly no hipster.

This beer pours a clear, super-pale golden yellow colour (like what one's piss might look like after downing a sixer of these), with two fingers of puffy, weakly foamy, and mostly soapy dirty white head, which leaves a bit of random islet lace around the glass as it quickly abates.

It smells of slightly acrid pale grain and corn syrup for yer unintended sugar fix, which is more or less overshadowed by some funky phenols, sour apple, and fairly skunky, dead grassy hops. The taste is a very mild rice/corn pithy breakfast cereal sweetness, a watery, weed-infested stoniness, stale apple peel, and a minor amount of weakly husky, grassy hops.

The carbonation is light, but perhaps a bit too frothy at times, the body so-so, both in its weak-ass weight, as well as its expected, um, 'smoothness' - but not too bad, I guess, for the style. It finishes off-dry, some mealy sweetness and plastic astringency carrying on as ever was.

Maybe a touch better (all things being relative) than many of the other adjunct lagers that I've had from south of the border, or here, for that matter, but it may very well be time to cut, or just plain give up that God-damned ribbon already.

07-02-2009 22:26:39 | More by biboergosum
Photo of mralphabet


3.48/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle poured into pint glass...

A: Very yellow and clear... nice bubbles very little head.. No lacing. Looks like American Lager

S: Not a lot here... I'm getting a hint of malt and barley, with a touch of hops and corn.

T: OK I'm getting the corn upfront, but there is a nice balance of malts and a hint of hops.... very little aftertaste. Very nicely balanced.

M: Smooth upfront but crisp and clean... it is light bodied but the light creaminess make it not so light.

D: Low ABV, light crisp and refreshing.... Perfect. You can of on and on with this one.... plus it is cheap.

Better than Bud and Miller.... A refreshing take on Mass Quantity Beer....

06-30-2009 03:02:49 | More by mralphabet
Photo of alleykatking


3.43/5  rDev +16.7%

Poured from 12oz bottle.

A- Pours a nice clear golden yellow color. Nice sized two finger head that went away fairly quick and was eggshell white color. This is a average looking beer.

S- This beer has a very sweet smell to it that I find somewhat of a distraction. Corn and rice smell to it. Maybe a little straw as a faint additive in the smell. The malts come in as well. Nothing too impressive but also it's only PBR.

T- This has a very sweet malt taste to it. You can taste the corn and rest of the adjunct additives in this beer but it's not bad tasting at all with the given style it falls into. Because remember everyone we rate on style not on personal tastes.

M- This is a very light mouthfeel. Not too overly carbonated like Bud or Miller. Floats across the palate and leaves a clean finish with a typical adjunct aftertaste. One thing I can say is if you drink it from bottle and not the can you get rid of the metallic taste as is typical with PBR in the can.

D- This is a very drinkable beer to be honest. It doesn't make you have to think about it. Not impressive at all but also a good beer for the summertime and a steady stand by when the going gets tough.

06-29-2009 04:49:59 | More by alleykatking
Photo of jjanega08


3.95/5  rDev +34.4%

Ah yes good ol pabst. Long time drinker first time reviewer.
A= pours a fizzy yellow color with a small head and no lacing pretty average for the style.
S= like beer. Corn sweetness and a slight amount of malt I suppose. Less watery smelling than most macros.
T= sublime summer session beer. Just enough sweetness followed by just enough bitterness.
M= light smooth and refreshing duh.
D= awesome. Summer session, lawnmower whatever you call it quality. Extremely cheap and tasty.

06-20-2009 01:21:04 | More by jjanega08
Photo of bwhite105


3.63/5  rDev +23.5%

Can poured into a pint glass.
a. pale golden. rather urine-like
s. really not much smell. faint corn/ straw smell. nothing overpowering
t. corn, watery, generic

Despite the less than steller reviews, PBR is the best cheap beer money can buy. It is essentially like drinking alcoholic water. If your short on cash but want to throw a few down, don't deviate with other crappy mass produced American lagers, grab a PBR.

06-19-2009 01:24:02 | More by bwhite105
Photo of bill93063

New Hampshire

3.58/5  rDev +21.8%

PBR always impresses. Here is a very inexpensive beer that while very good in a bottle is even better on tap. When served at 40-45 degrees F. and drunk relatively quickly, PBR is one of the most satisfying warm weather brews bar none. It is head and shoulders better than the big 3 and is a cut above Molson Canadian Lager and many microw brews which cost significantly more money. The character is malty with nice smooth body and vanilla notes predominate. The hops are faint but pleasant, something unusal at this price point.

06-18-2009 16:13:19 | More by bill93063
Photo of dasenebler


2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

Had a pretty nice head poured from a keg into a pint glass. Rich golden-yellow color. Aroma of skunk, slight breadiness.

Tastes very grainy, husky and a bit dirty. But overall, not a bad American macro. This is one of the few macros I've had that actually reminds me (somewhat) of a real German pilsner. Kiss of hops. You could do a lot worse than PBR. Let's hope that you don't have to.

06-18-2009 00:04:44 | More by dasenebler
Photo of harpo111


3.23/5  rDev +9.9%

I have to say that this is the first beer I have tried because of a movie. We watched "Grand Torino" last night...Clint Eastwood kept drinking PBR's and I was in Winn Dixie tonight getting a Chicken...why not I thought! And Clint..you were right.
I had heard that they had went back to a more traditional recipe for this beer. It is actually not bad for a cheapo. A serious rethiinking is require here...yes I love stouts and porters..but this is better that miller lite in a heart beat.
A: golden yellow
s: malty and nutty
T: smooth...corny, but not sweet like high life...which i also think is a good cheapo beer. not much hops...but creamy.
m: creamy, rather full...
d: not bad...i could drink several of these...am really surprised..no bad after taste like some cheapo beers...very nice for 4.00 per 6

I had not had a pbr in years....i shall purchase another 6! good slammer beer...good for bbq....spicy food, etc.. cheap too!! For sitting and chillin...heavy beer....serious eatin of greasy, spicy working mans food....bingo!

06-17-2009 02:10:42 | More by harpo111
Photo of BeerFMAndy


3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

12 oz can poured into an Imperial Pint. No date.

A - Clear effervescent yellow with a cloud-white, and thick head. Very little retention and no lacing at all.

S - Sweet malts, corn, and a dryness. Not a whole lot going on here.

T - Sweet and lightly malty with less adjunct flavor than one might expect. Low levels of corn and a bit of huskiness.

M - Creamy and smooth actually. A little bite. Light to light-medium in body.

D - One of my favorite cheap beers, it's not half bad and it certainly is an easy drinker. Probably the first time I've ever had it outside a can.

06-16-2009 14:47:00 | More by BeerFMAndy
Photo of MaxBrews


3.38/5  rDev +15%

Lets start this off saying this is my first critical review of this beer and (since its become so hip and everyone you know is drinking) a very necessary review. However lets start off by saying everyone knows why they drink this beer, its CHEAP as F#CK.

Presentation: 12oz can poured into a pilsner for hahas. Traditional method of drinking will always be in the can.

Appearance: Pours with a large but very very thin head, head retention is of course poor and turns into the whispiest of lacing, if a lacing at all. Pours the clearest of yellows you can use your glass as a magnifying glass with this one, not as bubbly as one would expect considering how carbonated it is. It looks clean, clear and crisp, almost completely sterile, which for some would be attractive knowing their beer was clean, however in a romantic sense this beer is devoid of all beauty and romance that a proper craft beer has. Lets be serious though this is 50 cents a can or so in a 30 rack. Still much better looking than some of the more expensive macros.

Smell: The reason why these beers come in cans and are rarely poured into glasses is that they were never intended to be smelled by a criticizing nose. Its an american adjunct lager and thus smells like one. Plenty of corn, rice and grain. I'm not sure what everyone else is on about when they say fruit on beer advocate, don't kid yourself guys!

Taste: This is where this beer always surprises me. For the sterile looks and adjunct smell, the taste is well... not terrible. Its very grainy, rice and corn adjuncts. However, not in the disgusting way that other beers of the style are, its almost a grain and corn taste you can get down with. It also has a certain sweetness to it. For most beers the over presence of adjuncts is a bad thing, but if adjuncts are used why not make them taste good. Perhaps pabst is a delicious tasting alcoholic corn and rice soda and not a beer at all.

Mouthful: Cheap beers area always over carbonated and therefore unpleasant to drink, this has the proper amount of carbonation and is crisp.

Drinkability: In the battle of cheap American Adjuncts this is king. We all know its nothing special but thats the point, its a non-pretentious, simple beer for when things get tedious. You can relax and have a few because you know its cheap. Don't even bother taking it out the can its better that way. So bring it anywhere. I love craft beer, tasting and drinking it are a big part of my life, but sometimes drinking expensive beers at parties or just for the hell of it well can get expensive, so to make this already long story short this is a cheap as dirt beer thats drinkable. Plus it'll get you drunk.

06-16-2009 01:38:50 | More by MaxBrews
Photo of DoctorStrangiato

Alberta (Canada)

2.03/5  rDev -31%

Poured a 473-ml can into a draught glass.

Appearance - very pale light straw yellow with large poppy head that reduced to but a few surface bubbles in just over a minute. Looks very carbonated.

Smell - definitely scented by adjunct sweetness, not much else to say. I anticipate a corn-syrup-esque flavour when I take my first sip.

Taste - ah, the dull, bland taste of corn and mild alcohol. People actually drink this stuff in quantity, like, they set out to do a dozen. I can't relate to putting myself through such a torturous goal. There isn't really any hoppiness at the end, just a stale bitter tin flavour. Really bad.

Mouthfeel - inoffensive enough, but that's not the point. So lacking in taste that it needs to be carb-ed up, just not my thing.

Drinkability - I don't know. I'm looking forward to finishing this so I can enjoy something real. What a waste.

06-13-2009 01:18:20 | More by DoctorStrangiato
Photo of Foxtrot


3.1/5  rDev +5.4%

Poured from can into pint glass

Pour produced a nice clear yellow body with big bubbly carbonation with a small head disappearing as quickly as it came, with no retention. Pretty average for a adjunct lager.

Smell was of grains and malts, cut with some light fruity hops. Not really detectable, took me a while to pick it out.

Taste was not too bad. Gotta be the best macro-like beer I've had outside a BMC. Smooth and crisp with big hits on grains, corn, and light on the malts. It was really smooth going down.

Mouthfeel was abundant with carbonation.

A beer like this has good drinkability. As for how many of these one can take, I do not know, but it was easy to put this one away. Cheers!

06-12-2009 06:18:44 | More by Foxtrot
Photo of jballeng


3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

12 oz bottle. Poured a golden straw color with a large, short lived fizzy white head. Aroma of hops, corn, and subtle berry fruits. Slightly metallic.Taste accents of malt and corn. Slightly bland but better than many others for the price. Not very interesting but not bad at all. Overall, I must say that I am impressed by this beer, not simply because of the bargain price for which I bought it, but because I think it tastes good. I have heard a lot of harsh comments about PBR, but I have to say that it is, in my book, a highly underrated beer.

06-11-2009 19:20:23 | More by jballeng
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
68 out of 100 based on 4,295 ratings.