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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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4,110 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,110
Reviews: 1,487
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 24.83%
Wants: 21
Gots: 248 | 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:
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Photo of corey0212


3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear, golden/yellowy color, slightly darker towards the edges, with a foamy white head which doesn't last too long and leaves some thin lacing behind. It's got that grainy/generic beery smell, but there's a bit of something else going on...maybe a touch of lemon. Nice, crisp taste, a little hop bitterness detected, grainy, sweet aftertaste. It's got a good mouthfeel, not too watery at all. A real easy drinker, especially in the warmer weather. I also got this out of my grandfather's beer/cigar fridge, which makes the whole thing that much more enjoyable!

Serving type: can

06-22-2008 20:26:15 | More by corey0212
Photo of RedneckChemist


3.7/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

What is there to say about PBR? According to style, it is among the best Am. macros out there.

The appearance is pale, the smell is of sweet corn and perhaps a hop or two, but the taste is classic. I didn't drink PBR for years, but since I tried it for the first time, it has become my regular. I love a good micro-brew, but PBR has a permanent spot in my fridge. Whether cooking out or just finished mowing the yard, PBR is a welcome sight.

Serving type: can

06-21-2008 01:08:58 | More by RedneckChemist
Photo of whiplash3825


3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I'll preface this review by saying that I haven't had an American macro lager in years, and in 25+ years of drinking I've never tried a PBR. But I saw on this forum that it's arguably the best of the macros, so I thought I'd give it a try, and at the very least it might give me more appreciation for the quality brews I usually drink.

Pours an extremely pale clear amber with a big head and very active carbonation that quickly subsides to a tiny cap. No lacing to speak of.

Very little in the nose... light graininess with maybe a touch of sweet malt. I'm not detecting a bit of hops.

Okay... I guess when others are talking about it's "clean" taste, that means there really isn't much taste. Really if I didn't know what I was drinking I might think this is soda water. Slightly sweet, almost no bitterness, slightly metallic (can?) with a dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel that seems better than most other macros I've tried... not quite as thin and with a lot of carbonation that seems to last a while.

Easy to drink, but so is water. I guess with macro lagers, the less taste you get is best... if my memory serves me right Bud and Miller have some VERY FOUL flavors in there, which this beer doesn't. Nothing offensive to slow you down, and I can see where folks going after a cheap buzz might like it. Especially those who don't like the taste of beer. Me... I'll stick with something with a lot more flavor.

Serving type: can

06-20-2008 23:43:12 | More by whiplash3825
Photo of morayeel


4.58/5  rDev +55.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

what can be said best abot this beer its the "KING" of Macro Beers.

What can I say this is a nice hot day summer beer. PBR was a shocker to me when I first tasted the smoth clean taste. Mush betther then a high life or a budweiser.

A- golden yellow with a thin head

S- Not much smell just a little hint of hops

T- Taste is smooth no bitterness with a just a hint of hops at the end.

M- crisp a clean

D- This is an all day football drinking beer or a good party beer.

I have on a PABST kick no for several weeks and its hard to get off of it. I must say for having more the 50 different selection to choose from I go for a PABST first.

Serving type: bottle

06-18-2008 23:17:28 | More by morayeel
Photo of Getinthevan


3.25/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

What can be said about PBR that already hasn't been said? It's cheap, it's pale, and a good bang for your buck.

Appearance is minimal at best, with a slightly small head. Not bad for a cheap lager. Smell is what you'd expect from a lager such as this, very high in corn but not overpowering at all.

The taste is great, even for a cheapie. You could have a blindfold on and still can tell the taste of PBR from it's natural watery texture up until the nice bitter finish as it resonates down the throat.

Mouthfeel is okay, not great. It does have a decent aftertaste.

Drinkability is pretty spot on and for $7.99 a 12-pack PBR is really a great deal if you're in the mood to pound a few down with steak and potatoes.

Serving type: can

06-13-2008 05:09:47 | More by Getinthevan
Photo of dstc


3.73/5  rDev +26.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright, clear pale golden color with a big pure white head that falls fast with little lace behind.

Smells like a US lager. Grains, clean & slightly metallic.

Taste is good, clean. Slightly sweet, of grains and corn.

Thin yet smooth on the tongue. Clean, crisp and highly carbonated.

My go to beer (since Schlitz came and went again) for when you just need a beer. Something light and refreshing.

Serving type: bottle

06-11-2008 18:12:35 | More by dstc
Photo of 1099


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

Pabst Blue Ribbon is one of my favorite cheap beers. It looks like beer, smells like beer, and tastes like beer.

A-It poured a nice dark golden color. The head didnt last long, but did leave some lacing behind.

S-Smells like beer. Malty, with a hint of a hop in the smell.

T-The taste is very good for a cheap beer. Malty, a little sweet, and a little bit of hops. It all balances nicely to make for a very tasty brew.

M-Good. A little thinner than my favorites but it isnt bad.

D-Really good. If I had the time I could down the entire 12 pack right now.

I drink PBR often, but didnt think to review it til now. This is one of my go-to brews when I can find it!

Serving type: can

06-08-2008 14:14:38 | More by 1099
Photo of 65dos

North Carolina

3.75/5  rDev +27.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

PBR is a very inexpensive beer. Yet for the price, it is the best of its class. A cheap drinkable beer. The lightness of a PBR is its downfall. They tend to go down like water for the first few. There is the tiniest hint of hops that linger around after a swallow. The texture left in the mouth is very dry. With no flavor too strong, PBR is a nicely balanced average beer. Its a wonderful drink for someone not looking to spend too much money on a night of drinking.

Serving type: bottle

06-08-2008 00:11:52 | More by 65dos
Photo of charlzm


2.68/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Consumed 05/30/08.

I decided to start out my vertical tasting of three Unibroue "year" beers and three J.W. Lees Harvest Ales with this as an apertif. It was supposed to be funny.


Intensely light clear yellow. Lots of active carbonation with a one finger white foam head.

Aroma is typical macro lager: light, sweet smell with vague grain origins. Some floral hoppiness as well.

Flavor is somewhat sweet. Some corn, some malt. No hop flavors or bitterness. I have had exactly one prior encounter with this brew about a year ago, and recall it being a little hoppier. Maybe that was a fresher example.

Unlike a typical lager, this one actually improved in taste just a hair as it warmed up a few degrees.

Think I'll pass on this one in the future unless it's on draft and it's the best choice at the place I find myself (it's happened before...)

Serving type: can

06-02-2008 04:30:07 | More by charlzm
Photo of Rocklandbagpiper

New York

3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2 | overall: 3.5

This is a highly under rated beer who has set itself apart from Budweiser. This is getting back to the beer our fathers generation was drinking. Not as good as the micros, but as for a mass produced nationwide seller, not a bad beer for the price and something to knock back after the yard work.

Serving type: on-tap

06-01-2008 02:42:49 | More by Rocklandbagpiper
Photo of Slynger


2.98/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Clear, light, yellowy gold, with a fairly creamy lid of froth. Light smells of fruit, pale, and toasted grains. Light-medium body with a lightly creamy-fuzzy carb. Flavors of light, light, light fruitiness with light pale and toasted grains and some light earthy spicy hops. It will get the job done and it has some flavor to it.

Serving type: bottle

06-01-2008 02:36:35 | More by Slynger
Photo of Antilochus

Ontario (Canada)

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On-tap at the Alex P. Keaton in London, Ontario. Pitcher for $10 (great for Ontario...). Yellow, clear. No head. Ew. Terrifying. Nose is spice and bread. Noble hop fest. Palate isn't half bad. Well balanced between sweetness and spice. Mouthfeel is a bit syrupy but all in all rather inoffensive macro.

Serving type: on-tap

05-30-2008 20:41:08 | More by Antilochus
Photo of Proteus93


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

When it comes to the 'general umbrella of macros,' I've had a fair share of the standard Big 3 offerings + Canadian equivelants. However, before just last night, never a good ol' fashioned PBR. Maybe the bargain price scared me into believing that the contents were going to be dreadful, but I ended up getting one to ease my palate. I was pleasantly surprised:

A: Straw yellow... not as pale as many of the others of the style at all. A thin head, leaving a little ring of lace around the edges.

S: A touch of a citrus on the nose, very light grains, and a little bit of a corn aroma.

T/M/D: Light grains, with a bit of a sweet edge. Some corn husk, a little splash of citrus on the finish. Light, refreshing, and quite a clean flavour. Body is fairly typical for the style... lighter, and easy going. A nice summer brew. Shame I've ignored this for so long... while I drop into the summertime 'lighter beer' phase, I think this will be a good, simple standby to have in the fridge.

Serving type: on-tap

05-29-2008 15:19:46 | More by Proteus93
Photo of crookedhalo


2.8/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

My first, honest to God, swill review. Rather pointless to be pouring it in my Duvel glass, but I digress.

Pours up a pale gold straw pilsner color with a decent-sized pure white head. Some aromas of pale malt with a tinge of huskiness. Subdued hops make a short-lived cameo in the aroma, as well. Somewhat decent flavor, a touch of grainy sweetness with a light bitterness rounding it out near the finish. Rather watery all-around, but expected. Not particularly big on mouthfeel, but on-target for the style, carbonation seems just about right. I could see how my father liked to keep this beer in the "extra" fridge in the basement. A nice, simple beer for chasing away the accumulated stress of the workday.

Serving type: can

05-28-2008 23:17:18 | More by crookedhalo
Photo of nasty15108

New York

3.45/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz can into a pilsner glass.

A - Straw colored with a head of white foam.

S - Nothing to overpowering here. Slightly malty whit hint of grain/grass.

T - Light maltiness with a clean dry finish.

MF&D - Light, crisp and easy to drink. Not a craft beer by far, but than again nobody ever said it was. A good summer pounder, just watch out for the headache it tends to provide you with. One of the better macros out there.

Serving type: can

05-28-2008 21:12:08 | More by nasty15108
Photo of Bockrules

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +36.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served From a bottle into a pilsner glass.

A- Pours a small, third inch head that dissipates quickly. Very light and transparent gold. Leaves a bit of lacing down the glass.

S - Smell of grain and hops hits the nose. Certainly, not as impressive as a good micro, but much better than a lot of the macros out there. Seems quite inviting.

T- Pretty solid. Has a good balance of grain and hops in the body and finishes pretty dry. Leaves a little bit of oily residue on the back of the tongue.

M - Very well carbonated, but also surprisingly full unlike many other macros.

D - This is my favorite macro and is a very versatile beer. You can serve it very cold to quench your thirst when working in the yard or on cars. OR it can be served slightly warmer and more hop and grain tastes comes through. This is a great beer when you just feel like having something simple and tasty.

Serving type: bottle

05-27-2008 05:11:40 | More by Bockrules
Photo of cvstrickland

North Carolina

3.63/5  rDev +23.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz can poured into a weizen glass yields a light, bright golden clear body, 3+ fingers of creamy head that retains at a sheet and leaves patchy lacing.

Smells lightly malty with a touch of hops.

Smooth and crisp with a nice sweet grainy character, tangy sweet corn, and a touch of bitter citrus hops.Dry finish.

Plenty of carbonation but not overpowering. Nothing astounding, but not bad at all.

Serving type: can

05-25-2008 18:32:58 | More by cvstrickland
Photo of righlander


3/5  rDev +2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A - I dunno i'm drinking it out of a can!
S - Weird
T - Weird, but more flavor than most for the style. i dunno if the flavor is good but, there's more of it.
M - Bout right for the style, big bubbles
D - Good!

-ummm... it's drinkable but it has a weird taste. but goes down fast. Seems to taste better REALLY cold, like almost freezing

Serving type: can

05-24-2008 04:53:19 | More by righlander
Photo of PBBC

New York

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

Had this today on the Frisby-Golf course at the local park... braced myself for a cheap beer taste...

Not bad at all. Light, grainy, with a tinge of sweetness.

I finished the can pretty quickly, and couldn't find any offensive tastes... certainly not ALOT of taste, but PBR is a great example of a consistent light beer.

Would buy this again, especially for the price ($10 for a case)

Serving type: can

05-20-2008 21:32:30 | More by PBBC
Photo of joepais


2.9/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Can poured into a pint glass produced a big white head that goes to a thin lace on top of a crystal clear gold body

Smell of grains and a light sweetness to it as well

I tasted Watery malt sweetness not too much in the way of bitters in the flavors, Crisp light mouthfeel.

Drinkability is Not good not bad either I'll go with average

Serving type: can

05-20-2008 01:38:46 | More by joepais
Photo of thirtysixbelow


3.18/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

a - crystal clear pale yellow with a large white head which dissipates quickly.

s - sweet malts with corn and a touch of hops

t - sweet bready malts with corn again, though the hops are barely noticeable in the taste.

m - light and well carbonated with some dryness

d - a great session beer, or something to drink when you want a simple beer. The best of the macros.

Serving type: can

05-17-2008 23:51:45 | More by thirtysixbelow
Photo of Jaguar


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

Average.threes across the board. is that bad? nope. not to me.
most of the offerings from B/M/C wouldn't get a two out of me.
as mass produced canned lager goes, PBR is still one of the best of a bad bunch. it won't make you do backflips for joy at the wonder of it, but it's a good cheap drinkable cookout beer.

Serving type: can

05-17-2008 21:55:11 | More by Jaguar
Photo of Ozone34


3.93/5  rDev +33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I love this beer. Easy drinking well balanced, (yes actually has hop character!) and , well, very easy drinking. PBR is the perfect American Lager. Nothing fancy or great, just one of those stretch your paycheck weekends, mowing the lawn hot summers, on the beach getting a tan (cans are only allowed on the beach), eating BBQ by the grill, and just a good cold, crisp, and clean lager.

I prefer to drink straight from the can, in one my insulated sleeves. But to get full aroma pouring into a tall pils glass does very nicely.

Can't ask for anything more than it is. Beats BIG THREE and will always be my favorite beer.

Serving type: can

05-16-2008 21:32:23 | More by Ozone34
Photo of botham

New York

4.08/5  rDev +38.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz can poured into a pilsener glass. pours a pale straw color with two fingers of tight white head that remain for a couple minutes. nothing special here, just a standard macro lager.

aroma is lightly malty, with a semi sweet quality. a light floral character is present as well, along with a distant hint of citrus.

taste is lightly malty, with pale malts showing. a soft floral base gives the brew balance, while working with the semi sweet character from the malts to produce a solid macro lager. this one has character and smoothness, along with a crisp and clean finish.

mouthfeel is light bodied, with a thin mouthfeel and soft CO2 on the palate. finishes crisp and clean, with little aftertaste.

drinkability is good. this is a solid macro, with clean flavors, and character despite its thinness. one of the better macro lagers out there. cheers!

Serving type: can

05-15-2008 02:16:46 | More by botham
Photo of pb9613


3.2/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

This is the beer your grandfather drank. The reason he drank PBR is the fact it is one of the better American Lagers out there on the market. How Pabst manages to get SAB Miller to brew this beer is amazing. This is better than anything they sell in mass quantities.

The apperance is a rich yellow bordering on gold color.

The smell is just a little on the malt side with just a touch of hops.

The taste is acceptable for am mass produced American Lager. They all tend to be on the sweet side without much hops. PBR is not over sweet or dull.

The carbonation give a nice head when poured into a glass wich is tranfered to the mouth.

Like I said. This is the beer your grandfather drank. There were no fancy imports, microbreweries, brew pubs, etc. After a hard days work he went for an honest beer. He went for a PBR.

Serving type: can

05-15-2008 00:31:12 | More by pb9613
Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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