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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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4,749 Ratings

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Ratings: 4,749
Reviews: 1,570
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 25.26%
Wants: 44
Gots: 551 | FT: 2
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Pabst Brewing Company visit their website
California, United States

Style | ABV
American Adjunct Lager |  4.74% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 08-24-2001

- 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
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Photo of iluvBA4life
3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

An amazing beer to be certain. Nice levels of carbonation, no head, clean refreshing taste. Best served ice cold. It won a blue ribbon you know. Don't drink it warm, it will be extra nasty. Also, they put a best buy date underneath the can, so check for that if you are able to.

Photo of TheQuietMan22
3.03/5  rDev +3.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Straight pour into a pilsner glass. The color is straw leaning toward gold. One finger of white head dissipated very quickly to leave a thin nebula shaped film in the center and a ring around the edge.

Smell: I cannot say I have ever taken the time to really study PBR, so here we go. Lightly (very lightly) toasted grains, a little barnyard hay, and corn. It also exhibits a hint of strawberry-perfumed-hair-burning-on-a-curling-iron.

Taste: The mouthfeel is crisp and clean. It has a nice, though slight, bite — one you would associate with a higher end adjunct. (Golly, Wilbur! There may actually be a few hops in there!). The flavors mostly mirror the scents: grains (though the light toast is absent), a little hay, and corn. Just as the smell, the taste also has a hint of strawberry-perfumed-hair-burning-on-a-curling-iron.

Drinkability: I like PBR, but it is what it is: an adjunct. There is nothing really special about it; it is just another mass produced, cost efficient American lager. But it is one of the better ones.

Photo of AlCaponeJunior
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

More of the barbeque summer beer specials, this time in a can. Honestly, regardless of the taste, bottles are better with this beer because they come with the playing card bottle tops. But I digress...

Tan and clear with a moderate though short lived head, but nice lacing for an AAL.

Smells and tastes grainy, lightly sweet, with plenty of corn husk. There's not a whole lot else to say on this one.

Body is very light and somewhat watery although not really too bad for the style. Drinkable at a barbeque no doubt.

Well it's not super impressive, but for the style it's acceptable. And cheep, don't forget cheep.

Photo of Ahoyhoyindeed
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

When it comes to domestics, mass-market, and cheap beers, this is by far the best of the bunch. Higher in alcohol content and beer flavor than the comparable beers, PBR is a great go to session beer that won't even remotely break the bank. The only downside is that hipsters have recently discovered the beer and claimed it as their own.

Photo of ChrisCage
3.54/5  rDev +20.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This is the Canadian version, stated as "Strong Beer", and is 5.9% alc/vol....

A- Pours a clear, albeit slightly chill hazed, dry grassy color. Carbonation is typically big and aggressive looking. The head is very white, fizzy, and settles down to a thin bubbly patchwork of foam. Lacing....it looks like it might stick to the glass, but then slowly slides back into the beer. Overall, this doesn't look like anything special....

S- Surprisingly, I actually smell a mild malt profile, and no, there isn't really any adjunct laden aromas hidden in there either. The finish has a modest hop character too. I'm actually kind of impressed with the aromas here!

T- The flavors for the most part follow what the aromas promised, mild malt sweetness mixed in with a finish that actually has a moderate hoppiness! I will say that there is just a touch of alcohol noticed on the palate as well, but oh well!

M- Clean, light bodied, and fizzy, yet there is enough flavor after the swallow to remind me that I just had some beer in my mouth! I can actually appreciate what the brewer was going for here....

O- For the style of adjunct lager, PBR is a bar setter! Not a perfect beer, but for something that isn't all malt, you don't notice it and there is some decent flavor and mouthfeel. I recommend this for sure and will definitely seek it out again....great price for a sixer and great beer for the style!

Photo of patpbr
3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

A college staple, and a long running favorite of mine when drinking meant needing plenty of beers to slam in a night. It sets itself apart from most in that style. A good case of pbr is great and rough when bad. That means hit or miss for this cheap adjunct.

Photo of bondjedi
3.76/5  rDev +28.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I like to drink my beer from a glass whether it comes in a can or a bottle but there is something about a bottle of PBR with the red white and blue and the no BS nature of what is inside that is akin to a P51 Mustang or a Stratocaster or the Chrysler Building that I can roll with it. Anyone who gives this beer less than at least a B should have his or her citizenship revoked before being told to go F himself.

Photo of thehyperduck
3.42/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

This is the Canadian version, which I'm fairly certain is contract brewed in Ontario by Sleeman (same as Old Milwaukee). First time having this; I've generally heard good things about it, but I don't know a lot of other craft beer drinkers so their standards are probably different than mine.

Pours a rather pale straw colour with a half-finger of head that doesn't last very long before turning into patchy islands of foam. Very non-descript smell, basically the same as any other adjunct lager; grainy malts, some rice or corn-type vegetal odours and that's about it.

Taste is mostly pale grain malts mixed with corn adjunct. A little sweet at the start but some stale hop bitterness cleans it up in the finish. Nothing really lingers on the palate; very crisp and clean. Thin-bodied and heavily carbonated, this stuff is as easy to drink as water.

I think I see why this stuff is so highly recommended, it's actually pretty good for what it is. I don't think I'm hip enough to go out and buy a Mac or wear aviators without looking like a turd, but if someone hands me a PBR in the future I'll happily drink it. Within the style, I think it would be difficult to find something of comparable quality and price.

Photo of jbphoto88
2.92/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A nine of clubs under the pristine cap and a clear pale pee gold in the bottle. The foam on top is gone in an instant despite the constant stream of bubbles. I like the packaging but you can't be impressed by the pour.

The smell is slightly better then the appearance but not by much. The nose is light grains and a touch of hops but with a hint of solvent that is alarmingly not disturbing. Pleasant.

The taste is in the family of other macro lagers but PBR has a little more grain taste to it. It's awesome when it's ice cold but tends to get a little rotten as it warms.

Mouthfeel is a plus with sharp carbonation that really digs it's spurs into your tounge. Light body and so far the only real redeeming quality of this beer. All that being said I like the flavor of PBR and find it useful on hot dry summer days to quench a thirst for a brew. Not my first pick but not a bad one to have a full cooler of by the lake.

Photo of hopfiend666
3.51/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: crystal clear yellow beer, with carbonation bubbles, not much head

Smell: smells like spilt beer on a tile floor the night after a rowdy party.

Taste: spicy, watery, but better than budweiser.

Mouthfeel: watery, light, well carbonated

Overall: this is a good session beer, drink 12 of them and you won't have a headache the next day, you will actually feel good.

Photo of chugalug06
3.51/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Quite Boring. Nice bubbles though. Very little head. Brew is piss yellow.

S - Very nice scent, not too grainy.

T - Quite good. Very little hop or malt.

M - Smooth and great carbonation. A little to bitter, but still nice.

O - A very nice american style brew.

Photo of DavidST
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sadly living here in the Texas panhandle, at most places the only beers you see on tap are the big 3 products and Shiner Bock (which I get tired of). So I've been pretty excited to have went into several places over the past week which serve PBR on tap (a nice change up).

The color is a light golden yellow, light head, a constant stream of bubbles flow upward. This has a light mouth feel. The taste is good, some grain, very slight bitterness, malty sweetness, a little dry, better than something like a bud or coors. Overall, a good drinking beer and a nice change up, although I can't help thinking of Dennis Hopper in Blue Velvet every time I order this.

Photo of mdaschaf
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Had at a BBQ over the weekend.

A: Typically, I don't bother pouring PBR into a glass when I drink it, usually straight from the can. It pours a clear yellow with a foamy white head with a little bit of retention and little lacing.

S: Not a whole lot going on, a little bit of grain, a hint of floral hops, and a slight metallic note.

T: A bit more grain on the flavor profile, some corn, and a little bit of sweetness.

M: Light to medium bodied with a good bit of carbonation.

O: A pretty solid american adjunct lager. Better than most that are readily available.

Photo of csiewert
3/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Ok so you have to review this beer for what it is and I discovered that on the beach this weekend. Definitely got some bonus points for value. The beer pours a clear golden color with a finger of bubbly white head that dissipates rapidly. The aroma has bready malt notes. The taste is the typical clean bready/malty lager... but actually has some substance and balance, unlike the other cheap alternatives. the mouthfeel is like your typical lager... bubbly and somewhat dry. Overall, if you're going to drink a cheap beer, this should be it. I usually hate them, but in particular circumstances such as on a hot day on the beach going swimming and playing football, this definitely hit the spot and was the perfect beer for the job... I really was surprised I liked it so much.

Photo of bump8628
3.35/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Tallboy can, cheap as dirt.

Clean, mild graininess with some under ripened apple skin. Low hop everything.

Best enjoyed in quantity at a dive bar. I wish the Hipsters hadn't taken over this brand with their self-loathing and wool-cap-wearing-in-summer tendencies.

Photo of axfelix
3.53/5  rDev +20.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I can't help it; I really, really like PBR. It blows every other similarly priced macro lager pretty far out of the water for taste, and its spectacularly average beeriness is really tough to beat when you want one of something reliable on a weeknight. I can't in good conscience call it "underrated," but if I only had one beer to drink in all seasons for the rest of my life, it just might be this one.

Photo of o19
3.04/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Poured into a red cup at a BBQ.

A: Typical american lager yellow.
S: Strong "oaty" lager smell.
T: A single note without much depth, but robust none the less.
M: Lots of carbonation to match the strong taste character.
O: The old fall back. Nothing complex about it, which is sometimes desirable.

We as beer snobs sometimes forget that simplicity is not necessarily a bad thing.

Photo of LaymanReviews
3.67/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

PBR is a pretty solid beer. It's becoming one of my favorites. Moving through a six pack is pretty easy with its clean taste and easy finish. $15 bucks for a case of 30 is just a phenomenal deal which makes this a great beer pong beer. No one should be offended by the taste (or lack there of) this beer. If I had a friend that was just starting to drink beer, this would be one I'd introduce them to (because its better than most of the BMC crap thats out here).

Photo of SeaOfShells
2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

24 oz. can into Sam Adams pint glass.

A: pours a crystal clear pale yellow with about 1/2 fingers of bright white head that disappears almost immediately.

S: Adjuncts up front with a sweet kind of grassiness behind it. Actually, a decent hop presence as well. Far superior to any of it's contemporaries. Smells clean, and refreshing.

T: a nice hip profile keeps this one from being poured down the drain. Sweet grassy malts, and a decent hop profile are dominant. Adjuncts are in full force. Clean and refreshing.

M: light bodied and moderaty carbonated. Zero alcohol presense. Tastes like carbonated corn water, and goes down as easy as the best of them. This is, by far, the best AAL out there.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.4/5  rDev +16%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a crystal clear light yellow color with a 1 inch white head that fades to a film on the top of the beer. Small random spots of lace form on the glass on the drink down. Smells of corn flakes, sugar, and slight cooked veggies. Taste is of sweetened corn flakes and other grains. This beer has a high level of carbonation and is very crisp and clean in the mouth. Overall, this is a pretty good beer and my favorite macro beer I have tried thus far in my life. A nice go to beer when you are looking for something cheap.

Photo of jmdrpi
2.76/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

16 oz can, poured into pint glass. best by date of Aug 01 2011 printed on bottom of can.

appears pale straw color, with bone white head. crystal clear. aroma is grainy. as with most adjuct lagers, aroma is definitely off putting. taste has some sweetness, pale malt, and a bit of corn. body is thin and fizzy, but easy to drink with fairly clean aftertaste.

overall, it's better than the "big three", and probably one of the better adjuct lagers. but that's still a back-handed compliment, and not saying much.

Photo of neliam24
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is hands down the most underrated and unappreciated beer in American history. In most places you can purchase a 30 pack of Pabst Blue Ribbon for about the same price as a 30 pack of keystone light. And not only does it taste better than cheap college party beers, it tastes much better than many of its fellow American Lagers. I personally think that this beer blows Budweiser out of the water, and at about half the price, I'm not sure how you could argue that.

Photo of notchucknorris
3.18/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a pale golden color with a thin white head.

S: I'll admit, it's not the worst out there. This smell is far better than Bud and Coors, but that still doesn't put it ahead of much. Mostly just a sweet, graininess here.

T: Again, it's not undrinkable. It doesn't have a dirty or metallic taste, it just has a taste that I don't particularly think is appealing. Grain, corn and a hint of pale malts. Develops a bit of a yeast flavor as it warms, but remains drinkable.

Photo of BeanBone
2.56/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: A crystal-clear golden-straw body capped by a little over two fingers of bubbly white head that burn off quickly and leave no lacing.

Aroma: A thin pale malt body with just a whiff of flowery hops.

Flavor: Grainy pale malt makes up the bulk of the profile, and unfortunately brings an off metallic flavor to the party. There is a thin wave of hops if you go hunting, and if you happen to catch them, you’ll find bare notes of lemon, grass, and banana. Pale malt and a hint of dark fruit in the finish.

Mouthfeel: A medium-light body with medium-high carbonation and a crisp finish.

Drinkability: This is an easy drinker, perfectly suited for a summertime Dashboard Confessional show.

Verdict: While the hipsters may be more interested in the can design than the beer inside, PBR is actually not too terrible of a beer. I suppose the highest compliment I could pay this beer is that I could easily believe this was a poor attempt at an easy-drinking lager from a mediocre craft brewery.

Photo of JoLight
4/5  rDev +36.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light golden in appearance, with s stark white and soapy head that doesn't retain.

The aroma is sweet. There's some generalized grains, a little barley malt, but mostly just grains, and some grassy/floral/earthy type of hops. There is a sweetness, like a corn syrup type deal.

As for the taste, you get the hop bite, then comes the carbonation bite, then some general grain flavors, and then it ends very smooth, with a nice white breadiness from the barley malt. The aftertaste is almost non-existent. A little watery.

The mouthfeel is carbonated, thin and watery; it finishes dry, crisp, refreshing, and not filling.

Pabst Blue Ribbon (PBR) from Pabst Brewing Company
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